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Possible to confess online?

Q. Is Catholic confession available online? This would be so convenient. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) A. Certainly at this time, there is no provision in the church's sacramental practice for online confession ...



A century after the ArmisticeGeorge Weigel

I'm just old enough to remember when my elders still called November 11 "Armistice Day:" the armistice in question that which stopped the shooting in the Great War. As a military matter, World War I may ...

Dual CitizenshipFather Ron Rolheiser

I live on both sides of a border. Not a geographical one, but one which is often a dividing line between two groups. I was raised a conservative Roman Catholic, and conservative in most other things ...

The Paradigm for Bishop-Led Church ReformFather Roger J. Landry

The bishops of the United States are in Baltimore this week for their annual Fall meeting, but this year's reunion is anything but routine. It will be focused fundamentally, with prayer, penance, and ...

USCCB meeting: What just happened, and what might happen next?JD Flynn

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2018 CNA.- During a holy hour Monday morning, two survivors of clerical sexual abuse spoke to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops about their experiences, and their hopes for ...

The time that Jesus called someone a dogMichael Pakaluk

It's a difficult passage -- when Jesus in an exchange with "the Syrophoenecian woman" calls her a dog. How can we make sense of it? Both Mark (7:24-30) and Matthew (15:21-28) tell the story. Thus one ...

Roberts stole that baseDick Flavin

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Beantown nine that night; Down three games to none, ninth inning, end in sight. So to the stricken multitude ignominy beckoned. Then pinch runner Roberts made a ...

What's happening in collaboratives now?Sister Pat Boyle

This past June, 19 collaboratives began the work of strengthening their parishes for the work of evangelization. Last month, the pastors of those Phase 6 collaboratives attended the orientation and workshop ...

Remembering World War I and the ArmisticeAshlynn Rickord

Americans rejoiced on Nov. 11, 1918, when an armistice was reached with the German Empire, effectively ending World War I. This Sunday marks the 100-year anniversary, which calls us to look back on the ...