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Msgr. Charles Pope: Passiontide Chronology: Holy Thursday (2019)

By Msgr. Charles Pope – According to the Synoptic Gospels, sundown of Holy Thursday ushered in the Passover. Later on this evening, the Lord will celebrate the Passover meal with His disciples. We ought to be mindful that the unleavened bread Jesus will take in His hands is called “the bread of affliction.” Scripture says, You shall eat [the Passover] with unleavened bread, the bread of affliction—for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste—that all the days of your life you may remember the day when you came out of the land of Egypt (Dt 16:3).

Fr. Mark Goring, CC: St. Padre Pio and the Attack on the Priesthood (Video)

Fr. Mark Goring, CC: St. Padre Pio and the Attack on the Priesthood (Video)

Is the Coronavirus Pandemic a Judgment From God? by Mary Healy

By Mary Healy, EWTN News – On the other hand, some theologians and ordinary people have noted that many passages in Scripture speak of calamities, including pestilence (deadly infectious disease), as God’s judgment on human sin… God warns his people, for instance, that if they rebel against him, “I will send pestilence among you, and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy” (Leviticus 26:25). Even in the New Testament, the Book of Revelation depicts a rider on a pale horse who was “given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth”…

Team of Young Chicago Priests Answer the Call to Anoint COVID-19 Patients, by Jonah McKeown

By Jonah McKeown, CNA – The Archdiocese of Chicago has assembled a team of 24 priest volunteers— all under age 60, and without pre-existing medical conditions— to administer sacramental anointing of the sick to Catholics with COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic… Father Matthew O’Donnell, pastor of St. Columbanus Parish on the city’s South Side, has been a part of the team for about three weeks, and told CNA that so far he has anointed two people with COVID-19… “I know that all of us who are doing this ministry in Chicago right now are doing it because we believe that this is what we’re called to do as priests, to be present to people,” Fr. O’Donnell told CNA.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Closes Churches for Easter But Lets Abortion Clinics Kill Babies, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Kansans are being told to stay home from church on Easter Sunday and limit all gatherings to 10 people or fewer as coronavirus cases begin to peak in the U.S… Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order is supposed to save lives. But she excluded the most vulnerable when she allowed abortion facilities to remain open through the health crisis… The Kiowa County Signal reports pro-life lawmakers in the state criticized Kelly for showing favoritism to the abortion industry, which destroys lives, while so many Kansans are sacrificing to save them.

(One) US Bishop Vows to ‘Refuse’ COVID-19 Vaccine if Made From ‘Aborted Fetal Tissue’, by Martin Bürger

By Martin Bürger, LifeSiteNews – ‘I will not kill children to live,’ Bp. Joseph Strickland insisted… According to Children of God for Life, during a hearing of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a physician revealed how he harvested the fetal cells… “So I isolated retina from a fetus, from a healthy fetus as far as could be seen, of 18 weeks old,” Alex van der Eb said. “There was nothing special with a family history or the pregnancy was completely normal up to the 18 weeks, and it turned out to be a socially indicated abortus — abortus provocatus, and that was simply because the woman wanted to get rid of the fetus[.] … [W]hat was written down was unknown father, and that was, in fact, the reason why the abortion was requested.”

Wuhan Vaccine Immoral? by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – In the rush to find a vaccine to lessen the loss of life due to the Wuhan virus, vaccines containing aborted fetal cells are being tested, and they may become mandatory… Two American pharmaceutical companies, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, are incorporating aborted fetal cells into experimental vaccines, which — if successful — could entail mass-forced vaccinations… Johnson & Johnson, one of the largest companies in America catering to baby needs, is also ironically one of the leading corporate sponsors of abortion.

Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy: The Pandemic and Repentance

By Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap., The Catholic Thing – Throughout the Old Testament, when evil befell the Israelites, they consistently interpreted their sorry plight as God’s righteous punishment for their sins. Three examples readily come to mind… First, when the chief prince, Haman, convinced the Persian king, Ahasuerus, to destroy the Jews, Queen Esther – who was Jewish – besought the Lord to deliver her exiled people from the evil that had come upon them. In fasting, Esther prayed …..

Amid Coronavirus Trials, Think of Heavenly Things, by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II, The Stream – It is told that Saint Augustine (354–430), bishop of Hippo, would preach to his flock on the happiness of Heaven amid his troubled times. All who heard him would become inflamed with the love of God… With each word that came from his lips, the people became more captivated by his descriptions. It was if they were transported to the magnificent feast of Heaven and enjoying the celestial beatitude, so compelling was his account. They were enthralled by this vision of the rewards that would be theirs should they be faithful to God’s Word.

Opinion: God Help Us All: Dr. Fauci Knows Exactly What He’s Doing, by Michael Thau

By Michael Thau, American Thinker – Last Thursday, the scientific mastermind behind the economic carnage and spirit-crushing isolation now constituting the two main pillars of America’s ingenious new public health strategy delivered some bad news. Dr. Fauci says we’ll have to keep living like this until the virus is eradicated… No remotely similar brutal experiment in tough love has ever been tried. So it’s anyone’s guess how bad things will get. The Great Depression saw just three consecutive years averaging around a 9% decline in GDP. Unemployment peaked at 25%. Much worse is already projected in just the coming months.

Fr. Mario Alexis Portella: Suffering with the Saints

By Fr. Mario Alexis Portella, Crisis Magazine – This year, due to the reaction to the coronavirus pandemic, in many parts of the Catholic world the faithful will not be allowed to partake in the Holy Week ceremonies; the liturgical celebrations will be carried out behind closed doors. While the world has been occupied with the spread of the coronavirus—especially since it appears to be the only tragedy covered by the mainstream media—one “pandemic” which has been all but put on the back burner should remind us of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection.

Outrageous! Dr. Birx Went All-In on Bill Gates-Funded Coronavirus Model – Sits on Gates-Funded Foundation Board, by Cristina Laila

By Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit – Dr. Birx decided to throw away several proposed models for the Coronavirus outbreak and went all-in on a single model funded by Bill Gates… As TGP reported Thursday, the IHME (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) model for the Coronavirus the White House is relying on is complete garbage… The US economy has been virtually shut down, unemployment spiked and small businesses are on the verge of shuttering based on faulty projections… The IHME model, which is funded by Bill Gates, is using New York and New Jersey data and applying it to the rest of the US.

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke: Message for the Holiest Week of the Year

From the beginning of my service as Bishop of a diocese, it seemed that every year as the celebrations of Christmas and Easter approached, there would be a profoundly sad event in the diocese or difficult crisis to face for the good of the diocese. Just as I was anticipating with joy the celebrations of the great mysteries of our salvation, something would happen, which, from a human point of view, put a dark cloud over the celebrations and called into question the joy they inspired. Once, when I commented to a brother Bishop about this distressingly too regular experience, he simply responded: “It is Satan, trying to steal your joy.”

Cdl. Pell Unanimously Acquitted of Sex Abuse Charge by Australian High Court, Will Be Freed, by Paul Smeaton

By Paul Smeaton, LifeSiteNews – ‘It is alarming that a man had to spend nearly 14 months in prison on the uncorroborated say-so of a single accuser, despite having multiple alibis. There is a need for both the police and the public prosecutor to respond to charges of malicious prosecution,’ said a former altar boy at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne… The High Court of Australia has acquitted Cardinal George Pell of his convictions of historic child sexual abuse and ordered his release from prison, in a unanimous decision by the court’s seven justices.

Bishops Can Do More to Provide Sacraments Despite Coronavirus Fears, Open Letter Claims, by Kevin Jones

By Kevin Jones, CNA – In the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, the nationwide shutdown of Catholic churches has halted regular Mass attendance and impeded access to other sacraments for the Catholic faithful. Now, some Catholics have endorsed an open letter asking the Catholic bishops to do everything possible to make the sacraments more available… “We don’t absolutely need to have the Eucharist, but we want to be in the presence of the Eucharist, we want to have Mass said. We want adoration, we want processions, we want all these things,” she told CNA April 2, describing the goals of the open letter and its supporters.

From Wuhan to You and … by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – Since the first few Americans returned from Wuhan unwittingly carrying this virus, the situation has dramatically escalated. As of Tuesday, the CDC estimated there were 374,329 COVID-19 cases in the United States and 12,064 COVID-19 deaths… “So,” Pompeo told Perkins on March 24, “Every day that the Chinese Communist Party sat on this information and didn’t do the right thing, and instead punished doctors who were attempting to alert the world about what was taking place there in Wuhan, increased the number of people who would be exposed, and thereby put all of us all around the world — and the Chinese people as well — put them at unnecessary risk, too.”

Keeping the ‘Catholic’ in Catholic Distance Learning, by Patrick Reilly

By Patrick Reilly, National Catholic Register – Faithful Catholic schools are far better for Catholics than public schools. But how do they maintain their distinctive advantage when students are forced to stay home?… In important ways, Catholic schools are doing just that with the help of students’ parents. And in this time of anxiety and isolation, the special character of Catholic schools is more important than ever….

Pell Acquittal Exposes Vatican Hypocrisy, by Bradley Eli

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant – Pope Francis is praying for those who are persecuted by an unjust sentence. He did so shortly after news broke that Australia’s High Court acquitted Cdl. George Pell of sex abuse… Without mentioning Pell’s name in his homily at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday Francis said, “I would like to pray today for all the people who suffer an unjust sentence because of aggressive persistence [against them].”… The approach the Vatican took regarding Pell’s having to stand trial in Australia was not in step with the approach it’s taken in the case of other prelates accused of corruption, who were shielded by diplomatic immunity.

A Catholic America Would Be Worth ‘Conserving’, by Charles Coulombe

By Charles Coulombe, Crisis Magazine – History is a funny thing in that it takes no prisoners. One thing American Conservatives have wrestled with since the foundation of the republic is just what it is they are supposed to be conserving. Europeans and Latin Americans were fairly clear on the point, with a rejection of the principles of the French Revolution and concomitant adherence to altar and throne. The religious patterns of our early settlement and the revolutionary origins of our government, however, made any such easy definition impossible.

Salvation by Faith or by Works? James and Jude Speak, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – But God’s purpose in creating us is not completed by justification but by bringing those who are willing into a union of Love with Himself. The sacrifice of Christ tells us only about God’s love—not our own! Consequently, God wills that we be joined to Christ’s body on earth to live ever more fully in Christ, growing in grace as we learn God’s will and develop the habit of following it, for He “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim 2:4). For most of us, self-evidently, this is not the work of a moment.

Trump: ‘We Are Going to Look Into’ Defunding Pro-Abortion World Health Org – Live COVID-19 Updates, by Claire Chretien

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – At the White House’s daily coronavirus briefing today, which is still going on, Trump signaled that he is open to the idea of defunding the WHO, a pro-abortion U.N. entity with suspicious ties to communist China… “They seem to err always on the side of China and we fund it, so I want to look into it,” he said. .. A reporter pressed him, “Is it time to freeze [U.S.] funding to the WHO during a pandemi?”… “No, maybe not, I am not saying that I am going to do it, but we are going to look at it,” Trump replied.

Millions in Vatican Assets Seized, by Bradley Eli

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., ChurchMilitant – Pope Francis is establishing an emergency fund to supposedly aid victims of the Wuhan virus. However, savvy Catholics know the Vatican often misdirects funds — as has been in the news frequently — even as recently as two days ago… This past Friday a Maltese court ordered $32 million in assets belonging to the Vatican Bank be seized… The Vatican Bank’s official name is the Institute for Religious Works, and in this case, the so-called religious works amounted to reneging on financial obligations with real estate and money firms that dated back to the final weeks of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy.

Evidence From Wuhan’s Morgues, Crematoriums Suggests COVID-19 Deaths 20 Times Higher Than Official Count, by Steven Mosher

By Steven Mosher, LifeSiteNews – In January, people in Wuhan began dying of the novel coronavirus. Not long thereafter, disturbing pictures began to leak out of China showing hospital hallways crowded with the bodies of the dead, and vans loaded with body bags heading toward crematoria. Yet the rapidly rising death toll these pictures suggested was not reflected in the official death toll, which remained puzzlingly low.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Passiontide Chronology: Tuesday of Holy Week

By Msgr. Charles Pope – It is Tuesday of Holy Week. Jesus likely arises early, as did all the ancients. Days both ended and started early, at dusk and dawn, prior to the advent of electric lighting. They leave Bethany and head back to Jerusalem. Perhaps a few converts can be made before the transcendent events of the Passion begin… It is only a couple of miles, mostly downhill, to Jerusalem. As they come down the steep hill they see the fig tree Jesus had cursed the day before… As they were walking back in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from its roots. Peter remembered it and said, “Look, Rabbi! The fig tree You cursed has withered.”

Redeeming the Time, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – This week we remember and re-enact the most important events in the entire history of the world. The coronavirus outbreak has changed some of the ways we can do so this year. But like all worldly things, the change is temporary, while Christ’s Passion – despite historical changes in leaders, regimes, cultures, even the collapse of whole civilizations – remains. And changes everything else… Widespread suffering and death are – to be sure – serious things. Especially so in the larger perspective of what we are right to call Holy Week. At least that’s the case if we fully recognize what happened during these days.

Canceled Masses and Drive-Thru Confessions: A Catholic Microbiologist’s Take, by Dr. Gerard M. Nadal

By Dr. Gerard M. Nadal, AngelusNews – People are frightened at the seemingly random nature of who gets infected and the increasing number of younger adults in perfect health who are dying. This fear, this random tap on the shoulder by the contagion and the immediacy of eternity, has prompted many to evaluate their lives and their relationship with God, as they sense they could be meeting him face-to-face sooner rather than later.

The End of Our Longest Lent, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – This time of silent streets and police-enforced solitude, of contamination phobia and social distancing, can serve as a kind of desert in which we can end this Lent. And have some hope for Easter. You just need to know where to look. I hope that each of us is doing what he can for those around him. That we’re all still remembering to pray, even without fellow congregants or candles, or choirs and waving palms…. Jesus prayed alone in the desert for 40 days, stripped not just of followers but even friends. Have we ever really thought about how lonely He must have been?

CNA: Cardinal: Moving ‘Vicar of Christ’ in Vatican Yearbook is Theological Barbarism

By Catholic News Agency – On Thursday, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the Vatican’s former doctrinal chief, described the change as an act of “theological barbarism.”… In a commentary for the German weekly Die Tagepost, the cardinal said that, while the Annuario is issued by the Vatican Secretariat of State via the Vatican Publishing House, it is “only an address book and lacks any teaching authority.”

Bozell: Liberal Media Weaponizing COVID-19 Against Trump When They Should Be Rallying America, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – In “How the liberal media weaponizes COVID-19 against Trump,” Bozell explains the ways a partisan media are using the virus to attack Trump, rather than to unite Americans’ efforts against a deadly, common enemy: “America faces an existential threat from the COVID-19 virus, but our response is made needlessly more difficult because a partisan media has weaponized the virus as a cudgel against the president. Instead of a rallying point for America, our fight against the pandemic has become a political football.

President Trump Asks Americans to Pray for Our Nation: “With the Grace of God, We Will Overcome”, by Gary Bauer

By Gary Bauer, LifeNews – During yesterday’s White House press briefing, President Trump asked Americans to pray for our nation, those grieving loved ones and those most impacted by the crisis. Here are excerpts of the president’s remarks: “While we may be apart from one another . . . we can use this time to turn in prayer in our own personal relationship with God. I would ask that all Americans pray for the heroic doctors and nurses, for the truck drivers and grocery store workers, and for everyone fighting this battle.

Francis Footnote Follies: Why Francis Dropped the Title of Vicar of Christ… (Video) by Elizabeth Yore

By  Elizabeth Yore, The Remnant Newspaper – Francis and his Vatican minions are sponsoring and promoting these global events to launch and celebrate the rollout of the new Abrahamic Faith. The title of Vicar of Christ, held by the Catholic Pontiff is not only an anathema, but more importantly, a theological hindrance, to the creation and rollout of the One World Religion… In this new religion of humanism, Jesus Christ is absent, eliminated as the Savior of the world, our Prince of Peace. In the new religion of Humanism, man and nature are equal and they replace God and His Son.

Our Lady of America Warned Us, by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN News – Our Lady of Fatima cautioned us and gave remedies. So did Our Lady of Akita. So did Our Lady of America… But instead, the heedless world has been in the hot pursuit of what Cardinal Arinze pointed out as the three major “P’s” — Pleasure, Power, Possessions. A lot of that has come to a halt in the last few weeks…. Most aren’t familiar with Our Lady of America and what she said. Beginning in late 1956, Our Lady came and identified herself as Our Lady of America to bring warnings and solutions….

Trump: ‘We See Light at the End of the Tunnel’; ‘I Would Ask That All Americans Pray’, by Susan Jones

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – (Pres. Trump) took note of the fact that he was speaking on Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week for Christians around the world: While we may be apart from one another, as you can see from our great churches, our great pastors and ministers are out there working very hard, but we may be apart, we can use this time to turn in prayer in our own personal relationship with God… I would ask that all Americans pray for the heroic doctors and nurses, for the truck drivers and grocery store workers, and for everyone fighting this battle…

How Can We Mark Palm Sunday When it Feels Like Holy Saturday? by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – The law has shuttered restaurants and bars, except for the forlorn take-out windows where desperate business-owners try to salvage their livelihoods. (I hope you’re supporting your favorite places this way, if you can. I’m ordering five nights a week and tipping 33%.) There might be a place where “everybody knows your name,” like TV’s Cheers, but you can’t go in there. You’ll have to subsist on emails, phone calls, Skype sessions, and Zoom sessions with colleagues.

Fr. George Rutler: Feeling Abandoned?

By Fr. George Rutler, Church Militant – The term “parochial” is frequently used in a condescending sense, but no one today can get away with thinking that to be parochial is to be isolated from reality. As I write, the Navy hospital ship “Comfort,” last seen here on the Hudson River after the World Trade Center horror, is passing by our rectory windows. The convention center nearby, usually home to flower and boat shows, is being converted into a huge emergency hospital.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Passiontide Chronology: Walking with the Lord on Monday of Holy Week

By Msgr. Charles Pope – As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said, “If only you had known on this day what would bring you peace! But now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you when your enemies will barricade you and surround you and hem you in on every side. They will level you to the ground—you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God” (Lk 19:41-44).

He Who Is Not Against Us, by Chilton Williamson

By Chilton Williamson, Jr., Crisis Magazine – “For he who is not against us is for us.” — Mark 9: 40… As a practicing Catholic, I continue to believe that. Recently, though, I’ve been pondering the meaning of Our Lord’s words, quoted above, to His disciples. Those words, which must have been perfectly clear to His hearers during His mission on earth, may seem less so in a world in which the number of non-Catholic churches that call themselves Christian is beyond counting. They make no pretense of representing Christ’s mystical body—and no pretense either of being friends of the Church of Rome, which they denounce as their sworn enemy and defame as the Whore of Babylon.

Exorcist: Priests Have ‘Obligation’ to Give Sacraments to Dying, ‘Regardless’ of What Bishop Says, by Lianne Laurence

By Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNews – Exorcist and theologian Fr. Chad Ripperger says priests are under an obligation to give the sacraments to Catholics in imminent danger of death “regardless of what their bishop says.”… With Catholics in turmoil and anguish over unprecedented bans on confession, cancellation of public Masses, and the locking of churches as the coronavirus pandemic continues, LifeSiteNews asked Fr. Ripperger about losing access to the sacraments, including confession and even last rites, and how to respond in these times…

MUST READ! Abp Viganò: Has Pope Francis Now ‘Disavowed’ Being Vicar of Christ?

By Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – In the new edition, on the other hand, the secular name JORGE MARIO BERGOGLIO stands out in large letters, followed by the biography, the date of election and the beginning of his “ministry as universal Pastor of the Church.” Separated by a dash and the words, “Historical titles,” all the titles of the Roman Pontiff are then listed, as if they were no longer an integral part of the Munus Petrinum that legitimizes the authority which the Church recognizes in the Pope.

Pandemic Silver Linings, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – Even amidst illness and death, God’s love and mercy shine through… Illness and disease are physical evils, as St. Augustine taught, and not in the original plan for human life, as Aquinas reaffirmed. Mankind was offered freedom from concupiscence, suffering and death, but Adam rejected it, leaving us susceptible to illness and pandemics like the Wuhan virus… since God is Love (1 John 4:8), He wills to bring good out of the evil we unleash.

Catholics Cheer the President, by David Nussman

By David Nussman, Church Militant – A campaign coalition called Catholics for Trump had its debut livestream yesterday… Participants in the livestream lauded President Trump for defending religious liberty and talked about the importance of pro-life issues for Catholics; another topic discussed was President Trump’s handling of the Wuhan virus… The livestream closed with the Rosary, led by Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life… As the 2020 election draws near, an important demographic will be Catholic voters residing in swing states — the so-called battleground states.

Holy Week in the Home During Quarantine

By Jennifer Gregory Miller, Catholic Culture – Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. This year will be completely different for most of us who cannot attend any religious services or Masses during this time… Our reality is that as a family we generally will have more time preparing and entering into Holy Week. So many of us are suddenly home with few or no outside commitments to take over our schedule. There are possible limitations in preparing due to temporary lack of supplies and restrictions on shopping.

UN Plan to Spend $2 Billion Fighting Coronavirus Will Include Killing Babies in Abortions, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – United Nations leaders are pushing through a $2 billion spending plan for the coronavirus that includes funding to abort unborn babies in elective abortions… According to C-Fam, abortions are considered “essential” in the new proposal by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres… The plan is supposed to provide funding for developing countries to buy medical supplies, food and other basic resources during the pandemic. However, C-Fam discovered that “sexual and reproductive health and rights” also are listed as a key priority in the plan.

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Coronavirus Clarity on Confession Suspension: A Primer for Pastors

By Father Raymond J. de Souza, National Catholic Register – Many dioceses are “suspending” the sacrament of confession. As the permission of the bishop is required for the validity of absolution, it is necessary to clarify that even when “suspended” confessions remain valid… Yet priests are still in need of pastoral guidance. And the guidance that the sacrament is to be entirely suspended creates some confusion for them and the faithful.

Italy, the Coronavirus Pandemic and Demographic Winter, by Jennifer Roback Morse

By Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., National Catholic Register – Heartbreaking stories have emerged from the coronavirus pandemic in Italy. Hospitals are too full. Doctors are overworked. People die alone. Coffins pile up. The Pope walks through empty Roman streets, praying alone… The coronavirus has created these scenes. Yet, behind the scenes of the crisis is another one. Slow-moving, largely hidden, yet destructive both physically and socially, a problem people prefer to ignore. I am speaking of demographic winter: the worldwide fertility decline. This problem aggravates the coronavirus crisis.

Books And Music To Help You Find ‘Piece’ Of Mind, by Trent Beattie

By Trent Beattie, Catholic Digest – Have you ever been so distracted or stressed out that you were looking to find, not complete serenity, but a mere semblance of it? While total peace of mind may have been out of the question, finding a “piece” of mind was a possibility. It is in that modest spirit characteristic of Lent that the following list of books and one album are offered for incremental improvement.

Does Coronavirus Spell the End of the Modern World? by Sue Ellen Browder

By Sue Ellen Browder, EWTN News – In all spheres of our lives — economic, commercial, medical, global relations, etc. — we have reached amazing peaks of power. And yet, as a wise priest in Nazareth observed on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, in a few days, “everything changed,” and “all our perceptions changed dramatically. … We felt powerful; now we feel powerless. We [trusted in] ourselves; now we cannot trust anything. … In the past we were under the dominion of ourselves, our human power. Now we are under the dominion of fear,” and we feel powerless… The coronavirus is teaching us a valuable lesson: We are not in charge here. But will we listen?

When It’s Over, Will We Be the Same America? by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – Consider what has happened in three weeks… The Republican Party, the party of small government and balanced budgets, approved with but a single dissent a $2 trillion emergency bill. There is talk now of a second $2 trillion bill, this one for infrastructure… In a single month then, a Republican Senate and president grew the federal budget by 50% and are looking to double that…

Fr. Mike Schmitz: Does God Ever Lead Us into Temptation? (Video)

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – When we pray “lead us not into temptation”, it may seem like God has the capacity to tempt us. But that’s not the case. God does not tempt us, but he can and sometimes must put us through tests. Here are a four helpful ways to look at this part of the Our Father: Tests reveal things to us. When God tests us, it reveals how much faith, hope, and love we have in God and for God.

