Category: News

An End to Communion in the Hand?

The Turin-based La Stampa reports that the Vatican is poised to introduce stricter norms on Roman Catholic Masses, including halting the abuse of Communion in the hand and setting a time limit for homilies. The February 25 La Stampa quoted … Continue reading

Cardinal Dismisses Entire Board of London Catholic Hospital

After two years of conflict with the administration of a Catholic hospital in London, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has dismissed the entire board of directors of the institution. The drastic move was a result of disputes over contraception and abortion referrals … Continue reading

Russians Pledge to Support Serbia

The US is supporting Kosovo in her independence from Serbia. Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Medvedev — the next president — has pledged that Russia will “stick to” its support for Serbia in opposing Kosovo’s independence. Will we go to war, … Continue reading

Abortion Triple Tragedy

An abortive mother commits suicide, revealing in her note, “I should never have had an abortion. I see now I would have been a good mum.”

Once More, Pope Emphasizes Mission, Evangelism

In his message for the “Day of Prayer for Vocations,” the Holy Father highlighted the close connection of the priesthood and religious life to the mission of the Church. “Mission” and “evangelism” have been present in many of the pope’s … Continue reading

Infanticide and the Need for a Pro-Life Update

From and editorial on It is a funny thing, though, about the social left, with its ever fluid notion of truth and blind faith in the goodness of “progress” and “change”, that an opinion that is one day deemed … Continue reading

A Little Sociology from John Allen

Religion in America compared with Religion in Europe: Vatican officials tend to see the United States as a bulwark against secularism, especially in contrast with contemporary realities in Western Europe. Despite the fact that one can certainly find strong pockets … Continue reading

Not What We Hoped For

Let’s start from square one: I believe my religion is the true one — the one that came from, well, you know, God. If I am a logical person, I believe that other folks’ religions are not true (at least … Continue reading

Deepak Chopra / In the Vanguard of Antichrist

This spewer of new age garbage is hugely promoted by the media. His mug is familiar to anyone who has nothing better to do than surf television channels, as his seminars are broadcast all over the English speaking world, practically … Continue reading

George Bush, Space Cowboy?

 Maybe this was a humanitarian mission, to prevent wreckage from a dead satellite from littering a 100 mile swath. Perhaps the environmental aspect was the reason, as it was supposed to contain deadly fuel. Or, maybe it was a statement … Continue reading

Soft-peddling of Pope’s Stern Message to Jesuits

(CWN) Pope Benedict delivered a stern, no-nonsense message to Jesuit leaders on February 21. The CWN coverage of the Pope’s talk was not terribly different from the accounts carried here and here and even here.

Oprah & Friends: My salvation comes from me

Reach under your seats and find… a new pantheistic religion! From Whispers in the Loggia: Oprah Winfrey will be letting out all the stops on her XM Satellite Radio program this coming year. Beginning January 1, 2008, “Oprah & Friends” … Continue reading

Pope Gives Cubans Catholic Meat and Potatoes

From Pope Benedict XVI’s Letter to the Cuban Bishops: To announce true doctrine, to begin listening to and deepening one’s understanding of the word of God, to promote participation in the sacraments and foster a life of prayer are primary … Continue reading