Matt C. Abbott column
Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He has been interviewed on MSNBC, NPR and WLS-TV in Chicago, and has been quoted in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.

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Of a pointless synod, revolution, and...frozen eggs
Matt C. Abbott
October 20, 2014

Phase one of the Synod on the Family is complete. A "pastoral earthquake"? Well, yes – and a catastrophic one at that. Heck, who would have thought the . . .


'The gay lobby is in control': priest
Matt C. Abbott
October 15, 2014

'We're now working from a position that's virtually irredeemable,' said South African Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, referring to the media coverage. 'The message . . .


'From Catholic Church to Agnostic Church'
Matt C. Abbott
October 12, 2014

Thanks to Catholic writer Carlos Caso-Rosendi for translating and providing me with the following bit of seemingly prophetic theological speculation, written by . . .


The AmChurch train of scandal
Matt C. Abbott
October 8, 2014

The AmChurch train of scandal keeps rolling – and rolling – and rolling – along. It's been that way for many years, in fact. And it's been . . .


The case of the 'missing' New York monsignor
Matt C. Abbott
September 14, 2014

Certain troubling developments have come out of the Archdiocese of New York in recent weeks, as covered in this column and a number of other Catholic (and . . .


Quo vadis, Cardinal Dolan?
Matt C. Abbott
September 4, 2014

Very disappointing and perplexing. That's my reaction to what's been coming out of the Archdiocese of New York – and Cardinal Timothy Dolan – in . . .


The church, politics, and the unborn; On predators and narcissism; Prayers for Cardinal George, Paul Likoudis
Matt C. Abbott
August 31, 2014

More good stuff from Priests for Life (slightly edited): "In a hard-hitting series of essays currently being released in preparation for the midterm . . .


Destigmatizing abortion; Before you participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, read this...
Matt C. Abbott
August 22, 2014

In an obvious attempt to destigmatize abortion – while soothing her own conscience – abortion "rights" supporter Janet Harris wrote in The . . .


From death to new life
Matt C. Abbott
August 18, 2014

On August 15, 2010 – the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Claudia Avignone died of brain cancer. In 2011, I published a . . .


Pavone defends commentary on Robin Williams' death
Matt C. Abbott
August 15, 2014

Like many people, I reacted to the suicide of noted actor and comedian Robin Williams with sadness. He was a talented and entertaining man. A comedic genius.  . . .


Coulter owes Ebola doc an apology: priest
Matt C. Abbott
August 12, 2014

In 2012, conservative commentator-author Ann Coulter derided "purist" pro-lifers – in other words, pro-lifers who don't believe it's OK to kill babies . . .


Latin Mass rising?; Blasphemous 'Black Jesus'; Planned Parenthood's evil
Matt C. Abbott
August 10, 2014

The Washington Post ran a Religion News Service story on Aug. 6: "But more than a year into Francis' reign, the Tridentine Mass, as it is sometimes called, . . .


The devil in Oklahoma City; 'Option Line'
Matt C. Abbott
August 3, 2014

I received the following letter, written by Bishop Edward Slattery for the priests of the Catholic Diocese of Tulsa, Okla., from a priest-exorcist in said . . .


Priest-activist comments on New York Times story; When gays bait and sue the church
Matt C. Abbott
July 31, 2014

From The New York Times (July 30): "Last month, the United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that barred protesters within 35 . . .


Thank you, Jim Caviezel!; Abortion by remote control?
Matt C. Abbott
July 19, 2014

I don't care much for what comes out of Hollywood these days, but I do appreciate the seemingly few Hollywood celebrities who don't embrace secular humanism, . . .


'Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity'
Matt C. Abbott
July 14, 2014

The following is the prologue to Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity, by Anthony Esolen. Thanks to Saint Benedict Press for giving me permission to . . .


The state and the seal of confession
Matt C. Abbott
July 10, 2014

From The Times-Picayune (July 7): "The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has issued a statement decrying a decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court that could . . .


Varying pro-life reactions to Hobby Lobby ruling
Matt C. Abbott
July 2, 2014

There have been quite a few statements by pro-life organizations reacting to the Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. (Incidentally, radical pro . . .


Is free will for real?; Pope Francis: 'you cannot love God outside of the Church'
Matt C. Abbott
June 27, 2014

From a June 19 story at Live Science: "It's a question that has plagued philosophers and scientists for thousands of years: Is free will an illusion? Now, a . . .


Liberal's pope-bashing screed a welcome relief; 'The Catholic Church is not the problem'
Matt C. Abbott
June 24, 2014

Believe it or not, a liberal writer's recent anti-Catholic, Pope Francis-bashing commentary was music to my ears. A sense of relief, actually. Anna March, . . .


Pope is not pro-pot; Two bold bishops; 'I'm mad at both'
Matt C. Abbott
June 21, 2014

Pope Francis has spoken out – in his usual blunt manner – about the evil of illicit drug use: "Let me state this in the clearest terms possible: . . .


Another murdered priest
Matt C. Abbott
June 16, 2014

Sixteen years after the still-unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz of the Diocese of Madison, Wis., another priest who celebrated the Traditional Latin Mass, . . .


'To Know Christ Jesus'
Matt C. Abbott
June 12, 2014

Below is the foreword to the book To Know Christ Jesus, by Frank Sheed (1897–1981). Thanks to John Riess of Angelico Press for allowing me to publish this . . .


New York archdiocese retaliates against priest
Matt C. Abbott
June 10, 2014

In my June 3 column, I wrote: In New York City, there's been talk (by the "powers that be" at the Archdiocese of New York) of closing certain parishes, . . .


Something joyful...; A reader's plea for prayers
Matt C. Abbott
June 9, 2014

From Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute (June 5): "Some of you may remember the scandal that sent former Illinois governor George Ryan to prison . . .


Obama and Bowe Bergdahl; A rainbow in the sanctuary
Matt C. Abbott
June 3, 2014

The controversy surrounding Bowe Bergdahl continues. From the website of TIME : "Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban over the weekend . . .


Catholic psychiatrist comments on UCSB killer; A rebuttal to 'Emily's Abortion Video'; 'The Pill Kills'
Matt C. Abbott
May 30, 2014

O MY GOD, relying on Thy almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace, and Life Everlasting, . . .


Archbishop ... Michael Pfleger?; Pope Francis in the Holy Land; The family that prays together...
Matt C. Abbott
May 26, 2014

The controversial Father Michael Pfleger as Chicago's next archbishop? Not likely, but, according to Chicago Sun-Times political and societal gossip columnist . . .


Pavone (pro-life) vs. Galantino (pro-life?)
Matt C. Abbott
May 24, 2014

On May 14, LifeSiteNews.com reported: "An Italian bishop has angered pro-life advocates at home and abroad after he told an interviewer May 12 that he has . . .


Defrocked priest arrested again; Sour, icky 'Milk'; Peter Yarrow and Jimmy Carter
Matt C. Abbott
May 22, 2014

Not much in the way of good news for this particular column... First, from the Chicago Tribune (May 21): "A defrocked priest who had been convicted of . . .


Israel should honor Pius XII
Matt C. Abbott
May 17, 2014

From The Jerusalem Post: "In an unprecedented event, the Knesset on Tuesday [May 13] commemorated Pope John XXIII, who helped save thousands of Jews from the . . .


Why are Latinos in the US leaving the Catholic Church?
Matt C. Abbott
May 13, 2014

(The following article first appeared at Catholic Online.) A nationwide survey of adult Latinos conducted by the Pew Research Center has found that while the . . .


The Jason Patric seminal saga: a deus ex machina?
Matt C. Abbott
May 10, 2014

From the May 2 edition of The New York Times: "He is a movie star who shot to fame on a motorcycle in 'The Lost Boys.' She is a California massage therapist . . .


A padre's new Harley; 'Bikers for Life'; Enforcing Canon 915
Matt C. Abbott
May 8, 2014

Father William J. Kuchinsky, a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, W. Va., and advisory board member of American Life League, recently . . .


'Making Gay Okay'
Matt C. Abbott
May 6, 2014

The following is the introduction to the recently-released book Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything, by Robert R. . . .


Young, Catholic and ... clueless?; N.O.W. it's finally over!
Matt C. Abbott
May 2, 2014

Michael Voris' April 30 edition of "The Vortex" is eye-opening, albeit depressing. He talks about a new book titled Young Catholic America: Emerging Adults In, . . .


On canonizations, heaven and hell; Planned Parenthood's taxpayer-funded bigotry
Matt C. Abbott
April 27, 2014

I asked Father John Trigilio Jr., president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, and Catholic authors Steve Kellmeyer and Jimmy Akin to respond to the . . .


A miracle attributed to John Paul II
Matt C. Abbott
April 21, 2014

In light of the upcoming canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, I offer the following excerpt from the book Nothing Short of a Miracle: God's . . .


'The Brevity of Life'
Matt C. Abbott
April 19, 2014

My life has been only a handful of years, and of these, in how many of them have I really lived? – Bishop Jacques-Bιnigne Bossuet (1627-1704)  . . .


Father Francis not given Pope Francis-style treatment
Matt C. Abbott
April 17, 2014

Here we go again. Or so it seems. From LifeSiteNews.com: "Another controversy has erupted at a Roman Catholic school after students and parents reacted . . .


Remembering Terri Schiavo: Bobby Schindler comments on Pope Francis, Bishop Robert Lynch, and working on behalf of the severely disabled
Matt C. Abbott
April 13, 2014

The following is an email interview I recently conducted with Bobby Schindler, brother of the late Terri Schiavo, whose notorious murder by starvation and . . .


Praiseworthy papal remarks; Sister Jane Dominic, persecuted
Matt C. Abbott
April 12, 2014

Pope Francis has made some praiseworthy remarks on three different topics on April 11. Regarding the clergy abuse scandal, the pope said: "I feel . . .


A 'domestic terrorist' I support!; Cardinal Burke vs. Cardinal Wuerl; The 'Day of Silence' walkout
Matt C. Abbott
April 9, 2014

God bless pro-life teen Thrin Short, who was recently assaulted at the University of California at Santa Barbara by a radical feminist professor who reportedly . . .


'The Love That Made Mother Teresa'
Matt C. Abbott
April 6, 2014

(This article originally appeared at Catholic Online.) The following is a brief interview with David Scott, author of The Love That Made Mother Teresa: How . . .


The good bishop and the bad senator; The clergy abuse scandal in dollars
Matt C. Abbott
April 3, 2014

A pro-life activist recently emailed Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., regarding pro-abortion "Catholic" U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill . . .


Divergent reviews of 'Noah'; School chaplain derided for nun's remarks on homosexuality
Matt C. Abbott
March 31, 2014

Two respected Catholic film critics have sharply differing reviews of Noah (which I haven't seen). Barbara Nicolosi writes: Noah is a terrible, terrible . . .


Bravo, Father Joseph Klee!; The touching story of the Storey family; Prayers for Paul Likoudis
Matt C. Abbott
March 27, 2014

The following report (slightly edited) was written by Father Joseph Klee, a priest of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio: "Well, the first attempt at a new . . .


Four priests: If I were the pope, I'd tell Obama...
Matt C. Abbott
March 23, 2014

First, the following is an edited statement from Wyoming Catholic College: The Wyoming Catholic College community is devastated by the tragic deaths of two . . .


Woman-theologian writes judge about gay 'marriage'
Matt C. Abbott
March 17, 2014

With regard to same-sex "marriage," I'd say iacta alea est as far as the courts are concerned. Still, the following letter (slightly edited), written by Monica . . .


'Thank you, Sister Mary St. Roger!'
Matt C. Abbott
March 14, 2014

As National Catholic Sisters Week (March 8–14) comes to a close, I offer the following short memoir, written by Kenneth M. Weinig for the current issue of . . .


From tragedy to a new beginning
Matt C. Abbott
March 13, 2014

The following is an edited reflection from Jim Dorchak, a traditional Catholic father and businessman whose family used to live in South Carolina but now lives . . .


A 'massive, looming threat' to the Church; Catholic film critic on 'Passion' vs. 'Son of God'
Matt C. Abbott
March 11, 2014

The following is a good letter to the editor, written by Father Brian W. Harrison, O.S., of St. Louis, Mo., that appears (in slightly abbreviated form) in the . . .


Praying for abortionists and their supporters--by name
Matt C. Abbott
March 8, 2014

From the Pro-Life Action League: For the season of Lent, a period of prayer and reflection for many Christians in preparation for Easter, the Pro-Life Action . . .


Priest's unsolved murder: 16 years later
Matt C. Abbott
March 2, 2014

On March 4, 1998, the body of Father Alfred Kunz, a parish priest and canon lawyer – and discreet whistleblower of corrupt clergy – from the Diocese . . .


Jesus the Christ: no saccharin Savior
Matt C. Abbott
February 28, 2014

We often hear modernist Christians – and some non-Christians, for that matter – describe what amounts to a "sugar-coated" version of Our Lord Jesus . . .


Pope Francis and the post-Vatican II liturgical 'nakedness'; Michigan abortionist facing charges
Matt C. Abbott
February 26, 2014

From Catholic World News: "Pope Francis has issued a message on the occasion of a symposium devoted to the 50th anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the . . .


Ten years later, Gibson's 'Passion' still stirs passion; Brave New York priest's bold reflection; Priest gets email: 'Go kill yourself. Your f----- family too'
Matt C. Abbott
February 23, 2014

Sister Rose Pacatte, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul and the director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles, has a column at the website . . .


The miracle of 'Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos'
Matt C. Abbott
February 20, 2014

The following are excerpts from the book Miraculous Images of Our Lady, by Joan Carroll Cruz. Thanks to TAN Books/Saint Benedict Press, LLC for granting me . . .


My big announcement!; Handling accused priests; Child euthanasia in Belgium
Matt C. Abbott
February 17, 2014

In light of NFL prospect Michael Sam recently announcing that he's gay – and actress Ellen Page recently announcing that she's gay – I figure it's . . .


'Media fiasco' over Indiana exorcism: diocese
Matt C. Abbott
February 14, 2014

In recent days, there's been quite a lot of media attention given to an exorcism that reportedly took place in Indiana in 2012. A mother and her children had . . .


Did cardinal betray soon-to-be-Saint John Paul II?; Planned Parenthood's piddly payout for tragic deaths
Matt C. Abbott
February 11, 2014

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the late John Paul II's closest aide, has caused considerable controversy in Poland for his decision to publish some of the pope's . . .


From Catholic to atheist to Catholic scholar
Matt C. Abbott
February 9, 2014

The following is an email interview I conducted with Kevin Vost, Psy.D., author of The One-Minute Aquinas, among other books. Thanks to Dr. Vost for taking the . . .


The Holy See and the unholy UN; Pope Francis and usury
Matt C. Abbott
February 7, 2014

In typical pot-calling-the-kettle-black fashion, the morally corrupt, Antichrist-stage-setting United Nations – specifically, the United Nations Committee . . .


A response to 'Catholic Education, the Common Core and the New Evangelization'
Matt C. Abbott
February 4, 2014

The following open letter, written by Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, is addressed to Dominican Sister John Mary Fleming, executive director of the Secretariat of . . .


Pope Francis and the role of women in the Church
Matt C. Abbott
February 3, 2014

I too have considered the indispensable contribution of women in society ... I have rejoiced in seeing many women sharing some pastoral responsibility with . . .


What's heaven like?
Matt C. Abbott
January 29, 2014

From time to time, I wonder what heaven is like. I certainly hope and pray to make it there after I die. Just to make clear: Not everyone goes to heaven; that  . . .


'Heterosexuality is not a disease...'; Noted priests scold pro-abortion Cuomo
Matt C. Abbott
January 24, 2014

From Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, PFOX (excerpted; click here for the full commentary): "Normal sexuality – heterosexuality – is not . . .


Emily Zender: a new face in the pro-life movement; 'Catholic' Sen. Dick Durbin to be honored by Planned Parenthood
Matt C. Abbott
January 18, 2014

The following is an interview with Emily Zender, the new executive director of Illinois Right to Life Committee. (In the interest of full disclosure, I was the . . .


Differing views on cardinal's letter of 'accountability and transparency'; Ecumenism run amok
Matt C. Abbott
January 16, 2014

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago recently had a detailed letter placed in all archdiocesan parish bulletins regarding "accountability and transparency. . . .


Priest's alleged killer caught; the NFL and the homosexual network
Matt C. Abbott
January 3, 2014

On Jan. 1, 2014, Father Eric Freed, a priest of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, was found murdered in his parish rectory. Thankfully, it appears that his killer has . . .


Philly priest's conviction overturned; Priest defends 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch
Matt C. Abbott
December 28, 2013

There's been a significant development in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. From Catholic News Service: "A panel of judges for a Pennsylvania Superior . . .


Christmastide
Matt C. Abbott
December 23, 2013

(On Dec. 20, I was flown to New York City to appear on the Dec. 21 Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC – a network known for being politically liberal. The . . .


Catholics and the 'Common Core' controversy
Matt C. Abbott
December 17, 2013

Pardon the comparison, but Common Core is a bit like abortion: It seems OK if you don't question what you are told by those who are invested in it, but once you . . .


The ACLU sues the bishops; A priest's open letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Matt C. Abbott
December 5, 2013

Wonders never cease: The pro-abortion American Civil Liberties Union is suing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops "alleging that the USCCB's directives . . .


Morality and economics, Pope Francis, and Rush Limbaugh
Matt C. Abbott
November 30, 2013

Pope Francis recently issued the apostolic exhortation "The Joy of the Gospel." Click here to read it. Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh isn't . . .


Thoughts on ... 'exorcising' gay marriage; Medjugorje; Toronto's troubles
Matt C. Abbott
November 20, 2013

I applaud Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., for issuing a call for "prayers of supplication and exorcism in reparation for the sin . . .


The psychology of atheism
Matt C. Abbott
November 14, 2013

First, please keep the people of the Philippines, many of whom have been suffering immensely since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region in recent days, in your . . .


A gay subculture in the USCCB? Say it ain't so!
Matt C. Abbott
November 3, 2013

Although the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is indeed opposed to same-sex "marriage" – thank God – the following news item is troubling.  . . .


Catholicism and 'Reasonable Pleasures'
Matt C. Abbott
October 29, 2013

(A version of this column originally appeared at Catholic Online.) The following is an interview with prolific Catholic writer Father James V. Schall, S.J., . . .


Are atheists of value to religion?
Matt C. Abbott
October 24, 2013

Last month, there was a bit of a stir in the media over Pope Francis' interview with an atheist commentator. (Click here if you'd like a refresher.) Also on . . .


Canonization for a Jesuit exorcist?
Matt C. Abbott
October 13, 2013

"There are some priests who, when they read this Gospel passage, this and others, say: 'But, Jesus healed a person with a mental illness.' They do not read this . . .


Mass shootings: moral evil or mental illness?; 'True or False Possession?'
Matt C. Abbott
October 8, 2013

"Jesus doesn't need an army to cast out the demons, He has no need of pride, no need of force, of arrogance. 'What is there about His word? For with authority . . .


The scandal isn't over; 'A Shepherd'; Pray for Michael Terry
Matt C. Abbott
September 28, 2013

Pope Francis will have his hands full, no doubt; the clergy abuse scandal still isn't over. Several cases have made the news in recent . . .


'Right-wing' Catholics still support Pope Francis
Matt C. Abbott
September 21, 2013

Yes, I'm a "right-wing" Catholic. But you already knew that. Anyway... Once again the secular media and Catholic blogosphere have been buzzing big-time . . .


'The Most Holy Eucharist'
Matt C. Abbott
September 19, 2013

The Eucharist is 'the source and summit of the Christian life.' 'The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, . . .


Papal and priestly views on the Syrian crisis
Matt C. Abbott
September 7, 2013

Pope Francis has called for a day of prayer and fasting (Sept. 7) for peace in Syria: "Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to make add my voice to the . . .


Nuns in crisis; 'Lily's Miracle'
Matt C. Abbott
September 2, 2013

The following is a brief interview with Ann Carey, author of Sisters in Crisis: Revisited (2013), published by Ignatius Press. Thanks to Mrs. Carey for taking . . .


Catholic father, child advocate wants to be sheriff
Matt C. Abbott
August 29, 2013

There could be a new sheriff in town – in an Illinois county, to be specific. Former Catholic activist and current child advocate Stephen Brady has . . .


'Russia will spread her errors...'
Matt C. Abbott
August 23, 2013

...If my wishes are fulfilled, Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, then Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, bringing new . . .


Catholic priest praises embattled evangelical pastor
Matt C. Abbott
August 17, 2013

From Catholic World News (Aug. 16): "Citing the Alien Tort Statute, which became law in 1789, a U.S. district judge has ruled that a Ugandan umbrella LGBTI  . . .


Thank you, Father 'Angel'; Fighting child sexual abuse, porn; 'The Bellarmine Forum'
Matt C. Abbott
August 12, 2013

By now, it's likely that you've read about the mysterious "angel" priest who assisted in saving a 19-year-old woman's life (click here for the story if you . . .


Hiroshima and the Fatima message; Conservatives and capital punishment
Matt C. Abbott
August 7, 2013

On August 6, Japan commemorated the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, which, between the blast itself and the effects of radiation, killed . . .


'I was asked how I could still be Catholic...'
Matt C. Abbott
August 5, 2013

A good friend of mine, Susan E. Gorski, recently sent out the following reflection to those on her email list: "I was asked how I could still be Catholic . . .


Priest-professor fights for soul of Notre Dame
Matt C. Abbott
August 2, 2013

First, I applaud Cardinal Francis George for his recent response to a fatuous open letter signed by several liberal – and supposedly Catholic – . . .


Papal sound bites: soothing the soul?
Matt C. Abbott
July 31, 2013

Pope Francis' style of speaking in edifying and sometimes humorous sound bites is definitely music to journalists' ears. Given our media age of tweets, texts . . .


'Lord, increase my hope'
Matt C. Abbott
July 27, 2013

In the second reading, Saint Paul speaks of Abraham, who, "hoping against hope, believed" (Rom 4:18). Hoping against hope! Today too, amid so much darkness, we . . .


An interview with 'Friar Purgatory'
Matt C. Abbott
July 20, 2013

Below is a brief interview with broadcast journalist and filmmaker-turned-Catholic priest John Clote, OFM, Conv. Friar John – affectionately referred . . .


Operation iGuardian; Weakland's filthy legacy continues to haunt Milwaukee (my birthplace)
Matt C. Abbott
July 17, 2013

From a July 15 news release: "Two hundred and fifty-five child predators were arrested and 61 victims of child sexual exploitation identified during a five . . .


The NAACP recognizes 'the right to life'--sort of; Lots of liberal 'love' in Massachusetts
Matt C. Abbott
July 15, 2013

When reading a June 14 story by The Associated Press regarding the George Zimmerman verdict (which was, all things considered, a just verdict), the following . . .


California bishop to Catholic critic of Islam: You're canceled!
Matt C. Abbott
July 11, 2013

Yet another diocesan head-scratcher. This time, it's the Diocese of Sacramento. From the Napa Valley Register, via California Catholic Daily (click here for . . .


No breaking this 'Dawn'
Matt C. Abbott
July 8, 2013

On July 9, Catholic author, speaker and blogger Dawn Eden will be giving her testimony to the women-graduates of the Project Dawn treatment court in . . .


The two daddies; Archdiocese of Milwaukee's clergy offender files
Matt C. Abbott
July 4, 2013

A sickening story. From the Sydney Morning Herald (excerpted; click here to read the article in its entirety): "Standing before an American court . . .


Embracing the womb of death
Matt C. Abbott
July 1, 2013

It gets tiresome to see the mainstream media constantly fawning over the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and now the staunchly pro-abortion Texas state . . .


Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and the morality of governmental powers
Matt C. Abbott
June 25, 2013

From Reuters (excerpted; click here for the article in its entirety): Fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was seeking asylum in . . .


Real-life superheroes
Matt C. Abbott
June 18, 2013

In light of the recently-released film Man of Steel – which, despite its Christian references, was a disappointment for me (click here for a spot-on . . .


On Vatican II's (deliberate?) ambiguities
Matt C. Abbott
June 13, 2013

The following is a brief interview with respected priest-theologian Father Brian Harrison, O.S., whose curriculum vitae can be seen below the interview. Thanks . . .


Newlyweds and Pope Francis; Bishops and divorce; 'The Church Under Attack'
Matt C. Abbott
June 9, 2013

A few items in this particular column of mine... First, congratulations to newlyweds Randy and Erica Sowers, pictured below with Pope . . .


Supporting priests in Boy Scout controversy
Matt C. Abbott
June 4, 2013

I commend Father Derek Lappe, pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Bremerton, Wash., for ceasing his parish's support of the Boy Scouts of . . .


The secret that died with Andrew Greeley; Homosexuality and clergy abuse
Matt C. Abbott
May 31, 2013

Father Andrew Greeley has died at the age of 85. I've mentioned him a number of times in this column over the last several years. I was no fan of his, to say . . .


Priest 'boycotting' Boy Scouts; Cardinal Raymond Burke on 'Homosexuality and the Catholic Church'
Matt C. Abbott
May 25, 2013

Regarding the Boy Scouts of America's very disappointing decision to allow "openly gay" Scouts, Father Richard Perozich of the Diocese of San Diego . . .


Scott Lemieux, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Andrew Cuomo; Abortionists Douglas Karpen, Cheryl Chastine
Matt C. Abbott
May 18, 2013

(Note: At the very end of this column are two photos of a late-term abortion committed by abortionist Douglas Karpen – another Kermit Gosnell – of . . .


In the news: IRS, breast cancer, abortion-infanticide; Pope Francis and Fatima
Matt C. Abbott
May 16, 2013

There's been some interesting news in the last several days involving the Internal Revenue Service (under fire for targeting conservative groups), abortion . . .


The Gosnell trial and America's ambivalence about abortion
Matt C. Abbott
May 13, 2013

From a May 10 story at LifeSiteNews.com: "Only a tiny percentage of Americans – 7% – are following the sensational Gosnell trial 'very closely' . . .


The tragic reality of 'covert euthanasia'
Matt C. Abbott
May 9, 2013

Pope Francis has spoken about the tragic reality of "covert euthanasia." From a May 6, 2013 Catholic News Service story: "While the fight to preserve life . . .


The nun who kissed Elvis
Matt C. Abbott
May 7, 2013

In 2011, I had the opportunity to hear a talk given by Hollywood actress-turned- Benedictine nun Dolores Hart at St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago. It was, . . .


