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Contraception and Our Abdication of Fatherhood, by Michael Pakaluk

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing – My thesis is that contraception negates fatherhood, is at war with it, undermines what it means to be a father. Where widely adopted, it works out that effect in all aspects of society.  We are familiar with the idea, championed by St. John Paul II, “the Great,” that contraception attacks the unity of husband and wife. The unitive dimension of the sexual act will not survive, he taught, if separated from the procreative.  I want to add: fatherhood will not survive if the sexual act is separated from its fatherly aspect.

COVID Vaccines Are a Political Mess, by Nate Jackson

By Nate Jackson, Patriot Post – Suppression of information, mandates, and big goals are turning people off… One of the great ironies exposed during the coronavirus pandemic is the professed dedication to Science™ from the same people suppressing scientific debate.

Catholic Bishops vs. Pro-Abortion Democrats, by Steve Jordahl

By Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – Austin Ruse of the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam) says the Catholic Church in America finds itself in a place it has never been before… “We’ve never had a president of the United States who’s both Catholic and a dissenter on fundamental teachings of the Church,” Ruse tells One News Now. “So there’s an awful lot of confusion out there, and the bishops are just trying to clean it up.”

School Board Warfare, by Joseph Enders  

By Joseph Enders, Church Militant – The fight against Marxist orthodoxy in public schools is kicking off in historically blue states as schools in both New Jersey and California encounter ongoing pressure to expel leftism… The Randolph, New Jersey school board on Monday backed down from its vote to remove holidays, including Columbus Day, from the school calendar — voting 8–1 to reinstate the old calendar after hundreds of angry Italian Americans and parents called for the board’s resignation.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Letting Go of Our Obsession with Having the Perfect Body

By Msgr. Charles Pope – … I am not a 21-year-old with a 28-inch waist and dark rich hair. Trying to be this is a losing battle. The fact is, I look just like my father, who looked just like his father. Genetics, body type, and age tend to win, and the energy required to try to overcome these is increasingly disproportionate to the results and to my other duties… I do want to say that I love being 60. I would never want to be 25 again …

Pride Goeth Before a Fall, by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – Bishop Garrison… (is) a former Army officer and currently serves as Director of National Security Outreach. He also leads the Defense Department’s Countering Extremism Wokeing…er, Working Group. Garrison is fully on board with Critical Race Theory, the 1619 Project, and President Biden’s belief that “terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today.”

DeSantis Signs New Laws to Protect Freed Thought, Educate Students on Evil of Communism, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed three new laws Tuesday aimed at strengthening civic literacy in the Sunshine State, including a new requirement that high-school students be taught the “evils of Communism and totalitarian ideologies.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Wise Who Built Their House upon the Rock

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 7:21-29 – “Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ …

Saint of the Day for June 24: Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Franciscan Media – Jesus called John the greatest of all those who had preceded him: “I tell you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John….” But John would have agreed completely with what Jesus added: “[Y]et the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” (Luke 7:28).

The Likelihood of a “Eucharistically Coherent” Church, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – …our bishops as a body may finally have achieved both the clarity and courage to take a stronger stand. Given opposition to a teaching document on this issue from a number of high-ranking American churchmen, it is already a very good sign that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has decided to go ahead. Now it is worth considering what the eventual document should and should not say.

Pro-Life Group Launches Ad Campaign Exposing Democrats Making Americans Fund Abortions, by Mallory Quigley

By Mallory Quigley, LifeNews – Today the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) launched a six-figure digital ad campaign targeting two vulnerable U.S. senators and six U.S. House members in competitive districts. The ad exposes congressional Democrats’ efforts to force taxpayers to fund abortion on demand by eliminating the Hyde Amendment and similar legislative riders to the budget.

Republicans Defeat Radical Democrat Bill to Take Over America’s Elections, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Senate Republicans stopped the “For the People Act,” a federal takeover of elections, by preventing Democrats from getting 60 votes to move the legislation forward. All Republicans stuck together to oppose the bill… The measure, which pro-life groups opposed for limiting pro-life free speech and disenfranchising pro-life voters, would have provided welfare for politicians with a 6-to-1 match of campaign donations with taxpayer money. It would attempt to overhaul and rewrite election laws for all 50 states in one fell swoop.

Pro-Abortion ‘Catholic’ Dems Protest New Communion Policy, Claim to ‘Advance Respect for Life’, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Sixty House Democrats have signed a joint statement calling on the USCCB to continue administering Holy Communion to “Catholic” politicians who support legal abortion, in anticipation of a potential impending rule change on the matter… The bishops voted 168-55 last week to draft a document “On the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church,” which among other issues will address “Eucharistic consistency,” referring to the need for Catholics to receive Communion only in a state of grace.

The Democrats’ Dangerous Eucharistic Theology, by Thomas Griffin

By Thomas Griffin, Crisis Magazine – Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) recently made headlines in his attempt to redefine the Catholic understanding of the Eucharist. The senator claimed that some U.S. bishops are attempting to change what it means to receive Communion. The debate revolves around the USCCB’s plan to be more specific in outlining the ability for politicians who publicly invoke and support laws that contradict Church teaching to receive Communion.

When the Foundations Are Destroyed, by Roger Helle

By Roger Helle, Patriot Post – What we are seeing happening here in America is not something new. We are seeing the results of decades of careful planning and subversion by a far-left vision to destroy the religious foundations of this nation. Our spiritual heritage goes back to the Mayflower Compact… In 1620, the Pilgrims made a covenant — this new nation would be a holy nation in covenant with a Holy God. ..

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: You Will Know Them by Their Fruits

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 7:15-20 – “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. …

Saint of the Day for June 23: St. John Fisher

Franciscan Media,  Jun 23, 2020 Saint John Fisher’s Story – (1469 – June 22, 1535) John Fisher is usually associated with Erasmus, Thomas More, and other Renaissance […]

After Outcry, Vatican Eases Restrictions on Individual Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – The archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica has made concessions to widen opportunities for priests to celebrate individual daily morning Masses in the basilica, but also has stressed that concelebrated Masses must nevertheless remain the norm there.

Homosexualist on Vatican’s Highest Court, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – Pope Francis’ latest appointment to the Catholic Church’s supreme court is a homosexualist cardinal who has no degree in canon law… Cardinal Joseph Tobin, archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, is one of four Americans the pope appointed Monday to be part of the 12 new members of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court.

Our American Catholic Rubicon, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – Nearly three-quarters of the U.S. bishops (166-58) voted Friday to prepare a document about Catholics receiving Holy Communion… The bishops’ conference doesn’t have authority to tell specific politicians such as Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi not to come forward at Mass (though individual bishops may). Which is unfortunate, because the Church has reached a kind of Rubicon in America.

St. Thomas More and the Masterpiece Cakeshop, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – “Live not by lies,” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn exhorted us, in a powerful essay, released on the day that he was arrested in 1974. He knew the power of the lies that propped up the Soviet regime… In our own society, powerful institutions are now promoting lies. We are asked—no, instructed—to believe that a man is a woman, that a partnership between two men or two women is a marriage, that any heretical deviation from this absurd new faith is evidence of hatred and dangerous to the common good.

Msgr. Charles Pope: My Soul Looks Back and Wonders How I Got Over to the Other Side – A Homily for the 12th Sunday of the Year

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The gospel today is something of a storm journal, a kind of picture of the Christian life as we journey through a stormy world against winds contrary to the gospel. There are distinctive stages, beginning with the call of Jesus to cross to the other shore. But as we cross there are surely storms and difficulties that assail us.

Parents, Be Aware and Beware, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – Donna Rice Hughes, founder of Enough Is Enough (EIE), tells One News Now a report from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) reveals an alarming increase in the grooming of children for illicit purposes during the pandemic — a 77% increase over previous totals… She says once the material goes online, including explicit photos and videos, it cannot be taken back.

‘Pride Month’ Is Now An Industry Targeting Children As Young As 3, But There Is A Resistance, by Christopher Bedford

By Christopher Bedford, The Federalist – You probably haven’t read a comic book in a few years, but if you have, particularly if you have over the past two weeks, you might have noticed a lot less Batman and Joker, and a whole lot more rainbows and gender fluidity… DC Comics, home of the Caped Crusader, is advertising LGBT Pride T-shirts for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and even the Joker’s girlfriend.

Dems Lecture Catholic Bishops After Abortion Rebuke, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – The USCCB voted 168-55 on Friday in favor of drafting “a formal statement on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church,” which could be used by church bishops to deny communion to politicians who support abortion… The vote was seen as a clear rebuke of leading Catholic Democrats like Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ….

US Bishops Trigger Catholic Dems, by Joseph Enders

By Joseph Enders, Church Militant – This legal tradition draws from 1 Corinthians 11, 27–29, where St. Paul declared: Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the Body and Blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Do Not Throw Your Pearls before Swine

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 7:6,12-14 – “Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn to attack you. So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction …

Saint of the Day for June 22: St. Thomas More

Franciscan Media – His belief that no lay ruler has jurisdiction over the Church of Christ cost Thomas More his life… Beheaded on Tower Hill, London, on July 6, 1535, More steadfastly refused to approve King Henry VIII’s divorce and remarriage and establishment of the Church of England…

Does Anyone Know What Critical Race Theory Really Is? by Tom Gilson

By Tom Gilson, The Stream – Imagine a file drawer labeled “Critical Race Theory.” On the label there’s a stern warning: “Approved Definitions Only!” You open the drawer expecting to see one thin file and one short explanation, but instead you see file folders crammed full and bulging with papers. And they’re all labeled “Definition.” Someone walks up while you’re standing there, pulls a paper out of the file, reads it and stuffs another one of his own in front of it.

Fauci Spent More Than $61 Million Funding Research With Aborted Baby Parts, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, told Townhall that (Dr. Anthony Fauci’s) agency gave $61 million to the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 for scientific research, and some of that money funded experiments that involved aborted baby body parts being attached to mice and rats.

Battle Lines, by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – There are now two sides in the growing battle for souls — those who fight for Christ and those who fight for the anti-Christ… Given the bishops’ track record, 9.9 times out of 10, they have chosen to suppress Catholic Church teaching and compromise the gospel for people who hate the Church and want Her eradicated… Now that leftist Catholicism has been so normalized, it’s become the “establishment Catholicism.” It’s now expected that a Catholic should advocate for a person’s so-called choice, whether that has to do with contraception, cohabitation before marriage, abortion or same-sex marriage.

What Justifies Withholding the Eucharist? by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – “OK. Let’s leave aside the scientific arguments, and the question of whether these extreme measures were necessary. The point of the lockdown was to keep people healthy. But the point of “Eucharistic coherence”—the point of withholding the Eucharist from people in a manifest state of grave sin—is to keep people spiritually healthy. And isn’t that the first duty of the Church’s pastors?

‘Fraud’: Attorney Claims 2020 Voting Systems Were Remotely Accessed, Election Subverted, by Ashley Sadler

By Ashley Sadler, LifeSiteNews – “We have been lied to,” said Michigan attorney Matthew DePerno… “The Antrim County election management system was REMOTELY and successfully logged into anonymously on 11/05/2020 at 5:55 PM and again on 11/17/2020 at 5:16 PM.”… “We were told there was no internet connection. We were told there was no remote access. We were told this was human error. All lies,” DePerno concluded. “This is fraud. This decertifies the Antrim County election.”

Democrat Senators Can’t Figure Out if a 15-Week-Old Unborn Child is a Human Being, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Two Democrat senators can’t figure out that an unborn baby at 15 weeks is a human being… With the Supreme Court considering a Mississippi law that ban abortions on babies after 15 weeks, CNS News asked Democrat senators if the baby at that point in pregnancy is a human being worth protecting. They couldn’t answer the question.

Pro-Life Students to Bishops: Uphold Catholic Teaching on Communion for Pro-Abortion Politicians

By Clare Marie Merkowsky, LifeSiteNews – Americans Catholics will gather in seven cities to call on bishops “to stand firm on Catholic teaching on the issue of pro-abortion politicians receiving Holy Communion.”… Pro-life organization Students for Life of America plans to hold rallies at noon local time on June 16 at the Cathedrals in New York, Los Angeles, Tyler, Texas, Kansas City, Kansas, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington, ahead of the virtual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Marriage and Family Abandoned

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – Victor Davis Hanson: “Our crisis right now is that we’re not reproducing ourselves.”… Carlson framed the question taking into consideration the mentality that encompasses our anti-life culture… Tucker Carlson: “Do you find it interesting that they are so offended by fertility and nature and that people reproduce and that’s OK? You know, that we men and women come together and create new life. Like the whole thing is repulsive to them. Why is that?”…

The Moment of Silence Heard Around the Nation

By Michael Brown, The Stream – On Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 529 into law, mandating between one and two minutes of silence to start each day in the state’s public schools. Said DeSantis, “The idea that you can just push God out of every institution and be successful, I’m sorry, our Founding Fathers did not believe that.”

Stopping Communism One School District At a Time, by Robert Knight

By Robert Knight, Patriot Post – It’s so bad that Loudoun has become Ground Zero in a parents’ pushback that is taking shape around the nation.  In April, the Virginia Project, a GOP group, exposed a leftwing group that publicly named parents who opposed Critical Race Theory and an advisory board that promised to “silence” the parents.  Subsequently, Parents for Education was formed, along with a Fight for Schools PAC to recall six school board members.

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Unpacking the Theater of Cardinal Marx’s Resignation

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza, EWTN News – Cardinal Marx (is)… one of the Pope’s most senior advisers, he is in more regular contact with the Holy Father than almost any other residential bishop. They talk frequently. This matter could easily have been handled in private conversation… The decision to stage a public epistolary exchange was therefore not to merely hash things out. It was intended to achieve some goal, to influence events in Germany and the universal Church …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: When You Pray, Fast, and Give Alms

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 – “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. …

Saint of the Day for June 16: St. John Francis Regis

Franciscan Media – Born into a family of some wealth, John Francis was so impressed by his Jesuit educators that he himself wished to enter the Society of Jesus. He did so at age 18. Despite his rigorous academic schedule, he spent many hours in chapel, often to the dismay of fellow seminarians who were concerned about his health. ..

The Antidote to Social Despair, by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – One of the most popular genres of non-fiction recently has been social critique.  It’s all the rage to tell people where we as a society went wrong.  Every aspiring “public intellectual” must stake his or her claim to prominence, it seems, by crafting a credible social critique. There’s Augusto del Noce in Italy, Pierre Manent in France, Charles Taylor in Canada, and Hartmut Rosa in Germany, all with big books, sometimes in multiple volumes.

Conservatism’s Inevitable Conversion to Catholicism 2021, by Jessica Kramer

By Jessica Kramer, Crisis Magazine – Almost two centuries ago, Alexis de Tocqueville predicted that Americans would either totally abandon Christianity or convert to Catholicism, writing, “our descendants will tend increasingly to divide into only two parts, some leaving Christianity entirely and the others embracing the Church of Rome.”… He predicted a smaller Church… saying, “Nowadays, more than in previous times, we see Catholics losing their faith and Protestants converting to Catholicism.” …

CWN: Did Vatican Decline Pope-Biden Meeting?

By Catholic World News – President Biden, who has frequently emphasized his Catholic background, would have ample reason for wanting a meeting with the Pontiff. And some American bishops—notably Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich—have actively sought support from the Vatican for their efforts to derail the USCCB discussion of Eucharistic coherence. So it is certainly plausible that some people on both sides would have explored the prospects for a meeting.

‘Synagogue of Satan’, by Paul Brock

By Paul Brock, Church Militant – Pope Clement XII condemned Freemasonry in 1738. This was just about 20 years after the first grand lodge was set up in London, England in 1717… Although the Catholic Church was the Masons’ biggest enemy and central target, many non-Catholics saw the threat to society that Freemasonry represented and joined the fight against them… As time passed and Freemasonry kept growing, a significant number of Protestants joined the Catholic Church in opposition to it, as they saw Freemasonry as a force diametrically opposed to Christianity in general.

CNA: Update: Vatican Refused June 15 Meeting, Morning Mass No Longer on the Agenda

Catholic News Agency – Pres. Joe Biden’s attendance at early morning Mass with Pope Francis has been nixed from an early plan of the June 15 meeting of both leaders, a reliable Vatican source told CNA… The President’s entourage had originally requested for Biden to attend Mass with the Pope early in the morning, but the proposal was nixed by the Vatican after considering the impact that President Biden receiving Holy Communion from the Pope would have on the discussions the USCCB is planning to have …

Deserting Doctrine, by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – The Catholic bishops over the last 50 or so years have largely failed. They failed to promote good liturgy, they failed to preach the gospel in its fullness and they failed to protect the souls entrusted to them… Now, many people identify as Catholics while choosing what doctrines they want to believe. The latest proof for that is the so-called Eucharist wars, which revolve around whether Catholic politicians like Joe Biden should be allowed to receive the Holy Eucharist.

Dear Bishops: Clear Your Minds of Cant – and Can’t, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – The term “Eucharistic coherence” was first used in a 2007 document issued by the Latin American bishops at Aparecida, Brazil. The chair of the drafting committee: Jorge Bergoglio… The Aparecida Document says clearly and forcefully …We hope that legislators, heads of government, and health professionals, conscious of the dignity of human life and of the rootedness of the family in our peoples, will defend and protect it from the abominable crimes of abortion and euthanasia …

Fox 26 Houston Reporter Informs Viewers Live on the Air That She Intends to Blow the Whistle on Her Bosses, by Debra Heine

By Debra Heine, American Greatness – A Fox 26 Houston television reporter informed her station bosses live on the air Monday that she has been secretly recording them and intends to use Project Veritas to blow the whistle on their attempts to prevent her and her colleagues from reporting “certain information.”… “..Before we get to that story, I want to let you the viewers know that Fox Corp has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewer,” Hecker began.

Judge Ends Biden’s ‘No Whites Allowed’ Farm Cash, by Nate Jackson

By Nate Jackson, Patriot Post – The USDA’s discrimination is bad, but unconstitutional giveaways are the root problem… It’s “Jim Crow on steroids,” complained Joe Biden. President Unity was not, however, talking about his own administration’s efforts to segregate whites and blacks in the name of “equity,” but rather the Georgia law to bolster election integrity in that state. He’s wrong on both counts — about the Peach State law and about blocking whites from receiving government aid based solely on their skin color.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Love Your Enemies and Pray for Them

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 5:43-48 – “You have heard that it was said, `You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. …

Saint of the Day for June 15: St. Marguerite d’Youville

Franciscan Media – We learn compassion from allowing our lives to be influenced by compassionate people, by seeing life from their perspectives, and reconsidering our own values… Born in Varennes, Canada, Marie Marguerite Dufrost de Lajemmerais had to interrupt her schooling at the age of 12 to help her widowed mother. …

Catholic Bishop: Biden is ‘Catholic Who Promotes the Evils of Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage, and Transgenderism’

By CNSNews.com Staff – Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., has issued a statement in which he cites President Joe Biden for promoting evils, including the abortion of unborn babies, the marriage of people of the same sex and people identifying as the opposite sex of the one they are biologically… In the statement, Bishop Paprocki states his position that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, as planned, should discuss at their virtual meeting this week why Catholics who advocate abortion cannot receive communion.

Term Limits for Church Leaders: a Policy Created to Be Ignored? by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – So a solid majority of the Vatican’s top officials—appointed and retained by the Pope—remain in office despite the fact that their tenure seems to violate the general rules that Pope Francis himself has set in place. Adherence to the norms, it turns out, is not really the norm. Should we expect anything different with the leadership of lay associations?

The Single Best Thing Americans Can Do to Retake America, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, The Stream – The single best thing Americans can do to fight the left-wing destruction of the country is to withdraw from the “educational” system that is actively, deliberately miseducating them by the tens of millions. If millions of American parents did so, the country would turn around as fast as you could say “teachers unions.” If they don’t, their children will continue being used as guinea pigs in the left’s sick and dystopian experiment.