‘We’re in Unknown Territory’: Uncertainty Follows Parish and Diocesan Employee Layoffs, by Mary Farrow

By Mary Farrow, CNA – Bishops across the United States have suspended public liturgies and closed church buildings in the past few weeks in response to state-issued public safety policies, and Catholic leaders have warned of an immediate revenue shortfall. Consequences of that shortfall include staff reductions, furloughs, and decreased hours.

Fr. Mark Withoos: Cardinal Pell, the Living Martyr

By Fr. Mark Withoos, Crisis Magazine – A cardinal, a Prince of the Church, remains locked up in a small cell, separated from all, locked in, and without access to the sacraments. No, this is not coronavirus, and this is not Italy. In many ways it is a metaphor—we might even be forgiven for thinking it a paragraph from Lord of the World—but for the man concerned, George Cardinal Pell, it is not a metaphor but reality.

Pope Francis Strips God’s Wrath From Mass for Pandemic, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – In stark contrast, the new “Mass in Time of Pandemic” Collect asks God to “look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, peace to the dying, strength to health care workers, wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach out to all in love.”… “This new version does not express a genuine Catholic understanding of pandemic,” eminent English writer Nick Donnelly told Church Militant, “but instead presents a sanitized caricature of God that completely ignores the divine truth revealed in Sacred Scripture and Holy Tradition; that pestilence can express God’s wrath at the human race sunk in the depths of sinful depravity.”

A Golden Opportunity Lost, by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – When the modern sexual revolution swept America in the 1960s and 1970s, American Catholicism, it seems to me, missed a golden opportunity… Beginning in the 1960s, half of America went mad in its enthusiasm for sexual freedom. And Catholics, having become good Americans, went along with this madness. But not all Americans went mad, and neither did all Catholics. From east to west, from north to south, millions of Americans, both Catholic and non-Catholic, felt that this enthusiasm for sexual freedom was crazy, and a very dangerous craziness at that.

Pope St. Paul VI: Reform, Not Revolution

By Pope St. Paul VI, From Populorum Progressio (1967), The Catholic Thing – The injustice of certain situations cries out for God’s attention. Lacking the bare necessities of life, whole nations are under the thumb of others; they cannot act on their own initiative; they cannot exercise personal responsibility; they cannot work toward a higher degree of cultural refinement or a greater participation in social and public life. They are sorely tempted to redress these insults to their human nature by violent means.

German Cardinal: Coronavirus Pandemic is a Chastisement for the Church

By Martin Bürger, LifeSiteNews – German cardinal Paul Josef Cordes has joined the growing number of Catholic leaders looking at the coronavirus pandemic as a chastisement. “God’s Word also clearly states that life contrary to God can lead to illness,” wrote the former president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum… Reliable exegetes state, “Sickness is the wages of sin.” Among other biblical passages, Cordes pointed to the story of the paralytic in the Gospel of Mark, which “makes the link between illness and sin irrefutable.”

Planned Parenthood President: Protecting Babies From Abortions is “Heartless”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Planned Parenthood acting president Alexis McGill Johnson slammed the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals as “heartless” Tuesday for allowing Texas to temporarily halt elective abortions… The ruling overturned a judge’s temporary restraining order authorizing Texas abortion clinics to keep killing unborn babies instead of obeying a state-wide halt on non-essential medical procedures. Gov. Greg Abbott’s order helps support hospitals that need additional medical gear and supplies to treat patients with the coronavirus.

Msgr. Michael Heintz: Unprecedented Times

By Msgr. Michael Heintz, The Catholic Thing – Just over 1600 years ago, for example, Catholics had their world – a world they shared with numbers of non-believers – rocked. In 410, the Vandals, whose name has become synonymous with “marauding thugs,” sacked the city of Rome, which had stood largely untouched and untouchable for 1000 years. This crisis produced, among believers and pagans alike, deep existential angst, questioning, and insecurity. 

U.S. Funds World Health Organization That Boot-Licks China, With Deadly Results, by Tim Andrews

By Tim Andrews, The Federalist – The coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread throughout the world, having infected more than 100,000 people and causing the deaths of more than 4,000. Officials in charge of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have rightly received plenty of criticism about how they’ve managed the outbreak, with nearly half a million people calling on WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to resign.

Dr. Fauci: We Can Relax Social Distancing When We Have No New Cases, New Deaths, by Melanie Arter

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Wednesday that once there are no new coronavirus cases or new deaths from COVID-19, social distancing can be relaxed… During the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, a reporter asked whether social distancing guidelines will be in effect until there is a treatment or vaccine… “I think if we get to the part of the curve that Dr. Birx showed yesterday when it goes down to essentially no new cases, no new deaths at a period of time. I think it makes sense that you will have to relax social distancing,” Fauci said.

How St. John Bosco Handled an Epidemic, by Donal Anthony Foley

By Donal Anthony Foley, World Apostolate of Fatima – The COVID-19 coronavirus is a new threat to our society, but mankind has faced even more serious ones in the past, including the Black Death in the 14th century, when between 30-60 percent of Europe’s population fell victim to the Bubonic plague. Later, in the 19th century, a cholera epidemic ravaged Europe at the same time that St. John Bosco – popularly known as “Don Bosco” – was building up his Salesian Order, which would do so much for Catholic education around the world.

Fr. Edward Looney: Celebrating Holy Week With Your Family During Quarantine

By Fr. Edward Looney, Catholic Exchange – Each year as a priest I look forward to the celebration of Holy Week. The same is true this year, even though it will be a somber Holy Week, one like none other. Maybe your family has Holy Week or Easter traditions. How can we still mark Holy Week with faith and devotion during such a troubling and difficult time? Here’s a few suggestions… People love Palm Sunday. You would go to Mass like any other Sunday, but Palm Sunday was different. Instead of just one gospel, two are read, one before Mass and then the long Passion narrative.

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Use of Irony in John’s Gospel

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Last Sunday’s Gospel about the raising of Lazarus points to a supreme irony in the Gospel of John: Jesus’ very act of raising Lazarus from the dead confirms the Jewish temple leaders in their conviction to kill Him. The contrast could not be clearer. Jesus, who brings life, is opposed by the death-dealing conviction of His opponents. This is but one example of Johannine irony serving to highlight the differences between Jesus and His opponents… As we approach Holy Week we encounter a lot of contrasts and ironies in John’s Gospel account of the Passion. We do well to look at some of them.

Using Lockdown to Grow in Holiness, by William Mahoney

By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant – Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Isolation at home… “can be transformed into a moment of particular grace if we find time to renew our intimacy with the Lord by listening to His Word, by personal prayer and by meditating on the saving mysteries contained in the Stations of the Cross or in the recitation of the Rosary.”… “In these moments of great trial,” said Müller, “we, believers in Christ turn our gaze to our Lord and to His glorious Cross, confirming our adherence and belonging to Him — the one Savior and Lord of our lives.”

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Sacraments’ Validity Amid Coronavirus

By Father Raymond J. de Souza, EWTN – Regarding confession and canon law in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic: If I get to confession, is there a chance it will be invalid?.. Catholics can be at peace on that important canonical point… The sacraments become more, not less, important in a time of distress… That (is) why bishops who have restricted the public celebration of the sacraments have described the decision as “excruciating.”… A question has arisen that might disturb the peace of the Catholic faithful. If a bishop restricts, or even “suspends,” the sacraments, does that mean that a sacrament administered is invalid?

Cardinal Urges Christians Not to Despair During Pandemic Since ‘We Are in God’s Hands’

By Martin Bürger, LifeSiteNews – Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is urging Christians, especially in Italy, not to despair, but to turn their gaze to Jesus and have faith that “we are in God’s hands.”… “In these moments of great trial, we, believers in Christ, turn our gaze to our Lord and to His glorious cross, confirming our adherence and belonging to Him – the one Savior and Lord of our lives. We renew our profession of faith, knowing that in Him ‘we live and move and have our being’ (Acts 17:28)” Cardinal Müller said in a short video, released March 30 …

Fr. Nnamdi Moneme: Why Jesus Will Surely Act in This Time

By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange – Sr. Henrietta Alokha, a religious sister of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart (SSH) and the administrator of a Girls College in the city of Lagos, Nigeria, lost her life on March 15, 2020 in a ghastly fire from a gas explosion that consumed her school building. She had rushed into the burning building to rescue her students trapped inside the inferno. She managed to save them but the building collapsed on her before she could escape.

Litany of the ‘Locked Out’, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – Owing to the Wuhan virus outbreak, Catholics are being kept from the Eucharist, sacramentally present in the tabernacles and at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. But, some are finding creative ways to remain faithful to Christ in what many describe as a time of desert wandering… Murray Tarter, for example, a Catholic layman active in the Resistance movement in Georgia, contacted Church Militant this week to tell his story.

Trump is Working to ‘Flatten the Curve’ of Economic Slowdown, by Ken Blackwell

By Ken Blackwell, The Stream – Governor Mike DeWine’s early and aggressive response to the coronavirus pandemic helped Ohio minimize the damage from a public health perspective. Similarly, President Trump is preparing the entire country for a rapid post-COVID economic resurgence, even while he works to provide state and local leaders the resources they need to fight the virus.

Managing a Disaster, by Walter E. Williams

But what about hoarding? Often hoarding creates the shortage. In uncertain times, people may purchase three dozen eggs instead of one dozen. They may want to maintain stockpiles of canned goods and buy up large quantities of cleaners, paper towels and toilet paper. This kind of behavior has left some with overflowing freezers, shelves of sanitizers and garages full of toilet paper while their neighbors are left either wanting for the same items or paying what some call “excessive and unjustified” prices.

5th Circuit Allows Texas to Ban Abortions, Saving Babies and Helping Coronavirus Patients, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily halted a lower court ruling that stopped Texas officials from banning abortions to help conserve medical resources to combat the coronavirus… The federal appellate court ruling overturns a judge’s temporary restraining order authorizing Texas abortion clinics to keep killing babies in abortions instead of obeying the governor’s order to halt non-essential medical procedures. Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s order helps support hospitals and medical clinics that need additional medical gear and supplies to treat patients with the coronavirus.

EWTN: 10 Spiritual Counsels in a Time of Coronavirus

By Guest Writers, EWTN News – This trial is a spiritual opportunity. Many holy men and women found God more deeply in time of loss, pain and struggle. Live this time as a special opportunity for spiritual growth… These days teach us that we are not in control, and that God is — a powerful and healing lesson for all of life (Matthew 5:3)… This time, with busyness reduced, offers a priceless opportunity to reflect on our lives — why we are here, what matters most, the people in our lives. Reflect in this way. It will pay rich dividends… These weeks may offer increased time to be with others — our spouses, children, parents and other important people in our lives. …

The Other Pathogen: Power-Seeking Politicians, by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – Americans are rightfully engaging in prudential measures to protect themselves, their families and their communities from COVID-19… But as this virus — and the reaction to it — has advanced, Americans have seen another more ancient threat reemerge in our society: excessive government… While COVID-19 is a threat to human health, excessive government is a threat to human liberty… Americans should act with thoughtfulness and diligence to preserve both health and liberty. We want not only to live but also to live free… Some politicians have a different view. They have used the threat this virus poses to public health to threaten a fundamental liberty.

Rejoice Always (or) Adjusting to the Order to Stay at Home, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Apart from the question of “what to do with the kids” (which is more legitimate in Catholic circles than in most), you would think that the experience of living under a stay-at-home order, although possibly a bit boring, would be a good deal more relaxing. There are, of course, a great many households with children, so those of us who are unburdened by heavy home responsibilities ought not to complain. But even my own pathetically easy experience suggests to me that things are not more relaxing. …

Bishop Strickland . . . Abortion and Solidarity With Children

By Most Rev. Joseph Strickland, The Wanderer – Pope St. John Paul wrote in his seminal encyclical on life, “To claim the right to abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom: ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin’ ( John 8:34).”… We are called to stand in solidarity with those who have no voice. To accept legalized abortion in the law and purport to “privately oppose it” is a perversion which promotes a counterfeit notion of freedom.

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Anatomy of Sin

By Msgr. Charles Pope – We have a basic understanding of right and wrong; we know what we are doing. There may be certain higher matters of the Law that the conscience must be taught (e.g., the following of certain rituals or feasts days), but in terms of fundamental moral norms, we have a basic, innate grasp of right and wrong. We see and salute virtues like bravery, self-control, and generosity; we also know that things such as the murder of the innocent, promiscuity, and theft are wrong. For all the excuses we like to make, deep down inside we know what we are doing and we know that we know what we are doing. I have written substantially about conscience here.

Fr. Mike Schmitz: God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – Fr. Mike describes exactly how God works with us, even though God’s ways are not our ways. It’s like when a person you’re living with asks “What do you want for dinner?” and you say, “Whatever you want.” He then starts offering suggestions, but you turn them all down. After a few minutes of back and forth you both notice that what you really meant was not, “Whatever you want,” but, “You tell me what you want, and then give me the freedom to choose among those options.”

Trump Directs Hospitals to Protect Elderly, Disabled From Coronavirus Care Rationing: Value “Every Human Life”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Trump administration has issued a directive for hospitals and medical centers providing care for patients with the coronavirus, ensuring that no health care is rationed for patients who are elderly or disabled. The move furthers the pro-life ethic President Donald Trump has brought to the White House… On Saturday, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at HHS issued a bulletin directing hospitals and medical centers to follow the law to ensure that civil rights are not violated in the treatment of those diagnosed with COVID-19… The directive is important because recent news articles highlighted healthcare providers and “ethicists” discussing the possibility of rationing care based on the age and ability of those affected by COVID-19.

CARES Act Massively Expands Government, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, The Patriot Post – As the dust settles following Congress’s hurried passage of the China Virus1 pandemic emergency relief package2 known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, spending details of the 880-page $2.2 trillion behemoth are now becoming known, and it’s not a pretty sight. While billions of dollars go for needed virus relief, roughly $600 billion goes into government coffers. It’s the biggest one-day expansion of government power ever, with the vast majority going to increase the welfare state… It’s clear that Big Government proponents, especially the Democrats led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, followed Rahm Emanuel’s advice and didn’t let this crisis go to waste. What may be an even greater danger than government expansion is the precedent this crisis action has produced.

Fr. James Goodwin: What To Do With No Confession: Forgiveness In The Time Of Coronavirus

By Fr. James Goodwin, Simply Catholic – These times are difficult for everyone. The current COVID-19 pandemic has affected virtually every part of our lives. For Catholics, it is a special trial, especially since we cannot go to Mass and Confession. It is truly a Lenten penance… This is not the first time the Church has encountered such a situation. We have been through plagues and natural disasters before where normal sacramental life was disrupted. God does not abandon us in these situations and continues to work through his Church… For many, right now the fear is that we might become ill or even die without the chance to receive the sacraments.

Canonical Deep Breath Time, by Edward Peters

By Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. – Do not assume that some wrong, even stupid, policies being announced by various levels of Church government are necessarily canonically illegal policies. Christ, who foresaw COVID19, nevertheless gave considerable authority to his Church, specifically to his bishops and popes, to formulate how the Church would carry on his mission in these days. People should be very wary of concluding that a given a local Church policy is canonically illegal and can therefore simply be disregarded.

Rev. Graham: Wasn’t Pelosi ‘Fiddling,’ Wasting Days, By Loading Pork Into $2 Trillion Relief Bill?

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – In response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stating that because President Donald Trump supposedly fiddled in his early handling of the coronavirus, which allegedly cost American lives, Rev. Franklin Graham wondered what Pelosi was doing by wasting days to force federal pork barrel spending into the $2 trillion relief bill… Some of the questionable “relief” spending the $2 trillion bill, as reported by Fox News, includes the following,
• $10,804,687,000 for international development
• $350,000,000 for refugee resettlement
• $93,000,000 Congress ($25 million of which is for “salaries and expenses”)
• $75,000,000 for PBS stations
• $75,000,000 for the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities
• $75,000,000 National Endowment for the Humanities
• $50,000,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services
• $25,000,000 for the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
• $7,500,000 for the Smithsonian Institution

Death by Identity Politics, by Jane Clark Scharl

By Jane Clark Scharl, Crisis Magazine – There’s nothing like a catastrophe to show us what it is that we worship… The past few weeks have further proven that many Americans believe they can buy safety—witness the shocking stripping of basic goods from grocery stores at a level far beyond what people actually need. And in just the past few days, as Congress has wrangled out a stimulus package ostensibly designed to support struggling businesses and individuals, it has become abundantly clear what the real gods of our nation are: on the Left, identity politics, and on the Right, unbridled economic growth.

With Courage and Conviction, Little Sisters of the Poor Face Coronavirus Threat, by Mary Rose Short

By Mary Rose Short, EWTN News – The Little Sisters of the Poor have cared for their elderly and infirm residents through two world wars, the Spanish flu pandemic, the Great Depression and numerous natural disasters… Now, as the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads around the globe, the Little Sisters’ fourth vow of hospitality to the elderly poor is bringing them to the forefront in the fight to protect those most at risk from the virus… “One of the most challenging pieces of this is that it’s a constantly changing situation,” Little Sister Constance Veit told the Register.

The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage, by R. J. Snell

By R. J. Snell, Ph.D., Culture of Life Foundation – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Italy, many hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, necessitating difficult triage decisions that can seem like choosing who lives and who dies. In the United States, already some hospitals and caregivers are overburdened, with expectations that things will soon become even more difficult. Hospitals and health authorities are releasing guidelines on the rationing of ventilators, with those guidelines already under criticism by disability groups and others. And the stress on our health systems is really just beginning—things will likely worsen, perhaps dramatically, in the next days.

The Strange Battle of Staying Home, by Haley Stewart

By Haley Stewart, Public Discourse – Well, here I am now, with a pandemic sweeping away all traces of normalcy, and I’m doing my fair share of unraveling. I’m not in the trenches. I’m not a heroic healthcare worker risking exposure in order to save lives, experiencing the trauma of an overwhelmed and ill-equipped system collapsing around them. I’m not a brilliant scientist racing against the clock to find a vaccine. I am not a priest offering anointing of the sick to those gravely ill with the virus. I am not being asked to make any of those extraordinary sacrifices. I’m just in my house with an internet connection and my family. We have plenty of food, and so far—praise God—we are healthy. I’m not on the front lines of this battle against a faceless enemy.

Texas Bishops Demand Removal of Laws Protecting Patients’ Rights, Strickland Dissents, by Martin Bürger

By Martin Bürger, LifeNews – Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler is the only bishop in Texas to refuse to sign a “Statement on Scarce Healthcare Resources” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic… The document by the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) was published last Friday. It encourages Greg Abbott, the governor of the Lone Star State, to waive “regulations and statutes which could result in fines, civil liability, and even criminal charges for decisions related to the allocation of resources during this declared disaster.”…

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: We Will Risk Everything to Save Some Human Lives. Why Not All?

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – We have entered a period of disruption. A pandemic is sweeping the globe. Already tens of thousands have died, and it seems likely that tens of thousands more will die before this is over. Whereas just a month ago it seemed that the world was safely under control, now everything is in flux. A month ago, we were comfortably making plans for the following month, or year, or even the next five years; now we are wondering what the next day will hold. For many, the fact that modern medical science has not—as we naively thought—permanently banished the spectre of large outbreaks of communicable disease has come as a shock to the system. We are being tried in the crucible of disruption.

US Bishops Pass on Consecration to Queen of Heaven, by David Nussman

By David Nussman, Church Militant – Last week, 24 nations were consecrated to the hearts of Jesus and Mary at Fatima, seeking protection from the Wuhan virus… The consecration took place at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima, Portugal — a popular pilgrimage site after Our Lady appeared repeatedly in 1917… The two dozen countries were entrusted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary — countries such as Spain, Poland, Kenya and Zimbabwe… But American Catholics are wondering: Why wasn’t the United States on the list? Why didn’t the American bishops ask that their country be entrusted to Jesus and Mary?

Fr. Richard Heilman: Let’s All Pray for and Easter Miracle!

By Fr. Richard Heilman – I remain hopeful that a “breakthrough” is on the horizon. I have no special gift for predicting the future, but this is my hope: That something happens, such as a breakthrough treatment being discovered soon, enough to quell the fear that those who contract the COVID-19 virus will have little danger of death. This would mean a quarantine would no longer be necessary and, in fact, we would be encouraged to “come out of our tombs” (our quarantine) and interact with each other in order to build up our immunity to fight the disease (herd immunity)… Could something like this happen before Easter? God only knows. But, I pray some kind of breakthrough comes along soon.

A REMNANT INTERVIEW: Archbishop Viganò on COVID-19 and the Hand of God, by Michael J. Matt

By  Michael J. Matt, Editor, The Remnant – + Carlo Maria Viganò: The coronavirus pandemic, as with all diseases and death itself, are a consequence of original sin. The sin of Adam, our first parent, deprived him and us not only of divine grace, but also all the other good things God gave to creation. Then disease and death came into the world as a punishment for disobeying God. The Redemption we were promised in the Protoevangelium (Genesis 3), prophesied in the Old Testament and brought to completion with the Incarnation, Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord, redeemed Adam and his descendants from eternal damnation; but its consequences were left as a mark of the Fall and will only finally be restored at the Resurrection of the flesh, as we proclaim in the Creed, and which will happen before Judgment Day. This must be remembered, especially at a time when the basic tenets of the Catechism are unknown or denied.

CULTURE OF LIFE! Bishop Strickland Stands Alone, by Stephen Wynne

By Stephen Wynne, Church Militant – Bishop Joseph Strickland of the diocese of Tyler won’t back a declaration by the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) that calls on Gov. Greg Abbott to lift penalties against healthcare rationing at hospitals amid the growing viral pandemic. In essence, the declaration would give hospitals carte blanche to decide who gets to live and who gets to die among coronavirus-infected patients, regardless of their reasons for choosing one patient over another.

US Parish Finds a Way to Give Faithful Holy Communion During Coronavirus Shut Down, by Steven Mosher

By Steven Mosher, LifeSiteNews – After listing all the prudential reasons why our churches have been locked down during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, Father Raymond de Souza writes in the National Catholic Register that “the challenge remains about how to administer the sacraments. … Confessions are not being heard [and] Holy Communion is almost nowhere being distributed.”… “That cannot continue in the long term and remains the next great challenge,” he continues, “for which solutions are not obvious.”… I am happy to report to Father de Souza that there is a solution, and that we at Ave Maria Parish have already implemented it.

Breakdown of the Family, by Trey Brock

By Trey Brock, Church Militant – The family, as it has been known throughout human history, is no longer recognizable… The legalization of contraception, abortion, and no-fault divorce during the 20th century has played a pivotal role in the destruction of the family we see today. Likewise, as cohabitation continues its climbing trend, marriage rates will continue to plummet… Stephen Wynne interviews Fr. Donald Calloway, author of Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father. Father Calloway is known around the world for his conversion to the Catholic Church and his journey to the priesthood.

How Laypeople Can Baptize in an Emergency, by Philip Kosloski

Baptism is a beautiful sacrament, one that opens the doorway to God’s grace into a person’s soul, initiating them into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, “Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word”…

Msgr. Charles Pope: On Going to Our Own House

The Gospel for Mass this past Saturday contains one line that deserves some attention from us, especially in a time like this. On one level it seems like a mere scene-ender, a line that ends the section and has the dramatis personae (cast of characters) walk off the stage. But as most who are familiar with Scripture know, there is rarely a wasted syllable, particularly in John’s Gospel. There is not one word or syllable that should be dismissed as “filler” when the Holy Spirit is at work inspiring the sacred authors.

CNA: EWTN’s Warsaw-Network Can Be a ‘Lifeline’ During Pandemic, More Urgent Than Ever

Catholic News Agency – The chairman and CEO of EWTN said Thursday that the media network will remain open and on the air during the coronavirus pandemic. In a March 26 interview, EWTN’s Michael Warsaw said that the organization’s ministry is more urgent than ever… “I think there’s so much anxiety. There’s so much fear. People feel untethered. And I think one of the things that EWTN provides is a place that people can turn to ground themselves, to connect themselves with the faith and really to find reassurance that God is there for them in this really difficult time,” Warsaw said on EWTN News Nightly.

America Needs a Formula for Reopening, by Ben Shapiro

By Ben Shapiro, OneNewsNow – Public policy is the craft of weighing risks and rewards, and policymakers do it every day. It’s just that this time, the stakes are the highest they have ever been. The markets – and the American people – require a formula from the government to reopen the economy… This week, President Donald Trump began openly considering at what point the American government ought to take steps to reopen the American economy. He explained: “Our country wasn’t built to be shut down. America will again and soon be open for business,” suggesting that the timeline will be weeks instead of months.

