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Fr. Joseph Campbell: Homily Series #1: How Biblical Worldview Shapes Our Politics (WATCH)

By Fr. Joseph Campbell, St. Patrick Catholic Parish, Sept 20, 2020 – Homily Series #1: How Biblical Worldview Shapes Our Politics. This is a four-part Homily series titled Principles and Foundation of the Lay Commitment to the Common Good

Archbishop Chaput: When the Dogma Lives Loudly

By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, First Things – Catholics in this country spent more than a century fighting their way into the American mainstream. The cost has been high. To the degree that self-described Catholic political leaders are indistinguishable in their views and actions from their colleagues with no faith at all, the cost has been far too high. Millions of Catholics have served and died defending this nation, its freedoms, and its institutions. In the last century, all of the military chaplains awarded the Medal of Honor were Catholic priests.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Fit for the Kingdom of God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 9:57-62 – As they were going along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” …

Saint of the Day for September 30: Saint Jerome (345 – 420)

By Franciscan Media – Most of the saints are remembered for some outstanding virtue or devotion which they practiced, but Jerome is frequently remembered for his bad temper! It is true that he had a very bad temper and could use a vitriolic pen, but his love for God and his son Jesus Christ was extraordinarily intense; anyone who taught error was an enemy of God and truth, and Saint Jerome went after him or her with his mighty and sometimes sarcastic pen.

Chris Wallace Faces Intense Backlash, Including From Colleagues, Over Bias During Debate, by Ryan Saavedra

By  Ryan Saavedra, Daily Wire – Fox News host Chris Wallace, a registered Democrat, faced intense backlash on Tuesday night for what was widely deemed as bias in the debate in the favor of Democrat Joe Biden and against Republican President Donald Trump… One of the issues that Wallace was called out for the most was how he appeared to let Biden interrupt Trump but would jump in to interrupt Trump when Trump would talk over Biden.

CNA: Dad, Deacon, Lawyer: Amy Coney Barrett’s Father Shares His Testimony of Faith

By Catholic News Agency – In a personal testimony of faith written in February 2018 for his home parish, St. Catherine of Siena in a suburb of New Orleans, Deacon Coney shared how “pivotal moments” of his life — both decisions and experiences — came to shape his life and his relationship with God… “They are not random,” Coney said of the pivotal moments in his life. “I firmly believe the Lord is close at hand drawing us through human events closer to him.”… One of the first moments that shaped Coney’s faith was the death of his mother.

Cardinal Zen Appeals to the Pope: Please Send a Faithful Shepherd to Hong Kong, by Bree A. Dail

By Bree A. Dail, EWTN News – Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun traveled to the Vatican again last week, unsuccessfully seeking an audience with Pope Francis… Had he been granted an audience, the 88-year-old Chinese cardinal — who himself served as Hong Kong’s bishop from 2002 until his retirement as a bishop in 2009 —intended to personally deliver a letter urging the Holy Father to appoint a new bishop for the troubled city of Hong Kong.

Archbishop’s Abortionless Voter Guide, by Bradley Eli

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant – But Lori fails to contrast the intrinsic evils of abortion, contraception and euthanasia with such popular social justice causes as poverty or illegal immigration. He fails to even use the word abortion at all. He fails to morally weigh for voters against other social issues the millions of innocent human beings slain each year by abortion — more than 61 million in the United States since Roe v. Wade legalized the practice.

Biden and Wallace Team Up Against Trump for Un-Presidential Debate, by Al Perrotta

By Al Perrotta, The Stream – Moderator Wallace said before the debate he wanted to be invisible during the debate. He lied. Chris Wallace spent the 96 minutes working for Team Biden. From the opening gun, he would interrupt Trump, repeatedly he would stop Trump when Trump was scoring points. For long stretches, Wallace was the one debating Trump, not Biden.  He lost total control of the debate. Most shamefully, he allowed Joe Biden to go unchallenged on a series of slurs and lies, and blocked Trump from responding. 

Msgr. Charles Pope: Staying Close to the Lord in a Time of Crisis

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The ancient Jews had in their possession the Ark of the Covenant. It was a box of acacia wood, three cubits by two cubits… In the Ark were the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments, the staff of Aaron, and a jar of the Manna. More important, it carried the presence of God! In some ways it resembles our tabernacles. The wings of the angels carved on its lid were said to form the mercy seat of God. Because the Ark sometimes had to be carried by the priests for long distances in the desert, there were two poles attached to its sides.

(2016) Fr. Michael Orsi: ‘You Might Not Have a Church to Go to If You Don’t Vote the Right Way in November’, by Claire Chretien

 By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews (2016) – Fr. Corsi, “I’m not going to vote for a candidate who decides that we can redefine the meaning of marriage. Our opponents believe once they destroy the family, once they destroy the churches, they can re-create society in their own image and their own likeness. That, my friends, is not just political. That is diabolical. Get it straight, for crying out loud! The devil is in this!”… “We are in a battle for the soul of America.”… “Somehow, [Christians] have come to buy the story that you cannot be political in church,” said Orsi. “Let me tell you right now, oh yes, you can, and oh, yes, you better be. Because you might not have a church to go to if you don’t vote the right way in November.”

Report: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Won’t Be Meeting With Pope Francis, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Rome Wednesday morning for talks with his Italian and Holy See counterparts — but unlike his visit to the Vatican last year, he won’t be meeting Pope Francis… The Vatican has reportedly told U.S. diplomats the Holy Father preferred not to meet the Trump administration’s top diplomat in order not to be seen influencing the U.S. presidential election.

Complicit Clergy: Our Persecuted Priests

By Complicit Clergy – A strange phenomenon is occurring in many dioceses throughout North America.  Some priests are beginning to courageously speak-out against evils in society with new boldness and passion, almost as if someone’s (eternal) life depends upon it.  One would expect these faithful priests to be persecuted by the purveyors of evil, which certainly happens with some frequency.  However, you might be surprised to learn the greatest threat to these priests come from their own bishops.

Will Justice Amy Star in ‘The Five’? by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – By nominating Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, Donald Trump kept his word, and more than that… Should she be confirmed, he will have made history… Even his enemies would have to concede that Trump triumphed where his Republican predecessors… a triumph that will affect the nation and the law for years, perhaps decades… Trump’s remaking of the Supreme Court for constitutionalism may well be the crown jewel of his presidency.

The Devil Wants a Civil War, by R. C. VanLandingham

By R. C. VanLandingham, Crisis Magazine – The devil’s destructive forces have taken many forms over the millennia, but one of his most successful and deadly in modern times is Marxism….. We are never completely abandoned by the Lord no matter how bad things get. He is always willing to demonstrate His inexhaustible love and mercy if we appeal to Him. This is a time to pray and fast, to mourn in sackcloth and ashes. We should organize novenas within our parishes to pray that the Lord God forgive the great sins of this nation, that He not remove His protective hand from us, and that He lead us all back to Him. We should be praying the Holy Rosary every day, with this or a similar intention.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus’ Face Was Set toward Jerusalem

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 9:51-56 – When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him; but the people would not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. …

Saint of the Day for September 29: Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

By Franciscan Media – Angels—messengers from God—appear frequently in Scripture, but only Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are named… Michael appears in Daniel’s vision as “the great prince” who defends Israel against its enemies; in the Book of Revelation, he leads God’s armies to final victory over the forces of evil. Devotion to Michael is the oldest angelic devotion, rising in the East in the fourth century. …

Advice to a Young Woman: Secrets That Feminists Don’t Want You to Know

By Jennifer Bryson, Crisis Magazine – Dear Jane, Congratulations on your graduation from college. You probably think your next step is your career… Here is my career advice: The single most important thing you can do in your life right now is to get married and have children. For Catholics, I would add that you need to discern if God is calling you to marriage or religious life.

Catholic Justice, by Rodney Pelletier 

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – We are living in a pivotal era in American history. The outcome of the struggles of our time will color our constitutional republic either a triumph or a failure. But the way things are going, it seems the keys of the republic have been handed to her enemies dwelling within… While the nation was founded as a haven of freedom, Catholics have seen their share of persecution…

Bishop Schneider: Coronavirus Response ‘Has Signs of a World Government’, by Dr. Maike Hickson

By Dr. Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – As another hint, one could look at how “the whole world now is being treated and reprimanded, in a unified manner, like little children – up to the smallest details on how to dress, that is, with the face mask, how one may move about, how much distance to keep, on the entire globe, and in a unified manner!”… “In front of our very own eyes,” Bishop Schneider stated, “there is developing a scenario which has clear traits of a world government.” And “these are clear hints that one cannot deny,” he concluded. Otherwise, “we would just bury our heads in the sand.”

Project Veritas Uncovers Massive Voter Fraud Operation in Minneapolis Connected to Rep. Ilhan Omar, by Al Perrotta

By Al Perrotta, The Stream – On Sunday evening, Project Veritas released footage demonstrating a massive voting fraud operation in Minneapolis run by associates of Squad Member Rep. Ilhan Omar. This includes video of one of the perpetrators —in a video he himself posted — boasting of his crime. “All these here are absentee ballots,” ballot broker Liban Mohamed says, flipping through stacks spread in his car. “Look at these, my car is full. My car is full.”…

Catholic Bishop: “It is Not Possible to be a Catholic in Good Standing and Support Abortion”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Colorado Politics reports Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver reminded Catholics that protecting lives should be a priority Friday in a column about the upcoming election… “It is not possible to be a Catholic in good standing and support abortion or assisted suicide, to promote unnatural sexuality, or to seek to push people of faith out of the public square,” Aquila wrote at the Denver Catholic. “Those who do so – Catholic or not – are helping hollow out our culture and contributing to its demise.”

 Trump Nominates Catholic Mom of 7 Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

 By Martin Bürger, LifeSiteNews – President Donald Trump officially announced he intends to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court with pro-life Catholic Judge Amy Coney Barrett. If confirmed by the Senate, the 48-year-old will take the place of pro-abortion Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18… “I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution,” Barrett told the people gathered in the Rose Garden after Trump introduced her. “I am truly humbled by the prospect of serving on the Supreme Court.”

Opinion: I Taught and Worked With Amy Coney Barrett. Here’s What People Get Wrong About Her Faith, by John Garvey

Opinion by John Garvey, Washington Post – I first met Amy Coney Barrett from behind a veil of academic anonymity… I was teaching a First Amendment class at Notre Dame Law School. She was a student, just a face in the crowd. On the final exam, someone — the bluebooks were anonymous — had written an answer so impressive that I rushed to share it with one of my colleagues. This student, I said, gave a response to my own question much better than the one I had come up with myself. That student was Amy Coney.

The Supreme Bigotry of Presumption, by Patrick O’Hannigan

By Patrick O’Hannigan, New Walden – Judge Amy Coney Barrett has been nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has been one judge short of its full complement since the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg… Barrett’s nomination is to be applauded for many reasons. Yet the Democrat activists with bylines who write for and influence mainstream media are trying to tar the winsome intellectual as “dangerous because pious.”… To assert that dogma “lives loud” within any judge is a form of classism. …

Project Veritas Exposes Ilhan Omar Allies in Alleged Ballot Harvesting Operation in Minnesota (Video) by Allum Bokhari

By Allum Bokhari, Breitbart – Project Veritas has released the results of an investigation into alleged ballot harvesting by supporters of Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar in Minnesota, a key swing state in the 2020 presidential election… Video footage captured by Project Veritas shows an operative, Liban Mohamed, bragging about collecting hundreds of ballots… “Numbers do not lie. Numbers do not lie. … You can see my car is full. All these here are absentee ballots. Can’t you see? Look at all these; my car is full,” Mohamed can be heard saying in the video.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus Perceived the Thought of Their Hearts

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 9:46-50 – And an argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But when Jesus perceived the thought of their hearts, he took a child and put him by his side, and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me; for he who is least among you all is the one who is great.” …

Saint of the Day for September 28: St. Wenceslaus (c. 907 – 929)

By Franciscan Media – If saints have been falsely characterized as “other worldly,” the life of Wenceslaus stands as an example to the contrary: He stood for Christian values in the midst of the political intrigues which characterized 10th-century Bohemia… Wenceslaus was born in 907 near Prague, son of the Duke of Bohemia. His saintly grandmother, Ludmilla, raised him and sought to promote him as ruler of Bohemia in place of his mother, who favored the anti-Christian factions. ..

Alice von Hildebrand on the Lost Sense of the Supernatural and Feminism, by Jim Graves

By Jim Graves, National Catholic Register – What do you mean when you lament the “lost sense of the supernatural?”… St. Augustine highlighted beautifully, profoundly, the difference between nature and super-nature. When God created man, he gave him a human nature. Man had all the characteristics of “creaturehood,” one completely dependent upon God… But in his infinite love and goodness, he gave man an additional gift, super-nature, the partaking in God’s divine nature. In some way, if we are faithful to God’s grace, we become God-like. This is a gift human nature can never achieve by itself. It pre-supposes a complete collaboration between God’s gift and man’s freedom.

Mother ‘Incredibly Relieved’ After Doctor Saves Baby Using Abortion Pill Reversal, by Nancy Flanders 

By Nancy Flanders, Live Action – The abortion pill regimen includes Mifeprex (mifepristone), which blocks the natural hormone progesterone that sustains the baby and the uterine lining during pregnancy, and misoprostol, which causes contractions and heavy bleeding and expels the dead baby from the uterus. After Mifeprex has been taken, there is still time to save the baby’s life by visiting a medical provider in the Abortion Pill Rescue network. By administering progesterone, more than 1,000 babies have been saved from the abortion pill.

7 Ways St. Jerome’s Vulgate Helped to Shape the Church, by Stephen Beale

By Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange – It’s harder to think of a translation of the Bible that has had more staying power than St. Jerome’s Latin version, known as the Vulgate, which was completed late in the fourth century and held sway over the Church through the Council of Trent, in the mid-1500s. Of course, the Vulgate is not the work of Jerome alone: he adopted many old Latin translations that preceded him and his own translation would be subject to later revisions.

No Protests, No Speeches … Just Prayer for America, by Jody Brown

By Jody Brown, OneNewsNow – Evangelist Franklin Graham says for believers, the most important weapon is prayer – and that’s what he and thousands of his brother and sisters in Christ were doing in America’s capital today: praying … for America… The focus of Prayer March 2020 from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol – a walk of just under two miles – was prayer. That’s in contrast to the disorderly and sometimes violent protests that have been occurring in America’s larger cities in recent weeks and months.

AG Barr: ‘Separation of Church and State Does Not Mean Separation of Religion and Civics’, by Alexander Watson 

By Alexander Watson, CNSNews – At the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, a virtual, online event, Attorney General William Barr said that the “separation of church and state does not mean separation of religion and civics,” and added that “militant secularists” had used the “separation” claim to try to “drive religion from the public square.”

Cardinal Becciu Departs—Only After Ousting Would-Be Reformers, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Now that Becciu has resigned, and lost his privileges as a member of the College of Cardinals, it might be wise to revisit some of those earlier personnel moves. How did he thwart so many would-be reformers? How did he gain enough influence to survive for so long, even as the questions multiplied about his financial dealings?… In many respects the Becciu case mirrors the case of Theodore McCarrick, the last prelate to be stripped of his privileges as a cardinal…

Msgr. Charles Pope: God Can Use Anything, but He Shouldn’t Have to – A Homily for the 26th Sunday of the Year

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In understanding Sunday’s Gospel, we cannot overlook the audience Jesus was addressing. The text begins, Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people …. In other words, He was addressing the religious leaders and religiously observant of His day. He calls at least three things to their attention, three common sins of the pious, if you will: lost connections, leaping to conclusions and lip service.

Fr. Paul D. Scalia: Sinners, But Not Hypocrites

By Fr. Paul D. Scalia, The Catholic Thing – What’s the difference between a hypocrite and a sinner? They look an awful lot alike. The hypocrite presents himself one way and then acts another. The sinner deliberately chooses what he knows he should not choose. They both suffer an interior division. Indeed, we ourselves may feel like hypocrites when we sin, when we choose contrary to what we believe. Still, we sense a difference between the two.

Roe v. Wade Revisited, by Joseph Enders

By Joseph Enders, Church Militant – Roe v. Wade stained the moral character of the nation by giving us national abortion on demand. Often neglected in the analysis of abortion jurisprudence is the long road that got us to Roe. Indeed, a series of bad court decisions fundamentally changed the way we interpret the Constitution, birthing this strange new era of judicial activism — an era that has yielded judicial “super-legislation” for which no one in the United States voted.

President Trump Will Nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Replace Ginsburg on Supreme Court, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – President Donald Trump is expected to nominate federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace pro-abortion Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently passed away, according to multiple media reporting citing a senior White House official… The expected nomination of Barrett would set up a massive battle over her confirmation as she has already been aggressively attacked by Democrats, abortion activists and the mainstream media, especially over her Catholic faith.

Archbishop Viganò: Trump is ‘Preparing to Fight Against the Demonic Forces of the Deep State’

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, LifeSiteNews – The presidential elections in November represent an epochal challenge, a biblical challenge, the outcome of which will be decisive not only for the United States of America but for the whole world… It is necessary that all of you Catholics of America are well aware of the role that Providence has deigned to entrust to your President, and that you are aware of the extraordinary battle that He is preparing to fight against the demonic forces of the deep state and against the New World Order. I am at your side with fervent prayer, together with millions of Catholics and with all people of good will throughout the world.

The Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: They Were Astonished at the Majesty of God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 9:43-45 – And all were astonished at the majesty of God. But while they were all marveling at everything he did, he said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men.” But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

Saint of the Day for September 26: Saint Paul VI

By Franciscan Media – Saint Paul VI’s Story – Born near Brescia in northern Italy, Giovanni Battista Montini was the second of three sons. His father, Giorgio, was a lawyer, editor, and eventually a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. His mother, Giuditta, was very involved in Catholic Action… After ordination in 1920, Giovanni did graduate studies in literature, philosophy, and canon law in Rome before he joined the Vatican Secretariat of State in 1924, where he worked for 30 years…

There Is a Plan… Even If It’s Not Yours, by Joannie Watson

By Joannie Watson, Integrated Catholic – Ecclesiastes reminds us that these things are going to be present in all our lives. While we don’t know what the proper time for each is, God does. It is not that God created a giant puzzle for us to discern, and now He’s laughing up in heaven watching us try to figure it out. It’s not that God is purposely hiding things from us because He wants us to suffer or be confused or anxious. Rather, it is a reason to trust. For “we know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

US Bishops Tell Catholic Voters Abortion is ‘Preeminent Issue’ in 2020 Election, by Lianne Laurence

By Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNews – With the U.S. presidential election just 39 days away, America’s Catholic bishops are reiterating the Church’s longstanding teaching that abortion is the “preeminent” social justice issue when it comes to voting… “The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed,” stated Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas in a statement released this week titled “Priorities at the Polls.”

Infidel: A Compelling Pro-Christian Thriller, by Mark Judge

By Mark Judge, The Stream – Fifty years later, the boldest, bravest and most countercultural film currently in release is Infidel, a pro-Christian thriller starring Jim Caviezel… A credit to the writing and direction to Cyrus Nowrasteh… While Hollywood cranks out super hero fantasies and issues Maoist demands to creators, conservative Christians make movies about real life…. Finely acted, beautifully shot, with a nuanced plot that boldly defends religious freedom, Infidel should prove a film believers and conservatives can get behind, as well as open-minded liberals…

Ascension Presents: Does It Ever Seem Like Satan Is Winning? (Video)

Ascension Presents – Ascension Presents – Fr. Mark-Mary and Fr. John Anthony Boughton talk about what we can do when it feels like Satan has the upper hand… It’s no secret that there is a lot of turmoil, nervousness, and fear in the world right now. Fr. John Anthony connects the present day to certain times in history when everything seemed to be falling apart. But he points out that what followed these times were great moments of intercession from the Holy Spirit.

San Francisco Will Allow Only 1 Person in Cathedral With Capacity of 3,000, by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – Under the COVID-19 rules it is currently enforcing, the City of San Francisco is allowing shopping malls to admit up to 25 percent of their normal capacity and indoor retailers to admit up to 50 percent of their normal capacity as long as people can remain six-feet apart… But San Francisco is allowing only one person at a time into churches and other places of worship—including the city’s Roman Catholic cathedral, which has a normal capacity of 3,000.

Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann: Priorities at the Polls

By Most Rev. Joseph F. Naumann – The most recent available data indicates over 2,000 children per day die from abortion in the United States. Since abortion was legalized in 1973, over 61 million children have been killed—and untold numbers of women and men suffer in the aftermath… The tragedy of abortion is also distinct in that it is currently legal to directly and intentionally take the life of an innocent human being. Current laws in our country fail to protect the lives of unborn children. Our highest Court does not recognize children in their mothers’ wombs as persons and claims that abortion is a constitutional right. Further, many political leaders work actively to increase access to abortion. Some falsely describe it as health care and even as a basic human right.

