Msgr. Charles Pope

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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...

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Pete Buttigieg is Wrong — God Still Forbids All Homosexual Acts

In recent remarks, Pete Buttigieg, Democratic presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, remarked that his same-sex “marriage” to Chasten Glezman has brought him closer to God. His remarks were directed toward Vice President Mike...

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3 Reasons Why the Notre Dame Blaze Broke So Many Hearts

The burning of Notre Dame in Paris last week struck us all very deeply, more deeply, I think, than most of us imagine. Even the most secular in France were struck and saddened. Why is this? Simply put, Notre Dame is far more than a building. What...

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Get Ready — Signs Point to a New Attack on the Eucharist Coming Soon

Most who regularly read the National Catholic Register have already heard about the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region scheduled for October. A number of controversial subjects have been proposed for the agenda, including the ordination...