By Msgr. Charles Pope - It is important to emphasize that even if a particular sinful act does not rise to the level of mortal sin, it is still a sin. No sinful action, even if committed “innocently” will bring a blessing or become good in itself. To sin is always to veer off course and it causes some sort of wound. This is true even if the person is not guilty of committing a mortal sin.
By Nancy Flory, The Stream - Pompeo said it was “incredibly important” for the Trump’s administration to “sound the clarion call” for religious freedom worldwide. “There are many countries in which religious freedom is not available. …We believe that religious freedom is important for every citizen around the world and we want to bring everyone together to discuss how all faiths have the right … to worship in the way that they choose…
By Liberty McArtor, The Stream - The day after a major complaint fest, I came to work and wrote an update about Leah Sharibu. She’s the 15-year-old in Nigeria who’s been a captive of Boko Haram for over 150 days. Why? Because she is a Christian, and she refused to convert to Islam, even when given the chance to be free.
By Fr. John A. Perricone, Crisis Magazine - North American ordinations are also in free-fall. One East Coast seminary, which hosts three major metropolitan dioceses, has a seminarian population hovering around 50—that is, 50 seminarians for more than 7.8 million Catholics. When that seminary served only one Archdiocese, it housed three hundred seminarians before 1960.... This is a collapse of historic proportions. Cause for concern, don’t you think? Might it have something to do with the precipitous decline of reverence for the Holy Eucharist?