Online Together: Gathering for Communal Prayer During the Coronavirus Pandemic, by Jim Graves

By Jim Graves, EWTN News – Habited nuns praying in unison… The sounds of Catholic life in the convent were once largely confined to the sisters and local faithful near the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan… Now the sisters’ communal prayer can be heard by a wider audience amid the COVID-19 pandemic… The Dominican Sisters of Mary, a teaching community, which, in recent years, has branched out to provide Catholic content online, has begun livestreaming Masses and prayers.

COVID-19 Deaths: Italy, 1 in 5,789 People; United States, 1 in 157,499

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – … numbers of confirmed cases is a function of testing and reporting. As testing in the U.S. has ramped up, it was only a matter of time before that testing would detect sizeable numbers of cases moving through the American population… In the United States (pop. 332 million) more than 850,000 tests had been carried out as of early Monday (more than 710,000 of them negative), according to the COVID Tracking Project.

Fr. Frank Pavone: Louisiana Supreme Court Case Shows Abortion Clinics to be Houses of Horror

By Fr. Frank Pavone, Crisis Magazine – To those who think that legal abortion means safe abortion, think again. The Supreme Court is currently contemplating important questions surrounding a Louisiana state law requiring hospital admitting privileges for abortionists… According to a brief submitted by 207 members of Congress in support of the law, “Louisiana abortion clinics… have a long history of health and safety violations, and Louisiana abortion doctors have a long history of professional disciplinary actions and substandard medical care.”

Fr. Robert P. Imbelli: “You Will See the Glory of God”

By Fr. Robert P. Imbelli, The Catholic Thing – In the often-mindless wake of Vatican II, many tried mightily to tame the sting of death. We substituted the funereal black vestments of our Requiem Masses with multi-colored stoles. We banished the “Dies Irae” to the soothingly aesthetic precincts of the concert hall through an occasional performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” – stripped of its vital ecclesial context. We blithely proclaimed that we were “an Alleluia People,” eclipsing pleas for mercy and forgiveness by emotional celebrations of lives well-lived. And so we are woefully unprepared for our present plight.

Pope Francis’ Homily at Extraordinary ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Blessing, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – “When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this. For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost. Like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm.

Detached: Cutting the Threads That Hold Us Back from God (Archives), by Dom Cingoranelli

By Dom Cingoranelli, Catholic Stand – Between our human condition and the work of the evil one, we face many obstacles on our path to holiness. We can and must overcome the obstacles, though. St. John of the Cross tells us that a bird tied down to earth can’t fly; it doesn’t matter if it’s tied down with a thread or a rope. An attachment is still an attachment, no matter how great or how small. Some of them are greater than others, but they all impede our progress along the narrow path. Self-awareness through prayerful discernment and spiritual direction can show us where we need to focus first. Prayer and ongoing accountability through spiritual direction can help us gradually cut those threads or ropes that are holding us back from Our Lord and Savior.

Trump Orders Former Troops Back to Active Duty to Fight Virus, by Mario Parker

By Mario Parker, Newsmax – President Trump issued an order Friday night that permits the Pentagon to bring former U.S. troops and members of the National Guard and Reserve back to active duty to augment forces already involved in the military’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Washington Post reported, quoting senior U.S. officials said… The president signed the order for Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper to order units and individual members “and certain Individual Ready Reserve” members, Chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said in a statement released just after midnight on Saturday morning, the Post reported.

Cardinal Burke: Consider Virus in Light of ‘Actual Sins,’ Abortion, Gender Theory

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American who serves on the highest court at the Vatican, said the coronavirus should be viewed in natural terms and spiritual terms because “great evils like pestilence are an effect of original sin and our actual sins.”… God must “repair the disorder which sin introduces into our lives and into our world,” he said, and our response to the pandemic must include a consideration of our culture, which kills the unborn through abortion, neglects the elderly, and perverts human sexuality — God made them male and female — through “so-called ‘gender theory'” and even “violent” sex-change surgery.

Bully Bishops, by Bradley Eli

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant – Bishops are feeling the pressure to conform as diocese after diocese shuts off sacraments to Catholics owing to the Wuhan virus… Tyler, Texas Bp. Joseph Strickland on Thursday addressed the need for each bishop to run his own diocese… “I think the principle of subsidiarity, it’s my new word for all of this, because we’ve lost it,” Strickland said on World Over. “Really, with the Church we have these huge organizations, this megachurch that is controlling everything. That’s not what Christ gave us. He gave us successors of the Apostles.”… “I have no authority. [As] soon as you leave the borders of the 33 counties I have no authority. Thank God! Thank you, Lord”…

Fr. Edward Looney: Rosary Meditations for Prayer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Fr. Edward Looney, Catholic Exchange – The rosary is a powerful prayer.  In Fatima, Our Lady said pray the rosary every day for peace in the world.  I’m certain Our Lady wants us to pray the rosary everyday now for the end to global health crisis.  In these rosary meditations, you will discover how we can pray with and around the current situation, by using the life of Jesus and Mary.  I hope these meditations enrich your prayer life and prove fruitful for the world. 

Fatima Prayers of Reparation

By America Needs Fatima – O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

Doing the Calculus: A Love Story, by Stacy Trasancos

By Stacy Trasancos, The Catholic Thing – This disregard for the human soul lies at the heart of many modern problems. The human person is biological, for sure. Enormous resources and ingenuity are poured into understanding, curing, and manipulating the body. The human brain is a powerful computer made up of neurological systems. But we are not just bodies. We are body and soul. The most sophisticated physics, chemistry, or biology can never explain the soul because the soul is spiritual. How do we understand the soul then?… To understand ourselves, we need God.

The Media and the Mediatrix, by Donald DeMarco

By Donald DeMarco, Crisis Magazine – A mediator is someone who is situated between two parties and seeks to bring them into accord. The mediator does have a particular position of his own but operates in a completely unselfish manner. A medium, in the sense of a psychic, refers to one who establishes contact with the supernatural world. All three senses refer to a middle through which two things are brought into contact with each other… In Catholic Mariology, Mary is given the title “Mediatrix” to indicate that she, as Mother of God, is the medium through which flow all God’s graces.

The US Bishops’ Weak Defense of Their Overseas-Charity Agency, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Since the beginning of this month, the Lepanto Institute has been releasing a series of damaging reports about Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official overseas charity of the US bishops’ conference. The reports show fairly conclusively that CRS supports a web site that promotes contraception, and partners with organizations that provide abortion referrals in Africa. In fact it seems clear that CRS has actively recruited the participation of such organizations into a network designed to aid needy women in Nigeria.

CNA: Miraculous Crucifix Moved to St. Peter’s Square for Pope Francis’ ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Blessing

By Catholic News Agency – The miraculous crucifix at which Pope Francis prayed Sunday for an end to the coronavirus has been taken down from its altar and transported to St. Peter’s Square, so it can be present on Friday during the pontiff’s benediction “Urbi et Orbi.”… The crucifix was removed from the Church of San Marcello al Corso by Vatican personnel Wednesday evening, and is expected to be installed temporarily at St. Peter’s Square on Thursday, according to Vatican journalist Francesco Antonio Grana… The crucifix was venerated as miraculous by Romans after it was the only religious image to survive unscathed from a fire that completely gutted the church on May 23, 1519… Less than three years later, Rome was devastated by the “black plague.”

How to Watch, Participate in Pope Francis’ Special ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Blessing Friday at 1 p.m. Eastern

Detroit Catholic, CNS News – In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said he will give an extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) at 6 p.m. Rome time (1 p.m. Eastern) on Friday, March 27… The formal blessing — usually given only immediately after a new pope’s election and on Christmas and Easter — carries with it a plenary indulgence for all who follow by television, internet or radio, are sorry for their sins, recite a few prescribed prayers and promise to go to confession and to receive the Eucharist as soon as possible… The special blessing will be streamed live from www.vaticannews.va and Vatican News’ Facebook page, and the CatholicTV (CTV) will carry it live at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

The World Must Come to Walsingham, by Michael Warren Davis

By Michael Warren Davis, Crisis Magazine – The reader, I’m sure, can’t help but think of Our Lady’s warning to the three little children of Fátima that “if people do not cease offending God,” a second (and far worse) World War would break out. “When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes,” she advised. Russia “will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated.”

The Shepherds the Church Needs Now, by Janet Smith

By Janet E. Smith, EWTN News – With few exceptions, the bishops seem to be “missing in action.” Many of them already use social media, particularly Twitter, to connect with their flock, but besides live streaming their Sunday Mass and putting links to where other Masses can be “viewed” in the diocese, they have not stepped up their “personal” presence to their flock. It seems only Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, has begun to match what some of their priests are doing. Bishop Strickland (as quite a few priests have) has taken the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance out to the public. Why wouldn’t all of them be doing that and much more?

Amid Coronavirus, EWTN Radio to Broadcast More Masses, Devotional Content, by Kevin J. Jones

EWTN Radio is temporarily rebranding its EWTN Radio Classics programming as EWTN Radio Essentials to provide more broadcasts of the Mass, devotionals, and spiritual reflections… “Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures,” Jack Williams, general manager of the EWTN… Under the program changes, Mass will be broadcast eight times a day, every two hours from 8 a.m. through midnight Eastern Time….

Person Who Lives in Papal Residence Tests Positive for Coronavirus – Report, by Philip Pullella

Philip Pullella, Reuters – A person who lives in the same Vatican residence as Pope Francis has tested positive for coronavirus and is being treated in an Italian hospital, the Rome newspaper Il Messaggero reported on Wednesday… The Vatican had no comment on the report… Francis, who has cancelled public appearances and is conducting his general audiences via television and the internet, has lived in the guesthouse, known as Santa Marta, since his election in 2013… Santa Marta has about 130 rooms and suites but many are not occupied now, a Vatican source said.

Fr. Mike Schmitz: God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways (Video)

Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – Fr. Mike describes exactly how God works with us, even though God’s ways are not our ways. It’s like when a person you’re living with asks “What do you want for dinner?” and you say, “Whatever you want.” He then starts offering suggestions, but you turn them all down. After a few minutes of back and forth you both notice that what you really meant was not, “Whatever you want,” but, “You tell me what you want, and then give me the freedom to choose among those options.”

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Coronavirus Essentials: How the Church Is Applying Public-Health Directives

By Father Raymond J. de Souza, National Catholic Register – One-quarter of the population on planet Earth is living under some kind of state of emergency or lockdown, advised — or mandated — not to leave home except for “essential” services… It is a clarifying point in the culture. In much of the world, gathering for worship and prayer in churches has been judged “not essential.” Even keeping the churches open for private prayer has been determined in some places to be “not essential.”… This has caused some to criticize bishops who have suspended public worship and others who have closed their churches.

Catholic Relief Services Rocked by Another Bombshell Exposé, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – Michael Hichborn, president of the Lepanto Institute, has been uncovering what Catholics’ contributions, and the U.S. bishops, have been supporting through CRS. In a fourth major report on the work of CRS, Hichborn has discovered and revealed a referral network in Nigeria that included organizations that distribute contraception and promote abortion. At least two of these organizations were directly associated with Planned Parenthood. 

Leading Coronavirus Vaccine Development Using Cells of Aborted Babies

By Children of God for Life, LifeSiteNews – In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, pharmaceutical companies are racing to provide a vaccine to prevent further spread of the disease. Unfortunately, Moderna, the company that has been recently touted in news headlines for its developing mRNA-1273 vaccine to fight the virus, uses aborted fetal cell lines… Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life, a prolife organization whose mission is to end the use of aborted fetal material in vaccines and medicines, said her suspicions were raised after checking Moderna’s patents and in particular, the use of the Spike (S) protein.

Gallup: News Media Ranked Worst in Response to Coronavirus, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – From among nine different leaders and institutions in the United States that are responding to the coronavirus, hospitals were ranked at the top with 88% approval by Americans, according to Gallup, and the news media were ranked last, the worst, with only 44% approval… President Donald Trump received a 60% approval rating for his handling of the coronavirus and Vice President Mike Pence earned a 61% approval rating.

By Msgr. Charles Pope: A Plea From Moses for Mercy Is Needed for Us As Well.

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The first reading from Thursday’s Mass (of the 4thWeek of Lent) features the golden calf incident. God, likely trying to draw mercy from Moses, threatens to destroy the people for their infidelity. But as the text says, But Moses implored the LORD, his God, saying, “Why, O LORD, should your wrath blaze up against your own people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with such great power and with so strong a hand? …Let your blazing wrath die down; relent in punishing your people. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, and how you swore to them by your own self, saying, ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky…

Opinion: Can This Pandemic Usher in a New Era? by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – To fight the coronavirus at home, France is removing all military forces from Iraq… When NATO scaled back its war games in Europe because of the pandemic, Russia reciprocated. Moscow announced it would cancel its war games along NATO’s border… Nations seem to be recognizing and responding to the grim new geostrategic reality of March 2020: The pandemic is the real enemy of us all, and while we fight it, each in hs own national corner, we are in this together… Never allow a serious crisis to go to waste, said Barack Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel during the financial crisis…

Let Us Recall Fatima, by Ettore Gotti Tedeschi

By Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, Church Militant – At Fatima in 1917, the Blessed Mother herself warned that if humanity did not change its ways and convert, the crisis that had already begun would worsen. In the second part of the secret revealed by the visionary Lucia, Mary announced chastisements that would affect temporal society, but which could be avoided if people converted, if atheism was opposed and the world was consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart. Practically speaking, Mary warned that the moral crisis would provoke a material crisis.

Man Who Almost Died From Coronavirus Tells Fox News How Drug Backed by Trump Saved His Life, by Paul Smeaton

By Paul Smeaton, LifeSiteNews – A 52-year-old man who thought he was going to die as a result of the coronavirus told Laura Ingraham of Fox News that he believes the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine saved his life… Rio Giardinieri says he had been suffering with a fever for nine days, that his breathing became worse, speaking became difficult, and that he expected to die as a result of the coronavirus… But Gardinieri decided to request hydroxychloroquine from medics after a friend of his from a prayer line told him about the drug. That friend had seen the drug covered recently on Ingraham’s show.

John Paul II’s ‘Evangelium Vitae’ Gave a Voice to Those Promoting Respect for Life, by Helen Alvaré

By Helen Alvaré, National Catholic Register – Twenty-five years after it was issued, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) still matters to everyone struggling to increase respect for human life… First, it explained what we knew deep down: that the legal and cultural struggles over abortion and euthanasia were always about much more. They were about whether or not truth existed, whether God was the Lord of Life, and whether we were first self-maximizing individuals or rather interdependent members of a community with special responsibility for the weakest. It always seemed to members of the communities fighting for respect for life that we were fighting for this and more.

Fr. Roger J. Landry: Courage in the Christian and Priestly Life

By Father Roger J. Landry, Integrated Catholic Life – Since the 1960s, to follow a priestly vocation is to be not only a sign of contradiction but an object of derision. While some support you, many oppose, often including family members and fellow Catholics. When I told peers in high school and college I was considering the priesthood, many retorted with jokes wondering whether I was gay. Today, after the revelation of the sexual abuse scandals, many are greeted with snide questions about whether they “like little boys.” Seminarians today have the faith and guts to suffer such indignities for Christ.

CNA: At Fatima, 24 Countries Consecrated to Jesus and Mary Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Catholic News Agency – Twenty-four countries on Wednesday were consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Fatima, Portugal… In a March 25 ceremony that included the recitation of the rosary and a litany asking the Blessed Virgin Mary to pray for the afflicted, Fatima’s bishop, Cardinal Antonio Marto, renewed the consecration of Portugal and Spain to Jesus and Mary, and added the names of twenty-four other countries…

Fr. Mark Goring, CC: HEAVEN: The Sooner the Better!  (Video)

Fr. Mark Goring, CC: HEAVEN: The Sooner the Better!  (Video)

Trump’s Strategic Foresight Is Being Put to the Test, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, Townhall – Even in the first bleak days of the war, FDR kept reminding the nation why and how America would win. That confidence was not based on fantasies but on rational calculation and justified optimism… In the present crisis of the coronavirus, what will determine the effectiveness of President Trump’s leadership is not what the media screams today or the polls say tomorrow. The praise of his supporters or the predictable damnation of his enemies won’t matter.

American Spirit Shines Amid Coronavirus Crisis, by Louis DeBroux

By Louis DeBroux, The Patriot Post – The American people are, in the words of President Donald Trump, “one big beautiful American family.” How true that is. Like family we get along with some more than others… no family in the world sets aside differences and strengthens each other in times of crisis more than the American people. Whether it be the aftermath of the radical Islamist terrorist attacks of 9/11, the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a massive outbreak of tornadoes in the Midwest, or flooding following Hurricane Katrina, we come together to rescue our neighbor, comfort them, and help them put their lives back together.

Coronavirus: Interrupting Abortions, by Joseph Enders

By Joseph Enders, Church Militant – Faithful Catholics are prayerfully pleading for a cure to the Chinese virus, but a happy side-effect is also occurring: Louisiana, Texas and Ohio each have issued orders suspending all non-essential surgeries, and that includes abortions… The three remaining Louisiana abortion mills will be closing, and the facilities appear to be complying for now… However, an official at one of the three, Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport, said they are intending to fight the directive amid their closure.

Inaccurate Virus Models Are Panicking Officials Into Ill-Advised Lockdowns, by Madeline Osburn

By Madeline Osburn, The Federalist – As U.S. state and local officials halt the economy and quarantine their communities over the Wuhan virus crisis, one would hope our leaders were making such major decisions based on well-sourced data and statistical analysis. That is not the case… A scan of statements made by media, state governors, local leaders, county judges, and more show many relying on the same source, an online mapping tool called COVID Act Now… An interactive map provides users a catastrophic forecast for each state, should they wait to implement COVID Act Now’s suggested strict measures to “flatten the curve.”

‘Catholic Democrat’ Is an Oxymoron, by Peter Maurice

By Peter Maurice, Crisis Magazine – Like all communist states, the Chinese hate and persecute Christianity. The “disease” is godless ideology, not ethnicity… Just so with the Democratic Party disease: it has its own godless ideology. Just as Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo pretends that China is the nation that best fulfills the Church’s social doctrine, our diocesan newspaper lauds the Democratic Party’s social programs. When it comes to a Catholic’s duty to reject pro-abortion candidates, the tone is measured, nuanced, and pastoral…

CNA: Virginia Governor Makes Attending Church a Criminal Offense

CNA – Virginia governor Ralph Northam has made it a criminal offense to attend church services of more than 10 people. An executive order went into effect in the commonwealth on Tuesday, March 24, making any non-essential gatherings a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail or a fine of $2,500… “All gatherings of more than 10 people are banned statewide… This does not include gatherings that involve the provision of health care or medical services, access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; operations of the media; law enforcement agencies; or operations of government.”

Despite Age and Lung Condition, Pope Francis Continues to Meet People, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – As much of the world enters a period of quarantine to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and the elderly are especially advised to isolate and avoid social contact, concerns are growing that Pope Francis is opening himself up to contracting the disease… According to authoritative sources, the Holy Father has let it be known that he wishes to remain at his residence, the Casa Santa Marta guesthouse behind the Paul VI Hall, despite recommendations that he move to the more isolated apostolic palace, or the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo in the Albano hills 20 miles south of Rome.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Mulier Fortis – A Homily for the Feast of the Annunciation

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In preparation for the Feast of the Annunciation I picked up Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. 3 (The Infancy Narratives), by Pope Emeritus Benedict. I was very moved by a brief reflection that he made on Mary as the Angel Gabriel left her. His remarks consider her faith in a very touching manner… I must say that I have always been moved—and intrigued—by the faith of the Blessed Mother. She is mulier fortis (a strong woman) and “a woman wrapped in silence,” a phrase that forms the title of an excellent book by Fr. John Lynch. The pope’s words capture both her faith and her mystery…

CNA: Portuguese Bishops Invite Nations of the World to Be Consecrated at Fatima

By Catholic News Agency – On Wednesday, nations from around the world can be consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a liturgy to be celebrated at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, built in the place where in 1916 and 1917 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three Portuguese children… In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Portuguese bishops’ conference announced last week they would reconsecrate Portugal to Christ and Mary on the evening of March 25. Shortly after the announcement, the Spanish bishops’ conference requested that their country also be consecrated in the same liturgy.

Pope Believes Chinese Virus Is Nature’s Wrath, by Kristine Christlieb

By Kristine Christlieb, Church Militant – Pointing to Romans chapter one, where divine punishment comes about as a result of apostasy from God due to idolatry and to inverted and perverted sexual behaviors, Ashendon says we are “making God into a therapeutic figure rather than a Father known in awe and received in mercy” and that “the former deepens our innate tendency to narcissism, a looking inwards, while the latter directs our gaze more properly beyond ourselves in a more authentic worship and a deepened penitence.”

Change the Model, Change the Virtue, by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – Many Catholics have heard of the four cardinal virtues: Prudence (or Wisdom), Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance. There are also the three “theological” virtues: Faith, Hope, and Love. But for now, I wish to focus on the classic four. I want to suggest that, when we try to embody those virtues in our lives, much depends on whom we take to be the model of that virtue… There are many ways in which any particular virtue can be expressed. A judge can be just or not just, but so can a teacher, mother, or shop owner.

Christ Provides the Antidote to Fear Amid Coronavirus, by Sue Ellen Browder

By Sue Ellen Browder, EWTN News – The global coronavirus pandemic has made it clear how interconnected, vulnerable and fragile mankind is–and how undivided we are in our unity against death.  As fear of this disease haunts Americans’ minds and hearts to the point it’s paralyzing our nation, I’m reminded how many times Christ told us, “Be not afraid,” and I feel compelled to ask a serious question. If we as Catholics truly believe that when we receive Christ in the Eucharist we’re receiving “the fountain of immortality,” shouldn’t we be more stouthearted in the face of this news than the secular culture around us is?

Bishop Athanasius Schneider: “We Glory in Tribulations” – Living the Faith When Public Worship is Prohibited

By Bishop Athanasius Schneider, OnePeterFive – Millions of Catholics in the so-called free Western world will, in the coming weeks or even months, and especially during Holy Week and Easter, the culmination of the entire liturgical year, be deprived of any public acts of worship due to both civic and ecclesiastical reaction to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The most painful and distressing of these is the deprivation of Holy Mass and sacramental Holy Communion… The current atmosphere of an almost planetary panic is continuously fueled by the universally proclaimed “dogma” of the new coronavirus pandemic.

How to Flourish During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Research from the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard, by Tyler VanderWeele

By Tyler VanderWeele, Public Discourse – To what extent is it possible to flourish amidst this pandemic?… There will inevitably be painful losses of health, of lives, of livelihoods, and of much that we hold dear. While we must do what we can to prevent or mitigate these, we must also accept that there will, despite our best efforts, still be terrible losses. We must prepare for these. However, we can also look for other ways to flourish, even during this time of uncertainty, difficulty, and loss. Doing so will better help us—on a personal and societal level—to overcome this crisis.

Blind Fear of Death Should Not Guide Policy, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – I am going to die… No, I’m not sick. I feel fine. The last time I saw my doctor, he was quite happy with my overall condition. So I don’t mean that I expect to die soon—although these days I am acutely aware of that possibility. But even if I continue in good health, at my age I realize that the end is much closer than the beginning. Sooner or later I shall die. We all do… That doesn’t mean that I take death lightly. When I see death coming (if I see it coming), I don’t suppose I’ll be so philosophical about it. I don’t want to die. My plan is to “live forever or die trying.”

How Americans are Being Affected by the Coronavirus — Here’s What You Can Do About It, by Rachel Alexander

By Rachel Alexander, The Stream – What can you do? Many things. President Trump said he is going to give every working American who is not rich a large sum of money, maybe $2,000. Consider donating this to a relief fund or to someone you know who was hit hard financially by the virus… Donate blood. Since many people are concerned they may be sick, they are refraining from donating. Healthy people are desperately needed to donate blood since supplies are becoming low. Click here to find a location… Increase tipping for those being affected the worst, such as waiters and waitresses. I noticed one of my delivery services included a note suggesting I increase my tip for the delivery driver due to the hard times.

CNSNews Staff: $6 Trillion: Kudlow Says Coronavirus Bill Will Be ‘Largest … Assistance Program in History of United States’

By CNSNews.com Staff – Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Counsel in President Donald Trump’s White House, said today that the coronavirus bill they are preparing now will be “the single largest Main Street assistance program in the history of the United States.”… “So, the total package here comes to roughly $6 trillion: $2 trillion direct assistance, roughly $4 trillion in Federal Reserve lending power,” said Kudlow at a White House briefing.

