National Catholic Register: Bishop Paprocki’s Bold Defense of the Innocent Is the Mark of a True Father

By The Editors, National Catholic Register – Days after Illinois lawmakers passed legislation that secured legal abortion as a fundamental right, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield took swift action, issuing a directive that explicitly banned two Chicago-area Catholic Democrats — House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton — from receiving Holy Communion in his diocese… The two legislators “have obstinately persisted in promoting the abominable crime and very grave sin of abortion as evidenced by the influence they exerted in their leadership roles and their repeated votes and obdurate public support for abortion rights over an extended period of time,” read Bishop Paprocki’s decree.

EPIC FAIL: Bishops Policing Bishops, Washington Post

The Washington Post – “The bishops are the ones making the conclusions,” said Anne Burke, an Illinois Supreme Court justice who chaired the church’s National Review Board when the sexual abuse crisis first erupted in 2002. She called the new system enacted on Thursday “a fallacy.”“There should be no intermediary — call the police,” she said. “There should be one interview, by professionals.”

Archbishop Viganò Clarifies Points Arising From New Interview, by Diane Montagna

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – In the wake of two recent pieces in the Washington Post relating to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, an article and an extended interview (the first the archbishop has granted since his initial allegations concerning Pope Francis), renewed insinuations and smears have been directed at the former diplomat of the Holy See… In his June 10 interview, the archbishop claims that the actions so far taken against McCarrick are chiefly inspired by a desire to prevent a trial of the former cardinal, which might expose the complicity of other churchmen in his actions and the ensuing coverup.

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Beer vs. Pot: Why Catholics Should Oppose Legalization of Marijuana, by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

By Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, OnePeterFive – Dr. Vince Fortanasce, an internationally renowned Alzheimer’s researcher, has bemoaned the fact that Catholics have pretty much accepted the rise of marijuana in our country without a fight. Although he acknowledges that we need more research, he points out that there has been enough to conclusively point to marijuana’s dangerous impact on the brain, especially for adolescents and young adults. The moderate consumption of alcohol has a strong place in the Catholic tradition, and Catholics need to be able to distinguish this practice from the use of a drug. We should not equate it with the recreational use of marijuana.

After Whistleblower, Pope Calls Nuncios to Undivided Loyalty, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart – Pope Francis demanded absolute loyalty from his ambassadors Thursday, following months of pressure after a former nuncio accused the pontiff of covering up for serial sex abuser Theodore McCarrick… In his written address to papal envoys gathered in the Vatican, the pope said that in all circumstances a nuncio must be unconditionally “the pope’s man.”… “Being the pope’s representative is therefore irreconcilable with criticizing the pope behind his back, writing blogs, or joining groups hostile to him, the Curia and the Church of Rome,” Francis said.

Despite Pressure, Many Hispanics Remain Pro-Life, by Nayeli Riano

By Nayeli Riano, Daily Signal – Hispanics and pro-life advocacy go together naturally, in no small part because of Hispanics’ Christian faith… Studies have shown that most Hispanics are religiously observant, with about 83% of them affirming a religious affiliation. More important than statistics, however, and more indicative of their views on the issue of abortion, is the emotion with which they explain their culture and views on life.

Pope Francis Urges Carbon Penalties to Avert Climate ‘Catastrophe’, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, PH. D., Breitbart – Pope Francis warned of disastrous consequences if humanity does not immediately react to the threat of climate change, since the world has reached a “critical moment” and there is no time to waste… “Dear friends, time is running out!” the pope told a group of participants in a Vatican-sponsored conference on energy transition Friday. “We cannot afford the luxury of waiting for others to come forward or of prioritizing short-term economic benefits. The climate crisis requires decisive action from us, here and now.”

Texas Town 1st in Nation to Ban Abortion, Declares Itself ‘Sanctuary City for the Unborn’, by Dr. Susan Berry

By Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart – The law, which takes effect September 1, bars local governments from contracting in any way with abortion providers, and blocks cities from advocating for them… The resolution declaring Waskom a “sanctuary city for the unborn” was modeled after one passed in Roswell, New Mexico, though Waskom’s ordinance makes it the first city in the nation to actually ban abortions… Mark Lee Dickson, Right to Life East Texas director, told Fox News he became frustrated when lawmakers in Austin failed to pass “meaningful legislation that protects human life.”

Why We Celebrate Trinity Sunday, by Gayle Somers

By Gayle Somers, Catholic Exchange – “Jesus said to His disciples: ‘I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when He comes, the Spirit of truth, He will guide you to all truth.”… This is such a fascinating statement by Jesus. It suggests that while He was still with the apostles, their ability to comprehend all that He was doing was limited. Even if He had explained everything that was about to happen on the night of the Last Supper in det it wail,ould have been lost on them. Instead, He tells them they would, at a future time, get the help they would need to absorb the truth of His life and work.

