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McCarrick Report Imminent? by William Mahoney

By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant – The long-awaited McCarrick report will come out later this month, according to Cdl. Timothy Dolan of New York… The Vatican announced two years ago it was preparing a report on the case of disgraced ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a notorious homosexual pederast whose misdeeds extended to bribery and political intrigue… A new lawsuit claims McCarrick ran a sex ring of teenage boys from his beach house in Sea Girt, New Jersey, and further alleges other clergy predators, who called McCarrick “the boss,” procured boys for the sex ring.

Letter From a Pastor About a Presidential Candidate, by Pastor Ignotus

By Pastor Ignotus, Crisis Magazine – You further state that you believe Mr. Biden is a “sincere politician” who is a devout Catholic. Repeating what seems to have been a package released to the press to shore up Catholic support for him, you remark that he carries a rosary with him, that one of his staff says his presidential bid is a “subtle invocation of Catholic beliefs,”… Of course you know that carrying a rosary is not proof of being pro-life. The “subtlety” of Biden’s “invocation of his Catholic beliefs” is what is a clanger for me. He is far too subtle for me.

Fr. Francesco Giordano: St. Joseph: A Reflection of the Fatherhood of God

By Fr. Francesco Giordano, STD, Catholic Exchange – From the content of the story we can draw some important reflections regarding the fatherhood of St. Joseph and specifically how St. Joseph helps us to be fathers… In this apparition, St. Joseph, Father of the Holy Family, shows his paternity mainly in one way: by instilling strength. In fact, he gives Gaspard the strength to lift the boulder to drink and quench his thirst. This is basically the mission of the father: to instil strength.

Governors Can’t Use Coronavirus To Indefinitely Declare A State Of Emergency, by Molly McCann

By Molly McCann, The Federalist – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia often noted that the primary safeguard of our constitutional liberties is the structure of our government. Every banana republic has a bill of rights, he once said, but the strength of the American system is the separation of powers… At the federal level, there are three separate, co-equal branches of government that must operate together for our representative republic to function properly, and this balance of power is mirrored at the state level. Unhappily, our system today is not functioning as designed.

The Health-First Heresy

By Dr. Douglas Farrow, Catholic World Report – “Of all the sad and surreal things to happen in the past few months,” writes Mary Wakefield in The Spectator, “the Catholic church’s decision to abandon the dying was, for me, the worst.” Wakefield goes on to explain just how incompatible she finds the COVID-related actions of Catholic and Anglican prelates with the sacramental faith they profess to hold. The money quote comes at the end of this paragraph:

Saint of the Day for August 11: St. Clare of Assisi (July 16, 1194 – Aug. 11, 1253)

By Franciscan Media – At 18, Clare escaped from her father’s home one night, was met on the road by friars carrying torches, and in the poor little chapel called the Portiuncula received a rough woolen habit, exchanged her jeweled belt for a common rope with knots in it, and sacrificed her long tresses to Francis’ scissors. He placed her in a Benedictine convent, which her father and uncles immediately stormed in rage. Clare clung to the altar of the church, threw aside her veil to show her cropped hair, and remained adamant.

Socialist Rhetoric Worming Its Way In, by Steve Jordahl

By Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – Dr. Carol Swain told AFR.. that anyone paying attention to the cultural crisis in the country will recognize some of the rhetoric behind Critical Race Theory… “It argues that racism is permanent, that all white people are privileged, that they have a property interest in their whiteness – and that the only way they can make themselves right or redeem themselves is by divesting themselves of their whiteness,” she explains.

The Politics of Heaven and Hell, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – Ignatius Press is republishing The Politics of Heaven and Hell this fall… in our current chaos, when it seems almost impossible to get sure footing about anything, this relatively neglected volume not only uncovers sure foundations. It explains the ways by which we’ve mixed up eternal and temporal things – and put the times out of joint… recent decades have given birth to what the Polish philosopher Ryszard Legutko calls the “demon in democracy,” a new totalitarian temptation wherein everything is defined by political ideology.

Catholic Bishop Falsely Claims President Trump is Not Pro-Life, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Rev. John Stowe, Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Lexington, claims otherwise… provided no evidence refuting President Trump pro-life record, but merely made accusations that Trump’s personality is not to his liking and on other unrelated issues… “For this president to call himself pro-life, and for anybody to back him because of claims of being pro-life, is almost willful ignorance,” Stowe said. “He is so much anti-life because he is only concerned about himself, and he gives us every, every, every indication of that.”

Vatican Bishop Says Holy See’s Secret Deal With Chinese Communist Party Will Be Renewed, by Paul Smeaton

By Paul Smeaton, LifeSiteNews – With the two year Vatican-China agreement due to expire on September 22, Argentine Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, the chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, told the Chinese Communist Party–controlled Global Times that “they are going to renew it, which means that the initial experience went well.”… Sánchez has previously praised China as “extraordinary” and said that their communist regime is the “best [at] implementing the social doctrine of the Church.”

This Pro-Lifer Who Was Arrested for Writing ‘Black Preborn Lives Matter’ Says His Rights Were Violated, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, The Stream – A pro-life activist who DC police arrested Saturday said that his “first amendment rights were violated” during an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation… Students for Life of America member Warner DePriest and Executive Director Kristan Hawkins discussed why two of the organization’s members were arrested for writing “Black preborn lives matter” on the sidewalk in front of the clinic.

In Praise of Marriage, by Regis Martin

By Regis Martin, EWTN News – Is there anything more thrilling to witness than the wedding of two wonderful young people? This is especially true when one of them happens to be your son. Leaving aside being born, getting married has got to be just about the biggest day of anyone’s life. And as for birth, well, isn’t that the basis for everything else, including marriage? In fact, it is the exact moment when God, to paraphrase the poet Sandburg, gives us his opinion that life should go on. Why else would one become a parent if not to mediate the miracle of new life?

Judge Orders Church to Stop Worship Services, Says It Violated Governor’s Lockdown, Liberty Counsel

By Liberty Counsel, LifeNews – Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “The same governor who encourages mass protests, bans all worship. The same governor who says the church can meet for secular services, bans the church from having religious worship. If people cannot see this obvious unconstitutional violation, they are blind. This unconstitutional hostility against religious worship must end. Enough is enough!”

The Socialist Democrats and the Failure of Marxism, by Patriot Post

By Political Editors, Patriot Post – Democrat Party wants to reframe our national economy in the socialist mold that continues to empower the state and compress American Liberty… Marxists expected that technological improvements would ensure sufficient production of everything to satisfy everyone. Of course, this will never happen because Marx’s basic premise assumed that removing reward for production would not impact the amount and quality of production.

The Status Quo, by Paul Brock

By Paul Brock, Church Militant – Be it on the Left or the Right, the establishment on both sides maintains the existence of the so-called Swamp. Keeping the status quo is how the establishment operates, and what keeps the Swamp alive… This ‘going along to get along’ mentality that produces indifference and corruption is both political and theological; there is a swamp in the Church just like the one in Washington D.C.

Responsible Parenthood, Guest Blogger Emily Frase

Responsible parenthood also and above all implies a more profound relationship to the objective moral order established by God, of which a right conscience is the faithful interpreter. The responsible exercise of parenthood implies, therefore, that husband and wife recognize fully their own duties towards God, towards themselves, towards the family and towards society, in a correct hierarchy of values. ~Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae #10

Trump: Cognitive Testing Is ‘A Good Standard, All ‘Presidents or Potential Presidents Should Take It’, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – Joe Biden could put to rest all doubts about his mental capacity by taking a cognitive test – and all presidents and presidential candidates should take the test that he took – President Donald Trump said Thursday… In an interview on Geraldo Rivera’s Cleveland-based WTAM radio show, Trump said that, after he took a cognitive test, liberal media stopped accusing him of suffering from diminished mental capacity ….

The Democrats’ Dream World Keeps Collapsing into a Nightmare, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Visit the burned out storefronts of black-owned shops in Minneapolis. Talk to the citizens who were ruled by political gangs in Seattle’s “CHAZ” enclave. Look at the federal courthouse still under siege in Portland. Or spare a thought for the nursing homes where tens of thousand of old people died alone and were cremated like shelter pets, thanks to Democrat governors dumping COVID patients there.

It’s Nineteen Eighty-Four All Over Again, by Frank W. Hermann

By Frank W. Hermann, Crisis Magazine – Having survived both world wars, Orwell saw firsthand the way political regimes manipulated language to sway public opinion in their direction. Among the euphemisms that governments of his day used to whitewash their dirty deeds were “pacification” for the bombing of defenseless villages and “transfer of population” for the expulsion of residents from their homes.

Saint of the Day for August 10; St. Lawrence (c. 225 – Aug. 10, 258)

By Franciscan Media – The esteem in which the Church holds Lawrence is seen in the fact that today’s celebration ranks as a feast. We know very little about his life. He is one of those whose martyrdom made a deep and lasting impression on the early Church. Celebration of his feast day spread rapidly… He was a Roman deacon under Pope Saint Sixtus II. Four days after this pope was put to death, Lawrence and four clerics suffered martyrdom, probably during the persecution of the Emperor Valerian.

We Can Still Learn From St. Dominic and His Order, by Derek Rotty

By Derek Rotty, Catholic Exchange – One of the great religious orders is the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominicans. The order celebrates the life of its founder, Dominic de Guzman, on August 8 each year. Whether or not we are professed in the religious order, incorporating at least a few elements of Dominican life and spirituality will help each of us answer the universal call to holiness and bring the grace of Jesus Christ into the world.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Fix Your Focus – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The Gospel today is about faith and about focus. It teaches that although storms and struggles inevitably arise, we have a choice as to whether we focus on them or on Jesus. The message is clear: “Keep your eyes on the prize. Hold on!” … Let’s look at this Gospel in three stages: Perceived Distance, Produced Distress, and Point of Decision. I have also included a fourth section for more in-depth study: Process of Development.

Catholic Home for Sex-Trafficked Girls to Open After 3-Year Fight With State

By Clare Marie Merkowsky, LifeSiteNews – A Catholic charity is preparing to open a home for underage victims of human-trafficking after reaching a resolution with California officials who refused for years to grant the charity a license to open a refuge… Since filing a lawsuit in 2019, Children of the Immaculate Heart (CIH), a religious charity that helps women escape sex-trafficking, reached a resolution with the California authorities, allowing them to open a house for girls age 12–17 who have been victims of human-trafficking.

Mary Is for Everyone, by Donald DeMarco

By Donald DeMarco, EWTN News – Mary has also been indicted for being white. In another context, being white, of course, means being blameless — but in a racial context, can we even say that Mary is “white”? Her image on the tilma of St. Juan Diego shows her to be Mexican. Is Our Lady of Guadalupe simply “white”? Other images of the Blessed Virgin show her to be Asian, African, Indian or Chinese. Mary is for everyone. It is blasphemous to reduce her to the color of her skin.

Our Culture is Attempting Suicide, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Pope John Paul II was the great diagnostician of the “culture of death.” He showed us how the uglier trends in the Western world—the legalization of abortion, the breakdown in marriages, the trend toward euthanasia, the acceptance of aberrant sexuality—were produced by a steady erosion of respect for human life. By embracing contraception and divorce, our society first severed the link between sex and procreation, then invented the fiction that a permanent union can be broken without disastrous consequences.

Globalist’s Agenda: The Great Reset: Davos & the Plot to Cancel Trump (Watch), by Michael J. Matt

By  Michael J. Matt, Editor, Remnant TV – From the Editor’s Desk, Michael Matt takes a look at some good news regarding the Covid recovery rate before he explores what’s really going on with the global pandemic… To understand what’s really happening here, he takes us to Davos, Switzerland—to the World Economic Forum—where the movers and shakers of the world have been meeting on a regular basis, especially since January 2020, to discuss the “opportunity” for a ‘global reset’ at the Davos 2021 Summit.

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez: The New Face of the Church, Versus Its True Face, by Jason Jones and John Zmirak

By Jason Jones and John Zmirak, Senior Contributors to The Stream – Last week, a writer at the leftist magazine The National Catholic Reporter called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the new face of the Catholic Church. Of course, her support for abortion right up through birth and same sex marriage raises some immediate questions in our minds. But before we consider those points, let’s step back for a moment.

Saint of the Day for August 8: St. Dominic (Aug. 8, 1170 – Aug. 6, 1221)

By Franciscan Media – If he hadn’t taken a trip with his bishop, Dominic would probably have remained within the structure of contemplative life; after the trip, he spent the rest of his life being a contemplative in active apostolic work… Born in old Castile, Spain, Dominic was trained for the priesthood by a priest-uncle, studied the arts and theology, and became a canon of the cathedral at Osma, where there was an attempt to revive the apostolic common life described in Acts of the Apostles.

State Dept. Commission Cites Religious Freedom as ‘Foremost’ Among Rights, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – The Commission on Unalienable Rights, an advisory committee formed last year to provide the U.S. State Department with advice that grounds an understanding of human rights in the nation’s founding principles, released a draft report last month that highlighted religious liberty alongside property rights as being of fundamental importance… However, the report has prompted backlash from an array of organizations and religious representatives that support progressive political agendas, who criticized the report’s emphasis on religious liberty.

Trump Slammed by Democrat for His Actions to Protect Unborn Baby Girls and Boys, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Sen. Tammy Duckworth slammed President Donald Trump as anti-woman Friday because of his actions to protect unborn babies and mothers from abortion… In a column at Elle magazine, Duckworth, a pro-abortion Democrat from Illinois and a top contender for Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate, urged Americans to vote against Trump in November.

Ideology Makes You Stupid, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing – In a recent editorial, Heidi Schlumpf, editor of the National Catholic Reporter, suggests that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is the “future of the Catholic Church.” Her encomium was inspired by the congresswoman’s expression of outrage, after a Republican congressman had referred to her by a commonplace obscenity, muttering as he made his way down a hall.

The Real Damien of Molokai, C.C. Pecknold

By C. C. Pecknold, First Things – In the eyes of many, Fr. Damien is merely “a white man.” But the flattened image that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says honors “colonialism,” “patriarchy,” and “white supremacist culture” is not the real Damien. The congresswoman’s narrative, filled with its own curious form of hate, dehumanizes the man who exemplifies what it means to cherish human dignity. Her woke resistance is resistance to reality. The real Damien, St. Damien of Molokai, points us to a superior resistance that doesn’t deconstruct reality, but rather reveals it.

5 Things Catholics Should Know About First Fridays, by Philip Kosloski 

By Philip Kosloski, Aleteia – Learn about devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the graces that come from observing First Fridays… It is no wonder, therefore, that our predecessors have constantly defended this most approved form of devotion — the pious devotion of the faithful toward the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus [and] the custom of receiving Holy Communion on the first Friday of every month at the desire of Christ Jesus, a custom which now prevails everywhere.—Pope Pius XI Miserentissimus Redemptor

Since the Reformation, by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – The story begins with the Protestant Reformation… Regardless of anybody’s intentions, however, a divided Christianity would be easier to destroy than a united Christianity… This divided Christianity led in the 16th and 17th centuries to the rise of skepticism, especially in France. But skepticism, while it continues even to the present day to erode Christianity, is too purely negative a thing to replace the old faith. And a replacement is needed. You can’t just get rid of Christianity and leave the world with nothing to believe in.

EWTN: Catholic Doctor Urges Need For Ethical Covid-19 Vaccine (Watch)

EWTN, Aug 6, 2020 – Amid the race for a coronavirus vaccine, Joseph Meany, Ph.D., president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, joins us to remind Catholics we have an obligation to speak up for an ethically-sourced vaccine.

Saint of the Day for August 7: St. Cajetan (Oct. 1, 1480 – Aug. 7, 1547)

By Franciscan Media – Like most of us, Cajetan seemed headed for an “ordinary” life—first as a lawyer, then as a priest engaged in the work of the Roman Curia… His life took a characteristic turn when he joined the Oratory of Divine Love in Rome, a group devoted to piety and charity, shortly after his ordination at 36. When he was 42 he founded a hospital for incurables at Venice.

Rebuilding Friendship After Social Isolation, by Jeannie Ewing

By Jeannie Ewing, Catholic Exchange – While the world became crippled by fear, many of us tried desperately to cling to our faith in God. The delicate balance between appropriate caution when venturing outside our homes and complete isolation feels foreign to all of us. What is “right” and “wrong” in this situation? How do we navigate our real-life friendships as the nation begins to slowly reawaken after a long and strange slumber?

Could Leaked Footage Help Ex-Cops Who Arrested Floyd? by Chad Groening, Billy Davis

By Chad Groening, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – Much of the public has found ex-Sgt. Derek Chauvin guilty of killing Floyd thanks to footage showing the officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. But a jury that decides if Chauvin killed Floyd, and if three other officers aided in that killing, will likely see the body cam footage from officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng.

Post Ridicules Priest For Refusing To Abandon His Flock In A Pandemic, Then Getting Coronavirus, by Christopher Bedford

By Christopher Bedford, The Federalist – To anyone lucky enough to know the archdiocese’s most charismatic Catholic, that won’t come as a surprise. Not because he has written and preached against Christians cowering in fear of death, as an equally unsurprising Washington Post article will have you believe, but because unlike the vast majority of us, from politics to the pulpit to the pews, Msgr. Pope lives what he preaches, and he does so without fear.

Mayor, Press Attack Faithful California Cleric, by Martina Moyski

By Martina Moyski, Church Militant – While the San Francisco Chronicle claimed the priest “slammed” parishioners — for putting “safety over sacraments,” Star of the Sea parishioners who spoke with Church Militant came to Fr. Illo’s defense, describing him as “our wonderful pastor” who “has been fighting for Tradition and true faith.”… He is ‘trying to save our souls, not just our bodies.’

CatholicVote Calls on Joe Biden to Condemn Attacks on Sacred Symbols, by Kyle Olson

By Kyle Olson, Breitbart – “Catholic churches across America are literally burning, and Joe Biden has said nothing,” CatholicVote President Brian Burch said, adding: Leading members of the Democratic Party have fueled a climate of hate against Catholics, and these attacks have now led to acts of vandalism and violence. These attacks on the Church raise serious questions about the commitment of Joe Biden, a self-professed Catholic, to stand up to the rising climate of anti-Catholicism across the country.

The White Supremacist Roots of the Abortion Industry, by R. C. VanLandingham

By R. C. VanLandingham, Crisis Magazine – Abortion, Kanye West told Forbes in the interview with Randall Lane, is the “Devil’s work.” “I am in service of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and I put everything I get on the line to serve God,” West said. “I’m pro-life because I’m following the word of the Bible.” He went on to say, “Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.” West isn’t wrong.

Who Is the Month of August Dedicated To? by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN News – August is the month traditionally dedicated by to the Immaculate Heart of Mary… “The real roots of the devotion to Mary’s Heart are in Scripture, where on two occasions reference is made to Mary’s heart by St. Luke,” points out Father Johanm Roten, a Mariologist at the University of Dayton. He refers to Luke 2:19 “Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart,” and Luke 2:51 “His mother (Mary) meanwhile kept all these things in memory, meaning in her heart.”

Democrats are Trying to Close Churches, Christian Americans Must Fight Back, by Timothy Goeglein and Greg Osten

By Timothy Goeglein and Greg Osten, LifeNews – During these tumultuous times, as practically every American institution comes under attack from the far left and its allies, two of our most essential values seem to be especially targeted in an effort to “transform America.”… Those values are faith and family, the two essential pillars that serve as true stabilizing factors in any society.

US ‘Frontline’ Doctors’ Website Exposes ‘Criminal’ Campaign by Tech Giants, Govt Agencies to Block COVID Cure, by Steve Jalsevac

By Steve Jalsevac, LifeSiteNews – You will understand the severity of what the tech giants did as you read below some excerpts from Conference organizer Dr. Simone Gold’s White Paper on Hydroxychloroquine… Most of the talks given during the day-long full conference can be seen here. I would strongly recommend viewing what these experts had to say that credibly contradicts the lies and misinformation that the public has been fed for months about hydroxychloroquine and other issues related to the Wuhan virus.

10 Things You Need to Know About Jesus’ Transfiguration, by Jimmy Akin (2019)

By Jimmy Akin, EWTN News – The three who are privileged to witness the event are Peter, James, and John, the three core disciples… The fact that Jesus only allowed three of his disciples to witness the event may have sparked the discussion which swiftly ensued about which of the disciples was the greatest… Luke states that Jesus took the three “on the mountain to pray.”

US Bishops to Spend $500K to Help Poor Overcome ‘Climate Change,’ Put Laudato Si’ ‘In Action’, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – The domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that it will spend $500,000 to “overcome the impacts” and “address the root causes” of climate change in order to help the nation’s poor… Bishop David G. O’Connell, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and chairman of The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) subcommittee, hailed the move as an “effort to put Laudato Si’ in action.”

Our Annual August Debate Over the Bombs, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, Townhall – This month marks the 75th anniversary of the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan, at Hiroshima on Aug. 6, and Nagasaki on Aug. 9… Each year, Americans argue about our supposed moral shortcomings for being the only nation to have used an atomic weapon in war… But what were the alternatives that Truman faced had he not dropped the bombs that precipitated Japan’s agreement to surrender less than a week after the bombing of Nagasaki and formally on Sept. 2?

FLASHBACK: Morgan Freeman on Ending Racism: ‘Stop Talking About It’ — Black History Month is ‘Ridiculous’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Mike Wallace: “How are we going to get rid of racism and ….?”… Morgan Freeman: “Stop talking about it. I’m going to stop calling you a white man, and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You want to say, `Well, I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.’ You know what I’m saying?”

Against Integralism: A Thomist’s Case for Limited Government, by Andrew Latham

By Andrew Latham, Crisis Magazine – This past March, The Atlantic published an essay by Adrian Vermeule, a Catholic professor of constitutional law at Harvard University, introducing the idea of “common-good constitutionalism” to an audience that I’m sure had never read anything quite like it… At its most basic, Prof. Vermeule’s argument unfolded something like this: Human flourishing, or the “good life,” necessarily entails living a life of virtue…

Black Woman Slams Black Lives Matter for Supporting Abortion: “They Don’t Care About Black Lives”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Bevelyn Beatty thinks the Black Lives Matter movement is lying to the black community… A Christian and black pro-life advocate, Beatty told CBN News this week that she has been fighting back against the movement’s political narrative and promoting the truth of Jesus Christ… Beatty is one of two pro-life advocates who was arrested May 30 on the sidewalk outside the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Manhattan.

Another News Figure Quits! Biased, Ratings-Chasing News Shows ‘Cancer’ to Society, by Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl

By Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – Another news figure has quit her job in disgust, this time at far-left MSNBC… “We are a cancer and there is no cure,” Ariana Pekary, who quit MSNBC two weeks ago, wrote on her website about the current state of the news media… Pekary worked with Lawrence O’Donnell, the scowling host of “The Last Word” program, after joining the news network in 2013. July 24 was apparently her last day on the job.