Vatican Tells U.S. Catholic Bishops to Not Deny Communion to Pro-Abortion Politicians, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Vatican has warned the Catholic bishops in America that they should not deny communion to pro-abortion politicians like Joe Biden… In May, the Vatican issued a letter to the Catholic bishops of America ahead of an expected debate about whether pro-abortion Catholic politicians like Joe Biden should be allowed to receive Communion. It continues to oppose what it calls using communion as a “political weapon.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Progressive Stages of Sin

By Msgr. Charles Pope – We are living in times when many are doubling down on their sin. As the darkness grows, many fiercely defend their sinful practices. This is especially evident in the matter of abortion. The science could not be clearer that there is a unique, beautifully formed, distinct human life in the womb of a pregnant mother, with a heartbeat, brain activity, alternating sleep and wake cycles, and the ability to feel pain. …

WATCH! Diocesan Priest Says COVID Lockdowns Strengthened Traditional Catholicism, by Michael J. Matt

By  Michael J. Matt, Editor, The Remnant – In this Sunday Sermon from South Saint Paul, Father breaks down in horrific statistical detail how mainstream Catholics are losing the Faith in dramatic fashion. He then traces the loss of faith in the Real Presence back to the “reforms” of the post-conciliar era. Father then points to the stark parallel between those “reforms” and the Protestant “reforms” of the 16th Century.

Bauer: Fauci Finally Busted on Wuhan Funding, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – A conservative activist says Dr. Anthony Fauci has credibility problems as evidence keeps piling up about the controversial virology lab in Wuhan, China, and his involvement in funding research there… Despite growing evidence COVID-19 originated in a research lab in Wuhan, which was ground zero for the pandemic, Democrats, Big Media, and Big Tech successfully shut down discussions or debate about the common-sense possibility the bat-testing lab was the source.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Do Not Return Evil for Evil

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word    GOSPEL READING: Matthew 5:38-42 38 “You have heard that it was said, `An eye for an eye and a […]

Saint of the Day for June 14: St. Albert Chmielowski

Franciscan Media,  Jun 14, 2020 Saint Albert Chmielowski’s Story – (August 20, 1845 – December 25, 1916) Born in Igolomia near Kraków as the eldest of four […]

Eucharistic Consistency, by Michael Warsaw

By Michael Warsaw, Publisher, EWTN News – Ahead of the USCCBs’ June 16-18 general assembly, much attention has been given to the apparent divide among the U.S. bishops over how to handle public officials like President Joe Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi who continue to receive Holy Communion while also pushing abortion and transgenderism in law.

Critical Race Theory’s Marxist Roots, by Bruce Thornton

By Bruce Thornton, David Horowitz Freedom Center – CRT has its roots in Marxism, as one of the founders of BLM has bragged. And, like the Soviet version of Marxism, BLM’s growing influence over our social, educational, political, and corporate institutions––already compromised by a century of progressive ideology, itself a kissing-cousin of Marxism––is an existential danger to the Constitutional safeguards of our political freedom and unalienable rights.

14 Year-Old Girl Blasts School Board’s Trans Bathroom Policy: ‘Everyone Know What a Boy Is – Even You’, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – “Boys are reading erotica in the classroom next to girls and you want to give them access to girls’ locker rooms and you want to force girls to call those boys ‘she,'” 14 year-old Jolene Grover told the Loudon County, Va. School Board (LCSB) Tuesday… “Everyone knows what a boy is – even you. Your proposed policies are dangerous and rooted in sexism. …”

Irrelevant Mass or Reverent Mass? by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Crisis Magazine – The present crisis in the Catholic Church might be seen as the last hurrah of the spirit of Vatican II. If rumors are to be believed, Pope Francis is preparing new restrictions on the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass. This combined with the dissent being fomented by the German Catholics and widespread modernism and liturgical laxity in the rest of the Catholic Church in Western Europe and North America brings many Catholics of a conservative mindset close to despair.

Three Hearts, by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – In a time where evil and darkness are immense, God’s grace and mercy are all the more available to sinners. Besides frequent, devout and prayerful reception of the sacraments of confession and the Holy Eucharist, devotion to the “Three Hearts” is a way for people to achieve great holiness… Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has existed since the beginning of the Church. But it was invigorated when Our Lord appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in France, starting in 1673.

Pope Francis Calls Eucharist ‘Bread of Sinners’ as USCCB Considers Denying Pro-Abort Politicians Communion

By David McLoone, LifeSiteNews – ‘The Eucharist is not the reward of saints, but the Bread of sinners. This is why he [Christ] exhorts us: ‘Do not be afraid! Take and eat,’ Pope Francis said during a Sunday June 6 homily. Next week the US Conference of Catholic Bishops will discuss whether or not a formal punishment should be laid on pro-abortion politicians like President Joe Biden, including barring them from receiving the Eucharist.

Joe Manchin: I Will Stop Democrats From Making Americans Fund Abortions, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, LifeNews – Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin reportedly said Thursday that he would back the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funds for abortions… “I’m going to support Hyde in every way possible,” (said) the senator… Manchin announced in March that he would vote to confirm pro-abortion Xavier Becerra as Health and Human Services secretary, noting that Becerra had promised to “uphold the law” on the Hyde Amendment.

Msgr. Charles Pope: From Simply Sentimental to Strong and Sure – A Consideration of Devotion to the Sacred Heart

By Msgr. Charles Pope – A heart tender but also strong – On this Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we celebrate not just that He loves us in an emotional sense, but even more, that He decided to die for us. He freely pondered what our salvation would cost Him and took up the cross. He chose to obey the Father for us. His love is tender but it is also decisive. The warmth of His love is sure but the wounds of His obedience also speak of a love that is strong and enduring unto the end.

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Let What You Say Be Simply Yes or No

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – “Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old, `You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. …

EWTN: Senator Jekyll and President Hyde

The Editors, EWTN News – To put matters more colorfully, is there any chance that Biden might revert partway back to his earlier, more principled “Senator Jekyll” position of supporting this congressional amendment that protects pro-life Americans from being forced to participate in the funding of abortion? Or has he permanently transformed into “President Hyde,” with a political persona that is unalterably committed to unqualified support for the profound evil of legal abortion?

Saint of the Day for June 12: Blessed Jolenta of Poland

Franciscan Media – Jolenta was the daughter of Bela IV, King of Hungary. Her sister, St. Kunigunde, was married to the Duke of Poland. Jolenta was sent to Poland where her sister was to supervise her education. Eventually married to Boleslaus, the Duke of Greater Poland, Jolenta was able to use her material means to assist the poor, the sick, widows, and orphans. …

Caesar, Mammon, and Sodom Unite in the Great Reset of Churches, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Last week, Jason Jones interviewed theologian John Gravino about the “Great Catholic Reset.” That’s a plan Gravino believes exists within church circles, and that Pope Francis favors. It’s relevant to all Christians because it entails entangling Church and State in ways we might think impossible.

YouTube Bans Sen. Ron Johnson For Discussing Early Treatment Of COVID-19, by Mollie Hemingway

By Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist – Google’s YouTube has stepped up its draconian censorship of a sitting U.S. senator… (Youtube) removed a video of a speech given by Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and banned him from uploading new videos for at least seven days. … While large pharmaceutical companies and their allies in government bureaucracies and the WHO have focused their research and funding on new treatments for the novel coronavirus ….

Pro-Lifers Protesting Prelates, by Trey Blanton

By Trey Blanton, Church Militant – Abortion is the preeminent tragedy challenging Catholics in America. Bishops and priests should be 100% committed to the fight to end abortion, but many, however, are not… Students for Life often stare down aggression on the battlefield to save the preborn and build a culture of life in America. The pro-life organization, next week, will challenge the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to do its job and prohibit Communion to obstinate pro-abort politicians.

Tucker on Vaccine Mandates: ‘It Is No Longer Your Body, No Longer Your Choice’, by Elisabeth Nieshalla

By Elisabeth Nieshalla, CNSNews – Despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirming possible “dangerous side effects” the COVID-19 vaccine has on young people, colleges across the country are requiring students to be vaccinated before returning to school, providing little to no exemptions, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Thursday… “It is no longer your body, it is no longer your choice,” Carlson said. “When it comes to this vaccine, there is no escape.”

Senator Tells HHS Secretary: Quit Using Birthing People. “Mom is a Pretty Good Word, That’s Worked”

Biden’s $6 trillion 2022 budget plan refers to mothers as “birthing people.”… The Biden administration used the term in a section that includes approximately $200 million to reduce the “high rate of maternal mortality and race-based disparities in outcomes among birthing people.” The language in Biden’s budget is not entirely consistent because another section touts paid-leave policies for their success in keeping “mothers in the workplace.’”

Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas: Immaculate Heart of Mary

By Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas, The Catholic Thing – Yesterday the Church celebrated the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; today, the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  The two feasts are not situated alongside one another by coincidence, but by the careful plan of the Church.  The heart of Jesus began beating beneath the heart of His Blessed Mother; her heart, in turn, took form from the creative Word and Power of the Heart of God.  Two hearts beating as one.

The Perfect Human Heart, by Joan Watson

By Joan Watson, Integrated Catholic – He loves us with human flesh, a human heart, with human emotions. But he’s also God, and He knows and loves us better than we know and love ourselves. We should never forget the pain we caused our Lord by our sins. But we cannot remain there, either. Because he has an all-merciful heart. He wants to welcome us home, he wants to call us back

Backlash Against CRT Is Growing, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – It’s becoming clear that as more parents learn about Critical Race Theory and find out that it’s being taught to their children in local schools they are becoming incensed… The most recent and maybe the most significant example comes from Loudoun County, Virginia, where a judge ordered an elementary gym teacher, Tanner Cross, reinstated to his position after the school board suspended him for daring to criticize their proposed “transgender” policy.

The Root of the Problem, by Raymond de Souza

By Raymond de Souza, KHS, KM, Church Militant – As to the causes, some people say the main obstacle facing the Church these days, especially as far as the so-called vocation crisis is concerned, is the secularism of contemporary American culture. Others say it is the internal dissent within the Church Herself, the promotion of contraception, homosexuality and same-sex “marriage.” For others, it’s the direct action of the Devil over everybody. Opinions vary.

Texas City Becomes 31st to Ban Abortion, Declares Itself a “Sanctuary for the Unborn”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The city of Sundown, Texas voted Wednesday to become the 31st in the nation to ban abortions through a Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance… Sundown City Council approved the ordinance just two days after the city of Levelland did the same. The vote was 4-1… “God has chosen us for a time such as this. I am proud that my community and our council stand behind the right to life,” (said) Mayor Jonathan Strickland …

Fla. Gov. DeSantis: ‘I’m Very Much Opposed to Chemical Castration of Minors’, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) says he’s firmly against transgender surgery being performed on minors and, if given the chance, he would sign a bill prohibiting the procedure… “Is Florida interested in passing legislation banning trans surgery procedures for minors?”… Host Mary Margaret Olohan asked… “Oh, I’m very much opposed to chemical castration of minors,” DeSantis replied.

Leading Cardinal in Rome: Pope Fears ‘Traditionalist Positions’ in Priestly Formation, by Emily Mangiaracina

By Emily Mangiaracina, LifeSiteNews – The head of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life recently said Pope Francis is concerned about “traditionalist” ideas creeping into “priestly formation.”… Pope Francis has expressed fear of “a certain tendency to go a little far from Vatican Council II, taking up traditionalist positions” in “priestly formation,” according to Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: If Your Eye Causes You to Sin

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 5:27-32 – “You have heard that it was said, `You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. …

Saint of the Day for June 11: St. Barnabas

By Franciscan Media – Barnabas, a Jew of Cyprus, comes as close as anyone outside the Twelve to being a full-fledged apostle. He was closely associated with Saint Paul—he introduced Paul to Peter and the other apostles—and served as a kind of mediator between the former persecutor and the still suspicious Jewish Christians.

CWN: Pope Francis Rejects Cardinal Marx’s Resignation

By Catholic World News – Pope Francis has declined to accept the resignation of Cardinal Reinhard Marx as Archbishop of Munich… Cardinal Marx had earlier this week made public a May 21 letter in which he offered his resignation, citing the Church’s “systemic failure” to address the sex-abuse scandal. In his reply, released by the Vatican on June 10, the Pope praised the German cardinal for his courage in confronting the Church’s crisis.

The Church of What’s Happening Next, by Robert B. Greving

By Robert B. Greving, Crisis Magazine – The Vatican announced recently that the next synod of bishops will now extend over a two-year period of various “phases.” According to Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, the hope is to turn the synod from “being an event into a process.” This worries me… The idea of a sort of “permanent synod” of bishops achieved prominence from the late Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini …

Study Shows Hydroxychloroquine and Zinc Treatments Increased Coronavirus Survival Rate by Almost Three Times, by Andrew M. Miller

By Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner – A new study shows that the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine touted by former President Donald Trump increased the survival rate of severely ill coronavirus patients… The observational study, published by medRxiv, found that antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, along with zinc, could increase the coronavirus survival rate by as much as nearly 200% if distributed at higher doses to ventilated patients with a severe version of the illness.

Louisiana Senate Passes Five Pro-Life Bills to Save Babies From Abortions

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The Louisiana Senate passed five pro-life bills this week to protect unborn babies and mothers from abortion, including one informing mothers of the life-saving abortion pill reversal protocol… The Abortion Pill Reversal Disclosure Act (House Bill 578), sponsored by state Rep. Beryl Amedee, R-Houma, received overwhelming support in a 31-7 vote in the Senate, the Louisiana Illuminator reports. The state House previously passed the bill in a 71-27 vote.

A Future Catholic Culture Begins in the Home, by Jeannie Ewing

By Jeannie Ewing, Catholic Exchange – We have a future. We are a Church of the future, not of the past. We have to look where God is leading us, not where we’ve been. Create a culture that others can continue, where sacrifice is normal and God is sought in everything. Don’t do something old as if it were new or something new as if it were old. Be willing to quit what you are doing at any moment and go wherever it is you are called (think: St. Teresa of Calcutta).

Report: Unvaccinated Students ‘Numbered’ with Sharpie and Tracked at High School Prom, by Dr. Susan Berry

By Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart – Ann Marie Banfield, who writes at the blog Granite Grok, reported New Hampshire Rep. Melissa Litchfield, who represents the Brentwood district, posted to Facebook Tuesday that some constituents informed her their unvaccinated students who attended the Exeter High School prom Monday night “had a number written on them in Sharpie” and were tracked throughout the evening.

Politics: MAGA Is America’s Future, by Vernon Jones

By Vernon Jones, Patriot Post – We must figure out what went wrong in the 2020 election and ensure that it never happens again. Democrats abused a broken election system, and they will again in 2022 and 2024 if we don’t fix the problem and stop them. The first step is for every state in question to pursue statewide forensic audits. Arizona is a great example of a forensic audit detecting potential fraud and inconsistencies with ballots.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Be Reconciled to Your Brother

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 5:20-26 – For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. “You have heard that it was said to the men of old, `You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, `You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire…

Saint of the Day for June 10: St. Joachima

Franciscan Media – Born into an aristocratic family in Barcelona, Spain, Joachima was 12 when she expressed a desire to become a Carmelite nun. But her life took an altogether different turn at 16 with her marriage to a young lawyer, Theodore de Mas. Both deeply devout, they became secular Franciscans. During their 17 years of married life they raised eight children.

All Systems Go, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing – Name one mainline institution that the woke Left does not now control—and warp. The media? The campuses? Silicon Valley? Professional sports? The corporate boardroom? Foundations? The K-12 educational establishment? The military hierarchy? The administrative state? The FBI top echelon?

This Isn’t Your Father’s Left-Wing Revolution, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness – Name one mainline institution that the woke Left does not now control—and warp. The media? The campuses? Silicon Valley? Professional sports? The corporate boardroom? Foundations? The K-12 educational establishment? The military hierarchy? The administrative state? The FBI top echelon?

EXCLUSIVE: Chiropractor Targeted by FTC for Selling Vitamin D, Zinc to Fight the Coronavirus Speaks Out

By Patrick Delaney, LifeSiteNews – ‘I’m not just standing up for myself, I’m standing up for my patients, I’m standing up for other doctors who have been oppressed and suppressed,’ Chiropractor Dr. Eric Nepute told LifeSiteNews. ‘I just cannot let my children grow up in a world where medical tyranny rules.’

Sustainability: The Social Justice Trojan Horse, by Jerome German

By Jerome German, Crisis Magazine – The United Nations is persistently pursuing “sustainable development,” a goal with which some in the Church hierarchy, even the pope, seems to be onboard. This is troubling in a time when many see U.N. global initiatives as thinly-veiled Marxist ploys. Still, no matter what the subject, it seems such a reasonable question when someone chimes, “But, is it sustainable?”

A Line In the Sand, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – The subject of Eucharistic coherence is placing a magnifying glass on U.S. bishops and their ongoing division. This demarcation on receiving Holy Communion relates to whether one first needs to accept and uphold the Church’s essential doctrines on faith and morals… Priest: “do you renounce Satan?”

The Queen of Vices, by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – June is the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and God’s great mercy upon sinners. But instead of such holy images, people are being bombarded with images of same-sex couples, drag queens and rainbow flags… Archbishop Fulton Sheen has said that whatever the Catholic Church throws off, the world picks up. This occurred in June 1969, when sodomites in New York City rioted outside the Stonewall Inn after it and other local sodomite hangouts were raided by police… While the Church was beginning its foray into dialogue with the modern world ….

The Flight from Hypocrisy, Dr. Donald DeMarco

By Dr. Donald DeMarco, Catholic East Texas – More people than I care to remember have told me that they left the Church because they could not abide the hypocrisy. One does not need to be Sherlock Holmes to discover the presence of hypocrisy in the Church. Hypocrisy, the tribute that vice pays to virtue, is everywhere. There really is no hypocrisy-free environment to which one can enter. Moreover, is there anyone who is above hypocrisy that allows him to scorn others whom he deems hypocrites?

The Sell Outs, by Roger Helle

By Roger Helle, Patriot Post – I’m not sure how many people remember the Clinton administration’s nefarious activities? Remember the Clintons raising money for his reelection campaign from those with ties to the Chinese military?… Years later, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sold American uranium to a Russian company. It’s only a “coincidence” that a number of Russians affiliated with Uranium One gave large “donations” to The Clinton Foundation. Nothing to see, folks.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Great Are Those Who Teach and Obey the Commandments

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 5:17-19 17 “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come […]

Saint of the Day for June 9: St. Ephrem

Franciscan Media – Poet, teacher, orator, and defender of the faith, Ephrem is the only Syriac Christian recognized as a doctor of the Church. He took upon himself the special task of opposing the many false doctrines rampant at his time, always remaining a true and forceful defender of the Catholic Church.

God and St. Augustine: How Does One Study the Ocean? by Regis Martin

By Regis Martin, EWTN News – It was during the pontificate of Paul VI that a number of monks and scholars found themselves in Rome for a conference on the life of St. Augustine. Drawn by the timeless attractions of the Doctor of Grace, they came, fittingly enough, to the center of Catholic Christendom, the Eternal City, for learned and spirited exchanges concerning the greatest of the Church Fathers of the first millennium.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Learn the Latin of “O Salutaris Hostia” and “Tantum Ergo Sacramentum”

Msgr. Charles Pope – As a further reflection in the wake of Corpus Christi Sunday, permit me to offer a reflection on the two great Eucharistic hymns of Benediction. I sometimes get requests for help in understanding the Latin texts of these very familiar hymns for Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction… “O Salutaris Hostia” and “Tantum Ergo Sacramentum,” though familiar to many Catholics, remain only vaguely understood in terms of a word-for-word translation. They are sometimes referred to as just “O Salutaris” and “Tantum Ergo.”

