God and Apollo 11: Can America Be Great Without God? by Jay Richards

By Jay Richards, The Stream – Today, July 20, marks the 50thanniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to step foot on the moon. In terms of technology and politics, this is one of the greatest American achievements. Indeed, it’s one of the greatest of all human achievements. It will always merit a place in those short video collages of human history.

Fr. Ed Broom: Church Triumphant: 10 Insights Into the Saints

By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange – This article will focus on the Church Triumphant—the saints in heaven who have victoriously triumphed over their three primary enemies—the devil and his lies, the world and its seductions, and the flesh and its imperious disordered cravings! Following are ten precise insights into the most captivating, heroic, appealing, joyful, tremendous people that walked on planet earth and now are permanent residents in heaven—God’s friends, but also your friends and mine—the saints!… The saints can help us in many ways… First, is their power of intercession.

Bishop Schneider, Church Leaders Slam Amazon Synod as ‘Ideological’ Tool, by Stephen Wynne

By Stephen Wynne, Church Militant – Bishop Athanasius Schneider has joined a growing chorus of Catholic voices troubled over the upcoming Amazon Synod in Rome… In an essay for Austrian website kath.net on Wednesday, the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan slammed proponents of a married Amazonian clergy as tricksters attempting to deny the peoples of the South American interior “the ability to sacrifice priests to the Church from their midst.”

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Fr. Mike Schmitz: Signs that Your Relationship Is Falling Apart, Part 2 (Video)

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – The four horsemen still rear their heads in the healthy relationships that Dr. Gottman observed, but these relationships have the following interactions five times as often.. Giving respect and honoring the other person.. Building up the other person and affirming them.. Meeting the other person where they are.. Opening up to receive their questions and comments in a positive manner

Considering Invalid Research, Spin, and the Truth, by Tom Collingwood

By Tom Collingwood Ph.D., Catholic Stand – In reading or hearing the media discuss a particular issue a common term heard is “everybody knows” or “its common knowledge that” followed by some dogmatic statement on the issue. It is hard to tell, at times, if what is being presented is true or propaganda to support a particular position.

When a Theologian Accuses His Archbishop of Schism,… by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Massimo Faggioli teaches in the theology department at Villanova… Villanova is—or claims to be—a Catholic university… Those who teach in theology departments at Catholic universities are obliged to obtain the mandatum from the diocesan bishop… “The mandatum is fundamentally an acknowledgment by church authority that a Catholic professor of a theological discipline is teaching within the full communion of the Catholic Church.”.. Villanova is in the Philadelphia archdiocese, which is led by Archbishop Charles Chaput… Faggioli suggested that Archbishop Chaput is schismatic… Now isn’t this an interesting situation?

Liberal Villanova Prof Calls Three Faithful Bishops ‘Devout Schismatics’, by Lisa Bourne

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – Villanova University historian Massimo Faggioli has labeled three U.S. bishops “devout schismatics” who attempt to undercut the authority of Pope Francis… The “schismatic instincts” of Archbishops Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco along with Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, “have been on display since the beginning of Francis’ pontificate,” Faggioli said.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Sin on Sale – 50 Percent Off – But Beware of the Side Effects

By Msgr. Charles Pope – I also thought today of doing a little post on the sins that cry to heaven for vengeance since I was talking to a parishioner today, who is suffering because his employer has not paid him for three weeks. The employer, a government agency says this is due to “administrative difficulties” in the bureaucracy where he works. He was angry (rightfully so) and getting desperate. I reminded him that withholding wages was a sin that cried to heaven and that God was angry with him.

“Do No Harm”: Not As Simple As It Sounds, Stephanie Barclay

By Stephanie Barclay, Public Discourse – The “Do No Harm” Act would gut the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by removing religious liberty protections that result in “harm” to others. That would be a mistake. Protection of any First Amendment rights inherently involves balancing competing harms on both sides of the ledger… This spring, members of Congress introduced a bill called the “Do No Harm Act,” which would remove statutory religious liberty protections for actions that result in “harm to others.”

Health Care Is a Right, But That Gets Sanders Only So Far, by James C. Capretta

By James C. Capretta, The Catholic Thing – The right to medical care is not found in the Constitution, but that’s true of other rights. Sanders veers off course, however, when he says that his preferred solution – “Medicare for All” – is the only way to ensure that all citizens and residents have ready access to needed care… That’s certainly not the position of the Catholic Church. The Church has no expertise in how the particulars of a health system should operate. And there are many ways the state can carry out this responsibility….