Fr. Nnamdi Moneme: The Eucharist: God’s Response to Our Helplessness

By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange – Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand in Mt 4:13-21 gives us an insight into how He responds to human helplessness, those moments when we feel overwhelmed by our personal and societal circumstances… Firstly, by His humanity, Jesus indeed freely chose to experience and share in our helplessness. He “withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by Himself” after He heard of the brutal beheading of His beloved precursor, St. John the Baptist.

CNA/EWTN: Transcript of EWTN News Nightly Interview with President Donald Trump

CNA/EWTN – We want to open our churches. We want to open our schools. And everybody wants to be safe. They know what to do. They’ll stay away. And, you know, we’ll be the same way. Maybe you’ll have an extra service or two or three. But they have to let the churches open. They want to put, the Democrats want to put them out of business. They want to put the churches out of business.

Waiting for the McCarrick Report, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – NY’s Cardinal Dolan held an online held a video conference for the clergy Tuesday and said that his sources tell him that the McCarrick report will be out later this month. He said he does not know what is in it. The latter seems believable; the former remains to be seen… It has been two years since the Vatican announced it would be conducting preparing a report on the case of Theodore McCarrick…

China, Vatican to Extend Controversial Deal, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – The Vatican is to renew its secret deal with China after negotiations on bishops’ appointments proved that “the framework has worked well for the past two years,” a Chinese Communist Party newspaper reported Wednesday…. Global Times claimed Argentine bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo confirmed the renewal, saying “they are going to renew it, which means the initial experience went well.”

Bishop J. Strickland: Vote for Candidates Who ‘Respect Life, Morality, Marriage, Family’ and ‘Our Basic Freedoms’, by Clare Marie Merkowsky

By Clare Marie Merkowsky, LifeSiteNews – ‘It is critical that we keep eternal truths at the forefront as we vote,’ wrote Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas…. On Wednesday Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas exhorted Catholics to vote “with a well formed conscience” for candidates who “respect life, morality, marriage, family [and] our basic freedoms.”

Americans Are Turning Away From Religion Toward Dangerous Secular Cults, by John Daniel Davidson

By John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist – (T)he story of the decline of religion in America is incomplete. What has gone less noticed, and less studied, is the rise of ersatz religions in America—secular substitutes for traditional forms of faith. The fastest-growing of these pseudo-religions occupy either end of the political spectrum, and are themselves explicitly political. They are also dangerous cults with almost no redeeming qualities, and if left unchecked will inspire their adherents to commit violence. …

Fr. Domenico: Sino-Vatican Agreement Two Years Later: To Be a Public Servant or a Soldier, People Must Deny Their Faith (V)

By Father Domenico, AsiaNews – Christians are forced to choose between faith and work or enlisting. Universities ban students from Sunday Mass. Party members cannot absolutely practise any religion. These are ways the Party defends itself from the growth of Christianity in China. Fr Domenico, a priest from the north of the country, describes the situation. AsiaNews’s investigation into the situation of the Church in China continues two years after the signing of the provisional agreement.

Revolutionary Communist Party Leader Calls on People to Vote for Joe Biden, by Andrew Davenport 

By by Andrew Davenport, CNSNews – The leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA, Bob Avakian, has stated that we currently live under a “fascist regime” and, come November, if President Donald Trump is still in office, then people need to vote “against Trump by voting for Biden.”… “We are confronted by — we are now being ruled by — a fascist regime… [T]his election is different. … The question is not whether Biden and the Democrats represent something ‘good,’ or whether, in fundamental terms, the Democrats are ‘better’ than the Republicans.

Homeschooling Explodes, Private Schools Try to Stay Afloat, by Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis

By Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – In a RealClearPolitics poll conducted in May, 40 percent of parents said they are more likely to choose homeschooling or virtual schooling once the lockdowns are over. That survey included an even split among Democrats and Republicans (45-43 percent), and blacks represented 50 percent of the respondents… In the fast-growing state of Texas, a whopping 25,000 students withdrew from public schools in 2018 alone to pursue a home-based education.

Saint of the Day for August 5: Dedication of Saint Mary Major Basilica

By Franciscan Media – First raised at the order of Pope Liberius in the mid-fourth century, the Liberian basilica was rebuilt by Pope Sixtus III shortly after the Council of Ephesus affirmed Mary’s title as Mother of God in 431. Rededicated at that time to the Mother of God, St. Mary Major is the largest church in the world honoring God through Mary.

CNA: After Deadly Blast in Beirut, Lebanon Turns to St. Charbel

By Catholic News Agency – At least one massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut Tuesday afternoon, which ignited fires and destroyed buildings in the city’s port area… Sixty percent of Lebanon’s people are Muslim, evenly split among Sunni and Shia, and nearly 35% of the country’s population is Christian, most of whom are Maronite Catholic Christians. In the wake of the explosion, Christians will likely turn to St. Charbel, Lebanon’s patron saint, who is also revered by many of Lebanon’s Muslims.

Vatican Drops God to Reach Wider Audience, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – The Vatican omitted “God” from a 4,000-word document on the Wuhan virus pandemic in order to reach “the widest possible audience,” Church officials claimed in a statement published Thursday… “We want to enter human situations, reading them in the light of faith and in a way that speaks to the widest possible audience — to believers and non-believers, to all men and women ‘of goodwill,'” Pontifical Academy for Life spokesman Fabrizio Mastrofini argued.

President Trump Names Pro-Life Leaders to Panel Investigating Aborted Baby Part Sales, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Scientists and bioethics experts who believe babies in the womb deserve basic human rights are leading a new advisory board investigating the use of aborted baby body parts in government-funded research… The Trump administration established the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board earlier this year amid calls to end the unethical practice of using aborted baby body parts in taxpayer-funded research.

Dying for Jesus, by David Mills

By David Mills, a Senior Editor, The Stream – Christians seem to like this meme. The line usually goes with one of the classic pictures of Christians being martyred. Like the one above, showing Christians in a Roman coliseum as the hungry lion sees them. The line is: “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.”… It’s funny, and a good reminder of where your faith can take you. But only if you really have enough faith to go all the way. Do we? Would we die for Jesus? We have one way of knowing — that is, as much as we sinful creatures can know.

The Facts of Life: God, by F.X. Cronin

By F.X. Cronin, Catholic Exchange – For many in the modern West, God is merely a matter of belief, usually supported with selective  evidence rife with confirmation bias.  It is an unscientific belief driven by personal needs for meaning and moral certainty unmet by a mechanistic, material universe and psychological comfort in the face of the terror of life in an empty, silent, purposeless cosmos of matter and energy alone. 

Don’t Take Me Out to the Ballgame! by Charles Coulombe

By Charles Coulombe, Crisis Magazine – It’s very simple. Loyalty to a team has always meant loyalty to a city, but that city is part of one of fifty states. When athletes insult the national anthem and the flag, they are not merely insulting the symbols of a system which has allowed them the chance at immense wealth most Americans shall never know; they are insulting their fans—whether the fans are smart enough to notice that or not. As with actors and other entertainers, professional athletes exist because of their audience.

Are We Emphasizing Fear? by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – In an article for The Federalist, David Shane, PhD, a professor of physics… writes that mask mandates are making people see other people as a threat… “Various COVID rules like you must wear a mask in these conditions, or even just social distancing rules communicate to people something about the danger level…”… “Children are especially apt to being programmed, and so it’s worth thinking what kind of human are we helping to produce with this rule,” Shane submits.

Saint of the Day for August 4: St. John Vianney (May 8, 1786 – Aug. 4, 1859)

By Franciscan Media – A man with vision overcomes obstacles and performs deeds that seem impossible. John Vianney was a man with vision: He wanted to become a priest. But he had to overcome his meager formal schooling, which inadequately prepared him for seminary studies… His work as a confessor is John Vianney’s most remarkable accomplishment.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: The Cure for “Jaw Dropping” Population Decline

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – For the past few decades, the world elite have been so obsessed with finding ways to stop world population growth, that they seem never to have seriously considered what would happen if they succeeded. Well, if a new report is to be trusted, we’re all about to find out… According to the researchers, the global population is likely to peak at around 9.7 billion in 2064, and thereafter begin to rapidly decline to 8.79 billion by 2100.

As the Filibuster Goes, So Goes the GOP, by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – After abolishing the filibuster, says Obama, Democrats should ram through statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C., thereby expanding the Senate to 104 members, and adding four new Democratic senators… if Democrats capture the Senate and win the White House, as many polls now project, it is not easy to see who or what prevents an uncontrolled explosion of fresh spending and a concomitant expansion of federal power.

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Remedies for Discouragement

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – Discouragement is a form of anger, the result of chronic suffering or its prospect, real or imagined. We’re often discouraged because of deep-seated personal problems, family difficulties, political turmoil, fear of the future, and so on. We look for easy answers, but answers usually don’t come easily. Of course, the remedy for discouragement is the practice of the Catholic faith.

Archbishop Ganswein: Pope Emeritus Benedict’s Ailment Is ‘Not Serious’, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register – The health condition of Pope Emeritus Benedict “does not give cause for particular concern, except for a 93-year-old man who is overcoming the most acute phase of a painful, but not serious, illness,” his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein said Monday…

A Secular Society? by James Kalb

By James Kalb, Catholic World Report – Modern Western governments claim they leave questions of ultimate meaning to the individual. That is the point of the Supreme Court’s claim that our public order is based on “the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” It also informs a common interpretation of Dignitatis Humanae, that it tells us that that government shouldn’t favor one religion over another.

Consider St. Jean Vianney, by Michael Pakaluk

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing – In retrospect, Vianney looks to be one of several great priests and religious raised up in the wake of the French Revolution to help bring France back to the faith.   He was a boy during the French Revolution and Reign of Terror.  He saw priests executed and the churches closed under order of civil authorities.  Yet for him, the need for priests became, therefore, more palpable, not less so.

Police Arrest Pro-Life Students for Writing “Black Pre-Born Lives Matter” Outside Planned Parenthood, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, LifeNews – The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department arrested two students Saturday morning for defacing property after they wrote pro-life messages in chalk, MPD told the Daily Caller News Foundation… Students for Life of America and the Frederick Douglass Foundation had planned to write the words “BLACK PREBORN LIVES MATTER” on the sidewalk outside an abortion clinic in Washington, D.C.

Pope Slammed for Silence on China, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – Catholic convert Benedict Rogers, “It is Francis’s silence that shocks me most. Almost every Sunday, as he prays the Angelus, he rightly references some injustice somewhere in the world. He has spoken often in the past not only of the persecution of Christians around the world but of the plight of the Rohingyas in Myanmar; the conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, and Nigeria; and religious freedom for all. One country — and one country alone — is noticeable by its absence in his prayers and statements: China.”

US Bishop: We Must ‘Reject Any Vaccine That is Developed Using Aborted Children’, by Paul Smeaton

By Paul Smeaton, LifeSiteNews – Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, has reiterated his opposition to vaccines created using cell lines from aborted babies… “I renew my call that we reject any vaccine that is developed using aborted children,” Strickland tweeted Aug. 1… “Even if it originated decades ago it still means a child’s life was ended before it was born & then their body was used as spare parts. We will never end abortion if we do not END THIS EVIL!”

Fr. Bevil Bramwell: The Cultural Revolution and Us

By Fr. Bevil Bramwell, OMI, PhD, The Catholic Thing – What our deeply divided episcopate can do at this juncture is anyone’s guess. The bishops have chosen to be as poorly situated as possible to confront a serious crisis such as this – and not only by their clumsiness and worse on sexual abuse… Their self-inflicted weakness as teachers of both faith and reason is already a handicap. Their inability to come together as the custodians of God’s truth – One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism- is approaching conditions of scandal.

Censored Frontline Doctors Speak Out: ‘We Want to Help People’, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, Family Research Council – The who’s who of Big Tech took a turn before Congress Wednesday afternoon — and not a moment too soon, considering the mess they’re making of free speech. The men behind Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon have a lot of questions to answer about censorship, if House leaders will let Republicans ask. And the first one, considering what happened this week with the frontline doctors’ conference ought to be: Why are you letting your political agenda get in the way of the coronavirus facts?

COVID-19 Has Changed the Way Europeans Go to Mass — For the Worse, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – In recent days I visited a number of churches in Italy and the alpine regions of Germany and Austria and was especially struck by how detrimental the reaction to the coronavirus pandemic had been to worship… Whereas most public places had become fairly relaxed about precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — few people, for example, wore masks even in supermarkets and on public transport — when it came to churches, measures were strictly enforced.

Msgr. Charles Pope: On The Truest Source of our Dignity

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Yes, God knowing all about us, our foibles and sins, our gifts and blessings, created us as a free act of love. Human life and the human person are sacred since they are this free and loving act of God who bestows life upon us, not of necessity but simply out of love. And thus Chrysologus asks, “Why then, man, are you so worthless in your own eyes and yet so precious to God? Why render yourself such dishonor when you are honored by him?”

Franklin Graham Warns of ‘All-Out Socialism’ If Americans Don’t Vote and Pray in November, by Michael Foust

By Michael Foust, Christian Headlines – Evangelist Franklin Graham said Monday the United States is in danger of becoming socialist if Americans don’t vote in November for leaders who “love this country, defend the Constitution” and “support law & order.”… “The chaos erupting in cities controlled by liberal, socialist-leaning leadership should cause great concern,” Graham tweeted. “If this kind of leadership wins in local, state & national elections in November, we’ll see more of this, which would lead to the demise of our nation as we know it.”

The Pro-Life Choice This November Could Not be Any Clearer: President Donald Trump, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The Democrats draft platform says “every woman should be able to access high-quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion.” The phrase “safe and legal abortion” echoes wording used by former President Bill Clinton—except that Clinton talked about keeping abortion “safe, legal and rare.” The omission of those critical last two words comes as no accident, as the Democrats have moved ever-leftward to support unlimited, taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand.

The Meaning of Father Damien, by Michael Warren Davis

By Michael Warren Davis, Crisis Magazine – It was the end Father Damien had expected when he arrived at Molokai in 1873. When the local bishop presented the missionary to his new flock, he introduced himself as “one who will be a father to you, and who loves you so much that he does not hesitate to become one of you; to live and die with you.”… What could possess a healthy young priest to travel 12,000 miles from home to serve men and women suffering from such a hideous disease?

Bishops Cave on Aborted Babies Vaccine, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – Bishops (of England and Wales) are telling Catholics they have “a prima facie duty to be vaccinated,” especially in the case of the coronavirus — even if the COVID-19 vaccine was developed using tissue derived from aborted fetuses… “We believe there is a moral obligation to guarantee the vaccination coverage necessary for the safety of others” and “out of solidarity with others,” the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) announced in a statement published Thursday.

Divine Wrath for Amazon Synod Idolatry, by David Gordon

By David Gordon, Church Militant – Although the Pachamama incident of 2019 — despicable as it was — has become a nigh ubiquitously known and oft-lamented bit of lore in the annals of ecclesiastical scandal, let us briefly recall the events in question, that we might better substantiate what is (admittedly) a sensational-sounding thesis.   

CNA: Nicaragua Catholic Cathedral Attacked with Firebomb in Calculated ‘Terrorist Act’

By Catholic News Agency – An unidentified man threw a firebomb into a chapel of Managua’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, severely damaging the chapel and a devotional image of Christ more than three centuries old… “This was a planned act, very calmly planned,” Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of Managua said. “So I want to say it clearly: it is a terrorist act, an act of intimidating the Church in her mission of evangelization.”

The English Bishops’ Pre-Emptive Surrender on Covid Vaccine, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – In a statement that purports to give “The Catholic position on vaccination,” the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has asserted that Catholics have “a prima facie duty to be vaccinated” and a “moral obligation to guarantee the vaccination coverage necessary for the sake of others.”… Count on it: When a Covid vaccine becomes available, this statement by the English bishops will be quoted by zealous lawmakers campaigning to make the vaccine mandatory …

14 Inspiring Photos of Mass Celebrated in War Zones

Nothing is more important than the Mass, and the Church is bound to keep on celebrating it in and out of season. And that includes war… Here are some photos of priests celebrating Mass in war zones, or at least out on the field for members of a military.

An Entitled Generation of Protesters, by Douglas Andrews

Douglas Andrews, Patriot Post – As The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh asks, “What happens when you take a generation of people, carefully instill in them an overriding sense of entitlement, give them lives of immeasurable comfort and ease, grant them every right and liberty known to man, but then at the same time tell them, somehow, incredibly, that they are oppressed — and then finally, after decades of this sort of schizophrenic conditioning….

Saint of the Day for August 1: St. Alphonsus Liguori (Sept. 27, 1696 – Aug. 1, 1787)

By Franciscan Media – Moral theology, Vatican II said, should be more thoroughly nourished by Scripture, and show the nobility of the Christian vocation of the faithful and their obligation to bring forth fruit in charity for the life of the world. Alphonsus, declared patron of moral theologians by Pius XII in 1950, would rejoice in that statement… In his day, Alphonsus fought for the liberation of moral theology from the rigidity of Jansenism….

Towards a Catholic Foreign Policy, by William S. Smith

By William S. Smith, Crisis Magazine – For decades, American foreign policy has been off track. The United States has launched wars in far-flung corners of the globe that have not only killed and wounded thousands of brave members of the American military, but our foreign interventions have led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of others, many of them innocent civilians. The Catholic Church in America, as a singular voice of moral authority in the nation, needs to say, enough.

St. John Fisher Against Heresy, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Before Henry VIII tried to make himself head of the Church in England, one of the most striking things about the work of St. John Fisher as the Bishop of Rochester was his regular involvement in cases of heresy. His lifetime was a transitional period between the world of Christendom—which was more or less firmly grounded in Catholicism—and the world as we know it today, where the expectation is that most people will either not hold or actively oppose the Catholic Faith.

Doctor Banned from Social Media for Touting Hydroxychloroquine Hires Sandmann’s Lawyer to Discourage Defamation, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – Dr. Simone Gold, a board-certified emergency physician who appeared in a viral video banned from social media for documenting the potential of hydroxychloroquine in combating coronavirus, said Thursday that she has hired attorney Lin Wood to defend her from defamation… At the end of her appearance on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News Channel program, in which she described the backlash she’s faced because of the once-viral video, Dr. Gold said she hopes people will stop saying negative things about her:…

No Social Distancing Here! Elites, Dems Crowd Church for John Lewis Funeral as Normal Americans Face Worship Restrictions, by Paul Smeaton

By Paul Smeaton, LifeSiteNews – Conservative commentators are criticizing Democrat elites for failing to observe so-called social distancing and other measures which they have insisted are necessary while at a funeral service for Democratic congressman John Lewis… Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton were all in attendance and spoke at the service in Atlanta, Georgia, as well U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The Vatican and China: Lessons From John Paul II and Cuba, by Paul Kengor

By Paul Kengor, EWTN News – In October 1997, as Pope John Paul II prepared for a historic visit to Fidel Castro’s Cuba, a once devoutly Catholic country that communists had subjected to a nasty war on religion, Vatican aides found a hidden microphone in the parish house where the Pope was scheduled to stay. The Vatican team made the discovery once it had gone ahead to Havana to help plan for the pontiff’s Jan. 21-25, 1998, visit… According to the Madrid-based newspaper El Pais, Vatican aides were outraged by this betrayal and threatened to cancel the trip. The Polish Pope, for his part, was no doubt unsurprised. He had long dealt with far worse mischief from communists in his homeland.

Was Trump Trolling With Suggestion Election Be Delayed? Did TDS Media Do His Bidding? by Al Perrotta

By Al Perrotta, The Stream – The first thing to recognize is his tweet is drawing sudden attention to the Democrat’s mail-in ballot scheme. Notice that Trump is making a clear distinction between absentee ballots, where a voter requests a mail-in ballot, and the Democratic scheme to simply mail ballots to the addresses of registered voters… Notice also that media coverage is not making that distinction. Deliberately. Dishonestly.

Saint of the Day for July 31: St. Ignatius of Loyola (Oct. 23, 1491 – July 31, 1556)

By Franciscan Media – Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s Story – The founder of the Jesuits was on his way to military fame and fortune when a cannon ball shattered his leg. Because there were no books of romance on hand during his convalescence, Ignatius whiled away the time reading a life of Christ and lives of the saints. His conscience was deeply touched, and a long, painful turning to Christ began.

Opus Dei: An Opportunity for Families

The world has been afflicted with so much woe from this COVID-19 pandemic that it seems almost churlish to recognize the occasional ray of light among the gloom. But I would like to talk about one such ray here, a spark of light at this dark time… One of the consequences of school closure and many workplaces shifting to the home-based work mode is that families are spending much more time together than the norm. The time recouped from work and school commutes and a hundred other demands on us of movement from place to place is now available as an opportunity for family flourishing. I share a few ideas on how this time can be used.

Fr. Nnamdi Moneme: Jesus and Our Miseries

By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange – In her memoirs, Ways of Divine Love, Sister Josefa Menendez (1890-1923) describes one of her visions in words that challenge the way that we look at our miseries in life. Jesus had said to her, “Thy misery draws me to thee… The void and misery in thee are as magnets that attract my love to thee. Yield not to discouragement, for my mercy is honored in thy infirmity.” This saint responded to Jesus with a complete and confident surrender of her misery to the Savior.

CDC Director Compares Rate of Suicides to COVID-19 Deaths, by Micaela Burrow

By Micaela Burrow, Townhall – Center for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield said in a Buck Institute webinar that suicides and drug overdoses have surpassed the death rate for COVID-19 among high school students. Redfield argued that lockdowns and lack of public schooling constituted a disproportionally negative impact on young peoples’ mental health… “But there has been another cost that we’ve seen, particularly in high schools,” Redfield said. “We’re seeing, sadly, far greater suicides now than we are deaths from COVID.

China Hacks Vatican, by Joseph Enders

By Joseph Enders, Church Militant – Vatican computers are being penetrated by communist hackers… On Tuesday, a cybersecurity report indicated that both the Hong Kong archdiocese and several Catholic Church-related organizations were targeted by RedDelta, a Chinese-sponsored hacking group… The major intrusions were on the Vatican’s Hong Kong Study Mission to China, and the Holy See’s Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions… The attacks come as the Vatican seeks to renew its two-year-old accord with China in September.

6 States Have Just 1 Abortion Clinic Left as the Abortion Industry is Falling Apart, by Carolyn Moynihan

By Carolyn Moynihan, LifeNews – Abortion clinics are closing as states legislate protections for unborn children and their mothers that are bad for business… Some 25 abortion restrictions have been enacted in more than a dozen states in the last year, and six states have only one remaining clinic.. The Trump administration last year changed federal funding rules for “family planning” services though the move is subject to a court challenge and it is not clear what difference this has made in practice.

