Was the last ‘witch’ of Boston actually a Catholic martyr?

Ann Glover was convicted of being an “idolatrous Roman Catholick” and a witch

The following comes from an October 31 Catholic News Agency article by Mary Rezac: The last person hanged for witchcraft in Boston could be considered a Catholic martyr. In the 1650s, Ann Glover and her family, along with some 50,000 other native Irish people, were enslaved by Englishman Oliver Cromwell during the occupation of Ireland and shipped to the island of … [Read more...]

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With Pope’s cardinal picks, Bernardin’s ‘seamless garment’ is back

Pope's choice of three new American cardinals telegraphs direction in which he wishes U.S. Church to go

The following comes from an October 9 Crux article by John L. Allen Jr.: By naming Blase Cupich of Chicago, Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis and Kevin Farrell, formerly of Dallas, as cardinals, Pope Francis has moved the senior leadership of the American Catholic Church to a centrist, non-cultural warrior stance reminiscent of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin's "seamless … [Read more...]

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Why join a church whose priests are little monsters?

New York Times opinion writer asserts that Pope Francis has failed to bring fallen-away Catholics back to church

The following comes from a September 28 New York Times op-ed by Matthew Schmitz: When Pope Francis ascended to the chair of St. Peter in March 2013, the world looked on in wonder. Here at last was a pope in line with the times, a man who preferred spontaneous gestures to ritual forms. Francis paid his own hotel bill and eschewed the red shoes. Rather than move into the grand … [Read more...]

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Does the pope dislike Americans?

Crux article argues that Pope Francis doesn't always feel warm and fuzzy about the Stars and Stripes

The following comes from a May 20 Crux article by John L. Allen Jr.: This week, Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register published a major sit-down interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay, leader of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, the headline from which was Fellay’s diagnosis that a deal for reunion with Rome is close, coupled with his insistence the society … [Read more...]

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That’s not what Pope Francis said

Catholics support gay marriage as much as general population and believe the pope has backed It, study finds

The following is from an August 27 Christian Post article by Stoyan Zaimov: A study by the Public Religion Research Institute released in August on the beliefs of American Catholics has found that despite the Church's teachings, they support same-sex marriage and abortion just as much as the general population. What is more, a large percentage of Catholic respondents … [Read more...]

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