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Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Let the Children Come to Me

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 19:13-15 – 13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people; 14 but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went away.

Trump: ‘Release the Documents Now!’, by Susan Jones

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – In a statement released overnight, former President Donald Trump urged the release of documents “related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago.”… Trump’s call to “Release the documents now!” follows the Justice Department’s request to a federal judge on Thursday to unseal a search warrant that FBI used to search and remove 12 boxes of documents from Trump’s home on Monday.

Children Casket Business is Booming as the Media Is Silent, by Susan Price

By Susan Price, America Out Loud – Today’s Covid agenda has introduced many egregious taboos upsetting the natural order of life. Humanity has struggled for the past two plus years at every level of existence, yet the most profound tragedy of all is the grim reaper’s grasp upon God’s miracle creation, our children… What’s really going on in America and on a global scale where Morticians, Funeral Directors, and now a Casket manufacturer have been connecting the dots and speaking out about the tales from the crypt involving the deadly experimental jabs?

Louisiana Supreme Court Rules Abortion Ban Can Keep Saving Babies

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Shreveport, Louisiana abortion facility, Hope Medical Group for Women, filed a request with the Louisiana Supreme Court asking it to reverse the First Circuit Court of Appeals decision that shuttered the three abortion facilities in the state pending further legal challenges. Today, the Louisiana Supreme Court denied the request, keeping the First Circuit’s decision in place.

CDC Drops Quarantine, Distancing Recommendations, as 1.3 Million COVID Vaccine Injuries Reported to VAERS, by Megan Redshaw

By Megan Redshaw, Children’s Health Defense -AERS data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show 1,379,438 reports of adverse events from all age groups following COVID-19 vaccines, including 30,162 deaths and 251,075 serious injuries between Dec. 14, 2020, and Aug. 5, 2022.

Saint of the Day for August 13: Blessed Michael J. McGivney

Franciscan Media – The eldest son of an immigrant Irish family in Connecticut, young Michael left school at 13 to work in a brass factory making spoons. At 16 he began studies for the priesthood in Quebec, but was obliged to leave to help support the family when his father died. Michael completed his education in Baltimore, Maryland, and was ordained for the diocese of Hartford in 1877.

Throwing St. John Paul II Under the Bus, by E. Christian Brugger

By E. Christian Brugger, The Catholic Thing – The Pontifical Academy for Life is no longer what it was under Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Under its present leader, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the Academy has undertaken some irresponsible initiatives, but none worse than the recently published collection of essays with the Italian title Etica Teologica della Vita

World Economic Forum Adviser Claims the Planet No Longer Needs the ‘Vast Majority’ of the Population

By Emily Mangiaracina, LifeSiteNews – Harai suggested that, in a departure from the 20th century, when the “big heroes” of political systems’ prevailing narratives were always “the common people,” now in the 21st century, people “are no longer part of the story of the future.” Instead, according to Harari, they have been replaced by artificial intelligence (AI) and displaced by a high-tech economy.

Fr. Roger Landry: Without Vocations, There Will Be No Eucharistic Revival

By Father Roger Landry, EWTN News – The center of the Eucharistic revival, the three-year initiative of the Church in the United States, is obviously and appropriately the Eucharistic Jesus — the root, center, source and summit of the Christian life… But as the Church celebrates on Aug. 4 the patron saint of parish priests, St. John Mary Vianney, it is a fitting time to focus on the indispensable importance of the priest in the Eucharistic life of the Church. Without the priest, there is no Eucharist, and without the Eucharist, there is no Church.

The Call to a Catholic Marriage, by Christina M. Sorrentino

By Christina M. Sorrentino, Catholic Exchange – There is no greater force against evil in the world than the love of a man and woman in marriage. After the Holy Eucharist, it has a power beyond anything that we can imagine. ~Cardinal Raymond Burke… I was sitting in the pew gazing upward towards the front of the Church where my cousin was standing waiting for the processional hymn to begin. He was grinning from ear to ear as he kept his eyes on the back of the church waiting for his beautiful bride to appear. …

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on NYC Mayor Complaining About Migrants Being Bused to His City: But New York Is a ‘Sanctuary City’, by Melanie Arter

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul are accusing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott of using illegal immigrants as “political pawns,” which Abbott called “rank hypocrisy.”… “Listen, New York is a sanctuary city. Mayor Adams says they welcome in illegal immigrants, and now once they have to deal with the reality of it, they are suddenly folluxed, and they cannot handle it. They are now getting a taste of what we are having to deal with,” Abbott told Fox News’s “The Faulkner Focus” on Wednesday.

Poisoning Puerto Rico, by Kristine Christlieb

By Kristine Christlieb, Church Militant – LGBT travel guides have identified the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico as the top gay-friendly destination in the Caribbean… Kristine Christlieb uncovers how the island’s archbishop is giving cover to impure sexual lifestyles… Church Militant reported on San Juan archbishop Roberto González’s shocking endorsement of Puerto Rican pop star Bad Bunny, notorious for his sexually explicit content.

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Going the Wrong Way with Studied Ambiguity

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – Studied ambiguity, undermining Church teaching but retaining plausible deniability, continues. In 2007, Bishop Vincenzo Paglia of Terni-Narni-Amelia—who is now an archbishop, and president of the Pontifical Academy for Life—commissioned homosexual Argentinean Ricardo Cinalli to paint the cathedral mural. It depicts Jesus carrying nets to a heaven filled with naked and semi-nude homosexuals, transsexuals, prostitutes, and drug dealers, jumbled together in erotic interactions. Cinalli told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica in March 2016 that the bishop oversaw every detail of the work.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: What God Has Joined Together

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 19:3-12 -And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, `For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?

The Untold Story of the Pope’s Pilgrimage to Canada, by Hymie Rubenstein, Shannon Lee Mannion

By Hymie Rubenstein and Shannon Lee Mannion, LifeSiteNews – ‘In celebrating a progressive lurch to the left that says all spiritual beliefs have equal validity or even that pagan ones are more authentic, this pontiff surely tarnished his legacy while defaming the memory of the thousands of priests, nuns, Catholic brothers, and lowly workers, many of them indigenous people…’

Cardinal Zen to Stand Trial in September Over Role With Pro-Democracy Fund, by Jonah McKeown

By Jonah McKeown, CNA – Cardinal Joseph Zen is set to stand trial next month, along with four other people, in connection to his role as a trustee of a pro-democracy legal fund. It appears he has not been indicted under Hong Kong’s national security law, which would have carried with it much more serious penalties… Cardinal Zen, 90, is the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, an outspoken advocate for religious freedom and democracy, and a sharp critic of the Vatican’s 2018 agreement with Beijing on the appointment of bishops.

The Ravages of Sin, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – For some reason I’ve been thinking about the impact of sin lately, and I find it’s not a bad topic of reflection, as long as you don’t let yourself dwell forlornly on your own past and already repented sins. They can and do come back to haunt us, which is a temptation all its own. But clearly there are deep cosmic, social, and personal dimensions of sin. It is important to be concerned about all of them, without falling into any sort of depression or despair. …

Saint of the Day for August 12: St. Jane Frances de Chantal

Franciscan Media – Jane Frances was wife, mother, nun, and founder of a religious community. Her mother died when she was 18 months old, and her father, head of parliament at Dijon, France, became the main influence on her education. Jane developed into a woman of beauty and refinement, lively and cheerful in temperament. ..

Is Christian Nationalism An Existential Threat to the Republic? by Regis Nicoll

By Regis Nicoll, Crisis Magazine – It has been called the “’single biggest threat’ to America’s religious freedom,” a “severe and present danger to American democracy,” and a “dangerous heresy,” among other things… What is this menace imperiling the nation? Neo-Marxism? Climate change denial? The originalist Supreme Court? .. No, it’s “Christian Nationalism,” a term with no settled definition, yet something that people in the know want you to know is bad—no, dangerous.

Trump: ‘Release the Documents Now!’, by Susan Jones 

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – Trump’s full statement: Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents, even though they have been drawn up by radical left Democrats and possible future political opponents, who have a strong and powerful vested interest in attacking me, much as they have done for the last 6 years.

Tim Tebow is Now Fighting Human Trafficking: “One of the Greatest Evils in the World Today”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The 34-year-old Christian athlete recently expanded the mission of his foundation to include providing safe housing for individuals rescued from human trafficking across the world… “It’s such a focus for me because we believe this is one of the greatest evils in the world today,” Tebow told Fox News Digital this week.

The ‘Great Vaccine Scare’ — When Politics Take Priority Over Public Health, by Dr. Joseph Mercola

By Dr. Joseph Mercola, Children’s Health Defense – The topic of vaccines has always been controversial, but it reached a fever pitch during the COVID-19 pandemic, when it became sacrilegious to speak out against them, or even question their safety and efficacy… In 2021, investigative journalist Paul Thacker became a target of what he calls “the Great Vaccine Scare — hysteria about any and all vaccine criticism,” after he wrote an article published in The BMJ titled “COVID-19: Researcher Blows the Whistle on Data Integrity Issues in Pfizer’s Vaccine Trial.”

The Devil and the Bureaucrats, by David Warren

By David Warren, The Catholic Thing – The word “bureaucracy” stands for a thing which is (secretly) quite popular – more than I ever would have guessed before making my inquiries. These inquiries have been made throughout my adult life, and in some cases they go back to childhood. (I was once a disagreeable member of the Boy Scouts.)

Jury Rules for Pro-Life Pharmacist Who Refused to Fill Prescription for Abortion Drug, by Suzanne Bowdey

By Suzanne Bowdey, LifeNews – Joe Biden may believe in a woman’s right to choose, but what about a doctor’s? Or a nurse’s? Or a pharmacist’s? While the Left rants, vandalizes, and bullhorns about the sanctity of personal decisions, their version of individual freedom has limits. It doesn’t apply, for instance, to people who don’t share their radical worldview. In that case, there’s only one choice — surrender. But fortunately for America, there are still Christians like George Badeaux who refuse to.

‘Value Them Both’ Flawed Foundations? by Kristine Christlieb

By Kristine Christlieb, Church Militant – Chrisman believes it’s time for a new organization, one based on Catholic principles… Chrisman: “We have decided to start a new organization. We want it to be a Catholic pro-life organization. We want to basically re-educate Catholics on being pro-life. And we want to start with Humanae Vitae, so our motto is ‘living Humanae Vitae.'”

Don’t Wait for the Teachers, by Casey Chalk

By Casey Chalk, Crisis Magazine – A friend of mine recently told me that he and his wife… had decided to cancel their Disney+ subscription for their elementary-school-aged children. Some Disney content, they found, discussed menstrual cycles or featured transgender characters, which, rightly, the parents determined was not appropriate for their pre-pubescent children… But as we approach another school year, I’d argue we as parents need to do much more.

Most Americans Say FBI Raid on Trump Motivates Them to Vote in the Midterms, by Hannah Bleu

By Hannah Bleu, Breitbart – Most Americans say the FBI’s raid on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home has motivated them to vote in the midterm election, a Convention of States Action/Trafalgar Group survey released Wednesday found… “Does the FBI raid on President Trump increase your motivation to vote in the 2022 election?” the survey asked… The overwhelming majority, 70.4 percent …

The Left Wants To Abolish Everything, Even This Column, by Stephen Moore

By Stephen Moore, The Wanderer – …. consider in just the past few months the laundry list of things that liberals want to abolish. The same movement that wanted to legalize almost all drugs now wants to make smoking a menthol cigarette illegal. It’s OK to roll a joint, but not a tobacco cigarette. … The Left wants to save the planet by abolishing cars. No, not all cars for now. But if you have a car with a combustible engine that guzzles gasoline or diesel, they are coming after it.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Lord, How Often Shall I Forgive My Brother?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 18:21-19:1 – Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. …

FBI, R.I.P.? by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness – The (FBI) has become dangerous to Americans and an existential threat to their democracy and rule of law… (it) is dissolving before our eyes into a rogue security service akin to those in Eastern Europe during the Cold War… Note we are less than 90 days out from a midterm election, and this was not just a raid, but a political act.

Fr. Benedict Baur: The Advantages of Frequent Confession

By Fr. Beedict Baur, O.S.B., Catholic Exchange – The “profit” of the confession of venial sins comes, above all else, from the fact that when we go to Confession, we receive a sacrament. The forgiveness of sin takes place by the power of the sacrament, i.e., by the power of Christ Himself. In the sacrament of Penance, says the Council of Trent, “the merits of the death of Christ are applied to those who have sinned after Baptism.” I

The Church Before Herod, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – The Church cannot preach the Good News if our efforts to do so are underwritten by an embarrassment at the supposed backwardness of the Catholic faith. We cannot be disciples if we are ashamed of the truths the Church proclaims. Constant efforts to dress the Church in garb more acceptable to worldly tastes do not serve Christ or his Kingdom. When we do this, we are like Herod sending Jesus away in contempt – sending him back to the world’s condemnation.

Saint of the Day for August 11: St. Clare of Assisi

Franciscan Media – One of the more sugary movies made about Francis of Assisi pictures Clare as a golden-haired beauty floating through sun-drenched fields, a sort of one-woman counterpart to the new Franciscan Order… The beginning of her religious life was indeed movie material. Having refused to marry at 15, Clare was moved by the dynamic preaching of Francis. He became her lifelong friend and spiritual guide.

Trump Proposes 18-Point Contract With America, by Art Moore

By Art Moore, World Net Daily – Now, in a video signaling his priorities if he were to run in 2024, former President Trump addresses 18 issues he contends have been botched by his successor, reports the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard… from rallies, Trump opens with “We are a nation in decline.” And he concludes with declaring it’s “time to start talking about greatness for our country again.”… “We are a nation that in many ways has become a joke,” said Trump.

Victor Hanson: ‘We Don’t Have Rule of Law in Washington … FBI is Beyond Redemption’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – When asked about the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s home in Palm Beach, Fla., professor, author, and political commentator Victor David Hanson said, “right now, we don’t have the rule of law in Washington,” and added that, “The FBI is beyond redemption.”… why (are) they targeting Trump… “Well, (the Dems and the left are) afraid in the short term…”… “but in the long term they believe they’re morally superior to America, and therefore any means necessary or justifiable for their morally superior ends.”

Latin Mass Restrictions Hurt Young Catholics Like Me the Most: College Student, by John-Henry Westen

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – Today’s episode of The John-Henry Westen Show features another young traditional Catholic trying to navigate these utterly confusing times in the life of the Church… Gabby Maccio, a psychology major from Texas and practicing Catholic, describes the damage done by Latin Mass restrictions in her diocese and shares what motivated her to courageously start speaking out against them.

Steven Mosher: After Raid Heard ’Round the World, the Choice is Between Constitutionalism and De Facto Communism

By Steven Mosher, LifeSiteNews – When the Biden administration’s private police force, formerly known as the FBI, raided Donald Trump’s home yesterday, my first reaction was shock. My second was — and this may surprise you — relief that the other side has finally, unmistakably, shown its hand… As soon as Trump announced his campaign for the presidency on June 16, 2015, he was surreptitiously targeted for destruction by the Democrats and their Deep State allies at the FBI, CIA, and DOJ.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland: Mary: Mother of God and Mother of the Church

By Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, Catholic East Texas – As I write this, the Church is celebrating Mary, Mother of the Church on June 6. The tremendous gift that Our Lady is for the Catholic Church and for all humanity is something we can all ponder deeply, taking up the model that she gives us as she “ponders all these things in her heart.” I feel a tremendous responsibility to share the great image of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, especially in our diocese, because so many of God’s beloved children do not know her and even reject the idea of knowing and venerating her …..

We Have No Reason To Trust The FBI, by David Harsanyi 

By David Harsanyi, The Federalist – The day before Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election of 2016, The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed that the FBI—along with “Russian intelligence”—had “rigged the election.” Election denialism is perfectly acceptable behavior on the left. Krugman blamed the “rigged election” ….

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Great Disappointment in Kansas Vote

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – In a powerful statement responding to the vote, the Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops expressed their own disappointment, saying that they are “sorry to see that the most vulnerable human being in our society—the unborn child—will not be protected but further treated with indifference and injustice.”… As the Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops wrote in the statement quoted above, “We trust that God will bring good out of evil. In the end, the truth wins! No matter how deep the darkness is, no matter how long it reigns, no matter how much it grows, it cannot destroy the light.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: Two Teachings of the Lord that Correct Flawed Notions of Judgement

By Msgr. Charles Pope – When it comes to our personal and final judgment, after we die, there are many caricatures and distortions that are possible. One is of Jesus as a stern and grouchy judge who is looking for reasons to keep us out of heaven. This is the “sinners in the hand of an angry God” distortion. Or perhaps the Lord is weighing our good deeds against our bad deeds in a kind of impersonal, numerical manner. This is the Pelagian distortion where salvation depends on our earning it.

The Brew: The Raid on Mar-a-Lago and the First Law of Snake News, by Al Perrotta

By Al Perrotta, The Stream – What’s the First Law of Snake News? “Whatever has the media hyperventilating over Trump will be proven false, usually within 24 hours.” So it is with the Mar-a-Lago raid, with the FBI storming the former president’s home looking for “classified” documents he took with him from the White House. Or documents which the newly-politicized National Archives says are classified.

The CCP’s ‘Long Game’, by D.W. Wilber

By D.W. Wilber, America Out Loud – Way back during the administration of then-President Richard Nixon and his foreign policy opening to Communist China… we viewed it as a potential economic boom, opening up opportunities for businesses to reach the potential billions of new customers in China… The CCP viewed this new relationship as a win only for the CCP. An opportunity to infiltrate America and work towards our ultimate destruction. While in America, we looked at the Chinese only as a ‘rival,’ the CCP never changed their view of the United States as their mortal enemy.

 Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: If Your Brother Sins against You

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 18:15-20 – “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. …

CHRISTIAN GENOCIDE: The UN Push to End National Sovereignty Worldwide, by  Michael J. Matt

By  Michael J. Matt, Editor, The Remnant – In this edition of The Remnant Underground, Michael Matt takes a look at current events, including Monkeypox, the crisis in Sri Lanka, and the Great Reset’s war on famers in the Netherlands… As food shortages loom, the WEF is saying “Let them eat bugs,” while Gates and Pope Francis tell the world to “stop eating red meat!” What’s going on here? This looks a lot like controlled chaos.

Saint of the Day for August 10: St. Lawrence

Franciscan Media – The esteem in which the Church holds Lawrence is seen in the fact that today’s celebration ranks as a feast. We know very little about his life. He is one of those whose martyrdom made a deep and lasting impression on the early Church. Celebration of his feast day spread rapidly… He was a Roman deacon under Pope Saint Sixtus II. ..

The Power of the Powerless, by Francis X. Maier

By Francis X. Maier, The Catholic Thing – The United States is a long way from 1978 Czechoslovakia. . .but not so far as it was four decades ago.  The growing hostility to religion in this country, the disregard for law and its enforcement, the expansion of federal administrative power, the rise of what author Aaron Kheriaty, M.D., calls “the biomedical security state.”  These things don’t end well.  And the only way we change them, the only “power of the powerless,” is by refusing to cooperate with the lies.

Another Red Hat for a McCarrick Ally, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Four years have passed since Theodore McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals. We are still coping with the aftershocks of the scandal he caused… Since that time, Pope Francis has named five bishops from the US to the College of Cardinals. Barring a dramatic last-minute change, Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego will soon join Cardinals Cupich, Tobin, Farrell, and Gregory. All five have had close connections with McCarrick.

VIDEO: The Real Reason Young People Are Leaving the Faith

Edify, Aug 5, 2022 – Marriage rates are plummeting. Faith in Jesus Christ has taken a nosedive. Are these related? What can we do to fix it? J.P. DeGance explains.