Trump’s Place In Pro-Life History, by Jonathon Van Maren

By Jonathon Van Maren, The American Conservative – The 2016 election changed everything. As the primaries heated up, the SBA List took the same position held by nearly every pro-life leader in the country: Anybody but Trump. Dannenfelser writes that the race was packed with pro-lifers: Jeb Bush was “a true believer”; Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz had long committed to pro-life policies, and Carly Fiorina was pushing for an SBA List endorsement. Dannenfelser watched with mounting dismay as Trump, a Manhattan outsider with a long pro-abortion record, demolished the opposition. Trump was the nominee, and SBA List would have to play ball—especially when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, raising the stakes.

Msgr. Charles Pope: On Restoring a Truer Vision of the Biblical Jesus

By Msgr. Charles Pope – When I was a teenager in the 1970s Jesus was presented in less than flattering terms, at least from my standpoint as a young man at that time. The paintings and statues of that day presented Jesus as a rather thin, willow-wisp of a man, a sort of friendly hippie who went about blessing poor people and healing the sick. It is true he did that but usually left out of the portraits was the Jesus who summoned people to obedience and an uncompromising discipleship, the Jesus who powerfully rebuked his foes.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Who Do You Say That Jesus Is?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 9:18-22 – Now it happened that as he was praying alone the disciples were with him; and he asked them, “Who do the people say that I am?” And they answered, “John the Baptist; but others say, Elijah; and others, that one of the old prophets has risen.” And he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”

Saint of the Day for September 25: Sts. Louis Martin and Zélie Guérin

By Franciscan Media – Born into a military family in Bordeaux, Louis trained to become a watchmaker. His desire to join a religious community went unfulfilled because he didn’t know Latin. Moving to Normandy, he met the highly-skilled lace maker, Zélie Guérin, who also had been disappointed in her attempts to enter religious life. They married in 1858, and over the years were blessed with nine children, though two sons and two daughters died in infancy.

Re-Imagining Catechesis in the Wake of COVID-19, by Luke Arredondo

By Luke Arredondo, National Catholic Register – As has lately been the case for nearly everybody involved in ministry, education and many other fields, the outbreak of COVID-19 has caused my place of employment, the St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization, to rethink everything… One thing has become increasingly clear to me as the pandemic wears on: maybe “normal” wasn’t really great. At least when it comes to catechesis, maybe the pandemic didn’t break things… it just showed us more clearly where the cracks already were.

Color Blind & Tone Deaf, by David Warren

By David Warren, The Catholic Thing – Are words so important? You bet. Like guns, they can be “weaponized”; and as weapons they can be used to change a person’s behavior. This is why, as a Catholic and Christian, one should turn up to a confrontation – even within one’s family – also verbally armed… Children, too, should be fully armed from birth, or from as soon after as they can learn to “carry.” Let us all be armed with tone-deafness, and use it till the enemy panics and flees.

Trump Bans U.S. From Doing Business With Those Who Promote ‘Harmful’ Far-Left Critical Race Theory, by The Daily Wire

By The Daily Wire – President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday afternoon that he has banned the U.S. government from doing business with people and companies who promote far-left critical race theory, noting that the ideology is “divisive and harmful.”… “Today, I’ve expanded that ban to people and companies that do business with our Country, the US Military, Government Contractors, and Grantees. Americans should be taught to take PRIDE in our Great Country, and if you don’t, there’s nothing in it for you!”

Biden’s Bishop, by Kristine Christlieb

By Kristine Christlieb, Church Militant – If anyone could have strengthened Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Catholic faith and affected the course of history, it is his bishop, William Francis Malooly… For the last 12 years, Malooly has been the former vice president’s shepherd in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden’s home diocese. It was on Malooly’s watch that Biden went from: Refusing to use tax dollars to fund abortion to campaigning for taxpayer-funded abortion Supporting the Defense of Marriage Act to officiating at a so-called gay marriage….

BLM And ‘1619 Project’ Scrub Radical Beliefs From Their Websites, by Emily Jashinsky

By Emily Jashinsky, The Federalist – Under “What We Believe,” BLM used to say, “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.” That language has been scrubbed, as the Washington Examiner reported on Monday.

Socialism Pollutes a Free Society, by Ed Vitagliano

By Ed Vitagliano, OneNewsNow – …the Industrial Revolution seemed to spawn a fresh movement of theorists whose visceral reactions to and criticisms of capitalism became what we now refer to as socialism. The 1848 publication of The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, cemented the influence of those criticisms.

Response to Novena Masses for Trump ‘Nothing Short of Miraculous,’ Says Founder, Anthony Murdoch

By Anthony Murdoch, LifeSiteNews – A Catholic group rallying to have a total of 5,400 Masses said in support of President Donald Trump’s re-election says the response to its initiative “has been nothing short of miraculous.”… “Masses are now being said in 43 [American] states and 11 countries worldwide, all expressing undying love and support for America and its President, Donald J. Trump,” Richard Manougian, founder and coordinator of the group The Novena of Masses for President Donald Trump.. “President Trump, if re-elected, will continue to promote the rights of unborn children against the abortion culture, mainly by appointing pro-life judges.”

Texas Bishop: ‘GET OVER IT,’ This Election About Life, True Marriage, Family, Biblical Truth

By Michael W. Chapman, CNS News – Commenting on the upcoming presidential election, Bishop Joseph Strickland, head of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler, Texas, said that all “other issues” depend on a moral, social foundation that supports the sanctity of life, “true marriage,” the nuclear family, and sexual morality “based on biblical truth.”… Those “moral truths” should guide people in making their decision on Election Day.

All the Chips Are on the Table Now, by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – Donald Trump had no such reluctance. In 2016, he listed a slew of candidates from among whom he promised to pick his justices. True to his word, Trump elevated federal appellate court judges Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh… Since the Kavanaugh confirmation, Judge Amy Coney Barrett has been openly discussed as a potential Trump choice to succeed liberal icon Ginsburg. Why is Biden so reluctant to reveal some highly qualified Black female judges? His refusal suggests that the kind of high court judges that America wants is not the liberals’ issue. It is Trump’s issue.

Catholic Bishop Blasts Joe Biden: He Will Force Americans to Fund Abortions

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Illinois Catholic Bishop Thomas John Paprocki asked voters to consider how Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden wants to force Americans to fund abortions and keep abortion on demand legal before they vote in November… Paprocki said the US bishops are encouraging Catholics to make the sanctity of human life a “preeminent priority” when they vote…. “As election day in our country approaches in less than two months, people have been asking me if I will provide some guidance as they consider the candidates and ponder their votes.”…

Sec. of State, Michael R. Pompeo: China’s Catholics and the Church’s Moral Witness

By Michael R. Pompeo, First Things – The human rights situation in China has deteriorated severely under the autocratic rule of Xi Jinping, especially for religious believers. Credible reports have exposed the Chinese Communist Party’s program of forced sterilizations and abortions of Muslims in Xinjiang, its abuse of Catholic priests and laypeople, and its assault on Protestant house churches—all of which are parts of a “Sinicization” campaign to subordinate God to the Party while promoting Xi himself as an ultramundane deity. …

Two Cheers for Archbishop Cordileone, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – As much as I admire Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for challenging restrictions on the Church in San Francisco…
As much as I applaud him for bringing our Eucharistic Lord out onto the streets of the city…
As much as I thank him for taking the lead (when so many other prelates remain silent) in insisting that religious worship is “essential activity”…
As fully as I agree with him that the response from city officials—or rather, their failure to make any response—is an insult to Catholics…
Still I wonder: If the archbishop thinks that the city’s restrictions are unreasonable—if he thinks that it would be safe to celebrate Mass for a larger congregation in the city’s cathedral—why doesn’t he take the obvious action? Why doesn’t he go into his own cathedral, invite the public, and celebrate Mass?

Trump Announces Executive Order to Protect Babies Who Survive Abortion, by Martin Bürger

By Martin Bürger, LifeSiteNews – Pres. Donald Trump announced today he will be signing a Born Alive Executive Order “to ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve.”… Speaking at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast… Trump called this measure “our sacrosanct moral duty.” The executive order, once signed, will protect babies born alive after a failed abortion… “We are also increasing federal funding for the neonatal research to ensure that every child has the very best chance to thrive and to grow”

Naïve, Corrupt—or Both? by Elizabeth Yore

By Elizabeth Yore, Crisis Magazine – As the ancient Chinese proverb warns, a bad beginning makes for a bad ending. In June of 2013, Pope Francis dispatched to China the infamous Theodore McCarrick to begin deliberations with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to normalize relations with the Chinese Catholic Church. Those negotiations resulted in a secret pact signed by the parties on September 22, 2018. The result of this two-year agreement made for a bad ending for all religious believers in China.

Bishop Paprocki: Catholic Church Can Provide a Clear Path for COVID-19 Response

By Judy Roberts, EWTN News – “The Catholic Church provides principles like these, but I think our moral principles are not just for Catholics,” he said. “They’re for the common good.”
Bishop Paprocki, an adjunct professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, is sending a copy of his essay to Attorney General William Barr and would like others in positions of influence to see it as well.
“If the question does come up about locking everything down again,” he said, “I’m hoping they will take some of these moral principles into consideration and say perhaps we don’t have to take such draconian measures, but more ordinary measures to protect life.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Suppressing Truth to Ease a Guilty Conscience

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – GOSPEL READING: Luke 9:7-9 – Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen. Herod said, “John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he sought to see him.

Saint of the Day for September 24: St. John Henry Newman

By Franciscan Media – John Henry Newman, the 19th-century’s most important English-speaking Roman Catholic theologian, spent the first half of his life as an Anglican and the second half as a Roman Catholic. He was a priest, popular preacher, writer, and eminent theologian in both churches… Born in London, England, he studied at Oxford’s Trinity College, was a tutor at Oriel College, and for 17 years was vicar of the university church, St. Mary the Virgin. He eventually published eight volumes of Parochial and Plain Sermons ….

Amy Coney Barrett, SCOTUS, and the Thelma and Louise Election, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – The opening up of a Supreme Court seat on the eve of a close election in a bitterly divided country offers both problems and opportunities. While this SCOTUS seat is important, this election is make or break. The left and its power elites have spent more than three years defying the people’s vote in 2016. A Democrat as mainstream as Michelle Obama threatened voters that if they pick Trump, street violence will continue and get even bloodier… No Mafia soldier demanding protection money ever said it better.

Media Love Joe Biden’s Catholic Faith But Hate Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – How differently the leftist media treats the Catholic faith of Democrat Joe Biden verses that of conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett… Both profess to be devout Catholics. Both soon could be in places of high leadership, one a potential U.S. Supreme Court justice, the other a possible president of the United States… Yet, as The Federalist pointed out this week, one is praised and the other criticized for their devotion to their Catholic faith.

Democrats’ Anti-Catholic Bigotry Is All about Abortion, by Alexandra Desanctis

By Alexandra Desanctis, National Review – The centrality of abortion in this entire schema is starkly obvious. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also calls himself a Catholic, as do plenty of Democratic politicians. But like Biden, most of those Democrats have managed to rationalize away the Church’s dogmatic prohibition on the taking of innocent human life, and thus Catholicism’s non-negotiable opposition to abortion… When was the last time you saw anyone, much less anyone on the left or in the media, insinuate that Biden will be incapable of doing his job as president because of his Catholic faith?

BLM Masking Its Marxism, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – The Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization has deleted its controversial “What We Believe” page online and substituted it for a more politically palatable version… BLM, founded by self-proclaimed lesbians who are “trained Marxists,” on Monday took down the page that has caused the most controversy. No longer does the BLM site proclaim: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure … .”… By clicking the old page URL, it now simply reads, “404 Not Found. We can not find the page you are looking for.”

Isolation Cinema, Father’s Day Edition, by Matthew J. Franck (June 19, 2020)

By Matthew J. Franck, Public Discourse – Dads never get a break. Or at least so you might conclude from their depiction in movies, in which they are often put upon, led around by the nose by their wives and children, and generally made figures of fun. Moms get somewhat better treatment in film, but perhaps that is because maternal love and self-sacrifice tug at our heartstrings so much more effectively. Solid, stolid fathers, on the other hand? They get the pratfalls.

The Coronavirus and the ‘New World Dis-Order’, by Roberto de Mattei

By Roberto de Mattei, Patreon – The era of the Coronavirus is seeing a new phase in the cosmic struggle between the celestial and infernal forces. In history, in fact, along with the hand of God, we also need to see the hand of the Devil who is always rivaling the Divine plans in order to realize his own warped projects. The Kingdom of God is that of order, peace and harmony; the Devil’s is a kingdom of chaos, conflict and perennial revolution. God permits, for His greater glory, that the two kingdoms – the first always victorious, the second always beaten – wrestle until the end of time.

Vatican Issues Statement on End-of-Life Care, Condemns Euthanasia

By Catholic World News – The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has issued a statement strongly reaffirming the Church’s ban on euthanasia as “intrinsically evil.”… The Vatican statement is addressed not merely to the issue of euthanasia, but to the broader issue of “the care of persons in the critical and terminal phases of life.” The statement itself acknowledges: “It is widely recognized that a moral and practical clarification regarding care of these persons is needed.”

The Social Dilemma, by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – “No, I don’t think they’re stupid,” she wrote, “but I wish they would just inform themselves.”… I had asked my students to write a reflection on whether they considered those with whom they disagreed either fools or scoundrels. The conviction that those with whom we disagree are not merely mistaken, but actually ignorant and/or malevolent is an increasing problem in our society. So I asked my students to do some self-reflection to see whether they might discern this tendency in themselves.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus Gave Them Authority over All Demons and Diseases

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 9:1-6 – And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal. And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart..

Saint of the Day for September 23: St. Pio of Pietrelcina

By Franciscan Media – In one of the largest such ceremonies in history, Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio of Pietrelcina on June 16, 2002. It was the 45th canonization ceremony in Pope John Paul’s pontificate. More than 300,000 people braved blistering heat as they filled St. Peter’s Square and nearby streets. They heard the Holy Father praise the new saint for his prayer and charity. “This is the most concrete synthesis of Padre Pio’s teaching,” said the pope. …

Chaos Surrounding Worship Services Demands New Justice Now, by Chris Woodward, Chad Groening

By Chris Woodward, Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of First Liberty Institute, stated during an appearance on The Todd Starnes Show on Monday “there’s a few reasons” it’s critical to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court as soon as possible… That, said Shackelford, is outrageous. “We’re in a fight right now [over the question]: ‘Does the government control our churches?’ – and we need nine justices [on the high court] because this thing is going to make it up there pretty soon,” he continued.

Counterfeit Delights, by John-Mark L. Miravalle

By John-Mark L. Miravalle, Crisis Magazine – Alcohol sales are on the rise, and have been for a while. No surprise when liquor stores are identified as essential institutions, even though our churches aren’t. People who haven’t been able get to Mass, or to their libraries, or to their workplaces haven’t yet been forbidden from going out and buying a bottle of booze… And why not? When so many of life’s basic goods have been suddenly banned (by those in charge of the common good, no less), why not celebrate those that still remain?

Judge Barbara Lagoa: A Pro-Life Christian Who Values “The Dignity of Each Human Being” by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Federal Judge Barbara Lagoa, one of President Donald Trump’s top candidates for the U.S. Supreme Court, is a faithful Catholic who once encouraged a group of pro-life lawyers to uphold “the dignity of each human being.”… Lagoa is a former Florida Supreme Court justice who currently serves on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Along with Amy Coney Barrett and several others, she is considered to be one of Trump’s top choices to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

1776 Trump Is the Best Trump, by Matthew Boose

By Matthew Boose,  American Greatness – In a speech at the National Archives on Constitution Day, President Trump put things in the starkest terms possible: America is facing a leftist insurrection that rejects the American Founding. This movement controls our institutions, and through them, it looks to crush the spirit of America and propagandize our people so they will meekly accept the yoke of leftist tyranny… The radicals burning American flags want to burn down the principles enshrined in our founding documents, including the bedrock principle of equal justice under law. …

Soros-Backed Orgs Gear Up to Throw US Into Anarchy If Trump Re-Elected, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – Billionaire George Soros is behind a vast coalition of left-wing advocacy groups gearing up to launch a massive “resistance” movement if Democrat Joe Biden is anything but the clear winner on Election Day (Breitbart)… “There’s going to be litigation, mass mobilization, policy options by governors, state attorneys general, members of Congress,” promised Vanita Gupta(beneficiary of financial support from George Soros)…
“People will be inspired and motivated to protect their country,” said Rahna Epting, executive director of Soros-funded MoveOn.org, to The Nation. “Will we be successful? We’re going to fight like hell to make sure we are.”

Fr John Bartunek, LC: What Is A General Confession?

Fr John Bartunek, LC, SThD, Spiritual Direction – Usually, the term “general confession” refers to going to confession and confessing all the sins of one’s past life (or of an extended period, like the past year) instead of just those sins committed since one’s previous confession.  Traditionally, making this kind of confession has been a recommended spiritual practice for moments of major life transition.  For example, young people often make a general confession before professing religious vows or before being ordained to the priesthood

Ruth Bader Ginsburg v. Life and Liberty, by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News –
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ought to be remembered for two things: her attacks on the right to life and her attacks on religious liberty… In the 2000 case of Stenberg v. Carhart, the Supreme Court considered whether a state could prohibit partial-birth abortion… What is a partial-birth abortion?… Justice Clarence Thomas answered that with clinical clarity in his dissenting opinion… “After dilating the cervix, the physician will grab the fetus by its feet and pull the fetal body out of the uterus into the vaginal cavity,” Thomas wrote.

Who Is Amy Coney Barrett? by Christine Niles 

Bby Christine Niles, Church Militant – While President Trump has whittled down his Supreme Court shortlist to five, sources confirm the frontrunner is Judge Amy Coney Barrett… Amy Coney Barrett: “I am a Catholic, Sen. Durbin.”… A Catholic mother of seven, with two adopted from Haiti, Barrett is considered the ideological heir of Supreme Court stalwart Antonin Scalia, himself a devout Catholic whom she used to clerk for…. She taught at Notre Dame Law School for 15 years before being nominated to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017… Thrust into the national spotlight, her faith became front and center during judicial confirmation hearings….

Donald Trump and Joe Biden Campaigns Intensify Faith-Outreach Efforts — With a Focus on Catholics, by

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – As Election Day draws nearer, the Trump and Biden campaigns have been appealing to communities of faith — including Catholic voters — by highlighting issues they believe will resonate with religious voters… The Trump campaign outreach to religious believers has focused on the president’s pro-life accomplishments and defense of religious freedom, while the Biden campaign has emphasized issues like immigration and the environment, as well as moral character, and is avoiding discussion of his stance in favor of legal abortion.

God – The Only Hope for America, by Franklin Graham

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – “The only hope for this country is God. It’s not a political party, it’s not our system – it’s God,” Graham stated. “… We need to call on God, and we need as a nation to confess our sins and to repent, and we need to put our faith and trust in God’s Son, Jesus Christ.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: Pondering Some Proverbs

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In daily Mass this week we are reading from the Book of Proverbs, in which a common theme is the contrast between the wise man and the fool… Let’s examine a few passages from the Proverbs. They go a long way toward explaining the ultimate destiny of the wise and the destruction wrought by foolishness and evil. My comments are presented in red text… Blessings are for the head of the just, but a rod for the back of the fool (Proverbs 10:6).

Last Best Chance to Capture Supreme Court, by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – Are there Republicans who would really walk away from this last, best chance to secure the court, simply because the process offends their sense of proper procedure? This may be a hard vote for Murkowski, Collins and a few other Republicans. But to vote down a qualified conservative nominee, on the eve of a presidential election, would amount to a crippling blow to their party and to their reputations within that party.

New Report Suggests NARAL Expects Media to Mislead Public in Favor of Abortion, by Sarah Terzo

By Sarah Terzo, Live Action – Previously, Live Action News noted how NARAL’s recent report on abortion in the media indicated a supposed need for the media to use even more pro-abortion language than it already does, with the abortion organization emphasizing that the media should discuss abortion more as “health care” as opposed to as a political issue. But the report also seems to indicate that NARAL would like the media to lie about scientific facts for them.

DOJ Officially Designates NYC, Portland, Seattle As Violent Anarchy Zones, by Jordan Davidson

By Jordan Davidson, The Federalist – Monday, the Dept. of Justice labeled New York City, Portland, and Seattle as cities “permitting violence and destruction of property”… Attorney Gen. William Barr said state and local leaders in these cities are endangering citizens, including peaceful protestors… “We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance. It is my hope that the cities identified by the Dept. of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens,” he said.

Pandemic Follies – and the Constitution, by Hadley Arkes

By Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing – Justice Alito gave a current and sharp expression to this concern in his dissent recently from the refusal of his Court to review the case of the Cavalry Chapel in Nevada.  The orders of the Governor blocked people from gathering in church even for a single service on Sunday.  But at the same time, in Las Vegas, customers were free to roam, in larger numbers, from one casino to another day and night.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Hear the Word of God and Do It

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 8:19-21: Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him for the crowd. And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.” But he said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

Saint of the Day for September 22: St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions

By Franciscan Media – Lorenzo was born in Manila of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, both Christians. Thus he learned Chinese and Tagalog from them, and Spanish from the Dominicans whom he served as altar boy and sacristan. He became a professional calligrapher, transcribing documents in beautiful penmanship. He was a full member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary under Dominican auspices. He married and had two sons and a daughter.

