Msgr. Charles Pope

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A Catholic Reflection on the United Airlines Overbooking Debacle

  There are a number of moral and spiritual issues at work in the recent forced removal of a passenger from a United Airlines flight. While the majority of the condemnation falls on United Airlines, the actions of the passenger himself are not...

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How Has Our Health Care System Become Such a Mess?

I write today about the current health care debate as a novice. I am bewildered as to how we got into the mess we are in today. You may call some of my observations naïve or unrealistic, but something tells me that the views of ordinary people...

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The Church Cannot Teach Error, Because She Was Founded by Jesus Christ, Who is God Himself

There are often strident demands, coming from both within and outside the Church, that she change her teachings to conform to modern notions. Given our era’s preoccupation with sex, many of the demands for change involve related issues:...

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How Catholic is Your Stance on Immigration?

I have lamented in the past that the politicization of moral issues has caused distortions in the reflections of many Catholics. No Catholic should have any doubt about the Church’s teaching on abortion, contraception, and euthanasia, nor should...

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St. Michael and Our Lady of Fatima

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 in a blessing that will only be understood later. It has been 100...

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Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Communion is Unambiguous

I have received, from many of God’s faithful, requests for advice on how to understand the growing storm in the Church on the subject of marriage — and in particular on the subject of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried. There are...

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LGBT Activists Target Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's “Fixer Upper”

A recent article on BuzzFeed has led to demands from the activist wing of the LGBT community that Chip and Joanna Gaines (hosts of the home renovation series “Fixer Upper” on HGTV) clarify their views on LGBT issues. This ought to raise concerns...

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The Election is Over, But There is Much Work to be Done

The recent election brings important openings and opportunities to the Church in terms of announcing the gospel. But there also remain significant and serious problems to be sober about. Our culture’s steady march away from biblical teaching and...

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The Al Smith Dinner Has Become a Stumbling Block to the Gospel

I am supportive of those who are calling for an end to the Al Smith Dinner and other similar events. There was a time that these gatherings made sense. But that time, I would argue, is long gone. George Weigel recently wrote: The Al Smith...

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5 Reflections on the Recent WikiLeaks Disclosures

Recent revelations of emails from high-ranking political officials indicate contempt and misunderstanding for Catholicism. We learn that certain Democratic campaign officials consider faithful Catholics to be “severely backwards” and “totally...