Matthew Bunson

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The Catechism Turns 25

More than twelve years since the end of the pontificate of St. John Paul II, the Church continues to assess and meditate on one of the most significant pontificates in history. And no assessment of his extraordinary papal era can overlook one of...

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Abp. Gomez: "America is still a beacon of hope"

The first Monday in October is a day that many across the country – but especially those in Washington, D.C. – circle on their calendar. That is, of course, because it is the start of the Supreme Court’s annual term. On the Sunday before the...

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From Dogma to Handmaids

As has been documented in the Register here and here and across much of Catholic media and even some secular media, in early September President Trump’s nominee to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Professor Amy Coney Barrett, was savaged...

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The Pope’s Choir

Three cities in the United States were blessed by the visit of one of – if not the – oldest choirs in the world: the Cappella Musicale Pontificia, known more commonly as the Sistine Chapel Choir and also called the “Pope’s Choir.”  The Sistine...

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Sen. Feinstein Grills Catholic Nominee: ‘The Dogma Lives Loudly Within You’

    For Catholics with a sense of history, yesterday’s confirmation hearing for 7th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee brought to mind some of the darkest moments in the long traditions of...

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Middle East Christians: A Status Report

Christians have been concerned for decades now at the suffering of our sisters and brothers across the globe from persecution and even genocide. The distress has been especially acute while looking at the anguish of the Christians in the Middle...

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The Holy Pairs of August

The month of August boasts several important days on the Church's Calendar, including the Transfiguration of Our Lord and the Assumption. It is also a month filled with feast days of some great saints, such as Dominic (August 8), Stephen, King of...

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Those New Uniforms for the Knights of Columbus

For anyone who attends most important diocesan events, the Knights of Columbus in full and colorful regalia are a common sight. Aside from doing genuinely remarkable work in charitable endeavors, the Knights are a prominent and visible fixture at...

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Catholic Convo: ‘A Living Invitation’ to Be Missionaries

Having placed the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and under the intercession of Mary, Mother of the New Evangelization on Day One, Day Two of the gathering in Orlando,...

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Convocation of Catholic Leaders: ‘A Ripe Moment’

More than 3,500 Catholics from across the United States arrived in Orlando, Florida, for the first day of the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America,” the first ever gathering of Catholic leaders who help guide the...