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In a sense, there were two synods taking place earlier this month, one inside the Synod Hall and the other in the media

Last Saturday, the synod closed with the voting on the final report and with a final address by the Pope, which was greeted with a prolonged standing ovation. The week of high drama ended with a great sigh of relief: schism, which seeme...

The president of the USCCB discusses the synod, the “relatio,” and the work that lies ahead.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, was an active participant in this month’s Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” The synod’s purpose was to examine challenges to the family ...

Is David Fincher a modern-day Hitchcock? Gone Girl demonstrates the comparison’s strengths and weaknesses.

I caught Gone Girl on the heels of a debate with another Catholic in the film industry about director David Fincher. “He’s too nihilistic,” says my friend, remarking on Fincher’s forte in the bleak and grim. The director’s slick, glossy films definitely revel in dark themes and twisted characters. But I have—with some qualifi...

The family is an active and vital agent in establishing a civilization of love and the renewal of Christian culture.

This article was first published on April 25, 2014, shortly before Pope John Paul II was canonized by Pope Francis. We are running it again today, the first feast day of St. John Paul II. 

The disastrous mid-term relatio seeded confusion, conflict, and lingering bitterness at every level of the Church. But the synod itself was only Act One.

Upon becoming director of media relations for the American bishops in late 1969, I quickly made a crucial discovery about my new employers. With just a handful of exceptions, the bishops were painfully naïve about the news business, yet convinced they could manipulate the process to get the story told as they wished.

They were wrong of course,...

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