Cdl. Burke Backs France-Originated Call to Prayer and Reparation Dec. 12 for Pachamama Idolatry, by Jeanne Smits

By Jeanne Smits, Paris correspondent, LifeSiteNews – In an initiative that originated in France, Catholics are being called to mark the liturgical feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Thursday, December 12, by prayers of love and reparation for the idolatrous parodies of her image in the Vatican Gardens, in the Synod Aula, in the streets of Rome, in the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina near St Peter’s Square and in St Peter’s Basilica itself, at the very heart of Christendom.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Modern Problems File: Losing God as the Center of Our Worship

By Msgr. Charles Pope – I have noted before on this blog that one of the trends in modern liturgy is the shift of focus from God to “the assembly.” Too much of liturgy today is anthropocentric… Back in the 1990’s, in his book Why Catholics Can’t Sing, Thomas Day observed that modern liturgy often amounts to “the aware, gathered community, celebrating itself.” Many songs today go on at great length about how we are gathered, we are the flock, we are God’s song, etc. When God is mentioned it is more in relation to us, rather than the reverse. He is all about us, and this seems to please us greatly.

Seminarians Teach, Promote Gregorian Chant Through Unique YouTube Channel, by Jake Ross

By Jake Ross, LifeSiteNews – A new YouTube channel started by young seminarians in Switzerland is teaching people around the world about beauty and tradition in the Catholic liturgy.The channel is the project of Brother Alexandre Frezzato, from the Wallis region in Switzerland, and Brother Stefan Ansinger, from the Netherlands. Both study at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and are Dominican seminarians. The brothers provide a weekly private class in Gregorian chant to anyone willing to learn.

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Pastor Jeffress: Pelosi Catholic? She ‘Celebrates Her Belief in the Murder of the Unborn’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Commenting on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) rebuke of a reporter for asking whether she “hates” President Donald Trump, evangelical Pastor Robert Jeffress said Pelosi was out of step with her Catholic faith because she supports abortion and “celebrates her belief in the murder of the unborn.”… Pastor Jeffress said, “I find it interesting that she is so indignant about being accused of hatred, saying it goes against her Catholic faith. Well, what about her belief in unrestricted abortion? That certainly goes against her faith, and she doesn’t apologize for that.”

Fr. Richard Heilman: My Priesthood: Helping Everyone I Can to Call Out, “My Lord and My God!” (July, 2019)

By Fr. Richard Heilman, Roman Catholic Man – After 31 years of priesthood, it has become crystal clear to me that my primary mission is to do everything I can to bring people to the point in which they cry out, “My Lord and my God!”… Jesus told Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed” (John 20:29). This place of “True Belief” is the “ultimate” or “pinnacle” for every soul. This is the place that brings “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). This is the place that calms the restless soul, bringing them to nestle in the loving arms of God. This is the place of “Sublime Blessedness.”

Porn Is Not a Blessing of Liberty, by Josh Hammer

By Josh Hammer, First Things – Last week, four Republican congressmen sent a missive to U.S. Attorney General William Barr. This one-page letter beseeched Barr to actually enforce extant obscenity law as it applies to legally relevant hardcore. It would be prudent for Barr to “declare the prosecution of obscene pornography a criminal justice priority,” the congressmen argued. Accordingly, Barr ought to urge federal prosecutors to “bring prosecutions against the major producers and distributors of such material.”

“The Spirit of the Liturgy” at Twenty, by David G Bonagura, Jr.

By David G Bonagura, Jr., The Catholic Thing – For Ratzinger, the core problem with the Novus Ordo was its subjectivist tilt away from glorifying God to glorifying His people. His first chapter, “Liturgy and Life” (which signals his broad perspective), famously located the apostasy of the Israelites around the golden calf: “Worship becomes a feast that the community gives itself, a festival of self-affirmation. Instead of being a worship of God, it becomes a circle closed in on itself.”… The comparison to the manner in which the liturgy has been celebrated since Vatican II is not subtle.

Meet the New Smut, Worse Than the Old Smut, by Sean Fitzpatrick

By Sean Fitzpatrick Crisis Magazine – There was an underbelly ripple when the news broke that Victoria’s Secret had called off its Christmas season “fashion show,” a prime-time network TV event featuring provocative displays of risqué lingerie… the answer has less to do with a moral compass appearing in the American palm than it does with a smartphone already occupying it. It is simple: Victoria’s Secret is surrendering to the squalid world of online pornography.

‘Smoke and Mirrors’: Tangled Web of Transactions Utilized to Fund Bankrupt Italian Hospital, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register – “The overall loan and guarantee transaction was executed covertly by APSA, shielded from the eyes of the public,” an informed source told the Register. “APSA didn’t lend the money to the Luigi Monti Foundation or to IDI. Formally, it was lent to the congregation (CFIC), who in turn instructed APSA to pay it out of their account to the foundation — it was all smoke and mirrors.”… Although committed to prevent the IDI from collapse with consequent job losses, Cardinal Pell advised the Pope and Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, in 2014 not to go ahead with the loan.

