Msgr. Charles Pope

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U.S. Bishops Must Clear Up This Communion Confusion

Judge Sara Smolenski, Chief Judge of the 63rd District Court in Kent County, Michigan, was recently advised by her pastor, Father Scott Nolan, that she should not receive Holy Communion because she claimed to enter into a “marriage” with a woman....

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The Silence of the Church Deafens the World

The books of First and Second Maccabees, which we read every year at this time in the Divine Office, are especially pertinent for us today, when religious syncretism and outright idolatry are allowed to go uncorrected if not openly...

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Pray for a Miracle — An Initial Reaction to the Close of the Synod

I, like many of you, feel overwhelmed by the events of the past month in Rome. Many an evening, late into the night, I have come before the Lord in the rectory chapel in lament for the confusion and chaos in the Church, the Lord’s beautiful bride...

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Will Radical Environmentalism Infect the Amazon Synod?

I have written two previous articles here at the National Catholic Register expressing my serious concerns about the working document (instrumentum laboris) of the Amazon Synod. The first article focused on the document’s near-deification of the...

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Pan-Amazonian Pandemic: A Pivotal Moment in the Church

Note: This is the second article in a five-part series in which I express my serious concerns about the working document (instrumentum laboris) for October’s Pan-Amazonian Synod. Part One focused on the near deification of the environment. Part...

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What Should We Do About the Loss of Belief in the Real Presence?

Most of you have probably heard about the recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, which found that only 26% of Catholics under age 40 believe in the real presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. There have been two different...

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Don’t Be Tempted By False Gardens — We Preach Christ Crucified

Note: This is the first article in a five-part series in which I express my serious concerns about the working document (instrumentum laboris) for the Oct. 6-27 Pan-Amazon Synod. Part two will focus on the demonization of the West (formerly known...

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How to Popularize ‘Ad Orientem’ Without Disorienting People

I have written many times on the orientation of the priest for the Eucharistic Prayer. I strongly prefer an eastward (ad orientem) posture, in which the priest and God’s people all face in the same direction toward the Lord as the Eucharistic...

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Why I Oppose Changing the Words of the Our Father

Given the recent decision of Pope Francis to approve a change in the translation of the Our Father in Italian from “lead us not into temptation” to “do not let us fall into temptation,” I want to repeat what I have written before and intensify my...

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True Reform Will Come — If You and I Remain Steadfast

Bishop Robert Barron recently published Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis. It is an excellent book — a meditation, really. It gives a sobering summary of the sexual-abuse crisis and a historical perspective...