By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews - In an address to the bishops of the U.S., the lay chairman of their National Review Board (NRB) expressed concern that the systems now being set in place by the Vatican and the USCCB to handle episcopal sexual misconduct still leave “bishops policing bishops.”… He also urged greater lay participation and independence from bishops in conducting sexual abuse audits…. “We find ourselves at a turning point, a critical moment in our history, which will determine in many ways the future vibrancy of the Church, and whether or not trust in your leadership can be restored,” said Chairman Francesco Cesareo, Ph.D… “Because of the actions or inactions of some bishops, some in the general public have lost confidence in the body of bishops, despite the sincere efforts of many of you,” noted Cesareo.
By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews - Maine will be the ninth jurisdiction in the U.S. to legalize the life-destroying procedure of assisted suicide. That’s because Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, today signed the bill into law… New Jersey passed a similar law in April. Assisted suicide also is legal in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Washington D.C… The bill narrowly passed the Maine legislature with the Senate voting 19-16 on Tuesday and the House voting 73-72 on Monday.
By Fr. Nicholas Sheehy, LC, Catholic Exchange - There would famously be three secrets, the first of which consisted in the vision of Hell. Now, these are secrets in so much as they are messages from the Blessed Virgin that were not revealed at the time of the apparitions, but much later through the memoirs of Lucia. While the two younger children passed away due to the influenza epidemic of 1918, Lucia lived on and became a religious sister in the Order of Carmelites.
By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture - Just days ago the head of Planned Parenthood was saying that before Roe v. Wade, thousands of women died each year because of substandard abortions. (There is zero evidence to support that claim, but it was dutifully relayed by the compliant mainstream media.) How is it, then, that a bid to reduce medical standards for the procedure is classified as a measure to protect women’s health?