By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine - Earlier this month the Archbishop of Cincinnati announced his plan to restructure the archdiocese in light of changing demographics and the declining number of priests. The goal: to reduce the number of parishes by 70% over time... Pause for a moment and reflect on that: a major United States archdiocese plans to shut the doors of 7 out of every 10 existing parishes.
By Samuel McCarthy, Church Militant - "To coerce someone, to mandate that you do something that you know is immoral — you know, that's what people have died for in the past," Stickland declared. "We might reach that point again, where people just have to say, 'You're going to have to take my life rather than force me to do something that I know is morally repugnant.'"
By Fr. Paul John Kalchik, Church Militant - No miracle in modern history compares to that of Fatima in Portugal, which took place on Oct. 13, 1917. As numerous media reports attested in the aftermath of the great miracle, the Sun danced! Thousands watched; estimates range from 70,000–100,000 souls of all classes and types witnessed this celestial event. The Portuguese newspaper O Dia in 1917 reported: At one o'clock, solar time, the rain stopped … The sky had a certain greyish tint of pearl and a strange clearness filled the gloomy landscape, every moment getting gloomier.
Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word - Luke 11:42-46 - "But woe to you Pharisees! for you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! for you love the best seat in the synagogues and salutations in the market places.