Proof the ‘Silent Majority’ Really Does Exist, by Beth Baumann

By Beth Baumann, Townhall – For months we have heard about the “Silent Majority,” the idea that the majority of our nation are conservative, law-abiding citizens who support President Trump. These Americans care about issues like jobs and the economy. They support law enforcement, disagree with Black Lives Matter rioters and, by and large, want government to stay out of their lives… In Central Michigan, the “Silent Majority” is alive and well. The problem, however, is they’re silent because they’re afraid of being retaliated against.

Democrats First – Catholics Last (George Neumayr)

By Complicit Clergy – Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, is considered one of the most powerful prelates in the United States. His power derives from his status as a member of the inner circle of Pope Francis. Where he stands on the presidential election, consequently, is a large window on FrancisChurch, and last week he gave the public a glimpse into it.

Three Reasons Christians Should Not Speak the Slogan, ‘Black Lives Matter’, by Neil Mammen

By Neil Mammen, The Stream – It should go without saying that Christians believe black lives matter. Christians believe all lives matter. It should also go without saying that any true follower of Christ thinks racism… is an affront to the Gospel. If only things were that simple in our present societal chaos… At a time when people are “canceled” for not putting black squares on their social media, and when they’re harassed by mobs for not raising fists in the air at outdoor eateries, it can be very tempting for Christians to repeat the mantra, “Black Lives Matter.” Should we, though?

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: On Prophets and Pearl-Clutchers

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Crisis Magazine – Do they really want to participate in a latter-day inquisition and witch hunt? As Catholics, our record on that one is regrettable. I expect there is already a social media feeding frenzy on Father Altman. Don’t the piranhas realize that in persecuting the prophet they are joining the ranks of Torquemada and the Pharisees? “And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets’ ” (Mt. 22:30). Liars. You are doing it already.

Latinos May Give Trump Needed Edge, by Joseph Treviño

Jesse Romero, a former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy-turned-Catholic preacher penned the book, A Catholic Vote for Trump: The Only Choice in 2020 for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents Alike… Romero says that because Latinos are very pro-family oriented and Catholic, the Republican party is the “natural home” for them. He adds that most Latinos really don’t know the actual Democratic platform, which he says has shifted away from old-school, blue-collar family values in favor of extreme, progressive ideology.

BREAKING: Trump to Speak at National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday

By Paul Smeaton, LifeSiteNews – President Donald J. Trump will address the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast (NCPB) in Washington D.C., this Wednesday, September 23… The NCPB hasn’t formally announced Trump as their speaker, but a Politico reporter and the advocacy group CatholicVote shared the news on Twitter today… “A fitting recognition of the President’s and Catholics’ shared commitment to the defense of human life, the dignity of workers, and the freedom to practice our faith”

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput: God Never Loses

By Achb. Charles J. Chaput, First Things – One of the great legacies of our cultural history is La Chanson de Roland (The Song of Roland). It was composed a thousand years ago, in the mid-11th century, and it tells the story of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass. The battle took place on the border of Spain and France in A.D. 778, during the reign of Charlemagne. The story goes like this… Charlemagne has been fighting in Spain against that country’s Muslim occupiers. The campaign has been a success. He now leads his army back to France to rest. …

Fr. Altman: Liberal Catholics are Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing (VIDEO)

Complicit Clergy – Fr. James Altman responds to critics of his recent video, “You Cannot Be a Catholic and a Democrat.”  Nearly 100 years ago, St. John Henry Cardinal Newman said, “The greatest tragedy in the Catholic Church is the ignorance of the laity.” And today when someone has the courage to speak the truth, today’s Cancel Culture rises up to silence them.

CNA: Archbishop Cordileone: San Francisco Mass Restrictions ‘Mocking God’

CNA Staff – “For months I have pleaded with the City on your behalf, advocating for your need of the consolation of the Mass, and the consolation you derive from the practice of your faith and connection with your faith community. City Hall ignored us,” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said in his homily at an outdoor Mass following the processions… “It has become clear to me that they just don’t care about you…We have been patiently putting up with unjust treatment long enough, and now it is time to come together to witness to our faith and to the primacy of God, and tell City Hall: No More!”

This BLM Co-Founder and Pro-Communist China Group Are Partnering Up. Here’s Why. by Mike Gonzalez

By Mike Gonzalez, The Daily Signal – Imagine that far-right demonstrators were laying siege to American cities for months, led by activists explicitly calling for an “ethno-state,” and that one of their groups was funded by an outfit involved with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. It would lead the news every day and there would be congressional hearings, right?

Saint of the Day for September 21: St. Matthew (c. 1st Century)

By Franciscan Media – Matthew was a Jew who worked for the occupying Roman forces, collecting taxes from other Jews. The Romans were not scrupulous about what the “tax farmers” got for themselves. Hence the latter, known as “publicans,” were generally hated as traitors by their fellow Jews. The Pharisees lumped them with “sinners” (see Matthew 9:11-13). So it was shocking to them to hear Jesus call such a man to be one of his intimate followers.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Every Secret Shall Come to Light

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 8:16-18 – “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hid that shall not be made manifest, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light. Take heed then how you hear; for to him who has will more be given, and from him who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”

Did Ruth Bader Ginsburg Die for Our Sins? by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – We shouldn’t rush to interpret current events as the will of God. But unless we see Him as a distant, disinterested Watchmaker, we must think that Our Lord nudges events along at crucial times. So the Old Testament tells us, and our theology agrees. We must remain modest and careful in our speculations. Stay careful to label them as provisional, not decisive… But if we do all that, I think it’s okay to wonder. For instance, did God call home Ruth Bader Ginsburg… at just this moment for some special reason? Perhaps.

Is the USCCB Just a Tool of the Democrat Party? by Michael Hichborn

By Michael Hichborn, President, Lepanto Institute – Earlier this week, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, who has authority over a radio station in his diocese that is broadcasting blatantly satanic music, said that a Catholic could “in good conscience vote for Joe Biden,” while also saying that he would “have a harder time” voting for Trump… And while the social justice money machine of the US Catholic bishops is throwing its weight behind Biden and his anti-life crusade, faithful priests who dare to speak out against the luciferian agenda of the Left and the grave moral danger to souls who vote for it are being tossed under the bus.

Fr. Richard Heilman: We Are Loosing the Battle for Souls Because We Are Choosing Not to Fight

By Fr Richard Heilman, Roman Catholic Man – Please correct me if I am wrong, but I see we are losing the battle for souls because we are choosing not to fight. Whether it had been rumbling for ten years or one hundred years or one thousand years, the volcanic eruption of a far left secular liberalism with its pacifist ideology occurred in the 1960s, in the culture and in our Church… For these past 50+ years, the calculation has been that we only need to be nice, and that this niceness alone will soothe the savage beast.

Christ or Chaos? by Paul Krause

By Paul Krause, Crisis Magazine – “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Humans are mimetic creatures: we learn by images and imitation. This is nothing new. Aristotle identified it, Saint Thomas Aquinas built from it, and René Girard pioneered his grand theory of violence and the sacred from it. As Christianity declines, the human impulse for transcendence and the yearning for unity, solidarity, and community remain, but we are now seeing a full-throated return of thyia in all its (un)holy horror and terror.

‘APOCALYPSE NOW’: America Braces for Bitter Supreme Court Confirmation Fight Weeks Before Election, by Claire Chretien

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – During a rally in North Carolina… Trump said his nominee will be a woman. Ginsburg was the second woman to be nominated to the high court… Amy Coney Barrett is often the first name pro-lifers bring up in the context of Trump’s next Supreme Court appointment, but she is far from the only possibility. Barrett, a Catholic mother of seven, became famous when Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) interrogated her about her Catholic faith …

Msgr. Charles Pope: Do the Math! Learning the Mathematics of the Kingdom is Important for Salvation

By Msgr. Charles Pope – As a kind of follow-up from yesterday’s Gospel about the workers in the vineyard, we do well to examine. a kind of “mathematics of the Kingdom of God.” As noted yesterday, be very, very careful before you ask God to be fair. If God were fair, we’re all in big trouble. What we need most from God now is that he be merciful. And, having experienced God’s mercy he calls us to be merciful. Mercy is a very important aspect of the mathematics of the Kingdom of God.

Mike Pompeo Urges Vatican to Call Out China for Religious Freedom Violations, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, Breitbart – “The Holy See has a unique capacity and duty to focus the world’s attention on human rights violations, especially those perpetrated by totalitarian regimes like Beijing’s,” Pompeo wrote Friday in an essay for First Things. “In the late twentieth century, the Church’s power of moral witness helped inspire those who liberated central and eastern Europe from communism, and those who challenged autocratic and authoritarian regimes in Latin America and East Asia.”

WATCH! Jim Caviezel Rebukes Christian Fence-Sitters in Inspired Interview, by Megan Fox

By Megan Fox, PJ Media – In the middle of this interview on Fox News, some kind of holy fire descended on Caviezel and he lit up the screen with an epic soliloquy about the nature of humanity, the duty of a Christian in the face of oppression, and the coming conflict with our fellow citizens who will not stop trying to remove religious and constitutional freedoms. You will not believe this. Someone get this man a pulpit. (Part one starts a little slow but part two is a holy fire. Prepare yourself.)

Lying for Justice? by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – Some years ago, a friend told me about how he’d chosen the title of his book, which was about to appear. He wasn’t primarily a writer. He’d long worked with the homeless in San Francisco – until he saw what was really going on. He went to bed one night, praying to come up with a title, which had been elusive. He woke with what he knew was exactly right: Lying for Justice…

Judge Amy Barrett’s Charismatic Catholicism- Who Are the People of Praise? by Christine Rousselle

By Christine Rousselle, CNA – After the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, reports have circulated that Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a federal judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, is a leading candidate for the country’s high court… Barrett, a Catholic, was appointed a federal judge in 2017. During and after her confirmation process, questions were raised about her faith, and about her affiliation with a group called the “People of Praise,” a charismatic “covenant community.”

On Politics, the Church, and Satan, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Two recent news stories confirm deep flaws in the Catholic Church’s practical commitment to objective moral norms in the United States (and by extension, throughout the West). By “practical commitment”, I do not mean official Church teaching but practical decisions by huge numbers of Catholics, both high and low, to favor and support social movements and political platforms that advocate objectively immoral laws.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Bite Your Tongue! A Reflection on Common Sins of Speech

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In the pastoral guide of St. Gregory the Great, the opening line reads: “A spiritual guide should be silent when discretion requires and speak when words are of service.”… This is not easy. Indeed, self-mastery in speech is among the rarer gifts and usually comes later in life!… Some of the most common sins we commit are related to speech: gossip, idle chatter, lies, exaggerations, harsh attacks, and uncharitable remarks. With our tongue we can spread hatred, incite fear and maliciousness ….

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: He Who Has Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 8:4-15 – And when a great crowd came together and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it.

Saint of the Day for September 19: St. Januarius (c. 300)

By Franciscan Media – Little is known about the life of Januarius. He is believed to have been martyred in the Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of 305. Legend has it that Januarius and his companions were thrown to the bears in the amphitheater of Pozzuoli, but the animals failed to attack them. They were then beheaded, and Januarius’ blood ultimately brought to Naples.

Fr. Michael Orsi: Critical Theories: A Recipe for Destruction (Watch Video)

Fr. Michael Orsi, Action for Life Florida – Father Michael Orsi discussed current critical theories in the mainstream and how they are intended to destroy our culture and religions. Watch Video

Biden Campaign Downplays Abortion, Killing 62 Million Babies Is Just Another “Issue”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Joe Biden’s campaign is desperately trying to reel in Christian voters because it knows the majority of Americans are pro-life and most will not support a presidential candidate who supports abortions up to birth… To do that, Biden’s campaign is drumming up his Catholic faith. But it’s taking another approach to try to dilute President Trump’s Christian support — by saying abortion is just another “political issue” akin to tax policy or funding a government program.

Fox Censors Gingrich for Blurting Out the S-Word (‘Soros’): A Glitch in the Matrix

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich was talking about the threat of left-wing district attorneys all across the country — like the one that’s persecuting the McCloskeys in St. Louis. He noted the widely-established, not at all secret or uncorroborated fact that globalist left-wing donor George Soros had spent many millions electing these prosecutors. (In 2016, Wikileaks established the sheer scale and range of Soros’ global campaign to promote leftist, Islamist, and anti-Israel politicians around the world. It even exposed Soros’ ties to Pope Francis’ Vatican.)

Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead at 87, 45 Days Before Election, by Martin Bürger

By Martin Bürger, LifeSiteNews – Pro-abortion and pro-homosexuality Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died today at 87 years of age. She was the oldest of the nine justices… “Justice Ginsburg was known for her friendship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a pro-life Catholic who attended the Traditional Latin Mass. We hope that his faith had an impact on her later in her life, and that she repented of her pro-abortion activism at the end.”

WATCH: ‘Passion of the Christ’ Lead Actor Blasts ‘Collaborator’ Bishops Destroying Church

Complicit Clergy – These collaborators are Judases, Pontus Pilates and Pharisees… Catholic actor Jim Caviezel.. blasted “lukewarm” Christians in a Fox News interview, saying it’s “a bloody shame” one can’t tell the difference “between a priest, a bishop, or a politician.”… “It’s a bloody shame if you can’t tell the difference between a priest, a bishop, or a politician. It’s really sad, but this is called lukewarmness, and Christ has a very special place for them, and they know it.”

Why Abortion Is Different From Other Issues, by Michael Warsaw

By Michael Warsaw, Publisher, EWTN – We are now less than 50 days from the Nov. 3 election, and as Catholics take this time to discern which issues should be our priority when we vote, one issue always seems to come to the fore: abortion… That should hardly be surprising, as abortion — among all of the issues in our country — is unique: both in its prevalence and in its taking of completely innocent lives… Still, some Catholics try to downplay the importance of this issue.

Burying the Children, by Kristine Christlieb

By Kristine Christlieb, Church Militant – Catholics gathering for prayer in Brighton, Michigan, were among other groups across the nation that came together on Saturday for the National Day of Remembrance for aborted children… In this election year, the call to prayer was also a call to action… Noted radio personality Al Kresta reminded the faithful that just affirming the humanity of the preborn wasn’t enough.

Waiting for the “Spring”, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – When Pope John Paul II announced a Great Jubilee to mark the dawn of the third Christian millennium, he spoke boldly of a “new springtime of Christian life.” The Jubilee promised to be a crowning moment in a pontificate filled with great achievements. The pope had begun his pontificate by exhorting the Church to “Be not afraid!” He finished the Great Jubilee on a similar theme, echoing the Lord’s command to his disciples: Duc in altum! Put out into the deep! The Great Jubilee came to a close on the Feast of the Epiphany, 2001.

Biden’s Death Mask, by D. Axe, W. Briggs, J. Richards

By D. Axe, W. Briggs, J. Richards, The Stream – Joe Biden, or his handlers, are suggesting that, if elected, he’d implement a nation-wide mask mandate… He says he’d make the case “with scientists” for every state, every county, every jurisdiction, to create and enforce mandatory mask laws. No scientist should, however, if objectively examining the data, agree with Joe Biden… If Biden were elected, he would not take office, of course, until January. He therefore assumes masks would still be needed. Yet in most cases, they aren’t needed now, if they ever were.

David Daleiden Files Defamation Suit in NY Federal Court Against PP for Calling Expose’ Videos “Fake”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – David Daleiden has filed a lawsuit against the Planned Parenthood abortion business for defamation after the abortion corporation repeatedly accused Daleiden and the other undercover journalists of “manufacture[d]”, “fake”, and “false” undercover video reporting… The CMP and its founder David Daleiden are suing PP Federation of America for defamation in New York federal court after PPFA falsely claimed the series of videos CMP released a few years ago that exposed PP’s sales of aborted baby parts were “fake.”

Adoration: The Most Perfect Prayer, Raoul Plus, S.J.

By Raoul Plus, S.J., Catholic Exchange – We may pray to adore, to give thanks, to implore pardon, or to ask for the graces we need. But whereas, in the last three cases, our thought comes back to ourselves, in the first, we forget ourselves entirely and think of God alone… If I give thanks, it is because I have received; if I implore pardon, it is because I have sinned; if I ask, it is because I need. I am never absent from my prayer. But in the prayer of adoration, the only person considered is God, to whom I pray.

Biden Presidency ‘An Existential Threat,’ Says Catholic Group

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – Catholic Vote is the group running a $9.7 million ad campaign in six swing states to draw attention to Democrat Joe Biden’s campaign for president… Brian Burch, who heads the organization, tells OneNewsNow that Biden, who professes to be a devout Catholic… “He began as pro-life; he moved to pro-abortion; and now he’s even in favor of taxpayer funding of abortion,” Burch summarizes. “Of course, for Catholics the sanctity of life is the foundational issue. The USCCB called abortion the preeminent issue because of the number of lives lost and because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Women Provided for Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 8:1-3 – Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.

Saint of the Day for September 18: St. Joseph of Cupertino

By Franciscan Media – Joseph of Cupertino is most famous for levitating at prayer. Already as a child, Joseph showed a fondness for prayer. After a short career with the Capuchins, he joined the Conventual Franciscans. Following a brief assignment caring for the friary mule, Joseph began his studies for the priesthood. Though studies were very difficult for him, Joseph gained a great deal of knowledge from prayer. He was ordained in 1628.

A Thomist’s Guide to the 2020 Election, by Daniel Waldow

By Daniel Waldow, Crisis Magazine – Aquinas’s understanding of politics is based upon his notion of the purpose of human life. Humans yearn for happiness. The natural happiness accessible to all people in this life consists in the exercise of the intellectual and moral virtues. In order to be virtuous, a person first needs to be alive. Then, the living person needs to have morally virtuous relationships with their neighbors, and especially with their spouse and children. Finally, they need to exercise the virtue of religion by worshiping God. Life, love of neighbor, and love of God are thus the three goods which humans need to be happy in this life…

Dear Bishop: Fr. Altman Deserves Your Praise, Not Threats, for Telling Catholics They Can’t Be Democrats, by Mary Ann Kreitzer

By Mary Ann Kreitzer, LifeSiteNews – Many of our members have watched and listened to the edifying sermons by Fr. James Altman and remarked on what a blessing he must be to his bishop for speaking the truth with clarity and charity about the moral obligation of Catholics, particularly our shepherds, to defend intrinsic moral issues.

U.S. Commission Urges Vatican to Prioritize Religious Freedom in Deal with China, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Bretibart – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has urged the Vatican to highlight religious liberty in its deliberations with China prior to renewing a 2018 deal on the naming of bishops in the country… “Communist China continues to persecute Chinese Catholics. USCIRF hopes any future deal between the Vatican & China is rooted in the protection of #religiousfreedom,” the Commission wrote on Twitter this week…

Non-Prophet Status, by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – The U.S. Catholic bishops, for the most part, have abandoned the faithful. For decades they have been allowing heresy to flourish in parishes, seminaries and chanceries. They have chased good men away from the seminaries (calling them “rigid”) and have allowed effeminate, worldly men to be the face of the Catholic Church… These same bishops abandoned the preaching of the gospel — using the canard of separation of Church and State to absolve themselves of abandoning their divinely instituted vocation.

Bsp. Alfred Schlert, “Abortion and Euthanasia Are the ‘Preeminent’ Issues in Forming an Opinion About How to Vote”, by Matt Hadro

By Matt Hadro, CNA – Defense of innocent human life should be “uppermost” in the mind of Catholic voters at election time, the bishop of Allentown, Pennsylvania, has told Catholics in his diocese… In a letter issued Sept. 9 on voting in the upcoming presidential elections, Bishop Alfred Schlert of Allentown said that “abortion and euthanasia are the ‘preeminent’ issues in forming an opinion about how to vote,” citing Catholic teaching as outlined by the U.S. bishops and Pope Francis.

Sick Society, by William Mahoney

By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant – A Catholic investigative group is asking the archbishop of Newark, New Jersey to shut down a Catholic university’s radio station that broadcasts “satanic” and “deranged” music… “If an archbishop won’t stop openly satanic music that literally asks for demonic possession from being broadcast by a radio station under his authority, what other open and grave evils will he permit?” said Michael Hichborn of Lepanto Institute… “Cdl. Tobin has the authority and the obligation to shut this station down, which is why this petition is so important!”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Which Will Love Him More?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 7:36-50 – One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house, and took his place at table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment….

Saint of the Day for September 17: St. Robert Bellarmine (Oct. 4, 1542 – Sept. 17, 1621)

By Franciscan Media – When Robert Bellarmine was ordained in 1570, the study of Church history and the fathers of the Church was in a sad state of neglect. A promising scholar from his youth in Tuscany, he devoted his energy to these two subjects, as well as to Scripture, in order to systematize Church doctrine against the attacks of the Protestant Reformers. He was the first Jesuit to become a professor at Louvain.