Pandemic Prompts Wave of Consecrations to Immaculate Heart of Mary, by Martina Moyski

By Martina Moyski, Church Militant – Catholics across the world are being called to consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Feast of the Annunciation, with prayer initiatives for protection against the Chinese virus springing up in several countries… Poland: Faithful Polish laity are calling for an “Act of consecration of Poland and ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary” on March 25… The consecration can be done without “breaking any quarantine — all that is required is a common spirit of faith and a confident heart, no matter where we find ourselves,” reads a statement the organizing group released.

Pro-Life Groups Call for National Ban on Abortions During Coronavirus Crisis, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Today the leaders of national and state-based pro-life groups sent a letter to Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Alex Azar calling for an end to abortions during the coronavirus crisis. They are calling on all public health officials to oppose the promotion of abortion amidst our national response to the COVID-19 pandemic… The letter was signed more than 50 pro-life leaders, including LifeNews.com.

Fr. Peter M. Stravinskas: ‘Answer Quickly, O Virgin’

By Fr. Peter M. Stravinskas, Crisis Magazine – On this solemnity which celebrates the high-water point in the history of salvation, permit me to explore with you three Latin expressions… The first is, verbum caro factum est: “The Word became flesh.” We find this line, of course, in the Prologue to St. John’s Gospel, and the Epistle to the Hebrews tells us that Jesus is God’s last and definitive Word—a word spoken in the flesh. The doctrine of the Incarnation is the central teaching of Christianity, however, if one were to survey Catholics leaving churches on Sunday mornings by asking, “When did the salvation of the world occur?”

Louisiana is Abortion Free, All Three Abortion Clinics Close After Order to Stop Non-Essential Surgeries, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Louisiana is officially the first abortion-free state in the country… Over the weekend, state officials issued an order mandating that all non-essential surgeries cease in the state while it battles the outbreak of the coronavirus. Several states have issued the same directive but only Ohio and Texas have indicated it also applies to abortions… While Ohio abortion centers continue killing babies in abortions in defiance of the mandate, and Texas abortion businesses just got word today that the order applies to them as well, abortion centers in Louisiana apparently complied with the mandate.

Priest Calls for Spiritual Adoption of Victims Dying Alone From Coronavirus, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – Inspired by news that due to severe quarantine restrictions people succumbing to the coronavirus in Italy are dying separated from family and friends, a Catholic priest sent out an appeal to believers to daily “spiritually place ourselves beside one of the poor unfortunate men and women who are dying alone in hospitals all over the world because of this virus.”… The families of the dying can’t say goodbye, hold their loved ones’ hands, or pray with them because everyone is quarantined. And so thousands are dying alone – utterly alone and scared in their final hours.

Fr. Mark Goring, CC: The Three Days of Darkness (Video)

Fr. Mark Goring, CC: The Three Days of Darkness (Video) – Ven. Anna Maria Gesualda Antonia Taigih: “The great virtues of Anna Maria were rewarded by extraordinary gifts of God’s grace. During many years, when praying in her chapel she had ecstasies and frequent visions, in which she foresaw the future. She exercised a peculiar influence over individuals and converted many a sinner to God. During her life she suffered much both corporally and spiritually, and was at times meanly calumniated. But after death her name soon became venerated in Rome.”

The Virus – and Other Moral Hazards, by Hadley Arkes

By Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing – ..for the past two weeks, the country has been gripped in the crisis over the COVID-19 virus. The dominant, reigning premise, sweeping across all countries and “cultures” – and all parts of the media – is that our mission is to protect human life, all human lives. And to accomplish that end we are willing to upend almost everything that has become normal, and even necessary, in our lives… In this adamant conviction about the saving of human lives, there has not been a flicker of doubt even among the talking heads of the liberal media. They don’t seem to doubt that the overriding purpose is to save lives, of the young and healthy, as well of people who are older and at the edge of their lives.

Msgr. Charles Pope: A Solemn Reminder from The Lord Jesus in This Time of Crisis

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In the midst of this pandemic, we are enduring something of a foretaste of “death.” For most of us the crisis will not result in our physical death, but many things we freely did just a couple of weeks ago are for the time being dead to us. We cannot do much of the work we normally do; we cannot follow through on most of the plans we made. A “night” of sorts has come upon us. However, many things are still available to us, things we may have previously neglected: prayer, reading of Scripture, repenting of our sins, spending time with family, calling old friends. How will we use this time?

Fr. Nnamdi Moneme: Is the Lord Still Our Shepherd?

By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange – I was recently preaching a retreat on Psalm 23 when I stressed the point that if God is truly our shepherd as we say He is in this psalm, then we should really see ourselves as helpless and weak sheep, completely dependent on Him for everything. This is in contrast with seeing ourselves as independent and powerful lions who have no need of a shepherd and who can actually eat the shepherd.

Louisiana’s Catholic Governor Invites Others of Join in Day of Prayer and Fasting

By Catholic World News, March 24, 2020 – “In this Lenten season where we focus on fasting and prayer, I wanted to let the people of Louisiana know that I will be fasting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Catholic. “I ask you to join me in a day of prayer and fasting for comfort to those that have lost a loved one to COVID-19, the complete recovery of those that have tested positive, and that God will, as He has done before, heal His people and our land.”

Wanted: Spiritual Leadership During a Medical Crisis, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – “My number one priority as your archbishop is to ensure the safety and health of all who attend our Masses, the children in our schools, and those we welcome through our outreach and services,” Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington, DC, told his people. But that’s wrong. So clearly wrong, in fact, that it’s disturbing to see that sentence attributed to a bishop of the Catholic Church, whose number-one priority, always and everywhere, is the salvation of souls. The spiritual safety of the people is a bishop’s primary concern; everything else is secondary.

Gloria TV: Exorcist: “Coronavirus Is Punishment For Pachamama Worship” (Watch Video)

GlorioaTV – The coronavirus is a “punishment” for the Pachamama worship practiced in the Catholic Church, Filipino Father Edgardo “Bing” Arellano explained in a March 19 homily (video sequence below). Arellano is a canon lawyer, exorcist, and former EWTN host… Referring to Exodus 20, he added that disobeying the First Commandment and worshipping idols like Pachamama results in plagues which are “a punishment because of our violation against the first commandment, which forbids idolatry.”

Pope Francis: Coronavirus Pandemic Is Nature ‘Throwing a Tantrum’, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart – Pope Francis told a Spanish journalist Sunday that nature never forgives and the coronavirus pandemic is nature’s cry for humans to take better care of creation… Asked by a Spanish journalist via Skype whether the COVID-19 pandemic is nature’s way of taking “revenge” on humanity, the pontiff suggested that nature is calling for attention… “There’s a saying, which you have heard: ‘God always forgives. We sometimes forgive. Nature never forgives,’” the pope said. “Fires, earthquakes … nature is throwing a tantrum so that we will take care of her.”

WND: Reagan’s Economist: ‘Stimulus’ Will Make Things Worse

By WND Staff, March 23, 2020 – Angry Republicans are blaming Democrats for holding up a $1 trillion stimulus package meant to provide relief to Americans and businesses amid the coronavirus crisis, but the man whose economic theory became a cornerstone of Ronald Reagan’s revolution hopes the plan will die… Art Laffer, in an interview Monday with Fox News, called the bill a “helicopter money proposal” of handouts that has a bad track record historically… “It never works, it just causes the problem to get worse and worse,” said Laffer, known for his… “Laffer curve.”… “You don’t tax people who work and pay people who don’t work and expect more work,” he said.

The Masque of the Coronavirus

By Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine – Just a few short weeks ago, Americans rejoiced in comfort. But it was a microscopic infiltration away from a new, rigid reality. Taken as an allegory of the ongoing crisis of coronavirus, Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death unmasks a tendency to ignore or deny troubles, whether they are on the horizon or outside our walls, deploring how people have to endure disease before they will acknowledge disease.

Cdl. Burke Rebukes Church’s Pagan Idolatry, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – A leading traditionalist cardinal is calling upon Catholics to reflect upon the coronavirus calamity in the light of society’s rebellion against God and “even within the Church, a paganism which worships nature and the earth.”… “There are those within the Church who refer to the earth as our mother, as if we came from the earth, and the earth is our salvation,” laments Cdl. Raymond Burke, alluding to the veneration of Pachamama in the Vatican during the October Amazon Synod.

Did Fulton Sheen Prophesy About These Times? by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN News – Prophetic then, he was already a visionary and forewarning in the Jan. 26, 1947, radio broadcast… “Why is it that so few realize the seriousness of our present crisis?” he asked 72 years ago. Then gave the answer: “Partly because men do not want to believe their own times are wicked, partly because it involves too much self-accusation, and principally because they have no standards outside of themselves by which to measure their times… Only those who live by faith really know what is happening in the world. The great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive processes going on.”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The Lockdown Option

By Dwight Longenecker, The Imaginative Conservative – Now that the Bishop has closed down the sacraments due to the coronavirus crisis, one is forced to take the Lockdown Option which compels me to re-examine the way of St Benedict—which has been a way of solitude and isolation from the first. The word “monk” is from the Greek monos—“alone” and the Lockdown Option means many families are facing isolation and many individuals are having solitude imposed on them for their own sake. The monks and nuns have been living the “lockdown option” for centuries. Therefore what might we learn from their perennial wisdom to enrich our own period of enforced solitude?

Pandemic, Oil Glut Leave Venezuela More Vulnerable to Chinese, Russian Advances, by Ken Blackwell & Jerry Boykin

By Ken Blackwell & Jerry Boykin, The Stream – “[N]o other country in the region will be as hard hit as Venezuela, which relies on oil sales for 85 percent of its government spending,” writes Andres Oppenheimer, a columnist for the Miami Herald. “Last year, Venezuela’s oil exports had already fallen to $9 billion, from $73 billion in 2011.”… All these factors… combine to make a perfect storm that leaves Venezuela susceptible to further bankrolling by China and Russia. President Donald J. Trump can’t allow these opportunists to swoop in and exert more control over a crumbling Venezuela.

Report: Democrats Push Pork for Planned Parenthood in Coronavirus Package, by Dr. Susan Berry

Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart – The Hill reported Sunday that one of the reasons bipartisan support for a massive coronavirus stimulus package has fallen apart is, once again, because Democrats want the bill to prop up Planned Parenthood… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Sunday she will be moving ahead with her own emergency relief package and ended hopes for an immediate vote in the Senate to further assistance for the nation in the midst of the crisis caused by the virus that originated in China.

COVID-19 Will Change Healthcare, by Brian Mark Weber

By Brian Mark Weber, Patriot Post – On Tuesday, President Donald Trump took the bold step of ordering the Department of Health and Human Services to waive potential HIPAA penalties, thereby clearing the way for telemedicine. Now, a patient with coronavirus symptoms can consult with a real doctor from home…

The Economic Disaster Media And Washington Haven’t Begun To Notice, by Christopher Bedford

By Christopher Bedford, The Federalist – The U.S. economy is in trouble, and if you can believe it, that trouble isn’t simply the closure of Main Street, the massive number of nationwide layoffs, and the danger of financial crisis we’ve all heard about. As companies run out of cash, pushing them toward insolvency, our country’s business-to-business trust is at risk of coming apart, tearing and ultimately collapsing the delicate system that keeps industries as diverse as farming, chemicals, and aluminum profitable and solvent.

LifeSiteNews: Join Other Christians to Pray Together During the Coronavirus Crisis

By LifeSiteNews – As the coronavirus spreads and infection rates and death increase across the world, Christians must take on a leading role at this crucial time in human history… Now is the time for all of us to fully engage in this spiritual battle, and to do so armed with our greatest weapon of all: prayer… We turn to Almighty God in prayer and ask that He intervene to alleviate the suffering of the sick and stop the further spread of this deadly disease… Sign this pledge right now to join our prayer army. …..

Democrats Block Senate Coronavirus Package, by Sean Moran

By Sean Moran, Breitbart – Democrats blocked a coronavirus package on Sunday that would provide economic relief to businesses and Americans suffering from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak… The Senate GOP package failed, with 47 votes in favor and 47 against, which fell 13 votes short of what was necessary to advance the legislation… An angry Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) slammed Democrats for voting against the bill and blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for nixing bipartisan negotiations over a coronavirus package.

Trump: The Cure Can’t Be Worse Than The Problem, by Leah Barkoukis

By Leah Barkoukis, Townhall – President Trump teased the idea of being less restrictive in the U.S.’s response to the Wuhan coronavirus after the 15-day period to flatten the curve has ended… “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself,” Trump tweeted in all caps. “At the end of the 15 day period, we will make a decision as to which way we want to go!”… The message comes as 10 states have more than 500 cases of the virus, with New York becoming the epicenter in the U.S. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday the state has 16,887 confirmed cases, which is approximately 5 percent of the cases of COVID-19 worldwide.

A Solemn Reminder from The Lord Jesus in This Time of Crisis

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Jesus said something in yesterday’s Gospel (4thSunday in Lent) that I think we can apply to our current troubles: While it is daytime, we must do the works of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work (John 9:4)… A purely natural understanding would be that the passage is merely noting that worked stopped at sundown by necessity in those times, but of course the text is far deeper. Let’s ponder two related spiritual meanings and apply them to this time of crisis.

Hospital Chaplains Prepare for “Tsunami” of COVID-19 Patients, by Matt Hadro

By Matt Hadro, CNA – New York has been one of the states hardest-hit by the crisis, with more than 5,700 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 38 deaths as of Friday morning, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center… “In about 42 days, we’re expecting the virus to really hit us,” Fr. Anderson said Thursday. According to New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, as many as 110,000 hospital beds could be needed by early May to deal with the expected spike in new coronavirus cases, but only 53,000 beds currently exist.

Coronavirus Silver Lining: Playboy Magazine’s Print Edition is No More, by C. Douglas Golden

By C. Douglas Golden, The Western Journal – It’s difficult to say there’s some kind of silver lining to COVID-19, but you can find one if you try… On one side, you see the usual sunbeams of humanity that occur in a crisis when peoples’ sympathetic nervous systems grind to a halt and they stop panic-buying more Charmin than they’ll ever use… Donating blood, buying groceries for seniors, helping out small businesses… Then there are the silver linings which, to enjoy them properly, require a bit of schadenfreude. On that end, we’re pleased to report that Playboy’s print edition has officially been offed by the coronavirus.

Piety in the Time of Coronavirus, by Ben Reinhard

By Ben Reinhard, Crisis Magazine – The nation has been treated to an uncanny spectacle over the past few weeks. Schools and businesses closed in the face of the Wuhan flu, and public health officials urged all Americans to stay home and practice “social distancing” to slow the spread of the disease. But as anxious families braved supermarket lines to stock up on staple foods and household goods, the young and unattached queued for an altogether different reason, packing the bars of New York, Washington, D.C., and other major cities.

Cdl. Burke Issues New Statement About Combatting the Coronavirus, by Stephen Kokx

By Stephen Kokx, LifeSiteNews – Earlier today, Cardinal Raymond Burke released a statement on the coronavirus. In his lengthy remarks, His Excellency described the virus as “insidious” and advised persons to take precautions againt spreading and contracting it. He also stated that it’s “essential” for Catholics “at all times and above all in times of crisis, to have access to our churches and chapels, to the Sacraments, and to public devotions and prayers.”

Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy: God and Hell (Part Two)

By Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap., The Catholic Thing – Sin, by its very nature, is a direct attack upon or a violation of some good. For example, lying offends the good of truth; gluttony transgresses the good of proper eating. Now, do some evil acts contravene a good to such a degree that they merit everlasting damnation? According to the Catholic tradition, these acts are termed mortal sins. Let us look at some examples… Fornication and adultery grievously violate the good of marriage and sexuality. While couples, in these sexual acts, may desire to express their love for one another, what they are actually doing is attacking the good of marriage and the sexual acts that pertain exclusively to marriage.

Fr. Mike Schmitz: How Should Catholics Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic? (Video)

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – Fr. Mike gives us some advice about how we should respond to the coronavirus pandemic. He begins with the story of the recent pilgrimage he took to Israel amid the coronavirus outbreak… Israeli authorities were quarantining people in the country and canceling all flights except for citizens. Fr. Mike had to rush with his pilgrims and tour company to figure out what to do about their scheduled pilgrimage. …

Rev. Graham: ‘Thank God’ We Have a President Who ‘Knows How to Take Charge’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapmanm, CNS News – In a Friday post on Facebook, Rev. Franklin Graham said, “CNN is now accusing President Trump of peddling false hope. The truth is, America does need hope now.”… “The President has put our country on war-time footing,” said Graham. “He has cut through red tape. He has directed suppliers to produce the medical equipment and supplies we need. He has taken measures with travel and more to protect our citizens.”

Church Refuses to Close Because Planned Parenthood is Still Open Killing Babies, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – A Louisiana pastor refused to close his church this week in the midst of the coronavirus scare because Planned Parenthood is still allowed to be open to kill unborn babies… All across the country, schools, businesses, nonprofits and non-essential medical facilities are closing and canceling appointments to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, conserve medical resources and save lives. Notably, abortion facilities have been allowed to remain open even though their life-destroying “service” is completely elective and they make money killing unborn babies.

Matrimony Amid Coronavirus: Couples Face Small Ceremonies, Postponement, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – The global coronavirus pandemic has derailed many things for Americans, including access to the sacraments — and weddings are not exempt from the restrictions… As the coronavirus reached more than 11,000 cases and 150 fatalities in the U.S. on March 19, many Catholic couples have made difficult decisions about whether to proceed with spring weddings — adjusting them to meet small-gathering guidelines — or to postpone their weddings indefinitely in a time of uncertainty.

The Four Last Things

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – Lent is the penitential season in the Church that’s dedicated to our final end — a theological term for the question, “Where will I go after I die?”… But now, with talk of the coronavirus dominating nearly every aspect of life, death is on the mind of most people right now… While some are scrounging up supplies for the possibility of long quarantines, at some point we’ll all face death sooner or later. It’s been a traditional Catholic devotion to have a representation of a skull….

How to Stay Quarantined, Stay Married, and Keep Your Friends, by Perry West

By Perry West, CNA – The policy of social distancing means that the newly-homebound are seeing less of coworkers than they did just weeks ago. They’re seeing fewer friends too. But they might be seeing a lot more of their family, or their roommates. And that isn’t easy… For some, especially those who live alone, social distancing can bring with it a sense of isolation and loneliness. But for those who live with family or roommates, staying home means spending a lot of time together. After a few days of fun, being “alone together,” all the time, can become difficult.

Today’s Heresy: Questioning the Response to the Coronavirus, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Economies are being destroyed around the world, including in the United States. This is happening not because of the devastation of the Coronavirus but because of the governmental fear that the virus might be devastating if extreme anti-plague measures are not adopted. As the prevention measures become more and more stringent, most of the public assumes they are more and more necessary—that COVID-19 must really be a very serious threat. After all, even if it isn’t so bad right now, it might mutate into something worse.

How to Keep Holy the Sabbath Day Without a Public Mass, by Dorothy C. McLean

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – Both the Catholic Church in England and Wales and the Catholic Church in Scotland have announced that public Masses will be suspended in these countries indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic… In England and Wales, the last public Masses will take place on Friday. In Scotland, they will take place on Thursday… The inability to attend Mass is a hard cross for Catholics to bear anywhere, but it is particularly crushing in Great Britain, where Mass was essentially illegal from the late 16th century until the Roman Catholic Relief Act of 1791. …

Msgr. Charles Pope: Stopping by the First Station of the Cross in Time of National Crisis

By Msgr. Charles Pope – We might do well at a moment like this to ponder the First Station of the Cross, in which Jesus is tried before Pilate. At a critical moment Pilate said, “Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over me if it were not given to you from above”(John 19:10-11). Jesus thus acknowledges Pilate’s authority as governor but reminds him of its true origin… Most of us right now are experiencing increasing restrictions on our movement….

America: ‘At Home’ With Absurd Consumer Excess, by Addison Del Mastro

By Addison Del Mastro, American Conservative – Every culture has a custom or symbol that encapsulates its entire way of life. For example, a salami hanging from the ceiling of a cramped neighborhood deli is Italy. Japan is a tea ceremony or an orderly subway rush hour. And for us, that condensed cultural symbol is not the Declaration of Independence or the ragtag militia or the all-American con man with a bridge to sell you. ….

Pope was Benedict XV Warned “We Need to Be Distrustful of Socialist Propaganda”, by Gustavo Solimeo 

By Gustavo Solimeo, The American TFP – The Pope was Benedict XV (1914-1922). He warned the faithful against the evils of socialism in a document issued exactly one hundred years ago this month on March 11, 1920… The title says it all: “Epistle Soliti Nos: On the Need to Beware of Socialist Propaganda.”1 Although a century old, Pope Benedict’s warning remains perfectly up to date. It seems appropriate to present a summary here… However, the facts that gave rise to this pontifical warning must first be told.

Living the Faith Without the Sacraments, by Michelle Arnold

By Michelle Arnold, Catholic Answers – Churches are closing, Masses are being canceled, bishops are dispensing the faithful from the Sunday obligation, priests are becoming increasingly unavailable for confession and anointing of the sick. This year, the Holy Week liturgies will be celebrated in Rome without the faithful in attendance. During this outbreak of Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Catholics are beginning to grapple with a new reality: a loss of access to the sacraments while the world struggles to contain the disease to manageable levels through quarantines and social distancing.

To Our Priests: Lead Us to the Foot of the Cross, by Constance T. Hull

By Constance T. Hull, Catholic Exchange – In the United States, most states have cancelled schools, are encouraging working from home, and social distancing measures. In some areas the economy is being impacted and those who work in service related jobs are finding themselves unable to work. As of this writing, over 100 dioceses have suspended all public Masses, ministries, Adoration, and in some cases, even the Sacrament of Confession. People are being told to stay home and isolate themselves from everyone else.

The Wonderful St. Joseph, by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – The Solemnity of St. Joseph is especially dear to Catholics this year due to so many of the faithful being unable to attend Mass in his honor. Devotion to this great saint is more important than ever, especially since people in the United States are preparing for the worst… In his astounding new book, Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father, Fr. Donald Calloway maintains that this is the age of St. Joseph. He notes that over the centuries, more and more saints have written about the glories of St. Joseph and have successfully appealed to him to remedy the most hopeless situations.

At Least 28 Priests in Northern Italy Have Died From COVID-19

By Courtney Mares, CNA – Italian dioceses surrounding Milan have reported the deaths of 30 priests during the coronavirus outbreak.
Avvenire, the Italian newspaper owned by the Italian bishops conference, attributes at least 28 of these priests’ deaths to COVID-19, and also notes two additional cases: that of Fr. Guido Mortari, who died of pneumonia before he could get tested, and Fr. Giorgio Bosini, who had a serious underlying medical condition… All but three of the priests were over the age of 70, and more than half were over 80 years old. The youngest priest to die from coronavirus, Fr. Andrea Avanzini of the Diocese of Parma, was 54 years old.

Who Defines Fundamental Human Rights? by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – We find rights to freedom of speech and freedom of press and freedom of religion; we find a right to bear arms; we find a right to trial by jury; we find a right to vote; we find a right not to be a slave; we find a right to purchase alcoholic beverages; and so on. But we find no right to abortion… Unless the Court changes its ways (which it might if it has a stable conservative or “originalist” majority), we expect that in the not-too-distant future it will “find” in the Constitution a “right” to polygamy, a right to be euthanized, and a right to be transgender.

How Could a Market Downturn Affect Catholic Giving? A Look at the Data

By Jonah McKeown, CNA – How might the market downturn affect how much US Catholics give to their parish and other Catholic causes?.. While the economic outlook is changing day-by-day, two experts in fundraising for Catholic causes pointed to historical data that suggests that pastors and bishops ought not be reticent to continue fundraising efforts… Steve Manno, managing director for CCS Fundraising, a firm that has fundraised for numerous U.S. Catholic dioceses, told CNA that while fundraising is difficult, pastors should not give up amid a market downturn.