Confused About Public Apologies for the Past? I’m Not. by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – As with English colonialism in India and European colonialism generally in Africa, the assumption that modern Western leaders “know best” how to bestow the gifts of “civilization” on their “inferiors” was fully operative when new countries were created by Europeans… But it remains interesting how much emphasis is placed on the need for apologies from, in effect, “future” representatives of the involved entities—representatives who had nothing to do with the sins and crimes in question …

2,500 Christians Attend Service to Protest California County’s Church Lockdown, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, LifeNews – Even though California’s “recalled” governor, Gavin Newsom (D) has been forced to rescind his First Amendment violations, and has even been ordered to pay millions of dollars in attorneys’ fees, the county government of Santa Clara continues its unlawful action. So why does Santa Clara keep up its open hostility toward the churches?

The Roots of Race, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine – I’ve long told my students that one really interesting thing about the Roman Empire is that nobody seemed to care much about what we call “race,” that is, a large group of people, not bound by ethnicity, who share a few physical characteristics held to be definitive and significant…

Public Health’s Racist Experimentation and Eugenics Programs Have Fueled Deep Mistrust of Vaccines – From Blacks and Whites, by Celeste McGovern

By Celeste McGovern, LifeSiteNews – Public health agencies are engaging in hand-wringing about “vaccine hesitancy” – the growing phenomenon of people questioning the safety and necessity of experimental vaccines against COVID-19… a look at the history of how public health agencies in America and abroad have treated their “herds” in the past may be enough to explain why so many are questioning mass-marketed injections.

Stating the Obvious About Father Altman, by Stephen Herreid

By Stephen Herreid, The Stream – Obvious Statement #1: Fr. Altman Picks Fights with Bullies… He argues that the Democratic Party has so completely embraced the evil of abortion and rejected biblical sexuality that it is no longer possible to be both a Democrat and a Christian… He criticizes the “anti-racism” that pits race against race rather than acknowledging all are equally created, as he often says, “in the Image and Likeness of Almighty God.”… He’s skeptical of the effectiveness and safety of the new COVID-19 vaccines, and rejects the shots produced through the use of research on aborted children…

9-0! SCOTUS Unanimously Rules Against Illegal Aliens Seeking to Permanently Stay in U.S., by John Binder

By John Binder, Breitbart – The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) on Monday held that illegal aliens who were subsequently given Temporary Protected Status are not eligible for green cards to permanently remain in the U.S… Justice Elena Kagan, appointed to the court by former President Obama, wrote in a 9-0 decision that a “TPS recipient who entered the United States unlawfully is not eligible … for [lawful permanent resident] status merely by dint of his TPS.”

Opinion: Cancel Culture Must Be Framed As A Moral Issue Rather Than A Free Speech One, by Gabe Kaminsky

By Gabe Kaminsky, The Federalist – Cancel culture is harmful to America’s social fabric, and it unravels the country. But the question of how to counteract it goes far deeper than the question of legal or illegal speech… It boils down to a question of where and how we derive our principles, a question of what morals ought to dictate our world. The left’s flatly immoral ideology should not.

Practical Lessons for Integrating Faith and Work, by Randy Hain

By Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic – If you think about it, most of us will likely spend the majority of our adult (awake) lives in the workplace… I suspect many of us will agree that the workplace today is perceived as a challenging environment to be open about our Christian beliefs. Political correctness, “wokeness” and rigid company policies have led many of us to compartmentalize our faith in an unhealthy and unnatural way.

Politics: Biden’s Plan to Kill the American Dream, by Catherine Mortensen

By Catherine Mortensen, Patriot Post – As part of President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, the Biden administration wants to incentivize local governments to eliminate zoning for single-family home lots to make way for apartment buildings… Local governments and communities should be responsible for determining what their neighborhoods look like. No one wants nameless, faceless bureaucrats in Washington, DC mandating where and how we live.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Salt of the Earth and Light of the World

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 5:13-16 – “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. …

Saint of the Day for June 8: St. William of York

Franciscan Media – A disputed election as archbishop of York and a mysterious death. Those are the headlines from the tragic life of today’s saint… Born into a powerful family in 12th-century England, William seemed destined for great things. His uncle was next in line for the English throne…

Big, Gay GOP, by Rodney Pelletier  

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – Ronna McDaniel, head of the Republican National Committee (RNC)… waffled last week. On June 2, she pandered to sodomites and child-grooming drag queens, tweeting, “Happy #PrideMonth! @GOP is proud to have doubled our LGBTQ support over the last 4 years, and we will continue to grow our big tent by supporting measures that promote fairness and balance protections for LGBTQ Americans and those with deeply held religious beliefs.”

Senate Votes Against Legislation to Ban Creation of Human-Animal Hybrid Embryos, by Amanda Vicinanzo

By Amanda Vicinanzo, Live Action – The amendment to the Endless Frontier Act was proposed by Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and co-sponsored by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.). It failed in a vote of 49-48. The amendment would have banned the creation of human-animal chimeras, the attempt to create human-animal chimeras, and the transfer of a nonhuman embryo to a human womb, and vice versa.

In Praise of Division, by Hunter Leonard

By Hunter Leonard, Crisis Magazine – “Do you think that I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division; for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against her mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law” (Luke 12:51-53).

Republicans Win Big in Texas Mayoral Races as Hispanics Abandon Democrat Party, by Andrew Trunsky

By Andrew Trunsky, LifeNews – “Democrats have a big problem in Texas,” Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela, who represents the region, told the Texas Tribune in January. “For the first time in generations, or maybe ever, we lost . . . South Texas counties with significant Hispanic populations.”… Republicans’ victories in Texas came as major Democratic groups released an extensive report warning that the party is at risk of losing the support of voters of color.

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Agent Provocateurs for the Unborn

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – “This is my Body” are the hallowed words of Jesus at the Last Supper when He instituted the Blessed Eucharist—the New and Everlasting Covenant—and instructed His Apostles to “Do this in memory of me.” But the sacred declaration has an alternative meaning, as the late, great Notre Dame Law professor Dr. Charles Rice often observed… The abortion lobby uses “This is MY body” to promote the right to terminate a pregnancy.

An Interview: Progressive Christians Like Pope Francis All Serve the ‘Great Reset’ That Leftist Billionaires Want, by Jason Jones, John Zmirak

By Jason Jones & John Zmirak, The Stream – Jason Jones and John Zmirak (to John Gravino): In an essay on your website, you cite Abp. Carlo Maria Vigano. He warned before the 2020 election that the globalist left seeks to use the COVID pandemic for vast, almost apocalyptic ends. You echoed Vigano in citing the “Great Reset.” That’s literally the name used by the billionaire social engineers of the World Economic Forum for how the West must “build back better” after COVID. What do you mean by the Great Reset, speaking politically and economically?

D-Day: On This Day in 1944…

Patriot Post, June 6, 2021 – Today marks the anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of France codenamed Operation Overlord, which commenced in the early hours of June 6, 1944. It was the beginning of the end for Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist Workers (NAZI) Party and its reign of terror across Europe — an epic battle in defense of American Liberty and by extension, that of all mankind.

Texas Gov.: ‘Start Arresting Everybody Coming Across the Border’, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – “We’re about to change the way that Texas addresses the challenges along the border, and we’re going to start by helping these 34 counties [along the border] respond by increasing arrests,” Abbott announced in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “We got a new game in town in the state of Texas that’s going to begin next week.”

CNA: Archbishop Cordileone: We Need ‘Major Effort’ to ‘Re-Catechize’ Catholics on the Eucharist

Catholic News Agency – The Archbishop of San Francisco said last week there must be a “major effort” to “re-catechize” Catholics on the Eucharist and worthiness to receive Communion… In an interview which aired on Thursday on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said that the matter of “Eucharistic coherence” applies to all Catholics, not just Catholic public officials. The bishops are scheduled to discuss the topic at their upcoming spring meeting from June 16-18, and vote on whether or not to begin drafting a teaching document on the Eucharist.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Rejoice and Be Glad, for Your Reward Is Great in Heaven

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 5:1-12a – Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Saint of the Day for June 7: Blessed Franz Jägerstätter

Franciscan Media – Called to fight for his country as a Nazi solider, Franz eventually refused, and this husband and father of three daughters—Rosalie, Marie and Aloisia—was executed because of it… Born in St. Radegund in Upper Austria, Franz lost his father during World War I and was adopted after Heinrich Jaegerstaetter married Rosalia Huber. …

Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy: Those Dead Dogmas

By Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap., The Catholic Thing – We believe in God, the almighty Father, who created heaven and earth and all within them. The truth of Creation is the primordial life-giving act. The Father, source of all life, created us in love so that we might live not only on earth, but also live with him eternally in Heaven. There’s nothing dead or lifeless about this doctrine. Rather, it proclaims that God is a living God, and we are alive because of him… Moreover, we believe in one, Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of the Father. …

Chinese Communist Party Newspaper Editor to Biden: ‘Are You Awake or Asleep Again?’ by Patrick Goodenough

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – As he prepares for his first trip abroad since taking office, President Biden’s weekend comments about rallying the world’s democracies to stand up to China elicited a cutting response in Beijing… “Are you awake or asleep again?” Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece Global Times, asked the president of the United States in a jeering tweet.

A Guide to Modern-Day Manners When They’re Needed Most, by Cerith Gardiner

By Cerith Gardiner, Aleteia – As Catholics, we’re called to love our neighbor, and part of this acting with compassion and respecting those we meet in our day-to-day lives. However, in the age of the internet, basic manners seem low on the list of priorities for many… Take, for example, social media: Many people notice that with the increased use of various social platforms there appears to be a decrease in the use of manners.

CWN: Cardinal Marx Offers to Resign, Citing ‘Systemic Failure’ on Abuse

Catholic World News – “I have to share responsibility for the catastrophe of sexual abuse by officials of the Church over past decades,” Cardinal Marx wrote in a letter to Pope Francis, explaining his offer to step down… While he highlighted the sex-abuse crisis in his resignation letter, Cardinal Marx also strongly advocated fundamental changes in Church teaching and practice… The powerful German cardinal argued that the Catholic Church faces a “dead end,” and can recover only by addressing “fundamental theological questions.” …

Tim Tebow Says Abstinence is Still a Great Value: “Living on Your Convictions is Important”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Tim Tebow and his new wife Demi Tebow talked recently about the value of abstinence until marriage and the sports star says it is still an important value for people and something people of faith should continue standing on… Tebow stood firm on his own convictions as a young man and a miracle baby who could have easily been aborted under other circumstances if not for the strong Christian faith of his mother who trusted God in a trying medical situation.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Three Teachings on Corpus Christi

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me….” Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Each one must examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. (1 Cor 11:24-29)

Fr. Dan Cambra: June is the Month of the Sacred Heart

By Fr. Dan Cambra, MIC,  Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception – June is the Month of the Sacred Heart, in recognition of Jesus’ apparitions starting in 1673 to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), a member of the Visitation Sisters, through whom He asked for devotion to His Sacred Heart… In that first apparition, Jesus enveloped St. Margaret Mary in a mystical experience of His love. She reported that Jesus allowed her “to recline for a long time on His divine breast, where He disclosed to me the marvels of His love and the unutterable secrets of His Sacred Heart.”

Archbishop Tells Tucker Carlson: Transgenderism is ‘Final Rebellion Against God’, by Raymond Wolfe

By Raymond Wolfe, LifeSiteNews – Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, Charles J. Chaput, spoke out against sexual immorality and the transgender movement on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Today last week, calling transgenderism “the final rebellion against God.”… (he) linked “sex-change” attempts with the “foundational sin” of idolatry in an interview with Tucker Carlson on Friday. “You know Catholics talk about original sin, other Christian communities talk about the sin of Adam and Eve, which was they wanted to be like God. They didn’t want God to tell them what to do. They wanted to do it their way…”

Debunking the Myth of a Mother Teresa “Cult”, by Ines A. Murzaku

By Ines A. Murzaku, The Catholic Thing – The New York Times recently published an opinion piece entitled “Was Mother Teresa a Cult Leader?” It branded the Missionaries of Charity (MC) as cultic and St. Mother Teresa as more of a cult leader than a saint of the Catholic Church… Re-marketing these old, debunked accusations gives audiences a new way to be misled by old information, and “cancel culture” threatens to destroy the reputation of one of the most beloved women of the twentieth century.

CNA: Archbishop Chaput: Some Catholic Bishops were ‘Too Compliant’ with Pandemic Restrictions

Catholic News Agency – The Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia last week said that some Catholic bishops were “too compliant” with state and local restrictions on churches during the recent pandemic… “If you don’t reach out to people who are lonely and suffering and dying in a time like the pandemic, then you’re not being the Church, and that’s very, very bad for everyone involved,” retired Archbishop Charles Chaput said last Friday on Fox News’ streaming service, Fox Nation.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: This Poor Widow Has Put in More Than the Rest

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 12:38-44 – And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go about in long robes, and to have salutations in the market places and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” …

Saint of the Day for June 5: St. Boniface

Franciscan Media – Boniface, known as the apostle of the Germans, was an English Benedictine monk who gave up being elected abbot to devote his life to the conversion of the Germanic tribes. Two characteristics stand out: his Christian orthodoxy and his fidelity to the pope of Rome.

Contra Ambiguity: Francis, Biden, and the US Bishops

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Now there is nothing whatsoever I can do about any of this except to pray, bear witness to the truth, and to become ever more faithful to Christ over time. This is a particularly propitious time for American Catholics especially to renew their daily prayers for effectively faithful papal and episcopal leadership. We must pray especially that those US Bishops who are prepared at last to follow a path of “Eucharistic coherence” will not lose their resolve.

The Pursuit of Holiness is the Pursuit of Wholeness — So What Are We Missing? by Jim Schroeder

By Jim Schroeder, EWTN News – We were founded as a missionary Church. It is long overdue that we become missionaries in our own homes, and really enter into the fabric of our everyday lives. All of it is God’s creation, even if at times we go astray from his call and his ways. Why leave our families in the dark for what are some of the most important, and most common, aspects of their lives? Rather, shouldn’t we teach and nourish them in being whole all day, every day, in the sacred places outside of the doors of the Church?

Follow the Money, by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – The U.S. bishops have cost faithful Catholics nearly $4 billion in sex abuse payouts — money Catholics thought was funding charities, seminaries and parishes. But even now, after the homosexual cleric abuse epidemic has been exposed, bishops continue to ask for more money and shelter diocesan assets.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Christ Is the Son of David

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 12:35-37 – And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, declared, `The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I put your enemies under your feet.’

Saint of the Day for June 4: Blessed Angelina of Marsciano

Franciscan Media – Blessed Angeline founded the first community of Franciscan women other than Poor Clares to receive papal approval… Angeline was born to the Duke of Marsciano near Orvieto. She was 12 when her mother died. Three years later, the young woman made a vow of perpetual chastity. ..

How to Be a Good Catholic, by David Warren

By David Warren, The Catholic Thing – You might know whether you were a good Catholic after your death, assuming the Catholic account of reality is true. But many of us aren’t dead yet, and haven’t the ability or the audacity to predict the future, or read the mind of God. Those who try may be dismissed as not good Catholics, by Catholic standards.

Humility and the Mysterious Work of God, by Joan Watson

By Joan Watson, Integrated Catholic – The story of Tobit, Tobias, and Sarah is one of the best accounts of answered prayers in Sacred Scripture. We have heard it all this week in the daily Mass readings. Since there are several beautiful passages and details omitted for the sake of time, even if you heard the highlights this week at Mass, I would still encourage picking up the book of Tobit and reading it straight through.

COVID-19 Has Forever Destroyed Americans’ Trust in ‘Experts’, by Josh Hammer

By Josh Hammer, American Greatness – The trials and tribulations of COVID-19 in America have dealt an irreparable blow to the credibility of America’s ruling class and the ruling class’s implicit appeal to its authority as a coterie of highly trained and capable experts. No single person exemplifies this more than Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has attained celebrity status during the pandemic as the nation’s leading immunology and forward-facing spokesman ….

Disaster Looms if Pope Francis Restricts the Traditional Mass, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – The rumors are true. My sources in Rome—too many and too reliable to be doubted—confirm that a document is circulating at the Vatican which, if given papal approval, would significantly restrict use the “extraordinary form” of the liturgy, the traditional Latin Mass… This document is in draft form. It could be amended. It might never be released. But it would not even be under discussion without at least tacit approval (if not active support) from Pope Francis.

Pope Francis Sets His Sights on the Latin Mass, by Eric Sammons

By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine – The rumors appear to be true: Pope Francis is planning to rescind Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict’s 2007 motu proprio liberalizing the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass (TLM), which Benedict dubbed the “Extraordinary Form” of the Latin Rite. This at a time when the TLM has been flourishing while most of the Church is experiencing significant declines.

Fr James Martin’s Subtle Method for Undermining Sound Doctrine, by Joe Grabowski

By Joe Grabowski, Catholic Herald – I think I’ve finally wrapped my mind around Fr James Martin SJ’s method for undermining sound doctrine and leading souls astray without ever actually committing heresy… Others have described him as “going right up to the line, and never crossing it.” This is a fair metaphor, but not completely accurate. Martin frames his arguments in a way that seems compelling, not only emotionally but logically. …

Tucker Carlson: Fauci Committed Perjury, Might Be Under Criminal Investigation Already, by Raymond Wolfe

By Raymond Wolfe, LifeSiteNews – Tucker Carlson slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president, on Wednesday, saying Fauci lied under oath and may be under criminal investigation based on recently released emails… “The utter fraudulence of Tony Fauci is obvious now, and it’s widely acknowledged”… “It soon became clear that Tony Fauci was just another sleazy federal bureaucrat — deeply political and often dishonest,” Carlson continued.

Arch. Joseph Naumann Slams Biden for Wanting Americans to Fund Abortions: You Should “Protect Unborn Children”

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Catholic Archbishop Joseph Naumann criticized President Joe Biden on Friday for introducing a federal budget plan with direct taxpayer funding for elective abortions… Naumann, who chairs the USCCBs’ pro-life committee, urged Congress to reject Biden’s plan and protect unborn children, the Church Militant reports… Biden’s 2021 budget proposal eliminates the Hyde Amendment ….

Your Excellencies, Do You Even Believe? by Jennifer Hartline

By Jennifer Hartline, Crisis Magazine – The learned and the mighty have been weighing in now for weeks regarding the ongoing scandal of Catholic pro-abortion politicians, particularly Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden, and the question of giving and receiving the Holy Eucharist… I wonder if the USCCB will listen to a voice like mine. I am not a theologian or scholar. I am an ordinary laywoman… The scandal isn’t merely the Catholic politician who betrays the Faith. It is also those priests and bishops who shrug and nod, issue utterly worthless statements about the need for greater “dialogue” about what to do, and bemoan their “immense sadness” over the whole thing.

How The Media’s COVID Lies Weaken America, by Christopher Bedford

By Christopher Bedford, The Federalist – The press in America is expected to provide reliable information that its audience can use to make decisions and come to informed views in their day and in their larger lives. Some of these decisions might be mundane, others — like voting and taking care of your family — will be very important… the press in America is expected to expose lies, crime, corruption, and other misdeeds — and to hold powerful private and government officials to account… In both of these duties, the press in America has demonstrably — and seemingly intentionally — failed us.

Religious Health Providers Deserve Legal Protection, Not False Charges of Discrimination, by Richard W. Garnett

By Richard W. Garnett, EWTN News – Some argue that faith-based hospitals are simply government licensees — doing the government’s work, on the government’s terms, with the government’s permission. This argument is wrong. Religious hospitals serve the public, and promote the public good, but they should not be expected to sacrifice or compromise their character, their mission, or their foundation. Both the Constitution, and common sense, support their freedom to operate with integrity.

