LifeSiteNews: Mother Miriam Urges Parents to Pull Kids From Public School: ‘I Don’t Know of Anything More Urgent’  (Video)

LifeSiteNews – During her daily live show yesterday, Mother Miriam challenged parents to uphold their duty as primary educators of their children. She alerted parents to the fact that today’s schools are filled with evil and that it is the first and foremost duty of parents to protect their kids… “It has to do with you being a proper mom and dad to your children…You, no matter what the situation is, are responsible for the growth of your children in faith,” she said.

Fr. Regis Scanlon: Will the Pope and Bishops Save Us From a Coming Chastisement?

By Fr. Regis Scanlon, Blog – Prologue:  Fifty years ago, if you told Catholics that “cardinals would oppose cardinals and bishops would oppose bishops” in the Catholic Church, few would believe it. Now it has come true.  Bishops and cardinals questioning teachings held since the beginning of the Church. What’s even harder to believe, it was all predicted in two separate Marian apparitions. One is the famous Fatima apparition to the three shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta,  in 1917 at Fatima, Portugal and  the other an apparition to Sr. Agnes Sasagawa at Akita, Japan in 1973. Here is more background about Fatima and Akita .

Cleaning Up Our Personal Environment, by Judie Brown

By Judie Brown, American Life League – The latest environmentally correct headline claims that “Contraception Is the Answer to Climate Change.”… Why is that? you might ask. Well, doesn’t everyone know that human beings are the problem because, as the writer claims, there are “too many of them, and born too fast.”… While this pessimistic gibberish has been around for many years, we would do well to think about it again, especially when considering one’s individual bodily integrity. After all, contraception is not only dangerous but a pollutant to the human body.

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Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Be Relevant, Be Counter-Cultural

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – The dismal state of the Church in the U.S. was illustrated recently by the truly discouraging findings of a Pew Research poll. That poll found that fully 69% of self-described Catholics believe during Holy Mass that the bread and wine used for Holy Communion are just “symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.” In other words, seven out of ten Catholics do not believe in one of the single most central tenets of the Catholic faith – that during Holy Mass, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Christ. Ouch.

Pope Francis and the Attempt to Destroy the Crown Jewel of Pope John Paul II’s Legacy, by John-Henry Westen

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – Diane Montagna is LifeSite’s Rome correspondent. Before joining LifeSite, she translated papal addresses under the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI for Zenit News Agency. She has also served as a translator for the English edition of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. In this episode 22 of the John-Henry Westen Show, she talked to me about the controversy surrounding the “purge” taking place at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Rome.

The Australian Disgrace, by George Weigel

By George Weigel, First Things – There will be much more to be said in the weeks and months ahead about the rejection of Cardinal George Pell’s appeal of his conviction for “historic sexual abuse,” by the 2-1 vote of a three-judge panel of the Supreme Court of Victoria. For the moment, this astonishing, indeed incomprehensible, decision calls into the gravest doubt the quality of justice in Australia—and the possibility of any Catholic cleric charged with sexual abuse to receive a fair trial or a fair consideration of the probity of his trial.

Aleteia: The Two Churches That Survived the Atomic Bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 6 was the liturgical Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ. On that date in 1945, the transfigured face of God, reflected in His children, was disfigured with the devastating explosion of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, in Japan, which exterminated nearly 140,000 men, women, and children… At a distance of only eight blocks from ground zero of the explosion, a church where eight Jesuit missionary priests lived remained standing and practically intact, unlike buildings three times farther away that were completely destroyed. These Jesuits went down in history as the Hiroshima Eight.

CNA: Title X: Protect Life Rule Comes In as Planned Parenthood Walks Out

Catholic News Agency – Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest chain of abortion providers, confirmed their withdrawal from Title X after a court refused to grant an emergency injunction against the Protect Life Rule, which bars fund recipients from referring women for abortions, prevents participating groups from co-locating with abortion clinics, and requires financial separation of government-funded programs from those that carry out abortions.

Book Review: Marco Tosatti’s ‘Viganò vs. the Vatican’, by Giuseppe Pellegrino

By Giuseppe Pellegrino, OnePeterFive – Viganò vs. the Vatican opens with Tosatti’s account of how, in July 2018, Archbishop Viganò called him and asked to do an interview with him. Tosatti recounts three personal meetings with Viganò, in which the archbishop struggled with knowing exactly how and when to reveal what he knew about the extensive network of cover-up and corruption that is the Catholic episcopacy. The release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report on August 14, 2018 led Tosatti to counsel Viganò that “perhaps this is the right moment” to publish the interview.