BREAKING: President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Home Raided by Joe Biden’s FBI–Break into His Safe? by Jim Hoft

By Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit, August 8, 2022 at 6:00pm – President Trump: “These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before. After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate. It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and who will likewise do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives in the upcoming Midterm Elections. Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries. Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before. They even broke into my safe! What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat National Committee? Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States. …”

Nearly 30,000 Deaths Reported to VAERS, Including 17-Year-Old Who Died of Myocarditis 5 Months After Pfizer Shot, by Megan Redshaw

By Megan Redshaw, Children’s Health Defense – On Aug. 5th the CDC released new data showing a total of 1,371,474 reports of adverse events following COVID-19 vaccines were submitted between Dec. 14, 2020, and July 29, 2022, to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)… VAERS is the primary government-funded system for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S… The data included a total of 29,981 reports of deaths …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Who Is the Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 – At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. …

Evolution of Doctrine, by Raymond de Souza

By Raymond de Souza, KHS, KofC, Church Militant – During Pope Francis’ return flight from Canada, a journalist asked him about the possibility of a development in the Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception… This is something very timely. But know that dogma, morality, is always on a path of development but always developing in the same direction. …

The Papal Push to Keep Latin Alive, by Jerry D. Salyer

By Jerry D. Salyer, Crisis Magazine – Especially now, most lay American Catholics regard with indifference if not suspicion the idea of teaching Latin in school. Did not Vatican II—and now Traditionis Custodes—make clear that Latin is obsolete and that an undue interest in it is a sign of pathological nostalgia? …tests? Or so the conventional wisdom seems to go.

The Welcome Demise of Enforced Optimism, by Peter Kwasniewski

By Peter Kwasniewski, One Peter Five – The meltdown of the Church in the West since the Second Vatican Council doubtless has many and complex causes, but I am convinced that the foremost cause of it is the fact that churchmen[1] have betrayed much of Catholic Tradition and legislation, and have merited divine punishment as a result—let us call it a period of disciplinary suffering as an invitation to repentance and conversion.

Saint of the Day for August 9: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Franciscan Media – A brilliant philosopher who stopped believing in God when she was 14, Edith Stein was so captivated by reading the autobiography of Teresa of Avila that she began a spiritual journey that led to her baptism in 1922. Twelve years later she imitated Saint Teresa by becoming a Carmelite, taking the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.

Persons vs. Human Beings, by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – A common defense of abortion is that the developing fetus within a mother’s womb, although clearly a “human being” – not a fish or a reptile, as the DNA and chromosomes clearly indicate – is not yet a “person.”  Used this way, the term person identifies a certain class of human being we have judged as deserving of our moral concern and protection, distinguishing these from others we have decided do not.

Trump Says ‘Large Group of FBI Agents’ Are Raiding His Mar-A-Lago Home, by Anthony Murdoch

By Anthony Murdoch, LifeSiteNews – Former President of the United States Donald Trump in a statement this evening said his Florida home has been raided by the FBI and is “under siege.”… “These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Trump wrote… “Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.”

The FBI And DOJ Criminalizing Opposition To The Regime Is How The Republic Ends, by Joy Pullmann

By Joy Pullmann, The Federalist – An indictment of former President Donald Trump would be a breathtakingly authoritarian turn. It would amount to the U.S. security state refusing to accept “no” from America’s voters yet again… This is the core danger of the administrative state: Its now open propensity to go rogue. It is apparently hellbent now on turning the United States into a banana republic.

Rubio on FBI Mar-a-Lago Raid: ‘This is What Happens in Places Like Nicaragua … They’re Playing With Fire’, by Patrick Goodenough

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – The Biden Department of Justice was “playing with fire” by sending the FBI to raid former President Trump’s home in Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) warned on Monday night, saying it was regimes like that of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua that target political opponents.
“That’s what you see in places like Nicaragua; we’ve never seen that before in America,” Rubio said. “You can try to diminish it, but that’s exactly what happened tonight.”

The Journey of St. Teresa Benedicta: Catholic Convert, Martyr and Cross-Bearer, by Lorraine V. Murray 

By Lorraine V. Murray, EWTN News – Edith Stein was definitely a woman ahead of her time. In her day, women rarely went to college and certainly didn’t receive doctorates in philosophy like she did. She went into philosophy because she sought the truth, and she would eventually find the One who said, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.”

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Editing the Declaration of Independence

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – In days bygone, it would have seemed presumptuous to edit the Declaration of Independence, the holy writ of America’s founding. But now an iconoclastic essay in the New York Times attempts to reframe our history, in line with the 1619 Project. They started it. So, with all due respect to Thomas Jefferson and company, let’s revisit the Declaration and offer some editorial suggestions.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Recipe for Readiness —A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

Msgr. Charles Pope – Msgr. Charles Pope – In the Gospel for this weekend (Luke 12:32-40) the Lord Jesus presents a “recipe for readiness.” He gives it to us so that we can lay hold of His offer that we not be afraid. He is not simply saying, “Be not afraid.” He is explaining how we can battle fear by being ready… Christians today are often uncertain about what is necessary in order to be ready to meet God. …

Facing the Rising Barbarism, by Regis Martin

By Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine – (have we) not just witnessed—as if the burning and looting of whole cities were nothing more than distant images on a TV screen—but actually experienced as the victims of the rampaging mobs, on whom the mobs have been feasting. Are we not faced with our very own, homegrown, Mau Mau uprising?.. What is barbarism, and why should we fear it? More to the point, why do we tolerate it?

The Reckoning of Conscience for Leaders Who Promote the ‘Con Science’ of Evil, by Dr. Steve LaTulippe

By Dr. Steve LaTulippe, America Out Loud – What continuum exists between male and female? None. The X and Y sex chromosomes cannot be put into a blender and poured out to produce a spectrum of maleness-femaleness. The very thought of such a thing by the WHO is absurd. Don’t think their recent proclamation doesn’t disturb true scientists.

WATCH! Contaminated: The Fentanyl Crisis in St. Louis – A Tragic Result of Open Borders Policies — KMOV Documentary, by Jim Hoft

By Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit – In November the CDC announced that over 100,000 Americans died from overdose in 2021. This was another new record and followed Dr. Fauci’s devastating lockdowns and Joe Biden’s open border policies… It’s common knowledge that open border policies mean more illegal drugs on American streets. Fentanyl is the most lethal drug ever created.

Visa, Mastercard Pause Ad Buys With Pornhub, by Edie Heipel

By Edie Heipel, CNA – On Thursday, Visa and Mastercard temporarily suspended ad purchases with Pornhub and its parent company, MindGeek, after the latest court ruling in a child-pornography lawsuit… The action follows a court ruling last week that denied Visa’s request to be removed from the case, which alleged that the company was complicit in a child-pornography crime involving a 13-year old girl.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Not to Give Offense

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 17:22-27 – As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed. When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the half-shekel tax went up to Peter ….

On Not Losing Heart, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – There are multiple suggestions here. To begin with, we can let, say, people in Rome wrangle over “tradition” versus “traditionalism,” a distinction Pope Francis tried to draw with his fellow Jesuits during his recent trip to Canada. While they work at that, the rest of us can recognize what Eliot did: that we need what the tradition has already discovered – the sifting of the wheat from the chaff – an achievement that is not the work of a single group of people who happen to be alive at any given moment, but of the real-world testing of truths and their application in many times and places.

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

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

Church Militant Connects the Dots.

By Church Militant – On the phone call, Gracias is conferring with the bishop on how to keep all this covered up by having a DNA paternity test done at a Catholic hospital, where he can exercise his influence and intimidate the hospital into not releasing the results. Again, no loyal son of the Church can remain indifferent to these monstrous evils and stick his head in the sand. They must be exposed and dealt with.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Sending Migrants to NYC; White House Says It’s Costing Texans $1.5 Millon, by Melanie Arter

By Melanie Arter, CNS News – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.. he has begun sending them to New York City, a decision that the White House decried as a “political ploy.”.. “In addition to Washington, D.C., New York City is the ideal destination for these migrants, who can receive the abundance of city services and housing that Mayor Eric Adams has boasted about within the sanctuary city”

Calling All Truly Good Catholics, by Patrick Burke

By Patrick Burke, The Washington Times – Perhaps the bigger scandal than the pending eternal punishment of Mr. Biden’s soul, however, are the actions of Pope Francis and Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington. Let us not forget that Francis and Gregory are both proteges of Theodore McCarrick, perhaps the most notorious of modern fallen U.S. clerics. I am quite sure their endorsements of Biden as a “good” Catholic have led to Biden’s increasing aggression in his sinful promotion of the killing of our most innocent and defenseless human beings.

The Hypocrisy of Pope Francis, by Damian Thompson

By Damian Thompson, Complicit Clergy – Pope Francis is sorry and not sorry. Last week, he was in Canada to deliver an apology for the abuse suffered by indigenous children in schools run by the Catholic Church. He was rewarded with approving headlines — and an even better photo-opportunity involving a spectacular feather headdress. That may strike you as a cynical attitude to the Pope’s “penitential” journey. Then again, you may not be aware that, right now, Francis is protecting the interests of a sex abuser he made a bishop and then hid in the Vatican.

America Possessed! Priest Says Exorcisms on Rise as Demons Start Haunting People Via Texts (2021), by Kunal Dey

By Kunal Dey, Media Entertainment Arts WorldWide – Battling demons is reportedly a regular duty for Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, a Catholic priest who worked in two parishes in the Diocese of Syracuse for five years. He is now based in Washington, DC, and his team reportedly performs up to 20 exorcisms every week… Speaking to New York Post, 70-year-old Rossetti said exorcisms have “grown exponentially” in the past decade as the United States is “demonically oppressed” and in a moral crisis. “I think this is going to get much worse before it gets better,” he added.

Opinion: Why the Democrats Keep Speaking and Acting Like Nazis. A Lesson in History. by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – During Obama’s two administrations, his appointees completely politicized the FBI, the DOJ, and the IRS. They took the vast, sweeping powers which Republicans had foolishly granted our intelligence agencies, and weaponized them politically… A student of Marxist “post-colonial theory,” Obama ruled like some post-colonial strongman after the British had left. Americans would have one-man, one-vote, one-time.

When Sperm And Eggs Are Monetized, Human Existence Becomes Transactional, by Jordan Boyd

By Jordan Boyd, The Federalist – Monetizing gametes emboldens the eugenics movement and entraps vulnerable young people who are strapped for cash… “We wanted [the egg donor] to have lovely big eyes. I wanted her to have really thick hair because I’ve had two hair transplants. I wanted her to have a really wide nice smile and just look like a kind person. And we wanted her to be creative because we love the arts,” the same-sex couple (on) TikTok… The video was later reposted to Twitter by a user who compared the men’s account of choosing an egg supplier to “picking out a dog in a pet store.”

Stewardship and Catholic Farming, by Alexandra Greeley

By Alexandra Greeley, Catholic Exchange – James Ennis, , Ex. Director, Catholic American farmers, noted, Pope John Paul II visited Iowa in 1979, and spoke to a crowd of over 300,000 people. “What he said to those people affirmed that all who are involved in agriculture are supported by the Church,” said Ennis. “Catholicism is supportive of this ancient vocation to care and cultivate the land, and to provide food security for the world.”

We’re Now Reliving the Lincoln-Douglas Debates

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – This Wall Street Journal editorial on the lessons to be drawn from the Kansas abortion referendum is balanced, reasonable, and mostly right. But my own thoughts on the issue take a different approach… This Wall Street Journal editorial on the lessons to be drawn from the Kansas abortion referendum is balanced, reasonable, and mostly right. But my own thoughts on the issue take a different approach.

The WHO’s ‘Pandemic Treaty’ — A Danger to Your Health, by Christopher Manion

By Christopher Manion, The Stream – The WHO, still recovering from its disastrous management of the COVID-19 crisis, has decided to double down by asking for more power. And they’re demanding a new worldwide “Pandemic Treaty” to get it… The WHO is the “specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health.”… Tedros Adhanom (head of the WHO) of Ethiopia, is a lackey of Communist China. And he plays his role well.

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Nothing Will Be Impossible to You

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 17:14-20 – And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and kneeling before him said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” …

Saint of the Day for August 6: Transfiguration of the Lord

Franciscan Media – All three Synoptic Gospels tell the story of the Transfiguration. With remarkable agreement, all three place the event shortly after Peter’s confession of faith that Jesus is the Messiah and Jesus’ first prediction of his passion and death. Peter’s eagerness to erect tents or booths on the spot suggests it occurred during the week-long Jewish Feast of Booths in the fall.

Pro-Life Coach Tony Dungy: Adopting Eight Children Has Been a “Blessing”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – n an interview with Air 1 Radio, the Dungys shared how they strive to say “yes” to God while managing a household with 11 children, including three foster children and eight who were adopted, CBN News reports… “We believe that we’re being obedient to God’s calling on our lives,” Lauren Dungy said. “… We both love children and are passionate about mentoring, supporting, and encouraging children and actually people of all ages.”

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf: Is Idolatry Less Serious Now Than Back in Old Testament Times?

By Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, OnePeterFive – The Catechism of the Catholic Church 2084 ff. elaborates what the 1st Commandment involves.  Quickly, it forbids idolatry, such as the worship of any creature, and of “demons … power, pleasure, race, ancestors, the state [and] money”.  Specifically prohibited: superstition, polytheism, sacrilege, atheism, and all practices of magic and sorcery, astrology, palm reading, and consulting horoscopes or mediums.  Today, “graven images” could perhaps also be translated into too much attachment to a sports team.

Pius XII:  The Pope Who Defied Hitler, by George J. Marlin

By George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing – At the end of the Second World War, Pope Pius XII was universally acclaimed for his courageous leadership. The Jewish historian Pinchas Lapide acknowledged that the Church saved the lives of 850,000 Jews in Slovakia, Croatia, Romania, and Hungary. Rome’s chief rabbi, Israel Zolli, converted to Catholicism. To thank and honor Pope Pius XII, he took the name Eugenio, after Eugenio Pacelli, the pope’s birth name.

Pope Encourages Jesuit Fr Martin! ‘Jesus is Close to Everyone’, by Lisa Zengarini

By Lisa Zengarini, Vatican News – Pope Francis responds to a letter from Fr. James Martin, SJ, whose pastoral ministry involves the LGBTQ community, and encourages Catholics to foster a “culture of encounter” that “shortens distances and enriches us with differences.”… Referring to LGBTQ Catholics who experience rejection from the Church, the Pope reiterated that: “The Church is a mother and calls together all her children.” A “selective Church, one of ‘pure blood’,  is not Holy Mother Church, but rather a sect,” he said.

Pro-Freedom Canadians Stand in Solidarity With Dutch Farmers Protesting Gov’t Fertilizer Policy

By Jack Bingham, LifeSiteNews – In a July 25 video posted to social media titled, “Underreported farmers protest held in solidarity with Dutch farmers,” hundreds of Canadians in cars, transport trucks, and agricultural machinery can be seen taking part in a convoy on a major highway in Winnipeg to show their support for farmers in the Netherlands.

Killing Babies Isn’t ‘Stabilizing Treatment,’ But The Lying Biden Administration Already Knows That, by Margot Cleveland

By Margot Cleveland, The Federalist – The Biden administration is dishonestly trying to reinject federal courts into state abortion policy following Roe’s downfall… Treating pregnant women’s “emergency medical conditions” never requires ER doctors to perform illegal abortions. The Biden administration’s claims to the contrary represent a dishonest attempt to reinject federal courts into state abortion policy following the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Confusion Helped Defeat Kansas Pro-Life Amendment, by Kevin J. Jones

By Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency – The defeat of a proposed pro-life amendment in Kansas is in large part due to confusion and fear-mongering in the wake of the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, one leading supporter on the ground has said… Chuck Weber, executive director of the Kansas Catholic Conference, said the Dobbs decision just six weeks before the amendment vote “really changed the trajectory of the abortion legal landscape.”

Our Poor Excuse for Hedonism and Paganism, by David Carlin

By David Carlin,  The Catholic Thing – You often hear Catholics lament that present-day American society is theologically “pagan” or “neopagan” – and morally “hedonistic.”… Maybe so. But that’s not how I see it. Paganism is a form of religion – the wrong kind of religion, but still a form of religion. A worship of too many gods.

Kids Stay in Church if Dad Goes to Church, by Mark Haas

By Mark Haas, Catholic Exchange – The Christian faith is currently in steep decline within Western society. This could, perhaps, coincide with the diminishing masculine roles among fathers within our culture. Fathers are often (unfairly) portrayed as oafs, who have little to say about their children about matters of faith and morals.

3 Ways to Stop Fearing and Start Trusting, by Joannie Watson

By Joannie Watson, Integrated Catholic Life – “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32)… My favorite Scripture verse opens this Sunday’s Gospel. It is both comforting and challenging at the same time. I can see the warmth in Jesus’ eyes, his human heart full of real love for the disciples gathered around him. He can read their hearts, he knows their futures, and he understands how difficult it is to really believe those words.

Why Bishop McElroy Should NEVER Become A Cardinal (Watch), by Leila Miller

By Leila Miller, Complicit Clergy – In 2010, Rachel Mastrogiacomo was raped in multiple acts of satanic ritual abuse by a Catholic priest, Jacob Bertrand, in the context of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. These vile acts of sacrilege and sexual violation occurred following many months of Bertrand’s grooming and brainwashing of the devout 23-year-old woman, who met her abuser when she was discerning her vocation in Rome. …

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Whoever Loses His Life for My Sake Will Find It

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 16:24-28 – Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? …

Rootless Innovation

By Nicholas Wylie, Church Militant – Returning from Canada, Francis called traditional Catholics “backwardists” and declared “backwardism” (being stuck in the past) sinful because it does not “go forward with the Church.”… The same pope, who, when asked about the homosexual lobby, quipped, “Who am I to judge?” has been admonishing Catholics for wanting to turn back the liturgical clock.

First Friday Reminder: Join the Crusade of Eucharistic Reparation, by T. S. Flanders

By T. S. Flanders, OnePeterFive – This crusade was called by His Excellency, Bishop Athanasius Schneider in June of 2020 in response to the profanations of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament during the COVID crisis. Now he has also added the intention of the reversal of Traditionis Custodes… A crusade is a spiritual war called by the clergy, but waged primarily by the laity. It is time to fight for the central dogma of our faith, which is under attack perhaps more than any other dogma: the Real Presence of Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.

The Case Against Contraception, by Thomas Griffin

By Thomas Griffin, Crisis Magazine – Pope Francis commented directly on the work, noting that “You cannot do theology with a ‘no’ in front of it…the magisterium will be the one to say no.” Contraception is very much in Church news… Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, wrote an introduction to the work that is available in English. He noted that the project’s intention was to “introduce a paradigm shift.” A paradigm shift would imply a change of thinking on something that was already settled….

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Suspends Soros-Backed Attorney Who Refuses to Enforce Abortion Ban, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has suspended a liberal state attorney who refuses to uphold Florida’s 15-week abortion ban. DeSantis suspends Soros-backed state attorney Andrew Warren for refusing to enforce the pro-life law he signed earlier this year… DeSantis signed the late-term abortion ban back in April, which could save as many as 5,000 babies from abortions every year.

Looking Ahead After a Pro-Life Loss in Kansas, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – The first state-level vote on abortion after the overturn of Roe v. Wade was a loss for the pro-life movement in Kansas’ Tuesday primary. The result raises questions about how the Supreme Court’s June 24 decision might be a factor in the midterm elections and what it might mean for abortion-related ballot initiatives in other states… Kansans voted 59% to 41% to leave in place a 2019 state Supreme Court ruling that found a right to abortion in the state’s constitution.

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

Franciscan Media – Franciscan Media – St. Mary Major is one of the four Roman basilicas known as patriarchal churches in memory of the first centers of the Church. St. John Lateran represents Rome, the See of Peter; St. Paul Outside the Walls, the See of Alexandria, allegedly the see presided over by Mark; St. Peter’s, the See of Constantinople; and St. Mary’s, the See of Antioch, where Mary is supposed to have spent most of her later life.

GOP States Refuse to Do Business With ‘Woke’ Banks, by Art Moore

By Art Moore, WorldNetDaily – Vowing not to contribute to their “own destruction,” officials in Republican states officials are fighting back against banks that adhere to so-called environmental, social and governance standards, known as ESG… BlackRock, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan are among the five financial institutions prohibited from entering into banking contracts with West Virginia’s state treasurer’s office or any state agency ….

Did the Pope Really Say the Church Ceased to Exist? by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Here, I believe, is the ultimate expression of the “hermeneutic of rupture.” In his July 29 conversation with Jesuits in Canada, Pope Francis seems to have said that the Roman Catholic Church ceased to exist!… Read his words and check my logic. The Pope said that “the Church is either synodal or it is not Church.” Then just a few moments later: “Certainly, we can say that the Church in the West had lost its synodal tradition.” So it follows that the “Church in the West” was not Church.

