Planned Parenthood Abortionist Admits in Court She Wanted Lamborghini for Selling Aborted Baby Parts, by Mathew Clark

By Mathew Clark, LifeNews – A Planned Parenthood abortionist was just forced to admit under oath in our trial that she did in fact say, “I want a Lamborghini,” in relation to “what I would receive in compensation” for “fetal tissue” procurement – i.e. aborted babies’ body parts… We recently told you how, despite their legal efforts to keep certain evidence out of court, Planned Parenthood’s own legal team has opened the door, and disturbing evidence continues to mount. Now, a Planned Parenthood abortionist is “prying” the door open even further (to use the judge’s words).

Msgr. Charles Pope: Msgr. Charles Pope: On Imperfection, As Seen in an Animation

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In today’s blog, though, I’d like to concentrate on the original: “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” In striving for the perfect thing, we can miss the good. We live in a fallen world, less than perfect. Likewise, you and I are incomplete, unfinished, imperfect. Yet this does not mean that we lack anything good at all or that this imperfect world has nothing to offer.

In US, Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace (Pew Forum)

By Catholic Culture – A new study by the Pew Forum finds a steep decline in the number of Americans who identify themselves as Christians, and a similar drop in the number of Americans who identify themselves as Catholic… “65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade,” according to the report. 43% of Americans now identify themselves as Protestants, 20% as Catholics, and 26% as atheist (4%), agnostic (5%), or “nothing in particular” (17%).

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Is the State Church Coming? by Jane Clark Scharl

By Jane Clark Scharl, Crisis Magazine – If we have learned anything in the four years since Obergefell v. Hodges made same-sex “marriage” legal across the nation, it’s that identity theory is nothing less than a cult. Identity theory claims that each person’s most basic responsibility—and his only path to happiness—is to explore and live out every element of his “identity,”  his desires, as freely as possible. This claim is not merely a lifestyle choice: it has religious power and scope, and it cannot tolerate the existence of rival cults or creeds.

Militant Secularism and Religious Repression in Latin America, by Eric Patterson

By Eric Patterson, The Catholic Thing – When one thinks of places where public expressions of faith are constrained, the Western Hemisphere does not typically come to mind. The United States has a religiously feisty population. Latin America is adorned with the art and architecture of Catholicism. But, on closer examination, anti-religion trends – and even outright persecution – can be seen in many Latin American cities… There are at least two main types of religious persecution.

Cdl. Brandmüller: Everything is at Stake at the Amazon Synod, by Dr. Maike Hickson

Translation by LifeSite’s Dr. Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – Cardinal Walter Brandmüller – a respected Church historian and one of the two remaining dubia cardinals – warns against the replacement of the Catholic faith by “a pantheistic natural religion of man.”… With regard to the Amazon Synod’s working document (Instrumentum Laboris), the German cardinal makes it clear that it is essentially eclipsing all of the Church’s magisterial documents from the Second Vatican Council onward, while nearly exclusively relying on quotations from a regional episcopal conference, the Latin American Conference of Bishops in Aparecida, Brazil, in 2007. Here, he warns against a “spectacular breach with the dogmatically binding tradition.”

The Church Is Not a Democracy, by Chilton Williamson, Jr.

By Chilton Williamson, Jr., Crisis Magazine – The Amazon synod touches directly or indirectly on many issues that will have repercussions far beyond the river basin. Among them is democracy and its relationship to the Church of Rome… The current Vatican regime claims that the principle of “synodality” in ecclesiastical government is both legitimate and valuable. Bishops are in closer contact with the laity than the Eternal City is; they are therefore better able to represent the man in the pew. Or so the argument goes… I don’t know whether there is evidence for this position or not. What’s certain is that the Church was founded by Christ as a spiritual institution, not a political one.

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Pro-Abortion Ford Foundation Major Funder of Key Synod Organizations, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – A missionary council for indigenous peoples run by the Brazilian bishops’ conference has received almost $2 million from the pro-abortion Ford Foundation since 2006, a Brazilian journalist has revealed… (also) two other organizations participating in the synod have also received funding from the foundation, which has actively lobbied for abortion rights and gender ideology… All are members of the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM), an organization set up by the bishops’ conference of Latin America (CELAM) and Caritas, which has played the leading role in organizing the Amazon Synod that runs until Oct. 27.

“By the Grace of God”: A Review, by Brad Miner

By Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing – he abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church haunt us, and not just in the United States. No nation with Catholic churches has been spared. True, the worst of the actual crisis – of priests sexually abusing little boys, teens, and young men – appears to be all but over. But have the right lessons been learned? Is the storm over? Or are we simply in the eye of the hurricane?.. I have no answer, but Pope Benedict XVI tried to give one in 2005 in his instructions concerning seminary education. We may hope those guidelines are being effectively implemented.

