Msgr. Charles Pope

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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...

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Why the Summit Fell Flat, and What Might Happen Next

I respectfully offer here a brief reflection on the recent summit in Rome on sexual abuse by clergy (“The Protection of Minors in the Church”). To be clear, I was not in attendance nor was I able to follow the proceedings closely, even to the...

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3 Keys to Credibility at the Upcoming Sex Abuse Summit

The summit on clerical sexual abuse called by the Holy Father is scheduled for Feb. 21-24. While no meeting of four days can be expected to fully resolve such a devastating scandal, a central goal must be to begin the very long process of...

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Catholic Abortion Supporters Like Cuomo Must Face Penalties

There comes a time when something is so egregious and boldly sinful that it must be met with strong ecclesial and canonical penalties and remedies. We have certainly seen this in the Church with the Archbishop McCarrick case and other matters...

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It’s Time for a Conclave — Not in Rome but in Washington!

Note: I write this post with a certain degree of humor. I admit to a certain glee at the thought of locking our leaders in and gradually reducing their food supply until they reach a solution. In light of the current impasse regarding a border...

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Is There a Catholic View on the Border Wall?

What’s in a wall? A lot of meaning to be sure, as the raging debate in the U.S. shows. I’ve been asked if there is a Catholic position on the building of a wall along our southern border. There is no Church teaching on such a matter, and I don’t...