The Kansas Vote: A Sobering Reality for the Pro-Life Movement, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – The disastrous result of yesterday’s vote in Kansas—let’s not sugar-coat it—should prompt sober reflection among pro-life Americans. After celebrating the reversal of the infamous Roe decision, we now face a long, slow, costly, uphill battle in the states. … The proposed amendment would not have restricted abortion; it would only have established that, in principle, abortion could be restricted. Yet nearly 60% of the people in this red state rejected the proposal… How did it happen?

Fr. Joseph Esper: Anxiety

By Father Joseph Esper, CERC – “Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall the soul sin only excepted. . . . When our heart is troubled and disturbed within itself, it loses the strength necessary to maintain the virtues that it had acquired. At the same time, it loses the means to resist the temptations of the enemy, who then uses his utmost efforts to fish, as they say, in troubled waters.” St. Francis de Sales

Catholic Priest Gets Three Months in Jail for Going Inside Abortion Clinic to Save Babies, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – For trying to save unborn babies inside a New York abortion facility, (Franciscan Friar Fidelis Moscinski, of the Bronx) will spend three months in jail… “Isaiah said woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Woe to those who call abortion a right,”… Addressing the judge, he continued, “You disallowed the justification defense and that injustice was compounded by the jury and also by the sentencing you have given, I plead the blood of Jesus on this court room.”

Fr. Roger Landry: St. John Vianney’s Pastoral Plan for Eucharistic Revival

By Fr. Roger Landry, EWTN News – The lack of love for God, and almost total lack of awareness of the gift of God in the Holy Eucharist, flummoxed Father Vianney. As a young boy during the bloodiest years of the French Revolution, he used to travel furtively with his parents in the middle of night to isolated barns for clandestine Masses with hunted priests as volunteer sentinels kept vigil. The penalty for getting caught — for clergy, hosts and attendees alike — was the guillotine.

YouTube Censors Accurate Medical Data on Abortion, Cites World Health Organization, by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

By Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, The Ruth Institute, The Stream – “YouTube has begun its post-Roe censorship campaign by removing three episodes of the Dr. J Show, our weekly interview podcast,” said Ruth Institute President, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D… In its notification of removal, YouTube stated it “does not allow content about abortion that contradicts expert consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO) and poses a serious risk of bodily harm or death.”

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: You Are the Christ – the Son of the Living God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 16:13-19 – Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” …

Biden Signs Executive Order to Help Women Get Abortions Out of State Through Medicaid, by Melanie Arter

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – Pres. Biden signed an EO on Wednesday to allow Medicaid to help women get abortions out of state if they live in a state that has banned abortion… “Republicans in Congress and their extreme MAGA ideology are determined to go even further, talking about nationwide bans that would outlaw abortion in every state, under every circumstance, going after the broader right to privacy as well, but as I’ve said before, this fight is not over, and we saw that last night in Kansas,” Biden said.

Contraception and the Doctrine of Discovery, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Deliberate contraception to prevent pregnancy in the marital act is a grave evil. This had already been taught by Pius XI in the encyclical Casti Connubii (On Christian Marriage) in 1930 before Pope St. Paul VI issued a more thorough statement in Humanae Vitae (On Human Life) in 1968, following the development of “the Pill”. Then Pope John Paul II confirmed the teaching and refuted a number of faulty objections in his own encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), in 1995.

Religion’s Decline is Reason’s Decline, by Auguste Meyrat

By Auguste Meyrat, Crisis Magazine – Christians and conservatives can take comfort in the fact that they have traditionally opposed vice and vanity, but they need to hold fast to this. If they adopt their own version of identity politics or give in to a hedonistic mentality that prioritizes sexual indulgence above all else, they will lose their minds much like the secular Left has. As it stands, the clash between Left and Right isn’t so much a debate between two opposing arguments but a conflict between a reasonable worldview and an emotional one.

Communists Got to Him, by Kristine Christlieb

By Kristine Christlieb, Church Militant – Persecution is heating up in China’s Hebei province, where a noted bishop is joining the communist oppressors… Anonymous reporter: “Su Zhimin is the bishop of Baoding. He’s almost 90. He was arrested by Chinese police on Oct. 8, 1997. This is 2020, and no one knows the place of his detention.”

Saint of the Day for August 4: St. John Vianney

By Franciscan Media – A man with vision overcomes obstacles and performs deeds that seem impossible. John Vianney was a man with vision: He wanted to become a priest. But he had to overcome his meager formal schooling, which inadequately prepared him for seminary studies.

Latin and God’s Holy People, by Anthony Esolen, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing – Cdls. Cupich and Gregory, Bsp. Burbidge.. and others insist that we Catholics shall not be united unless we cause everyone to give up the beauty and power they find in the Latin Mass – for it is there to be found, and even at a low Mass, the quiet power is as solid and confident and firm… But that is like demanding that we shall find beauty where it is not… It’s like saying, “You shall get rid of your altar rail, and you shall at the same time be just as profoundly touched by the excellence of the Sacrament as you were before ….

WATCH! New Documentary Explains How Tyrants Use Fear as a Weapon to Control the Masses, by Patrick Delaney

By Patrick Delaney, LifeSiteNews – A unique new video seeks to examine the psychological, spiritual, and even biological means by which dictators, tyrants, or other rulers throughout history have gained or expanded their power over societies, often leading to violent despotism and even genocide… “Doomed To Repeat It” directed by Catholic media personality, actor, and apologist Doug Barry. …

Get With the Times, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine – Pope Francis has called traditionalism the dead faith of the living. It’s an easy thing to criticize. … Put a thirteen-year-old altar boy in competition with Cardinal Gregory and I’ll bet the Cardinal will run out of prayers to say before the boy does, and not because the boy has stuffed them in his head, but because he has said them often and has grown to love them… Come on, fuddy-duddies. The 1970s are over…

Collateral Damage, by Roger Helle

By Roger Helle, Patriot Post – Your family’s safety, security, and well-being are the furthest thing from Joe Biden’s mind, or what is left of it. Baby formula shortages, higher energy and food costs, higher taxes, and less safety from criminals and foreign enemies are baked into the mix of Biden’s America. We’re just collateral damage so the Biden family and his minions can prosper. Elections have consequences!.. Something to think about.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Great Is Your Faith! Be It Done for You as You Desire

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 15:21-28 – And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” …

WND: Biden Paid Taliban More Than $1 Billion Over Last Year

By WND Staff – In the aftermath of Joe Biden’s report that he ordered a military drone strike that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, a report has emerged that Biden has paid, over the last year, about $1 billion to the Taliban… That would be the extremist Islamist organization that took over Afghanistan when Biden last year abruptly pulled American soldiers out.

Sen. John Kennedy: ‘This Entire Exercise Began With Speaker Pelosi’s Ego’, by Susan Jones 

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) (said) he supports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan “unconditionally, but with an explanation.”… “As petty and self-absorbed as Washington looks like from the outside, you ought to see it from the inside,” Kennedy said: “This entire exercise began with Speaker Pelosi’s ego… “Now, when you’re talking about a nuclear war with China, you should take your ego out back and shoot it. …”

Cardinal Müller: The German ‘Synodal Way’ Is ‘Over’, by Rudolf Gehrig

By Rudolf Gehrig, CNA – Cardinal Müller said: “Revelation is entrusted to the Church for faithful preservation, and not, as the Synodal Way meant at the beginning, that this virtually randomly assembled body somehow has the right and authority to override the Church’s sacramental constitution and reinterpret Revelation according to its meaning.”.. It was the “birth defect of this body” to set itself up as a vanguard of the Church, he said… “What is being pursued here is nothing other than division,” Cardinal Müller lamented. “It is a so-called reform with a crowbar.”

Saint of the Day for August 3: St. Peter Julian Eymard

Franciscan Media – Born in La Mure d’Isère in southeastern France, Peter Julian’s faith journey drew him from being a priest in the Diocese of Grenoble in 1834, to joining the Marists in 1839, to founding the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in 1856… In addition to those changes ….

Chastity & Charity: The Shield & Sword of Manhood, by Derek Rotty

By Derek Rotty, Catholic Exchange – In our world today, there is a battle for truth, goodness, and beauty. The enemy seeks to deprive humans of access to any of these by twisting their understanding of the transcendental realities. God, in His infinite wisdom and love, wants and needs men who are willing to fight for truth, goodness, and beauty; who are able to protect and provide for others; who are willing to lead and build up others, even amid difficult circumstances.

Pope Trashes Tradition

By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant – Pope Francis spoke for 36 minutes with journalists on the plane… He responded to a question regarding a recent document with language challenging the Church’s teaching on artificial contraception… Francis (said).. “Know that dogma — morality — is always in a path of development, but development in the same direction. The duty of theologians is research — theological reflection.”… He added, “You cannot do theology with a ‘no’ in front of it.”

The Grim Realities Behind Barring Nancy Pelosi From Communion, by Robert G. Marshall

By Robert G. Marshall, Cahtolic Culture – In what is surely an American First, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco, His Excellency, Salvatore Cordileone, informed Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and third in line to be President, that she is not to receive Communion, “until such time as you publicly repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance.”

Kansans Vote 65-34% Against the Pro-Life Amendment, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The “Value Them Both” amendment is especially critical after the Kansas Supreme Court found a so-called “right to abortion” in their state constitution in 2019. The ruling jeopardizes Kansas laws that protect women and babies… Unfortunately, Kansans voted 65-34% against the pro-life amendment — a pro-abortion result that came just weeks after the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Freemasonry: Men of Honesty or a Brotherhood of Crime? by Raymund Maria

By Raymund Maria, LifeSiteNews – Pope Leo XIII wrote that the ‘ultimate purpose’ of Freemasonry was ‘the utter overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and laws shall be drawn from mere naturalism.’

Why We Should Fight, by Sheryl Collmer

By Sheryl Collmer, Crisis Magazine – And here we are. Evil has never been more prominent, potent, and pervasive. I fight in little ways: writing articles, public witness, signs in my yard. But make no mistake, there is a Big Fight coming. It will give rise to either songs of triumph from the ramparts, or songs of lament from the cattle cars, but there will be a fight. Every day, it becomes more inevitable, as Satan pushes his agenda forward.

Soros’s Thesis on Why He Supports ‘Reform-Minded’ DAs, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – Billionaire George Soros’s name has often been bandied about in connection with the most unjust district attorneys across the United States. Soros supports their campaigns financially, but when these DAs are elected (usually in deep-blue cities), those cities descend into chaos. For his part, Soros has written an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal explaining his position and where his motivations lie… Justice, as defined by Soros, is entirely based on the idea that being a minority or being poor means that the system is set up to wrongfully incarcerate you.

Fr. John A. Perricone: In Praise of the (Former) Society of Jesus

By Fr. John A. Perricone, Crisis Magazine – Not so long ago, giants roamed the earth. They were called Jesuits. Of course, our Holy Church has produced giants for millennia, and not only Jesuits. Forged in the fires of grace and sculpted by the divine artistry of the Holy Spirit, they have adorned the Church, as gleaming jewels in her crown. These giants changed the course of history, civilizations, and, most critically, men’s hearts.

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: It Is I – Have No Fear

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 14:22-36 – Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land …

Anti-God: Words (Don’t) Have Meanings, by Michael Voris

By Michael Voris, Church Militant – What is substantially different between the Nazi Party or the Communist Party and the Democratic Party? The Democrats are contemporary communists — period. Calling them mere socialists is way too kind, not to mention a bit of an insult to socialists everywhere. And it tells you the state of the U.S. hierarchy, that not one of them is willing to stand up and condemn these killers. And yes, they are killers.

Fact Checkers Cover for Democratic Party’s Sordid History With the Ku Klux Klan, by Anna Agresti & James D. Agresti

By Anna Agresti & James D. Agresti, The Stream – During a June 7th Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on white supremacy and domestic terrorism, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz stated that: the Ku Klux Klan “was formed by elected Democrats.”.. Klan “leadership was almost entirely elected Democrats.”.. today’s Democrats “try very hard to erase the history” of their party’s involvement with the Klan… today’s Democrats “politicize acts of violence.”

CNSNews: Elizabeth Warren Leads 25 Democratic Senators in Calling on Federal Agency to Provide Abortions

By CNSNews.com Staff – In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization, which overturned the Roe vs. Wade decision that had declared abortion a constitutional right, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is leading a group of 25 senators calling on the Veterans Administration to provide abortions to female veterans.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Codifying Same-Sex “Marriage” into Law

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Common sense suggests that in a democracy, major legal change should usually follow a change in public opinion. That is, the more people support some new idea, the more likely they will be to elect politicians who support that idea, and the more likely it will be that those politicians will in turn put forward and vote in favor of legislation enacting that idea… The practical upshot of this view is that if you want to effect political change, you should first focus on changing people’s minds.

The Saint, the Book, and the Lily, by Brad Miner

By Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing – Another example of a cultic image is St. Dominic in Soriano… A story holds that early one morning in 1530 (it was the eve of the octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin), a sacristan, Lorenzo da Grotteria, at a Dominican friary in Calabria (the “arch” in the Italian boot) rose at 3 AM to illuminate the sanctuary only to discover there three women “of wonderful appearance.”

Cartels and Bishops Cashing In, by Paul Aubert

By Paul Aubert, Church Militant – Smuggling illegal immigrants across the U.S. border has become a billion-dollar business under the Biden administration… As Church Militant reported previously, the USCCB gets tens of millions of dollars from the government every year to provide refugee and migrant services. Nearly 39% of the USCCB’s budget in 2016 came from government contracts tied to immigration services worth more than $95 million.

Saint of the Day for August 2: St. Eusebius of Vercelli

Franciscan Media – Someone has said that if there had been no Arian heresy denying Christ’s divinity, it would be very difficult to write the lives of many early saints. Eusebius is another of the defenders of the Church during one of its most trying periods…

Out-Of-State Democrats Pay Millions To Influence Kansas Election Because Abortion Is On The Ballot, by Margot Cleveland

By Margot Cleveland, The Federalist – Kansans head to the polls Tuesday to vote on the proposed “Value Them Both” constitutional amendment that seeks to overturn the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision… that declared that the state constitution guarantees a “fundamental right to abortion.”… votes they cast on Tuesday may have been heavily influenced by out-of-state abortion apologists who contributed a whopping 71 percent of the $6.54 million spent by the lead group campaigning against the amendment.

Opinion: Filicide Of The Catholic Faith, by Rod Dreher

By Rod Dreher, American Conservative – The maniacal crusade Francis has against the traditional Latin mass is simply bizarre. Relatively few Catholics today attend the Latin mass, but those parishes where it is offered are almost always vibrant and full. It is certainly true that you can find some bitter, cranky people around Latin mass communities, but you can find pushy, obnoxious people everywhere in the Catholic Church, and indeed in all churches. During the thirteen years I was a Catholic, I visited the Latin mass a few times.

Louisiana’s Near-Total Abortion Ban Can Take Effect, Court Rules, by Raymond Wolfe

By Raymond Wolfe, LifeSiteNews – A Louisiana appeals court has ruled that the state can once again enforce a ban on abortion throughout pregnancy, in a major victory for pro-lifers in the Pelican State… The Louisiana 1st Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday granted AG Jeff Landry’s request to let the ban take effect while the state appeals a lower court ruling that blocked it last week… The ruling will force the state’s abortion clinics to shut down for the third time since the SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade.

Fr. Richard Heilman: We’re Going In! Novena for Our Nation: August 15-October 7

By Fr. Richard Heilman, United States Grace Force – There is a 54 day Novena beginning on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary which will be completed on October 7. Your prayer would be even more efficacious if you would also take part in that 54 day Novena.”… We have witnessed a multitude of miracles (private and public) since this “80,000 strong” United States Grace Force began praying together in 2016.

Liberty Counsel: $10.3 Million Settlement Reached in First COVID Vaccine Mandate Class Action Suit Involving Healthcare Workers

By Liberty Counsel, Children’s Health Defense – Liberty Counsel settled the nation’s first classwide lawsuit for healthcare workers over a COVID shot mandate, for more than $10.3 million… The class action settlement against NorthShore University HealthSystem is on behalf of more than 500 current and former healthcare workers who were unlawfully discriminated against and denied religious exemptions from the COVID shot mandate.

IT’S OFFICIAL: Cupich Cancels Christ the King in Chicago

Complicit Clergy – Michael Matt has a stirring and inspirational message to the Traditional Catholics who have been impacted by these recent Latin Mass cancelations. And the ultimate irony? According to Michael, the traditional Catholic counterrevolution is stronger, more unified, and more poised for a major victory right now than it was when he was a boy in the early 1970s. To quote him: We have not yet begun to fight…

WATCH! DICTATOR POPE: A Traditional Catholic Uprising, by Michael J. Matt

By  Michael J. Matt, Editor, Remnant – In this Remnant Underground, Michael takes Francis to the mat for the “Great Apostacy” that was his be-feathered photo op blitz in Canada, apologizing to the indigenous for the fact that the Catholic missionaries who evangelized and civilized that nation were simply obeying the Divine Commission from Jesus Christ Himself.

Patriot Post: Political Correctness Helped Turn Monkeypox Into a Global Emergency

By Patriot Post, Political Editors – Early monkeypox cases spread through close contact at “circuit parties” attended by gay men, but some media outlets, worried about homophobia, shied away from reporting the full truth… The World Health Organization last week announced a global emergency over the rapid spread of the virus known as “monkeypox.” However, as columnist David Kaufman astutely observes a fear of offending the Rainbow Mafia led to media outlets reporting on the virus to attempt to avoid the proverbial elephant in the room.

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Jesus Blessed the Loaves and Fishes

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 14:13-21 – Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a lonely place apart. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. As he went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. ….

Opinion: Christian Nationalism or Gay Sharia: There Really Is No ‘Option C’, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – To flummox our enemies, let’s embrace the term “Christian Nationalism” and make it our own. (As the gays did with “Queer.”) Force our foes to admit what they really want: a radically secular government that opposes religious belief and speech, and wishes to “rescue” kids from their church-going parents. Then groom them to be sexually active, obsessed with questioning their “gender,” and indoctrinated with the new beliefs favored by Caesar, Mammon, and Sodom.

Stuart Sheller Gives ‘Em Hell, by Douglas Andrews

By Douglas Andrews, Patriot Post – “The American military,” said former Marine Corps lieutenant colonel Stuart Scheller in a recent op-ed in Human Events, “is currently led by senior general officers lacking moral courage.”… Clearly, Stu Scheller isn’t one to mince words. After having been imprisoned for speaking his mind on social media last August during Joe Biden’s disastrous retreat and surrender in Afghanistan, Scheller was drummed out of the Marine Corps after 17 years ….

Deacon Michael Bickerstaff: The Search for Meaning and Prupose

By Deacon Michael Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life – What is the meaning of life? This a question each of us asks, sometimes without any awareness at all. The search for the meaning of life has filled books throughout history. At heart, we are all philosophers searching for meaning. At heart, we ought to love wisdom, but too often we play the fool.

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

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

Pay Attention To The Dutch Farmer Protests Because America Is Next, by John Daniel Davidson

By John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist – Americans should start paying closer attention to the ongoing farmer protests in the Netherlands, which this week transformed long swaths of Dutch highways into what looked like a post-apocalyptic warzone: roadside fires raging out of control, manure and farming detritus heaped across highways, traffic stalled for miles, and massive protests across the country in support of the farmers.

Zogby: Many Who Got COVID Shots Diagnosed With Brand-New Condition, by Art Moore

By Art Moore, World Net Daily – Blood clots, heart attack, liver damage, leg or lung clots, stroke… Many who have posted links to the reports on social media have suggested a possible relationship to the experimental COVID-19 vaccines. When four practicing physicians in the greater Toronto area died unexpectedly in the past two weeks, their hospitals made a point of insisting their deaths were not related to the vaccines.

Msgr. Robert J. Batule: The Steadying Wisdom of ‘Humanae Vitae’

By Msgr. Robert J. Batule, The Catholic Thing – Science and technology enhance our lives in innumerable ways. There’s no disputing that. But we have moved beyond fixing things and operating at maximum efficiency. If truth be told, we have arrived at something like Huxley’s Brave New World (1932) with the counter-developments in biotech… Science and technology are powers, and thus they have to be harnessed or regulated if there is to be a morally licit way of making the best use of them.