Exclusive Interview: FEC Chairman, Trey Trainor with Michael Voris (Video)

By Michael Voris, Church Militant – FEC chairman exposes bishops’ agenda: Trey Trainor, chairman of the Federal Election Commission and a practicing Catholic, clarifies the rights of Catholics to engage in political advocacy and how bishops are misusing their authority to censor the faithful.

Fr. Mike Schmitz: What’s a Sign from God (and What Isn’t) – Video

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – Signs are often tricky and fuzzy. They’re not always such a good tool for helping you make a decision… Let’s be honest: we want shortcuts. We want God to do the hard work and make big decisions for us. Doing God’s will is the purpose of life, but that does not mean he is going to just reveal exactly what you ought to do. That would violate our freedom… God speaks in clarity, not fuzziness…

CatholicVote.Org: The Biden Report: For Catholic Voters

CatholicVote.org – The winner of the Catholic vote has won every presidential election since 1976, with the exception of one. In 2016, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton among Catholics 52-45. In 2018, Catholics were very narrowly divided, with 50% backing Democrats and 49% supporting Republicans… The following report is a comprehensive examination of Joe Biden’s 47-years in public life from a Catholic perspective. The report contains citations of interviews, speeches, videos, and media reports on 8 key policy areas of importance to Catholics.

The First Bond — the Family — Is Weak, by Michael B. Dougherty

By Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review – Sometimes it’s worth taking stock of the basics. American conservatives sometimes call the family a “pre-political institution.” Usually they have in mind the idea of protecting the family from manipulation or intrusion by the state’s bureaucrats. But Cicero was more insightful when he observed that marriage and family are the foundation of political life: “The first bond of society is marriage; next, children; and then the family.”

The Church of Woke: A Parody of Faith, by F. A. Grabowski

By F. A. Grabowski, Crisis Magazine – The public recitation of baptismal vows should be familiar to most practicing Catholics. The vows consist of a series of questions whereby the faithful are invited to renounce Satan, his works, and his empty promises. As infants receiving the sacrament of Baptism, our parents and sponsors make these vows on our behalf. As adults, usually under the circumstances of a special solemnity, we make them on behalf of ourselves. …

Catholic Bishop Claims Catholics Can Vote for Pro-Abortion Joe Biden “in Good Conscience”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Catholic Cardinal Joseph Tobin is facing criticism for saying voters can support Joe Biden “in good conscience” despite the pro-abortion Democrat’s radical pro-abortion stance… he suggested Biden might be more acceptable than President Donald Trump, who has taken a historic number of life-saving actions to protect unborn babies from abortion… According to the report, Tobin said he believes “a person in good conscience could vote for Mr. Biden” for president.

Cardinal Keeping Satanism On the Airways, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey who handles Catholic affairs in the region, has been slow to react to an investigative report by the Lepanto Institute… “Seton Hall University has its own radio station, which is broadcasting day and night what’s called black metal or death metal music,” Institute President Michael Hichborn reports. “It’s satanic, it’s grotesque, it’s gory, and it’s violent, but it is absolutely demonic.”

Statue Of Jesus Decapitated During Open Prayer Time In El Paso Cathedral, by Jordan Davidson

By Jordan Davidson, The Federalist – An almost 90-year-old religious statue was destroyed in an El Paso, Texas cathedral on Tuesday, making it one of approximately 200 historical and religious statues vandalized over the last six months… “I am in shock and we at the Cathedral are heartbroken over such an unexpected situation,” said the rector of St. Patrick Cathedral, Fr. Trini Fuentes.

Fr. Nnamdi Moneme: How Reconciliation Prepares Us for Death

By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange – Ben Sira has this to say about how our thoughts of death should impact us: “Remember your last days, set enmity aside; remember death and decay, and cease from sin! Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor; remember the most High’s covenant, and overlook faults”… This ancient biblical writer is recommending that the best way to prepare for death — our death and the death of our loved ones — is to accept the reconciliation that God offers us and offer this same reconciliation to others.

Pro-Homosexual Bishop John Stowe Says Environment Should Be ‘Preeminent Issue’ for Voters, Not Abortion

By Martin Bürger, LifeSiteNews – Bishop John Stowe suggested last Thursday that the environment is the preeminent issues for Catholic voters to consider, not abortion. “They are both critical issues,” the pro-homosexual bishop of Lexington, Kentucky, admitted. “I think an argument could be made that … creation is the preeminent issue, because without the environment to sustain human life, you can’t have human life.”

Bear Growls: The USCCB

By Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic – The USCCB is throwing its negligible weight behind the Harris-Biden ticket with their new “Civilize It” program, which repackages their old “Vote for Baby-Killing Socialists or You’re Not Catholic” tract, a.k.a. “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, a Call to Political Responsibility.”… This is old news, of course. Bear supposes the only thing new is how they’ve managed to get even worse at this. Like the Pope Videos, they’re not even worth ridiculing anymore. They’re simply irrelevant, as is the USCCB itself. Like all the Catholic media out there still obsessing on them.

Vatican’s Former Doctrine Head: Vote for ‘Good Protestant’ Over ‘Bad Catholic’, by Anthony Murdoch

By Anthony Murdoch, LifeSiteNews – Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo that it is “better to vote for a good Protestant than for a bad Catholic.”… “I think as we are citizens in a pluralistic state with religious freedom. And, I don’t support a candidate in Germany because he is Catholic but because he has the right understanding of life and the basics for human rights,” Müller (said).. “And it’s better to vote for a good Protestant than for a bad Catholic. We must judge according to what they are doing and not only [according] to their words. That is biblical criteria. Look to the fruits.”

Fr. Matthew MacDonald: A Tale of Two Religious

By Fr. Matthew MacDonald, Crisis Magazine – On Wednesday, August 26, Sister Diedre Byrne, POSC, a nun who served as a surgeon, a retired army officer, and a missionary, gave a bold speech at the Republican National Convention regarding the sanctity of all human life. She affirmed and praised President Donald Trump for being one of the most pro-life presidents in American history in trying to stop the murder of unborn children through abortion. …

AP: Trump Presides as Israel, 2 Arab States Sign Historic Pacts

AP – Declaring “the dawn of a new Middle East,” President Donald Trump on Tuesday presided over the signing of historic diplomatic pacts between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations that he hopes will lead to a new order in the Mideast and cast him as a peacemaker at the height of his reelection campaign… Hundreds of people amassed on the sun-washed South Lawn to witness the signing of agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

The Left’s Moral Compass Isn’t Broken … by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, Townhall – …in order to have a broken moral compass, you need to have a moral compass to begin with. But the left doesn’t have one… This is not meant as an attack. It is a description of reality. The left regularly acknowledges that it doesn’t think in terms of good and evil. Most of us are so used to thinking in those terms — what we call “Judeo-Christian” — that it is very difficult for us to divide the world in any other way… But since Karl Marx, the left has always divided the world, and, therefore, human actions, in ways other than good and evil. …

The Coming Vaccine, by Matthew Hanley

By Matthew Hanley, The Catholic Thing – If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times: life just can’t get back to normal until a vaccine is ready for stopping COVID-19. Owing to fear, aggressively cultivated panic, and blind trust in what we are disingenuously told is “science,” this view has taken on such momentum that challenging it seems unthinkable – possibly even a punishable offense…

The Sexual Revolution, Not Racism or Capitalism, Ruins the Lives of the Poor, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – The key insight is that the goals of the Sexual Revolution are Utopian fantasies. The Revolutionaries promote the belief that a good and decent society should do everything possible to separate sex from babies, separate both sex and babies from marriage, and eliminate all distinctions between men and women… But all these goals are impossible. Sex actually does make babies. Children do need their parents. Life-long marriage between their parents does protect the needs of children. Men and women are really different.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: How Shall I Compare This Generation?

By Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 7:31-35 – “To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the market place and calling to one another, `We piped to you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep.’ For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine; and you say, `He has a demon.’ …

Saint of the Day for September 16: St. Cornelius (d. 253)

By Franciscan Media – There was no pope for 14 months after the martyrdom of Saint Fabian because of the intensity of the persecution of the Church. During the interval, the Church was governed by a college of priests. Saint Cyprian, a friend of Cornelius, writes that Cornelius was elected pope “by the judgment of God and of Christ, by the testimony of most of the clergy, by the vote of the people, with the consent of aged priests and of good men.”

Biden’s Counterfeit Catholicism, by George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, Church Militant – Now it is Joe Biden who has a serious Catholic problem. On almost every moral issue he stands against the teachings of his Church. On the most important issue, abortion, he has gone completely to the other side. At one time he seemed to support abortion only reluctantly. “I’m prepared to accept that at the moment of conception there’s human life and being,” Biden told the Jesuit magazine America. “But I’m not prepared to say that to other God-fearing, non-God-fearing people that have a different view.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: On Honor and Its Pitfalls

Msgr. Charles Pope – Every year at about this time we read St. Augustine’s sermon “On Pastors” in the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours. As you know, priests are required to read the Divine Office daily; St. Augustine’s sermon extends over the better part of two weeks. It amounts to a stern warning for priests who too easily live off the sheep instead of shepherding them rightly… At one point in the sermon Augustine speaks to a subtle matter: the question of honor. On the one hand we rightly respect elders and leaders, according them due honor.

A Vote for Joe Biden is Really a Vote for Radical Abortion Activist Kamala Harris, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – It looks like Kamala Harris already is making plans to take over the highest office in the land if Joe Biden wins the presidential election in November… On Monday, Harris, Biden’s vice presidential running mate, made what PJ Media described as the “mother of all Freudian slips” when she used her own name to describe future White House leadership rather than that of her running mate… “A Harris administration,” she began before correcting herself, “together with Joe Biden as the president of the United States … a Biden-Harris administration.”

Archbishop Viganò: Without Vatican II, Destruction Wrought by Revolutions of the 1960s Would Not Have Happened, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin – Without the Second Vatican Council, the student revolution of 1968 that radically changed life in the Western world would never have happened, nor would a “self-styled” Catholic such as Joe Biden be a leading presidential contender, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has argued… In a new lengthy interview with the Vaticanist Marco Tosatti, the former nuncio to the United States said he believes there is a “close connection between the rebellion of the ultra-progressive clergy — with the Jesuits in the lead — and the education of generations of Catholics, who were formed according to the modernist ideology.”.. These, he said, were factors “flowing into the Council, which served as a premise not only for ’68 revolution in the political sphere, but also for the doctrinal and moral revolution in the ecclesial sphere.

Cdl. Sarah: Return to Public Mass, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – The Vatican’s liturgy chief is declaring it “urgent” that Catholics to return to the sacraments — in person… In a letter sent to the world’s bishops this week, Cdl. Robert Sarah, head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, warned that virtual participation in Mass on TV or online is not sufficient to sustain Christian life… “This community dimension has a theological meaning: God is a relationship of Persons in the Most Holy Trinity.”

‘A Modern-Day St. John the Baptist’: Rosary Rally Supporting Fr. James Altman Draws Hundreds, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – Hundreds of people descended on a rural Wisconsin city on Sunday in a show of support for Father James Altman, whose viral video message, “You can’t be a Catholic and a Democrat,” has now been viewed more than 660,000 times… Fr. Altman’s bishop, the Most Rev. William P. Callahan, recently threatened the outspoken priest with “canonical penalties” for his video, even as public support for the priest has surged among rank-and-file Catholics around the country.

Fr. Ed Broom: Ten Remedies for Times of Desolation

By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV,  Catholic Exchange – The damp, misty, drizzling morning, in which I leave home with a slight headache and nose-drip, can most appropriately describe the state of soul called Desolation. Indeed, there are hours, perhaps even days in which we feel as if we were traversing a tunnel that seems to have no outlet! Or if you like, days in which we feel as if we were meandering aimlessly through a dark interior, a humid and foul jungle, entangled in an emotional and spiritual tug of war in which the battle seems all but lost.

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Time to Start Invoking the Ten Commandments in Political Debate

By Father Jerry Pokorsky, CNSNews – God gave Moses the Ten Commandments He engraved on two stone tablets, setting forth the basic principles governing the lives of the Israelites. We cannot repent of our sins unless we know when and how we violate God’s law. We cannot begin to transform the culture without the moral clarity of the Commandments… It is quite surprising how many of us cannot identify the Commandments with precision. So our views on morality quickly become “private opinions,” swept up in what Pope Benedict XVI calls “the dictatorship of relativism.”

Joe Biden Is a Catholic—Just a Really Bad One, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse,American Greatness – You can be a bad Catholic and a good Democrat. You can be a good Catholic and a bad Democrat. What you cannot be is a good Catholic and a good Democrat… A bad Catholic is someone who accepts the abortion of an innocent child at any stage of the life cycle, but especially in the later months shortly before birth. This type of bad Catholic, however, would be considered a good Democrat since the Democrats view abortion at all stages as nothing short of a sacrament.

Netflix ‘Cuties’ — A Beachhead for Cultural Revolution, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – By now most Americans have heard of Netflix’s decision to host the controversial French film “Cuties” on its video streaming platform. The controversy is directly related to the fact that the film uses 11-year-old girls to depict sexually exploited 11-year-old girls. As film critic John Nolte puts it, “Cuties is soft-core pornography disguised as art. Nothing less. Nothing more.” Put another way, “Cuties” is child pornography that has been labeled “art,” making it socially acceptable to the progressive intelligentsia.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Lord Had Compassion on Her

By Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 7:11-17: Soon afterward he went to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”

Saint of the Day for September 15: Our Lady of Sorrows

By Franciscan Media – For a while there were two feasts in honor of the Sorrowful Mother: one going back to the 15th century, the other to the 17th century. For a while both were celebrated by the universal Church: one on the Friday before Palm Sunday, the other in September… The principal biblical references to Mary’s sorrows are in Luke 2:35 and John 19:26-27. The Lucan passage is Simeon’s prediction about a sword piercing Mary’s soul; the Johannine passage relates Jesus’ words from the cross to Mary and to the beloved disciple.

President Donald Trump Expands Executive Order Defunding International Planned Parenthood, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – President Donald Trump took another step to defund the abortion industry Monday through a new proposed rule to expand the Mexico City Policy… The pro-life policy has been in place during Republican presidential administrations since Ronald Reagan, defunding the International Planned Parenthood Federation and other abortion groups of hundreds of millions of tax dollars.

Joe Biden Is No JP2, by Patrick Novecosky

By Patrick Novecosky, Crisis Magazine – “The campaign for the presidency has come down to fear,” Biden said during a campaign stop in Pittsburgh. “But I believe Americans are stronger than that. I believe we’ll be guided by the words of Pope John Paul II, words drawn from the scriptures: ‘Be not afraid. Be not afraid.’” The same quote now appears in a Biden-Harris television spot… Catholics have every right to be outraged. ­­­­The Democrat presidential candidate, who professes to be Catholic, is not only content to allow the wholesale slaughter of the unborn, but he’s also willing to put government funding behind the violence of abortion.

Bauer: I’m Praying for a Landslide, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – With less than two months to go to the election, the Trump campaign is confident; Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, recently told reporters that they have mapped out various strategies and scenarios that range from an electoral landslide for Trump to him being reelected by a bare majority… Gary Bauer, president of American Values, says a close victory could prove problematic, as Biden’s team of lawyers is prepared to mount court challenges to the vote totals in key states.

Will Catholics Go Back to Mass On Their Bishops’ Orders? by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Starting this coming Sunday, it will be a serious sin for a Catholic in the Milwaukee archdiocese to miss Sunday Mass without a serious reason. Last week it was OK. It’s still OK in most other American dioceses and archdioceses… Can we expect ordinary Catholics to understand this situation? Can we expect them to come back to Sunday Mass, after a six-month hiatus? Having used their authority to stop lay Catholics from attending Mass, can bishops now invoke their authority to bring them back? Will this genie go back in the bottle?

If Progressive Christians Were Right, the Gospel Would Be a Cancer, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – I’m no biblical scholar or theologian. But as student of history, I can diagnose our symptoms. Our civilizational immune system has turned against itself. Not only won’t it attack cancer cells, but it goes after healthy tissue and vital organs. That’s why the West is failing. The Church which built up its limbs and formed its brain has been replaced by an ape church that’s trying to kill it.

CNA: Cardinal Sarah: ‘We Must Return to the Eucharist’

Catholic News Agency – In a letter to the leaders of the world’s episcopal conferences, the head of the Vatican’s office for worship and sacraments said that Catholic communities should return to Mass as soon as it can be done safely, and that the Christian life cannot be sustained without the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Christian community of the Church… The letter, sent to bishops this week, said that, while the Church should cooperate with civic authorities and be attentive to safety protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic, “liturgical norms are not matters on which civil authorities can legislate, but only the competent ecclesiastical authorities.”

Our Bishops Can’t Handle the Truth, by Deal Hudson

By Deal Hudson, The Christian Review – What has the Church come to that the President of the U.S. and the First Lady cannot visit a Catholic shrine without the Archbishop of Washington, DC announcing they are not welcome?… Abp. Wilton Gregory is the poster child for the Deep State Catholic American Hierarchy. Doesn’t Gregory realize his pontifications mean nothing when he sits in the seat of two previous archbishops who are predatory homosexual molesters? The U.S. bishop’s loss of credibility has only grown worse when, all but a handful, lack to desire or the courage to point out that Trump’s opponent, who calls himself Catholic, wants to make abortion legal until the moment of birth…

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Say the Word – Be Healed

By Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – By Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 7:1-10 – After he had ended all his sayings in the hearing of the people he entered Capernaum. Now a centurion had a slave who was dear to him, who was sick and at the point of death. When he heard of Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his slave. And when they came to Jesus, they begged him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him…

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

By Franciscan Media – Early in the fourth century, Saint Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, went to Jerusalem in search of the holy places of Christ’s life. She razed the second-century Temple of Aphrodite, which tradition held was built over the Savior’s tomb, and her son built the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher on that spot. During the excavation, workers found three crosses. …

The Vatican’s ‘Understandable Gamble’ on China, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – As the Holy See looks set to renew its contentious provisional agreement with China on the appointment of bishops, an American expert on China has become one of the few commentators to publicly defend the deal, arguing that previous methods at improving relations had failed and the Vatican was left with no choice.

Billionaire Atheist Funnels Cash to Jesuits, by Martin Barillas

By Martin Barillas, Church Militant – In the past four years, Jesuit institutions have received at least $1.7 million in donations from the Open Society Foundations (OSF) that are funded by plutocrat George Soros… By examining documents recorded on the internet, it’s evident that the Jesuits’ biggest recipient of Soros’ largesse is the U.S.-based Jesuit Worldwide Learning… In 2016, the organization received $890,000, while, in 2018, it garnered another $410,000. …

Msgr. Charles Pope: How Does Idealism Negatively Affect Marriage?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Those who seek to strengthen Holy Matrimony and stem the tide of failed marriages propose many remedies, among them better catechesis, improved marriage preparation, and greater emphasis on the sacrament in sermons. All of these are fine ideas and necessary steps, but let’s also ponder a deep but often unexplored root of the trouble with marriage today: idealism or unrealistic expectations.

People Behind COVID Scam Are ‘Deeply Cruel, Evil, and Psychotic People’, by Steve Jalsevac

By Steve Jalsevac, LifeSiteNews – Yes, it is that serious. And I say that not because of Dave Cullen’s video. I say it because I recognize from my own intensive research every day for the past several months that everything he presents in the video is likely right on the mark. And I also say it not to frighten you, but to warn you that it is indeed time to wake up and, by together taking strong actions, we can stop these murderous megalomaniac elites from successfully implementing their evil plans.

Will Children Die So That We May Live? by Casey Chalk

By Casey Chalk, Crisis Magazine – The controversy stems from the fact that the cell line for the research was originally derived from cells grown in tissue culture taken from an electively aborted female fetus in the 1970s. The ecumenical letter thus demanded the Australian government refrain from making the Oxford vaccine mandatory or punishing those who decline it on religious grounds, and ensure a different, “ethically uncontroversial” vaccine also be made available.

Why Catholics Can’t Be Pro-Choice, by Trent Horn (2014)

By Trent Horn, Catholic Answers – Unfortunately, there are many people who call themselves Catholic and yet believe, for one reason or another, they can be “pro-choice,” or support legal abortion, without compromising their Catholic Faith. When I say someone is “pro-choice,” I don’t mean only that he has voted for a political candidate who happens to support keeping abortion legal. I mean that person is committed to the idea that legal abortion is necessary and that he votes for laws and politicians with the intention of keeping abortion legal.

White Martyrs, Take Heart, by Lynn and Matt Bifulco (2012)

By Lynn and Matt Bifulco, Catholic Exchange – The word “martyr” means “witness.” The first centuries of the Church were spattered red with the blood of the heroic martyrs, but when peace came to the Church there was still a need for heroic witness. Very soon the concept of “white martyrdom” developed: a martyrdom without blood, but still facing off against violent hatred of the faith. This white martyrdom consisted in a total offering to God, dying to self, the world, and its allurements. 