Americans Need To Tend Our Actual Communities, Not Virtual Ones, by Casey Chalk

By Casey Chalk, The Federalist – Why, one might ask, should American consumers prioritize products from halfway around the world, especially over those farmed, harvested, brewed, or packaged in the United States? Why should Americans be more concerned about the economic well-being of citizens of other nations over those of our own? And why should we be promoting the purchase of goods made in countries known for egregious human rights violations

Women Athletes Find a Friend in Florida Gov. DeSantis, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis… signed into law a bill that protects girls’ and women’s sports in the Sunshine State… Explaining his motivation, DeSantis noted, “I think as these bills were going through various legislatures, I remember the NCAA put out a statement saying, ‘Any state that enacts this, we’re not going to hold events there.’ And so I called the speaker of the House in Florida and I said, ‘Did you hear what they said?’ And he’s like, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘We definitely got to get this done.’”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Love the Lord with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Mark 12:28-34 28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing […]

Saint of the Day for June 3: St. Charles Lwanga and Companions

Franciscan Media – One of 22 Ugandan martyrs, Charles Lwanga is the patron of youth and Catholic action in most of tropical Africa. He protected his fellow pages, aged 13 to 30, from the homosexual demands of the Bagandan ruler, Mwanga, and encouraged and instructed them in the Catholic faith during their imprisonment for refusing the ruler’s demands. ..

LSU Pumps Brakes on Mandatory Vaccine After Legal Warning, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Attorney General Jeff Landry’s … specifically cited a federal code, which can be read here, which addresses Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) that is approved by the FDA. According to the law, emergency approval comes with the stipulation that intended recipients of the medical product have the legal right to accept it or to refuse it… “FDA has an obligation to ensure that recipients of the vaccine under an EUA are informed,” the letter states, “that they have the option to accept or refuse the vaccine.”

A Blessing in Disguise? by Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw, The Catholic Thing – Quite apart from the problem of pro-choice Catholic politicians, something like this from the hierarchy seems badly needed. Empirical evidence and casual observation both point to a serious crisis in American Catholicism centering on faith in the Blessed Sacrament… The evidence includes a precipitous drop in the percentage of weekly Mass attenders in the Catholic population, from 74 percent in 1958 to 21.9 percent in 2019 and projected to fall even lower in the next year or two.

Division Among the Bishops, or a Blessing in Disguise? …. What Unites Us Divides Us, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – The American Church has suffered through decades of lax sacramental discipline, diminished reverence for the Eucharist, and sagging belief in the Real Presence. These are problems that will not be solved by denying Communion to this or that politician. At the same time, any attempt to promote understanding or renew devotion to the Eucharist will be hampered so long as our bishops …

Lubbock, Texas is Now Abortion Free After Sanctuary City Proposal Protects Unborn Babies, by Mary Szoch

By Mary Szoch, LifeNews – On Tuesday, just one month after Lubbock, Texas became the state’s largest sanctuary city for the unborn (and the only sanctuary city for the unborn with an active abortion clinic), Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas agreed to stop performing abortions within the city limits. This announcement came after a federal district judge dismissed Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit citing lack of standing.

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Faith is Personal, Not Ideological

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – Every prayer and every slogan—religious or secular—introduces and reinforces some doctrine. Catholic prayers beckon us to enter into the mysteries of the Faith. The Sign of the Cross expresses the first mystery and the central mystery of our existence: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” In one brief statement, we assent to the entire Catholic faith.

LifeSiteNews: Vaccine Researcher Admits ‘Big Mistake,’ Says Spike Protein is Dangerous ‘Toxin’

By Celeste McGovern, LifeSiteNews – “We made a big mistake. We didn’t realize it until now,” said Byram Bridle, a viral immunologist and associate professor at University of Guelph, Ontario, in an interview with Alex Pierson last Thursday, in which he warned listeners that his message was “scary.”… “We thought the spike protein was a great target antigen, we never knew the spike protein itself was a toxin and was a pathogenic protein. So by vaccinating people we are inadvertently inoculating them with a toxin”

Catholic Vote: U.S. Embassy Waves Pride Flag at Vatican

By Catholic Vote – “The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See celebrates #PrideMonth with the Pride flag on display during the month of June,” the embassy tweeted from its official account. “The United States respects the dignity and equality of LGBTQI+ people. LGBTQI+ rights are human rights.”… The move comes just a few weeks after the Biden administration authorized U.S. outposts to display the rainbow flag on the same flagpole as the American Flag at embassies around the world.

Legal Battles Expose Abortion Industry Collusion With Democrat-Run Governments, by Margot Cleveland

By Margot Cleveland, The Federalist – The short three-sentence order in People of the State of New York v. Griepp—in which the court, without elaboration, granted rehearing of the case, vacated its previous opinion, and reinstated the district court’s decision—tells none of the bigger story of this continuing saga: a story of complicity between the abortion industry and leftist government officials.

Telling the Truth Gets Teacher Placed on Leave, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – Byron Cross is a gym teacher at Leesburg Elementary School in Loudoun, Virginia. Sadly, Cross may have taught his last lesson at the school following his refusal to lie to children. Speaking before the Loudoun County school board last week, Cross stated that he would not “affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa,” because children suffering from gender dysphoria need to be helped, not lied to.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: You Know Neither the Scriptures nor the Power of God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 12:18-27 – And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection; and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the wife, and raise up children for his brother. …

Saint of the Day for June 2: St. Marcellinus and Peter

Franciscan Media – Marcellinus and Peter were prominent enough in the memory of the Church to be included among the saints of the Roman Canon. Mention of their names is optional in our present Eucharistic Prayer I… Marcellinus was a priest and Peter was an exorcist, that is, someone authorized by the Church to deal with cases of demonic possession.

The Catholic Way of Memorials, by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – We recently celebrated Memorial Day, the day on which we remember the heroic sacrifices made for us by those who served in the military… Catholics should be especially disposed to respect such memorials, however, for several reasons. First, because Catholics have benefited as much as anyone else from the sacrifices of these men and women, and in certain ways more, since it was by them that their religious freedom was won – a freedom so few people in the world today enjoy.

Pope’s Plan to Restrict Traditional Latin Mass Backed by Two Curial Cardinals, by Diane Montagna

By Diane Montagna, The Remnant – The Remnant has independently confirmed that a Vatican document restricting Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum is backed by at least two Vatican cardinals, is in its third draft, and threatens to thwart the growth of the Traditional Latin Mass and other sacraments particularly among diocesan clergy.

Rules for Rational Christians, Number 2: The Natural Law Is the First and Final Law, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – The most fundamental question in politics is this: What is the proper source of law? Does it originate simply in the will of the powerful, imposing their wishes on the weaker?.. The “powerful” might be a tribal chief. Or a king backed by armed warriors. Or a technocratic state that claims the support of the majority of citizens (themselves swayed and led by media that the powerful control). Clearly one must have power exercised in some form if law is to prevail at all, instead of mere disorder.

Planned Parenthood Stops Killing Babies in Lubbock, Texas After City Passes Abortion Ban, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The city of Lubbock, Texas is abortion-free again after its citizens passed an ordinance outlawing the killing of unborn babies in May… The Sanctuary for the Unborn ordinance went into effect Tuesday, and pro-life advocates report the Planned Parenthood (PP) in Lubbock stopped doing abortions as a result… For seven years, Lubbock was abortion free after the last abortion facility closed in 2013. Last year, however, PP opened a new facility there and began aborting unborn babies in April.

Follow the Science? Researchers Drop Major Ethics Rule, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – The International Society for Stem Cell Research voted May 25 to lift ethical guidelines that prevented professionals from performing controversial types of research, which means that scientists will now be allowed to grow human embryos in a woman’s womb then kill them in the name of research… Carol Tobias of the National Right to Life Committee says scientists now have permission to experiment on “little human beings,” which begins with creating life only for an experiment.

Pope Strengthens Criminal Code in Canon Law

By Catholic World News – Pope Francis has issued an apostolic constitution, Pascite Gregem Dei, reforming the section of canon law that deals with individual crimes… The June 1 document substantially revises Book VI of the Code of Canon Law, and requires bishops and religious superiors to take action when crimes are committed… Among the crimes listed in the revised Book VI are the sexual abuse of vulnerable adults and the “grooming” of minors.

‘Miracle of Vistula’: When Our Lady Saved the World From Communism, by K.V. Turley

By K.V. Turley, EWTN News – The first victim of the Soviet Union’s international socialist crusade was Catholic Poland. By the spring of 1920 Poland was under attack from the Soviet Red Army… At the national Marian shrine of Częstochowa candles were lit and desperate prayers intoned beside the icon of the Black Madonna. The intercession of Our Lady of Częstochowa was never more needed.

The Queenship of Mary, by Rodney Pelletier  

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – Things in the Church and the world are going from bad to worse. But most people, especially Catholics, are oblivious as to just how evil these times are… No-fault divorce, contraception, abortion and so-called same-sex marriage have all been enshrined into law and permeate America’s culture. Sodomy, one of the sins that cries out to Heaven for vengeance, is normalized and those promoting it are pushing it for the sexualization of children.

The Catholic Response to “Pride Month”, by John A. Monaco

By John A. Monaco, Crisis Magazine – Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School— the Jesuit-run high school which famously disobeyed the Archdiocese of Indianapolis over its refusal to fire a teacher in a same-sex union— continues to pride itself in its LGBT inclusivity. The school, which is named after a Jesuit martyr tortured and killed for preaching the Faith to the Iroquois (something that today would be considered a colonialist “microaggression”), is hosting a “Pride Week” ….

Msgr. Charles Pope: Remember! On Memorial Day

By Msgr. Charles Pope – What is honor? The full etymology of the word is debated, but what seems most likely is that it comes from the Latin word honos, which, though translated as “honor,” also points to the word “onus,” which means “weight” or refers to something heavy. Hence, to honor someone is to appreciate the weight, significance, or burden of something he has done. It is to acknowledge that he carried a great burden well, that he withstood a heavy load, that what he did was weighty, significant.

Sister Byrne: This Battle Is Not Between Republicans and Democrats, But Between the ‘Devil and Our Lord’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Sister Deirdre Byrne, a surgeon and retired Army colonel who spoke at the 2020 RNC, said the ongoing political and cultural conflicts in the US are not at root “between Republicans and Democrats” but “between the Devil, who is real, and Our Lord.”… “This battle we face is not a battle between Republicans and the Democrats, it’s not conservatives or liberals, or left versus right… This is a battle between the Devil, who is real, and Our Lord.”

Where Did Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Come From? by Kathy Schiffer

By Kathy Schiffer, EWTN News – Every year, 19 days after Pentecost, the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. But where did that tradition originate?… Devotion to the wounded heart of Jesus has its origins in the eleventh century, when pious Christians meditated on the Five Wounds of Christ.

Parents, Are You Intentionally Raising Saints? by Shane Kapler

By Shane Kapler, Catholic Exchange – As Catholic parents we want to do absolutely everything in our power to help our kids develop a relationship with the Blessed Trinity that will sustain them into eternity. In short—we want to raise saints. But how do we do that? Well, I recently met a gentleman, Patrick O’Hearn, who spent the last three years trying to figure that out.

The Court Sets Off Tremors – Again, by Hadley Arkes

By Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing – Not long after Roe v. Wade was decided (1973), a notable figure in medical research opined that the Court had not been liberal enough in fashioning this right to have an abortion virtually through the end of the pregnancy.  He suggested that the parents be given four or five more days to gauge any disabilities in the child and whether they wished to keep her alive.

Do Not Abandon Your Mother, Dr. Edward Feser

By Dr. Edward Feser, Catholic World Report – If a man suffers for weeks from a broken arm or a persistent flu, we don’t for that reason judge him to be generally of poor health… And in the same way, the Church’s indefectibility and holiness are not undermined by the fact that in some generations she is especially afflicted with members and leaders who are foolish, wicked, or otherwise fail their Mother and her divine Spouse. The Church, as it is said, thinks in centuries. And that is the scale at which she must be understood.

CNA: China Unveils 3-Child Policy Amid Sharp Drop In Births

CNA Staff – The Chinese government announced Monday that couples can have up to three children amid a sharp fall in the country’s birth rate… China’s National Bureau of Statistics said earlier this month that the country recorded 12 million births in 2020, the lowest number reported since the 1960s… China has a below replacement-level fertility rate of 1.3… Chinese authorities vigorously imposed a one-child policy from 1980 to 2016 in an effort to curb what they perceived as excessive population growth.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Give to God What Belongs to God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 12:13-17 – And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to entrap him in his talk. And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?

Saint of the Day for June 1: St. Justin Martyr

Franciscan Media – Justin never ended his quest for religious truth even when he converted to Christianity after years of studying various pagan philosophies… As a young man, he was principally attracted to the school of Plato. However, he found that the Christian religion answered the great questions about life and existence better than the philosophers.

A Church Dragged Kicking and Screaming Into the 21st Century, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – First, in the case of a discussion of “eucharistic coherence”, which is planned for the next meeting of the USCCB, it has rightly been pointed out that episcopal conferences cannot bind individual bishops in the disciplinary measures they adopt in their own dioceses… But an alleged lack of consensus is no reason not to have a discussion, if only to help the individual bishops clarify in their own minds what they think would be the best way to proceed …

When Your Feelings Are Wrong, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine – “If I have to choose between my feelings or experiences and the Bible,” I heard someone say recently, “it’s impossible for me to choose the Bible.”… Well, people lie about their feelings all the time, to others and even to themselves. Very often, “He offended me” means “I was looking for a way to hurt him, and he handed me this delightful opportunity.” But let’s grant that the speaker is sincere.

Two More Catholic Bishops Want Decision on Denying Communion to Pro-Abortion Politicians, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – A growing number of Catholic leaders are urging the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops not to delay plans to create a new document with guidance about Communion and politicians who openly advocate for the killing of unborn babies… Catholic News Agency reports two more bishops, Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, Oregon, and Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, gave their “full support” of plans to move forward with the document this week.

New from Archbishop Viganò: The Great Reset From Start to Finish

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, LifeSiteNews – With the pandemic, little by little they told us that isolation, lockdowns, masks, curfews, ‘live-streamed Masses,’ distance-learning, ‘smartworking,’ recovery funds, vaccines, and ‘green passes’ would permit us to come out of the emergency, and, believing in this lie, we renounced the rights and lifestyles that they warned us would never return: ‘Nothing will be the same again.’

Msgr. Charles Pope: One and One and One are One. A Homily for Trinity Sunday

By Msgr. Charles Pope – There is an old spiritual that says, “My God is so high you can’t get over Him. He’s so low you can’t get under Him. He’s so wide you can’t get around Him. You must come in, by and through the Lamb.”… It’s not a bad way of saying that God is “other.” He is beyond what human words can describe, beyond what human thoughts can conjure. On the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity we do well to remember that we are pondering a mystery that cannot fit in our minds.

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Who Gave You This Authority?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 11:27-33 – And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” Jesus said to them, “I will ask you a question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. …

Saint of the Day for May 29: St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

Franciscan Media – The legacy of Madeleine Sophie Barat can be found in the more than 100 schools operated by her Society of the Sacred Heart, institutions known for the quality of the education made available to the young.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Love and Lament Alike – A Brief Reflection for All Who Care About the Church

Msgr. Charles Pope – As a priest and pastor I work very closely with others: clergy, religious, laity who work for the Church, and laity who volunteer. We all work for the Church because we love her and her people… At times, though, there is disappointment, hurt, or even disillusionment. Perhaps these feelings result from issues in the wider Church …

Why I Didn’t “Just Bake the Cake”, by Jack Phillips

By Jack Phillips, First Things – My decision in the cake shop that summer afternoon in July 2012—and my continuing decision to stand by it ever since—has cost me at least tens of thousands of dollars in revenue and eight years and counting of physical threats to my family, insults to my character, and untold hours tied up in legal action of one form or another. Given this, I’m sure there’s an excellent chance that you’re wondering…“Why not just bake the cake?”

U.S. vs Germany: Bishops Clash Over Synodal Way

By Joseph Enders, Church Militant – San Francisco’s Abp. Salvatore Cordileone is backing in his Wednesday statement Denver archbishop Samuel Aquila’s warning to German bishops and laity… “We are all in Archbishop Aquila’s debt for such an extraordinary, reasoned and theologically rich response to the German bishops’ ‘Synodal Path,’ which proposes a radical transformation to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Church he left us,” wrote Cordileone in praise.

St. Joan of Arc: Girl Power or Godly Power? by Sean Fitzpatrick

By Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine – Joan unflinchingly told the Dauphin she had been commanded by God, Michael the Archangel, and the saints Catherine of Alexandria and Margaret of Antioch to undertake three tasks—to save the city of Orléans from the nearly one-hundred-year English invasion, to see the Dauphin crowned and consecrated at Reims, deep in enemy territory, and to force the English out of France.

The Time to Resist Medical Apartheid Is Now, by Matthew Boose

By Matthew Boose, American Greatness – Joe Biden quickly fired a shot across the bow, threatening, “The rule is now simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do. The choice is yours.” Has an American president ever issued a more tyrannical, contemptuous statement?… The choice is yours. According to the White House, America now has a medical caste system. How did this happen?

STILL FIGHTING! Fr. James Altman Says He Won’t Quit or Be Sent Away to ‘Re-Education Camp’, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – Fr. James Altman, the Wisconsin priest who challenged his bishop after being asked last week to resign, said today that he is still awaiting a response from diocesan authorities… Fr. Altman has withstood months of criticism, attacks, and threats from both secular media and La Crosse Bishop William P. Callahan for his viral video message last fall “You can’t be a Catholic and a Democrat”…

Beware When Church Leaders Manipulate the Language: Part II, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Sometimes the misuse of language is downright Orwellian. When Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich announced that unvaccinated Catholics must not be allowed inside churches without masks, he stipulated that each parish should have officials at the doors to check every individual for proof of vaccination. These people—who will block the doors to those who are unmasked and undocumented—are identified as “the parish’s greeter/hospitality team.” Some greeting; some hospitality.

Is Pope Francis Writing New Document to Restrict the Extraordinary Form? by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – A new Vatican document is allegedly being drafted that will restrict the celebration of Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, otherwise known as the Traditional Latin Mass… On Tuesday, the Italian-language blog Messa in Latino reported that a “third draft of a text” has been reached “that contains restrictive measures regarding the celebration by Catholic priests of Mass in the Extraordinary Form.”

The Zombie Enlightenment Enslaves Us to a New Religion.

By Ross Hunt, Claremont Institute – Surviving the virus is this Church’s equivalent of salvation; saving “just one life” is its version of Christian charity and community; the daily and hourly COVID reports are its liturgy of the hours and the double mask its scapular. Social distance is its prayer without ceasing. Hand sanitizer is the Church’s holy water: who among us, for months, did not faithfully apply it before entering or exiting any building? The vaccine (at last!) is ….

18 Connecticut Teens Hospitalized for Heart Problems After COVID Vaccines, White House Says Young People Should Still Get the Shots, by Megan Redshaw

By Megan Redshaw, J.D., LifeSiteNews – One week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it was investigating heart inflammation in recently vaccinated young adults, Connecticut reported 18 new cases of heart problems among teens who had received a COVID vaccine… All 18 cases resulted in hospitalization — the vast majority for a couple of days, reported NBC Connecticut. The cases were reported to the Connecticut Department of Public Health by vaccine providers, said Deirdre Gifford, acting health commissioner.

Fissures On Holy Communion: Some (67) Bishops Push Back on Eucharistic Coherence Discussion, by Joan Frawley Desmon

Joan Frawley Desmond, EWTN News – Five months after the inauguration of President Joe Biden — a Catholic who both supports the expansion of permissive abortion laws and receives Communion — a faction of U.S. bishops has campaigned to postpone discussion on the drafting of a formal statement on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ meeting in June.