Pius XII’s Prophetic Warnings about Fatima and the “Suicide” of Altering the Faith in its Liturgy, by Andrew Guernsey

By Andrew Guernsey, OnePeterFive – In 1933, sixteen years after Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima, the future Pope Ven. Pius XII, then Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, Secretary of State to Pope Pius XI, made prophetic remarks in confidence to his friend Count Enrico Pietro Galeazzi. Cardinal Pacelli stated that Our Lady of Fatima’s confidences to Sr. Lucia were a warning against the “suicide” of destruction of the liturgy and other dangers of altering the Faith. Pacelli made similar prophetic warnings in a subsequent conversation with a fellow curial cardinal.

Msgr. Charles Pope: You Can’t Take it with You, But You Can Send it on Ahead! Five teachings on Wealth from the Gospel of the 18th Sunday of the Year.

Msgr. Charles Pope – The Gospel today is not merely a warning against greed, it is an instruction on income and wealth given by Jesus to help us root out greed… The Problem that is Portrayed – The text begins: Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” Then he said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Pope Francis and Canadian Bishops Take Part in Pagan ‘Smudging’ Ritual Invoking ‘Sacred Circle of Spirits’

By David McLoone, LifeSiteNews – “We will honor earth, wind, water, and fire,” the elder stated. “We will honor the mineral aspect, the vegetable aspect, and the human aspect.”
Continuing.. “will ask the east direction to open its door so we can have access to that direction. I will as the southern direction to open its door as well to have access to that direction,”… Following the ritual, Francis delivered a speech condemning “ideological colonization,” lamenting a past “colonialist mentality” which he said “disregarded the concrete life of people and imposed certain predetermined cultural modes.

Segregation Restored in Diocese of Arlington, by Kenneth Wolfe

By Kenneth Wolfe, Rorate Caeli – Effective September 8, 2022, the current 21 locations where the traditional Latin Mass is currently offered (in a diocese of 70 parishes) will be largely suppressed, and eight locations will be permitted. Three of them are fortunate enough to have the TLM in the parish church, albeit with restrictions and expected indoctrination. But the other five will be in gymnasiums and other places separated from a main parish church.

Louisiana Appeals Court Rules Abortion Ban Can Take Effect, Save Babies From Abortions, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – A Louisiana appeals court has ruled that the state’s abortion ban can take effect and save babies from abortions while a pro-abortion lawsuit against it continues in court… La. Atty. General Jeff Landry wants to make sure women and unborn babies are protected from abortions. So he filed an appeal today of a judge’s decision blocking enforcement of the state’s abortion ban.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Herod’s Reaction to John the Baptist

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 14:1-12 – At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus; and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist, he has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him.” For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife …

Beware The Pandemic Power Play, by Christopher Manion

By Christopher Manion, The Wanderer – The WHO, the “specialized agency of the UN responsible for international public health,” is planning a Pandemic Treaty that would bestow unprecedented worldwide power on the unelected organization… Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, director general of the WHO, is a devoted lackey of Communist China. After his January 2020 visit with Chinese dictator Xi Jinping, he obediently refused to blame China for covering up the outbreak of the virus in Wuhan.

Should We Apologize for the North American Martyrs? by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – (In) his “penitential pilgrimage” to Canada, the Pope apologized for “the ways in which, regrettably, many Christians supported the colonizing mentality of the powers that oppressed the indigenous peoples.” He lamented that Christians had “cooperated… in projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation promoted by the governments of that time, which culminated in the system of the residential schools.”

Napa’s ‘Big Fat Gay Wedding(s)’

By Michael Voris, Church Militant – Tim Busch’s Meritage Resort and Spa (where this Catholic conference happens each year) also hosts homosexual weddings. The Napa Institute Conference only happens one week a year here. Any of the other 51 weeks a year, after faithful Catholics have all gone back home, the resort becomes very un-Catholic and plays host to gay weddings and receptions.

Conversion Is Not a Four-Letter Word, by Jerome German

By Jerome German, Crisis Magazine – For twenty years I, with my wife and our family, attended a certain small-town Midwest parish church. The pastor, Fr. George Mehok, was a devotee of the English writer G.K. Chesterton. In fact, I don’t recall a single homily of his that did not contain at least one Chesterton quote. However, I did not read or even see a book by Chesterton for many years—his works were simply hard to find.

Is Pope Francis Catholic? by Claude Beard

By Claude Beard, LifeSiteNews – Loss of membership – or straightforward non-membership – is not, in itself, a punishment at all. It is just the factual state of having departed from the profession of faith… We are just apprehending facts when we say that Francis has affirmed things contrary to revealed doctrine; is aware of this contradiction and perseveres anyway; repeatedly reaffirms the errors after warnings, requests and accusations; that he has a duty as a Christian, let alone of any offices held, to profess the faith in this situation; and that he refuses to do so.

Saint of the Day for July 30: Blessed Solanus Casey

Franciscan Media – Barney Casey became one of Detroit’s best-known priests even though he was not allowed to preach formally or to hear confessions!… Barney came from a large family in Oak Grove, Wisconsin. At the age of 21, and after he had worked as a logger, a hospital orderly, a streetcar operator …

Den of Thieves, by Kristine Christlieb

By Kristine Christlieb, Church Militant – A Jordanian-American businessman is recruited to help launch a new Catholic university in his native country. When he refuses to green-light several questionable multimillion-dollar business deals, the Vatican sacks him, confiscates his property, breaks its contracts with him and drives him out of his country in disgrace. He’s suing the Holy See and nearly 20 other defendants for $31 million, in a California court. …

Eucharistic Revival in the Family, by David Kilby

By David Kilby, Catholic Exchange – When the bishops say to reach out to small groups and families, they’re talking about people like you and me: readers of Catholic publications and blogs who are more likely than not involved in a Catholic community. They’re not only reaching out to us though. They’re also relying on us to reach out to others.

Fr. Roger Landry: Defending and Supporting Pregnancy Help Centers

By Father Roger Landry, EWTN News – Since the leak of what became the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision in May, pregnancy help centers — crisis pregnancy centers that help pregnant women with free medical care, ultrasounds, counseling, personal support, maternal and job training, adoption referrals and sometimes even free room and board — have come under two forms of attack…

WATCH! THE FRANCIS LAW: Cardinals Gregory, Cupich Implement Ban on Latin Mass

By Michael J. Matt, Editor, Remnant TV – Despite all their talk about “listening” and the “Synodal Way,” Francis and his fellow revolutionaries steadfastly REFUSE to listen to the hundreds of thousand of Catholics worldwide who choose to worship God at the Latin Mass — the Mass of St. Faustina, St. José Sánchez del Río, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and Padre Pio.

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf: 8th Sunday After Pentecost: We Will See the End of All This and Christ Will See Us Through.

By Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, OnePeterFive – Your love, when you desire, is aimed at arriving; your love, when you see, at staying. Now if the desire of the saints burns so hot when fueled by faith, what will it be like when fed by sight? If we love like this while we believe what we cannot yet see, how shall we love when we actually do see?

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Worrisome Statement on Contraception from Vatican Institute

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Catholic theologians are expressing alarm after a Vatican institute originally founded by Pope St. John Paul II to defend Catholic teaching on life and family has instead published a book that includes sections that appears to undermine Catholic teaching, particularly on the issue of contraception… In the introduction, Academy for Life President Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia calls for a “paradigm shift” in moral theology.

THREE DOCTORS From the Same Hospital “Die Suddenly” in the Same Week After Hospital Mandates Fourth COVID Shot, by Jim Hoft

By Jim Hoft, The GatewayPundit – Three physicians at Canada’s Trillium Health Partners-Mississauga Hospital died unexpectedly in the same week… “Three physicians at the Mississauga hospitals have died this week,” the nurse told Monique. “1st memo Monday, 2nd Tuesday, 3rd Thursday. [The] cause of death wasn’t shared in the memo, but how many times have 3 doctors died in 1 week, days after the hospital started administering the 4th shot to staff.”

Michigan Football Coach Jim Harbaugh Takes Courageous Stand in Defense of Right to Life

By CNSNews Staff – “To me, the right choice is to have the courage to let the unborn be born,” said Harbaugh at the event, according to a report published by Detroit Catholic… “I believe in having the courage to let the unborn be born. I love life,” said Harbaugh… “My faith and my science are what drive these beliefs in me. Quoting from Jeremiah, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’”

Caught! Biden’s Scheme to Take Over 2022 Elections Now in Bull’s-Eye, by Bob Unruh

By Bob Unruh, WorldNetDaily – Just imagine if some election monitor or regulator had spotted the hundreds of millions of Mark Zuckerberg’s dollars flowing through his leftist foundation to local elections officials to “help” them run the 2020 election. Before they were delivered… You recall that $420 million was identified in an analysis as likely causing the results of that presidential race to swing for Joe Biden, instead of President Donald Trump.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: They Took Offense at Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 13:54-58 – and coming to his own country he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And are not all his sisters with us? …

Justice Samuel Alito: “I Had the Honor” to Write Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – In his first public comments since the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, Justice Samuel Alito says he’s happy he “had the honor” to write it… Last week, during an appearance at a conference in Rome on religious freedom sponsored by Notre Dame University law school, Alito gave his first public remarks on the Dobbs decision.

Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy: Martha, Mary, Lazarus, and the Love of Jesus

By Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap., The Catholic Thing – Martha, Mary, and Lazarus… All are adults, yet none is married – quite unusual given the Jewish culture of their day. In Luke, Martha is portrayed as the active head of the household. Luke speaks of Martha welcoming Jesus into “her house,” while Mary is depicted as the contemplative sister.

WATCH! A New Eucharistic Miracle in Mexico? by David Ramos

By David Ramos, Catholic News Agency – A video circulating on social media shows what appears to be a eucharistic miracle — a consecrated Host exposed for adoration by the faithful seems to “beat” like a heart… The video was recorded July 23 at Our Lady of the Rosary parish in the town of Zapotlanejo, near Guadalajara, in the Mexican state of Jalisco… Argentine priest Father Carlos Spahn… led the eucharistic adoration service.

When Saying “I’m Sorry” Is Never Enough, by Kennedy Hall

By Kennedy Hall, Crisis Magazine – As anti-Catholic hatred spread across the country, calls for “apologies” from the Vatican grew. Of course, Pope Benedict already apologized more than a decade before, but that was when Conservative Stephen Harper was in charge, and now it was time for the Liberals to have their fun shaming the Church!

Saints of the Day for July 29: Sts. Martha, Mary and Lazarus

Franciscan Media – Martha, Mary, and their brother Lazarus were evidently close friends of Jesus. He came to their home simply as a welcomed guest, rather than as one celebrating the conversion of a sinner like Zacchaeus or one unceremoniously received by a suspicious Pharisee. …

It’s Not for the Pope to Change, by Robert B. Greving

By Robert B. Greving, Crisis Magazine – In the classic The Spiritual Combat, the first weapon needed for sanctity is self-distrust. Or, as Chesterton said, “Complete self-confidence is not merely a sin; complete self-confidence is a weakness.” Some in Rome should think about this before they cause even more Catholics to question the Faith (or at least the Church). They—and we—should also consider and be grateful for the diffidence of Pope St. Paul VI. Let me explain.

Supreme Court Issues Its Dobbs Judgement, Meaning Roe v. Wade is Officially Overturned, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Roe v. Wade is officially overturned today after decades of abortion on demand that killed 64 million babies… Although the Supreme Court handed down its monumental decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24, the decision doesn’t become official until the nation’s highest court officially enters its judgement. Today, that became official as the U.S. Supreme Court has now issued its official judgment in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Vatican’s New Document Welcomes ‘Marriage Catechumenate’, by Peter Jesserer Smith

By Peter Jesserer Smith, EWTN News – When Gerardo and Bernice Robledo first considered the sacrament of matrimony almost 10 years ago, the couple opted for a civil marriage instead… family members pressured them to get married in the Catholic Church, the couple said, “No.” They were not practicing their faith at the time, and, deep down, they knew they would be getting a sacrament for all the wrong reasons… “Spiritually, we just weren’t ready,” Gerardo told the Register.

10,000 Jabs (C-19 Vax) Were Administered at Tim Busch’s Napa Institute, by Michael Voris

By Michael Voris, Church Militant – Last year, Tim Busch opened up to be the central distribution center in Napa Valley for the administering of the abortion-tainted vax. In fact, 10,000 jabs were given here, on this very property, where, just a few feet away, the Body and Blood of Our Lord lay in repose.

The Awokening of Medical Education, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – The Association of American Medical Colleges seeks to indoctrinate students in the woke tenets of diversity, equity, and inclusion… Would you rather have your neurosurgeon be an expert in brain surgery or diversity? Put another way, what makes for a good doctor — his medical aptitude and abilities, or his gender and the color of his skin?

WATCH! How Soros Manipulates America

Patriot Post – How Soros Manipulates America – Matt Palumbo explains how George Soros spent $18 billion to control the media, defund the police, and elect leftist prosecutors.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Trained for the Kingdom of Heaven

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 13:47-53 – “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, and throw them into the furnace of fire …

Pope Francis is Fulfilling a Long-Planned Agenda to Alter the Church’s Teaching on Life, by John-Henry Westen

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – The biggest victory for the pro-life movement in the past 50 years was the overturning of Roe v. Wade last month. Imagine with me for a minute the reaction of Pope St. John Paul II, had he still been with us… But when it did take place only last month there was a stony silence from Pope Francis. But days later we got our answer… (then) House Nancy Pelosi.. arrived in the Vatican she was greeted by Pope Francis and at a Mass in the Pope’s presence was sacrilegiously given Holy Communion.

Trump to Sue CNN for Defamation, ‘Defrauding Public’, by Art Moore

By Art Moore, WorldNetDaily – President Donald J. Trump points to a reporter with a question during the coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House photo by Tia Dufour)… Former President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he plans to sue CNN and other cable news networks who have “defamed” him and “defrauded the public” regarding the outcome of the 2020 election.

Saint of the Day for July 28: Blessed Stanley Rother

By Franciscan Media – On May 25, 1963, Stanley Rother, a farmer’s son from Okarche, Oklahoma, was ordained for his home diocese of Oklahoma City-Tulsa. Having flunked out of the area seminary due to his difficulty with Latin, Fr. Rother finally accepted an invitation to attend Mount St. Mary Seminary in Maryland …

A Pro-Life Rebuttal: Karen Santorum: Give Kids With Trisomy 18 a Chance So They May Live, by Karen Santorum

By Karen Santorum, NewsMax – On the morning of July 7, 2022 my daughter, Elizabeth, sent my family an article, “I had an abortion 15 years ago. Now I’m fighting the Georgia state house for your rights,” by Shea Roberts… It’s about a mom who had an abortion because her baby had Trisomy 18… The unanimous response from my family was tears followed by justifiable anger.

The Splendor of the ‘Splendor of Truth’, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – August of next year marks the 30th anniversary of the promulgation of Pope St. John Paul II’s magisterial encyclical on moral theology, Veritatis Splendor. The approach of this anniversary presents an opportunity to rediscover an encyclical that provides a powerful antidote to much of the moral and doctrinal confusion in the Church today… It’s precisely for this reason that not a few Catholics would like nothing better than to see Veritatis Splendor demolished, root and branch.

Abortionist Celebrates Killing Babies: “If You Don’t Believe in [Killing Babies], Then Don’t [Kill] One”, by Curtis Houck

By Curtis Houck, LifeNews – Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the liberal media have been engaged in an abortion disinformation campaign seeking to terrify women into believing miscarriages will be criminalized and women will die from medical complications related to pregnancies. It’s been so sinister that it would make even the Russians jealous.

Abortion, Democracy and History, by Star Parker

By Star Parker, CNSNews – Lincoln opposed the expansion of what he saw as the inherently evil institution of slavery… In the Peoria debate, Lincoln stated… “God did not place good and evil before man, telling him to make his choice. On the contrary, he did tell him there was one tree, of the fruit of which he should not eat, on pain of certain death.”

BUCKLE UP! Biden Regime Readies to Declare Public Health Emergency Due to Monkeypox – HHS Sec Says “Concern Level is 10/10”

By Julian Conradson, GatewayPundit – As Monkeypox cases continue to rise in the United States, totaling nearly 3,500 to date, the Biden Regime is readying to follow in the footsteps of the WHO and declare a public health emergency due to the ongoing outbreak of the shingles-like disease.. the White House is actively searching for a coordinator to lead the national monkeypox taskforce.. 0ne thing is for sure – two simultaneous public health emergencies in one election season is shaping up to be one hell of a circus.. Buckle up.

Founder’s Quote

Patriot Post – “Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason and the mind becomes a wreck.” —Thomas Jefferson (1822)

Does Bill Gates Have a ‘Great Reset’ Plan to Privatize Global Food System? by Dr. Joseph Mercola

By Dr. Joseph Mercola, Children’s Health Defense – In early June, the government of The Netherlands announced it would cut the size of livestock herds in the country by 30% to meet European Union nitrogen and ammonia pollution rules… the government is following the script of The Great Reset, which requires weakening the country, making it more dependent on food imports, and diluting nationalism by taking in more immigrants.

 Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Joy in Finding Hidden Treasure and Pearl of Great Price

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 13:44-46 – “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. …

Fr. Nnamdi Moneme: Why We Do Not Pray as We Should

By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange – We do not value prayer because there are certain truths that have not yet sunk into our hearts… Firstly, we do not pray with persistence because we do not know God’s love for each and every one of us. Jesus teaches us to pray by calling God “Father” to show that God loves us personally and freely.

The Living Branch of the Traditional Latin Mass, by Christopher Ruddy

By Christopher Ruddy, First Things – A mother’s love does not always say yes, but a mother’s love is always healing, is always strengthening. May the Church love her children in the very same way. Not always saying yes to everything that we ask, but always making us feel important and noble and listened to.” Cardinal Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, preached these words at Mass on May 14… Two months later, mother has said no.

Leftist Senators ‘Hopeful’ They Can Find Five Republicans to Pass Same-Sex ‘Marriage,’ Polygamy Bill, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – The number of Republican senators who say they will support a Democrat bill to codify forced recognition of same-sex “marriage” and open the door to federal recognition of polygamy has currently stalled at five, though Democrats and liberal Republicans claim they will ultimately find the remaining five they need to send the measure to President Joe Biden’s desk.

On the Papal Apology for Church Involvement in Residential Schools in Canada, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – With reference to this news story, “Pope, in Canada, rues ‘disastrous error’ of residential schools”, let me offer just a few thoughts from the Champlain Valley, which was blessed by missionaries who gave their lives to bring the Faith to America’s indigenous peoples… First: It is always more grace-filled for the Church and her members to combat the evils “everybody” accepts now, in the present, than to apologize now for her past involvement in what “everybody” accepted then but abhors now.

Strange New World: A Guide, by Francis X. Maier

By Francis X. Maier, The Catholic Thing – As C.S. Lewis reminds us in the words of his demon Screwtape, the notion that we humans create our own meaning, own our own bodies, and command our own destinies “is equally funny in heaven and in hell.” We’re not gods, and we all die. No exceptions… No matter how loudly we express the unique and wondrous grandeur of our individuality, it all ends up in ashes or a casket.

Saint of the Day for July 27: Saint Titus Brandsma

Franciscan Media – Given the birth name Anno, Brandsma and his siblings grew up on their parents’ dairy farm in rural Frisia. As devout Catholics, the family was in the minority among their Calvinist neighbors. From age 11 Anno was educated at a preparatory school for boys who were studying for the priesthood. …

The ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ is Anything But, by J. Stonestreet & T. Padgett

By J. Stonestreet & T. Padgett. The Stream – According to NBC News, Senator Chuck Schumer (NY) plans a vote on the misleadingly named “Respect for Marriage Act” as soon as the next two weeks. While the name sounds as if the bill affirms and supports marriage, in reality it would redefine it, finally and from the federal legislature, in law. This bill would firmly root marriage in the United States in nothing more than abstract desires, redefining it ….