Paul Ryan and gay adoption; 'The Church and the Usurers'
Matt C. Abbott
May 3, 2013

The latest GOP culture war casualty is none other than Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's pro-life running mate in 2012. Ryan now says he supports gay adoption  . . .


Jason Collins, Tim Tebow and the culture war
Matt C. Abbott
May 1, 2013

(A version of the following column originally appeared at American Thinker.) Two sports stories made headlines the other day: The New York Jets released . . .


Obama's devilspeak; Islam and terrorism; Monsignor Stephen Rossetti
Matt C. Abbott
April 28, 2013

Before getting into some very serious stuff, I offer the following bit of good Christian humor courtesy of the bulletin of St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago:  . . .


The same-sex 'marriage,' contraception connection
Matt C. Abbott
April 23, 2013

The following article, written by Father Brian W. Harrison, appears in the current issue of The Remnant Catholic newspaper. Click here for the publication's . . .


Catholic mother reflects on Gosnell case; Michigan: several abortion clinics have closed in last 18 months
Matt C. Abbott
April 19, 2013

Kermit Gosnell is a moral monster. The terrorist-abortionist, currently on trial, "faces 43 criminal counts, including eight counts of murder in the death of . . .


Discriminating against homosexual persons
Matt C. Abbott
April 13, 2013

In light of the recent story (click here) about a Christian florist who faces significant fines for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding, I asked . . .


'Loved, Lost, Found'; Surfer-priest's latest book
Matt C. Abbott
April 6, 2013

As we approach Divine Mercy Sunday (April 7), I think it's fitting to feature two recently-released books by Marian Press. The first is Loved, Lost, Found: 1 . . .


'Excommunication and the Catholic Church'
Matt C. Abbott
April 4, 2013

Canon lawyer Edward Peters is no stranger to Catholic media. (Click here to see his blog; click here to see his homepage and resource center.) A brief bio of . . .


'Who is the Devil?'; 'Message of Hope: Confessions of an Ex-Satanist'
Matt C. Abbott
March 30, 2013

First, to all my readers: Happy Easter! Please keep me in your prayers. In his March 14 homily, Pope Francis said: "He who does not pray to the Lord prays . . .


Gay 'Day of Silence' in public schools
Matt C. Abbott
March 27, 2013

'They [the regime] have total power and we cannot overturn them. Electorally we are now a minority. In terms of armed force, they have overwhelming superiority. . . .


So what's wrong with 'gay rights'?
Matt C. Abbott
March 26, 2013

The purpose of a man is to love a woman, And the purpose of a woman is to love a man.... – Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, "The Game Of Love" (1965)  . . .


'Don't mistake compassion for weakness'
Matt C. Abbott
March 22, 2013

Sadly, but not surprisingly, Vice President Joe Biden and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, two prominent pro-abortion, pro-homosexual marriage "Catholics," . . .


Pope Francis and Vatican II
Matt C. Abbott
March 19, 2013

I think it's safe to say that many liberal Catholics – if they're even practicing their faith – like to misrepresent the teachings of the Second . . .


Pope Francis
Matt C. Abbott
March 14, 2013

'My Jesus, by the compassion which You felt for Your Mother, have compassion on me, and permit me to share in her intercession with You. O Mary, afflicted . . .


'A Tale of Two Cardinals'; German and Swiss bishops; Catholics and gay marriage; Father Alfred Kunz
Matt C. Abbott
March 10, 2013

Believe it or not, The New York Times recently published a letter of mine – short and pithy, of course – on Cardinals Keith O'Brien and Roger Mahony . . .


The church and graphic abortion images
Matt C. Abbott
March 8, 2013

Are church employees (Catholic and Protestant) hindering pro-life activism? Well, yes, at least in one respect, writes Father Frank Pavone, national director . . .


The religion of Barack (Saul) Hussein (David) Obama (Alinsky)
Matt C. Abbott
March 2, 2013

Catholic researcher and writer Stephanie Block has put together a dossier on the followers and sympathizers of Lucifer-loving leftist community organizer Saul . . .


'Heralds of the Second Coming'
Matt C. Abbott
February 22, 2013

Below is the foreword to the soon-to-be-released book Heralds of the Second Coming: Our Lady, the Divine Mercy and the Popes of the Marian Era from Blessed Pius . . .


'Am I alone?'
Matt C. Abbott
February 15, 2013

'I decided to resign from the ministry that the Lord had entrusted me on April 19, 2005. I did this in full freedom for the good of the Church after having . . .


Renegade priest is suing LifeSiteNews
Matt C. Abbott
February 12, 2013

The following article is from the Feb. 7 issue of The Wanderer Catholic newspaper. It was written by the paper's news editor, Paul Likoudis. To subscribe to the . . .


Priest: Boy Scouts should keep gays out; Killer Carhart kills mom, baby
Matt C. Abbott
February 9, 2013

Regarding the brouhaha over the Boy Scouts possibly accepting leaders who identify as gay or lesbian, I've asked Father Richard Perozich, a priest of the . . .


Priest: ex-sniper Chris Kyle was 'American hero'
Matt C. Abbott
February 5, 2013

In light of the recent news that retired Navy SEAL sniper, best-selling author and reality TV personality Chris Kyle was shot and killed by a troubled former . . .


Learning from the bizarre
Matt C. Abbott
February 1, 2013

If it isn't the crazy realm of politics, violence and bloodshed throughout the world (outside and inside the womb), celebrities being celebrities, and the . . .


'Meet Mary'
Matt C. Abbott
January 28, 2013

Below are excerpts from the first chapter of the book Meet Mary: Getting to Know the Mother of God, by Dr. Mark Miravalle, professor of theology at Franciscan . . .


Catholic hospital: unborn child is not a person; Diocesan-paid abortions?
Matt C. Abbott
January 25, 2013

We Christian pro-lifers are rightly in "battle mode" with the Obama administration; however, it's clear that we still need to clean up our own house, so to . . .


The March for Life, 'Doonby,' and Justin Bieber's mom
Matt C. Abbott
January 23, 2013

So here we are ... 40 years after Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Well over 50 million lives lost to abortion; virtually no prospect of overturning Roe in the . . .


Catholics and gun ownership
Matt C. Abbott
January 17, 2013

Given that the issue of gun ownership and "gun control" is permeating the news, I'm devoting this particular column to Catholic moral teaching and gun ownership . . .


Abortion and the cannibal; Bitter Twitter spittle battle
Matt C. Abbott
January 14, 2013

As we approach the 40th anniversary of the abominable Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions that have led to the slaughter of more than 53 million tiny . . .


Brent Musburger and 'the masculine aspect of sports'; When 'pretty' gets you fired
Matt C. Abbott
January 11, 2013

(The following commentary originally appeared on the blog of American Thinker.) Talk about going overboard! No, I'm not referring to Brent Musburger's on . . .


Good mental health, good spiritual health
Matt C. Abbott
January 9, 2013

In my Dec. 16, 2012 column on the Newtown tragedy, Father Phillip De Vous is quoted as follows: "...Many studies indicate, and my own pastoral experience . . .


Abortionist Robert L. Alexander
Matt C. Abbott
January 8, 2013

The following is a recent news release (slightly edited) by Monica Migliorino Miller, director of the Michigan-based Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and author . . .


Lots of support for Newtown priests; One darn good 'Hobby'
Matt C. Abbott
January 3, 2013

Happy New Year, everyone! Last month, a letter was circulated online asking for prayers and cards of support for Father Luke Suarez, parochial vicar at St. . . .


Pray for the Philippines
Matt C. Abbott
December 19, 2012

It's not just the U.S. that needs many prayers; so does the Philippines. From LifeSiteNews.com: "After a 14-year and often-heated battle, the Philippines . . .


Priests reflect on Connecticut tragedy, gun control
Matt C. Abbott
December 16, 2012

The following are commentaries by two Catholic priests on the horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Father Phillip De Vous wrote (slightly edited)  . . .


Promoting conjugal chastity and NFP
Matt C. Abbott
December 13, 2012

From John F. Kippley, co-founder of Natural Family Planning International, Inc. (edited): "Maybe God is telling us something. Millions of prayers and . . .


Terrance Williams on death row
Matt C. Abbott
December 7, 2012

A reader wrote (edited): "Recently I saw a newspaper item that troubled me deeply. I'm asking you [directed to the reader's friends] to write to the governor . . .


On the 'fiscal cliff,' same-sex 'marriage' controversies
Matt C. Abbott
December 5, 2012

Two stories very much in the news right now are the so-called fiscal cliff and same-sex "marriage" controversies. I've asked Catholic attorney-professor . . .


The triumph of Jesus Christ
Matt C. Abbott
December 3, 2012

The book The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life, authored by Father Charles Arminjon, was completed in 1881 — yet it's still a . . .


Two books by Father Joseph Esper
Matt C. Abbott
November 29, 2012

The following are the introductions to two books authored by the Rev. Joseph M. Esper, a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, and published by Queenship . . .


James Bond: heroic spy or womanizing killer?
Matt C. Abbott
November 25, 2012

Yes, there are far more pressing matters in the world than the escapades of the fictional 007, but, hey, if the Vatican's official newspaper can devote five . . .


'Christianity, Islam, and Atheism'; 'Adam and Eve after the Pill'
Matt C. Abbott
November 23, 2012

The following is the introduction (sans footnotes) to the book Christianity, Islam, and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West, by William Kilpatrick. . . .


Father Pfleger's Facebook flapdoodle; Nativity Scene displays; Gay clubs flourishing at Catholic schools
Matt C. Abbott
November 22, 2012

A friend alerted me to Father Michael Pfleger's public Facebook page. A sad and scary sight, I must say (click here to see it, but make sure you have a strong . . .


Noted priest weighs in on Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Matt C. Abbott
November 20, 2012

I asked priest-author-theologian Father John Trigilio Jr., president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and a contributor to this column, to comment on the . . .


Ireland and abortion; A pro-life minority in the US?; Ann Coulter OK with killing babies conceived by rape
Matt C. Abbott
November 16, 2012

The "culture of death" advocates are out in full force in Ireland. They have been for quite some time, it seems. They want baby-killing-on-demand in Ireland and . . .


Remembering Mary Stachowicz, modern-day martyr
Matt C. Abbott
November 13, 2012

Ten years ago, on Nov. 13, 2002, Mary Stachowicz was martyred. In 2006, Bishop Thomas Paprocki, now bishop of Springfield, Ill., gave a presentation titled  . . .


The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Pope Pius XII
Matt C. Abbott
November 9, 2012

I recently paid a visit to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center here in the Chicago area. An interesting, albeit somber, museum, I must say. Its . . .


No crow-eating for me; Priest's post-election reflection; Kudos to ICE-PAC!
Matt C. Abbott
November 7, 2012

In my August 14, 2012 column, I wrote: "I've already resigned myself to another four years of President Obama. But then, I'm a pessimist. I'll gladly eat . . .


Vote your (pro-life) conscience!
Matt C. Abbott
November 2, 2012

...Roe v. Wade was based on the premise — indeed, on the philosophy — that the woman stands alone. Abortion isolates the woman from all other human . . .


241 reasons not to vote for Obama; 'Parish WebStore'
Matt C. Abbott
October 24, 2012

Yes, there are at least 241 reasons not to vote for President Obama next month. I'm sure there are many more, but I'll leave the task of coming up with the . . .


'Prayers, Promises, and Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory'
Matt C. Abbott
October 20, 2012

The following is the preface (written by Cardinal Ivan Dias) to the book Prayers, Promises, and Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, by Susan Tassone. . . .


Abortion: a matter of religious freedom?
Matt C. Abbott
October 18, 2012

The Catholic bishops, who rightly oppose the Obama administration's grossly unjust HHS mandate, are united in promoting freedom of religion. And on Oct. 20, pro . . .


Tequila, dissent, and Vatican III; 'Give Cures' campaign
Matt C. Abbott
October 16, 2012

A reader wrote (edited): "Friday, I spent eight hours with a former priest who was booted for doing something nasty with an adolescent years ago. (Why? . . .


'Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves'
Matt C. Abbott
October 12, 2012

Below is the introduction to the book Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves, edited by Helen M. Alvarι, an associate professor of law at George . . .


Women's misogynistic health care
Matt C. Abbott
October 9, 2012

An Oct. 4 blog post on CNN.com titled "Free contraception may prevent abortions" is excerpted below (click here to read the post in its entirety):  . . .


Opposing Obama in Romney, W.Va.; 'Letters Between a Catholic and an Evangelical'
Matt C. Abbott
October 7, 2012

Randall Terry, veteran pro-life activist and current presidential candidate, has a new 30-second television ad that's likely to irk, if not enrage, supporters . . .


Preventing child sexual abuse
Matt C. Abbott
October 2, 2012

I've written about the Truth Alliance Foundation previously, but it's worth revisiting. Thomas R. Hampson, an Illinois licensed private investigator and . . .


Politics and culture; the real St. Francis of Assisi; the hate-spewing SPLC; Children of Mary
Matt C. Abbott
October 1, 2012

Excerpts from a very good piece by Dr. Jeff Mirus of CatholicCulture.org: "In the United States, throughout my entire lifetime, there have been only the most . . .


The post-abortive Monica Lewinsky
Matt C. Abbott
September 25, 2012

Get this: Monica Lewinsky is back in the news. Well, sort of. From LifeNews.com: "The new tell-all book that Monica Lewinsky is currently writing will . . .


Did Chick-fil-A really chicken out?
Matt C. Abbott
September 22, 2012

Yes, I realize there are more pressing matters in the world, but still... From the most recent MassResistance.org . . .


On outlawing abortion, contraception, and sodomy
Matt C. Abbott
September 21, 2012

I posed the following question to Father John Trigilio Jr., president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, author, and my column's resident theologian:  . . .


Do you 'believe in' the devil?
Matt C. Abbott
September 12, 2012

The devil never sleeps — even if you don't believe in him. Or, more accurately, recognize his existence and (evil) works. Below is the introduction to . . .


Martini and modernism
Matt C. Abbott
September 4, 2012

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, S.J., the retired archbishop of Milan known for his liberal views on matters Catholic, died Aug. 31 from complications of . . .


Peaceful pro-lifers perplexed by police
Matt C. Abbott
September 2, 2012

First, please pray for the repose of the souls of two dedicated pro-lifers who died recently: Richard Herner, of Aurora, Ill., and James Vincent Connelly, . . .


Priest experiences gay activists' 'tolerance'; Triune Health Group
Matt C. Abbott
August 26, 2012

Father Gerald O'Reilly, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and devoted defender of the unborn, recently prayed the rosary among several homosexual activists . . .


On Todd Akin and a gay wedding's priest
Matt C. Abbott
August 21, 2012

By the time you read this, U.S. Senate hopeful Todd Akin (R-Missouri) may have dropped out of the race. Or perhaps not. We'll see. In expressing the logical, . . .


'The Emotions God Gave You'
Matt C. Abbott
August 17, 2012

A priest I met with recently for spiritual direction recommended I read The Emotions God Gave You: A Guide for Catholics to Healthy and Holy Living, a book by . . .


Pavone: Romney-Ryan better than Obama
Matt C. Abbott
August 14, 2012

I've already resigned myself to another four years of President Obama. But then, I'm a pessimist. I'll gladly eat crow if I'm wrong. If. We'll see. I . . .


How 'bout Chick-fil-A at Al Smith Dinner?; Catholic chaplain and military registry
Matt C. Abbott
August 9, 2012

In response to the 2012 Al Smith Dinner controversy, an Archdiocese of New York official, Ed Mechmann, has posted a blog entry titled "Controversies and Dinners . . .


Catholic Charities and Obama
Matt C. Abbott
August 3, 2012

First, I ask you, dear readers, to please keep me in your prayers. Many thanks! Perhaps I'm missing the boat, so to speak, but I must say that I'm . . .


Abandoned: '...the best book ever written on abortion'
Matt C. Abbott
July 29, 2012

Veteran pro-life activist and Catholic author-theologian-professor — and mother — Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D., has authored a soon-to-be . . .


Where was God in Colorado?
Matt C. Abbott
July 26, 2012

Every time a senseless tragedy of violence and death occurs, such as what recently took place at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, many people ask the . . .


'Havin' my baby'--God's way!
Matt C. Abbott
July 13, 2012

Dr. Anthony J. Caruso is a Chicago-area Catholic physician who has an ambitious and praiseworthy plan: to establish the St. Anne Center for Reproductive Health, . . .


Priests differ on SCOTUS Obamacare decision
Matt C. Abbott
July 5, 2012

I asked two respected, politically astute Catholic priests — Fathers John Trigilio and Phillip De Vous — to comment on the recent U.S. Supreme Court . . .


A priest's light-hearted reflection
Matt C. Abbott
July 2, 2012

With all the depressing news and events of recent days (and years, for that matter), I thought it might be nice to reprint the following light-hearted . . .


Homosexual parenting
Matt C. Abbott
June 22, 2012

From the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute: "A groundbreaking study reveals that adult children of homosexual and lesbian parents experience far . . .


Biblical arguments against 'Bible only'
Matt C. Abbott
June 20, 2012

Catholic apologist Dave Armstrong has authored a book titled 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura, the introduction to which is reprinted below (sans . . .


'Liberty, the God That Failed'
Matt C. Abbott
June 17, 2012

Attorney-author Christopher A. Ferrara, president and chief counsel of the American Catholic Lawyers Association, Inc., and contributor to traditionalist . . .


'40'
Matt C. Abbott
June 13, 2012

First, kudos to all those who organized and participated in the June 8 Stand Up for Religious Freedom nationwide rallies! Click here for news and updates . . .


Internist disputes New York Times story on morning-after pill
Matt C. Abbott
June 8, 2012

In a June 5 New York Times story titled "Abortion Qualms on Morning-After Pill May Be Unfounded," reporter Pam Belluck wrote: "...Based on the belief that a . . .


Viva Cristo Rey!
Matt C. Abbott
June 3, 2012

There's a been a loud hum in the Catholic blogosphere in recent days surrounding the release of the feature film For Greater Glory, in large part due to its . . .


Chrissie's calling
Matt C. Abbott
May 28, 2012

Christina Skelley, known to her friends as Chrissie, is a sweet, dedicated pro-lifer and devout Catholic who recently announced that she has decided to enter . . .


More on the divorce-annulment controversy
Matt C. Abbott
May 25, 2012

Father Charles Zmudzinski, C.P.M., J.C.L., writes (slightly edited): "It has come to my attention from my religious superior that my comments [included in . . .


Anguish over the bishops and Obamacare; Father Norman Weslin R.I.P.
Matt C. Abbott
May 17, 2012

The following commentary (slightly edited) was written by Michael Smith: "I write this on the even of my beloved bride Linda's funeral, in a feeble attempt . . .


TIME's sexual exploitation of a child
Matt C. Abbott
May 14, 2012

There is controversy surrounding a very recent TIME magazine cover featuring a woman breastfeeding her 3-year-old (or 4-year-old, depending on the report) son. . . .


Priests comment on 'openly gay' student, same-sex 'marriage' controversies
Matt C. Abbott
May 11, 2012

From a May 8 Catholic News Service story: "Keaton Fuller, a senior at Prince of Peace, is one of eight recipients of a Matthew Shepard Scholarship from the . . .


The tragedy of suicide
Matt C. Abbott
May 3, 2012

As one who has battled depression for a number of years, it bothers me when I hear of a death by suicide. Very sad. A priest-friend of mine once said, when it . . .


Examples of outstanding Christian women
Matt C. Abbott
April 24, 2012

God bless all the outstanding pro-life, pro-family Christian women among us. You know who you are! Don't worry — I'm not forgetting about all the . . .


'Catholics and the New Age'
Matt C. Abbott
April 23, 2012

In light of recent headlines involving the Vatican's announced "house-cleaning" of the modernist Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), I'm publishing . . .


Noted priest: Come November, Catholics should vote for...
Matt C. Abbott
April 16, 2012

I asked noted Catholic priest-author-EWTN personality — and president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy — Father John Trigilio Jr. (who . . .


Healing sexual wounds
Matt C. Abbott
April 11, 2012

Catholic author, speaker and journalist Dawn Eden has a new book out titled My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints, published by . . .


Catholic attorney to USD: cancel drag show
Matt C. Abbott
April 7, 2012

I first want to wish all my readers — yes, even those who might hate my guts — a blessed Easter! I will keep you in my prayers; please keep me in . . .


Cardinal Schφnborn; More on the Father Guarnizo case (from a priest-canonist's perspective)
Matt C. Abbott
April 3, 2012

From CatholicCulture.org: "Overruling one of his parish priests, Cardinal Christoph Schφnborn of Vienna has permitted a homosexual in a registered domestic . . .


Priest to parishioners: oppose IVF clinic
Matt C. Abbott
March 31, 2012

Kudos to Father Thomas Milota, pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Naperville, Ill., for recently sending a letter to his parishioners encouraging them to . . .


Priest's perspective on Trayvon Martin case
Matt C. Abbott
March 28, 2012

I asked Father Angel Sotelo, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Fresno, for his perspective on the Trayvon Martin tragedy. Father Sotelo's comments are as . . .


Priest sounds alarm on Obamacare, 'statist aggression'
Matt C. Abbott
March 25, 2012

I first want to ask for prayers for Father John Trigilio, the priest-author and EWTN personality who's also been a contributor to this column. According to a . . .


'My Soul Pants for The Living God'
Matt C. Abbott
March 20, 2012

The following article, written by Father Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C., appears in the March 2012 issue of Challenge Magazine, a Catholic publication based in Canada. . . .


40 Days for Life; Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom
Matt C. Abbott
March 17, 2012

Dedicated pro-lifers across the country are in the midst of the 40 Days for Life campaign, which has already saved quite a few lives! Of course, you wouldn't . . .


When Irish eyes are ... dying: Soros, Feeney, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs pushing death culture in Ireland
Matt C. Abbott
March 15, 2012

(A version of this column first appeared at American Thinker.) St. Patrick must be rolling over in his grave — and I can say that because I'm part . . .


Break the (Day of) Silence!; Priestly victims of the homosexual network
Matt C. Abbott
March 12, 2012

From Mission: America and the Illinois Family Institute: On April 20, 2012, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is once again exploiting . . .


Priest-artist: 'Art is meant to be a prayer'
Matt C. Abbott
March 10, 2012

At the entrance to the [Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles] is a suspended 8-foot bronze Madonna with computerized enhanced facial . . .


Rush Limbaugh's apology and the liberals' latest 'Fluke'
Matt C. Abbott
March 5, 2012

Leave it to the politically-incorrect Rush Limbaugh to use a not-so-nice word (which, by the way, is not in the same category as a racial slur) to describe an . . .


A lesbian's wrath
Matt C. Abbott
March 1, 2012

From a Feb. 29 story at LifeSiteNews.com: "A parish priest in Maryland, who denied communion to a woman who identified herself as a lesbian, has been . . .


Pro-life internist likes Santorum, but pleads for consistency on Title X
Matt C. Abbott
February 29, 2012

Chris Kahlenborn, M.D., respected internist and founder/president of The Polycarp Research Institute, writes (slightly edited): "I like Rick Santorum a lot. . . .


Tackling the 'taboo': Catholicism and divorce
Matt C. Abbott
February 24, 2012

Let's talk about divorce, shall we? More specifically, Catholicism and divorce. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: "Divorce is a grave offense . . .


(Peacefully) protesting the Obama administration's mandate
Matt C. Abbott
February 19, 2012

Catholic author Steve Kellmeyer writes: "'On August 1, 2011, Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed that all employers . . .


'Obama's Africa'
Matt C. Abbott
February 12, 2012

(As I was putting this column together, news broke that pop-singer Whitney Houston has died at the young age of 48. In her prime, Houston had a fabulous voice . . .


Komen almost aborted by Planned Parenthood
Matt C. Abbott
February 4, 2012

(A version of this column originally appeared on American Thinker.) Supporters of Planned Parenthood were furious about the recent decision by Susan G. Komen . . .


Priests' tragic deaths need closure
Matt C. Abbott
February 2, 2012

The mysterious and tragic deaths of two priests — Father Waclaw Jamroz of the Archdiocese of Chicago and Father Alfred Kunz of the Diocese of Madison  . . .


Declaring (spiritual) war on the Obama administration
Matt C. Abbott
January 30, 2012

(A shorter version of the following column originally appeared on American Thinker.) On Jan. 20, the Obama administration, specifically Health and Human . . .


'The Tears of God'
Matt C. Abbott
January 27, 2012

...For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they have comforted me. You . . .


'Mitt Romney's Deception' and the homosexual lobby
Matt C. Abbott
January 20, 2012

I know, I know — no politician is perfect. Heck, none of us is perfect, obviously. Far from it. That said, the main thing that bothers me about GOP . . .


Father Joseph Klee--no fan of Obama--supports Randall Terry's pro-life activism, as does Father Frank Pavone (and me, three)
Matt C. Abbott
January 18, 2012

Veteran pro-life activist and current presidential candidate Randall Terry plans to run Super Bowl ads that will feature the gruesome reality of abortion. Click . . .


Kinsey and 'Sexual Sabotage'
Matt C. Abbott
January 16, 2012

One need only look around to see the disastrous effects of the so-called sexual revolution: pornography at every turn, widespread sexual abuse, rampant . . .


The Divine Mercy and 'A Mother's Plea'
Matt C. Abbott
January 13, 2012

Jesus, I trust in you. A simple yet profound prayer, one at the heart of The Divine Mercy devotion. From EWTN . . .


The cardinal's apology
Matt C. Abbott
January 7, 2012

Let's say a bishop or priest gives an interview to a newspaper or television/radio station and says something that can be construed as inflammatory. He then has . . .


California priest defends Cardinal George
Matt C. Abbott
January 4, 2012

Homosexual activists and their sympathizers are having an absolute hissy-fit over remarks made by Cardinal Francis George in a recently-televised interview  . . .


'Almost A Mother'
Matt C. Abbott
January 3, 2012

Susan Stafford had a turbulent childhood. And the transition to adulthood wasn't any bed of roses, either. Far from it. The product of a broken home, . . .


GOP presidential primary: Santorum, Gingrich, Paul, Bachmann, Romney are favorites of (orthodox) Catholics
Matt C. Abbott
December 31, 2011

I asked several practicing, orthodox Catholics — whom I know to be knowledgeable of Church teaching and the political process — to comment on their . . .