The Amazon Synod is a Sign of the Times, by Douglas Farrow

By Douglas Farrow, First Things – The Synod of the Amazon is a sign of the times. So its Instrumentum laboris says. Who could disagree? And what times these are! Some are saying hopefully that the Synod of the Amazon will change the Church forever, that the Church will never be the same again. Others are saying that the Synod is an instrument of apostasy. In the grim humor of Dom Giulio Meiattini, “if there is still something Christian in this Instrumentum laboris, that is, a few words and expressions here and there, there is no need to worry: it is undoubtedly biodegradable!”

The Pachamama or the Virgin: Which Does the Synod Revere? by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Questioned about the Pachamama icon that has become the most visible symbol of the Amazon Synod, Father Giacomo Costa told reporters that it was an image of “an indigenous woman who brings life.” The Synod spokesman added: “Nobody said it was the Virgin Mary.”… I beg to differ. Browsing the internet during the past week, I have seen dozens of people defending the use of this apparently pagan symbol—the Inca goddess of fertility—by saying that it was a representation of the Blessed Mother. The woman who presented the image to Pope Francis said that it was “Our Lady of the Amazon.”

Joker and the Need for Family, by Kody Wayne Cooper

By Kody Wayne Cooper, Public Discourse – Before (the Jokers) release and since, discussion of the film has been obsessed with the debate over whether the portrayal of a disaffected white man violently lashing out at society might bleed over into real life by breeding copycats or if such suggestions are the overreach of woke culture. Major reviewers have judged the film to be “empty,” “foggy,” and a “bad movie,” that “leaves you numb.” But critics have missed what seems to me a central message of the story: the descent into madness begins with the breakdown of the family.

CNA: Legal Assisted Suicide Puts People With Disabilities at Risk, Report Finds

Catholic News Agency – Leaders in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops applauded the National Council on Disability for its recent research on the risks of assisted suicide for people with disabilities… “Every suicide is a human tragedy, regardless of the age, incapacity, or social/economic status of the individual,” said Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida… Naumann is chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Dewane heads the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

Fr. Richard Heilman: Astroturfing–How the Media is Brainwashing Us, Fr. Richard Heilman

By Fr. Richard Heilman, Roman Catholic Man – Did you know that only a handful of corporations, 6 to be exact, control over 90 percent of the media? That means nearly everything we hear on the radio, read in the news, and see on television (including ‘news’). I’m talking about General Electric (GE), News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS… More and more people are expressing their concern that what we see in the media is nothing short of brainwashing. Weren’t we once, just 40 years ago, horrified about the thought of killing babies?

Fr. Roger Landry: St. Thérèse of Lisieux and the Renewal of Missionary Zeal

By Fr. Roger Landry, National Catholic Register – In the U.S., 30 million people define themselves as ex-Catholics, one out of every 11, constituting the second largest religious group behind those identifying as Catholics… There are many U.S. dioceses in which priests ride circuits of several hundred miles every Sunday to try to bring Christ to people. One of the most troubling worries of many middle-age parents and grandparents concerns family members who have stopped going to Mass and living according to Christian faith and morals.

Franklin Graham: Christians Must “Vote Against the Godless, Socialist Agenda” of the Abortion Industry

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Evangelical leader Franklin Graham minced no words in a recent interview when it comes to how Christians should vote. The Christian pastor made it very clear that Christians have a Biblical obligation to vote pro-life… He said every Christians needs to vote in 2020 against the “godless, socialist agenda” of the abortion industry… He added that Christians need to defend religious liberty and support “god-fearing judges,” if our nation is to survive… “Obedience to God’s Word brings blessing,”… “Disobedience brings chastisement and ultimately eternal punishment in Hell away from the majesty and presence of God.”

Cardinal Müller Discusses His Cinematic ‘Manifesto’, (Video) by Bree A. Dail

By Bree A. Dail, National Catholic Register – Cardinal Müller called on the faithful to resist error by educating themselves in the truths of the Catholic faith… “In the face of growing confusion about the doctrine of the faith, many bishops, priests, religious and laypeople of the Catholic Church have requested that I make a public testimony about the truth of revelation,” the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith writes in the introduction to his document, published in February. “It is the shepherds’ very own task to guide those entrusted to them on the path of salvation. This can only succeed if they know this way and follow it themselves.”

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (October 19)

“The Holy Spirit will teach you what to say” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 12:8-12  8 “And I tell you, every one who acknowledges me before […]

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“History and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” —George Washington (1796)

Saint of the Day for October 19: Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf, and Companions (d. 1642 – 1649)

By Franciscan Media Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf, and Companions’ Story – Isaac Jogues and his companions were the first martyrs of the North American continent […]