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Pope Francis Tells Us Christ's Answer
In "Gaudete et exsultate," Pope Francis calls out his critics, explaining it is a rejection of the work of the Holy Spirit in the church today to hold on to the dead letter of the past. Read more
by Henry Karlson | A Little Bit of Nothing
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"Even in Catholic media...defamation and slander can become commonplace"
From the pope’s timely and welcome exhortation: 115. Christians too can be caught up in networks of verbal violence through the internet and the various forums of digital communication. Even in... Read more
by Deacon Greg Kandra | The Deacon's Bench
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The key to restoring communion between Catholic and Orthodox Churches? 
In his ecclesiological reflection Called to Communion, then-Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger devotes an entire chapter to Eucharistic ecclesiology. “The Church is Eucharist,” he stated, before introducing... Read more
by Pete Vere | Orthodoxy in Communion With Rome
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Gallup: Catholic Church Attendance Slides; Only 4 in 10 Go to Mass
Weekly church attendance has declined among U.S. Catholics in the past decade, while it has remained steady among Protestants. From 2014 to 2017, an average of 39% of Catholics reported attending... Read more
by Deacon Greg Kandra | The Deacon's Bench
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Looking for Wiggle Room on Labor Rights
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) filed an amicus brief in Mark Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, a Supreme Court Case in... Read more
by Jack Quirk | Christian Democracy
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The Tradition of Burning Judas at Easter
As Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, a town on Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula observed the holy day by burning an effigy of Judas at sea. The ritual burning of Judas... Read more
by Deacon Greg Kandra | The Deacon's Bench
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