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November 29, 2015
Photo Credit: Reuters/Isaiah J. Downing

By now you’ve probably heard about the tragic shooting of two civilians and a police officer outside of a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado on Friday. The motive behind the shooting is still under investigation, but it's possible that the shooter was motivated in some way by a personal opposition to abortion.

November 29, 2015

 “Out of the mouths of babes . . . and dissident priests.” Or something like that.

Rummaging around, I came across an old newspaper column that amused me when I first read it and amuses me still. I never thought I would find the late Fr. Richard P. McBrien (1936–2015), long-time head of the theology department at Notre Dame, giving a coherent argument in favor of priestly celibacy, but he did, right in the pages of The National Catholic Reporter.

In fairness I should...

November 23, 2015

The ancient Liber Pontificalis (Book of Pontiffs) gives brief lives of the first 108 holders of the see of Rome. Only recently has this important work been translated into English, allowing those of us whose Latin is less than fluent to browse at will.

The fourth pope listed is Clement, known to history as Clement of Rome and the author of an epistle, addressed to the Corinthians, that is used by Catholic apologists to show the early exercise of papal authority. It...

November 20, 2015

Pope Francis recently answered a Lutheran woman’s question regarding the possibility of her taking Communion with her Catholic husband at Mass.

His remarks, which he made at an ecumenical meeting in a Lutheran church, have raised eyebrows.

You can read them online here. Another translation is...

November 19, 2015

There is a lot of debate right now about how to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis. In September, when photos surfaced of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned off the coast of Turkey, there was an outpouring of support. Pope Francis even asked...