Prayer and Asceticism, by Michael Pakaluk

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing – But I want to pose the corresponding question for the soul.  We say that there is a soul, and that the body in many ways represents the soul.  There is activity of the soul, and health and strength, too.  So it seems we can ask: how many minutes should I exercise my soul each day for good spiritual health?  Here, in contrast, although the matter is more important, we tend to think there is no objective answer, and we wouldn’t be sure of which authorities to appeal to, in order to answer it.

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Double Loss of Being Good for Nothing

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Do not think, he says, that you are destined for easy struggles or unimportant tasks. You are the salt of the earth (Mat 5:13). What do these words imply? Did the disciples restore what had already turned rotten? Not at all. Salt cannot help what is already corrupted. That is not what they did. But what had first been renewed and freed from corruption and then turned over to them, they salted and preserved in the newness the Lord had bestowed.

Pro-Abortion & Pro-LGBTQ – Your Tax Dollars Hard at Work, by Bob Kellogg

By Bob Kellogg, OneNewsNow – Two groups prominent in America’s public education community are being taken to task for strategically indoctrinating children in liberal thought and “progressive” political activism.Every summer, the National Education Association assembles thousands of delegates to consider and vote on “new business items” for the teachers’ union. Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute reports one of those items adopted at the NEA convention last month in Houston states unequivocally that the organization supports abortion.

The Vortex: The ‘Payoff Chart’

The Vortex, Church Militant – Church Militant has learned something so troublesome that it’s somewhat difficult to report, but Catholics should know… The scandal of the homopredator abuse has become so codified now in chanceries across the country, given the number of years and the number of cases, that various sources tell Church Militant there is an actual unofficial chart used by bishops and lawyers to determine payouts to victims… It’s used in the secret settlement agreements between Church officials and victims, and we are reporting on this to show you how revolting all this has become… Catholics paying attention to the machinations of the homopredator clergy scandal have been waiting for the specter of RICO to begin emerging. Well, the beginnings of RICO are now taking shape… RICO stands for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, a federal statute passed in 1970 to empower law enforcement to go after the mob, organized crime.

Cardinal George Pell: A Timeline, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, National Register – August 21, 2019: The Supreme Court of Victoria upheld the conviction of Cardinal George Pell. A three-judge appellate panel upheld his 2018 conviction for sexual abuse of minors in a divided decision delivered Aug. 21 by a majority (2-1). Pell will continue to serve his sentence of 6 years in prison and may be eligible for parole after he has served 3 years and 8 months of his sentence.

The Year of Mercy is Over. It’s Time for a Year of Justice

By Joshua Hren, Crisis Magazine – Of course, an Anno Iustitiae wouldn’t the antimony of the Anno Misericordiam, but its necessary corollary. A person is said to be merciful, Aquinas observes, when he knows sorrow in his heart (miserum cor) over the miseries of another, and then tries to dispel those miseries as if they were his own. Given His nature, God doesn’t sorrow over human woes, but our dolors move Him to “dispel that misery, whatever be the defect we call by that name.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: Words of Encouragement from the Prophet Micah

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In the Office of Readings, we have been reading from the Prophet Micah. The book contains much in the way of both warning and consolation for the ancient Jewish people, who saw great destruction all around them. During Micah’s lifetime, he and his fellow Jews in Judah saw the whole of the northern Kingdom of Israel swept away by the Assyrians. In 721 B.C., ten of Israel’s tribes were destroyed; the survivors were scattered and all but lost. The southern Kingdom of Judah, which was also under attack, barely survived, as if by a miracle.

Betraying the Legacy of John Paul II, by Philip Lawler

By Philip Lawler,  First Things – The matter at hand… is whether Pope Francis can eradicate the teaching legacy of Pope John Paul II, particularly on questions of human sexuality… Oddly enough, this summer’s dispute involves a Vatican body named after the canonized former pontiff: the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences. Since its inception, the Institute (which was originally known by the slightly simpler name, the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family) had been an academic greenhouse nourishing the thought that St. John Paul had promoted: explaining the “culture of life” and the “theology of the body.”

St. Joseph’s Battalion Rises After Leader is Struck Down, by Anita Carey

By Anita Carey, Church Militant – Not willing to give up after the loss of their leader, members of the St. Joseph Battalion are keeping the group alive and urging prayer warriors to help persecuted priests… After Theodore McCarrick’s predation and the Church’s tolerance and cover-up of it was exposed, Fr. Mark Goring, a priest of the Companions of the Cross, was inspired during prayer to start the St. Joseph’s Battalion to address corruption in the Church.

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (August 21)

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Founder’s Quote

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Saint of the Day for August 21: St. Pius X (June 2, 1835 – Aug. 20, 1914)

By Franciscan Media Saint Pius X’s Story – Pope Pius X is perhaps best remembered for his encouragement of the frequent reception of Holy Communion, especially by […]