Dems Reaping Consequences of Their ‘Anti-Cop Mood’, by Steve Jordahl

By Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – More than a hundred Wisconsin police agencies have backed out of an agreement to provide security at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee next month… The police agencies changed their minds after Milwaukee’s police chief decided to handcuff the cops by banning the use of tear gas and pepper spray during the event, which runs August 17-20. Randy Sutton of The Wounded Blue says it’s part of the anti-cop mood Democrats seem to be in.

Chicago Mayor Blames Guns for Spiking Violent Crime, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – As the summer of violence drags on, aided and abetted by Democrat mayors who have in some cases literally marched with and promised capitulation to the Marxist Black Lives Matter groups demanding that police be defunded, many of these mayors are now scrambling to assign blame for spiking violence. Naturally, they’re not looking at their own misguided policies, but at outside, unrelated factors.

Is Aunt Jemima a Pro-Life Issue? by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – The great economist and social critic Thomas Sowell pointed out years ago that the ethnic groups that grew to success the slowest in American history were those that tied themselves most closely to advancement through government… Sowell argues that with the welfare state that grew from the Great Society and the War on Poverty that black Americans, too, tied themselves to advancement through government and that this has profoundly harmed the black family.

LifeSiteNews: Explosion in Mandatory Masking Isn’t Driven by Science, But Fear – Part II

By LifeSiteNews – This is Part 2 of “Explosion in mandatory masking isn’t driven by science, but fear.” See Part I here. After reading this, you will have a far better understanding about masks, mandatory mask regulations and the Wuhan virus than very few, if any, of your friends or neighbors will possess. Below I will be quoting quite a few doctors, physicians’ groups and medical journals on masks and related issues… Hopefully, you will also end up calmer and far less worried about the virus – no matter what all the media and institutions are telling you.

Louisiana Tradition: 40-Mile Boat Procession to Honor Blessed Sacrament, by Martina Moyski

By Martina Moyski, Church Militant – Fête-Dieu du Teche organizer Fr. Michael Champagne, CJC, explained the purpose of the procession to Church Militant: “Here in Catholic Louisiana we can show America and the world that men and women, black and white, young and old, can exercise safely and peacefully our right to religious freedom and adore our God together.” … “The Church has always held eucharistic processions for the end of plagues and pandemics, and we do the same this year offering Fête-Dieu 2020 to overcome COVID-19,” Fr. Champagne stated.

Explosion in Mandatory Masking Isn’t Driven by Science, but Fear, by Steve Jalsevac

LifeSiteNews – This is a detailed report meant to provide you with comprehensive, helpful, alternative information about what is currently the most talked about subject in the news and in family discussions – mandatory or voluntary mask-wearing regulations, whether or not masks are really useful in preventing COVID infections and how masking has suddenly become a major factor in our daily living. You will be shocked by many of the revelations in this report that your usual information sources are not telling you.

On Textbooks, the Academic Process, and Things That Last, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – The problem with contemporary materials from major publishers is that they tend to be ideologically driven. This is true not only in the sex-and-gender area but with respect to many other intellectual, social and religious problems which are rapidly destroying modern culture. Indeed, Western culture is pretty much in an unbridled rebellion against both God and nature. That was already beginning to be obvious in classroom materials at the college level as early as the 1960s; it is now a near-universal scourge.

What’s at Stake if Catholic Schools Don’t Open in the Fall, by Tim Huelskamp

By Tim Huelskamp, Washington Examiner – Catholic schools in America comprise the largest parochial school system in the world. They have been in existence even before our nation’s founding. They have built an unparalleled legacy of academic excellence, promoted racial and ethnic integration, and made the American dream possible for so many whose opportunities were otherwise limited. These cherished institutions are facing extinction very soon… Saving them ought to be a bipartisan effort. But as these institutions are fighting to survive, Joe Biden and his special interest allies shrug their shoulders and watch.

State Ballot Questions on Life and Family Await Voters in November, by Mary Rose Short

By Mary Rose Short, EWTN News – California, Colorado and Louisiana voters will all face measures that deal with the deliberate destruction of human beings in their first weeks and months of life… Colorado and Louisiana have the opportunity to restrict abortion, while California will decide whether or not to further fund embryo-killing stem-cell research.

Anti-Americanism: The New Anti-Semitism, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, The Stream – What are the two most hated countries in the world?… America and Israel…. Who hates both America and Israel?… The left (and Islamists)… And why is that? Why does the left (not liberals), the left hate America and Israel?… In Why the Jews; The Reason for Antisemitism, a book I co-authored with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin in 1983 (the latest edition was published in 2016), we compared hatred of America with hatred of Jews.

Flannery O’Connor Was Not a Racist, by Lorraine V. Murray

By Lorraine V. Murray, The Catholic Thing – Flannery O’Connor is the latest cultural figure to be canceled. The very title of Paul Elie’s recent article in The New Yorker, “How Racist Was Flannery O’Connor?” assumes her guilt. Jumping upon the cancellation bandwagon, the Jesuit president of Loyola University Maryland has announced that her name will be removed from a dormitory… But this is the woman who wrote a story poignantly revealing the suffering of black people in the South…

Our Summer of Cultural Suicide, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, Townhall – Cultural suicide used to be a popular diagnosis of why things suddenly just quit… Historians such as Oswald Spengler and Arnold Toynbee cited social cannibalism to explain why once-successful states, institutions, and cultures simply died off… Their common explanation was that the arrogance of success ensures lethal consequences. Once elites became pampered and arrogant, they feel exempt from their ancestors’ respect for moral and spiritual laws like thrift, moderation, and transcendence.

Vatican II: A Lawyer’s Perspective, by James Kalb

By James Kalb, Crisis Magazine – Half a century and more after the Council we have no accepted understanding of what it did. Instead, we have those who support a “hermeneutic of continuity” and those who support a “hermeneutic of rupture,” with the latter divided between those who reject the traditional Church and those who reject the Council. Worse, there’s a crisis in the Church—at least partially stemming from the Council—regarding doctrine, discipline, and unity, and a radical decline in Catholic adherence in the very region that most influenced the documents.

BLM Demands Democrat Allegiance, by Nate Jackson

By Nate Jackson, The Patriot Post – Remember, Cullors recently declared, “We are trained Marxists. We are super versed on ideological theories.” Her BLM partner, Alicia Garza, self-identifies as “a queer social justice activist and a Marxist.”… So what does BLM want from Democrats? According to The Daily Wire, “Cullors and others … are pushing a radical party reformation agenda called the ‘BREATHE Act,’ which demands not only a full defunding of law enforcement but ….

Fr. Michael P. Orsi: Anarchists Are Attacking Churches Because They Represent Order, Morality, Stability

By Fr. Michael P. Orsi, LifeSiteNews – There is a reason why churches have become targets, of course, and it’s quite obvious… Churches are the keepers of society’s standards. Religion expresses the eternal principles of natural law. It calls us to right reason, to purity of heart, to love of our fellow human beings.
And to proper behavior… God gave Moses the Law on Mount Sinai. He codified and preserved it as the Ten Commandments.

Robert Cardinal Sarah: The Harvest Is the End of the Age

By Robert Cardinal Sarah, Catholic Education Resource Center – Man may experience the darkest nights, endure the worst outrages, confront the most tragic situations, yet God is with him.  Often man forgets that God is present…. Confronted with evil, man gets organized by gathering the means necessary for his defense.  His action is just, but sometimes it provokes greater evils.  Our true grandeur lies in the humility of faith; the purer our belief, the more profound it is and the closer it brings us to God, who is infinitely great.

Chief Justice John Roberts is So Incompetent He Can’t Even Protect Religious Freedom

By Tony Perkins, LifeNews – If there’s one thing Americans have learned from the Supreme Court in 2020, it’s this: there are no guarantees. Even now, after a slew of bad decisions, conservatives wanted to believe that when it comes to religious liberty, even Chief Justice John Roberts couldn’t get that wrong. Well, think again. When it comes to siding with the Constitution, even Vegas will tell you — don’t bet on Roberts.

Practicing Catholics Without the Faith, by Phil Lawler 

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – The Catholic Church asks non-Catholics to refrain from receiving Communion because they are actually not in the full communion of the faithful: because they do not believe what we believe, especially about the Eucharist. Should the same logic apply to people who identify themselves as Catholics, but do not accept the Church’s teaching that the Lord Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist?

Texas Hospital Must Continue Life Support for 17-Month-Old Tinslee Lewis, Court Rules, by Nancy Flanders

By Nancy Flanders, Live Action News – Trinity Lewis, the mother of 17-month-old Tinslee Lewis, has secured a win in the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, Texas. The court ruled 2-1 that the little girl, born prematurely and with a rare heart defect, will not be removed from life support against her family’s wishes. According to Court House News, this ruling will allow Lewis to challenge the state’s 10-Day Rule.

Is Racism Responsible for Today’s Black Problems? by Walter E. Williams

By Walter E. Williams, Townhall – In recent times, there is an average of 9,252 black-on-black murders every year. Over the past 35 years, that translates into nearly 324,000 blacks murdered at the hands of other blacks. Only a tiny percentage of blacks are killed by police. For example, in Chicago this year, there were 414 homicides, with a total of 2,078 people shot. So far in 2020, three people have been killed by police and four were shot.

Heaven’s Election: Our Fight. (Watch/Read), by Michael Voris

By Michael Voris, Church Militant – The reason the election is so important is that if the Marxists win, they will establish a more formal system for the persecution of the Church, or specifically the faithful in the Church… The USCCB, the U.S. bishops’ conference, is little else than a rubber stamp for socialism disguised as Catholicism. It has been since its establishment back in 1966 by Detroit cardinal John Dearden, who quickly brought in homosexual satanist Joseph Bernardin to help him in his overthrow of orthodoxy.

Bozell, Tucker Carlson Condemn Big Tech Censorship of Doctors’ Viral Coronavirus Video (Watch), by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – “After a video hosted by the Tea Party Patriots on Facebook went viral, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube took down the video, which was a press conference hosted by America’s Frontline Doctors, even though it had been shared by President Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr.  Both their Twitter accounts were censored. According to Breitbart, the video had 17 million views over the eight hours it was allowed on Facebook. Breitbart was also suspended from Twitter for sharing the video.”

The Artificial Jesuit, by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – The Jesuit president of Loyola University Maryland, Fr. Brian Linnane, S.J., announced recently that Flannery O’Connor’s name is to be taken off one of the university’s dorms because, “Information coming forward recently about O’Connor . . . has revealed that some of her personal writings reflected a racist perspective,” and a “residence hall must be a home and a haven for those who live there, and its name should reflect Loyola’s Jesuit values.”

Baseball Player Won’t Kneel During National Anthem: “I Can’t Kneel Before Anything But God”, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, LifeNews – In some ballparks, like the Washington Nationals, the politically-charged messaging was everywhere — from the Black Lives Matter “unity” ribbons to the “BLM” stenciled on the back of the pitchers’ mound. But when the entire league is kneeling, it only takes one player to stand out. And for the Giants’ Sam Coonrod, there was never any question.

Google, Facebook, Twitter Shut Down ‘Frontline’ US Doctors Who Promote ‘Cure for COVID’, by Anthony Murdoch

By Anthony Murdoch, LifeSiteNews – The doctors’ group website (which as of press time appears to be taken offline..) claims that “American life has fallen casualty to a massive disinformation campaign. We can speculate on how this has happened, and why it has continued, but the purpose of the inaugural White Coat Summit is to empower Americans to stop living in fear.”

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditations: Joy in Finding Hidden Treasure and Pearl of Great Price

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 13:44-46 – 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

No Time for Cowardice, by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – The Greek word used for “cowardly” also means “fearful,” and it is found two other times in the New Testament… As explained by the Greek scholar Celsas Spicq, “Jesus reproaches the apostles for this psychological fear when they are terrified by the storm… because it involves a moral deficiency: they no longer have faith, or they have but little faith in the presence of the Savior, who has to reassure them.” In contrast, “when one relies on God, there is nothing to fear.”

CENSORED! Viral Video of “Front Line” Doctors’ at Capitol Hill Coronavirus Press Conf. (WATCH) by Allum Bokhari

By Allum Bokhari, Breitbart – Facebook has removed a video posted by Breitbart News earlier today, which was the top-performing Facebook post in the world Monday afternoon, of a press conference in D.C. held by the group America’s Frontline Doctors and organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots. The press conference featured Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and frontline doctors sharing their views and opinions on coronavirus and the medical response to the pandemic….

Honoring the Elderly, by Charles C. Camosy

By Charles C. Camosy, First Things – If the pandemic has a silver lining, it is that it has forced us to reexamine how our culture treats the elderly. It has forced us to reconsider shuttling our relatives off to facilities to die alone, apart from their families. Even before the pandemic, nursing homes were woefully underfunded and understaffed, and many residents died because of despair or neglect. This is not how we honor our elders.

CNA: Portland Archbishop Decries Violence, Calls for Peaceful Efforts Against Racism

By CNA – The archbishop of Portland, Oregon is urging Catholics to learn about and study how to respond to the sin of racism, while at the same time condemning the violence accompanying many of the protests in the city for the past two months… “This all began over the terrible, tragic killing of a man…” … “But sadly, that’s not what this is about any more,” he said.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Chinese Contraceptive Genocide: A Terror Campaign

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – The population control and other oppressive measures reportedly mark a dramatic about-face in the region. Previously, ethnic minorities had been granted a variety of entitlements and exceptions to China’s one-child policy. Now, however, the script has flipped. Whereas formerly the government had cracked down especially hard on the Chinese Han population, they are now encouraging the Han to have more children, while targeting the Uighurs.

Reopening Catholic Schools Can Benefit Countless Students, by Andrea Picciotti-Bayer

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, EWTN News – Reopening Catholic and other private religious schools will benefit countless children like mine. Nearly 1.8 million students attend Catholic schools. They rank much higher in results — a 99% graduation rate, with 86% of their graduates going on to college — than their public school counterparts. Catholic schools eliminate the achievement gap for low-income and minority children… But opening them up again isn’t as simple as it sounds.

The Knights of Columbus Took to Baseball Right Off the Bat, by Andrew Fowler

By Andrew Fowler, Aleteia – America’s first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, formed in 1869. It would take another 13 years before Father Michael J. McGivney and parishioners at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, founded the Knights of Columbus. At that point, Major League Baseball wasn’t established, but baseball was already the nation’s game… It was a game Father McGivney loved.

Fr. Paul D. Scalia: Catholic and “catholic”

By Fr. Paul D. Scalia, The Catholic Thing – In today’s Gospel, our Lord likens the Kingdom of heaven to “a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind.” (Mt 13:44-52) This net, which gathers not just one kind of fish but fish of every kind, serves as a good description of what we confess every Sunday: the Church is catholic… Now, most people probably think of “Catholic” as the brand name of a particular Christian denomination. Yes, we speak colloquially of the Catholic Church as distinct from the Lutheran, Episcopal, Methodist churches, etc.

Covid-19 and the Limits of Obedience, by Eric Sammons

By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine – The response to Covid-19 has resulted in a flood of restrictions on our behavior and activities, including within the Church. Initially, the bishops in the United States suspended the public celebration of Mass. If you weren’t a cleric, then it’s unlikely you could go to Mass anywhere in America from mid-March to mid-May. Then dioceses slowly began to re-open parishes, but often with many restrictions. Some of these were relatively uncontroversial….

Trump’s Silent Majority is Real, And It Could be Bigger Than 2016, by Dave Andrusko

By Dave Andrusko, LifeNews – As of today, 99 days until the November 3 elections. As always, we’ll try to place the presidential contest in context, rather than blindly follow the polls which can be—and are—misleading… To begin with—and this is No Shocker—pro-abortion former Vice President Joe Biden is not interested in coming out of his bubble to be interviewed by Fox News’ Chris Wallace. As you may have read, pro-life President Donald Trump did submit to Wallace’s grilling.

Bishops’ CCHD Bankrolls Climate Change, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – The USCCB announced Wednesday that its domestic anti-poverty arm, the CCHD, had approved on June 9 a $500,000 grant to the Direct Action & Research Training Center (DART) for the purpose of supposedly overcoming climate change… Bishop David O’Connell, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the CCHD subcommittee, declared this was a direct response to one of Pope Francis’ controversial encyclicals… “As CCHD marks its 50th anniversary this year, we are pleased to support this strategic national effort to put Laudato Si’ in action,” O’Connell stated.

Renowned Priest Calls on Pro-Life Americans to ‘Make it Their First Priority…to Re-Elect President Trump’

By LifeSiteNews – “Along with all my brothers and sisters in Christ, I affirm that my platform is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I also affirm that the Democrat Party, in the principles and policies it embraces, has radically abandoned that Gospel, as well as the principles on which America was founded and Western Civilization rests,” he continued.

Msgr. Charles Pope: What Is the Hidden Treasure Buried in the Field?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – And this hidden quality of the Kingdom of Heaven, like a buried treasure, is also what most derails us in our pursuit of it. There is an old saying, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” And this is a way of saying that a pleasure that is currently available to me now is deemed more satisfying than some future pleasure, even if it is far greater than what I have now. The trinkets of the world that are present to us now too easily mesmerize us and make us dismissive of some future glory that we cannot see and must trust God that it is ours if we are faithful.

A Fragile Peace for Catholic Education, by Patrick Riley

By Patrick Riley, Crisis Magazine – Across the country this month, many Americans celebrated “wins” for Catholic schools and religious freedom at the Supreme Court—and rightly so. But it would be a mistake to believe that Catholic education is secure… In fact, the Catholic identity of our schools and colleges is in far greater danger than it was before the summer began. There is much that Catholic educators can do to improve their prospects for the future, but it will require strong faith and fortitude.

How Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected US Dioceses? by Jim Graves

By Jim Graves, EWTN News – The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) surveyed U.S. bishops and reported that the COVID-19 pandemic has had major adverse effects on U.S. dioceses. Indeed, most indicated that the celebration of the sacraments was “very affected” and that it had significantly affected the morale of clergy as well as lay church staff… Steps taken by bishops to meet financial shortfalls due to the elimination of Sunday collections include applying for government aid, encouraging parishioners to donate electronically, ending diocesan programs, and even closing schools and parishes and laying off staff.

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Models of Political Meddling by Clerics

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – When a priest meddles in politics, there are significant dangers to his ministry and to the people he serves. He risks not only damaging his authority as a priest of Jesus Christ but unleashing great evils. So as a priest, when I offer my views on the current troubles (below), many Catholics will undoubtedly heartily agree… In my view, the violence we see in the cities has very little or nothing to do with racism. I believe it is a Marxist-Leninist diabolical assault on the family and our culture… But it’s helpful to keep in mind this useful nugget of political wisdom by Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

LifeSiteNews: Archbishop Viganò: ‘Heresy, Sodomy, and Corruption’ Are Trademark of ‘Deep Church’

By LifeSiteNews staff – “There is a very strict relationship between the doctrinal crisis of the Church and the immorality of the clergy, that scandalously reaches up to the highest levels of the hierarchy. But it is also apparent that this crisis is being used by the ultra-progressive wing not only to impose a false morality together with a false doctrine, but also to irremediably discredit the Holy Church and the Papacy before the faithful and the world, through the action of its own leaders,” stated Archbishop Vigano

Fr. Altman: Silence is Complicity (Watch)

Source: Complicit Clergy, Jul 26, 2020 – Fr. James Altman reflects on the importance of not remaining silent when we have a duty to speak the truth.

The Problem in Portland Isn’t the Law, It’s the Lawlessness, by David Harsanyi

By David Harsanyi, The Stream – Despite the occasional looting, chaos, property damage, trespassing, rioting, graffiti, assaults, arson, and general mayhem, the media consistently assure us that Antifa “protesters” are “largely peaceful.” And since the majority of buildings in Portland, Seattle, and Denver haven’t been looted yet, who am I to argue?… Of course, it takes only a sliver of the population to transform downtowns into a mess and create quality-of-life issues for thousands of law-abiding citizens. And the mayors who surrender parts of their cities to left-wing “protesters” are tacitly endorsing lawlessness themselves.

CNN Roots for Coronavirus Because It’s “Beating Trump and Beating Him Badly”, by Curtis Houck

By Curtis Houck, LifeNews – Through its rhetoric on the coronavirus pandemic, CNN has made it abundantly clear its goal has been to send Americans into mentally-crippling fear over the coronavirus pandemic and blaming President Trump directly for the rampant loss of life. Thursday’s Situation Room did that in reacting to the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, bragging that “the chickens [have come] home to roost” for the “dishonestly rosy” Trump as it’s “beating him and beating him badly.”

Kennedy Jr. Warns Parents About Danger of Using Largely Untested COVID Vaccines on Kids, by Martin Bürger

By Martin Bürger, LifeNews – Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. warned Americans on Thursday to be cautious about any new coronavirus vaccine, pointing out that key parts of testing are being skipped… “The Moderna vaccine, which is the lead candidate, skipped the animal testing altogether,” Kennedy said during an online debate on mandatory vaccinations with renowned Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. The debate was aired by Valuetainment and moderated by Patrick Bet-David.

CNSNews: Supreme Court Allows Governor’s Edict That Treats Churches Harsher Than Casinos; Roberts Joins Liberal Justices

By CNSNews.com Staff – The Supreme Court on Friday declined to issue an injunction against a directive issued by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D.) that imposes harsher COVID-19 pandemic-control restrictions on churches than on casinos or bowling alleys… The court split 5-4 on whether to grant the injunction, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining Justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor in voting against it. (This majority did not issue a written opinion explaining their rationale.)

No Second Amendment, No First, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – I wrote last week that the McCloskeys in St. Louis are the canary in the coal mine. What happens to them shows us what the left has in mind for you and for me. That is true both for our personal liberties and our religious freedom… A case like the McCloskeys’ could never happen in Germany or England. Governments have comprehensively disarmed the populations of most Western European countries. If a leftist or Islamist mob were to march on the home of normal citizens, that family would be defenseless.

The Goal of Marxism, by Trey Brock

By Trey Brock, Church Militant – Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels laid the groundwork for Marxism in their 1848 Communist Manifesto. Their manifesto teaches, “The Communists everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things.”… It further declares “their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions.”… As Marxism has spread its errors all over the world, the Catholic Church remains its biggest threat.

Eradicating the McCarrick Virus

By The Editors, National Catholic Register – It has now been two years since Pope Francis accepted Theodore McCarrick’s resignation from the College of Cardinals… Yet after all this time, Catholics in the United States are still waiting for answers about which Church leaders, here and in Rome, knew about McCarrick’s scandalous situation but failed to take meaningful disciplinary and preventive actions — and possibly even facilitated and abetted his meteoric rise to prominence.

