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. ....
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.
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.
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.