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Was Shakespeare Part of a Covert Catholic Resistance Movement?

New book suggests that in Elizabethan England, the Bard’s works communicated secret codes. K.V. Turley The debate over whether William Shakespeare was a Catholic, the nature of his religious beliefs and their relationship to his work has reignited with the publication of a new book, Shakespeare and the Resistance: The Earl of Southampton, the Essex Rebellion and the Poems That Challenged Tudor Tyranny (PublicAffairs) by Clare Asquith. Building upon her 2005 work Shadowplay: The Hidden...

A 10-Point Primer on the Lord’s Prayer Kerfuffle

Is Pope Francis likely to approve a change in the Italian translation of the Lord’s Prayer? What’s the real story, and what does it mean for us? Several newspapers are reporting that Pope Francis is likely to approve a change in the Italian translation of the Lord’s Prayer. This is causing concern in some quarters. What’s the real story, and what does it mean for us? Let’s take a look … 1) Is Pope Francis...

Catholic Myth-busters: Immaculate Conception edition

On Dec. 8, the Church celebrates the feast of the Immaculate Conception (it’s a Holy Day of Obligation, so make sure you get to Mass)! There are three common misconceptions about this feast day in particular that we’d like to bust wide open. Myth #1: This is about Jesus’ conception Nope. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates Mary’s Immaculate Conception – the fact that from her conception in the womb of her mother, St....