By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant - A Franciscan church in New York is trying to attract people by serving alcohol and hosting performances that have included an occult poet who has performed for the Satanic Temple… Occult poet Janaka Stucky launched his Atlas Obscura tour for his book Ascend Ascend on May 11 in the Franciscan Church of San Damiano Mission in Brooklyn… Amazon describes Ascend Ascend as being "written over the course of twenty days, coming in and out of trance states brought on by intermittent fasting and somatic rituals while secluded in the tower of a 100-year-old church."
Complicit Clergy, by Brenda Flanagan, NJTV - A lawsuit filed on behalf of 37-year-old John Bellocchio alleges that he was assaulted by McCarrick, then the archbishop of the Newark Archdiocese, in the vestry of Hackensack’s St. Francis of Assisi Church in the mid-1990s, when he was a 14-year-old altar server… The lawsuit not only accuses a cleric of misconduct but alleges that the church engaged in a coverup — in this case allowing a high-profile prelate to ultimately rise to the rank of cardinal before his precipitous fall from grace last year…
By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing - How long can the Vatican remain silent about the Chinese repression in Hong Kong and about reports of persecution and re-education camps for religious believers in the rest of China? Clearly, the figures in the Roman Curia (primarily Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin) who crafted the still unpublished accord with the Communist government have put themselves in a moral bind. If they speak out, they may jeopardize the agreement… If they don’t speak out, they run the still greater risk of being accomplices, conspicuous accomplices, in the repression and potential liquidation of a heroic Catholic people of confessors and martyrs.
By Sandro Magister, L'Espresso - On many questions, some of them crucial, Francis systematically says and does not say, retracts, contradicts himself. Often within a single statement… Francis justifies this wordiness of his with the intention of setting in motion “processes” of exploration and evolution of doctrine, in which he judges it as wrong to fix the outcome beforehand… “Amoris Laetitia,” with its absence of clarity in authorizing or not authorizing communion for the divorced and remarried, is an emblem of this magisterium of “process.”… When some cardinals presented to him the “dubia” thereby generated, he did not respond… But that’s just the point, he couldn’t respond. Those cardinals had fully grasped the essence of his magisterium.