Pro-Life Teen Nicholas Sandmann Wins Settlement From Washington Post For Smearing Him, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Covington Catholic High School teen Nicholas Sandman won a second defamation settlement against a major news outlet, he and his lawyers announced Thursday… The pro-life teen was the target of misleading, biased news coverage during his Kentucky high school’s trip to the March for Life in 2019. On Thursday, Sandmann said his lawyers and the Washington Post reached a settlement agreement, WLWT News 5 reports.

David Horowitz to Newsmax TV: Trump Will Win Because ‘Our Cities Are Burning’, by Solange Reyner 

By Solange Reyner, NewsMax – Author David Horowitz says national polls showing Joe Biden leading in the 2020 presidential race don’t show the full picture and that voters will re-elect President Donald Trump because “our cities are burning.”… “We’re living in a country in fear. People are afraid to say what they think,”… “They’re afraid to tell pollsters how they’re going to vote because people have had their careers wrecked and ruined. This poor woman was murdered – a mother of a small child killed because she said everyone’s life matters. I don’t think people are responding to these telephone calls.”

John Paul II’s Song of the Earth, by James Matthew Wilson

By James Matthew Wilson, The Catholic Thing – Young people are of course curious about what marriage will entail for their lives, but nobody wants to tell them. The Jeweler’s Shop has some “hard sayings” on the matter (though no more so than Our Lord’s), and students typically respond with gratitude to hear, at last, the plain truth that betrothed love, like Christ’s, is sacrificial in nature. Betrothed love also gives life through death.

Saul Alinsky and the BLM Movement, by Dr. Michael Brown

By Dr. Michael Brown, The Stream – In his insightful, 2009 mini-book, Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution: The Alinsky Model, David Horowitz quoted an SDS radical who wrote, “The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.”… As Horowitz explained, “In other words the cause — whether inner city blacks or women — is never the real cause, but only an occasion to advance the real cause which is the accumulation of power to make the revolution. That was the all-consuming focus of Alinsky and his radicals.”

US Role in Human Rights on World Stage Is Constructive Engagement, by Elyssa Koren

By Elyssa Koren, The Daily Signal – Sec. of State Mike Pompeo has asked us as Americans to take a look at our role in international human rights engagement; specifically, the connection between our nation’s founding principles and the role of the U. S. on the international stage… Why should we heed his call? After all, the battle lines are clearly drawn. On the left, multilateral engagement is the answer to a successful world order, whereas many conservatives view the international bodies with considerable suspicion at best.

Fr. Nnamdi Moneme: Why We Must Struggle in the Spiritual Life

By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange – We have a profound experience of God’s love in the sacrament of confession. We leave the confessional and walk right into an occasion of temptation and we may even fall into the very same sins that we had just confessed in the sacrament and resolved never to commit again… We resolve that we are not going to allow the toxic character of someone close to us to spoil our moods or kill our good attitude. We are faithful for some time and then ….

The Great Progressive Propaganda Machine, by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – (I)n the twentieth century the Communist Party (CP) in the Soviet Union demonstrated that it was possible to manufacture a social consensus suddenly and intentionally.  (Something very similar happened in Nazi Germany).  In the USSR, all organs of propaganda – newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, movies, radio, TV, schools, colleges, universities, and more – were controlled by either by the CP or by the state, which was in turn totally controlled by the CP. 

The Fisher Who Fished for Men, and Died for It, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – This deplorable situation was characteristic not only of the European continent but of England, at the time when Saints John Fisher and Thomas More were martyred for their refusal to take an oath which recognized King Henry VIII as the head of the Church there. More, of course, was a layman, but John Fisher was a bishop—in fact the only bishop to hold firm against the King’s pressure.

Stress Test of a Straining Superpower, by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – “In the 1960s, manufacturing made up 25% of U.S. gross domestic product. It’s barely 11% today. More than five million American manufacturing jobs have been lost since 2000.”… China controls the production of 97% of the antibiotics upon which the lives of millions of Americans depend. She provides critical components in the production chains of U.S. weapons systems…. Beijing commands more warships than the U.S. Navy and holds a trillion dollars in U.S. debt. Moscow never had this kind of hold on us.

More on McCarrick’s Notorious Beach House, by William Mahoney

By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant – In addition to his sexual corruption, McCarrick’s name recently resurfaced for playing a key role in political corruption, apparently ceding control of the Vatican to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). According to experts, the CCP has been sending $2 billion annually to the Holy See since Pope Francis took office in 2013 as part of a plan for world domination. The strategy is to bribe and control Italy through the Vatican and the European Union through Italy. 

Finding Hope Amidst the Madness, by Judie Brown

By Judie Brown, Renew America – What prompts human beings in our civilized world to try to murder their parents, to kill preborn babies, or to treat a religious order of nuns as though they were sinister actors on the public stage? Has America been bowed so low that our nation accepts such acts and moves on?.. Leaders like Mother Loraine Marie Maguire hope not. Maguire is the mother provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The Catholic Victims of Gender Ideology, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – It is also challenging to write about such victims because it appears that you are, as they say, punching down. And that we should spend our time not criticizing them but praying for them. All of this is true enough, and we should pray for them, but we must also shoot off a flare of warning. Many terrible things are happening in our society these days, and these two stories are among them.

Rep. Gohmert Calls on House to Rid Itself of Any Reminders of Slavery – Such as the Name ‘Democrat Party’, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – Speaking on the House floor on Thursday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) introduced a privileged resolution calling for the removal from the House of any reminders of slavery, such as the name of Democrat Party… Gohmert’s resolution calls on Congress to ban any political organization or party that has ever held a public position supportive of slavery or the Confederate States of America – and for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to remove from the House wing of the U.S. Capitol ….

Texas Attorney General Defends Pro-Life Law Banning Abortions: “Babies are Ripped Apart”

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Texas AG Ken Paxton led an effort by 18 states Thursday to support a Mississippi law that protects nearly fully developed unborn babies from abortions… Paxton filed a friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing in favor of the law, which prohibits non-emergency abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Seventeen states joined him…

Renowned Scholar Debunks Myths Around Communion in the Hand, by John-Henry Westen

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – Today’s special episode of The John-Henry Westen Show is an interview I did last last week with Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Thomistic theologian, liturgical scholar and choral composer who, aside from authoring books and essays for many of the most well-known Catholic websites in the world, also writes a column here at LifeSite.

Vatican on Pandemic: ‘God Is Dead’, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – A new 4,000-word Vatican document on the Wuhan virus pandemic is being slammed for not mentioning God, Jesus Christ, Church, gospel, Bible or sacraments even once… This Vatican document reads like a stream of babbling nonsense and blasphemous denial of God that could make you fear that the person [writing it] was possessed.

Fr. Roger Landry: A Great Innovation for Growing in Faith

By Fr. Roger Landry, National Catholic Register – The COVID-19 pandemic, while bringing much death and suffering, has also out of necessity mothered various inventions. Some, like parking lot confessions and parking lot Masses, won’t outlast the pandemic. Others, however, will… The streaming of online Masses, while obviously not the same as participation in person, is a great gift to those in places where faith is struggling, whether due to persecution or poor pastoral service or anything in between.

Why Do Young People Leave the Faith? by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine – Perhaps we are asking the wrong question. In a world formed by the Christian faith, it might be well to ask why anyone would leave. It would be like turning away from Chartres to go make houses of mud. It would be like rejecting Bach to listen to crows. In this world, formed by the engines of mass entertainment—I used to add “mass schooling,” “mass marketing,” and “mass politics” to that phrase, but I see that they are all forms of the same thing—the question to ask is why anyone would stay.

POWERFUL HOMILY! Fr. Altman: Keeping the Faith in Desperate Times

Posted by Complicit Clergy, July 18, 2020 – Fr. James Altman reflects on the sufferings of Job can provide us with an example of how to keep the faith in desperate times.

Founder’s Quote

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” —George Washington (1783)

GUEST BLOG POST SERIES FOR NFP WEEK! “NFP Does Not Limit the Power of God; It Frees It”

By Emily Frase, Total Whine Blog – One of the funniest contradictions that you hear about NFP is that it’s Catholic contraception, but also Catholic couples who use NFP are always pregnant. I really don’t understand how it can be both, and the fact that it’s attacked from both sides indicates to me that it’s probably exactly what Jesus intended.

National Assoc. of Christian Lawmakers Holds Charter Mtg. as a Call to ‘Take a Bold Stand for God and Country’, by Nancy Flory

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – The National Association of Christian Lawmakers (NACL) was incorporated in 2019. According to a statement on their website, the NACL is the “first fully functioning national legislative policy organization to be led by Christian elected officials at the local, state and federal levels. The organization is dedicated to the Judeo-Christian foundation of our nation and addressing major policy issues facing our states and nation from a Biblical worldview.”

UN Human Rights Council Approves Abortionist as Special Expert on Health, by Rebecca Oas

By Rebecca Oas, LifeNews, Ph.D., LifeNews – The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva recently approved the appointment of South African doctor Tlaleng Mofokeng as Special Rapporteur on the right to health.  Mofokeng is an outspoken advocate for “sexual and reproductive health” in the human rights arena and in her capacity as a doctor, “provided abortion services for more than a decade.”

Former Cardinal McCarrick Accused of Participating in Beach House ‘Sex Ring,’ Lawyers Allege, by Ted Sherman

By Ted Sherman, NJ Advance Media – He is known only as “Doe 14.”… Raised in a devout Catholic family, he attended St. Francis Xavier in Newark and Essex Catholic in East Orange in the Archdiocese of Newark, participating in church and youth activities… And by the time he was a teenager, his lawyers say he was being groomed for a role in what they called a “sex ring” involving then-Bishop Theodore McCarrick, the 90-year-old now defrocked and disgraced former cardinal who was cast out of the ministry last year over decades-old sexual abuse allegations.

Br. Joseph Martin Hagan, O.P.: Eyes, Stomachs, and Hearts

By Br. Joseph Martin Hagan, O.P., Catholic Exchange – This summer, I visited a monastery of Dominican Nuns in North Guilford, Connecticut. Like many communities of our nuns, they devote themselves to perpetual adoration. During my visit, I knelt and stared at the Eucharist. I remembered the admonition about desiring too much food, but this time, it went: “your eyes are bigger than your heart.” In the Eucharist is the infinite love of Jesus Christ, a love that attracts my heart. ..

Erdoğan Drops His Mask, and the Hammer, on Hagia Sophia: The Caliphate Is Back, by Victor Gaetan

By Victor Gaetan, EWTN News – When President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on July 10 the museum would be re-converted into a mosque, he effectively declared an end to modern Turkey’s identity… He also signaled restoration of the Ottoman commitment to conquest because Hagia Sophia is the preeminent historical symbol of Islamic triumph over Western culture, since Sultan Mehmet II crushed Constantinople in 1453.

A Different Kind of Transparency, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – Last week, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued a vademecum – a guidebook – that is meant to help bishops, and those whose job is to assist the bishop, to better understand the canonical norms governing cases involving clerical sexual of minors… The document doesn’t change the way the Church handles these cases, but it does lay out in detail how such cases are to be handled and clarifies several issues that might be confusing …

A Shocking Vatican Perspective on the Pandemic, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – (N)owhere does the Pontifical Academy guide us toward the source of such courageous resistance. Despite stretching to well over 4,000 words, the Vatican document does not mention God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, the sacraments, prayer, or even charity; even the word “Christian” does not appear in the text. There is admittedly a call for “moral conversion,” but in context it is clearly a call for an ideological rather than religious conversion.

The Jonathon Van Maren Show: Was America Really Founded on Christian Principles? 

By LifeSiteNews – Hall and Van Maren begin by focusing on the Christian tradition upon which the United States was founded. Not only were almost all Americans Christian, Hall says, but the ideas and traditions incorporated into the founding of the United States were Christian ideas and traditions. Hall does note that the founders did not establish America to be an exclusively Christian nation, but to be a nation with freedom of religion.

Hagia Sophia: Pope’s Interfaith Time Bomb, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – “Pope Francis is now caught in a massive dilemma of his own making,” distinguished Islamic historian Robert Spencer told Church Militant. “He has for the entire span of his pontificate assiduously courted the goodwill of Muslims, and Muslim leaders have praised him for his defense of Islam.”… “So it’s entirely reasonable for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to invite him and think he will be delighted to attend and serve as the Turkish president’s trophy of the surrender and submission of Christianity,” Spencer pointed out… Pope Francis is now caught in a massive dilemma of his own making.

Opinion: Coronavirus Hysteria is Needlessly Traumatizing an Entire Generation of Children, by Denise McAllister

By Denise McAllister, LifeSiteNews – The North Carolina governor has issued a decree that all students returning to school in the fall must wear a mask and social distance. This, despite the fact that 99.9 percent of children who get COVID don’t die from it and most don’t even have symptoms. Comparably, more children K–12 die from various other forms of the flu than from COVID, yet we are perpetuating a culture of fear among children in a form of politicized mass hysteria that treats COVID as if it were the Black Plague, which had a 100 percent mortality rate in its respiratory form across ALL demographics.

CNA: Chinese Christians Told to Replace Christ With Mao or Lose Government Support

Catholic News Agency, Staff – Government authorities in Shanxi, China, are ordering people who receive government assistance to replace religious symbols in their homes, including pictures of Jesus, with pictures of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping. Refusal to comply results in the assistance being taken away. 

Breitbart News: U.S. Closes Chinese Consulate in Houston over Privacy, IP Theft Concerns

By Breitbart News – The Chinese government on Wednesday threatened retaliatory “countermeasures” after U.S. officials abruptly ordered the closure of Beijing’s consulate in Houston… Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the Trump administration ordered the closure in an “unprecedented escalation,” and promised to “react with firm countermeasures” if the move is not rescinded… The ministry called the closure a “political provocation unilaterally launched by the U.S. side…”

The Eucharistic Jesus Is a Mighty Force Against the Devil, by Venatius Oforka

By Venatius Oforka, Catholic Exchange – An arrow that should be found in the quiver of an intercessor is the Eucharist. Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them” (John 6:53–56, NIV).

‘One-World Government’ Just Nutty Talk Until UN Demands It, by Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl

By Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – The influential and corrupt United Nations has been viewed for generations as the probable leader of a future one-world government, and now an eye-opening speech is laying out that power-grabbing vision for the world to see… “Now is the time for global leaders to decide,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres proclaimed in a July 18 speech that suggested the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the “fragility” of a world where worldwide inequalities have been exposed.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Does God Harden Human Hearts?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In the case of Pharaoh, although God indicated to Moses that He would harden Pharaoh’s heart, the actual working out of this is a bit more complicated. We see in the first five plagues that it is Pharaoh who hardens his own heart… It is only after this repeated hardening by Pharaoh of his own heart that the Exodus text speaks of God as the one who hardens… Hence the hardening here is not without Pharaoh’s repeated demonstration of his own hardness. God does this as a kind of sovereign judgment on Pharaoh.

Levin: Suburbs Are Not Going to Escape This Violence, by John Jakubisin

By John Jakubisin, CNSNews – Conservative radio host Mark Levin warned people living in the suburbs that the violence taking place in inner cities is coming for them… “I would say this to people in the suburbs: that’s you next,” he said. “You can only burn down so much of an inner city. And when you get away with that, you’re going to move it to the suburbs.”… Levin pointed out that despite the suburbs having a significant minority population, they are primarily thought of as white communities, and because of that, they will be targeted.

Fr. Mike Schmitz: Striving vs. Abiding

Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – In the spiritual life, it’s difficult to know whether striving to do God’s will or just abiding in him is better. But why can’t we do both?… Fr. Mike tells the story of a perpetually active student athlete. His inability to disengage in doing things and just abide in God was a problem, and he knew it… Fr. Mike advised him, it’s not that abiding is right and striving is wrong. It’s important to do, but it’s important to also know what not to do in order to acquire the goal you’re living for.

An Answer to Catholic Critics of the American Founding, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Since the Constitutional Convention, in fact, the US has been notably short on serious political theorists. We as a nation have been busy with other matters; we have not often reflected on the principles that undergird our system of government. Why not? Could it be because, at least since the Civil War, our country has not experienced any great crisis? We have faced foreign war and economic depression, but we have never truly worried about the survival of our Republic.

Roman Catholics: The Original Abolitionists, by Paul Kengor

By Paul Kengor, Crisis Magazine – Very often, the mob engages in bad history, targeting literal saints who sought to protect natives from persecution, such as Saint Junípero Serra, who is being hunted and torn down throughout California. For a downright chilling display, watch the video of a raging mob in Sacramento blowtorching Serra’s face, spray-painting the statue with obscenities, and then pouncing on it with hammers while cheering, chanting, and cursing in the dark of night.

Planned Parenthood Removes Racist Founder Margaret Sanger’s Name From Its Headquarters, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – A New York branch of the Planned Parenthood abortion chain publicly distanced itself from its founder, Margaret Sanger, on Tuesday amid accusations of “systemic racism” within the organization… Sanger, who founded Planned Parenthood in New York in 1916, was a well-known eugenicist who believed certain groups of human beings were “weeds,” “reckless breeders” and “morons” who should not have children.

Quick Hits: On Law and Metaphysics; Discovering the TLM; Overcoming a Pandemic of Fear, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Even more refreshing was this terrific column in the National Catholic Register by Msgr. Charles Pope, on the excessive fear of the CO19 virus. Fear is an instrument of the devil, Msgr. Pope knows, and so he recoils at the attitude that sees other human beings as vectors for the spread of disease. “As a priest, I cannot imagine anything more demonic than this sort of fear. Satan wants us to fear and even detest one another.” The media feed the fear, he observes, but the Church should counter it. So: “I write to express my concern and to reiterate the constant biblical cry, “Do not be afraid!”

Aleteia: Photo of Doctor Praying the Rosary in COVID-19 Hospital Goes Viral

Aleteia – Anesthesiologist Néstor Ramírez Arrieta of Colombia takes advantage of every opportunity to pray the Rosary when he has a chance in his workday. A friend of his who is an Evangelical Protestant pastor, Luis Alberto Gallego, took a photo of him at prayer (protective gear and all) and shared it on Facebook with a moving message: “This image of my great friend and brother, the doctor anesthesiologist Nestor Ramírez, breaks my heart. He, like many doctors, endures endless shifts, and very intense emotional pressure that many of us would not be able to sustain. …”

Christ Is the Cure for What Ails Us, by Regis Nicoll

By Regis Nicoll, Crisis Magazine – My mentor, Chuck Colson, once noted that, during the Sixties and Seventies, liberals and conservatives viewed crime and its causes differently. Liberals, thinking crime was caused by poverty, launched the antipoverty programs of the Sixties. The result was that the crime rate went up. Conservatives, believing that crime would be reduced by surer and harsher punishments, instituted the tough prison sentences of the Seventies, only to watch the crime rate go up further.

Rising Diversity Is Joe Biden’s Worry, Too, by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – According to Brookings Institution demographer William Frey, between 2010 and 2020, while America’s population grew by 20 million, our white population fell for the first time since the 1790 census…. White Americans fell as a share of the population in all 50 states… During that same decade, our Black population grew by 3 million, our Asian population by 4 million and our Hispanic population by 10 million… What’s the significance of those numbers? In presidential elections, Hispanics and Asians vote 70% Democratic and African Americans vote 90%…. Bottom line: The pool of Democratic voters is growing inexorably while the largest pool of potential GOP voters is aging, stagnating and shrinking.

GUEST BLOG POST FOR NFP WEEK! “NFP is Fertility Awareness”

By Emily, Total Whine – One of the mischaracterizations of NFP is that it is synonymous with avoiding pregnancy in people’s minds, and in most minds, it’s an ineffective means… When I went through marriage prep, avoiding pregnancy was certainly foremost in my mind. My husband and I were in that crowd of “We want to wait a year before we start having kids,” and NFP was stressed as being on par with birth control for avoiding pregnancy as if to put our minds at ease.

World Depopulation Crisis, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – The world is undergoing a fertility crash — and secular sources are pointing to contraception as its catalyst… A new report published last week in the medical journal The Lancet shows fertility rates around the world plummeting, aged populations increasing and fertility declining everywhere except for southern Africa… The study finds many countries are maintaining dangerous fertility rates that are under replacement levels.

The Cancel Culture Is Losing Its Mind, by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – Now that the Pandora’s Box has been opened and the cancel culture has been turned loose, there is no hiding its scope. It is unrestrained and unrelenting. If you dare cross it, even in the slightest, you will be targeted next — even violently. The cancel culture is out of control… You cannot reason with it or appeal to it. Logic and truth and facts do not matter. The only way to stop it is to confront it and expose it, openly, clearly, boldly, and unashamedly.

7 Principles of Biblical Warfare to Purge the Cancer of Marxism, by Scott Lively

By Scott Lively, WorldNetDaily – (W)e must be especially scrupulous in what we say and do now because IF, by the reestablishment of the rule of the true law, we are able to purge the cancer of Marxism from our Judeo-Christian civilization, we will retroactively be held to those same higher standards for our speech and actions in the prosecution of that war. So, yes, I am saying Marxism is a cancer that must be removed because it is now clear that our prior policy of peaceful coexistence on equal terms is no longer possible.

Home Education Surges as Teachers’ Unions Block Reopening of Schools, by Dr. Susan Berry

By Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart – As teachers’ unions and their Democrat allies keep looking to the federal government for billions more in taxpayer funds before they consider reopening government schools, creative American parents are pushing past the politics and inventing their own ideal learning environments for their children — many of which involve some form of home education… Good Morning America and the NY Times are just two sources of stories on how parents in the U.S. are refusing to engage in the coronavirus political wars when what is at stake is their children’s education.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: “Abortion is Not a Human Right”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilter, LifeNews – Sec. of State Mike Pompeo assured an Iowa audience on Friday that the Trump administration is “100-percent pro-life.”… “Our founders built our country on a commitment to essential rights, unalienable rights … that come from these amazing documents, our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, and our nation’s foreign policy must be grounded in those central understandings,” Pompeo said.

Defeating the Tempter by Trust in Divine Mercy, by Kathleen Beckman

By Kathleen Beckman, Catholic Exchange – The words that Satan spoke to the Lord, “…surely (Job) will blaspheme you to your face” represent a consistent goal of the Tempter—to cause us to blaspheme the Lord… The Tempter tries to incite us to reject God and His will for our life; to become angry with God; to blame the Lord for all that is wrong, tempting us to negativity, indifference and then blasphemy in thought and deed.

The Dehumanization of Blacks, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, Townhall – The idiocy and inhumanity (literally) of this, the “progressive” view of black people, is easily demonstrated. Do any blacks see themselves first as black? When a black man, let’s call him James, looks into the mirror, does he first see a black person, or does he see James? When a white woman, let’s call her Karen (I’m playing with the left here), looks into the mirror, does she first see a white person, or does she see Karen? Does any human being first see his or her color?

