By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant - Both the pro-abortion Reproductive Health Act (RHA) that became law last week and the Child Victims Act (CVA), which passed the New York legislature on Monday, have been progressing since 2007. In attempts to keep clerical sex abuse victims restricted by the statute of limitations, however, the New York State Catholic Conference (NYSCC) spent millions of dollars and hired expensive lobbying firms to fight the passage of CVA… Cardinal Timothy Dolan, as archbishop of New York and head of the NYSCC, even made an unannounced visit in March to the state capital in Albany to personally lobby against the passage of CVA. None of these measures, however, are on record in the battle to keep RHA from passing.
By Randall Smith,. The Catholic Thing - Let me begin by saying that I have no desire to attach the pro-life cause to such a wide array of issues that the cause itself disappears from view. People who work in non-profit organizations call this “mission creep”: you start out doing good for one group, then someone says, “Why not these people?” and then these, and “How about all those?” until, finally, you have precious few resources to do much good for anyone.
By Kathleen Beckman, Catholic Exchange - Satan is a dealer of doubt, a sower of dissent, a divider, and a deceiver. Sexual sin and moral disorder are definitely the devil’s playground — and yes, even priests go there. That’s why priests have dire need of strong spiritual armor reinforced by the prayers and fasting of God’s people. It’s why informed Catholics are not surprised to be told, “You must always carry a special place in your prayers and in your heart for the sanctification of the priesthood and the sacredness of the Mass”
By Msgr. Charles Pope - All the shed blood of lambs could not save. Those offerings only pointed to the true Lamb of God and our Passover, Jesus Christ. Even the extravagant offering of a bull could never pay our debt of sin; only Jesus could redeem us, paying the price of our salvation. All those ancient sacrifices could only remind us that by our sins we had a debt we could not pay; they could only serve to symbolize our repentance.