Zuckerberg’s Outsized Election Interference, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – During the 2020 election cycle, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg/wife spent hundreds of millions in electioneering efforts backing Democrat candidates… an eye-popping $350 million to the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), a leftist organization that in turn gave the money in grants to some 2,500 municipalities in 49 states… “In exchange for the money, elections divisions agreed to conduct their elections according to conditions set out by the CTCL, which is led by former members of the New Organizing Institute, a training center for progressive groups and Democratic campaigns.”

Which Clinic That Chemically Castrates Kids Buys Support from Texas GOP Leaders? by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – We need new leaders, men more like Ron DeSantis in Florida. And less like Greg Abbott in Texas. Because the fantasy scenario I laid out at the top of this story? It just happened right here in Texas. The National File reports that Texas Republican leaders intentionally smothered a common-sense bill protecting vulnerable teens from trans madness.

The Perfect Timing of Trinity Sunday, by Gayle Somers

By Gayle Somers, Catholic Exchange – Ever since the first day of Advent, the Church has been liturgically moving us through the history of the One Life that changes all our lives.  Christianity is a religion with a footprint within human history.  From the beginning, God revealed Himself to mankind in time and space.  This revelation was slow, and it came in stages. …

Bozell: Facebook’s Suppression of Valid Debate on COVID Origins Reveals ‘Consequences of Big Tech Playing Speech Police’

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – “These are the consequences of Big Tech playing speech police”.. Brent Bozell said Thursday, reacting to Facebook’s announcement admitting that it was wrong to censor content suggesting that COVID-19 might have been man-made… Facebook posted an “update” to its COVID-19 censorship policy, saying that the findings of “ongoing investigations” have prompted it to stop removing claims that COVID-19 is man-made or manufactured…

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Have Faith in God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Mark 11:11-26 11 And he entered Jerusalem, and went into the temple; and when he had looked round […]

Saint of the Day for May 28: Venerable Pierre Toussaint

Venerable Pierre Toussaint’s Story – Born in modern-day Haiti and brought to New York City as a slave, Pierre died a free man, a renowned hairdresser, and one of New York City’s most well-known Catholics… Plantation owner Pierre Bérard made Toussaint a house slave and allowed his grandmother to teach her grandson how to read and write. ..

Overcoming Fear With Ignatius of Loyola, by Theresa Civantos Barber

By Theresa Civantos Barber, Aleteia – Do what you can and leave the rest to Providence… Living in the present, doing what you can, and trusting God are three powerful levers for overcoming all kinds of fear… “When you’ve tried to do one’s best, you can leave everything else to the One who has the power to accomplish all that he wants.”

Beware When Church Leaders Manipulate the Language: Part I, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – The topic of all these consultations, again, will be synodality. The quest for synodality is a key theme in the teaching of Pope Francis. But the truth is that no one has a very clear understanding what “synodality” means. And maybe that’s the point. Will a year of consultations clarify things, or will it simply allow for more general confusion?

Are You Prepared for the Communist Takeover? by R. C. VanLandingham

By R. C. VanLandingham, Crisis Magazine – Breitbart recently reported an open letter signed by over 120 retired generals and admirals warning of just that. The letter stated in part: “Our nation is in deep peril. We are in a fight for our survival as a Constitutional Republic like no other time since our founding in 1776. The conflict is between supporters of Socialism and Marxism vs. supporters of Constitutional freedom and liberty.”

Texas Bishop Panders to Left, by Trey Blanton

By Trey Blanton, Church Militant – Faithful Catholics with Church Militant Resistance held vigil in heavy rain to pray for the Black lives abandoned by Bp. Burns. The diocese of Dallas stood in solidarity with the anti-Catholic, Marxist organization, Black Lives Matter… Dr. Jackson: “Even when you look at the accepting of all the immoral things that go on in America, all of these things have been orchestrated by the progressive, socialist, leftist Marxists coming from the Democrat Party.”… Dr. Jackson explains how pandering to the Black community is insufficient.

Hunter Biden Email Suggests Dad Attended D.C. Dinner, by Chris Woodward, Billy Davis

By Chris Woodward, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – Hunter Biden’s damaged laptop that was left behind at a Delaware repair shop keeps revealing family secrets: Emails from 2015 suggest then-Vice President Joe Biden attended a dinner that was attended by a who’s who of powerful business people and politicians from Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan – and even came with a cover story.

Priest Who Said Catholics Shouldn’t Vote for Pro-Abortion Democrats Will Challenge Bishop’s Demand to Resign, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – A Wisconsin priest who attracted national controversy for telling Catholics to reject the Democratic Party because of its radical pro-abortion stance said he will challenge his bishop’s request to resign… On Sunday, Father James Altman, the priest at St. James the Less Church in La Crosse, told his parishioners that Bishop William Callahan accused him of being “divisive and ineffective” and recently asked him to resign.

Bishop: No Communion for Pro-Abortion Politicians Who “Reject Fundamental Teachings of the Church”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Two Catholic bishops urged the USCCB this week not to delay plans to create a new document to give guidance about Communion and Catholic politicians who openly advocate for the killing of unborn babies… CNA reports Arch. Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco and Arch. Samuel Aquila of Denver lamented that some bishops want to postpone action on the document… “I’m deeply grieved by the rising public acrimony among bishops and the adoption of behind-closed-doors maneuvers to interfere with the accepted, normal, agreed-upon procedures of the USCCB”

Kellogg’s Spoon-Feeds Activism With Woke Cereal, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, Family Research Council – Kellogg’s hasn’t been sugar-coating its agenda for years. But its latest venture — a “create-your-own-pronoun” cereal for kids — is bowling over parents. “Boxes are for cereal, not people,” the company insists about its new Together with Pride rainbow edition that donates $3 from every box to an extreme LGBT group, GLAAD, who’s out to recruit and confuse your children.

Exploring the Dark World of Vaccines and Fetal Tissue Research: Part 2, by Monica Seeley

By Monica Seeley, Catholic World Report – “Alive when researchers start extracting the tissue.” That’s how biologist Pamela Acker described aborted infants who donate tissue for fetal cell lines. In a January, 2021 interview with Lifesite News, Acker discussed COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the U.S., all of which have some involvement with human fetal cell lines. …

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: What Do You Want Me to Do for You?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 10:46-52 – And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” …

Saint of the Day for May 27: St. Augustine of Canterbury

Franciscan Media – In the year 596, some 40 monks set out from Rome to evangelize the Anglo-Saxons in England. Leading the group was Augustine, the prior of their monastery. Hardly had he and his men reached Gaul when they heard stories of the ferocity of the Anglo-Saxons and of the treacherous waters of the English Channel. ..

Satan and the Art of Darkness, by Joseph Pearce

By Joseph Pearce, EWTN News – If human imagination is the image of God’s creativity in Man, how can Satan have any part in it? Satan is infertile. He can create nothing. He is Nothing. He is the Real Absence. What does this Thing, this No Thing, this Negation, have to do with the fertile expression of creativity? It would appear that he has nothing to do with it; and yet, if this is so, why is there so much evil art?

Msgr. Charles Pope: A Short Consideration of the Sequence Hymn for Pentecost

Msgr. Charles Pope – Seeking not to leave behind Pentecost so soon, I propose here to briefly consider the sequence hymn for Pentecost and the purpose and history of such hymns in the liturgy. There are several feasts of the Church during which a “sequence” hymn may be sung. The sequence hymn is sung just before the Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation). The feasts with sequence hymns are these:

Transgenderism and the End of the Sacramental Order, by Monica Migliorino Miller

By Monica Migliorino Miller, Crisis Magazine – “The Incarnation is the hinge of salvation” and “Iconoclasm as a denial of the Incarnation is the summation of all heresies.”… The first quotation is from the second-century apologist Tertullian and the latter was penned by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. These two statements can well be applied to our present cultural crisis; namely, the rise of transgenderism signaling the end of the sacramental order.

Sanctuary City for Unborn Initiative Spreads: Lebanon, Ohio 29th City to Outlaw Abortion, by Dr. Susan Berry

By Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart – “Mark Lee Dickson, director of Right to Life of East Texas and founder of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn initiative, explained to Breitbart News the significance of passing “ordinances” that outlaw abortion, and not simply “resolutions.”… “There are some cities across the United States that have passed resolutions declaring themselves a “sanctuary city for the unborn,” but those resolutions are just statements which do not outlaw anything,” he said…”

Will the 2020 Madness Last? by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness – Before 2020, the American people tired of the media farces surrounding such events as the Duke lacrosse team, the lies about the Covington kids, and Jussie Smollett’s hoax about being attacked by white racists. Will they return to their earlier skepticism about media hype when it increasingly seems like the media and the government mostly lied when denying the possibility that the coronavirus leaked from a Wuhan lab engaged in “gain-of-function” engineering of dangerous viruses?

A Joyful Heart, by David Nussman

By David Nussman, Church Militant – He was sent away at 18 years old to become an apprentice under a distant relative. He eventually departed for Rome, knowing God was calling him there… The future saint brought hardly anything with him, relying completely on God’s Providence to provide for his needs. Once he arrived in Rome, he worked as a tutor. He lived a solitary, prayerful life in a small attic space and practiced self-denial by eating very small meals.

Embarrassed Over the Church’s Response to COVID?

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – There is a fine line between moral prudence and moral cowardice. There is an even finer line between trusting and not trusting God. I admit that discerning these things can be difficult. But in praying with Ezra the other day, I discovered something all of us need to think about more often than we do.
Ezra, as many readers will recall, was permitted by King Cyrus of Persia to spearhead a Jew

Chicago Archdiocese: Parishioners Must Show ‘Proof of Vaccination’ to Be Maskless, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – The third largest diocese in the United States has announced that parishioners can return to Mass unmasked but only if they can provide “proof of vaccination.”… Cardinal Blase Cupich, issued a statement Friday offering two options for parishes “given the recent announcements by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local health departments and state and city officials,” easing COVID-19 restrictions.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The Tale of Two Fr. Jameses

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Crisis Magazine – Fr. Altman from the conservative side and Fr. Martin from the liberal. Fr. Altman castigates Catholics who voted for Joe Biden. Fr. Martin openly supported Biden. As such, the two Fr. Jameses are poster boys for the two Catholic Churches in America today. Fr. Altman for the traditional, orthodox, strict version of Catholicism; Fr. Martin for the accommodating, relativistic, and subjective version of Catholicism. Fr. Altman: doctrinal. Fr. Martin: pastoral. Fr. Altman: Rational. Fr. Martin: Sentimental.

Fr. Ed Broom: Ten Most Common Lies from the Devil

By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange – Father Ed Broom is an Oblate of the Virgin Mary and the author of Total Consecration Through the Mysteries of the Rosary and From Humdrum to Holy. He blogs regularly at Fr. Broom’s Blog… The devil has many names! The Bible gives us many and the saints have their own descriptions! The different names from the Bible and from the saints present the various manners that the devil works in the world and in our lives.

Gerhard Ludwig Müller: Blessing and Blasphemy

By Gerhard Ludwig Müller, First Things – On May 10, more than one hundred Catholic priests throughout Germany performed blessings for same-sex unions. This was a response to a February statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith restating that the Church could not bless such unions. This staging of pseudo-blessings of homosexually active male or female couples is, theologically speaking, blasphemy—a cynical contradiction of God’s holiness.

The National Guard Finally Goes Home, by Douglas Andrews

By Douglas Andrews, Patriot Post – Our National Guard has finally left the Capitol, but “The People’s House” is still closed to the public… First things first: To the nearly 26,000 National Guardsmen who left their friends, their families, and their communities to take part in a nearly 20-week deployment in our nation’s capital, we say, Thank you… By now, the Guardsmen are back home where they belong.

GA Absentee Ballots Will Be Examined After Judge’s Order, by Chad Groening, Billy Davis

By Chad Groening, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – More than 145,000 absentee ballots in Fulton County, Georgia will be unsealed for an audit after a judge approved their review, and a political activist says nobody should be surprised if Donald Trump legally won the state’s 16 electoral votes… Responding to a lawsuit alleging election fraud, Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero ruled May 21 that Fulton County officials must scan the ballots and produce high resolution images for the plaintiffs to review ….

On Being In, not Of, the World, by David G Bonagura, Jr.

By David G Bonagura, Jr., The Catholic Thing – This commandment of living comes directly from Jesus Himself at the Last Supper, when He refers to “the world” a staggering thirty-eight times… But more often He refers to “the world” as a spiritual force that is inherently at odds with Him and His mission. “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”

CNA: Archbishop Cordileone ‘Deeply Grieved’ by Attempts to Delay Consideration of Eucharistic Teaching Document

By CNA Staff – “I’m deeply grieved by the rising public acrimony among bishops and the adoption of behind-closed-doors maneuvers to interfere with the accepted, normal, agreed-upon procedures of the USCCB,” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said… “Those who do not want to issue a document on Eucharistic coherence should be open to debating the question objectively and fairly with their brother bishops, rather than attempting to derail the process,” he added.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Are You Able to Drink the Cup That I Drink?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 10:32-45 – And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him …

Saint of the Day for May 26: St. Philip Neri

Franciscan Media – Philip Neri was a sign of contradiction, combining popularity with piety against the background of a corrupt Rome and a disinterested clergy: the whole post-Renaissance malaise… At an early age, Philip abandoned the chance to become a businessman, moved to Rome …

Seminarian: “Is There Any Reason Why I Should Remain Catholic?”

By OnePeterFive – The salt has lost its flavor and it is being cast aside and trampled underfoot. The lamp is dimming, the coals are dying out, and charity is growing cold. The substance of the faith has been drained out of the Church and watered down. The Church has been hollowed out. Triumphalism is defeated, the Barque of Peter is sinking, and it could be downhill from here.

Global Warming or Demographic Winter? by Dwight Longenecker

By Dwight Longenecker, The Stream – While the science for climate change is debated, another catastrophe for the human race is looming in which the science is certain and there is no room for debate. This catastrophe is not global warming and a perpetual summer. It is the perpetual winter of the declining birth rate… The term “demographic winter” has been around for some time, but it has taken the mainstream media a long time to take notice.

Notre Dame Students Were Right to Reject Joe Biden, He’s a Radical Abortion Activist, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, LifeNews – “Biden… rejects Church teachings on abortion, marriage, sex and gender and is hostile to religious liberty. He embraces the most pro-abortion and anti-religious liberty public policy program in history.” In fact, the organizers argue, his views are so radical that they almost make Obama’s seem tame.

Catholic Bishops Showed ‘a Lack of Faith’ During COVID Lockdowns, by John-Henry Westen

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – Phil Lawler’s latest book, Contagious Faith: Why the Church Must Spread Hope, Not Fear, in a Pandemic, describes the vaious responses to COVID-19 taken by the Church’s shepherds as “the health-first heresy.” This heresy is “the idea that your physical health is more important than your spiritual health,” which totally contradicts Church doctrine.

Bishops Coercing the Flock, by Trey Blanton

By Trey Blanton, Church Militant – (here are) some examples of diocesan discrimination across America… Bishops in America are applying pressure to their congregations to force them to take the experimental, unapproved COVID-19 gene therapy… Clergy are following the same game plan as the leftist globalists. Those who follow the diabolical Marxist plan are rewarded, while those who object to taking a dangerous, abortion-tainted drug are ostracized.

Pope Francis Calls for ‘Green Economics,’ ‘Green Education,’ ‘Green Spirituality’, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart – Francis also warned that “our selfishness, our indifference, and our irresponsibility” threaten the future of the generations to come… “I therefore renew my appeal,” he said, “let us take care of our Mother Earth, let us overcome the temptation of selfishness that makes us predators of resources, let us cultivate respect for the gifts of the Earth and creation, let us finally inaugurate an eco-sustainable lifestyle and society.”

The Recount Double Standard, by Harold Hutchison

By Harold Hutchison, Patriot Post – The ballot audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, and the forthcoming audit in Fulton County, Georgia, are facing a continuation of that double standard. Joe Biden beat Donald Trump by a little over 10,000 votes in Arizona, and just under 12,000 in Georgia… Audits should be a relatively routine part of ensuring the integrity of each election. Yet the usual suspects at CNN and MSNBC… are attacking these audits, while officials are trying to obstruct them as much as possible.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: We Have Left Everything and Followed You

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 10:28-31 – Peter began to say to him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel …

Saint of the Day for May 25: St. Bede the Venerable

By Franciscan Media – Bede is one of the few saints honored as such even during his lifetime. His writings were filled with such faith and learning that even while he was still alive, a Church council ordered them to be read publicly in the churches…

God Is Not Discouraged, by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – The Scriptures often speak of God being grieved or angry. But they never speak of Him being discouraged. That’s because discouragement is not an “emotion” that exists within the Godhead. How could it? Discouragement would imply despair. Or hopelessness. Or defeat. And all of these emotions — to speak of the Creator in human terms — are totally foreign to Him. Ultimately, in Jesus, they should be foreign to us as well.

The Ongoing Debate Over Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, by Eric Sammons

By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine – Can non-Catholics be saved? If so, how?… These questions have been debated by Catholics since the time of the early Church. Back then, Catholics wondered about the Jews and Gentiles who lived before Christ, as well as believers who were martyred for the Catholic Faith but had not yet been baptized.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Roe Must Go: Supreme Court Case Could Overturn Roe v. Wade

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Pro-abortion advocates are already expressing outrage and outright terror over the Court’s decision to hear the case. In a statement last week reacting to this decision, Nancy Northup, President & CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said that overturning Roe would be “devastating.” Northup noted that with Roe overturned, “Over 20 states would prohibit abortion outright.”

1776 Commission Urges States: Oppose Biden Funding for ‘Teaching of Racial Discrimination’ in K-12, by Greg Piper

By Greg Piper, Just the News – The 1776 Commission met in D.C. Monday despite being disbanded by President Biden on his first day in office. It published its final report just two days before the presidential transfer of power… States should also oppose “race-based pedagogy,” especially if the curricula is “imposed by the federal government,” the statement reads.

Fr. John Cush: Christ is the True Vine, His Father is the Vine Grower, and We Are the Branches

By Father John Cush, EWTN News – Yes, image of the vine and the branches is an appropriate and powerful image given by Our Lord. What are the implications of Christ being the vine, we the branches, and his Father the vine grower? I would say that they are three and, please note, all three are connected: first, ecclesiological; second, morally; and third and finally, spiritual.

Planned Parenthood CEO Vows to “Fight” for Abortion, Calls Protecting Babies “Diabolical”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Protecting a unique, living baby in the womb once he or she has a heartbeat is “diabolical,” Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson told MSNBC last week… Johnson, who runs the billion-dollar abortion chain, slammed a new Texas heartbeat law as “cruel” and “diabolical” because it would ban almost all abortions in the state.

Fr. Altman’s Bishop Has Asked Him to Resign, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – ‘What really is at play here, dear family, is that other shepherds are offended because I simply state the fact that they abandoned their sheep in a time of need. If this alleged virus was allegedly a fraction as dangerous as they said it was, it was all the more reason to keep our churches open and get you the sacraments so that you stayed in a state of grace. They put your eternal souls at risk!’

St. Joseph’s Not-Untimely Death, by Michael Pakaluk

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing – St. Joseph was certainly not alive when Jesus began his public ministry. This, the tradition has always maintained, for four reasons… First, after the public ministry begins, Joseph is never mentioned in the Gospels in connection with Jesus or Mary, or with the broader family of the “brothers” or more properly “cousins” of the Lord. There is even some suggestion in the way people refer to Joseph that he is no longer alive: “Isn’t this the son of the carpenter?” (Mt. 13:55)

WATCH! Persecuted Priests, Church Militant

By Church Militant, May 24, 2021 – Bishops preying on priests who tell the truth.

Fr. John A. Perricone: The Holy Spirit Makes Men of Steel

By Fr. John A. Perricone, Crisis Magazine – Upon entering St. Peter’s Basilica, facing the visitor, like some sunburst, is the Great Altar. It is spaced majestically beneath Bernini’s massive baldachin, held up by four thick, twisted columns, identical to the ones in Solomon’s Temple—clearly a sign that the typological figures of the Old Testament had come to fulfillment in the immolation of the Lamb upon the altars of Christendom.

