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Kate Bush has noted that “there’s a lot of suffering in Roman Catholicism” (photo: Alamy). 
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
Kate Bush’s 1985 hit “Running Up that Hill” has exploded across pop culture. But it's more than just the song in “Stranger Things.” It’s also deeply religious.
FaithFaith and Reason
John W. O’Malley
The papalization of the church reached its most robust form in the first half of the 20th century, but it might be seeing its twilight under Pope Francis.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Stephen McNulty
Catholics have an opportunity to approach tobacco policy for what it is—a pro-life issue.
President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference on the final day of the NATO summit in Madrid, Thursday, June 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Politics & SocietyNews
Chris Megerian - Associated Press
President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would support an exception to the Senate filibuster to protect access to abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
With empty pews on his right and left, a man walks away, towards the open doors of the church
FaithNews
Joachim Heinz — Catholic News ServiceThomas Winkel — Catholic News Service
“The figures for 2021 show the profound crisis in which we find ourselves as the Catholic Church in Germany," said Bishop Georg Bätzing.
A heart drawn in the sand next to the water on a beach.
FaithThe Good Word
Terrance Klein
Our eschatology became focused upon place rather than person, but that is a fundamental distortion of the Gospel preached by the disciples.
Photo: Planet Fitness (@PlanetFitness)
FaithFaith in Focus
Joe Hoover, S.J.
The fact is, no one—no church or priest, friendly gym or unfriendly one—can judge us without our cooperation.
Close-up of a bride and groom holding hands on their wedding day.
FaithFaith in Focus
Simcha Fisher
Preparation for marriage should rely less on workbooks and more on prayer and community.
FILE - Archbishop Gregory Aymond conducts the procession to lead a live streamed Easter Mass in St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Sunday, April 12, 2020. The FBI has opened a widening investigation into Roman Catholic sex abuse in New Orleans, looking specifically at whether priests took children across state lines to molest them. The FBI declined to comment, as did the Louisiana State Police, which is assisting in the inquiry. The Archdiocese of New Orleans declined to discuss the federal investigation.
FaithNews
Jim Mustian - Associated Press
The F.B.I. has opened a widening investigation into sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in New Orleans going back decades.
Pope Francis, flanked by three priests, somberly elevates the Eucharist
FaithNews
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service
The “sense of mystery” Catholics should experience at Mass is not one prompted by Latin or by “creative” elements added to the celebration.
Pope Francis, greets Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her husband, Paul Pelosi before celebrating a Mass on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Pelosi met with Pope Francis on Wednesday and received Communion during a papal Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, witnesses said, despite her position in support of abortion rights. (Vatican Media via AP)
Politics & SocietyNews
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis on Wednesday and received Communion during a papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, witnesses said, despite her position in support of abortion rights.
Arts & CultureCatholic Book Club
James T. Keane
Noted primarily for his work on religious liberty, John Courtney Murray, S.J., provided much of the basis for theological and political reflection on the relationship between church and state on these shores through his voluminous writings.
Politics & SocietyPodcasts
The Gloria Purvis Podcast
When it comes to social justice issues, “the church can show up as moral first responders or as funeral directors,” says Cornell Brooks.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Several acts of vandalism targeting Catholic churches occurred in the days following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Participants in prayer during Mass at the Labor Day Encuentro gathering at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 2018. (CNS photo/ Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)
FaithDispatches
J.D. Long-García
“A good youth ministry program in a multicultural space can be where you integrate communities together and allow for them to really have an appreciation for different cultures.”
Politics & SocietyNews
Catholic News Service
The archbishop of San Antonio offered prayers for 46 people found dead and another 16 survivors discovered June 27 in sweltering conditions in a semi-truck. Four more later died after being taken to hospitals.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Rachel Lu
We cannot protect the unborn simply by defeating something or rolling back cultural developments. We must build something.
FaithThe Word
Jaime L. Waters
July 3, 2022, the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Reflecting on God’s love and care as that of a mother for her children can help us to draw new insights, nuances and meanings in our personal relationship with God.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Robert David Sullivan
Abortion polls tell part of the story.
A demonstrator holds a crucifix during a protest against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government in Managua May 15, 2018. (CNS photo/Oswaldo Rivas, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Dany Díaz Mejía
Human rights in Nicaragua have deteriorated since a political crisis in 2018 pitted the increasingly authoritarian Ortega government against democracy and political reform advocates.