On fatherhood and homeschooling
Matt C. Abbott
December 28, 2011

Below is the Introduction to the recently-published book Who's Got You? Observations of a Homeschooling Father, authored by John Clark, a businessman and father . . .


The difference between boys and girls...
Matt C. Abbott
December 17, 2011

The following article is reprinted from the Christmas 2011 issue of Catholic Men's Quarterly magazine. Thanks to John Moorehouse, publisher of CMQ, for allowing . . .


Fathers Landry, Pavone on 'Tebow phenomenon'
Matt C. Abbott
December 14, 2011

Tim Tebow has sure made the sports headlines as of late. The popular quarterback of the Denver Broncos, known for being unapologetic about his Christian faith  . . .


'The great deceiver, divider, and the devil'; Obama regime's notion of global 'gay' rights
Matt C. Abbott
December 10, 2011

"The great deceiver, divider, and the devil." Those are the words of a priest-monsignor here in Chicago who was referring to someone whose name is . . .


Obama's jobless rate drop?; False accusations and bishop-enablers
Matt C. Abbott
December 3, 2011

I asked (via email) Brian M. McCall, associate professor of law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, to comment on the apparent drop in the U.S. . . .


Of womyn priest(ess) wannabes
Matt C. Abbott
November 30, 2011

'Women are trained to be priests. Many women have their masters in theology so there's no reason why they couldn't be priests. We should have women deacons. We . . .


More 'gay' Catholic controversies
Matt C. Abbott
November 23, 2011

More "gay" Catholic controversies. Golly gee. First, the East Coast — specifically, Boston. Dr. Jeff Mirus, president of CatholicCulture.org, . . .


Beware of 'Saint Death'
Matt C. Abbott
November 21, 2011

The following is an edited version of an article from a recent issue of The Remnant Catholic newspaper. Many thanks to Remnant editor Michael J. Matt for . . .


The scandal that won't go away
Matt C. Abbott
November 18, 2011

Thomas R. Hampson, an Illinois licensed private investigator and founder of the Truth Alliance Foundation, is determined to expose corruption — in the . . .


Of saints, sinners, and purgatorial souls
Matt C. Abbott
November 14, 2011

Below is the Preface to the book Praying with the Saints for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, authored by Susan Tassone, whose writings I highly recommend. The . . .


Penn State president's 'moral reign of terror'
Matt C. Abbott
November 7, 2011

My goodness: a sex abuse scandal in the headlines that doesn't involve a Catholic diocese or religious order. Wonders never cease. According to a Nov. 5 . . .


Brown, Pavone and the 'Personhood' controversy
Matt C. Abbott
November 4, 2011

From an Oct. 31 opinion piece in The New York Times, written by I. Glenn Cohen and Jonathan F. Will (click here to read the full commentary): "'On Nov. 8, . . .


Overpopulation? Climate change?
Matt C. Abbott
November 1, 2011

In an Oct. 28 opinion piece in the Chicago Tribune, Robert J. Walker, executive vice president of the Population Institute, wrote (excerpted; click here to read . . .


'Heather's House'
Matt C. Abbott
October 30, 2011

The following article is from the fall 2011 newsletter of Aid for Women, a Chicago-area pregnancy counseling center. "'Aid for Women counsels thousands of . . .


Gaddafi and 'mob justice'
Matt C. Abbott
October 23, 2011

Michael Tripoli, a Catholic, sent those on his email list (including yours truly) the following insightful comments (slightly edited) regarding the violent . . .


A Muslim's view of Fatima and Christianity
Matt C. Abbott
October 19, 2011

I was a bit surprised to receive the following email from a Muslim, Salah H. (slightly edited): "'As a Muslim, let me add another perspective to your . . .


Of abortion images and the 'third path' to hell
Matt C. Abbott
October 12, 2011

A couple of pro-life items in this column... Catholic author and veteran pro-life activist Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D., director of the Michigan-based . . .


'Love for Littletons'; Author says economy has violated tenets of Catholicism
Matt C. Abbott
October 8, 2011

A pro-life stalwart needs our prayers: Jim Littleton. For a number of years, the husband and father of 14 spent his Saturday mornings sidewalk counseling in . . .


Praying for Gary Harvey
Matt C. Abbott
October 2, 2011

In an article in the fall 2010 issue of American Life League's Celebrate Life magazine, Bobby Schindler, brother of the late Terri Schiavo and co-executive . . .


Mission Capodanno on DADT repeal; Father Frank Pavone
Matt C. Abbott
September 23, 2011

In light of the recent end to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, I sought comment from Mission Capodanno, an organization dedicated to assisting . . .


SNAP critic accuses group of 'dishonesty'
Matt C. Abbott
September 12, 2011

I recently received the following email (slightly edited) from Dave Pierre, creator of TheMediaReport.com: "'I've been following the Survivors Network of . . .


Noted priest reflects on 9/11, denounces conspiracy theories
Matt C. Abbott
September 11, 2011

On this 10th anniversary of 9/11, I asked noted Catholic author and theologian Father John Trigilio Jr., president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, to . . .


Two Catholic women granted, grateful for annulments
Matt C. Abbott
September 1, 2011

This particular column features reflections from two Catholic women (their real names are used) who experienced divorce and were subsequently granted annulments . . .


Readers sound off on Mass attire
Matt C. Abbott
August 26, 2011

The following are selected (edited) emails I've received in recent days in response to my Aug. 20 column "When attending Mass becomes an occasion of sin . . .


Michael Voris, 'Catholic News Agency' clash
Matt C. Abbott
August 22, 2011

On August 17, Catholic News Agency ran a controversial story about Michael Voris and RealCatholicTV.com. Click here to read the story. Below is the text of . . .


When attending Mass becomes an occasion of sin
Matt C. Abbott
August 20, 2011

From Jim Baltrinic (slightly edited): "'This post consists of excerpts from a letter I wrote to the pastor of a Catholic parish about a certain incident that . . .


The pro-pedophilia conference
Matt C. Abbott
August 17, 2011

How's this for disgusting? From an August 15 article in The Daily Caller: "'If a small group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have . . .


The Latin Mass and one priest's 'science fiction'
Matt C. Abbott
August 14, 2011

In a recent parish bulletin, Father Bill Conway, pastor of Divine Savior Parish in the Diocese of Joliet, Ill., wrote (excerpted and slightly edited; click here . . .


A Catholic husband's painful divorce
Matt C. Abbott
August 10, 2011

The following is a reflection (slightly edited) from a practicing Catholic husband and father on the pain of divorce — unwanted on his part. For . . .


Human trafficking: the new slavery
Matt C. Abbott
August 7, 2011

Earlier this year, I attended a talk given by Sister Jean Okroi, IBVM, on the evil of human trafficking. Quite an eye-opener, I must say. Sister has graciously . . .


National debt: an immoral deception
Matt C. Abbott
July 24, 2011

In his latest e-column, Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carαmbula, interim president of Human Life International, writes (excerpted): "'As August 2nd nears; that . . .


Preparing for the 'new' Mass
Matt C. Abbott
July 18, 2011

Many Catholics have heard by now that certain changes will be instituted later this year in the ordinary form of the Mass. Pastors across the country may want . . .


Reflecting on the Casey Anthony, John Corapi stories
Matt C. Abbott
July 6, 2011

Two unrelated current events had rather unfortunate developments on July 5: the Casey "Tot Mom" Anthony murder trial (she was acquitted by a jury) and "The . . .


Website tracks 'pro-choice' violence
Matt C. Abbott
July 5, 2011

(A version of the following article, written by Brian W. Clowes, Ph.D., appeared in a recent issue of The Wanderer.) Human Life International Launches New  . . .


Chicago priest decries homosexualist agenda
Matt C. Abbott
June 26, 2011

A Chicago priest has spoken out on a controversial, politically-incorrect topic. And, no, it isn't Father Michael Pfleger. It's Father Anthony Brankin, . . .


Fondly remembering Father Poppa
Matt C. Abbott
June 21, 2011

In my April 10, 2010 column, I reprinted a reflection about a relatively obscure and faithful Catholic priest in Broadus, Montana by the name of Chester Poppa. . . .


Reactions to John Corapi's bombshell
Matt C. Abbott
June 19, 2011

The man formerly known as Father John Corapi, celebrity Catholic priest, is "not going to be involved in public ministry as a priest any longer" and now wants . . .


The minor miracle of Mrs. Mac
Matt C. Abbott
June 14, 2011

I firmly believe that living as a true Christian is the toughest vocation of all. — Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R. The following is an . . .


Pregnancy resource centers and praising God
Matt C. Abbott
June 8, 2011

Most pro-lifers know about the very important work that pregnancy resource centers do on a regular basis: They save babies from abortion and help mothers in . . .


Is Michele Bachmann an anti-Catholic crank?; Thomas F. Roeser, 1928 - 2011
Matt C. Abbott
June 4, 2011

I got a kick out of a June 2 article titled "Michele Bachmann thinks the world is ending and the pope is the antichrist," written by Alex Pareene, posted on the . . .


A 'queer' America?
Matt C. Abbott
May 31, 2011

The following is the Introduction to Michael L. Brown's latest book A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been. Thanks to Dr. . . .


Catholic clergy clash over home schooling
Matt C. Abbott
May 28, 2011

Although I wasn't home-schooled, I fully support parents who are in a position to do so. Thus, I'm perplexed and disappointed in remarks made by Catholic author . . .


Thank you, Damian Goddard!
Matt C. Abbott
May 25, 2011

I received the following email on May 24 (slightly edited): "'My name is Damian Goddard. I am a cradle-Catholic and TV sports broadcaster up here in Canada . . .


Liberal women rule Rochester diocese
Matt C. Abbott
May 23, 2011

The following article is reprinted from the May 19 issue of The Wanderer Catholic newspaper. To support the publication through subscriptions and/or advertising . . .


Gimme' some John Jay money, and I'll guarantee you get raptured...
Matt C. Abbott
May 21, 2011

Well, golly gee, there have been a few interesting stories making headlines recently: Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs; Arnold Schwarzenegger has . . .


'Death is awesome'
Matt C. Abbott
May 17, 2011

For good spiritual reading, my favorite (still living) priest-author is Father Benedict Groeschel, whose gentle orthodoxy and sound psychology are both edifying . . .


Woman recounts horror of abortion pill, clinic
Matt C. Abbott
May 12, 2011

Father Peter West, associate director of Priests for Life, has provided me with the following affidavit of Jane Doe, who underwent a complete hysterectomy in . . .


Get serious!
Matt C. Abbott
May 11, 2011

Father James Farfaglia is no stranger to this column. He's been featured and quoted several times over the last few years, and I'm happy to report that I agree . . .


That 'gay priest' debate...
Matt C. Abbott
May 7, 2011

A reader recently sent me a link to a commentary titled "Are Gay Priests the Problem?" by author and ABC News religion contributor Father Edward L. Beck, C.P.  . . .


Ken 'Hutch' Hutcherson on making a better America
Matt C. Abbott
May 5, 2011

Ken Hutcherson — affectionately known as "Hutch" — is senior pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, Wash. He's a former middle linebacker for . . .


John Paul II's influence on birth control encyclical, pro-life movement
Matt C. Abbott
April 30, 2011

An interesting angle on soon-to-be Blessed John Paul II, courtesy of Australian Catholic journalist Andrew Rabel (edited): "'With the beatification of John . . .


The story behind an upcoming pro-life conference
Matt C. Abbott
April 29, 2011

Dr. Brian Kopp wrote (slightly edited): "'I first met Father Smith Jones (not his real name) in 1998 while doing a house call for his mother, Jane (not her . . .


The priest who got away with (financing) murder
Matt C. Abbott
April 21, 2011

What can I do but shake my head in disgust? And pray, of course. I'm referring to Father Manel Pousa of the Archdiocese of Barcelona, who, according to an . . .


Ex-priest Ellis Harsham 'returns'
Matt C. Abbott
April 19, 2011

Former Catholic priest-turned-Protestant (or so it seems) Ellis Harsham, who was accused of sexual abuse in the 1990s and subsequently left the priesthood, is . . .


Ex-seminarian 'deeply troubled' by abuse scandal; SNAP, Catholic League clash
Matt C. Abbott
April 15, 2011

I received the following email (slightly edited) from Roger Grant: "'I enjoy reading your columns on RenewAmerica.com (and some of the other writers as well) . . .


'Under the Weight'
Matt C. Abbott
April 12, 2011

The following is a Christian poem composed by a friend of mine, L.A. . . .


Michael Voris persecuted: singin' the blues in Motown
Matt C. Abbott
April 8, 2011

Michael Voris of RealCatholicTV.com is becoming persona non grata among the Church establishment. A talk he was scheduled to give on the property of the Diocese . . .


'Heroic News,' heroic activist
Matt C. Abbott
April 6, 2011

From a news release: Heroic Media has announced the establishment of 'Heroic News,' a pro-life news website featuring key moral and cultural issues, namely, . . .


Catholic parish warns against using social network sites
Matt C. Abbott
April 4, 2011

I used to have a Facebook account. Not anymore, though. I closed it a while back. Yeah, I admit that I sorta' miss it at times — but not a whole lot. (I . . .


Pro-life hospice care
Matt C. Abbott
April 2, 2011

Below is an edited e-mail in response to my April 1 column on hospice care. It's followed by a response from Ron Panzer, president of the strongly pro-life . . .


Catholic nurse recounts hospice horror, says doctor euthanized priest
Matt C. Abbott
April 1, 2011

Some will recall that March 31 was the sixth anniversary of the court-ordered murder of Terri Schiavo. (Click here to read about the tragedy.) Terri's . . .


Benedict XVI and the Jews
Matt C. Abbott
March 29, 2011

Pope Benedict's latest book, Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week, is causing a bit of a stir because of his comments about the Church and the Jews' conversion. (Source . . .


'Catholic Lane'; Chicago area events
Matt C. Abbott
March 28, 2011

From a press release (edited): "It's a breath of fresh air. I love it!" That's been the reaction of reader after reader to Catholic Lane, a website debuting . . .


Priest's 'Theology of the Body' -- or 'holy' pornography?
Matt C. Abbott
March 26, 2011

In my observation, the most discussed and debated theological work of the late John Paul II has been Theology of the Body. In fact, certain interpretations of . . .


New York priest wouldn't say pedophilia is a sin
Matt C. Abbott
March 16, 2011

Father Robert Kennedy of the Diocese of Rochester, who's presently in public ministry and presumably a priest "in good standing" [click here], wouldn't say that . . .


'Litany for Japan'; Christian martyrs and Muslim barbarism
Matt C. Abbott
March 14, 2011

My Catholic readers might appreciate the "Litany for Japan"; click here to read (and pray) it. From Australian Catholic journalist Andrew Rabel (edited . . .


'Cleansing Fire': Islam, diversity, and anti-Christian sentiment
Matt C. Abbott
March 7, 2011

In past columns — here, here and here — I reprinted substantial excerpts from Catholic attorney and scholar Peter B. Kelly's "factional" novel . . .


Catholic academe could learn from BYU; Westboro Baptist Church controversy; Archbishop OKs cross-dressing?
Matt C. Abbott
March 4, 2011

Brigham Young University, affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, has suspended its star basketball player, Brandon Davies, for . . .


Professor: 'Most colleges' curricula are trash...'
Matt C. Abbott
March 2, 2011

Ah, the college years... Hedonism. Relativism. Progressivism. Modernism. Scientism. Fundamentalism. Radical feminism. Multiculturalism. Consumerism. . . .


Professor Charles Rice on Obama's 'eligibility'
Matt C. Abbott
February 27, 2011

There's been a lot of discussion in certain circles on the topic of President Obama's "eligibility." (Incidentally, Dr. William Oddie cogently argues in a . . .


Pro-life 'bits and pieces'
Matt C. Abbott
February 26, 2011

A reader wrote (edited): "'Gov. Cuomo and his girlfriend receiving Holy Communion while in the state of [objective] mortal sin and the bishop approving it . . .


The canonist's 'no Communion for Cuomo' controversy
Matt C. Abbott
February 24, 2011

From a Feb. 23 Associated Press story (excerpted; click here for the full article): "'A consultant for the Vatican's high court says he believes New York Gov . . .


Dying with Jesus and Mary
Matt C. Abbott
February 21, 2011

I never had the pleasure of meeting Claudia Avignone, but I know she was a woman of deep faith. That faith, however, was tested when she was diagnosed with . . .


Planned Parenthood's predator problem
Matt C. Abbott
February 17, 2011

I have nothing but contempt for Planned Parenthood and all that it stands for. Not that I believe every person associated with the abortion giant is evil &mdash . . .


The scandal that keeps on 'giving'
Matt C. Abbott
February 16, 2011

Here it is 2011, and the clergy abuse scandal, which "broke" in 2002, is still making headlines. What a shame. In addition to the victims, with whom I have a . . .


Homosexual activists protest in front of Holy Name Cathedral
Matt C. Abbott
February 14, 2011

On Sunday, Feb. 13, in front of Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, a group of homosexual activists protested Cardinal Francis George's opposition to "civil unions" . . .


Brief interview with diocesan exorcist
Matt C. Abbott
February 7, 2011

The following is a brief interview with a priest who's the official exorcist of a Midwestern diocese. He wishes to remain anonymous. 1) When were you . . .


'The Splendor of a Catholic Education'
Matt C. Abbott
February 4, 2011

The following commentary (slightly edited) was written by Father Phillip De Vous, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Crescent Springs, Kentucky. The Splendor . . .


Thank you!; Pray for Derek Thomas
Matt C. Abbott
February 1, 2011

First, I just want to express my deep gratitude to all those who sent me messages of support in response to my Jan. 29 column. I'm amazed by the numerous . . .


The Achilles' heel of the pro-life movement
Matt C. Abbott
January 28, 2011

Just what is the Achilles' heel of the pro-life movement? I'll give you a hint: It begins with the letter "c." Contraception. Michael Voris of . . .


Bishop clarifies stance on Vatican II
Matt C. Abbott
January 25, 2011

It made Catholic news headlines in recent days when Bishop Athanasius Schneider, an auxiliary of the Diocese of Karaganda, "suggested the preparation of an . . .


Attention March for Life attendees: I'm with you in spirit!
Matt C. Abbott
January 22, 2011

Very soon tens of thousands — perhaps hundreds of thousands — of pro-lifers will gather in Washington, D.C. to proclaim respect for the sanctity of . . .


Reaction to John Paul II's upcoming beatification
Matt C. Abbott
January 20, 2011

In wake of the news that the late Pope John Paul II will be beatified on May 1, Father James Farfaglia, parish priest and author of two books (one of which, Get . . .


Exorcism-mania
Matt C. Abbott
January 18, 2011

Do you know what happens when you don't pay your exorcist? You get repossessed! Ha! A little Catholic humor. Sorry. Couldn't resist. I can't take credit . . .


Quo vadis, Marquette University (and the majority of Catholic schools, for that matter)?
Matt C. Abbott
January 11, 2011

First, I'd like to ask my readers to pray for the repose of the souls of (as well as the families of) pro-life activists Daniel T. Zanoza and Mary Jo Heiland. . . .


Priest-author, SNAP 'answer' Chicago monsignor
Matt C. Abbott
January 7, 2011

In a recent bulletin, Monsignor Dan Mayall, pastor of Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, wrote the following (excerpted; emphasis mine): "'December 29, Wednesday . . .


Homosexual unions, adoptions; False abuse allegations?; Contraception, abortion in Spain; Bishop Hubbard; 'Father Oprah'
Matt C. Abbott
January 5, 2011

This particular column is going to be a mishmash of sorts, with several links to pertinent articles. First, in light of the inroads made by the homosexual . . .


Readers respond to 'The Catholic who's anti-Catholic'
Matt C. Abbott
January 3, 2011

As expected, I've received both angry and complimentary responses to my Dec. 30 column. One person even wrote, "Nuke the Vatican ASAP." Nice, huh? Please . . .


Remembering two courageous priests; Protesting a Pepsi/Doritos (potential) Super Bowl ad
Matt C. Abbott
January 1, 2011

My Australian Catholic journalist-friend Andrew Rabel, who contributes to Inside the Vatican magazine, wrote (edited): "'It is with a touch of sadness that I . . .


The Catholic who's anti-Catholic
Matt C. Abbott
December 30, 2010

One thing that's irked me in recent times is seeing self-identified Catholics bashing, and leaving, the Church using the clergy abuse scandal as an excuse to do . . .


Obama's 'death panels': what lies ahead
Matt C. Abbott
December 28, 2010

From a Dec. 27 blog post by Philip Klein of the American Spectator: "'The New York Times reports that the administration has brought back the end-of-life . . .


Revisited: A Christmas poem
Matt C. Abbott
December 24, 2010

The following is a Christmas poem that originally appeared in my Dec. 22, 2006 column. It was composed by Illinoisan Susan E. Gorski, a friend of . . .


Bravo, Bishop Olmsted!; Archbishop Dolan defends Catholic League
Matt C. Abbott
December 22, 2010

Gee, is there any way we can make Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted bishop of, say, 90 percent of the U.S. dioceses? He definitely "walks the walk," which is more . . .


Congress infects military with 'spiritual AIDS'
Matt C. Abbott
December 19, 2010

Sad to say, I'm afraid Congress has just infected our military with "spiritual AIDS," if you will, by repealing DADT — much to the delight of the . . .


Defending Christmas in a secular world
Matt C. Abbott
December 18, 2010

The following is a brief interview with Christian public relations expert Tom Ciesielka on how we Christians should defend the true message of Christmas in our . . .


Disgraceful diocesan dirty deeds; Readers sound off on JFK, Christmas joy
Matt C. Abbott
December 15, 2010

It's rare — very rare — that I actually agree with a secular newspaper's editorial regarding some aspect of the Church. But I do in this case.  . . .


Holiday blues; Opus Dei priest endorses condom use?
Matt C. Abbott
December 9, 2010

So we're in the midst of, to quote the old Christmas song, "the most wonderful time of the year"? Well, religiously speaking, Christmas is indeed a wonderful . . .


Is Sarah Palin anti-Catholic?
Matt C. Abbott
December 7, 2010

No. In fact, even though Palin is Protestant, she's actually more Catholic, morally speaking, than Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Pat Quinn and Father Michael Pfleger . . .


WikiLeaks' actions are immoral, says priest-author
Matt C. Abbott
November 30, 2010

I asked priest-author Father John Trigilio Jr., president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy — and one of my favorite priests to quote in this column . . .


'Heroic Media': helping to build a culture of life
Matt C. Abbott
November 24, 2010

The following is a brief e-mail interview I recently conducted with Kimberly Guidry Speirs, director of communication for Heroic Media. Matt C. Abbott: Would . . .


Is another Notre Dame scandal brewing?
Matt C. Abbott
November 22, 2010

A female student who attended St. Mary's College committed suicide after she was allegedly sexually attacked by one of Notre Dame's football players — and . . .


The pope and 'condom-mania'
Matt C. Abbott
November 21, 2010

The news about Pope Benedict's latest remarks on condom use has indeed caused a stir, but it's really not what I'd consider a major story. Notice he did not say . . .


Woman sympathizes with convicted murderer Justin Boulay; More on CCHD controversy
Matt C. Abbott
November 19, 2010

Wouldn't you know, one of two e-mails I've received thus far in response to my Nov. 17 column on convicted — but just set free — murderer Justin  . . .


When a murderer (Justin Boulay) goes free; A new USCCB president
Matt C. Abbott
November 17, 2010

Get this: A 33-year-old murderer, Justin Boulay, walks out of prison after serving only 12 years and plans to move to Hawaii with his wife, Rachel Rivers Boulay . . .


KIDS: Keep Infants with Down Syndrome
Matt C. Abbott
November 16, 2010

The following is a guest commentary by Leticia Velasquez, co-founder of Keep Infants with Down Syndrome (KIDS). "The mentally disabled: words and meaning"  . . .


'Gay Catholic' group wants Kicanas to be new USCCB president
Matt C. Abbott
November 15, 2010

A group of homosexual activists claiming to be Catholic wants Bishop Gerald Kicanas elected as the new president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. And . . .


Bishop Kicanas the next USCCB president? I hope not
Matt C. Abbott
November 12, 2010

I don't think much of the bureaucracy known as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In fact, some days I think it should simply be disbanded. True . . .


Silencing Christians in the political process
Matt C. Abbott
November 10, 2010

It seems at least a few liberals were infuriated by Father Richard Perozich's pre-Election 2010 call for Catholics to stop voting stupidly (see my Oct. 9 column . . .


Jesuit criticizes clergy abuse researchers
Matt C. Abbott
November 9, 2010

One of the e-mails I received in response to my Nov. 6 column, "No, the pope doesn't have a 'sex problem,'" was from Father Eric Albert Zimmer, S.J., Ph.D., . . .


No, the pope doesn't have a 'sex problem'
Matt C. Abbott
November 6, 2010

As an advocate of clergy and religious abuse survivors (and all abuse survivors, for that matter), I highly respect the work of journalists Joe Rigert and . . .


A pro-life economic agenda
Matt C. Abbott
November 5, 2010

Morally speaking, there can be no compromise when it comes to protecting the unborn from death through abortion. Period. That said, I'm no expert in the . . .


Priest-author: regulate alcohol, keep pot (and 'hard' drugs) illegal
Matt C. Abbott
November 3, 2010

In light of a new British study asserting that alcohol is more dangerous than "hard" drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine, I asked Father John Trigilio Jr., . . .


'The Catholic Church in the Obama Era'
Matt C. Abbott
October 23, 2010

Below is the text of Dr. Charles E. Rice's keynote address to the national meeting of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, held Oct. 22 at Holy Cross . . .


Pro-life media relations
Matt C. Abbott
October 21, 2010

Getting favorable, or even fair, coverage in the mainstream media is something the pro-life movement has struggled mightily with for many years. Is it . . .


TIME belittles Catholic teaching; The New York Times belittles crisis pregnancy centers, dismisses abortion-breast cancer link
Matt C. Abbott
October 19, 2010

Two related news items that will shock absolutely no one... First, TIME Magazine strikes again. In an Oct. 8 article titled "Is the Catholic Church's . . .


Freed miners: a lesson from Chile
Matt C. Abbott
October 14, 2010

Reader Carlos Caso-Rosendi wrote (slightly edited): "You may look at the time-stamp on this message and wonder, what am I doing sending e-mails at this . . .


