Abortion Bans: Let’s Have the Fight, by Scott McKay

By Scott McKay, American Spectator – Since last week, when Alabama joined several other states — Georgia, Mississippi, and Ohio among them — in passing a bill seeking to greatly restrict legal abortions within its borders, the Left has gone almost completely berserk in protest… This wasn’t a surprise, since to the Left abortion is akin to a religious sacrament and extremism in support of ending the lives of the unborn is no longer a vice (nor moderation a virtue) to them… When Planned Parenthood is exposed as running an underground marketplace for the chopped-up remains of aborted babies and the response is to kill, or at least arrest, the messenger…

AP: New York in Court to Bar Move of Sheen Remains to Peoria

Associated Press – Officials of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria say their counterparts in the Archdiocese of New York are trying to halt the transfer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s remains to Illinois… Earlier this month, New York’s Court of Appeals rejected the archdiocese’s argument that lower courts erred in giving permission to a Sheen relative to transfer his remains to Peoria, where he was ordained 100 years ago… The Peoria diocese wants to inter Sheen’s remains this year in St. Mary’s Cathedral, where he was ordained in 1919. The diocese also wants sainthood for Sheen, known for his revolutionary radio and TV preaching in the 1950s and ’60s.

Fr. Tim McCauley: Gnosticism Still a Challenge to Christianity

By Fr. Tim McCauley, Crisis Magazine – Gnostic philosophy, like a noxious weed, thrives in the barren soil of our post-Christian culture. It also emits a foul odor akin to the smoke of Satan, filtering through the doors of the Church and influencing our anthropology, as well as severely compromising the integrity of our worship of Christ in the Eucharist… Catholicism is incarnational. Reverence and respect for the body is central to our worship and our way of life. Unfortunately, Western culture has in many ways devolved into a form of Gnosticism: an anti-incarnational, dualist ideology of the separation of body and soul.

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Alabama Governor Defends Signing Abortion Ban and Doesn’t Care if Hollywood Boycotts Her State, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – In her statement announcing her decision to sign the bill, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey points to the fact that the bill “was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers” of the state’s legislature… “Many Americans, myself included, disagreed when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit this important matter, and they believe this act may bring about the best opportunity for this to occur,” Ivey said in her statement.

How Controlling Pop Culture Helps The Left Dominate Abortion Debates, by Carrie Gress

By Carrie Gress, The Federalist – New pro-life laws in Georgia and Alabama have elicited predictable responses from pro-abortion activists. Framing the pro-life argument as an attack on women, Alyssa Milano suggested a sex strike, while Linda Sarsour was quick to blame white women for supporting the patriarchy… With the left’s sacrament of the left under fire, pro-abortion women are trotting out the same old tired arguments, ignoring the reality that millions of women are pro-life, including Gov. Kay Ivey, who signed Alabama’s bill into law.

The Guardian Newspaper of London Tells Staff: Use ‘Climate Crisis’ … ‘Change’ is ‘Too Gentle’

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – Staff at the Guardian newspaper of London, England, has been directed to address “global warming” more aggressively and use “climate crisis” or “climate emergency” instead of “climate change,” which it considers “too passive and gentle.”… An internal communication at the British daily was obtained by the Washington Examiner, which dubs the paper as “a proud bastion of liberalism” in the United Kingdom… “’Climate change’ [sounds] rather passive and gentle when what scientists are talking about is a catastrophe for humanity”…

Cardinal Sarah Endorses the “Notes” of Pope Benedict, “Martyr For the Truth”

di Sandro Magister, L`Espresso – Cardinal Robert Sarah… “I would therefore like us this evening to allow ourselves to be enlightened by this demanding and luminous thought of his. How could we summarize the thesis of Benedict XVI? Allow me to simply cite him: ‘Why has pedophilia reached such proportions? In the final analysis, the reason is the absence of God.’ This is the architectonic principle of the entire reflection of the pope emeritus. This is the conclusion of his long argumentation. This must be the starting point of every investigation of the scandal of sexual abuse committed by priests, in order to propose an effective solution.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Why the Road to Hell Is Wide and Many Walk on It

By Msgr. Charles Pope – “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few” (Matt 6:12-13)… To summarize, most people today have the teaching backwards. Whereas Jesus said that many are on the road to destruction and only a few travel the narrow road (of the cross) to salvation, most claim that many go to Heaven and only a few (if any) go to Hell. Don’t make that mistake. Jesus is not playing games with us….

Is A Pope Spreading Confusion Just As Bad As a Pope Committing Heresy? by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – John Rist, perhaps the most distinguished scholar among those who signed the open letter charging Pope Francis with heresy, has explained his action in an interview with the National Catholic Register. I would strongly urge all concerned Catholics to read the entire interview. Rist is an extremely intelligent man, and makes a strong case in defense of the open letter, while at the same time recognizing its limitations.

