Priests, faithful

Bishop Paprocki Reflects on the Recent Violent Capitol Lockdown

The bishop of Springfield, Ill. considers the recent riots at the US Capitol posing critical questions that every Catholic should reflect upon during this crucial time. January 12, 2021 Editor's Note: Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill. offered this homily for the Feast of the... read more

Nigerian bishop kidnapped, Catholics pray for his safety

kidnapped by unknown gunmen Sunday, December 27. Credit: Public DomainBishop Moses Chikwe, Auxiliary Bishop of Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Owerri kidnapped by unknown gunmen Sunday, December 27. Credit: Public DomainCNA Staff, Dec 29, 2020 / 09:05 am MT (CNA).- The bishops of Nigeria have urged... read more

Will the Bishops Confront Biden?

By James Baresel, Crisis, December 29, 2020 When an Episcopalian cleric–cum-Dartmouth professor criticizes the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, it’s a safe bet our prelates have done something right. Indeed, such a man—one Randall Balmer—wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles... read more

President Trump’s Proclamation on 850th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket

By Donald J. Trump, the White House, Issued on: December 28, 2020 Today is the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket on December 29, 1170. Thomas Becket was a statesman, a scholar, a chancellor, a priest, an archbishop, and a lion of religious liberty. Before the Magna... read more

Federal appeals court blocks Governor Cuomo’s restrictions on size of religious gatherings

Catholic News Agency, December 28, 2020 Handing an important religious freedom victory to houses of worship in New York, the federal Second Circuit court ordered that the 10 and 25-person caps to worship had to be suspended while the case is pending. The Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is a... read more

The Martyrs of 2020: Disciples continue to witness to Christ

By John Burger, Aletia, December 26, 2020 Persecution of Christians leads to ultimate sacrifice in Nigeria and France.It might not have risen to the level of 2019, when 29 missionaries lost their lives throughout the world, but 2020 certainly had its share of martyrs. Near the beginning of... read more

California priest scores major victory against Gov. Newsom, can keep church open

A California judge relied on recent Supreme Court cases that invoke the First Amendment guarantee of religious liberty, 'even during a pandemic.' By Emily Mangiaracina, LifeSite News, December 23, 2020 LOS ANGELES, California, December 23, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The California Catholic... read more

Cardinal Pell says his conservative views drove public against him

BBC, December 20, 2020 George Pell, the Australian cardinal whose conviction for child abuse was overturned this year, has said his conservative Christian views drove public opinion against him. Speaking to the BBC, the 79-year-old said there was "no doubt" that his direct style and... read more

A letter to the faithful from the Colorado bishops on COVID-19 vaccines Archdiocese of Denver

December 14, 2020 The bishops of Colorado affirm that the use of some COVID-19 vaccines is morally acceptable under certain circumstances. The development and utilization of vaccines to eradicate certain infectious diseases is a remarkable advancement in medical technology. The Catholic Church... read more

On cages and evangelization in China

By George Weigel, December 16, 2020 Joshua Wong is a young Chinese human rights activist, recently sentenced to 13 and a half months in prison on the Orwellian charge of “incitement to knowingly take part in an unauthorized assembly” – meaning, in Chinese Newspeak, urging others to... read more

Archbishop Cordileone: Church’s pastors and lay Catholics who are prominent in public life should not support causes that violate the core teachings of the faith.

Most Rev. Salvatore J. CordileoneDecember 14, 2020 Spanish PDF In a recent article published in First Things Archbishop Charles Chaput, the Archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia, provided valuable clarification on some foundational moral and doctrinal principles that are very much being... read more

Father Rutler’s Scandal