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Fireworks Fly as Ex-ICE Head Takes on Open-Borders Dems, by Michael F. Haverluc

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – The day before the hearing on Wednesday, Homan was confident that he would be able to provide his uninterrupted testimony tearing down House Democrats’ “false narratives” about immigration enforcement, vowing in an appearance on Fox & Friends that he would aggressively dismantle their inaccurate claims about detention centers and arrests of illegal aliens… a day after the hearing about being silenced, Homan said Democrats make up their own reality when it comes to the U.S. border and America’s illegal immigration problem.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Slowing Down for the Best of Meals as Seen in a Commercial

By Msgr. Charles Pope – …that is exactly what the Church bids us to do on Sundays: slow down, go to Mass, and receive the bread of finest wheat, the Eucharist. It does require us to “detour” from the world, to remove ourselves for a while from all its rushing about and come for the best meal, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

A Judicial Victory Over Radical Secularism, by Stephen M. Krason

By Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine – In early August, the Freedom from Religion Foundation—secularist bullies who go around the country seeking especially to pressure local governments to eliminate anything that even remotely suggests a favorable official view of religion—suffered an unaccustomed defeat in the courts. They usually get cash-strapped local governments to do what they want by threatening legal action, whose costs the municipal authorities can’t handle.

Why Does Pope Francis Reject Prosperity for Developing Nations? by Daniel Mitchell

By Daniel Mitchell, CNSNews – Yahoo reported, “Pope Francis on Monday urged Mauritius, a prosperous magnet for tourists and a global tax haven, to shun an ‘idolatrous economic model’ that excludes the youth and the poor … While the island is a beacon of stability and relative prosperity, Pope Francis honed in on the struggles of the youth … Since independence in 1968, Mauritius has developed from a poor, agriculture-based economy, to one of Africa’s wealthiest nations and financial services hub. …

Fr. Mark Goring, CC: Truth Without Love is Still Truth (Video)

By Fr. Mark Goring, Companions of the Cross – Video

The Right Values to Unite America, by Rita Dunaway

By Rita Dunaway, The Stream – Candidates for national office are preaching their sweet-sounding message of “unity” to the American people. Each one believes him- or herself to be the man or woman for the job of healing our toxic politics and bringing us all together. Statements like this recent one from Senator Amy Klobuchar are typical: “Every single day where Donald Trump’s trying to divide our country, we should be one America.”… The question we need to be asking ourselves is: What are the values underlying the “one America” we’re being sold?

Pope Francis Invites Religious, Political Leaders to Sign ‘Global Pact’ for ‘New Humanism’, by Diane Montagna

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – In a renewed and enthusiastic endorsement of globalism, Pope Francis has announced he is hosting an initiative for a “Global Pact” to create a “new humanism.”… at the Vatican on May 14, 2020, is themed Reinventing the Global Educational Alliance… “A global educational pact is needed to educate us in universal solidarity and a new humanism,” Francis said in a video message to launch the initiative.

National Day of Remembrance on September 14 Will Remember 61 Million Babies Killed in Abortions, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – As the fate of Roe v. Wade hangs in the balance, state legislatures across the country have passed some of the most extreme abortion bills ever seen. While states like New York and Illinois have swept away abortion restrictions, other states like Ohio and Alabama have passed abortion bans that could provoke the overturning of Roe. But on Saturday, September 14, pro-life Americans will gather from coast to coast to remind the nation that abortion is not just a political issue.

The 2 Ways a Sacramental Wedding Changes Your Marriage, by Theresa Civantos Barber

By Theresa Civantos Barber, Aleteia – A sacramental marriage is not merely a civil contract under human law; rather, it is a covenant under God that permanently unites two persons. As long as the marriage “results from the free human act of the spouses,” it becomes “a covenant guaranteed by God’s fidelity,” something that is “irrevocable” and “can never be dissolved” (CCC 1640). That is, the marriage covenant is for the whole of life, and nothing on earth can tear it apart.

Francis Packs the Court, by Stephen Wynne  

By Stephen Wynne, Church Militant – Reflecting on the appointments, Catholic World News editor Philip Lawler called them a turn to the left: “You have leading representatives of what you might call the liberal bloc in the European bishops’ world, and that’s the way these appointments are trending.”… Once these men don their red hats on Oct. 5, the College of Cardinals will be dominated by liberals, with 67 Francis picks eligible to vote for the next pontiff versus 61 from the conservative camp.

Fr. Mike Schmitz: How to Handle Spiritual Setbacks

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Press – After reading a book on will power, Fr. Mike discovered an important lesson when it comes to how we handle spiritual setbacks. He noticed how resisting sin is a lot like resisting a donut when on a diet. If we resist for some time but then end up giving in and eating the donut, that doesn’t mean all of our progress in the diet is lost… In the same way, if we resist sin for some time but then give in, the grace God offers us through confession can restore us. In fact, it can restore to even higher than we were before.

Australian Justice in the Dock, by George Weigel

By George Weigel, First Things – March 2013: Prior to any credible reports of misbehavior being made against Cardinal George Pell, police in Australia’s state of Victoria launch “Operation Tethering,” a sting aimed at the former archbishop of Melbourne (who by this time is prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the economy). “Tethering” includes newspaper ads seeking information on previously unreported, untoward goings-on at the Melbourne cathedral in the past.

Fr. George W. Rutler: Pontifical Chic

By Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis Magazine – In 2013, Pope Francis sonorously and rightly enjoined the bishops of the world: “Avoid the scandal of being ‘airport bishops’!”  An almost obsessive compulsion of some prelates to travel beyond their own dioceses evokes the absenteeism of the Middle Ages, when many bishops and abbots were seldom seen among their own people….

Selling Beating Baby Hearts: Not Even Jezebel Did This, by Dr. Michael Brown

By Dr. Michael Brown, The Stream – As I documented in my new book, Queen Jezebel was the most wicked woman in the Bible. She was a zealous idol worshiper. She was a murderer. She intimidated by fear. She was associated with sexual immorality and sorcery. And, as part of her idol worship, she was likely involved in the sacrifice of babies. But not even Jezebel sold baby parts for profit.

Fr. Roger J. Landry: The Real Presence: Knowing What We Are Doing

By Father Roger J. Landry, National Catholic Register – Priests are called to celebrate each Mass as if it were their first, their last and their only. Each Mass is meant to be cherished, because in each we engage in what our faith teaches us is the most important event that happens that day in the world, when the Son of God miraculously becomes incarnate on the altar… Such an approach toward Jesus’ self-giving in the Eucharist is not just for priests. When I prepare young people for their first Holy Communion, I emphasize that the most important aspect of the experience is not the “first” but the “Communion.” I tell them that the “second” is just as important, as is every subsequent Communion.

Why Should We Bother? by David Warren

By David Warren, The Catholic Thing – There is a question any Catholic homilist could ask when he looks over almost any congregation. It is one of those “modern” questions: “Why, indeed, did we come here? Would we not be happier somewhere else?”… From the view of the pew-sitting congregant, the same question may arise. I am assuming he is “a man of little faith,” like most moderns. He half-believes. He was brought up that way. But he believes himself to be conscientious.

They Didn’t Succeed in Silencing Us. Now We Must be Louder Than Ever, by John-Henry Westen 

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – Yesterday the California AG asked for a gag order to restrict pro-life reporting on the David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt hearings, citing LifeSiteNews in particular in the legal documents. Since we have been the ONLY pro-life news source reporting from the courtroom, this was set to be a direct restriction against us… Thankfully, the judge denied the gag order yesterday afternoon, and we can continue to report on these hearings and spread the word to our millions of readers about the illegal activity of Planned Parenthood and StemExpress selling baby body parts.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Our Strengths Are Often Our Struggles

By Msgr. Charles Pope – One of the things that I have learned about myself, and humans in general, is that our strengths are very closely related to our struggles. Some people are very passionate; this makes them dedicated and driven to make a difference. But it also makes them prone to anger or depression. Their passion in one area (e.g., truth, justice) can cause difficulties with passions in other areas such as sexuality, food, or drink. Passionate people can inspire others and are often great leaders. But they also run the risk of crashing and burning, whether emotionally or morally.

Fr. Nnamdi Moneme: The Christian Vocation Demands Constant Sacrifice

By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange – Venerable Fulton Sheen made a commitment to spend a Holy Hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament every single day of his life as a seminarian, priest, and bishop. His faithfulness to this resolution, despite his hectic duties as a bishop, made him one of the most impactful bishops in the history of the Church in America and one whose messages remain relevant today.

Teaching, and Living, the Real Presence in the Eucharist, by Pia de Solenni

By Pia de Solenni, EWTN News – In the book In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart, an anonymous Benedictine monk relates his conversations with Our Lord and Our Lady beginning in 2007. They are private revelations that echo the thoughts of many recognized holy women and men… “I want you to speak to the faithful of the Holy Mass as a true sacrifice. They have forgotten this … that I am present upon the altar as upon the cross, as both priest and victim. It is the whole of my sacrifice of love that unfolds before their eyes. You must tell them this.”

Austin, Texas Becomes First City to Pay Women to Kill Their Babies in Abortions, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – While some Texas cities are voting to protect unborn babies’ lives, another is providing money to help destroy them… On Tuesday, the Austin City Council voted to spend $150,000 taxpayer dollars to help Austin women get abortions, KADN News reports. It is believed to be the first city to fund abortions indirectly by giving pro-abortion groups money to provide transportation, child care, lodging and other services to low-income women seeking abortions… The council members who claim to be “pro-choice” did not talk about providing choices and support to pregnant women in need. They emphasized more abortions – more destruction of unborn babies’ lives.

Infanticide Hearing Witness Says Hospital Created ‘Comfort Room’ Where Aborted Babies Die, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, Daily Caller – Comfort care, Stanek said, is to wrap the baby in a blanket and keep the baby warm until the baby dies. Parents at Christ Hospital were given the option to hold the baby as well… “If staff did not have the time or desire to hold the baby, she was taken to Christ Hospital’s Comfort Room, which was complete with a First Photo machine if parents wanted professional pictures of their aborted baby, baptismal supplies, gowns and certificates, foot printing equipment and baby bracelets for mementos, and a rocking chair,” Stanek explained in a testimony…

A Pope Who Doesn’t Fear Schism May Cause One, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – As we head into the Amazon Synod, there are numerous indications that the Pope and his allies will use the meeting to ram through another set of dramatic changes in Church teaching and discipline. He is willing to break with our fathers in faith; he is willing to break with his brothers. I fear that the Pope is determined to have his way, regardless of the cost to Church unity.

Report: Married Deacons Offering Mass in the Amazon, by Stephen Wynne

By Stephen Wynne, Church Militant – A prominent Italian priest is claiming that married deacons are — with Pope Francis’ blessing — celebrating “Mass” in the Amazon… On Tuesday, Vatican expert Sandro Magister reported on a newly released video in which “esteemed” Bologna archdiocesan priest Fr. Giovanni Nicolini calls for the repeal of the clerical celibacy rule. The clip, published Aug. 29 on YouTube, was recorded as part of a “lesson” Fr. Nicolini gave last month to followers of La Rosa Bianca, a Catholic “political-cultural” association.

NM Abortuary at Odds With FDA Requirements, Says Group, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – The Food and Drug Administration requires that abortion clinics offering abortion chemicals be able to diagnose ectopic pregnancies, the reason being that the woman could find herself hospitalized with dangerous consequences or she could die… According to federal data, at least 24 American women have died from consequences of chemical abortions – and two of those were ectopic pregnancies. There are over 4,000 reports of serious side effects requiring hospitalization… Abortion Free New Mexico this week filed a complaint with the FDA against the abortionist, Franz Theard, who allegedly is violating the agency’s requirements for diagnosing ectopic pregnancies.

The Passive-Aggressive Pontificate Continues—and the Synod Approaches, by Carl E. Olson

By Carl E. Olson, The Catholic World Report – Referring to a “dry morality” imposed upon “the morality of the People of God,” the pope expressed concern about any ideology that is “so Pelagian” that it leads to rigidity. “Today we have many, many schools of rigidity within the church that are not schisms but are pseudo-schismatic Christian ways.”… Pope Francis concluded: “When you see Christians, bishops, priests [that are] rigid, behind this there are problems. There is not the holiness of the Gospel. For this we must be meek.” Of those who are rigid, he said, “They are going through a problem, and we must accompany them with meekness.”

UK Professors Attempt to Mainstream Cannibalism as Normal, by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II, CNSNews – Modern secular society officially denies that God exists. Thus, society comes to accept the cruelest practices by breaking down the natural repugnance that comes from transgressing God’s law. Abortion and infanticide, for example, used to incite horror among civilized people. Now, it is accepted everywhere. Some taboos remain, but these are now being questioned…

Cardinal Burke, Bishop Schneider Announce Crusade of Prayer and Fasting, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register – Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider have issued an eight-page declaration warning against six “serious theological errors and heresies” they say are contained in the Amazonian Synod working document, and calling for prayer and fasting to prevent them being approved… (they) have also published the appeal so Pope Francis may “confirm his brethren in the faith by an unambiguous rejection of the errors” in the working document… They propose that clergy and laity “pray daily at least one decade of the Holy Rosary and to fast once a week” for such intentions over a 40 day period, from Sept. 17 to Oct. 26.

The Circus in Buffalo, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – Things aren’t looking great for Bishop of Buffalo Richard Malone. A federal grand jury is investigating his diocese’s handling of clerical sexual abuse cases. That on top of the ongoing, state-wide investigation of New York’s eight Catholic dioceses being conducted by the state’s attorney general. And then there are the scores of civil suits filed recently under the Child Victims Act, seeking damages in cases previously beyond the statute of limitations. It seems likely that an ecclesial investigation of Bishop Malone will be next.

More Bombshells from Viganò: Masonic Infiltration, Vatican II, and the Jesuits, by Matt Gaspers

By Matt Gaspers, Catholic Family News – “Now, with the passage of a year, Archbishop Viganò has a still deeper concern: that the clerical sexual abuse crisis is only one aspect of a deeper and wider crisis of the Christian faith in our age. … This deeper and wider crisis, Viganò believes, involves, theologically, an illegitimate rejection (that is, not a legitimate development) of traditional Catholic doctrine. The aim: to construct a more modern ‘new church,’ marked by a faith and practice in many areas of Catholic moral and sacramental life different from the Church of the past… Viganò sees this rejection of traditional teaching as a matter of grave concern.

American Priest to Pope: I’m ‘Wearied From Being Scorned and Demonized by You’, by Dorothy Cummings McLean

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – Monsignor Charles Pope wrote on social media: Santo Padre, I’m not feeling the love here, I don’t feel accompanied by you. Make room in your heart for me and others like me. I am not a young priest, but I know you don’t like my type of priesthood. Further I am an American and this mere fact seems to also make me troublesome in your eyes… Meanwhile I must honestly and painfully say that I am wearied from being scorned and demonized by you.

Seattle Archbishop Will Not Live in Mansion: ‘I Am a Pastor, Not a Prince’, by

By Kevin Birnbaum, Catholic News Service – Seattle Archbishop Paul D. Etienne said he will not live in the 9,000-square-foot mansion that many of his predecessors called home… “I prefer to live a more simplified life,” he explained… The property has an appraised value of $8.4 million, according to the King County Department of Assessments… “The house doesn’t represent who I am,” Etienne said… “I think the days of bishops living in a manner that’s a lot nicer than the majority of their people live, those days are gone, and they should be.”

Fr. George W. Rutler: Infandum: 18 Years On

By Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis Magazine – In 1789 George Washington prayed in St. Paul’s Church, on what we now call lower Broadway, on the day of his inauguration as the first president of the United States. The churchyard was already old. On September 11, 2001, several new corpses were lying on the old graves. Then quickly a temporary morgue was set up in a nearby hotel. All that the Founding Fathers stood for was contradicted in a thunderous attack on the heart of the city that calls itself the capital of the world.

How 9/11 Turned Me Into A Soldier, by Stephen Roberts

By Stephen Roberts, The Federalist – I was fired up. It wasn’t just the white-hot passions of knowing that my family was in harm’s way. There were profound moments of reflection. I remembered reading virtually every book in my elementary school library on World Wars I and II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, and how much those prior generations of heroes meant to me. Memories came trickling back to me of tracer rounds in the night sky during the Gulf War, broadcast over TV during those same early years.

Fr. Mark Goring, CC: German Church About to Cave (Video)

By Fr. Mark Goring, Published on Sep 11, 2019

Archives: Pope Francis’ Reported Words: “I Might Go Down in History for Having Split the Catholic Church”

By Maike Hickson, OnePeterFive – Today, DER SPIEGEL, a very influential German publication, published an article about the manifest current crisis in the Church, to include a growing resistance to Pope Francis’ proposed and actual reforms. At the end of this article its author, the Spiegel’s Correspondent in Italy, Walter Mayr, reveals an important new leak: In a very small circle, Pope Francis is said to have self-critically further explained himself as follows: “It is not to be excluded that I will enter history as the one who split the Catholic Church.”

OTG: Knights of the Holy Eucharist, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Our readers frequently seek to identify good religious communities, especially if their children are considering a vocation to religious life. This puts me in mind of the Franciscan community of men founded by Mother Angelica in 1998, The Knights of the Holy Eucharist… The Franciscans as a whole were founded by St. Francis of Assisi in the thirteenth century and, with the Dominicans, were one of the two new “mendicant” orders which changed the typical forms of religious life at that time. These “friars”, as they were called, were both active and contemplative.

President Trump Was Right: Democrats Support Infanticide and Abortions Up to Birth, by Tim Graham

By Tim Graham, LifeNews –

Msgr. Charles Pope: Three Reasons for Humility

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Living in a scientific age and having explained many things that were once mysterious to us, we tend to have an exaggerated idea of what we know. Teenagers often protest to their parents: “I know a few things, too!” Yes indeed, they (and we) do know a few things—a very few things. This is especially true when it comes to the hidden knowledge and counsel of God.

In the Amazon Married Deacons Are Already Saying Mass. And the Pope Knows It, by di Sandro Magister

By di Sandro Magister, L’Espresso – For a few days a video has been circulating on the web in which an Italian priest of the highest rank, among those closest to Jorge Mario Bergoglio, says that in the Amazon the celebration of the Mass by married deacons is already a de facto reality, authorized by the local bishops. And Pope Francis, informed of the matter, is alleged to have said:”Go ahead!”… The author of this revelation is not just anybody. He is Giovanni Nicolini, 79, an esteemed priest of the archdiocese of Bologna, which has as its archbishop that Matteo Zuppi whom a few days ago Francis promoted as cardinal.

How We Come To Resemble Christ, by Jonathan B. Coe

By Jonathan B. Coe, Catholic Exchange – As I mentioned in a recent essay, over the years I’ve noticed a fair number of Christians who have shipwrecked their faith because of unrealistic expectations about how their lives would play out. They remind me of the children of Israel, who, because of the affliction they experienced in the wilderness, became offended at both Moses and God and wanted to return to Egypt.. so they could eat their fill of leeks, garlic, cucumbers, and meat.

David Daleiden with Tucker Carlson on Kamala Harris Assault on First Amendment Civil Rights (Watch Video)

The Center for Medical Progress – David DaleidenWatch my interview with @TuckerCarlson on FoxNews about Kamala Harris attack on First Amendment civil rights that made AG […]

The LGBT Endgame is to Destroy Christianity, by Fletch Daniels

By Fletch Daniels, American Thinker – Quarterback Drew Brees came under brutal attack recently for having the audacity to appear in a video encouraging Christian students to bring Bibles to school… But his guilt was twofold: it is the guilt of association liberals love to use to attack what they hate and the even greater guilt of asking children to read the Bible, a book that many in this community despise. In his critics’ view, arguing against bullying LGBT members is good, but so is actually bullying Christians.

Meditation by Saint Josemaría: “The Peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ’”

Saint Josemaría – A secret, an open secret: these world crises are crises of saints. God wants a handful of men ‘of his own’ in every human activity. And then… ‘pax Christi in regno Christi–the peace of Christ in the kingdom of Christ’… Holy Mary is the Queen of peace, and thus the Church invokes her. So when your soul or your family are troubled, or things go wrong at work, in society or between nations, cry out to her without ceasing. Call to her by this title: Regina pacis, ora pro nobis – Queen of peace, pray for us.” Have you at least tried it when you have lost your calm?

Patriot Post: A 9/11 Retrospective

Patriot Post, Publius, Sept. 11, 2019 – Today we solemnly mark the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on our nation, when 2,977 innocents, mostly American citizens, were murdered by 19 Islamic fascists. In keeping with the presidential proclamation, all flags should be flown at half-staff in memory of those who perished… From 9/11 to this date, the U.S. has thwarted well over 100 planned Islamist attacks on our nation, and we must remain vigilant to avoid another catastrophic attack on our homeland. But the Islamist threat abroad continues to add attacks to its indiscriminate and murderous record.

Joy Break: Miracle Girl Born at 25 Weeks is Now Starting Preschool, by Nancy Flory

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – Adele Callinan, 30, has multiple chronic illnesses. She has been so sick that her doctors told her she would never conceive. That’s why she, along with her doctors, were shocked to find that the “tumor” they diagnosed Adele with was actually a baby… According to the BBC, Adele was “gobsmacked” that she was pregnant. Doctors told her that she and the baby were not likely to survive. Adele chose life for her baby, whatever that would mean for her.

Pope Francis Addresses Criticism of His Pontificate and Discusses ‘Schism’

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register – On the papal plane from Madagascar on Tuesday, Pope Francis said he always welcomes constructive criticism but not ‘pills of arsenic’ which he says can come from ‘rigid’ critics who hide behind orthodoxy and should be treated ‘with meekness.’

Msgr. Charles Pope: Reimagining the Beatitudes

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Beatitude is not wealth, fame, honor, power, pleasure, or physical attractiveness. These are external and passing things that can easily be lost. They can also be arbitrary and rooted as much in luck as in virtue… Happiness is “an inside job.” According to the Beatitudes, one is blessed even if poor, mourning, and persecuted. Even more, such a one is confirmed in his blessedness by such realities, because they are reminders that this world is not our home; its trinkets are passing and its “happiness” unstable.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: The Contraception-Abortion Connection

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – HLI’s founder, Fr. Paul Marx, OSB, ardently believed that, looked at one way, abortion is merely one symptom of a much deeper cultural and spiritual disease. Without addressing this deeper problem, he worried, we may well save many individual lives, but make precious little progress in turning the culture away from child-killing… For his part, Fr. Marx believed that the root cause of abortion, and many of the evils of the Culture of Death, is the “contraceptive mentality.” As he said: “While we need a variety of pro-life groups hacking away at the anti-life monster, it is enormously futile and indeed grossly short-sighted to overlook the chief source of baby-killing, which is contraception.”

CNA: Thousands of Irish Pro-Lifers Rally in Dublin, Say Abortion Law Must Go

By Catholic News Agency – An estimated 10,000 Irish pro-life advocates attended the first major pro-life rally and march in Ireland since the country implemented permissive abortion legislation, with speakers emphasizing their determination to continue working to restore legal protections for unborn children… “The theme of the Rally was a call to ‘Stand For Life,’ because no vote, no piece of legislation, no referendum can ever make abortion right,” the rally organizing committee said July 6. “We were delighted to see people of all ages and all walks of life respond to that call.”

