EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Warns Church About Slipping into Idolatry of ‘Mother Earth…Gaia’ Worship, by Dr. Maike Hickson

By Dr. Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – The strongest warning against all Gaia romanticism is given by the Evangelist St. John. For him, the cosmos even proves to be an anti-divine force. Without Christ – the light which darkness has not grasped (cf. Jn 1:5) – lies, sin and death prevail in the world and in history. They are darkness. And they are a force that determines man, that oppresses and overwhelms, confuses and covers up. Encircled by the cosmos, God’s creatures are loved by it and become its property (cf. Jn 15:19); it begins to rule over them. This alien access to man comes from the “ruler of this world”

Seattle Archbishop: Gay Catholic Teachers Face ‘Particular Consequences’

By SeattlePI.com – Archbishop Paul Etienne, “Those who teach in our schools are required to uphold our teaching in the classroom and to model it in their personal lives,” he wrote. “We recognize and support the right of each individual to make choices. We also understand that some choices have particular consequences for those who represent the Church in an official capacity.”

David Daleiden Could Go to Prison for Exposing Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Baby Parts, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Daleiden, 31, plans to plead not guilty Friday in California Superior Court to nine felony charges involving eavesdropping, falsifying documents and recording people without their consent, the Washington Times reports…. Fellow investigator Sandra Merritt also is facing charges filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Both are scheduled for arraignment Friday in San Francisco… Andrew Bath, executive vice president of the Thomas More Society, a pro-life legal firm representing Daleiden, asked people to pray for his case this week.

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This Week: The Confessional Seal; the Pope and Progressives; and More, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – The most important story, in my view, is the law that took effect in the Australian state of Victoria, requiring priests to break the confessional seal if they are told about abuse of children. Here is a frontal assault on religious liberty, and a grave challenge for Australian priests—who have already been told by their bishops.. that they must accept jail time rather than violate the seal. How will this story play out? Will other states pass similar laws?

Msgr. Charles Pope: A Bridge Too Far As Seen in a Commercial

By Msgr. Charles Pope – So easily we surrender our serenity to a world that provokes anxiety and anger; we surrender our chastity to a world that exalts lust; we give over our generosity to a world that instills in us a fear that drives us to hoard; we hand over our prophecy to a world that demands our silence; we neglect our soul and hand over its care to a world that demands we be fixated on our body, on good looks and our physical health; we hand over prayer and the celebration of the sacraments to a world that demands all of our time.

Are We Called to Perfection? by Gayle Somers

By Gayle Somers, Catholic Exchange – In His extended teaching to His followers in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus called them to a remarkable way of life.  It is helpful to understand the historical context for this session on the mountain.  In the Old Testament, when Moses assembled the Israelites at Mt. Sinai after their deliverance from Egypt, God came down on the mountain to meet with them in a physical presence of fire, smoke, and loud thunder.  He “spoke” the Ten Commandments to His people, giving them a radically new way to live. ….

A Catholic Style Guide, by Justyna Braun

By Justyna Braun, Crisis Magazine – A colleague at the Catholic high school where I teach approached me recently with a question. Girls at our school, he said, often dress immodestly. What could he do? He had studied Church documents and read lay publications that deplored the modern degeneration of women’s fashions. Some of these documents cite evidence of a Masonic campaign to undermine Christianity by corrupting women. Others quote statements from popes and bishops who spoke against pants, short sleeves, and low-cut necklines for women.

Vatican Priest Recruiting Freemasons in Curia, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – A clerical staff member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue is using his position to recruit Freemasons in the Roman Curia, well-placed sources have revealed… Outraged Catholics called for Fr. Michael Weninger to be excommunicated, after Church Militant reported that the Vatican cleric, a Freemason, published a 500-page book defiantly claiming that Catholics could join a masonic lodge and “certainly not” be excommunicated.

EWTN: Democratic Party’s Pro-Abortion Orthodoxy Is Discriminatory

By The Editors, EWTN News – And while it’s far too early to predict the Democratic winner, one lamentable fact is already beyond dispute: The party, which for many decades commanded the political loyalties of the majority of Catholic voters, remains poles apart from the Church’s teaching about the sanctity of human life, with respect to abortion… In fact, the primary campaign has seen the party venture even further into pro-abortion absolutism than in previous presidential election cycles.

Soviet Union Rewind: Why Are We Praising Communism Again? by Paul Kengor

By Paul Kengor, National Catholic Register – As evidence of the political system’s history of human-rights violations, conservative estimates of the death toll under communist/socialist regimes in the Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, Cuba and elsewhere number in the tens of millions… And yet, all along, I’ve watched in dismay as an entire generation of young people raised in our public schools and universities not only haven’t learned the crucial lessons about communism and socialism but, quite the contrary, have been taught that these ideologies really weren’t all that bad. Socialism and communism, they’re told, merely had not been done properly.