Priest to Catholic voters: Stop being stupid!
Matt C. Abbott
October 9, 2010

The following is a message from Father Richard Perozich, a priest of the Diocese of San Diego: Elections are coming up November 2, 2010. Catholics must . . .


Readers sound off on 'gay' teen suicides, church closings, fundraising issues, clergy corruption
Matt C. Abbott
October 8, 2010

The following is a selection of (edited) e-mails I've received in recent days. (Please say a prayer for the repose of the soul of Father L. Dudley Day, a fine, . . .


Alarmist fundraising
Matt C. Abbott
October 6, 2010

When was the last time you received from a non-profit organization an e-mail or 'snail mail' letter begging for money in an alarmist fashion? For many of you . . .


The libertarian candidate
Matt C. Abbott
October 5, 2010

If you're a social conservative who lives in Illinois — like, say, yours truly — for whom do you vote when you have a pro-abortion, special-rights . . .


Catholic mom-blogger threatened by 'Catholic' students
Matt C. Abbott
October 2, 2010

Catholic blogger and mother Carol McKinley is being threatened by certain male students who attend Sacred Heart School in Kingston, Mass. And they're doing so . . .


Is Notre Dame Obama-cursed?
Matt C. Abbott
October 1, 2010

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team is 1–3 so far this season. Not exactly what Notre Dame fans were hoping for, particularly with new head coach . . .


Catholics sound off on the homosexualist agenda, modest dress
Matt C. Abbott
September 30, 2010

The following is a selection of (edited) e-mails I've received in recent days. Michael Hecker: "I read your Sept. 22 column and am saddened to say that I . . .


Is the Vatican Bank morally bankrupt?
Matt C. Abbott
September 25, 2010

I must say, the Vatican Bank has a rather shady history — and it's making headlines yet again. Catholic author and journalist Michael Brown of SpiritDaily . . .


The homosexualist agenda in Catholic schools
Matt C. Abbott
September 22, 2010

Michael Patrick recently wrote (edited): "I read your excellent article 'Joseph Farah is right about the homosexualist agenda...' Thank you for publicizing . . .


Boston priest had 'very positive meeting' with cardinal
Matt C. Abbott
September 21, 2010

Below is a report of a meeting that took place on Sept. 18 between Father David J. Mullen and Cardinal Seαn O'Malley. Father Mullen had expressed concern over . . .


On love for the pope
Matt C. Abbott
September 16, 2010

As Pope Benedict XVI travels to hostile territory for the next few days, I recall an allocution by Pope St. Pius X (delivered in 1912) on love for the pope — . . .


Notre Dame Law School professor emeritus unhappy with niece Kathleen Rice's campaign statement
Matt C. Abbott
September 13, 2010

Noted Catholic scholar and Notre Dame Law School professor emeritus Charles Rice is not happy about a Labor Day e-mail statement issued by his niece, Kathleen . . .


Readers sound off on Ground Zero mosque, political terminology, and a Pa. political race
Matt C. Abbott
September 12, 2010

The following is a selection of (edited) e-mails I've received in recent days. Thanks to all who send me thoughtful and insightful responses to my . . .


Joseph Farah is right about the homosexualist agenda...
Matt C. Abbott
September 9, 2010

Although I've been critical of WorldNetDaily in the past (for running an anti-Catholic commentary), I have to commend WND's Joseph Farah for recognizing the sad . . .


Glenn Beck and the religion dilemma
Matt C. Abbott
September 8, 2010

For those not already familiar with RealCatholicTV.com, Catholic journalist Michael Voris regularly delivers insightful commentaries on matters pertaining to . . .


SNAP director criticizes Jesuit university
Matt C. Abbott
September 5, 2010

The following is a guest commentary written by David Clohessy, executive director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP). Several weeks . . .


Miley Cyrus and the Planned Parenthood culture
Matt C. Abbott
September 3, 2010

The evening of September 2, I was walking in downtown Chicago — on my way to an ICE-PAC event — crossing one of the bridges over the Chicago River, when I . . .


Black author asks: Is Obama truly Christian?
Matt C. Abbott
September 1, 2010

The following is an excerpt from chapter 12 of black commentator and author Ron Miller's new book SELLOUT: Musings from Uncle Tom's Porch. You can read about Mr . . .


The abortion industry's 'BloodMoney'
Matt C. Abbott
August 30, 2010

Today (Aug. 29) I had the opportunity to see the recently-released gripping and informative documentary "BloodMoney," featuring several pro-life leaders: Dr. . . .


CBN and the dubious Christian outreach to homosexuals
Matt C. Abbott
August 26, 2010

The Christian Broadcasting Network, commonly known as CBN, recently had a segment featuring Chicagoan Andrew Marin's outreach to homosexuals. To watch and/or . . .


The mind of a pederast
Matt C. Abbott
August 22, 2010

In my August 12 column, I printed an e-mail by homosexual activist David Thorstad, a founding member of the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA). . . .


Wannabe a state executioner?
Matt C. Abbott
August 20, 2010

With regard to capital punishment, does an executioner sin when he or she "flips the switch," so to speak? That's the question I posed to Father John . . .


Blagojevich the scoundrel
Matt C. Abbott
August 18, 2010

Disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been convicted on one of 24 counts levied against him by the feds. Not great, but at least they got the foul . . .


Nun abuse at hell's orphanage
Matt C. Abbott
August 14, 2010

Although I'm a staunch, orthodox Catholic, I still consider myself an advocate for clergy/religious abuse survivors, for which I make no apologies. I was able . . .


Admitted pederast accuses me of spreading a lie; 'Theology of the Body' debate rages
Matt C. Abbott
August 12, 2010

I've received some rather bizarre e-mails over the years, but the one that takes the cake was recently sent to me by David Thorstad, a founding member of the — . . .


Readers sound off on 'Late Nite Catechism,' Islam, pro-life witness
Matt C. Abbott
August 9, 2010

The following is a selection of (edited) e-mails I've received in recent days. Please note that I do not necessarily agree with every single point of every . . .


The Evangelical Christian case against contraception
Matt C. Abbott
August 4, 2010

The (im)morality of contraception is something the majority of Christians are either uncomfortable discussing or, in some cases, simply not interested in . . .


Anne Rice e-mailed me...
Matt C. Abbott
August 2, 2010

Author Anne Rice e-mailed me in response to my July 30 column. She wrote: "Forgive me but Michael Rowe says it all better than I can. Thank you for addressing . . .


Does 'Late Nite Catechism' mock Catholicism?; Anne Rice's 'vampire logic'
Matt C. Abbott
July 30, 2010

Although I haven't seen it — and I really have no desire to see it — I think it's safe to say that the play Late Nite Catechism has been at least somewhat . . .


Readers sound off on Mel Gibson, psychological suffering, pro-adoption license plates, and the Jesuits
Matt C. Abbott
July 22, 2010

The following are e-mails I've received in response to recent columns of mine (certain e-mails are edited and do not necessarily reflect my opinions . . .


Yes, life is a highway--so support 'Choose Life' license plates!
Matt C. Abbott
July 20, 2010

Veteran pro-life activist Jim Finnegan, president of Illinois Choose Life, would never think of waving the white flag when it comes to fighting the pervasive . . .


Mel Gibson's (and my) demons
Matt C. Abbott
July 18, 2010

Mel Gibson's demons are my demons and my demons are Mel's demons. Well, sort of. Allow me to explain. I don't wish to per se defend Mel's behavior in recent . . .


Supporting those 'in the trenches'
Matt C. Abbott
July 5, 2010

A reader recently wrote (edited): "In my personal humble opinion, there are bigger fish to fry than to pay attention to what is going on at the Rockford . . .


Despicable abortionists, Notre Dame's hypocrisy, beating the ACLU, Obama's counterfeit Catholics
Matt C. Abbott
June 29, 2010

Here's the latest from Ann Scheidler and the Thomas More Society: On May 29, 2010, the abortionists stooped to a new low, even for them. Here's what happened . . .


Noted priest: John Paul II was fooled by Maciel
Matt C. Abbott
June 25, 2010

The stench of the late Father Marcial Maciel's rotting corpse still permeates the air and continues to make headlines, so to speak. What struck (and . . .


'Bomb-throwing Jesuits'
Matt C. Abbott
June 23, 2010

The following article, written by Catholic attorney John M. DeJak, is reprinted (with permission) from the June 24, 2010 issue of The . . .


When dads blame moms and moms blame dads
Matt C. Abbott
June 17, 2010

Veteran Catholic journalist Phil Lawler of CatholicCulture.org recently posted a commentary about Stephen Baskerville's book Taken Into . . .


'The Impact of Homosexual Parenting'
Matt C. Abbott
June 14, 2010

I recently had the pleasure of having a lengthy telephone conversation with Dawn Stefanowicz, author of the book Out from Under: The Impact of Homosexual . . .


Why I'm disappointed in Rush Limbaugh
Matt C. Abbott
June 7, 2010

This column may open up a can of worms, but here it goes... I guess we conservatives (and, for the record, I don't consider "socially moderate" Republicans . . .


Ex-priest Kennedy exemplifies the left's arrogance
Matt C. Abbott
June 5, 2010

Former priest Eugene Cullen Kennedy, the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin's close friend and biographer, likes to mock anyone and anything orthodox. Even yours . . .


Memorial Day 2010
Matt C. Abbott
May 29, 2010

The following is the text of a speech to be delivered by Clark Sowers of Belle Fourche, S. D., during a Memorial Day service at Pineslope Cemetery in Belle . . .


Fighting child pornography, sexual predators
Matt C. Abbott
May 28, 2010

Attorney Jeff Anderson is no friend of the Catholic Church, for sure (although if there hadn't been so many morally corrupt and grossly negligent clergy, . . .


Priest, university persecuted by Ukrainian government
Matt C. Abbott
May 27, 2010

(First, I'd like to ask my readers to pray for U.S. seminarian Philip Gerard Johnson, who's battling brain cancer; and for pro-life activist Randall Terry's . . .


Gay activists (thankfully) denied Communion in Chicago; Readers share thoughts on journalist's book, Corazon Aquino
Matt C. Abbott
May 25, 2010

From a Rainbow Sash Movement news release: "The Rainbow Sash Movement gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender Catholics and supporters entered Catholic cathedrals . . .


'Journalism Is War': Abusers, users in Congress, media
Matt C. Abbott
May 23, 2010

The following is a significant portion of the Introduction to four-time Pulitzer Prize nominee George Archibald's book Journalism Is War. Thanks to Anomalos . . .


Arizona and illegal immigration -- I'm torn; Jewish CEO donates to Chesterton Academy; Actor hosts Latino pro-life congress
Matt C. Abbott
May 19, 2010

I'm genuinely torn on the issue of illegal immigration in general and Arizona's new law in particular. Perhaps I shouldn't be, but I am. In 2004 I wrote a . . .


'Animal rights' versus good stewardship
Matt C. Abbott
May 18, 2010

The other day I received a brief e-mail from Laurel, who was responding to a past column of mine regarding PETA and so-called animal rights. "You're pretty . . .


Catholics still debating Obamacare
Matt C. Abbott
May 13, 2010

The debate over Obamacare continues — at least among some Catholics. To wit: Michael Sean Winters has posted on America magazine's website a commentary in . . .


Man remembers nun's kindness
Matt C. Abbott
May 11, 2010

The following (edited) reflection was provided to me by Jim Boushay. Nuns and knuckles By Jim Boushay Sister Joseph Marita — who now goes by the name . . .


Has 'the pill' caused drive-by shootings?
Matt C. Abbott
May 9, 2010

Judging by the laudatory articles on the birth control pill popping up all over the Web in recent days, one might conclude that the pill was in fact the . . .


Readers sound off on illegal immigration, 'quiet euthanasia,' anti-Catholic bigotry
Matt C. Abbott
May 6, 2010

The following is a selection of (edited) readers' responses to recent columns of mine. Philip C. Onochiι: "I have been following the illegal immigration . . .


Vatican statement on Legion of Christ leaves unanswered questions, says ex-Legionary priest
Matt C. Abbott
May 5, 2010

Father James Farfaglia, a priest of the Diocese of Corpus Christi for nine years, was formerly with the Legion of Christ for 21 years. His response to the . . .


Two priests differ on Arizona immigration law
Matt C. Abbott
May 3, 2010

The immigration law recently enacted in Arizona has, not surprisingly, caused quite a firestorm of controversy. Also not surprising: The United States . . .


Quiet euthanasia
Matt C. Abbott
April 29, 2010

"Hundreds of thousands of patients are killed in the world each year in this manner, and no police or district attorney will act to investigate or prosecute."  . . .


Anti-Catholic bigotry
Matt C. Abbott
April 27, 2010

Perhaps the term "bigot" is overused these days, particularly by the libertine left when referring to those of us who oppose the homosexual lobby, which in turn . . .


The Traditional Mass in D.C.--the bishop's homily
Matt C. Abbott
April 25, 2010

The following is the text of Tulsa Bishop Edward James Slattery's homily delivered on April 24 during the Traditional Latin Solemn High Pontifical Mass at the . . .


'Homosexuality and the Church Crisis'
Matt C. Abbott
April 24, 2010

The following is an essay written by Brian W. Clowes, Ph.D., director of research for Human Life International . . .


The sacrosanct seal of confession
Matt C. Abbott
April 23, 2010

With current news stories involving priests and the seal of confession (see here and here), I'm reprinting the following excerpts from the book Go in Peace: . . .


Readers sound off on Obama, 'excessive criticism,' clergy abuse scandal, dissenters
Matt C. Abbott
April 22, 2010

The following is a selection of (slightly edited) e-mails recently received by yours truly. Nancy Donaldson of Kansas: "'Matt, speaking personally, . . .


The media appreciate dissident Catholics, just not the Church
Matt C. Abbott
April 21, 2010

Leave it to most in the leftist secular media to make themselves the Catholic Church's public enemy number one. Not the enemy of all Catholics, mind you — . . .


Beware of excessive criticism, says priest
Matt C. Abbott
April 20, 2010

Author Thomas M. Santa, C.Ss.R., writes good material for spiritual reading. While you won't find him publicly commenting on the issues of the day, his . . .


Father Trigilio takes on 'U.S. Catholic'
Matt C. Abbott
April 14, 2010

A rather fatuous commentary titled "Take a pass on the Latin Mass" on the Web site of the leftist U.S. Catholic magazine led me to ask Father John Trigilio Jr., . . .


Praising Father Poppa
Matt C. Abbott
April 10, 2010

With all the bad clergy-related news as of late, the following reflection, recently provided to me by Clark Sowers of Belle Fourche, S.D., is a dose of the . . .


Bishop: Catholic Church among 'safest places' for children
Matt C. Abbott
April 8, 2010

The following is the text of the homily given on Easter Sunday 2010 by Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Joseph N. Perry at St. John Cantius Parish. Many thanks to . . .


A tale of two Catholic churches
Matt C. Abbott
April 7, 2010

As a practicing Catholic, it's getting very, very difficult not to be cynical about what's going on in the Church today. And I'm not just talking about the . . .


Priest defends pope, papal preacher
Matt C. Abbott
April 3, 2010

Father James Farfaglia, a priest of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas — and author of Man to Man: A Real Priest Speaks to Real Men about Marriage, Sexuality . . .


'Is Usury Still a Sin?'
Matt C. Abbott
March 31, 2010

The following is a reprint of an essay titled "Is Usury Still a Sin?" by Thomas Storck. The essay originally appeared in the fall 2009 issue of Communio: . . .


'The Fourth Secret of Fatima': Is Pope Benedict's life in danger?
Matt C. Abbott
March 30, 2010

The following are excerpts from the book The Fourth Secret of Fatima, authored by Italian journalist Antonio Socci. Many thanks to RCS Libri (publisher of the . . .


Helping accused (innocent and guilty) priests
Matt C. Abbott
March 28, 2010

In response to my March 18 column featuring Opus Bono Sacerdotii, a Detroit-based organization founded to assist Catholic priests in difficult situations, a . . .


Two authors, two unresolved Catholic scandals
Matt C. Abbott
March 26, 2010

As some in the secular media continue their attempt to take down Pope Benedict (Phil Lawler has a good commentary on these developments here, by the way), I'd . . .


'Spiritual Dangers of the 21st Century'
Matt C. Abbott
March 25, 2010

The following is the Introduction to the book Spiritual Dangers of the 21st Century, authored by Father Joseph Esper, a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit. . . .


Readers respond regarding clergy abuse, false accusations
Matt C. Abbott
March 23, 2010

The following are several (slightly edited) e-mails I received in response to my March 18 column "Was priest falsely accused?" Many thanks to those who provided . . .


Was priest falsely accused?
Matt C. Abbott
March 18, 2010

When it comes to the issue of sexual abuse, I consider myself a survivor's advocate; but I do realize that false accusations occur, and such accusations are . . .


My two cents on Tiger Woods; Is your church 'Ugly as Sin'?
Matt C. Abbott
March 17, 2010

On Aug. 29, 2006 — well before the Tiger Woods sex scandals came to light, of course — the Chicago Tribune printed the following letter to the editor by Yours . . .


'Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat'
Matt C. Abbott
March 16, 2010

The following is a significant portion of the Introduction to the recently-published book Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat, authored by . . .


New York priest's tragic and bizarre death
Matt C. Abbott
March 15, 2010

The clergy abuse scandal continues to make headlines worldwide (some of the coverage has been fair and accurate, but some of it has not, in my view). Years . . .


Chicago bishop: abortion 'quietly' decimating black community
Matt C. Abbott
March 12, 2010

Lamenting the news early this year that "the number of abortions performed in Illinois reached a 10-year high in 2008," Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry . . .


Seminary professor speaks on Marian apparitions and the Catholic Church
Matt C. Abbott
March 10, 2010

The following is the text of a talk — unedited and without commentary — given on March 8, 2010 by Father Emery de Gaαl, Ph.D., chairman and associate professor . . .


Pro-abortion terrorism (outside the womb); Notre Dame saga continues; Toyota and the Catholic Church
Matt C. Abbott
March 7, 2010

From the Thomas More Society: "'Let me tell you about another shocking development in Aurora. On December 16, 2009, one of our sidewalk counselors — a young . . .


The Ave Maria University, Tom Golisano controversy: Deal Hudson, Keith Fournier vs. 'The Wanderer'
Matt C. Abbott
March 5, 2010

Controversy is nothing new for Ave Maria University — otherwise known as the Tom Monaghan Empire. Recently, Deal Hudson of InsideCatholic.com wrote (the . . .


'The Price of Economic Injustice...'
Matt C. Abbott
March 4, 2010

The following is a reprint of an article from The Latin Mass journal. The article, "The Price of Economic Injustice: Rediscovering Catholic Just Price Doctrine, . . .


12 years later: the Father Alfred Kunz (unsolved) murder
Matt C. Abbott
March 3, 2010

Father Alfred Kunz's life came to a tragic end either late March 3 or very early March 4, 1998. His body was discovered the morning of March 4, the victim of a . . .


Boston priest's near-tragic 'Toyota experience'
Matt C. Abbott
March 1, 2010

I doubt Father Kevin McGrade of the Archdiocese of Boston will be singing the "Oh what a feeling — Toyota!" jingle any time soon. A few weeks ago, the . . .


Health care: an alternative to 'no'
Matt C. Abbott
February 27, 2010

John F. Kippley, Catholic author and co-founder of Natural Family Planning International, Inc., offered the following commentary on the current health care . . .


Washington Times editor's 'Days of Fire and Glory'
Matt C. Abbott
February 26, 2010

Julia Duin, assistant national editor and religion writer for the Washington Times, is one of the few secular journalists who had the guts to write about the . . .


Grey area: the morality of investigative journalism
Matt C. Abbott
February 25, 2010

I asked noted Catholic priest-author-theologian Father John Trigilio to weigh in on the morality of "undercover"/investigative journalism, a topic featured in . . .


'No Turning Back' for surfer-priest
Matt C. Abbott
February 23, 2010

Below is the Introduction to Father Donald Calloway's 2010 book No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy — a book Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., calls "an amazing, . . .


Why I'm not jumping on the Palin bandwagon
Matt C. Abbott
February 21, 2010

I know Sarah Palin is popular among many conservatives, and, all things considered, I can understand why. She's attractive, smart (despite how the liberals and . . .


Two Catholic authors at odds over economics, while another grieves loss in sense of sin
Matt C. Abbott
February 16, 2010

Catholic authors Thomas Woods and Christopher Ferrara used to be of like mind. They even co-authored a book several years ago. But they have since parted . . .


Mom-attorney-activist (politely) confronts pro-aborts, gay activists
Matt C. Abbott
February 15, 2010

Nora Doherty isn't afraid of much, if anything. She has more guts than I do, that's for sure. The young Catholic attorney — and mother of two — has been very . . .


Dawn Eden: 'Live Action' uses lying, deception
Matt C. Abbott
February 14, 2010

Dawn Eden, author of The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On, was featured and quoted in my Feb. 10 column. She wanted to . . .


'Bubble' trouble: Planned Parenthood called S.W.A.T. team on pro-lifers
Matt C. Abbott
February 12, 2010

From Joe Scheidler, national director of the Pro-Life Action League: "'It's been three months since the City of Chicago began enforcing the hideous new  . . .


O'Keefe arrest: conservatives' 'love affair' with Alinsky?
Matt C. Abbott
February 11, 2010

Catholic writers Dawn Eden and William Doino Jr. have penned an interesting commentary that appears on BustedHalo.com (excerpted below; click here for the full . . .


At war with the USCCB II: the follow-up
Matt C. Abbott
February 10, 2010

The following statement, provided to me by Stephen Phelan, communications director of Human Life International and spokesman for the Reform CCHD Now coalition, . . .


At war with the USCCB; Pro-life reaction to Tebow Super Bowl ad
Matt C. Abbott
February 9, 2010

Would it be best for the Catholic Church in the U.S. (and Rome, for that matter) if the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops were to be dismantled? I . . .


More pro-life (dis)unity: Is Randall Terry helping the pro-life movement?
Matt C. Abbott
February 6, 2010

He's baaaaack. Actually, he's been back for a while now. Randall Terry, I mean. Two things are certain regarding Terry: 1) He makes the news and 2) he doesn . . .


Illinois politics: a sign of hope in Palatine; PersonhoodMississippi.com
Matt C. Abbott
February 4, 2010

Sometimes the pro-life candidate does win, even in the blue State of Illinois. On Feb. 2, in the Chicago suburb of Palatine, staunch pro-lifer Tom Morrison . . .


Personhood?
Matt C. Abbott
February 2, 2010

Food for thought for pro-lifers... In the January-February 2010 issue of the New Oxford Review, in an article titled "Is It Time to Dump the Term 'Pro-life'? . . .


'Ignatius of Antioch & Polycarp of Smyrna'
Matt C. Abbott
February 1, 2010

The following is the Preface and an additional excerpt (minus footnotes) from the book Ignatius of Antioch & Polycarp of Smyrna, authored by Kenneth J. Howell.  . . .


Tim Tebow, Gloria Allred, Scott Roeder, and a Catholic parish that caved to an abortionist
Matt C. Abbott
January 30, 2010

A potpourri of pro-life items today... Feminist attorney Gloria Allred is crying foul over the much-hyped upcoming Tim Tebow Super Bowl commercial. Writes . . .


'Amazing Grace for Those Who Suffer'
Matt C. Abbott
January 28, 2010

The following is a true — and quite moving — story (minus footnotes) from the book Amazing Grace for Those Who Suffer, authored by Jeff Cavins and Matthew Pinto . . .


'Sacrilege: Liberation Enters the Church'
Matt C. Abbott
January 24, 2010

The following is a lengthy excerpt from the book Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church, authored by Leon J. Podles, Ph.D. Many thanks to Mr. Podles and . . .


What hath 'the spirit of Vatican II' wrought?
Matt C. Abbott
January 19, 2010

The following is a reprint of a chapter (minus endnotes) from Catholic attorney/scholar Peter B. Kelly's book Cleansing Fire (which I've featured in previous . . .


Jesus, the Teacher of always
Matt C. Abbott
January 16, 2010

The following is a lengthy excerpt (minus footnotes) from the In Conversation with God book series, authored by Father Francis Fernandez-Carvajal. Thanks to . . .


'Hungry Souls'
Matt C. Abbott
January 15, 2010

The following is the Introduction (minus endnotes) to the book Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages, and Warnings from Purgatory, by Gerard J.M. van den . . .


An uplifting story about love and marriage
Matt C. Abbott
January 11, 2010

The other day while looking through some Facebook posts, I came across what I think is a very thoughtful and inspiring reflection by Mary Cate Bratcher of South . . .


Tuning out media 'Noise'; Illinois abortions: 10-year high!
Matt C. Abbott
January 4, 2010

The following are the Preface and the Introduction (minus the endnotes) to Catholic journalist Teresa Tomeo's book Noise, published in 2007. Thanks to Matthew . . .


A productive decade for pro-life law firm
Matt C. Abbott
December 31, 2009

The Thomas More Society had quite a productive decade. Founded in 1997, the Chicago-based pro-life law firm has been working quietly but diligently to defend . . .


'The Bible Compass'
Matt C. Abbott
December 28, 2009

The following are substantial excerpts from the 2009 book The Bible Compass, authored by Dr. Edward Sri. Thanks to Matthew Pinto and Mike Flickinger of . . .


More priestly Christmas reflections
Matt C. Abbott
December 24, 2009

This column is a "sequel" to my Dec. 10 column "Seven priest share Christmas memories." Thanks again to those priests who contributed their reflections. I also . . .


Recently-received readers' e-mails
Matt C. Abbott
December 23, 2009

In response to "Pro-life (dis)unity," Terry Carroll wrote: "'I'm with you (I think) on pro-life purity. On principle, I reject 'no abortions except in cases . . .


'The effects of divorce on children'
Matt C. Abbott
December 18, 2009

The following is a reprint of an article from the December 2009 issue of Homiletic & Pastoral Review titled "The effects of divorce on children," by Barbara . . .


Two recent 'miracles' on Eighth Avenue
Matt C. Abbott
December 16, 2009

Miracles do happen. I suppose in this case it would be two "minor miracles," but, hey, what the heck? It's a positive. To wit: an Oct. 9 story in The New . . .


Pro-life (dis)unity
Matt C. Abbott
December 15, 2009

Newsflash! Hold on to your seats, folks...ready? (Breathe easy, now.) There's division in the right-to-life movement. There. I said it. Actually, there . . .