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Reckless Transparency

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – Sexual sins have been with us since the fall of Adam. But the “child abuse problem” in the Church (and in greater society) is, at root, an Eighth Commandment problem, in addition to its Sixth Commandment component. The faithful have lost confidence in Church authorities because of the patterns of lies and cover-ups that followed the loathsome crimes of the clergy… The presumed remedies we’ve seen in recent years, unfortunately, involve another violation of the Eighth Commandment. …

Saint of the Day for September 12: Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

By Franciscan Media – This feast is a counterpart to the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus; both have the possibility of uniting people easily divided on other matters… The feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary began in Spain in 1513 and in 1671 was extended to all of Spain and the Kingdom of Naples. In 1683, John Sobieski, king of Poland, brought an army to the outskirts of Vienna to stop the advance of Muslim armies loyal to Mohammed IV of Constantinople.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: A Life Built on a Solid Foundation

By Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 6:43-49 – “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. “Why do you call me `Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? …

Newsom Signs Bill Intended to End Discrimination Against LGBTQ People in Sex Crime Convictions, by Phil Willons

By Phil Willons, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times – Discrimination against LGBTQ people in sex crime convictions will be outlawed under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom late Friday evening… The measure, Senate Bill 145, will amend existing state law that allows judges to decide whether an adult convicted of having vaginal sexual intercourse with a minor should register as a sex offender in cases in which the minor is 14 years or older and the adult is not more than 10 years older than the minor.

Another Bishop Bows To The Culture, by Joseph Matt

By Joseph Matt, The Wanderer – Based on the words expressed by Bishop Callahan, it is difficult to identify exactly what wrongdoing the bishop is accusing Fr. Altman of. Rather it seems more like the bishop is responding like the cowering politician who is feeling the uproar from the crowd and covering all of his bases… From the onset Bishop Callahan violates the very Gospel principle he quotes (above), first claiming his intention to correct Fr. Altman in private, all the while chastising Fr. Altman in public as seen in the quotes from CNA (below) for simply preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Want to “Codify Roe,” Making Abortions Legal Up to Birth Nationwide

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – In the last two years, several states have approved new legislation making abortions legal up to the moment of birth. The state of New York led the way and even infamously cheered passage of the bill for unlimited abortions and lit up One World Tower pink to literally cheer baby-killing… Biden and Harris want to take that nationwide — with a plan to “codify” Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the companion Supreme Court cases from 1973 that allowed unlimited abortions up to birth for virtually any reason unless states limited abortions after viability.

Bishop Threatens ‘Canonical Penalties’ for Priest Whose Viral Video Warned Catholics Can’t Be Democrats, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – LaCrosse Bishop William P. Callahan issued a statement yesterday faulting the “manner” and “tone” of Fr. Altman’s message telling people not to vote for pro-abortion Democrats, which has now been viewed over 475,000 times and will likely surpass a half million views in the next 24 hours… “Canonical penalties are not far away if my attempts at fraternal correction do not work,” promised Bishop Callahan, who accused Fr. Altman of having inflicted a wound on the Body of Christ… As Fr. Altman faces disciplinary measures from his bishop, support for the beleaguered but unwavering priest has been pouring in from many corners.

How Bad Are Things? by David Warren

By David Warren, The Catholic Thing – Some have argued, this could turn out well. From my information, homeschooling has grown explosively across the U.S.A., and this doesn’t seem to be receding much, as the Batflu lockdowns ease… Whether Catholic or not, parents across the continent have been learning what the public education system provides: little besides “progressive” indoctrination. As I discovered when my own children were young (in Canada), they learn everything needful at home, anyway.

Possible Trump Supreme Court Nominee Tom Cotton: “It’s Time For Roe V. Wade To Go”, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, LifeNews – Rep. Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said that it is “time for Roe V. Wade to go” moments after President Donald Trump floated Cotton’s name as a possible Supreme Court Justice pick… When Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh replaced former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy after a highly contentious confirmation process, progressive groups, media and activists alike said Kavanaugh was the fifth vote needed to overturn Roe v. Wade. However, the Supreme Court struck down a law in June that would have significantly restricted abortion access.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Do You Not See the Log in Your Own Eye?

By Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 6:39-42 – He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but every one when he is fully taught will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

Saint of the Day for September 11″ St. Cyprian (d. 258)

By Franciscan Media – Saint Cyprian’s Story: Cyprian is important in the development of Christian thought and practice in the third century, especially in northern Africa… Highly educated, a famous orator, he became a Christian as an adult. He distributed his goods to the poor, and amazed his fellow citizens by making a vow of chastity before his baptism. Within two years he had been ordained a priest and was chosen, against his will, as Bishop of Carthage.

The Prophet Who Foretold Christianity, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Last year, when I read the texts of some of Bishop Fulton Sheen’s old audio recordings, I was struck by his insistence that any person claiming to be the revelation of God in history would have to have three characteristics in his favor: (1) Miracles that attest to Divine ratification; (2) Teachings in which nothing is contrary to reason; and (3) Prophecies of his coming before the event. Even though I’ve done a good deal of work in apologetics, including the work of citing the Jewish prophets about the Messiah as identifying Christ, I had never stopped to consider such prophecies as a necessary proof.

NARAL Foresees an End to Abortion if Trump Is Reelected, by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.

By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart – Abortion lobbyist NARAL warned its followers Thursday that “abortion is front and center” in the upcoming elections and another four years of Donald Trump in the White House will spell disaster for abortion rights… “They’re making it as clear as can be: four more years of Trump could mean four more Supreme Court justices and the end of reproductive freedom in this country,” the group tweeted Thursday. “We can’t let that happen.”

Sept. 11, 2001: When John Paul II Grieved With America, by Mary Rezac

By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News – As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, at the time the director of the Vatican press office, delivered the news to Pope John Paul II… “I remember that terrible afternoon as if it were yesterday. I called the Pope, who was at Castel Gandolfo; I gave him the news. He was shocked not only by the tragedy itself, but also because he could not explain how man could achieve this abyss of evil,” he recalled in a 2011 interview with Vatican Insider.

Catholics Demand DC Prelate Denounce Dems, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – A Catholic group is calling on the archbishop of Washington, D.C. to address the anti-Catholicism of the Democratic presidential ticket and their party’s platform… The Catholic Coalition Against Religious Tests for Office on Monday issued a public letter to Abp. Wilton Gregory, urging him to address the anti-Catholicism found in the Democratic Party and its leadership… Signed by Catholic Coalition president Ed Martin, the letter spells out unambiguously what Catholics see as a dire problem: “Clearly, one of America’s two major political parties is now targeting Catholics and their Church.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: Two Pictures from Different Ages – Compare and Contrast!

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Some disparagingly refer to the Middle Ages as the “dark ages” while referring to the current age as “enlightened.” Certainly, no age is perfect, but compare and contrast the two items in the photos here: uplifting, soaring, and inspiring; the other is dark and brooding, and its meaning is opaque. One is an uplifting building from the 13th century, the other a dark “who knows what” from the 20th century.

ICYMI! Fr. James Altman: You Cannot Be Catholic & a Democrat. Period. (Watch Video)

Alpha News MN, Aug 30, 2020 – Father James Altman calls out the hypocrisies of Church hierarchy and their destructive leftist politicization of the Catholic Church that has slapped faithful Catholics in the face and led many others astray. Altman also explains the basis of human nature and our purpose in life.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Do Good to Those Who Hate You

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 6:27-38 – 27 “But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to every one who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again. 31 And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them….

Saint of the Day for September 10: St. Thomas of Villanova (1488 – Sept. 8, 1555)

By Franciscan Media – Saint Thomas of Villanova’s Story: Saint Thomas was from Castile in Spain and received his surname from the town where he was raised. He received a superior education at the University of Alcala and became a popular professor of philosophy there… After joining the Augustinian friars at Salamanca, Thomas was ordained and resumed his teaching–despite a continuing absentmindedness and poor memory…

Fr. James Altaman-A True Shepherd Warns His Sheep (Grace Force Podcast Episode 56)

By Fr Richard Heilman – Fr. James Altman has become a social media phenomenon and is now a main stream media story. Why? Fr. Altman recently (August 30) posted a ten minute video that held nothing back in calling out the evils in our culture and our Church. You could almost hear a collective “sigh of relief” as those who have been yearning for this kind of bold truth from our clerics rushed to show their appreciation for Fr. Altman’s courage. …

Abp. Jerome E. Listecki: Herald of Hope: There is a Right Answer in Abortion Debate (March, 2019)

By Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki, The Catholic Herald – Many are Catholic in name only; any true Catholic would never think the taking of an innocent life would be tolerated by our faith… Do you think these politicians are going to confession? Many call themselves Catholic but do they really understand the teachings of the Church? But the real problem lies with our Catholic community that justifies the voting for candidates who would support anti-life actions… it begins with us making our voices heard as politicians vie for our votes and refusing to accept the rationalization that we can make these heinous actions rare and limited. Human life demands our respect, protection, and nothing less.

Repairing the Foundations, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing – Suppose you have homes falling to pieces everywhere in your town. You could look at the walls, that you concede are sometimes made of chalk. You could look at the roofing, because you sometimes notice a strange sag up above the eaves. But instead you fix upon the foundations. You notice that they are made of mere clay, and that groundwater riddles them with holes, so that some houses sink into the earth on this side or that, and sometimes people wake up in the morning to find that they have no house at all.

Voting for Pro-Death Biden, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – Father James Martin is urging Catholics to stop claiming it’s a mortal sin to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden… The homosexualist activist and Vatican consultant is warning Catholics against mixing secular politics with religious faith. Late last week, Martin tweeted an increasing number of Catholic leaders are claiming a vote for Biden amounts to a grave offense against God…

The Catholic Case Against Communism, by Paul Kengor 

By Paul Kengor, EWTN News – Having just published a book whose title (The Devil and Karl Marx) suggests just the opposite, it pains me to see that any Catholic would believe that Marx and communism are compatible with Catholicism. Such a notion is astonishing, not only given the Catholic Church’s longtime intense opposition to communism, but also given the intense opposition to Christianity by the founders and disciples of communism.

President Trump Releases List of Potential Supreme Court Nominees Filled With Pro-Life Rock Stars, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – President Donald Trump today released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees from which he would nominate any future judges on the nation’s highest court if he is re-elected to a second term. The list includes the kind of conservative jurists pro-life groups support because they have a history of upholding pro-life legislation or following the rule of law rather than legislating from the bench.

Bishops Missing in Action as Christian Pastors Defy California Gov’s Orders to Hold Worship Services, by Daniel Ruddy

By Daniel Ruddy, LifeSiteNews – As hundreds of Protestant pastors in California continue to offer worship services to the faithful, defying Governor Gavin Newsom’s order, Catholic bishops continue to largely remain missing in action, what one Catholic professor referred to as a “scandal.”… Protestant pastors have strongly opposed the restrictions. One has filed a lawsuit challenging the order; another has said he will defy the order by opening his church, even if it results in his arrest… “God has not called us to be cowards,” explained Pastor Che Anh of Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena, California …

‘The Evil One Is at Work Here’: An Interview with Archbishop Cordileone

By Michael Warren Davis, Crisis Magazine – Do you see any connection between the Mass restrictions and the attacks on Catholic saints, particularly Junipero Serra and the Virgin Mary?… I don’t see any direct connection on the earthly plane. But the spiritual battle is always the real battle. I performed a minor exorcism at the site of the statue of St. Junípero Serra in Golden Gate Park because statues of holy saints are sacramentals; their destruction is a sacrilege. The Evil One is at work here.

Bishop Strickland Echoes Priest: ‘You Cannot Be Catholic and Be a Democrat’, by Martin Bürger

By Martin Bürger, LifeSiteNews – Bishop Joseph Strickland on Saturday endorsed a video by Fr. James Altman in which he argued no Catholic could vote for the Democrat Party in the upcoming election… “As the Bishop of Tyler I endorse Fr. Altman’s statement in this video,” the bishop wrote on Twitter. “My shame is that it has taken me so long. Thank you Fr Altman for your COURAGE. If you love Jesus & His Church & this nation…pleases (sic) HEED THIS MESSAGE.”… Fr. Altman, pastor of St. James the Less Catholic Church in La Crosse, Wisconsin, had exclaimed in the video, first released at the end of July, “Here is a memo to clueless baptized Catholics: You can not be Catholic and be a Democrat. Period!”

Bishop Ricken: How Voting Can Put Your Soul In Jeopardy?

The Most Reverend David L. Ricken, DD, JCL Bishop of Green Bay – It is almost time to vote and to make our choices for president and other political offices both local and national… You have often heard it said that this is a turning point in our country’s history and I could not agree more… The Church is not a political organism, but as you hopefully have learned in the US Bishops Faithful Citizenship material (which we have made widely available to you in the parishes, in the Compass and on-line), the Church has the responsibility to speak out regarding moral issues, especially on those issues that impact the “common good” and the “dignity of the human person.”

Kamala Harris’s Threat to Religious Believers, by Kenneth Craycraft

By Kenneth Craycraft, First Things – Since presidential candidate Joe Biden selected Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, some Catholics have rightly raised concerns about Harris’s hostility toward Catholicism and her animus for Catholics whose moral lives are informed by Church teaching. Coupled with Biden’s own antagonism toward Catholic moral theology, Harris’s nomination clouds rather than clarifies how a conscientious Catholic should (or can) vote in the upcoming presidential election.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Blessed Are You Poor – Yours Is the Kingdom of God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 6:20-26: And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh. “Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man! …

Essay: The Coming Coup? by Michael Anton

By Michael Anton, The Claremont Institute – Over the summer a story was deliberately leaked to the press of a meeting at which 100 Democratic grandees, anti-Trump former Republicans, and other ruling class apparatchiks got together (on George Soros’s dime) to “game out” various outcomes of the 2020 election. One such outcome was a clear Trump win. In that eventuality, former Bill Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, playing Biden, refused to concede, pressured states that Trump won to send Democrats to the formal Electoral College vote, and trusted that the military would take care of the rest.

The Most Important Pre-Election Story You Will Read, by Mike Huckabee

By Mike Huckabee, The Stream – About a week ago, I wrote to warn about what Democrats plan to do to go around the will of the voters should Trump win, even if his win is decisive. VOTE IN PERSON, I said, to make as sure as you possibly can that your vote will count, and be ready for anything after the votes start coming in. That’s especially true if your state is considered to be, even possibly, a “swing” state.

Saint of the Day for September 9: St. Peter Claver (June 26, 1581 – Sept. 8, 1654)

By Franciscan Media – Saint Peter Claver’s Story: A native of Spain, young Jesuit Peter Claver left his homeland forever in 1610 to be a missionary in the colonies of the New World. He sailed into Cartagena, a rich port city washed by the Caribbean. He was ordained there in 1615… By this time the slave trade had been established in the Americas for nearly 100 years, and Cartagena was a chief center for it.

Fr. Ed Broom: Call Upon the Archangel Raphael

By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange – In the angelic world, countless angels are ready and willing to rush to our aid, to help us in our struggles, to motivate us with their prayers to give ourselves to God. The invisible world of the angels is actually more real than the physical and material world that absorbs us. Let us call upon them constantly and tell others about their presence as true friends to help us on to Heaven!

Lifestyle Liberalism Takes Money – Lots of It, by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – Lifestyle liberals will never be able to secure social justice if they wear their concern for social justice like the Scribes and Pharisees used to wear their religious garments: as a sign of personal self-righteousness. “They “broaden their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels”; “all their deeds are done for men to see”; when they propose giving to the needy, they sound a trumpet for others to respect them – as self-proclaimed “Pope Francis Catholics” perhaps?

Christian Results Flow Only From Christian Faith, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – In other words, Cardinal Hollerich seems to have no awareness at all that social-justice-Christianity always fails because it always puts the cart before the horse. What did Our Lord say?… Therefore do not be anxious, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.”

EWTN News: Republicans’ History on Abortion

The Editors, EWTN News – At the recent RNC, the position of President Donald Trump’s party on the right to life of the unborn child stood in dramatic counterpoint to the abortion-rights stance on display the previous week at the DNC that formally nominated Joe Biden… This partisan polarity was far less evident, however, when abortion first became a significant political issue in presidential contests, beginning with the 1972 campaign, which concluded just two months before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationally, courtesy of its Jan. 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade decision.

Archbishop Viganò Leads Launch Rosary for 54-Day US Election Novena, LifeSiteNews (Watch, Listen, Pray)

By John Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary LifeSite is offering Catholics throughout the world a chance to be united in praying the rosary together, at the same time, every day at 12:00 noon EST. To date, Catholics from Israel, Uganda, Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the US, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, India, and Indonesia, as well as other countries, have been joining in. 

Msgr. Charles Pope: Prophecies of Mary and Her Role

By Msgr. Charles Pope – By Msgr. Charles Pope – The birth of Jesus was prophesied in many and varied places in the Old Testament. The birth of John the Baptist was also prophesied (Malachi 4:5-6; Matt. 11:14). But Mary, the Mother of Jesus our Lord, had her birth and existence prophesied as well. On this her birthday let’s take a look at some of those texts with some commentary from me.

Homosexual Abuse Scandal and Cover-Up During Benedict’s Pontificate Shakes Vatican, by John-Henry Westen

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – In 2002, the Catholic Church was rocked by the widespread public revelation of sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic clergy. While sexual abuse in all professions was nothing new, among clergy it brought a particular repugnance. But more than that, the new revelations highlighted the role of the bishops themselves in the crisis, as it made clear that they had allowed known sexually abusive priests to go without punishment and be transferred to other parishes or dioceses where they would sometimes even abuse again.

20 Senators Call on FDA to Classify Abortion Pill as ‘Imminent Hazard to Public Health’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNS News – Given the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) reporting on the dangers of the abortion pill, which include 24 maternal deaths and at least 4,195 cases of adverse reactions, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), and 18 other senators sent a letter to the FDA urging it to declare the drug an “imminent hazard to public health,” and to remove it from the U.S. market.

A Homily for Our Times! WATCH: “Fr. Altier: This Is Not Normal”

Fr. Robert Altier of the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis discusses the current crisis in our nation and how forces of evil are trying to impose a new normal. WATCH: “Fr. Altier: This Is Not Normal”

Why Catholics Can’t Be Pro-Choice, by Trent Horn (From the Archives)

By Trent Horn, Catholic Answers – Unfortunately, there are many people who call themselves Catholic and yet believe, for one reason or another, they can be “pro-choice,” or support legal abortion, without compromising their Catholic Faith. When I say someone is “pro-choice,” I don’t mean only that he has voted for a political candidate who happens to support keeping abortion legal. I mean that person is committed to the idea that legal abortion is necessary and that he votes for laws and politicians with the intention of keeping abortion legal.

The Occult Spirituality of Black Lives Matter (BLM), by Dan Burke

By Dan Burke, Crisis Magazine – Whether well-intended or not, those in the Catholic Church who align with the organization Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc., align themselves with a spiritual movement that uses witchcraft to conjure demonic spirits… To be clear, the souls of the dead are not demons. But the entities that respond when the souls of the dead are “invoked” are not the souls of the dead, but rather demons seeking to manipulate those who invoke them.

Socialism Has Been Condemned For 20 Centuries, by John Clark (From the Archives)

By John Clark, EWTN News – (In 2018) in America magazine, there appeared an article titled, “Yes, democratic socialism is compatible with Catholic social teaching.” While it may be exasperating to see pro-socialism columns like these appear again and again, it’s not surprising. As it turns out, the core philosophy we now call “socialism” has been one of the most persistent errors in Church history.

Most Rev. Joseph Strickland: The Gospel Of Work: Recovering A Catholic Vision

By Most Rev. Joseph, The Wanderer -On Labor Day weekend most of us take a break from what we refer to as our “jobs” to rest and re-create. We are invited to honor human work and all human workers. It is a unique secular holiday with profound Christian potential. Many gather for late summer cookouts and celebrations. We may sleep in a bit later than usual and relax from what is so often a frenzied pace in our contemporary pattern of life.

Fr. Mike Schmitz: How to Get Real Friends (Video)

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – How many real friends do you have? Honestly, many people we call friends would probably better qualify as pals or buddies. The first step to getting real friends is to recognize how we are all made to be gifts of love. God is love and we were made in his image. We were also made for community, because God is a community of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: We Need God: Riots Erupt when Faith Dwindles

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – This loss of the sense of faith is the deep root of the crisis of civilization that we are experiencing. As in the first centuries of Christianity, when the Roman Empire was collapsing, all human institutions today seem to be on the path of decadence. Relations between people, whether political, social, economic, or cultural, are becoming difficult. In losing the sense of God, we have undermined the foundation of all human civilization and opened the door to totalitarian barbarity. ~Cardinal Robert Sarah, The Day is Now Far Spent

How Will Abortion Factor in the Presidential Election? by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – At a Republican National Convention with perhaps the most vocal pro-life message ever, speakers discussed the medical realities of abortion and spoke out against late-term abortion… And according to political analysts, the Republicans’ decision to highlight the life issue so prominently — in contrast to the absence of any reference to abortion during the DNC — reflects a GOP belief that emphasizing the issue will both mobilize its own political base of religious voters and draw in other voters who disagree with the Democratic Party’s unqualified support for abortion rights.

