By Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream - “That’s very sad, in many ways.” That’s the President speaking to world leaders at the United Nations’ first ever summit on international religious liberty. He was shocked to learn it was the UN’s first-ever such event… “The United States,” he explained, “is founded on the principle that our rights do not come from government; they come from God. This immortal truth is proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence. … Our Founders understood that no right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions.”
By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture - Think about it: We are absolutely obliged by God to grow into union with Him as far as possible—using the fullness of the means made available through the Church established by His Son… We have no right to “feel good” in our spiritual progress… In fact, it is all too easy to get bogged down in both genuine consolations and their counterfeits. When we receive consolations, we find them delightful, and mistakenly believe God is absent when He withdraws them. Thus did St. Catherine of Siena, so used to feeling God’s presence, complain that He had left her during a period of grave temptation.
By Dr. Taylor Marshall - Pope Francis has invited the likes of Jeffrey Sachs, Cardinal Marx, Cardinal O'Malley, and Bishop McElroy, et al to the Amazon Synod. Why these details are important. #TnT discusses.
By Courtney Mares, CNA - Pope Francis said that clericalism is a direct result of rigidity and linked to a fixation on sexual morality… “One dimension of clericalism is the exclusive moral fixation on the Sixth Commandment”… “We focus on sex and then we do not give weight to social injustice, slander, gossip and lies. The Church today needs a profound conversion in this area,” the Pope said… “Clericalism has a direct consequence in rigidity. Have you never seen young priests all stiff in black cassocks and hats in the shape of the planet Saturn on their heads? Behind all the rigid clericalism there are serious problems.”