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May 13, 2016
An ancient fresco depicting Phoebe, the deaconess mentioned in Romans 16:1

Pope Francis has agreed to create a commission to study the possibility of women deacons. Here are 12 things to know and share.

1. What happened?

On Thursday, May 12, Pope Francis met with a group of women religious who asked him about the possibility of creating a commission to study the possibility of women deacons, or deaconesses.

Edward Pentin...

May 12, 2016
Pope Francis knows the difference between "women deacons" and deaconesses.

If you heard a sonic boom in the last twenty-four hours or so, it was likely from the shock waves created by high-speed news reports on Pope Francis agreeing to create a special commission to examine the possibility of “women deacons” in the Church.

But if you’ve been there and done that (and even have the T-shirt), you already know that the high-speed prose that gives the secular media heart palpitations usually comes crashing back down to Earth in the form of a serious reality check...

May 11, 2016
If one can be a woman, why can't the other be a cat?

 If you haven’t seen “College Kids Say the Darndest Things,” a recent video released by the Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW), check it out. You will either laugh or weep.

Joseph Backholm, the executive director of FPIW, interviewed eight students from the University of Washington about gender identity. Backholm, a white, 5' 9"...

May 9, 2016

A slight detour on a cross-country trip took me to Possum Kingdom. The tiny community is in north-central Texas and lies nestled against the shore of a lake that attracts many people during the summer but few on the chilly day that I visited. I dropped in to see Bill and Mary Keeley, long-time friends of the family. When I was a teenager, they lived across the street from us, and I am godfather to two of their now-grown children.

Bill had sent me an e-mail a few weeks earlier, seeking...

May 6, 2016

Do you know the early warning signs of a young Catholic losing his faith? I do. I’ve seen them countless times in many young people over my nearly thirty-year career in Catholic apologetics and evangelization.

They include:

  • Apathy
  • Uncertainty and doubt
  • Giving in to difficult moral challenges and temptations
  • Feeling unloved or unaccepted by fellow Catholics

No doubt you’ve seen these warning signs in people you know. And maybe you’...