Vatican’s COVID-19 Commission Echoes Globalist Environmental Concerns, Sidelines Sacraments

By LifeSiteNews – The Vatican COVID-19 Commission is promoting the same kind of action: global disarmament, a “green” response that will involve a profound change to the economy in the wake of Laudato si’, universal health care, and other global “solutions” in harmony with the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (the 2030 SDGs).

Church Militant: McCarrick Bombshell

By Church Militant – While the world has been waiting on Pope Francis and his crooked cabinet to release the report on the evil empire and clerical accomplices of homopredator and former cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, another much more quiet route to the truth has been quietly moving along out of the public eye… James Grein — the premier victim, so to speak — is suing McCarrick, the archdiocese of New York, the diocese of Metuchen and the archdiocese of Newark. He’s able to file these suits because both New York and New Jersey lifted their statutes of limitations last year.

Father Rothrock Is Right, by Matt Rowe

By Matt Rowe, Crisis Magazine – The three co-founders of BLM are Marxists to the core. According to the Capital Research Center, all three worked for front groups of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, one of the largest radical Left organizations in the country. Opal Tometi actively promotes Socialism and anti-Western socio-economics, while Patrisse Khan-Cullors has publicly stated that the leaders of BLM are “trained Marxists.”

China Orders Christians to Take Down Crosses, Images of Jesus; Worship Communist Leaders Not God, by Leah MarieAnn Klett

By Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post Reporter – Amid the coronavirus outbreak, poor Christian villagers in China have been ordered to renounce their faith and replace displays of Jesus with portraits of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping or risk losing their welfare benefits… in April, officials with China’s Communist Party visited believers’ homes in Linfen, a prefecture-level city in the northern province of Shanxi. While there, they ordered residents who receive social welfare payments from the government to replace crosses, religious symbols, and images in their homes with portraits of China’s communist leaders.

FEC Reports Provide Insights Into Which Politicians and PACs CDC Employees Donated to, by Beth Baumann

By Beth Baumann, Townhall – Reports from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show that employees from the Center for Disease Control prefer Democratic and even progressive-leaning candidates. Since 2005, more than 550 employees for the agency donated more than $285,000 to the Democratic Party and their candidates, the Daily Caller reported… The number one recipient for the donations was ActBlue, the online fundraising platform the Democratic Party utilizes.

The Woman Who Received Her First Communion in a COVID-19 Ward

Aleteia – It was “a wonderful experience, a balm of love for the sick. It was the First Communion of an older woman who had never able to do it before.”With these words, on Facebook, Mexican priest José Luis González Santoscoy wanted to tell the world about an event that filled his heart at a time when everyone seems to be feeling disheartened due to the pandemic.

Cancel Thy Fathers. Judge Now, Before You Get Judged, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – In my last column I channeled “Wokethug,” the Principality or Power who’s coaching both the white racist fringe and our “Anti-Racist” elites. Since today I want to unfold more of the playbook which he’s using, I’m tempted to cast it in his words again, rather than mine. But a little bit of C.S. Lewis-pastiche goes a very long way. No one today writes half as well as Lewis did. The longer you go on trying, the more you risk embarrassing yourself. So pardon me if I’m equally blunt this time, without wearing Wokethug’s mask.

GUEST POST FOR NFP WEEK! Blog Series: Uncharted Territory

By Emily. Total Whine – It is important as we introduce this series to understand that the Church upholds two primary purposes of sex and marriage: the good/ union of the spouses, and the procreation and education of children… the Church teachings are (clear) on this… In Canon Law, it states: “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring, has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament between the baptized.” (Can. 1055 §1.)

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Probability of You Existing at All is Almost NON-Existent.

By Msgr. Charles Pope – I was alerted to a fascinating article by Ali Binazir who sets forth mathematically the odds of you or I existing, just as we are genetically. It turns out that, when taking into consideration the astonishing number of possibilities of parents meeting, grandparents before them and on and on going back the generations, and adding also the vast numbers of sperm and ova in possible combination over a the lifetime of the marital acts, of all those generations, it would seem that the odds of me existing just as I do, are 1 in 102,685,000. That’s a number so huge it hurts to think about it.

Black Lives Matter: What’s a Parent to Do? by Janet E. Smith

By Janet E. Smith, EWTN News – Once you have set the stage by considering the history and broader context of the civil-rights movement, it’s important to recognize that not only is Black Lives Matter Global Network pro-abortion, it is Marxist and an advocate of gender ideology, and it even considers the nuclear family to be a Western prescription (as though that were in itself a flaw), despite research that shows the adverse effects of the decline of traditional family units. The key positions of Black Lives Matter Global Network are thoroughly incompatible with Catholic principles.

Fr. Edward Looney: Secrets to Family Holiness from the Ratzinger Family

By Fr. Edward Looney, Catholic Exchange – Holy families produce vocations and saints. Take the example of Sts. Louis and Zellie Martin. Five girls entered the religious life. One of them became a saint—St. Therese of Lisieux… just a few weeks ago, we saw the reunion of Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) with his ailing brother, Georg Ratzinger, days before his death. Another family that produced a pope and a monsignor. What is the secret? Family prayer.

Experts Map Out US Bishops’ ‘Social Networks’ That Helped Cover-Up Ex-Cardinal McCarrick’s Sex Abuse

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – To map out the influence of bishops over one another, Bullivant and Sadewo collected information about which living bishops had served under each other as priests, auxiliary bishops, or in a high-trust diocesan position, like a bishop’s private secretary. The higher the number of bishops each bishop had served, or had once been served by, the greater his influence was determined to be.

Wave of Burning, Defacing Churches Threatens End of Law and Order in US, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, LifeSiteNews – While Californians watched helplessly as a town symbol burned, people in Florida’s Queen of Peace Catholic Church were praying in the sanctuary when they heard a car crash through the foyer. Seconds later, the smell of smoke clouded the entry. Laughing about it later with police, the 23-year-old arsonist said he was on a “mission.” Turns out, it was a mission several radicals shared, as a wave of destruction hit as many as five more churches in 48 hours.

On Toppling Statues and Reading the Riot Act, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – We have been living through this sort of shift in public consciousness in the United States for the past sixty years, a shift which affects at least three huge areas of human culture: attitudes toward race, attitudes toward sex, and attitudes toward religion. We no longer think it possible that anyone who truly deserved to be recognized in the past could have held the “unexamined culturally-prevalent attitudes of their time” on these issues.

Failed Manhood: It’s Extremely Costly, by Michael Voris

By Michael Voris, Church Militant – The prevailing problem in America today, as well as in the Church — the root cause — is failed manhood. The tentacles of this problem have reached into every aspect of life — economic, psychological, emotional, spiritual. No area of the human experience has been left un-devastated by it… On the cultural level, failed manhood is manifested in numerous ways, from the so-called gay-rights movement to the gangs ruling the urban landscape. Each in their own ways, those two realities are living examples of what happens when manhood fails.

Complicit Clergy: Bombshell Letter Alleges Culture of Sexual Misconduct at Pontifical North American College

Source: Complicit Clergy – I regret to inform you that my investigation into allegations of clerical misconduct at the Pontifical North American College (NAC) has revealed that the problems of heterophobia and retaliatory seminary homosexual subcultures is much broader than I had originally reported. Not only have present and past NAC seminarians spoken confidentially of how seminarians were reprised against for addressing this problem, but many of them identified gay subcultures at seminaries they attended even prior to studying in Rome (e.g, Pontifical College Josephinum, St. Joseph’s in Dunwoodie, St. John’s near Boston, etc.).

America, Post-Logic, by Donald DeMarco

By Donald DeMarco, Crisis Magazine – Cardinal Wilfred Fox Napier, himself a black man, and archbishop of Durban, South Africa, has stated that “a brief study of the founding statement of ‘Black Lives Matter’ indicates the movement is being hijacked by the interests and parties committed to dismantling the very values, structure and institutions which have over the centuries undergird the best civilizations and cultures!” The cardinal, together with a rising number of other people of color, have denounced BLM for its renunciation of the nuclear family, its embrace of the LGBTQ+ consortium, and its promotion of abortion.

Most Trump Supporters Can’t Wait to Vote for Him, by David Limbaugh

By David Limbaugh, The Stream – (Pres.) Trump supporters don’t want Trump to moderate his positions in the hopes that the committed radicals will morph into moderates and the crisis will pass. It won’t, because leftist agitators won’t let it. Trump supporters realize we’re in a war for the survival of the country — a war we didn’t start and one we’ll lose if we don’t fight back with every fiber of our being. We want him to counter the violent, revolutionary left at every turn… Shame on us if we ignore or downplay the anarchy and violence in the streets; the destruction of monuments; the assault on and defunding of police ….

Msgr. Charles Pope: Coronavirus Stalks in the Darkness, But Do Not Be Afraid

By Msgr. Charles Pope, EWTN News – I write this from my perspective as a priest responsible for the care of souls; I do not claim to be a medical expert. My pastoral concern is that we as a nation and as a Church have succumbed to excessive fear, which bespeaks a spiritual problem. The medical concerns arising from the pandemic are not without merit, but they are not unprecedented. What is unique today is the collective paralysis brought on by this fear. I write to express my concern and to reiterate the constant biblical cry, “Do not be afraid!”

Louisiana Gov Calls for 3 Days of Fasting, Prayer During Lunch Over COVID, by Daniel Villarreal

By Daniel Villarreal, NewsWeek – In a press conference on Thursday, Louisiana’s Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards called for three days of fasting and praying during lunchtime from July 20 to 22… “I know it’s a little bit unusual,” Edwards said. “This will be a spiritual diet and exercise that I as a Catholic Christian believe is very important anyway.”… He said the prayers are intended for the people of Louisiana, the sick, caretakers and the families of those who have passed on.

Mayor Calls on Mary, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – An embattled mayor from a small town in New Mexico has consecrated his town to the Immaculate Heart of Mary… On Tuesday, Fr. Alberto Avella of St. Teresa Parish in Grants, New Mexico consecrated the town of Grants to the Blessed Virgin Mary — at the request of its mayor, Martin “Modey” Hicks… “This is about unity, it is about praying to our Lord God to protect everybody in this town and unite us,” Hicks asserted, “because that’s what this country needs right now. We’ve got enough division. And that’s what this is about … This is about protection from our divine Father.”

Study: ‘Jaw-Dropping’ Decline in Births Set to Have Disastrous Global Impact, by Anna Reynolds

By Anna Reynolds, Live Action – A study published in the Lancet this week examines global trends in fertility rates and offers a stark prediction of what might lie ahead. The study forecasts population growth and decline through 2100 and found that almost every country could face diminishing populations. By 2100, some nations, including Spain and Japan, could see their populations fall by half.

Communists’ ‘Long March Through the Institutions’ is Approaching its End Point, by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, LifeSiteNews, (Catholic World Report) – In many ways, the current protests, riots, and takeover of city blocks merely reflects the largely successful takeover of social and political institutions over the last several decades. What is especially telling is the response of various “responsible” authorities to demands for abolishing the police, abolishing the courts, and abolishing prisons. The Mayor of Seattle opined that the takeover of part of her city was a “patriotic” act that could lead to a “summer of love.”

CNA: German Archdiocese Plans to Cut Parishes From 1,000 to 40

By CNA/CNA Deutsch – A German archdiocese is pressing ahead with plans to dramatically reduce the number of its parishes despite the Vatican’s decision to block a similar plan in another diocese… CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German language news partner, reported July 15 that Archbishop Stephan Burger intends to turn the archdiocese’s 1,000 parishes into 40 mega parishes.

City of Toronto Bans Catholic Churches From Administering Holy Communion, by Shane Trejo

By Shane Trejo, Big League Politics – The Ontario Ministry of Health has issued COVID-19 guidelines advising to “suspend activities that increase risk of disease transmission, including” the “sharing or distributing materials or objects, which may include but is not limited to: books, communion, microphones, prayer mats, prayer shawls, water, etc.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: If You Think You’re in a Hurry, You Have No Idea of How Fast You Are Getting There.

By Msgr. Charles Pope – It’s dizzying to consider our speed and motion: a spinning earth, rotating around a sun, which is rotating around a galaxy, which is rotating around a spinning universe. So, if you think you’re standing still, think again; we are actually hurtling through space at mind-boggling speed… Yes, you’re on the move. You’re moving so fast you met yourself coming back! Don’t let anyone tell you you’re loafing… Here are some biblical “speed texts.” Hurry up and read them!

China’s Quest for World Domination, by William Mahoney

By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant – Christopher Wray, FBI Director: “The greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality, is the counterintelligence and economic espionage threat from China.”… Speaking at conservative think tank the Hudson Institute last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that communist China is the biggest threat to America… Wray revealed the FBI opens a new China-counterintelligence case almost every 10 hours.

The Problem of “No Time”, by Dr. Peter Kreeft

By Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Integrated Catholic – Why don’t we seem to have as much time as our ancestors? In fact, we all have exactly the same amount: twenty-four hours each day. Technology should have given us scads of extra time. Our lives should be oozing with leisure. All those time-saving devices! Yet they’ve done exactly the opposite. The more time-saving devices we have, the less time we have. (The only way to get time is to turn the clock back, not forward!) What went wrong?

Things That Glow in the Dark, by David Warren

By David Warren, The Catholic Thing – Not only is there “a God,” but the proposition goes beyond the philosophical, and therefore infinitely beyond the political. For as we learn from the Gospels, this God really cares. And He does so, while laying down absolute standards, to which we will fall short, but with which we may not tinker… “Politics cannot save us,” as I read in the headline of an intelligent blog. No political movement, however “well-intended,” has the capacity to rekindle, let alone restore good faith.

Hospital Threatens to Take Little Girl Off Life Support, But Mom Wants Specialist to Treat Her

Texas Right to Life, LifeNews – Texas Right to Life, Protect TX Fragile Kids, and the Lewis family have worked tirelessly to fight for Baby Tinslee. As part of their efforts to help her, they asked Dr. Green to review Baby Tinslee’s medical records. There are no doctors in Dr. Green’s specialty and subspecialty at Cook Children’s Medical Center. Accordingly, Trinity Lewis, Baby Tinslee’s mother, asked Cook’s to allow Dr. Green to evaluate Baby Tinslee and provide her with medical care.

Bishop Calls Men to Battle, by Bradley Eli

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant- An Arizona prelate is renewing his call for men to rise up against the current crisis decimating society, which lays squarely at the feet of failed manhood… The diocese of Phoenix, under Bp. Thomas Olmstead, rereleased on Thursday its 2016 mini-documentary, A Call to Battle. Those involved in the project see the attacks on society being be solved by men who accept their spiritual identity as defenders of the defenseless… “Never in the history of humanity has there been so many wives without husbands and children without dads, all because of broken masculinity,” notes one priest in the production.

Catholic Symbols of the Faith Targeted in Recent Statue Attacks, by Mary Rose Short

By Mary Rose Short,  EWTN News – Throughout the past weeks, vandals have destroyed and defaced statues across the United States. Memorials to historical figures on both public and private property have been defaced with paint, toppled, or removed entirely. Statues of Mary and the saints are among the damaged, leaving Catholics with questions of how to respond.

Cancel Culture is Coward Culture, by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith,The Catholic Thing – The disgruntled, like the poor, we will always have with us. Grumbling is not just something God’s people do in the wilderness. It has been a common feature of human life… There will always be people who will complain. There have been bullies ever since Cain beat the life out of his brother Abel. What we have not always had in such large numbers are quite so many cowards who refuse to stand up to such people.

Little Hero: Boy Saves Sister From Dog Attack “If Someone Had to Die, I Thought it Should Be Me”, by Nancy Flory

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.” A six-year-old boy is a hero after saving his sister from a dog attack… On July 9, Bridger saw a neighbor’s dog charging at his little sister. He stood between them and the dog attacked him instead. After being bitten several times on the head and face, Bridger grabbed his sister’s hand and ran to safety, his Aunt Nikki Walker wrote on Instagram. He received 90 stitches to repair the damage on his head and face.

Pres. Trump: “Every Child, of Every Color, Born and Unborn is Made in the Image of God”, by Carol Tobias

By Carol Tobias, LifeNews – As President Donald J Trump stated during his July 3 speech, at Mt. Rushmore, “We believe in equal opportunity, equal justice, and equal treatment for citizens of every race, background, religion, and creed. Every child, of every color — born and unborn — is made in the holy image of God”… But keeping a country, and a government, which guarantees individual freedom and rights is no easy matter. Ultimately, it depends on involvement by the people themselves.

Report Shows US Bishops Supporting Multiple Orgs That Demand Police Defunding

By LifeSiteNews staff – “The USCCB fell all over itself in its rush to denounce racism and police brutality over the death of George Floyd, but their complete silence regarding the murder of a 7-year-old girl by protesters being supported by organizations they fund is nothing short of disgusting!” said Hichborn. “We warned a month ago that CCHD-funded groups were engaging in revolutionary and violent activity that would lead to bloodshed, and now here we are.”

Pro-Life Actor Gives Our Lady of Guadalupe Icon to President Trump

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – A pro-life Mexican movie star has given an icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe to President Donald Trump… Eduardo Verástegui, star of the 2006 film Bella, was at the White House last week with other leaders in the Spanish-speaking community for the signing of the Executive Order on the Hispanic Prosperity Initiative.

Liberal Media Ignores Attacks on Five American Churches Over the Weekend, by Gabriel Hays

By Gabriel Hays, LifeNews – Over the weekend of July 12, at least 5 Christian churches were vandalized by vandals and suspected arsonists. But most people haven’t heard about this rash of violence. None of the major news networks have mentioned it… Out of 270 minutes of NBC, ABC, and CBS nightly news coverage for Friday July 10, Saturday July 11, and Sunday July 12, not one second was spent on these violent anti-Christian attacks.

EXCLUSIVE: President Trump Defends Armed McCloskey Family Against the Mob, by Katie Pavlich

By Katie Pavlich, Townhall – “When you look at St. Louis, where two people, they came out. They were going to be beat up badly if they were lucky. If they were lucky. They were going be beat up badly and the house was going to be totally ransacked and probably burned down like they tried to burn down churches. And these people were standing there, never used it and they were legal, the weapons, and now I understand somebody local, they want to prosecute these people. It’s a disgrace,” Trump said.

‘It Works:’ Doctor Touts Steroid for COVID-19, by Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl

By Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – Dr. Richard Bartlett is touting an inhaled steroid that reduces inflammation in the lungs. Budesonide has been used to treat asthma for years, and the doctor calls it a “silver bullet” for treating the virus… “It works. One-hundred percent of my patients are alive,” he tells OneNewsNow. “I’ve been treating this since March. You use it for five minutes; it takes five minutes to do a breathing treatment.”…

Bishops See Black When They Ought to See Red, by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – This will be asking a lot of them because, by and large, the bishops see no enemy on the left. It sometimes seems as though the last bishop who worried about the threat from Marxism was Fulton Sheen. There are signs, though, that some bishops are beginning to realize that the left is not their friend. Archbishop Thomas Wenski, the Chairman of the USCCB’s Religious Liberty Committee, recently spoke of the rising intolerance toward Christians in terms of a “soft despotism.”

Why Are Pro-Lifers Concerned About Communion in the Hand? by John-Henry Westen

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – Some of the world’s most famous converts to Catholicism will explain why they will never receive Communion in the hand. Those voices who you will hear from include Abby Johnson, the head of the March for Life in Italy, the founder of the March for Life in New Zealand, the President of the largest pro-life group in Canada, the President of the organization best known for pro-life lobbying at the United Nations… Have you ever wondered why pro-life advocates are making such a big deal about receiving Holy Communion on the tongue kneeling and not receiving Holy Communion on the hand?

The ‘Respectable’ Sponsors of Anti-Catholic Violence, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Bastille Day: the date when the French people celebrate their Revolution…. Or should I say, the date when some French people celebrate the Revolution, while others mourn the orgy of mob violence that it unleashed. At first, leaders in the newly independent United States welcomed the ouster of another king; later they recoiled at the senseless bloodshed, the headlong rush into another form of tyranny, the relentless use of the guillotine to eliminate political opposition.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Unless Your Faith Is Strong You Shall Not Be Strong

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The first reading at Tuesday’s daily Mass presents a complex picture, but its fundamental message is clear. Isaiah announces that there will be a period of political stability among the nations and enemies surrounding Israel. It is a time of favor during which Israel can repent of its injustice and infidelity. If they do not, however, Israel will be destroyed within sixty-five years.

Cdl Zen: Vatican Has Delivered Church in China into ‘Hands of the Madness of Our Government’

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – Cardinal Zen, the retired bishop of Hong Kong, told a popular EWTN news host that the Vatican deal with China is a “betrayal of the real Church.”.. Zen, 88, appeared on EWTN’s The World Over with Raymond Arroyo show on July 10 to discuss China’s new “security law” for Hong Kong. The measure was imposed upon the former British colony on June 30… Pope Francis was expected to comment last Sunday on the unhappy situation in Hong Kong and speak in defence of religious freedom. The remarks were in copies of his speech distributed to journalists, but he dropped them from his Angelus address.

Why Liturgical Bad Habits Must Be Broken, by Peter Kwasniewski

By Peter Kwasniewski, Catholic Education Resource Center – Catholics have a right to a liturgy that is in accord with the mind of the Church and her tradition… Due to the pontificate of Benedict XVI, a steadily increasing number of Catholic clergy and faithful are increasingly likely to implement or request changes in the celebration of the liturgy so as to bring it more manifestly into continuity both with the great Catholic Tradition and with the obvious teaching of Vatican II and numerous postconciliar instructions. And predictably, there are members of the preceding generation who want to blow the whistle and say “Stop! You can’t do that.

Thugs Killed an Innocent One-Year-Old. Now the Family Has Questions for Black Lives Matter. by Beth Baumann

By Beth Baumann, Townhall – “For the cowards that did this, you should be ashamed of yourself because everybody talk about Black Lives Matter, what about baby lives? What about teenager lives?” the one-year-old’s grandmother said during an interview with Fox News’ Lawrence Jones. “You took an innocent child from a mother and a father, as well as the grandparents, and I don’t think it’s fair.”… Based on the way city officials are conducting themselves following the child’s death, Davel Gardner Sr. said he doesn’t believe his son’s life mattered.

The Little Sisters and the Court: Muddling Through, by Hadley Arkes

By Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing – Last week the Supreme Court broke away from its recent run of decisions and sought, for the moment, to do something decent. The Court went again to the rescue of the Little Sisters of the Poor. . .or kind of… With Justice Thomas writing, the Court held that the Trump Administration had not committed any foot-faults, or violations of administrative procedures, as it sought to exempt certain religious entities from the obligation to offer contraception and abortion to their employees.