Netflix Sees Historic Subscriber Drop, Loses 126,000 Customers After Threatening to Boycott Pro-Life Georgia, by Kaylee Greenlee

By Kaylee Greenlee, LifeNews – Netflix’s latest quarterly report shows the streaming service giant experienced a chill in growth with its first quarterly loss of paid domestic subscribers in eight years. The dip in subscriptions came in the same quarter as Netflix’s decision to take a stance against Georgia’s pro-life “heartbeat bill.”… Netflix “on Wednesday reported a loss of 126,000 domestic paid subscribers compared with analysts’ expectations for a 352,000 gain,” CNBC reported. “Netflix also missed its own forecast for global subscriber growth by 2.3 million.”

Modernism Still Plagues the Church. Here’s the Pope Who First Started Fighting It.

By Peter Kwasniewski, LifeSiteNews – The first pope in many hundreds of years to have been canonized (due to the lofty and stringent norms for canonizations in place before Vatican II), Pius X was single-mindedly dedicated to the reform of the Church, above all in her liturgical and devotional life. His writings indicate that he always considered the internal strengthening of the Church, the deepening of her life of prayer and sacrifice, her best and, in truth, her only safeguard against depredations from without and dissensions from within.

Msgr. Charles Pope: There’s a Yoke to Be Carried in Following Jesus – Make Sure It’s Jesus’ Yoke, Not Yours

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The most important word in this sentence is the word “my.” Jesus says, my yoke is easy; my burden is light… What is a yoke? It’s a wooden truss that makes it easier to carry a heavy load by distributing the weight across a wider part of the body or by allowing the weight to be shared by two or more people or animals. In the picture above, the woman is able to carry the heavy water more easily with the weight distributed across her shoulders rather than in her hands.

FOX NEWS: House Chaplain Prays to Exorcise ‘All Spirits of Darkness … At Play In the People’s House’

By Gregg Re, Chad Pergram, Fox News – After several chaotic and historic days on Capitol Hill, the chaplain of the House of Representatives opened the legislative day Thursday with a prayer to cast out “all spirits of darkness from this chamber.”.. “This has been a difficult and contentious week in which darker spirits seem to have been at play in the people’s House,” the Reverend Pat Conroy began… Then, in a dramatic moment, Conroy raised both hands and said, “In Your most holy name, I cast out all spirits of darkness from this chamber. Spirits not from You. I cast out the spirit of discouragement which deadens the hope of those who are of goodwill.

Fr. Mike Schmitz: Signs that Your Relationship Is Falling Apart (Video)

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – Fr. Mike discusses four signs that your relationship is falling apart, especially when it comes to stonewalling. Stonewalling, as used in the context of this video, is when we refuse to communicate or cooperate with someone.Psychologist Dr. John Gottman calls it one of the “four horsemen of the apocalypse”, or one of four types of expression that indicate that your relationship is falling apart. The other three are defensiveness, criticism, and contempt.

German Catholic Relief Agencies Fuel Synod’s Push for Change, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register – In a joint foreword to the German translation of the synod’s working document (instrumentum laboris), the chief executives of Adveniat and Misereor, respectively the German bishops’ relief agency for Latin America and the bishops’ overseas aid and development agency, said the upcoming meeting “will show that change is possible in politics, the economy, technology and, last but not least, in the Church.”

Wall Street Journal: A Coup at Planned Parenthood (‘Insufficiently Political’)

By The Editorial Board, The Wall Street Journal – Progressives are hurtling to the left so fast that even liberals in good standing are casualties of the tornado. Witness the coup this week at Planned Parenthood, which is a tacit reminder that the group is less a health-care outfit than a political lobby… The Planned Parenthood board defenestrated president Leana Wen, a physician who had been on the job for less than a year. What happened? By Dr. Wen’s account she was pushed out because she wasn’t radical enough on abortion.

CNA: Planned Parenthood Eschews Federal Funding to Continue Abortion Referrals

Catholic News Agency – As a new regulation takes effect, barring Title X recipients from making abortion referrals, Planned Parenthood has reportedly decided to forego the federal funds in order to continue directing women to abortion… “We are not going to comply with a regulation that would require health care providers to not give full information to their patients,” Jacqueline Ayers, the group’s top lobbyist, said Tuesday as reported by ABC News… The Trump administration announced July 15 that parts of the Protect Life Rule, which prohibits recipients of Title X family planning funds from referring or performing abortions, will go into effect immediately.

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (July 20)

Until Jesus brings justice to victory Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 12:14-21  14 But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him, how to destroy […]

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“Love your neighbor as yourself and your country more than yourself.” —Thomas Jefferson (1825)

Saint of the Day for July 20: St. Apollinaris (d. c. 79)

By Franciscan Media Saint Apollinaris’ Story – According to tradition, Saint Peter sent Apollinaris to Ravenna, Italy, as its first bishop. His preaching of the Good News was […]