Seven priests share Christmas memories
Matt C. Abbott
December 10, 2009

I wanted to do a column — perhaps more than one — featuring favorite Christmas memories of Catholic priests. I invited a number of priests to participate, and, . . .


'Homosexuality and the Catholic Church'
Matt C. Abbott
December 4, 2009

The following are substantial excerpts from the book Homosexuality and the Catholic Church, authored by Father John Harvey. The book's Foreword, written by . . .


When Israeli Jews spit on Christians, Muhammad's depravity, and the reeling Catholic Church in Ireland
Matt C. Abbott
December 2, 2009

Here's a little potpourri of icky religion news stories to cleanse your palate... From a Nov. 26 story in The Jerusalem Post (excerpted; click here for the . . .


'Interview with an Exorcist'
Matt C. Abbott
November 30, 2009

The following are substantial excerpts from the book Interview with an Exorcist: An Insider's Look at the Devil, Demonic Possession, and the Path to Deliverance . . .


Priest-canonist supports Bishop Tobin in Kennedy flap
Matt C. Abbott
November 25, 2009

First, a background of the story, courtesy of LifeSiteNews.com (excerpt; click here for the full article): "'U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) said . . .


Attention Christian men: Listen to Father James!
Matt C. Abbott
November 22, 2009

Readers may recall some of my previous columns that featured quotes from, and writings of, Father James Farfaglia — formerly with the Legionaries of Christ and . . .


Divorce, annulments, and the Catholic Church
Matt C. Abbott
November 20, 2009

The following are excerpts from the book Annulments and the Catholic Church: Straight Answers to Tough Questions, authored by canon and civil lawyer Edward . . .


Expert: health care system, government pushing fear, death
Matt C. Abbott
November 19, 2009

From a Nov. 2 story on nwi.com (excerpted; for the full article, click here): "'Some cancer patients, heart attack sufferers and burn victims would be . . .


The ministry of sidewalk counseling
Matt C. Abbott
November 17, 2009

This past weekend, I attended a short seminar on the ministry of sidewalk counseling. The seminar was organized by the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League (a . . .


Church officials, critics clash over Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Matt C. Abbott
November 13, 2009

The latest in the Catholic Campaign for Human Development controversy... "'Letter from the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office of Peace and Justice and the . . .


'Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics'
Matt C. Abbott
November 12, 2009

The following are excerpts from Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics, authored by Daniel Ali and Robert Spencer. The first excerpt is the book's foreword, . . .


Which group is more violent -- pro-aborts or gay activists?
Matt C. Abbott
November 10, 2009

The simplistic answer to the above question: The pro-aborts are more violent — by far. See this Web site. (Of course, it must be said that many gay activists . . .


The teacher, with the knife, in the (Catholic) parish school?
Matt C. Abbott
November 5, 2009

In response to my Oct. 22 column about the suspicious suicide of Father Waclaw Jamroz, whose body was found bearing more than 20 stab wounds, two readers . . .


Catholic weddings and...simony?
Matt C. Abbott
November 4, 2009

I received the following e-mail in response to my Nov. 1 column: "'Not to worry. Some priests have no difficulty in charging what they think the sacrament is . . .


Planning a Catholic wedding? Read this...
Matt C. Abbott
November 1, 2009

I got some good laughs from the following column (slightly edited) that appeared in the Oct. 4 bulletin of St. Lambert Parish in Skokie, Ill., whose pastor is . . .


Pro-abort pol honored at Chicago parish school
Matt C. Abbott
October 30, 2009

Here we go again... The Lakeview Action Coalition, reportedly a grant recipient of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, on Oct. 22 gave an award to . . .


Matt Barber's 'Right Hook' a KO
Matt C. Abbott
October 29, 2009

Fellow RenewAmerica.com columnist Matt Barber has a new book out — The Right Hook: From the Ring to the Culture War. Matt made headlines a few years ago when . . .


(Sister) Donna Quinn's 'ungodly rage'
Matt C. Abbott
October 28, 2009

In light of the recent story about notorious pro-abortion nun Donna Quinn's "moonlighting" as an abortion mill escort — deathscort would be a more appropriate . . .


Go to St. Joseph
Matt C. Abbott
October 23, 2009

If you're in the mood for edifying and enlightening reading, check out Go to Joseph, a newly-published little book (literally: 4 1/8" x 6 1/4" paperback, 160 . . .


Chicago priest's suspicious suicide
Matt C. Abbott
October 22, 2009

Yet another bizarre case in the Windy City. From an Oct. 21 I-Team report by ABC7 investigative reporter Chuck Goudie: "'A Chicago pastor was found in his . . .


King Richard M. Daley should go back to school -- to Belmont Abbey College, if it'll have him
Matt C. Abbott
October 13, 2009

Gosh darn it. Just when I thought (not really) I would be commending Catholic Mayor Richard M. Daley for defending the free speech rights of peaceful pro . . .


'The Privilege of Being a Man'
Matt C. Abbott
October 8, 2009

The following is a reprint of an article titled "The Privilege of Being a Man," written by Catholic author and professor Mitchell Kalpakgian, that appears in . . .


Astrology: 'spiritual lust'
Matt C. Abbott
October 5, 2009

Over the last few decades, the New Age Movement has ensnared a number of nominal and lapsed Catholics. Part of the blame for this falls on those clergy and . . .


No 2016 Olympics for murder (abortion) capital of the Midwest; Letterman's a jerk
Matt C. Abbott
October 3, 2009

So much for the usual suspects in Chicago — my "windy" place of residence — bragging about hosting the 2016 Olympics. Not happenin.' Now our illustrious . . .


The battle of Lepanto; Readers' e-mails
Matt C. Abbott
September 28, 2009

From the Sept. 27 bulletin of St. John Cantius Parish: "'On October 7, 1571, a great victory over the mighty Turkish fleet was won by Catholic naval forces . . .


'Abortion addict' author Irene Vilar is no victim; An open letter to Father John Jenkins of Notre Dame
Matt C. Abbott
September 22, 2009

From a Sept. 21 story on ABCNews.com: "'Irene Vilar worries that her self-described 'abortion addiction' will be misunderstood, twisted by the pro-life . . .


'What (the hell) Happened to Notre Dame?' (and no, it ain't Charlie Weis)
Matt C. Abbott
September 18, 2009

Noted Catholic scholar/writer Charles E. Rice, professor emeritus of law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, has authored a new book titled What . . .


Jim Pouillon, RIP; Priest suing archbishop, monsignor
Matt C. Abbott
September 12, 2009

Some sad news to report: Michigan pro-life activist Jim Pouillon was shot to death on the morning of Sept. 11. The perpetrator of the murder, Harlan Drake, 3 . . .


Fatima
Matt C. Abbott
September 9, 2009

This is my third, and most lengthy, installment of Peter B. Kelly's "factional" novel Cleansing Fire — and this time the featured chapters are about one of the . . .


Our Lady of Akita: '...bishops against other bishops...'
Matt C. Abbott
September 2, 2009

In my Aug. 7 column, I reprinted a chapter from Catholic scholar/attorney Peter B. Kelly's "factional" novel Cleansing Fire. The following is another chapter  . . .


Chicago archdiocesan agency lauds Ted Kennedy
Matt C. Abbott
September 1, 2009

Just when I thought the Ted Kennedy story was falling off the radar — and it is, but too slowly — I received the following notice from a source (edited): " . . .


Mom of three: abortion, rape not evil for everyone
Matt C. Abbott
August 30, 2009

Certain e-mails I receive are simply mind-boggling. Consider the following unedited e-mail from Amy, a seemingly sincere yet terribly misguided mother of three, . . .


Responding to a Ted Kennedy fan
Matt C. Abbott
August 29, 2009

I'd like to respond to an e-mail I received regarding my Aug. 27 column — not to dwell on Ted Kennedy's life per se, but to show the cultural and spiritual . . .


Ted Kennedy's sad legacy
Matt C. Abbott
August 27, 2009

It's quite sad to think that the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, a Catholic, was once pro-life but became an ardent supporter of abortion "rights" and the death . . .


'The Virtuous One'
Matt C. Abbott
August 26, 2009

The following is an excerpt from The Virtuous One, a self-published "factional" Catholic novelette that makes for a good, albeit fast, read. An interesting and . . .


Pope Benedict, John Paul II, and Medjugorje
Matt C. Abbott
August 21, 2009

Does Pope Benedict view the alleged Marian apparitions of Medjugorje differently than Pope John Paul II did? Yes, according to a recent interview featuring E . . .


Catholics in the military
Matt C. Abbott
August 18, 2009

The first "Catholics in the military" item is courtesy of CatholicMil.org: "'Spiritual armor is as mission essential as body armor. Combat readiness demands . . .


Legionaries of Christ scandal continues
Matt C. Abbott
August 13, 2009

Several years ago, at a benefit dinner for a school affiliated with the Legionaries of Christ, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Patrick Madrid, one of my . . .


Illinois: America's 'paradise' for child rapists
Matt C. Abbott
August 9, 2009

The Thomas More Society, whose president and chief counsel is Thomas Brejcha, is one of my favorite pro-life organizations. (Incidentally, Peter Breen, . . .


'Cleansing Fire: Welcome to the New Springtime'
Matt C. Abbott
August 7, 2009

Catholic scholar and attorney Peter B. Kelly, JD, MTS, MS(nrp), MS(ce), is passionate about the Catholic Faith. A former radio personality, Mr. Kelly resides in . . .


Imprisoned priest, clergy abuse victim clash
Matt C. Abbott
August 6, 2009

The first article below, written by imprisoned priest Gordon MacRae, was originally published by the Catholic League and is reproduced in its entirety. The . . .


ALL president apologizes to Family Research Council; Catholic activist calls it quits
Matt C. Abbott
July 31, 2009

I asked Judie Brown, president of American Life League, to comment on the latest media release from the Obama-loving, vomit-inducing Catholics United calling on . . .


Obama 'birthgate' ain't goin' nowhere
Matt C. Abbott
July 29, 2009

For the past several weeks, I've been deluged with e-mails — most from the same person — about the Obama "birthgate" controversy. To be honest, I've paid very . . .


Novelist-detective vs. priest-killer
Matt C. Abbott
July 21, 2009

Interestingly, Detective Kevin Hughes of the Dane County Sheriff's Office — the chief investigator of the unsolved 1998 murder of Father Alfred Kunz — is a . . .


Ginsburg should see 'Maafa 21'; 'Face the Truth 2009'
Matt C. Abbott
July 12, 2009

From the Catholic League: "'Catholic League president Bill Donohue says U.S. Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg needs to explain her recent comment on . . .


Carol Marin's Catholicism -- and, yes, I went to school with Alexi Giannoulias
Matt C. Abbott
July 5, 2009

A reader wrote (edited): "'I read this article [by Catholic commentator and political analyst Tom Roeser] and became curious about some details — not so much . . .


A priest reflects on his anniversary of ordination
Matt C. Abbott
July 3, 2009

Thanks to Father J. Patrick Serna and John Moorehouse, editor of Catholic Men's Quarterly, for allowing me to reprint the following article from the spring 2009 . . .


Did San Francisco nurse kill her patient?; 'Have we lost our outrage?'
Matt C. Abbott
June 27, 2009

A reader from Concord, Calif., sent me the following e-mail: "'You may wish to discuss in your column this story featured on KPIX-TV, San Francisco, last . . .


Want more Nixon racism? See 'Maafa 21'
Matt C. Abbott
June 25, 2009

Interesting that the Nixon Presidential Library has just released recordings showing that the former U.S. president "believed legal abortion was 'necessary' in . . .


'The UnChoice'
Matt C. Abbott
June 24, 2009

I received the following e-mail from the Elliot Institute in response to my June 16 column: "'Maybe clergy and others who are reluctant to speak about . . .


Full lawsuit text: Catholic Answers sues IRS
Matt C. Abbott
June 19, 2009

As you may have heard by now, Catholic Answers, the California-based apologetics organization headed by Karl Keating and featuring notable apologists Jimmy Akin . . .


'Maafa 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century America'
Matt C. Abbott
June 18, 2009

"'They were stolen from their homes, locked in chains and taken across an ocean. And for more than 200 years, their blood and sweat would help to build the . . .


Priest: words of encouragement help
Matt C. Abbott
June 16, 2009

I received the following (edited) e-mail from a priest who wishes to remain anonymous: "'A week after President Obama spoke at Notre Dame, I preached about . . .


Bishop Robert Lynch, Komen, and Planned Parenthood
Matt C. Abbott
June 13, 2009

A reader alerted me to a June 7 post on the blog of Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Here's the portion of the bishop's post that raised my . . .


Aftermath: University of Notre Dame's disgraceful treatment of pro-life protesters
Matt C. Abbott
June 10, 2009

Brian Kindzia reports (edited): "'I was among those arrested at Notre Dame a few weeks ago when the university decided to honor President Obama with a law . . .


Olbermann: Stanek is 'Worst Person in the World'
Matt C. Abbott
June 6, 2009

MSNBC personality Keith Olbermann has named pro-life nurse/activist/commentator Jill Stanek as his "Worst Person in the World." Huh . . .


Using handbooks, not handguns, to fight abortion; 'The Pill Kills'
Matt C. Abbott
June 4, 2009

I first want to highlight two e-mails I've received in the last 24 hours. From Steven Conroy, media relations manager for Southern California . . .


Tiller supporter: 'You people disgust me'
Matt C. Abbott
June 3, 2009

I love it when a reader decides to send a nasty e-mail from his company e-mail address in response to one of my columns. In this case, the e-mail came from . . .


Sharing a cab with Dr. Tiller
Matt C. Abbott
June 2, 2009

Most pro-life leaders have rightly condemned the murder of Kansas abortionist George Tiller. I'd like to highlight the (slightly edited) reactions of two of my . . .


Christopher West: supporters vs. critics
Matt C. Abbott
May 31, 2009

The debate over Christopher West's analysis and teaching of John Paul II's Theology of the Body continues, and it's gotten somewhat heated. I've compiled quotes . . .


Pro-life attorney reacts to Sotomayor nomination; Abortion worker honored at White House
Matt C. Abbott
May 27, 2009

Pro-life attorney Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society, a national public interest law firm based in Chicago, offered the . . .


Weakland's demons
Matt C. Abbott
May 20, 2009

Disgraced Archbishop Rembert Weakland is in the news again. Actually, his autobiography is what's making headlines. In A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs . . .


TIME for the 'Bad Vatican' to go
Matt C. Abbott
May 19, 2009

A while back, an acquaintance of mine repeated something she had heard: There is the "Good Vatican" and the "Bad Vatican." I must admit, at the time, I was a . . .


Obama praised Bernardin -- go figure
Matt C. Abbott
May 18, 2009

In his speech at the University of Notre Dame, President Obama praised the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, the patron saint (ahem) of Catholic dissenters and, . . .


May 17, 2009
Matt C. Abbott
May 16, 2009

On May 17, pro-abortion President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address — and will receive an honorary law degree — at the University of Notre Dame . . .


Christopher West, Hugh Hefner, and the 'Theology of the Body' controversy
Matt C. Abbott
May 9, 2009

(Just a heads-up to readers: Some of the information pertaining to this topic is of a frank nature and is not suitable for children. Then again, most of my . . .


'Pope Fiction': Pius XII and the Jews
Matt C. Abbott
May 7, 2009

Many thanks to Patrick Madrid for granting me permission to reprint in my column the section of his book Pope Fiction titled "Pope Pius XII and the Jews" (pp. 2 . . .


Revisited: Father Gordon MacRae
Matt C. Abbott
May 5, 2009

I very recently received the following (slightly edited) e-mail, from Ryan Anthony MacDonald, in response to a 2007 column of mine: "'Dear Mr. Abbott: "'A . . .


Swine flu, abortion photos at Notre Dame
Matt C. Abbott
April 29, 2009

Is the swine flu "at" the University of Notre Dame? Apparently so. There is also a spiritual sickness among many (though not all, of course) at the . . .


Yes, Virginia, Plan B is an abortifacient!
Matt C. Abbott
April 25, 2009

I received the following e-mail from "Jane," a student at William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minn. (I should note that she is not speaking on behalf . . .


Plan B and the 'contraception will reduce abortions' myth
Matt C. Abbott
April 23, 2009

With the news that the FDA will now allow the "morning-after" pill, known as Plan B, to be sold over-the-counter to 17-year-old girls, I'm sure the abortion . . .


'...to go the way of Rod Dreher'
Matt C. Abbott
April 15, 2009

I received the following (edited) e-mail from John C. Hathaway: "'Thank you for taking up the cause of Robert Kumpel as you've previously taken up the cause . . .


Suffering mothers keep the faith
Matt C. Abbott
April 14, 2009

First, I'd like to wish all my readers a very blessed Easter season, and I ask for your prayers for my family members and me. A reader in San Diego sent me . . .


Joliet bishop to priests: Don't invite Medjugorje speakers
Matt C. Abbott
April 11, 2009

The following notice (e-mailed to me) is from the April 2009 Joliet Official Bulletin — a directive from Joliet Bishop Peter . . .


One Catholic journalist's cross
Matt C. Abbott
April 10, 2009

I'd like to start off this column by asking for prayers for the repose of the souls of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, 22, and two of his friends  . . .


'Average' Catholics, abortion, and the Notre Dame scandal
Matt C. Abbott
April 8, 2009

It seems the crux of the controversy involving the University of Notre Dame's decision to invite President Obama to be its commencement speaker — and to bestow . . .


Monsignor defends 'gay chorus'
Matt C. Abbott
March 29, 2009

At least some of my readers might recall the relatively recent controversy of a parish in the Archdiocese of Miami, St. Patrick Miami Beach, that hosted a . . .


African-American priest to Jenkins, Obama: Shame on you!
Matt C. Abbott
March 25, 2009

The following is a letter from University of Notre Dame alumnus Father John J. Raphael, S.S.J., addressed to ND president Father John . . .


African pro-life leader welcomed, lauded pope; 'Condom Exposι'
Matt C. Abbott
March 23, 2009

From an (edited) HLI news release: Yaoundι, Cameroon — Pope Benedict XVI's plane had not yet touched down in Africa before his trip was defined by the . . .


Controversies: Notre Dame, Joliet diocese
Matt C. Abbott
March 22, 2009

I'm covering two controversies in today's column. I'll begin with the major controversy — scandal is probably a better term — involving the University of . . .


Priests speak out on morality of gun ownership, use; Pro-life words of wisdom
Matt C. Abbott
March 18, 2009

I've asked selected priests — those loyal to the Magisterium — about their thoughts regarding the morality of gun ownership and use. Here are the responses I've . . .


Eamonn Keane on Dignitas Personae
Matt C. Abbott
March 12, 2009

The following essay, written by Catholic author Eamonn Keane, is set to be published soon in LifeLines, a publication of Family Life International . . .


Giroux: 'Brownback is a coward'; Are graphic abortion images effective?
Matt C. Abbott
March 10, 2009

I received the following (slightly edited) e-mail from Jennifer Giroux, executive director of Women Influencing the Nation, in response to my March 7 column on . . .


Archbishop, Catholic activist spar via e-mail; Rod Blagojevich's favorite priest?
Matt C. Abbott
March 3, 2009

One controversy that has yet to subside is how Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law applies to pro-abortion Catholic politicians and how the bishops should . . .


Illinois' frightful FOCA
Matt C. Abbott
March 2, 2009

Little by little, in an insidious fashion, the pro-abortion agenda is being put into play. The following has to do specifically with Illinois, but I think it . . .


Cardinal O'Malley and the Jewish community
Matt C. Abbott
February 25, 2009

According to a Feb. 24 story by Boston Globe religion writer Michael Paulson: "'Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, facing a group of local Jewish leaders upset by . . .


University of Notre Dame's new pro-life fund
Matt C. Abbott
February 21, 2009

Some good news out of the University of Notre Dame... From a news release: "'A new fund has been established at Notre Dame, under the auspices of the . . .


Text of sexually-harassed firefighters' lawsuit; Chris Korzen vs. Bill Donohue (Donohue wins)
Matt C. Abbott
February 20, 2009

According to a Feb. 17 AP story: "'A jury determined Tuesday that four San Diego firefighters were sexually harassed for being ordered to participate in a . . .


Ray Comfort's ignorance, Father John Pawlikowski's liberalism, and Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor's...territorialism?
Matt C. Abbott
February 18, 2009

''The Vatican, in essence, is saying, 'Don't believe Jesus or Genesis. Believe Darwin instead,'' [Ray] Comfort said. 'God made man in his own image, and God is . . .


Catholic anarchist reminisces about running for office; Tom Woods' economic 'Meltdown'; Canonist: Maciel wanted 'access to victims'
Matt C. Abbott
February 16, 2009

"Like being coercively in the military, it was a million dollar experience you wouldn't give a nickel for." That's how William P. Grossklas describes the . . .


Judith Reisman: beware of David Ogden
Matt C. Abbott
February 14, 2009

Long-time pornography foe Dr. Judith A. Reisman sounds the alarm regarding David W. Ogden, President Obama's nominee for Deputy Attorney General, in the . . .


Priests sound off on octuplet controversy
Matt C. Abbott
February 12, 2009

I sought comments from several reputable and orthodox Catholic priests on the controversy surrounding the woman who recently gave birth to . . .


'The Faithful Departed...'
Matt C. Abbott
February 11, 2009

The following is an excerpt from Philip F. Lawler's book The Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Boston's Catholic Culture. It is reprinted from the Winter 2009 . . .


Priest: 'Profound sadness' regarding Maciel scandal
Matt C. Abbott
February 10, 2009

I asked Father John Trigilio, president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, for his take on the recent developments involving Legionaries of Christ founder . . .


Arson strikes parish of molester priest, slain choir director
Matt C. Abbott
February 7, 2009

According to a story in the Feb. 6 Chicago Sun-Times: "'A former Catholic priest who molested at least three children worked at a Bridgeport church where a . . .


Catholic Demo-rats chide pope; Legionaries' latest scandal; 'Never Again'
Matt C. Abbott
February 4, 2009

From a Feb. 2 Catholic League news release: "'On January 29, nearly 50 Catholic Democratic congressmen sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI stating their . . .


The excommunication controversy
Matt C. Abbott
February 2, 2009

Some "WomenPriests" aren't too happy that Pope Benedict XVI hasn't lifted their excommunications like he has for the four bishops of the Society of St. Pius X.  . . .


Yes, Speaker Pelosi, contraceptives do indeed cause drive-by shootings
Matt C. Abbott
January 27, 2009

Leave it to "Catholic" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to rationalize the government spending hundreds of millions of dollars on so-called family planning services — . . .


Revisited: Reducing abortions in the U.S.
Matt C. Abbott
January 21, 2009

My Sept. 23, 2006 column featured a chapter of Lime 5: Exploited by Choice, authored by Mark Crutcher, founder and president of Life Dynamics, which provided me . . .


Catholic legislator is Master Mason; Fighting FOCA; Jesuits sued
Matt C. Abbott
January 17, 2009

A reader sent me an e-mail regarding Catholic legislators who are, or were, Freemasons. One example: "Nevada state assembly member Jerry D. Claborn is . . .


'Matt Abbott is a bit fat idiot'
Matt C. Abbott
January 14, 2009

At least two individuals didn't particularly care for my Jan. 12 column regarding Al Franken. Matthew Huber wrote (in addition to including "Matt Abbott is a . . .


The origin of the Christmas tree; 'Beauty in their gravel roads'
Matt C. Abbott
December 22, 2008

From the bulletin of St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago: "Father Francis Weiser, S.J., in The Christmas Book, tells the story of the Christmas . . .


Inside the Vatican on Fatima, consecration of Russia
Matt C. Abbott
December 10, 2008

Thanks to Dr. Robert Moynihan, editor of Inside the Vatican, for providing me with, and granting me permission to reprint, an article (written by Cathy Pearson) . . .


'The Thrill of the Chaste'
Matt C. Abbott
December 8, 2008

Catholic author and blogger Dawn Eden graciously provided me with an excerpt from her 2006 book The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your . . .


Thomas Groome's assault on Catholicism; Ex-seminarian rekindles faith; Sour 'Milk'
Matt C. Abbott
December 7, 2008

Eamonn Keane wrote: "'I have noticed for some time your uncompromising defense of the Catholic Faith and pray that God will strengthen you in your resolve to . . .


Priest (not ACLU) criticizes Nativity Scene display
Matt C. Abbott
December 4, 2008

How's this for the weekly "Say what?!" The criticism of the first-ever Nativity Scene display in the Illinois state capitol building comes not from the ACLU, . . .


Register editor responds to columns; A new pro-life Web site; A seminarian and condoms
Matt C. Abbott
December 2, 2008

Tom Hoopes, executive editor of the National Catholic Register, sent me the following e-mail in response to my Dec. 1 and Nov. 30 columns. "'I've been . . .


Priest blasts Register, Legionaries; 'Margaret Sanger, an American Adolph Hitler'
Matt C. Abbott
November 30, 2008

Father James Farfaglia, a priest of the Corpus Christi, Tex., Catholic diocese, was appalled by a Nov. 5 editorial in the National Catholic Register, a . . .


Andrew Greeley: then and now
Matt C. Abbott
November 29, 2008

As Father Andrew Greeley continues to recover from a serious head injury suffered earlier this month, I thought I'd feature images from two of his (out-of-print . . .


Obama-supporting priest responds to critic(s)
Matt C. Abbott
November 27, 2008

In my Oct. 29 column, I featured a Southern California Catholic priest, Father Art Holquin, who had donated to the Obama campaign. (Keep in mind that if Father . . .


Pro-life 'compromise': dancing with the devil; E-mails from Christian-bashers, detractors
Matt C. Abbott
November 22, 2008

USA Today has published an online editorial — their view — praising "longtime abortion foes" (ahem) Douglas Kmiec and Joel Hunter, and other (unnamed) sell-outs . . .


Catholic social teaching
Matt C. Abbott
November 20, 2008

The following essay, written by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, is reprinted (with permission) from the summer 2008 issue of Catholic Men's . . .


Catholic-themed children's books
Matt C. Abbott
November 19, 2008

And now for a brief break from the not-so-nice news of the day.... I always appreciate receiving complimentary e-mails from readers, so I was quite pleased . . .


Pa. priest compliments, criticizes (sort of) Father Jay Scott Newman
Matt C. Abbott
November 18, 2008

By now, many Catholics (and non-Catholics) are familiar with the recent controversy surrounding South Carolina priest Father Jay Scott Newman. The following . . .