Fr. Joseph M. Esper: How The Saints Faced Anxiety

By Fr. Joseph M. Esper, Catholic Exchange – Some saints were as prone to worry and anxiety as the rest of us are. But, by placing their trust in the Lord’s presence and care, they were able to overcome their fears. Some of these fears were relatively minor ones, as faced by Bl. Helen of Udine, who, during a period of distress, was terrified even of loud noises… Others were serious fears, as faced by St. Augustine of Canterbury, the abbot of a monastery in Rome. In the year 596, he was chosen by Pope St. Gregory the Great to lead a group of forty monks on a missionary journey to England.

Back to School? ‘No Thanks’ Say Millions of New Homeschooling Parents, by Kerry McDonald

By Kerry McDonald, The Stream – Many parents are balking at back-to-school, choosing instead to homeschool their children this fall… Gratefully, this virus seems to be sparing most children, and prominent medical organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics have urged schools to reopen this fall with in-person learning. For some parents, fear of the virus itself is a primary consideration in delaying a child’s return to school, especially if the child has direct contact with individuals who are most vulnerable to COVID-19’s worst effects.

Religious Liberty Is Important, But It’s Not Enough, by Ryan T. Anderson

By Ryan T. Anderson, Public Discourse – The past two weeks brought welcome rulings from the Supreme Court on religious liberty. We should celebrate these victories, because religious liberty is an authentic natural and human right. But it’s not enough. And even the best of religious liberty wins can’t adequately contend in a proxy war over substantive issues… We must do more politically to protect human flourishing and the authentic common good. This is particularly true with respect to the Court’s Bostock ruling, which read progressive gender ideology into our nation’s civil rights laws. …

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Catholic Nudism, the USCCB, and Bid to ‘Eradicate’ Evil

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – The irreligious and irrational USCCB eradication policy template is painfully familiar. In the ongoing saga of the episcopal child abuse cover-up, Church leaders repeatedly promise to establish policies, procedures, and protocols to ensure that these crimes “never happen again” (another astonishing claim). Who needs Moses and the Ten Commandments when we have USCCB policies?

President Donald Trump Finalizes Rule Confirming Abortion is Not a Human Right, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The Trump administration finalized another pro-life regulation Monday, this one to clarify that the definition of sex discrimination in Obamacare does not include abortions… The new rule officially ends a 2016 regulation from the Obama administration that could have forced medical workers to help abort unborn babies. It restores the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination to “the plain meaning … as determined by biology,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Court Injunction Allowing Abortion Drugs by Mail During Pandemic Dismays Pro-Lifers, by Patrick Goodenough

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – Pro-lifers reacted with dismay Monday to a federal judge’s ruling paving the way for a patient to be sent chemical abortion drugs in the mail… “We are extremely disappointed…” said Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser… “Abortion activists exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to push their long-sought goal of expanding dangerous chemical abortion drugs have proven over and over that they will prioritize profits at the expense of health and safety.”

The Fatima Secret No One Talks About, by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN News – Why do most people ignore the first and second of the three secrets given by Our Lady at Fatima on July 103 years ago? The first one is about hell. Do we really want to pay attention to that one? The answer seems to be ‘No.” The answer comes in the way the world has been heading, especially in the last few years… In July 1941, Sister Lucia revealed the first two secrets in her Memoirs written at the direction of her bishop. She wrote, “The secret is made up of three distinct parts, two of which I am now going to reveal. The first part is the vision of hell.”

BREAKING: CA Governor Orders Churches Closed

By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant – California’s Democratic governor Gavin Newsom is shutting down churches — again… Newsom announced the closing Monday of dine-in restaurants, wineries, movie theaters and bars statewide, along with churches in 30 out of 58 California counties. .. The order went into effect “immediately,” according to a tweet from the Office of the Governor. The tweet explained the state “is closing some indoor business operations statewide and additional indoor business operations in counties on @CAPublicHealth Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days.”

A Catholic Case for the Second Amendment, by Sean Fitzpatrick

By Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine – The Fourth of July weekend in Chicago had more to do with firearms than fireworks, with 49 shootings, 60 victims, and 14 fatalities. A 10-year-old girl was killed in her home by a stray bullet, shot through the head. A toddler was killed in his car seat by another stray bullet, shot through the chest. The Windy City, logging 324 murders for 2020 at the time of this writing, is reeling in a storm of reckless crime with tempers flaring, police retreating, and guns blazing.

WATCH! Cuban Immigrant WARNS Against Socialism at Trump Roundtable (Video)

U.S. TURNING TO COMMUNISM: Cuban Defector WARNS President Trump Of Democrats Efforts FOX 10 Phoenix, July 10, 2020

Msgr. Charles Pope: Not Peace But the Sword

Thus, in this great and cosmic battle, the Lord cannot and will not tolerate a false peace based on compromise or an accepting coexistence. He has come to wield a sword, to divide. Many moderns do not like it, but Scripture is clear: there are wheat and tares, sheep and goats, those on the Lord’s right and those on His left, the just and wicked, the lowly and the proud, the narrow road to salvation and the wide road to damnation.

LiveAction: Black Pastor: “Our People Are Being Lynched In The Womb” (Video)

By Live Action, Youtube – “We have found the weapon of mass destruction and the weapon of mass destruction is the suction machine at Planned Parenthood!” says Pastor Johnny M. Hunter Video footage courtesy of Life Dynamics Inc. & Maafa21.com

FDA Urged to Retain Abortion Restrictions, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – COVID- 19 has made it difficult for many patients to meet with physicians, so the abortion industry has seized the opportunity to eliminate the patient/doctor meeting required to dispense abortion-causing pills… “They’ve been pushing the FDA to eliminate what they call ‘risk evaluation and mitigation strategies’ that are currently in place regarding pill abortions, because the goal of the abortion cartel is to expand the use of TelAbortions past 11 weeks of pregnancy…”

Twitter Alternative Parler Soars as Conservatives Flock to New Social Network, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Founded by John Matze and Jared Thomson, Parler bills itself as a “non-biased free speech driven entity that “accepts your right to express your thoughts, opinions and ideals online.” Whereas Twitter and Facebook have steadily adopted and expanded roles as adjudicators of “productive” versus “hateful” or “misleading” speech, Parler says it “aims to empower users to control their social experience. Users can be responsible to engage content as they see fit.”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Dogma Libertates. Relativism Enslaves… Here’s Why.

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker – What is an example of a modern ideology? Feminism. Homosexualism. Environmentalism. Anti-racism. Fundamentalism. Neo-Puritanism. Nationalism. Globalism. Fascism. Communism. Socialism….You name it. It doesn’t matter whether they are “right” or “left”. They are all ideologies–world views and philosophies that are driven by a single idea–a lens through which everything else is viewed and a false god before whom all must bow.

The Roots of BLM (Watch Video)

By Trey Brock, Church Militant – Black Lives Matter (BLM) opposes Catholic teaching in virtually every one of its beliefs. It doesn’t help the black community, either… BLM was founded on July 13, 2013, the same day George Zimmerman, who shot Trayvon Martin, was acquitted of all charges. The organization started out as a social media hashtag called #BlackLivesMatter.

Statues of the Virgin Mary Targeted in Boston, New York; Church Set Alight in Florida, by Patrick Goodenough

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – In Ocala, Florida.. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said a man had “intentionally crashed a vehicle through the front doors of the church, exited the vehicle and poured gasoline out into the foyer area and then lit it on fire,” before fleeing in the car… “The parishioners were able to escape without injury and Marion County Fire Rescue personnel were able to quickly extinguish the fire.”

Democrats Pass Bill to Reverse Trump’s Order, Force Americans to Fund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Democrats on the House Appropriators Committee yesterday passed a bill that would reverse a pro-life order President Donald Trump issued on his first week in office that defunds International Planned Parenthood. Trump’s pro-life rule ensures Americans don’t have to fund the biggest abortion business in the world or its abortion agenda in other countries… The funding cut to the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is the result of the Mexico City Policy, which President Donald Trump signed during his first week in office.

The Sower & the Seed, by Marcellino D’Ambrosio

By Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Ph.D., Catholic Exchange – In speaking to us as seed, Jesus is saying, “Be careful. If you don’t make the effort to get thoroughly rooted in your Catholic faith, you just might not make it. If do you manage to survive, you might produce absolutely nothing. But you are called to bear much fruit (Jn 15), to yield a hundredfold, to be a saint, to leave a mark on the lives of many that will last forever. Don’t settle for anything less!”

Museum to Mosque: Why Hagia Sophia Matters, by Ines A. Murzaku

By Ines A. Murzaku, The Catholic Thing – What is the history behind Hagia Sophia?… For 900 years, Hagia Sophia was the center of the Byzantine Empire: the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople; the place where ecumenical councils were convened and emperors were crowned, and night vigils and majestic processions were held until the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans on May 29, 1453.

Liberalism Is a Sin, by Chilton Williamson, Jr.

By Chilton Williamson, Jr., Crisis Magazine – Further, liberalism is sinful in itself—sinful in its philosophical assumptions, its moral and political doctrines, and its anti-clerical history, as Felix Sard y Salvany, a Spanish priest in the late 19th century, demonstrated in El Liberalismo es pecato (Liberalism Is a Sin). Thus, a priest who is a liberal is a heretic as well, and a priest who sets his loyalty to the religion of liberalism above his loyalty to the Catholic faith is a traitor.

Abp. Viganò‘s Response to the Open Letter of Sr. Antonietta Potente, by Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò

By Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò, Church Militant – What follows is the response of Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò to the June 17, 2020 open letter of  Sr. Antonietta Potente. In her letter, Sr. Antonietta condemned Abp. Viganò’s recent outpouring of support for President Donald Trump, endeavoring to couch her umbrage in the theological tradition of the Church. In his response, Abp. Viganò sets the record straight, delivering a paternal (yet trenchant) rejoinder.

The Bible Teaches That Other “Gods” are Imaginary, by Dave Armstrong

By Dave Armstrong, EWTN News – Some misguided folks actually claim that the Old Testament, and even the New Testament, taught “henotheism” — which is a form of polytheism holding that one God only is worshiped, but the existence of other gods is acknowledged. This is untrue. Monotheism (one God and one God only) is crystal clear throughout the Bible: Exodus 8:10 (RSV). . . there is no one like the LORD our God. …

THEY TOOK HIS RIFLE! St. Louis Couple Who Defended Home From Would-Be Lefty Rioters Have Rifle Seized By Police, by Matt Vespa

By Matt Vespa, Townhall – Well, we’re learning now that their rifle was seized by police (via Fox News): Authorities in St. Louis executed a search warrant Friday evening at the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who made headlines last month when they took up arms to defend their home from protesters… During the search, police seized the rifle that Mark McCloskey was shown holding during the June 28 incident, KSDK-TV of St. Louis reported, citing information from a source.

Is the White Race the ‘Lamb That Was Slain’? Part II, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, a senior editor at The Stream – A few days back I had a startling realization. I saw with sudden clarity why “Woke” white people crowd behind movements that cancel and blame them. Why they seem eager to saddle themselves and their children with inexpiable guilt for nebulous, unproven crimes. Why privileged whites prove much less skeptical of the Marxist cult Black Lives Matter than most black Americans seem to.

Margaret Sanger Wanted to “Exterminate” Black People. Planned Parenthood Calls Her a “True Visionary”, by Brad Mattes

By Brad Mattes, LifeNews – Margaret Sanger, opened the first birth control clinic in America, and then founded the American Birth Control League, which is now called Planned Parenthood… Planned Parenthood’s beginnings were steeped in eugenics and racism, and it continues today… history shows that Sanger believed nothing of the sort. In an article titled America Needs a Code for Babies she wrote. “No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit for parenthood.”

Analyst: Lawlessness Turning Off Most Voters … Advantage: Trump, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – Many Americans are living in fear as they watch groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa roam the streets of big cities spreading destruction and violence, often with impunity. Police departments are being shamed and threatened with defunding – and those who oppose the mob’s agenda are being labeled as racist and punished. The mainstream blames President Donald Trump and tries to convince people their only hope is to turn the country over to Joe Biden and the Democrats to save the day.

Cultivating Communism in the Classroom, by David Nussman

By David Nussman, Church Militant – As rioters continue destroying statues and monuments, many people are putting the blame on colleges — as breeding grounds for the radical Left… For instance, Pres. D. Trump had this to say in a speech on the Fourth of July: “The violent mayhem we have seen in the streets and cities — that are run by liberal Democrats in every case — is the predictable result of years of extreme indoctrination and bias in education, journalism and other cultural institutions.”

What Father Martin Gets Wrong About ‘White Jesus’, by Jesse B. Russell

By Jesse B. Russell, Crisis Magazine – Father Martin seems especially annoyed that there exist some stained glass representations of Christ depict Our Lord as “the purest white—whiter than anyone else,” which makes for “terrible catechesis.” He worries that, if Christ is depicted as white, it might make some “feel left out.” The Jesuit suggests that “we should have Black Jesus in white churches, as a reminder of who Jesus was, and is, today. Because Jesus is best found in people that are outside your comfort zone.”

Notre Dame ‘Thrilled’ to Hire Pro-Abortion Homosexual Pete Buttigieg. Faithful Catholics Dismayed, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – The Catholic University of Notre Dame has announced the hiring of Pete Buttigieg, a pro-abortion homosexual who is ‘married’ to another man, as a 2020-2021 faculty fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS). Buttigieg is the former South Bend mayor who ran as a Democratic presidential candidate.

Police Seize Gun From St. Louis Couple Threatened By Mob, by Kylee Zempel

By Kylee Zempel, The Federalist – Police reportedly executed a search warrant Friday evening, seizing a gun from the St. Louis couple who defended their home against a mob in late June… Sources told 5 on Your Side, an NBC News affiliate, that police seized the rifle seen in footage of the central west end duo, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, both personal injury attorneys. The couple told police that the pistol brandished by Mrs. McCloskey was in their lawyer’s possession.

Thousands Rally Behind Louisiana Catholic Priest Who Criticized LGBT ‘Pride’ Celebrations, by Paul Smeaton

By Paul Smeaton, LifeSiteNews – “In light of a recent petition launched by Ashlie Langlinais requesting that the Diocese of Lafayette remove Fr. Andre Metrejean from his pastorship of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Erath, LA, because of alleged homophobic and racist comments, this counter-petition intends to correct the slander unjustly thrust upon this faithful priest and demonstrate that the majority of Christians in his parish and beyond uphold perennial Church teaching and stand behind this bold leader of the People of God,” the petition in Metrejean’s support reads.

Down with Christopher Columbus? by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – Tearing down CSA statues, it seems to me, is little more than a very weird kind of virtue-signaling.  All the same, although I don’t much approve of the practice, I understand it, for I live in a nation that has in recent times abounded in virtue-signalers.  The USA kills nearly a million unborn babies per year, but our nation is fortunate in that most pro-abortion folks are exceptionally virtuous persons.  I know this because they tell me so.

Cardinal Pell: ‘My Catholic Faith Sustained Me’ During Time in Prison

By Paul Smeaton, LifeSiteNews – Cardinal Pell says he was once spat on in prison, but his Catholic (faith) sustained him during the thirteen months he spent behind bars before he was unanimously acquitted by the Australian High Court of historic sex abuse charges… “For many, time in prison is an opportunity to ponder and confront basic truths. Prison life removed any excuse that I was too busy to pray, and my regular schedule of prayer sustained me… My Catholic faith sustained me, especially the understanding that my suffering need not be pointless but could be united with Christ Our Lord’s,” the cardinal explained.

Now Hear This: Navy Retreats From Its Worship Ban Policy

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – (A)n official information dispatch on June 24 from the U.S. Navy banned all naval personnel – including chaplains – from attending in-house church services in an effort to limit exposure of those personnel COVID-19. Now the Navy has revised that policy… The updated policy states that “nothing in [the memo..] should be construed to restrict attendance at places of worship where attendees are able to appropriately apply COVID-19 transmission mitigation measures, specifically social distancing and use of face covering.”

Corporations Hyping BLM Fail Us In Every Other Way, by Darrell C. Scott

By Darrell C. Scott, American Conservative – “Black Lives Matter.”… We’ve.. witnessed a parade of elite corporations vocally and financially supporting the BLM movement… Their rhetoric is lofty and touching, but contradicted by their actions. As Johnny Burtka.. pointed out on the Tucker Carlson Show: these companies have not lifted a finger to actually help or create jobs for the people they claim to support… While the company talks about “creating a better, more just world for everyone,” we do not see any Apple assembly plants in the black neighborhoods in Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis or my home town of Cleveland, Ohio. A job is by far the best social program. So which black lives are Apple’s actions actually supporting?

President Trump Sanctions Communist China After it Forces Women to Have Abortions, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Pres. Donald Trump’s administration sanctioned Communist Chinese leaders Thursday after new reports exposed on-going forced abortions and other horrific human rights abuses against minorities in China… “The United States will not stand idly by as the [Chinese Communist Party] carries out human rights abuses targeting Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and members of other minority groups in Xinjiang, to include forced labor, arbitrary mass detention, and forced population control, and attempts to erase their culture and Muslim faith,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said …

Chief Justice Roberts: A Glass Half-Full? by John Murdock,

By John Murdock, First Things – Plenty of conservatives already saw Roberts as a great disappointment in the wake of his votes to uphold the Affordable Care Act and DACA and to interpret “sex” in the 1964 Civil Rights Act as including sexual orientation and gender identity. I did a double-take at those decisions too, but I believe there is a “glass half full” argument to be made… Roberts has rightly been labeled an institutionalist.

AP: After Lobbying, Catholic Church Won $1.4B in COVID19 Virus Aid

By Reese Dunklin, Michael Rezendes, AP – Catholic dioceses, parishes, schools and other ministries have so far received approval for at least 3,500 forgivable loans, AP found… The Archdiocese of New York, for example, received 15 loans worth at least $28 million just for its top executive offices. Its iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue was approved for at least $1 million… In Orange County, California, where a sparkling glass cathedral estimated to cost over $70 million recently opened, diocesan officials working at the complex received four loans worth at least $3 million.

Supreme Court Says Catholic Schools Can Be Catholic, by Matthew Archbold

By Matthew Archbold, EWTN News – So Justice Alito’s opinion explicitly states that “the religious education and formation of students is the very reason for the existence of most private religious schools, and therefore the selection and supervision of the teachers upon whom the schools rely to do this work lie at the core of their mission … Judicial review of the way in which religious schools discharge those responsibilities would undermine the independence of religious institutions in a way that the First Amendment does not tolerate.”

Supreme Court Defers to Canon Law in Catholic School Decision, by Patrick Reilly

By Patrick Reilly, EWTN News – To justify this finding, Justice Samuel Alito, turns to the Catholic Church’s own requirements for Catholic school teachers: In the Catholic tradition, religious education is ‘intimately bound up with the whole of the Church’s life.’ Catechism of the Catholic Church 8 (2d ed. 2016). Under canon law, local bishops must satisfy themselves that ‘those who are designated teachers of religious instruction in schools … are outstanding in correct doctrine, the witness of a Christian life, and teaching skill.’ Code of Canon Law, Canon 804, §2 (Eng. transl. 1998).

US Navy Forbids Its Sailors the Sacraments, by Francis Lee

By Francis Lee OnePeterFive – If the public health goal is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at all costs, then the decision to bar such religious services and substitute live streamed online services makes logical sense. Indoor religious services are just another example of a large community gathering and, thus, ought to be included in the list of other prohibited activities by the Navy — dining in at restaurants, visiting your local barbershop, relaxing on a public beach, and shopping at non-essential commercial retail establishments.

Lessons of the Latest Abuse Numbers, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – Every year, the USCCB publishes a report on how well the Church in the United States is implementing the Dallas Charter… The most recent report – covering July 2018 through June 2019 – appeared last month. It begins with a summary list of the relevant, abuse-related events over that period covered by the report, starting with the suspension from ministry of Theodore McCarrick in June 2018. The list continues for five more pages. To someone who has followed the abuse crisis closely, there is nothing new in that summary. But seeing it all laid out in one place is still a bit staggering.

‘Woke’ Whites Want to Make Their Own Race the Suffering Savior, Then Worship It: Part I, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – This new cult apes the structure and psychology of Christianity. In fact, it lives parasitically by colonizing the consciences and sentiments of people formed by a Christian culture who lack supernatural faith… By listening to professors, or following peer pressure, a student discovers that the world is deeply wrong. Permeated by evil. Its evil is inequality. And that evil has an author: straight white males…

Fr. Mike Schmitz: How to Share the Gospel (and How Not To)

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – If you want to know how to share the gospel, it’s important to have the love and courage to not just give answers and corrections, but to ask questions. It is in asking questions from the heart that you convey true interest in the person’s soul, instead of just trying to convince the person you’re right… Fr. Mike tells of a time when a student came to him saying he tries to evangelize, but just gets shut down. …

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Why It Won’t Stop With Statues

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, The Stream – The French thinker Rene Girard has analyzed the dynamic of mob violence. He recognizes that the mob murder is always public. Members of the mob need to see the “justice” being done. Secondly, the violence must be perpetrated by the mob, not by an individual. This group action not only creates unity within the mob, but no one person is guilty of the violence. Because all are guilty, all are exonerated. Third, there will be blood. Almost always bloodshed is involved in the murder.

Bishop Suspends Indiana Priest for Criticizing Black Lives Matter, by Martin Bürger

By Martin Bürger, LifeSiteNews – Fr. Theodore Rothrock emphasized that the message of peace is at the heart of the gospel “we carry in common with the Orthodox Churches and other Christians.”… He said, “Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the other nefarious acolytes of their persuasion are not the friends or allies we have been led to believe. They are serpents in the garden, seeking only to uproot and replant a new species of human made in the likeness of men and not in the image of God.”… “Their poison is more toxic than any pandemic we have endured,” he added.

Rochester’s Bishop Emeritus Clark Admits Recycling Predator Priests, by Bradley Eli

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant – Testimony from Rochester’s former bishop is confirming he routinely reassigned to ministry priests accused of pedophilia… In testimony released on Monday, Rochester’s Bp. Emeritus Matthew Clark admits under oath that he was aware of sexual abuse allegations against priests, who he nonetheless returned to active ministry after sending them to rehabilitation centers. Mitchell Garabedian, an attorney representing 94 sexual abuse victims suing the diocese of Rochester, says Clark’s deposition, given in March, indicates Clark did shelter known pedophile priests.

Not a Time for Spectators! Time to Act: Debunking Christian Excuses for Inaction in the Face of Evil, by Jim Hoft

By Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit – We cannot claim to truly appreciate the Founders and the nation they secured for us while simultaneously refusing to do what it takes to keep and maintain this nation… The Founders understood that there is a time to stand and fight. They also understood that one of the most critical times to stand and fight is when truth, justice, and freedom are at stake. They would be shocked to hear that Scripture is being used today to justify staying on the sidelines while these very principles are being destroyed. They would be doubly shocked to learn that those taking this approach are the very people who profess to love truth, justice, and freedom.