Humanae Vitae, 54 Years Later, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – (54 years ago) On July 25, 1968, a moral earthquake shook the world. Several years after the invention of the birth control pill, while Catholic women joined others in consuming the new forbidden fruit, Pope St. Paul VI finally promulgated Humanae Vitae… With the help of theologians like the future Pope St. John Paul II, Paul VI reiterated the Church’s constant teaching against unnatural birth prevention…

Bsp. Joseph Strickland: On Feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, Bishop Urges Faithful to Speak Up for the Sanctity of Marriage

Bishop Joseph Strickland, Blog, July 25, 2022 – Let us pray that our national leaders in Congress will not codify a law that is in direct opposition to the Law of God. To continue down this path is destructive to the human community now and puts our eternal salvation in jeopardy. Pray that Congress will act with the compassion of God’s Truth.

Cardinal Gregory’s TLM Restrictions Illustrate Why Traditionis Custodes Must Be Reversed, by Noah Peters

By Noah Peters, Crisis Magazine – Every Sunday you will find large families with gaggles of young children at Mass. One would think this would be a point of great optimism for the scandal-plagued Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. Imagine all of these children growing up in the Church and starting their own large, Catholic families who attend weekly Mass. It is enough to give one hope for the future of the Church in these troubled times… Instead, Cardinal Wilton Gregory has decided to shut this Mass down. Why? Because it is a traditional Latin Mass.

NFP WEEK: Contraception Will Always Be Intrinsically Evil: A Look at the Development of Doctrine, by Susanna Spencer

By Susanna Spencer, EWTN News – This week, 54 years ago, on July 25, 1968, Pope St. Paul VI released the encyclical Humanae Vitae, confirming the Church’s teaching that contraception, whether through sterilization of the man or woman in any act before, during, or after the conjugal act to prevent procreation is morally evil and violates the “unitive and procreative” goods “inherent to the marriage act.”

A (Possibly) Immodest Proposal, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – The main culture-forming institutions – colleges and universities, media, Hollywood, the arts, even corporations – sharply limit open expressions of religion, which is to say primarily traditional Christianity, anywhere they can. We can still worship privately, but we can do less publicly than ever before in our history.

The Republican Party is About to Betray Christians and Destroy the Traditional Family, by Raymond Wolfe

By Raymond Wolfe, LifeSiteNews – It’s one of the worst betrayals conservatives have ever suffered at the hands of the Republican Party… On Tuesday, the House passed the so-called Respect for Marriage Act with a stunning 47 Republican votes and the blessing of GOP House leaders, and the bill is now rapidly gaining traction with Republicans in the Senate, shocking even Democrats and the liberal media.

The Contrasting Visions of the Judiciary in Brown and Dobbs, by Michael A. Scaperlanda

By Michael A. Scaperlanda, First Things – In 1954, the Supreme Court upended 58 years of constitutionally protected segregation, concluding that “in the field of public education, the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place.” And on June 24, 2022, the Court upended 49 years of constitutionally protected access to abortion, concluding that “the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion.”… These are two of the most momentous constitutional reversals in our nation’s history.

Fr. Bill Peckman: Is the Priest a Father or Business Manager? (4-13-22)

By Fr. Bill Peckman, Roman Catholic Man – When a diocese or parish presents itself as a business, it takes on that retail vibe. In other words, I am here to convince you to buy what I am selling. The mission of the Church gets reduced to a package of goods or various worth. The mission gives way to marketing. A lot of time, programs within our churches come across very much this way. …

Gov. DeSantis: Understand that ‘Gender Affirming Care’ Is Actually a Euphemism for Castration and Mastectomy, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – Americans need to understand the true meaning of the term “gender affirming care,” as used by Biden Administration officials, like transgender HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) says… DeSantis disputed Asst. Sec. Levine’s claim that “Gender affirming care is medically necessary, safe and effective for transgender and non-binary children and adolescents” …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Righteous Will Shine like the Sun in the Father’s Kingdom

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 13:36-43 – Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of man; …

There’s Nothing ‘Pro-Family’ About Tax Breaks That Discourage Parents From Raising Their Own Kids, by Frank Devito

By Frank Devito, The Federalist – Incentivizing families to have more children through child tax credits, like the current federal tax code does, is a reasonable policy preference for conservatives concerned about our nation’s demographic decline. Subsidizing only those families who choose full-time institutional daycare, while disincentivizing families choosing to have a stay-at-home parent or using extended family for childcare, favors a socialist understanding of family and work life. Conservatives in general and Republican legislators in particular should be sensitive to this distinction.

Pope Francis Attends Indigenous ‘Healing Dance’ to ‘Mother Earth’ During Canada Trip, by Jack Bingham

By Jack Bingham, LifeSiteNews – The MC for the event spoke… “From the west side we have the wind, the oxygen that we breathe, this is the government of Mother Earth. And on the north side we have Mother Earth, Mother Earth is who we are… “Mother Earth is all the plant life, Mother Earth, our mother, is also the mother of all insect life, Mother Earth is also the mother of all animals on the ground, in the water, in the air.”… “Mother Earth, is of course, the Mother of all humanity,” added the ceremonial leader, as the dancing continued with Francis and the Chiefs looking onward at the ritual.

Washington Bishop Ignores Biden, Targets TLM “Following the Holy Father”, by T. S. Flanders

By T. S. Flanders, OnePeterFive – The Bishop of Washington, DC, His Most Reverend Eminence Cardinal Wilton Gregory, has now “followed the Holy Father” in marginalising a certain group of the faithful, the “majority” of whom he calls “sincere, faith-filled, and well-meaning.” But they happen to be attached to “what earlier generations held as sacred,” as Benedict XVI put it. Does this, as Benedict decreed, “remain sacred and great for us today”?

Saints of the Day for July 26: Saints Joachim and Anne

Franciscan Media – In the Scriptures, Matthew and Luke furnish a legal family history of Jesus, tracing ancestry to show that Jesus is the culmination of great promises. Not only is his mother’s family neglected, we also know nothing factual about them except that they existed. Even the names “Joachim” and “Anne” come from a legendary source written more than a century after Jesus died.

A Case of Bizarre Ecclesiology, by Eric Sammons

By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine – In response to last year’s papal motu proprio Traditionis Custodes restricting the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass, Bishop Stephen D. Parkes of Savannah contacted the Vatican Dicastery for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments regarding the status of the TLM communities in his diocese. …

WATCH! RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS: Francis in Canada and the Rest of the Story, by Michael J. Matt

By  Michael J. Matt, Editor, The Remnant – Question is: What is Francis apologizing for… exactly? Is the pope who famously said “atheists go to heaven” apologizing for actual abuse of indigenous children, or is this something of a smokescreen for a papal apology for the Catholic Church’s missionary activity, which in Trudeau’s Canada means “racism, colonialism, and cultural repression”?

Biden Using NGOs Like Catholic Charities to Conceal Just How Much Money is Going to Illegal Immigration, by Betsy McCaughey

By Betsy McCaughey, New York Post, (Complicit Clergy) – If you’re a taxpayer — in New York or anywhere in the US – you’re getting scammed by groups like United Way, Catholic Charities and the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN). You may think these are charities. Truth is, these groups are hauling in millions in taxpayer dollars — your money — under government contracts to facilitate illegal immigration… It’s money laundering.

OBGYN Who Delivered 5,000 Babies: Abortion is Not Health Care and Miscarriages are Not Abortions, by Sen. Roger Marshall, M.D.

By Sen. Roger Marshall, M.D., LifeNews – “Don’t let the sun set on an ectopic pregnancy” was an axiom we were taught the first week of OB-GYN residency – it’s as true today as it was before and after Roe, and after Dobbs. Make no mistake about it, an ectopic pregnancy is always a life-threatening condition, and the reality of being sued for delay in treatment far outweighs the misguided cry of those who say physicians will “withhold treatment.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: Three Teachings from the Lord on Prayer – A Homily on the Gospel of the 17th Sunday of the Year

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Last week’s Gospel featured the Lord insisting that prayer was the “one thing necessary.” In this week’s gospel we see, then, the request by the disciples that the Lord teach them on prayer. In answer the Lord gives us three basic teachings or prescriptions for prayer… Lets look at these three prescriptions he gives…

The Priest in the Valley of Lazaruses, by Kevin Wells

By Kevin Wells, Crisis Magazine – In Chalco, Mexico, on the other side of the high walls that guard this valley of Lazaruses, mangy dogs wander in small packs like bothered demons. Their howls and barks merge with the thrumming of passing cars whose radios push upbeat merengue and salsa into the air. A loudspeaker beyond the west wall drones the monotone voice of a female vendor hawking late-night tamales to men leaving small bars in slums. …

U.S. Bishops Declare Abortion ‘the Antithesis of Healthcare’, by Joe Hoft

By Joe Hoft, Gateway Pundit – Aborting unborn children is the opposite of healthcare, the U.S. Bishops declared Monday in a statement condemning the Women’s Health Protection Act as “the most unjust and extreme” abortion bill our nation has ever seen.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: What the Kingdom of Heaven Is Like

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 13:31-35 – Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” ..

Cardinal Cupich Cracks Down on the ICK in Chicago, VIGANÒ RESPONDS

By +Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop, The Remnant – The lay faithful, priests, and Bishops have the sacred and urgent duty to rise up against the decisions of these completely discredited characters and to demand, without yielding an inch, that the venerable Tridentine Liturgy remain an inviolable bulwark of doctrine, morality, and spirituality. We must obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29), especially when these men have demonstrated by their reprehensible conduct, that they do not love either God or their brothers in the Faith.

Bishop Calls Out Fr. Richard Heilman, by Kristine Christlieb

By Kristine Christlieb, Church Militant – The bishop of Madison, Wisconsin, is firing a warning shot over the bow of a faithful priest’s ministry… Bp. Donald Hying “has taken current disciplinary action” regarding popular Catholic author and podcaster Fr. Richard Heilman… The Madison diocese is claiming Heilman “engaged in online social media and other activity involving statements bearing inordinately on controversies stemming from the electoral political realm.”

Saint of the Day for July 25: St. James the Apostle (d. 44)

By Franciscan Media – This James is the brother of John the Evangelist. The two were called by Jesus as they worked with their father in a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had already called another pair of brothers from a similar occupation: Peter and Andrew. “He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him” (Mark 1:19-20).

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf: When Life Gives You Manure, Maybe it’s Time for Changes

By Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, OnePeterFive – Today in both the Epistle from Romans and the Gospel we have contrasts of genuine Christianity and false Christianity, true life and false life, the life of vice and the life of virtue. Hence, we are being asked a question by Christ, speaking in the words of Scripture, speaking in His own voice recorded by the Apostle Matthew who was present, proffered solemnly and in a sacrificial way in the sacred precincts of a church during the most precious of our rites, Holy Mass. That question: are you Christian in only words or appearances or are you Christian in facts, deeds, reality?

WHO Director Tedros Declares Global Monkeypox Outbreak Represents a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, by Raymond Wolfe

By Raymond Wolfe, LifeSiteNews – Around 98 percent of cases have been reported in homosexual men… (United Nations health agency chief) WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on Saturday that he has declared the international monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency… “I have decided that the global monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern,”

As a 13-Year-Old Kali Bravely Rejected Abortion After Rape. She Has No Regrets, by Micaiah Bilger 

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Kali faced ridicule and nasty gossip when she chose life for her unborn son at age 13… Raped and impregnated by a stranger, Kali said people pressured her to have an abortion and friends turned against her, according to Live Action News. But after hearing her unborn son’s heartbeat, the very young mother knew that she could not abort her baby.

Congress Passes “Right to Contraception Act”, by John Burger

By John Burger, Aleteia – Afraid that Supreme Court will erode more rights, Democrats seek to codify past rulings like Griswold v. Connecticut… Yes, the Catholic Church still teaches that using contraception is wrong, and this week it had an opportunity to remind the world why.

Fr. Paul D. Scalia: Three Lessons on Prayer

Fr. Paul D. Scalia, The Catholic Thing – The Gospels often put before us beautiful, powerful, sometimes unvarnished, petitions of our Lord. I believe, help my unbelief! the demoniac’s father blurts out. Increase our faith! the Apostles exclaim. In today’s Gospel (Lk 11:1-13) the disciples make a request with similar childlike bluntness and candor, Lord, teach us to pray… These words express what every human heart desires, but what few recognize.

WND: Fully Vaccinated Account for 91% of COVID Deaths in England

By WND News Services – In the first five months of the year, England’s “fully vaccinated” population accounted for more than 90 percent of the deaths attributed to COVID-19, according to official government data… In January, 85% of COVID-19 deaths in England were among the vaccinated and 15% among the unvaccinated.

Who’s Politicizing the Eucharist? by Phil Lawler 

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – “By focusing only on abortion, pastors risk politicizing something sacred,” writes the ubiquitous James Martin, SJ, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed… A bit of irony there, since human life is “something sacred.” And if anyone is politicizing the wanton destruction of unborn human life, it is President Biden… and then shows up for Communion on Sunday…

PRAY FOR PRIESTS! A Prayer for Priests by St. John Vianney

Prayer for Priests, by St. John Vianney – God, please give to your Church today many more priests after your own heart. May they be worthy representatives of Christ the Good Shepherd. May they wholeheartedly devote themselves to prayer and penance; be examples of humility and poverty; shining models of holiness; tireless and powerful preachers of the Word of God; zealous dispensers of your grace in the sacraments ….

Democrats Push to Enshrine Contraception, Same-Sex Marriage, Into Federal Law, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, National Catholic Register – House Democrats passed two pieces of legislation this week: A bill requiring all states to codify same-sex “marriage” into federal law, and a bill establishing that a person has a “statutory right” to “obtain contraceptives,” prohibiting any state law that “impedes access to contraceptives, contraception, or contraception-related information.”

Cardinal Gregory Restricts Traditional Latin Masses to Three Locations in DC Archdiocese, by Courtney Mares

Cardinal Wilton Gregory announced Friday that the Traditional Latin Mass will be restricted to three locations in the Archdiocese of Washington… Starting Sept. 21, the Extraordinary Form of the Mass will only be allowed to be offered at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C., St. John the Evangelist in Silver Spring, Maryland, and St. Dominic in Aquasco, Maryland.

The Unattainability of Perfect Justice, by Regis Martin

By Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine – Plato has given us the classic formulation of the problem when, in The Republic, he writes: “It is not the most shameful thing to be wrongfully boxed on the ears, nor again to have either my purse or my person cut…any wrong done to me and mine is at once more shameful and worse for the wrongdoer than for the one who suffers.”…

Why Humanae Vitae is Still Right, by Michele Chronister

By Michele Chronister, Catholic Exchange – NFP isn’t the easiest thing in the world to practice, but the goodness that comes from it – physical health for the woman, relational health for the couple, the opportunity for the man to sacrifice for the sake of his wife’s health and well-being, etc. – make the struggle more than worth it.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Guarding the Good Seed of God’s Word in Our Heart

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 13:24-30 – Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. …

WATCH! Dr. Deborah Birx: I Knew Shots Would Not Prevent COVID Infection, by Art Moore

By Art Moore, WorldNetDaily – (Dr. Deborah Birx says) she wasn’t surprised that people who were quadruple vaccinated, including Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci, contracted the disease… “I knew these vaccines were not going to protect against infection and I think we overplayed the vaccines..” … Birx told the Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto… Birx, who is promoting a new book in which she confesses she manipulated data and quietly altered CDC guidance without authorization…

Seat of Corruption: Tale of Two NY Dioceses, by Gene Thomas Gomulka

By Gene Thomas Gomulka, Church Militant – To date, only seven out of 150 bishops credibly accused of abusing minors or vulnerable adults have actually been laicized. If only the pope has the authority to discipline bishops, how can he be expected to do so when it has been documented he covered up countless clerical abuse cases when he was the archbishop of Buenos Aires despite having said, “It [sex abuse] never happened in my diocese”?

Saint of the Day for July 23: St. Bridget of Sweden

Franciscan Media – From age 7 on, Bridget had visions of Christ crucified. Her visions formed the basis for her activity—always with the emphasis on charity rather than spiritual favors… She lived her married life in the court of the Swedish king Magnus II. Mother of eight children—the second eldest was Saint Catherine of Sweden—Bridget lived the strict life of a penitent after her husband’s death.

Sen. Ron Johnson Suggests He’ll Back Democrats’ Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ and Polygamy Bill, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Rep. Sen. Ron Johnson, Wis., alarmed conservatives Thursday by indicating that he may support a Democrat bill that would not only codify forced recognition of same-sex “marriage” in federal and state law, but obligate the federal government to recognize polygamous unions should a state choose to legalize them… ‘Even though I feel the Respect for Marriage Act is unnecessary, should it come before the Senate, I see no reason to oppose it,’ Johnson said.

Pope Francis Calls on Humanity to ‘Repent’ for Abuse of Mother Earth, by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.

In his Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the pontiff decries the “mistreatment” of our common home stemming from “our consumerist excesses,” “tyrannical anthropocentrism,” “predatory economic interests,” and “short sighted and selfish actions” leading to “the collapse of our planet’s ecosystems.”… “In the first place, it is our sister, mother earth, who cries out. Prey to our consumerist excesses, she weeps and implores us to put an end to our abuses and to her destruction,” Francis declares in his Message.

Abp. Viganò: Catholics Have ‘Sacred and Urgent Duty’ to Resist Cdl. Cupich’s Latin Mass Crackdown

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, LifeSite News – The lay faithful, priests, and Bishops have the sacred and urgent duty to rise up against the decisions of these completely discredited characters and to demand, without yielding an inch, that the venerable Tridentine Liturgy remain an inviolable bulwark of doctrine, morality, and spirituality. We must obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29), especially when these men have demonstrated by their reprehensible conduct, that they do not love either God or their brothers in the Faith.

The Wages of Sin is Disease, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – They are lining up by the hundreds in Washington DC and New York City. That pretty much all of them are gay men reminds us of something terrible about their world… D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says her city may need upwards of 100,000 shots for Monkeypox. The nation’s capital has the highest per capita infection rate in the country. New York is not far behind. As of a few days ago, New York City had 336 Monkeypox victims, none of them are women.

Our Recurring Dreams of Utopia, by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – It was in the 18th century that the idea emerged that we humans can create something like a heaven on earth – an ideal society, a utopia. The great St. Thomas More wrote a Utopia, but that book demonstrates the unintended consequences – not to say human disasters – such schemes inevitably produce. The development of this utopian dream was greatly assisted by Jean-Jacques Rousseau ….

A “Paradigm Shift”? Vatican-Approved Journal Suggests Pope Francis Might Soon Contradict Church’s Birth Control Ban, by Michael Haynes

By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNews – On July 2, Father Jorge José Ferrer, S.J. published an article in Jesuit-run publication La Civilta Cattolica entitled “Re-reading the theological ethics of life.” La Civilta Cattolica is notable for having its content reviewed by the Vatican’s Secretariat of State before publishing… The article summarized and promoted the Pontifical Academy for Life’s (PAV) new book which proposes both contraception and artificial insemination as morally acceptable, and which was published by the Vatican’s publishing house Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Whoever Hears the Word and Understands It

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 13:18-23 – “Hear then the parable of the sower. When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; …

Good News from the Vatican? Holy See Rebukes German Schismatic Way, by T. S. Flanders

By T. S. Flanders, OnePeterFive – In order to protect the freedom of the People of God and the exercise of the episcopal ministry, it would appear necessary to clarify that the ‘Synodal Way’ in Germany does not have the power to compel the bishops and the faithful to adopt new ways of governance and new approaches to doctrine and morals.

The Left’s Trans Agenda Is All About Erasing The Past To Control The Future

By Jordan Boyd, The Federalist – We should have guessed that the same progressives who want to wipe the Founding Fathers’ legacy off the face of the planet would also want you to believe that skeletons from ancient times would be miffed about being “misgendered” by archaeologists and anthropologists… The left’s war on the past shows their ferocious desire to control the future. By normalizing sexual chaos in the now and using that to contextualize the past, transgenderism activists are chipping away at the foundations of humanity.

Questions Raised by Pope Francis’ Document On the Liturgy, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Let me clear away one potential obstacle at the outset. Anyone who has followed Pope Francis’ public comments and interviews, on the one hand, while reading the official texts he promulgates, on the other, recognizes that Pope Francis does not write these texts himself. He clearly relies heavily on scholars he admires. Neither the forms of theological and spiritual expression nor the systematic development of the texts are characteristic of Pope Francis’ ordinary manner of thinking and speaking.