Jesuit Agency Funding Illegal-Alien Caravans, by Martina Moyski 

By Martina Moyski, Church Militant – A highly organized — and well-funded — Jesuit agency is mentoring and escorting thousands of Central American migrants to the doorstep of the United States… The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), founded by Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. in 1980 and officially registered as a foundation in the Vatican in 2000, records activities in over 50 countries. JRC self-describes its mission as seeking “to accompany, serve, and advocate the cause of refugees and other forcibly displaced people, that they may heal, learn, and determine their own future.”… An especially well-traveled path for JRS extends from Central America, through Mexico, to the U.S. border.

Has the German Church Forgotten Pope Francis’s Warnings? by C C Pecknold

By C C Pecknold, Catholic Herald – The Church in Germany today is rather in the position of Henri Bouillard, demanding that a theology that is not up to date is false. The German bishops have proposed a controversial new approach to synodality, partnering with an influential lay group of progressives who are well-known in Germany for their dissent from Church teaching, especially on matters of human sexuality. The proposed Synodal Assembly was not submitted to Rome for approval, but was announced last week by the German bishop’s conference. It has sent shock waves around the world.

Abortion: The Great Silencer, by Julie Boles

By Julie Boles, The Stream – We live in a very vocal world. Many people feel the need to express their opinions, even if it is in the most vulgar of ways. Sadly, we are daily inundated with loud voices that are determined to shout their beliefs to others. They are deceived by the notion that sheer volume of their rhetoric supersedes the need for validity and truth in their arguments… Such has the “Shout Your Abortion” movement become. Books, television shows, and social media platforms today all endorse this way of thinking. The problem? This is built on deception, errancy, and an unmitigated disregard for the truth of what really happens to post-abortive women.

Gay Media Praise Pope Francis’ Pick of Pro-LGBT+ Bishop as Cardinal, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – PinkNews, a popular online news source for the global LGBT+ community, praised one of Pope Francis’ new appointments for cardinal, Archbishop Matteo Zuppi of Bologna, Italy, stating that the Pope had “named a pro-LGBT+ bishop as cardinal” and that “LGBT+ advocates are celebrating” the selection… On Sept. 1, Pope Francis announced that he was appointing 13 new clerics to the rank of cardinal, which means they will be able to vote for the next Pope when the time arrives. Such appointments usually indicate the direction the Pope wants the Church to follow.

The Church and Socialism: The Fallacy that Will Not Go Away, by Hadley Arkes

By Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing – Another report in the unfolding story of this pontificate:  The redoubtable Daniel Mahoney, who reads and sees everything, brought me the account of Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, who has been serving since 1998, and now under this pope, as the head Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences.   Just last year he told a reporter that, “at this moment, those who best realize the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese.”  He focused his praise on the Communist regime for “defending the human person” – this in a regime that has taken compulsory abortion as one of its defining policies.

Who is My Enemy? by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine – We are trying to live the faith in a bad time. The engines of the mass phenomena are all ranged against us: schools and colleges, television, newspapers, Hollywood, and government… We ourselves are tentative, or we flail about. How can we best present the faith to a people glutted with half-truths, falsehoods, bad reasoning, and the fevered emotions of political enmity? In such a time, it’s tempting to let disgruntlement get the better of us and go after the easy target: our fellow faithful Christian, whose way of confronting troubles is not ours.

Planned Parenthood Closes Two Centers After President Trump Defunds Abortion Biz, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The Planned Parenthood abortion chain will shut down two facilities in Ohio later this month after it refused to comply with a rule for taxpayer-funded grants from President Donald Trump… “Today’s announcement is more encouraging news that Ohio women are simply walking away from Planned Parenthood and securing real healthcare elsewhere,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, vice president and executive director of Ohio Right to Life.

Tolkien and Lewis: Masters of Myth and Tellers of Truth, by Joseph Pearce

By Joseph Pearce, National Catholic Register – Charles Ryder’s thoughts upon leaving Brideshead for what he thought would be the last time, and his own later judgment on those thoughts, convey a great deal about the nature and supernature of the reality to which we are all subject. Like the young and naïve Charles Ryder, materialists insist that the supernatural is merely an illusion; only when we have “left behind illusion” are we able to see all that there is to see, the world of three dimensions – with the aid of our five senses.

81-Year-Old Liberation Theologian is An Architect of the Amazon Synod, by Maike Hickson

By Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – In recent weeks, there has been much discussion among solicitous Catholics about one of the inspirers of the upcoming October 6-27 Pan-Amazon Synod, Leonardo Boff. He is one of the founders of Liberation Theology and a co-author of Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical on environmental problems… However, on a practical level – that is to say, in the concrete preparation of the Amazon Synod’s preparatory and working documents – there needs to be another man named as a key inspirer of the Amazon Synod: the 81-year-old Father Paulo Suess.

Catholics to Gather Near Vatican Oct. 5th to Pray for Church in Her Hour of Crisis, by Diane Montagna 

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – Catholics from around the world are being invited to assemble, on Oct. 5, near St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, to pray for the Church as she lives through what many see as the hour of her “Passion.”Register for the free live stream of the Historic Amazon Synod Roundtable.  Click here.The announcement came in a letter published on Sept. 6 on Stilum Curae, a blog hosted by respected Italian journalist Marco Tosatti. According to the letter (see full text below), an international public prayer gathering will be held at 2:30pm, on Saturday Oct. 5, 2019, at Largo Giovanni XIII in Rome, located between St. Peter’s Square and Castel Sant’Angelo… Set to take place on the eve of the Oct. 6-27 Amazon Synod, the event will also coincide with an Oct. 5 Consistory at which Pope Francis will create 13 new cardinals.

Fr. Mike Schmitz: Responding to ‘Expressing Your Opinion’ Video

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – Fr. Mike responds to last week’s video, “Expressing Your Opinions”, where he said when we speak our mind we need to consider why, what, who, and how. We need to discern why we think we should express our opinion. What’s our motive? We need to consider what it is we are commenting on, and whether we are in a position to do so. We need to keep in mind who we are talking to. Are we in an advisory role in their lives? And finally, how are we addressing the issue? Are we being coy or passive aggressive? Are we being harsh and inconsiderate?

How Downton Abbey Illustrates Our Abandonment of Judeo-Christian Values, by Jonathan Van Maren

By Jonathan Van Maren, LifeSiteNews – Consider that for a moment: a TV show that kicked off with a romantic scene between two men felt that showing a family saying grace “was too far” and too inappropriate for audiences. What a profound statement about our culture’s plunge: prayers are now considered virtually obscene, while behaviors that would have been considered biblically immoral a very short time ago are front, centre, and celebrated. Sexual behavior can be depicted — even explicitly — without qualm, but TV audiences have to be shielded from something that was once an almost universal practice: praying before meals.

Cardinal Dolan Considering Options Over Scandal-Hit Buffalo Diocese, by Christopher Altieri

By Christopher Altieri, Catholic Herald – The Catholic Herald has learned that the Archdiocese of New York is closely monitoring the crisis in the Diocese of Buffalo, and that broad consultations are ongoing, with a view to possible action… The embattled Bishop of Buffalo, Richard J. Malone, faced several new calls for his resignation last week and over the weekend, including one from a group — the Movement to Restore Trust — that had previously sought to work with the bishop, and an editorial published Saturday by The Buffalo News. Rank-and-file clergy and faithful have also begun writing letters calling on Malone to step down, and forwarding them to local news outlets for publication.

Fr. Mark Goring, CC: Bring Back the Communion Rails! (Video)

By Fr. Mark Goring, Companions of the Cross, Sept. 6, 2019 – Video

A Wedding Homily: “Pray Your Rosary”, by Mike Bonifas

By Mike Bonifas, Those Catholic Men – My homily for Chris and Rachel—and for all of us—today revolves around prayer… Some folks, when they hear the word prayer, think that prayer is mainly about asking for favors. But there is a much deeper kind of prayer… There is the kind of prayer of remembering, for instance… And the prayer of gratitude… And, sometimes, we join them together.

Opinion: ‘This Pontificate Is Worse Than the Falklands War’: What One Hears in Buenos Aires, by George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, American Spectator – Far from reviving Catholicism in Buenos Aires, this pontificate has deflated it. “Immediately after his election church attendance seemed to go up a little bit,” said one Argentine Catholic. “But now it has gone down. Parishes which once had perpetual Eucharistic adoration no longer have it. The situation in Buenos Aires has gone from bad to worse.” Another Argentine Catholic tells me, “I stopped going to daily Mass because the quality of it has become such a joke.”

How Should the Catholic Church Interact With Science?III St. John Paul II’s Rapprochement, by Bob Kurland

By Bob Kurland, Catholic Stand – Let me add: the term “rapprochement” has been chosen with care: “an establishment or resumption of harmonious relations”… The term is applied to peace treaties after a state of war, and although the Catholic Church has not declared war on science, there are those scientists who do think there is such a war, and there are those advocates of scientism—that science explains all we need to know about the world—who have declared war on the Church. These last ignore the founding contribution of the Church to the establishment of science…

Exclusive Excerpt — Michelle Malkin: ‘Open Borders, Inc: Who’s Funding America’s Destruction?’

By Michelle Malkin, Breitbart – To fully appreciate the manufacturing of the 2018–2019 invasions of our southern border, you must first understand this: Pueblo Sin Fronteras is just one cog in the well-oiled, illegal-alien caravan-generating machine. Let’s start with what open-borders advocates themselves call their “Underground Railroad” of migrant safe houses that extend across Central America, through Mexico, and up and into the U.S… This sprawling network of aid stations has been in place for years, bolstered by global interests, left-wing activists, and religious institutions that advocate for illegal aliens…

CNA: Suit Challenges Religious Liberty of Catholic Hospitals Over Assisted Suicide

Catholic News Agency – A Colorado man with cancer along with his doctor have filed a suit last month against a health system run by the Catholic Church. The suit alleges that hospital policy barring doctors from participating in assisted suicide violates state law… Cornelius “Neil” Mahoney, 64, was told July 16 that his cancer was incurable and he would be expected to die within 4-14 months, depending on his treatment, according to a suit filed Aug. 21 in the Arapahoe County District Court by Mahoney and his doctor.

Fr. Joseph Gill: On Humility

By Fr. Joseph Gill, Ignitum Today – Of all the virtues, humility is the one that is most pleasing to God, because it makes us most like God, Who humbled Himself by His death on the Cross. Humility is NOT the same as being humiliated or embarrassed, and humility is NOT about thinking of ourselves as worthless. Instead, humility means that we know who we are before God – nothing more, and nothing less.

NFL QB Drew Brees champions Bring Your Bible to School Day, by J-P Mauro (Video)

By J-P Mauro, Aleteia – Drew Brees, the quarterback who led the New Orleans Saints to their first Super Bowl victory in 2010, has released a short video in which he asks his younger fans to participate in Bring Your Bible to School Day. The event, described on the website as a celebration of faith and religious freedom, is set to take place on October 3.Brees referenced 2 Corinthians 5:7, “for we walk by faith, not by sight,” as one of his favorite biblical passages, before asking kids to join in the event:“I want to encourage you to live out your faith on Bring Your Bible to School Day and share God’s love with friends. You’re not alone.”

The Shire and the Amazon, Dr. Robert Royal,

Dr. Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – The upcoming Amazon Synod has waded into this mess and brought additional confusion to an already troubled subject. Like Wordsworth and other Romantics, the Instrumentum laboris (“Working Document”) shuns the hard work of thought, not only about what we normally think of as “moral” evil and good, but about our relationship to nature itself… Because the rainforests are not going to teach us how to relate to them, or to the rest of the world. We have to work at that ourselves…

Planned Parenthood Abortionist Admits Videos Exposing Aborted Baby Part Sales Were Not Edited, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The preliminary hearing for undercover journalist David Daleiden continued Thursday with a witness for the abortion industry admitting that the Center for Medical Progress videos were “not altered.”… Planned Parenthood repeatedly has claimed that Daleiden heavily edited the videos, supposedly to mislead the public about its alleged sales of aborted baby body parts. On Thursday, however, Doe 9 admitted that the video of her was not altered. “Doe 9 admits in court that clips recorded by CMP played at preliminary hearing were not altered” .

“Woke Capitalism” Is No Substitute for Catholic Social Teaching, by Casey Chalk

By Casey Chalk, Crisis Magazine – Financial analysts are swooning over the Corporate Roundtable’s new “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation” signed by 181 CEOs, including those of Walmart, JP Morgan, and AT&T. These executives have pledged to “lead their companies for the benefit of all stakeholders—customers, employees, suppliers, communities and shareholders.”

Texas Bishop Calls for Suspension of Msgr. Walter Rossi, by Christine Niles

By Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D., Church Militant – A Texas bishop is calling on an alleged homosexual predator priest to be placed on leave while two investigations into abuse are ongoing.In a Sept. 4 tweet, Bp. Joseph Strickland of the diocese of Tyler insisted Msgr. Walter Rossi, rector of the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., should be suspended while under investigation for homosexual predation.

As “The League” Begins its Centennial Season…. by George Weigel

By George Weigel, Denver Catholic – By the Gargantuan standards of the 21st-century National Football League, Gino Marchetti, who died this past April 29, was undersized at 6-foot-4 and a mere 245 pounds. But he was arguably the greatest pass rusher in pro football history. The official record, 22 and a half quarterback “sacks” over sixteen games, was recorded by Michael Strahan in 2001.

Bishop Calls for Prayer to Stop Abortion Pill Access at California’s Public Universities, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – The Most Rev. Kevin Vann, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Orange, Calif., is calling on all Catholics (and Christians in general) to pray that legislation to require access to “abortion by medication” at all of the state’s public universities not succeed… “Promotion of abortion” is an “unacceptable solution to human problems,” he said, adding that we must provide “life-affirming alternatives.”

Benny Hinn: ‘I’m Done With It’, by Steve Jordahl

By Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – Hinn: “… I’m sorry to say that prosperity has gone a little crazy – and I’m correcting my own theology …. And I will tell you now something that is going to shock you: I think it’s an offense to the Lord, it’s an offense to say give a thousand dollars. I think it’s an offense to the Holy Spirit to place a price on the gospel. I’m done with it. I will never again ask you to give a thousand [dollars] or whatever amount because I think the Holy Ghost is just fed up with it.”

Planned Parenthood’s Baby Parts Trial: A Glimpse of America’s Future as ‘New East Germany’, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – If you really, really want to know what life will be like under complete Democrat control? Then you need to be an ordinary American who pokes the 800-pound gorilla that owns and operates the Democratic Party. You need to attack Planned Parenthood… That’s what Catholic pro-lifer David Daleiden learned… David Daleiden wanted to find out something different. He wondered if Planned Parenthood was already violating the laws that forbid abortionists from selling baby parts for profit. So he embarked on an elaborate undercover investigation. He set up a phony baby-parts business. He used it to infiltrate the shadowy, grim world where abortion doctors make back-room deals with medical research companies.

‘The Term ‘Life’ Must Be Redefined,’ New Head of Vatican Life Academy Declares, by Dorothy Cummings McLean

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, 74… explained that Francis wishes both the Academy for Life and the John Paul II Institute, of which Paglia is grand chancellor, to work “more broadly.”… One widening Pope Francis and Paglia envision is a rejection of absolute norms regarding human life and a redefinition of what it means… “Rather, the term ‘life’ must be redefined, moving from an abstract conception to a ‘personal’ dimension: life is people, men and women, both in the individuality of each person and in the unity of the human family.”

Pope Francis: ‘Honored’ by Criticism? by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – But let’s take a closer look at that “informal context.” The Pope had been presented with a copy of How American Wants to Change the Pope, in which author Nicolas Seneze argues that a powerful coalition of conservative American political interests is working against the Pontiff. The Pope expresses a keen interest in the book, and in another offhand remark as he passed the book to an aide, described it as “a bomb.”… Seneze does not merely report that the Pope has American critics; he claims, in effect, that there is an American conspiracy against the papacy.

Citizens: You Do Have the Power to Reform Government, by Rita Dunaway

By Rita Dunaway, The Stream – How many times have you complained about our government? If you’re like me, you’ve done plenty of complaining. But have you ever done the work to identify a solution and commit to being part of it? … I recently took part in an event called “The Convention of States Leadership Summit.” Nearly 400 grassroots volunteers from nearly every state gathered in Williamsburg, Virginia. The goal? To learn more about our Constitution and the tools it provides for We the People to retake the reins of our government.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Exorcism or Deliverance?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Deliverance involves taking hold of the full freedom that God is given us, of helping the faithful who struggle to lay hold of the glorious freedom of children of God… St. Paul says that the Father has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins… There is also a magnificent passage in the Acts of the Apostles in which St. Paul is told of his mission to the Gentiles by the Lord: I am sending you to [the Gentiles] to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God …

‘In the West We Have Money — In Africa They Have Life’, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – Depressed to be back in a deeply secular, soulless metropolis, I used to say that one felt more alone in a heaving Western city where communal bonds had been severed than in a remote bush area in Tanzania where community and sharing were an essential part of life… What I was really missing, though, was a deep sense of the transcendent — a society where everyone believed in the supernatural and were conscious of the reality of God’s existence, even if some had not fully embraced or come to know Christ. The experience I had was both life-giving and life-changing. Effectively evangelized through Tanzanian Catholics, I was received into the Church a few years later.

Abortion Proponents’ Attack on Faith Community: Why the Religious Bigotry? by Ken Blackwell

By Ken Blackwell, The Stream – Buried deep in a recent Buzzfeed News story targeting the well-respected Catholic fraternity Knights of Columbus for allegedly padding its insurable-membership roster is the real issue eating away at the left-leaning “news” organization: that the charity in recent years has given millions of dollars away in support of pro-life causes… “Tax documents from 2014 show the Knights gave $1 million to the anti-abortion political action group Susan B. Anthony List that year, and about half that to the anti-abortion group March for Life. They also gave $1.2 million to sponsor a news show five nights a week on the popular Catholic outlet Eternal World Television Network (EWTN)”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Mother Teresa’s Insight: “Yes to God — That is Holiness”

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, EWTN News – My friend James had been brought up in India, so when he asked me in 1985 if I wanted to go to India with him for three weeks I jumped… We went on the tourist trail in Northern India, and wound up in Calcutta. James and I had taken a collection in England for Mother Teresa’s work, so we thought we would stop by the famous mother house to take the check to them in person… Our driver stopped outside the house, and we walked down the side alley to the main entrance. Beside the door was a little wooden sign with a slide that indicated if the person was ‘out’ or ‘in.’ The sign said simply, “mother is in.”

Christine Blasey Ford’s Lies, and the Father of Lies, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Christine Blasey Ford lied. She’d played a coy game behind the scenes, advised by Soros lawyer Debra Katz. They worked with Senator Feinstein hoping to force Brett Kavanaugh or President Trump to back down and withdraw Kavanaugh’s name in disgrace, his good name destroyed based on anonymous whispers of an unproven sex assault… When that failed, Ford sat down for days of rigorous coaching like a presidential contender before a debate. Or an actor before a Broadway debut. Then went before the U.S. Senate and the world and on cue lied under oath.

In Court Hearing, Planned Parenthood Employee Admits To Trafficking In Baby Body Parts, by Lauren Fink

By Lauren Fink, The Federalist – “Planned Parenthood abortion providers appeared under oath in court today and admitted supplying the body parts of children in the womb to for-profit brokers like StemExpress,” Daleiden said Tuesday. “Meanwhile, the vice president of the National Abortion Federation denied any knowledge of the gruesome trafficking of fetal body parts, despite hosting StemExpress as a major vendor at the trade shows. The first day of testimony confirmed what we have been saying all along: this is a biased attack on First Amendment civil rights and a political prosecution to shield Planned Parenthood from accountability for their crimes against women and children.”

Cardinal Control: Is the Church’s Future at Stake? by Dr. Jeff Mirus 

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – At the same time, in my lifetime God’s Providence has permitted the long decline of Christianity in the West to reach a level so catastrophic as to make it obvious to the meanest intelligence that the Church can no longer embody the values of the dominant culture and still remain Catholic in any way whatsoever. This, in addition to a period of widespread betrayal by priests, religious and Catholic academics, has made it obvious to huge numbers of highly-committed lay persons that they must themselves engage directly in both renewal and public witness.

Pope Francis Criticizes Former Doctrinal Head Muller: He Has ‘Good Intentions’ But Is ‘Like a Child’, by Maike Hickson

By Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – Kath.net… reached out to Cardinal Müller himself, asking him for comment… Cardinal Müller answered, saying: “with Jesus, one could ask His Vicar: why do you call me good? ‘No one is good but God alone’… and one could console oneself with the words of Scripture: ‘we should be called children of God; and so we are’…” The German prelate continues, saying that to be a child of God in Christ “is the greatest dignity to which the Son of God has raised us….”

Ecumenism: What You Need to Know

Catholic Culture – For Catholics, the word ecumenism refers to all of the activities and initiatives of the Church and her members to promote mutual understanding and, ultimately, unity among all Christians. Ecumenism is based on the unity and universality of the Church, which possesses all the goods given by God for salvation, and on the Church’s proper relationship with non-Catholic Christian bodies which share some of these goods, including baptism.

The Responsible Parenthood of ‘Humanae Vitae’ Requires Virtue, by Susanna Spencer

By Susanna Spencer, National Catholic Register – Virtue ethics helps us to know what are “well-grounded reasons for spacing births, arising from the physical or psychological condition of husband or wife, or from external circumstances” in which couples should “take advantage of natural cycles” (HV §16). It further helps us to know when it is a prudent time to have more children. Married couples who are acting as responsible parents and decide to either have or to not have additional children are being both prudent and generous. And prudence and generosity are both virtues.

Spiritual Warfare in the City of Angels: An Interview with Jesse Romero, by Shane Kapler

By Shane Kapler, Catholic Exchange – It is hard to miss the buzz in Catholic quarters surrounding well-known evangelist Jesse Romero’s new book, The Devil in the City of Angels: My Encounters with the Diabolical. What caught my attention in Romero’s story was how he first encountered demonic spirits: not in his work as a Catholic evangelist but earlier, in his career as a Los Angeles deputy sheriff. He witnessed supernatural manifestations that police academies never dream of addressing with their cadets; but these encounters helped propel him deeper into his Catholic faith.

What is a Catholic Church Supposed to Look Like? by Peter Kwasniewski

By Peter Kwasniewski, OnePeterFive – Judging from what the neo-modernists, aided and abetted by their hierarchical and artistic allies, have managed to do to churches in the name of “implementing the Council,” a traditional Catholic might be forgiven for thinking the Second Vatican Council is to blame for the invasion of sterility and ugliness into the domain of sacred art. Admittedly, the Council has its problems, but I agree with Benedict XVI that we should not swallow the tendentious, at times deliberately fallacious, interpretations of the Council given by “anarchic utopianists” 

Planned Parenthood Engages in Dirty Tricks During Bogus Trial of David Daleiden, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Planned Parenthood and its political supporters appeared to be playing dirty tricks Wednesday in the preliminary hearing for undercover journalist David Daleiden… During the second day of the hearing, the Center for Medical Progress reported that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office switched the order of witnesses in an apparent attempt to interfere with the defense, who had been preparing for a different witness. He switched the order at the request of the abortion giant.