Bishop Matthew Clark sued
Matt C. Abbott
November 17, 2008

The following is the text of a complaint recently filed against Bishop Matthew Clark and the Rochester Catholic diocese. (Warning: contains graphic descriptions . . .


Are gay activists declaring war on Christians, Mormons?
Matt C. Abbott
November 16, 2008

It sure seems that way. Like a bad sexually-transmitted disease, protests against California Proposition 8 are spreading rapidly to other states, including . . .


Prayers for Andrew Greeley; Study paints bleak picture of Catholic higher education
Matt C. Abbott
November 9, 2008

In recent years, I've been a vocal critic — perhaps the most vocal critic — of Father Andrew Greeley. Despite that, I was saddened to learn of his serious . . .


L.A. bishop's troubling distinction
Matt C. Abbott
November 7, 2008

A reader sent me some recent correspondence between herself and Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Edward Clark. A very brief background of the matter: The reader, . . .


(Non-liberal) Catholics respond to election results
Matt C. Abbott
November 6, 2008

The following is a sampling of what some relatively prominent, non-liberal Catholics had to say about the Nov. 4 election results. Father Frank Pavone:  . . .


'Edith Stein: Seeker of Truth'
Matt C. Abbott
October 30, 2008

Many thanks to Elizabeth Mitchell, Ph.D., director of development at Trinity Academy in Pewaukee, Wis., and ENDOW, "a Catholic educational program that brings . . .


Calif. priest gave money to Obama campaign; Rosary novenas are underway
Matt C. Abbott
October 29, 2008

Sadly, it seems there's at least one priest in California who supports Barack Obama. (Gosh, for a while there, I thought it was just Fathers Michael Pfleger and . . .


African-American clergy abuse survivor tells his story
Matt C. Abbott
October 20, 2008

"I am a survivor of clergy sexual abuse," writes Richard C. Gee. In July of this year, Mr. Gee gave a statement to the review board of the Newark, N.J., . . .


Priest-M.D. pens essay on politics and the Church
Matt C. Abbott
October 17, 2008

The following essay was provided to me, upon my request, by Father Robert Markovitch, M.D., a Catholic priest of the Eastern rite. (For those who would like to . . .


'Obama Catholic' defends Douglas Kmiec -- a little bit
Matt C. Abbott
October 12, 2008

A reader, "James," recently sent me the following e-mail (unedited, save for his real name, as are his subsequent e-mails printed below . . .


Pro-lifers' arrest at basilica highlights debate over tax-exempt status
Matt C. Abbott
September 17, 2008

Two Catholic men were recently arrested for passing out pro-life, anti-Obama literature at the basilica in Baltimore, according to a Sept. 15 news release on . . .


Catholic attorney fondly remembers slain priest, remarks on Palin, Catholic politicians
Matt C. Abbott
September 11, 2008

Peter B. Kelly is a practicing attorney and traditional Catholic who works in Monroe, Wis. He has quite an impressive educational background: Bachelor of . . .


McCain's life-embracing 'choice'; Alinsky, Obama, Clinton, and Catholic dissidents; ALL vs. James Bopp, NRLC
Matt C. Abbott
August 30, 2008

Regular readers of this column know I don't write extensively on secular politics. That said, I must say this: I'm pleased with John McCain's choice for running . . .


Clergy abuse survivor wins in court -- again
Matt C. Abbott
August 26, 2008

From an Aug. 21, 2008 SNAP news release: "'A California appeals court has upheld a lower court's finding that a Catholic priest molested a boy and his church . . .


Scheidler v. Trombley (Planned Parenthood) update; Author's case studies of murdered priest, hanged priest
Matt C. Abbott
August 19, 2008

From Eric Scheidler, communications director for the Pro-Life Action League: "'I really need your prayers and support this week. 'This Friday, August 22, . . .


Catholic film critic praises new Batman flick
Matt C. Abbott
July 19, 2008

One movie I'm very much looking forward to seeing is The Dark Knight, the just-released sequel to Batman Begins. The reviews have been mostly positive, . . .


Showing the 'truth' of abortion; Boston Catholic's book banned at basilica
Matt C. Abbott
July 17, 2008

The Pro-Life Action League's summer 2008 Face the Truth tour is well underway in the greater Chicagoland area. Eric Scheidler, son of veteran pro-life activist . . .


Catholicism, science, and evolution
Matt C. Abbott
June 26, 2008

The following article, written by Kevin Clark, is reprinted (with permission) from the Spring 2008 issue of Catholic Men's Quarterly. The Evolution of a . . .


The Pfleger problem
Matt C. Abbott
June 6, 2008

A reader asked: "Is the Catholic Church not able to discipline [Father Michael Pfleger]? I am not Catholic but my son converted to Catholicism in 2006. While . . .


The thriving Catholic Church vs. the (slowly) dying 'catholic church'
Matt C. Abbott
June 3, 2008

I think it's accurate to say there are at least two "churches" with the name Catholic. The true Catholic Church — the bride of Christ — is comprised of the . . .


Albany priest, diocese sued
Matt C. Abbott
May 30, 2008

The following lawsuit was filed May 23, 2008 against Father Gary Mercure, Bishop Howard Hubbard and the Albany Catholic diocese. Several years ago, Father . . .


'Smearing the Pope'
Matt C. Abbott
May 20, 2008

Earlier this month, the Catholic League issued a news release in response to an April 29, 2008 media advisory titled "Pope Gets Pass on Church Abuse History" . . .


California priests decry court ruling; Actually, Daniel Gilbert, happiness is having children (within authentic marriage, of course)!
Matt C. Abbott
May 16, 2008

Father Angel Sotelo, of the Fresno, Calif., Catholic diocese, on the May 15 California Supreme Court ruling striking down the state's ban on homosexual  . . .


Television show seeks ex-priests; Dallas priest resigns; Pregnancy centers still under fire
Matt C. Abbott
May 14, 2008

I received a rather eyebrow-raising e-mail today (edited): "'Hello Matt: My name is Cynthia and I am the associate casting producer for the Reality TV show . . .


More debate on hospice care
Matt C. Abbott
May 4, 2008

I recently received the following e-mail: "'I am the clinical administrator of a hospice company in [city deleted]. We have extremely rigid federal . . .


San Diego bishop leads prayer vigil at abortion mill
Matt C. Abbott
May 3, 2008

From Sue Lopez, of the Helpers of God's Precious Infants in the San Diego Catholic diocese: "'Thank you to all who attended Mass at Good Shepherd on Saturday . . .


Chicago cardinal, bishop intervene in controversy
Matt C. Abbott
April 28, 2008

Hooray for Arlene Sawicki! Mrs. Sawicki, whom I've known for several years, is quite the Catholic and pro-life activist. She co-founded Vote Life America and . . .


Cardinal Newman Society responds to Andrew Greeley
Matt C. Abbott
April 25, 2008

In response to Father Andrew Greeley's recent dig at the Cardinal Newman Society, the organization's president, Patrick J. Reilly, provided me with the . . .


A 'strong' response to Yale's abortion 'artist'
Matt C. Abbott
April 20, 2008

In recent days, articles have been written about a rather disgusting situation at Yale University. According to an April 18, 2008 story on FOXNews.com: " . . .


Catholic League, SNAP clash; A dim view of U.S. Catholicism
Matt C. Abbott
April 18, 2008

I can't imagine anyone accusing Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, of not speaking his mind. Case in point: In a . . .


Help us, Pope Benedict... California priest in 'state of crisis'
Matt C. Abbott
April 15, 2008

Perhaps Pope Benedict's visit to the U.S. will be a sign of hope to certain priests who are suffering greatly. Readers might recall my coverage of Father Joe . . .


Attorney: Andrew Greeley "makes me sick"
Matt C. Abbott
April 13, 2008

Father Andrew Greeley is at it again. Defending Sen. Barack Obama, Father Greeley wrote on April 2: "'...My favorite recent outbursts of hate come from . . .


Father Alfred Kunz' killer is...
Matt C. Abbott
April 9, 2008

I'm fairly confident I know who the suspect is in the 1998 unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz. I could be wrong, but, judging from this March 5, 2008 article . . .


Archdiocese, pro-life group at odds
Matt C. Abbott
April 1, 2008

There is an interesting controversy brewing in the state of Georgia. A recent e-mail circulated by Daniel Becker, president of Georgia Right to Life, . . .


'Christ the King of Humanity'
Matt C. Abbott
March 21, 2008

The following essay, written by Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz, vicar general and U.S. provincial superior of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, . . .


Priests to parents: Catholic education is essential
Matt C. Abbott
March 18, 2008

Father Phillip W. De Vous — pastor of Divine Mercy Parish in Bellevue, Ky., and St. Bernard Parish in Dayton, Ky. — and Father Gregory E. Osburg — pastor of . . .


Father Haley's cryptic message; SNAP director writes Cardinal Maida
Matt C. Abbott
February 24, 2008

Over the last couple of years, I've received e-mails asking about the status of Father James Haley, the priest whose story is detailed in this 2004 Washington . . .


Priest sues Manchester diocese, bishop
Matt C. Abbott
February 20, 2008

PLAINTIFF, Rev. Thomas Coover, of Dover, New Hampshire, brings this action against DEFENDANT, Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester a/k/a Diocese of Manchester, . . .


Remembering Father Kunz
Matt C. Abbott
February 17, 2008

On March 4, it will be ten years since the murder of Father Alfred Kunz. The case remains unsolved. Jacek Cianciara remembers Father Kunz fondly. "It is . . .


Detroit priest: archdiocese 'a thousand times more corrupt than' Legion of Christ
Matt C. Abbott
February 5, 2008

I received the following e-mail from Father Paul Ward, associate pastor of Assumption Grotto Catholic Church in Detroit. "'I don't know who you are, but I . . .


Priest speaks on Maciel, Legion of Christ
Matt C. Abbott
February 1, 2008

I asked Father James Farfaglia, a priest of the Corpus Christi, Tex., Catholic diocese and a former member of the Legionaries of Christ, to comment on the death . . .


Revisited: prison for women who procure abortions?
Matt C. Abbott
January 30, 2008

My Aug. 27, 2007 column "The abortion-seeking woman: perpetrator or victim?" brought forth a few interesting responses, including this one from an abortion  . . .


Will Danny Croteau's murder be solved?
Matt C. Abbott
January 16, 2008

The following is an excerpt from Joanne Connors-Wade's book No Tomorrows: "In 1972 Danny Croteau was found floating in the Chicopee River. At the time, . . .


Jailed priest's prosecutors defend their case
Matt C. Abbott
January 4, 2008

The following is the text of a brief (which, as you can see, isn't exactly brief) filed by prosecutors last month in the case of Father Gerald Robinson, who  . . .


The liturgy war
Matt C. Abbott
December 31, 2007

I doubt this will come as a shock to my readers, but, aside from John Allen's column and the occasional article, I don't much care for the National Catholic . . .


The morality of organ donation
Matt C. Abbott
December 12, 2007

The following is an interview of Dr. Paul A. Byrne, a neonatalogist and clinical professor of pediatrics. The interview, conducted by Randy Engel, author and . . .


Priest aided investigators in nun's murder case
Matt C. Abbott
December 3, 2007

The following is Chapter 25 of David Yonke's book Sin, Shame, and Secrets: The Murder of a Nun, the Conviction of a Priest, and Cover-Up in the Catholic Church  . . .


Do letters indicate John Paul II believed in Medjugorje?
Matt C. Abbott
December 1, 2007

Many Catholics are familiar with, and have visited (including yours truly, in 1995), Medjugorje, a village in Bosnia-Herzegovina where the Blessed Virgin Mary . . .


Minn. priest: 'celibacy is largely a myth'; Report: Benedict XVI canceled two private vows of the Legionaries of Christ; New book critiques 'Golden Compass'
Matt C. Abbott
November 23, 2007

I received the following (edited) e-mail from Father Jack Nordick, of the New Ulm, Minn., Catholic diocese: "What we need to consider is that priests are as . . .


Fr. John Trigilio comments on Fr. Francis Mary Stone; Catholic activist: hierarchy knew of now-defrocked monsignor's problems
Matt C. Abbott
November 19, 2007

In addition to Father J. Patrick Serna, I asked Father John Trigilio, author, EWTN personality, and president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, to . . .


Priest saddened by EWTN priest's departure; 'Bella' a Regnum Christi, Legion of Christ film; Mother of soldier decries Fred Phelps; 'Perpetuating a lie'
Matt C. Abbott
November 18, 2007

Recent news that Father Francis Mary Stone has stepped down as host of EWTN's Life on the Rock youth program — after admitting to an inappropriate relationship . . .


'Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church'
Matt C. Abbott
November 9, 2007

Leon J. Podles, Ph.D., author and a senior editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, has granted me permission to print a significant portion of the . . .


Was jailed priest in satanic sex ring?
Matt C. Abbott
October 31, 2007

An appeals court has reinstated a civil suit against Father Gerald Robinson, the Toledo priest convicted in 2006 of the 1980 murder of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl. . . .


Alan Keyes: hardly a 'deadbeat candidate'!
Matt C. Abbott
October 30, 2007

I must say that I was very disappointed to see the following blog post from the highly-respected LewRockwell.com site. "Alan Keyes: The Deadbeat Candidate  . . .


Chicago law firm fights for civil rights, against death culture
Matt C. Abbott
October 27, 2007

I recently attended the 10th year anniversary benefit dinner for the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, Pro-Life Law Center, a "not-for-profit, public interest . . .


The passing of religion journalist Gerald Renner; Catholic activist Stephen Brady recovering from injuries; Priest comments on Catholic blogger's 'empathy' for homosexuals
Matt C. Abbott
October 26, 2007

Religion journalist Gerald Renner has died of cancer. I quoted Mr. Renner in this 2006 column. Stephen Brady, president of Roman Catholic Faithful, is . . .


Did Mo. Secretary of State mislead voters?
Matt C. Abbott
October 23, 2007

The organization Cures Without Cloning has filed a lawsuit against Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. Writes pro-life nurse-activist Jill Stanek:  . . .


Texas priest: If I were a bishop...
Matt C. Abbott
October 20, 2007

The following (unedited) essay was provided exclusively to yours truly by Father James Farfaglia, pastor of St. Helena of the True Cross Parish in Corpus . . .


Priests' opposing views on Latin Mass
Matt C. Abbott
October 17, 2007

In recent parish bulletins, Father J. Patrick Wissman, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bolivar, Mo., lashed out at Pope Benedict's motu proprio . . .


The 'Courage' to go 'Beyond Gay'
Matt C. Abbott
October 13, 2007

I'd like to put in a good word about Courage, "a spiritual support system which would assist men and women with same-sex attractions in living chaste lives in . . .


Catholic university requires reading of obscene, anti-Christian novel; St. Michael's Media; the passing of a good priest
Matt C. Abbott
October 9, 2007

Colleen Perfect, president of Catholic Parents Online, writes: "We recently discovered that the English Department of the University of St. Thomas, in St. . . .


Planned Parenthood sued for libel
Matt C. Abbott
October 3, 2007

Planned Parenthood being sued, for any reason, is music to my ears! The following is the text of a libel lawsuit filed Oct. 1, 2007 on behalf of pro-lifers . . .


Seminary mag's 'gay' ads cause stir
Matt C. Abbott
October 2, 2007

Readers may recall my coverage of various goings-on in the Miami archdiocese over the past couple of years. Lo and behold, there is something new to report.. . . .


Catholics in the military; various pro-life, Catholic items
Matt C. Abbott
September 26, 2007

From Judy McCloskey: "'Perhaps you would be interested in covering the work of CatholicMil.org. Please visit the Web sites www.catholicmil.org and www . . .


Priest criticizes San Diego City Council, complacency among Catholics
Matt C. Abbott
September 25, 2007

The following is an essay written by Father Richard Perozich, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Escondido, Calif. THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH By Father . . .


Cardinal's letter praises jailed priest
Matt C. Abbott
September 22, 2007

New Hampshire Catholic priest Gordon MacRae was convicted in 1994 of sexual assault. He is serving a 33-and-a-half to 67-year prison sentence. In 2005, . . .


Planned Parenthood-friendly Catholic university loses big donor alum
Matt C. Abbott
September 21, 2007

In an update of sorts to my coverage of the relatively recent controversy involving the University of Detroit Mercy — which had advertised job opportunities at . . .


Pro-life organization: abortion-seeking women should not be imprisoned
Matt C. Abbott
September 19, 2007

The following essay was written by Adolfo J. Castaρeda, director of educational programs for Vida Humana Internacional, the Hispanic division of Human Life . . .


U.S. health care and 'dark hospice'
Matt C. Abbott
September 18, 2007

The following is a slightly edited e-letter from Ron Panzer, founder and executive director of Hospice Patients Alliance. "'With all the talk by the . . .


Pro-life search engine is kaput
Matt C. Abbott
August 29, 2007

In the last few weeks, I have received inquiries regarding the status of ProLifeSearch.com, which was featured in a previous column of mine but has since  . . .


Conservatism, liberalism, and history
Matt C. Abbott
August 28, 2007

The following article, written by Diane Moczar, Ph.D., is reprinted (with permission) from the summer 2007 issue of The Latin Mass magazine. It is not . . .


Legion of Christ sues opposition group
Matt C. Abbott
August 22, 2007

The controversial Catholic order known as the Legion(aries) of Christ is suing ReGAIN, an organization comprised of former members of the Legion and its Regnum . . .


Arrested priest 'wreckovated' church
Matt C. Abbott
August 18, 2007

According to an Aug. 14, 2007 story in The Tribune-Democrat, by reporter Sandra K. Reabuck: "'A priest allegedly had sexual relations with an inmate in a . . .


Wikipedia user wrongly cites priest as 'accused molester'; Canon lawyer posts on murderous priest
Matt C. Abbott
August 10, 2007

Once again, a problem has arisen with regard to Wikipedia. On the page devoted to Miami Archbishop John Favalora, one of the site's "editors" had cited some . . .


Catholic mother: no good comes from Harry Potter
Matt C. Abbott
August 5, 2007

From Catholic mother Dorothy Amorella: ''Parents must form the consciences of their children or someone else will.' So taught the late theologian Father . . .


Priest's suicide linked to abuse scandal
Matt C. Abbott
August 2, 2007

The following is an edited version of a paper reportedly sent to certain priests in the Altoona-Johnstown, Pa., Catholic diocese regarding Father William . . .


Commonweal's take on 'Catholic polemicist Matt Abbott'
Matt C. Abbott
July 29, 2007

I must say, I got a bit of a kick out of a recent post on the blog of Commonweal: "'The Los Angeles abuse settlement continues to reverberate to a degree . . .


The U.S. Marian apparition burnout
Matt C. Abbott
July 21, 2007

Informed Catholics know about Church-approved Marian apparitions such as Fatima, Lourdes and Guadalupe, but why were there so many reports of alleged . . .


Nudist priest: Latin Mass 'useless'
Matt C. Abbott
July 19, 2007

It can be difficult nowadays to ascertain whether certain individuals are joking or serious about certain matters. Seriously. Father Reginald Foster is . . .


Cardinal Mahony -- what's in your wallet?
Matt C. Abbott
July 15, 2007

In case you haven't heard, the Los Angeles archdiocese has finally settled its numerous clergy abuse cases — to the tune of 666, er, $660 million. Oh, and . . .


Latin Mass a return to the Dark Ages? Hardly!
Matt C. Abbott
July 7, 2007

The much-anticipated (in certain Catholic circles, at least) motu proprio on the Traditional Latin Mass has finally been released by the Vatican. According . . .


Pro-abortion nun still active
Matt C. Abbott
July 5, 2007

The "Catholic" dissident group Call to Action will be holding a conference on Aug. 22, 2007, at SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Westland, Mich. One of the . . .


'The institution of marriage'
Matt C. Abbott
July 2, 2007

The following "weekly note" — a good one! — comes from the July 1, 2007 bulletin of St. Mary of the Angels Parish in Chicago. It was written by associate . . .


Young mom heads Catholic dance school
Matt C. Abbott
June 27, 2007

Meghan Frato sent me the following e-mail in response to my June 19, 2007 column on liturgical "go-go" dancers: "I read your article about the liturgical . . .


Liturgical 'go-go' dancing?
Matt C. Abbott
June 19, 2007

A reader sent me the following photos of three girls (I've omitted their faces) — dressed rather provocatively — who, er, danced at a recent Franciscan Jubilee . . .


Catholic education and family breakdown
Matt C. Abbott
June 17, 2007

In response to a reader's inquiry regarding Catholic schools, Mary Ann Kreitzer, president of Les Femmes and the Catholic Media Coalition, wrote the following:  . . .


Noted researcher defends Bush nominee Holsinger
Matt C. Abbott
June 9, 2007

President Bush's nominee for surgeon general, Dr. James Holsinger, M.D., has come under fire recently from the homosexual lobby for his views and writings on . . .


Will liberals like Vatican board game?
Matt C. Abbott
May 31, 2007

Believe it or not, there is VATICAN: The Board Game, "designed for 2–6 players, ages 15 and up," created by Stephen Haliczer, Ph.D., a research professor at . . .


DePaul University's (only?) Catholic leader
Matt C. Abbott
May 30, 2007

The following article, written by Tom Roeser, is reprinted (with permission) from the May 24, 2007 issue of The Wanderer. For subscriptions, call 651-224-573 . . .


Catholic mother promotes faith, fitness, and patriotism
Matt C. Abbott
May 28, 2007

Jeanine Notter is a practicing Catholic, mother of six, and host of her own television talk show, "Chattin' with Jeanine," which airs on Merrimack Community . . .


Pregnancy help center has saved 30,000 babies -- and counting
Matt C. Abbott
May 18, 2007

When I began my activities in the right-to-life ministry in the late 1990s, I did some volunteer work for, and was subsequently employed part-time by, a crisis . . .


Oregon bishop to institute alternate child protection program
Matt C. Abbott
May 17, 2007

I received the following e-mail from Bishop Robert F. Vasa, of the Baker, Ore., Catholic diocese. (Bishop Vasa is one of the few bishops who would deny Holy . . .


African-American women, breast cancer, and abortion; Atheists on the 'offensive'
Matt C. Abbott
May 7, 2007

According to a May 5, 2007 story on wbbm780.com: "'The Chicago City Council's Health Committee this week held a hearing on racial and economic disparities in . . .


Sen. Hillary Clinton to headline fundraiser for Catholic institution
Matt C. Abbott
May 3, 2007

Pro-abortion senator and presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton reportedly will be the featured guest at a lunch benefit for the Mercy Home for Boys and . . .


Catholic funerals, weddings, and Holy Communion; Did the AP mischaracterize Archbishop Burke's clarification?
Matt C. Abbott
April 26, 2007

I recently attended a funeral Mass at a parish in the Madison, Wis., diocese (the same diocese, incidentally, in which the murdered Father Alfred Kunz had . . .


Remembering 'apparition fever'
Matt C. Abbott
April 25, 2007

I once had "apparition fever." I remember it well. In the 1990s, during and after high school (1990-1994), I became very interested in Marian apparitions, . . .


'Catholic distress signal'; The Earth Day column Our Sunday Visitor wouldn't run
Matt C. Abbott
April 24, 2007

I received the following (edited) e-mail from Brother Andre Marie, M.I.C.M., of the Saint Benedict Center: "'There is now afoot a very nasty concerted effort . . .


SNAP, priest respond to Commonweal Magazine; The controversy over limbo
Matt C. Abbott
April 21, 2007

Commonweal Magazine has a featured article titled "Vengeance Time: When Abuse Victims Squander Their Moral Authority," by Mark A. Sargent. Barbara Blaine, . . .


Pro-life women respond to UK columnist
Matt C. Abbott
April 18, 2007

In perhaps one of the most pro-abortion commentaries in recent years, Caitlin Moran, columnist for The Times, wrote: "...In short, while I am now packing . . .


Report: Pa. bishop rejects Tridentine Mass
Matt C. Abbott
April 16, 2007

From fellow Catholic writer Dr. Brian Kopp, moderator of the Universal Indult forum (edited): "On Saturday, April 14, 2007, St. Clare of Assisi Church in . . .


Apologist, AMU priest-professor clash over Seder meal; 'Catholic bashers spared Imus treatment'
Matt C. Abbott
April 15, 2007

On April 5, 2007, Robert Sungenis, founder and president of Catholic Apologetics International, sent the following (slightly edited) e-mail to a number of . . .


More on Toledo Catholic diocese, abortion files
Matt C. Abbott
April 12, 2007

In a Dec. 2006 column, I printed an excerpt from Toledo Blade religion editor David Yonke's book Sin, Shame and Secrets which stated that "privileged" diocesan . . .


Catholicizing DePaul University
Matt C. Abbott
April 11, 2007

Most orthodox Catholics know all too well the current state of Catholic higher education. It ain't pretty. Over the last few decades, many Catholic . . .


Catholic beliefs about Mary, the Mother of God
Matt C. Abbott
April 7, 2007

The following article, by J.M. McCarthy, is reprinted (with permission) from the Winter/Spring 2007 issue of Catholic Men's Quarterly. I wish all my readers a . . .


'Saving those damned Catholics'
Matt C. Abbott
April 4, 2007

I have much respect for Judie Brown, the blunt and articulate president of the American Life League. We are very much of like mind, although Judie is a . . .


Eulogizing a faithful Catholic -- the mother of a clergy abuse survivor
Matt C. Abbott
April 2, 2007

The following is the eulogy given by SNAP board member Peter Isely at the funeral of his mother, Magdalene, who recently passed away. "The Our Father, the . . .


Why pro-lifers should boycott the March of Dimes
Matt C. Abbott
April 1, 2007

"A March of Dimes Primer — The A-Z of Eugenic Killing" by Randy Engel, national director of the U.S. Coalition for Life and the executive director of the . . .


Clarification on Cardinal George, Communion controversy; Pro-abortion UDM professor taunts critics
Matt C. Abbott
March 31, 2007

The following clarification appears in the April 1-14, 2007 edition of the Catholic New World — the official newspaper of the Chicago archdiocese — seemingly in . . .


The story of Bishop Robert Lynch
Matt C. Abbott
March 30, 2007

Bishop Robert Lynch is in the news again. The brother of the late Terri Schiavo, Bobby Schindler, recently wrote a letter to Lynch taking him to task "for . . .


