Matthew Bunson

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Bishops, Abuse and the Next Steps

The announcement from the Vatican on Friday that all of the members of the episcopal conference of Chile — 31 active bishops and three retired — had offered to resign over their handling of clergy sexual abuse is a watershed moment in the history...

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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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What is a Censure in the Church?

On Feb. 17, a tweet by an obscure figure named Tony Annett – who has 650 followers and a penchant for tweeting out in favor of Pope Francis – called for EWTN to be censured by placing the organization under interdict until it fired Raymond...

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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...