Wielding Secrecy as a Weapon, by Christine Niles

By Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D., Church Militant – Father Eduard Perrone was suspended from ministry in July over a 40-year-old allegation of abuse based on a so-called repressed memory… Michael Voris: “Are the charges that have been publicly leveled against you true or not?”… Fr. Eduard Perrone: “They’re entirely false.”… Critics have blasted the archdiocese for finding the allegation credible, especially in light of newly published documents revealing that the accuser admitted he could not recall any specific incidents of abuse, and at most all he has is a hunch.

Abortion Activists Hate Ultrasounds Because If Mothers See Their Baby, They’ll Reject Abortion (SPUC)

By The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children – Mrs Nash said: “For women to be truly free, we must be intellectually free, and that means challenging and breaking loose from decades of indoctrinating propaganda. If abortion promoters regard women as too infantile to be given the uncensored truth, it is difficult to see on what basis they can speak of giving women an informed choice—and a choice that is not informed is no choice at all.”

Opinion: Catholics Who Favor Theocracy Are Imitating Not Christ but the Muslim Brotherhood, by John Zmirak (Feb. 2019)

By John Zmirak, The Stream – We have, with Pope Francis, witnessed the effective collapse of the papacy. At the moment, it no longer serves its purpose of safeguarding doctrine and Catholic morals. Instead it has become a transmission belt for heresy, and a tool used to punish the orthodox. The moral and intellectual chaos that followed Vatican II has returned… we see that it never left us. The restoration of order attempted by popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI proved a tragic failure. The men they appointed as bishops to clean up the mess turned out mostly tolerant of heresy, sodomy, and worldliness. Bishops like Wuerl and Dolan, we learned, had merely talked a good game, to climb the greasy pole to power.

BREAKING: Supreme Court Upholds Kentucky Ultrasound Law, by Cassy Fiano-Chesser

By Cassy Fiano-Chesser, LiveAction – The Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to Kentucky’s informed consent requirements, therefore upholding the law and signifying another win for the pro-life movement. Previously, a federal appeals court upheld the law, only to have that decision appealed by the ACLU… The Ultrasound Informed Consent Act was passed in 2017, and was originally overturned by a lower court after the ACLU challenged it. However, after a challenge from the state, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling, rejecting the idea that the law challenged doctors’ free speech rights…

STUNNING! Pope Busted: Bishops Denounce Vatican’s UN Allies (Video), by Michael Matt

By Michael Matt, The Remnant Video – Michael Matt takes a hard look at the big event nobody in the Vatican seems to want to talk about—the Nairobi Summit on the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo). This Bill and Melinda Gates/UN Population Fund affair was all about contraception, family planning, reproductive rights and…. the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Yes, that’s right—the very same goals Pope Francis and Jeff Sachs have been promoting inside the Vatican for years. So, why did the Vatican have to back away from their friends at the United Nations and the big Agenda 2030?

Here’s How to End the CCHD Scandals, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – In a parish in the south, a visiting priest was giving a strong homily about reverence for human life, explicitly condemning abortion, when a woman in the congregation stood up to interrupt him… No, she wasn’t denouncing the Church’s teaching. Nor was she telling about her own experience with abortion. This parishioner was challenging the priest. If he agreed that cooperation with abortion is unacceptable, she said, why was the parish taking up the collection for the CCHD, which provides financial support for groups that promote abortion?

Msgr. Charles Pope: Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There! The Importance of Experience

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Don’t think, look! We miss so much of life when we retreat into our brains to begin immediate analysis. I recently went to an art exhibit called “The Sacred Made Real.” Upon entry, I was handed a thick pamphlet describing each of the works. Instead of diving into the pamphlet, I chose to wander through and gazed upon each marvelous work. Some of them were mysterious to me, but the mystery was part of the experience. Only later did I go back and read about each work.

Brazil’s Prince: Amazon Synod Final Doc a ‘Pantheist’ Conspiracy, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – In a scathing attack, His Imperial Highness Prince Dom Bertrand said that the end product of the synod was not Catholicism, but pantheism seeking “a complete change of the Roman Catholic apostolic Church and the Christian civilization that had existed through the Church’s history.”… Paragraph 10 claims that “the Amazon today is a wounded and deformed beauty, a place of pain and violence.”… Prince Bertrand hits back in the video: “The Amazon is a forest. The forest doesn’t suffer. But this is part of a pantheistic vision that claims the forest can suffer because nature is Mother Nature or Pachamama or whatever.”

Saving Human Rights from the Human Rights Movement, by Andrew R. DeLoach

By Andrew R. DeLoach, Public Discourse – The UN—and regional organizations like it—have promulgated a multitude of human rights treaties and policies, and an array of councils, committees, and courts to monitor, debate, and adjudicate all manner of human rights issues. Individual nations have incorporated human rights into their domestic legislation. Nongovernmental organizations and activists regularly advocate on behalf of human rights issues… But now human rights are in trouble.

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (December 11)

“Come to me and I will give you rest” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30   28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, […]

Founder’s Quote

“We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth — and listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts. […]

Saint of the Day for December 11: St. Damasus I (304 – Dec. 11, 384)

By Franciscan Media Saint Damasus I’s Story – To his secretary Saint Jerome, Damasus was “an incomparable person, learned in the Scriptures, a virgin doctor of the […]