If You Don’t Find Your Identity in a Family, You’ll Look For It in the Primal Screams of Identity Politics, by Luma Simms

By Luma Simms, Public Discourse – In Primal Screams, Eberstadt argues that today’s identity politics arose from the deep anthropological wound slit open by the sexual revolution. That is, the ascent of identity politics reveals that people are having an identity crisis, and they are having an identity crisis because the sexual revolution resulted in family—and, by extension, individual—breakdown. This sent mankind throughout the West into a crisis. The fundamental question “Who am I?” can no longer be answered outright.

Mother Teresa: The Light Shines in the Darkness, by Maura Roan McKeegan

By Maura Roan McKeegan, Catholic Exchange – The physical light that Mother Teresa uncovered in that old man’s house was beautiful, but the spiritual light she and the sisters gave him burned even more brightly. It is not a coincidence that one of Mother’s favorite prayers was a fervent supplication for this very light. The prayer, called “Radiating Christ,” is by Cardinal John Henry Newman, and Mother prayed it daily with her sisters… That light for which Mother Teresa prayed every day in Newman’s prayer was the same light that kept on burning in the life of the old man and countless others with whom she shared it.

Church Militant Interview: George Neumayr in Buenos Aires (Video)

Church Militant Interview – On the Msgr. Walter Rossi investigation, Pope Francis’ past and more – George Neumayr, author and contributing editor to The American Spectator, joined us from Buenos Aires during his investigation of Pope Francis’s hometown.

Report: Razor-Maker Repents, Refocuses, by Bill Bumpas

By Bill Bumpas, OneNewsNow – Gillette, owned by Procter & Gamble, had been airing a commercial featuring “toxic masculinity” as well as an ad that showed a father helping his daughter – who was trying to transition to a boy – to shave (pictured). After a public backlash and a financial downturn, the company has changed its tune, according to Monica Cole, director of OneMillionMoms.

Venerable Fulton Sheen: “Who is Going to Save Our Church?”

Ven. Fulton J. Sheen – Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops, and your religious act like religious. – Fulton J. Sheen

Even Good Popes Make Bad Politicians, by Charles A. Coulombe

By Charles A. Coulombe, Crisis Magazine – Against public opposition and catcalls in parliament, Salvini brandishes the Rosary and invokes the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In response, Pope Francis has darkly warned that Salvini’s speeches and those of other immigration restrictionists remind him of Nazi diatribes circa 1934… For many Italians, the Holy Father’s evocation of long-dead dictatorships rings hollow in the face of his Secretariat of State’s tacit (and perhaps witless) collaboration with the communist Chinese government in further oppressing the Underground Church in that country, which has already suffered so much for its fidelity to the Holy See.

Fr. Mark Goring, CC: Importance of Recollection (Video)

Fr. Mark Goring, Companions of the Cross

The Buffalo Abuse Cover-Up Allegations: Will ‘Vos Estis’ Be Applied? by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – As more scandalous claims continue to emerge there, the Diocese of Buffalo could be poised to become the first U.S. diocese where Pope Francis’ new guidelines regarding allegations of episcopal misconduct are applied… In May, Pope Francis promulgated his motu proprio Vos Estis Lux Mundi, detailing a new set of norms on handling sex abuse that included procedures for handling accusations against bishops — and one instance where many are clamoring for a thorough investigation according to these new guidelines is in the case of Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York.

Burke and Brandmüller Say Amazon Synod Challenges Deposit of Faith, by JD Flynn

By JD Flynn, Catholic News Agency – “Some points of the synod’s Instrumentum laboris seem not only in dissonance with respect to the authentic teaching of the Church, but even contrary to it,” Cardinal Walter Brandmüller wrote to fellow cardinals in an Aug. 28 letter obtained by CNA… “The nebulous formulations of the Instrumentum, as well as the proposed creation of new ecclesial ministries for women and, especially, the proposed priestly ordination of the so-called viri probati arouse strong suspicion that even priestly celibacy will be called into question,” the cardinal wrote.

Deacon Greg Kandra: ‘We Need to Talk About Something. Pornography.’

By Deacon Greg Kandra, Patheos – Such a direct approach might seem to some to come out of nowhere, but Fr. Cassidy explains, “I kept noticing patterns. Very early on in my assignment I found this sin would be a particular part of my ministry as a confessor. For a lot of young people, pornography is a big struggle but no one talks about it. The sense of isolation only intensifies their challenges.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Night Prayer of the Church as a Rehearsal for Death

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The instinct of the Church has always been to link night prayer to death, considering sleep to be somewhat of a dress rehearsal for death. Consider these prayers: Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. This is a reference to Jesus’ dying words, Father, into your hands I commend my spirit… Lord, now you let your servant go in peace, your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of your people. These are the words of Simeon…

Pope Francis Claims Climate in State of ‘Emergency’, Asks World to ‘Abandon’ Fossil Fuels, by Dorothy C. McLean

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – James Taylor, Director of the Arthur B. Robinson Center on Climate and Environmental Policy at the Heartland Institute, a conservative research and education organization, told LifeSiteNews that the Vatican “should be careful” when making theological pronouncements on certain worldly issues, like the use of fossil fuels… “Forcing people off of abundant, affordable energy and imposing expensive, unreliable ‘clean’ energy sentences too many people in the world to perpetual poverty and all the human misery that accompanies it.”

Planned Parenthood Admits in Court That It Sold Body Parts From Aborted Babies, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The preliminary hearing for undercover journalist David Daleiden began Tuesday in California with Planned Parenthood admitting that it harvested aborted babies’ body parts and supplied them to human tissue procurement companies, according to the Center for Medical Progress… “This preliminary stage is the put-up-or-shut-up stage,” Merritt’s attorney Nicolaie Cocis told the news outlet. “What today has revealed is the prosecution by the attorney general is political in nature and built on a house of cards.”

The New Cardinals: Pope Francis Bids for ‘Irreversible Change’, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – In naming the cardinals who will be his advisers and will choose his successor, Pope Francis has taken a different approach. Father Adolfo Nicolas, the former worldwide leader of the Jesuit order, reported that Pope Francis once told him that he hoped to remain as Pontiff until “the changes are irreversible.” Packing the College of Cardinals with like-minded electors is an obvious step in that direction… The liberal Jesuit columnist, Father Thomas Reese, wrote in 2016 that the Pope’s selections to the College were “the most revolutionary thing Francis has done in terms of Church governance.”…

VIDEO: Clergy Sex Abuse In the Catholic Church: It’s About Homosexuality, by John-Henry Westen

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – Gabriele Kuby is a German sociologist and prolific author, an acquaintance of Pope Benedict XVI who has visited him in his post-retirement monastery and still exchanges regular correspondence with him. She is the foremost European culture warrior protecting the family from the sexual revolution. Pope Benedict XVI has called her “a brave fighter against the ideologies that ultimately result in the destruction of man.”  Kuby recently published a book with Michael O’Brien, titled The Abuse of Sexuality in the Catholic Church.

Pope Leo XIII: Of Workers and Wealth

From Rerum Novarum (1891) – Just as the symmetry of the human frame is the result of the suitable arrangement of the different parts of the body, so in a State is it ordained by nature that these two classes should dwell in harmony and agreement, so as to maintain the balance of the body politic. Each needs the other: capital cannot do without labor, nor labor without capital. Mutual agreement results in the beauty of good order, while perpetual conflict necessarily produces confusion and savage barbarity.

Bishop Malone: “This Could Be the End for Me As Bishop . . . It Could Force Me to Resign.” (Audio), by Charlie Specht

By Charlie Specht, WKBW – It’s the morning of Friday, Aug. 2, and Bishop Richard J. Malone hasn’t slept for two nights… “We are in a true crisis situation,” Malone said. “True crisis. And everyone in the office is convinced this could be the end for me as bishop. It could force me to resign if in fact they make a story…”… Malone is at his sprawling residence on Buffalo’s East Side for a one-on-one meeting with his trusted secretary, Rev. Ryszard Biernat, and the embattled bishop is concerned about a brewing story regarding Christ the King Seminary, allegations of love letters and claims of sexual harassment by a diocesan priest.

Court Dismisses More Charges Against Planned Parenthood Investigators, But Trial Still Set, by Cassy Fiano-Chesser

By Cassy Fiano-Chesser, LiveAction – The court battle against the Center for Medical Progress and its undercover journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt continues, this time with some slightly more positive news. The mixed ruling dropped some — but not all — of the charges against Daleiden and Merritt, who are being dragged through the courts after uncovering Planned Parenthood’s involvement with the alleged sale of aborted baby body parts. The case will go before a jury this fall.

LifeSiteNews: Radical Liberation Theologians Push for Overthrow of Catholic Doctrine at Amazon Synod

By Maike Hickson and Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSiteNews – A group of aging priests and theologians associated with Latin American “liberation theology” who are involved in the preparation for Pope Francis’ upcoming “Pan-Amazon Synod” have produced a document arguing for the overthrow of Catholic doctrine in a variety of areas, LifeSite has learned… The document, called “Towards the Pan-Amazonian Synod: Challenges and Contributions from Latin America and the Caribbean,” was produced in April of this year as a result of a meeting in Bogota, Colombia, by theologians from two organizations promoting liberation theology: “Amerindia,” and “REPAM.”

Homosexuality and Catholic Decline, by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – “Born that way.” The LGBTQ movement, one of the great manifestations of present-day atheism, has had no more effective propaganda slogan than this.  It has played a major role in persuading most Americans, including Catholic Americans, to drop their traditional moral (and aesthetic) antipathy to homosexual conduct. Among Americans in their late teens and twenties, there is now something close to universal approval of homosexual sodomy.  Only homophobes, it is held, could possibly disapprove of that kind of love.

Planned Parenthood Kills 247 Black Babies Every Day, But the Media Calls White Pro-Lifers Racist

By Ryan Bomberger, LifeNews – Mainstream media refused to tell the truth about slavery during Douglass’ time. He had to start his own newspaper, called the North Star, to do the job that so-called “journalists” refused to do. Today, I’m passionate about providing truth in my creative content and thoroughly researched articles, that—like Douglass—are fearless, factual and freeing. My columns are my North Star.

Cdl. Sarah: Amazon Synod Would ‘Definitively Break’ With Tradition in Allowing Married Priests, Female Ministries

By Jeanne Smits, LifeSiteNews – African Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, wrote in his most recent book that if the upcoming Amazon synod allowed priestly ordination of married men and fabricated “ministries for women and other such incongruities,” the situation would be “extremely serious” on account of the synod fathers breaking with Catholic teaching and tradition… “If by a lack of faith in God and by an effect of pastoral short-sightedness the Synod for the Amazon were to decide on the ordination of viri probati, the fabrication of ministries for women and other such incongruities, the situation would be extremely serious,” he wrote.

Disgraced Cardinal McCarrick Blames Conservatives for the Dozens of ‘Credible’ Sexual Assault Allegations Against Him

By Mary Margaret Olohan, The Stream – “I’m not as bad as they paint me,” McCarrick said in an interview with Slate’s Ruth Graham published Tuesday. “I do not believe that I did the things that they accused me of.”… The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declared McCarrick guilty in February of “solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power,” according to a Vatican statement. Pope Francis also defrocked him.

Catholic School Removes ‘Harry Potter’ From Library, by Christine Rousselle

By Christine Rousselle, CNA – A priest and a Catholic author talked with CNA about the series and the Catholic faith… “These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception,” Father Dan Reehil, pastor at St. Edward School in Nashville, said to parents in an Aug. 28 email… “The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells, which, when read by a human being, risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text,” the priest added.

BEST PRO-LIFE DEFENSE! Abby Johnson of Movie Unplanned DESTROYS Abortion Arguments at Hearing (Video)

TFP Student Action – Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson destroys pro-abortion arguments at a Kentucky State hearing on SB 9, also known as the Heartbeat Bill, a #prolife measure which was recently approved. The movie Unplanned is based on Abby Johnson’s story.

Profiles of Pope Francis’ New Cardinals, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – Pope Francis unexpectedly named 13 new cardinals on Sunday, choices that have again revealed his wish for the Church to go out to the peripheries and the developing world… But they also reveal Churchmen supportive of other issues close to his heart including open migration policies, concern for the environment and populism, a diplomatic rather than realist stance toward Islam, and sympathies for those supportive of homosexual issues.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Losing Our Religion

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Last week, I shared with you some encouraging news about the progress of the pro-life movement in America. And indeed, great strides are being made! And yet, I confess to harboring a secret fear. And the secret fear is this: that all this progress is resting on an all-too-shaky foundation, one that could too-easily be wiped out… I firmly believe that the best, and only truly solid solution to the Culture of Death, is a spiritual solution, because, at root, it’s a spiritual problem. And I’m afraid that without a spiritual awakening, we are doomed to pursuing patchwork solutions that may not hold up under pressure.

LifeSiteNews: Founding Prof Laments ‘Destruction’ of John Paul II Institute

By LifeSiteNews staff – Since 1981, when Pope John Paul II called me (Prof. Martin) to be the first sociologist at the Institute, I was for approximately two decades intimately involved, with the help of the Institute’s first president — the later cardinal Prof. Carlo Caffarra — in its establishment and growth. In several meetings with the entire international academic staff, together with Pope John Paul II, there took place intensive consultations about the vision of the pope and his objectives.

CNA: US Bishops Again Call for Prayer and Action Following Odessa Mass Shooting

By Catholic News Agency – Sunday morning police said the death toll had risen from five to seven, The Associated Press reported… “It is with a heart full of sorrow that I write these words after hearing of the deaths and injuries caused by the shootings affecting Odessa and Midland,” said Bishop Michael Sis of San Angelo in a statement released shortly after the shooting… “My prayers are for those who have lost their lives, who have been seriously injured, and for their families….” Bishop Sis added.

Luke’s Gospel: The Radical Challenge of Jesus Christ, Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – In chapters 9, 10 and 11, we learn of the mission of the Twelve, confirmed by the feeding of 5,000 and Peter’s confession of Faith. Immediately, then, Our Lord begins to challenge their faith still more, allowing those who want to leave him to depart, and insisting that he himself must be rejected, killed…and raised from the dead—which, of course, they all find incomprehensible.

The Seattle Suicide: Not ‘Confusion’ But Grave Scandal, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Confusion? The AP story was not confusing at all; its message was crystal-clear. A man had received a blessing in a special ceremony arranged by his parish before he carried out his plan to take his own life—and, for good measure, to enter into “marriage” with his male partner just before the suicide. The implication was unmistakable: the parish approved of Robert Fuller’s plans. The problem was not “confusion;” it was scandal.

Ven. Fulton Sheen on the Clock of Life Approaching Midnight, by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN News – “Have you noticed that it is only within the last years that we ever had to use the words Right to Life?” he began during this mid-1970s appearance. Once all peoples believed in the life, so “something has changed.” He began looking how things changed with the philosophy of abortion… Sheen said, “The philosophy behind the destruction of life is a misunderstanding of freedom and the misunderstanding of love.” The first step is that people “understand freedom as the right to do whatever you please… there’s an absolute denial of limits.”

By Msgr. Charles Pope: Being More Faithfully Catholic Is the Only Valid Response to Shrinking Numbers

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Many polls and surveys indicate the steady decline of belief in America and the West. But as we look to this group of “nones” or unbelievers, there is very little that unites them other than the fact that they do not believe or that they do not affiliate with us or any defined denomination. We are not therefore facing a single opponent, but a bewildering and complex hodgepodge of stances and ideas who disagree or are dissimilar with each other as much as with us.

33 Tough Questions for Pro-Immigration Christians

By John Zmirak, The Stream – I’ve written here before that the immigration issue decides all the others. I wish this weren’t true. The GOP in the 90s and 00s decided to pretend that it wasn’t. They bet that the “pro-family values” of Third World immigrants from Mexico and Somalia, Guatemala and Syria, would lead them naturally to the party that seemed (fitfully) to care about unborn life, traditional marriage and religious freedom… That was a huge mistake… They tend to vote for a bigger welfare state, and even more immigration.

Francis Paves the Way for Francis II, by Michael Warren Davis

By Michael Warren Davis, Crisis Magazine – Orthodox Catholics have just one hope for breaking the liberals’ stranglehold over the College of Cardinals. It’s the same hope to which the Church has clung for dear life since Our Lord was laid in the tomb: the direct, supernatural intervention of the Holy Spirit… Pray that a majority of Francis’s appointees see that liberal Catholicism is responsible for the mass exodus from the pews, the staggering failure of catechesis, and our total collapse on moral issues. Pray that they place the good of our Holy Mother above their own ideological posturing.

As Hurricane Dorian Approaches, a Prayer for Protection From Hurricanes

Composed by Most Rev. Maurice Schexnayder (1895-1981), Second Bishop of Lafayette – O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our beloved Mother,We ask you to plead with your Son on our behalf, so that spared from the calamities common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son to reach the heavenly Jerusalem, where a stormless eternity awaits us.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Time to Upgrade

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The world often tries to present itself as the latest and the greatest, but that’s only true on the surface—if at all. The Scriptures see the world as old and outdated, as passing away: For this world in its present form is passing away…. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever… For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal…

Legally-Protected Serial Killers, by Judie Brown

By Judie Brown, American Life League – We know that every abortion kills a human being created in the image and likeness of God. And we know that each of these individuals, from her biological beginning, is a unique and unrepeatable miracle… Yet even though these facts can be known to everyone regardless of faith, the majority of Americans do not see these children as human beings… More than a few abortionists actually pride themselves on killing these babies with no apologies. The following is a grim reminder of their cruelty, their black hearts, and the evil they spread.

ARCHIVES: The Secret Roots of Liberation Theology, by Ion Mihai Pacepa

By Ion Mihai Pacepa, National Review, April 23, 2015 – Liberation theology, of which not much has been heard for two decades, is back in the news. But what is not being mentioned is its origins. It was not invented by Latin American Catholics. It was developed by the KGB. The man who is now the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, secretly worked for the KGB under the code name “Mikhailov” and spent four decades promoting liberation theology, which we at the top of the Eastern European intelligence community nicknamed Christianized Marxism.

When Joseph Stalin’s Daughter Became Catholic, by Matthew Archbold

By Matthew Archbold, National Catholic Register – Joseph Stalin himself was raised in the Orthodox Church. His parents actually wanted him to be a priest. Unfortunately, his father abused the young Joseph mercilessly. Stalin once described his childhood as having been “raised in a poor priest-ridden household.” He came to renounce Christianity altogether, reportedly saying, “You know, they are fooling us, there is no God… all this talk about God is sheer nonsense.”

Democrat Party Passes Resolution Celebrating Pro-Abortion, Non-Christian Voters, by Peter Hasson

By Peter Hasson, LifeNews – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) passed a resolution at its summer meeting championing “religiously unaffiliated” voters, who the resolution noted are the “largest religious group” within the party… The DNC’s “Resolution Regarding the Religiously Unaffiliated Demographic” stated that “religiously unaffiliated Americans overwhelmingly share the Democratic Party’s values,” and “have often been subjected to unfair bias and exclusion in American society.”

U.S. in Danger of Chinese-Style Social Credit System, by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – But the rise of what’s called “giant tech” is making China’s system an American reality… Well, I think we’re just at a really important point in human history. I think for a while we had tech that was politically neutral. Now we have tech that really, first of all is taking sides in a political contest, which I think, you know, anytime you have big corporate power merging with political parties can be dangerous.

47-Year-Old Photo Shows Future Pope Francis With Dissident Priest Who Helped Engineer Amazon Synod, by Maike Hickson

By Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – “In an exchange of letters, Pope Francis recalled our meeting in San Miguel-AR [Argentina] from 23-29/02/1972 and sent me this photo,” Boff writes. …. This incident suggests that Pope Francis and Leonardo Boff have had a friendly relationship long before Bergoglio became pope in 2013. As a matter of fact, Boff claimed in 2016 – in an interview with the Kölner Stadt-Anzeigr – that Pope Francis is “one of us. He has turned Liberation Theology into a common property of the Church. And he has widened it.”

Planned Parenthood ‘Grooms’ Girls for Abortions Using Sex Ed, Former Sex Educator Says, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, The Daily Caller – Planned Parenthood teaches students risk reduction rather than teaching children how to have healthy relationships and to date in groups, Cline said… “Risk reduction is simply telling them how to make the high risk safer by using lubrication and condoms,” she explained. “The next step is to make them understand they need to be tested for STD’s every couple months.”.. Planned Parenthood’s sex education grooms students for promiscuity, Cline believes, and this promiscuity leads them to abortion. “The sex education grooms them for promiscuity. Grooms them for STD treatment, and grooms them for abortion,” she said.

Fr. John P. Cush: Goodness, Like Truth and Beauty, is a Powerful Thing

By Father John P. Cush, EWTN News – Since our knowledge of God is limited, our language about him is equally so. We can name God only by taking creatures as our starting point, and in accordance with our limited human ways of knowing and thinking. All creatures bear a certain resemblance to God, most especially man, created in the image and likeness of God. the manifold perfections of creatures — their truth, their goodness, their beauty all reflect the infinite perfection of God. Consequently we can name God by taking his creatures” perfections as our starting point, “for from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator.” ~Catechism of the Catholic Church (nos. 40, 41)

Fr. John Horgan: What Are the Nine Choirs of Angels?

By Fr. John Horgan, Catholic Exchange – A helpful spiritual truth to internalize as we grow in our love for God and progress along our spiritual journey: Whatever other purposes they may have, the hierarchy of angels is meant to help us to understand the qualities of God and how we might grow in the ways of holiness. It provides us with a sense of order, progress, and ascent in our understanding of how God’s infinite knowledge establishes and maintains the order and beauty of creation through principles that we can grasp and through the ministry and oversight of His faithful servants, the angels.

Msgr. Charles Pope: St. John the Baptist, Martyr for the Sanctity of Marriage

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Herod eventually yielded to the machinations of Herodias, and John the Baptist was murdered for upholding the sanctity of marriage. Jesus would later affirm John’s teaching and say, Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery… Jesus suffered rebuke, even from his disciples, for teaching this, but He withstood them and rebuked their error. St. John the Baptist died for this teaching, as did St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher….

Martha, Mary, and Myers-Briggs, by Deacon Greg Lambert

By Deacon Greg Lambert, Catholic Stand – Determining whether you are a “Martha” or a “Mary” has become an informal qualifying question in religious circles, particularly for those involved in ministry… Prayer and action should be complementary, and not mutually exclusive… In today’s world, there are plenty of things to be “anxious and worried” about. In the temporal realm, time taken to reflect and plan should precede any important action we undertake. Putting “first things first”, as Mary did, was commended by Jesus, and offered to Martha as a template for discipleship: prayer and counsel first, followed by acting on careful discernment.