Fulton Sheen’s Timely Insights on Today’s America (Quo Vadis, America?) by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph PronechenNational Catholic Register – It wasn’t the first time Archbishop Fulton Sheen seemed to see what was on the other side of the horizon from what was gaining some footholds in his day. Decades earlier he could foresee what might happen. And tried to reroute people… “The subject of this telecast is patriotism,” he told his 1960s TV audience. He titled the talk Quo Vadis, America? He tied the title into the story of Peter fleeing from persecution in Rome. Peter meets the Lord heading the other way and asks, Quo Vadis, Domine — Where are you going, Lord? — who answers, “I am going to Rome.”

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Sanger’s Planned Parenthood, Birthed in Eugenic Racism (Time to Tear Down Sanger’s Statue

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – “Planned Parenthood was founded by a racist, white woman.”… The statement was issued last month to raise concerns about the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY), Laura McQuade (who has since been fired). In the statement, the employees expressed a litany of grievances against McQuade. But one of the charges is deeply ironic in light of the efforts Planned Parenthood has been making recently to show its support for the Black Lives Matter movement – namely that there existed a culture of “racism and anti-Blackness” at PPGNY under McQuade’s leadership.

Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Order Protecting Little Sisters From Funding Abortions, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Writing for the Court, Justice Clarence Thomas held that “For over 150 years, the Little Sisters have engaged in faithful service and sacrifice, motivated by a religious calling to surrender all for the sake of their brother. . . . But for the past seven years, they—like many other religious objectors who have participated in the litigation and rulemakings leading up to today’s decision— have had to fight for the ability to continue in their noble work without violating their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: Sobering Spiritual Truths According to St. John of the Cross

By Msgr. Charles Pope – A person can spend his whole life being resentful that life isn’t perfect, forgetting all the while that we are all in exile. We are making a difficult journey to a life in which, one day, every sorrow and difficultly will be removed and death and sorrow will be no more—but not now… There is a kind of unexpected serenity in living in the world as it is rather than resenting it for not being the way we want it to be. For now, the journey is hard and we have to be sober about our obtuse desires and destructive tendencies. That is why there is value in calling these insights “hard truths that will set us free.”

Stephen Moore: This Is a Good Time to Be a Government Worker

By Stephen Moore, CNSNews – The June blockbuster jobs report is more evidence that the economy is healing, but this remains a brutal period for the some 30 million still unemployed Americans… Nearly every industry — with very few exceptions — has been forced to impose layoffs, furloughs, or dramatic reductions in hours for its employees. The one major exception has been the United States federal government, which has had virtually no layoffs since the start of the year… Private sector workers lose their jobs. Government workers in Washington don’t. What’s wrong with this picture?

In Defense of King Louis IX, by Thomas F. Madden

By Thomas F. Madden, First Things – Left unmentioned by Louis’s modern detractors is his lifelong devotion to issues of social justice in a world that cared little for such ideas. At his own expense, he continually paid to feed and clothe hundreds of Paris’s poor. Every evening he shared the royal table with local homeless and usually insisted that he wash their feet before they left. He established several hospitals for the poor and homes for battered women and ex-prostitutes. He personally visited lepers and washed their sores.

Politics: Black Life-Long Democrat Reveals Why He Walked Away from Joe Biden, by Beth Baumann

By Beth Baumann, Townhall – Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones (D) on Tuesday penned an opinion piece slamming former Vice President Joe Biden for failing to stand up to protect the black community. According to Jones, President Donald Trump has done more for the black community than any other Washington politician, all while Biden hides in his basement… In particular, Jones takes issue with the left’s calls to “defund the police,” which they say is in response to the murder of George Floyd.

CNSNews: We Hold These Truths: Our Answer to the Mob

By CNSNews.com Staff – A group of conservative leaders worked with the Media Research Center to record a message defending the greatness of America and its founders and condemning the protesters and mobs that have attacked our nation’s founding principles and commitment to individual liberty… “You will not prevail,” MRC Founder and President Brent Bozell tells the protesters in the video. “America will prevail. Today, tomorrow, and by the grace of God, forever.”

CNA: Ill-Spoken in Spokane (Including Video)

By Catholic News Agency – Rob McCann, CEO of Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington, said in a video posted to YouTube June 19… “I am a racist. That’s the hard truth. I am a racist. How could I not be? As a white person living in America, where every institution is geared to advantage people who look like me, it’s seemingly impossible for me to be anything other than a racist,” Rob McCann, CEO of Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington, said in a video posted to YouTube June 19… “My Catholic Church, and my Catholic Charities organization, is racist… “Our Catholic faith tradition is built on the premise that a baby, born in a manger, in the Middle East, was a white baby.”

COVID’s Effect on Catholic Schools: As Some Close, Others Innovate, by Judy Roberts

By Judy Roberts, EWTN News – When the coronavirus closed classrooms across the country, Immaculate Conception School in the Bronx not only made sure students would continue learning from home but reached out to their families with wellness checks and support for those suffering losses… Such a response, replicated around the nation, is what often makes Catholic schools anchors in their communities. As Immaculate Conception Principal Alexandra Benjamin told a recent Manhattan Institute forum on “Education after COVID,” “These schools need to be in their communities serving. Once they leave, they won’t be back.”

Commentary: The Terrible Effects of Eucharistic Deprivation, by Peter Darcy

By Peter Darcy, Catholic Stand – The absence of the Eucharist means being deprived of grace. I’m not claiming that God’s grace is strictly limited to the celebration of the Eucharist or that we cannot find solace and strength from our faith in other ways.  In spiritual terms, however, locking down the Eucharistic is like shutting down the US Treasury for three months. Imagine the rioting that would take place if that happened.

Junípero Serra and the Founding of the West, by Patrick M. Laurence

By Patrick M. Laurence, Crisis Magazine – The story of the American founding usually begins in the East. In that account, we speak of the War of Independence, the establishment of the American republic, and prominent founding fathers like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. However, there is an older story involving other founding fathers which took place in the West.

Trump Pulls U.S. From WHO, Which Wanted to Use Coronavirus Funds to Kill Babies in Abortions, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Today, President Trump said the relationship between the US and the WHO has ended. The president said China, which has pushed a forced abortion population control policy on its people for decades and killed more babies in abortions than any other nation, “has control” over the controversial agency… “China has total control over the WHO despite paying only $40 million per year compared to what the US has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year,” Trump said previously. “We have detailed the reforms that it must make and engaged with them directly, but they have refused to act.”

African Cardinal Criticizes Black Lives Matter Movement for ‘Dismantling’ Civilization, by Martin Bürger

By Martin Bürger, LifeSiteNews – Black Lives Matter, according to its own website, wants to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”… In addition to wanting to “disrupt” the traditional family, Black Lives Matter fosters “a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual…”

Vatican Orders All Departments to Close All External Accounts, by Marco Tosatti

By Marco Tosatti, Church Militant – According to several experts in Vatican finances whom we have consulted, the motive of this letter — which does not seem to have been received with big smiles by the heads of the different dicasteries — indicates one thing above all else — that the Holy See has a desperate need for liquidity, and since it is APSA that pays all the salaries of Vatican employees, the need for funds is mandatory. 

Abortion is the Crux, by Michael Pakaluk

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing – Make this concrete. The answer to riots and lawlessness? Personal sanctity. To the curtain of falsehood that must fall upon us following Bostock? Holiness. To the widespread ignorance, hypocrisy, and malice that we see clearly each day? “Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.”… Take it as a starting point, then, that spending an hour in prayer each day, receiving the Eucharist, reading the Gospel, saying the Rosary, and attempting to practice the virtues – these are infinitely more important for us than holding right opinions.

ALARMING VIDEO! Spokane Bishop Responds to Catholic Charities Racism Video, by CNA

By CNA Staff – “My Catholic Church, and my Catholic Charities organization, is racist. How could they not be? Our Catholic faith tradition is built on the premise that a baby, born in a manger, in the Middle East, was a white baby. So how can we be surprised to know that we must still fight against racism,” McCann added in the video… he wrote that “Our support of the important non-violent racial justice advocacy elements of Black Lives Matter is specifically support for human dignity, which has a clear connection with Catholic Social Teaching. To be clear, we support the concept of Black Lives Matter, but that does not mean we support any elements of that movement that promote violence or violate Church teachings.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: What Does It Mean to Trust in God?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – To trust is to move to the stable conviction that whatever God decides to do is the right thing. It means being at peace with what He does, what He decides. It is to accept that God often acts in paradoxical ways, in ways that are different from, or even contrary to, our notions of what is best. God often permits evils for some greater good, even if this greater good is hidden from us.

“Black Lives Matter” Activists Upset at Pro-Life Billboard Saying “Both Lives Matter”

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – A pro-life billboard in New Zealand has some Black Lives Matter activists upset because it uses the phrase “Both Lives Matter” in reference to a mother and her unborn baby… Newshub reports the Black Lives Matter activists claimed pro-lifers wrongly borrowed language from their own campaign… The billboard displays the phrase “Both Lives Matter” along with the image of a pregnant mother holding an ultrasound photo of her unborn baby against her stomach. Under the image is the pro-life organization’s website and the phrase, “Both deserve better than an extreme abortion law.”

Cdl. Anders Arborelius: Even Our Ordinary Lives Participate in the Mystery of Christ

By Cardinal Anders Arborelius, O.C.D., Catholic Exchange – St. Patrick shows us that Christ is everywhere. We are never without Him. Our lives as Christians are lives “through Him, with Him, in Him.” Nothing whatsoever in our lives is insignificant. Everything is connected with the person of Jesus Christ, God-with-us. It is His heartfelt desire to encounter us in everything that happens. He wants us to belong to Him in such an intimate way that every event will bring us closer to Him.

Hidden in Plain Sight: How Abortion Erases Black Lives, by Quinn Roberts, Dean Nelson

By Quinn Roberts, Dean Nelson, Family Research Council – Today, abortions of black babies make up 38 percent of all abortions, even though African Americans only make up 13 percent of the population. In 2016 alone, the lives of 137,510 black babies were ended under the “right to privacy” called abortion. Dr. La Verne Tolbert, former Planned Parenthood board member turned pro-life advocate, commented on this alarmingly high rate of black abortions: “Planned Parenthood targets minorities for abortion with the specific goal of keeping down (or lowering) the birthrate of Black babies….

A Culture War Battle Trump Can Win (The Lines Are Drawn for 2020), by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – …from the White House lawn on Saturday, July 4, Donald Trump recast the presidential race… Standing beneath the mammoth carved images of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, Trump declared: “Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities.”… These mobs are made up of Marxists, criminals and anarchists. Their cause is a cultural revolution. “Their goal is not a better America. Their goal is the end of America.”

Fr. Benedict Kiely: A Little Oasis of Orthodoxy

By Fr. Benedict Kiely, Crisis Magazine – It also smells like a church. Incense lingers, partly because the roof is so low and partly because clergy and servers do not believe in Schumacher’s “small is beautiful” where incense is concerned. No need for a “hunt the tabernacle” competition. The celebrants are seated, correctly, to the side of the altar, and the Blessed Sacrament is the central focus of the church.

Trump Defends America, Calls Cancel Culture ‘Totalitarianism’ in Electrifying Mt. Rushmore Speech, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – Standing at the foot of majestic Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day and amid thunderous cheers and chants of “USA! USA! USA!” President Donald Trump delivered a reassuring message counteracting weeks of Anti-American protests, riots, and assaults not only on the country’s historic monuments, but on history itself… President Trump identified the force driving recent eruptions of violence and desecration of cultural sites as “far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance,” a “left-wing cultural revolution designed to overthrow the American Revolution.”

The Deadly “Quality of Life” Ethic, by Wesley J. Smith

By Wesley J. Smith, First Things – Something evil happened recently in Austin. Michael Hickson, a forty-six-year-old African-American man with quadriplegia and a serious brain injury, was refused treatment at St. David’s Hospital South Austin while ill with COVID-19. The hospital withheld his tube-supplied food and water despite the objections of his wife, Melissa—and even though Michael might have survived the illness with the medical care generally provided COVID patients.

Texas Bishop: BLM ‘Dangerous’ (Video), by Martina Moyski

By Martina Moyski, Church Militant – Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler is directing Catholics to read the actual BLM statement to understand its real aims, underscoring the radical bent of BLM’s ideology… Branding the leftist group’s agenda “dangerous,” Strickland points to two disturbing points in particular… Another Texas Bishop, Mark Seitz, attended a BLM rally with parishioners and other clergy El Paso, Texas on June 1, holding a sign that read, “Black Lives Matter.”

Fr. Altman: Independence Day Homily (Watch)

By Father James Altman, St. James the Less Church, Complicit Clergy, July 5, 2020 – Fr. Altman recalls the freedom won for us by our nation’s forefathers and the responsibly we have to defend this freedom for future generations.

America ‘Demonically Oppressed’, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – America is being influenced by demons, and the signs are abundant, according to a seasoned exorcist… Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, exorcist for the diocese of Syracuse and research associate professor at the Catholic University of America made these observations on June 11 in his online journal, Exorcist Diary. In his diary, Rossetti warns of what he sees as signs of America’s demon-infested society.

Texas Bishop Calls out ‘Dangerous’ Black Lives Matter Movement, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart – The bishop of Tyler, Texas, has urged the faithful to educate themselves about the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, insisting that its mission statement is contrary to Christian belief… “Please educate yourself on this!” Bishop Joseph Strickland wrote in an Independence Day tweet in reference to the BLM mission statement… “Toward the end of this statement 2 points are made that are contrary to FAITH,” he continues, “#1 opposing the nuclear family (where is dad?) and #2 opposing God’s plan for sex as a union of male & female. This agenda is DANGEROUS!”

FoxNews: Atlanta Mayor Calls for Citizens to Stop ‘Shooting Each Other’ After Murder of 8-Year-Old Near BLM Protest Site

By Gregg Re, Fox News – Secoriya Williamson, the father of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner, told reporters that his daughter had been killed after at least two people in a crowd of armed people opened fire on a car she was riding in with her mother. Authorities said the mother had attempted to drive through illegally placed barricades in the area when the vehicle came under fire Saturday night…

Fr. Joseph M. Esper: The Saints Can Teach Us How to Forgive

By Fr. Joseph M. Esper, Catholic Exchange – It goes against our sinful human nature to renounce vengeance and to leave our malefactors unpunished, but this is what is expected of us. “‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Rom. 12:19).  This very difficult teaching was obeyed by the saints — although in some cases, not without much struggle — and we must also heed it.

Vatican Watchdog Skips Scandals in Annual Report

n his annual report, made public on July 3, the president of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (AIF) does not mention the October 1 police raid on the AIF offices, nor the abrupt departure of the agency’s top two officials… Carmelo Barbagallo, who took over the AIF last November, shortly after the raid, reports closer cooperation with the financial-oversight agencies of other nations, and boasts of an “intensification of prudential supervision” of Vatican transactions.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Stop Yoking Around – A Homily for the 14th Sunday of the Year

By Msgr. Charles Pope – We in the West live in a place and at a time in which almost every burden of manual labor has been eliminated. Not only that, but creature comforts abound. Everything from air conditioning to hair conditioning, from fast food to high speed internet, from indoor plumbing to outdoor grilling, from instant computer downloads to instant coffee machines… Yet despite all this it would seem that we still keenly experience life’s burdens, demonstrated by the widespread recourse to psychotherapy and psychotropic drugs… It is increasingly clear that serenity is “an inside job.”

Judge Slams Andrew Cuomo Lockdown: You Can’t Treat Churches and Businesses Differently, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, LifeNews – You can treat churches differently–but you can’t get away with it. That was one federal court’s message to New York leaders last week, when it called out the state’s double standards on coronavirus orders… Hypocrisy, which has been spreading faster than COVID, won’t stand up to the legal challenge, Judge Gary Sharpe warned. Liberals may have selectively OK’d mass gatherings, but the Constitution isn’t a document of “freedom for me, but not for thee.”

Thoughts for the Fourth: Recalling the Freedoms Contained in the Declaration, by Lawrence P. Grayson

By Lawrence P. Grayson, EWTN News – The Fourth of July is typically a day of joyous festivities celebrating America’s birth as a nation. Today, however, the country is experiencing spirit-wrenching events. The nation has undergone several months of lockdown and restrictions on its constitutional freedoms of assembly and religion due to a viral pandemic. Riots have occurred in cities across the country, sparked by the egregious death of a black man by an excessively combative police officer.

Archbishop Viganò: I Do Not Think Vatican II Was Invalid, But It Was Gravely Manipulated

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, LifeSiteNews – You begin with my initial observation: “It is undeniable that from Vatican II onwards a parallel church was built, superimposed over and diametrically opposed to the true Church of Christ,” and then quote my words about the solution to the impasse in which we find ourselves today: “It will be for one of his Successors, the Vicar of Christ, in the fullness of his apostolic power, to rejoin the thread of Tradition there where it was cut off. This will not be a defeat but an act of truth, humility, and courage. The authority and infallibility of the Successor of the Prince of the Apostles will emerge intact and reconfirmed.”

Fr. Paul D. Scalia: The Impious Public Square

By Fr. Paul D. Scalia, The Catholic Thing – We all sense that the current crisis in our nation is more than just a passing bit of social unrest. The anger legitimately directed at racism and police brutality has somehow morphed into an indiscriminate rejection of the past, a desire to sever us from all that came before… This renunciation might seem all-of-a-sudden to many people. In fact, it’s been prepared for years by bad education and, even more, the erosion and weakening of that foundational virtue, piety.

Fr. Richard Heilman: This is a Battle for the Soul of America (Aug. 4, 2019)

By Fr. Richard Heilman, Roman Catholic Man – There is no doubt we are living in troubled times. This, while Godless leaders in our nation have usurped the phrase, “This is a battle for the soul of America,” as they seek to enact laws for unrestricted abortion up to birth; as they refuse to protect life even at birth; as they seek the expansion of euthanasia; as they espouse a complete denial of God’s creation of male and female as based upon biological fact and natural law; as they seek the indoctrination of our children in our schools and libraries; as they seek to remove all of our religious freedoms.

San Francisco Catholic Archdiocese ‘Surprised’ by Order to Cease Indoor, Public Masses, by Jonah McKeown

By Jonah McKeown, CNA – The Archdiocese of San Francisco is pledging to comply with the city and county public health orders barring indoor public Masses and limiting outdoor services, including funerals, to 12 people… City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a letter June 29 to the archdiocese’ lawyer, ordering the archdiocese to cease-and-desist indoor public Masses and giving it one day to comply… “Upon reviewing the reports of multiple San Francisco parishes holding indoor Mass over the last few weeks, the Health Officer has concluded that the Archdiocese is putting not only its parishioners but the larger community at risk of serious illness and death,” the letter said.

Texas Hospital Starves Quadriplegic COVID-19 Patient to Death Against Wife’s Protests

By Texas Right to Life – St. David’s doctor: “So as of right now, his quality of life — he doesn’t have much of one.”
Melissa: “What do you mean? Because he’s paralyzed with a brain injury he doesn’t have quality of life?”
St. David’s doctor: “Correct.”
Alarmingly, the doctor reiterated the scary reality that she had zero say in whether her husband lived or died. The doctor told Melissa, “but at this point, we are going to do what we feel is best for him along with the state and this is what we decided… this is the decision between the medical community and the state.”

Is His Burden Really Light? by Marcellino D’Ambrosio

By Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Ph.D., Catholic Exchange – I once knew a woman who called herself “a recovering Catholic.” It seems that as a child, she was taught a religion that was all about guilt. Impossible demands were placed on her requiring strenuous efforts that were doomed to frustration. Turn the other cheek. Don’t even THINK about romantic flings. Love your enemies… Attempting this by sheer willpower was all too much for her, leading to an abiding sense of guilt. No wonder she rejected such a religion….

Grilled by Fox News Host, GOP Sen. Mike Braun Defends BLM, by Chad Groening, Billy Davis

By Chad Groening, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – Sen. Braun introduced the Reforming Qualified Immunity Act last week, which he told Carlson was necessary because Democrats have seized the issue of police reform, leaving Republicans on the outside of a big issue… “Chuck Schumer has already decided he can make hay of this in the election,” Braun said, “and we will end up on the short side of it again.”.. “I thought Republicans controlled the Senate,” Carlson shot back. “So you’re taking your cues from Chuck Schumer [and] saying, He might criticize me, therefore I have to pass a law that makes it easier to sue police?”

Racism Against Whites Is a Sin, Too, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – Pope Francis has condemned racism, and what Catholic could possibly disagree? Responding to the killing of George Floyd, the Holy Father said: “My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” I have to think he would agree that racism against whites by blacks should also be condemned… But it seems there is something of an open season on whites by blacks and this has to be concerning.

Cdl. Pell: Mission vs. Mismanagement, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – His criticism came in the form of a video message delivered on Tuesday at Rome’s Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. In his message addressed to the Global Institute of Church Management, a U.S.-based nonprofit, the cardinal explains why the Church’s spiritual mission is no excuse for bad financial management… “Undoubtedly, money is one of God’s gifts, [but] it is also a source of temptation,” he said. “To say that the Church is not a business provides no justification for us to be inefficient, much less for us to be corrupt.”

Chief Justice Roberts Sends Troubling Signals in Louisiana Abortion Case, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts cast the swing vote in June Medical Services v. Russo Monday, striking down a Louisiana law that required doctors at abortion facilities to have admitting privileges at a local hospital within a 30-minute radius… The surprising decision disappointed pro-life advocates who were hopeful that he would uphold the Louisiana regulation, especially given his dissent from the 2016 Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Supreme Court decision striking down a similar regulation in Texas.

Abortion: I Wrote Louisiana’s Pro-Life Law. The Supreme Court Ruled Against Women’s Health. by Katrina Jackson

By Katrina Jackson, Opinion contributor, USA Today – My desire to author the legislation came from listening to the stories of women hurt by abortion as I sat on the Louisiana Health and Welfare Committee and placing myself in their shoes. As I listened, I learned that the women of Louisiana were suffering because of the negligence of medical professionals and deplorable conditions at our state’s abortion facilities… It was alarming to me, for example, that one of our state’s primary abortion clinics, Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge, had a decades-long history of unsanitary conditions and substandard medical care that most recently led to a woman requiring a full hysterectomy following an incomplete abortion.

Love Your Priests, by Constance T. Hull

By Constance T. Hull, Catholic Exchange – When I saw the video of Fr. Stephen Schumacher from the Archdiocese of St. Louis standing in front of the city’s statue of St. Louis, while surrounded by an angry mob, I knew it was a pivotal moment for priests in this country. This young priest attempted to engage with an angry mob set on destroying a statue of a saint they know nothing about, which was evidenced by the ignorance being shouted at him as he attempted to offer a history lesson about the king and saint… He put his life in danger in order to spread the Good News.