Will Catholic Bishops Support Democrats in 2020? by Christopher Manion

By Christopher Manion, Ph.D., The Stream – But Trump is the most pro-life president in recent memory. Will Catholic bishops defend him?… They certainly defend Pelosi. After all, she calls herself “a practicing and respectful Catholic.”… Today, the Democrats are the party of abortion and infanticide. But they are strong advocates of the bishops’ trinity of political priorities. These include fighting “racism,” passing amnesty for illegal aliens, and expanding the welfare state… Finally, the one issue that haunts the bishops and their friendship with Democrats is abortion. Every Democrat running now has to support infanticide to please his core pro-abortion supporters…

Cdl. Cupich’s Rationales for Not Taking Canonical Action Against Prominent Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicos Are as Unconvincing as Ever

By Edward Peters – No one thought that Chicago’s Blase Cdl. Cupich would follow Springfield’s Bp. Thomas Paprocki’s example in calling upon Catholic state legislators, who had supported Illinois’ express attack on the basic rights of pre-born babies, to refrain from holy Communion until they repented of their evil deed (Canon 916), further directing that his ministers withhold holy Communion from two specific legislators based on their protracted and public support of such measures (Canon 915), so no one was surprised when Cupich didn’t…

Psychologist Gives Searing Critique of Vatican’s New Gender Doc: A Compromise With ‘Neo-Paganism’, by Diane Montagna

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – A Catholic psychologist has denounced the latest Vatican document on gender theory as containing “not one sentence of sound advice for parents who try to educate their children towards the virtues necessary for a Christian life.”… In a searing critique, Dr. Gerard J.M. van den Aarweg, a Dutch psychologist and psychoanalyst specializing in the treatment of persons with homosexual tendencies, condemned the recent Vatican document on gender theory, saying “the aggressive neo-pagan sexual ideology of the world has no wisdom we might share. The task of the Church is not dialoguing but teaching and correcting, there is a relentless spiritual war going on in the field of sexuality, marriage, and the family.”

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Owns Up to a Horror, by Mary Pezzulo

By Mary Pezzulo, Patheos – Thankfully, the Washington Post came out with an investigative story less than 20 minutes after the letter was published, and it fills in some of the blanks. A thousand dollars were spent per month on alcohol alone. $4.6 million were spent on renovating an entire private residence after a single bathroom sustained some fire damage. Bransfield had his house decked out in fresh floral arrangements which were delivered daily, to the tune of $100 per day. He also allegedly harassed, kissed, touched or exposed himself to at least nine adult men; the people around him feared to leave him alone with an altar server.

CatholicTV Network: What is “Witness to Love”?

The CatholicTV Network – Ryan and Mary Rose Verret joins us today to talk about Catholic relationships, marriage prep, and their ministry Witness to Love… Witness to Love is marriage prep that works to connect couples to their parishes through mentors and powerful online resources! The key to Witness to Love is that engaged couples are invited to choose their own mentors. Unlike other mentor models there is no need to build trust in order for the marriage prep process to work — the trust already exists.

Another Abortion in Everyday America, by Adriana Thurdekoos

By Adriana Thurdekoos, Human Life International – And both parents became victims of abortion, too. Carlos felt sadness, powerless, concerned, couldn’t sleep…and many more symptoms, such as those mentioned in the HLI brochure, “Men and Abortion.” When I spoke with him over the phone, I urged him to read a lot of this literature so that that he could better deal with post-abortion syndrome. I prayed with him, to try to make his “deep loneliness” turn to peace. He was even still worried about the physical and mental health of his girlfriend…

Accommodating Injustice, by Darel E. Paul

By Darel E. Paul, First Things – In his advice to princes, Niccolò Machiavelli observed, “there are two kinds of fighting: the one with laws, the other with force.” The travails of long-suffering Colorado baker Jack Phillips prove Machiavelli’s maxim correct. In Colorado, public accommodations law has little to do with justice and a lot to do with fighting… Last week a private legal suit was filed in Colorado District Court against Jack Phillips, proprietor of the Denver-area bakery Masterpiece Cakeshop. This is the third suit in seven years charging Phillips with discriminatory business practices.

Russiagate Is No Watergate, by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – “History is repeating itself, and with a vengeance,” John Dean told the judiciary committee, drawing a parallel between Watergate, which brought down Richard Nixon, and “Russiagate” which has bedeviled Donald Trump… But what strikes this veteran of Nixon’s White House is not the similarities but the stark differences… Watergate began with an actual crime, a midnight break-in at the offices of the DNC in June 1972 to wiretap phones and filch files, followed by a cover-up that spread into the inner circles of the White House.

TX Bishop Breaks Silence on McCarrick, by Martina Moyski

By Martina Moyski, Church Militant – Bp. Joseph Strickland of the diocese of Tyler, Texas addressed his brother bishops, stressing his desire that “a full reckoning of the McCarrick scandal be offered.”… The topic of McCarrick had barely been raised in any of the official discussions of the week-long meeting, even though his serial homosexual predation — and the network of bishops complicit in covering for him — was the catalyst for the sex abuse crisis into which the Church has seen itself plunged ever since the announcement of McCarrick’s suspension on June 20, 2018.

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (June 15)

Let what you say be simply Yes or No Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 5:33-37   33 “Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old, […]

Founder’s Quote

“Public affairs go on pretty much as usual: perpetual chicanery and rather more personal abuse than there used to be.” —John Adams (1826)

Saint of the Day for June 15: St. Marguerite d’Youville (Oct. 15, 1701 – Dec. 23, 1771)

By Franciscan Media Saint Marguerite d’Youville’s Story – We learn compassion from allowing our lives to be influenced by compassionate people, by seeing life from their perspectives, […]