MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Fr. Michael Champagne’s Fête-Dieu du Mississippi (Aug. 14-15, Baton Rouge to New Orleans)

By David Lukinovich, Founder, The Brown Pelican Society of Louisiana – As you may know, Fr. Michael Champagne has a flotilla boat procession each year on the Teche River.  This year, however, Fr. Champagne is extending the event to a two-day celebration on the Mississippi River beginning on Wednesday morning, August 14, 2024, with a Holy Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge with Bishop Michael Duca and ending on the following day, the Feast of the Assumption, August 15th at a closing Mass and Benediction at 6:00 pm at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans celebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond.

Archbishop’s Excommunication Fuels Revolt Against Rome, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, The Stream – Also on July 6, Bishop Joseph Strickland — whom Pope Francis sacked from his position as bishop of Tyler, Texas, last November — slammed Viganò’s excommunication, tweeting: “It seems we are left with only stones to cry out for justice because the voices of faithful disciples are mute, ignored or even silenced… “Rather than addressing the serious questions and allegations Archbishop Viganò raises, he is summarily removed from the Church with an apparent motive to silence him,” Strickland wrote. “We should look closely at a Vatican that operates in this manner.”

Dobbs at Two Years, by Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw, Catholic World Report – If anyone had imagined the Supreme Court’s 2022 ruling was its final word on abortion, he or she surely knows better now… Two years ago, the Supreme Court vindicated the right to life by reversing a 1973 ruling, which abruptly asserted the existence of a constitutional right to abortion that no one had ever previously heard of. Suddenly, a new day dawned for the defenders of unborn human life in America… So how do things stand after two years?

NEWS

After Massive Criticism, Fort Liberty Walks Back Slide Claiming Pro-Life Groups are Terrorists, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Following massive online criticism, Fort Liberty has walked back a slide in an anti-terrorism presentation that claims pro-life Americans are terrorists… As LifeNews.com reported, Journalist Sam Shoemate exposed the terrorism briefing on X (Twitter) that was held at Fort Liberty (Bragg) yesterday where they listed several Pro-Life organizations as “terrorist organizations.”… The military facility has since walked back the slide with a post on X (Twitter).

Why Catholicism and Liberalism Are Irreconcilable Enemies, by Matthew McCusker

By Matthew McCusker, LifeSiteNews – This is the fifth part of a series on the true nature of human freedom… The first part discussed man’s natural liberty, by which he is free to choose how he will act. The second part examined moral liberty, by which man freely acts in accordance with his own nature. The third part explored the ways in which God assists us, so that we might attain moral liberty. The fourth part explained how laws made by the state can help man to attain true liberty… The subject of this instalment is the ideology of liberalism, and its incompatibility with true freedom.

Senators Slam Army After Presentation Calls Pro-Life Americans Terrorists, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Ted Budd (R-NC), along with Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) and their colleagues, sent a letter to Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth demanding answers after an anti-terrorism training conducted at Fort Liberty, North Carolina depicted Pro-Life Americans as terrorists.

Fulton Sheen’s New Book On the Demonic, by Dr. Jeff Mirus 

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Five years before his death, Archbishop Fulton Sheen mentioned that he planned to write a separate book on the demonic, but at the time of his death in 1979, no such book had appeared… Unfortunately, no such manuscript existed, so (Fr. Dave Tomaszycki, Archdiocese of Detroit) did the next best thing: He spent a total of four years identifying and tagging everything that Archbishop Sheen had written about the demonic and then organized all the material to create a set of chapters which would amount to something akin to the book which the famous bishop had intended to write. …

Two Perspectives on the Synod’s New ‘Working Document’, by Fr. Gerald E. Murray / Stephen P. White

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – The Instrumentum laboris [IL] for the October 2024 Synodal Assembly has now been published. The topic for consideration by the synod delegates is “How to be a Synodal Church in Mission.” The answer given in the IL is simple and stark:  we must change the way the Church is governed. Bishops and priests must cede authority to the laity, especially women. New power-sharing arrangements must be implemented to uphold (finally!) the faithful’s baptismal equality.

‘Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot’ Encourages Churches to Embrace Children in Need, by Kathy Schiffer

By Kathy Schiffer, EWTN News – We get a lot of bad news through the media — news of crime and political mayhem, people fighting one another, families and cultures at odds with one another. Rebekah Weigel believes that the world is longing for films that bring hope… Weigel is a Hollywood writer and producer of the new film Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot and an earlier award-winning film, Butterfly Circus. With her husband Joshua Weigel, Rebekah set out to bring to the big screen the true story ….

