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The Difference Between Rhetoric and Logic

By Angelo Stagnaro | “If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.” —Blaise Pascal   The Old Gray Mare ain’t what she used to be. It doesn’t take a great deal for the New York Times...

We Are Created for Joy

By Claire Dwyer | Sunday, Dec. 16, is the Third Sunday of Advent. Mass Readings:  Zephaniah 3:14-18A; Isaiah 12: 2-3, 4, 5-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18. On the Third Sunday of Advent in 1944, a...

Church of England to Create ‘Celebratory’ Transgender Liturgies

By Ed Condon/CNA | LONDON — The Church of England has published pastoral guidelines for liturgical services that would celebrate the completion of “gender transitioning” by those Anglicans who identify as...

Would It Matter If We’re Living in a Simulation?

By Jimmy Akin | A reader writes: My good sir, a baptized Catholic who is away from the Faith asked me at work this week: “How do we know we are not living in a computer simulation? What is wrong with Elon Musk’s simulation...

Are the Gospels a Myth?

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker | One of the most common pronouncements by the atheists is that “Christianity is a myth.” Are they right? Is Christianity a myth? Are the gospels myths?  In a sense the gospels function like a myth....

The Remedy of Silence, Dating Outside the Church, The Von Trapp Family Advent Traditions, and More!

By Tito Edwards | The Remedy of Silence - Sam Guzman, The Catholic Gentleman+++ Dating Outside the Church – Paul Kniaz, Catholic Stand The Von Trapp Family Advent Traditions – Maria Augusta Von Trapp,...

What Were the “Minor Orders,” and Why Do They Matter?

By Kevin Di Camillo | Although they had been around since at least the Council of Trent in the 16th century in their renewed and current form, the “Minor Orders” — that is, the steps to becoming a priest — were suppressed after...

Pope’s Homosexuality Comments Could Encourage Discussion at Abuse Summit

By Edward Pentin | VATICAN CITY — Is Pope Francis, through some recent comments he has made, encouraging a broader discussion of homosexuality in the consecrated and priestly life ahead of the Vatican...

St. Nicholas Speaks, Love's Pure Light, Shepherds’ Carol

By Dave Armstrong | I'd like to present my semi-historical poem about St. Nicholas (2012), another one of mine from 2001, that’s almost like a mini-catechism, and Shepherds’ Carol (2010).    St. Nicholas Speaks My name is St....

Steubenville Group Sends 50 Missionaries Worldwide

By Jim Graves | Ad Gentes Mission (www.adgentesmission.org) was established in 2017 to assist independent lay missionaries with planning and executing missions throughout the world. Founded by Franciscan University of...