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New Mexican bishops standing up for marriage

With all the hubbub this week surrounding SCOTUS hearing cases on gay marriage, the bishops of New Mexico have offered their thoughts in a statement released today (March 27th), saying that Marriage should be protected against attempts to redefine it. I’ve summarized it here, but to read the entire statement, please visit Santa Fe’s website [...]

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Unusual allies in the ‘gay marriage’ debate

As a panel of 9 justices in D.C. considers whether to redefine marriage as it has always been understood, academics from diverse political backgrounds are united in questioning the wisdom of tampering with the most basic of social institutions. Princeton Professor Robert P. George, joined by scholars Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis, recently released [...]

Tim ‘the Man’ Harris

Tim Harris is not your typical young adult. As many post-grads are still trying to figure out why in the world they thought it was a good idea to major in Comparative Literature only to get a job at Starbucks, Tim is pursuing his dreams. At 27, he already has more medals than Michael Phelps, [...]

Dr. Mark Labberton. Credit: Fuller Theological Seminary.

Want good Sunday homilies? Form preachers, not sermons

I talked with Dr. Mark Labberton last week, he’s the incoming president of Fuller Theological Seminary, which forms evangelical pastors who serve throughout the world. Much of our conversation can be found here, but there was a bit more than just didn’t fit into the article, but I wanted to share with you all. He [...]

Papal Inauguration Mass in St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis on March 19, 2013. Credit: Jeffrey Bruno/CNA

Pope Francis brings in Rome’s poor for Holy Thursday

Italy’s news agency AGI is reporting that the Holy Father has ensured that 3000 of Rome’s poor will be present at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper which he will celebrate in the evening of Holy Thursday, which is March 28th this year. Caritas of the Diocese of Rome has been given the tickets to [...]

Papal Inauguration Mass in St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis on March 19, 2013. Credit: Jeffrey Bruno/CNA

Biography: the life of Pope Francis

Our new Pope, Francis, was born on Dec. 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires as Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He is 76 years old, and while an Argentinian by birth, his surname betrays his Italian roots. His father was a railway worker who immigrated to Argentina from Italy, and Bergoglio is one of five children. After earning [...]

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Pope Francis and the ‘dirty’ media tactics of the New York Times

Carson Holloway makes some astute observations in his recent Catholic Vote post. He exposes one example of “the unfairness, dishonesty, ignorance, and irrationality at work” already in the media’s coverage of Pope Francis. Unable to claim that the new Pontiff is disinterested in the poor, certain segments of the media have attempted to smear his [...]

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What is a Papal inaugural Mass?

What’s the deal with Pope Francis’ inaugural Mass tomorrow? He’s already the Pope – canon law tells us that the Roman Pontiff “obtains full and supreme power in the Church” as soon as he accepts his election and is a bishop, which Cardinal Bergoglio did and already was. So his inaugural Mass, being held tomorrow [...]

Pope Francis meets with the cardinals in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace on March 15, 2013. Credit: CTV.

The Pope’s agenda

Despite Pope Francis’ immense popularity with the masses, some Catholic pundits have expressed angst and irritation over not knowing clearly where Pope Francis is going. He hasn’t yet been officially inaugurated as Pope, but already some are clamoring to know what his agenda is, how he is going to handle this or that, (with “this [...]

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A Pope who quotes Bloy

Very few Catholics today are familiar with the writings of French convert Léon Bloy. Among other things, it is very likely that the term “politically incorrect” was coined in reference to him. During his first homily, Pope Francis quoted Bloy: “When one does not confess Jesus Christ, I am reminded of the expression of Léon [...]

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October 30, 2014

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