Msgr. Charles Pope

4 Errors You Should Avoid in the Proclamation of the Faith

On Trinity Sunday at my parish we recited the Athanasian Creed at the end of the Homily. (In case you are unfamiliar with it, you can read it here: Quicumque vult.) Written in the 4th century, it painstakingly sets forth the doctrine of the...

The World is in Rebellion and the Church is at the Cross

During Eastertide we reflect on the afterglow of the resurrection and the first weeks of the Church, bathed in the joy of Pentecost and the evidence of miracles and growth. But in the liturgy, we also read from the Acts of the Apostles: of...

Misplaced Sympathies for Judas and Pilate Distort Moral Reason

Rejoicing in the Easter glow, I hesitate to look back to two figures instrumental in the Passion and Death of the Lord, but I often get questions or comments about Judas and Pilate that demonstrate fundamental flaws in moral reasoning. Many...

In an Age of Moral Confusion, We Must Be Clear About the True Meaning of Conscience

There is much said today about conscience. Some of this originates in the recent debates about marriage, divorce and Holy Communion. There are some who believe that the Church should respect the consciences of people, even if that means that they...

That ‘Blessing’ of an Abortion Center was an Act of Sacrilege

There are times when something is said or done that is so distorted, so hideous, so sacrilegious that mere words cannot adequately convey its repulsiveness. This is certainly the case with the recent “blessing” of a late term abortion center in...

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...

Why I Oppose Changing the English Translation of the Our Father

Recent remarks by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, cast doubt on the traditional English rendering of the Lord’s Prayer. To be fair to the Pope, reports that he is calling for the Our Father to be changed are incorrect. He did not propose any...

‘Peter Is Here’: What Every Catholic Should Know About Relics and the Human Body

I recently returned from a pilgrimage to Italy. Almost 90 of us made the journey from my Archdiocese of Washington to visit many of the Catholic sites there. Many graces and beautiful sites unfolded before us. Among the greatest graces we...

A Video that Models Joyfully Inviting Others to the Traditional Latin Mass

Early in 2016, I wrote a column that generated a great deal of controversy among traditional Catholics. Here is a brief summary of that piece: The Traditional Latin Mass (TLM)

St. Michael and Our Lady of Fatima

This story originally appeared at the Register on Jan. 18, 2017.​   I have written elsewhere about why I think that 2017 will be a critical year. I believe it will be a year of hidden blessings or one of something so shocking that it will usher...