Few Things are More Lovely Than a Church That Looks Like a Church

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Tucked back on a side street just outside of downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, sits St. Edward Catholic Church. Its steeple can’t be seen from the highway that runs just a few blocks to the east, and its stunning architecture is mostly hidden by the buildings around it. It’s not something most people would accidentally stumble across. It’s one of those hidden treasures known only to the locals.

We found it this weekend after staggering from hotel to hotel in search of a room. Weary from a five-day-long road trip that had carried us through eight states, we gratefully collapsed in the only beds we could find, which were in a run-down hotel just blocks from St. Edward.

We woke stiff, sore,...READ MORE

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4 Reasons I Do Not Believe in the Limbo of Infants

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Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506), “Christ's Descent Into Limbo”

In my last article, I explained why the Limbo of Infants is not defined Catholic dogma, but instead a “theological hypothesis” (to use Ratzinger’s words) that Catholics are free to accept or to not accept. I promised a follow-up giving my own reasons—certainly not the only ones that could be given—why I do not believe in Limbo.

I need to start with the “Big Red Disclaimer,” as Jimmy Akin has called it: This is not just a theoretical or theological discussion for me. Ten years ago, on April 18, 2006, my daughter was stillborn. Where is she? I asked pointedly in RCIA one night. And I was told about the baptism of desire, and that the birth waters were Caitlyn’s baptismal waters.

As it turns...READ MORE

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The Remarkable Conversion of an Abortionist

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Dr. Anthony Levatino

Talk about a conversion story.

Dr. Anthony Levatino is an OB/GYN who performed roughly 1,200 abortions in the Albany, New York area, including second trimester ones, before a radical pro-life conversion. 

For most of us it's simply unfathomable that someone could routinely do abortions—something Levatino describes as far more brutal than most people realize—and lay out the dismembered parts of an unborn child.

For Levatino, the truth is, his journey from abortionist to pro life advocate was a long one.

I used to tell myself a million excuses to justify what I did: ‘We need the money.’ ‘I'm not pro-abortion, I'm pro-woman.’ ‘Abortion is only a small part of what I do as a doctor.’  I...READ MORE

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Countdown to World Youth Day: Singing the Sacred in Krakow

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Fr. Tomasz Grabowski

During a research trip to Krakow, I was able to time my journey with the ordination of a good friend. My guest room was across from a noisy bar, so adjusting to jetlag seemed to a fruitless effort. (Travel tip: don’t forget your ear plugs.) The morning of the ordination, I slept through my alarm and frantically rushed into the church, still in something of a daze because my body thought it was 3am. 

I will never forget what happened next. The music started and I was suddenly taken to a place of beauty I never been to before. My fatigue vanished and I was completely enthralled with the orchestra’s accompaniment throughout the ordination Mass. It was a Mass where the joy of the occasion –...READ MORE

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Pontifical Academy Prepares to Host Senator Sanders at the Vatican

Academy chancellor feels the burn after controversially issuing invitation in the middle of a presidential election campaign.

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Senator Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders will take a break from his campaign to become the Democratic Party’s Presidential nominee when he controversially delivers a 10 minute talk at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in the Vatican on Friday.

A Jewish agnostic, Sanders has said he is a “big, big fan of the Pope” and will be speaking at a conference to mark the 25th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s encyclical on the economy and social justice at the end of the Cold War, Centesimus Annus.

"I obviously would not be leaving in the middle of a very hard-fought primary here if this were not an opportunity that comes once in a lifetime," said Sanders in a phone interview with the Associated Press...READ MORE

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Fighting the Good Fight to Help a Stranger in a Strange Land

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Le Van Cuong

"Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless. Speak for them and be a righteous judge. Protect the rights of the poor and needy." (Proverbs 31:8-9)

I first met Shaw Jong in 2013 while volunteering with the homeless on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

It was difficult to have a conversation with Shaw as he seemed to be always enjoying a private, unheard joke between him and the Creator. His constant, warm smile was a bit unnerving but perhaps that's just because I'm a jaded New Yorker. People who smile and look you directly in the eye aren't typical in Gotham.

Shaw is a naturalized American citizen, having immigrated from Taiwan as an...READ MORE

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Is ‘The Jungle Book’ Blasphemous?

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In his Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling offers quaintly mythic etiology-accounts or origin stories for such phenomena as the tides (“The Crab That Played With the Sea”) and the distinctive features of various animals (“How the Camel Got His Hump,” “How the Leopard Got His Spots,” etc.). In The Second Jungle Book, in the tale “How Fear Came,” the elephant Hathi relates an elephant creation-myth for the Jungle. According to this tale, Tha, First of the Elephants and Lord of the Jungle, drew the jungle from the watery depths with his trunk.

This story is briefly alluded to in the splendid new movie version of The Jungle Book, in a scene I wrote about with admiration in my review: The...READ MORE

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Livi: 'Amoris Laetitia' Is Vulnerable to 'Every Malevolent Interpretation'

Italian priest philosopher Antonio Livi reflects on Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the family.

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Professor Antonio Livi.

Father Antonio Livi is a well known philosophy professor, a former lecturer at the Pontifical Lateran University and a prolific author known for his original “philosophy of common sense”.

In this reflection on Amoris Laetitia, published below, Father Livi takes the same line as Cardinal Raymond Burke by saying the exhortation “is not, and does not try to be, a magisterial act with which new doctrines are taught, providing the faithful with new authoritative interpretations of dogma.”

But without questioning the Pope’s pastoral intentions, which he has no doubt are “all holy and for the advantage and common good” of the Church, Father Livi nevertheless notes “the uneasiness” of the...READ MORE

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