Legal Conservatism’s Moment of Truth: Abortion Returns to the Supreme Court, by Josh Hammer

By Josh Hammer, Patriot Post – In agreeing to hear the Mississippi abortion case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week placed directly in its crosshairs the court’s two foundational modern abortion precedents, Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. In preparing to decide whether all restrictions on pre-“viability” abortions are unconstitutional, as the court’s order for a writ of certiorari indicates it will do …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Give – and You Will Have Treasure in Heaven

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 10:17-27 – And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments …

Saint of the Day for May 24: St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi

Franciscan Media – Mystical ecstasy is the elevation of the spirit to God in such a way that the person is aware of this union with God while both internal and external senses are detached from the sensible world. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi was so generously given this special gift of God that she is called the “ecstatic saint.”

The Church and Social Policy: When Less is More, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Let the Church, then, look to herself and her own mission. Let the Church not be anxious about human policy, saying “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?”… In fact, at the end of the sixth chapter of his gospel, Matthew quotes Christ as making this point with absolute clarity: Let His disciples rather seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be theirs as well (Mt.6:25-34).

She Took the Abortion Pill and Regretted It, Amazingly a Doctor Was Able to Save Her Baby

By Lisa Bourne, LifeNews – Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signed HB 1577/HEA 1577 into law Apr. 29 after the bill made its way through the state’s legislature earlier this spring. The law requires doctors that provide abortion to notify women pursuing chemical abortion that it may be possible to reverse the abortion drug’s effects should they change their mind before taking the second set of drugs. It is set to go into effect on July 1, 2021.

Msgr. Charles Pope: I Have Come to Cast A Fire on the Earth – A Homily for Pentecost Sunday

By Msgr. Charles Pope – What a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus said to the apostles, I have come to cast a fire on the earth (Luke 12:49). This is a feast about fire, a transformative, refining, purifying fire that the Lord wants to kindle in us. It is a necessary fire, for as the Lord first judged the world by fire …

A Forgotten Piety, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Center for American Greatness – When I was a boy, I had a powerful experience of this virtue every year, on Memorial Day. Early in the morning, a parade led by veterans in uniform would proceed up the hill to the Lutheran cemetery near our house. A group of us boys followed them, because we wanted to see and hear the rifles when they fired the 21-gun salute, to honor the men who had served their nation in war.

Georgia Judge Orders Review of Fulton County Ballots After Startling Claim, by Al Perrotta

By Al Perrotta, The Stream – A state judge in Georgia has ordered the 2020 general election absentee ballots in Fulton County unsealed and examined for fraud. Friday’s legal victory comes as part of a lawsuit led by Garland Favorito… Favorito claims county election workers likely included fabricated ballots — perhaps between 20,000 and 30,000 — and counted some ballots multiple times.

China Virus ‘Smoking Gun’ Found, by Steven Mosher

By Steven Mosher, LifeSiteNews – I have long believed – based on a lifelong study of Communist China and my background in biology – that the China Virus was a laboratory construct… At best, as I wrote in the New York Post on February 22 of last year, it was the result of a reckless “Gain of Function” experiment that created a highly contagious pathogen that somehow escaped from the lab… At worst, it was a deliberate attempt by the Chinese military to genetically engineer a bioweapon that could be used to attack China’s enemies, chiefly the United States and India.

Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy: Groaning to Be Set Free

By Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap., The Catholic Thing – Nothing of God’s good creation will be lost, neither man nor beast, neither valley nor mountain, for all will be transformed into a new heaven and a new earth – sharing in the new creation that is the risen and glorious Jesus himself. As the whole of creation now groans in agony, so the whole of creation now cries out in expectant hope – Come Lord Jesus!

WATCH: Fr. Altman Asked to Resign, But Has Refused and Will Fight

By Peter, Complicit Clergy – “They want my head on a platter.”… In today’s homily, Fr. James Altman announced he has been asked to resign his position by his bishop, Bishop Joseph Callahan… As we all know, Fr. Altman has been subject to diabolical persecution for simply doing his job as a shepherd to his flock.

St. Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit

“Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. ~St. Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Pentecost: the Difference that the Spirit Makes, by Marcellino D’Ambrosio

By Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Ph.D., Catholic Exchange – As a teen, I thought the clergy were supposed to do everything. We laity were just called to pray, pay, and obey. Oh yes, and keep the commandments, of course. The original 10 seemed overwhelming enough. Then I discovered the Sermon on the Mount and nearly passed out… Perhaps this is why many inactive Catholics are so resentful of their upbringing in the Church. For them, religion means frustration, failure, and guilt.

Why Medical Tyranny Is the Next Great American Threat, by Patrick Hampton

By Patrick Hampton, Patriot Post – With mask mandates lifted in most states, many Americans are enjoying their return to what they believe is normal. But we are also seeing the true faces of those in power who seek to use sensitive medical information — like vaccination status — to oppress others… Private companies, organizations, and educational institutions announce their plans… some requiring proof of full COVID-19 vaccination before walking through their doors.

WATCH! Crossing Davos: Christianity vs. the New World Order, by Michael J. Matt

By Michael J. Matt, Editor, Remnant TV – Michael J. Matt’s May 8, 2021 Editor’s Desk: “STUPID IDEAS: Why The Great Reset Will Fail.”… We have had many requests to make this clip available as an easily shareable standalone, as it includes a powerful sign of hope that too place recently on a street in Poland… Christianity is not dead; she will rise again over the ashes of the New World Order.

More US Bishops Publicly Out Themselves As Pro-LGBT, by Pete Baklinski

By Pete Baklinski, LifeSiteNews – Fourteen U.S. Catholic bishops, one of them a cardinal, have added their names to a statement in partnership with a pro-homosexual advocacy group in support of young people who identify as LGBT, telling them that “God is on your side.”… The bishops are joined by almost 150 religious orders, schools, parishes, and organizations — all Catholic — who support the statement.

Bishop Rebukes Bishop, by Joseph Enders  

By Joseph Enders, Church Militant – A New Mexico prelate is protecting brother bishops who believe pro-abortion Catholic politicians should be denied Holy Communion… In an article for First Things on Tuesday, Bp. James Wall of the diocese of Gallup rebuked San Diego bishop Robert McElroy — ripping his essay that argued pro-life bishops are politically motivated and weaponizing the Eucharist.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Immensity of What Jesus Has Done for Us

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 21:20-25 – Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!” …

Saint of the Day for May 22: St. Rita of Cascia

Franciscan Media – Like Elizabeth Ann Seton, Rita of Cascia was a wife, mother, widow, and member of a religious community. Her holiness was reflected in each phase of her life… Born at Roccaporena in central Italy, Rita wanted to become a nun but was pressured at a young age into marrying a harsh and cruel man. During her 18-year marriage, she bore and raised two sons.

Permanent Synodal Church — A Progressive Jesuit Cardinal’s ‘Dream’ Come True, by Edward Pentin 

By Edward Pentin , EWTN News – The Vatican’s announcement today that Pope Francis has changed his plans for the next Synod of Bishops and made it into a multi-phase process over three years comes closer to fulfilling a “dream” of the late progressive Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini… The former cardinal archbishop of Milan, a favorite of those pushing for heterodox reforms in the Church, had envisioned a permanent synodal Church …

Pennsylvania Voters Strip Governor’s Powers After He Closed Churches, Left Abortion Clinics Open, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, LifeNews – If you abuse power long enough, you’ll lose it. That was the message from Pennsylvanians to Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, the first chief executive in the country to be stripped of some of his executive authority. The blowback — which has brewing for months — was a result of the governor’s COVID policies, which voters have obviously decided were too oppressive and overreaching.

Frontline Doctors File Motion to Stop FDA Authorization of COVID Vaccines for Children, by Patrick Delaney

By Patrick Delaney, LifeSiteNews – “We’ve never seen this level of side effects for any vaccine without the FDA taking action,” stated Dr. Angelina Farella, AFLDS Pediatric Medical Director. “The Rotavirus vaccine was pulled for 15 cases of non-lethal side effects and the Swine Flu vaccine was pulled for 25 deaths. But now, by the CDC’s own data, we are seeing a 12,000 percent increase in deaths with these vaccines and they’re still talking about giving this to our kids.”

Churches Are Free to Worship … and Newsom is Out $1.35 Million, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Liberty Counsel plans to use a settlement in California this week to end coronavirus restrictions for churches around the country… “Maine right now is the most restrictive in the country,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel on the “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” program. “We represent Pastor Ken Graves of Calvary Chapel of Bangor, and our goal is to make sure Caesar never can go and touch these churches anymore.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: Four Rules for Effective Leaders

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In modern bibles and in the breviary, Psalm 101 is often called the “Avowal of a Good Ruler.” In other words, it is a kind of oath a ruler takes pledging to promote virtue in the kingdom and to refute error and sin. One can imagine King David saying this himself… While this psalm is surely a good plan for a ruler, it applies to us as well, for in fact we are rulers too. We are called to rule our very self.

Texas Passes Abortion Ban Protecting ‘Every Unborn Child With a Heartbeat’, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, The Stream – Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that Texas had passed an abortion ban protecting “every unborn child with a heartbeat.”… “The heartbeat bill is now LAW in the Lone Star State,” Abbott tweeted Wednesday. “This bill ensures the life of every unborn child with a heartbeat will be saved from the ravages of abortion.”

Arch. Cordileone: “I Sense a Growing Sense of Urgency Among the Bishops…” by Carl E. Olson

By Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report – “Regarding dialogue, as bishops, with [pro-abortion] Catholic leaders in political and secular life on the national level,” says the Archbishop of San Francisco in an interview with CWR, “I think we’ve pretty much reached the point of exhaustion.”

Low-Information Catholics: by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – Americans are living in a time when family-destroying, God-hating propaganda is being promulgated as truth… There is a meme circulating around the internet that intimates that if Marxists were winning, then propaganda would be unnecessary. But as it looks right now, the Marxists are winning. They have infiltrated all levels of power and influence in the United States. What’s more, they’ve even infiltrated into high positions within the Church…

Disgruntled Vatican Employees Pen Letter to Pope Francis, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – A group of Vatican employees has written a letter to Pope Francis, expressing their discontent over what they say are labor injustices at the Vatican and calling for an overhaul of a system that risks becoming increasingly “anti-meritocratic and disincentivizing.”…

Lori Lightfoot’s Rank Racism, by Douglas Andrews

By Douglas Andrews, Patriot Post – Get lost, cracker… That seems to be the message from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who’s decided to give one-on-one interviews only to journalists of color.
You read that right. And we wonder: Has there ever been, in the post-Civil Rights era, such a nakedly and despicably racist act from an elected official anywhere in America?

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Do You Love Jesus More Than These?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 21:15-19 – When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” …

Saint of the Day for May 21: St. Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions

By Franciscan Media – Like Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, SJ, Cristóbal and his 24 companion martyrs lived under a very anti-Catholic government in Mexico, one determined to weaken the Catholic faith of its people. Churches, schools, and seminaries were closed; foreign clergy were expelled. …

Fauci’s Criminal Malpractice and Killing of Medical Freedom, by Joel S. Hirschhorn

By Joel S. Hirschhorn, WND – In this pandemic, it is more important than ever for physicians to act as early as possible to save their patients from serious COVID impacts, hospitalization and death. Instead, when (Anthony Fauci) withheld support for this sound medical strategy, we got the “Fauci kill zone.”… The whole notion that the COVID infection has created a genuine crisis can also be seen more as malfeasance, corruption and propaganda.

Arch. Charles J. Chaput: Making the Wrong Kind of Mess

By Charles J. Chaput, First Things – Starting in 2013 and variously thereafter, Pope Francis has called upon Catholics, especially young Catholics, to “make a mess.” In a way, this makes admirable sense. Reform and renewal always involve a kind of creative destruction. Disrupting old patterns of sin and purifying the spirit can be turbulent work. There’s a reason James Joyce described the Catholic faith as “here comes everybody.”

Catholic Bishop: “A Politician Who Actively Protects Abortion Risks His or Her Salvation”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – CNA reports Wall, who leads the Diocese of Gallup, urged his fellow bishops to keep the salvation of souls at the forefront of their minds as they consider whether pro-abortion Catholic politicians like President Joe Biden should be denied Communion… “There is no doubt that a politician who actively protects abortion and strives to make it more accessible also risks his or her salvation”

The New State Church Comes for You, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – Children as young as six are being taught “sex is assigned at birth.” They are being taught that boys and girls can be born into the wrong body, that boys can turn into girls and girls into boys. Children are being forced to use the “proper pronouns.” This is happening in the public school, where secularists believe religion was banned in 1962-63.

Climate Czar John Kerry Says Pope ‘One of the Most Powerful Voices’ on Climate Change

By Raymond Wolfe, LifeSiteNews – The Biden climate czar also has been a notable “climate change” alarmist and was widely mocked in February for claiming that the world only has “nine years left” to avoid “catastrophic” climate problems… Pope Francis, for his part, has practiced virtually identical and equally dubious climate alarmism. “We only have a few years” to avoid “radical and catastrophic climate change,” the Pope warned …

NEW INTERVIEW: Archbishop Viganò Discusses the Great Reset, Gives Hope in Light of Our Lady of Fatima, by Dr. Maike Hickson

By Dr. Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – This infernal alliance is meant to lead to the establishment of the New Order and the advent of the Antichrist. But let’s not forget that Our Lady has said that, before the final persecution, the world will enjoy a period of peace. I think that the Great Reset and the Satanic project of the New Order under the Masonic Synarchy has not yet managed to impose itself, even if we have come very close to it.

Opinion: To Address America’s Declining Birth Rate, We Need a Culture of Life, by Benjamin Watson

By Benjamin Watson, Newsweek – Americans aren’t having kids like they used to. The most recent census shows that the U.S. birth rate has hit its lowest level since 1979. In fact, the birth rate has fallen almost every year since 1991. Today, at just 1.64 births per woman, American families aren’t even having enough babies to meet the replacement rate of 2.1 births.

Here’s When The American Founders Thought Revolution Was Justified, by Kevin Portteus

By Kevin Portteus, The Federalist – According to the American Declaration of Independence, people enter into political society for the sake of protecting their inalienable rights, which are otherwise insecure. The question then arises: what can the people do if the government betrays its trust, and violates their rights? The Declaration’s initial answer is “that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: May They Become Perfectly One

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word- John 17:20-26 – “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory which you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one ….

Saint of the Day for May 20: St. Bernardine of Siena

Franciscan Media – Most of the saints suffer great personal opposition, even persecution. Bernardine, by contrast, seems more like a human dynamo who simply took on the needs of the world… He was the greatest preacher of his time, journeying across Italy, calming strife-torn cities …

24 States Would Protect Babies From Abortions if Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – If given the chance, half of the United States would protect unborn babies from abortion, according to the study “What If Roe Fell?” by the Center for Reproductive Rights… And states may have that chance now that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a major abortion case out of Mississippi.

‘Woke’ Catholic Schools Offer Poison in Place of the Gospel, by Noelle Mering

By Noelle Mering, NCRegister – A simmering cultural revolution is approaching its boiling point. This can bring a certain clarity and resolve as more people grasp what is happening. The stories of woke toxicity coming out of elite secular prep schools follow similar patterns: a top-down implementation of extreme “antiracism” and gender ideology in the curriculum,

The Hidden Threat to Catholicism, by Eric Sammons

By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine – In the eyes of many, world virtualization is considered an unmitigated good. It allows greater connection, greater leisure, and greater access to information than ever before. There’s just one problem: it’s antithetical to living a well-balanced Catholic life. I would even argue that it breaks Catholicism.

It’s Bigger Than Vaccines: Why You Should Care About Your Conscience, by Elizabeth Slaten

By Elizabeth Slaten, Catholic East Texas – When God created you, he gave you a conscience. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines conscience as “the interior voice of a human being, within whose heart the inner law of God is inscribed” (CCC Glossary)… Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like something was wrong, but you couldn’t quite put your finger on what it was?

Your Perception of Reality? It’s Shaped by Your News Source: Survey, by Steve Jordahl

By Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – “People who consume media that is run [and] controlled by people on the left are much more likely to get the facts wrong,” he begins. “It’s because they’re not really getting the facts; they’re getting the narrative – and the narrative is shaping their view of the world.”

The Road to Heaven is Paved By a Healthy Church, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – The road to Hell may be paved with good intentions, but the road to a personal Christian culture, and so to Heaven, is paved by a healthy Church. That some of us may get there by a rougher road is no excuse for not making it smoother. Our every prayer and action ought to have this end at least partially in view.

Abp. Viganò Offers Considerations On the Great Reset

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, LifeSiteNews – Looking for any logic in what we are told by the mainstream media, government officials, virologists, and so-called “experts” is practically impossible… we must renounce thinking that our rulers are acting with our good in mind, and more generally we must stop believing that those who speak to us are honest, sincere, and motivated by good principles… It is our duty to uncover the deception of this Great Reset, because the same deception may be attributed to all the other assaults that over the course of history have sought to nullify the work of Redemption and establish the tyranny of the Antichrist.

Will Roberts and Kavanaugh Stand With the Unborn or the Unjust? by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, both nominated by Republican presidents, have both written absurd opinions on abortion laws… The case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which the Supreme Court will hear this year, could give them an opportunity to redeem themselves.

Marriage & Family: 4 Takeaways From Bill And Melinda Gates’s Divorce, by Suzanne Venker

By Suzanne Venker, The Federalist – “Nearly two-thirds [of adults over age 50] agree that divorce is the best solution when couples can’t work out their marriage problems versus fewer than half among younger adults.”… That’s a critical finding. Young people view marriage differently than the way their parents do… so with that mind, here are four key takeaways for the younger set from the news of the gates’ split.

Top CDC Official Steps Down Weeks After Emails Surface Showing Collusion With Teachers Union, by Jordan Davidson

By Jordan Davidson, The Federalist – One of the top CDC and Prevention officials.. will step down from her position this summer… Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director, was one of multiple government health officials included in emails between The American Federation of Teachers union, who repeatedly lobbied against in-person schooling, and the agency over the school reopening guidelines which were released earlier this year.

Catholics and Protestants Share Communion at German Ecumenical Convention, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – Protestant and Catholic worshippers in Germany defied Church teaching on Sunday by taking part in each other’s celebration of the Lord’s Supper at an Ecumenical Convention in Frankfurt… In four services in the city, Catholics were invited to take part in an Evangelical Supper with Protestants and similarly invited to celebrate the Catholic Eucharist, with the decision to receive Holy Communion at Mass or bread at a Protestant service left to an individual’s conscience.

Opinion: Is Pope Francis Preparing the Catholic Church to Abandon Unborn Children? by Joseph D’Hippolito

By Joseph D’Hippolito, The Stream – On May 7, Cardinal Luis Ladaria issued a letter from the Vatican discouraging American bishops from preventing elected officials who support abortion to receive Communion… “It would be misleading,” Ladaria continued, “if such a (policy) were to give the impression that abortion and euthanasia alone constitute the only grave matters of Catholic moral and social teaching that demand the fullest level of accountability on the part of Catholics.”… Why would Ladaria take such an approach? Because Francis wants environmental sustainability and economic justice to define his papacy.

Young American Catholics and the Normalization of Lesbian and Gay Sexuality, by David Ayers

By David Ayers, Ph.D., Crisis Magazine – In recent years we have witnessed the rise of two national political leaders—Joseph Biden and Nancy Pelosi—who claim to be devout Catholics while actively promoting radical pro-abortion and pro-LGBT agendas. This has brought into sharp relief the growing disparity between two thousand years of unvarying Church teaching on these issues against the opinions of large swaths of professing Catholics.

