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Baffling and reprehensible by Phil Lawler (From Jun 3, 2020)

“I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles,” said Archbishop Wilton Gregory after President Donald Trump visited the St. John Paul II Shrine in...

In Gratitude for Joe Biden by Fr. Jerry Pokorsky (From Feb 26, 2021)

Sacraments, according to the Baltimore Catechism, are outward signs instituted by Christ to give grace. The Sacraments define and direct our lives. Our choices form us. When we choose to live a sacramental life, in a sense we become sacraments reflecting the Lord. But the contrary is also...

Our culture is attempting suicide by Phil Lawler (From Aug 7, 2020)

When I read the news headline it suddenly all seemed clear. The story reported that new positive Covid tests were attributed to “community spread.” Well of course! That’s how contagious diseases are contracted, right? They spread through the community. But this is the first...

A corrective to the Schneider statement on the COVID vaccines by Dr. Jeff Mirus (From Dec 18, 2020)

I wish to address the statement promulgated a week ago by five bishops insisting that it is in all cases immoral to allow oneself to be vaccinated with any vaccine which has been tainted by the use of fetal cell lines. This statement was apparently written by the very articulate Athanasius...

A shocking Vatican perspective on the pandemic by Phil Lawler (From Jul 22, 2020)

The latest document from the Vatican, a reflection on the CO19 pandemic, is an embarrassment to the Catholic faithful. The Pontifical Academy for Life, under the leadership of the controversial Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, produced the document, and the Vatican press office introduced it on...

Liturgical Year Volume 2 Released: Ordinary Time before Lent by Dr. Jeff Mirus (From Jan 6, 2021)

The second volume of our ebook series for the 2020-2021 liturgical year has been released in our ebooks download area. This volume covers the initial period of Ordinary Time between Christmas and Lent, from January 11th through February 16th. It may be downloaded free of charge in the following...

Farewell, Uncle Di: Father Paul Mankowski, RIP by Phil Lawler (From Sep 4, 2020)

My editorial career has brought me into close contact with quite a few impressive thinkers. I have worked with famous authors, with noted theologians and philosophers, with canny political strategists, with at least a half-dozen Nobel Prize winners. Among them all, for sheer full-spectrum...

Covid vaccines and fetal tissues: the moral calculus by Phil Lawler (From Dec 4, 2020)

Set aside, for a moment, the practical and medical questions about any Covid vaccine. (Will it work? Will it be safe? Will it have serious side effects?) Let me return to a question that I raised in in April and again in May: Should Catholics accept a vaccine that has been developed using fetal...

Archbishop Vigano’s challenge on Vatican II by Phil Lawler (From Jun 26, 2020)

[The following are my reflections on a new statement by Archbishop Vigano, which he made in response to questions that I had raised about his views on the authority of Vatican II.] Early in June, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano—who had drawn international attention in August 2018, when he...

Now Available: Liturgical Year Ebook for Ordinary Time after Easter by Dr. Jeff Mirus (From Monday)

We have just released the fifth volume in the 2020-2022 Liturgical Year series of ebooks. Volume five covers the first half of the long stretch of Ordinary Time between the close of the Easter Season on Pentecost and the beginning of Advent. Like all CatholicCulture.org ebooks, this volume is...