The Second Seal of Confession

The seal of Confession is a marvel of the Church’s pastoral care of souls. It is the promise on the part of the priest never to reveal the contents of a confession. Sinners are thus reassured that the secrets of … Continue reading

The Pachamama, Pope Francis, and the Pandemic

In several recent pronouncements, Pope Francis has hinted that the current coronavirus pandemic is a revenge of nature. “A Revenge of Nature”? In a March 22 interview with Spanish journalist Jordi Évole, Pope Francis was asked whether the present pandemic … Continue reading

The Coronavirus Is a Call to Return to God

Our reaction to the coronavirus reflects the crisis of our secular godless society. The problem is not the virus—as potentially lethal as it might be. This outbreak is a biological fact, like so many that have plagued humanity over the … Continue reading

How Adoration and Retreats Are Transforming Prisoners

A Catholic web site recently published an article titled “Authorities Dumbfounded at Retreats with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Prison, Causing a Total Change in Prisoners.” It is a striking testimony to the transformative power of the Church’s ministry. … Continue reading

Fr. Emil Kapaun: The Good Thief

On Easter morning, March 25, 1951, the Catholic priest mounted the steps of a partially destroyed church, and turned to face his congregation, some 60 men–gaunt, foul-smelling, in tattered clothing. Fr. Emil Kapaun raised a small, homemade, wooden cross to … Continue reading

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