‘The Real Presence’ — the 19th Festival Letter of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC

By Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., The Catholic Post – I am releasing my 2020 Festival Letter at this early date in the hope that it may at least in some ways assist a renewed witness regarding the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament. While every doctrine of our Faith is important, faith in the Eucharist is clearly foundational for Catholic Christianity. I therefore ask that this year and in coming years, at parish councils, religious houses, faculty meetings, chaplain meetings, RCIA and catechetical meetings, that our entire Local Church look for ways to reinforce our teaching and witness regarding the Blessed Sacrament.

Family and the Revolution, by Prof. Roberto de Mattei

By Prof. Roberto de Mattei, Voice of the Family – And it is in this perspective that we meditate on the words of Sister Lucia with which we opened, and with which we will conclude: “Father, there will come a moment in which the decisive battle between the Kingdom of Christ and Satan will be over the family. And those who will work for the good of the family will experience persecution and tribulation. But there is no need to be afraid because the Blessed Mother has already crushed the serpent’s head.”… This is what the Madonna promised at Fatima, and we, with immense faith, believe her.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput: Father James Martin and Catholic Belief  

By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Catholic Philly – Father James Martin, S.J., spoke at St. Joseph’s University earlier this week on themes related to his book Building A Bridge. And as I expected, quite a few emails arrived in my inbox questioning his teaching on same-sex related issues and urging me to prevent his appearance. A local bishop is typically unable to do that, since most Catholic universities operate under the authority of the religious community that sponsors them… Father Martin has also, at times, been the target of bitter personal attacks. As I’ve said previously, such attacks are inexcusable and unChristian.

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Pete Buttigieg Hopes 2,246 Aborted Babies Won’t Stop Abortions: “Women Need” to Kill Their Babies, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg finally spoke out about the abortionist from his hometown who hoarded 2,246 aborted babies and kept them as trophies. He said he hoped the shocking discovery of the 2,246 human souvenirs would not stop women from getting abortions, which kill unborn babies, that they supposedly need… Attorneys General in the states of Illinois and Indiana say they will investigate the gruesome discovery of over 2,200 preserved aborted babies found in the home of abortionist Ulrich Klopfer after he died earlier this month.

Does “Conversion Therapy” Hurt People Who Identify as Transgender? The New JAMA Psychiatry Study Cannot Tell Us, by Mark Regnerus

By Mark Regnerus, Public Discourse – A new study purports to prove the harms of “conversion therapy” for those who identify as transgender. But there are at least four good reasons for being leery of the results appearing therein… In a “study” that arrived to much media fanfare last week in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, researchers affiliated with Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital purported to offer convincing proof that “conversion therapy” predicts longstanding toxic outcomes among Americans who self-identify as transgender, including greater recent suicidality and more severe psychological distress in the past month.

With the Man Who Played Jesus, by Marc Massery

By Marc Massery, Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception – Serving as the assistant rector at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy at the time, Fr. Donald presided over the 7:15 a.m. Mass the following day. “During the Consecration, I had tears in my eyes,” he said. “Afterward, a woman came up to me and asked if I saw the movie last night. She could tell that I was emotional on the altar. It was pretty obvious I had just seen the film.”… He was most impressed by Jesus, portrayed by actor Jim Caviezel. “I don’t think they could’ve gotten a better person than Jim Caviezel to play Jesus,” he said.

Missouri Bishop Wants to Gag Michelle Malkin, Squeezes Disavowal From Pro-Life Group, by Kristine Canavan

By Kristine Canavan, Church, Militant – In an exclusive interview with Alex Marlow, editor-in-chief of Breitbart News, that was broadcast on Sirius XM Patriot’s Breitbart News Daily, Malkin described Bp. Rice’s reaction: I simply mentioned that [the connection between the USCCB and illegal immigration], and as punishment, a bishop in that state of Missouri threatened the funding of the organization that I was speaking to unless they disavowed the 40 seconds out of a 40-minute speech that I had given to this pro-life group.

Some Good News on the Front Lines of the Culture Wars, by Dr. Michael Brown

By Dr. Michael Brown, The Stream – The Number of Abortions in America Continues to Drop… To be sure, this news is hardly all positive, since hundreds of thousands of babies are still aborted every year in the USA. How excited would we be about a hypothetical headline during World War II that stated, “The number of Jews being slaughtered is declining”? Or, in 1850 in America, “The number of slaves is less today than 20 years ago”?

New Petition Asks President Trump to Help ‘Make the Family Great Again’, by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

By Jennifer Roback Morse, LifeSiteNews – Advocates of “unalienable rights,” or “inalienable rights” of the kind found in the US Declaration of Independence, ground their understanding of rights in undeniable and universal truths about the human condition. This is a basic starting point of natural law thinking… Sexual revolutionaries sneer at natural rights and natural law, treating these as self-evidently terms of derision. They seem to think that anything using the word “natural” is a strictly theological concept… But, advocates of the Sexual Revolution often use an expansive understanding of “human rights” to promote their values and visions. Describing “marriage equality” as a “human right” allows them to sidestep the many troubling consequences of redefining marriage. Labeling abortion as a “human right” puts defenders of the unborn on the defensive.