As Questions Mount About Corruption In Ukraine, The Neocon Narrative Is Unraveling, by John Daniel Davidson

By John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist – Americans who even casually followed the news in the fall of 2020 probably know that Ukraine was infamously corrupt long before the United States sent the country $54 billion in aid after the Russian invasion in February. They might not know much else about Ukraine, but they know it’s the kind of place where just being the son of the vice president of the United States can get you an $83,000 monthly paycheck just for sitting on the board of an energy company.

What Does It Mean to Be a Priest of Jesus Christ? by Regis Martin 

By Regis Martin, EWTN News – What does it mean to be a priest? Is there some distinguishing mark that separates those who are priests from others who are not? And since there are so few nowadays who choose to become one, what changes ought there to be in order to make the job more attractive? Should the Church abandon celibacy? Invite married men to apply? What about women? Why keep half the human race from joining the club?

Saint of the Day for July 22: St. Mary Magdalene

Franciscan Media – Except for the mother of Jesus, few women are more honored in the Bible than Mary Magdalene. Yet she could well be the patron of the slandered, since there has been a persistent legend in the Church that she is the unnamed sinful woman who anointed the feet of Jesus in Luke 7:36-50.

The Story of Salvation Is Restoration, by Paul Krause

By Paul Krause, Crisis Magazine – Man was created by God in union with God. Through sin, man fell from this blessed union with God. God became man so that man would be reunited with God, restoring the beauty and love that is found in this unitive and relational grace. The story of salvation is restoration… We should all be restorationists. We should all be restorationists because we are all seeking salvation, and salvation is about being restored to the blessed union with God that we lost through the sin of Adam and Eve.

The Lies Have It? ‘Russia Collusion’ Case Takes Abrupt Turn, by Bob Unruh

By Bob Unruh, World Net Daily – A lawsuit that could reveal many of the details of the Democrats’ scheme to create a Russia-collusion claim to be used to damage then-candidate Donald Trump, a now-debunked conspiracy that they continued even after he was in the White House, has taken an abrupt turn… A judge has refused to dismiss it, suggesting the defendant in the defamation claim “may have made clear misstatements to the FBI” and might be responsible for “falsehoods” told about the plaintiff.

Louisiana Bishops Conference Endorses Abortifacient Drugs in Cases of Rape, by Raymond Wolfe

By Raymond Wolfe, LifeSite News – The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops (LCCB) has come out in favor of emergency contraception for cases of rape, despite the abortifacient nature of the measure and the Vatican’s insistence that it is morally impermissible… In recent comments to Louisiana newspaper The Advocate, Tom Costanza, executive director of the LCCB, which speaks on behalf the Louisiana Catholic bishops on matters of public policy, endorsed a new state law requiring hospitals to dispense emergency contraception to sexual assault victims.

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Many Longed to Hear What You Hear

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 13:10-17 – Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. …

Fr. Bryan Houghton’s Crisis of Faith and the Joy of “Humanae Vitae”, by Peter Kwasniewski, PhD

By Peter Kwasniewski, PhD, OnePeterFive – “Have you seen today’s paper?” “No,” I replied, “I haven’t taken a paper since 1954.” “But I think this may interest you,” and he started to read something: it was Humanae Vitae… I stopped the car and listened. Humanae Vitae was quite perfect… “The Catholic religion is true,” I cried; “one can trust the Church; salvation is real!”

Ruth Institute: Teen Testifies to Dangers of Gender ‘Transitioning’

By The Ruth Institute, The Stream – “Increasingly, detransitioners are coming forward to tell their stories and warn of the physical and psychological dangers of so-called gender transitioning,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., president of the Ruth Institute… Chloe Cole, a California teen who formerly identified as “transgender,” recently testified at a Florida hearing …

Saint of the Day for July 21: St. Lawrence of Brindisi

Franciscan Media – At first glance, perhaps the most remarkable quality of Lawrence of Brindisi is his outstanding gift of languages. In addition to a thorough knowledge of his native Italian, he had complete reading and speaking ability in Latin, Hebrew, Greek, German, Bohemian, Spanish, and French.

The Truth Hasn’t Changed. The GOP Must Defend Marriage, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, Patriot Post – But there’s another reason that voters are turning to the GOP — and it has nothing to do with the price of gas in Wichita. It’s because under Donald Trump they rediscovered something important: their moral courage. And this week’s marriage debate, however contrived it is, is putting everything they’ve learned to the test… The 45th president changed a lot of things about the Republican Party, but the greatest gift he gave social conservatives was refusing to be intimidated by tough issues. He took on the abortion lobby, LGBT extremism, and the cancel culture without blinking or apologizing.

Big Victory in Our Lady’s State, by Martina Moyski

By Martina Moyski, Church Militant – Faithful Catholic Dan Cox trounced RINO Kelly Schulz in Maryland’s Republican gubernatorial primary… Cox, a Trump-endorsed, “America-First” candidate, won handily with 56% of the vote to Schulz’s 40% as of midnight last night. Schulz enjoyed the support of the outgoing anti-Trump, Biden-loving governor of Maryland Larry Hogan… “Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory. …”

Former Luciferian-Turned-Priest Warns of the Rise of Occultism Among Christians

By Solène Tadié Interviews, EWTN News – I opened my heart a little. And the Holy Spirit took advantage of it; I had an experience of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit — there is no other word for it. I suddenly fell to my knees and stayed there for two hours. I really experienced God, who came and changed my whole inner “hard drive,” so to speak. He first allowed me to see that I had fallen into a trap, that these spirits I had been listening to for years did not want my good, that I was going in circles, and that they were evil. …

CNSNews: 47 Republicans Vote to Enshrine Homosexual Marriage in Federal Law

By CNSNews – Forty-seven Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined 220 Democrats on Tuesday in voting to enshrine homosexual marriage into federal law… The “Respect for Marriage Act” was passed 267-157 by the House with 7 members not voting… The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, is designed to be a backstop if the Supreme Court someday issues a decision overturning Obergefell vs. Hodges ….

Archbishop: If We Condemn Nazis for Killing 6 Million Jews, We Should Condemn Abortion for Killing 63 Million Babies, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Catholic Archbishop Alexander Sample urged Americans to recognize abortion as a human rights atrocity similar to the mass slaughter of human beings committed by the Nazis and Communists in the 20th century… In a video published earlier this month, the Portland, Oregon archbishop called out the evil of abortion and urged pro-abortion Catholics to repent and respect life, Willamette Week reports.

Don’t Criminalize Women for Abortion, by David G Bonagura, Jr.

By David G Bonagura, Jr., The Catholic Thing – The overturning of Roe v. Wade has revived abortion criminalization laws, dormant for fifty years, in several states. Included in the penal code of these laws – unlike more recent laws curbing abortion in Oklahoma and Florida – is the prosecution of women who procure abortions. If a woman has an illegal abortion in one of these states, we could potentially see her handcuffed, brought before a grand jury, and tried.

Mary, Our Hope, by Fr. Paul John Kalchik

By Fr. Paul John Kalchik, Church Militant – Genesis 3:15, which affirms: “She shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.” In that final battle, Mary will ultimately be victorious while Satan will be defeated and carted off to the pit by St. Michael… Mary Wins in the End… the key to turning this all around is Our Blessed Mother.

Cardinal Dolan Endorses Fr. James Martin’s New LGBT Activism Group, by Raymond Wolfe

By Raymond Wolfe, LifeSiteNews – Cdl. Timothy Dolan of New York recently gave a strong endorsement of Fr. James Martin’s activism and the dissident Jesuit’s new LGBT group “Outreach.”… Dolan praised the org… describing it as “an important ministry” ahead of its annual conference in June… “Thanks for the chance to greet you as you gather for the Outreach 2022 conference at Fordham University,” Dolan wrote. “No one should ever feel that they are alienated from God’s love or ineligible for His grace and mercy.”

Globalism and the Georgia Stones, by Edward Ring

By Edward Ring, American Greatness – On July 6, in an act of vandalism for which the culprits are still at large, one of the four “Georgia Guidestones” was blown apart. The damage was so severe that the entire monument was rendered too unstable to leave standing. For safety reasons, state officials almost immediately demolished the rest of the monument…

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Since They Had No Root They Withered Away

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 13:1-9 – That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat there; and the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. …

How CDC Blatantly Uses Weekly Reports to Spread COVID Disinformation: Three Examples, by Madhava Setty, M.D.

By Madhava Setty, M.D., Children’s Health Defense – Though the CDC asserts its MMWRs reliably communicate accurate and objective public health information, the reports are not subject to peer review, and the data behind the scientific findings are not always available to the public… Moreover, when the media summarizes MMWR findings in articles intended for the general public, they often omit or misrepresent important details.

Abp. Naumann: Abortion Is a ‘Human-Rights Issue’ More Than a Religious Issue, by Jonah McKeown

By Jonah McKeown, CNA – Responding to claims that Kansas Catholics are seeking to impose their religion on their neighbors by voting to exclude a right to abortion from the state’s constitution, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, says “reason alone is sufficient to know that it is wrong to destroy an innocent human life.”

World Health Organization Reopens Negotiations On Global ‘Pandemic Treaty’ For ‘Equitable,’ ‘Inclusive’ Universal Health Care

By Alicia Powe, Gateway Pundit – The UN World Health Org. reconvened its negotiations to establish a “Pandemic Treaty,” an agreement to “strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response” and develop a one-world health system. .. As the WHO exploits the COVID pandemic to conspire a permanent power grab of international medical sovereignty, Yuval Noah Harrari, Chf. adv. to WEF Klaus Schwab fndr. stated globalist elites will manipulate “crisis” to institute a world government.

U.S. City That Allowed Anarchists to Occupy it Now Sued by Black Family Over Son’s Murder, by Art Moore

By Art Moore, World Net Daily – The city government that allowed Black Lives Matter activists and anarchists to take control of a portion of Seattle is the target of a lawsuit by the family of a black teenager whose murder in the occupied territory remains unsolved… The family of 16-year-old Antonio Mays Jr. contends their son might still be alive if not for the failure of city leadership to provide medical, police and emergency services to the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, known as CHOP, during the summer 2020 riots, the Seattle Times reported.

WATCH! Will Francis Try To Cancel Humanae Vitae? by Gerard O’Connell

By Gerard O’Connell, America Magazine – “It is legitimate to ask if Pope Francis will give us a new encyclical or apostolic exhortation on bioethics that might be called ‘Gaudium Vitae.’ [‘The Joy of Life’],” said Jorge José Ferrer, S.J., the author of the essay, a priest and professor of moral theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. …

Priests Are to Be Watchmen, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing – Imagine a priest of God telling someone who has sinned gravely or who is on the edge of doing so, that God doesn’t really care about the sin.  “He is a God of love,” says the priest.  “He knows you mean well.  And besides,” he says, “the Church has changed her mind about many things,” a statement that happens not to be true, “and she will probably change her mind about this also.  Why, what you are doing might even be considered a good and holy thing, because it goes beyond the law, as Christ commands us to do.”

The “Catholic Case for Biden” That Never Was, by John A. Monaco

By John A. Monaco, Crisis Magazine – “The Catholic case for Biden” was never a case, nor was it remotely Catholic by any conventional sense of the word… Biden’s lust for abortion and contraception; his support of homosexual unions and the promotion of LGBTQ ideology in our schools; his support for euthanasia; his sending billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine while there are food shortages at home; his silence on attacks against Catholic churches, pregnancy centers, and pro-life groups; these all reveal that he deserved Catholic support as much as a meat butcher deserves the vegan’s.

Six Saints’ Devotion to the Eucharist, by Maria Cintorino

By Maria Cintorino, Catholic Exchange – The Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our lives, as St. John Paul II often reminded the world. In these next few years of Eucharistic Revival, it would be good to look to the example of the saints to learn about their devotion to Christ in the Eucharist, and how we can best emulate their devotion.

Biden May Declare National Climate Emergency Wednesday, Seize Executive Power, by Ashley Sadler

By Ashley Sadler, LifeSiteNews – U.S. President Joe Biden may declare a national climate emergency this week, seizing executive power to implement a sweeping green energy agenda, reports indicate… Sources familiar with the plans told The Hill on Tuesday that Biden could make the declaration during his Wednesday stop in Somerset, Massachusetts, where the president is expected to deliver remarks regarding governmental action on so-called “climate change.”

Saint of the Day for July 20: St. Apollinaris

Franciscan Media – According to tradition, Saint Peter sent Apollinaris to Ravenna, Italy, as its first bishop. His preaching of the Good News was so successful that the pagans there beat him and drove him from the city. He returned, however, and was exiled a second time. After preaching in the area surrounding Ravenna, he entered the city again. …

Nothing But Crickets, by Raymond de Souza

By Raymond de Souza, KHS, KM, KofC, Church Militant – The USCCB is marked by ambiguity. Its continuous silence on crucial issues has created a lot of confusion among the faithful on doctrinal matters… The recent victory of pro-life Americans relegating abortion law to the states has received a pallid, lukewarm, cowardly word of support from the USCCB. Even if they tried, the hierarchs couldn’t praise it less enthusiastically.

Pontifical Academy for Life Pushes for Departure From Doctrine on Contraceptive Sex, by Jonathan Liedl

By Jonathan Liedl, National Catholic Register – Now, a Vatican institute, ironically first created by the late, great Polish pope and saint, is pushing for a “paradigm shift” in moral theology that would include departing from established teaching on contraception, but also euthanasia and forms of artificial conception — and supporters of this “radical change” are urging Pope Francis to follow suit with an encyclical affirming this radical break from five decades of post-conciliar magisterial consensus.

Beware the Phony COVID Midterm Scare, by Douglas Andrews

By Douglas Andrews, Patriot Post – A brand-new COVID pandemic is knocking on the door, and the Democrats want you to be afraid — very afraid. After all, a citizenry that’s afraid is a citizenry that’s easier to control. And a citizenry that’s easier to control is a citizenry far more likely to vote for the Democrats… “The left-leaning media is sounding the alarm on the new COVID-19 variant labeled BA.5” …

How to Avoid Becoming a Virtual Family, by Randy Hain

By Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life – Here are six positive actions my wife and I are trying very hard to follow in raising our children… Put away the idols. Every minute we devote to TV, texting, computers, video games, and our smartphones is time not spent in prayer and serving our Creator. We often forget that we are in the world, but not of the world. God made us for heaven, not this place called Earth. Do our daily actions reflect this?

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Who Are My Brothers and Sisters?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 12:46-50 – While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” ..

Msgr. Gene Thomas Gomulka: Corrupt Cardinal, Corrupt Pontificate

By Msgr. Gene Thomas Gomulka, OnePeterFive – The question of holding bishops accountable who engage in or cover up abuse has become all the more pressing in recent weeks following the announcement that San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy has been chosen by Pope Francis to be awarded the red hat despite his scandalous track record. This event and the response since its announcement allows us to reflect on the legacy of this pontificate in handling this all-important issue.

Everything You Need to Know About Freemasonry’s Core Teachings, by Raymund Maria

By Raymund Maria, LifeSiteNews – Most Freemasons, upon being asked if the Lodge is a religion, will firmly deny this, claiming instead that Freemasonry is open to anyone of any religion. They may even point out that many Christians, Catholic and Protestant, are members of various Lodges. There are, however, several facts about Freemasonry, testified to both in their own documents and in the words of their own members, that indicate that Freemasonry is not only religious-leaning, but a full-blown religion in its own right.

Saint of the Day for July 19: St. Mary MacKillop

Franciscan Media – If Saint Mary MacKillop were alive today, she would be a household name. It’s not that she sought the limelight. On the contrary, she simply wanted to serve the poor wherever she found them in her native Australia. But along the way, she managed to arouse the ire of some rather powerful churchmen. One even excommunicated her for a time.

Catholic World News: Chicago Archdiocese, Georgia Diocese to Shut Traditionalist Churches

By Catholic World News – Cardinal Blase Cupich has ordered the priests of the traditionalist Institute of Christ the King to stop celebrating the Tridentine Mass in Chicago by August 1. And in Savannah, Georgia, Bishop Stephen Parkes has announced that permission for the traditional liturgy in three parish churches will be withdrawn in May 2023—saying that he is acting on instructions from the Vatican.

Why Anti-Gun Zealots Can’t Admit Concealed Carry Saves Lives, by David Harsanyi

By David Harsanyi, The Federalist – After a video of law enforcement officers acting like utter cowards at the Uvalde school shooting was released, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., claimed that the incident “puts to bed, forever, the question of whether the way to deal with bad guys with guns is to make sure there are more good guys with guns.”

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: We Don’t Need Abortion to Save Mom’s Life

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – With Roe gone and abortion already illegal, or set to become illegal, in numerous states, you can expect abortion activists and pro-abortion media to go into overdrive spreading propaganda, trying to make the case that abortion is often “necessary” to preserve the life or health of the mother… By now, we know the tactics all too well. …

Southwest Flight Attendant Fired Because She’s Pro-Life Wins $5.1 Million Lawsuit, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Breitbart reports Charlene Carter, of Texas, accused the Transportation Workers Union of America (TWU) Local 556 and Southwest Airlines of firing her in 2017 because she spoke out against the union spending members’ dues on pro-abortion activities… “Today is a victory for freedom of speech and religious beliefs… I am so humbled and thankful for today’s decision and for everyone who’s supported me these past five years, including the National Right to Work Foundation.”

CNSNews: Pelosi Names ‘Catholics for Choice’ as Group That Joined in ‘Mobilization’ for Legalized Abortion

By CNSNews.com Staff – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) delivered a statement on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Friday in which she noted that “Catholics for Choice” had joined in what Pelosi called the “mobilization” behind bills taken up by the U.S. House of Representatives to legalize abortion nationwide… “Today, the House will pass landmark bills: our Women’s Health Protection Act to make the essential protections of Roe the law of the land,” said Pelosi.

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Priority of Personal Prayer – A Meditation on the Gospel of the 16th Sunday of the Year

By Msgr. Charles Pope – (Sunday’s) Gospel at Mass is the very familiar one of Martha and Mary. Martha is the anxious worker seeking to please the Lord with a good meal and hospitality. Mary sits quietly at his feet and listens. One has come to be the image of work, the other of prayer. ..

Why Jordan Peterson’s Surrender on Same-Sex “Marriage” Is Tragic, by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II, Crisis Magazine – Jordan Peterson is an enigmatic person… His tough-love rules for life won him the admiration of many young men who felt empowered by his message. The Left was enraged by his refusal to use assumed pronouns during his university classes. His caustic way of dealing with liberals and “wokism” made him an instant success among conservatives …

To Live is to Choose, by Brad Miner

By Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing – I’ll make this personal. I’d not hesitate to give my life for family, friends, or faith, but the thought of being in a box six-feet underground is frightening: so cold and dark… I suppose all that means is I don’t really know what to expect when I die, beyond ultimate joy if I die well. Dying well is good. But one thinks of the haunting statement of Isaiah …

It’s Time for a Greater Reset, by Michael D. Greaney

By Michael D. Greaney, Crisis Magazine – Discussion of Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum’s “Great Reset” usually centers on convincing people who are already convinced that it’s either the only way to save the world or a proposal to finish off what’s left of it. Advocates simply assume it will work. Those opposed tend to say, “Just don’t do it,” or they recommend alternatives ranging from returning to a past that never existed or urging the creation of a future as impracticable as the Great Reset itself.

Here’s How The Post-Roe Right Can Reverse Anti-Family Government Policies, by Joe Popularis

By Joe Popularis, The Federalist – After the Roe v. Wade decision, the White House and Democratic politicians are trying to close pregnancy centers that care for mothers of lesser means and attempting to force states to make abortion legal via executive action… The left fights to win. So should we.

Liberals Exploit 10-Year-Old Rape Victim to Push Legalizing All Abortions

By Alex Christy, LifeNews – MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle hypocritically weaponized the case of a 10-year old girl who traveled from Ohio to Indiana to seek an abortion by declaring that it was actually conservatives who were “weaponizing this story” by not initially believing its veracity.