Anthony Fauci: Pandemics are Increasing Because We’ve Provoked Mother Nature, by William M. Briggs

By William M. Briggs, The Stream – Fauci thinks “disease emergences reflect our increasing inability to live in harmony with nature.” He says that “we now live in a human-dominated world in which our increasingly extreme alterations of the environment induce increasingly extreme backlashes from nature.”… Build one too many truck stops and you “provoke” Mother Nature into an extreme backlash. Like the coronadoom — and the “deadly barrage” of other diseases they found but which didn’t turn out to be so deadly.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Labor Day Reflection: We Need One Another to Survive

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Labor Day makes me mindful of our interconnectedness; we need one another in order to survive. Consider how we are each called to contribute as well as how we benefit from the labor of others: Even that simple can of corn you pull from the grocery store shelf has thousands of people standing behind it: from those who stock the shelves to the truckers who transport the product to the store; from the regional warehouse workers to the rail operators who supply the warehouse; from the farmers and harvesters to the granary workers.

Michelangelo and Sister “Dede”, by Ines A. Murzaku

By Ines A. Murzaku, The Catholic Thing – With her powerful speech, Sister Byrne sought to restore order and set priorities, fighting evil and healing the soul of a nation that has been tried by a pandemic. She hoped to spur our country to return to unceasing prayer. And for Catholics, as for the figures in Michelangelo’s fresco, unceasing prayer involves clinging fast to the Holy Rosary. Sister Byrne displayed “our weapon of choice,” as she pulled out of her pocket and displayed her Rosary.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Is It Lawful to Save Life or to Destroy It?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 6:6-11 – On another Sabbath, when he entered the synagogue and taught, a man was there whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him. But he knew their thoughts, and he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” And he rose and stood there.

Saint of the Day for September 7: Blessed Frédéric Ozanam (April 23, 1813 – Sept. 8, 1853)

By Franciscan Media – Blessed Frédéric Ozanam’s Story: A man convinced of the inestimable worth of each human being, Frédéric served the poor of Paris well, and drew others into serving the poor of the world. Through the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, which he founded, his work continues to the present day.

Pro-Life Priests Denounce ‘Catholics for Biden’ as Scam: ‘No Catholic Can Vote for Biden’, by Doug Mainwaring

 By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – A group calling itself “Catholics for Biden” — created to generate grassroots Catholic support for the pro-abortion Democrat Presidential candidate… The 58 minute-long meeting, attended by LifeSiteNews, began with short keynote speeches by dissident Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of the Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice and known for her support for legal abortion, and U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-Illinois) who has been barred by Bishop Thomas Paprocki from receiving communion.

Party’s Over: Trump Orders Purge of ‘Critical Race Theory’ from Federal Agencies, by Allum Bokhari

By Allum Bokhari, Breitbart – At the direction of President Trump, the White House Office of Management and Budget will move to identify and eliminate any trace of “critical race theory” in the federal government… Critical race theory is the leftist, racist doctrine that forms the intellectual underpinnings of Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and other radical organizations currently engaged in unrest on America’s streets… It alleges, among other things, that the United States is a white supremacist country, and that all white people are guilty of racism, whether they intend it or not.

The Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Son of Man Is Lord of the Sabbath

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 6:1-5 – On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grain fields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” …

Saint of the Day for September 5: St. Teresa of Calcutta (Aug. 26, 1910 – Sept. 5, 1997)

By Franciscan Media – Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s Story: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the tiny woman recognized throughout the world for her work among the poorest of the poor, was beatified October 19, 2003. Among those present were hundreds of Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded in 1950, as a diocesan religious community. Today the congregation also includes contemplative sisters and brothers and an order of priests.

The Slumber of the Unaware, by Elizabeth A. Mitchell

By Elizabeth A. Mitchell, The Catholic Thing – Do we, who guard the Church and her patrimony, a greater good than any upon the earth, watch thus attentively? Are we, in our blessed and prosperous land, at the ready to discover the enemy lurking in his work, and challenge his encroachment on all we hold good and holy? Or have we been sleeping the slumber of the unaware, the unconcerned, the neglectful, or the fearful?… If a devout Catholic from former times re-awoke in the Church today, he would find a disorientating and disturbing scene. A change has come upon the palace. A deathly pallor has set in.

Ministry Struggling Along With Its Home Community, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – Hurricane Laura struck Lake Charles and the surrounding communities hard last week with winds topping 150 mph and a 15-foot storm surge… Jennifer Morse is the founder of the Ruth Institute, with headquarters in Lake Charles. She tells OneNewsNow that in the city of approximately 75,000 people – located roughly 40 miles inland – there’s no power, no air conditioning, no Internet, no water, no garbage pickup, no refrigeration or ice … and only two service stations providing gasoline.

You Can’t be a Christian and Vote for Joe Biden Because He’s Radically Pro-Abortion, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, LifeNews – (Democrat) Catholics for Biden, they called it, where the game was not to mention the unborn child. Only one of them did, the Nun from the Bus, Sister Simone Campbell, whose grinning and mugging for the camera was supposed to come off cute but achieved mostly a kind of weirdness… Campbell said we should care for the unborn by giving their moms proper nutrition and that care for the unborn was equally sacred to care for the Earth. Recall this is the same woman who told the Democratic National Convention last week that abortion was “above her paygrade.”

Trump: Time to Restore ‘Patriotic Education’, by Martina Moyski

By Martina Moyski, Church Militant – President Trump is not the only one to connect the violence playing out in the streets to the educational system and its indoctrination of young Americans… The effect of this [Marxist] theory has wreaked havoc on the nation and sowed seeds of national self-hatred… In an article titled “From Critical Theory to Chaos in our Streets,” published Thursday in The Epoch Times, author Michael Walsh draws a line from Nazi Germany of the 1930s to Columbia University in New York during the 1950s and 60s to the violence and death occurring on American streets 2020.

Fr. Gabriele Amorth: Facts About Satan and the Fallen Angels

By Fr. Gabriele Amorth, Catholic Exchange – God, in His infinite power, created multitudes of angels, an impressive, incalculable number. One day during an exorcism Father Candido Amantini — a Passionist priest and my great teacher — asked a demon: “How many are you?” The demon responded: “We are so many that if we were visible we would obscure the sun.” The demon on that occasion gave information that we have no reason to disbelieve because it is confirmed in the Bible.

Abortion Clinic Involvement ‘Always Complicates Things’, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – A coalition of pro-life groups is making sure that an abortion-related death in Alabama is fully investigated… On May 7th of this year, a woman who was obviously weak following an abortion at West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa was released to go home. Later the same day, she was transported to a hospital emergency room, where she died. Since then, several pro-life organizations have been trying to obtain the patient’s autopsy results to learn what happened to her.

The Poorest of the Poor, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine – Can we have the discussion? A great part of the problem of poverty in our time is that millions of boys, many of them fatherless, are not ready at age eighteen either for college or a trade. Yet I suspect that there is ample untapped demand for the tradesman’s labor. Of course, to learn a trade well you need some virtues that we neglect or scorn: submission to a master, diligence, self-denial, the keeping of promises, and patience. You will not learn these virtues in our schools. You will certainly not learn them from mass entertainment or politics.

Biden Tells Kenosha, Wisc. Church Gathering: I Won’t Reveal My Tax Plan ‘Because They’ll Shoot Me’, by Craig Bannister

By y Craig Bannister, CNSNews – In Kenosha, Wisconsin, where tensions are running high due to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden told an audience that “They’ll shoot me,” if he lays out the details of his tax plan.

Who’s Bankrolling BLM? by William Mahoney

By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant – Georgia Democratic representative Vernon Jones told Fox News last week that all Democrats must condemn the mayhem playing out in American cities and find out who is financing the chaos… He emphasized: Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and the entire DNC and Congress and all the state heads and chairs of Democratic parties, they need to come out and denounce this hatred, this vitriol, condemn Black Lives Matter and then Antifa.

Default to Atheism, by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – I cannot prove it, but my strong impression is that for typical well-educated and relatively affluent Americans under forty years of age atheism is now the “default” position… When I speak of atheists, I have three kinds in mind: (1) Outright atheists, persons who are quite frank as to their disbelief; (2) diffident atheists, usually known as agnostics, who don’t believe in God, but like to tell themselves and others that they are open-minded about the question – even though they are not ….

The Unconventional Mission of ‘Sister Dede’, by Joan Frawley Desmond

By Joan Frawley Desmond, EWTN News – During an Aug. 31 interview with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond, she explained why she decided to speak at the RNC, where she emphatically declared she was “pro-life” and “pro-eternal life” and discussed her part-time ministry helping women reverse chemical abortions. These strong feelings led her to call the Biden-Harris campaign the most “anti-life presidential ticket ever.”

President Trump Slams Joe Biden: Forcing Americans to Fund Abortions is “Abhorrent”

By Dave Andruski, LifeNews – Pro-life President Donald Trump today released a letter to pro-life Americans in which he wrote, “With your help, I will win re-election, ensuring we have another four years to fight in the trenches for unborn children and their mothers.”…
The President began his letter by recalling how, after running as a pro-life candidate and being elected in 2016, “Together we have accomplished so much for unborn children and their mothers during my first term in office.”

Dissident Catholics Launch ‘Catholics for Biden’ in Attempt to Secure Catholic Vote, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – A group calling itself “Catholics for Biden,” created to generate grassroots Catholic support for the Democrat Presidential candidate, is set to launch today… The national group, which appears to be the brainchild of Kennedy family members Mark Shriver and Tim Shriver, Jr., will kick-off with a Zoom meeting Thursday evening, featuring Senator Dick Durbin and Sister Simone Campbell among others.

Chilling! California Legislature Passes Bill Reducing Penalties for Oral, Anal Sex with Willing Children, by Dr. Susan Berry

By Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart – California lawmakers passed a bill Monday that would reduce penalties for adults who have oral or anal sex with a willing minor child if the sex offender is within ten years of the age of the victim… The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D)… According to SB 145, the legislation “would exempt from mandatory registration” as a sex offender “a person convicted of certain offenses involving minors if the person is not more than 10 years older than the minor and if that offense is the only one requiring the person to register.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Unity of the New and the Old

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 5:33-39: And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.” And Jesus said to them, “Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.”

Saint of the Day for September 4: St. Rose of Viterbo (1233 – March 6, 1251)

By Franciscan Media – Saint Rose of Viterbo’s Story: Even as a child, Rose had a great desire to pray and to aid the poor. While still very young, she began a life of penance in her parents’ house. She was as generous to the poor as she was strict with herself. At the age of 10, she became a Secular Franciscan and soon began preaching in the streets about sin and the sufferings of Jesus.

The Nine First Fridays Devotion, by America Needs Fatima

America Needs Fatima – “I promise you, in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the first Friday for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance; they shall not die in my disgrace nor without receiving the sacraments; my divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in that last moment.”  — Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary

Church Militant Election Novena, by Martina Moyski 

By Martina Moyski, Church Militant – Catholics around the world are picking up their Rosaries — their spiritual weapon of choice — during this time of peril, as they have for centuries… Catholics know it’s a high-risk election that could alter the course of America and world history. They are responding with prayer and fasting, with faith and fervor — and there is no better way to do this than to pray the Holy Rosary… “The Rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times,” St. Padre Pio said, and the Church Militant apostolate is heeding the saint’s call to spiritual arms.

Ecumenical Eco-Worship, by David Nussman

By David Nussman, Church Militant – An ecumenical “Season of Creation” begins this week, promoted by Catholic leaders… The “Season of Creation” is promoted annually by the World Council of Churches… It kicked off Tuesday with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and runs until Oct. 4…. in 2015, Pope Francis called on the Catholic Church to join the Sept. 1 ecological prayer day… This year’s “Season of Creation” has as its theme “Jubilee for the Earth,” because it is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, which was celebrated in 1970.

AG Barr: Universal Mail-In Voting ‘Is Playing With Fire’; Worried About Prospect of Counterfeit Ballots, by Susan Jones

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – Absentee voting is “fine,” AG William Barr told CNN’s “The Situation Room” on Wednesday. But universal mail-in ballots — “this is playing with fire,” he said… “We’re a very closely divided country here. And if people have to have confidence in the results of the election and the legitimacy of the government, and people trying to change the rules to this methodology, which, as a matter of logic, is very open to fraud and coercion, is reckless and dangerous. And people are playing with fire.”

Archbishop Aquila: Keep Christ at the Center, by Samuel J. Aquila

By Samuel J. Aquila, First Things – The demonstrations we observe today against true injustices have in places been co-opted for an agenda that wants to shatter the center of Western culture… Behind all this is the removal of God from the center. It is God—and for Christians, Jesus—who holds the fallen, fragile world together. God, however, is no longer the center of our social order. No doubt the pandemic has revealed our fragility, but the pandemic is not the cause of the dysfunction, which was already there.

The Lockdown Has Gone From a Mistake to a Crime, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, Stream contributor – Four months ago, I wrote a column titled “The Worldwide Lockdown May Be the Greatest Mistake in History.” I explained that “‘mistake’ and ‘evil’ are not synonyms. The lockdown is a mistake; the Holocaust, slavery, communism, fascism, etc., were evils. Massive mistakes are made by arrogant fools; massive evils are committed by evil people.”

Fr. Mike’s Sunday Homily: “The Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail” (Watch)

Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – Fr. Mike Schmitz’s Sunday homily for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. You can read the readings first here …

Cardinal Dolan Latest Prelate To Be Duped By The Vatican On The McCarrick Report

By Complicit Clergy – Is it any wonder Catholics have lost trust in the Bishops?… Another day, another missed deadline. Today Cardinal Timothy Dolan joins the growing ranks of prelates who have had their reputations soiled by carrying the Vatican’s water of deceit on the McCarrick report. In early August, Dolan told a group of clergy that Vatican sources said the McCarrick report would be issued before the end of August… Today is September 1st and there is still no report… Here’s a summary of some of the major events surrounding the promised McCarrick report ….

Students for Life: ‘Black Preborn Lives Matter’, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – “No other entity, no other thing kills more Black Americans every single day than abortion,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America and Students for Life Action during a virtual news conference Tuesday. “360 babies every single day are ended by Planned Parenthood, snuffed out of existence by Planned Parenthood — and those are just Black lives.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: You Will Catch People for the Kingdom of God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 5:1-11: While the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. 2 And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

Saint of the Day for Sept. 3: St. Gregory the Great (c. 540 – March 12, 604)

By Franciscan Media – Saint Gregory the Great was the prefect of Rome before he was 30. After five years in office he resigned, founded six monasteries on his Sicilian estate, and became a Benedictine monk in his own home at Rome… Ordained a priest, Gregory became one of the pope’s seven deacons, and also served six years in the East as papal representative in Constantinople. He was recalled to become abbot, but at the age of 50 was elected pope by the clergy and people of Rome.

The Four Consolations of the Holy Spirit, by Jeannie Ewing

By Jeannie Ewing, Catholic Exchange – Consolations and desolations, much like the seasons, cycle throughout our lives. One often precedes another. God usually showers a soul with consolations in order to strengthen it for an upcoming desert period, but desolations also give way to surges of comfort, too… Spiritual writer Luis M. Martinez wrote about four consolations of the Holy Spirit we may not recognize while we are desperately grasping for any signal that God is with us.

President Trump’s 2nd Term Priority: Protecting Unborn Babies “Through Every Means Available”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – President Donald Trump has announced a long list of priorities for his second term in office. Among them is a renewed dedication to protecting unborn children from abortion and protecting the religious rights of Christian American who don’t want to be forced to fund abortions… In a bullet point list of dozens of priorities, the Trump campaign listed “Protect unborn life through every means available” — which would build on the tremendously pro-life record Trump has built as president so far.

Will Planned Parenthood’s Millions Tip the 2020 Election? by Peter Jesserer Smith

By Peter Jesserer Smith, EWTN News – The 2020 election cycle is witnessing an unprecedented amount of money spent over abortion politics… Planned Parenthood’s political operations have invested heavily in Democratic candidates, campaigns and organizations in order to protect hundreds of millions of dollars of annual revenue coming into the abortion giant… At the outset of the 2020 election cycle, Planned Parenthood pledged to raise $45 million — more than triple what it raised in 2016…

WATCH! NY Priest Leads Congregation During Mass in Pledging to ‘Dismantle’ ‘White Privilege…Supremacy’, by Martin Bürger 

By Martin Bürger, LifeSiteNews – A Jesuit priest in New York City last Sunday led his congregation in a “prayer for racial justice,” accepting the controversial concept of “white privilege” as a reality. He asked the faithful if they were willing to “transform our Church culture.”… Fr. Kenneth Boller S.J., the local pastor at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, had photos of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd – black people killed in recent months – on display at what appeared to be a side altar.

Msgr. Charles Pope: On Being a Fool for Christ

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”So then, no more boasting about men! (1 Cor 3:18-21).

Denver Archbishop: Abortion Key Election Issue

By David Nussman, Church Militant – As election day draws closer, an American archbishop is stressing the need to protect the unborn… Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver posted a meme on Twitter Friday contrasting the nun who spoke at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) with the nun who spoke at the Republican National Convention (RNC)… Speaks for itself! Lord, help us embrace the Gospel of Life!

Mercy, Revisited by Useless Servants, Dr. Jeff Mirus 

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – There is, then, a deep self-effacement in mercy, and I think we can notice its importance in two respects. First, it may be helpful to recognize this remarkable self-effacement even in God Himself—His astonishing humility. We must understand that God, even when He punishes, never punishes vindictively, or for any other personal satisfaction such as we ourselves might enjoy in inflicting punishment or pain. There is no “So there!” in God.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: He Laid His Hands on Every One and Healed Them

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – And he arose and left the synagogue, and entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they asked him about her. 39 And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her; and immediately she rose and served them. 40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. 41 And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!”

‘Say the Black, Do the Red’ — Liturgical Abuse and Pastoral Malpractice, by Fr. Roger Landry

By Fr. Roger Landry, EWTN News – Seminary formators, vocations directors and bishops can sometimes just presume that all those in seminary and diaconal programs have the desire to do things the way they should, and at a minimum, “say the black and do the red” (faithfully pronouncing the words in the ritual and carrying out the indicated actions). But this intention should be formally made explicit, because every once in a while someone can slip through thinking, oblivious to the consequences, that he has a better way.

Fauci Fades From Headlines But Media Scared of New Doc, by Chad Groening, Billy Davis

By Chad Groening, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – Dr. Fauci, who leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has become a leading face of the federal government’s response to the virus. He has largely disappeared from public view in recent weeks but his name came up during President Trump’s Fox News interview with Laura Ingraham… “You know, you inherit a lot of people. It’s part of the machinery,” Trump said of Dr. Fauci. “And you have some you love, some you don’t.”… Trump went on to insist he likes the medical expert but doesn’t agree with him often.

The Communist’s Catechism, by Paul Kengor

By Paul Kengor, Crisis Magazine – The opening lines of the Communist Manifesto could not have been more eerily apt: “A specter is haunting Europe—the specter of communism,” wrote Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848. “All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter: Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.”… Marx and Engels opted for such words: a specter, a haunting specter—a specter haunting Europe. Marx and Engels further opted for the word “exorcise”—the process for expunging a demon. …

Saint of the Day for September 2: Blessed John Francis Burté and Companions (d. Sept. 2, 1792/Jan. 21, 1794)

By Franciscan Media: Blessed John Francis Burté and Companions’ Story-These priests were victims of the French Revolution. Though their martyrdom spans a period of several years, they stand together in the Church’s memory because they all gave their lives for the same principle. In 1791, the Civil Constitution of the Clergy required all priests to take an oath which amounted to a denial of the faith. Each of these men refused and was executed.

Are You Pro-Eternal-Life? That’s Likely to Shape Your Politics, by Jason Jones

By Jason Jones, The Stream – If we aim at being good, we’ll be happy as a side-effect. If we grasp at happiness instead of goodness, we’ll end up with neither… This maxim applies to political movements and parties too. Take those whose commitments begin with our duties to God, and our nature as incarnate persons. They tend to set up institutions where people can live free and happy.

Should Government Raise Our 3-Year Olds? by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – The Democratic Party and former Vice President Joe Biden have taken an unambiguous stand on this. Caring for 3-year-old children, in their view, is the government’s job… The same Democratic platform that dedicates the party to “creating a society where children are safe” also says: “Like the majority of Americans, Democrats believe every woman should be able to access high-quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion.”