Federal Judge Tells Supreme Court: “Nothing in the Constitution Establishes a Right to Abortion”, by Dave Andrusko

By Dave Andrusko, LifeNews – After months of internal deliberation, in a one-line notice the U.S. Supreme Court this morning announced that the justices had agreed to hear (“grant certiorari”) the appeal by the state of Mississippi in the case of its “Gestational Age Act,” a law enacted in 2018, but blocked by Judge Carlton W. Reeves of Federal District Court in Jackson, Mississippi.

What To Do If Your Employer, School, or Parish Demands You Get the Coronavirus Vaccine

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – Well over 100 American universities mandate students receive coronavirus vaccines to attend. Employers are saying the unvaccinated will be fired or simply not hired. And in some circles it’s now commonplace not to ask people whether they’re vaccinated, but just which vaccine they’ve taken, with the assumption being all normal and sane people take this injection, or will take it the first chance they get.

Canada: Catholic Schools Celebrate Gay Pride, by Joseph Enders

By Joseph Enders, Church Militant – An Ontario Catholic school board will be requiring its districts to fly gay-pride flags during the month of June… The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) has joined the Waterloo, Wellington and Thunder Bay Catholic school boards after a May 6 vote to forcefully promote homosexual activity in its schools.

The Remedy for “Canceling” and Division: Catholic Education, by Daniel Guernsey

By Daniel Guernsey, The Catholic Thing – Authentic Catholic education does not cancel culture; it elevates, redeems, and transmits culture. It seeks out and celebrates truth, beauty, and goodness, wherever they are found – and if they are missing, Catholic education points that out as well. The transcendentals are not bound by culture, time, race, or gender.

Space Force Officer Pays High Price for Ripping CRT, by Chad Groening, Jody Brown

By Chad Groening, Jody Brown, OneNewsNow – Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier (pictured) is a former fighter pilot who became commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. But Lohmeier was relieved of that command on Friday after he blasted critical race theory, saying it is rooted in Marxism. Lohmeier made that assertion on a podcast he produced to promote his self-published book, “Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & The Unmaking of the American Military.”

Fr. Ed Broom: The Holy Spirit: Your Soul’s Sweetest Guest

By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange – The Sanctifier, the Paraclete, the Finger of God, the Interior Master, the Gift of Gifts, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the bond of Love uniting the Father and Son, the Helper, the Advocate, the Secret Friend— these are titles given to the Third Person of the most Blessed Trinity, the Holy Spirit… Let us freely receive this Gift into the depths of our hearts, minds, souls, understandings and allow Him to permeate us …

Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit Against Lubbock, Texas to Block New Law Banning Abortions

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Monday to block the city of Lubbock, Texas from banning abortions through its new Sanctuary for the Unborn ordinance.
On May 1, Lubbock became the largest city in the U.S. – and the first with an abortion facility – to pass an ordinance to protect unborn babies from abortion. The ordinance is scheduled to go into effect June 1.

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on Late-Term Abortion Ban Protecting Babies From Abortions, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hold a hearing on a major abortion case that could limit Roe v. Wade and protect babies from late-term abortions. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a law that bans killing babies in abortions after 15 weeks… “The petition asks the court to clarify its jurisprudence on abortion to allow states like ours to enact laws that further their legitimate interests in protecting maternal health, safeguarding unborn babies, and promoting respect for innocent and vulnerable life”

Bishop James S. Wall: For the Care of Souls

By James S. Wall, First Things – In the past few months, several Catholic bishops have issued statements on the question of whether to publicly deny pro-choice politicians the Eucharist… Speaking the truth at times appears to create division, but often it simply exposes the division that already exists. If Catholics cannot agree on protecting the helpless unborn, then our unity is superficial at best and illusory at worst.

Tyrants Keep Mask Mandates, by Nate Jackson

By Nate Jackson, Patriot Post – This is America. The heavy hand of government has never been a good or acceptable tool for determining the behavior of free citizens. If the CDC had been actually reliable and respectable from the beginning, and if the ruling class hadn’t become so quickly addicted to power with COVID as an excuse, we’d all be better off today.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: This Is Eternal Life – to Know the Father the Only True God

Author Don Schwager – When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. …

Saint of the Day for May 18: St. John I

Franciscan Media – Pope John I inherited the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ. Italy had been ruled for 30 years by an emperor who espoused the heresy, though he treated the empire’s Catholics with toleration. His policy changed at about the time the young John was elected pope.

The Joy of the Ascension, by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio

By Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Integrated Catholic Life – The Ascension is about Jesus’s triumph and glorification. If we get our attention off ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit’s love of the Son to animate our souls, we’ll experience greater joy than when we see our child hit a home run or graduate from college… the Ascension is not just about charity. It is also a feast of hope. Yes, there is something in it for us.

The Works of Mercy: Marxists Usurping the Words of Christ, by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – What’s happening today, however, is that people are paying government entities to do the charitable works for them… Democrats claim taxes must be raised so that those who have can pay for the have-nots… But it isn’t charity if it’s mandated by the government, meaning that paying taxes is not an act of charity. That’s just one aspect of the Marxist takeover of Western civilization.

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza : ‘Into the Deepak’… as Germany’s Catholic Bishops Choose to Ignore Pope Francis

By Father Raymond J. de Souza, EWTN News – One could imagine Deepak Chopra feeling quite at home in the sessions of the German “Synodal Path.” And while Chopra was not invited to speak about doctrinal or moral matters in his Vatican conversation with Dr. Oz, his presence in Rome might suggest why there are few in Germany who neither are amazed nor afraid.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: A Day of Prayer and Reparation for the Murder and Abuse of Unborn Children

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – “In the proclamation of this Gospel, we must not fear hostility or unpopularity, and we must refuse any compromise or ambiguity which might conform us to the world’s way of thinking (cf. Rom 12:2). We must be in the world but not of the world (cf. Jn 15:19; 17:16), drawing our strength from Christ, who by his Death and Resurrection has overcome the world (cf. Jn 16:33).”

Leftists Want Us Dead. Or in Prison. Or Locked in to Starve at Home. by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – The left demands unconditional surrender, and a thorough-going purge. Since everything they dislike is somehow “racist,” it might as well be “Nazi.” And what do we do with Nazis? Hang them when we can, but in the meantime punch them, silence them, try to ruin their lives and careers… These people have decided that America needs de-Nazification.

John Kerry: Pope Francis Is ‘Compelling Moral Authority’ on Climate Crisis, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart – U.S. climate czar John Kerry met with Pope Francis in the Vatican this weekend… The pope “is one of the great voices of reason and compelling moral authority on the subject of the climate crisis,” Kerry told Vatican News. “He’s been ahead of the curve. He’s been a leader. His encyclical Laudato Si is really a very, very powerful document, eloquent and morally very persuasive.”… His Holiness “speaks with a moral authority that is quite separate,” Kerry added. “It’s unique and we need all the power we can bring to the table.”… Last January, Kerry told the BBC that humanity has only nine years to save the planet from man-made climate change.

In Persona Pelosi, by Paul Kengor

By Paul Kengor, Crisis Magazine – “I think I can use my own judgment on that.”… That was the assessment of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a longtime “pro-choice” Catholic, when asked her reaction to U.S. bishops and the Vatican considering the question of whether abortion-advocating Catholic politicians should be denied the Eucharist.

Vatican’s Former Doctrine Head: Cardinals Tobin, Cupich Acting More Like Representatives of Democratic Party Than of Christ, by Pete Baklinski

By Pete Baklinski, LifeSiteNews – Cardinal Gerhard Muller, former Prefect CDF at the Vatican, criticized U.S. Cardinals Blase Cupich of Chicago and Joseph Tobin of Newark for acting more like “representatives of the Democratic Party” than of Jesus Christ… “I think these two bishops came to Rome as members or representatives of the Democratic Party,” Muller said… “But the bishops are (supposed to be) the representatives of Jesus Christ, of the revealed truth.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: Love Lifted Me: A Homily for the Ascension of the Lord

Msgr. Charles Pope – In more dioceses than not, the Feast of the Ascension is celebrated this Sunday. The liturgist in me regrets the move from Thursday, but here we are any way. Let’s ascend with the Lord, three days late!.. This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago, for though Christ our head has ascended, we the members of His body are ascending with Him.

“Woke” U.S. Army Prioritizes Inclusion Over Readiness, by Arnold Ahlert

By Arnold Ahlert, Patriot Post – A new woke recruiting ad sends all the wrong messages about America’s Armed Forces… The Army’s latest recruitment ad features a girl raised by two mothers, a lesbian wedding, and a civil rights protest, all aimed at “shattering stereotypes.” It opens with some music and the cartoon pictures of a soldier morphing into their photos. Then comes the narrative.

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Peace in Overcoming the World

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 16:29-33 – His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure! 30 Now we know that you know all things, and need none to question you; by this we believe that you came from God.” Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? …

Saint of the Day for May 17: St. Paschal Baylon

By Franciscan Media – In Paschal’s lifetime the Spanish empire in the New World was at the height of its power, though France and England were soon to reduce its influence. The 16th century has been called the Golden Age of the Church in Spain, for it gave birth to Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Peter of Alcantara, Francis Solano, and Salvator of Horta.

Joe Biden Diverts $2 Billion Healthcare Cash to Help Illegal Migrants, by Neil Munro

By Neil Munro, Breitbart – Joe Biden has taken $2 billion from Americans’ healthcare programs to help deliver migrant youths and children to their illegal-migrant parents throughout the United States, press reports say… “HHS has diverted more than $2 billion meant for other health initiatives toward covering the cost of caring for unaccompanied immigrant children.”… The program costs are expected to reach almost $9 billion by October according to a leaked report in the New York Times.

Biden Tells Americans to ‘Get Vaccinated or Wear a Mask Until You Do’, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – “The rule is now simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do,” declared the President. “The choice is yours.”… The messaging coming out from the White House, the CDC, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious (NIAD) diseases who has been the face of America’s COVID-19 response from the beginning, is contradictory and confusing.

St. Alphonsus Liguori—Uniformity With God’s Will, Pt. 3, by James T. Majewski 

By James T. Majewski,. Catholic Culture – This week, we conclude our series of readings from St. Alphonsus’s Uniformity with God’s Will… In these final chapters, St. Alphonsus turns his attention to times of spiritual desolation, when submission to the will of God can sometimes be the most difficult… Alphonsus includes in his considerations: the sudden loss of others, particularly those by whom we are spiritually edified; dryness and difficulty in prayer; unrelenting temptation; as well as the circumstances of our own death.

Border Crossers Flying for Free into U.S. with Help from Catholic Charities, by John Binder

By John Binder, Breitbart – Border crossers are flying on commercial flights for free into the United States, with the help of Catholic Charities, after first sheltering at paid-for hotel rooms along the U.S.-Mexico border… thanks to President Joe Biden’s administration and often funded by American taxpayers… Biden officials and the state have worked out an operation that places border crossers into free hotel rooms at $71 to $90 a night… costing $86 million in total — is costing taxpayers about $72,000 per border crosser.

There Is No Way To ‘Fix’ The Equality Act. It’s Identity Politics Or Equality Before The Law, And Republicans Must Choose, by Joy Pullmann

By Joy Pullmann, The Federalist – On May 15, Fox News reported that three Republican senators would like to write caveats into the Equality Act that might give them the political cover to vote for the bill to criminalize free speech and Christianity in the United States… “Representatives from the offices of Sens. Tillis, R-N.C.; Portman, R-Ohio and Collins, R-Maine, met with groups including the USCCB, Concerned Women for America, the Family Research Council and American Principles Project, sources said.”

CDC Director Walensky: CDC’s Abrupt Guidance on Masks ‘Is Not Permission for Widespread Removal of Masks’

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – – Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, went on all the Sunday talk shows to explain her agency’s sudden and confusing about-face on face masks… She told ABC’s “This Week” that the guidance CDC released last Thursday — that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask indoors or outdoors — was driven by “science.”… “We also need to say that this is not permission for widespread removal of masks,” Walensky told “This Week.”

Deacon Michael Bickerstaff: They Will Know We Are Christians

By Deacon Michael Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic – In John 15:12, Jesus tells his apostles, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” In this passage, Jesus is preparing His Apostles for His departure and the coming of the Holy Spirit. After three long years with them, these are among His final words of instruction. These words must be important. …

Opinion: How to Ensure a Middle East War in Five Easy Steps, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness – Historians will later calibrate whether in all these policies their authors were simply incompetent, misguided, and naïve, or else nihilists who equated ensuing chaos and pain as precursors to long-overdue equity and social justice… The new American Middle East policy is an extension of the new American domestic policy. In both cases, malign naïveté leads to clueless hubris that ends in catastrophe.

‘Queen of Heaven, Rejoice, Alleluia!’, by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN News – “Queen of Heaven, Rejoice, Alleluia!” begins the Regina Caeli, which the Church prays or sings in place of the Angelus during the Easter season. Mothers sing this prayer as a lullaby or teach it to their children. And families pray it together, too… As the story goes, this Marian prayer was taught by angels to a pope.

Mafia to Be Excommunicated, Says Vatican, by John Burger

By John Burger, Aleteia – Just as a judge who was murdered by the mafia took a further step toward being declared a saint, the Vatican established a commission to excommunicate current members of the mob… Vatican News reported this week that the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development announced the creation of a working group with the aim of excommunicating members of the mafia.

Fr. Gerald E. Murray: President Biden and Public Scandal

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Catholic Thing – Should President Joseph Biden be admitted to Holy Communion when he attends Mass? The simple answer is, “No,” owing to his public and unwavering support for legalized abortion. Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law states: “Those. . .obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.” Abortion, the killing of innocent unborn children, is a grave sin ….

The Antidote for Our Times, by Patrick O’Hearn

By Patrick O’Hearn, Crisis Magazine – Last year, we saw firsthand how “extreme methods of cure” were unnecessarily imposed on our world and Church, even though the survival rate for COVID-19 is around 99%. Consequently, our world is no longer the same, and those who now refuse a vaccine tainted with aborted fetuses or refuse to subscribe to a secular-socialist regime are quickly becoming the lepers of society. Unfortunately, their voice is being censored. This is a time of great trial. 

Catholic Bishop Blasts Abortion: It Has “Snuffed Out” the Lives of 63 Million People, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – More Catholic bishops are speaking out strongly against the killing of unborn babies in abortions this spring as President Joe Biden, who says he is Catholic, works aggressively to expand abortion… On Wednesday, Bishop Donald Hying of Madison, Wisconsin, joined the growing chorus of Catholic leaders in urging politicians to stop their “assaults on innocent human life,” Breitbart reports.

Vatican Hosts Biden Big Guns at Reset Forum

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – The Vatican hosted a closed-door conference Friday with top officials from the Biden administration, finance ministers, left-wing economists, and heads of the World Bank, African Union, Rockefeller Foundation and the IMF… Pope Francis welcomed to the Vatican Biden’s Envoy for Climate John Kerry on the morning of the conference. United States Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen will address the forum online… The high-level conference held Friday by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS) and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) was closed to the press and was not relayed live on the Vatican News media channels, as is customary.

In Brief: Wait, the Pandemic’s Over?… The Timing of the Mask Announcement Seems … Suspicious.

By Political Editors, Patriot Post – Just like that? Nothing about this pandemic, or the science behind it, or the vaccines that have stopped it, tells us that something changed suddenly and magically for vaccinated people [Thursday]. But [now] we can finally lose our masks, as President Biden’s CDC finally announced a full loosening of mask restrictions other than crowded indoor spaces and public transportation… May 13, 2021, will go down in history as the day the pandemic suddenly ended.

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Ask in Jesus’ Name, That Your Joy May Be Full

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 16:23-28 – In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father, he will give it to you in my name. Hitherto you have asked nothing in my name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Saint of the Day for May 15: St. Isidore the Farmer

By Franciscan Media – Isidore has become the patron of farmers and rural communities. In particular, he is the patron of Madrid, Spain, and of the United States National Rural Life Conference…

Popes, Bishops, Slavery – and Us, by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – The old saying is that: “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.” In other words, we can and should learn the lessons of history. But experiencing current events can also help cast and unexpected light on things that might have puzzled us about the past.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Admits The Left’s Need To ‘Rewire’ Their Perception Of The Maskless As ‘Selfish’ Threats, by Kylee Zempel

By Kylee Zempel, The Federalist – After shedding her mask this week when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finally changed its guidelines for vaccinated Americans, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow let a different mask slip in a moment of candor in front of the camera… Maddow says, “We’re going to have to rewire the way that we look at each other,” she’s right. And it’s a real shame.

Pro-Life Members of Congress File Resolution Honoring Pregnancy Centers Saving Babies From Abortion, by Lisa Bourne

By Lisa Bourne, LifeNews – “Pregnancy centers provide mothers a safe place to turn to as they look for help, hope, and healing during challenging times,” Good said. “These centers and the individuals who work and volunteer at them deserve to be supported and recognized for the vital role they play in helping mothers and their families. I’m proud to stand with leaders like Senator Mike Lee who are working to protect innocent life.”

Pro-Abortion Pelosi on Whether She Can Receive Communion: ‘I Can Use My Own Judgement on That’

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who supports legalized abortion, said at her press briefing on Thursday that she can use her “own judgement” on whether to take Holy Communion at a Catholic Mass… Pelosi said she is free to use her own judgment regarding whether to present herself for communion, and that she was “pleased” with a recent letter on the subject of pro-abortion Catholic politicians receiving communion the Vatican sent to U.S. bishops ….

A ‘Very Catholic’ President Peddles Babies’ Body Parts, by Thaddeus G. McCotter

By Thaddeus G. McCotter, American Greatness – “Woke” is one of the most bitterly ironic terms in the post-modern lexicon, for the members of its death cult are anything but alert and self-aware. These Proglodytes are more aptly termed “broke” and “washed” (as in “brainwashed”), living a Manichean existence where they regress somnambulantly to a primitive state of nature following the roadmap of their insane, racist ideology that renders everything backward, and masks the reality that they are, in truth, the villains.

“Them Before Us” Is the Antidote to a Selfish Adult-Centered Culture, by Auguste Meyrat

By Auguste Meyrat, Crisis Magazine – As anyone who has fought in the culture wars (that is, fighting over moral values, life, and rights) can attest, debating with the progressive Left has become nearly impossible. Regardless of how well conservatives support their argument or how clear they are in their logic, they will inevitably be labeled an ignorant bigot.

Abp. Viganò on Fatima Day: Supplication to the Most Holy Virgin Mary

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, LifeSiteNews – For over a year, the whole world has been held hostage by an elite that, under the pretext of the pandemic, intends to create the conditions for the Great Reset and the establishment of the New World Order. This latest revolution, planned by the enemies of God and the human race, is certainly an infernal work, and as such it must be combated by recourse to the spiritual weapons of prayer, fasting, and penance. I exhort faithful Catholics to recite the Holy Rosary daily during this month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin …

Bombshell Report: CDC Cited Misleading Stats to Force Americans to Needlessly Wear Masks Outdoors, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – The CDC has been caught citing misleading stats in order to justify forcing Americans to wear masks outdoors, where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is near zero… the CDC has inflated the possible risk — and the fears of Americans who rely on information and recommendations supplied by the government organization — up to 100 times higher than actually warranted… The number “seems to be a huge exaggeration,” virologist Dr. Muge Cevik (said) in a statement

Weighing In On Wokeness: Cut It From Classrooms, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – “We found that people really, really don’t like this kind of ideology creeping into their schools,” says Nicole Neily, president and founder of Parents Defending Education. “Most respondents said that it is not important or not at all important for schools to teach students that their race is the most important thing about them.”

Why Matthias Was Chosen to Replace Judas as An Apostle

By Philip Kosloski, Aleteia – In the Acts of the Apostles, St. Peter discusses who should replace Judas. He then begins to go through a set of criteria before praying to God for guidance, ultimately choosing Matthias… In a homily of St. John Chrysostom that is featured in the Church’s Office of Readings, we learn there were very specific requirements that the replacement needed to meet before they were even considered.

