Millennial Sisters

“My dad knew it was for real when I left my cell phone to go into the cloister.” It’s not exactly what most Millennials have been exposed to. But in fact, it’s a trend happening all over the USA these days, though under-reported in the media. So why would modern young women enter a cloistered … Read more

Can Your Kids Handle the Latin Mass?

By Anna-Maria Vesey Photos by Joseph Shaw Some of REGINA’s readers don’t attend a Traditional Latin Mass, but are, well, curious. Many are keen to experience for themselves why it is that so many young people and families are enthusiastic about this ancient Mass. But something is holding them back. Often, Catholics with kids wonder: … Read more

How Do You Teach Catholics Who Are Poorly Catechized?

VIEW FROM THE PEW There are many Catholics who genuinely love the faith but have a poor understanding of the teachings, including the one on papal infallibility. Five ordinary Catholics got together on Facebook recently to discuss this phenomenon. Here’s what Zachary, 31, a security guard from California; Robert, 61, a lawyer from Maine; Malia is … Read more

How Culture Affects How Catholics View the Pope

VIEW FROM THE PEW Five ordinary Catholics got together on Facebook recently to discuss this turbulent papacy – and found that their views were heavily influenced by their age and culture. Here’s what Zachary, 31, a security guard from California; Robert, 61, a lawyer from Maine; Malia is 44, an entrepreneur from LA; Sean, 34, … Read more

Three Popes and the Global Media

VIEW FROM THE PEW Recent popes have come under constant and intense media scrutiny. How has this affected the Faith? Today, when so many Catholics get their information from secular media, it seems that Catholic teaching is routinely twisted to fit the media’s agenda. Similarly, the popularity of a pope has become a ‘media circus.’ … Read more

Are Francis’s Critics ‘More Catholic Than the Pope’?

VIEW FROM THE PEW Is it arrogant to question or criticize a Pope’s words? Is what the Pope says ‘law’ – even if it contradicts Catholic teaching? Five ordinary US Catholics got together on Facebook recently to hash it out. Here’s what Zachary, 31, a security guard from California; Robert, 61, a lawyer from Maine; … Read more

A ‘Celebrity’ Pope

VIEW FROM THE PEW Is Pope Francis the first ‘celebrity pope’? To what extent does the mass media influence the Vatican and the world’s perception of a Pope? Five ordinary US Catholics got together on Facebook recently to hash it out. Here’s what Zachary, 31, a security guard from California; Robert, 61, a lawyer from … Read more

Are Ordinary Catholics Too Frightened to Discuss Pope Francis?

VIEW FROM THE PEW Is criticizing the Pope a sin? Catholics and journalists around the world have begun to express confusion and uncertainty about the direction that the Church is taking. While Pope Francis has gained universal acclaim in the secular media as the ‘approachable face’ of Catholicism, his admirers tend to avoid the essential … Read more

The ABC’s of Catholic Economics

  By William Schulz Are Catholics supposed to be Socialists? Capitalists? Believe it or not, the Catholic Church has its own perspective on the ‘dismal science’ of Economics – one that most Catholics have never heard of. It’s called ‘Distributism’ and it’s all about common sense. Now, before your eyes glaze over, here’s how it … Read more

Nurse with a Purse

A Short Story Possibly the most frustrating thing about being an older sister is the difficulty you encounter in imparting your wisdom to your younger siblings. Particularly sisters. Particularly MY sister, in this case. Maybe it’s because she’s so much younger than me, and my half-sister. That is, like so many people these days, we … Read more