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With this appointment, the Pope repudiates his predecessor by Phil Lawler (From Jul 18, 2023)

Since Archbishop (soon to be Cardinal) Victor Manuel Fernandez was named by Pope Francis to head the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF), much criticism of the appointment has focused on the strange book Archbishop Fernandez wrote more than thirty years ago: Heal Me With Your Mouth: The...

Cabrini secularizes a saint by Thomas V. Mirus (From Mar 4, 2024)

After I saw Cabrini, the new biopic of the great missionary saint who served the immigrant poor in New York, I perused some other Catholic reviews of the film, and something struck me as odd. The reviewers seemed to admit, tacitly or explicitly, what I observed in my own viewing: the film contains...

The best movies I watched in 2023 by Thomas V. Mirus (From Jan 23, 2024)

In the past, I’ve listed my favorite films I saw for the first time in the last year along with my books in the article on that topic. This time, I have decided to give the movies their own article for the sake of space. As you may know, I co-host Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast with...

Sacrilege against Mary in the new Padre Pio film by Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast (From Jun 1, 2023)

The new film Padre Pio, directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Shia LaBeouf, is ruined by a pornographic and sacrilegious scene involving abuse of a sacred image. James Majewski and Thomas Mirus contend that conscientious Catholics must not see this movie. They explain the difference...

Fool me once... by Phil Lawler (From Nov 30, 2023)

Like any journalist I hate to be beaten to a story, and this week Catholic World News (CWN) was late on a big one. Yet I have no regrets. If you’ll join me for a few minutes behind my editorial desk, I’ll explain why—and in the process, tell you something about CWN and about the...

Synodality and the Strickland case by Phil Lawler (From Nov 17, 2023)

After a month of Vatican insistence on listening to all perspectives, it is ironic, to say the least, that the next big news story was the removal of an American bishop, apparently for talking too much. But never mind the mixed messages. The ouster of Bishop Joseph Strickland could harm the cause...

A Vatican document that undermines itself by Phil Lawler (From Dec 18, 2023)

True, today’s declaration from the Vatican does not change Church teaching. Fiducia Supplicans earnestly insists on a distinction between giving a blessing to a homosexual couple and blessing their relationship. Good luck conveying that distinction to the world. Anyone can ask a priest for a...

A sin today, but not tomorrow: the curious doctrine of Pope Francis by Phil Lawler (From Aug 29, 2023)

“Today it is a sin to possess atomic bombs; the death penalty is a sin,” Pope Francis told a gathering of Jesuits in Lisbon earlier this month. These are stern, clear, uncompromising statements. But, the Pope continued, “it was not so before.” Thus in the past, the Pope...

In a Nutshell: Protecting your children in a digital world by Dr. Jeff Mirus (From Jul 3, 2023)

Update added July 2, 2023: This assessment appeared in 2017, that is, nearly six years ago, which is a long time in the Internet age. Nonetheless, the basic concerns are still relevant. While this article covers the problems presented by cell phones, clearly children should generally not have...

The best books Catholic Culture staff read in 2023 by Thomas V. Mirus (From Jan 16, 2024)

It’s time for the Catholic Culture staff’s roundup of our favorite things we read in the past year. This time we have lists by Dr. Jeff Mirus, Phil Lawler, Dr. Jim Papandrea, and Thomas Mirus. Dr. Jeff Mirus Looking back over the books I liked but did not find time to review...