Matthew Bunson

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U.S. Bishops Spring Meeting: Day Two

Day Two of the spring meeting of the U.S. bishops gathered in Indianapolis, Indiana, included several major votes on the celebration of the Sacraments, but the focus was squarely on religious liberty and persecution of Christians around the globe...

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U.S. Bishops Spring Meeting: Day One

The U.S. Bishops began their annual spring meeting on Wednesday, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and while it brought little fireworks such as can occur at their longer annual fall gathering, the day was not without poignancy and a powerful apology...

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“This President Stands With You”

The 13th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., witnessed for the first time a sitting Vice President speaking to the gathering of representatives of Catholic life and with it both a pledge from President Donald Trump and...

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What the New Leader of the Order of Malta Means for the Church

Soon after his resignation announcement in Feb. 2013, then-Pope Benedict XVI met with the members of the venerable and respected chivalric Sovereign Military Order of Malta and urged them to remain faithful to their traditions and their service...

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Spy Wednesday: Are We Spies for the Darkness?

Today is traditionally called “Spy Wednesday” because this is the day that Judas Iscariot betrayed our Lord to the Sanhedrin. Judas became a spy for the Enemy. He watched Jesus and the Disciples and waited for the moment to betray them all, and...

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Prelude to the Nuclear Option

On Monday, the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the newest Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court reached a key next step – the vote by the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance the nominee for a full vote of...

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Day Three: Headaches for Senate Dems as Gorsuch Defends Judicial Independence

Day three of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court brought a continuation of the marathon session of questions and answers that took place on day two. Gorsuch spent 11 hours on...

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Day Two: Dems Balk With Bork ‘Softballs,’ Gorsuch Gains a Base

WASHINGTON — The second day of the confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch to become the next associate justice of the Supreme Court began with a question by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked...

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Pope Francis: “I Also Know the Empty Moments…”

On March 9, the left-leaning German newspaper Die Zeit published the first ever interview of Pope Francis by a German publication. The discussion, in Italian with the journalist, Giovanni di Lorenzo, was wide-ranging and included the pontiff’s...

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Trump to Congress: “A message deeply delivered from my heart”

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress. The speech was his first serious opportunity since the Inauguration to present a blueprint for his agenda, but it also presented him with a...