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The crisis behind the departure crisisKevin and Marilyn Ryan

A young girl we know, recently changed schools because the one she was attending wasn't Catholic enough. She decided that she wanted a school where faith was first, not the more secular tone of her prestigious ...

Judas and his fateFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. There's a question that has occurred to me from time to time, and I would appreciate your answer. I was always led to believe that suicide is a mortal sin, so someone who takes his own life cannot ...

Young People, Faith and Vocational DiscernmentArchbishop Charles J. Chaput

Archbishop Chaput offered the following intervention at the Vatican during the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment Oct. 4. -- Editor I was elected to the synod's permanent ...

A NEW APOLOGETICSBishop Robert Barron

Bishop Barron offered the following intervention at the Vatican during the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment Oct. 4. -- Editor Jesus' encounter with two erstwhile disciples ...

Who you believeJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Whatever side of the he-said-she-said divide you're on, or whichever side ultimately prevails, the last few weeks of political theater prove one thing: what we believe most often depends on who we believe. ...

Healing fireBishop Mark O'Connell

Following is text of the homily delivered by Bishop Mark O'Connell at a Mass of the Holy Spirit for the Purification and Healing of our Church for Catholics in the North Region of the archdiocese, Sept. ...

What God has joinedScott Hahn

In today's Gospel, the Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a trick question. The "lawfulness" of divorce in Israel was never an issue. Moses had long ago allowed it (see Deuteronomy 24:1--4). But Jesus ...

Remedying the CorruptionFather Roger J. Landry

Over the two last weeks there have been various developments, bad and good, in the clergy sex abuse scandals. It was announced that former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is now living a life of prayer and ...

'Secret' church archivesFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Among its general findings, the Pennsylvania grand jury stated that canon law requires each diocese to maintain a "secret archive" to which only the bishop has the key. Is that true and, if so, what ...

To belong to ChristScott Hahn

Today's Gospel begins with a scene that recalls a similar moment in the history of Israel, the episode recalled in today's First Reading. The seventy elders who receive God's Spirit through Moses prefigure ...