Fr. Nnamdi Moneme: Living a Truly Surrendered Life

By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange – I injured my knee a few years ago while playing soccer in a Manila college campus… The words that came out of my mind was typical, “Why this now, Lord Jesus? Why me? This is the last thing that I need right now.” My response showed that I was far from that complete surrender that Jesus asks of us as His disciples. I may have given myself to Him but I was now reluctant to accept the painful and disappointing things that He was offering to me.

100 Black Pro-Life Leaders Slam Planned Parenthood: “Black Lives” Don’t Matter to You, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – More than 100 Black pro-life leaders urged the Planned Parenthood abortion chain to denounce its racist founder’s views in a letter Tuesday… Organized by Human Coalition Action and the Frederick Douglass Foundation, the letter asks Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson to “confront the systemic racism of America’s abortion practices and to publicly renounce the racist legacy of your founder, Margaret Sanger.”

WATCH: Fr. James Altman: You Cannot Be Catholic And Be A Democrat. Period.

By Fr. James Altman, August 30, 2020 – Father James Altman calls out the hypocrisies of church hierarchy and their destructive Leftist politicization of the Catholic Church that has slapped faithful Catholics in their faith and led many others astray. Altman also explains the basis of human nature and our purpose to in life.

CNA: San Francisco Archbishop Calls on Mayor to End ‘Excessive Limits’ on Outdoor Mass

By Catholic News Agency – In a letter to San Francisco’s Mayor London Breed and other city officials, Arch. Salvatore Cordileone on Monday called on the city’s secular authorities to, “at a minimum, remove the excessive limits on outdoor public worship.”… “Particularly for us as Catholics, attending the Mass and receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in person is the source and the summit of our faith, and we have shown we can celebrate the Mass safely,” Arch. Cordileone wrote Aug. 31…. The San Francisco County Dept. of Health is currently limiting outdoor worship services to 12 people, with indoor worship services prohibited.

Pope Francis: Pandemic is a ‘Wake-Up Call’ to Care for Creation, by Courtney Mares

By Courtney Mares, CNA – Pope Francis released a message Tuesday for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in which he called for repentance for humanity’s broken bonds with God’s creation and with others… “Today we hear the voice of creation admonishing us to return to our rightful place in the natural created order — to remember that we are part of this interconnected web of life, not its masters. The disintegration of biodiversity, spiralling climate disasters, and unjust impact of the current pandemic on the poor and vulnerable: all these are a wake-up call in the face of our rampant greed and consumption,” Pope Francis wrote…

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Overcome Fear by Returning to Prayer

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – A Worldly Focus Stokes Fear.. We, however, are living in a world consumed by fear. We are afraid of this virus. We are afraid of the economic and social toll it has taken. We are afraid of the growing social unrest. We are afraid what will happen if our political enemies win. We are afraid of one another. We are afraid of what will happen if we boldly speak the truth… The worst of it, however, is that it often seems as if there are powerful people and institutions who want us to be afraid, and who – whether intentionally or not – are actively stoking our fear.

Lambeth, 90 Years Later, by Michael Pakaluk

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing – The Lambeth Conference of 1930 subverted itself, everyone agrees, but how? That’s the question… Some background: the Church of England, spread throughout the world by the British Empire, felt the need, beginning in the 1850s, to hold worldwide conferences of bishops for the sake of unity. These meetings were convened about every ten years at the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lambeth Palace… The Lambeth Conference of 1930 was infamous, even in its day, for its Resolution 15 on artificial contraception…

The Vatican Goes to Bat for Biden, by George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, American Spectator – …it is no surprise that such Vatican officials as Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia are helping Biden by downplaying his abortion stance. Last week Paglia served up some mush about the dangers of abortion politics, according to Crux: “As US presidential elections heat up and ‘life issues’ are expected to figure prominently in the campaign, the Vatican’s top official in the area has cautioned against turning the pro-life cause into an ideological weapon, saying making the protection of life a political football risks doing ‘great harm.’”

Catholic Bishop: Christian Voters “Cannot Support Candidates Who Will Advance Abortion”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Catholic Archbishop Samuel Aquila urged Americans to “embrace the Gospel of Life” last week after the conclusion of the Republican and Democrat national conventions… Aquila, the archbishop of Denver, Colorado, has been advocating for the rights and protections of unborn babies for years. Four years ago, he also said Catholics, in good conscience, “cannot support candidates who will advance abortions,” Breitbart reports.

Faith is a Gift From God We Should Not Take for Granted, by Peter Kwasniewski

By Peter Kwasniewski, LifeSiteNews – “Faith cometh by hearing,” says St. Paul, “and hearing by the preaching of Christ” (Rom 10:17). We learn about the Gospel of Our Lord through its ministers and defenders, our parents and godparents, our priests and bishops. We hear the beauty and profundity of God’s word in the sinuous lines of Gregorian chant, we climb the spiritual Mount Tabor in the solemn stillness of the Canon of the Mass, so that both music and silence become heralds of the mysteries. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: His Word Was with Authority and Power 

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Meditation: When you listen to the word of God in Scripture how do you respond to it? Do you hear it with indifference, selective submission, or with the full assent of faith and obedience? When Jesus taught he spoke with authority. He spoke the word of God as no one had spoken it before. When the Rabbis taught they supported their statements with quotes from other authorities.

Saint of the Day for September 1: St. Giles (c. 650 – 710)

By Franciscan Media – Despite the fact that much about Saint Giles is shrouded in mystery, we can say that he was one of the most popular saints in the Middle Ages. Likely, he was born in the first half of the seventh century in southeastern France. That is where he built a monastery that became a popular stopping-off point for pilgrims making their way to Compostela in Spain, and the Holy Land.

Preaching Unfiltered Truth, by Paul Murano 

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – Here’s a memo to clueless baptized Catholics out there. You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat. Period. Their party platform absolutely is against everything the Catholic Church teaches. So just quit pretending you’re Catholic and vote Democrat. Repent of your support of that party and its platform or face the fires of Hell… Altman is inspiring and encouraging people to form their consciences with the kind of clarity with which Jesus preached.

Abortion Supporter Joe Biden Quotes St. John Paul II, Dr. Susan Berry

 Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart – Democrat nominee Joe Biden, an avid supporter of abortion rights, closed a campaign speech in Pittsburgh on Monday by citing Saint John Paul II, who urged Christians to “be not afraid.”… Blaming President Donald Trump for the violent riots left-wing anarchists have staged in American cities, Biden said, “Donald Trump is determined to instill fear in America. That is what his entire campaign for the presidency comes down to, fear.”… “I believe Americans are stronger than that,” he continued. “I believe we’ll be guided by the words of Pope John Paul II, words drawn from the scriptures: be not afraid, be not afraid.”

Sister Deirdre’s ‘Old-Fashioned’ Religious Witness, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Sister Deirdre Byrne is a formidable woman, and her speech to the Republican convention has—obviously and understandably—energized President Trump’s Catholic supporters. What I found most impressive, however, was not her endorsement of the President’s re-election bid, but her bold proclamation: …I am not just pro-life, I am pro-eternal life. I want all of us to end up in heaven together someday.

Wuhan Virus: Vatican Woos Marxist WCC, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – The Vatican is promoting a new interreligious document on the Wuhan virus pandemic in collaboration with the world’s largest organization of non-Catholic churches… Co-published by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) and the World Council of Churches (WCC), “Serving a Wounded World in Interreligious Solidarity: A Christian Call to Reflection and Action During COVID-19 and Beyond” renews Pope Francis’ call to “ecological conversion.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: What is Hedonism? More Than You Think.

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In yesterday’s Gospel Jesus set forth the need to accept the crosses of our life and carry them. As we reviewed in yesterday’s homily notes, crosses are not merely the big sufferings in life such as disease, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, and so forth. There are also the daily crosses of self-discipline, hard work, obedience, setbacks, consequences for our decisions, limits to what we can do, and the cross of resisting temptation… Opposed to this teaching from the Lord is hedonism.

Saint of the Day for August 31: St. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus (1st century)

By Franciscan Media – The actions of these two influential Jewish leaders give insight into the charismatic power of Jesus and his teachings—and the risks that could be involved in following him… Joseph was a respected, wealthy civic leader who had become a disciple of Jesus. Following the death of Jesus, Joseph obtained Jesus’ body from Pilate, wrapped it in fine linen and buried it. For these reasons, Joseph is considered the patron saint of funeral directors and pallbearers.

CANCELED: Margaret Sanger – Founder of the Largest Abortion Provider in the U.S., by Olivia Summers

By Olivia Summers, American Center for Law and Justice – It is well documented – and we’ve been telling you for years – that Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was a eugenicist who believed that society could, and should, create a superior race of people… Yet, Planned Parenthood has repeatedly overlooked its founder’s racist ideals and goals and has referred to her as “a woman of heroic accomplishments” who was, “like all heroes[,] . . . complex and imperfect.”

Dr. Fauci’s Hydroxychloroquine Denial, by Mikko Paunio

By Mikko Paunio, Real Clear Politics – As an epidemiologist, I believe that America has been profoundly ill-served by the contribution of its public health authorities to the debate on the efficacy of treating vulnerable COVID-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). It is a debate with a direct link to whether America’s schools should reopen next month… Distinguished Yale epidemiologist Harvey Risch has written extensively on the meticulous research demonstrating the efficacy of the early administration of HCQ in combination with the antibiotic azithromycin and zinc.

BLM Hijacks MLK’s Dream, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, The Patriot Post – On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial 57 years ago Friday, Martin Luther King Jr. famously gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. Seeking to exploit and co-opt that momentous event in the history of the civil rights movement, the infamous race hustler Al Sharpton, along with members of his leftist National Action Network, organized a rally of Marxist Black Lives Matter1 activists entitled, “Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks.”

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

By F.X. Cronin, Catholic Exchange – From Europe’s elite intellectual circles, the deliberate demise of truth was driven by an explicit assault on the very nature of “truth” and by an implicit intent determined to weaken and then to destroy reason‘s power, while simultaneously promoting science as the dominant and sole definer of truth… While this trend began with the elite, it has now infected educational institutions on all levels just as it has in the West’s general culture in many explicit and implicit ways.

“FATIMA: A Review, by Brad Miner

By Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing – This iteration of the story of the Marian apparitions scans almost as a remake of 1952’s The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima, except for a flash-forward device involving a purported interview of the now elderly Sister Lúcia dos Santos by a noted journalist. The two are played by Brazilian actress Sônia Braga and the American Harvey Keitel: the saint and the skeptic.

Here’s the Shockingly Small Number of People Who Died From Only the Coronavirus, by Bronson Stocking

By Bronson Stocking, Townhall – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website disclosed the shockingly small number of people who died from only the Wuhan coronavirus, with no other cause of death mentioned. Hold on to your hat because here it is: out of the 161,392 deaths in the CDC data, just six percent, about 9,700 deaths, were attributed to the coronavirus alone.

The Promise of a Post-Covid Church, by Auguste Meyrat

By Auguste Meyrat, Crisis Magazine – In 1969, long before he became Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger made a prediction about the post–Vatican II Catholic Church. Instead of a growing and dynamic Church reaching all cultures, he envisioned a smaller and less influential Church: “She will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes, so it will lose many of her social privileges.”

Ben Carson Calls Out Racism of Abortion at Republican National Convention

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – ‘What is racist is the fact that African Americans have the highest abortion rate,’ Trump’s secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development said in his convention speech… The real systemic racism plaguing the United States is the disparate number of black lives destroyed by abortion, U.S. Housing & Urban Development secretary Dr. Ben Carson declared Thursday evening during the final night of the RNC.

AP: During Covid-19 Francis Has Become a 21st Century “Prisoner of the Vatican”, by Nicole Winfield

By Nicole Winfield, AP – After weeks during which Italy brought the virus under control, the country’s caseload is rebounding — now adding more than 1,000 new infections a day — so there’s no telling when or how more ambitious public gatherings and travel might return… What does all this mean for a 83-year-old globe-trotting pope and his ministry to the 1.2-billion-member Catholic Church?… Alberto Melloni, a church historian usually sympathetic to Francis, declared that the pandemic marked the beginning of the end of Francis’ pontificate.

Deliverance From Evil Runs Through Fatima, by R.C. VanLandingham

By R.C. VanLandingham, Church Militant – Evil is pervasive in the current age. One can hardly turn on the television or drive down the street without being bombarded by examples. Temptations to greed, envy, anger, and lust are around every corner and beyond every page scroll. The West today is a pagan wasteland of moral decadence and idolatry. What happened to the part of the world that used to be considered Christendom?

Saint of the Day for August 29: Martyrdom of John the Baptist

By Franciscan Media – The Story of the Martyrdom of John the Baptist: The drunken oath of a king with a shallow sense of honor, a seductive dance and the hateful heart of a queen combined to bring about the martyrdom of John the Baptist. The greatest of prophets suffered the fate of so many Old Testament prophets before him: rejection and martyrdom. The “voice crying in the desert” did not hesitate to accuse the guilty, did not hesitate to speak the truth. But why? What possesses a man that he would give up his very life?

Raising a Child in a World Obsessed With Transgender Contagion, by Nicole Russell

By Nicole Russell, The Stream – (I)t’s vital that conservatives understand why — and what to do about it. The consequences of the LGBTQ movement will be detrimental to our young people if we don’t intervene and remain steadfast in truth and reality… The progressive left is enamored with pushing the LGBTQ movement into the mainstream — particularly transgender issues — even though the number of young people struggling with their sexual orientation remains small.

Pennsylvania Pro-Life Group Endorses President Trump: “A Tireless Champion for Babies”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – A Pennsylvania pro-life organization has issued an endorsement for President Donald Trump just one day after a pro-life acceptance speech where Trump said unborn babies have a God-given right to life… The president led off by talking about Biden’s hypocrisy, saying he claims to stand for little people but ignores the plight of the littlest people of all – unborn children… “Joe Biden claims he has empathy for the vulnerable – yet the party he leads supports the extreme late-term abortion of defenseless babies right up to the moment of birth,” Trump said.

Fatima Movie ‘Brings Hope to the World’, by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN News – Shortly before the premiere of Fatima, several cast members shared with the Register some experiences and thoughts about the film, which debuted Friday in theaters and on demand… “I really like that it’s releasing at this point of the year because of the coronavirus and everything. It just brings faith to people’s hearts, and it’s really inspiring. It brings hope to the world at this time,” said 14-year-old Stephanie Gil, who plays young Lucia. Gil was 12 during the movie’s filming.

Archbishop Viganò: Moms Must Protect Children From the State, by Dorothy Cummings McLean

 By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – Former papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has written a letter to mothers in Italy, warning them that they must protect their children from corruption by the state…
In his impassioned address, written on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the archbishop endorsed an upcoming parents’ protest in September against the security measures and secular values being imposed on Italian schools… Viganò reminded mothers that parents have an “inalienable right” and duty to educate their children.

Archbishop Paglia Buries the Abortion Issue…Again

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Now, in an interview with Crux, Archbishop Paglia has further poisoned the teeming pool of life by arguing, in effect, that the politicization of life issues must always be avoided as seriously harmful… The interview was deliberately framed partly against the backdrop of the American Presidential campaign, so it is fair to read Paglia’s comments in that context. In truth, though, his comments are extremely disorienting in any context at all. In fact, Paglia essentially resorts to the “seamless garment” tactic, which takes the truth that all problems adversely affecting the human person are issues of “human life” ….

Boston Cardinal: Church’s Teachings on the Sanctity of Life Are of Preeminent Priority, After Priest Supports ‘Right to Choose’ by Christine Rousselle

By Christine Rousselle, CNA – The Church’s teachings on the sanctity of life are of preeminent priority, the Archbishop of Boston said on Thursday, August 26… Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM, Cap., said that Catholics have “the right to expect the priests of the Archdiocese and those entrusted with handing on the faith to be clear and unequivocal on the Church’s teaching concerning respect and protection for life from the first moment of conception to natural death.”… “This teaching is of the highest priority for the Church,” he added in a statement provided to CNA.

Trump: Biden is “Weak” and “A Trojan Horse for Socialists”; Calls Out ‘Liberal Hypocrites’, by Susan Jones

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – One of President Trump’s many criticisms of Joe Biden, expressed in his Thursday night acceptance speech, is that Biden is “weak” and “a Trojan horse for socialists.”… Trump said Biden is beholden to “liberal hypocrites” who do not practice what they preach: Joe Biden is weak. He takes his marching orders from liberal hypocrites who drive their cities into the ground while fleeing far from the scene of the wreckage.

Americans Want Peace, Not Portland’s Riots and Perverse Leadership

By Lora Ries, Heritage Foundation – Portland has suffered through more than 80 consecutive nights of violent riots. Enough is enough… These endless riots are not saving Black lives. They are destroying lives. They are destroying businesses. They are rending the social fabric of the entire city… The political leadership in Portland and elsewhere has been profoundly lacking and, in some cases, perverse. Just last Saturday, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., called for more “unrest,” stating “there needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives.”

Pope to Pen ‘Human Fraternity’ Encyclical: ‘It Will Be the Ultimate Masonic Document’, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church, Militant – “Rumor has it that the pope himself will soon publish an encyclical on the theme of human fraternity,” Bp. Domenico Pompili of the diocese of Rieti told a press conference Wednesday… This pontifical document will be a companion to the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” signed Feb. 4 2019 in Abu Dhabi by Pope Francis and Ahmad al-Tayyeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Pompili indicated… “It will be the ultimate Masonic document,” a concerned Vatican insider told Church Militant. “An encyclical is something really serious. It is something no serious Catholic can ignore.”… “This isn’t one of the Holy Father’s exhortations,” he added.

HLI: Gonzales vs. Carhart and Partial-Birth Abortion Revealed, by Adolfo J. Castañeda

By Adolfo J. Castañeda, Human Life International – According to Brian Clowes, PhD, Director of Research and Training for Human Life International, “More than any other abortion, the D&X killing method exposes the cruel and inhumane nature of both abortion in general and abortionists in particular.”4 Then he goes on to describe this horrible procedure by quoting from the abortionist who originated it: “Abortionist Martin Haskell originated the D&X procedure because ‘…most surgeons find dismemberment [i.e., D&E] at twenty weeks and beyond to be difficult due to the toughness of fetal tissues at this stage of development.’”

Fr. Altman: In You Lord, I Have Found My Peace (Watch)

By Fr. James Altman of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Aug. 27, 2020 – Fr. Altman ponders the Psalmist words, “In you Lord, I have found my peace” in the context of today’s chaos in society and in the Church.

Deliver Me, Jesus: The Litany Of Humility, by Jessica Fahy

By Jessica Fahy, Spiritual Direction – What this prayer is asking is that we be delivered of all of these fears and fallen desires based on vanity, pride and inordinate self-love so that only God’s thoughts and approval matter to us… What this litany does not mean is a notion of false humility, as the saints warn us about. False humility would mean, for example, that we purposefully fail our tests in a pretense of “humility” to be the stupidest and “last” rather than first. …

St. Monica and the Gift of Spiritual Maternity, by Michele Chronister

By Michele Chronister, Catholic Exchange – The thing is that, biological motherhood is meant to be an icon of spiritual motherhood. In experiencing biological or adoptive motherhood (or fatherhood), that experience is meant to draw us into contemplation of the deeper reality of God’s paternity of us. But just as marriage is an icon of the deeper reality of union with God, physical parenthood isn’t the pinnacle of the experience of parenthood. Spiritual parenthood is. 

Notre Dame Distances From Lou Holtz Comments That Joe Biden is ‘Catholic in Name Only’, by Zac Al-Khateeb

By Zac Al-Khateeb, Sporting News – Notre Dame president the Rev. John I. Jenkins.. rejected Holtz’s comments, saying “we must never question the sincerity of another’s faith.”… “While Coach Lou Holtz is a former coach at Notre Dame, his use of the University’s name at the RNC must not be taken to imply that the University endorses his views, any candidate or any political party. Moreover, we Catholics should remind ourselves that while we may judge the objective moral quality of another’s actions, we must never question the sincerity of another’s faith, which is due to the mysterious working of grace in that person’s heart. In this fractious time, let us remember that our highest calling is to love.”

Archbishop of Denver Calls Out Anti-Catholic Attacks, AOC Following Statue Vandalism, by Michael Karlik

By Michael Karlik, Colorado Politics –
Following the vandalism of a church statue earlier this month, Arch. of Denver Samuel J. Aquila.. called out targeted acts of violence toward Catholics and one prominent congresswoman for anti-Catholic bias… “This attack is one in a series of destructive acts and defacements around the country that target Catholics and the faith that we hold dear,” wrote Aquila… “The message seems to be that the Catholic faith is not welcome by these violent individuals, and we cannot allow this response to be met with silence.”

Nikki Haley Is No Conservative, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – Mrs. Haley may very well have a sterling pro-life record in South Carolina, which would hardly be a controversial place for such actions. But in the hothouse of the U.N., where abortion is involved in every debate—even in debates about peace and war—the Ambassador was almost entirely silent. Pro-lifers had to fight her office for table scraps, even though President Trump’s pro-life foreign policy was well known.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Paradoxes of Evangelization

By Msgr. Charles Pope – There are mysterious aspects to the growth or decline of the Church. Jesus said, This is how it is with the Kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how (Mark 4:26-29)… Thus, the Lord teaches that much of the growth in the Kingdom of God is mysterious; it works “we know not how.”

