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Roe v. Wade Derangement Syndrome

The defense of the indefensible often leads to a kind of derangement in otherwise rational people. That was the case with the defenders of slavery and legalized racial segregation; it has become the case with abortion.

Synod of the Amazon and married priests

The news that Pope Francis has set in motion the planning for a synod of bishops of the Amazon region next year may not strike most U.S. Catholics as a matter of great interest. But hold on--there's a lot more at stake here than may appear at first glance. For if the bishops of the vast (2.1 million square miles), priest-short Amazon region ask for married priests and the Pope approves--and both of those things seem likely to happen--the synod will have taken a large step toward married priests in many areas besides the Amazon..

Moral Outrage

Moral outrage is the antithesis of morality. Yet it's everywhere present in our world today and is everywhere rationalized on the basis of God and truth.

Do Not Be Afraid of Holiness

Last week, Pope Francis published an apostolic exhortation on the call to holiness in today's world. Entitled Gaudete et Exsultate, "Rejoice and Be Glad," taken from Jesus' words from the Sermon on the Mount, the papal appeal passionately urges us "not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence," but to commit ourselves, body and soul, to responding to God's "call to holiness in today's world."

Pope Francis and hell

Q. Did Pope Francis just say that there is no hell? (Chesapeake, Virginia) A. No. Pope Francis did not say that there is no hell. That misinformation comes from a March 2018 article in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. The article -- written by that newspaper's co-founder and former editor, Eugenio Scalfari -- claimed that the pope had told Scalfari in a recent conversation that "the souls of those who are unrepentant, and thus cannot be forgiven, disappear" and that "hell does not exist; the disappearance of sinful souls exists."

Father of Alfie Evans meets pope, begs for help to save his son

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Begging Pope Francis to help his son, Alfie, Tom Evans met with the pontiff, pleading for "asylum" in Italy so his seriously ill son may receive care and not be euthanized in England.

New poll shows Americans still consider abortion a complicated issue

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Despite abortion having been part of the national debate for nearly a half-century, it remains a complex and complicated issue to a significant majority of Americans, according to a survey released April 17.

Iceland's Catholic leaders condemn circumcision law as anti-Semitic

The Catholic Church in Iceland is speaking out against a popular proposed law that could land Jewish and Muslim parents in prison for up to six years for circumcising their infant boys.

Scottish bishop criticizes BBC film for mockery of Eucharist

PAISLEY, Scotland (CNS) -- A Scottish bishop has criticized the BBC for making a film that describes the Eucharist as smelling "like hate."

Violent extremists tarnish image of their own faith, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Meeting with a top Muslim leader in Saudi Arabia, the Vatican's chief interreligious dialogue official called for the equal treatment of people of all religions, saying discrimination and double standards based on religious affiliation only increase Islamophobia and Christianophobia.