Trump Is Right On the China Threat, by Ben Shapiro

By Ben Shapiro, OneNewsNow – Trump is the only president of recent vintage to understand this simple truth. The Chinese regime is strengthening its totalitarianism; market forces have not opened up China’s politics. China’s attempts to strengthen its grip on Hong Kong, its forays into the complexities of Indian-Pakistani politics, its threats of sanctions against American firms over the sale of jets to Taiwan – all of this bespeaks the intent of the Xi Jinping regime, which has a philosophy of political revanchism.

SPUC: Nurse Traumatized After Hospital Forced Her to Participate in Abortion

SPUC, (LifeNews) – A Vermont nurse has been left traumatized after a hospital ‘violated her civil rights’, by forcing her to partake in an abortion procedure, despite her deep-held moral objections… The nurse faced the prospect of losing her job when she asked to be relieved of participating. It has been reported that under pressure to remain in the theater, the nurse “relented and has been traumatized ever since”. SPUC has branded the case “abusive violation of freedom of conscience.”

John Paul II Institute Is Being Destroyed, Says Friend of Late Pope, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register – A close friend of the late Pope St. John Paul II has firmly criticized recent changes at the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences, saying they are not about renewal, expansion or even change but rather about its dissolution and destruction… Professor Stanislaw Grygiel, who was dismissed last month as a lecturer at the institute along with ten other academics, said he was “surprised by such words as the ‘renewal, expansion and deepening’ of this Institute, which are uttered by those who are destroying it together with its foundation… “Destruction doesn’t equate with renewal,” he said.

Did Seattle Parish “Bless” a Suicide? by Christine Rousselle

By Christine Rousselle, CNA – Social media posts made by Robert Fuller, the man whose assisted suicide was profiled Aug. 26 by the Associated Press, suggest that he scheduled his funeral with his parish days before his suicide, and that a priest had “given his blessings” to the suicide plan… In a March 16 Facebook post, Fuller claimed that he had completed the legal steps required to receive a prescription of life-ending drugs, and that he had the approval of a priest to end his own life… “I have absolutely no reservations about what I am doing,” he wrote. “And my pastor/sponsor has given me his blessings. And he’s a Jesuit!!!”

Scrap the Jesuits and Start Over, by Michael Warren Davis

By Michael Warren Davis, Crisis Magazine – Imagine what Church historians of the future will say about the Jesuits: “The Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius of Loyola and played a crucial role in the Church’s efforts to extinguish the nascent Protestant heresy. Over the centuries, however, it became the stronghold of another heresy—Modernism—and was eventually suppressed on the orders of Pope Pius XIII. Remnants of the order persisted in the United States through the middle of the 21st century, mostly due to the value of the land upon which they had built college campuses.

Late-Term Abortionist Offers Parents the Chance to Cuddle With Dead Baby Before Disposal, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – A late-term abortionist is offering women an opportunity to hold their babies “after delivery” or take a picture home as a “remembrance” after ending their unborn child’s life… These are just a few options suggested in a brochure now being provided by notorious late-term abortionist Dr. LeRoy Carhart, found on his website by Dr. Pat Castle of the pro-life group LIFE Runners… The brochure, which seeks to alleviate consciences and allay the fears of women considering having a second- or third-trimester abortion, declares that the clinic has been “Caring for women with Kindness, Courtesy, Justice, Love & Respect for over 45 years.”

In Praise of Today’s Seminarians, by George Weigel

By George Weigel, Denver Catholic – Why haven’t the McCarrick affair, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, the Bransfield affair, and other revelations of episcopal misgovernance (and worse) caused a mass exodus of young men from priestly formation? Can you name another profession, regularly subjected to media ridicule and popular caricature, to which young men are applying in greater numbers than 20 years ago?

Fr. Jonathan Meyer and Fr. John Hollowell: 26 Things Pastors Can Do to Emphasize the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

By Fr. Jonathan Meyer and Fr. John Hollowell, On This Rock – This list is in response to the August 5, 2019 Pew Research Study: Just one-third of U.S. Catholics agree with their church that Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Christ.  Pope Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers.”  What witness are we as pastors giving to our world about our belief in the true presence of our Lord?  The Church clearly offers us several ways to give witness to this reality. 

Abuse on the Margins, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – Sexual abuse is a plague no matter where it occurs or to whom. But one of the underexplored facets of the clerical sexual abuse crisis in the United States is the way in which marginalized and minority communities have proven particularly susceptible both to abusers themselves and to the malfeasance of bishops and religious superiors who mishandled reports of abuse.

Keep Your Focus on God, Not on Things, by Alan Scott

By Alan Scott, Catholic Exchange – Sometimes I have often felt like I need to let go of ‘the world.’.. There are way too many distractions.. So, I have been abandoning lots of things that used to be very important to me and adopting a whole new way of thinking and a whole new way of being. Over the past several years I have slowly been moving towards what is called a ‘minimalist.’… It’s funny — I had no intentions to become minimal. My life seemed to be going OK as a ‘maximalist.’ I had loads of stuff and was quite happy with it, or so I thought.

Catholic Saints (Decision That Lead To Heaven): Speaker Ken Yasinski (Video)

By Ken Yasinski, Catholic Minute – Catholic Saints often seem unrelate-able? We are all called to heaven, but the saints lives sometimes seems very different than our own. Catholic Speaker Ken Yasinski reflects on the Roman Catholic Churches teaching of the Universal called to holiness. Can we become a saint? Is holiness possible for all?The second Vatican council taught something called, “The Universal Call To Holiness?” This means God’s call everyone to a life of holiness. The problem is that it sounds good in theory….

The Facade Comes Down: Planned Parenthood Reveals Its Priorities, by K. William Huitt

By K. William Huitt, The Stream – Planned Parenthood removed its former president in July, opting for a more hard-nosed, abortion-focused political route than she’d been taking. Less than a month later, they showed they were serious about it. If any doubt ever existed, Planned Parenthood has finally proved that it exists to die on political hills made of the corpses of millions of children.

Transgenderism is a Gateway to Pedophilia, by Benjamin Wiker

By Benjamin Wiker, EWTN News – As I’ve written previously, pedophilia was widely accepted in ancient pagan Greece and Rome. The only reason that it’s still illegal today is that Christians evangelized the decadent Roman Empire and made it clear to converts that sex with children belonged to the “way of death,” not the “way of life.” These are the words of the Didache, the first-century catechetical manual for converts to Christianity from paganism, which commands, “you shall not corrupt boys.”

The Left Vindicates A Pro-Life Scholar, by Christopher Manion

By Christopher Manion, The Wanderer – Stanford’s defenestration of Mosher “was at the urging of the Chinese government,” Showalter writes. She is correct. Stanford was proud of its premier position in China’s “opening to the West.” If the Communist leadership wanted to keep the lid on its slaughter, that was fine with Stanford. As Showalter writes, this was all part of “the lies-violence cycle that Alexander Solzhenitsyn described as so necessary to all totalitarian tyrannies. Yet,” she continues, “the only thing Mosher was really guilty of was the highest responsibility of a scholar, which was to tell the truth.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: Parish Boundaries Still Matter

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In my thirty years of priesthood I have come to see the genius in the fact that every Catholic diocese is divided into parishes with definitive geographical boundaries; the strongest parishes seem to be those that assume primary care for those in their territory… Prior to about 1980, parish boundaries were fairly strictly enforced, and in the absence of extenuating circumstances, Catholics were expected to attend Mass in the parish of their residence.

The Real War on Women, by Stan Guthrie

By Stan Guthrie, BreakPoint – The Sexual Revolution, despite its claim to “liberate women,” fired the first shot. While certainly the old, pre-revolution sexual order may have produced its own oppressions and hang-ups about sex, by and large it kept the act largely within marriage, which provided undeniable protections to women and children. In exchange for sex, men, who would otherwise tend toward unbridled sexual libertinism, were forced to provide a stable home and a trustworthy commitment to their marriages and families. In the process, men were “civilized.”

‘The Great Scattering’: How Identity Panic Took Root in the Void Once Occupied by Family Life, by Mary Eberstadt

By Mary Eberstadt, Quillette – Yes, racism, sexism and other forms of cruelty exist, and are always to be deplored and countered. At the same time, the timeline of identity politics suggest another source. Up until the middle of the twentieth century… human expectations remained largely the same throughout the ages: that one would grow up to have children and a family; that parents and siblings and extended family would remain one’s primal community; and that, conversely, it was a tragedy not to be part of a family. The post-1960s order of sexual consumerism has upended every one of these expectations.

Fr. Matthew P. Schneider: Assisted Suicide: How the Church Should Behave and WHY

By Fr. Matthew P. Schneider, LC, Patheos – This week, news came out of Seattle of Robert Fuller who died via assisted suicide. Two reports about how his parish dealt with it also emerged… Catholics believe that all life is a gift from God. Every person has inherent and inalienable dignity because we are made in God’s image and likeness. This is why we protect and promote the sanctity of life in all of its stages. Based on this teaching and concern for human life and the common good, the Catholic Church does not support suicide in any form, including medically assisted suicide.

AFA: Target Continues Doing Nothing to Prevent Voyeurism, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – The retail giant says its policy allowing people to use opposite-sex restrooms and changing rooms is meant to be inclusive for transgender employees and customers. Still, organizations such as American Family Association argue the policy puts women and children at risk of sexual predators who take advantage of the transgender policy.

What We Need to Know About RICO, by Joseph O’Brien

By Joseph O’Brien, EWTN News – The lawsuits are flooding into New York state, after it opened a one-year window in the statute of limitations for abuse survivors to file suit against individuals and institutions accused of abuse crimes — and the new lawsuits filed in the Empire State include one utilizing the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act… On Aug. 14, 22 plaintiffs filed a federal RICO suit against the Diocese of Buffalo, the Society of Jesus, parishes, high schools and others for an alleged “pattern of racketeering activity” that allowed for and hid clerical sexual abuse. Both current Bishop Richard Malone and his predecessor, Bishop Edward Kmiec, are named personally in the lawsuit.

Liberals Don’t ‘Invest’; They Spend Other People’s Money, by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a self-avowed socialist, sometimes sounds like a multibillionaire entrepreneur when promoting his political agenda… He intends, you see, to “invest” a great deal of money… Of course, unlike a billionaire entrepreneur, Sanders won’t be investing his own money. He will be “investing” yours… Nor does Sanders intend to be a mere retailer. He is promising to make “massive investments” in a “Green New Deal” that will result in “a wholesale transformation of our society.”

Stunning Truth About the Pew Poll on Catholics’ Belief in the Eucharist (Look at the Methodology), by Anita Crane

By Anita Crane, Human Life International – Like Father Boquet, many Americans have witnessed distressing crises of faith among Catholics. In his latest column, Father mentions this Pew poll and offers wise advice to help us increase our faith. Our entire foundation as Catholics rests in the True Presence and without it we are deprived of the chief source of grace. As Servant of God Father John Hardon, S.J. taught: “Once we say that the Holy Eucharist is Jesus Christ, we immediately see that it is He who is the final source of the graces which the world needs to not only cope with the culture of death but to promote the culture of life.”

Fr. William Saunders: What is the Miraculous Medal?

By Fr. William Saunders, Catholic Exchange – Even at that tender age, St. Catherine showed a special love for the Blessed Mother: Upon her mother’s death, St. Catherine climbed a chair to reach the statue of the Blessed Mother in their home. Clasping it to her chest, she said, “Now, dear Blessed Mother, you will be my mother.” She was called upon to care for the family, thereby depriving her of any formal education at school… On January 22, 1830, at the age of 24, St. Catherine joined the Daughters of Charity, who had been founded by St. Vincent de Paul.

Fr. Steve Grunow: Satisfying Our Restless Hearts

By Fr. Steve Grunow, Word on Fire Catholic Ministries – “And what is this God? I asked the earth and it answered: ‘I am not God; and all the things in the earth made the same confession.’ I asked the sea and the deeps and creeping things, and they answered: ‘We are not your God, seek higher.’ I asked the winds that blow, and the whole air with all that is in it and the wind answered: ‘I am not God.’ I asked the heavens, the sun, the moon, the stars and they answered: ‘Neither are we God whom you seek.’ So I asked all those things that entice the senses: ‘Tell me then of this Mysterious One that I search for.’ And all cried out to me in one great voice: ‘God made us and God made you…’”

Msgr. Charles Pope: Satan is Real

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Once again it is necessary to reiterate the true, Catholic, and biblical teaching on Satan and demons. Contrary to what Superior General of the Society of Jesus Fr. Arturo Sosa stated in a recent interview, the Church does not teach that Satan is merely a symbol or an idea. He is not the “personification of evil”; he is a person, an individual creature, a fallen angelic being (as are all demons). Scripture uses personal pronouns in referring to Satan and demons (e.g., he, him, they).

Dear Leftists: Don’t Start a Civil War You Can’t Finish, by Jason Scott Jones

By Jason Scott Jones, The Stream – No, I’m thinking that the left’s national freak-out over Trump has deeper roots. Maybe they really believed that Barack Obama had “fundamentally transformed” America, which meant they didn’t have to win elections anymore. A new, permanent government was in force, and these every-four-year events where the Red State rubes get to show up and have a say were just for show. Like plebiscites in Venezuela or East Germany.

Climate Alarmism Over Amazon Fires Doused by NASA, Scientists, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – Climate change alarmists continue to stoke fears that wildfires in the Amazon rainforest are suffocating the world. At the same time, scientists are deflating puffed up numbers while NASA’s data is smothering activists’ claims and assuring that the extent of fires during this season are normal and no cause for concern… “From media outlets to politicians, the wildfires have sparked a wave of misinformation and hysteria,” TheBlaze reported. “The wildfires are so frightening because the Amazon produces 20 percent of the world’s oxygen, they claim, [while] others alleged the fires could speed up climate change.”

Where Bergoglio Buried His Communist Mentor, by Geroge Neumayr

By Geroge Neumayr, American Spectator – “I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended,” Pope Francis… He told the Latin American journalists Javier Camara and Sebastian Pfaffen that as a young man he “read books of the Communist Party that my boss in the laboratory gave me” and that “there was a period where I would wait anxiously for the newspaper La Vanguardia, which was not allowed to be sold with the other newspapers and was brought to us by the socialist militants.”… The “boss” to whom Pope Francis referred is Esther Ballestrino de Careaga.

Pope Benedict Reacts to Criticisms of His Letter On the Sex Abuse Crisis, by Dr. Maike Hickson

By Dr. Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – Repeatedly in his text, Pope Benedict refers to God: “The power of evil arises from our refusal to love God. He who entrusts himself to the love of God is redeemed. Our being not redeemed is a consequence of our inability to love God. Learning to love God is therefore the path of human redemption.” Benedict goes on to say that “a world without God can only be a world without meaning,” adding, “then there are no standards of good or evil.”

Seattle Bishops to ‘Review’ Blessing of Assisted Suicide Advocate

By Christine Rousselle, CNA – “The feature story shows a photo of a blessing that Mr. Fuller received after Mass. At the time of this photo, parish leadership was not aware of Mr. Fuller’s intentions,” the archdiocese said… “That morning, the priest in the photograph was told Mr. Fuller was dying and wanted the blessing of the faith community. It wasn’t until later that parish leaders learned of his plans. When these plans were made known, the pastor met with Mr. Fuller to discuss the sacred gift of human life and how we are called to respect and revere that gift as disciples of Jesus.”

The Catholic Case Against Open Borders, by James Kalb

By James Kalb, Crisis Magazine – But is all this a good idea? The demand for a radical reduction of controls on immigration is very recent, and no one seems to have thought it through, even though it is (like most political issues) a matter of prudential judgement… For starters, the Catechism states that more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner … [but] political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions.

President Trump’s Rule Cutting Planned Parenthood Funding is a Victory for Women

By Michael New, PH.D., LifeNews – Furthermore, the Trump administration’s Protect Life Rule will likely improve public health outcomes. The Protect Life Rule does not cut any funds from family planning programs. Title X funds would still be available to thousands of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which offer a much wider range of health care services. Unlike Planned Parenthood clinics, for example, FQHCs offer mammograms. They also see far more prenatal patients and conduct more cervical cancer screenings.

EXCLUSIVE: Bishop Schneider says Vatican is betraying ‘Jesus Christ as the Only Savior of Mankind’

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – In an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews on a Vatican-backed iniative to promote the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” the auxiliary of Astana, Kazakhstan, said that “however noble such aims as ‘human fraternity’ and ‘world peace’ may be, they cannot be promoted at the cost of relativizing the truth of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and His Church.”.. The spread of this document in its uncorrected form will “paralyze the Church’s mission ad gentes” and “suffocate her burning zeal to evangelize all men,” Bishop Schneider said.

Catholic Philosopher: Amazon Synod Working Doc Promotes ‘Most Dangerous’ Form of Socialism, by Diane Montagna

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – In an interview with LifeSite at this year’s Roman Forum Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy, Austrian philosopher Professor Thomas Stark said the liberation theology once condemned by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Cardinal Josef Ratzinger has “morphed” into “tribalism” and is now “all through” the synod’s working document… “[Tribalism] is a new form of socialism that is unknown to most people,” Prof. Stark explained. “And because they are unaware of what it is really all about, they do not realize how dangerous it is.” 

Rumblings Before the Eruption, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine – “There is little need to underline the fact that the Church in our day is facing many and difficult problems of every sort,” writes Fr. George L. Kane. “Persecution has never been more intense or diabolical. Secularism is taking its toll of the attitudes and the ways of living of many of her members. Neo-paganism is ever devising new methods of breaking God’s commandments. Ignorance of religion is so widespread that it has been estimated that more than 90 percent of our people are insufficiently instructed in the Faith. The decline in Christian family life is almost everywhere evident.”

Thank God for Courageous Priests Like Fr. George Kuforiji, by C. C. Pecknold

By C C Pecknold, Catholic Herald – The Lutheran pastor and humorist Hans Fiene recently remarked “the most obnoxious Protestants in the world are liberal boomer Catholics.”… The comment, both funny and true, was prompted by a video which surfaced of a June 30th protest at a Mass celebrated at St Francis Church in Portland, Oregon. The sparsely attended parish was filled mostly with older progressives who were angry that their new Nigerian priest, Fr George Kuforiji, had been steadily introducing liturgical reforms aimed at restoring their liturgy to be in conformity with the Catholic Faith.

John Paul II Institute. The Hit, the Boss, the Button, by Sandro Magister

By Sandro Magister, L’Espresso – A name change, rewritten statutes, professors replaced, a revised order of studies. With Pope Francis an authentic earthquake has struck the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family – this being the original designation – founded by pope Karol Wojtyla in the early years of his pontificate and initially entrusted to the leadership of Carlo Caffarra, a theologian of great expertise on the subject and a future cardinal.

How Did Sodomy Become “Pride”? by Chris Ferrara

By Chris Ferrara, Fatima.org. – The “gay pride” movement spread throughout the country and ultimately achieved governmental recognition by a supposedly religiously neutral but actually inherently anti-religious federal government. Two presidents, Clinton and Obama, have “officially” declared that June is “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month,” thus committing the “religiously neutral” federal government to a moral position that radically contradicts a fundamental precept of the divine and natural law…

Dignity and the “Religious Sense”: A Word of Caution, by Hadley Arkes

By Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing – Five years ago the Supreme Court found no constitutional violation when the Town of Greece, New York, allowed ministers from virtually any church to open legislative sessions with a prayer. That decision created a lively new business for Satanists, quite eager to respond to calls throughout the country and offer invocations. For the lawyers who defend religious freedom there is a deep reluctance now to judge any religion, or its teachings, as illegitimate. And yet, how could Satanism, the affirmation of radical evil, be part of anything we understand as “religion”?

Natural Law, by C.S. Lewis

By C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1944) – This law was called the Law of Nature because people thought that every one knew it by nature and did not need to be taught it. They did not mean, of course, that you might not find an odd individual here and there who did not know it, just as you find a few people who are color-blind or have no ear for a tune. But taking the race as a whole, they thought that the human idea of decent behavior was obvious to every one.

CNN Calls President Trump “Evil,” More Destructive Than Hitler and Stalin, by Nicholas Fondacaro

By Nicholas Fondacaro, LifeNews – Crazy might be the best term for describing the first segment of CNN’s so-called Reliable Sources on Sunday. Media janitor Brian Stelter invited on two far-left psychiatrists to debate how the media should cover President Trump alleged mental illness. While one was busy advocating to throw out professional ethics, the other one was declaring Trump had been worse than some of the last century’s most evil people. 

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Some Thoughts For Late Summer

By Archbishop Charles Chaput – Some of the most common misperceptions of priestly celibacy are that it’s a deficiency or an unrealistic burden; or that a married priesthood would somehow solve the problem of clergy sexual abuse (no such evidence exists, and a married priesthood has its own sobering set of problems).  But it’s quite true that the priest who lives his celibacy without a grounding in its proper meaning and spirit will be a lonely, unhappy man – and little use to his people.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Jesus’ Qualities as Preacher and Teacher

By Msgr. Charles Pope – As a priest I am called to preach and teach, and I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. In this I refer to the real Jesus, the Jesus of Scripture. He clearly loved God’s people, and because of that he could not abide a limited notion of salvation for them. Jesus zealously insisted that they receive the whole counsel of God. He insisted on a dignity for them that was nothing less than the perfection of God Himself.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: The Changing Abortion Landscape

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Then came perhaps the biggest blow of all, at least to Planned Parenthood’s public image: a jury in Arizona ordered Planned Parenthood to pay $3 million to a former clinic manager who had exposed all manner of malfeasance going on at Planned Parenthood clinics. Mayra Rodriguez had worked for the organization for 17 years and had run three different clinics. In other words, she knew what was going on behind the walls of Planned Parenthood.

Fr. Mark Goring: Support the Campaign! St. Joseph Pray for Us!

Support the Campaign! St. Joseph pray for us! – Fr. Mark Goring, CC

Catholic Congressman Sean Duffy Standing Down to Put Family First

By Catholic News Agency – Rep. Sean Duffy, R-WI, a practicing Catholic who has served in Congress since 2011, will be stepping down from his seat on September 23. He made the announcement in a post on his personal Facebook page… Rep. Duffy made the announcement Aug. 26, citing a desire to be with his family ahead of the imminent arrival of his ninth child as the reason he will leave Congress before the end of his term… “With much prayer, I have decided that this is the right time for me to take a break from public service in order to be the support my wife, baby and family need right now,” he said.

Catholic Schools Must Restore America’s Faith in the Real Presence, by Patrick J. Reilly

By Patrick J. Reilly, Crisis Magazine – “He is truly there in the Eucharist,” says Amelia Shripka. The 8th-grader at Everest Collegiate High School and Academy in Clarkston, Michigan… But according to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, such strong faith is increasingly uncommon. The Pew study found that only 26 percent of U.S. Catholics under age 40 believe in Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist… So how does the Church restore faith in its most precious sacrament? One key solution is the renewal of faithful Catholic education, whether in parochial schools, lay-run schools, online programs or in the home….

