By Msgr. Charles Pope - Yes, no one encounters Jesus Christ and goes away unchanged. A blind man went away able to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk. The hungry went away satisfied, the ignorant instructed, the guilty forgiven, sinners converted... The call of the nations to change and to new life began with a star. The light of the star opens the way to the Light of World, Jesus. The star of my life is Jesus.
By Casey Chalk, Crisis Magazine - For Catholics, there is no Church apart from the visible unity of the episcopal office, since this is the institution Christ established. Without the bishop, there can be no Eucharist, the very heart of Catholic life. To depart from these would be to form or join a schism from the Church Christ founded. And there is simply no sin by members of the Church that justifies the additional sin of schism. Indeed, we should rather be more willing to die than to commit any sin, including the sin of schism.
By Ed Condon, CNA - Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have questioned a candidate for the federal bench over his membership of the Knights of Columbus, with some calling the group’s Catholic views on abortion and same-sex marriage “extreme.” Senators also questioned if belonging to the Catholic charitable organization could prevent judges from hearing cases “fairly and impartially.”
By Grace Carr, The Stream - A number of former and current Planned Parenthood employees claim the organization mistreats and discriminates against pregnant employees and new mothers... Former Planned Parenthood employee Ta’Lisa Hairston alleged the abortion organization didn’t allow her to take breaks during her pregnancy, which a nurse recommended because of her high blood pressure, The New York Times reported Thursday.