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The most inspiring story I have covered by Phil Lawler (From May 14, 2019)

From time to time someone asks me to name the biggest story that I have covered (probably the death of Pope John Paul II), or the most surprising story (easily, the resignation of Benedict XVI). Only rarely am I asked to name the most inspiring story. My answer to that question might surprise many...

Infiltration: An idiot’s guide to the problems of the Church by Dr. Jeff Mirus (From May 31, 2019)

To my great sadness, Sophia Institute Press has just published Taylor R. Marshall’s Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within. The publisher is offering it under its “CRISIS Publications” imprint, designed to address problems “with clarity, cogency, and...

Catholic PSA for Palm Sunday: Treat Blessed Palms with Reverence by Jennifer Gregory Miller (From Apr 13, 2019)

Originally published in 2015, I think it helps to have an annual reminder. Public Service Announcement: The palms we receive on Palm Sunday are blessed objects or sacramentals that need to be treated reverently, not as toys, mere craft material or...

The Solemnity of the Ascension: The Feast Who Was Thursday by Jennifer Gregory Miller (From May 28, 2019)

Bumping up this 2014 post for the feast of the Ascension, whether it is celebrated on Thursday or Sunday. The sixth week of Easter and the Seventh Sunday of Easter is a liturgical time with a bit of an identity crisis. This week was often referred to as Rogation Week before the revision of the...

They came for Covington Catholic; next will they come for you? by Phil Lawler (From Jan 21, 2019)

It’s time for the pro-life movement to grow up. The disgraceful treatment of students from Covington Catholic—and by that I mean the pell-mell rush of pro-life “leaders” to condemn innocent young men—illustrates a potentially fatal flaw in the movement. For much...

Faithful Catholics: don’t accept confusion about sexual morality by Phil Lawler (From Jul 3, 2019)

“Pride Month” has come to an end. And for the first two days of July, the first readings at Mass told the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. I’d call that a coincidence—if I believed in coincidences. Just after the middle of the month, Joseph Sciambra posted a very...

Sick of hearing about scandals in the Church? You should be. (Part I) by Phil Lawler (From Jul 24, 2019)

I quit. For more than 25 years now, I have been reporting and writing about scandal within the Catholic Church. Yesterday, as I wearily wrote one more article about episcopal corruption, I realized how much the topic has come to nauseate me. I can’t do it anymore. Since the 1990s I...

The real reason why Cuomo won’t be excommunicated by Phil Lawler (From Jan 26, 2019)

“The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.” T.S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral As the Washington Post (!) reported on calls for the excommunication of New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, who had strongly backed and applauded the...

Is the Pope a heretic? The danger of asking the wrong question by Phil Lawler (From May 3, 2019)

Was it sheer frustration that prompted a group of Catholic scholars to issue their open letter charging Pope Francis with heresy? If so, I can understand. I share the frustration. The silence of the Catholic hierarchy, in the face of confusion that is tearing the Church apart, is maddening. If...

The Easter Octave by Jennifer Gregory Miller (From Apr 24, 2019)

From the archives, originally posted March 30, 2016: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it, alleluia! With the whole Church we rejoice at the resurrection of Christ! The Church celebrates the Easter season or Eastertide. St. Athanasius said “[t]he fifty...