Through Faith, We Can Have Contact With the Living God, by Stephen Beale

By Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange – We tend to forgot some of the details of just how scary the Mount Sinai experience was for the Israelites. We tend to think that they saw the smoke and fire from a distance. But even the mountain itself, down to its base, was a source of fear, which is evident from God’s command to Moses….

States Encouraged to Take a Stand for Abortion Survivors, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – A pro-life researcher says the current Congress may not take the needed action to save babies born alive during abortions, but the states can still do something about it… There is no way to know how many babies survive abortion procedures or whether they were given medical attention in an attempt to save their lives. Tessa Longbons with the Charlotte Lozier Institute tells OneNewsNow three states have reported that 40 babies were born alive in those circumstances since 2016. But that is just three states.

Deacon Michael Bickerstaff: Lord, Will Those Who Are Saved Be Few?

By Deacon Michael Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic – I once heard a comment from a friend who was preparing a homily for today’s passage from Luke’s Gospel (see Luke 13:22-30). He was finding it difficult to “preach that there will be so few in heaven.” He has no problem on preaching about death, judgment, Heaven and Hell; but, he is disturbed and sad that, in his understanding, there will be so few saved.

In 2012 They Called for After-Birth Abortion. Today, Democrats are Defending Infanticide, by Cong. Chris Smith

By Congressman Chris Smith, LifeNews – Mr. Speaker, in 2012, two bioethicists—Dr. Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva—published an outrageous paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics, justifying the deliberate, premeditated murder of newborn babies during the first hours, days and even weeks after birth… The ethicists said: “When circumstances occur after birth that would have justified an abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.” In other words, the same conditions that would justify the killing of a baby in utero justifies the killing of that baby even when she is born.

Shredding the Working Text for the Pan-Amazon Synod, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – The annual Synod of Bishops will meet from October 6 to October 27 this year to examine the problems of the Pan-Amazon region in South America. From the first, the Instrumentum Laboris (working document) for the Synod has been criticized as a destructive exercise in the religious and cultural relativism characteristic of the secular West. Initially a former Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, criticized the text in a two-part analysis….

It Matters What You Think, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – I wrote here recently about the Thomistic Institutes, an initiative of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington D.C., which organizes lectures and conferences by first-rate, orthodox Catholics at nearly fifty (and growing) of the most prestigious colleges and universities in America. And expansion to parts foreign is on the way. Many readers wrote to express their appreciation of this much-needed network – but also to ask: What to do if nothing of that sort is available nearby?

God or Government: What an Economy of “Nones” May Mean for Our Future

By Kelly Hanlon, Public Discourse – What happens when a growing percentage of the population no longer identifies with any religion? What happens when the “nones” outnumber the religious? Public Discourse has explored this question in a week-long series about how the rise of the nones affects religion itself, marriage and family, politics, education, and, the topic of this essay, economics. Of course, these five pillars do not stand alone—they are intimately bound up with one another. Economic concerns don’t simply rest on matters of production and consumption.

Exorcists to Jesuit Head: Satan is Real (Not a “Symbolic Reality”)

CNA – “The real existence of the devil, as a personal subject who thinks and acts and has made the choice of rebellion against God, is a truth of faith that has always been part of Christian doctrine,” the International Association of Exorcists said in an Aug. 22 press release… The organization’s release came in response to recent remarks on the devil from Jesuit superior general Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, which the organization called “grave and confusing.”.. The exorcists said they released their statement to provide “doctrinal clarification.”

Why Spiritual Fatherhood and Celibacy Are a Natural Fit, by Janet E. Smith

By Janet E. Smith, EWTN News – Because God is infinitely greater and altogether other than we his creatures, we speak of him by using a multitude of “names” (“descriptions”), hoping to catch some element of his being with each one. Philosophers speak of God as being One, Good, Infinite, Intelligent, Truth, Free, Love and so forth. The Bible gives much more anthropomorphic descriptions of God: He is Lord, Creator, Husband, Healer, Avenger, Shepherd and Father, for instance.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Jesus’ Qualities as Preacher and Teacher

By Msgr. Charles Pope – As a priest I am called to preach and teach, and I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. In this I refer to the real Jesus, the Jesus of Scripture. He clearly loved God’s people, and because of that he could not abide a limited notion of salvation for them. Jesus zealously insisted that they receive the whole counsel of God. He insisted on a dignity for them that was nothing less than the perfection of God Himself (cf. Matthew 5:41).

LifeSiteNews: Bishop Accountability Website Highlights Staunchly Pro-Life Texas Bishop

By LifeSiteNews staff – Bishop Joseph Strickland is this week’s Bishop of the Week for Faithful Shepherds, a website launched by LifeSiteNews to encourage bishops to remain faithful to Christ by enabling laity to email, send personalized postcards, or call their bishops to urge them to uphold the Church’s perennial teachings… Bishop Strickland was elevated to the office of Bishop for the Diocese of Tyler in 2012. While he may oversee a relatively small diocese, Strickland has done anything but keep a low profile. Strickland has been a vocal defender of the Deposit of Faith and a defender of orthodoxy on many issues.

The Signs of the Times, by Hans Boersma

By Hans Boersma, First Things – Both Jeremiah 23 and Psalm 82 tell us that only when we take our cue from God’s throne room, from the divine council, will we be able to interpret the world around us, will we be able to read the present time. Both passages suggest that it is God’s throne room that makes sense of the present time. It is God’s eternal Word, incarnate in Christ, which allows us to understand the historical moment. To be on the right side of history is not to treat natural realities as autonomous or historical developments as inevitable. To be on the right side of history is to dwell in the presence of Christ.

Fr. Mark Goring: Demonic Attack at Hour of Death–WARNING: Old School Catholicism! (Video)

Fr. Mark Goring, CC

Activist: California’s Homeless Problem Can Be Laid at Dems’ Feet, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – Pastor Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of the Los Angeles-based Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, says the Golden State is literally looking like a Third World country… “They are now running businesses out of California because [business owners] can no longer deal with it,” he laments. “I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had to run homeless people away from my business. They sleep in the doorways, they don’t care about using the bathroom, and [they] are dumping their waste material on the ground.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Some Advice from Mother Church

By Msgr. Charles Pope – So, too, does the Church exhort us: Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near (Is. 55:6). Yes, there is one among us, a near kinsman, who is not ashamed to call us his brethren (Heb 2:11); His name is Jesus. As God, He has the power to save us and to cancel our debt. Cast your cares on him, for he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Jesus is at the threshing floor of His Church, preparing a banquet for you in the sight of your foe (Psalm 23:5).

Facebook Nixes ‘Women for Trump’ 2020 Ads, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Facebook has confirmed it pulled a seemingly-innocuous campaign ad asking women to support President Donald Trump, even as the social media giant released an audit report pledging to crack down on partisan bias… On August 16, the Women for Trump coalition began running the following graphic as a Facebook ad, with the simple message, “The Women for Trump Coalition needs the support of strong women like you!”

‘Ring of Truth’ Enough to Keep Cardinal Pell in Prison

By Father Raymond J. de Souza, National Catholic Register – The two justices who denied the appeal of Cardinal George Pell Aug. 21 said that the complainant’s testimony had the “ring of truth.” If so, they were able to detect the tinkle of a sanctuary bell, even though contradictory evidence was pouring forth from the cathedral organ at top volume, with all stops pulled… The denial of Cardinal Pell’s appeal is catastrophic for his liberty, as he was returned to prison, where he has been kept in solitary confinement for 176 days. He has been refused permission to celebrate Mass.

Whitewash Investigation, by Michael Voris

By Michael Voris, The Vortex – All eyes in the Catholic investigative world are on the case of the rector of the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Msgr. Walter Rossi… Rossi is a priest from the diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania, but in a deal worked out between his home diocese of Scranton and the archdiocese of Washington, D.C., he is rector of the high profile basilica in the nation’s capital… The basilica is one of the most important in the Catholic world, but because of the corrupt gay mafia’s almost constant involvement, it has become tainted.

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Searching for Common Ground in Today’s America, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – We all know what happens to those labeled right-wing extremists. They get kicked off social media and silenced. They can lose their jobs and be unable to find a new one. If the Southern Poverty Leadership Center singles them out? Some social justice warrior might show up at their office and shoot the place up. That happened to the Family Research Center a few years ago. And to Rep. Steve Scalise and other GOP leaders more recently.

The Glendon Commission, by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – In July, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo created something called the “Commission on Unalienable Rights,” the purpose of which is to “provide the Secretary of State advice and recommendations concerning international human rights matters” along with “fresh thinking about human rights discourse where such discourse has departed from our nation’s founding principles of natural law and natural rights.”… The chair of the commission is Mary Ann Glendon, one of America’s leading Catholic intellectuals.

CNSNews: IVF and Frozen Embryos: What Should We Do with These Little Abandoned Lives?

By John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris, CNSNews – I’m unapologetically Protestant but, as I’ve said for a while now, our Catholic friends have long led the way on many bioethical issues like abortion and assisted reproductive technologies. For example, back in 2008, the Vatican released a document called “Dignitatis personae,” which said that “The desire for a child, while good, cannot justify the ‘production’ of offspring, just as the desire to not have a child cannot justify the abandonment or destruction of a child once he or she has been conceived.”

One Year After PA Grand Jury Report, States Continue Probes of Clergy Abuse, Cover-Ups, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, National Catholic Register – Attorneys general in 20 states and the District of Columbia are conducting investigations into child sex abuse and cover-ups by the Church. These investigations continue one year after the bombshell Pennsylvania grand jury report, which subsequently helped prompt new guidelines from the Vatican on the handling of sexual abuse… There could be as many as 45 states investigating the Church behind the scenes, as well, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

President Trump Was Right: Planned Parenthood is a $2 Billion Abortion Biz That Doesn’t Need Our Money, by Brad Mattes

By Brad Mattes, LifeNews – This week, Planned Parenthood (PP) forfeited $60 million in Title X tax funding instead of getting out of the abortion business. That was their share of a total $286 hundred million earmarked for family planning services… Title X dollars are fungible when it comes to abortion. For example, PP abortion facilities use it as a slush fund, spending the money on advertising, staffing, utilities, rent, office supplies or computers. These assets are used to facilitate both family planning services and abortion. The Protect Life Rule draws a bright line between family planning and the abortion industry by excluding entities that refer for or provide abortion.

Cardinal Pell is Innocent. Those Who Persecute Him Are Not, by Michael Warren Davis

By Michael Warren Davis, Crisis Magazine – How is it that so many institutions—all of them designed specifically to safeguard individual rights and ensuring due process—could fail simultaneously, and so disastrously? The answer is anti-clericalism, plain and simple… The corrupt, the decadent, and the depraved have always hated Christ’s holy priesthood. That was true in the case of St. Telemachus, the 5th century hermit who threw himself between two gladiators—and was promptly stoned to death by the crowd. It’s still true today in the case of Cardinal Pell: long the most outspoken defender of the unborn in Australia, and who has long suffered ridicule for his efforts to protect families by repealing Australia’s no-fault divorce laws.

Socialism is Theft — Why Are Candidates Espousing It? by Jerry Newcombe

By Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., The Stream – Socialism is a form of governmental theft. The government has no money of its own. It simply forcibly takes from Citizen A and gives to Citizen B. But, of course, the one who benefits the most from this socialistic scheme is Citizen C, the government bureaucrat who administers the welfare state… The Bible teaches us to help the needy. That is all voluntary. That is the church’s job. When the government gets involved in the “charity business,” it is not only wasteful, it undermines the family, human dignity, and self-reliance.

Fr. Mike Schmitz: Why Catholics Use Scripture and Tradition (Video)

Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Press – Fr. Mike explains how the Catholic Church has made all of God’s gifts more accessible to humanity through the ages. Scripture, the Magisterium, and Tradition are not opposing authorities battling for power. They are three pillars that support and inform each other—making God all the more present to us.

Sloppy Hospice Care Only Helping Assisted Suicide, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts – Schandenberg contends the problems in the industry give proponents of assisted suicide ammunition to support their cause and therefore, he says, it’s time for lawmakers to take action… “The truth is that hospice needs to be cleaned up in a serious manner,” he tells OneNewsNow. “We will not have a strong argument against assisted suicide in a secular world if we cannot provide good care — and it’s simply not occurring.”

Patriot Post: Democrats Are Failing America’s Big Cities

Political Editors, Patriot Post – America’s major cities are showing increasing signs that decades of leftist Democrat policies are leading to greater dysfunction, growing crime rates, and lower standards of living. The Democrats who run these cities seek to shift the blame for the sad state of their communities onto the boogiemen of “racism” or Republicans, when in fact they are the ones responsible for enacting the policies that led to these cities’ current conditions… In short, the Democrats who have long run America’s largest cities are failing the very ones who voted for them.

Ohio Court Decision May Allow Health Department to Close Abortion Biz That Kills 3,000 Babies a Year, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The Ohio Supreme Court handed down a victory for women and unborn babies Wednesday when it refused to hear a case involving the license of a late-term abortion facility… Back in 2016, the Ohio Department of Health revoked the license of the Women’s Med Center, near Dayton, for failing to meet the state health and safety standards. However, the abortion facility challenged the action in court and has been operating without a license since that time.

Fr. Michael Rennier: Why Marriage is Inherently “Unfair”

By Fr. Michael Rennier, Aleteia – Perhaps, as Mary Kenny contends over at the Catholic Herald, men’s brains are simply wired differently. Whatever the cause, I can certainly see how the situation seems unfair. It seems unfair because it is unfair. In fact, most marriages are riddled with unfairness. If the goal is a perfectly equal partnership in which duties are carefully discussed and agreed upon such that neither partner carries more of the load … well, I’ve never seen that arrangement in real life. Inevitably, married couples fall into a comfortable pattern that seems to work for them.

Msgr. Charles Pope: A Summons to Courage from St. Bernard of Clairvaux

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Those who would preach the gospel of a crucified and risen Messiah must have great courage, for though the gospel that contains consoling messages, it also contains much that is contrary to the directions and desires of popular culture and human sinfulness. This applies not only to clergy but to parents, catechists, and all who are leaders in the Church, family, and community… If we must have courage it follows that we must be encouraged…

Planned Parenthood Still Receives over $500 Million in Taxpayer Funding Annually, by Dr. Susan Berry

By Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart – Planned Parenthood’s decision to opt out of the Title X program – rather than end referrals for abortions to women and girls – is not stopping its federal taxpayer funding stream from the Medicaid program via Congress… Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report shows it received over $500 million from the Medicaid program through reimbursements. The group’s combined Medicaid reimbursements and family planning grants amounted to $563.8 million in year 2017-2018 – $20 million more than the $543.7 million it took in from taxpayers in 2016-2017.

CNA: Jesuit Superior General: Satan is a ‘Symbolic Reality’

CNA – The superior general of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, said Wednesday in an interview with Italian magazine Tempi… “Good and evil are in a permanent war in the human conscience and we have ways to point them out. We recognize God as good, fully good. Symbols are part of reality, and the devil exists as a symbolic reality, not as a personal reality,” he added.

The Climate is Always Changing, by Warren Cole Smith

By Warren Cole Smith, The Stream – The North American Inland Sea, sometimes called the Western Interior Seaway, once covered a huge portion of North America. It was 2500 feet deep in places, and 600 miles wide. Louisiana and Oklahoma were underwater. So was Texas, except for a few islands we now call the Texas Hill Country. Much of Canada, too. Most of the states of the Intermountain West — Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and others — were a vast mountainous island.

Fr. Gerald E. Murray: Viganò’s “Testimony,” One Year Later

Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Catholic Thing – The first anniversary of the Testimony of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò is upon us today. That document, and the events that followed this bombshell, say a great deal about the crisis now facing the Church… It’s a crisis of truth, of grave immorality and cowardice, of unaccountability by Church hierarchs, of powerful clerics resisting revelation of facts known to them, but hidden from the faithful. It’s a crisis of the ongoing refusal to come clean about what was known about Theodore McCarrick and others….

Italian PM Resigns in Bid to Block Salvini, by Stephen Wynne

By Stephen Wynne, Church Militant – Facing a parliamentary vote of no confidence, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is stepping down… Conte announced his resignation on Tuesday, less than two weeks after Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’s call for fresh elections. Speaking to members of the Italian Senate, he blasted Salvini as a “reckless” political opportunist whose maneuverings will have “major consequences on the country and its economy.”… “[Salvini] has shown that he is following his own interests and those of his party,” Conte added. “His decisions pose serious risks for this country.”

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.

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.

Seven Things You Should Know About Global Population Trends, Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Population growth is hard to predict because it is often affected by unpredictable factors. For example, after about two thousand years of relative population stability in Europe, dramatic improvements in the field of medicine, including increasing life-spans and a rapid drop in infant morality, ushered in rapid increases in population beginning in the eighteenth century. This led to fears of mass starvation arising from a catastrophic “population explosion”, fears which were proven groundless by rapid improvements in agricultural techniques.

America Has Fewer Conservatives Than It Used To, But Just as Many Liberals, by Rob Schwarzwalder

By Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream – Conservatives have gained some real political ground over the past two and one-half years. But are we changing minds? We don’t seem to be. And that’s a big problem… According to a January 2019 report by the Gallup polling organization, 35 percent of us identify as conservative. The same percent say they are moderate. Only 26 percent claim to be liberal.

Priest Pleas for Prayer! Fr. Calloway Writes Book “Consecration to St. Joseph” Undergoes

Fr. Calloway – Hi everyone. You are probably wondering where I went for several days. I’ve been in a state of torturous agony over the book. I can’t give details, but I BEG YOU TO PRAY for my book. I’m more serious than I’ve ever been. Please, I beg you as your brother and priest, pray for me and for the book. The evil one wants to destroy the book. I have cried so hard and entered into such a place of pain over recent developments. From the depths of my soul, PRAY FOR ME AND FOR THE BOOK TO BE PUBLISHED. Thank you.

Jury Orders Planned Parenthood to Pay $3M to Former Director Who Exposed Lies, Negligence, by Claire Chretien

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – An Arizona jury has unanimously awarded $3 million in damages to a former Planned Parenthood director who was fired after reporting an abortionist’s illegal conduct and high complication rates, falsification of affidavits and patient records, incomplete abortions, and failure to report statutory rape.

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Cardinal Pell’s Groundbreaking Record on Dealing With Clergy Sexual Abuse

By Father Raymond J. de Souza, National Catholic Register – In the discussion of clerical sexual abuse, Cardinal George Pell now occupies a unique place. He is in fact the highest-ranking Catholic official ever to be criminally charged with the sexual abuse of minors. Other cardinals have had allegations confirmed against them in Church processes — Theodore McCarrick of Washington, Hans Hermann Groër of Vienna — but faced neither criminal charges nor subsequent conviction to date.

Trump Defunds Planned Parenthood, Abortion Biz Loses $60 Million in Taxpayer Dollars, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Planned Parenthood abortion business announced today it will officially withdraw from the Title X program — costing it $60 million in taxpayer funds because it refuses to follow a new Trump administration rule that requires it to segment out its abortion business from legitimate health care if it wants federal funding under the program… Because the abortion giant is withdrawing from Title X, the $60 million in taxpayer dollars received annually can be redistributed to groups that engage in legitimate women’s health care.

Undaunted, Justice Thomas Seeks the Court’s Atonement on Abortion, Tim Busch/Kevin Stidham

By Tim Busch and Kevin Stidham, Washington Examiner – one justice is unafraid of the abortion debate. Undismayed by the court’s inaction, Justice Clarence Thomas has masterfully sown together a compelling judicial case for overturning the central holding of Roe. As his nearly three-decade body of work shows, Thomas fights for the integrity of the judiciary, reasoning carefully and speaking powerfully. He knows that the court’s pattern of avoidance is unsustainable, and so he labors for the awaited day… To understand Thomas’s legal reasoning, we must look to the foundations of America’s unique system of the rule of law.

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Battle Is Engaged – Choose Sides!

By Msgr. Charles Pope – As Jesus approaches Jerusalem for the final time, He describes the battle that is about to unfold. It is a battle He wins at the Cross and Resurrection, but it is one whose parameters extend across time to our own era… We also do well to examine the second reading, which describes what should be our stance in reference to the great cosmic battle. Though the victory is ours, we can only lay hold of it by clinging to Christ and walking with Him. The Hebrews text gives us a kind of battle plan…

Pope Francis Appointments Paint Disturbing Picture of Church Governance, by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Turning Point Project – One would assume a radical pope like Francis would at least keep a few token conservatives in his entourage. On the contrary: many of his appointees are well to the Left of his own public image. Much can be gleaned about the Holy Father’s mind by studying the men he entrusts with power and authority… Take the appointment of Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia to head the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family. The regime-change took place two years ago; now, as expected, Paglia is conducting a Stalin-style purge of the Academy.

How We Reelect Trump in 2020, by Lloyd Marcus

By Lloyd Marcus, Renew America – Democrats, fake news media and Hollywood are desperate to block Trump’s reelection in 2020. Their problem is Trump has been awesome for America… Trump’s swiftly growing long list of achievements towards making America great again is extraordinary… Democrats hope to win the presidency with their usual lies, addicting voters to government dependency and convincing everyone that they are victims. Therefore, the Democrats’ presidential campaign is built upon falsely branding Trump a racist white supremacist, promising free everything to everyone without anyone having to work and criminalizing speaking the truth.

The Catholic Impact on Abby Johnson Leaving Planned Parenthood, by Anita Crane

By Anita Crane, Human Life International – The movie “Unplanned” is about how brutal truth helped Abby Johnson to choose beautiful truth and redemption. Ten years ago, Johnson left her job as the director of Planned Parenthood’s facility in Bryan, Texas, where she had passionately sold about 22,000 abortions. Since then, Johnson has exposed the abortion industry as a whole to lawmakers and blown the whistle on medical and legal infractions at her former facility, causing it to go out of business.  Today she helps abortion workers leave the deadly trade and find good jobs.

Archives: Americans Have Almost Entirely Forgotten Their History, by Jarrett Stepman

By Jarrett Stepman, Daily Signal – In America, we celebrate democracy and are justifiably proud that this nation was founded on the idea that the people should rule… That’s why it is so important that Americans be informed about their government. They are partakers in it. In fact, they control it… Under tyrannical systems, it matters little if the people are informed about political life. Autocrats make decisions for the people whether they like it or not. But in our republic, we rely on the informed decision-making of citizens to judge policies and the leaders who will implement them… Unfortunately, we are not very well-informed.

‘Unplanned’ Actress Establishes Scholarship for Pregnant Women, by Perry West

By Perry West, CNA – Ashley Bratcher, lead actress in the pro-life movie “Unplanned,” has helped establish a scholarship for women pursuing an education during an unexpected pregnancy… “Women can pursue their careers, live out their dreams, and have richer, more fulfilling lives while balancing motherhood. Sometimes, it just takes a little help,” Bratcher said in a recent press release from Heartbeat International… “I wanted to be a part of empowering mothers to chase their dreams and to provide a means for those who choose life to continue their educations.”