'Real Abortion Stories'
Matt C. Abbott
March 29, 2007

Real Abortion Stories: The Hurting and The Healing is a new book edited by Barbara Horak. According to one account: "Abortion has impacted millions of . . .


Catholics voice their views on modesty in dress
Matt C. Abbott
March 27, 2007

Very recently, on a Catholic e-mail list to which I belong, a discussion began regarding modesty in dress. I thought it would make for an interesting column, . . .


University of Detroit Mercy cries uncle
Matt C. Abbott
March 24, 2007

The University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic institution that was the subject of a previous column, has cried uncle. Specifically, UDM's administration has . . .


Catholic traditionalists fire back at Southern Poverty Law Center
Matt C. Abbott
March 22, 2007

Recently, the radically left-wing, pro-abortion Southern Poverty Law Center issued a report on anti-Semitism among "radical traditionalist Catholics." John . . .


Priest concerned over Chicago cardinal's remarks on pro-abortion politicians receiving Communion
Matt C. Abbott
March 21, 2007

Father J. Patrick Serna, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas, provided me with the following observations . . .


Chicago cardinal speaks on pro-abortion politicians receiving Communion; Texas priest criticizes Sean Hannity
Matt C. Abbott
March 19, 2007

The following is an excerpt from a news story in the March 18-31, 2007 Catholic New World (not yet available online). It's likely to cause a bit of a stir, I . . .


Book puts clergy abuse scandal in broader context
Matt C. Abbott
March 18, 2007

Paul Likoudis, news editor for the The Wanderer, is, in my opinion, one of the best Catholic journalists around. In 2002, Likoudis published a book titled . . .


Post-abortive woman furious at post-abortion e-cards
Matt C. Abbott
March 16, 2007

Post-abortion e-cards are in the news. Thanks to Exhale — which "believes abortion can be a normal part of the reproductive lives of women and girls" — you . . .


Bishop clarifies: 'I admire' Pace
Matt C. Abbott
March 15, 2007

A clarification from Bishop Rene H. Gracida in response to my previous column on Gen. Peter Pace: "Far from being critical of Gen. Pace, I was supporting him . . .


Catholic bishop: Gen. Pace's remarks were 'imprudent'
Matt C. Abbott
March 14, 2007

In response to the story regarding Marine Gen. Peter Pace and his remarks about homosexual behavior, the Most Rev. Rene Henry Gracida, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of . . .


Noted porn foe blasts college sex 'rags'
Matt C. Abbott
March 8, 2007

Harvard. Yale. Vassar. Boston University. What do they have in common? Yes, they are indeed known for being prestigious institutions of higher learning. . . .


Girl, parents sue Miami archdiocese
Matt C. Abbott
March 7, 2007

The following is the text of a complaint filed March 7, 2007 on behalf of a girl who alleges sexual abuse by a Miami archdiocese youth . . .


History of gay activist nun's "ministry"
Matt C. Abbott
March 5, 2007

The following article, by Randy Engel, is reprinted (with permission) from the Feb. 2007 issue of Catholic Family News. Sister Jeannine Gramick and the . . .


'Breach,' Opus Dei, and faithful Catholics
Matt C. Abbott
March 4, 2007

On March 3, I saw Breach, the feature film based on the true story of former FBI agent Robert Hanssen, who was sentenced to life in prison for spying for the . . .


Defying Tom Monaghan
Matt C. Abbott
February 22, 2007

Well, it's official. Ave Maria School of Law is moving to Florida. According to a Feb. 21, 2007 story in the Detroit Free Press: "Ave Maria School of . . .


Text of motion alleging bishop had slush fund
Matt C. Abbott
February 20, 2007

The following is the text of a motion recently filed in a pending case in Cleveland. IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO . . .


Priest: Catholic liturgy is in 'state of emergency'
Matt C. Abbott
February 17, 2007

The following essay was written by Father James Farfaglia, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas. (It is exclusive to this column.) STATE . . .


Former Kansas attorney general sets record straight
Matt C. Abbott
February 15, 2007

Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline has e-mailed the following message to his supporters. It is an explanation of recent developments in the case . . .


'Just say no to sex with pro-lifers'
Matt C. Abbott
February 12, 2007

A reader sent me the following photos of the office doors of two professors at University of Detroit Mercy, "a Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy . . .


Pro-life physician challenges school principal
Matt C. Abbott
February 9, 2007

Michael T. Ross, MD, president of the Family Rights Coalition of Michigan, sent the following (slightly edited) e-mail to Carolyn Witte, the principal of Mercy . . .


Bishop Gumbleton: gays "make love more humanely"
Matt C. Abbott
February 8, 2007

Not surprisingly, I've received a few e-mails taking me to task for my previous column regarding Bishop Thomas Gumbleton. In that column, I quoted Catholic . . .


Catholic school censors pro-life speaker
Matt C. Abbott
February 7, 2007

This caught my eye. From a news release (edited): "Administrators at Mercy High School, a Catholic school located in Farmington Hills, Mich., abruptly . . .


Did Bishop Gumbleton obstruct justice?
Matt C. Abbott
February 5, 2007

Retired Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, who for some time has been a favorite among dissenting Catholics, was recently shunned by Bishop Gerald . . .


Faith, Reason, Islam and the West
Matt C. Abbott
January 24, 2007

The following essay, by Father J. Patrick Serna, is reprinted (with permission) from the Fall/Winter 2006 issue of Catholic Men's Quarterly. Faith, Reason, . . .


Priest pictured with NOW activist
Matt C. Abbott
January 23, 2007

A reader has alerted me to an online photo showing Chicago priest-activist Father Michael Pfleger, who has publicly fawned over pro-abortion U.S. Sen. Barack . . .


Bears' Virginia McCaskey is the real winner
Matt C. Abbott
January 21, 2007

Well, I rarely write about sports in this column (which is obvious to my regular readers), but I do want to give a big kudos to Chicago Bears majority owner . . .


Chicago priest supports Obama
Matt C. Abbott
January 17, 2007

My focus usually isn't on the secular political scene, but this item begs for a bit of commentary. Chicago's liberal activist priest, Father Michael Pfleger, . . .


Abortion, illegal immigration, and Social Security
Matt C. Abbott
January 13, 2007

The following commentary, by Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics Incorporated, is reprinted from the Dec. 2006 issue of Pro-Life News, the (pro-life) . . .


The Dallas Cowboys and Planned Parenthood
Matt C. Abbott
December 29, 2006

The NFL football season is coming to a close, and the playoffs will soon be upon us. Which makes this item newsworthy, I think. The Dallas Cowboys Football . . .


More on the Father Stepek case
Matt C. Abbott
December 27, 2006

The following is the text of a countersuit recently filed against the Chicago archdiocese in response to Father Robert Stepek's defamation lawsuit against his . . .


Christmas caroling at abortion facilities
Matt C. Abbott
December 23, 2006

On Dec. 23, 2006, a group of pro-life activists held its fourth annual "Empty Manger" Christmas Caroling Day. The event, sponsored by the Pro-Life Action . . .


A Christmas poem
Matt C. Abbott
December 22, 2006

I thought it would be fitting to print the following Christmas poem, composed by Susan Gorski, a friend of mine. The hour approaches The time is so near He . . .


Book: diocese paid for abortions
Matt C. Abbott
December 18, 2006

By now, many people are at least marginally familiar with the Father Gerald Robinson case in Toledo, Ohio. Robinson was convicted on May 11, 2006 of murdering . . .


Priest's defamation lawsuit against accusers
Matt C. Abbott
December 15, 2006

From a Dec. 14, 2006 story in the Chicago Sun-Times: "Two brothers who were sued for defamation last month by a Roman Catholic priest who they say sexually . . .


Priest remembered as an early whistleblower
Matt C. Abbott
December 14, 2006

Former Dominican Father John O'Connor died on Dec. 7, 2006 of complications from a cardiac arrest. I thought it would be fitting to print the following . . .


Archdiocese official: columnist is a "fool"
Matt C. Abbott
December 6, 2006

I received the following e-mail, dated Dec. 6, 2006, from Maurice Healy, a spokesman for the San Francisco archdiocese whom I quoted in a previous column: "I . . .


San Francisco archdiocese responds to column -- well, sort of; Sixth priest in five months kidnapped in Baghdad
Matt C. Abbott
December 5, 2006

Gotta love spokespersons for a diocese. They have to make their bosses look good, no matter the situation or scandal. Good public relations, you see. So it . . .


Kinsey critic refutes Wikipedia entry
Matt C. Abbott
December 3, 2006

Author and researcher Dr. Judith A. Reisman takes issue with large portions of the Wikipedia entry about her. She says that her fully cited corrections made to . . .


Abuse survivor furious at San Francisco archdiocese
Matt C. Abbott
December 1, 2006

In July 2006, a jury "found in favor of Joey Piscitelli, a former altar boy who was abused by the Rev. Stephen Whelan, a vice principal, when he was a freshman . . .


Bishop, priest go deer hunting
Matt C. Abbott
November 23, 2006

A Nov. 13, 2006 AP story reported that "[t]wo women were arrested after they chained themselves to the front doors of a [New York] Catholic diocese building to . . .


Jesuit defends priestly celibacy
Matt C. Abbott
November 18, 2006

The following is a lengthy essay by Father Donald J. Keefe, S.J., who worked for Cardinal (then Archbishop) James Stafford in the early 1990s. THE . . .


Noted priest responds to editorial
Matt C. Abbott
November 17, 2006

Father John Trigilio has issued the following (unedited) response to a recent editorial in Commonweal magazine: "As President of the Confraternity of . . .


A tale of two pro-life doctors
Matt C. Abbott
November 12, 2006

When Jane McCaffrey was 19, she had an experience that changed her life. "I was working for a Catholic OB/GYN, and my job was to assist in the front office . . .


Priest, activists comment on election results
Matt C. Abbott
November 11, 2006

The following pro-lifers were gracious enough to offer their comments on the election results. Father James Farfaglia, pastor of St. Helena of the True Cross . . .


Author critiques bishops' proposal, blasts San Francisco archdiocese
Matt C. Abbott
November 10, 2006

The following is an edited news release from Randy Engel, author of The Rite of Sodomy — Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church: The Proposed Guidelines . . .


'Abortion regrets' ad campaign underway
Matt C. Abbott
October 27, 2006

Some pro-life women are gearing up to answer Ms. magazine's recent pro-abortion advertisement with an advertisement of their own. Georgette Forney, president . . .


Planned Parenthood, "civil rights," and Michael J. Fox
Matt C. Abbott
October 26, 2006

STOPP International, a division of the American Life League, has the following item in its online newsletter (excerpted): "In an outrageous decision, the . . .


Novel explores Japanese Catholicism
Matt C. Abbott
October 23, 2006

Cathy Brueggemann Beil is the author of The Samurai and the Tea: A Legacy of Japan's Early Christians, an historical novel "of a Japanese-American Catholic boy . . .


New Catholic children's book released
Matt C. Abbott
October 20, 2006

In a past column, I wrote about author Zelie Redmond, who hopes her children's books will inspire vocations to the religious life at an early age. Redmond . . .


California bishops, law professor clash
Matt C. Abbott
October 19, 2006

As reported by the Catholic News Agency, the Catholic bishops of California have publicly criticized America magazine and attorney/law professor Marci Hamilton . . .


Noted priest defends Santorum
Matt C. Abbott
October 18, 2006

In the Oct. 3, 2006 edition of the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, there was a letter to the editor from Monsignor Michael A. Becker of St. Benedict Roman Catholic . . .


'Plan B: pedophiles, deception and Plan C'
Matt C. Abbott
October 14, 2006

The following article, written by Mark Crutcher, is reprinted from the Sept. 2006 newsletter of Life Dynamics, Inc. This is truly the golden age for men who . . .


Homosexual group to "celebrate" at Cathedral of St. Paul
Matt C. Abbott
October 6, 2006

From the Web site of the Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities: "Dignity Twin Cities invites you to join us as we celebrate Solidarity Sunday on . . .


Author lambastes Catholic columnist, activist
Matt C. Abbott
October 3, 2006

Timothy Parsons-Heather, author and president of The Morning Star of Our Lord, Inc. — and who was the subject of a recent column — sent me the following  . . .


Ex-priests "married" each other
Matt C. Abbott
October 2, 2006

Two former Catholic priests, Cliff Garner and Jon O'Guinn, "married" each other in 2004, as one can see from their Web site (which includes a wedding album).  . . .


Catholic activist criticized in newspaper
Matt C. Abbott
October 1, 2006

Stephen Brady, founder and president of Roman Catholic Faithful, has been criticized in a Sept. 30, 2006 commentary published in The State Journal-Register.  . . .


Bernardin biographer, author clash
Matt C. Abbott
September 25, 2006

From a recent (edited) news release: Former priest and Loyola Professor Emeritus Eugene C. Kennedy broke the silence surrounding Randy Engel's controversial . . .


Reducing abortions in the U.S.
Matt C. Abbott
September 23, 2006

The following is the text of the eighth chapter of Lime 5, a book written by pro-life activist Mark Crutcher. Crutcher is the founder and president of Life . . .


Woman's lawsuit against Brooklyn diocese continues
Matt C. Abbott
September 19, 2006

Barbara Samide was the principal at a Catholic school in Queens, N.Y. In a lawsuit filed in 2002 against the Brooklyn diocese — which is presently in the . . .


Catholic priest missing in Baghdad
Matt C. Abbott
September 17, 2006

From a source in Iraq: A third priest may now have become a victim of the violence and lawlessness in Baghdad. Father Basil Salem Yaldo was last seen leaving . . .


California bishop responds to lay group
Matt C. Abbott
September 14, 2006

In the ongoing saga in the Diocese of Orange, Calif., Bishop Tod Brown has formally responded to the Catholic lay group Restore the Sacred. The text of the . . .


Newark priest blames bishops, celibacy
Matt C. Abbott
September 2, 2006

The following essay was written by Father Robert Hoatson. At the July 21-23 SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests) Conference at a Jersey City, . . .


Texas priest speaks out
Matt C. Abbott
September 1, 2006

The following (unedited) essay was provided to me by Father James Farfaglia, pastor of St. Helena of the True Cross of Jesus Catholic Church in Corpus Christi, . . .


Legal arguments against partial-birth abortion
Matt C. Abbott
August 31, 2006

The following is the text of a "friend of the court" brief (courtesy of the Thomas More Society) filed in support of the partial-birth abortion ban. (Click . . .


The scandal of Father Donald Osgood
Matt C. Abbott
August 27, 2006

The following slightly edited essay was provided to me by Lee Podles, author of a forthcoming book on the clergy sex abuse scandal. (Note: Contains graphic . . .


Catholic bishops and politicians
Matt C. Abbott
August 22, 2006

The following essay was provided to me by Mary Ann Kreitzer, president of Les Femmes and president of the Catholic Media Coalition. The Role of a Bishop: . . .


'Remembering' Joseph Cardinal Bernardin
Matt C. Abbott
August 18, 2006

Few would dispute that the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin exercised great influence in the Catholic Church in the U.S. Sadly, however, that influence was not . . .


When a Catholic parish is a good one
Matt C. Abbott
August 14, 2006

Susan Gorski, a traditional Catholic and friend of mine, often has some very insightful observations and reflections on matters Catholic and life in general.  . . .


Recognizing sexual predators?
Matt C. Abbott
August 12, 2006

The following is a slightly edited reprint from the summer 2006 newsletter of Catholic Citizens of Illinois. Recognizing Sexual Predators or Disinformation?  . . .


RCF responds to diocesan report
Matt C. Abbott
August 10, 2006

Stephen Brady, founder and president of Roman Catholic Faithful, has issued the following (slightly edited) press release, dated Aug. 9, 2006. On August 2, 2 . . .


Ms. magazine, post-abortive woman clash
Matt C. Abbott
August 9, 2006

The following is a slightly edited version of recent correspondence between Luana Stoltenberg, Iowa state leader of Operation Outcry, and the editor(s) of the . . .


Catholics protesting Catholics
Matt C. Abbott
August 8, 2006

I received the following (edited) e-mail from pro-life and Catholic activist Paula Emmerth: "I don't know if you remember me, but I spoke to you a few weeks . . .


Culture war overblown? Please!
Matt C. Abbott
August 6, 2006

The Pew Research Center has released the results of a survey they conducted last month. According to the summary of findings: Americans cannot be easily . . .


Young Catholics accomplish mission
Matt C. Abbott
August 3, 2006

From Missionaries of the Eucharist: Mission accomplished for the Missionaries of the Eucharist! Washington, DC — Inspired by the hope found in the . . .


Hollywood producer defends Gibson
Matt C. Abbott
August 1, 2006

Hollywood producer, writer and director Jonathan Flora has spoken out in defense of Mel Gibson. Flora provided me with the following (edited) statement:  . . .


A John Paul II-inspired Catholic education
Matt C. Abbott
July 27, 2006

The following is a slightly edited version of a talk given by Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell, director of development for Trinity Academy in Pewaukee, WI. Many thanks . . .


Priest fires back at archdiocese spokesman
Matt C. Abbott
July 26, 2006

Silenced priest Father Robert Altier has responded to a recent letter by Dennis McGrath, communications director for the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, . . .


Why we live in a death culture
Matt C. Abbott
July 23, 2006

Occasionally I receive e-mails from readers whose worldview, is, well, far different from mine. If I respond, it is usually brief, for rarely do I have the . . .


The homosexual collective's unholy agenda
Matt C. Abbott
July 21, 2006

The following are additional excerpts (note: contains graphic language) from Randy Engel's The Rite of Sodomy — Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church:  . . .


Archdiocese, Father Altier supporters clash
Matt C. Abbott
July 20, 2006

Dennis McGrath, communications director for the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, recently sent the following (slightly edited) e-mail to Kenneth M. Fisher, a . . .


President was right to veto stem cell bill
Matt C. Abbott
July 19, 2006

I commend President Bush for vetoing the bill that would have increased federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Bottom line: One cannot commit an . . .


Mystery novel tackles subject of homosexuality
Matt C. Abbott
July 18, 2006

Randy Engel's The Rite of Sodomy tackles the subject of homosexuality from a non-fiction perspective; Bill Kassel's This Side of Jordan tackles the same subject . . .


Author has fond memories of nuns; Remembering a 108-year-old nun
Matt C. Abbott
July 16, 2006

Gloria Waldron Hukle, author of the historical novel Manhattan: Seeds of the Big Apple, has some fond memories of her nun-teachers. "When I read of abuse by . . .


Noted priests hold divergent views on abortion protests, photos
Matt C. Abbott
July 8, 2006

As the summer 2006 Face the Truth Tour, organized by the Pro-Life Action League (in the interest of full disclosure, the League is a former employer of mine), . . .


Exclusive excerpt from Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes
Matt C. Abbott
July 7, 2006

The following is an exclusive excerpt from Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church's 2,000-Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse (Volt Press, $29.95), a . . .


Report: Illinois diocese thoroughly corrupt
Matt C. Abbott
July 6, 2006

From Stephen Brady, founder and president of the Petersburg, Ill.-based Roman Catholic Faithful, regarding the Springfield, Ill. diocese: "Yet another . . .


Liberal Catholic parish discusses Bible as 'false idol,' promotes homosexual, anti-life causes
Matt C. Abbott
July 4, 2006

A reader alerted me to the Web site of St. Joan of Arc Church in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese. The site is loaded with left-wing material, but this . . .


Alleged predator priest is chaplain at Florida church
Matt C. Abbott
July 3, 2006

Father Marshall Roberts, a founder of the suppressed and scandal-ridden Society of St. John (formerly under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Scranton, Pa.) is . . .


Bishop concerned over Wuerl appointment
Matt C. Abbott
July 2, 2006

From Father J. Patrick Serna: "I just wanted to say 'thank you' for passing on this last message from God through Father Todd. I'm glad you came across it.  . . .


The tragic loss of Father Todd
Matt C. Abbott
June 30, 2006

The following article was written by Father J. Patrick Serna for Catholic Men's Quarterly. It is reprinted with permission from Father Serna and the editor and . . .


'Voice of the Faithful' to call for women's ordination?
Matt C. Abbott
June 29, 2006

The controversial Catholic lay organization known as Voice of the Faithful might soon be officially calling for women's ordination. I received the following . . .


'Sodomy' book author exposes Santa Rosa bishop, priest
Matt C. Abbott
June 27, 2006

Randy Engel's soon-to-be released, 1318-page book The Rite of Sodomy — Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church promises to be one of the most controversial . . .


Pro-abort attorney general's hubby to speak at churches
Matt C. Abbott
June 26, 2006

Pat Byrnes, husband of strongly pro-abortion Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, will be speaking at four Catholic parishes in the Chicago archdiocese. His . . .


Pro-family activist blasts Santa Rosa bishop
Matt C. Abbott
June 25, 2006

Writer, Catholic and pro-family activist Allyson Smith of San Diego, Calif., recently composed the following letter to Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan . . .


Shamanism at a Catholic parish?
Matt C. Abbott
June 17, 2006

According to at least one Catholic priest, Sacred Scripture and Catholic Tradition are "rooted in shamanism." Father Michael Wanda, associate pastor of Mary . . .


One family's many 'blessings'
Matt C. Abbott
June 5, 2006

Walt and Wendy Cukierski are the proud parents of eleven "blessings" — Walter Jr., Weston, William, Wellsley, Wyatt, Wade, Waylan, Woodman, Walker, Wiley and . . .


Author praises Vatican for sanctioning Legionaries founder
Matt C. Abbott
May 19, 2006

The Vatican issued the following statement on May 19, 2006: Beginning in 1998, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith received accusations, already . . .


Bishop Wuerl's appointment cause for concern?
Matt C. Abbott
May 18, 2006

Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh has been appointed the new archbishop of Washington, succeeding Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The following article was . . .


Will Catholic men's magazine make waves?
Matt C. Abbott
May 16, 2006

Catholic Men's Quarterly is a relatively new "one-of-a-kind general interest men's magazine written by Catholic men for Catholic men." (And, no, it isn't anti . . .


Media apostolate was inspired by late Jesuit
Matt C. Abbott
May 15, 2006

(The following is a slightly revised version of an article that recently appeared in The Wanderer Catholic newspaper.) Father John Hardon, S.J., is fondly . . .


Motions seek damages from Chicago archdiocese
Matt C. Abbott
May 13, 2006

The following is most of the text of two motions filed May 11, 2006 in Illinois. They involve lawsuits against the Rev. Daniel McCormack, a priest of the . . .


'Homofascists march on'
Matt C. Abbott
May 12, 2006

The following is a reprint of the May 5, 2006 Population Research Institute Weekly Briefing. "The pro-life Population Research Institute is dedicated to ending . . .


A Vatican conspiracy akin to 'Da Vinci Code'?
Matt C. Abbott
May 10, 2006

Dan Brown isn't the only person to espouse a conspiracy theory involving the Vatican. Atila Sinke Guimarγes and Marian T. Horvat of Tradition in Action believe . . .


Vocations director under fire in California
Matt C. Abbott
May 8, 2006

Mike Tripoli, who provided me with the open letter to Bishop Tod Brown of Orange, Calif., has provided me with some additional information on the diocese.  . . .


Grievance filed against Catholic attorney, lay activist, and columnist
Matt C. Abbott
May 6, 2006

In the ongoing Miami archdiocese saga, Nancy Heise, whom I have quoted in previous columns, has filed a "formal grievance" with the Vatican against Catholic . . .


Attention 'Da Vinci Code' debaters...
Matt C. Abbott
May 4, 2006

For those who are interested in debating the various, er, aspects of Dan Brown's obscure little novel known as The Da Vinci Code — and whose feature film . . .


Group blasts Catholic university over 'queer studies'
Matt C. Abbott
April 28, 2006

The following letter comes from Catholic Citizens of Illinois. April 21, 2006 Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, C.M., President DePaul University 55 E. Jackson Blvd. . . .


Training Iraqi police; Catholic apologist on illegal immigration
Matt C. Abbott
April 27, 2006

I recently found out that David DeMato, who graduated from my high school alma mater one year after I graduated (1994), is currently in Iraq helping to train . . .


Alleged victim says abuse by nuns 'not being addressed'
Matt C. Abbott
April 21, 2006

Mary C. Dunford, an alleged victim of sexual abuse by a nun, would like more attention to be paid to the victim-survivors of abuse by women religious. States . . .


Catholics lash out at California bishop
Matt C. Abbott
April 20, 2006

The following was provided to me by Mike Tripoli. It is an open letter addressed to Bishop Tod Brown of the Orange, Calif., diocese. (Note: Some links . . .


Is Katie Holmes' family truly pleased with Cruise, Scientology?
Matt C. Abbott
April 18, 2006

The family of actress Katie Holmes might not be so thrilled with her apparent conversion to Scientology — contrary to a recent report. The Holmes family is . . .


'Another casualty of the lavender mafia'
Matt C. Abbott
April 15, 2006

Mary Ann Kreitzer of Les Femmes and the Catholic Media Coalition sent out the following (slightly edited) e-letter regarding the resignation from the priesthood . . .


Priest criticizes Notre Dame president for allowing controversial play
Matt C. Abbott
April 11, 2006

Father Jeffrey Robideau of the Lansing, Mich., diocese, whom I've quoted in previous columns, has provided me with the following statement regarding University . . .


'God or the Girl': goofy title, good series
Matt C. Abbott
April 10, 2006

I was given an opportunity to preview four out of five episodes of God or the Girl, a reality TV series that will air April 16, 17, 21, 22 and 23 on the A&E . . .


Accused ex-priest had worked at slain professor's parish
Matt C. Abbott
April 8, 2006

The following is most of the text of a complaint filed April 6, 2006 in Chicago. Defendants in the lawsuit are the Chicago archdiocese and former priest Robert . . .


Battling 'Da Vinci Code' in the Philippines
Matt C. Abbott
April 5, 2006

Christian groups in the U.S. aren't the only ones mobilized to "battle" the upcoming 'Da Vinci Code' film. The Philippine Crusade for the Defense of Christian . . .


Ex-seminarian: accused priest would 'dedicate' virgins
Matt C. Abbott
April 4, 2006

Former seminarian and alleged abuse victim-survivor Philip Hower of Tucson, Ariz., whose 2004 RICO suit against the Church was settled in 2005, remembers some . . .


The Catholic Mass explained
Matt C. Abbott
April 3, 2006

The following are the biblical explanations/meditations for each aspect of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (from the April 2, 2006 bulletin of St. John Cantius . . .


