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Reclaiming Tradition on Fratelli tutti

I had the pleasure of having been invited to the podcast “Tradition Reclaimed“, a Youtube channel focused on advancing authentic tradition, in communion with the living magisterium. In this episode we talked about the encyclical Fratelli tutti and the richness of tradition underlying it.

Reclaiming Tradition on Fratelli tutti
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Abortion and Political Love

Now that the votes have been cast in the US election, I hope Catholics can once again discuss the issue of abortion without being accused of trying to sway the Catholic vote. And discuss it we must, because it is clear that something has gone wrong in the way we as Catholics are...

Abortion and Political Love
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Faith, Hope, Love: Antidotes for the Pandemic and Beyond

The Christian story began amidst great turmoil: The passion, suffering, and crucifixion of Jesus; the continuing doubts, even after the Resurrection; the long and brutal persecution; and the dispersal of believers across the Roman Empire. This was the context of the birth of the Church. Yet there was a paradox that defined the...

Faith, Hope, Love: Antidotes for the Pandemic and Beyond
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Pope clarifies Amoris Laetitia in new book

“This was the great breakthrough the Spirit brought us: a better synthesis of truth and mercy in a fresh understanding drawn from within our own Tradition. Without changing law or doctrine but recovering an authentic meaning of both, the Church is now better able to walk with people who are living together or...

Pope clarifies Amoris Laetitia in new book
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The judgement will be on love, not on feelings

During his homily at Mass this morning for the Solemnity of Christ the King, Pope Francis spoke about the Gospel reading from Matthew, on God’s judgement. He reminded us that God gives us the freedom to choose what to do with our lives: Life, we come to see, is a time for making...

The judgement will be on love, not on feelings
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Theodore McCarrick, the Jersey Shore, and Me

When I was almost nine years old, my mother and I moved from Vermont to New Jersey in search of a better school district. I lived full-time in New Jersey until I started college and I continued to go back to Jersey on break until a semester or two before I graduated in...

Theodore McCarrick, the Jersey Shore, and Me
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Which Pope said this?

Journalism, with its immense and direct influence on public opinion, cannot be guided by economic forces, profit and partisan interests alone. Instead, it must be regarded in a certain sense as a “sacred” task, to be carried out with the awareness that the powerful means of communication are entrusted to you for the...

Which Pope said this?
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Response to Raymond Arroyo

Thursday night, at the conclusion of The World Over, Raymond Arroyo responded to the piece I published Wednesday about his interview last week with the former US papal nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò. His response is below (starting at 55:20): I want to be as transparent as possible in my response. Arroyo’s first...

Response to Raymond Arroyo
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Jeremiah, the wounded prophet of Church unity

The experience of the Old Testament figure Jeremiah with God and his people makes this prophet a fitting model for unity in a divided world. Much like the world we live in today, Jeremiah’s time was one of extreme uncertainty, complacency, and factionalism. The way Jeremiah worked for and embodied the spirit of...

Jeremiah, the wounded prophet of Church unity
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Mary shows us how God takes the reins

Mary did not autonomously conduct her life: she waits for God to take the reins of her path and guide her where He wants. She is docile, and with her availability she prepares the grand events in which God takes part in the world. — Pope Francis, General Audience, November 18, 2020 In...

Mary shows us how God takes the reins
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Viganò burns EWTN and Raymond Arroyo

Catholic media serves a vital role in service of the Church’s mission of evangelization. Good journalism and expert commentary can help inform Catholics about the important issues facing the Church. It can empower us to be more effective in the world. The trustworthiness of Catholic media has become increasingly important as trust in...

Viganò burns EWTN and Raymond Arroyo
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Will Vos Estis Stop Another McCarrick?

The McCarrick Report details Theodore McCarrick’s rise through the ranks of the Catholic Church while he sexually abused young men and minors and successfully covered up his crimes. The Report captures the horror of Theodore McCarrick’s sins in a glaringly dispassionate tone, and its matter-of-fact style is unsettling, especially in how it reveals...

Will Vos Estis Stop Another McCarrick?
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Bright spots from the USCCB General Assembly Day 1

The US Bishops met today (virtually) for their annual general assembly meeting. If you want to read commentary on the proceedings and votes of today, there’s plenty of that on other sites. Two things stood out to me that I would like to share. First, the speech by the US papal nuncio, Archbishop...

Bright spots from the USCCB General Assembly Day 1
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The World Day of the Poor: An Appeal

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, today is the World Day for the Poor. In his message for today, the Holy Father Pope Francis returned to perhaps the most dominant theme of his pontificate: helping the poor and weakest. Speaking about this year’s theme, “Stretch forth your hand to the poor” (Sir...

The World Day of the Poor: An Appeal
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The Parable of Eternal Possibilities

A reflection on the Sunday readings for November 15, 2020  The latest data tells us that the richest 1% own more than half of the world’s wealth. In the United States, top 20% of Americans own 86% of the country’s wealth and the bottom 80% of the population own only 14%. I begin with...

The Parable of Eternal Possibilities
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Making a Holy Ruckus

Earlier today, I joined my friends Josh Moldiz and Fr. Pat Mullan for a live podcast with The Holy Ruckus, a Catholic media apostolate that Josh started a few years ago with some other local Catholics in the DC area. We talked about Pope Francis, our faith background, and some of the inner...

Making a Holy Ruckus
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Which Pope said this?

““If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics...

Which Pope said this?
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Realities are Greater than Ideas

Realities are greater than ideas. Pope Francis keeps saying these words, and I think his understanding of this is something that sets him apart from his immediate predecessors. Don’t get me wrong—I love Popes Benedict and St. John Paul II. I think they were brilliant and holy men to whom I (and the...

Realities are Greater than Ideas
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