Sing of Mary, 5: The Assumption is the Crown, by Dr. Jeff Mirus 

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – There are innumerable ways to demonstrate the unique status of Mary, which is rooted in her Immaculate Conception, the special role she was given as the Mother of God, Our Lord’s gift of His mother to His disciples through St. John while he hung on the cross, and of course the corresponding certainty that she was “full of grace”. With no trace of sin, she could not be subject to the wages of sin, that is, the corruption of death (Rom 6:23).

Fr. Mike Schmitz: Can We Joke About God? (Video)

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – If we can’t use the Lord’s name in vain, can we joke about God? Fr. Mike makes the case that there is room for humor about God in the context of love… No one in the universe or beyond it deserves more honor, respect, and reverence than God, and we jeopardize our souls if we fail to see this. At the same time, though, Jesus called us his friends (John 15:15). Friends can joke about each other because they know there is mutual love and respect there.

Big Families Will Be the Next Target in the Culture Wars, by Colin Brazier

By Colin Brazier, Catholic Herald – But we live in shrill times. There is an aud¬ibly angry lobby emerging which argues that the only way to help a planet with a population zooming towards ten billion is to make a personal decision to forgo childbearing at all… Many of these “birth-strikers” would be surprised to learn that there is nothing original in the pose they strike. In the 1970s, in the wake of a previous moral panic about family size (spawned, in part, by Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb), there was a similar spasm of childless-by-choice activism.

SPUC: Head of Abortion Biz Made $525,000. Got “Performance Bonus” Because It Killed Nearly 5 Million Babies

By SPUC, LifeNews – The Chief Executive of Marie Stopes International, Simon Cooke, was paid an obscene £434,000 in 2018, according to reports released by Companies House… In 2018, the global abortion giant, Marie Stopes International (MSI), killed 4.8 million unborn children through abortion. During that year, Chief Executive, Cooke, saw his base salary rise from £173,067 to £217,250. Cooke then received a staggering 100% ‘performance bonus’, which doubled his earnings.

The Rise of the Nones, by Nathaniel Peters

By Nathaniel Peters, Public Discourse – Some might consider the rise of the Nones to be proof of the “secularization thesis”: that “modernity inevitably produces a decline of religion,” as Peter Berger put it. However, as Berger himself came to see over the course of decades, that thesis is false. Instead of secularism, modernity produces pluralism, “the coexistence in the same society of different worldviews and value systems. . . . The problem with modernity is not that God is dead, as some people hoped and other people feared. [Rather,] there are too many gods, which is a challenge, but a different one.”

Amazon Synod Theologian Pushes Leftist Ideology, by Stephen Wynne

By Stephen Wynne, Church Militant – Two months after the release of the Amazon Synod’s working document, the neo-pagan views of one of its chief architects are coming into focus… Brazilian ex-priest Leonardo Boff has been identified as the theologian of reference for the synod’s Instrumentum Laboris…. We have exceeded Earth’s limits; it no longer has the bio-capacity nor the strength to produce and produce life as it used to. … In 1992, Boff left the priesthood and married a Marxist activist after being silenced by Joseph Ratzinger for promoting liberation theology. …But he continues to push his radical vision forward across the world.

God Wants a Repentant Church, Not a Relevant Church, by Jonathan B. Coe

By Jonathan B. Coe, Crisis Magazine – On a regular basis the faithful Catholic laity find themselves disconcerted and even outraged when priests and prelates display an inverted moral calculus. For example, as William Kilpatrick writes in a recent essay in this magazine, the Vatican has become a kind of sanctuary city for credibly accused homosexual predators while Pope Francis laments the presence of plastic in our oceans and excoriates those in the U.S. who want to build a wall to secure our borders.

Deacon Omar Gutierrez: Setting the World on Fire With Divine Love

By Deacon Omar Gutierrez, EWTN News – What does one do, then, when the truth presented by God through his prophets or his Church becomes an obstacle to our own vision?… Our Lord answers this question in St. Luke’s Gospel, as he says that he has “come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” The language is passionate. Jesus Christ is not a disinterested bystander to world events. He has specific desires that he will pursue, desires which will at times stand against our best-laid plans. And in case that is unclear, Jesus says that he has not “come to establish peace on earth,” “but rather division.”

Will Everyone Go to Heaven? Part I & II, by John Bergsma

By John Bergsma – St. Paul writes to warn: 1Cor. 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

Archives: On Abundance, by Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.

By James V. Schall, S.J., The Catholic Thing – The dominant contemporary “feeling” is that we live in a parsimonious world. Nature is running out of gas. Natural resources are scandalously being “used up,” never to be replaced. Besides, too many people exist on the planet, consuming everything in sight… This doomsday scenario is found in schools, media, governments, churches, and businesses. In the minds of its advocates, its validity is stronger than any faith… Evil is now defined not by sins, but by our greedy use of spare resources.

Lay Catholics Must Be More Attentive to Financial Abuse, by Tim Busch

By Tim Busch, Real Clear Religion – All members of Finance Councils should remember: Their fiduciary responsibility is to the diocese, not the bishop. More importantly, their faith shouldn’t be in the Church’s leaders, but rather in the Church’s teachings, which they are called to safeguard by preventing financial abuse… This is true for every Finance Council in America, and not just those at the diocesan level. Individual parishes also have such councils, with the same responsibility. Financial abuse by regular priests also needs to be identified and ended wherever it exists.

Msgr. Charles Pope: On Finding the Proper Focus, as Seen in a Commercial

By Msgr. Charles Pope – This is our goal: to remain astonished and joyful even in a world that is at times tumultuous and confusing. Astonished and joyful at what? The Good News that Christ has paid the price of our redemption, that God so loved the world that He sent His only Son so that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life, that the Word of the Lord remains forever… Allow this perspective and focus to keep you serene and joyful even in the current chaotic mess of our society, the failed social experiment of a cultural revolution gone wrong.

Teen Vogue Gonna Do Its Thing, But Will Parents Do Parenting? by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – A teen magazine known for its outrageous left-wing articles is at it again but a family advocacy group says parents are ultimately responsible for pushing back… OneNewsNow has reported how Teen Vogue is seemingly obsessed with promoting abortion to impressionable teen girls, and the latest abortion apologetics story advises them on how to hide a life-altering abortion from their parents… “Having access to abortion should be your right,” the article tells young girls, “regardless of your parents’ beliefs.”

Catholics to US Bishops: Restore Eucharistic Belief Through Tradition, Orthodoxy (We Can’t Read Our Way Out of This)

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant – On Friday, the USCCB posted the following question on its official Facebook page: “A recent PEW study revealed that only 1/3 of Catholics believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. What are some ideas to solving this issue? We want to hear your opinion.”… As responses continue to pile up, the bishops are offering reading material as their solution to the problem…. Father Richard Heilman, whose blog Roman Catholic Man is greatly appreciated by thousands of Catholics, remarked in the bishops’ Facebook thread, “We cannot ‘read’ our way out of this.”

Identity Politics Shouldn’t Come Before Faith or Unborn Kids, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Identity Politics Kills Babies… In other words, Catholic Latino immigrants don’t just realize that abortion is wrong. A majority of them wish it were illegal. But they don’t vote on that issue… As Latinos get stronger in America, shouldn’t they discard identity politics and embrace more principled voting habits?… In the wake of the Duke election, Louisiana’s Catholic bishops embarked on a furious campaign to educate people on the evils of racism. That was probably warranted. Surely it’s time for America’s Catholic bishops to do the same for Latinos.

Currency and the Common Good, by Peter J. Leithart

By Peter J. Leithart, First Things – Barter is also a sign of mutual need. The homeless cobbler might pay the builder in shoes. Money obviously makes the transaction more efficient. After all, what’s a builder to do with a house’s worth of shoes? But money isn’t preferable to barter simply because it’s efficient. Aristotle sees currency as an instrument of social justice, which ensures the transactions are equitable. Money is a middle term to translate shoes into houses: 1000 shoes = X drachmae = 1 house. Currency provides an agreed-upon standard to equalize the unequal.

President Trump: “Virtually Every Top Democrat Supports Late-Term Abortion Right Up to Birth” by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – During a massive rally with supporters last night, President Donald Trump slammed abortion and Democrats’ extremism on abortion. Before a rousing crowd of 20,000 in the arena… Trump rebuked Democrats for supporting abortion up to birth and planning on forcing Americans to fund abortions…. “Virtually every top Democrat also now supports taxpayer-funded abortion right up to the moment of birth – ripping babies straight from the mothers’ womb. Leading Democrats have even opposed measures to prevent the execution of children after birth. You saw that in Virginia”…

What Is a Liturgist? by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing – I will answer my question shortly… First let me describe the instructions for kneeling at Mass, in the diocese of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where we live during the summer. These may be summed up thus. Outside of a portion of the first half of the Eucharistic prayer – from the calling down of the Holy Spirit to the elevation of the chalice – there is to be no kneeling at Mass.

Whistleblower: Google Lied to Congress Under Oath, is Tampering With Elections to ‘Overthrow’ US, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – “I gave the documents to Project Veritas. I had been collecting the documents for over a year,” Vorhies explained. “And the reason why I collected these documents was because I saw something dark and nefarious going on with the company and I realized that they were going to not only tamper with the elections, but use that tampering with the elections to essentially overthrow the United States.”

Buffalo Slapped With RICO Lawsuit, by Stephen Wynne

By Stephen Wynne, Church Militant – The scandal-plagued diocese of Buffalo is now the subject of a RICO lawsuit… Enacted in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) was designed to combat organized crime. Owing to “the number of priests involved, the extent of the cover-up and the transferring around to unsuspecting parishes and parents,” RICO is undoubtedly applicable to the Church, Stocker told Church Militant on Friday.

A Sex-Abuse Story Catholics Need to Hear, by Sue Ellen Browder

By Sue Ellen Browder, National Catholic Register – I met my beloved husband, Walter, in 1966 at the University of Missouri, where he was studying to be a chemical engineer and I was enrolled in the School of Journalism, hoping to earn a living as a magazine writer. Almost from the moment we met, Walter and I were fast friends.After our marriage, he left engineering to become a struggling novelist, and we both freelanced from home, working, playing and raising our children side by side.

Heroism and Priesthood, Dachau and Amazonia, by George Weigel

By George Weigel, Denver Catholic – Dachau was, for years, the “world’s largest rectory” or “the world’s largest monastery,” for it was there that the Thousand Year Reich consigned more than 2,500 Catholic priests… That these men managed to maintain forms of sacramental life — celebrating clandestine Masses, distributing holy communion surreptitiously and hearing confessions — while nursing and otherwise comforting prisoners being worked and starved to death is a story that should be told time and again in every seminary in the world.

Iraqi Church Formerly Defaced by ISIS Rededicated on Assumption Feast

By Courtney Grogan, CNA – An Iraqi church damaged and defaced by the Islamic State in 2014 was rededicated Thursday for the parish’s celebration of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary… The Syriac Catholic Church of Mar Behnam and Mart Sarah in the Iraqi city of Qaraqosh welcomed Archbishop Petros Mouche of Mosul, priests, and the local Catholic community to celebrate the solemnity… Archbishop Mouche rededicated the church’s altar, which had been burned by the Islamic State. After renonvations and rebuilding, the interior of the church, once charred black by fire, has been painted white.

Msgr. Charles Pope: What Should We Do About the Loss of Belief in the Real Presence?

By Msgr. Charles Pope, National Catholic Register – The bishops, at least collectively, do not seem to be overly concerned by the rampant unbelief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has obviously been somewhat preoccupied recently with the sexual-abuse scandal, but even before that, they seemed more focused on social-justice issues such as immigration, human trafficking and health care. None of these are unimportant, but far less attention is paid to the declining numbers in the pews, open dissent from Church teaching, and confusion about even the most fundamental truths of the faith.

Fr. Mike Schmitz: Not Everything In The Bible Is Morally Good (Video)

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – Not every protagonist in the Bible makes the morally good choice. The Bible is not a collection of stories that tell us how to live. It’s not a bunch of fables; it’s a true story. If the characters who we are told to look up to always did the right thing, it wouldn’t have much to teach us about real life. In real life, we all make wrong decisions, and the stories in the Bible show us the consequences of those decisions.

“Mommy, What’s Abortion?” by Susan Ciancio

By Susan Ciancio, Human Life International – The taking of a tiny human being’s life is not only a grave evil and a grievous sin, but a very difficult topic to broach with children. How does a parent explain to a child that there are people out there who not only advocate for the killing of babies, but who revel in the ability to do so? It’s a topic that can stop a parent in his tracks… I have been pro-life and very much sickened by abortion since I first learned about it in grade school. I tried, however, to shelter my young children and not allow them to learn about its gruesomeness too soon. So, imagine my immense sadness when I was thrust into giving them just a bit of reality when they were 9, 6, and not-quite 3.

Pope at Angelus: Be Ready for the Final Encounter With the Lord

Vatican News – “If we live in harmony with the Gospel and God’s commandments”, continued Pope Francis, “He will allow us to share in His eternal happiness”. Although “we cannot really understand what this supreme joy will be like”, said the Pope, Jesus offers us an image of the master who, finding his servants still awake on his return, “will have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them”. It is as though everything in Heaven will be reversed, said the Pope: “It will no longer be the servants, namely, us, who will serve God, but God will put Himself at our service”.

CNSNews: Parental Nightmares in Public Schools

By L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNSNews – Public schools are reopening for business across America, meaning it’s time to get back to reading, writing, arithmetic … and revolution… As usual in matters such as these, California is leading the way… On the first day of classes at Denair Middle School near Modesto, science teacher Luis Davila Alvarado handed out a worksheet from a transgender advocacy group titled “The Gender Unicorn” asking students about their “gender identity,” “gender expression” and their sexual and emotional attractions… These are children.

Msgr. Walter Rossi Under Investigation for Homosexual Misconduct, by Christine Niles (Video)

By Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. , Church Militant – In a public statement released Wednesday, the diocese said that about one year ago, “concerns were raised in the public sector regarding Monsignor Walter Rossi,” who served in the diocese of Scranton before being appointed rector to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C… Journalist George Neumayr was the first to expose Rossi in 2018 in a series of American Spectator articles, his reporting vindicated by whistleblower Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò, who confirmed that he received complaints as papal nuncio about homosexual predation by Rossi.

Abby Johnson Has Bigger Mission Beyond a Movie, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – A former Planned Parenthood clinic director plans to use a movie based on her life to help save others from the harmful industry… “I think people are looking for truth. They want to see what’s real,” says Abby Johnson, whose real-life transformation to a pro-life activist is portrayed in the feature film “Unplanned,” which stars Ashley Bratcher (pictured above) as Johnson… The film, produced by Pure Flix, has enjoyed commercial success and has leaped to No. 1 in DVD sales after it was released this week… But another purpose of the film, Johnson tells OneNewsNow, is to reach abortion workers.

Giving Children Back to Christ Through Mary, by Stacy A. Trasancos

By Stacy A. Trasancos, Catholic East Texas – Once out (of church my son) continued to wrestle in my arms, so I pointed to a life-sized statue of the Blessed Mother mounted high on the wall. In her left arm she held the Christ-child, staring out at the world. I had admired that statue many times before, the mother so still, the infant so small. It was beautiful, lifelike. On a whim, I lifted my boy up in the air, as if handing him to her… “Here, hold him for me,” I said. My son stopped wiggling and looked down to see if I was serious, somewhat concerned… “Yes,” I said to him, “I’m giving you to Mary because I need her help….

When Catholics Fight Back, by Casey Chalk

By Casey Chalk, Crisis Magazine – SB 360, also known as Senate Bill 360, a proposal requiring priests in California to break the sacramental seal of confession, was placed on hold by its sponsor, State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), on 9 June, right before a hearing on the bill. For months before the vote, activists in California, across the nation, and even in Rome raised their voices against SB 360, securing a victory against this gross violation of religious liberty and Catholic practice.

President Trump Nominates Pro-Life Attorney Sarah Pitlyk to Become a Federal Judge, by Micaih Bilger

By Micaih Bilger, LifeNews – His choice, Sarah E. Pitlyk, would replace U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry in St. Louis, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Perry was appointed by pro-abortion President Bill Clinton and plans to step down in December… Pitlyk is a strong human rights advocate and defender of religious freedom… she worked on cases involving the custody of a human embryo and the unconstitutional St. Louis ordinance that declared the city to be an “abortion sanctuary.” She also has been involved in the defense of David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress….

Vatican ‘Struggling to Put Out Fire’ of Public Scandal Over JPII Institute Purge, by Diane Montagna

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – The “firefighters for the new direction” being taken at the John Paul II Institute in Rome are “struggling” to put out a blaze of public scandal, as controversy sparked by a recent purge of professors threatens to reach the door of the Pope’s residence at Santa Marta… In a new letter published by respected Italian journalist, Aldo Maria Valli, an informed source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the “violent upheaval in the teaching staff” and “drastic change in the curriculum and orientation of academic research” has sent “shockwaves” through the Church, and generated a reaction that is “unprecedented in the pontificate of Pope Francis, both in intensity and in duration.”

Pro-Life Rep. Steve King Defends the Most Vulnerable Americans, Children of Rape, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Last time, the New York Times seemed to twist King’s defense of Western civilization into an embrace of white nationalist hate. This time, multiple media, including CNN, want to make him sound like a rape apologist… King tried to personalize the issue. Instead of thinking of children of rape as some vague, amorphous “them,” he asked his listeners to consider an unsettling possibility. Namely, that some of them might be the descendants of children of rape. Even he, Steve King, might be.

Fr. John Nahrgang: The Assumption: A Celebration of Mary’s Entire Earthly Life

By Fr. John Nahrgang, Catholic Exchange – Death is swallowed up in victory. These words of St. Paul to the Corinthians sum up in a certain way the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She contended with the Angel of Death at various junctures, as signaled by her confrontation with the dragon in the Book of Revelation. But the Assumption demonstrates that victory eclipsed death so greatly in her life that God would not even allow her earthly body to experience the corruption of death.

CNA: At Fertility Clinics, Abandoned Human Embryos Could Number in the Millions

By Catholic News Agency – The number of “abandoned” human embryos in the United States could number in the millions, and many fertility specialists are reticent to discuss the dilemma of what to do with frozen embryos… According to Christine Allen, a fertility doctor who runs a consultant business called Elite IVF, most fertility clinics fertilize far more eggs than they plan to use when performing in vitro fertilization, leading to the practice of indefinitely freezing surplus embryos— far more even than the process of IVF, which has a high failure rate, attempts to implant into a woman’s uterus.

STUNNING INTERVIEW: Prof Janet Smith on the Sexual Abuse Crisis: ‘The Bishops Are the Problem’…and ‘Disappointment’ With Francis (Video)

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – In This EpisodeDr. Janet Smith has been a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit for the last 18 years. She retired this past July (one year earlier than originally planned) because of her interest in investigating the sex abuse crisis in the Church. In this episode 21 of the John-Henry Westen Show, she talks to me about the root causes of the crisis as well as the “disappointing” papacy of Pope Francis.

Apologetics vs. Evangelization? Argument and Witness for the Sake of Others, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – The purpose of evangelization is to make Christ and the Church known to others so that they might receive the gift of faith and choose to convert to Christianity. It is a work accomplished in close collaboration with the Holy Spirit. The purpose of apologetics, on the other hand, is to clear away obstacles to faith by demonstrating that the claims about Christ, the Church and Catholic teaching are not contrary to reason. Broadly speaking, in other words, the focus of evangelization is on proclaiming the Gospel and the focus of apologetics is on arguing a position.

Woodstock at 50: The Anti-Fatima Event that Should Not Be Celebrated, by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II, Crisis Magazine – On August 15–17, 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held on a 600-acre dairy farm near Bethel, New York. Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of this monumental cultural event that marked an epoch… Woodstock changed America. It helped usher in a period of moral devastation. The event enshrined free love as acceptable in the national psyche. It created the idea that life should be dominated by the maxim, “if it feels good, do it.”… However, the worst part of Woodstock was its role in creating the spiritual desolation of imagining a utopian society without religion or the Catholic Faith.

‘Pro-Life’ Activist (Abby Johnson) Accuses Planned Parenthood of ‘Grooming Our Children’

Yahoo.com – Filling in for Tucker Carlson on Tuesday, Fox News’s Mark Steyn called Teen Vogue “a teen girl version of Pravda,” the former newspaper of the Communist Party, because of an abortion-advice story the digital magazine posted on SnapChat over the weekend… The SnapChat Story, “How to Get an Abortion if You’re a Teen,” offered advice and guidelines for teenagers under the age of 18 that may be reluctant to confide in their parents because of opposing beliefs. The SnapChat story was initially featured on Teen Vogue’s advice column. ….

A Day of Reckoning for the Church, by George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, Church, Militant – James Grein, the primary victim of laicized rapist Theodore McCarrick… revealed for the first time on Wednesday that he disclosed to Pope John Paul II himself the abuse he suffered at the hands of McCarrick… “Yes, this is the first time I’ve said that,” Grein told Church Militant on the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where he and his lawyer, Mitchell Garebedian, held a press conference on the first day the state of New York is recognizing lawsuits from victims under a new measure that gives them a one-year window to sue without regard to the previous statute of limitations.

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Biblical Roots of the Assumption of Mary

By Msgr. Charles Pope – While the actual event of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven is not recorded in the Scriptures, there is a biblical basis for the teaching that, considered as a whole, confirms Catholic teaching as both fitting and in keeping with biblical principles. Let’s ponder this feast in stages: The Assumption Explained – To be “assumed” means to be taken up by God bodily into Heaven. As far back as the Church can remember we have celebrated the fact that Mary was taken up into Heaven.

Diocese of Scranton Launches Investigation into National Shrine Rector Rossi, by Ed Condon

Ed Condon, CNA – In an interview in June, former papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò alleged that the nunciature in Washington had received “documentation that states that Msgr. Rossi had sexually molested male students at the Catholic University of America.”… Viganò also said that both the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and former Washington archbishop Cardinal Donald Wuerl were “well aware of the situation,” and that Rossi had previously been proposed for promotion to bishop and been blocked.

America’s Biggest Issue: Welfare (Video )

By Media Editors, Patriot Post – Genevieve Wood explains why more than five decades, several welfare programs, and $25 trillion later, the welfare system has largely failed the poor. ‘Welfare is anti-work and anti-marriage’.

A Rough Summer in the Empire State, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – The eight Catholic dioceses of New York are bracing themselves against a flood of lawsuits over clerical sexual abuse. A new law, known as the Child Victims Act, was passed early this year and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in February. Among the provisions of the new law is a one-year “look-back window,” during which civil cases that had passed the statute of limitations can be revived… That window opened yesterday, August 14.

Google Staffer Releases Documents Exposing Massive Censorship of Pro-Life, Conservative Web Sites, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – “I gave the documents to Project Veritas, I had been collecting the documents for over a year. And the reason why I collected these documents was because I saw something dark and nefarious going on with the company and I realized that they were going to not only tamper with the elections, but use that tampering with the elections to essentially overthrow the United States,” he said.