'Epistles on clergy abuse'
Matt C. Abbott
April 2, 2006

Vincent J. Nauheimer, whose son was molested by a priest of the New York archdiocese, has published a book titled Epistles on Clergy Abuse, which can be . . .


Ontario's alleged 'pedophile clan'
Matt C. Abbott
March 20, 2006

Thanks to Paul Likoudis, news editor for The Wanderer Catholic newspaper, for allowing me to reprint one of his articles from the March 9, 2006 edition. For . . .


From heavy metal to a love for Christ
Matt C. Abbott
March 18, 2006

Rick Ryan was once the drummer for a "glam" metal band called Hatrik. Now, many years later, he is a devout Catholic, aspiring priest and an effective sidewalk . . .


Author hopes children's books will inspire vocations
Matt C. Abbott
March 15, 2006

Zelie Redmond, a mother of three children, ages 10, 8 and 6, hopes the Catholic children's book series she's authoring will plant a seed in the children reading . . .


TV nun: archbishop can 'put his head in the back toilet'
Matt C. Abbott
March 13, 2006

I have great respect and admiration for Mother Angelica, the founder of EWTN. In fact, call me a fan. She's been faithful, smart, blunt, inspirational, and . . .


Deciphering the Book of Revelation
Matt C. Abbott
March 3, 2006

The Book of Revelation is perhaps the most mysterious book in Sacred Scripture. And there has been much speculation about it — some of it bordering on off-the . . .


God bless the abortion foes!
Matt C. Abbott
February 28, 2006

Yours truly is delighted by the news that the U.S. Supreme Court has (once again) ruled in favor of Joe Scheidler and the Pro-Life Action League — my former . . .


Attorney investigating clergy pedophile ring was threatened
Matt C. Abbott
February 24, 2006

Catholic attorney Sheila Parkhill, who for the past few years has been gathering information and evidence to eventually expose a clergy pedophile ring in the . . .


Did hanged rapist kill Wisconsin priest?
Matt C. Abbott
January 28, 2006

Some readers know I've been following — and have written about — the unsolved 1998 murder of Father Alfred Kunz, a canon lawyer and priest of the Diocese of . . .


Miami priest, deacon guilty of embezzlement, extortion?
Matt C. Abbott
January 27, 2006

The following is the text of a complaint filed Jan. 27, 2006 in Miami. The Defendants are Father Bernard Kirlin, Deacon Victor Pimentel and the Archdiocese of . . .


The Church, media, entertainment, evangelization
Matt C. Abbott
January 22, 2006

The following is the (slightly edited) text of a talk given by Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell, dean of students and development director for Trinity Academy in Pewaukee . . .


Catholic ex-"visionary" has new movement
Matt C. Abbott
January 20, 2006

Stephen Marino is moderator of the Communitas Dei Patris (Families of God the Father) community based in Kettle River, Minn., which is co-sponsoring the . . .


Priest drops lawsuit against Miami Archdiocese
Matt C. Abbott
January 16, 2006

Whistleblower priest Father Andrew Dowgiert, who sued the Archdiocese of Miami alleging wrongful termination and slander, has decided to drop his lawsuit. The . . .


Catholic shrine's "disappearing" assets
Matt C. Abbott
January 12, 2006

The Shrine of Our Lady of the Prairies in Powers Lake, North Dakota, has had its share of problems in the last several years. (It should be noted that the . . .


An evening in Wonderland 2005
Matt C. Abbott
December 24, 2005

Quite an evening, I must say. Men in tuxedos. Women in fancy ball gowns. Drinks. Well-presented food. And music. Lots of music. I can still hear the band . . .


Priest troubled by Cincinnati Archdiocese 'gay' youth ministry
Matt C. Abbott
December 21, 2005

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has a "gay" youth ministry, called Catholics Respecting Youth in Sexual Minorities (CRYSM), whose meetings are held at St. Xavier . . .


Catholics and 'no-fault' divorce
Matt C. Abbott
December 7, 2005

The following article, written by veteran Catholic journalist Jay McNally, is reprinted (with permission) from the Dec. 8, 2005 issue of The Wanderer. For . . .


Double life: Catholic priest married in Vegas
Matt C. Abbott
December 3, 2005

Who says Catholic priests can't "marry"? Father Vijaya Kumar Nalla did — to Judith Ann Ellis, in Las Vegas, on July 20, 2005. Marriage performed by the Rev. . . .


Articles highlight 'gay priest' problem
Matt C. Abbott
November 27, 2005

A reader has compiled a list of online articles pertaining to the issue of homosexuals in the priesthood. He writes the following: "Many news stories are . . .


Catholic "leaders" promote gay agenda
Matt C. Abbott
November 18, 2005

The following is a lengthy but eye-opening article from the Nov. 17, 2005 issue of The Wanderer (not available on the publication's website), which I am . . .


Catholic 'Desert Storm' veteran speaks out
Matt C. Abbott
November 11, 2005

John Grasmeier is a 42-year-old Army veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm. "I was in two different Army units, but the unit I served with in Iraq was . . .


Will new Down syndrome test encourage abortion?
Matt C. Abbott
November 10, 2005

A Nov. 10, 2005 story in the Washington Post, by Rob Stein, reports that "A first-trimester screening test can reliably identify fetuses likely to be born with . . .


Mother's book is message of hope
Matt C. Abbott
November 6, 2005

Pamela Yates has been through quite a lot in the last 12 years. The New York native, raised by a Roman Catholic father and a Jewish mother, lost her 27-year . . .


Abortion facility closes; Congressman blasts 9th Circuit ruling; 'Eminent domain' case scrapped
Matt C. Abbott
November 4, 2005

Great news out of Milwaukee: On Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, the Summit Women's Health Organization, an abortion facility located at 530 N. Water St. in Milwaukee, . . .


Pro-life student expelled by Catholic school
Matt C. Abbott
November 2, 2005

How's this for an outrage? In Sacramento, Calif., a pro-life high school student, Katelyn Sills, has been expelled from an allegedly Catholic high school. The . . .


Priest defends college student, says gay sex 'subhuman'
Matt C. Abbott
November 1, 2005

Father Jeffrey T. Robideau of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing, Mich., is speaking out in defense of Duquesne University student Ryan Miner, who, according . . .


Priest who paints nude men won't condemn gay "marriage"
Matt C. Abbott
October 31, 2005

This item courtesy of fellow Catholic journalist and commentator Barbara Kralis: The Rev. Michael Monti Parise, pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Billerica, Mass. . . .


Physicians who defended life
Matt C. Abbott
October 30, 2005

There is a new book on the market — one that many pro-lifers would likely be interested in reading: The Physicians' Crusade Against Abortion, authored by . . .


Catholic priest was once Mormon
Matt C. Abbott
October 27, 2005

Joan Solms is a parishioner of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Aurora, Ill. The following is an edited letter she sent me regarding the parish and its pastor, . . .


The saintly Jesuit and his murdered friend
Matt C. Abbott
October 26, 2005

Father John Hardon, S.J., died of natural causes in 2000. He was, by all accounts, a saintly priest and eminent theologian, authoring over 200 books pertaining . . .


Catholic activist: Worcester priest is lying
Matt C. Abbott
October 25, 2005

Stephen Brady, founder and president of the Petersburg, Ill.-based Roman Catholic Faithful, a lay watchdog group, says that Father James Aquino, pastor of Our . . .


Professor wishes death for two conservatives
Matt C. Abbott
October 20, 2005

Move over, Ward Churchill — there is a professor who might be even more, er, controversial than you. His name is Harry White, an English professor at . . .


Alleged priest-killer's family speaks out
Matt C. Abbott
October 18, 2005

The following is an edited statement issued by the family of the late Father Ryan Erickson, who recently was found by a judge to have likely been responsible . . .


Second year of saving babies, helping women
Matt C. Abbott
October 17, 2005

WomanCare Services is a two-year-old pro-life crisis pregnancy center located in Berwyn, Ill. Ember Normand, a young woman associated with the center, is . . .


Post-abortive woman supports parental consent
Matt C. Abbott
October 13, 2005

Dawn Jackson had an abortion when she was a teenager. The San Antonio, Texas resident still has painful memories of that time in her life. "Back then [in 1974 . . .


DA, diocese differ on Erickson case
Matt C. Abbott
October 12, 2005

Not surprisingly, there have been several news reports in recent days regarding various aspects of the now-closed murder case of Dan O'Connell and James Ellison . . .


Michigan priest's book on homosexuality
Matt C. Abbott
October 10, 2005

Father Jeffrey T. Robideau, a priest of the Diocese of Lansing, Mich., has written a short 45-page book titled Homosexuality: A Look at Catholic Teaching. He . . .


Faithful priest answers dissident priest
Matt C. Abbott
October 9, 2005

In a September 9, 2005 column in The Tidings, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, renegade priest-professor Richard McBrien took a cheap shot at . . .


Hollywood director makes film about abortion
Matt C. Abbott
October 8, 2005

Jonathan Flora, a producer for the Walt Disney Company, has written and directed a 35-minute film on the subject of "partial-birth" abortion — and the buzz . . .


Retired Army officer lauds priest
Matt C. Abbott
October 7, 2005

In response to my column on Father James Haley, I received the following (edited) e-mail from William R. Mann, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who . . .


Was diocese forthright about alleged priest-killer?
Matt C. Abbott
October 6, 2005

Was the Roman Catholic Diocese of Superior, Wis., always forthright about the late Father Ryan Erickson? Consider the following items: In an Oct. 4 story that . . .


Priest blasts 'gay' colleagues
Matt C. Abbott
October 4, 2005

Father James Haley of the Diocese of Arlington, Va., the whistle-blower priest whose story has been featured in the Washington Times, is once again speaking out . . .


Violating God's little ones
Matt C. Abbott
October 1, 2005

The following is a short critique of a controversial "safe environment" program, courtesy of Catholic attorney Sheila Parkhill. (Note: The critique is unedited . . .


Seminary, SNAP wrong about homosexual molestation
Matt C. Abbott
September 29, 2005

Not surprisingly, there are still some priests and laypersons who assert that homosexuality was and is not a factor in the clergy sex abuse scandal. I don't . . .


Foundation responds to column
Matt C. Abbott
September 28, 2005

Responding to my previous column, "A Catholic shrine in dispute," Noreen Von Zwehl, president and founder of the M.A.N. Foundation, issued the following . . .


A Catholic shrine in dispute
Matt C. Abbott
September 26, 2005

Arline Saiki of Edmeston, New York, gives the following (edited) account of her dealings with a Catholic organization known as the Man Foundation: "In 1999, my . . .


New book on Benedict XVI
Matt C. Abbott
September 16, 2005

From Michael S. Rose, the Catholic author who brought us The Renovation Manipulation, Ugly As Sin, Priest, In Tiers of Glory and Goodbye, Good Men, comes a new . . .


Controversy over two USCCB officials
Matt C. Abbott
September 15, 2005

First there was the report that Teresa Kettlecamp, who works for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of Child and Youth Protection, "serves . . .


Church wants immigrant's property, cites 'eminent domain'
Matt C. Abbott
September 13, 2005

Cheng Tan of Jersey City, NJ, recently wrote the following letter to Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark (edited): "Dear Archbishop Myers, "It is with great . . .


Katrina-displaced author answers Catholic League
Matt C. Abbott
September 12, 2005

Jason Berry, author of the books Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II and Lead Us Not into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the . . .


Mystery novel has Christian themes
Matt C. Abbott
September 4, 2005

Autumn Sabol is a young woman who loves to write mystery fiction — from an authentically Christian perspective. The 20-year-old college student has already . . .


Ex-seminarian expresses anguish, faith
Matt C. Abbott
September 1, 2005

In July 2004, former seminarian Philip Hower filed a RICO suit against several Catholic bishops and dioceses, alleging that his ordination was blocked because . . .


Catholic school to honor pro-abortion official
Matt C. Abbott
August 25, 2005

In 2004, there was the scandal of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, a Catholic institution, giving an award to strongly pro-abortion Illinois Attorney . . .


'Choose Life!' is Jim's motto
Matt C. Abbott
August 17, 2005

Jim Finnegan is a faithful Catholic and veteran pro-life activist, courageous and compassionate. I've had the pleasure of knowing him for the last several . . .


Details of clergy abuse case revealed
Matt C. Abbott
August 16, 2005

The following are reprints of two recent articles from a publication titled Concerned Catholics Courier. They were written by Diane Levero, who can be reached . . .


Late priest knew 'true love'
Matt C. Abbott
August 13, 2005

In the summer 2005 newsletter (not yet available online) of the Petersburg, Ill.-based Roman Catholic Faithful, Inc. (www.rcf.org), RCF founder and president . . .


Young adults' pro-life campaign a success
Matt C. Abbott
July 23, 2005

From Emily Bissonnette, American Life League's Crusade for Life media director: "I thought you might be interested in an update on the 2005 Crusade for Life . . .


Catholic psychiatrist "answers" Tom Cruise
Matt C. Abbott
July 20, 2005

I asked Catholic psychiatrist William F. Woods, M.D., of Chesapeake, Va., about the recent controversy surrounding actor (and Church of Scientology member) Tom . . .


Priest sees no problem with Potter
Matt C. Abbott
July 18, 2005

It's clear that Christians are divided over the Harry Potter books, and in particular, whether children reading them will be attracted to the occult. But the . . .


Roller skating up to Holy Communion?!
Matt C. Abbott
July 17, 2005

From the July 17, 2005 bulletin of Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral: "More than one person reported to me [Father Dan Mayall, pastor] the lady who roller skated . . .


Homosexuality, 'ex-gay' ministries, chastity
Matt C. Abbott
July 14, 2005

The Rev. Richard Perozich of the San Diego diocese, currently ministering in Honduras as a Maryknoll priest associate, has helped those Catholics who suffer . . .


Cults, cons, apparitions, allegations
Matt C. Abbott
July 11, 2005

Phillip J. Kronzer is the controversial founder of the Phillip J. Kronzer Foundation for Religious Research (www.kronzer.org). For a background of Kronzer and . . .


Catholic author, gay Catholic debate
Matt C. Abbott
July 7, 2005

I recently received an e-mail from reader Jacob Clark, who was responding to my "Africa, AIDS, homosexuality, pedophilia" column. As I often like to do, I . . .


The pro-abortion mentality
Matt C. Abbott
July 6, 2005

I always have to shake my head when the pro-abortion mentality rears its ugly head. And it does so many times. Far too many times. Readers might recall my . . .


Remembering a WWII veteran
Matt C. Abbott
July 4, 2005

Susan Gorski of Naperville, Ill., has fond memories of her father, Andrew J. Gorski. She tells the following story: "I hope this doesn't sound too silly, but . . .


The death culture at Loyola University Chicago
Matt C. Abbott
July 1, 2005

In 2004, there was an outcry among orthodox Catholics over the fact that Loyola University Chicago School of Law had given an award to pro-abortion Illinois . . .


Boyhood friend remembers late priest
Matt C. Abbott
June 28, 2005

A boyhood friend of the late Father Ryan Erickson, who hanged himself in Dec. 2004 after being questioned about a 2002 double homicide, can't believe the priest . . .


Newark priest criticizes church official
Matt C. Abbott
June 23, 2005

I received the following e-mail, dated June 22, 2005, from the Rev. Robert M. Hoatson of the Archdiocese of Newark (slightly edited): For the past year, I have . . .


Newark archdiocese responds to column
Matt C. Abbott
June 22, 2005

I received the following e-mail, dated June 21, 2005, from James Goodness, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Newark: Mr. Abbott: I am . . .


Christian university hosts drag show, gay studies
Matt C. Abbott
June 20, 2005

There is so much of this type of thing that it's becoming a non-story. Still, it doesn't hurt to shed a little light on the darkness, particularly when it . . .


Hospice nurse: I don't kill!
Matt C. Abbott
June 19, 2005

In response to a previous column of mine on hospice care, I received the following (edited) e-mail from hospice nurse Laurie Walton of Davie, Florida: "I am . . .


New book out on Schiavo case
Matt C. Abbott
June 16, 2005

There's a new book out on the Terri Schiavo tragedy. It's titled Remembering Terri Schiavo: Reflections of a Health Care Warrior, authored by Audrey Ignatoff, . . .


Canada persecutes Christian activist
Matt C. Abbott
June 15, 2005

Canada is fast becoming a dangerous place to live — if you're a Christian. Case in point: Bill Whatcott, a Canadian pro-life activist who heads a group called . . .


Michael Iatesta's story of priestly abuse
Matt C. Abbott
June 9, 2005

The following is the story of Michael Iatesta, a survivor of clergy abuse. It is a slightly edited version of a statement he gave at an April 17 press . . .


Former actress defends life, spreads love
Matt C. Abbott
June 5, 2005

Caron Strong is a former actress who has appeared on TV and in film. She's the mother of a young daughter, Cayla, her pride and joy. Caron recently became the . . .


Catholic group gives 100K to veterans home
Matt C. Abbott
June 3, 2005

Some nice news for a change. The Chicago-based Illinois Club for Catholic Women has given $100,000 to Catholic Charities of Chicago to assist in the building . . .


The population control controversy
Matt C. Abbott
June 2, 2005

During the last three decades, the issue of overpopulation — or perceived overpopulation — has been discussed in various capacities. The primary instigators of . . .


Young adults walking, witnessing for life
Matt C. Abbott
May 31, 2005

From Emily Bissonnette, media director for the "Crusade for Life": "Last year, I was very blessed to take part in the 'Crusade for Life' 1,300 mile walk to . . .


The right's assault on Benedict XVI
Matt C. Abbott
April 24, 2005

Not surprisingly, Catholic and secular liberals have been expressing their disappointment — or downright dismay — at the election of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope . . .


Choosing life for Sidney
Matt C. Abbott
April 23, 2005

A while back, I wrote a commentary titled "The Morality of Prenatal Diagnosis." The following is a significant portion of a testimony recently sent to me by . . .


Youth rally for Benedict XVI
Matt C. Abbott
April 21, 2005

Some good news for a change. At least for faithful Catholics. On April 20, a sizable number of young Catholics rallied in support of the new pope, Benedict . . .


Ex-seminarian, authors clash over priest
Matt C. Abbott
April 20, 2005

I received the following e-mail from Joe Stong, a former seminarian with the Legionaries of Christ and current member of Regnum Christi, regarding the . . .


A 'Centrist' Pope?
Matt C. Abbott
April 16, 2005

Conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt made a good observation in recent days. He said that "most of the American media is simply ignorant of the pope's critics . . .


Did Catholic priest kill two men?
Matt C. Abbott
April 14, 2005

Recent press reports indicating the late Father Ryan Erickson, 31, was likely involved in a double homicide have not been confirmed or denied by the Hudson, Wis . . .


Professor: Andrew Greeley column "nonsense"
Matt C. Abbott
April 6, 2005

Renegade priest-author and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Andrew Greeley asserted the following in an April 6, 2005 column titled, "Perhaps church will someday . . .


Is hospice care safe?
Matt C. Abbott
March 30, 2005

I received the following e-mail from Ron Panzer, president of Hospice Patients Alliance (www.hospicepatients.org/euth-center.html): Right to life organizations . . .


A lil' pro-life miracle!
Matt C. Abbott
March 29, 2005

How's this for a lil' pro-life miracle? Marge, a friend and dedicated pro-lifer, was recently at a prayer group with Rick Ryan, another dedicated pro-lifer and . . .


The 'living will' and the death culture
Matt C. Abbott
March 26, 2005

The unfolding Terri Schiavo tragedy has brought the living will legal document into the forefront of the news. The consensus of these reports: have the . . .


Is Terri Schiavo the Roe vs. Wade of our generation?
Matt C. Abbott
March 24, 2005

(The following is an open letter signed by several Catholic commentators. It was composed by Pete Vere.) As we commit this reflection to writing, Terri . . .


The Catholic bishops and capital punishment
Matt C. Abbott
March 22, 2005

I have mixed feelings about the U.S. Catholic bishops' new campaign to work for the abolition of the death penalty. I do agree with Pope John Paul's call to . . .


Sr. Lucia, Fatima, and Islam
Matt C. Abbott
February 13, 2005

Hearing the sad news of the death of Sister Lucia of Fatima, I wonder: What was the significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary (who presented herself as the Lady . . .


Priest discusses the "gay Catholic" issue
Matt C. Abbott
February 3, 2005

I recently received the following e-mail from Father Richard Perozich: Dear Mr. Abbott, I worked with Courage in San Diego, California for 7 years before . . .


Catholic gay activist needs "courage"
Matt C. Abbott
January 31, 2005

In a recent e-mail exchange with pro-life/pro-family activist Arlene Sawicki, Chicago's very own Catholic homosexual activist, Rick Garcia, political director . . .


Chicago priest defends controversial letter
Matt C. Abbott
January 24, 2005

In Dec. 2003, a group of 23 Chicago priests sent a letter to Francis Cardinal George lamenting the Vatican's alleged mistreatment of homosexuals. Six months . . .


Fond memories of Father Ed
Matt C. Abbott
January 22, 2005

I received the following e-mail from Susan Gorski of Naperville, Ill. In my time working with the missions and missionary groups, my greatest joy was to become . . .


Late priest's e-mails show dissension, sorrow
Matt C. Abbott
January 9, 2005

E-mails from the Rev. Ryan Erickson, the Hurley, Wis. Catholic priest who committed suicide last month after being questioned in the investigation of a still . . .


Women forgoing contraception? Good!
Matt C. Abbott
January 7, 2005

A January 4 story in the Washington Post said that more adult women are choosing not to use contraception. Interestingly, this story comes almost at the heels . . .


Journalist responds to Legion's "disinformation strategy"
Matt C. Abbott
December 20, 2004

In response to my previous column on the Legionaries of Christ controversy, I received the following e-mail from journalist Jason Berry, co-author of the book  . . .


The candy cane controversy
Matt C. Abbott
December 17, 2004

Ever wonder about the origin of, and symbolism behind, the candy cane? I hadn't — until the other day. (I know this isn't exactly a pressing matter, but, hey, . . .


Survivor: abuse by women religious 'rampant'
Matt C. Abbott
December 11, 2004

I received the following e-mail from Gabrielle Azzaro of Cardiff, Calif. "I am one of the survivors/victims who met recently with the Leadership Conference of . . .


Pedophile priests took victims to morgue
Matt C. Abbott
December 10, 2004

The following information comes from journalist Lee Podles, whose book, 'A Harsh Light: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church,' is due out relatively soon.  . . .


A letter from a victim of nun abuse
Matt C. Abbott
December 9, 2004

I received the following e-mail letter from Mary Dunford of Eagan, Minn. "Dear Mr. Abbott, "You published one of my letters June 14, 2004. In it I explained . . .


Everything you ever wanted to know about canon law (but were afraid to ask!)
Matt C. Abbott
December 8, 2004

For those who might be interested in learning more about canon law — the "internal legal system" of the Catholic Church — there is a dandy new book on the . . .


The clergy abuse scandal: homosexuality or pedophilia?
Matt C. Abbott
December 7, 2004

As many who have been following the clergy sex abuse scandal should know by now, there has been a debate of sorts over the issue of homosexuals in the . . .


How the Zeitgeist affected the Catholic Church in the U.S. after Vatican II
Matt C. Abbott
December 6, 2004

The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, held from 1962 to 1965 at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, had as its objectives to seek the renewal of the Catholic Church . . .


Child abuse and Jehovah's Witnesses
Matt C. Abbott
December 5, 2004

With all the attention on the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, problems of abuse in other religions seemingly get overlooked to some degree. I . . .


Why comprehensive sex-ed isn't the answer
Matt C. Abbott
December 2, 2004

Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) is an advocate of Planned Parenthood-style "comprehensive" sex education. According to a story in the Dec. 2, 2004 edition of . . .


Attorney challenges renegade priest-author to expose "ring of predators"
Matt C. Abbott
November 26, 2004

The clergy sex abuse scandal that has shaken the Catholic Church in the last few years continues to make news. Sheila Parkhill, a noted Catholic attorney who . . .


Persecuted priest lashes out at fellow clergy
Matt C. Abbott
November 20, 2004

Father James Haley is angry. A case of righteous anger, it seems. The whistleblower priest of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, featured in a Nov. 15 story . . .


An outreach to abortion-seeking women
Matt C. Abbott
November 7, 2004

There is no doubt that January 22, 1973 was one of the darkest days in our nation's history. On that day, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that unborn children . . .


PETA, fallacies, and a controversial ad campaign
Matt C. Abbott
November 5, 2004

The radical animal rights organization known as PETA — which stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — is no stranger to controversy. Indeed, for . . .


Cardinal George praises young adult group's pro-life witness
Matt C. Abbott
October 20, 2004

At a time when political propaganda fills the airwaves and dominates the mass media here in the U.S., the "walk-the-walk" pro-lifers are still in the trenches, . . .


Flashback: Mel Gibson's brother thanks rabbi
Matt C. Abbott
October 17, 2004

Newsweek magazine reports that Mel Gibson's hugely successful film, 'The Passion of the Christ,' is unlikely to get an Oscar nomination for best picture. (See . . .


Saving babies -- and their mothers -- from abortion
Matt C. Abbott
September 23, 2004

It's always nice to hear about the fruits of the efforts of pro-lifers who are on the "front-lines," so to speak. Not that working "behind-the-scenes" in the . . .


Good healthcare for married women and their families
Matt C. Abbott
July 30, 2004

I'm going to tell you about a woman who practices and preaches good healthcare. And no, I'm not talking about Teresa Heinz Kerry or Hillary Clinton. Please.  . . .


Pro-life compassion in action
Matt C. Abbott
July 11, 2004

Every Saturday, dedicated pro-lifers — women and men — pray and sidewalk counsel at Chicago area abortion clinics, hoping to persuade the abortion-bound women . . .


The morality of prenatal diagnosis
Matt C. Abbott
April 21, 2004

Prenatal diagnosis (also known as prenatal genetic testing) — procedures such as amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling (CVS), maternal serum alpha . . .


Sex is good, violence is bad?
Matt C. Abbott
April 16, 2004

I remember reading an article about why MTV's music videos are so raunchy. An official of the contemporary music television station was quoted as saying that  . . .


Murdered Catholic priest knew too much?
Matt C. Abbott
April 4, 2004

The Rev. Alfred J. Kunz was a priest known and consulted by many in the Catholic Church. He was a canon lawyer, meaning he had thorough expertise in the laws . . .


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