Catholic Priest: The Blessing of Gay Couples in Germany is ‘Diabolical’

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – On Monday, May 10, Catholic priests blessed gay couples at more than 100 parishes in Germany, in defiance of the Vatican. Those actions, according to Fr. Hugo Valdemer, a priest with the Archdiocese of Mexico, were an “act of rebellion against the Pope” and the Church, and constituted a “truly diabolical act of pride and immorality,”

Beauty & Wonder Will Help Us to Reclaim Our Supernatural Faith, by Constance T. Hull

By Constance T. Hull, Catholic Exchange – Western culture, with its fast pace and constant task-oriented focus, has led us to abandon the things that draw us out of the mire towards God. We find ourselves firmly planted here on earth when we are made to soar towards God. The Rockies are a signpost to where our eyes are to be fixed: upwards towards our Creator. We spend all of our days looking down at our phones and computers.

Texas Legislature Passes Bill to Ban Abortions When Unborn Baby’s Heart Begins Beating, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Texas state legislature passed a bill Thursday ban abortions once an unborn baby’s heart begins beating… After the House approved the pro-life measure earlier this month on a 83-64 vote, the Senate voted today 18-12 to pass it. The bill now goes to pro-life Governor Greg Abbott, who will sign it into law.

Senior Biden Administration Officials Participating in High-Level Vatican Conference on Friday, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register – Hosted by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences… The conference… takes its inspiration from Pope Francis’ 2020 social encyclical Fratelli Tutti. It will cover two main topics: “Financial and Tax Solidarity,” which will focus on a G20 debt restructuring program for the world’s poorest countries, and “Integral Ecological Sustainability,” which will examine climate change in the context of a “sustainable and fair” transformation of the energy and food system.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 16:20-23 – Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is in travail she has sorrow, because her hour has come; but when she is delivered of the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a child is born into the world. …

Saint of the Day for May 14: St. Matthias

Franciscan Media – According to Acts 1:15-26, during the days after the Ascension Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers—about 120 of Jesus’ followers. Now that Judas had betrayed his ministry, it was necessary, Peter said, to fulfill the scriptural recommendation that another should take his office. …

Are We to be the World’s Greatest Force for Good or Not? by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, The Stream – When a country is hit with a severe earthquake, its people do not look first to France or Germany — let alone to Russia or China — for assistance. They look to America. When bad people invade a country, the people of the invaded country hope and pray America will come to their aid. And for more than a century, when beleaguered people saw American troops, they generally danced with joy.

St. Dymphna and the American Madhouse, by Sean Fitzpatrick

 By Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine – Today, we are assaulted by perversities and persecutions that are no less alarming—only they are not generally considered the raving atrocities of madmen. Pornography is free speech. A baby is a choice. Marriage is between two men or two women. A man is a woman, if he wants. A woman is a man, or equivalent to one by all means. COVID-19 is a black plague. Racism is systemic. From murder to sex to narcotics to social justice,

Selective Synodality, by Joseph Enders

By Joseph Enders, Church Militant – The latest example of the Vatican’s unwillingness to allow local bishops the freedom to openly discuss regional problems comes from the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF)… In a letter to the U.S. bishops last week, Cdl. Luis Ladaria stepped in to tell the USCCB to broaden its language on denying the Eucharist to pro-abortion Catholics, like Joe Biden, in public life.

Confronting an Unprecedented Church Scandal—Phil Lawler, by Thomas V. Mirus

By Thomas V. Mirus, Catholic Culture – …we can no longer be surprised at the existence of corrupt and abusive priests and bishops. Priestly sexual abuse, for example, was a problem the Church had to fight during the Middle Ages… The scandal of 2020 and beyond, however, finds no equal precedent in Church history. That bishops throughout the world would choose, of their own volition and without even the excuse of persecution, to deny participation in Mass to the laity for long periods of time …

9 Things to Know and Share About Fatima, by Jimmy Akin

By Jimmy Akin, EWTN News – A young shepherd girl, Lucia dos Santos, said that she experienced supernatural visitations as early as 1915, two years before the famous appearances of the Virgin Mary.
In 1917, she and two of her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, were working as shepherds tending their families’ flocks. On May 13, 1917, the three children saw an apparition of Our Lady. She told them, among other things, that she would return once a month for six months.

Catholic Perspectives in Short Supply at Vatican Health Conference, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin Vatican, National Catholic Register – As with the fourth such conference in 2018, the 2021 edition, which one of the co-hosts called the “Davos of health care” conference, looked set to give prominence to the concerns of large biotech and pharmaceutical companies and give platforms to speakers with views diametrically opposed to Church teaching. This led to concerns that the Church’s perspective might be marginalized as a result.

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: The Book of Normal

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – For those with the eyes to see, the Bible… is the Book of Normal. The God of faith and reason is our Guide. His revelation is a record of how He confers His dignity upon us. God created us in freedom. He even permits us to reject Him, and we do. God is not the author of suffering and death; we brought that on ourselves. But He is the author of redemption and salvation, and He rescues us from our sins. He continues to confer dignity on us despite our rebellious hearts.

Biden Mocks Ancient Wisdom, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness – The United States has borrowed about $29 trillion in debt… The government will run up a $2.3 trillion annual budget deficit in 2021—after a $3.1 trillion deficit the year before… The Biden Administration still wants to borrow more—another $2 trillion in new social programs and “infrastructure.”… In the crazy last 100 days, the price of everything from lumber, food, and gas to cars and houses has soared. Yet many interest rates are still stuck at or below three percent.

Baby Tinslee Still Proving Doctors Wrong, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – Lawyers in Texas are still fighting against the wishes of a hospital to save the life of a little girl… In November 2019, physicians at Cook Children’s Hospital in Ft. Worth, Texas triggered the state’s 10-day rule for then-nine-month-old Tinslee Lewis, giving the mother that much time to find another caregiver for her daughter before they would pull the plug. Attorneys filed suit, and to this day the little girl is still alive.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Finding Viganò’ Author Explains Why the Archbishop Speaks Out About Coronavirus Tyranny, by Claire Chretien

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – In the process of writing Finding Viganò: The Man Behind the Testimony that Shook the Church and the World, Moynihan travelled to the undisclosed location where the whistleblower archbishop now lives. He described Viganò as “a man of prayer” and “regular routine” whose skill at accounting helped him to notice irregularities in Vatican finances when he oversaw parts of them… “He’s a great man for handling meticulous details of a desk job.”

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 16:16-20 – “A little while, and you will see me no more; again a little while, and you will see me.” Some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, `A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, `because I go to the Father’?” They said, “What does he mean by `a little while’? We do not know what he means.” …

Saint of the Day for May 13: Our Lady of Fatima

Franciscan Media – Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three Portuguese children–Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin Lucia dos Santos–received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria near Fatima, a city 110 miles north of Lisbon. Mary asked the children to pray the rosary for world peace, for the end of World War I, for sinners, and for the conversion of Russia.

Why St. Joseph Appeared at Fatima, by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph Pronechen, Catholic Exchange – The Holy Family’s presence at the last Fatima apparition is a timely reminder for today’s families and a timely reminder of the importance of St. Joseph himself. We forget St. Joseph too often, but we should correct that. Fatima is a reminder to call on him frequently — daily, in fact. After all, he is the foster fa­ther of Jesus, the head of the Holy Family. His name appears in the Canon of the Mass, and, after our Blessed Mother, he is the greatest of all saints and angels.

The Threat of Woke Supremacy, by R. C. VanLandingham

By R. C. VanLandingham, Crisis Magazine – As John Nolte reported at Breitbart in his article The Narcissistic Cult of Woke has Taken Over the CIA, the agency’s recent recruiting video signals that the CIA is actively seeking to hire wokesters. The video focuses on a CIA officer who speaks exclusively about her own greatness, telling us that “I am tired of feeling like I’m supposed to apologize for the space I occupy rather than intoxicate people with my effort, my brilliance. I am proud of me. Full stop.”

Rome Is Burning: Vatican Permits Eucharistic Sacrilege for ‘Unity’, by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – (The bishops) didn’t speak up, of course, when (Biden) ran for the Democrats’ nomination. Nor did they speak up when he got the nomination. Nor did they say anything when he promised to make Roe v. Wade the “law of the land.” The bishops didn’t even say anything when the D.C. swamp anointed Biden president… It was only after Biden’s inauguration that a few of them thought, “Maybe we should say something.”

Catholic Bishops Slam Democrats for Trying to Make Americans Fund Abortions, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Now, pro-abortion groups are putting intense pressure on Democrats to include taxpayer funding for abortions in the budget… Democrats control Congress, but Republicans have promised to fight against any efforts to force taxpayers to fund abortions. At least one Democrat, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, also said he supports the Hyde Amendment.

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby Rails Against Pandemic of Fear in Powerful Homily

By Alpha News Staff – A Catholic priest recently spoke out against the pandemic of fear that has gripped so many in his community and caused them to deprive “themselves of the help of God’s grace.”… “If I were the devil and I wanted to weaken the children of God, I would use fear, fear. I would make sure it got all the way in there. Be afraid of your neighbor. Be afraid of your health. Be afraid of society,” said Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, pastor of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in South Carolina and a senior contributor at Crux.

CNA: Louisiana Legislature Recognizes Anniversary of Roe v. Wade as ‘Day of Tears’

CNA – The Louisiana state legislature last week passed a resolution recognizing Jan. 22, 2022, the 49th anniversary of legalized abortion throughout the United States, as a “Day of Tears.”… “As a pro-life state we must continue to bring attention to the loss of innocent lives from abortions yearly. Let us work together to demonstrate that we value life and strive to protect the unborn,” Mizell said.

Vatican Uses Pro-Abortion Terminology ‘Pro-Choice’ for First Time in ‘Abdication of Moral Authority’

By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNews – In a letter to the USCCB regarding distribution of Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) made reference to ‘pro-choice’ four times… Cardinal Luis F. Ladaria, Prefect of the CDF, used the terminology in a May 7 letter to Archbishop José H. Gomez, president of the USCCB. Cardinal Ladaria was writing in response to Archbishop Gomez’s letter to the CDF informing the congregation that the U.S. bishops were drawing up a policy on the distribution of Holy Communion to politicians who support abortion.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Holy Spirit Will Guide You into All the Truth

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 16:12-15 – “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. …

Saint of the Day for May 12: St. Leopold Mandic

Franciscan Media – Western Christians who are working for greater dialogue with Orthodox Christians may be reaping the fruits of Father Leopold’s prayers… A native of Croatia, Leopold joined the Capuchin Franciscans and was ordained several years later in spite of several health problems.

Bishop Schneider: How Catholics in Germany Can Remain Faithful in Face of Schism, by Pete Baklinski

By Pete Baklinski, LifeSiteNews – Kazakhstan Bishop Athanasius Schneider is urging faithful Catholics in Germany, who are witnessing schism unfolding right before their eyes as increasing numbers of clergy publicly defy Catholic moral teaching, to pray and to continue to remain faithful… “Firstly, they should self-assuredly and joyfully confess the fullness of the Catholic faith, which they know from the Catechism and from the ever-valid documents of the Magisterium of the Church”

How Did Our Churches Turn Into Leftist Political Front Groups? by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – The collapse of our churches from apostolic zeal into weak-tea social activism started long ago. In the mid-19th century, in fact. First came geological discoveries revealing how old the earth really is. Then Darwin launched his speculative attempt to explain away the apparent “design” in animals and man.

Pope Francis Institutes Lay Ministry of Catechist in New Motu Proprio, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register – Pope Francis has instituted a lay ministry of catechist along with a rite of institution in response to an “urgent need today to bring the Gospel to the contemporary world.”… Making the announcement today in an apostolic letter issued motu proprio, Antiquum ministerium, the Pope said “recognition should be given to those lay men and women who feel called by virtue of their baptism to cooperate in the work of catechesis.”

On Sacrifice, by Michael Pakaluk

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing – The Wall Street Journal ran a brief column last week by Charlotte attorney, Mike Kerrigan, about how his Irish Catholic mom used to advise him, about any disappointment: “Offer it up!” The Journal editors headlined the piece, “My Mom’s Christian Lesson.”  But the fact that it was published at all, and (if my experience is any basis for judging) widely shared, shows that it spoke to something universal.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Love is Not About Abstractions

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Fundamentally, the Incarnation, the Second Person of the Trinity becoming flesh, means that our faith is about things that are tangible. As human beings, we have bodies. We have a soul that is spiritual, but it is joined with a body that is physical and material. Hence it is never enough for our faith to be about only thoughts, philosophies, concepts, or historical facts. Their truth must also touch the physical part of who we are.

What the Lubbock Sanctuary for the Unborn Shows Us, by James Anthony

By James Anthony, American Greatness – By treating abortion as legal until judges opine differently, this ordinance treats judges’ opinions on individual cases as establishing the law for all cases. This is a perverse attempt to respond to previous lawless judicial opinions by errantly pushing formal legislative powers into the hands of judges… If these poison pill provisions were omitted, voters would surely enact the rest of the ordinance. In that case, the ordinance would establish the rule that in Lubbock, Texas, abortion is an act of murder.

Blessing Same-Sex Couples a Diabolical and Sacrilegious Act, Priest Affirms, by Walter Sanchez

By Walter Sanchez , EWTN News – Fr. Hugo Valdemar, canon penitentiary of the Archdiocese of Mexico, said that the blessing that priests and pastoral workers gave May 10 to homosexual couples in Germany “is a truly sacrilegious act” and a “diabolical act of pride and immorality.”… The blessing of homosexual couples in Germany “is not only an act of indiscipline and rebellion against the pope and the CDF, it is a truly sacrilegious act” …

Catholic Bishop Reminds Vatican: “It is Morally Impermissible for Any Catholic to Support Abortion”

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Rhode Island Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin responded on Twitter…. “While the [Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith] letter on the U.S. Bishops study of the reception of Holy Communion offers some guidance, it would also be helpful if the CDF would again remind Catholic politicians that it is morally inadmissible for any Catholic leader to support, promote and fund abortions”

As Death Toll Rises, Ayatollah Urges Palestinians to ‘Increase Their Power and Resistance’, by Patrick Goodenough

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – As Palestinian terrorists in Gaza continued to fire hundreds of rockets into Israel, killing both Jews and Arabs, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Palestinians to step up their “resistance.”… “Zionists understand nothing but the language of force, so the Palestinians must increase their power and resistance to force the criminals to give up and stop their barbaric acts,” the Mehr news agency quoted Khamenei as telling a meeting of students on Tuesday night.

COVID-19 ‘VACCINE’, by Paul Brock

By Paul Brock, Church Militant – The Vatican’s CDF stated in Dec. 2020, “When ethically irreproachable COVID-19 vaccines are not available … it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process”… that statement was issued in the context of there being sufficient need or threat (like a worldwide plague)… world-renowned exorcist and theologian Fr. Chad Ripperger added, “The real problem with COVID is there’s not sufficiently grave cause to be vaccinated for it. … People are being brainwashed by the mainstream media; they’re constantly harping on this thing.”

Deacon Michael Quinlan: Bishop McElroy Misses the Point

By Deacon Michael Quinlan, Crisis Magazine – Bishop McElroy contends that this hypothetical “national policy” “will constitute an assault on [the Church’s unity and] charity” because, he fears, it will be seen as partisan—a “weaponization of the Eucharist.” He may be correct that “half of the Catholics of the United States will see [such a “national policy”] as partisan in nature.” However, the real question is: Would it in fact be partisan?

Archbishop Carlo M. Viganò: TRUTH OVER FEAR: COVID-19, THE VACCINE AND THE GREAT RESET

Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop, Former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America – Thus, as we approach the persecution of the End Times, we have the supernatural certainty that even this grotesque pandemic, a miserable pretext for the establishment of an antihuman and antichristic synarchy, is doomed to defeat, because Christ has already conquered the eternally Defeated One with a crushing and inexorable victory… Strengthened by the certainty of this epochal victory, whose triumph we will see perhaps very soon, we must fight under the banner of Christ the King and the protection of the Queen of Victories, whom the Lord has given the power to crush the head of the Evil One.

Fr. Mario Alexis Portella: America: One Nation Under…What?

By Fr. Mario Alexis Portella, Crisis Magazine – Recently Fox News ran an article entitled ‘God’ left out of Biden’s National Day of Prayer proclamation. Not that I questioned the veracity of the report, given President Joe Biden’s campaign to eradicate natural law from society as per his pro-LGBTQI policies, I was, nevertheless, compelled by curiosity to read exactly what the proclamation stated. After all, what is prayer if one does not invoke God?

Fauci to Vatican Health Conference: Priests Are Key to Convincing Religious People Take Coronavirus Shots

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – Michael Hichborn… “In 1939, Margaret Sanger wrote to Dr. Clarence Gamble suggesting that they convince ‘negro doctors’ and ‘negro ministers’ to promote contraception among the black population. Mimicking Sanger’s approach, Fauci now wants to use Catholic priests to convince faithful Catholics to take an unproven shot that has over 30,000 reported deaths and over 100,000 serious adverse reactions attached to it. Faithful Catholics have every right to reject the shot and should tell Fauci and his lackeys to go pound sand!”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: I Will Send the Counselor to You

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 16:5-11 – But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, `Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. …

Saint of the Day for May 11: St. Ignatius of Laconi

By Franciscan Media – He was the second of seven children of peasant parents in Sardinia. His path to the Franciscans was unusual. During a serious illness, Ignatius vowed to become a Capuchin if he recovered. He regained his health but ignored the promise. …

Biden Waives His Own Ethics Rule, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – In yet another example of Democrats’ double standards, Joe Biden has waived ethics rules intended to prevent unions from having undue influence with the executive branch. Fox News reports, “Beginning as early as March, the White House waived certain rules for former labor union personnel slotted to fill Biden’s transition teams and government vacancies, who would have otherwise been prevented from communicating with their old unions.”

Mary Grows in Love Through the Sacraments, by Raoul Plus, S.J.

By Raoul Plus, S.J., Catholic Exchange – We can distinguish in Mary a triple motherhood: her joyful motherhood at the crib, her sorrowful motherhood at the Annun­ciation and the Crucifixion, and her glorious motherhood in the Cenacle. At Bethlehem, she gave birth to Jesus according to the flesh; at the Annunciation and Calvary, she gave birth to souls at the price of her crucifying acceptance; in the Upper Room, she witnessed the birth of the Church and guided its first steps.

Fed-Up Public Confronting Far-Left Mobs, and Everybody Has a Gun, by Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl

By Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – It is nothing new for a local news anchor to report BLM protesters illegally blocked a city intersection, or a YouTube video shows white diners being harassed to support the movement, but the radical group’s in-your-face tactics have grown more dangerous in recent weeks after BLM marchers have been seen with handguns in holsters and semi-auto rifles dangling around their necks.

Catholic Priest: Giving Communion to Pro-Abortion Politicians Scandalizes the Eucharist, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – In his May 1 essay, Weinandy said pro-abortion politicians are the ones bringing politics into the church, according to the report… “Some bishops argue that such Catholic politicians should not be refused Communion, for to do so would politicize the Eucharist. The refusal on the part of bishops or priests would indeed cause a political and media fuss, and prudence may suggest, in certain circumstances, that Communion should not be refused,” he wrote.

The False Dichotomy: Communism vs. Capitalism

By Charles J. Urlacher, American Greatness – We must not count on going straight to communism… You will have capitalists beside you, including foreign capitalists, concessionaires and leaseholders. They will squeeze profits out of you amounting to hundreds per cent; they will enrich themselves, operating alongside of you… Meanwhile you will learn from them the business of running the economy, and only when you do that will you be able to build up a communist republic.
Lenin… says he will use capitalism to achieve a Communist republic. He incorporated capitalism as an evolutionary stage in the