Are Americans All-In for a Long Coronavirus War? by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – Ordering people to “shelter in place” in their own homes, not just for days or weeks but months — can this be done in a free society, as it can be done in the surveillance state of Communist China?… Can mayors and governors of beach towns along the East Coast from Maine to Miami, and the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas, keep tens of millions from gathering on beaches this summer?… Last week, we saw college kids cavorting on Florida’s beaches, despite warnings that any one among them infected with COVID-19 could transmit it to the rest, leading to grave illness and, in some cases, death…

US Dioceses Still Visit the Sick and Bury the Dead — Despite Coronavirus Threat, by Joseph O’Brien

By Joseph O’Brien, National Catholic Register – There are currently more than 9,400 confirmed coronavirus cases and 150 deaths from the disease reported in the U.S. — and those involved in the liturgical life of the Catholic Church in U.S. dioceses see the need for prayers and the sacraments now more than ever, as a part of what the Church can offer during these troubling times… Although the coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has interrupted individual lives and sundered the social fabric of the country, the Catholic Church must still take into account some elements of everyday life, including sickness and death ….

Seamless Garment or Political Comforter? by Michael M. Uhlmann

By Michael M. Uhlmann, Crisis Magazine – In a recent editorial promoting the seamless-garment thesis, the National Catholic Reporter provided its list of “other” issues, which included “war and peace, immigration, tax cuts, housing, the death penalty, economic justice, welfare reform, the federal deficit, civil liberties, education, health care, crime, and on and on.” How fox hunting failed to make the list, I do not know, but the idea seems to be that a good Catholic is a liberal Democrat. That was surely not the bishops’ intention in the 1970s, but many have drawn just that inference.

Planned Parenthood Refuses to Close Because It Considers Killing Babies in Abortions “Essential” Services, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – While much of the world is focused on saving people from the deadly coronavirus, Planned Parenthood is still committed to destroying unborn babies’ lives through abortions… Many states have shut down schools, banned large gatherings and urged non-essential businesses to close… Amid the growing shut-downs, Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses are trying to insist that what they do is “essential.”

On This Feast of St. Joseph: The Silence of Joseph, by Deacon Keith Fournier

By Deacon Keith Fournier – The Silence of Joseph echoes in a world of noise turning a cacophony of self-love into a melody of self-surrender… The Silence of Joseph is a seed which bears the fruit of holiness and courage… The Silence of Joseph drowns the din of sorrow and silences the wailing of the weak.

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (March 19)

Author Don Schwager – “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary  your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; 21 she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife

Fr. Roger Landry: 4 Virtues Needed to Help Keep Your Eyes on Christ in This Crisis

By Fr. Roger Landry, National Catholic Register – During the 1576 plague that menaced the northern Italian city of Milan and eventually took 25,000 lives, the civil government fled the city out of fear. The archbishop of Milan, St. Charles Borromeo, took over, assured the people he would not abandon them and, together with priests from the parishes and religious orders, began to care for their material and spiritual needs… He organized hospitals, cared for orphans and brought the sacraments to those who were quarantined in their homes. He got priests to offer Masses in public squares and the middle of streets so that people could participate from their houses. …

Why Have Mass With No One There? by Christine Rousselle

By Christine Rousselle, CNA – With public Masses suspended in over 100 dioceses across the United States, many Catholics have been told to stay home, make a spiritual communion, and maintain a prayer routine until the coronavirus pandemic passes… Masses are still being celebrated privately, but what does that mean? What is the significance and power of Mass without the laity present? CNA spoke to experts to get a better understanding of why Masses celebrated in private are spiritually beneficial to all Catholics… The Mass “is not something we do,” Fr. James Bradley, a professor of canon lawyer at the Catholic University of America, told CNA.

In a Crisis, Our Odd Priorities Show a Lack of Faith, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – The near-obsessive discussion is also a coping mechanism, no doubt. We talk because we’re worried; we search for new information because we’re unsettled by the information that we have. At the same time we talk because that’s what humans do: we communicate. Isn’t it a relief when the conversation shifts to some other topic—the weather, perhaps, or last night’s ballgame? Oh, wait; there wasn’t a ballgame last night; and that’s part of our problem. What else can we talk about?

Dioceses Worldwide Halt Public Masses Amid Growing Fears of Coronavirus Spread, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – But the decision has not been an easy one to make for some bishops… Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, tweeted it was “the most painful decision I’ve had to make in my 27 years as a bishop.” He added: “I cannot imagine asking our people to go without Mass and Holy Communion, especially as Easter approaches. But it has to be done.”… Some dioceses, such as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, have gone further than halting Masses by extending a ban to all public liturgies and devotions and closing all churches and chapels, including perpetual adoration chapels.

Male and Female He Created Them. And for a Good Reason, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine – It has been just six years since I wrote Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity, warning against the fantasy that two members of the same sex can marry one another, when they cannot even have sexual relations but can only mimic them. I founded my arguments not upon Scripture or the teaching of the Church—indeed I did not refer to them at all—but upon common observation, historical and cultural precedent, and the biology of male and female.

By Msgr. Charles Pope: A Lament from Scripture, Well-Suited to the Current Crisis

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The reading for Tuesday’s Mass (Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent) was astonishingly applicable to our current situation. It also brings up a controversial question: are we experiencing punishment for our sins? The modern world has grown proud; we have largely forgotten our vulnerability. Worst of all, we have collectively cast God aside. In this sense we do not need to directly attribute this chastisement to God. Rather, the deep wound to our own sense of invincibility is itself the source of our pain and punishment.

‘Christ Never Abandons Us’: Cardinal Burke Offers Hope Amidst Coronavirus

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – Cardinals Raymond Burke and Robert Sarah have urged Catholics not to lose hope during the global coronavirus pandemic and panic… “The prolonged assault of the coronavirus naturally leads to sadness and fear,” Burke posted on Twitter. “But we know that Christ is the Lord of nature and of history. Using natural means to defend ourselves against the pestilence, we do not forget our primary means of defense: prayer, especially the rosary and Eucharistic adoration.”

Medjugorje ‘Visionary’ Says Monthly Apparitions Have Come to An End

Catholic News Agency – A woman who claims to be a visionary of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje has said that Mary will no longer appear to her on the second of every month, as she has reportedly done monthly since 1987… Alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje have long been a subject of controversy in the Church, which have been investigated by the Church but not yet authenticated or rejected… The alleged apparitions began June 24, 1981, when six children in Medjugorje, a town in what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina, began to experience phenomena which they have claimed to be apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Opinion: Starved of the Sacraments, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – The Church is in “full retreat” by suspending Masses, “a fact that had never occurred, not even during the two world wars, even in the most terrible hours in the history of this country, on the occasion of disasters, floods or earthquakes.”… That’s the view of illustrious Italian epidemiologist Dr. Paolo Gulisano, a professor of History of Medicine at the Bicocca State University of Milan. Gulisano is also a celebrated cultural essayist. He is ripping to shreds “one of the most famous slogans of the current pontificate,” which is the Church as “field hospital.”

PRAY FOR PRIESTS! Coronavirus Kills 12 Priests in Italy, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – Meanwhile, Bp. Francesco Beschi of Bergamo said priests could no longer administer last rites to the dying. He called on baptized laypeople to offer some form of a blessing to their loved ones… “We can no longer even anoint the sick,” the bishop said, remarking that it would be imprudent to do so in the face of the epidemic… “At this point we say: Why can’t a baptized person make a Christian mark on those who are sick?” Beschi asked. “Starting with those who are in the family, the children or the grandchildren can bless their grandparents or parents. Thus they can make a sign of faith for them.”… “The Church,” he observed, “says that if a penitent has the intention of making a sacramental confession as soon as possible, he or she receives God’s forgiveness.”

Why the Remedy May Be Worse Than the Disease, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, The Stream – But here is a prediction: If the government can order society to cease functioning, from restaurants and other businesses to schools, due to a possible health disaster, it is highly likely that a Democratic president and Congress will similarly declare emergency and assert authoritarian rule in order to prevent what they consider the even greater “existential threat” to human life posed by global warming… The dam has been broken. Maybe it was necessary. But when dams break, flooding follows.

Fr. Mike Schmitz: Offering Up Your Inconveniences (Video)

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – A great way to make this Lent even better spiritually is to offer up not only something you chose, but also to offer up your inconveniences… Give God those moments when you’re stuck in traffic, or when someone says something bitter to you, or when you have to run an errand you just don’t want to run. Offer up those inconveniences that you didn’t choose, and God will make you stronger in them.

The Least Among Us, to Whom We Owe the Most: Our Elderly, at Greatest Coronavirus Risk, by John Zmirak

John Zmirak, The Stream – As I wrote earlier this week, the Coronavirus crisis touches me close to home, since someone I love very much has a compromised immune system. In fact, several people do. And none of them are elderly. Two nephews half my age, for instance. They have medical conditions requiring drugs that suppress immunity as an unhappy side-effect. Now, most of those people live 1,000 or more miles away. So while I might worry about them, I don’t have to worry about picking up the virus and unknowingly infecting them. But the most important person on that list lives right here, and I see her every day.

Why Coronavirus Will Not Take Hold in America as it Did in Italy and South Korea, by Steven Mosher

By Steven Mosher, LifeSiteNews – Many epidemiologists are, however, looking at South Korea or Italy’s epidemics as approximations of what we are facing in the U.S. in terms of the rapid spread and lethality of the disease… South Korea, for example, is a developed country that has done fairly widespread testing, so we can trust the numbers. To date, 66 South Koreans have died, 7869 have been infected (some of whom will still die) and 333 have completely recovered. That gives you a mortality rate of about .9 percent.

Msgr. Charles Pope: A Picture of Disease in a Time of Trouble

Msgr. Charles Pope – The first reading for Mass on Monday (Monday of the third week of Lent) was striking in its relation to the current time of turmoil. It reminds us of our vulnerability. Despite all our strength, we are individually and collectively in need of tremendous grace and mercy from God. For all our concern about the physical threat of this virus, we should be even more concerned about our spiritual vulnerability.

Abortionist Who Thinks He Has the Coronavirus Stops Killing Babies for 14 Days to Self-Quarantine, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – A Texas abortionist who sparked outrage in February for saying it “makes his day” to see a woman come back for an abortion just announced that he quarantined himself because he may have the coronavirus… His quarantine and the redirection of medical resources to combat the virus could mean more babies will be saved from abortions in America… That abortionist Joe Nelson is sick certainly is not a reason to celebrate, though. Nor should the spread of the virus be a reason to rejoice simply because more unborn babies may live. The virus and Nelson’s illness are tragedies..

What We’ll Learn about Civil Society, Family, and Technology from Coronavirus, by Adam J. MacLeod

By Adam J. MacLeod. Public Discourse – Still, no one can say with precision how many people the virus will infect or kill. Predictions are difficult. But we know some things about ourselves, so we can venture to say what this unusual moment will reveal about us… One thing is certain: This too shall pass. When it does, I predict that we will have learned three things about ourselves. These are nearly certain. One of them is cause for optimism, one for pessimism, and one is a draw.

Doug Wead Explains Why Trump Is The Perfect President To Handle The Coronavirus Crisis (Video)

By Doug Wead, Fox Business – Doug Weed, ‘Born for this moment… Trump is transparent by nature, we hear what he is thinking in real time… beyond ideology…’… Historian Doug Wead appears on Varney & Co. to discuss President Trump’s handling of the Coronavirus and if there are any situations in history that compare.

‘Bless Me, Father – But From 6 Feet Away!’ Coronavirus and Confession, by Mary Farrow

By Mary Farrow, CNA – Demand for confessions at St. Mary’s in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, has always been high: it’s a centrally-located church with convenient, daily confession times and often multiple confessors… During the parish’s normal 11:30-noon weekday confession times, penitents on their lunch breaks line up, often 20 people or more deep, for absolution and sacramental grace, before returning to work, or before attending the 12:10 p.m. Mass… “It’s a big ministry,” Fr. Douglas Dietrich, the pastor of St. Mary’s, told CNA. “And then we have a lot of people who come by the door and call up and just want to go to confession; that’s great.”A

No Rainbows for Saint Patrick, by Sean Fitzpatrick

By Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine – Irish immigrants to the United States held the first Saint Patrick’s Day parade in New York in 1762. Over 250 years later, Saint Patrick’s Day parades are a big deal in New York City, with each borough boasting their own. One of these boroughs came under heavy fire this year regarding its Paddy parade. The Staten Island Saint Patrick’s Day parade was the only NYC parade that did not allow LGBTQ groups to march under banners acclaiming their orientations and proclivities.

Heroic Virtue, by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

By Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. – The Catholic Dictionary defines heroic virtue as: “The performance of extraordinary virtuous actions with readiness and over a period of time. The moral virtues are exercised with ease, while faith, hope, and charity are practiced to an eminent degree. The presence of such virtues is required by the Church as the first step toward canonization. The person who has practiced heroic virtue is declared to be Venerable, and is called a ‘Servant of God.’”

On the Coronavirus and Public Masses, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – I don’t like the suspension of public Masses. But that does not mean, if I were a bishop, I would not make the decision to suspend them for a limited time under these circumstances, especially since the best source of information we have on disease in our world is the relevant government agency. We have no way of knowing the limits of God’s permission for the spread of any disease among those who are gathered in a Catholic church for Mass, or whether He will prevent contagion and illness through reception of the Eucharist. This has not been revealed to us, and so each bishop, like the Pope, must pray for sufficient light to follow a prudent course. Moreover, the conclusions of good pastors can differ without proving anyone unfaithful or unholy.

Flattening the Curve — What Does It Mean and How Can You Help? by Liberty McArtor

By Liberty McArtor, The Stream – In recent weeks you may have come across the phrase, “flatten the curve.” What does that mean, and why does it matter?.. In short, “flattening the curve” is about slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. It matters because the slower the virus spreads, the better hospitals will be able to care for those affected — even cutting into the number of deaths… Why does flattening the curve matter for you? Because it’s going to take us working together to successfully slow the virus. If we do that, the people most at risk for complications from COVID-19 will be able to get the care they need.

This is the Sure Cure for Coronaphobia, by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II, Return to Order – Coronaphobia is caused by a society where the enjoyment of life is the supreme value. That is why the full might of the medical establishment must be mobilized with such passion. Everything must be done to prolong the lives of those who still enjoy life and have little thought about the hereafter… Yet not all life is equally valued in today’s hedonistic culture. The same medical establishment that scrambles to treat coronavirus victims snuffs out thousands of lives daily, through abortion and euthanasia, so that others might free themselves from responsibilities and “enjoy” life.

The Time of the Virus, by Ephraim Radner

By Ephraim Radner, First Things – this is a time for living with the gift of life God has provided. In doing so, God’s own being and grace is unveiled to the otherwise distracted and self-absorbed creature. “You shall fear your God; for I am the LORD your God.” Dare we say that it is providential that the Time of the Virus has come in Lent? Not for penitence alone, but for the sabbath of sabbaths—for a place where prayer and thanks are actually nurtured and where they can flourish. This is something Christians should not only ponder, but embrace and share, in a posture not of resignation, but of joyful hope.

French Catholics Begin Novena as Lourdes Closes for First Time in History, by Courtney Mares

By Courtney Mares, CNA – The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes has closed for the first time in over a century following new restrictions in France to slow the spread of the coronavirus… “For the first time in its history, the sanctuary will close its doors for a while. Pray with us the novena to the Immaculate,” Mgr. Olivier Ribadeau Dumas, rector of the Lourdes sanctuary announced March 17… No public Masses will be offered in the sanctuary due to national measures announced by French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron on the evening of March 16.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Five Hard Truths That Will Set You Free

Msgr. Charles Pope – Given our current profound troubles, it occurs to me to republish an article from some years back. Like most, I have been through difficulties in my life: violent storms, an earthquake, and the loss of several loved ones. But I have never seen something quite like what we are experiencing now. It is unclear how long things will last, and the restrictions get more severe by the day. With all that in mind, I think it is important to recall the five hard truths that follow. I hope you won’t think I am trying to pour salt in our collective wounds.

A Toast to St. Patrick, by Joseph Pearce

By Joseph Pearce, Crisis Magazine – As I write, there is no customary and comforting glass of bourbon at my side. There’s no refreshing gin and tonic; no hearty glass of craft ale. It is Lent and all such blessings have been set aside. And yet, even in the desert, Holy Mother Church leads us to the occasional oasis, a place to feast in the midst of fasting. One such oasis is the Feast of Saint Patrick, the one day in the year when even a dyed-in-the-wool Englishman can rediscover the closeted Celt lurking deep inside him. …

OSV: A Comprehensive List of Changes to Mass Schedules or Obligation in U.S. Dioceses

Our Sunday Visitor Staff, March 14, 2020 – Last update: Monday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m., and will be updated as changes occur… All Public Masses Suspended (until further notice, unless otherwise noted)

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Pondering the Pandemic

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – The underlying root of the hysteria is atheism, or the faithlessness of implicit atheism rooted in the comforts of consumerism. According to the atheist creed, the greatest evil in life is suffering or a life cut short because of a catastrophic disease. For a believing atheist, suffering can be worse than death… But a “premature death” also horrifies. The atheist creed is easy to grasp, simple to live when the going is good, but always ends in despair. Human suffering is an insurmountable evil.

WH Coronavirus Coordinator: Limit Gatherings to Under 10 People – Even at Home, by Melanie Arter

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews, March 16, 2020 – Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coordinator of the coronavirus response team, said Monday that millenials “are the core group” that will stop COVID-19… “I want to speak particularly to our largest generation now, our millennials. I am the mom of two wonderful millennial young women who are bright and hardworking and I will tell you what I told them. They are the core group that will stop this virus. They are the group that communicates successfully independent of picking up the phone. They intuitively know how to contact each other without being in large social gatherings,” she said.

Pope St. John Paul II: Be Not Afraid

Pope St. John Paul II, The Catholic Thing – So often today man does not know what is within him, in the depths of his mind and heart. So often he is uncertain about the meaning of his life on this earth. He is assailed by doubt, a doubt which turns into despair. We ask you therefore, we beg you with humility and trust, let Christ speak to man. He alone has words of life, yes, of eternal life. — Homily of His Holiness for the Inauguration of His Pontificate, Sunday, 22 October 1978

An Abundance of Caution, by Michael Pakaluk

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing – Today, given a threatening COVID-19 pandemic, we see all kinds of other misuses. If a public activity is canceled because of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s logic – that those who congregate, even if young and not at risk, may nonetheless spread the disease to the elderly or others at risk – the event wasn’t canceled out of an “abundance of caution.” Rather, it’s a case of a subsidiarity group making a sacrifice for the common good of political society…

In Italy, at Least 10 Priests are Dead of Coronavirus, and 1 Bishop is Recovering, by Courtney Mares

By Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency – At least ten priests have died in Italy after contracting COVID-19. More than half of them were from the Diocese of Bergamo, a town outside of Milan in Lombardy… Bergamo was the hometown of Pope John XXIII. The local government of Bergamo posted an update online on March 13 stating that the hospital mortuary had run out of space, so the town had opened the cemetery and church for the bodies awaiting burial… “We are experiencing something that goes well beyond the normal ups and downs of life,” Bishop Breschi said in his homily March 15…. More than 27,000 people in Italy have been infected with coronavirus, and 2,470 people have died in just over three weeks.

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Facing the Coronavirus Pandemic Like a Catholic

By Father Raymond J. de Souza, EWTN News – While public gathering for worship and prayer may be canceled, worship and prayer are not canceled. To the contrary, they should be intensified… That’s not just a scriptural reality: “Pray constantly”… “from the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised”… It’s also a civic reality in the United States. President Donald Trump declared Sunday, March 15, a national day of prayer, quoting the Scriptures: “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you”… and “For with God nothing shall be impossible”…

The Coronavirus Response Shows That Federalism Is Working, by Michael B. Dougherty

By Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review – nd so people are asking questions such as, “Why didn’t the U.S. federal government shut down restaurants and bars the way France and Spain did?” Or they are kvetching about the president. Writer Molly Jong-Fast complains, “So the states are basically governing themselves because our president doesn’t know how to president at all?”… Well, no. It’s simple: Our president doesn’t have dictatorial powers, even in a national emergency. The president doesn’t have authority to shut down your local gin joint. Your state governor does have this power, in extraordinary circumstances. 

Msgr. Charles Pope: A Brief Essay on the Fear of Death

By Msgr. Charles Pope, March 15, 2020 – Since the children have flesh and blood, [Jesus] too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death (Heb. 2:14-15)… in the face of this most recent global panic about a relatively strong virus, we need also to ponder the literal meaning of this text. Whether you are of the view that this is an extreme threat that requires dramatic measures or you think the matter is exaggerated and the measures are too severe, it is clear that the fear of death has seized large numbers throughout the world.

Catholic Pro-Life Leaders Endorse President Trump: He’s Been Excellent on the “Sanctity of Life”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – A new group of Catholic pro-life leaders has come together to support President Donald Trump and they are encouraging Catholics nationwide to support the president, saying he has crafted an excellent record on pro-life and religious liberty issues… The leaders are not only endorsing Trump but putting together a new campaign coalition, Catholics for Trump, meant to encourage Catholics nationwide to support re-electing the president this November. The new coalition was set to begin operations next week with a kickoff rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but that event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

Sister Mary Catharine Perry: I’m a Nun and I’ve Been Social Distancing for 29 Years. Here Are Tips for Staying Home Amid Coronavirus Fears. 

By Sister Mary Catharine Perry, as told to Cassidy Grom, NJ.com – For the past 29 years, I’ve chosen to practice social distancing… The coronavirus is forcing many people in New Jersey and across the world to stay home, limit outside contact — and in a way, start living life like cloistered nuns… It is interesting that a lot of people are frightened by this extended time at home because the core structure of society is the family unit… “I need a vacation to recover from my vacation!” people say. Well, this could be it… People say they want peace and quiet. Then when it is thrown in their lap, they panic. They don’t know how to be alone… Stop. Be still. You can either waste this period of social-distancing and be frustrated, or you can choose to make it the best it can be.

Washington Catholic Priest is First in US Known to Be Diagnosed With Coronavirus, by JD Flynn

By JD Flynn, CNA – A priest in the Diocese of Yakima, Washington, is the first U.S. priest known to be diagnosed with COVID-19, the coronavirus that has become a global pandemic… Fr. Alejandro Trejo, pastor of Our Lady of the Desert parish in Mattawa, was struck with a high fever March 1, and began on that date to self-quarantine. On March 7 he was admitted to a hospital with the symptoms of pneumonia. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 this weekend… “Father Alex continues to recover well and we are appreciative of the prayers of many, many parishioners, and the excellent care of the hospital staff,” Bishop Joseph Tyson said in a diocesan statement March 15.

Family Is Still Society’s Bedrock, by Robin Smith

By Robin Smith, Patriot Post – Yes, there’s a pandemic of coronavirus (SARS-CoV2, a.k.a. COVID19) that began in China. Yes, there have been locusts descending on the crops of East Africans. Wars and rumors of war are here. Oh, let’s go all in with words written by the Apostle Paul to Timothy: “In the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control… We’re living in times that are apocalyptic by definition. Yet, we can still make an impact and change course. Let’s look at one such place to make positive change — our approach to family.

Exposed to Coronavirus? Just TRY to Get Tested. Jason Jones Did. by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak is a Senior Editor of The Stream – You travel constantly as part of your apostolate, promoting and making films that build a culture of life, through Movie to Movement. What kind of travel have you undertaken in recent weeks?… Jones: In less than three weeks I’ve been in nine states or cities, at conventions and in rooms with thousands of people. I’ve signed hundreds of copies of my book. I’ve been on perhaps a dozen flights, none of them quasi-empty.

COVID-19 Update; 3/14/2020. A Message From Concerned Physicians–Updated March 15, 2020, by Howard J. Luks, MD

By Michael Leavitt, Orthopecic Surgeon – “If our healthcare system fails then we will all suffer. If the hospital is choked with COVID-19 patients, people with appendicitis, heart attacks, broken ankles and so on will not be able to be treated. This is the picture of systemic risk. Everyone is at risk if there is a systemic failure of our healthcare system, not just those with COVID-19… The challenge is this: By following the appropriate recommended social isolation measures, you will be saving lives of not just those at increased risk who are infected, but also those who need other critical healthcare services, including potentially yourself. You will be saving the lives of people you will never meet.”

Fr. George Rutler: Want Spiritual Power?

By Fr. George Rutler, Church Militant – Cdl. Désiré-Joseph Mercier, “Every day for five minutes control your imagination and close your eyes to the things of sense and your ears to all the noises of the world, in order to enter into yourself. Then, in the sanctity of your baptized soul (which is the temple of the Holy Spirit), speak to that Divine Spirit, saying to Him:.. O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do. Give me your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me and accept all that You permit to happen to me. Let me only know Your Will.

