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…Out of 197 active diocesan bishops. (The issue is abortion, if you couldn’t guess.) That’s Rocco Palmo’s count in the latest edition of The Tablet. He gathers his numbers from a review of interviews as well as their writings.

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa is a Franciscan Capuchin priest and since 1980 the Preacher to the Papal Household. In that job, he preaches weekly during Lent and Advent to the Pope and the cardinals, bishops and prelates of the Roman Curia. […]

Yes, Tampa Bay lost game one of the World Series to Philadelphia. Does that mean Obama will lose to McCain? Hey, who expected either the Rays or Obama to be here, anyway? Well, Nate Silver did. The genius behind FiveThirtyEight.com […]

A statement today from top leaders of the American hierarchy seems to say that neither side has the best–or most Catholic–approach to abortion. Or that’s how it reads to me. “Both opposing evil and doing good are essential obligations,” write […]

For Iraq’s Christians, “the Surge” has been more like “the Purge” as ethnic and religious fighting continues to decimate this ancient and once-thriving Christian population. Before the U.S. invasion, Iraqi Christians numbered about 1.5 million. Now the figure is less […]

Earlier today at Progressive Revival, I wrote about the latest round in “The Battle of the Bishops.” Now it looks like things are getting really raucous…A remarkable story, via Whispers, about Scranton Bishop Joseph F. Martino, who has become one […]

Or, “Catholics aren’t like Jews or Muslims…” That is one of the divides emerging during the current Synod on the Bible being held at the Vatican. (The formal title of the meeting of some 250 bishops and sundry experts is […]

When Louis Martin and Zélie Guérin, devout Catholics both, got married in 1858, they didn’t have sex. Nope. Not for 10 long months, until Zélie (God bless her) dragged her new husband to an old priest who straightened him out […]

The Red Sox stunned the Rays with an amazing 8-7 comeback win last night! Joy in Beantown! Faith at Fenway! Read the Globe coverage here. But was it perhaps something else that forestalled a renascent Curse? Such as this man, […]

Check out coverage of last night’s Al Smith Dinner at “Progressive Revival” including links to video and transcripts. Samples: McCAIN: “Even in this room full of proud Manhattan Democrats, I can’t shake that feeling that some people here are pulling […]

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