Matthew Bunson

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‘One Team, One People and One American Family’

On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address to a highly polarized joint session of the U.S. Congress and a politically divided American people. One year ago, the president spoke to Congress after his...

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Il Divin’ Disegnatore – “The Divine Draftsman and Designer”

The name Michelangelo still represents the zenith of Renaissance majesty, some of the highest ideals of Beauty and Truth and a testament to putting all of the gifts God gives to the service of exalting and proclaiming Him to the world. The...

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Little Grey Cells and le bon Dieu

The release of the latest movie remake of Agatha Christie’s 1934 mystery Murder on the Orient Express, directed and starring Academy Award winner Kenneth Branagh, is a moment of celebration for all of her fans around the world. Not only does it...

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USCCB Fall Meeting Day Two

The U.S. Bishops concluded the public session of their annual fall meeting on Tuesday with a series of votes on new committee chairs and a notably uneventful discussion on a pastoral plan for family life and marriage implementing Pope Francis’...

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USCCB Fall Meeting Day One

The bishops of the United States began the first day of their 2017 Fall Meeting with the words of the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, still very fresh in their minds. Cardinal Parolin celebrated the opening Mass for the...

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Cardinal Parolin to the US Bishops: ‘May the Fire of God’s Love Inspire You’

While the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has long had its critics — not to mention long-standing question as to the juridical and theological status of episcopal conferences in general as discussed, for example, by Pope St. John Paul II in...

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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...