And Then They Came for the Catholics, by Anne Hendershott

By Anne Hendershott, The American Spectator – With the exception of a few courageous bishops, most Catholic leaders have remained silent about the mob’s destruction of the statues of the Father of California’s Catholic missions, St. Junipero Serra — replete with the callous desecration of the sacred symbol of the crucifix. It may be time now for the laity to get involved in the debate as Black Lives Matter advocates are now promising to destroy the sacred statues, religious stained glass, and revered icons that adorn Catholic churches. Claiming that the “European” depictions of Jesus are a “gross form of white supremacy,” Shaun King, one of the most well-known Black Lives Matter activists, is demanding that “they should all come down.”

Universities Sowing the Seeds of Their Own Obsolescence, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, Townhall – When mobs tore down a statue of Ulysses S. Grant and defaced a monument to African American veterans of the Civil War, many people wondered whether the protesters had ever learned anything in high school or college… Universities are certainly teaching our youth to be confident, loud and self-righteous. But the media blitz during these last several weeks of protests, riots and looting also revealed a generation that is poorly educated and yet petulant and self-assured without justification.

Fired Worker Says Catholic Hospital Ignoring Teachings, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – Hugh Brown of American Life League tells OneNewsNow that Kreft’s firing, after standing up for Catholic beliefs, makes it clear the hospital employee was not working for a genuine Catholic hospital… Brown says many fellow Catholics have “sold their souls” in the decades following the Roe v Wade ruling… “And until that stops,” he says, “the church is going to continue to get smaller, to be more marginalized. And I think that the persecution of the church, it’s invited on itself because it refuses to stand for what it believes.”

Louisiana, Before the Judgment Seat, by Sean Fitzpatrick

By Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine – In the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, there is a petition for “a good defense before the awesome judgment seat of God.” I often find that abortion flashes through my mind at that prayer. Given the outrageous atrocity that abortion is in the free world, the free people should expect to answer for it when the Judge takes His seat. Do we have a good defense? What did we do? What could we have done?

The Supreme Court Decision Could End the Government-School Monopoly, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – If I read the column correctly— if even the Post has finally grasped the truth that competition can enhance educational quality— then the Espinoza decision really could be a watershed moment in American history. We could witness an explosion in educational alternatives, a burst of entrepreneurial creativity, and an end to the encrusted and inefficient government educational monopoly.

Joe Biden Supports Abortions Up to Birth, Supports Killing Babies “Under Any Circumstance”

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – With the words “under any circumstances,” Joe Biden signaled Monday that he supports the killing of unborn babies for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy… “Women’s health care rights have been under attack as states across the country have passed extreme laws restricting women’s constitutional right to choice under any circumstance,” Biden said Monday in response to the news. “Today the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that states cannot put in place laws that unduly burden a women’s right to make her own health care decision with her doctor.”

Republican Governor Accepts Decision to Save Last Abortion Center in Missouri, by Cheryl Sullenger

By Cheryl Sullenger, LifeSiteNews – “We can be sure that if RHS Planned Parenthood resumes abortions in St. Louis, it will continue to put the lives and health of women at risk,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Licensing this Planned Parenthood was a big mistake that will be paid for by women who will continue to be abused as they have been in the past.”… “I hope that Gov. Parson and the DHSS can find the will to somehow continue their fight to close the RHS Planned Parenthood,” said Newman. “If they don’t, we can only expect more avoidable human tragedy there.”

Amazon Conference to Aid ‘Mother Earth’, by Jules Gomes 

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – Critics have questioned the need for the creation of yet another organization in the Amazon region… “In addition to various national bishops’ conferences and CELAM, Latin America already has several sub-regional bodies of bishops, like the Andean region, the Bolivarian region, the Antilles and so forth,” Julio Loredo, president of the Italian section of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) told Church Militant… “Most have one thing in common: They are guided by people aligned with the several strains of liberation theology,” the Peruvian expert on liberation theology explained.

Justice Roberts Splits The Baby, by Thomas FitzGerald

By Thomas FitzGerald, American Conservative – The U.S. Supreme Court’s Chief Justice, John Roberts, has taken upon himself the Solomonic role of American philosopher king left vacant at Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. Seemingly committed above all to the institutional legitimacy of the Court, Roberts has in the last few weeks cast a series of votes in the Bostock, Espinoza, and June Medical Services cases that appear to show him to be trying to placate both sides of America’s culture wars by offering something to each.

“A Republic, If You Can Keep It”, by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith,  The Catholic Thing – The legend has it that a crowd had gathered outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia as the deliberations of the Constitutional Convention were concluding in 1787. As Benjamin Franklin exited the Hall, a woman called out, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” To which Franklin replied: “A republic, if you can keep it.”… Who cares about the Constitution anymore? Many Americans still do. And all Americans should. Not the Constitution created out of various interpretations of the Bill of Rights, but the Constitution itself and the form of the Constitutional order it was written to create and protect.

President Trump Will ‘Lead America Back to God,’ According to 1983 Prophecy, by John-Henry Westen

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – Tom Zimmer said in 1983 that ‘right now, in the United States, there’s a man who has the hand of God on him…and God is going to use him in the future…his name is Donald Trump.’… What if I told you that there was someone who prophesied in the early 1980s that Donald Trump would bring America back to God?

A Woman’s Case Against Women-Priests, by Constance T. Hull

By Constance T. Hull, Crisis Magazine – If a woman’s primary objective is having a place of authority within the hierarchy when she argues for equality, then she is misunderstanding both the nature of the priesthood and her call to serve Christ as a woman in the Church. Any movement on the part of men or women in the Church that is predicated on power in relation to the priesthood becomes unmoored from the priesthood Christ instituted at the Last Supper… When Our Lord instituted His priesthood, He did so by showing His apostles that to be one of His priests is to be a man of service and radical self-emptying.

Saint of the Day for July 1: Saint Junipero Serra (Nov. 24, 1713 – Aug. 28, 1784)

By Franciscan Media – In 1776, when the American Revolution was beginning in the east, another part of the future United States was being born in California. That year a gray-robed Franciscan founded Mission San Juan Capistrano, now famous for its annually returning swallows. San Juan was the seventh of nine missions established under the direction of this indomitable Spaniard… Born on Spain’s island of Mallorca, Serra entered the Franciscan Order taking the name of Saint Francis’ childlike companion, Brother Juniper.

Bloggers Discuss Being SAHMs “Stay at Home Moms”

Blog by Emily, Total Whine – For some women, this manifests as a decision to leave the workforce to be a Stay-at-Home-Mom (SAHM)… Unfortunately, as women make the best choice for their family, it can give way to something ugly. Women are hit with personal attacks on social media, unkind questions at family gatherings, and judgmental presumptions of strangers, just to name a few. It is incredibly isolating, and makes every SAHM look for camaraderie.

Fr. Nnamdi Moneme: Why I Will Remain an “Adolescent” Priest

By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange – Why did I go to visit the sick and dying woman in a moment of lockdown when there was a red alert for the Covid-19 virus? Well, I reflect on what happened on the day that I was ordained a Catholic priest… This is why the words of Pope Francis a few days ago about priests who chose to attend to the sacramental needs of the faithful at the height of Covid-19 was both painful and disappointing to me. He had this to say about those priests who tried to administer the sacraments despite the lockdown measures, “This priestly creativity has scored some ‘adolescent’ expressions against the [lockdown] measures of authorities who have an obligation to safeguard people’s health.”

Blindsided by Roberts, Pro-Lifers Vow to ‘Keep Fighting’, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics in the state. The law requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, a requirement the court said violates abortion rights… Pro-life activists were surprised to witness Chief Justice John Roberts, a George W. Bush nominee, side with the court’s liberal justices. He ruled in favor of a similar Texas law in 2016 so was expected to rule similarly… “We are going to keep fighting,” Carol Tobias, speaking for National Right to Life…

Planned Parenthood Leaders Admit Under Oath to Harvesting Body Parts From Babies Born Alive, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – In her sworn testimony, Larton admitted that she has seen aborted babies’ hearts “beating independently” after they are born. She also confirmed that some aborted babies’ bodies are fully intact… Larton explained that most aborted babies come out of the womb in pieces, but sometimes ABR sees fully intact bodies. Asked about those situations, Larton replied, “They just, sometimes they fall out” of the mother when she delivers the baby in the abortion operating room. When questioned about how often that occurs, she replied, “Once every couple months.”

Dennis Prager Video: Why I Love America

Media Editors, Patriot Post – No country is more open, more generous, and has done more for the cause of freedom than America has… Dennis Prager has traveled all over the world. But at the end of every trip, he returns home with a new appreciation for America. Why? Because no country is more open, more generous, and has done more for the cause of freedom than America has.

Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Physical hunger is a serious problem; We are obliged to assist the starving and malnourished. But even more prevalent these days is spiritual hunger, if not outright starvation. As is the case with physical hunger, the source of spiritual hunger is not God, who has given us abundant grace and truth; it is we who are the source. It is a strange starvation to be sure, for it is largely self-inflicted. Further, it seems to be at an advanced stage.

Pope: Don’t Criticize Leaders, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – Francis has criticized Trump as “not Christian” because of the president’s immigration policies. In 2017, the pope put down Trump for his decision to rescind DACA: “The president of the U.S. presents himself as pro-life and if he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that family is the cradle of life and its unity must be protected.” … Francis later ratcheted up his anti-Trump rhetoric: “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian.”… Pope Francis addressed the themes of unity and prophecy in his sermon, castigating “speeches that promise the impossible.”… “Start serving and shut up. Not theory, but testimony,” the pontiff scolded.

Ideas Don’t Have Consequences: Why Conservatives Keep Losing, by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

By Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, The Claremont Institute – That is the missing half of the half-truth: ideas, by themselves, do not do a darn thing. People have to do something about those ideas. Someone has to inject those ideas into functioning institutions that make decisions that affect people’s lives. Ideas, by themselves, do not have consequences. People’s actions have consequences… We have no right to whine and complain about the “Left’s Long March Through the Institutions.” They marched largely unopposed! We lost a game we never even showed up to play. We weren’t even watching from the bleachers.

Five Justices vs. The People, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, Family Research Council – “Unnecessary.” That’s the word the majority of justices used to describe a law that would have kept 10,000 women a year safe. Women, who, when they walk through the doors of Louisiana’s abortion centers every year, are under the assumption they’ll be protected. That their doctors care. Jamie Lee would give anything to warn them — to tell them to turn back and go home — but she’ll never have the chance. She bled to death in the back of her sister’s car because her abortionist didn’t want to call an ambulance over the seven-inch gash he put in her uterus… These are the third-world conditions the Left fought for — and won…

The Pro-Antifa, Anti-Catholic International Criminal Court (ICC), by Mary Jo Anderson

By Mary Jo Anderson, Crisis Magazine – President Trump issued an executive order on Friday, June 12, to block the visas and property of some International Criminal Court personnel. Within hours a mushroom cloud of denouncements by Blue-Checks loomed over social media. “More U.S. thuggery.” “The U.S. Rogue Regime continues.” The Court is “blackmailed by lawless gang posing as diplomats.” The International Criminal Court (ICC) complained that the Executive Order is “an unacceptable attempt to interfere with the rule of law.”

Trump Admin Slams Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision: It “Devalued the Lives of Unborn Children”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, Life News – On behalf of President Donald Trump, the White House issued a statement slamming the ruling and saying it “devalued the lives of unborn children.”… “In an unfortunate ruling today, the Supreme Court devalued both the health of mothers and the lives of unborn children by gutting Louisiana’s policy that required all abortion procedures be performed by individuals with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital,” the White House said. “States have legitimate interests in regulating any medical procedure—including abortions—to protect patient safety….”

U.S. Bishops Condemn ‘Cruel’ SCOTUS Pro-Abortion Ruling, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart – “Abortion violently ends the life of a child, and often severely harms women,” writes Kansas City Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann in a statement. “Abortion becomes even more destructive when basic health and safety standards are ignored, and profit margins are prioritized over women’s lives.”… “As Catholics, we condemn abortion as a grave injustice that denies the fundamental human right to life,” Archbishop Naumann said. “Yet even as we seek to end the brutality of legalized abortion, we still believe that the women who seek it should not be further harmed and abused by a callous, profit-driven industry.”

America’s Survival Hangs in the Balance, by David Limbaugh

By David Limbaugh, The Stream – How long can this nation survive when its main cultural and educational institutions preach a relentless, unchallenged stream of anti-Americanism to young people (and others) who lack the background to resist this toxicity?… Along with others, I have long argued that the American left has a major problem with America as founded. Yet Democrats are outraged by the suggestion, and too many Republicans seem insufficiently concerned about it. They better wake up.

Roberts Votes Pro-Death, by Bradley Eli

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant – Chief Justice John Roberts — a Catholic — cast the deciding vote in the High Court’s first major abortion ruling of the Trump era… Roberts sided with four liberal justices Monday in the case of June Medical Services v. Russo, allowing the U.S. Supreme Court to nullify Louisiana’s abortionist admitting-privilege law. Concurring with the liberal majority, Roberts wrote that the status quo must be preserved… “The legal doctrine of stare decisis requires us, absent special circumstances, to treat like cases alike,” Roberts penned. “The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons. Therefore Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents.”

Fr. Mike Schmitz: Make Small Sacrifices for a Big Change (Video)

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – Making small sacrifices is not just for Lent, because sacrifices and penance are necessary. As Christ said: “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” ~Luke 9:23… And this is true all year long. But when Jesus said to deny yourself, he didn’t mean to always go against what you want. Really. He meant there are things I want that will not make me more like him—a lot of things, actually. So following him often means dying to self by denying myself those things.

Abortion Enjoying Limited Support, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – David O’Steen, executive director of the National Right to Life Committee, says 40 percent of those who participated in the annual Gallup poll on social issues believe terminating the life of a preborn baby to be morally wrong… “Once again this shows that most Americans, in this particular poll a plurality of Americans, identified as feeling abortion is morally wrong,” O’Steen tells OneNewsNow. “This has been consistent ever since Roe v. Wade.”

Chief Justice John Roberts’s Lack of Courage Is Damaging the Supreme Court, by Dan McLaughlin

By Dan McLaughlin, National Review – There is a saying — perhaps as old as Aristotle — that courage is the first virtue, because it makes all the others possible. We usually associate courage (or its absence) with leadership by elected officials: There are times when it is hard to stand up for your principles, to stand against your own party, or both. From judges, we are told, the important thing is to follow, not to lead: to have the ascetic self-discipline to apply the Constitution and laws as written, and not to put your own policy preferences above the letter of the law… Two of today’s Supreme Court decisions, on abortion and separation of powers, are further evidence of this. …

Catholic Priest, Laity Defend Statue of St. Louis as Leftist Protestors Become Increasingly Violent, by Paul Smeaton

By Paul Smeaton, LifeSiteNews – A Catholic priest in Missouri addressed hundreds of angry protestors while defending a statue of St. Louis in the city named after the sainted king on a day when Catholic laity praying at the statue were physically attacked by protestors… Father Stephen Schumacher, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, joined Catholic laity in Forest Park on Saturday who placed themselves between the already vandalized statue and activists calling for it to be torn down.

Msgr. Charles Pope: How Civilizations Rise and Fall in Eight Stages

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Let’s look at each of the eight stages. The names of the stages are from Alexander Tyler’s book and are presented in bold red text. My brief reflections follow in plain text… 1) From bondage to spiritual growth – Great civilizations are formed in the crucible. The Ancient Jews were in bondage for 400 years in Egypt. The Christian faith and the Church came out of 300 years of persecution. Western Christendom emerged from the chaotic conflicts during the decline of the Roman Empire and the movements of often fierce “barbarian” tribes. American culture was formed by the injustices that grew in colonial times. Sufferings and injustices cause—even force—spiritual growth. Suffering brings wisdom and demands a spiritual discipline that seeks justice and solutions…

Archbishop Performs Exorcism Where St. Junipero Serra Fell, Asking For God’s Mercy, by Alyssa Murphy

By Alyssa Murphy, EWTN News – Archbishop Cordileone said the toppling of the statue had affected him greatly: “I’ve been feeling great distress and a deep wound in my soul when I see these horrendous acts of blasphemy…and disparaging of the memory of Serra who was such a great hero, such a great defender of the indigenous people of this land. Someone who was very much a part of my life growing up. I grew up very close to the first mission that he founded in San Diego. So it inflicted a very deep wound in my soul.”… The archbishop performed an exorcism for what he called “an act of sacrilege, an act of the evil one,” adding: “This is the activity of the evil one who wants to bring down the Church, who wants to bring down all Christian believers….

WATCH: Fr. Altman: Hold Fast to the One True Faith

Complicit Clergy, Jun 29, 2020 – Fr. Robert Altman speaks about challenges perpetrated on the faith over the past 50 years and why Catholics must hold fast to the one true faith. WATCH

AP: Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law

AP – The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big abortion case of the Trump era… Chief Justice John Roberts joined with his four more liberal colleagues in ruling that the law requiring doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals violates the abortion right the court first announced in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973… In dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, “Today a majority of the Court perpetuates its ill-founded abortion jurisprudence by enjoining a perfectly legitimate state law and doing so without jurisdiction.”

WATCH! Fr. Robert Altier: Beware of False Prophets (Video)

By Complicit Clergy, June 28, 2020 – Fr. Robert Altier issues a warning to beware of false prophets who preach a different message than Jesus Christ.

Advancing Worldwide Marxism (Video) by Martina Moyski

By Martina Moyski, Church Militant – But “We’ve gotta watch the Vatican,” former prosecutor and investigative journalist Liz Yore urged on War Room Pandemic last week, as she alerted the public to the Vatican’s ties with the CCP… The Vatican’s Global Compact on Education, scheduled for Oct. 15, has partnered with “One People, One Planet [which] is sponsored by, none other than, Huwei [a telecommunications provider blacklisted by the United States due to national security concerns]” Yore reported… Yore said bluntly: “Pope Francis is virulently anti-American and communist … .”

Saint of the Day for June 29: Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

By Franciscan Media – Peter (d. 64?) Saint Mark ends the first half of his Gospel with a triumphant climax. He has recorded doubt, misunderstanding, and the opposition of many to Jesus. Now Peter makes his great confession of faith: “You are the Messiah” (Mark 8:29b). It was one of the many glorious moments in Peter’s life, beginning with the day he was called from his nets along the Sea of Galilee to become a fisher of men for Jesus.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Be Prepared for the Sifting

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, The Stream – The study of history reminds us that during times of social unrest the population is sifted. It unleashes the violence and hatred that simmers within the human heart. When the violence breaks out society goes through a kind of grain harvest… People are cut off and taken to the threshing floor where they receive a thrashing not a threshing. In times of unrest violence rumbles through society, destroying property, threatening lives, raising stress levels and making people aware of hidden streams of injustice, resentment and fear. It’s like we’re taking a beating.

Archives: Msgr. Charles Pope: The Times Are Urgent and We Must Heed the Warnings of Our Lady (10/10/17)

By Msgr. Charles Pope, National Catholic Register – The parable of the vineyard owner was a true warning of the destruction that was sure to come unless repentance and faith replaced the obstinate refusal to obey and believe. It is tragic that things were so bad that God had to act drastically in order to reset the moral and spiritual order, to and save even a few… I would argue, based on prophecy, that we are nearing such a time now and that we must urgently pray for both mercy and repentance. The warnings and prophecies of Our Lady in the past one hundred years have become more urgent and even dire.

Bishop Joseph Strickland: Solidarity, Subsidiarity, And Economic Concerns (Part 3)

By Most Reverend Bishop Joseph Strickland, The Wanderer – Pope St. John Paul wrote: “Returning now to the initial question: can it perhaps be said that, after the failure of Communism, capitalism is the victorious social system, and that capitalism should be the goal of the countries now making efforts to rebuild their economy and society? Is this the model, which ought to be proposed to the countries of the Third World, which are searching for the path to true economic and civil progress? The answer is obviously complex. …

Liberty or Tyranny? We Have a Choice to Make, America, by Allen West

By Allen West, CNSNews – Last week former President Barack Obama appeared with his former Vice President “Basement” Joe Biden in a video conference. I was truly taken aback when Obama referred to what is happening in America as an “awakening,” a “movement.”… It was at that moment that I reflected upon how Obama and his administration responded to a real awakening — a movement that occurred during his presidency.

Msgr. Charles Pope: A Question and a Warning from the Lord.

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In the 4th Century, St. Augustine lamented the decline of Rome and Roman culture… things were falling to pieces, decadence was everywhere. He struggled to understand this and accept it. In his sorrow he wrote The City of God which contains his own observations and explanations of a time much like our own wherein a civilization was collapsing… There is something of a cycle that empires, nations, cultures and civilizations go through. They rise, sometimes heroically in a great struggle, they thrive, but then see decadence and disorder set in as their very greatness turns to greed and then laziness…

UN Secretary General Calls for “Global Governance” With ‘Teeth’, by Lianne Laurence

By Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNews – UN Sec. Gen. Antonio Guterres is calling for a “multilateral” level of governance with the “teeth” to “function as an instrument of global governance where it is needed.”… “The problem is that today’s multilateralism lacks scale, ambition and teeth,” Guterres said during a Thursday press conferenc… “And some of the instruments that do have teeth, show little or no appetite to bite, as has recently been the case with the difficulties faced by the Security Council.”

We’re All on the Frontlines Now, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – People talk a lot about “cultural Marxism” now… Marx himself would have looked askance at much of what falls under that rubric today. He had, for example, a rather low view of the non-white races – on the basis of the settled science of his time. Curiously, though there are statues of Marx all over Europe, none have been torn down recently.

Catholics, Now is Our ‘Moment’ to Defend Our Statues, Our Churches, Our Faith, by Jason Scott Jones

By Jason Scott Jones, LifeSiteNews – In 2013, the New York Times published a bleak essay titled “The End of a Catholic Moment,” mourning the loss of the prestige and influence Catholics had had in America only a few years earlier… In 2005, Republicans built their party platform on Catholic social teachings, Democrats anxiously sought the approval of Catholic “values voters,” and the mainstream media broadcasted Pope Saint John Paul II’s splendid funeral with such reverence that it “almost felt like an infomercial for the Catholic faith.”

Lay Catholic Social Action: The Bishops Must Have Our Backs. by Dr. Jeff Mirus 

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – A family member texted me on Wednesday to suggest that Bishop Robert Barron’s response to an important question had been inadequate. As Catholics decried the toppling of the statues of St. Junipero Serra in several California locations, Bishop Barron noticed that many wanted to know what the bishops were going to do about it. He responded that this is the wrong question because.. it is the province of the laity to engage directly with the larger secular world.

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