Why Trump’s Tough Trade Dealings With China Hinges on Venezuela, by Ken Blackwell

By Ken Blackwell, The Stream – But the President might be eroding his own, hard fought progress with China if he allows the Chinese government direct control of the world’s largest oil reserves which are located in Venezuela. The President can prevent these vast oil supplies from falling under Chinese control if he allows American energy companies to continue operating in partnership with Venezuela, as they have done for decades.   

Why Do So Few US Catholics Believe in the Real Presence? Look at the Liturgy, by C. C. Pecknold

By C. C. Pecknold, Catholic Herald – Many have said that the Pew study reflects a catechetical failure. I fear the opposite: it reflects a certain kind of catechetical success. It is the result of an unwritten catechesis that American Catholics have been slowly learning. Through a deracinated, spiritualistic, and emotivistic treatment of the Eucharist, many Catholics have learned their faith from a generation of pastors who stripped the altars, razed the bastions of reverence around the Lord in the sacrament, and who generally treated the Most Holy Eucharist itself as something to be passed out like a leaflet rather than received in awe, as people prostrate before the fire of divinity.

Fr. Mike Schmitz: 5 Things the Church Can Learn from Crossfit (Video)

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – Fr. Mike points out five things the Church can learn from one of the latest fitness crazes, Crossfit: In Crossfit gyms, you’re seen, you’re known, and you’re missed when you’re not there. How often does someone stop coming to church without us even noticing?… Crossfit is functional fitness, exercises that help you live your life. If we can bridge the gap between what we do on Sunday and our lifestyle, we will see how church helps us be more virtuous in our everyday life.

Fr. John R.P. Russell: Make God Present Through One Another

By Fr. John R.P. Russell, Catholic Exchange – Jesus shows us the way. After his disciples bring him the five loaves and two fish, the first thing Jesus does is look up to heaven. He does this by way of giving us example. As St. Cyril of Alexandria says, “He himself is the one who fills all things, the true blessing from above and from the father.” Yet, even though he is the blessing, “he looks up to heaven as though asking for the blessing from above.” He does this for our sake — to teach us by example — in his humanity — how to act as his ministers over the things he has given us.

Cardinal Burke: Amazon Synod Working Doc is ‘Apostasy’, Cannot Become Church Teaching, by Martin M. Barillas

By Martin M. Barillas, LifeSiteNews – Cardinal Raymond Burke said that the working document used for the upcoming Pan-Amazon synod organized by the Vatican at the request of Pope Francis amounts to “apostasy.”… The Cardinal made this comment when asked in an August 13 Youtube interview whether the working document known as the Instrumentum Laboris for the October 6-27 Synod may become definitive for the Catholic Church. Cardinal Burke replied: “It cannot be. The document is an apostasy. This cannot become the teaching of the Church, and God willing, the whole business will be stopped.”

Civil Conversation, Your Time Has Come, by Ericka Andersen

By Ericka Andersen, The American Conservative – And really, a cup of coffee is all it takes to begin a conversation with someone across the aisle, pew, or tax bracket. The Prayer Breakfast is symbolic of various national and local efforts to promote bipartisan respect, civility, and understanding. You wouldn’t know it from watching the news, but there is a growing movement of civility-centered groups, organizations, websites, and social circles sprouting up on every corner.

Every Single Democrat Seeking the Presidency Supports Abortions Up to Birth

By Texas Right to Life, LifeNews – The second debate was promoted as a means of discovering the real differences between the candidates.  Given this premise, there was little need to mention abortion at all, because abortion appears to be the one issue on which all of the candidates agree.  Every single Democratic candidate for president supports no restrictions on elective abortion up until the moment of birth, sometimes even after birth, and they all think that American taxpayers should be the ones providing the funding.

LA Mayor Garcetti and Pope Francis Talk Climate Change and Immigration in Vatican Meeting, by Alene Tchekmedyian

By Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti met with Pope Francis on Friday in a private meeting at the Vatican, where they discussed climate change, youth, poverty and immigration… Garcetti shared photographs of the visit on social media, saying in a statement he was moved by the Roman Catholic Church leader’s “inspired words about matters that will shape the future of our world, and to have the chance to speak to him about our mutual work to save this planet and serve our fellow human beings.”

A Lament on the Shrinking of Summer, by Msgr. Charles Pope

By Msgr. Charles Pope – What’s the big rush? Why are some people in such a big hurry to get back to the grind? Families have so little time to spend time together as it is! I hope that the concerns I express today will be seen as having spiritual components and not just as the complaints of an old curmudgeon… The purpose of rest, both the Sabbath rest and vacation, is to enjoy the fruit of our labors. We should work to live; many today live to work. What is the point of having a livelihood if we never get the time to enjoy life? God commanded the Sabbath for many reasons, but among them was justice.

The Pedophile Project: Your 7-Year-Old Is Next On The Sexual Revolution’s Hit Parade, by Stella Morabito

By Stella Morabito, The Federalist – Activists for normalizing pedophilia are on the move. Public acceptance of adult sex with children is the next domino poised to fall in identity politics. It’s being sustained, among other things, by the rapid sexualization of children in the media and in K-12 education… We cannot dismiss the campaign to legalize pedophilia as fringy stuff that will get nowhere. It’s real and it’s here and it’s gaining strength. It’s a very logical outgrowth of the nihilism inherent in the sexual revolution.

Meanwhile, This Is What LGBTQ Organizations Are Doing to Society, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, PJ Media – Virtually every week, there seems to be another issue that preoccupies the country. But while our attention is focused on President Donald Trump, Google, Charlottesville, Russia, impeachment, Jeffrey Epstein…. LGBTQ organizations are quietly going about their work dismantling ethical norms, making a mockery of education, ruining innocent people’s lives and destroying children’s innocence.

ARCHIVES: Fr. Richard Heilman: Things Accelerate Toward the End–Prophecy of Archbishop Fulton Sheen

By Fr. Richard Heilman – The Latin phrase, motus in fine velocior, is commonly used to indicate the faster passing of the time at the end of an historical period. I’ve heard it said that it means, “Things accelerate toward the end.” We are living through an historical hour which is not necessarily the end of times, but certainly could be marked as the end of an era. 

Mary is the Antidote to Anti-Feminine Madness, by Paul Krause

By Paul Krause, Crisis Magazine – The battle for Mary is a fight over the centrality of motherhood and family in the human experience. As such, the negation of Mary undermines a culture’s understanding and appreciation of motherhood and family. In working to strip Mary from European and American culture, Protestant crusaders set motherhood and family on a collision course with eventual irrelevance. By sabotaging the most graceful and fruitful image of motherhood—the Holy Mother herself—anti-Marian Protestants prepared the ground for the anti-feminine, anti-filial nihilists who control the cultural levers today.

Survey on Catholic Belief in the Eucharist Prompts Calls for Better Catechesis

By Jonah McKeown/KevinJones, CNA – After a recent survey found that two-thirds of Catholics do not believe Church teaching about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, Catholic commenters are stressing the importance of better faith formation… A recent Pew Research study found that just 31% of U.S. Catholics they surveyed believe that the bread and wine used in the Eucharist, through a process called transubstantiation, become the body and blood of Jesus— a fundamental teaching central to the Catholic faith, known as the Real Presence.

9 Things Jesus Might Do About Immigration, by John Zmirak/Kelly Kullberg

By John Zmirak and Kelly Kullberg, The Stream – Because Jesus loves all people, and wants all nations to thrive, we believe that he would do each of nine important things… 1. Stand and Lead.. Jesus wouldn’t teach people to run from their homelands. He would empower them to stand their ground, to lead, and to overcome challenges with creative love. He wouldn’t want the strong to abandon and break up their families. Jesus wouldn’t send people to any “savior” nation. He is the savior and his gospel is for the flourishing of every person, and every nation.

Fr. Richard Heilman: NOVENA FOR OUR NATION, AUGUST 15 – OCTOBER 7

By Fr. Richard Heilman – Why? I long to be ever closer to God and His will, and I want my prayers to be powerful!! I’ve come to understand that the more passionately we strive to draw near to God and follow His will, the more readily God is willing to reply to our pleas to Him. This is because he is a perfect “dad,” Who is trying to draw out of us the best version of ourselves. If God sees us doing the “striving,” He does not need to use such “dad-like” tactics as withholding His intervention, until we “get our act together.”

Analysis: The Pastoral Approach of Archbishop Charles Chaput, by JD Flynn

Archbishop Charles Chaput is not a cardinal. He has never been an officer at the U.S. bishops’ conference. He has never lived in Rome, and, in an international Church, he is not a polyglot… Chaput’s resume is not typical of most influential figures in the Church’s hierarchy… But when Chaput turns 75 and submits his resignation to Pope Francis next month, his admirers and his fiercest critics are likely to agree that the archbishop’s 31 years as a diocesan bishop have shaped, in significant ways, the voice of the Church in the U.S.

Loneliness Is a Human Catastrophe – and It’s Getting Worse, by Barbara Kay

By Barbara Kay, MercatorNet – The chapter (in Mary Eberstadt’s latest book, Primal Screams: How the sexual revolution created identity politics) in which the heat wave incident features concerns an epidemic of loneliness that is affecting great swaths of the populations in countries all over the world. The sexual revolution produced what Eberstadt calls a “Great Scattering,” the result of a breakdown of family as the pillar of society. She says, “(T)he human animal has been selected for familial forms of socialization that for many people no longer exist.”

Yes, China is the Greater Menace, by Patrick J. Buchanan 

By Patrick J. Buchanan, American Conservative – China steals our intellectual property via cybertheft, forces U.S. companies in China to transfer technology, hacks our computers, dumps into our markets to put U.S. companies out of business, subsidizes state-owned enterprises to compete with U.S. firms, manipulates its currency, and, despite our protests, ships to the USA the fentanyl drug that has become a major killer of Americans.

Are Catholic Bishops Stoking Civil War? by Dr. Christopher Manion

By Dr. Christopher Manion, Church Militant – For the past 50 years, our shepherds have ignored teaching that vital magisterial truth, as well as others — prime example: Humanae Vitae… Instead, they have supplanted the hard truths of the Magisterium with the sappy, flaccid sentimentalism of social justice. For years they have allied politically with pro-abortion Democrats and mindlessly supplied them with moralistic palaver to stoke their hatred of the Church, Her teaching and Her faithful… The radical Left mounts that dead horse of white racism and drags it through our streets, fomenting violence and revolution.

Abortion Induces Moral Relativism, by David G. Bonagura Jr.

By David G. Bonagura Jr., Crisis Magazine – Two elderly priests I know have offered complementary insights into our current cultural crisis: “Social engineering is preceded by verbal engineering,” and “Those who win the language wars win the culture wars.” Language carefully hones, shapes—or distorts—our culture. And, since language is our medium for comprehension, our use of language directly impacts our ability to know the truth… Today abortion supporters are using language in unprecedented ways that sickens our culture with ever new doses of moral relativism.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Will Marriages Be Acknowledged in Heaven?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – That a marriage ends by the death of a spouse speaks more to worldly realities than to heavenly ones. It still does not follow that one’s earthly marriage will have no meaning in Heaven. Even if a person remarries after the death of his/her spouse, surely both relationships will be perfected in Heaven, not discarded. As the relationships are perfect, there will be no jealousy or resentment between the first spouse and the second.

Why Have Catholics in the UK and US Been Leaving the Church Since Vatican II?

By Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille, Catholic World Report – Theologian and sociologist Stephen Bullivant says a big part of his argument in Mass Exodus is “that the ‘social architecture’ that had sustained and strengthened Catholic life and identity was well on the road to passing away by the time the Council came along.”

Joe Biden’s Adventures in the Natural Law, by Hadley Arkes

By Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing – But by the end of the 19th century, the natural law had become an object of derision among lawyers. In our own time, conservatives sharpened the reaction against natural law as they recoiled from liberal judges, moving outside the text of the Constitution, inventing new rights to contraception and abortion. They were false constructions of natural right, but they had to be met by showing what was false in the reasoning… The conservatives, however, were losing their confidence in moral reasoning, and so their ingenious strategy was to avoid any hint of moral reasoning altogether.

15-Year-Old Boy Holding a Crucifix Blocks LGBT March in Poland, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church, Militant – Jesus and the cross stood against evil and sins. Our holy faith commands us to counteract evil deeds… Baryła, who is a councilor at Płock Youth Council, said that he decided to block the march with a crucifix after he was inspired by “a similar gesture by Fr. Ignacy Skorupko during the Warsaw battle with the Bolsheviks in 1920.”… Baryła says he initially gave up this idea “because of social consequences. I was afraid of how people would react,”… However, he changed his mind and decided to act when he saw a blasphemous icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa with a rainbow halo at the Płock LGBT parade…

Msgr. Charles Pope: On Forsaking Fear by Remaining Ready

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In the Gospel for this weekend (Luke 12:32-40) the Lord Jesus presents a “recipe for readiness.” He gives it to us so that we can lay hold of His offer that we not be afraid. He is not simply saying, “Be not afraid.” He is explaining how we can battle fear by being ready… Christians today are often uncertain about what is necessary in order to be ready to meet God. Many also make light of the Day of Judgment, considering it all but certain that most of humanity will be saved… Jesus does not adopt this position. In fact, He teaches the opposite.

The Significance of Mary as the Gate of Heaven, by Stephen Beale

By Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange – The Church teaches that Mary is the way to Jesus, but is this grounded in Scripture?… As Catholics we can point to the gospel stories of the Annunciation, the wedding at Cana, and the cross and demonstrate through a close, faithful readings of these texts that Mary is indeed the ‘way’ to the Way… But we can also look at her traditional title as the ‘Gate of Heaven’ which is biblically based… Quite literally, Mary is the ‘gate’ through which Christ enters the world. This title is one that is actually applied to her in Scripture. Ezekiel 44:1-3 records that….

What Do Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein and Theodore McCarrick Have in Common? by Jennifer Roback Morse

By Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., National Catholic Register – Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein and Theodore McCarrick operate(d) in different sectors of society, have different marital statuses and sexual preferences and profess different religions. What do these disparate men have in common? A belief system that claims that sex is an entitlement. They operate according to the tenets of the most powerful ideology currently at work in the world: the ideology of the sexual revolution.

Ahhh, Bishops . . . by Bevil Bramwell, OMI

By Bevil Bramwell, OMI, The Catholic Thing – Bishop’s residences can be a huge problem. Again, some live in modest houses, but for the rest, the houses are a massive counter-witness to the official work of the Church. The Church is a witnessing body. It is a series of corporations for legal purposes. More importantly, the Church is fundamentally a witness of Jesus Christ in the world. Which does not entail having lots of money or a higher social status… Theologically, the problem is that the bishop is bound by the material parameters of Jesus Christ’s own life. It is simply not possible to witness credibly to Jesus Christ while living a life significantly richer than Jesus Christ – unless the message of the Church is a mere commodity.

Kap’s Still Not Working – and Neither Are His Tactics (“Denied work for 889 days”), by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Colin Kaepernick claims he is “still ready” for a return to the NFL – but does he really believe a comeback will happen?… The former NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers recently posted a video of himself working out in a gym. It begins with a counter and the words “denied work for 889 days.”… Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in October 2017 claiming owners colluded against him signing to a contract because of his kneeling during the national anthem as a means of protesting what Kaepernick calls racitacal injustice and police brutality.

Pope Paul VI – 1972: Confronting The Devil’s Power

Pope Paul VI, 1972 – We find evil in the realm of nature, where so many of its expressions seem to speak to us of some sort of disorder. Then we find it among human beings, in the form of weakness, frailty, suffering, death and something worse: the tension between two laws-one reaching for the good, the other directed toward evil. St. Paul points out this torment in humiliating fashion to prove our need a salvific grace, for the salvation brought by Christ, and also our great good fortune in being saved. Even before this, a pagan poet had described this conflict within the very heart of man: “I see what is better and I approve of it, but then I follow the worse.”

Reason, Faith, and the Pursuit of Wisdom, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – “However secularized a civilization may become,” writes Samuel Gregg in his excellent new book, “it can never entirely escape from the burden of its spiritual inheritance.” The civilization of the Western world is the product of a singularly fruitful marriage between faith and reason, between Jerusalem and Athens. Unfortunately that marriage is now on the rocks, and a final divorce would be catastrophic. Gregg is right; a civilization cannot escape its spiritual inheritance. But a civilization can die.

‘Where Are Our Voices?’ Ministry Leader Pleads With Christian Parents and Churches to Stand Against LGBT Agenda, by Nancy Flory

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – “It breaks my heart. Do you know we have more ex-Christians or Christians leaving the lifestyle going into the homosexual life than there are those coming out? That’s kind of our fault.”… Janet Boynes has a ministry to help people who want to leave the homosexual life. Janet Boynes Ministries “exists to help people get spiritual guidance and be set free from homosexuality and other sexual sins through the power of Jesus Christ.” The ministry also works with pastors so that they can help those in their congregation who struggle with the issue.

Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke: Pro-Abortion Politicians “May Not Present Themselves to Receive Holy Communion”

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke warned pro-abortion Catholic politicians Thursday not to show up for Holy Communion because they are not following Christ… In an interview with Fox News, Burke said he is not trying to punish pro-abortion politicians; he is trying to help them by urging them to repent… “They may not present themselves to receive Holy Communion, because they’re not in communion with Christ,”… “It’s not a punishment,” Burke insisted. “It’s actually a favor to these people to tell them, ‘Don’t approach.’ Because if they approach, they commit sacrilege.”

Catholic and Democrat? Not Possible. by Michael Voris (Video and Transcript)

By Michael Voris, Church Militant – One very important fact that has largely gone under the radar so far is the importance of Texas, once considered impenetrable by Democrats, a virtual lock for the GOP… If the Party of Death could capture the Lone Star State in 2020, that would almost completely guarantee a defeat for Trump… Texas has 38 Electoral College votes, absolutely critical to the Trump campaign. If Texas went blue, even by a whisker, the Democrats would seize the White House… So how possible is it that Texas could turn?

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Why Gillette Had a Close Shave With Ruin

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, The Stream – Gillette is the largest shaving brand in the world. For years they’ve been raking in the cash for their overpriced razors and shave cream. But recently they’ve faced stiff competition from online suppliers… So last year Gillette decided to launch an ad campaign they thought would attract the younger generation… The ad made broad assumptions about men… Men were portrayed as bullies and sexist, misogynistic, racist brutes. Then in May they launched an ad showing a man teaching his transgender son how to shave for the first time.

Loving Mother Church in the Midst of Her Crisis, by Amanda Evinger

By Amanda Evinger, EWTN News – I surrendered my soul to God’s plan for my life, admitting my total helplessness and incapacity to find the Truth on my own. Terrified, I also surrendered to this maternal authority that I sensed must exist. I realized that as a mere human creature, no matter how intelligent or educated in Christianity I could become, I could never discern each doctrine or dogma perfectly, or carve out a path to Heaven with my own feeble hands.

America Rejects the Democrats’ Abortion Extremism, by Jane Clark Scharl

By Jane Clark Scharl, Crisis Magazine – Nearly 50 years after Roe v. Wade, support for abortion is much more reserved than it might seem from the news. Three-quarters of Americans, including 60% of Democrats, believe there should be significant restrictions on abortions, such as limiting it to the first three months of pregnancy. Even among Americans who self-identify as pro-choice, more than six out of 10 support restricting abortion to the first trimester.

We Need a Wit Like St. Lawrence, by Casey Chalk

By Casey Chalk, Crisis Magazine – So yes: as the Long Lent continues, we Catholics should, as St. James urges us, “weep, wail, and mourn” for our Church and its sins. Yet that doesn’t mean we can’t also find humor in this wretched world, whose incongruities really are comical often enough. Indeed, we might find, as St. Lawrence did, that a sharp and well-formed wit can serve the Church quite well—especially when enduring the attacks of those who have no joy, and who’ve lost the ability to smile or laugh. St. Lawrence, ora pro nobis!

Cardinal Pell: ‘Amazon or No Amazon, the Church Cannot Allow any Confusion’, by Ed Condon

By Ed Condon, CNA – Cardinal George Pell has written a letter thanking supporters for their prayers and saying he is “disturbed” by the preparations for the forthcoming synod on the Amazon… “One point is fundamental, the Apostolic Tradition, the teaching of Jesus and the Apostles, taken from the New Testament and taught by Popes and Councils, by the Magisterium, is the only criterion doctrinally for all teaching on doctrine and practice.”… “Amazon or no Amazon, in every land, the Church cannot allow any confusion, much less any contrary teaching, to damage the Apostolic Tradition,” he said.

The Reichstag is Burning … DO Something! Anything! by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – The left’s dream scenario is close to coming true… Whether the left is targeting the First Amendment or the Second, count on any public Trump supporter, pro-life activist, or vocal traditional Christian to be quickly singled out. Groups like Media Matters, and rooms full of Soros-funded interns, would be recruiting 24/7 for leftists across the country. “Would you like make America safer and stop white supremacist terrorism? Then report your annoying MAGA neighbors.”

EDITORIAL: Losing a Legacy? Assessing the John Paul II Institute Controversy

By The Editors, National Catholic Register – “From the mystery of his own Being,” God created the human person, and we are called to “live a life similar to that of God,” wrote the Polish philosopher in 1978, shortly after he became Pope John Paul II, in one of his scriptural meditations that are now known as the theology of the body… Pope St. John Paul II explored how men and women, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, fortified by the grace of the sacraments and the wisdom of the moral law, are capable of making God’s love and mercy visible in marriage, sexuality, family life and the culture.

Archbishop Aquila: Is Religious Freedom Disappearing?

By Archbishop Aquila, Denver Catholic – If you have been following the recent political debates and the rulings being made by our courts, you will see that we seem to be at a turning point when it comes to the place of believers in our society. Increasingly, religious belief is being treated as equal to beliefs that do not rely upon reason but only one’s will… I urge you to ask the question: “How will I respond if I am forced to choose between my conscience and my livelihood?” And if we are penalized for living according to our faith, it’s prudent for us to ask how we will prepare for this new environment.

Msgr. Charles Pope: An Image for the Church in a Car Commercial (Video)

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The Church does not exist to reflect the views of her members, to please them, or to satisfy the world. Rather, the Church exists to reflect the teachings of her head and founder, Jesus Christ, and to please Him… Would that we leaders of the Church were as plain-spoken, confident, and clear as is this commercial.

Catholic Bishop: Fighting Abortion is the “Most Important Human Rights Issue of Our Time”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Catholic Archbishop Joseph Naumann praised pro-life advocates for fighting for the “most important human rights issue of our time” Monday during the national Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference… The Catholic Herald reports Naumann encouraged pro-life church leaders not to give up, despite their struggles against an aggressive and emboldened pro-abortion movement… “This is a moment of great opportunity as well as a moment of great peril for our culture and society,” Naumann said.