The Crisis Continues, by Philip Lawler

By Philip Lawler, First Things – Under the new system, a complaint against a bishop should be brought to the attention of the metropolitan archbishop in the region. But McCarrick was the metropolitan archbishop… In such a case, the new policy stipulates that the complaint should be sent to the Holy See. But reports about McCarrick were conveyed to the Vatican, and for years nothing happened. Later, when McCarrick retired, complaints might have been made to his successor, Cardinal Donald Wuerl. But again, Wuerl was informed… The sad history of the McCarrick scandal demonstrates that policies are only as reliable as the officials who enforce them.

Growing Violence Against Pro-Lifers

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Thankfully the issue of aggression and violence against peaceful pro-life activists is receiving some (but still shockingly limited) media attention right now, thanks to the contemptible antics of Pennsylvania Democratic Representative Brian Sims. Earlier this month Sims posted a video of himself harassing a pro-life woman who was praying the rosary outside an abortion facility, calling her “shameful,” “disgusting,” “racist,” as well as “old white lady.”… Even worse, he also filmed himself approaching two young girls (aged 13 and 15), calling them “a bunch of pseudo-Christian protesters who’ve been out here shaming young girls for being here.”

CNA: With Record Number of Seminarians, Phoenix Diocese Pledges Support

Catholic News Agency – With a record-high number of seminarians, the Diocese of Phoenix has dedicated more funds to support the formation of the Arizona diocese’s future priests… There are 40 men studying to become priests in the Diocese of Phoenix, according to the Catholic Sun. That is the highest number of seminarians in diocesan history, and double the number of seminarians the diocese had eight years ago.

Fr. Mark Goring: Bishop Barron Says Stay and Fight! (Video)

Fr. Mark Goring, Companions of the Cross – Reading the current crisis through the lenses of Scripture and Church history, Bishop Barron shows that we have faced such egregious scandals before; that the spiritual treasures of the Church were preserved by holy men and women who recommitted themselves to fighting evil; and that there is a clear path forward for us today… For Catholics questioning their faith, searching desperately for encouragement and hope, this book will offer reasons to stay and fight for the Body of Christ.

Fr. Ed Broom: 10 Ways to Protect Your Children Like the Good Shepherd

By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange – A Good Shepherd is intent on protecting his sheep from the ravenous wolves on the prowl. Such a shepherd knows where the wolves come from, when they attack, and how they attack. An authentic Good Shepherd is even willing to lay down his own life for the sake of the safety of the sheep…. Of course, the best model in the world of the Good Shepherd is Jesus Himself. He says the Good Shepherd is willing to lay down His life and die for the sheep entrusted to His care. The welfare of the sheep supersedes and transcends the value of the Shepherd Himself.

Father-Son Bond is ‘Civilization’s Keystone,’ Expert Says, by David Nussman

By David Nussman, Church Militant – Having a strong relationship between a father and son is essential to Christian civilization, says one family researcher… This was the thesis presented by Dr. Patrick F. Fagan on May 4 at the 2019 Family and Life Conference at St. George’s Cathedral in London… Fagan noted that Marxists and radical feminists in the 1960s set their sights on dismantling family life and “the patriarchy” by normalizing various sexual sins. This was done with the intention of weakening men’s moral fibers; but it has been devastating for women as well, Fagan argued.

As ‘Nones’ Rise in Numbers, Catholic Church Faces Evangelization Challenge, by Peter Jesserer Smith

By Peter Jesserer Smith, EWTN News – Every “None” has his own story behind having no affiliation with a religious tradition or disaffiliating, both defying easy stereotypes and challenging Catholics to adopt person-oriented approaches for sharing their faith in Jesus Christ, built upon relationships of mutual trust, listening and respect, where the other person knows he or she is genuinely loved for his or her own sake.

We Know Better Now, by Kathryn J. Lopez

By Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Stream – When the United States Supreme Court first legalized Roe v. Wade, Frederica Mathewes-Green had a bumper sticker on her car: “Don’t labor under a misconception; legalize abortion.” She’s since changed her mind about that. Reflecting in 2016, she wrote: “(A)t the time, we didn’t have much understanding of what abortion was. We knew nothing of fetal development….

California Confession Bill Amended, but Still Would Require Priests to Violate Seal

By JD Flynn, CNA – California’s state senate will vote on a bill that would require priests to violate the seal of confession in certain limited circumstances. An amended text of the bill passed the Senate appropriations’ committee May 16… The bill, as amended, would require priests to report to law enforcement knowledge or suspicion of child abuse gained from hearing the sacramental confessions of other priests or co-workers… The bill originally would have required California priests to violate the seal of confession anytime they gained knowledge or suspicion of child abuse from hearing the confession of any penitent.

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (May 21)

“My peace I give to you” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 14:27-31 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as […]

Founder’s Quote

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

Saint of the Day for May 21: St. Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions (d. between 1915 and 1937)

By Franciscan Media Saint Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions’ Story Like Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, SJ, Cristóbal and his 24 companion martyrs lived under a very anti-Catholic […]