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Joe Biden, pre-conciliar Catholic?

The image of the pre-conciliar Catholic Church in the United States as catechetically effective and politically potent can be hard to square with the long-term damage done to Catholicism's role in American public life by that very pre-Vatican II Catholic, John F. Kennedy.

How not to choose a president

Let me begin with what I suspect will be a welcome promise -- I won't tell you which candidate to vote for or how I plan to vote. As to the first, by this point in the campaign I suspect that you've made your choice. As to the second, I also suspect you don't really care very much how I cast my ballot.

Coming to know the original three-dimensional Carlo Acutis

Last Saturday in Assisi, Carlo Acutis was beatified. On Monday, the Church celebrated his feast for the first time, on the 14th anniversary of Carlo's 2006 death of acute leukemia. The time between Carlo's birth into eternal life and his being raised to the altars was almost as brief as his 15 years of life on earth. In that short span, however, Carlo not only experienced the "life to the full" (Jn 10:10) that Christ came into the world to bring, but became a teacher to his parents, peers, the poor, and now the whole Church.

Democracy and distrust

I have to say a word about the hypocrisy of the Democrats' attacks on Judge Amy Coney Barrett. The traditional knock on Catholics in public office has been that they can't be trusted, because "they owe a blind obedience to an infallible pope, who has the keys of their consciences tied to his girdle," as John Locke put it.

Vaccine from aborted fetuses

Q. I have been reading about vaccines being developed that use cell lines from aborted fetuses. Can you explain to me the Catholic teaching with regard to using these cell lines? (Albany, New York)

Nigerian bishops back #EndSARS protests against police brutality

LAGOS, Nigeria (CNS) -- Several Nigerian bishops, including the head of the bishops' conference, have criticized police attacks that have left at least 10 protesters dead and hundreds injured. The bishops say the protests are symptomatic of ongoing corruption issues in the country.

Brooklyn Diocese 'extremely disappointed' court sided with new COVID-19 limits

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CNS) -- After a federal judge sided with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in its court fight against the state's latest restrictions on houses of worship, the Brooklyn Diocese "is extremely disappointed" but is considering its "appellate options," Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said in a statement.

Demonstrators burn two churches in Chile on anniversary of protests

SANTIAGO, Chile (CNS) -- Demonstrators burned two Catholic churches in Chile, where gatherings to mark the one-year anniversary of mass protests against inequality descended into chaos.

In virtual seminar, Catholics urged to stand for faith in public square

PHOENIX (CNS) -- Ahead of what has been described as one of the most contentious elections in the United States, the Diocese of Phoenix offered a perspective on the role and responsibility of Catholics in the voting booth during its recent "Catholics in the Public Square Seminar" livestreamed from the diocesan pastoral center.

Vatican coins illustrate Bible stories, mark anniversaries

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The most expensive Vatican commemorative coins for 2020 continue a numismatic series illustrating scenes from the Acts of the Apostles; the other mid-October issues mark important anniversaries and themes dear to the heart of the pope.