Msgr. Charles Pope

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...

The Times Are Urgent and We Must Heed the Warnings of Our Lady

I would like to reflect on Sunday’s parable of the vineyard owner to see its application to our times. Here is a brief summary: A landowner set forth a vineyard with great care and lavish attention. He then entrusted it to tenant farmers. At...

Catholics Beware: The Attack on Free Speech is Growing Stronger

Hate is a strong word. It means “to regard with extreme ill-will, have a passionate aversion to, treat as an enemy” (source: Online Etymology Dictionary, True hatred is ugly. One should exercise care in attributing hatred to...

How to Respond When People Say, ‘Who Am I to Judge?’

A few years ago a certain famous Catholic posed the following rhetorical question: “Who am I to judge?” It was a question heard ’round the world. Although the remark was taken out of context (he was speaking of a person with sinful and disordered...