Soros-Linked Group Wins $172M Contract from Biden to Help Border Crossers Avoid Deportation, by John Binder

By John Binder, Breitbart – A left-wing group linked to billionaire George Soros has won a nearly $172 million federal contract from President Joe Biden’s administration to help young border crossers avoid deportation, a report revealed this week… the Vera Institute of Justice, with financial ties to Soros, has won a federal contract for $171.7 million that will provide attorneys to Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) to avoid deportation from the United States.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: An Adulterous Generation Seeks for a Sign

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 12:38-42 – Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign; but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. …

Courts Squash Democrats’ ‘Most Secure Election’ Lie: Swing States Didn’t Follow Their Own Laws In 2020, by J. Christian Adams

By J. Christian Adams, The Federalist – Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg gave millions of dollars to election offices to change election procedures and fuel vote-by-mail efforts. The Capital Research Center uncovered that the Center for Technology and Civic Life, the non-profit Zuckerberg funneled his money through, gave Wisconsin election offices at least $6.7 million in 2020… Much of this $6.7 million was used to set up drop boxes, which fueled ballot harvesting. Ballot harvesting refers to a person returning ballots that are not their own.

Biden and The Destruction of Wisdom, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness – Each time Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Merrick Garland, Antony Blinken, Deb Haaland, Janet Yellen, Lloyd Austin, Pete Buttigieg, Alejandro Mayorkas, or Jennifer Granholm speaks to the public, the people concludes two things: these people are either crazy, incompetent, or ignorant of ancient human nature, and they were appointed to their positions for reasons that have nothing to do with either experience or competence… And the result is the rapid destruction of most wisdom as we once knew it.

Saint of the Day for July 18: St. Camillus de Lellis (1550 – July 14, 1614)

By Franciscan Media – Humanly speaking, Camillus was not a likely candidate for sainthood. His mother died when he was a child, his father neglected him, and he grew up with an excessive love for gambling. At 17, he was afflicted with a disease of his leg that remained with him for life. In Rome he entered the San Giacomo Hospital for Incurables as both patient and servant, but was dismissed for quarrelsomeness after nine months. He served in the Venetian army for three years.

The Dutch Gov’t Is At the Forefront of the World Economic Forum’s Totalitarian Food Revolution, by Jeanne Smits

By Jeanne Smits, Paris correspondent, LifeSiteNews – Last but not least, the Netherlands is at the center of the “Food Innovation Hubs” launched at the 2021 Davos WEF meeting. Not only does the Dutch government fund the Hubs that are aimed at redesigning “how we produce and consume food,” the new entity’s Global Coordinating Secretariat was established in Wageningen, Netherlands, only last year… A food revolution is underway, and the Netherlands are at its core. Better than anything else, this explains the Dutch government’s readiness to destroy many of the country’s traditional farms in the name of globally-defined “change.”

The Religious Persecution & Purging of Our Troops Threatens America’s National Security, by Elizabeth Lee Vliet, MD

By Dr Elizabeth Lee Vliet, America Out Loud – America simply cannot afford the continued purging of some of our most highly trained and experienced military, all because of a highly politicized agenda to continue to force the unlawful orders to take an experimental COVID shot and to endure repeated testing with experimental (EUA) testing procedures that are unreliable and carry other risks as well.

Father Eric J. Banecker: Meatless Fridays: The Healing Sign We Need, Again

By Father Eric J. Banecker, CatholicPhilly – I have a modest proposal to promote Catholic life in our day. It is simple and hopefully not too controversial. My suggestion is that Catholics in the United States return to the practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays throughout the year… The Code of Canon Law number 1251 lays this out very clearly: “Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday.”

The Growing Litany of Abortion Lies, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – Abortion “rights” were always a tissue of lies. A lie about the U.S. Constitution, to be sure, but before that the lie that “a woman has a right to control her own body.” Which no one denies, up to a point. That point is clearly defined by the sound principle that your right to swing your arms stops at the tip of my nose. There’s another living, human body (half the time a very young woman’s body) also involved in abortion – which admittedly complicates matters. …

Complicit Clergy: Evil Cupich Cancels Christ the King

Posted at Complicit Clergy, July 17, 2022 – Cupich of Chicago has told the members of the Institute of Christ the King in Chicago, that he is effectively shutting them down as of 1 August. This will be formally announced on Sunday at the Institute’s church on the South Side of Chicago… No Masses. Nothing. 31 July is their last day to function.

Pope’s TLM Crackdown and Double Down, by William Mahoney

By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant – Pope Francis issued his motu proprio Traditionis Custodes on July 16, 2021, the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel… According to the document, the pontiff sought “to promote the concord and unity of the Church, with paternal solicitude towards those who in any region adhere to liturgical forms antecedent to the reform willed by the Vatican Council II.”

USCCB Support for Heretical Anti-Church Synodality, by Michael Hichborn

By Michael Hichborn, OnePeterFive – At the end of June, the Lepanto Institute sent someone to scope out the heretical Association of US Catholic Priests’ (AUSCP) Annual Assembly in Baltimore, MD, take pictures, listen in on the talks, and obtain whatever literature they could get their hands on. The biggest discovery was the fact that for the first time an office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was present at the AUSCP’s Annual Assembly… Now, this is hardly surprising since the AUSCP has the support of prelates like Cardinal Cupich, Cardinal Gregory, Archbishop Wester, Archbishop Hartmeyer, Archbishop Carlson, Bishop McElroy, Bishop Stowe, and others.

From Killer to Savior, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – In the story of abortion in our country, there are many characters besides the two main ones: mother and unborn child. Families, friends, and fathers all play a role in this decision. Then there are the architects of the act itself: doctors, medical personnel, and directors of abortion facilities. These architects are in many ways the greatest villains. A few of them, however, have used their experience as part of their powerful story of why they have pivoted 180 degrees and are now the loudest, most ardent pro-life advocates. Here are a few of their stories.

Abp. Naumann Criticizes Pope Francis for Supporting Pro-Abortion Politicians Biden and Pelosi, by Michael Haynes

By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNews – The former chair of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, has criticized Pope Francis’ support of pro-abortion politicians as “doing exactly what he warns others not to do.”… Naumann of Kansas City addressed the issue of abortion and Catholic politicians, noting also that “many” baptized Catholics are “not really part of the Church.”… Such people are “shaped by culture and society” instead of Catholic teaching, he said, as “even within the Church, Catholics are often more influenced by secular media than by the Church itself.”

Dems Working to Enshrine Roe, by Kim Tisor

By Kim Tisor, Church Militant – Democratic politicians have masterminded ways to fuel the sputtering abortion machine, ever since the Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe… Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Speaker of the U.S. House: “This is deadly serious. But we are not going to let this pass. … Democrats will keep fighting ferociously to enshrine Roe v. Wade into law.”…

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Until Jesus Brings Justice to Victory

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 12:14-21 – But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him, how to destroy him. Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all, and ordered them not to make him known. …

Lord of the World in a Nutshell, by Joseph Pearce

By Joseph Pearce, Crisis Magazine – Considering that Lord of the World was published in 1907, twenty-five years before the publication of Huxley’s novel and forty-two years earlier than Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, it can claim preeminence in terms of its prophetic power. Huxley and Orwell were both writing after the Bolshevik Revolution and Mussolini’s March on Rome and were able to see the consequences of communist and fascist totalitarianism with the wisdom of hindsight… Benson, on the other hand, was writing ten years before the Russian Revolution and fifteen years before the rise of fascism in Italy. 

Saint of the Day for July 16: Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Franciscan Media – Hermits lived on Mount Carmel near the Fountain of Elijah in northern Israel in the 12th century. They had a chapel dedicated to Our Lady. By the 13th century they became known as “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.” They soon celebrated a special Mass and Office in honor of Mary. In 1726, it became a celebration of the universal Church under the title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Under Our Lady’s Mantle, by Mary Beth Bracy

By Mary Beth Bracy, Catholic Exchange – “The bountiful heart of God’s Mother could not resist the prayers and tears of the General of the Order called by Her name, and towards morning just as the dawn was breaking, She appeared to the Holy man. The sight was entrancing, for the Queen of Heaven was surrounded by a great company of angels of dazzling brightness. It was only with great difficulty, then, that Simon could gaze on the glorious vision. There, in answer to his prayer, She presented him with a garment, formed after the manner of a scapular, saying ‘This shall be a privilege for thee and all Carmelites; whosoever shall die wearing it shall not suffer everlasting fire.’” (Scapular Facts)

Dems Evacuating Biden Sinking Ship Have No Lifeboats, by Larry Bell

By Larry Bell, America Out Loud – And after all, why would so many recent members of Joe Biden’s political base — the ones who put him in office, scripted his teleprompter, and may well have ignored purported family foreign influence peddling — abandon him now over such trifling matters as the sinking state of the U.S. economy, $5 a gallon and rising gasoline, a broken supply chain and baby-formula shortage, massive urban crime surges, and a few million unvetted migrants from 160 or so countries crossing the southern border en route to a neighborhood near you?

Here’s Why The Media Don’t Want You To Know About The Massive Protests Going On Around The Globe, by Beth Whitehead

By Beth Whitehead, The Federalist – According to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, which records protests worldwide, 11 countries are currently seeing protests of more than 1,000 people in response to the rising cost of living and other economic woes in 2022. As of July 5, Carnegie had recorded protests of more than 120,000 people in France, 100,000 in Spain, 10,000 in Greece, 10,000 in Kazakhstan, 10,000 in Sri Lanka, 10,000 in India, 5,000 in Iran, 5,000 in Peru, 1,000 people in Argentina, 1,000 in Morocco, and 1,000 in the U.K.

Rep. Chip Roy: How Woke Initiatives Have Invaded the U.S. Military on Land, Air and Sea, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – Whether they serve on land, air or sea, U.S. servicemen are being indoctrinated in “Woke issues,” Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) says… “Equating the security threat of climate change to [that of] China, that’s a real problem. That’s not even something you should gloss over. That is a cultural problem, all the way to the top,”

We Are the Front Lines, by Elizabeth A. Mitchell

By Elizabeth A. Mitchell, The Catholic Thing – My younger sister recounts an incident from her college days a few years back.  At the start of a new term, she noticed a young man next to her in French class who soon stopped attending.  As the term progressed, he was habitually absent and only returned for the final exam.  “Nice of you to show up,” my sister quipped.  “Where have you been?”… “Saving your skin in Afghanistan.”
This young man had been on the front lines.  He had been called up to active duty from his civilian life, and he had answered the call… And yet, now, it seems we are all on call.  At any time, in any place, for any reason, we are liable to take the incoming fire of those people who hate life, hate all we hold dear, and who want to hurt others.

World Economic Forum: Welcome To 2030: I Own Nothing, Have No Privacy And Life Has Never Been Better (11.10.2016)

By Ida Auken, Forbes, Source: World Economic Forum, Nov. 10, 2016 – The World Economic Forum’s slogan (relating) to the Great Reset, that “You will own nothing, you will have no privacy, and you will be happy.”… When Klaus Schwab or some other globalist tells you that you will own nothing, they don’t necessarily mean that you will literally not own a thing and just rent everything from the billionaires.

House Democrats Pass Bill to Legalize Abortions Up to Birth Nationwide, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – “Pro-abortion Democrats are dramatically out of touch with a majority of Americans who reject abortion extremism,” SBA Pro-Life America president Marjorie Dannenfelser said. “Already in this new Dobbs era, more than a dozen states have implemented life-saving protections for unborn children and their mothers.”.. President Joe Biden and almost all Democrats in Congress support the pro-abortion bill. And while the House has passed it three times, U.S. Senate Republicans repeatedly have used the filibuster to block it.

Sri Lanka Is What Happens When Countries Fail To Realize Green Policies Don’t Work, by Beth Whitehead

By Beth Whitehead, The Federalist – With the president fleeing, prices tripling, and the country out of power, Sri Lanka is in crisis after it banned fertilizer… Videos of Sri Lankans swimming in their president’s pool and tens of thousands swarming his residence went viral over the weekend, but precious little news of the green policies that left the island nation in anarchy made headlines… After months of protests, the Sri Lankan people stormed the presidential suite and burned the prime minister’s residence on Saturday after both leaders escaped.

What Are ‘the Errors of Russia?’ by Brother Andre` Marie

By Brother Andre` Marie, Catholicism.org – In her apparition of July 13, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima told Sister Lucy that “Russia will spread its errors throughout the world, raising up wars and persecutions against the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated.”… People sometimes ask the question, “What are the errors of Russia?”… Dr. Maike Hickson gives the most exhaustive list I have ever seen in reply to this question.

An Audience for All Seasons: The Life of Sister Bernadette of the Cross, by Emily Linz

By Emily Linz, Crisis Magazine – n the 1966 film A Man for All Seasons, about the life of St. Thomas More, More arrives at his home after a late-night meeting with Cardinal Wolsey about King Henry VIII’s divorce from his wife, Catherine of Aragon. Upon his arrival, an eager young man, Richard Rich, asks Thomas More if he has a post in court for him. More says that he has found a post for him as a teacher. …

1 in 30 U.S. Kids Diagnosed With Autism in 2020 — What’s Behind the Surge? by Suzanne Burdick

By Suzanne Burdick, Ph.D., Children’s Health Defense – Roughly 1 in 30 — 3.49% — of children and adolescents ages 3 to 17 were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 2020, according to a JAMA Pediatrics research letter published this month by a team of researchers in China… The letter also referenced a new study showing a 53% increase in ASD in American young people since 2017.

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: I Desire Mercy and Not Sacrifice

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 12:1-8 – At that time Jesus went through the grain fields on the Sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” …

Archbishop Naumann Says He is ‘Sad’ Over Pope’s Handling of Biden, Pelosi on Abortion

By AC Wimmer, CNA – Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas said he is “sad” over the way Pope Francis has handled the controversy surrounding the pro-abortion actions of President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose positions on the issue are at sharp odds with the teaching of their Catholic faith on the sanctity of human life.

CNA: Leading Laywoman and Co-President of German ‘Synodal Way’ Calls for ‘Nationwide Provision of Abortion’

By Catholic News Agency – A leading laywoman and co-president of the German “Synodal Way” has demanded a “nationwide provision of abortion” across the European Union’s most populous country… Irme Stetter-Karp, president of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), acknowledged that abortion should not be considered a “regular medical service”…

The Rot Runs Deep, by James Fedewa

By James Fedewa, Church Militant – The bishop of Albany, NY just pulled the rug out from under faithful Catholics… Bishop Edward Scharfenberger just elevated pro-homosexual Fr. David Mickiewicz to rector of Albany’s cathedral… Mickiewicz, among other things, has suggested changing Church teaching on homosexual marriage.

Damned If You Do… [updated], by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – The facts: Bishop Michael McGovern of Belleville, Illinois, is going to sell his episcopal residence and use the funds to support pregnancy-help centers. Even the Post-Dispatch story (which was more balanced than the headline) acknowledged that much: “The diocese said the proceeds will be used to help pregnant women and also for other church outreach programs.”

Saint of the Day for July 15: St. Bonaventure

Franciscan Media – Perhaps not a household name for most people, Saint Bonaventure, nevertheless, played an important role in both the medieval Church and the history of the Franciscan Order. A senior faculty member at the University of Paris, Saint Bonaventure certainly captured the hearts of his students through his academic skills and insights.

After Roe v. Wade: Pastors and Leaders — Your Silence Speaks Volumes

By Shane Idleman, The Stream – I don’t know what’s more disheartening — the anger of many because Roe v. Wade was overturned or the silence of pastors and worship leaders. (For some “naming names,” click here.) To tackle this topic, I’m revisiting points from past articles that I’ve written.

WATCH! Pelosi: ‘We’re Not Going to Negotiate’ on Abortion, by Lucy Collins

By Lucy Collins, CNS News – At her weekly press conference today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, “We’re not going to negotiate a woman’s right to choose.”… Pelosi replied, “What do you mean negotiations? What do you want to negotiate?”… “We’re not going to negotiate a woman’s right to choose,” said Pelosi.  “Senator Murkowski [R-Alaska] and Senator Collins [R-Me.] may have their view, but it is not a view that is one about a woman’s having the right to decide. So, we’re not negotiating that, no.”

Exorcist: Catholic Doctrinal Confusion Must Be Fixed Before Morality in Church and World is ‘Cleaned Up’, by Emily Mangiaracina

By Emily Mangiaracina, LifeSiteNews – Fr. Chad Ripperger explained during a recent spiritual warfare conference that increasing evils in the world, visible not only in our “geopolitical situation” but in an all-time high in human trafficking, pedophilia and satanic ritual abuse, can be traced to a “collapse in grace” in the Catholic Church. This moral collapse in the Church, according to Fr. Ripperger, was sparked by a theological collapse.

On Effective Compromise, by Dr. Jeff Mirus 

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – By its very nature, compromise is voluntary. Enduring a less-than-perfect situation is called suffering. Appropriate compromises in the face of conflicting perceptions of reality are extremely difficult. It is in fact impossible to compromise appropriately without the virtue of prudence employed in service to a genuine comprehension of reality, which is to say, in service to the truth.

Pope Francis: ‘Consume Less Meat’ to Save the Planet, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart – Pope Francis urged European youth this week to eat less meat as a means of curbing global warming and preserving the planet… “There is an urgent need to reduce the consumption not only of fossil fuels but also of so many superfluous things,” the pontiff told participants in an EU youth conference Monday. “In certain areas of the world, too, it would be appropriate to consume less meat: this too can help save the environment.”

Biden Admin’s New HHS Guidance Shoehorns Unfettered Abortion Into Existing Law, by Margot Cleveland

By Margot Cleveland, The Federalist – The Biden administration’s “new guidance” to hospitals declaring that abortions must be provided in emergencies seeks not to clarify the law but to provide pro-abortion forces a way to skirt state law while pushing several lies to further the false narrative that overturning Roe v. Wade endangers women’s lives.

Scientific and Religious Institutions Embrace Gender Confusion, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – The WHO and the Church of England reject the binary nature of human sexuality and refuse to offer a cogent definition for the term “woman.”… Collectively, they have been infected with that leftist mind virus known as “wokeness.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Take My Yoke upon You and Learn from Me

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 11:28-30 – Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Catholic Vote: Biden To Issue Executive Order to ‘Protect’ Abortion, Defying SCOTUS

By Catholic Vote News Feed – Pres. Joe Biden on Friday announced that he would defy the Supreme Court and state lawmakers by signing an executive order to federally “protect” and “expand access to” abortion… The Biden administration claimed in a briefing that the “only way” to secure women’s rights is through protecting Roe vs. Wade as “federal law.”

Don’t Be Fooled By “Nice”, by Leila Miller

By Leila Miller, Crisis Magazine – In the persons who go from mortal sin to mortal sin, the enemy is commonly used to propose to them apparent pleasures, making them imagine sensual delights and pleasures in order to hold them more and make them grow in their vices and sins. In these persons the good spirit uses the opposite method, pricking them and biting their consciences through the process of reason.

Sen. Hawley: Witness Accusing Me of ‘Violence’ for Saying Men Can’t Get Pregnant Proves Dems ‘Have Lost Their Minds’, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – On Tuesday, a Democrat witness accused Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) of “violence” for asking if women are the “people with the capacity for pregnancy,” a claim Hawley says shows just how unhinged the Left has become… “The Democrats say what they really think: men can get pregnant and if you disagree, you are ‘transphobic’ and responsible for violence,” Hawley tweeted …

Pope Francis Appoints Three Women to Dicastery for Bishops

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA – Pope Francis on Wednesday named three women to the Dicastery of Bishops, the Vatican office responsible for evaluating new members of the Catholic Church’s hierarchy… The two religious sisters and one consecrated virgin are the first women to ever be named members of the dicastery.

Saint of the Day for July 14: St. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 – April 17, 1680)

By Franciscan Media – The blood of martyrs is the seed of saints. Nine years after the Jesuits Isaac Jogues and Jean de Lelande were tomahawked by Iroquois warriors, a baby girl was born near the place of their martyrdom, Auriesville, New York.

Back to the Sixties? Pontifical Academy for Life Pushes for Departure From Doctrine on Contraceptive Sex, by Jonathan Liedl

By Jonathan Liedl, EWTN News – Fifty-five years ago, Pope St. Paul VI promulgated Humanae Vitae, a papal encyclical that unequivocally clarified the Church’s perennial opposition to artificially contracepted sex… Now, a Vatican institute, ironically first created by the late, great Polish pope and saint, is pushing for a “paradigm shift” in moral theology ….

Media Exploit 10-Year-Old Girl to Promote Abortion, Ignore How Illegal Immigrant Raped Her, by Kevin Tober

By Kevin Tober, LifeNews – On Wednesday, it was reported that the 10-year-old girl from Ohio who was raped, had been raped by an illegal immigrant from Guatemala. While most of the leftist media wants to focus on the fact that she had apparently sought an abortion in the neighboring state of Indiana because of Ohio’s law protecting the life of the unborn, this disturbing news that a man who was in the United States illegally is being buried.

