By Christopher Manon, Ph.D., The Stream - At the USCCB meeting in November, U.S. bishops tried to hammer out a policy for punishing bishops who cover up sex abuse. They also sought documents on what Pope Francis knew about child-molesting ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. And the Vatican stepped in and shut them down. Plaintiff lawyers will say that this proves that the bishops aren’t really independent. That the Vatican controls them, and so ought to be liable for their actions — including the shuffling of child-abusing priests… The pope overruled that bishops’ national body on a question of vital importance: the moral integrity of Holy Mother Church herself.
By John Zmirak, The Stream - This is a very delicate question. So I will try my best to answer well. American movies and television shows are extremely popular here in Honduras. Sadly, the message portrayed in many of them amounts to material prosperity. The movies show a lifestyle that many Hondurans desire (and cannot materially attain here). That sparks envy.
By David Byrne, Crisis Magazine - The Christian wants to bind man to God; The socialist wants to bind man to man. In a sense, both are collectivist movements because neither view man as distinct and isolated. Man owes everything to God, or to each other. Christ proclaims in the Gospel of John: “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
By John Horvat II, CNSNews - the real debate is not about President Trump at all. What the left hates is what the president represents. They associate Trump with a return to an order that must be avoided at all costs… Radical liberals fear the return to a Christian order since it would apply the Ten Commandments as the foundation of the moral law… They fear the traditional family… because they know it is the ideal platform for a Christian order to thrive. Legitimate love of country, respect for private property and chaste, moral relationships are all targets of these liberals…