The American Conservative: NATO’s Bridge to Nowhere

The American Conservative – The war is lost, Ukraine is ruined for at least a generation, and Russia and the West are inching closer and closer to direct, possibly nuclear, confrontation—yet the answer, as always with these people, is more NATO… In fact the very opposite is true—peace and stability in eastern Europe will come with the recognition that NATO’s plan to expand to Ukraine lies at the heart of the current crisis.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Sheep in the Midst of Wolves – Wise and Innocent

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 10:16-23 – “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; ….

Struggling With a Restless Heart, by Randy Hain

By Randy Hain,  Integrated Catholic Life – When I experienced the truth of Christ in the Church He founded, I thought my search was over. In reality, it was only beginning.  I have come to understand that my conversion and surrender to Christ must be an ongoing process and not a one-time event.  My restlessness still crops up from time to time, especially when I am not actively living out my faith.  When my sinful behavior pulls me away from Christ, I feel a sense of loss like a dull ache.

How the Gill Foundation Funds the Undermining of Church Moral Teaching, by Anne Hendershott

By Anne Hendershott, Catholic World Report – George Soros’ Open Society Institute is often blamed for providing funding to faux Catholic organizations—like the now-defunct Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good—in an effort to marginalize Catholic teachings on moral issues including abortion and LGBTQ issues. But a more overt and focused assault on the teaching authority of the Catholic Church is now coming from a billionaire power couple—Tim Gill and Scott Miller—who are working to discredit Church teachings on sexual morality by directly attacking the Magisterium.

GOP Abortion Language Draft: Prelude to Defeat? by Alex Chediak

By Alex Chediak, The Stream – How Big Is the Change?… Pretty big. Here’s the 2024 language: “We believe that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees that no person can be denied Life or Liberty without Due Process, and that the States are, therefore, free to pass Laws protecting those Rights. After 51 years, because of us, that power has been given to the States and to a vote of the People. We will oppose Late Term Abortion, while supporting mothers and policies that advance Prenatal Care, access to Birth Control, and IVF (fertility treatments).”

Today’s Saints: Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin

The couple lived in Alençon, initially at 15 rue du Pont-Neuf and later at 35 rue Saint-Blaise, where St Thérèse was born. They had nine children only five of whom survived infancy and early childhood… Thérèse, their youngest daughter, was only four-year-old when Zélie died in 1877. After this Louis and his five daughters moved to Les Buissonnets in Lisieux. In 1887 Thérèse asked for and received her father’s permission to enter Carmel which she did in 1888.

Trump Owes Pro-Lifers Nothing—and That’s a Good Thing, by Darrick Taylor

By Darrick Taylor, Crisis Magazine – The problem is that, with the exception of the transgender craze, socially conservative Catholics and their allies are no longer “the people.” They are a minority, one that simply does not have the power to do what they most want—ban abortion and return marriage law to sanity. The problem is that the cultural revolutionaries who effected these legal changes have also managed to turn public opinion firmly in their favor. Most Americans favor some restrictions on abortion, but the majority want it to be legal in at least some cases.

Leaked US Army Briefing Slide Calls Pro-Life Organizations ‘Terrorist Groups’, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – The slide, reportedly from a terrorism briefing at Fort Liberty, names the pro-life organizations National Right to Life Committee and Operation Rescue as ‘terrorist groups,’ characterized by their opposition to abortion and Roe v. Wade (misspelled ‘Row’)… Military officials under the Biden administration continue to teach that their peaceful political opponents are violent extremists, according to a report about a terrorism presentation given to U.S. Army members at Fort Liberty (the renamed Fort Bragg).

Democrats Only Have Themselves to Blame for Their Joe Biden Mess, by Josh Hammer

By Josh Hammer, American Greatness – Democrats and their media boosters find themselves in a no-win situation. And the culprit is their very own hubris and myopia… It has been two weeks since palpably senile President Joe Biden delivered the single worst performance ever given in a presidential debate, and the fallout continues to tear the Democratic Party asunder.
For two weeks, most of the left-wing corporate media, joined by a small but growing number of elected Democratic officials, have desperately been trying to convince Uncle Joe and Jill “Lady Macbeth” Biden to stand down. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Sheep in the Midst of Wolves – Wise and Innocent

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 10:16-23 – “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; ….

Founder’s Quote

Patriot Post – “The eyes of the world being thus on our Country, it is put the more on its good behavior, and under the greater obligation also, to do justice to the Tree of Liberty by an exhibition of the fine fruits we gather from it.” —James Madison (1824)

Today’s Saints: Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin

The couple lived in Alençon, initially at 15 rue du Pont-Neuf and later at 35 rue Saint-Blaise, where St Thérèse was born. They had nine children only five of whom survived infancy and early childhood… Thérèse, their youngest daughter, was only four-year-old when Zélie died in 1877. After this Louis and his five daughters moved to Les Buissonnets in Lisieux. In 1887 Thérèse asked for and received her father’s permission to enter Carmel which she did in 1888.

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