Follow The Money! Floundering Catholic Bishops Deflect by Bashing Trump, by Christopher Manion

By Christopher Manion, The Stream – Unfortunately, the bishops receive no federal funding to combat abortion. That’s why, for years, the bishops have abdicated the leadership of the pro-life movement to the laity. There’s no profit in it. But immigration is different. There, the bishops receive over a billion federal dollars a year… On August 1, Archbishop Gregory finally issued his first public statement. It was a stunning disappointment. He simply ignored his consecrated duty to combat the intrinsic evils of sodomy and abortion so rampant in his archdiocese. He blithely disregarded the roiling scandals in the hierarchy. Instead, he joined in with the DC echo chamber to do what comes naturally. That is, attack President Trump.

The Spirit of Speech, by Cole S. Aronson

By Cole S. Aronson, First Things – Broken oaths are not quite lies. A lie is a declaration against your beliefs. “From false things shall you distance yourself,” reads Exodus 23:7, enjoining all forms of insincerity. Kant thought that lying is a kind of coercion. I’d add that lying offends the practice of speech itself. The liar impregnates words, by nature meant to fit the world, with an alien purpose—the intentions of the speaker against the truth.

Why Can’t America Unify in the Face of Evil? by Ben Shapiro

By Ben Shapiro, CNSNews – Instead, we’re fighting one another… We’re fighting one another for one simple reason: Too many on the political left have become accustomed to castigating the character of those who disagree with the left on policy. Favor tougher border controls? This puts you on the side of the white supremacist terrorist. Believe in Second Amendment rights? You’re a vicious, violent cretin covering for those who commit acts of evil.

Are You Ready to Follow Jesus? Good. Burn Bridges, Sink Ships, and Smash Computers.

By TCM Guest Contributor, Those Catholic Men – You may have also heard the story of the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. Cortés and his men conquered the Aztecs. It is said that when Cortés landed in Mexico, he sank his own ships so that he and his men could not return to Spain. They had no choice but to carry out their mission of conquest if they wanted to survive. Regardless of what you think about the Spanish conquest of the Americas, Cortés’ career as a conquistador seems to have been successful… What is the path of Christian discipleship? May we keep our bridges intact in case we want to retreat, or should we sink our ships and bravely march forward?

Healing and Renewal for a Suffering Church, by Dr. James Tonkowich

Dr. James Tonkowich, The Stream – . . . I thought of all this as I got to the middle of Bishop Robert Barron’s Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis… “This book,” writes Barron, “is a cri de cœur, a cry from the heart. … The sexual abuse scandal has been for me, for millions of other Catholics, and especially for the victim-survivors, lacerating.” Many, he notes, have left the Catholic Church. Some have gone to other churches. Others — perhaps the majority — simply left… Others of us stay on with “frustration, anguish, and fury” that Barron notes “are grounded in a deep love for the Church and what it stands for.”

Giving the Devil His Due, by Paul Kengor

By Paul Kengor, Crisis Magazine – I wrote here at Crisis back in March 2018 about the all-too-common link between mass shooters and fatherlessness. That was in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida incident. Looking at a list of the worst mass shooters in U.S. history, it was clear that the vast majority came from broken families lacking a consistent biological father throughout their rearing and development. Very few had good, stable dads.

Pro-Lifers Ready for Post-Roe Fight, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – Students for Life, Live Action, The Heritage Foundation, and Alliance Defending Freedom are working together to plan a 2020 conference the day after the annual March for Life, which is January 24… Kristi Hamrick of Students for Life says the purpose is to prepare for a landmark decision… “We know that Rove v Wade is going to fall,” she tells OneNewsNow. “We know that the day after Roe we’re going to need to be ready with policy, with programs that are going to help women and children.”

Virginia’s Governor Wants to Lock Teens in Transgenderism. Stop Him. by Cathy Ruse

By Cathy Ruse, Family Research Council – Disgraced Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has directed his Board of Counseling to punish any counselor who responds to a teen’s cry for help to accept her own physical biology… That’s called putting politics in front of people… You have heard of these bans. They’re sometimes called bans on “conversion therapy.” LGBT activists describe nightmarish scenarios of cruel methods used on “gay” people to make them “straight,” without any real evidence, to get what they really want: sweeping bans to outlaw not only cruel methods, but all therapy. Even talk therapy.

Obama-Era Rule Penalizes Those Who Refuse to Participate in Abortion, by Anita Carey

By Anita Carey, Church Militant – Pro-lifers have until Aug. 13 to show their support for a revision to an Obamacare provision that threatened to punish doctors who refuse to refer or perform abortions… In 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) redefined discrimination “on the basis of sex” to include termination of pregnancy and gender identity. This allowed any medical professional who refused to perform or refer a patient for an abortion to be charged and punished for civil rights violations.

Catholicism: Masculine and Feminine, by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – One of the great strengths of Catholicism is its delicate balance between the “feminine” and “masculine” elements of religion… I’m aware that talking about masculine and feminine elements of religion is not the thing to do nowadays. We are supposed to think of religion as genderless, just as God is genderless; that we are Catholic, not qua male or qua female, but qua human being… I grant that philosophers and theologians.. hold that God, being an immaterial and hence bodiless being, is sex-less. All the same, Christianity has always used anthropomorphic language when speaking about God: God as male, as Father. Jesus himself spoke of God as Father.

Kendrick Castillo Remembered, Honored As ‘A Hero’ At Knights Convention, by Matt Hadro

By Matt Hadro, CNA – Kendrick Castillo, an 18 year-old who died in May while helping disarm a school shooter in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, was honored by the Knights of Columbus… “And as we go through life, just remember, be like Kendrick. Be selfless,” John Castillo, father of Kendrick Castillo, said upon accepting the Caritas Medal on behalf of his son…. “I wish could say I taught Kendrick those things. There’s a few things I did teach him,” Castillo said about his son’s reputation for service. “But in all actuality, he was the angel who saved my life, who taught me how to live. I will never forget him.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: What Was Moses’ Sin?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – At Thursday’s daily Mass (Thursday of the 18th week of the year) we read of the sin that excluded Moses from leading the people to the Promised Land. While there are some mysterious elements to it, one thing seems clear: the grumbling of the people got on Moses’ nerves. Indeed, grumbling often affects more than just the one doing the complaining. Through it, infectious negativity can be set loose.

JPII Institute VP Warns: ‘More Here at Stake Than Just an Institution’s Survival’, by Solène Tadié

By Solène Tadié, National Catholic Register – Fr. José Granados, a priest of the Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and a tenured professor of dogmatic theology and VP of Rome’s John Paul II Institute since 2011, expresses his concern over the institute’s future and discusses the stakes of the preservation of John Paul II’s teachings in today’s society… The fact that the chair on fundamental moral theology was suppressed is very worrying, for this is the chair that deals with Veritatis Splendor. Questions like “What is flourishing in life?”; “what are the virtues?”; “what is conscience”; “what acts are intrinsically evil?” are raised in this chair. These questions are crucial in order to be able to reflect on the special cases of marriage and the family.

Trump Admin Stands Up for Unborn Babies at the UN, Abortion Activists Come Unhinged, by Marie Smith

By Marie Smith LifeNews – Pro-abortion NGOs, along with pro-abortion activists serving in key UN positions, have been following a ‘battle cry’ to “push back” against what they describe as ‘regression’ in support and funding for abortion. The main source for their ire is the Trump administration’s pro-life belief in the sanctity of life from the moment of conception and its commitment to advancing life-affirming policies through its foreign aid during negotiations at the United Nations (UN).

WATCH: Polish Archbishop Decries LGBT ‘Rainbow Disease’ That’s Spreading Across Country, by Lisa Bourne

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – The archbishop of Krakow, Poland, has said that his country is under siege from the “rainbow disease” of LGBT activism… While his country is no longer beleaguered by the “red plague” of Soviet communism, Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski said, it is now afflicted by the “rainbow” plague of LGBT ideology, which denies human dignity and aims to control the souls, hearts, and minds of the Polish people.

Fr. Roger Landry: A Different Team and a Lasting Championship (Video)

By Fr. Roger Landry, National Catholic Register – As a former athlete and lifelong sports fan, I visit ESPN.com a couple of times a day. There I get more than box scores, videos and articles on recent happenings in major sports. I also receive inspiration from the heroism of various teams and athletes, who overcome seemingly insurmountable life situations to make the pros, or mount incredible comebacks under pressure to win games or championships, or handle crushing defeats with grace and maturity.

Red Flag Laws Deserve a Hammer and Sickle, Too, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – …in Dayton and El Paso, President Trump denounced an ideology he never held nor sympathized with in any way, white nationalism. Trump called for national calm. He spoke up for national unity… But Trump also made a very serious error, in offering support for “Red Flag” laws aimed at legal gunowners… Under Red Flag laws, the burden of proof is not on the government or your accuser. It’s on you, the gun-owner. You don’t get a free lawyer, as criminal defendants do. You must pay to fight this seizure of your property. The person who lodged a false accusation against you? He can sit back and relax. The state does his job for him, and there’s no effective penalty he faces for lying.

Evangelizing on Twitter: A Tweeting Priest’s Experience, by Zelda Caldwell

By Zelda Caldwell, Aleteia – What has it been like to have a tweet go viral like this?… Fr. Goyo: Well, I don’t know if this was viral, but it always surprises me that these things become this big news because, to me, they are normal simple actions of God that happen every day. We just have to be open to being an instrument of God’s actions through us. I have had other tweets that were also viral, but again, to me, it was a very normal day to day action of God in our lives. I love these stories because it is very clear that the whole “viral news” is obviously not about me, but God using my mistakes.

By Msgr. Charles Pope: God’s Warning to the Slothful and Fearful

By Msgr. Charles Pope – God had promised (the ancient Jews) a land of their own, a Promised Land flowing with milk and honey. At the critical moment, when God was ready to give it to them, they balked; they doubted. In their fear, they grumbled that taking the land might be risky or require effort. You would never know that God had just delivered them, parting the Red Sea, feeding them with miraculous food, and supplying them with water. All of this was forgotten, and they doubted that He could deliver on His promise.

Hollywood Film Depicts Trump Supporters Being Hunted for Sport by Liberals, by Matt Margolis

By Matt Margolis, PJ Media – Hollywood clearly still likes the idea of promoting violence against people who aren’t good and obedient leftists, because Universal Pictures is set to release a thriller called The Hunt on September 27, which features left-wing “elites” hunting Trump supporters for sport… In the past few days we’ve been hearing a lot about how Donald Trump’s rhetoric is apparently to blame for the El Paso shooting, yet Hollywood apparently lacked the foresight to think that a movie promoting violence against “deplorables” might be in bad taste…

Theologian: Vatican Used ‘Stalinist Methods With Velvet Gloves’ to Oust JPII Profs, by Diane Montagna

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – In his remarks, Msgr. Bux noted that the John Paul II institute is not the only place where “Stalinist methods with velvet gloves” are being employed. “In a brutal way or with inconsistent motivations, the same thing is happening in seminaries, in faculties, in the Congregations and in the Roman dicasteries,”… The Italian theologian said “the paradox” is that “ecumenical and interreligious dialogue is propagated to the outside,” while inside the Church the “dictatorship of single thought is affirmed.”… Msgr. Bux suggested that “perhaps the time is coming when we must stand up and move towards St. Peter’s, from all over the world, to denounce the new latrocinium ephesinum.”

You Kick God Out of the Culture, This is What You Get, by Chris Woodward, Jody Brown

By Chris Woodward, Jody Brown, OneNewsNow – In the aftermath of the massacres in El Paso and Dayton that left 31 dead and dozens wounded and injured, politicians and pundits across the U.S. are stating their opinions about the reasons the shootings took place. President Donald Trump, for example, blamed mental illness, violent video games, and insufficient background checks. But many of his political opponents are blaming the president’s political rhetoric, saying it has fostered an “anti-immigrant” and “racist” culture… In the midst of the debate, Christian apologist, author, and speaker Dr. Frank Turek argues that the Church needs to be more counter-culture.

After the Shootings — Look to Culture, Not Politics, by Star Parker

By Star Parker, The Patriot Post – The nation must now endure another gut-wrenching tragedy, with 31 having been senselessly gunned downed in Texas and Ohio over a weekend… My appeal is to consider these tragedies a crisis of culture and not to turn them into politics… There is a sickness in the soul of our nation, and that sickness plays its way through and winds up expressed in deadly, pathological acts of lonely, lost, confused individuals – disproportionately, young males… We must try to grasp the nature of this pathology and consider how it may be addressed.

Please, Stop Talking About ‘Values’ by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – I’m ready and willing to fight for faith, for truth, and for moral principles. But I won’t fight for “values.” I wish they’d go away… To speak of “values” is to introduce a term that is loaded with subjective connotations. “Values” are by nature relative. “What are your values?” the preacher asks, and the implicit message is that everyone has different values. But if everyone’s values are different, then it means nothing to speak of “values voters” or “defending family values.”

Pope Francis’s Strange Bedfellows, by James Kalb

By James Kalb, Crisis Magazine – One would assume a radical pope like Francis would at least keep a few token conservatives in his entourage. On the contrary: many of his appointees are well to the Left of his own public image. Much can be gleaned about the Holy Father’s mind by studying the men he entrusts with power and authority… Take the appointment of Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia to head the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family. The regime-change took place two years ago; now, as expected, Paglia is conducting a Stalin-style purge of the Academy.

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The Benedictine Way–Conversion of Life

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker – Conversion of Life is the central, driving goal of the whole spiritual life. Everything else–the liturgy, the prayer, the discipline, the service and the self denial–all are focussed on this greater goal of conversion of life. We pray and read and work so that we may be totally transformed into the image of Christ. For the Catholic this is a constant opportunity and reality. We do not believe that sanctification is accomplished for us like magic, or that it is a legal fiction the way some Protestants do.

Fr. Mike Schmitz: Does God Make Us With Flaws? (Video)

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – Fr. Mike answers that God does not make us with flaws, but we are all born with the unfortunate effects of original sin. We were all made in the image and likeness of God, but if we feel like some sinful behavior has been a part of us for as long as we can remember, that part doesn’t come from God. It comes from our fallen nature… Whether or not we were “born that way”, God still wants to make us holy and wipe away even the most deep-seated blemishes.

Video: Taylor Marshall Discusses the Plot to Destroy the Church From Within, by John-Henry Westen

The John-Henry Westen Show, LifeSiteNews – On this episode 20 of The John-Henry Westen Show, Taylor Marshall talks about his new book Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within. Our fascinating discussion covers everything from his conversion to Catholicism, Freemasonry, and the Saint Gallen mafia.

Rev. Dr. Andrew Bennett: Quebec’s Totalitarian Moment and Loss of Catholic Culture

By Rev. Dr. Andrew Bennett, The Catholic Thing – In 1981, while ushering in Canada’s new Charter of Rights and Freedoms, then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau remarked that “The Golden Thread of Faith is woven throughout the history of Canada from its earliest beginnings up to the present time.” Now, in Trudeau’s home province of Quebec, we are witnessing the unraveling of that thread and the prospect of its complete sundering.

The Marketing Crisis of NFP

By Gloriam Marketing – A few weeks ago, at a bachelorette party of all places, I was asked about NFP (Natural Family Planning)… Certainly not expecting the question in that element, and being a “halfway” user of NFP.. my answer was short and to the point: Yes… that it was a sacrifice but totally worth it, and that I did not regret NOT being on birth control at all. Thankfully, the questioner accepted it, seemed interested in looking into it, and then blessedly changed the conversation.

Extraordinary Coincidence, Contemporary Lesson, by George Weigel

By George Weigel, First Things – Forty years after Pope John Paul II bent the course of the 20th century in a more humane direction during his first pilgrimage to his Polish homeland in June 1979, new information continues to emerge about what happened behind the scenes, shedding further light on those epic events. The latest surprise involves a hitherto unremarked (and evidently impromptu) meeting of the Polish episcopate with the Polish pope in the middle of what’s become known as the “Nine Days.”

Planned Parenthood President: Senators Refuse to ‘Check the President’s White Supremacy’, by Nicholas Ballasy

By Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media – Acting president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Alexis McGill Johnson joined other liberal activists to call for the Senate to pass a gun control bill passed by the House after the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio… Johnson, the acting president of the nation’s largest abortion provider, argued that senators are refusing to “check the president’s white supremacy” and said lawmakers must do more to keep guns out of the hands of people “ready to unleash violence in our communities.”

Amazon Just Banned My Dad’s Therapy Books, Caving to LGBT Activists, by Joseph Nicolosi, Jr.

By Joseph Nicolosi, Jr., Church Militant – On Amazon, you can buy almost any book written throughout human history — from the Bible to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, or even a book glorifying pedophilia… As of last week, however, you cannot get any of Dr. Joseph Nicolosi Sr.’s books about leaving homosexuality — because Amazon just banned them all… From 1981 until his death in 2017, my father was the driving force behind reparative therapy. He invented, refined and used this innovative counseling method to help thousands of men overcome the effects of sexual abuse and other deep-seated childhood traumas.

Understanding An Ideological Purge At the Vatican, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – The purge at the John Paul II Institute has eliminated the faculty members most closely associated with the thought of the Pope— and canonized saint— after whom the Institute is named. But if Msgr. Melina’s charge is accurate, something even more shocking is taking place. If it is “intolerable” to say that Pope Francis is teaching in continuity with prior Church teachings, then it seems quite clear that the John Paul II Institute is now dedicated to the proposition that previous Church teachings should be discarded.

AP: In His Own Words: Ex-Cardinal’s Letters to Abuse Victims, by Nicole Winfield

By Nicole Winfield, AP – At first glance, the handwritten postcards and letters look innocuous, even warm, sometimes signed off by “Uncle T.” or “Your uncle, Father Ted.”… But taken in context, the correspondence penned by disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to the young men he is accused of sexually abusing or harassing is a window into the way a predator grooms his prey, according to two abuse prevention experts who reviewed it for The AP… Full of flattery, familiarity and boasts about his own power, the letters provide visceral evidence of how a globe-trotting bishop made young, vulnerable men feel special — and then allegedly took advantage of them.

Msgr. Charles Pope: A Reflection on the El Paso Shooting

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In the cauldron of anger that America has become, violent rampages are now weekly occurrences. Overt or barely repressed anger seems to be the new normal in America. Without civil discourse rooted in shared values, it is easy to resort to invective, demonizing, and fearmongering. The sickest among us drink this poison and succumb to it… Saddest of all, it is doubtful that an event like this will cause us all to stop and seek the way of peace; it is more likely to have the opposite effect. …

A Calculated Media Campaign is Gaslighting the World On Transgender Insanity, by Jonathon Van Maren

By Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSiteNews – What the media is doing while shrieking about our vanishing standards of normalcy is waging an all-out war on the idea of the male-female gender binary itself. While they are highlighting the abnormal nature of a president who tweets out spur-of-the-moment policy, they are pushing child drag queens and transgender children …..

ICYMI: Trump Condemns White Supremacy and Addresses Nation on Dayton, El Paso Shootings

By The Stream – “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul.”… So said President Donald Trump in a national address Monday morning discussing this weekend’s mass shootings. “These barbaric slaughters are an assault on our communities, an attack on our nation and a crime against all humanity.”

Was Trump Right About Baltimore? by Walter E. Williams

By Walter E. Williams, Patriot Post – Here’s what President Donald Trump tweeted about Baltimore’s congressman and his city: “Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is far worse and more dangerous. His district is considered the worst in the USA.”… “As proven last week during a congressional tour, the border is clean, efficient and well run, just very crowded,” Trump added. Cumming’s “district is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.

Don’t Blame the Gun, Your Eminence, by Patrick Novecosky

By Patrick Novecosky, Crisis Magazine – Sure, we must pray for the victims and their families. That’s essential. But we also need to pray for the disturbed individuals who may contemplate violence in the future. As Christians, we know that our prayers are efficacious. We must beg God’s grace for these men. They’re out there, and their numbers are growing… These are young, lonely, disaffected young men often had abusive, distant or absent fathers. The breakdown of the family and the isolation exacerbated by technology is affecting the mental health of thousands (if not millions) of Americans.

Mother Teresa: If a Mother Can Kill Her Own Child, How Can We Tell Other People Not to Kill? (Watch Video) by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – It is a simple moral question: Do you support the murder of children by abortion, yes or no? If you say yes, then anything goes. For if it is okay to kill a baby in the womb, then it is okay to do anything. You cannot say something is wrong, if child-murder is right. This is bottom-of-the-barrel morality… American liberals and their allies in the media support abortion on demand….

Is America Too Sick to Recover? by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – As the host of a daily talk radio show, on Monday-Friday I receive an email from a Christian news service highlighting the top 7-8 stories of the day. Today, the first three stories were: 1) White Supremacist Kills 20 at Walmart; 2) Socialist Shoots 9 in Dayton; 3) 25 Shot and Killed in Chicago in 4 Hours. How do we respond to news like this?

Lessons From the Shire: How to Live a Simple Life According to Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, by Philip Kosloski

By Philip Kosloski, Voyage Comics & Publishing – Before I go any further, I have decided to focus on the practical application of Hobbit simplicity to our everyday life. I believe that Tolkien’s secondary world has great applicability to our primary world and that we should think honestly about how we can integrate the truths learned into our own lives. Thus, we make the move from “head to heart.” In a certain sense, it is an “examination of conscience” with the Shire as a guide.

Remembering the Day When the ‘Politics of Personal Destruction’ Began, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – The problem that I see with Archbishop Gregory’s message lies in the fact that our bishops have (as usual) arrived late on the scene. The “politics of personal destruction” had become a regular feature of our nation’s political discourse long before Donald Trump—and his vociferous critics—arrived on the scene… When did it all begin? That’s a question worthy of a doctoral dissertation by some aspiring historian (if one hasn’t already been written). But for a quick answer, I’d point to July 31, 1987, after President Reagan nominated Robert Bork for a seat on the Supreme Court.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Which Do You Prefer: Melons and Leeks, or the Bread of Heaven?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The first reading for daily Mass on Monday (18th week of the year) was taken from the Book of Numbers. It features the Israelites grumbling about the manna in the wilderness: Would that we had meat for food! We remember the fish we used to eat without cost in Egypt, and the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now we are famished; we see nothing before us but this manna…

Social “Science” at the JPII Institute, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – The Catholic world was surprised – though not entirely so – last week when the previously announced “refounding” of the John Paul II Institute on Marriage and the Family resulted in the firing of two prominent longtime professors and the “suspension” – for the time being, we may hope – of all faculty. All this in service of what was reported as Pope Francis’ intention to “broaden its academic curriculum, from a focus on the theology of marriage and the family to an approach that will also include the study of the family from the perspective of the social sciences.”

Fighting Euthanasia: Man With Multiple Sclerosis Travels North America Speaking on the Value of Human Life, by Nancy Flory

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – “Pro-life is so much larger than being ‘anti-abortion.’ To be pro-life is to be concerned with every human life from the point of conception to the point of natural death and every state and stage in between — whether it be the homeless, the single mother, the insane. That is the tall calling of being pro-life.”… At first, it was about abortion. After his diagnosis, he began speaking on the dangers of assisted suicide. But he doesn’t call it that… “Now, as you know, in 2016, Canada did legalize what they called ‘medical assistance in dying,’ which is a euphemism for euthanasia.