Hypocritical Democrats Block Born Alive Protection, by Daniel John Sobieski

By Daniel John Sobieski, American Thinker – Democrats whine about children being separated from their families and allegedly kept in cages at the border, and they worry about them catching the coronavirus, but they believe in abortion from conception until birth and even after, beholden as they are to an intolerant left that says “reproductive care” includes leaving a newborn baby on a table until it dies, as Dem. Gov. Ralph Northam, states.

Fauci: Expect More Infections; ‘Overreacting…Means We’re Doing It Just Right’, by Susan Jones

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – “We are clearly going to have more infections,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday: There’s going to be more problems with regard to morbidity and mortality. The challenge we have right now is, how do we blunt that?… Our challenge right now is to do two things, is to prevent the new influx of cases, hence, the travel restrictions… And, for what we’re dealing with right now is to know that we’re going to get more infections, but blunt it, so that we don’t have that sharp peak, that we have more of a smaller hump.

Coronavirus is ‘The Killer of Globalization’ and a ‘Scourge’ From God: Roberto de Mattei, (Video) by Dorothy C. McLean

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – Coronavirus is both the “killer of globalization” and a “scourge from God” says Catholic historian and author Dr. Roberto de Mattei… The celebrated intellectual recently released a video-recorded lecture about the political, historical, and theological implications of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world. De Mattei has now recorded “New Scenarios in the Coronavirus Era: Is Coronavirus a Divine Punishment” in English, and it can be seen below.

Why Are Fancy Groceries Madhouses, But Regular Chains Humming Along As Usual? by David Marcus

By David Marcus, The Federalist – Different types of people handle situations differently, especially when it comes to stuff like a pandemic of a deadly Wuhan virus. But in New York City and elsewhere, an interesting pattern is emerging in regard to fancy chain grocery stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods which have been picked over like a carcass and still have long lines. Meanwhile, regular neighborhood chain stores have a few shortages, but are operating pretty normally… The evidence is anecdotal, but it’s reflected on social media as well.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Ten Reasons Why People of Faith Cope With a Crisis

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, The Stream – You can bank on it. People of faith cope better in a crisis than those without. Here are ten reasons why: People of faith believe in a higher purpose. Instead of focussing only on material possessions, pleasure and accomplishments, they try to live for something and someone greater. This helps them put everything in perspective and helps them keep calm when trouble comes… People of faith believe in community and family. Having support in times of crisis is super important. …

Be Catholic, Totally Catholic, and Be Not Afraid, by Sherry Antonetti

By Sherry Antonetti, National Catholic Register – Love is based on sacrifice. If we love only when we feel like loving, we do not love the person, but the feeling of love itself. So if we would love Christ, we must hold to his words and his teachings even when they prove difficult… What does this mean in a time of pandemic? It means we have to stop thinking that dying to ourselves is just a sometimes thing.

Joe Biden Betrays His Fellow Catholics, by Paul Kengor

By Paul Kengor, Crisis Magazine – This means, dear papist, that the odds are on a Catholic nominee—that is, a “pro-choice Catholic” nominee. It’s sad.. that once again, as in 2004, the Church that has long been so solidly, so consistently, so eloquently, and so stridently pro-life will be embarrassed by another lifelong, professing Catholic who rejects those teachings at the highest national stage… In 2004, that Catholic was John Kerry, another man of the northeast who was raised Catholic, went to the U.S. Senate, sought the nomination of a once-great political party that has lost its mind on cultural issues, and proceeded to sell his soul to Planned Parenthood, bowing to the party’s golden calf of Roe v. Wade. It’s a tragedy, really.

US Catholics Respond to Coronavirus With Prayer and Outreach to the Vulnerable, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – During a time of social distancing and uncertainty, Catholics in areas affected by the coronavirus are taking the time to pray for the poor and vulnerable, while coping with restrictions on Masses and large public gatherings. The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. reached nearly 2,000 Friday, and President Trump declared a national emergency… In the New York City suburb of New Rochelle, a 1-mile containment zone has been established, after more than 120 confirmed coronavirus cases in Westchester County — one of the biggest clusters of the outbreak in the U.S. The containment zone means that schools and large public gathering areas are closed.

The Story’s End Changes Every Page, Christopher Stefanick (Video)

By Christopher Stefanick, Mar 13, 2020 – No matter what happens, we need to face the everyday with hearts rooted in HOPE ETERNAL.

Why Prayer is Wise During a Pandemic, by Michael R. Egnor, MD

By Michael R. Egnor, MD, The Stream – Evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne ’s undies are in a knot because the coronavirus task force, led by U.S. vice president Mike Pence, prays together. Oh my… There’s even a picture of the virus task force praying together! We don’t need prayer; we need science! Here’s the photo, which distresses me but doesn’t surprise me… [a]fter all, one godly intervention is just as delusional as another! (Jerry Coyne, “JESUS ‘N’ MO ‘N’ PENCE” at Why Evolution is True)

Abp. Viganò: Open Wide the Doors to Christ – and His Churches

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, LifeSiteNews – What we are witnessing in these hours is dramatic — certainly throughout Italy, but in a tragically exemplary way, in Rome, the heart of Catholicism… The scenario is all the more disconcerting as what is at stake is not only public health but the salvation of souls — and for some time now we, as Pastors, have stopped inflaming the hearts of our faithful with the desire for eternal salvation. We have thus deprived them of those supernatural gifts which make us capable of facing trials here below, even the assaults of death …..

Trump Declares National Day of Prayer for Americans Affected by Coronavirus and National Response Efforts 

By CNSNews.com Staff, March 15, 2020 – Here is the full text of President Trump’s announcement that he was declaring this Sunday a day of prayer:
“In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty.  As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship.  But in this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who have lost loved ones.  I ask you to join me in a day of prayer for all people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our Nation. …

OPINION: Fr. Michael P. Orsi: Satan Has Found a Home in Dem Party Leadership and is Up to His Old Tricks

By Fr. Michael P. Orsi, LifeSiteNews – The devil has made his home among the leadership of the Democratic Party for some time now, and found it a most hospitable environment. This can be deduced from the fact that every prominent Democrat figure is totally committed to abortion — even partial-birth abortion and post-delivery abortion, which is to say infanticide. What else but diabolical influence can explain their determination to block even the slightest impingement upon the murder of children?

DON’T MISS THIS! Exclusive Interview: Dr. Steven Mosher (Video), by Martina Moyski

By Martina Moyski, Church Militant – Dr. Mosher talked about his onsite research into China’s one-child policy in 1979, his advice to Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin about the dangers of signing the China-Vatican Agreement, President Trump’s handling of trade negotiations with China and China’s handling of the coronavirus crisis… He also talked about how the almost full-term Chinese babies he saw aborted during his stay in China — in a manifestation of redemptive suffering — were responsible for his salvation and conversion from a pro-abortion atheist to a pro-life, practicing Catholic.

Trump Campaign to Launch ‘Catholics for Trump’ Coalition, by Martin Bürger

By Martin Bürger, LifeSiteNews – President Donald Trump has announced the creation of a “Catholics for Trump” coalition, which will officially launch on March 19 at a rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin… “The event will bring together Catholics from across the nation who support President Trump’s re-election,” the Trump campaign said… “If Donald Trump manages to win a second term in the White House, he will be indebted to the cadre of highly observant Catholics who believe that the man in the Oval Office and his political party align with their own views of faith, culture, and public policy,” RealClear Opinion Research wrote.

Fatima, Baal, Mt. Carmel, & the Brown Scapular, by Brian Kranick

By Brian Kranick, Catholic Exchange – On October 13, 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared at Fatima declaring, “I am the Lady of the Rosary,” and instructing the visionary children again “to pray the rosary everyday.” This is one of the great messages of Fatima to pray the rosary each day, in addition to the devotion of the first five Saturdays. What seems to be less well known and associated with Fatima is the devotion of the brown scapular. In that final apparition, Lucia saw Mary and our Lord pass through the mysteries of the rosary…

Trump Stops Pelosi From Putting Abortion Funding in Anti-Coronavirus Bill, House to Pass Clean Measure, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – In a victory for the Trump administration and pro-life Americans, pro-abortion Speaker Nancy Pelosi has relented and agreed to a deal with the Trump administration to pass a clean version of the economic stimulus bill dealing with the coronoavirus. A clean bill with the Hyde Amendment attached to it will receive approval from the House of Representatives tonight and will be signed into law on Monday after the Senate approves it.

Thoughts on the Obligation to Attend Mass During Times of Pestilence, by Edward Peters

By Edward Peters – But a more difficult question is presented by coronavirus, it seems, in that one is contagious with this very serious virus for a considerable period of time before one is even aware of being infected. In terms of assessing the obligation to attend Mass, this scenario fits under neither the first scenario above… nor is one aware of being especially contagious to others. What to do …..

English Catholics Implore Vatican: ‘Tear Up’ Deal With Communist China, by Paul Smeaton

By Paul Smeaton, LifeSiteNews – “We the undersigned are writing to express our burning anxiety at the Vatican’s treaty with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the light of the China Tribunal’s findings into forced organ harvesting,” the letter published in the Catholic Herald begins… The London-based human rights group, China Tribunal, told the U.N. Human Rights Council in September last year that China takes skin, kidneys, lungs, and hearts from members of the persecuted religious groups, especially members of the proscribed Falun Gong religious group and Uighur Muslims.

Help Flatten the COVID-19 Curve with Faith and Reason, by Stacy Trasancos

By Stacy Trasancos, EWTN News – Since reality includes the natural and the spiritual, everything should be approached with both in mind. Secular society doesn’t often consider the spiritual or supernatural aspect of our existence, but it’s real nonetheless. In this time of uncertainty with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), here are some ways to use both faith and reason to “flatten the curve” with both practical and prayerful guidance.

TX Bishop Fights Coronavirus With Christ’s Real Presence (Others Cancel Mass), by Bradley Eli

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant – A Texas bishop is fighting coronavirus with Christ’s Real Presence… Strickland called the procession a “great blessing and a moment of grace.”… “It was a blessing to collectively turn to the Real Presence of the Lord and ask Him to help us and protect us,” he recounted… While Strickland was bringing Christ to the aid of his flock, Cupich was announcing that all liturgical services in the Chicago archdiocese would cease as of Saturday evening and remain suspended indefinitely. In the same statement, the cardinal further announced he would be closing all schools in the archdiocese.

Pope Warns Chinese Christians to Avoid ‘Proselytism’ to Please Xi Jinping, by Elizabeth Yore

By Elizabeth Yore, Breitbart – Each month, the Vatican releases a slickly produced Papal Prayer Intention video. In the March “Pope’s Video,” Francis addresses Catholicism in China… Shockingly, but not unexpectedly, Francis remains mute about the millions of Christians and Catholics who are now enduring the worst religious persecutions and purges since Mao’s Cultural Revolution… Each month, the Vatican releases a slickly produced Papal Prayer Intention video. In the March “Pope’s Video,” Francis addresses Catholicism in China.

Trump: ‘Large Scale’ Coronavirus Testing Coming Soon

By Thomson, Reuters, Newsmax – President Donald Trump says coronavirus testing in the United States will soon happen on a large scale, citing cuts in red tape… “The changes have been made and testing will soon happen on a very large scale basis. All Red Tape has been cut, ready to go!” he wrote in a tweet Friday morning… Trump also criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the U.S. organizations leading the fight against the deadly infection, for having a testing system that he said would “always be inadequate and slow for a large scale pandemic.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: Some Teachings on Hell

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The teachings of the Lord on Hell are difficult, especially in today’s climate. The most difficult questions that arise relate to its eternal nature and how to square its existence with a God who is loving and rich in mercy… 1. Does God love the souls in Hell? Yes… How could they continue to exist if He did not love them, sustain them, and continue to provide for them? God loves because He is love. Although we may fail to be able to experience or accept His love, God loves every being He has made, human or angelic.

Boys Must be Separated from Childhood to be Men, by Jason Craig

By Jason Craig, Catholic Exchange – In Rudyard Kipling’s coming-of-age novel Captains Courageous, a spoiled, rich teenager named Harvey is initiated into manhood through a series of adventures on a fishing vessel. Separated from his wealthy family, he gets thrown in with real men, the sort with quick wits, short tempers, and gritty virtue. Prior to the fishing adventure, Harvey had spent his entire childhood and early teens being ushered around the world by his mother ….

Fr. Mario Alexis Portella: The Romans Have Taken the Lord (Again)

By Fr. Mario Alexis Portella Crisis Magazine – “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t not know where they have laid him.” Such were the words, as recorded in the Gospel of John, of Mary Magdalene when she ran up to Simon Peter and John after she had gone to venerate the body of Jesus and found the tomb empty, not knowing that He had risen from the dead.

Will the Coronavirus Kill the New World Order? by Patrick J. Buchanan 

By Patrick J. Buchanan – Dr. Brian Monahan, attending physician of Congress, told a closed meeting of Senate staffers this week that 70 million to 150 million Americans — a third of the nation — could contract the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci testified that the mortality rate for COVID-19 will likely run near 1%… Translation: Between 750,000 and 1.1 million Americans may die of this disease before it runs its course. The latter figure is equal to all the U.S. dead in World War II and on both sides in the Civil War.

The Church is a Spiritual Hospital. Don’t Take Away the Mass for Coronavirus, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, National Catholic Register, (CatholicCulture.org) – It’s not essential that I receive Communion. If public-health concerns make that impossible, so be it. But I need to participate regularly in the holy Sacrifice; without it, life makes no sense. So if the Mass goes “underground,” so will I… Fortunately my own pastor has moved in the opposite direction. Like Archbishop Gadecki, he has decided that the coronavirus epidemic calls for scheduling more public Masses, so that the pews will be less crowded and the likelihood of contagion diminished. The mathematical logic of the Polish archbishop’s directive is flawless….

Fr. Mark Goring, CC: Pachamama Prayer, Coronavirus, Eucharistic Procession (Video)

By Fr. Mark Goring, Companions of the Cross – Pachamama Prayer, Coronavirus, Eucharistic Procession (Video)

Coronavirus Disables the Sports World, Broadway. What Are We Supposed to Do? by Al Perrotta

By Al Perrotta, Managing Editor, The Stream – Another question we have to ask amid the Coronavirus pandemic: Will we have enough treatment centers available for sports addicts? The news over the past twenty-four hours is a sports nut’s nightmare: Sporting World Packs Its Gear Bag.. The NBA — suspended indefinitely.. Major League Baseball — spring training stopped, with Opening Day delayed at least two weeks.. College hoops — March Madness is kaput. NCAA has cancelled both the men and women’s tournaments. Conference tournaments are also shut down coast to coast…

Coronavirus Latest: Italy’s Bishops Call for All Churches to Be Closed, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – Following a directive issued by the Italian bishops’ conference, the Cardinal Vicar of Rome issued a decree this evening ordering all churches in the capital to be closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus… In a statement, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis said that access to parish and non-parish churches as well as any places of worship open to the public “are forbidden to all the faithful” until Friday, April 3…

TX Bishop Calls for Eucharistic Processions to Fight Coronavirus, by Bradley Eli

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant – On Wednesday, Bp. Joseph Strickland of the diocese of Tyler tweeted, “I call on every Catholic priest to lead a simple Eucharistic Procession around your Church sometime before the Feast of St Joseph, March 19, for repentance, Christ’s healing hand on the Coronavirus & that all men may be Godly, manly sons & disciples of His Son Jesus Christ.”… Strickland’s plan of having Our Eucharistic Lord battle the coronavirus mirrors the actions taken by Pope St. Gregory the Great to battle the plague in the sixth century. In response to the plague devastating Rome, Gregory led processions and prayers of repentance through the streets of Rome.

Pray This Novena for Protection Against Coronavirus, by Shaun McAfee

By Shaun McAfee, EWTN News – The urgency for prayer and petition should not begin when we are most desperate. Our prayers for protection and deliverance from evil begin before that. Most of all, because we naturally desire protection: everyone values safety. Likewise, this sense of hope enables us to be situationally aware of our condition and all potential threats. That is why it’s better to listen to warnings early and pray for protection and deliverance before a threat makes itself real… Most of the world may have never heard of St. Vincenza Pasini, but she was a prayerful peasant’s wife who understood the important of the earliest appeals for prayer. …

A Doctor Explains What You Need to Know About Coronavirus, by Kevin Pham

By Kevin Pham, The Daily Signal – The global response to COVID-19 has been varied and continues to evolve with Israel implementing broad quarantine requirements for travelers and Italy recently declaring a nationwide lockdown… Understandably, there has been much confusion and panic, as well as indifference and nonchalance. In the face of crisis, panic is never helpful but nonchalance toward the pathogen will lead only to increased transmission and preventable illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Fr. Mike Schmitz: Offering Up Your Inconveniences (Video)

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – A great way to make this Lent even better spiritually is to offer up not only something you chose, but also to offer up your inconveniences… Give God those moments when you’re stuck in traffic, or when someone says something bitter to you, or when you have to run an errand you just don’t want to run. Offer up those inconveniences that you didn’t choose, and God will make you stronger in them… Intentionally receive these moments, and let them provide the opportunity to die to self…

Trauma and Taboo, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – If you spend enough time studying the abuse crisis in the Catholic Church… certain patterns emerge. Some of these patterns are confounding, others are simply infuriating: a failure to take allegations seriously; a tendency to underestimate the trauma caused by sexual abuse in children; a powerful instinct to protect the reputation and assets of the institution, even at the cost of harming victims and putting others at risk; a willingness to trust experts who gave bad advice, particularly about the safety of returning “rehabilitated” offenders to ministry.

President Trump Suspends Travel From the European Union to Protect Americans From the Wuhan Virus, by Beth Baumann

By Beth Baumann, Townhall – President Donald Trump announced new travel restrictions from the European Union. Beginning Friday at midnight, all travel from Europe to the United States will be suspended for the next 30 days as a means of protecting the American people from the Wuhan Virus… “After consulting with our top government officials, I have decided to take several strong but necessary actions to protect the health and well-being of all Americans. To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days”….

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Seeing Sickness as a Symbol of Sin

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker – In the ancient world it was commonplace to regard sickness as a punishment or a curse. If you were sick you must have done something to deserve it or someone must have cursed you. People did not understand the pathology of different diseases so, with a superstitious mindset they blamed the person who was sick, or if that person didn’t seem to be a bad individual they blamed his parents, they blamed the gods… While we look on such ideas now as silly superstition, in some ways it’s not that far off.

88-Year-Old Priest Reported to Gov’t for Saying Sunday Mass in Italian Village, by Dorothy C. McLean

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – An elderly Italian priest is in trouble with civil authorities for celebrating a public Sunday Mass… Father Antonio Lunghi, an 88-year-old priest of Castello d’Agogna, a small village in Pavia, was reported to the local public prosecutor after offering Mass in the parish church. Eight people were present, apparently violating an ordinance by both civil and ecclesial authorities against saying Mass in public.

Sanctuary Cities Now Shielding Criminal Illegal Immigrants From ICE, Resulting in Horrific Crimes, by Rachel Alexander

By Rachel Alexander, The Stream – They say they want to protect “undocumented” aliens. The sanctuary cities won’t let ICE take them. But most say they’ll give up illegal immigrants who have been charged or convicted of serious crimes. Sanctuaries send ICE the fingerprints of those incarcerated… Illegal immigrants are called “illegal” because they commit a crime by being in this country without permission. But still, most aren’t criminals in any other way. They’re not threats… And at least the sanctuary cities help ICE protect America from the criminals. Or do they?

The Courage to Be Chaste, by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – People with same-sex attraction have been let down both by society and the Church. What they keep hearing by Church representatives like Fr. James Martin is “God made you gay.”… Yet people who struggle with same-sex inclinations know it is not normal. Natural moral law — the law that God put into the heart of every person — and nature itself know same-sex sexual activity is wrong… The Catechism of the Catholic Church states in paragraph 2357: Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” …

Protest Planned After US Archbishop Won’t Cancel ‘Scandalous’ Retreat for ‘Gay’ Clergy, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – A U.S. prelate appears reluctant to scratch a retreat for “gay” bishops, priests, deacons, and religious brothers scheduled to take place in his archdiocese despite calls for its cancellation from concerned Catholics who see the event as a dangerous affirmation of homosexual identity by those who wear Roman collars… Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore is being urged to call off the event, which is sponsored by New Ways Ministries (NWM), a pro-LGBT group condemned by the Vatican and the USCCB. It will be led by Father Peter Daly, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. who has a history of advocating for homosexual clergy.

Bishop Strickland . . . The New Testament And Choosing Happiness

By Most Rev. Joseph Strickland – The New Testament is filled with examples of the connection between what we choose and who we become. Two will suffice. We become adulterers when we look at a woman with lust (Matt. 5:28); what comes out of our heart (the heart is the biblical center where freedom is exercised, human choices are made and character is formed through choice) is what makes us unclean… Freedom has consequences. The capacity to make choices is constitutive of our being human persons and reflects an aspect of the Imago Dei, the Image of God, present within us.

Kentucky Archbishop Does Not Plan to Cancel Masses After Governor’s Request, by Perry West

By Perry West, CNA – Kentucky’s Governor Andy Beshear on Wednesday encouraged churches to cancel their services in fear of the spreading coronavirus. The Catholic archdiocese in the state does not plan to cancel Masses this Sunday… On March 11, the governor announced that the eight patients with COVID-19 in the state were “stable and doing well” but stressed that the number of infected will likely increase… “That number is expected to grow,” Beshear said, WDRB reported. “We expect to see more cases. We are prepared to see more cases.”

Feminism’s Unexpected Cure, by Carrie Gress

By Carrie Gress, The Catholic Thing – Feminism, by its nature, is a vain effort to look to ourselves for answers, at the cost of constant comparing of ourselves to others. Its first impulse is to have what men have. Starting with Eve, women have always sought that which we don’t have – from the forbidden fruit to the perfect job, partner, property, wardrobe, body, etc… The feminist quest has left no stone unturned, no rule or duty un-flaunted, and no commandment sacred. The evidence shows that it continues to disappoint, leaving a trail of broken and wounded women, while leading to further confusion about what makes us women.

Infectious Disease Expert (and Deacon) Offers Coronavirus Tips, by Alyssa Murphy

By Alyssa Murphy, EWTN News – With the novel coronavirus COVID-19 now in 80 countries with over 100,000 cases confirmed—and already 3900 deaths from the infection, many are panicking about the spread of the virus and how it might impact our own families—and ourselves. Over 600 cases are now in the United States with 142 cases alone in New York with a 35% increase in just one day. Not to mention what we’re seeing in places like Italy and now Spain… Dr. Timothy Flanigan, a Catholic deacon and professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at Alpert Medical School of Brown University, says the new strain of coronavirus must be taken very seriously, and although fear is justified, it’s also understandable.

Polish Bishops Call for More Masses in Response to Coronavirus: ‘Unimaginable’ to Close Churches, by Dorothy C. McLean

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, writing as the leader of the Polish bishops’ conference, has released a statement asking that the extra Masses be made available so that the congregations will be smaller… “Acknowledging the recommendation of the Chief Sanitary Inspector that there not be large gatherings of people, I’m asking for the increase – insofar as this is possible – in the number of Sunday Masses in the churches, so that at any one time the number of faithful participating in the liturgies are according to the sanitary regulation,”Gądecki wrote.

Barna: Decades of Decline in Faith-Life Laced With Hope, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – “[The ‘practicing Christian’ measure is unique in that it combines three variables: calling oneself a Christian, strongly prioritizing faith and regular church attendance,” Barna’s leader pointed out… “Because each of those three factors have declined over the last 20 years among all adults, the net effect shows the major reshuffling of Americans spiritual lives. Monthly, committed churchgoers are now about half as common as they were two decades ago, [and] this shift has major repercussions for church leaders, as there is increased struggle to attract and retain the active segment of churchgoers.”

David Daleiden Could be Sent to Prison for Exposing Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Baby Parts, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Daleiden could be sent to jail simply for exposing Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts harvesting practices. But his criminal prosecution also could “chill undercover work” for all journalists, said Thomas Brejcha, founder, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society, which represents Daleiden… “Possible prison sentences and burdensome fines attached to criminal conduct cannot be ignored in this debate,” Brejcha wrote at The Federalist this week. “They are more than a disincentive to expose wrongdoing; they give the upper hand to criminal enterprises, powerful corporations, avenging politicians, ideologues, and special interests to protect themselves from public condemnation and costly penalties for misconduct.”

Bernie: Real Socialism Has Never Been Tried, by David Harsanyi

By David Harsanyi, National Review – But leftists like Bernie like to act as if socialist ideology is incompatible with totalitarianism, when the opposite is true. The nationalization of industry and dispensing with property rights — necessary for any genuine socialism to occur — can’t be instituted without coercion and a centralized authoritarian effort. And even if the effort to redistribute property is first supported by the majority, as soon the state comes for your stuff — and it always does — the “democratic” part of the equation starts to dissipate.

