The Doctrine of the "Immaculata" - Pope Benedict XVI - Daughter Zion, Meditations on the Church's Marian Belief
She stands before him as a pure "Yes."
A year for mercy - Father Raymond J. de Souza - National Post
Pope Francis inaugurates on Tuesday a special "jubilee year of mercy" by opening the holy door reserved for such occasions at St. Peter's basilica.
Advent and self-denial - Blessed John Henry Newman - from Parochial and Plain Sermons
Rise up then in the morning with the purpose that (please God) the day shall not pass without its self-denial.
The Catholic Origins of Manliness - Michael P. Foley - Catholic Men's Quarterly
Christ's manliness transformed man's understanding of manhood, and it is this transformation that, through the development and mediation of the Catholic Church, became a new Western ideal.
"The Church has no authority...": On the Limits of the Pope - Adam A. J. DeVille -Catholic World Report
Papal authority cannot be used to promote favored papal causes, no matter how noble. It is to be used to keep the Church one and focused on the one true God.
Is honest always the best policy? - Rabbi Joseph Telushkin - Prager University
Pretty much everybody regards the Golden Rule — "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you" — as the best guide to moral behavior.
The World Doesn't Need Tinker Bell Catholicism - Father Dwight Longenecker -National Catholic Register
Tinker Bell seems to have invaded the mindset of modern man.
The word that I have spoken will be his judge - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor
The Second Sunday of Advent points attention to two kinds of judgment.
2nd Sunday of Advent - Father John Horgan - CERC
Jesus was born to die.
Editorials of Interest
What Really Happened at Synod 2015 - First Things
When the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops opened on October 4, it was already clear that there would be three synods: the real synod, the mainstream media synod, and the blogosphere synod.
Full text of Pope's in-flight interview from Africa to Rome - Catholic World Report
Pope Francis touched on inter-religious relations, the role of the media, and his favorite memories from Africa.
In war-torn Central African Republic, Francis concludes pastoral visit to Africa - Catholic World Report
Peace and renewal were major themes of the Holy Father's visit to the last of the three African countries on his itinerary.
A Catholic Primer on Jubilees for the Upcoming Year of Mercy - Quartermaster of the Barque
What exactly is a Jubilee and what are its origins?
When is a door not just a door? When it's a Holy Door. - Aleteia
Everything you ever wanted to know about Holy Doors — what they are, when they are, and why you should walk through one.
Wary of Risks in Jubilee Year, Rome Is on Alert - NY Times
Rome's police chief, Nicolo D'Angelo, said at a news conference in November that the tighter security measures were a response to a Jubilee in the time of ISIS.
Synod 2015 Revisited - First Things
George Weigel addresses some confusions about the Relatio Finalis through eight bullet-points, based on the original Italian text and informed by his experience of the discussions throughout Synod 2015.
Australian Bishops Point the Way for U.S. Church - Catholic Answers
Australian bishops defend the truth about the nature of marriage — according to Catholic teaching — in a fearless 15-page document.
Pray for Mother Angelica, a heroine who has always defended the faith - Catholic Herald
Mother Angelica's health is reportedly in decline. She has been fitted with a feeding tube and has "suffered a great deal" recently.
Progressives' deplorable reaction to the Planned Parenthood shooting - The Week
I could believe that pro-choicers are evil baby-killers, but I like to think they are simply misguided. In fact, I force myself to, because part of citizenship is to look at one's political opponents as human beings, engaged in the same endeavor as me, albeit disagreeing about means.
Supreme Court to Rule on the Biggest Abortion Case of the Decade - Catholic Lane
Allowing abortion businesses to operate without having to adhere to the basic standards required of all ambulatory surgical health facilities clearly places mothers' health at risk, reduces the standard of women's health care, and jeopardizes countless unborn lives.
Why the Pro-Life Movement Opposes Violence - NY Times
Evil is evil, but in a democratic society where political change can be sought freely and violence would clearly breed worse evils still, vigilante gestures against institutional evils are just, well, murder: Not acts of heroism, but grotesque wastes of human life.
Notre Dame Curriculum Committee Insists Theology Critical to Catholic Identity - Catholic Education Daily
"Notre Dame embraces a paradigm of the intellectual life that posits the complementarity of faith and reason."
Are womb transplants immoral? - OSV
A new procedure that could help women get pregnant raises ethical questions.
Books blog: The inspiring Catholics who strived for peace amid war - Catholic Herald
Good can come from evil — including the evil enacted before our eyes today in the Middle East.
Extraordinary life of first black priest in the United States is turned into a graphic novel - Catholic Herald
Chicago Cardinal Francis George introduced Fr Tolton's cause for canonisation in 2011 and the priest was declared a Servant of God.
My burden lifted forever - Catholic Herald
God had forgiven me, but had I forgiven myself? After all, the prodigal son didn't go back to the father the next day and say: "But father, do you really mean it?" The utter gift of His mercy seemed so large, so uncalled for, given what I'd done.
St. Bernardine of Siena, Pray for San Bernardino - Aleteia
Chaos seems to be descending upon us with such frequency that, while shaken, we find ourselves paradoxically benumbed; we are surely not indifferent, but these circumstances are beginning to feel so familiar that we are developing an ability to live our lives around them.
Tales of the Super Survivors - NY Times
Human beings are more resilient than we'd earlier thought. Many people bounce back from hard knocks and experience surges of post-traumatic growth.
The Lonely Road of the Church's "New Minority" - Catholic Lane
I would rather be a nobody in the church founded by Christ than a somebody in a house of cards.
Why we'd all be Catholic if we really thought about it - Catholic World Report
And why the only rational alternative to Catholicism is fatalism-hedonism.
Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman and
St. Justin Martyr, pray for us