Does the Religious Left Know What Lenin Said About Christians and Socialism? by Dr. Paul Kengor

By Dr. Paul Kengor, The Stream – Socialism is, in Marxist theory, the final transitionary step to communism… Here today, I’ll offer merely a snapshot from Vladimir Lenin himself — who, for the record, was a Social Democrat… And what did Lenin say about religion? “Religion is opium for the people,” wrote Lenin in December 1905, echoing his hero, Karl Marx. “Religion is a sort of spiritual booze.”… Sticking to this 1905 statement, Lenin saw socialism as incompatible with religious belief: “Everyone must be absolutely free to … be an atheist, which every socialist is, as a rule.” He declared: “Complete separation of Church and State is what the socialist proletariat demands of the modern state and the modern church.”

To Restore Integrity: Newman’s Idea of Education, by Patrick Reilly

By Patrick Reilly, The Catholic Thing – Newman looked to faithful Catholic education for the repair of the human person, which had been disintegrated by original sin. In his fascinating 1856 sermon at the University Church in Dublin, Newman lamented that we tend to focus on knowledge to the exclusion of morality – or conversely, on morality without regard for sound reasoning. Each person’s soul is subject to conflicting appeals of intellect, conscience, passion, and appetite, all “warring in his own breast” and each trying “to get possession of him.”

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Threat of Schism Comes From Germany, Not United States

By Father Raymond J. de Souza, National Catholic Register – The danger of schism, if present anywhere, comes, instead, from Germany, where there is little public criticism at all. Nevertheless, the German episcopate — not journalists and commentators — is in open defiance of the Holy Father’s express wishes, led by Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, who is one of the closest advisers to Pope Francis, one of six members of the council of cardinals, and chairman of the Vatican’s economic council… The German bishops have proposed a “binding” national synod involving bishops and lay associations, which will examine questions such as married clergy and sexual morality.

Texas Priest Miraculously Survives Attempted Shooting, Suspects’ Gun Fails to Fire Three Times

By ChurchPOP Editor – What an amazing miracle!… While holding out his rosary, Rev. Desmond Ohankwere credits “divine intervention” for saving his life after four men assaulted him at gunpoint outside his home near St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Houston…. The Associated Press reported that the four men involved first stole an SUV from a gas station while the owner filled it with fuel. They then encountered the priest walking and praying the rosary in a nearby Catholic Church parking lot after the SUV ran out of gas.

Abortions Drop 7% to Historic New Low as More Babies Saved From Abortion, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Not since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed abortion on demand in 1973 through Roe v. Wade have abortion numbers been so low… Guttmacher attributed the decline to lower pregnancy rates and better access to contraception. However, pro-life efforts to protect unborn babies and mothers also made a strong impact… According to the report, 32 states passed about 400 pro-life laws in that time period, including requirements that women be allowed to see the ultrasound of their unborn baby, informed consent, parental consent and waiting period requirements.

Wolves in Shepherd’s Clothing, by Jane Clark Scharl

By Jane Clark Scharl, Crisis Magazine – It’s hard to believe. One year out, and we hardly seem closer to any real solutions… New revelations of abuse continue to trickle in—though sometimes, as with Bishop Michael Bransfield, it’s more of a deluge. All in all, things have unfolded roughly the way many faithful Catholics feared they would. There were tears; there were vague statements of regret; and there were synods and meetings at the Vatican. Donald Cardinal Wuerl stepped down as Archbishop of Washington, though he remains comfortably ensconced in the powerful Congregation for Bishops.

Why Do Pope Francis and His Defenders Keep Talking About Schism? by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, LifeSiteNews – Why did President Lincoln maneuver the Confederacy into the bombardment of Fort Sumter? Because he saw that war was imminent, and he wanted the South to take the first shots. Similarly, the most “progressive” Catholics recognize that they cannot engineer the radical changes they want without precipitating a split in the Church. So they want orthodox Catholics to break away first, leaving them free to enact their own revolutionary agenda.

Ironies in the Fire, by George Weigel

By George Weigel, First Things – The eminent sociologist Peter Rossi was a world-class punster whose scholarly accomplishments fed a sometimes-whimsical view of the human condition—in which, Rossi memorably observed, “there are many ironies in the fire.”… That’s certainly true of the interaction between Catholicism and cultural, social, and political modernity over the last 250 years. The multiple ironies in that complex relationship, and their surprising results, are explored in my new book, The Irony of Modern Catholic History: How the Church Rediscovered Itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform, in which I turn the conventional telling of this tale inside-out and upside-down.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Exposing the Truth about the Odious Abortion Industry

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Imagine for a moment that a courageous undercover journalist embedded herself among a group of powerful and wealthy businessmen involved in some horrific crime – sex-trafficking, for instance. Imagine the journalist had surreptitiously recorded conversations in which these powerful men openly haggled over the prices of their victims and spilled the details about how they circumvent the law… Now, imagine that this journalist publicly released these damning recordings….

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (September 19)

“Which will love him more?” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 7:36-50  36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into […]

Founder’s Quote

“Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which […]

Saint of the Day for September 19: St. Januarius (c. 300)

By Franciscan Media Saint Januarius’ Story – Little is known about the life of Januarius. He is believed to have been martyred in the Emperor Diocletian’s persecution […]