China Claims Pope Francis Instigated High-Level Sino-Vatican Meeting, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, Breitbart, PH.D – Pope Francis instigated a recent high-level meeting between Vatican and Chinese officials, according to reports… As Breitbart News reported, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a historic meeting last Friday with his Vatican counterpart, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, to celebrate their bilateral accord on the naming of Catholic bishops in China… A Vatican press release made no mention of how the meeting came about, but said that the two leaders had evoked the positive developments of the ongoing relations between the Peoples Republic of China and the Holy See and especially “the importance of the Provisional Agreement on the appointment of Bishops, signed on 22 September 2018.”

Coronavirus: Leading China Expert Details the Reality, by John-Henry Westen

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – In January, the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency. Since then, cases of the coronavirus have been reported across the globe and drastic measures are being taken to quarantine people who have potentially been exposed to the virus… In today’s special segment of The John-Henry Westen Show, I speak with the leading expert on China, Steve Mosher about what is really going on with the coronavirus…

(St.) Gregory and the Coronavirus of His Time, by Roberto de Mattei

By Roberto de Mattei, Corrispondenza Romana – An aura of mystery surrounds the Coronavirus, or Covid-19, as we don’t know either its origins or the real data of its diffusion, nor of its possible consequences. What we do know however, is that pandemics have always been considered as Divine chastisements in history and the sole remedy the Church took against them was prayer and penance… This happened in Rome in the year 590, when Gregory of the Anicia (gens) senatorial family, was elected Pope taking the name Gregory I(540-604)… Italy was devastated by diseases, famines, social disorders and the destructive wave of the Lombards.

Trump Brings Battered, Belittled American Farmers to the Front of the Stage, by Monica Showalter

By Monica Showalter, American Thinker – President Trump brings razor-sharp instincts to the political picture, and nowhere was it more obvious than in his appearance in Bakersfield, California, signing a bill to clean up the junk-science federal “research” on water for the parched Central Valley and, better still, ordering the feds to give California’s Central Valley farmers the water for their farms that they already paid for.

ICYMI: Will Catholic Bishops Hamper the Pro-Life Cause? by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – But let’s look beyond the “seamless garment” debate—a debate that the USCCB rehashes every election year—and look at the more specific plan of action issued by Archbishop Joseph Naumann, the head of the bishops’ pro-life committee. Focusing to the needs of women who face difficult pregnancies, he called attention to the Catholic hospitals and Catholic Charities affiliates that provide services for these women. Then, in third place, he mentioned the “thousands of pregnancy care centers staffed by many Catholic volunteers.”

Fort Worth Bishop Spearheaded Attacks on TX Right to Life, by Christine Niles

By Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D., Church Militant – Texas Bishop Michael Olson led the charge not only in attacking a prominent pro-life group but also supporting measures that would allow a “death panel” to determine if patients live or die… “Michael Olson is really the person who drives their political agenda, the (Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, TCCB),” says Jim Graham, president of Texas Right to Life… “It has become solely a political organization.”…

Pope’s Ghostwriter, Advisor Claims Francis Blazed Path to Married Priests in Amazon Exhortation, by Dr. Maike Hickson

By Dr. Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – An Argentinian archbishop close to Pope Francis, who is widely regarded as the principal ghostwriter of the Pope’s controversial 2016 exhortation Amoris Laetitia, is claiming that the Pope blazed a path to married priests in his new Amazon exhortation. The Pope did this by means of suggesting the development of a new “Amazonian rite” that would, in the words of the exhortation, “inculturate the liturgy among indigenous peoples,” the archbishop claimed.

Pete Buttigieg’s Brother: He’s “Intellectually Dishonest” to Say He’s a Christian and Support Abortion, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Rhyan Glezman, a pastor and the brother-in-law of the pro-abortion presidential candidate (Pete Buttigieg), recently spoke with Fox News host Tucker Carlson about Buttigieg’s so-called Christian faith… “The height of intellectual dishonesty for Pete to make claims that there’s no compatibility with being a Christian and voting for Trump, which Pete, in fact, is the one who is pushing agendas and rhetoric that is clearly against Scripture,” Glezman said… it troubles him deeply that his brother-in-law is running for the highest office in the land, but he can’t even “make a moral decision on whether to keep a child after it’s already been born or to have it killed.”

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (February 22)

The keys of the kingdom of heaven Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 16:13-19  (alternate reading: Mark 9:2 – 13) 13 Now when Jesus came into the district […]

Founder’s Quote

“Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence.” —Alexander Hamilton (1793)

Saint of the Day for February 22: Chair of Saint Peter

By Franciscan Media The Story of the Chair of Saint Peter – This feast commemorates Christ’s choosing Peter to sit in his place as the servant-authority of […]