Trish Regan: Dems and Media See Coronavirus as ‘Impeachment All Over Again’ – And, They Don’t Care Who They Hurt, by

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – Democrats and liberal media are using the coronavirus in another effort to impeach Donald Trump, and they don’t care how many Americans need to suffer in the process, Fox Business Channel’s Trish Regan said at the opening of her Monday show… “Don’t kid yourself: they told us how much they crave a recession as a way to get rid of Donald Trump,”… “We’ve reached a tipping point. The chorus of hate being leveled at the president is nearing a crescendo as Democrats blame him – and only him – for a virus that originated halfway around the world! This is yet another attempt to impeach the president.

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: How Mary Crushes the Head of Satan

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – The familiar statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with her foot forcing the innards out of the serpent, is grotesquely satisfying. We delight in the final victory over the powers of darkness. But is devotion to Mary as a dragon-slayer a mere pious distraction based on tenuous Scriptural citations? In our fight against evil, instead of invoking Mary’s prayers, should we put more faith in bureaucratic “policies, procedures, and protocols” ensuring that [fill in the blank] never happens again?

Tucker Carlson Blasts Democrats: “They’re Not Pro-Choice In Any Sense, They’re Pro-Abortion”, by Mary M. Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, LifeNews – Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused Democrats of hypocrisy related to a Supreme Court abortion case, saying that Democrats are “not pro-choice in any sense, they’re pro-abortion.”… Carlson spoke Friday night with Live Action founder and president Lila Rose regarding June Medical Services v. Russo, a Supreme Court case in which an abortion provider is challenging a 2014 Louisiana state law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility…. “It’s not a ban on abortion, it’s a safety requirement,” Carlson said Friday. “In the 1990s, Democrats said they wanted abortion to be ‘safe, legal and rare.’ So you would think they’d welcome a law like that, to make it safer.”

Reception-of-Communion Question Comes Into Play With Spread of Coronavirus, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News, Inc. – A bishop’s rules, whatever they are on this matter, should be obeyed, according to Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee. “Really, at this moment, the discussion about Communion on the tongue or on the hand is decided by the local bishop, as he is, according to the Church, the local authority and Vicar for Christ,” he tweeted March 8. “Better to pray for the end of this virus, for those suffering and for the caregivers.”… The issue of how to receive Holy Communion is a charged one due to a long-running and impassioned debate over whether receiving the Host in the hand is appropriate or in keeping with early Church history.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Canceling Public Masses in Rome is Not the Answer to Coronavirus

By Msgr. Charles Pope, EWTNNews – The Scriptures warn us of a most serious threat to our spiritual well-being, which is the fear of death: Now since the children have flesh and blood, [Jesus] too shared in their humanity, so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15)… Yet now, we are manifesting an almost worldwide panic attack over a virus that, however bad it might be, has no power of itself to “separate us from the love of Christ” (Romans 8:35).

Video: CORONAVIRUS Is Spreading – Don’t Take It Lightly! How Should You Prepare? by Doug Barry

By Doug Barry – This is a very real problem that is hitting us, globally, on many levels. It should not be taken lightly, but panic does us no good either.

Have We Been Doing Catholic Women’s Messaging Wrong? by Carrie Gress

By Carrie Gress, National Catholic Register – Recently, two alarming studies have surfaced showing just how uneducated Catholics are about key issues, particularly the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and the immorality of abortion… As talking heads scramble to both help explain and remedy this situation, one question hasn’t been addressed: Are we doing the messaging wrong when it comes to educating women about the Catholic faith? Reaching Catholic women is a vital issue. As the heart of the family, what the mother values will largely imprint itself on the whole family. Satan knew of this influence when he targeted Eve and the pattern has repeated itself ever since. If you get the women, you get everyone.

The Violence of the Left, by R. R. Reno

By R. R. Reno, Editor, First Things – As Ed Whelan notes, abortion is an issue that inflames passions, and no doubt Schumer meant to exploit those passions. But the rhetoric of direct threat is noteworthy. “You will pay the price.” “You won’t know what hit you.” Is Schumer implying physical assault? Assassination? Or does he merely mean to wave the threat of impeachment, should Democrats attain sufficient power on Capitol Hill?… I am struck by the double standard. The media constantly warns us about the supposed threat of right-wing violence, carefully monitoring conservatives and condemning them whenever their rhetoric seems to encourage “extremism.”

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: ‘Civilization as We Know It Is at Stake’ in 2020 Election, by Joshua Caplan

By Joshua Caplan, Breitbart -Pelosi made similar comments claiming that President Trump’s possible re-election threatens the world as House Democrats readied two articles of impeachment against the president… “The damage that this administration has done to America — America is a great country, we can sustain — two terms, I don’t know,” Pelosi said at a CNN town hall event in December. “Civilization, as we know it today, is at stake in this election.”.. Pelosi is no stranger to assigning over-the-top descriptions about President Trump or his agenda…

How Do You Know Trump’s Doing a Great Job Responding to Wuhan Virus? When Gavin Newsom Says So, by Leah Barkoukis

By Leah Barkoukis, Townhall – While there are plenty of critics of President Trump’s handling of the Wuhan virus, one person who is not complaining is progressive California Gov. Gavin Newsom—and that should be telling… Speaking to reporters about the administration’s cruise ship response, Newsom said Trump delivered on all of his promises to him during a private phone call to help California, which is in a state of emergency over the virus… “We had a private conversation, but he said, ‘We’re gonna do the right thing’ and ‘You have my support, all of our support, logistically and otherwise,'” Newsom said at a news conference.

Is This How Europe Ends? by Patrick J. Buchanan 

By Patrick J. Buchanan – George W. Bush was goaded into invading Iraq. Barack Obama was persuaded to overthrow Colonel Moammar Gadhafi in Libya and the Assad regime in Damascus. Obama ordered U.S. forces to assist Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his war to crush Houthi rebels who had ousted Riyadh’s resident puppet in Yemen… And what has the West reaped from our Mideast wars?… In Syria and Yemen, we have helped to create two of the world’s greatest human rights disasters. In Libya, we have a new civil war. In Iraq, we now battle Iran for influence inside a nation we “liberated” in 2003

Louisiana AG Blasts Abortion Lawyers’ Tactics in High Court Case, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – In an EWTN interview Thursday, Landry called out the inconsistent argumentation being made in the name of preserving unregulated access to abortion… Louisiana’s law requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility where they perform abortions. Hospitals tend to be reluctant to provide such access to abortionists because of the minimal relationship they will have with the hospital and the unwanted attention and stigma that it would bring to the establishment.

MSNBC Hopes Americans Dying From Coronavirus Will “Take Down Trump’s Presidency”, by Kristine Marsh

By Kristine Marsh, LifeNews – Despite the media’s empty words insisting they are not politicizing the coronavirus, they keep doing just that. On Friday afternoon’s Deadline: White House, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace and Princeton professor Eddie Glaude were practically rooting for more Americans to die from the virus so it could be President Trump’s “Katrina.”.. The professor and regular race-baiter for the network first made the disgusting comparison to Katrina: “I was thinking in terms of politics, right. ….

A Day in the Senate with the Born-Alive Act, by Hadley Arkes

By Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing – The bill would break out to the public news that most people would find jolting. Most people did not know that under Roe v. Wade and its companion case of Doe v. Bolton, the right to abortion would extend through the entire length of the pregnancy – and even when a child survived the abortion… It turned out that there were far more of these babies surviving than we had known at the time. But it was the mass of killings taking place in the abattoir of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia that brought a new attention to the problem – and offered the moment to act.

Fr. Peter M. Stravinskas: Joining Our Lady at the Foot of the Cross

By Fr. Peter M. Stravinskas, Crisis Magazine – Very early in this Lent of 2020, we celebrate a votive Mass, which invites us to take our place at the foot of the Cross with the Mother of Sorrows… Popular piety has identified seven “dolors” of the Blessed Virgin: the prophecy of Simeon; the flight into Egypt; the loss of the Boy Jesus; the meeting on the way to Calvary between Mary and Christ; the death of Jesus on the Cross; Mary’s reception of her Son’s dead body; the placing of that body in the tomb. Only the most heartless, insensitive person would not be moved by that list of sorrowful events, as the Stabat Mater plaintively demands…

Bernie Unveils ‘Reproductive Justice’ Plan: Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Till Birth, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Democrat presidential contender and avowed socialist Senator Bernie Sanders has formally unveiled the abortion agenda he’s running on in 2020, collecting in a single location the various absolutist promises he has made to the abortion lobby… The Vermont senator’s so-called “Reproductive Health Care and Justice for All” plan pledges to repeal the Hyde Amendment, thereby allowing direct funding of elective abortions with tax dollars; make contraception “free” and available over-the-counter; and “significantly” expand “funding for Planned Parenthood, Title X, and other initiatives” that offer and promote abortions.

Coronavirus: Rome Bows to State Decree Suspending All Public Masses

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – The bishops’ statement added: “It is a highly restrictive passage, the reception of which encounters sufferings and difficulties for pastors, priests and faithful. The acceptance of the Decree is mediated solely by the desire to do its part, also in this situation, to contribute to the protection of public health.”… Faithful Catholics blasted the “cowardice” of the bishops and compared their “readiness to roll over” with the protests from a number of presidents of Italian provinces who have questioned the interpretation and the disproportionate nature of the decree.

Detroit Abp. Vigneron Cozy With Pro-Terrorist Imam, by William Mahoney

By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant – Detroit archbishop Allen Vigneron works closely with Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi, a Detroit-area Islamic cleric who recently praised a terrorist mastermind and often publicly denounces President Trump with inflammatory rhetoric… Vigneron has a history of interfaith activity with Muslim leaders, earning the prelate the “Interfaith Partner Award” presented by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan in 2011.

Plagues, Politics, Prayers, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – Human suffering is an old problem for apologetics. But one thing at least is certain about an epidemic like the Coronavirus: we should not look at it, or any other natural evil, in merely materialistic or even medical terms. We need good medicine, good policies, even – God knows – good sociology to respond to such epidemics. But we can’t take them as something divorced from God’s Creation… Only a fool would try to explain why the Almighty has allowed the COVID-19 virus to emerge and spread globally at this point in history.

If You Think American Democrats Rejected Socialism, Think Again, by Scott Morefield

By Scott Morefield, Townhall – Nope, come hell or high water, the Democratic establishment wasn’t about to nominate an avowed socialist to lead their party. But it would be a mistake to start thinking these people are even halfway sane, much less that they have anything in common with conservatives. Interestingly, to some on the right, Biden’s win signaled that the Democratic Party establishment, and indeed the Democratic voters who chose him over Sanders, aren’t as crazy as some of us might have thought they were. For example, conservative radio host Ben Shapiro called the election results “excellent news for the country.”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Coronovirus Plague and Apocalyptic Panic

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker – … what really interests me (is) not so much the coronavirus, but our reaction to it. What we are witnessing is a huge global wake up call. All of us have been in our affluent little cocoons for so long with everything going our way that suddenly when we are faced with our mortality we get spooked. Big time… Let’s face it, in the Western developed countries (and especially the USA) those who are moderately well off live a plastic little Disneyland existence. Everything is controlled by our cool technology. We have health care. We have iPhones. We have all the food we want. We have air conditioning. …

Blacks Fed Up, Leaving Dems in ‘Blexit’ to GOP, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – “[A] majority [of black voters] (54%) believe that the Democratic Party has not done enough for the African American community,” the latest Politico poll revealed… “Black Americans are waking up,” Candace Owens asserted on the Mike Huckabee Show. “They’re realizing they’ve been sleeping at the wheel, and really, what I’m saying is just to embrace your future – you can be in the driver seat of your future.”

Should We Just Write America Off as a Botched, Godless Experiment? by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Why does the U.S. have such a distinctive history? What is exceptional about us? How are we different from “normal countries” (Barack Obama’s term), like those in Western Europe, which are mostly content to dissolve their sovereignty in the secretive, autocratic European Union?… If you ask most American liberals, and the historians they read, the answers are clear. We aren’t distinctive. We’re not exceptional, except that we embraced “diversity” through mass immigration before Europeans got the memo. We are a normal country, like France or The Netherlands.

Opinion: FrancisChurch Normalizes the LGBT Ethos, by George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, American Spectator – In early February, Jesuit Father James Martin, the leading proponent of LGBT causes in the Church, was asked by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities to speak to Catholic educators about incorporating LGBT causes into their schools. Martin, according to the Washington Post, urged the Catholic presidents to promote “inclusion, such as allowing students to pick their pronouns and holding up openly gay staff as role models.”… Almost all of the bishops around Pope Francis subscribe to this agenda. Many of them have invited Martin into their dioceses to spread his propaganda.

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: How Mary Crushes the Head of Satan

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – In Luke’s Gospel, there is a significant reinforcement of Mary’s exalted role as the maternal “Defender Against Demons.” During her visit with Elizabeth her cousin, Mary responds with a spontaneous prayer rooted in her familiarity with Scriptures. Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) not only anticipates the Devil’s temptations of Jesus thirty years later but prophesies victory over evil in “every generation.”

Will the Church Put Islam on Life Support? by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – Suppose the Muslim world were to lose faith in Islam. Suppose that Muslims ignored the Koran, stopped going to mosque and dismissed Muhammad as a blood thirsty warlord and slave trader. How would the Catholic Church respond? Would Church leaders greet the news enthusiastically, and declare their solidarity with the newly emancipated Iranians, Saudis, and Egyptians? Would they declare their esteem for the millions who had finally thrown off the yoke imposed by a false prophet 1400 years ago?

The Coronavirus and the Crowning of Mary, by Mark Miravalle

By Mark Miravalle, Catholic Exchange – In 1348, the Black Plague or “Great Pestilence” led to the deaths of between 30 to 60 percent of medieval Europe, killing one out of every two or three people on the continent… In 1918, the Great Influenza or “Spanish Flu” killed approximately 50 million people, over twice the total number of soldiers who died during World War I. Its mortality to infection ratio was approximately 3 percent, with 3 out of every 100 infected people dying from the virus… Coronavirus (COVID-19) is presently manifesting a 3.4 percent mortality rate, with some 90,000 infected and over 3,000 reported deaths to date.

Cardinal Burke: Disputes Over Doctrine Sapping Church’s Energy to Evangelize, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – Cardinal Raymond Burke is “very grateful” that Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia (The Beloved Amazon) did not explicitly call into question clerical celibacy or directly address the issue of women deacons, but he nevertheless finds the document “troubling” and does not expect these issues to now be left alone… “We’re weaker than ever in our witness,” he says. “What’s at stake right now is a fundamental misunderstanding about the Church herself and about the papacy, about the College of Bishops and Tradition.” Cardinals and bishops express their concerns directly to the Holy Father in private, he stresses, but he calls on the laity to also do their part, beginning with studying and knowing the faith.

Why a New Consecration to St. Joseph is Spreading Like Wildfire, by Mary Farrow

By Mary Farrow, CNA – One of the most prominent people in the life of Jesus Christ, St. Joseph, his foster father, is also one of the quietest. And as such, he can be one of the most overlooked people in the Bible and in the Holy Family… But Fr. Donald Calloway is hoping to change that, because he thinks the world needs St. Joseph now more than ever. Calloway told CNA that he thinks people today are confused about meaning… People often approach the priest “so confused about the times we’re living in when it comes to marriage and family, and you’ve got all this gender ideology stuff today. People are just really confused about what it means to be a man, what it means to be a woman.”

Pope Prays Chinese Catholics Will Be ‘Good Citizens’—By Beijing’s Standards? by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – “The Church wants Chinese Christians to be truly Christians, and to be good citizens,” the Pope said in his video message, adding that “they need to achieve the unity of the divided Catholic community.”… Of course Christians should be good citizens, and of course Catholics should work for unity within the Church. But in the context of the current situation in China, the Pope’s message is truly stunning, because his prayer intention expresses exactly the message that Beijing authorities want to convey.

Bishops Can’t Ban Communion on the Tongue, (w/Video) by Bradley Eli

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant –  Cardinal Francis Arinze: “No priest has the right to demand that, and even no bishop has the right to demand you must receive on the hand.”… Reception of Holy Communion on the tongue, a universal Catholic norm from time immemorial, is being set aside by many bishops owing to the possible spread of coronavirus… Cardinal Arinze: “No, no — the faithful remain free to receive on the tongue.”… These directives are worded with the understanding that bishops cannot ban laity outright from receiving on the tongue… A well-respected canonist in Rome confirmed to Church Militant, “Only the pope has the power to modify the universal norm.”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: What Would a Truly Catholic Politician Look Like?

By Dwight Longenecker – With the rise of Uncle Joe Biden the American public is being presented yet again with a Catholic politician who professes to keep his faith private, while exploiting his Catholic faith whenever he and his PR professionals think it expedient. Joe Biden seems like one of the old school “Kennedy Catholics” who go to church on Sunday and cut deals with the mafia on Monday, hobnob with the Bishops in smoky rooms on Tuesdays and schmooze lobbyists to get their family members cushy jobs on Wednesday.

Cdl. Burke, Bp. Strickland to Speak at April Conference in Philadelphia, Dorothy C. McLean

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – Cardinal Raymond Burke will speak about every Christian’s call to holiness at a conference in Philadelphia on April 4, 2020… The famous cardinal will be joined by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas and Father Dennis Gill, rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The conference will take place in the cathedral and will include Eucharistic adoration, the recitation of the rosary, a Marian procession, and the crowning of the National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

Lawmakers Arguing Both Ends of Abortion Spectrum, by Chris Woodward, Charlie Butts

By Chris Woodward, Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Kelly Loeffler (R-Georgia) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) introduced the Woman’s Right to Know Act… “[Under this legislation] when a woman goes into an abortion clinic and is seeking an abortion, the abortionist will be required to give her information about medical risks regarding the abortion, as well as the gestational age of her child,” she tells OneNewsNow. “And also [she must be informed] where that child is in its development so that she is making a fully informed decision.”

Fr. Mike Schmitz: How to Start Strong and Stay Strong (Video)

By Fr. Mike Schmitz Ascension Presents – Fr. Mike is not trying to downplay the importance of starting strong with a commitment, whatever it may be. It’s wonderful to be determined when a commitment is new, but to stay strong is a test of will power that many do not pass. For those who do endure, the endurance builds character. Remember the words of a Greek poet, Archilocus: “We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our preparedness.”

CBS Host Shocks Viewers With Truth on Abortion: “You Call it Safe, Some People Call it Murder”, by Scott Whitlock

By Scott Whitlock, LifeNews – The journalists at CBS This Morning have a history of featuring the President of Planned Parenthood on their show. They also have a history of tossing softballs to the head of the abortion provider. So it was shocking on Thursday to see Gayle King tell Alexis McGill Johnson that “some would call” the procedure “murder.”… To be sure, there were some easy questions about the current case before the Supreme Court, but King caused Johnson to stumble after the Planned Parenthood exec called abortion “one of the safest medical procedures there is.” King shot back: “You would call it safe. Some people would call it murder.”

Rev. Graham: Schumer’s Threats ‘Can Feed Hate and Can Lead to Violence’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) publicly threatening harm to two Supreme Court justices — “you will pay the price” — can “feed hate” and “lead to violence,” said Rev. Franklin Graham in denouncing the senator’s recent statements… In a March 5 post on Facebook, Rev. Graham said, “It’s really sad and concerning that Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer would threaten these conservative Supreme Court justices. He went too far.”…”Now he has tried to reel his comments back in, but statements like his can feed hate and can lead to violence,” said Graham… “His words were extremely toxic and dangerous,” said the reverend. “Our nation needs healing. Join me in praying for our leaders.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: A Picture of Sloth in a Commercial

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Many people struggle to desire prayer and spiritual reading, preferring lesser or even sinful activities. The root sin here is sloth, which is sorrow about, or aversion to, the good things God offers. We need to pray frequently and fervently for the conversion of our desires… If I were to reword the theme of this commercial along spiritual lines, I’d say, “If you want to go on preferring the lesser, passing things of this world, go ahead, but as for me and my household, we will prefer the Lord!”

Young Priest Receives News of Fatal Disease, Offers Up Suffering in Reparation for Sin, by Wendy Royston

By Wendy Royston, LifeSiteNews – ‘I accept whatever He has in store for me, and I offer it to Jesus through the hands of Mary, in reparation for my own sins and the sins of the whole world, and for the salvation of sinners… While there is no cure for ALS, Rev. Dana Christensen is taking medications that may slow its progress, and he is engaged in clinical trials at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn… “I am personally at peace with this, although I have my moments,” he wrote Dec. 21. “I am convinced that this is a mysterious gift from God through the hands of Our Lady of Fatima to bring me to salvation and entrust me with the mission to live my priesthood in a new way.”

The Danger of the Attacks on the Electoral College, by Trent England (2019)

By Trent England, Imprimis – Once upon a time, the Electoral College was not controversial. During the debates over ratifying the Constitution, Anti-Federalist opponents of ratification barely mentioned it. But by the mid-twentieth century, opponents of the Electoral College nearly convinced Congress to propose an amendment to scrap it. And today, more than a dozen states have joined in an attempt to hijack the Electoral College as a way to force a national popular vote for president.

Called to Divide, Not ‘Dialogue’, by Eric Sammons

By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine -In the halls of Catholic chanceries around the world, the term “dialogue” has become an Eastern mantra, repeated over and over as if the word itself has the spiritual power to break down divisions, heal wounds, and bring about the Age of Aquarius… The USCCB alone is currently involved in more than 20 official “dialogues” with various religious groups. Dialogue is lit… On the other hand, the Bible tells the story of a world sharply divided between those who follow God and those who do not. Salvation history is the tale of setting apart one group of people from the rest of the world, and the dangers that arise when that set-apart people mixes with other peoples.

Why We’ve Got to Get the Coronavirus Response Right, by Peter Brookes, Brayden Helwig

By Peter Brookes, Brayden Helwig, Daily Signal – The Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak thus far has been robust as the disease that originated in Wuhan, China, spreads across the world… Through a combination of travel restrictions, quarantines, and keeping the public informed on the best public hygiene practices, the administration has focused on slowing the entry of the disease into the United States and then containing it… Thus far, the disease has infected more than 96,000 people worldwide, across some 80 countries—and at least 163 Americans in 18 U.S. states.

Vatican Reports First Case of Coronavirus in Vatican City

By Reuters – The Vatican said on Friday that a patient in its health services had tested positive for coronavirus… Spokesman Matteo Bruni said the discovery was made on Thursday and that outpatient services in Vatican clinics had been suspended to sanitize the areas. He said its emergency services will continue, adding that the Vatican had informed Italian health authorities.

EWTN Voter Polling Spotlights Views of Younger Catholics, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – As the 2020 general election nears, the second of four polls from EWTN News and RealClear Opinion Research highlights a generational divide when it comes to Catholic teachings on abortion and marriage — one that exists even among more devout Catholics… It also reveals how younger Catholics, ages 18-34, view the current political landscape and the 2020 candidates… In terms of presidential voting preferences, the youngest age group were those most likely to favor Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and the least likely to approve of President Donald Trump.

Not the Party of JFK? Today’s Dems Aren’t Even the Party of Bill Clinton, by Daniel Venturino

By Daniel Venturino, The Stream – My grandma will not vote for any of them, and, I’m guessing, neither will millions of retirement-age Democrats. Election Day will come, they will get up, get dressed, make a cup of coffee and spend the rest of the day feeling somewhat ashamed that they would not be going to the polls for the first time in decades and wishing they had someone to vote for… When was the last time you heard a nationally prominent Democrat say they loved America?

Governor Accused of Trying ‘End Run’ Around Parents, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – Michigan’s Democratic governor wants abortion to receive a special status in the state’s schools – a move opposed by one of the state’s pro-family groups… Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants the legislature to move on a proposal to allow school personnel to refer students for abortions. Dan Jarvis, research and policy director at Michigan Family Forum, tells OneNewsNow that current law bars schools from taking any steps to refer a student for an abortion.