The Once and Future Former Pontiff(s), by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Pope Francis played into that narrative (intentionally or not—you decide) by saying that if he resigns, he won’t live at the Vatican. Fair enough; he doesn’t want to cause confusion. But is he implying that Benedict, who has remained so scrupulously silent since his retirement, is causing confusion?

WATCH! The Ad Heard Round the World, by William Mahoney

By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant – Davison: “The Democrats have waged a war — not only against Black America, but against the world.”… He asserts a simple review of history shows who the racists and White supremacists are — namely, Democrats… It was Democrats that established the Ku Klux Klan. It is also Democrats that push relentlessly for abortion, which, in the United States, is the leading cause of death for African Americans. …

The Hunter Saga Gets Scummier and Scummier, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – Hunter Biden, the troubled and troublesome first son, has been a major national security liability. Just how much of a liability was made clear with the unearthing of his laptop that not only revealed the depths of depravity in which he wallowed (fast living and fast women) but also exposed his underhanded dealings with foreign nations. Hunter has been influence peddling and being paid handsomely for it.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Heavenly Things Revealed to Infants

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 11:25-27 – At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. …

Scrooge and the Economics of Abortion, by Anna Reynolds

By Anna Reynolds, Crisis Magazine –
Ebenezer Scrooge is such a memorable miscreant, and he is so enjoyably villainous before his dramatic Christmas conversion… When told that the poor would rather die than go to debtors’ prison, he responds callously, “If they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.” The phrase “decrease the surplus population” is still widely recognized and universally ridiculed as an inhumane response to poverty.

Clarifications after ‘Dobbs’, by Francis X. Maier

By Francis X. Maier, The Catholic Thing – Humpty Dumpty owns the trademark to the word “devout.” Anyone familiar with fairytales will remember Humpty Dumpty. Who could forget.. his searing political acumen? “When I say a word, it means exactly what I say it means, neither more nor less.” Devout™ Catholics, it turns out, can say and do pretty much whatever they want while remaining safely Devout™, as long as they’re true to their feelings and really, really sincere about it.

USCCB Official Warns of Rise in ‘Polite Persecution’ of Catholic Views on Abortion and Sexuality Internationally, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – During last week’s 2022 International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington, Lucas Koach, director of the Office of International Justice and Peace for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, warned that in the developing world there’s an impulse “to push for policies that the Church thinks run contrary to the innate human dignity of the human person and attach that to U.S. foreign assistance or other diplomatic levers.”

Saint of the Day for July 13: St. Henry

Franciscan Media – As German king and Holy Roman Emperor, Henry was a practical man of affairs. He was energetic in consolidating his rule. He crushed rebellions and feuds. On all sides he had to deal with drawn-out disputes so as to protect his frontiers. This involved him in a number of battles, especially in the south in Italy; he also helped Pope Benedict VIII quell disturbances in Rome. Always his ultimate purpose was to establish a stable peace in Europe.

Pope Francis: Biden’s Support for Abortion is a Matter for His ‘Conscience’ and ‘Pastor’, by Michael Haynes

By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNews – Pope Francis has noted the “incoherence” of President Joe Biden’s support for abortion as a Catholic, but said that he “leaves it” to Biden’s “conscience” whether to receive Holy Communion or not… the 85-year-old pope condemned abortion, saying that “scientific data” show that “a month after conception, the DNA of the fetus is already present and the organs are already aligned.”

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Redirecting Our Culture’s Priorities

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – In seeking the deepest roots of the struggle between the culture of life and the culture of death … we have to go to the heart of the tragedy being experienced by modern man: the eclipse of the sense of God and of man, typical of a social and cultural climate dominated by secularism.  ~Evangelium Vitae, no. 21

On Truth and Abortion, by Regis Martin

By Regis Martin, EWTN News – Of all the needs that drive the engine of the soul, there is none more pressing than the need to know and to love the truth. It is as necessary to the maintenance of the soul as food is to the body or oxygen to the lungs. Without truth, and the human hunger for it, the soul shrivels up and dies… This applies even to those who persist in telling us that there is no soul, a refusal that, until quite recently, was widely regarded as a species of insanity.

Patriot Post: The Epidemic of Fatherless Boys

Patriot Post Editors – Dads aren’t the only factors, of course, but not having one sets a lot of bad patterns. Far fewer fatherless boys obtain college degrees, for example, which in many cases reduces lifetime wages among other things. But it’s worse than that… These young men are directionless… “The daily life of these men is often marked by hours in front of a screen, vaping, smoking marijuana, or under the influence of some other kind of substance.”

How To Recognize Civilization When You See It, by Tracy Lee Simmons

By Tracy Lee Simmons, The Federalist – Still, this is a timely matter because we are living in an age when civilization itself is under attack—or at least Western civilization, which has made the fruitful lives we lead today possible. That attack upon Western civilization, which was once an underground operation of sabotage and creeping corruption and quiet, persistent miseducation, has become a full-on frontal assault.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Will You Be Exalted to Heaven?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 11:20-24 – Then he began to upbraid the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. “Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. …

How to Set Spiritual Goals, Audit Your Life, by T.J. Burdick

By T.J. Burdick, Catholic Exchange – …(I)t is so important to audit your life. Auditing your life gives you power over your future by placing you firmly upon the foundation of your current state… It orders your priorities and grounds you in the reality of what you are able to do right now in order to get to where you want to be. If you aren’t auditing your life regularly, you simply aren’t living.

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Losers and Generosity

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – Losers come in many shapes and forms and emerge from unexpected places. The priests and Levites who avoided the wounded traveler in the Parable of the Prodigal Son were members of the Jewish elites, but they were selfish losers. The Samaritan was an apostate Jew. Moved with compassion, he alone sacrificed his time and money to care for the stranger. Jesus asks the “scholar of the law”: “Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”

Saints of the Day for July 12: Sts. John Jones and John Wall

Franciscan Media – These two friars were martyred in England in the 16th and 17th centuries for refusing to deny their faith… John Jones was Welsh. He was ordained a diocesan priest and was twice imprisoned for administering the sacraments before leaving England in 1590. …

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf: Don’t Look Down

By Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, OnePeterFive – The context of Sunday’s Gospel passage is one of the most powerful moments in the New Testament, the Sermon on the Mount. The Lord, in His Sermon, set up a series of contrasts between how thing were under the Law of Moses, with how things are now to be. Just before our “cutting… pericope,” He told the crowd, “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.” …

Defendant in Vatican Trial Claims Pope Francis Knew All About the London Property Deal, by Andrea Gagliarducci

By Andrea Gagliarducci, CNA – As the Vatican’s historic trial revolving around a London property deal and allegations of corruption continues, the question of what Pope Francis himself knew has been raised in court by a defendant… Fabrizio Tirabassi, a former official of the Secretariat of State, said the pope had authorized the Secretariat to ask for a loan from the Institute of Works of Religion, commonly referred to as the Vatican Bank.

Look in the Mirror, by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – Increasingly, in our society of autonomous, expressive individualism, all utterances are taken to be expressions of one’s identity and individuality rather than statements about the world that might be judged true or false.  As James Bowman notes in a recent article, people now identify themselves with their opinions to such a degree that “to change or modify those opinions in the light of further knowledge or understanding would amount to a kind of self-annihilation.”  …

Former Planned Parenthood Director: More People Would be Pro-Life if They Saw “Barbarity” of How Abortions Kill Babies, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Speaking with Fox & Friends host Rachel Campos-Duffy on Sunday, (Abby Johnson) reminded Americans of the violence of abortion as abortion activists protested the overturning of Roe v. Wade in Washington, D.C… “I think if people could actually see the barbarity of abortion, if they could see how terrible abortion is, more people would be against it,” Johnson said.

The Spiritual Dangers of Sedevacantism, by Eric Sammons

By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine – It’s been noted by many people that Catholicism in real life often bears little resemblance to Catholicism online. If, for example, you went to a typical Catholic parish and took a poll asking, “Is Francis the pope?” you’d likely get a 100% positive response… Yet if you spend even a little time interacting with Catholics on social media, it won’t be long before you encounter someone insisting that “Jorge Bergoglio isn’t really the pope.”

Why Are So Many Children Claiming to Be ‘Trans’? by Jonathon Van Maren

By Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSiteNews – As the beleaguered mother put it: “My daughter’s trans identity started when the school taught a module on ‘identity’ during which they told a group of 11-year-olds that, if you feel uncomfortable in your body, it means you are transgender. My daughter had just had her first period two months prior to this class. Of course she was feeling uncomfortable in her body. She went home, looked up ‘transgender’ on Tiktok, and that was it. She was now trans.” 

The Parable of the Sower and the Dutch Government, by Auguste Meyrat

By Auguste Meyrat, Crisis Magazine – In response to the Dutch government’s new environmental regulations that would universally hinder farmers and effectively put at least 30 percent of them out of business, farmers took to the streets to protest. Many of them blocked roadways with their tractors and even set bales of hay on fire in front of various city halls. As one Dutch farmer put it, “We cannot invest. Our fathers, our uncles, cannot invest in the future. And so as young farmers we also have no prospect of…taking over a farm.”

(2010) Excommunicate Pelosi! It’s Time Somebody Finds the Gumption to Excommunicate Her, by Brad Miner

By Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing – One of America’s leading canon lawyers, Edward N. Peters, has written: “If her prolonged public conduct does not qualify as obstinate perseverance in manifest grave sin, then, in all sincerity, I must admit to not knowing what would constitute obstinate perseverance in manifest grave sin.” His point of reference is to a passage in Canon 915: “Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed or declared, and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin , are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”

Pope to Appoint Women to Advise Selection of Bishops, by Evan Poellinger

By Evan Poellinger, The American Spectator – Pope Francis said in an interview with Reuters on July 2 that he would appoint two women to the committee to elect bishops in the Dicastery for Bishops. The announcement comes in the wake of the promulgation of a new administrative constitution, which allows any baptized Catholic to head departments within the Vatican. Previously, the committee was composed solely of clergy, including priests, bishops, and cardinals.

Marian Shrine Institutes ‘Shepherd Project’ to Pray for Each Individual US Bishop, by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN News – “Our shepherds need to be prayed for; I firmly believe they are under attack.”.. So said Barbara Renard, who is certain the new “The Shepherd Project” started May 1 by the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin, is an excellent way to support the bishops of the United States… “As our world faces a shortage of peace and an increase in division and attacks within our families and the Church, our bishops are facing extreme challenges”…

Biden Administration Has Been Flying Migrant Minors Out of Texas for Abortions, by Michael Haynes

By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNews – The Biden Administration’s devotion to abortion was highlighted by Reuters… According to “four U.S. officials who requested anonymity..”.. “Biden officials are exploring ways to provide abortion access for pregnant women and girls in U.S. immigration custody in states with bans.”

Biden’s Bid to Take Over Our Elections, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – In March 2021, (Biden) signed an EO spurring 600 federal agencies to come up with plans on how to fuel voter registration and voter turnout… These plans were to be submitted nine months ago to Susan Rice, head of the White House’s Dom. Policy Council. Rice was Pres. Obama’s national security advisor and had her hand in every scandal of that administration including Benghazi …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: I Have Not Come to Bring Peace, but a Sword

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 10:34 – 11:1 – “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and a man’s foes will be those of his own household. …

The Making of Social Political Zombies, by Dr. Pedro Blas González 

By Dr. Pedro Blas González, America Out Loud – Millennials and Generation Z have grown up, their values formed in a society where constructive values have been annihilated by nihilism and leftism’s power grab. Millennials and Generation Z have been formed in a morally bankrupted and intellectually/culturally gutted time… In addition to being conditioned by psychotropic medications, illicit drug use, abortion as a contraceptive measure, and relativism as the secular religion of the here-and-now, these generations have had more indoctrination than proper and constructive schooling. 

Saint of the Day for July 11: St. Benedict (c. 480 – c. 547)

By Franciscan Media – It is unfortunate that no contemporary biography was written of a man who has exercised the greatest influence on monasticism in the West. Benedict is well recognized in the later Dialogues of Saint Gregory, but these are sketches to illustrate miraculous elements of his career.

WATCH! ‘Anti-Democracy, Anti-America’: Gen. Michael Flynn Comments on George Soros, by David Nussman

By David Nussman, Church Militant – When leftist billionaire George Soros speaks, people should “believe just the opposite,” says a prominent conservative Catholic (Gen. M. Flynn)… (Recently) Church Militant had a live discussion with Gen. Michael Flynn, a former advisor to Pres. Donald Trump… One of the topics the discussion touched on was George Soros’ influence on American politics. He said Soros and others like him are “anti-democracy” and “anti-America.”

Fr. Gerald E. Murray: Does Enforcing Canon Law Harm the Flock?

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Catholic Thing – Asked about the denial of Holy Communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians, Pope Francis commented in a recent interview: “When the Church loses its pastoral nature, when a bishop loses his pastoral nature, it causes a political problem. That’s all I can say.” The question was obviously prompted by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s announcement that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would no longer be admitted to Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Wait. A State Court Found Widespread Illegality in 2020 Election? And the Hunt for Conservatives Continues, by Al Perrotta

By Al Perrotta, The Stream – The Wisconsin Supreme Court declares that the use of drop boxes … and subsequent widespread ballot harvesting … in the 2020 election was illegal. They’ve banned their use in future elections in the state… The special counsel investigation also blasted the drop box scheme paid for by money funneled to radical groups by Mark Zuckerberg to operate inside … indeed, take over … election offices in five key Wisconsin cities.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Love Lightens Every Load – A Homily for the 15th Sunday of the Year

Msgr. Charles Pope – One could easily reduce this Sunday’s Gospel to trite moral advice such as this: Help people in trouble; be kind to strangers. While these are certainly good thoughts, I would argue that it is about far deeper things than human kindness or ethics. This is a Gospel about the transformative power of God’s love and our need to receive it. It is not a Gospel that can be understood as a demand of the flesh. …

(Catholic) Pres. Joe Biden Signs Abortion Executive Order: Protects ‘Right’ to Kill Unborn, by Katie Yoder

By Katie Yoder, Catholic News Agency – Pres. Joe Biden signed an EO Friday aimed at protecting abortion access in response to the SCOTUS’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade… “This is a choice… “A moment to restore the rights that have been taken away from us, and the moment to protect our nation from an extremist agenda that is antithetical to everything we believe as Americans.”.. He repeatedly referred to abortion as “health care” and called abortion drugs “medication.”

American Trust in Liberal Media Hits All-Time Low, by Tim Graham

By Tim Graham, LifeNews – The American people’s trust in news outlets has hit a historic low, according to Gallup’s annual survey on confidence in major U.S. institutions. It’s like they’ve discovered that “straight news” isn’t their primary goal… Both newspapers and television news have seen another drop in confidence over the past year, with each losing an average five percent of people who said they had a “great deal” of trust in such institutions. Gallup has been measuring “confidence in institutions” since 1973, and annually since 1993.

Vatican Joins Paris Climate Agreement Despite Inclusion of Abortion, Population Control Agendas

By Louis Knuffke, LifeSiteNews – As LifeSiteNews has previously reported, however, it has long been noted by pro-life advocates, that the 2015 Agreement includes an underlying agenda to push abortion, contraception, and sterilization as necessary means of controlling the population and minimizing human consumption and use of the earth’s resources. The way such things are imposed on poorer countries is by linking them to desired funds and resources. 

Torn Apart by Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, by Margaret Harper McCarthy

By Margaret Harper McCarthy, The Catholic Thing – When churches and crisis pregnancy centers have to ramp up security, and Supreme Court justices have to repair to undisclosed locations in anticipation of the “Summer of Rage,” it is clear that “we the people” have no common understanding of the three things that were supposed to unite us: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Laying Blame For Mass Shootings Squarely Where It Belongs, by Del Wilber

By Del Wilber, American Out Loud – …when looking for a reason behind the mass shootings that have been plaguing our society, one has to look no further than the sickness and depravity that permeates America… We live in a culture that has devalued human life to the point of calling an unborn infant nothing more than a “clump of cells.”…

How Globalist Elites Are Forcing Americans Into Dependency, by JD Rucker

By JD Rucker, America Out Loud – As the push toward The Great Reset continues, many Americans are doing what they can to remain independent. But the globalist elites are pushing back with everything they have to force dependency on as many patriots as possible… Forced dependency is the formation of the Absolute Welfare State. It’s what happens when circumstances warrant an existential decision. Comply or die.

The Latina Canary in the Democrats’ Coal Mine, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – Mayra Flores was sworn in as a House representative after her special election victory in Texas’s 34th Cong. Dist… Flores’s victory was significant for two reasons: The Republican flipped a longtime Democrat district, and she’s Latina. While Republicans rejoiced in the somewhat surprising outcome, the bigger issue is that what recent polling has been indicating appears to be a reality — a growing number of Hispanics are moving to the Republican Party.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Fear Him Who Can Destroy Soul and Body in Hell

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 10:24-33 – “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master; it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. …

Inflation Is a Moral Evil, by Phil Lawler 

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Any government policy that deliberately harms the poor and the elderly is immoral… A policy that predictably harms the poor and the elderly is immoral… Inflation harms the poor and the elderly. Therefore, if inflation is the predictable result of government policies, those policies are immoral… “Inflation is seldom an error—it’s usually a policy, if an unavowed one,” writes Christopher Caldwell …

Glenn Greenwald: ‘Public Trust in Media Close to Non-Existent’ – But, ‘Almost Zero Self-Critique from Journalists About Why’, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – Public trust in television news and newspapers has evaporated, but virtually no one in the media is looking inward to find the cause and possible solution, Author and Journalist Glenn Greenwald says, commenting on Gallup’s latest findings about trust in U.S. institutions… Only the Democrat-controlled Congress is less trusted than television news ….

Third Time’s a Charm? by William Mahoney

By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant – The pope is hoping to renew the Vatican’s secretive accord with China… Cdl. Joseph Zen: “They have sold our Church.”… Hong Kong’s Cdl. Joseph Zen lamented the clandestine Vatican–China accord, which was first established in 2018 as a provisional agreement between the Holy See and the Chinese Communist Party (or “CCP”).

(Catholic) Pres. Biden Signs Abortion Executive Order: ‘Right to Choose’ Is ‘Essential’, by Katie Yoder

By Katie Yoder, CNA – Biden, a Catholic, has repeatedly supported abortion, in contrast with the Catholic Church’s teaching that human life must be respected and protected from the moment of conception… In the order, Biden states his administration’s policy to support “women’s right to choose” as “essential to justice, equality, and our health, safety, and progress as a Nation.”

Saints of the Day for July 9: St. Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions

Franciscan Media – Christianity arrived in China by way of Syria in the 600s. Depending on China’s relations with the outside world, Christianity over the centuries was free to grow or was forced to operate secretly… The 120 martyrs in this group died between 1648 and 1930.

Fr. Heilman Calls Out Hirelings, by James Fedewa

By James Fedewa, Church Militant – Fr. Richard Heilman, St. Mary of Pine Bluff Catholic Church: “We are in the place we are right now because our shepherds are no shepherds at all. They’re hired men. It’s a job. They could care less [sic] about their flock, as they hide away when the wolf comes.”… Faithful Catholics are not blind to the fact our country is sinking into corruption and sin, but, according to Fr. Heilman, our bishops aren’t eager to do anything.

Truth, Goodness, Beauty & the Eucharist, by David Kilby

By David Kilby, Catholic Exchange – Plato, Aristotle, and Thomas Aquinas taught that God is truth, goodness and beauty. To seek what is true, what is good, or what is beautiful is to search for God. Contrary to popular belief, as we search for truth, for goodness, and for beauty, God does not elude us. He leaves a trail of hints that lead to him if we are interested enough to seek him. He does this because he knows we love to explore and discover.

U.N. Says Joe Biden’s Border Is ‘Deadliest Land Crossing in the World’, by Neil Munro

By Neil Munro, Breitbart – President Joe Biden’s border with Mexico is the deadliest land crossing in the world, according to a United Nations group, the International Organization for Migration… “More than 1,238 lives have been lost during migration in the [north, central and south] Americas in 2021, among them at least 51 children,” said the group’s July 1 report.