By Brian Burch, RealClearPolitics - There is no better place for Americans to be right now than in church, kneeling in prayer and imploring God to heal our land. President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, during a trip to Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., spent part of Tuesday doing exactly that... Sadly, the presidential visit to the shrine was denounced by those who should have welcomed it most. And while there is no good time for partisan vilification by religious leaders, it is particularly devastating now when tensions are high, and grief is great.
By David Nussman, Church Militant - The archbishop of D.C. is angry at President Trump for visiting a Catholic shrine... The president and the first lady went to St. John Paul II National Shrine on Tuesday — the same day Trump signed an executive order on religious freedom... But Washington, D.C. archbishop Wilton Gregory was not pleased with the president's public visit, saying in a statement, "I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated."
By Perry West, CNA - With disturbing and frightening news dominating the headlines in recent weeks, a psychologist and a priest suggested that Catholics take care to guard their psychological and spiritual health... Above all, the priest said, the current time is one for conversion, and a recognition that we as a society cannot separate ourselves from God and build a perfect utopia... “We pray for peace and for the end of hatred, but, as I mentioned before, the most important thing is rejecting the godlessness of our own self-reliance and learning to depend more on Jesus alone as the salvation of man,” he said.
By Jim Denison, The Stream - Since January, Americans have been dealing with four seismic events that echo some of the gravest crises in our history. From impeachment (1974), to a global pandemic (1918), to an economic crisis (1929, 2008), to a racial crisis (1968, 1992), we are facing systemic challenges that are embroiling our nation.