(Why) Infant Baptism (2014) by Tim Staples

By Tim Staples, Catholic Answers – The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives us the most important reasons why we must baptize infants: Born with a fallen human nature and tainted by original sin, children also have need of the new birth in Baptism to be freed from the power of darkness and brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God, to which all men are called. The sheer gratuitousness of the grace of salvation is particularly manifest in infant baptism. The Church and the parents would deny a child the priceless grace of becoming a child of God were they not to confer Baptism shortly after birth …

Hiding Money From Victims

By David Nussman, Church Militant – Dioceses around the country are shifting around finances to shield the money from clerical sex abuse lawsuits… Abuse victims’ Attorney Jeff Anderson recently drew attention to this tactic. .. In comments to the press in late February, he slammed dioceses for their lack of accountability, saying: “They have the advantage that they don’t have to adhere to outside scrutiny like corporations. The court of public opinion would have that bishops wouldn’t do those kinds of things, but they do, and they have the upper hand.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Role of Trials in Bringing Us to Spiritual Maturity

By Msgr. Charles Pope – We live in a world of unprecedented comfort: electricity, indoor plumbing, heating and air-conditioning, medicine, healthcare, abundant food, myriad consumer products, and entertainment available with the click of a button. Despite this we do not seem more grateful or at ease than our forebears. If anything, we are more anxious. For example, though people have never lived so long nor been so healthy, we have never been more worried about our health.

Bishop Strickland: Choosing Happiness And Authentic Freedom (Part 1)

By Most Rev. Joseph Stricklnad, The Wanderer – People are searching for true happiness. St. Augustine, in his Confessions, wrote, “The happy life is this — to rejoice to you, in you, and for you. That is it! And there is no other. But those who think there is another follow after other joys, and not the true one.”… People want to be free. But the only freedom which will truly satisfy is the authentic freedom which comes from God alone; from choosing what is true, and good and noble and beautiful…. Both the desire for happiness and the desire for freedom are a natural and supernatural longing.

With Louisiana Abortion Case, the Supreme Court Can Re-Establish the Rule of Law, by Andrea Picciotti-Bayer,

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, EWTN News – The Supreme Court has been the accomplice of the nation’s abortion advocates for almost half a century. In 2020, however, the high court has the opportunity to end this unholy alliance… On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case — June Medical Services v. Russo — that will allow the court to right many of the wrongs of its abortion jurisprudence… The June case involves a challenge by abortionists and abortion businesses to a Louisiana “hospital admitting privileges” law. The Louisiana legislators supporting the law responded to a long string of abortion industry abuses that put the lives of Louisiana women at risk.

This is the Sure Cure for Coronaphobia, by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II, Return to Order – No one likes to say it, but what triggers coronaphobia is the Hobbesian fear of death that so haunts the modern mind. Each person sees in a coronavirus death his or her possible death. This paranoiac fear causes demands that every possible means be employed against this remote threat even if they appear excessive. This desperate drama creates conditions in which people will even give up rights and liberties to avoid catching the virus.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Telling Signs of the Failure to Teach Perennial Catholic Truths

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – when Catholics fail to live their faith courageously, to express that faith in the public square, and to transmit that faith to the next generation, there are very real and very grave practical consequences… Unfortunately, our ideological opponents are masters at covering up the misery that their doctrines have wrought, instead painting a whitewashed picture of unfettered “freedom” and “autonomy.” Furthermore, believing Christians are told that they must not “impose” their beliefs on others, but rather embrace “tolerance”; we are told “pluralism” is a de facto good, regardless of the particular beliefs we are told we must tolerate.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Lenten Assignment: Be Grateful!

By Msgr. Charles Pope – True gratitude is a grace, or gift, from God. It proceeds from a humble and transformed heart. We do not render thanks merely because it is polite or expected, or because God commands it but because it flows naturally from a profound experience of gratitude. The “command” of Scripture to give thanks is not a moral cliché but a truth and a description of what flows from a transformed heart.

Do You Suffer From Egalitarian Parenting Syndrome? by John K. Rosemond

By John K. Rosemond, ParentGuru – Today, the typical American parent practices—and, to be fair, unwittingly—what I call Egalitarian Parenting (aka Postmodern Psychological Parenting). The parents in question lack confidence in the legitimacy of their authority and behave, therefore, as if the parent-child relationship is constituted of equals. The general result is children who are flush with esteem for their “bad” selves but deficient in respect for their elders. Fifty years ago, such children were called, among other things, insufferable.

Abp. Viganò Petitions Holy See to Reopen Lourdes Healing Pools, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò and other leading Catholic figures are denouncing the closure of the miraculous pools at the shrine of Lourdes and appealing to the Vatican’s apostolic delegate to reopen the baths immediately for pilgrims seeking healing… “The decision to close all the pools ‘as a precaution’ and ‘until further notice,’ as stated by the sanctuary, has disconcerted and aggrieved the Catholic faithful all over the world,” the online petition Keep Lourdes Open states.

Socialism ‘Kills’ and is ‘Incompatible’ With Christianity, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – “[Socialism is] an economy that actually kills,” explained Catholic Answers Press in a news release issued Tuesday. “[There is] total incompatibility between socialist dogma and Christian truth.”… “Instead of abandoning private property and handing over the market to a collectivist state, Catholic Social Teaching calls for an economy that truly improves the lives of the poor through markets ‘enriched with virtue.’ while also properly subordinating wealth and material progress to the higher goods of faith, community and family,” the press release impresses.

Opinion: What We Don’t Know About the Coronavirus Is What Scares Us, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, Townhall – History also reminds us that nature remains unforgiving. We may live in the age of the Internet, smartphones and jet travel, but viruses are indifferent to so-called human progress… Modern life squeezes millions into cities as never before. Jet travel, with its crowded planes and airports, can spread diseases from continent to continent in hours… Globalization is a two-edged sword. It may enrich billions of people, but the leveling effects of instant communication and travel can spread disease at a speed undreamed of in the past.

Joe Biden Supports Abortion Up to Birth, Would Force Americans to Fund Killing Babies in Abortions, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Biden has a strong pro-abortion voting record that goes back for many years, and he supported President Barack Obama’s leadership as the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history. What’s more, pro-abortion movement leaders say they “trust” Biden to protect abortion on demand. As the vice president, he supported the administration’s pro-abortion policies, including Obamacare, which forced religious employers to pay for drugs that may cause abortions.

Bp. Strickland Wants Catholic Charity Investigated for Touting Condoms, by David Nussman

By David Nussman, Church Militant – Catholic Relief Services promotes condom use, according to a new report from the Lepanto Institute, and one U.S. bishop is calling for an investigation into the findings… This week, the Lepanto Institute shed light on a number of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) documents that discuss and encourage the use of condoms in the name of combating the spread of sexually transmitted diseases… CRS is an international charity founded by the U.S. bishops’ conference.

St. Thomas More: Catholic and Patriot, by Jesse B. Russell

By Jesse B. Russell, Crisis Magazine – On January 27, 2020, the United States Supreme Court voted to grant the Trump administration the ability to limit benefits to immigrants to the United States. The nation’s highest court granted the current presidential administration the ability to select those immigrants who would be able to “pay their own way” into the United States and not be a drain on the nation’s already stressed finances.

Chuck Schumer Tells Supreme Court They’ll ‘Pay the Price’ if They Rule Against Abortion, by Claire Chretien

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, told Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh “you’ll pay the price” and “won’t know what hit you” if they uphold a pro-life law the Supreme Court is currently considering, leading Chief Justice John Roberts to release a rare public statement of rebuke… Schumer made those remarks today outside the Court at a pro-abortion rally… “I wanna tell you, Gorsuch, I wanna tell you, Kavanaugh: you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price!” he exclaimed. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

This Pro-Life, Female Democrat’s Law Is At The Heart Of Upcoming Supreme Court Abortion Case, by Mary M. Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, Daily Caller – Louisiana state Sen. Katrina Jackson introduced the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, or Act 620, in 2014, which requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility… “Just as Louisiana cares for the life of the child, it’s somehow a big secret that we also care for the life of the mother,” Jackson said at a Tuesday press conference in Washington, D.C. … “Louisiana stands together with women everywhere because we just don’t fight for us, we fight for our daughters, our nieces, and our aunts and everyone who’s yet to come, who has a decision to make,” the state senator said… “Well, as long as that decision is legal, we’re going to hold the physicians to the same standards in the area of women healthcare, that we hold them to in the area of man’s healthcare,” she added.

Tennessee Bishop Rick Stika: Dems Cannot Claim Morality Since They Support ‘Infanticide’, Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, PH.D., Breitbart – “How can a political party state that their election will bring back morality to the United States when the party is now in favor of unrestricted abortion and infanticide?” asked the bishop of Knoxville on Twitter late Tuesday… The bishop also called out the hypocrisy of those who claim to be opposed to wealth yet spend millions on their campaigns. Bernie Sanders, for instance, has raised a record $46M for his campaign this month yet constantly excoriates millionaires… “How about the two billion that will be spent on electing a President. Moral?” Bishop Stika asked.

Our Real Pandemic is the Loss of Christian Identity, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Antonio Spadaro SJ is quite the card. At the very beginning of 2017, he tweeted: “Theology is not Mathematics. 2 + 2 in Theology can make 5. Because it has to do with God and real life of people….” Then a month later, it was Spadaro who raised questions about St. John Paul II’s definitive restriction of ordination to males, where the Jesuit clearly believed that 2 + 2 should not equal 4. Last September it was Spadaro again who tweeted that journalists can no longer “keep quiet about the fact that there is a campaign of disinformation against Pope Francis which links American and Russian interests.”

PETITION: Urge US Bishops to Stop Catholic Relief Services’ Condom Promotion

By LifeSiteNews.com – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official international aid agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and has been working to distribute mostly food-aid to people in need for more than 70 years… But, in recent years, CRS has got itself, and the USCCB, involved with other international aid agencies (like, USAID, PEPFAR and the Global Fund), who promote more than just food-aid…who promote things which are explicitly against Catholic moral teaching.

We Go From Hysteria to Hysteria, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, The Stream – There are things about which people should be panicked. For example, the contempt for America and capitalism taught to a generation of young Americans from elementary school through college is worthy of panic. The extreme levels of economy-collapsing debt we are irresponsibly piling onto the backs of future generations to maintain “entitlements” is worthy of panic. So is the premature sexualization of children — encouraging them to choose their own gender and taking 5-year-olds to public libraries for “drag queen story hour.” But such things hardly register with most Americans.

Francis the Luddite, by Michael Warren Davis

By Michael Warren Davis, Crisis Magazine – When the late William F. Buckley set out to find a religion editor for National Review, he was careful to choose a Protestant. Though a Catholic himself, Buckley feared that his magazine—by then, already the flaghship of American conservatism—was becoming “too Catholic.” Eventually, he settled on a bombastic Lutheran minister named Richard John Neuhaus.

Fr. Roger Landry: St. Joseph is the Great Exemplar of Lenten Virtues

By Fr. Roger Landry, EWTN News – As Matthew’s and Luke’s genealogies show us, however, St. Joseph was the penultimate piece in a divine cascade stretching all the way back to King David, Abraham and even Adam, and it was through him that Jesus, under Jewish law and mentality, would be a descendent of David. If we were to ask Jesus and Mary, I’m convinced that they would want us to grow to love Joseph just as they did.

Francis’ Closest Collaborators Prove How Pope Has Reinvented Priesthood in Amazon Exhortation, by Maike Hickson

By Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – In the recent days, several key people who are either closely working with Pope Francis or who are otherwise closely linked to his reform agenda – Cardinal Michael Czerny, Archbishop Víctor Fernández, Austen Ivereigh, and Father Antônio Almeida – have now come out insisting that Pope Francis did not close the door to married priests in the Amazon in his post-synodal exhortation Querida Amazonia… They go even farther in stating that Pope Francis actually conducted a broader “transformation” than merely admitting married priests: a “new theology of power in the Church,” as Fernández puts it.

CHINESE CATHOLICS BETRAYED: Diocesan Priest Stands with Viganò and Cardinal Zen (Listen), by Michael J. Matt

By  Michael J. Matt, Editor, Remnant TV – After providing some brief history of the Chinese ‘Catholic’ Patriotic Association–the Communist false Catholic Church in China–Father explains why Cardinal Zen’s courageous stand in defense of our Chinese Catholic brothers and sisters is so important, and thus why the Vatican’s “secret accord” with the Chinese Communists is a stab in the back to so many martyred and persecuted Catholics in China who since 1957 have kept the true Faith underground in China… Even as the US Congress releases a report that persecution of Catholics in China is at an all-time high since the “secret accord”, Archbishop Viganò writes a powerful letter of solidarity with Cardinal Joseph Zen in opposition to the Vatican, Pope Francis and the great betrayal of the Martyr Church in China.

Devout Catholics in Three Battleground States Key to Trump’s Re-Election, by Martin Barillas

By Martin Barillas, Church Militant – In a new survey… presidential contenders are tied with or slightly leading Trump in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Socialist Sanders has a sizable lead in Michigan and Wisconsin. All three are up for grabs in November… All three states are notable for their high percentages of Catholics and because they are part of the 18 so-called Blue Wall states that had voted for Democrat presidential candidates in six consecutive elections and represented the 242 Electoral College votes that Democrats mistakenly expected would elect Hillary Clinton in 2016. By winning those three states, Trump broke through the Blue Wall to win in the Electoral College even though he lost the popular vote.

Supreme Court Will Hold Hearing Wednesday on Louisiana Law That Saves Babies From Abortion, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – It is difficult to take abortion activists seriously when they claim to protect women’s health and then fight against laws that require abortion facilities to meet basic health and safety standards… (Tomorrow), the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments about those safety requirements and whether they violate a women’s access to abortion… The 2014 Louisiana law at the center of the case requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges to treat patients with emergency complications. If allowed to take effect, it could close shoddy abortion facilities that are not prepared to help patients suffering from emergency complications.

Dispelling The Myths Around Upcoming Supreme Court Case, by Attorney General Jeff Landry

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Louisiana’s pro-woman admitting privileges law this Wednesday, March 4, 2020. In light of misinformation being published and false comparisons being made about the case, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office issued the following information for clarification purposes: Louisiana is not Texas. Louisiana Act 620 is not Texas H.B. 2. June Medical Services vs. Russo is not Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt; our facts, our evidence, and our generally applicable medical regulations are all different….

Northern Italy Grapples With Rapidly Expanding Coronavirus Outbreak, by Sabrina Arena Ferrisi

By Sabrina Arena Ferrisi, EWTN News – When Serena Santoro left with her family to the Italian Alps last Sunday, people were nervous in her hometown of Milan about coronavirus… Within 24 hours, the situation deteriorated dramatically… “The emergency just exploded. By the time we arrived in the mountains last Sunday, there was a complete escalation on social media and TV. Coronavirus is all they are talking about, 24 hours a day. The government is constantly having press briefings, and it is making the public panic,” said Santoro… According to a Feb. 29 news conference in Rome, the total number of infections is now 1,128, with 29 possible virus-linked deaths.

Pope’s Lenten Message Includes Environment Damage as ‘Wounds of Christ’, by Jeanne Smits

By Jeanne Smits, Paris Correspondent, LifeSiteNews – Pope Francis has published his Lenten message for 2020, encouraging all Catholics continually to return to the “mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus,” “the cornerstone of our personal and communal Christian life.”… In particular, Francis spoke of the “wounds of the crucified Christ” as being “present in environmental disasters, the unequal distribution of the earth’s goods, human trafficking in all its forms, and the unbridled thirst for profit, which is a form of idolatry.”

Conservatives Push Back, by Bradley Eli

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant – Michael Voris is warning Catholics to fight this socialist takeover with every ounce of moral fiber. On Monday’s Download, Voris put Catholics on notice: As a battle-hardened veteran reporter, I have never seen the stakes as high as they are this election cycle. It is no exaggeration to say — the life of a civilization is in the balance. Faithful Catholics must be on board and have no doubt about the commitment that will be needed. None of us wants to be trapped in a socialist America and look back and say, “I should have done more.”

Globalization Bleeding, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, National Review – The recurring dream — or nightmare — of being a ‘citizen of the world’ By the early 21st century, cosmopolitans were gushing that high-tech, instant communications, transnational agencies and agreements, free-flowing capital, international corporations, and a new eerily uniform global elite had, finally, made nationalism, borders, and even the nation-state itself all irrelevant. Nationalism was apparently relegated to dustbin of history, as we hit peak Socratic citizen-of-the-worldism… There were always two flaws to these adolescent giddy reports from world-bestriding New York Times op-ed journalists about win-win globalization…

Levin: From China to Cuba to California, “How Many More Examples of ‘Democratic Socialism’ Do We Need?”, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – “What is this ‘Democratic Socialism?’” Constitutional scholar and conservative pundit Mark Levin asked his audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, commenting on the political philosophy promoted by liberals such a Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a frontrunner to become the Democrat presidential nominee.

Against Reality: Why Our Culture Wars Against the Light, and Why it Will Never Win, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff MirusM, Catholic Culture – You may find a bit of black humor in one of our editorial notes on the news, which explains that: (a) Pope Francis had to cancel a Lenten meeting with priests because he was not feeling well; but (b) He was able to resume his rounds later the same day to meet with the Global Catholic Climate Movement (see Pope’s ‘slight indisposition’). But what is not funny at all is that the Federal Constitutional Court in Germany has manufactured two new rights, not only the right to end your life at any time but the right to have help doing it.

Pro-Gay Priest James Martin: ‘Lent is a Time to Engage More Deeply With LGBT People’, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – Martin said that Lent is a time to prepare for Easter and to understand the sufferings of Christ, but then quickly switched gears and suggested that the lives of LGBT persons reflect the suffering of Christ… “So one of the invitations for Catholics (during Lent) is to unite yourself with people who are suffering, including LGBT people,” Martin said… Lent is “a time for people to engage more deeply with LGBT people,” he declared… The remainder of the published interview focused not on a Christocentric understanding of Lent but on how homosexual and the gender-confused people can be made to feel more comfortable about continuing their self-proclaimed sexual/gender identities and activities within the Catholic Church.

Yes, I’d Become Catholic Again, by Michael Pakaluk

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing – A recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Saxum Holy Land Dialogues led me to think carefully about the question of whether today, given the crisis and confusion in the Church, if I were an eager “C.S. Lewis” Protestant – as I once was – I would become a Catholic, here and now, again… In part, it was because the young professionals I accompanied wanted to hear about my earlier conversion to Catholicism as a grad student, so I was compelled to re-examine my motives. In part, it was because a pilgrimage offers something like the fullest possible means to embrace Christianity for a Protestant.

Low-Polling Dems Deserting on Eve of ‘Super Tuesday’, by Chad Groening, Jody Brown

By Chad Groening, Jody Brown, OneNewsNow – “Super Tuesday” could be make-or-break for the few candidates left vying for the Democratic presidential nomination – and the attrition rate over the last two days appears to suggest Democrats are worried that left-leaning Bernie Sanders, the current front-runner, could actually take the prize… A candidate needs 1,991 pledged delegates on the first ballot to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. More than 1,350 delegates are at stake (Tuesday) when Democrats in 14 states go to the polls and have their say in determining who will be their party’s flag-bearer against President Donald Trump in November.

Our First Catholic President? by Sean Fitzpatrick

By Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine – On Ash Wednesday, the White House released a statement from President Trump. “For Catholics and many other Christians,” it reads, “Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season that concludes with the joyful celebration of Easter Sunday…”… These are remarkable words to come from a sitting president. But then, much of this presidency is remarkable. Donald Trump has ignited a movement that is unparalleled in modern times…

Msgr. Charles Pope: God’s Law is Personal and Loving

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In Monday’s first reading (Monday of the First Week of Lent) there is a recitation of the law that features the refrain “I am the Lord.” What does this expression mean and why is it appended to each command?… When we think of God’s law, there is a danger that we might think of it as we do of any secular law: as a sort of impersonal code written by nameless legislators or bureaucrats. We have not met them; we do not love, trust, or even know them. They are an abstraction we call “the government,” or just “they,” as in, “They don’t let you park here,” or “They’ll arrest you for that.”

Bishop Schneider Releases Essay ‘On the Question of the True Pope’

By Bishop Athanasius Schneider, LifeSiteNews – We must not be lax in proclaiming Catholic truth and warning and admonishing when papal words and actions clearly harm the faith. But what all true sons and daughters of the Church ought to do now is launch a serious world-wide crusade of prayer and penance to implore a divine intervention. Let us trust in the Lord’s words: “Will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?” (Luke 18:7).

New Travel Curbs Begin; NIH’s Fauci Credits Earlier Restrictions For Small Number of Cases in US, by Patrick Goodenough

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – “I hearken back to the original decision that was made by the president of making sure that we knew the scenario that was going on in China. We prevented travel from China to the United States,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health… “If we had not done that, we would have had many, many more cases right here that we would have to be dealing with.”

Grocers Prepare for Surge in Demand as Coronavirus Spreads, by Jaewon Kang

By Jaewon Kang – Supermarkets are preparing for a surge in demand and shoppers are stocking up on staple foods and cleaning supplies as more cases of the new coronavirus appear in the U.S… For weeks, as the outbreak advanced mainly in China, food retailers focused on maintaining supplies of products they procure from Asia such as tuna, mandarin oranges and garlic… Their attention shifted this week as cases multiplied from South Korea to Iran and as the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned of a potential pandemic. Health officials in Washington state on Saturday reported the first death of someone who had tested positive for the coronavirus in the U.S., one of some 60 confirmed cases centered on the West Coast.

Don’t Sanitize Abortion, by John Waters

By John Waters, First Things – I would like to suggest a seventh rule to add to Mary Eberstadt’s “Six Rules for Pro-Life Radicals.” This additional rule was implicit in several of the six she listed, so she may have been presuming it axiomatic—so fundamental as to not require restating. But I believe that this rule does require restating and that it should be explicit. Indeed, I think that when pro-lifers keep this rule implicit it produces problems in the larger abortion debate: One side in the argument thinks the truth about abortion too obvious to reiterate, while the other side, not wishing to hear the truth, encourages this lacuna.

The Trinity Is Reflected in the Nature of All Creatures, by Stephen Beale

By Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange – We’ve all the heard one about the three-lobed shamrock and the Trinity… But it turns out that God’s triune nature is imprinted on all creatures, according to two of the greatest doctors of the Church in the 1200s—St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Bonaventure… In the Summa Theologica, Aquinas says that all creatures with an intellect and a will reflect the Trinity: For the Son proceeds as the word of the intellect; and the Holy Ghost proceeds as love of the will. Therefore in rational creatures, possessing intellect and will, there is found the representation of the Trinity by way of image, inasmuch as there is found in them the word conceived, and the love proceeding.

Hussein’s Journey: A Response to Father James Martin, by Janet E. Smith

By Janet E. Smith, National Catholic Register – Jesuit Father James Martin, in his address to the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, made a number of proposals about how Catholic campuses should care for “LGBT people” and begins by telling the story of the experiences on a Catholic campus of a young Muslim woman who identifies as lesbian. Father Martin built on that experience to lobby for “accepting everyone for who they are” and for establishing “LGBT” support centers on campus… Father Martin’s approach sells short both the Church and young people. Here, I will sketch out a different possible scenario on a Catholic campus.

The Left Mocks Pence For Praying With Coronavirus Task Force, by Leah Barkoukis

By Leah Barkoukis, Townhall – When President Trump chose Vice President Mike Pence to lead the government’s response to coronavirus, liberals shrieked over his medical inexperience, or as AOC put it, because he “literally does not believe in science.” In the next breath, however, came the attacks on religion… On Friday, The New Yorker published this cartoon of Pence….

There Is No ‘Catholic Vote’, by Declan Leary

By Declan Leary, Crisis Magazine – Yet Triumph saw in the Catholic body politic only untapped potential, as Catholic voters refused or failed to unite behind the moral vision of the Church… Forty-five years later, the situation—or, rather, the non-situation—of the Catholic vote is just about the same, as a recent RealClear/EWTN poll of Catholic voters plainly shows. The poll, administered exclusively to Americans who identify as Catholic and are registered to vote, attempts to get a glimpse of the leanings of Catholic voters going into the 2020 election by asking both about hot topic issues and about particular candidates.

The Vatican Declares War on Cdl. Zen, by Riccardo Cascioli

By Riccardo Cascioli, Church Militant – Cardinal Joseph Zen is an obstacle for the Church in China, and from now on the Catholic Church can be formed by independent churches. This is the essence of an explosive and incredible letter sent on Feb. 26 to all the cardinals by the Dean of the Sacred College, Cdl. Giovanni Battista Re, that The Daily Compass has been shown exclusively. It marks a fierce and unheard-of frontal attack on the 88-year-old archbishop emeritus of Hong Kong, the intrepid opponent of the secret agreement between China and the Holy See signed in Beijing on Sept. 22, 2018.