Kenosha’s Kyle Rittenhouse: Scapegoat or Patriot? by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – As we watch armed political gangs take over our cities, with the connivance of many governors and mayors, we see the media focusing instead on a single scapegoat. His name is Kyle Rittenhouse, and he is 17. Stories are churning out of the media apparat vilifying a young man who joined some armed citizens trying to defend Kenosha, Wisconsin businesses from looters. Those looters used the pretext of the police shooting of Jacob Blake earlier this week.

Saint of the Day for August 28: St. Augustine of Hippo (Nov. 13, 354 – Aug. 28, 430)

Saint Augustine’s Story – A Christian at 33, a priest at 36, a bishop at 41: Many people are familiar with the biographical sketch of Augustine of Hippo, sinner turned saint. But really to get to know the man is a rewarding experience… There quickly surfaces the intensity with which he lived his life, whether his path led away from or toward God. The tears of his mother, the instructions of Ambrose and, most of all, God himself speaking to him in the Scriptures, redirected Augustine’s love of life to a life of love.

WATCH: Biden ‘Catholic in Name Only,’ Says Legendary College Football Coach Lou Holtz, by Doug Mainwaring

 By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – ‘The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history,’ the former Notre Dame coach declared… “I believe President Trump is a consistent winner, an outstanding leader, and deserves to be reelected as our president,” declared Hall of Fame former football coach Lou Holtz at the outset of his speech at the Republican National Convention… Holtz said that one of the important reasons President Trump has his trust is because “nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn.”

President Trump: “All Children, Born and Unborn, Have a God-Given Right to Life”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – President Donald Trump blasted pro-abortion Democrat nominee Joe Biden on abortion Thursday night as he accepted the Republican nomination for another term as president… “Joe Biden claims he has empathy for the vulnerable – yet the party he leads supports the extreme late-term abortion of defenseless babies right up to the moment of birth,” Trump said. “Democrat leaders talk about moral decency, but they have no problem with stopping a baby’s beating heart in the 9th month of pregnancy.”

Full Text: Sr. Deirdre “Dede” Byrne’s Speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention, Rosary, “Weapon of Choice”

Catholic News Agency – Donald Trump is the most pro-life president this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden-Harris, who are the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide. Because of his courage and conviction, President Trump has earned the support of America’s pro-life community. Moreover, he has a nationwide of religious standing behind him. You’ll find us here with our weapon of choice, the rosary. Thank you, Mr. President, we are all praying for you. 

Bishop Strickland . . . Male And Female, He Created Them

By Most Rev. Joseph Strickland, The Wanderer – Rejecting the gift of sexual difference is a rejection of the giver… In June of 2019, the Congregation for Catholic Education of the Vatican issued, Male and Female He Created Them: Towards a Path of Dialogue on the Question of Gender Theory in Education. In this document, the congregation sought to engage a growing trend in educational institutions to reject the gift of sexual difference. Its introductory paragraph frames the entire document ….

Saint of the Day for August 27: St. Monica (c. 330 – 387)

By Franciscan Media: Saint Monica’s Story – The circumstances of Saint Monica’s life could have made her a nagging wife, a bitter daughter-in-law, and a despairing parent, yet she did not give way to any of these temptations. Although she was a Christian, her parents gave her in marriage to a pagan, Patricius, who lived in her hometown of Tagaste in North Africa. Patricius had some redeeming features, but he had a violent temper and was licentious.

Dads, Do We Have Our Acts Together? by Randy Hain

By Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic – What does “having your act together” as a Catholic father really mean?… I’m not the expert, but it seems that this sort of father likely has his priorities straight with Christ first, family second and work third. This kind of dad spends quality time with his family, not just time. This man is a role model to his family in living out his Catholic faith and being the light of Christ to others. This father has joy in his heart and is a man of prayer. This Catholic dad honors and loves his wife and lifts up the Sacrament of Marriage in the eyes of his children as something special and sacred.

CNN: “Fiery But Mostly Peaceful Protests” in Kenosha, by Todd Starnes

By Todd Starnes – More than three dozen buildings were burned down, a multitude of people were injured, law enforcement was brutalized, and at least two people were killed… CNN called the situation in Kenosha “fiery but mostly peaceful.”… CNN is stupid, but mostly ignorant.

Despite a Horrific History, Notorious Late-Term Abortionist LeRoy Carhart is Still in Business, by Cassy Fiano-Chesser

By Cassy Fiano-Chesser, Live Action – LeRoy Carhart is one of the most notorious abortionists in the U.S., and one of the few who commits abortions very late in pregnancy. Carhart opened a family medicine practice after retiring from the United States Air Force, but as noted by the National Catholic Register, that wasn’t profitable, so he chose to become an abortion provider.

At RNC, Young Congressional Hopeful Hauls Himself Out of Wheelchair, Recites Pledge

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – A 25-year-old running for a seat that would make him the youngest member of Congress ended his speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night by hauling himself out of his wheelchair, standing to recite an adaptation of the pledge of allegiance… The striking moment came at the end of an address in which Madison Cawthorn referred to kneeling before God, but standing for the flag.

We’ve Rendered Unto Caesar. Now Let Us Render Unto God, by John M. Grondelski

By John M. Grondelski, Crisis Magazine – Attacking the four dissenters in the July 24 Supreme Court decision refusing relief to the chapel that sued Nevada for imposing more restrictive indoors assembly numbers on churches than on casinos, New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse accused them of pursuing a religious “crusade.” We all know that crusades are led by sectarian ignoramuses whose zealotry ignores science, relying on evidence such as the “well-documented role of religious services in spreading the virus.”

WATCH! Abby Johnson: Election Choice Between ‘Anti-Life Radicals’ and ‘Most Pro-Life President’, by Dr. Susan Berry

By Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart – During her address at the Republican National Convention (RNC) Tuesday night, pro-life leader Abby Johnson laid out the stark choice Americans must make in November between “two radical, anti-life activists and the most pro-life president we’ve ever had.”… The former Planned Parenthood director who now runs a ministry that helps other abortion workers leave their jobs, painted a grisly picture of the abortion industry from her own eight years of experience… “When I was in college, Planned Parenthood approached me at a volunteer fair,” she explained about how she first became involved with the abortion business. “They talked about helping women in crisis and their commitment to keep abortion ‘safe, legal and rare.’”

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

By  Michael J. Matt, Editor, Remnant TV – To understand what’s really happening here, he takes us to Davos, Switzerland—to the World Economic Forum—where the movers and shakers of the world have been meeting on a regular basis, especially since January 2020, to discuss the “opportunity” for a ‘global reset’ at the Davos 2021 Summit… Using multiple video clips, Michael shows how everyone from Soros, to Gates, to Schwab, to Al Gore and the Secretary-General of the United Nations are only too eager to admit exactly what The Great Reset is all about.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Will Biden’s “Devout” Faith Fool Pro-life Voters?

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – It’s hard not to laugh at Prof. George’s article. Because it’s precisely the sort of hot air that Catholics hear all the time from supposedly “Catholic” politicians like Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi. When pro-lifers point out that such stridently pro-abortion politicians are scarcely Catholic, they (and their supporters) will typically respond with a bunch of gobbledygook about how they went to a Jesuit school, or a school run by nuns, or how they’re actually very pro-life because they believe that everybody should be nice to other people.

Saint of the Day for August 26: St. Joseph Calasanz (Sept. 11, 1556 – Aug. 25, 1648)

By Franciscan Media – Saint Joseph Calasanz’ Story – From Aragon, where he was born in 1556, to Rome, where he died 92 years later, fortune alternately smiled and frowned on the work of Joseph Calasanz. A priest with university training in canon law and theology, respected for his wisdom and administrative expertise, he put aside his career because he was deeply concerned with the need for education of poor children.

Biden Wants To Fund What He Admits Is the Taking Of Human Life, by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – If you take Joe Biden at his word, he intends to do something profoundly evil: codify a “right” to deliberately kill innocent human beings and then use federal dollars to pay for that killing… Back in 2012, when then-Vice President Biden debated Rep. Paul Ryan, who was the Republican vice presidential nominee, Biden conceded a scientific fact — but postured as if it were a religious proposition… With regard to abortion,” Biden said, “I accept my church’s position on abortion as what we call a de fide doctrine. Life begins at conception. That’s the church’s judgment. I accept it in my personal life.”

Why Did God Give Us Freedom?, by Philip Kosloski

By Philip Kosloski, Aleteia – Sometimes when we look at the world around us, it is tempting to question why God gave us freedom in the first place. From our point of view, it might seem better if everyone simply did the same thing and didn’t have to make difficult choices. However, God gave us freedom for a reason, and it is a gift we need to understand in order to use it properly… The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that “Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one’s own responsibility” (CCC 1731).

WATCH! Fr. James Altman Homily: Jesus Will Cleanse His Church

Fr. Altman Homilies – Homily by Fr. James Altman, Saint James the Less parish in La rosse, Wisconsin. Fr. Altman’s gift of no-nonsense preaching has garnered him thousands of followers throughout the world.

Believers Still Backing Trump … and Here’s Why, by Steve Jordahl

By Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – A high percentage of evangelicals is still with President Donald Trump, according to the polls. OneNewsNow examines what might be motivating them in 2020… Eighty-one percent of white evangelical voters cast their votes for Trump in 2016. Depending on the poll one might examine today, between 77% and 81% are likely to vote for him this time around. Southern Evangelical Seminary president Dr. Richard Land says the reason evangelicals’ support for the president is still strong is that they are faced with a similar choice as in 2016.

Increasing Concern About Government and the Social Order, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – I find it both instructive and hopeful that Catholic opinion is experiencing a fresh interest in the nature of society and its appropriate governance. Most readers may already know, for example, that the political philosophy of Integralism is making a comeback. This is the theory, long thought discredited, that the principles of the Catholic faith ought explicitly to guide not only private piety but public affairs.

Patriotism is an Unsung Virtue, by Anna Abbott

By Anna Abbott EWTN News – During the turbulent time leading to the First World War, Pope Leo XIII wrote his encyclical Sapientiae Christianae (On Christians as Citizens), issued in January 1890. He stated, “If the natural law enjoins us to love devotedly and to love the country in which we had birth, and in which we were brought up, so that every citizen hesitates not to face death for his native land, very much more is the urgent duty of Christians to be ever quickened by like feelings toward the Church.”… Leo XIII writes of “natural love of our own country” and “supernatural love for the Church.” Taking the Lord as his guide, the Pope says ‘both/and’ to illustrate there shouldn’t be a problem with patriotism and faith.

Rev. Micahel P. Orsi: Our ‘Biggest Misjudgment’ Amid COVID Was to Close Churches, Suspend Sunday Obligation

By Rev. Micahel P. Orsi, LifeSiteNews – We’re certainly not through with the “Great Pandemic.” However, we’ve reached a point where we can reflect on some of the ways in which we’ve reacted to the contagion as a Christian community… As they say, “hindsight is 20/20.” So we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves over how we’ve dealt with a worldwide crisis involving so many unknowns and scary possibilities… One thing that’s clear is that, from the beginning, we adopted a “scientific mentality” in our decision-making processes. That’s understandable, since the threats we faced were medical, and the primary guidance received was from Dr. Fauci and his health-science colleagues.

Liberals Trash Herschel Walker With Racial Slurs After Football Star Endorses President Trump, by Cortney O’Brien

By Cortney O’Brien, LifeNews – “I’m not an actor, a singer, or a politician,” Herschel Walker explained right off the bat during his RNC speech Monday night.”… “I’ve known Donald Trump for 37 years,” he explained… At a football stadium or in a boardroom, Walker says that Trump proved himself to be a man of character… “He taught me that your family should be your top priority. I watched him treat janitors, security guards, and waiters, the same way he would treat a VIP. He made them feel special because he knew they were. He understands that they are the people who make this country run.”

Prelates Warn of End Times, by Bradley Eli

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant – Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island… is but the latest prelate to weigh in on the “end times” scenario. As early as 1946, Abp. Fulton Sheen was speaking of an apocalyptic crisis fast approaching the Catholic Church. Sheen predicted the Devil would attempt to counterfeit the Church: He will deceive even the elect. He will set up a counter church which will be the ape of the Church because he, the Devil, is the ape of God. It will be the mystical body of the Antichrist that will, in all externals, resemble the Church as the mystical body of Christ.

Scalise Scolds Pelosi for Calling GOP ‘Domestic Enemies’: ‘I Was Shot Because of This Kind of Unhinged Rhetoric’, by Susan Jones

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – “Disgusting,” Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) tweeted on Monday. “Nancy Pelosi just called Republicans ‘domestic enemies.’ I was shot because of this kind of unhinged rhetoric. Where’s the media outrage?”… Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said the Russians aren’t the only ones trying to interfere in the 2020 election: “We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, both foreign and domestic,” Pelosi said. “And sadly, the domestic enemies to our voting system and our honoring our Constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, with their allies in the Congress of the United States.”

The Bishops’ One-Sided ‘Dialogue’ with Joe Biden, by Complicit Clergy

By Complicit Clergy – Another presidential campaign is upon us, and so it’s time for another round of feisty debate on the time-worn topic: Should Joe Biden be allowed to receive Communion?… That debate, as practiced by American Catholics, was not always about Biden specifically. There was John Kerry before him, and Geraldine Ferraro behind that, and the same question has been asked regarding Nancy Pelosi and the late Ted Kennedy and many other Catholic politicians. But Biden himself has been the main topic at least since 2008.

Fr. Philip Dion: How to Motivate Yourself to Grow in Holiness

By Fr. Philip Dion, Catholic Exchange – Sometimes, with God’s help, the scene a person sees in retrospect is not quite so devastated. But neither is it a picture of magnificent triumph or prodigious progress in virtue. Last year, he had hoped this year would find him quite proficient in the practice of his particular virtue, or considerably more advanced toward victory over his predominant fault or faults.

A Most Consequential Presidency, by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – Trump has also changed the character and composition of the GOP, making it more of a working- and middle-class party. Where George H.W. Bush sought to build a “New World Order” with America as global hegemon and George W. Bush preached a global crusade for democracy “to end tyranny in our world,” Trump is all-in on “America first.” Bush transnationalism belongs to yesterday.

NeverTrump David French Gaslights Pro-Lifers, by Jason Jones & John Zmirak

By Jason Jones & John Zmirak, The Stream – In his latest Rube Goldberg contraption designed to show why pro-lifers should not back a pro-life president, David French exhausts himself. It’s frankly hard to slog through something that long when one’s so busy cringing. Here is a once-prominent public intellectual, who actually toyed with running for president of the U.S., reduced to peddling sophistries to his ever-shrinking audience. His point?… It doesn’t matter if you refuse to vote against Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. …

Discovered: Liturgical Abuse Leads to Invalid Sacraments, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – A priest learns that he was not validly baptized. And since he was not validly baptized, his ordination was also invalid. And since he was not validly ordained, when he celebrated Mass or heard confessions, those sacraments weren’t valid, either. The Archdiocese of Detroit has a mess on its hands… For Father Matthew Hood, who realized that he had been “baptized” with a formula that the Vatican recently declared invalid, the problem has already been corrected.

Saint Louis IX: Racist or Religionist? by Sean Fitzpatrick

By Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine – The noise this summer atop Art Hill in Forest Park, St. Louis, clamoring that something be done about the bronze cast of Charles Henry Niehaus’s “The Apotheosis of Saint Louis” should be remembered on this feast day of the sainted King of France… The ignorant anger that has taken the nation in its grip, toppling and defacing memorials that hearken to times of perceived or alleged racial division, has deemed the iconic statue of the crusader king unworthy for modern display. Why? Because Louis was, of course, a racist… While Louis IX’s history is scant on evidence that he was a racist, it is rife with evidence that he was a religionist.

Planned Parenthood Leaders Admit Under Oath to Killing Babies in Illegal Partial-Birth Abortions, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Center for Medical Progress released horrific new video footage today showing Planned Parenthood leaders admitting to killing babies in illegal partial-birth abortions to obtain their body parts for sale for grisly research… The new video follows on a prior video showing deposition statements in which Planned Parenthood officials admitting to selling the body parts of aborted babies… During the new video, top Planned Parenthood leaders give sworn depositions in which they admit to changing abortion procedures to harvest more usable fetal organs and tissues.

LifeSite Petition Against Mandatory Mask Mandates at 56k Signatures and Counting

By LifeSiteNews staff – This petition calls on policymakers, at all levels of government, to rescind any radical mandatory mask mandates, and allow science and logic to prevail over fear, panic, and political posturing… Policies must be nuanced and recognize that the coronavirus is typically only a serious threat to the most vulnerable – not the vast majority of the population, for whom COVID-19 is like a case of the flu… People need to continue to speak up all around the world ….

Saint of the Day for August 25: St. Louis IX of France (April 25, 1214 – Aug. 25, 1270)

By Franciscan Media – At his coronation as king of France, Louis IX bound himself by oath to behave as God’s anointed, as the father of his people and feudal lord of the King of Peace. Other kings had done the same, of course. Louis was different in that he actually interpreted his kingly duties in the light of faith. After the violence of two previous reigns, he brought peace and justice.

The Second Miracle of Fatima That Hardly Anyone Knows About, by Mary Ann Kreitzer

By Mary Ann Kreitzer, LifeSiteNews – But there is a lesser-known miracle of Fatima that also carries a message for the world, a miracle with a backstory. It begins with the Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula from the Moors in the Middle Ages. In the 12th century, a Moorish Princess named Fatima was captured in battle by a Portuguese officer, Goncalo Hermingues. He fell in love with her and asked King Alfonso for permission to marry her that was given provided Fatima convert to Christianity.

LETTER to the FRONTLINE HEROES: Viganò on COVID, Abortion, and Destruction of the Family

By + Carlo Maria Viganò, Posted on The Remnant – Given the gravity of the situation, we must also speak out with regard to these aspects: we cannot remain silent if the public authority would make vaccines obligatory that pose serious ethical and moral problems, or that more prosaically do not give any guarantee of obtaining the promised effects and that are limited to promising benefits that from a scientific point of view are absolutely questionable. May the pastors of the Church finally raise their voice to defend the flock entrusted to their care in this systematic attack against God and man!

Jesus’ Eternal, Eucharistic Question: ‘Who Do You Say That I Am?’, by John M. Grondelski

By John M. Grondelski, EWTN – But who do you say I am?”… It’s the central question of the Gospel for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time. It’s the central question of the Gospel, period. If you look at the Gospel of Mark, it’s right there in Chapter 8, smack dab in the literal center of that Gospel. It’s the central question of Christianity, period… The Petrine confession of faith at Caesarea Philippi is the heart of the Gospel because it is an existential question. Jesus asks his apostles two questions. The first is a reporter’s question: “Who do people say I am?”

Donald Trump Begins Four-Night Engagement … AKA ‘The RNC Convention’, by Al Perrotta

By Al Perrotta, The Stream – Donald J. Trump begins a four night engagement tonight, live from the White House, Charlotte and who knows where else. Technically, it’s the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, but thanks to Covid-19, participants and venues will be scattered about the country… However, make no mistake, Trump will be the top act on the bill every night. And why not?… Politics aside, love him or hate him, he’s the best show in town. Why keep him away?

Fr. Gerald E. Murray: Substitutes for Thought

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Catholic Thing – “Liberalism reduces Christianity to slogans; slogans are a substitute for thought.”… The promoters of the liberal spirit in religion, which was defined by St. John Henry Newman as the anti-dogmatic principle, will not tolerate any contradiction of their dictatorship of relativism sloganeering. The only dogmas to which they demand assent are the latest never-to-be-questioned slogans used in the ongoing project to dismantle the Church’s doctrines, especially her moral teachings.

Memo to Joe: Lockdowns Do More Harm than Good, by Douglas Andrews

By Douglas Andrews, Patriot Post – We remember the President Trump’s original directive from mid-March: “15 days to slow the spread.” So we dutifully, patriotically obliged. Soon thereafter, though, it became 45 days, and we began to wonder: And then what? Another month? And then another?… Originally, our goal was to slow the spread and thereby keep our hospitals from being overwhelmed — which we did. But somehow, folks got it in their heads that a complete lockdown of our country — schools, sports, restaurants, movie theaters, social gatherings — was the best way to handle the Wuhan coronavirus. It wasn’t.

Fr. Altman: Lesson of the Keys (Watch homily)

Posted by Complicit Clergy, Aug 24, 2020 – Fr. Altman reviews the meaning of Jesus giving the keys of the kingdom to Peter and its relevance to ecumenism.

Saint of the Day for August 24: St. Bartholomew (b. 1st century)

By Franciscan Media – In the New Testament, Bartholomew is mentioned only in the lists of the apostles. Some scholars identify him with Nathanael, a man of Cana in Galilee who was summoned to Jesus by Philip. Jesus paid him a great compliment: “Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him” (John 1:47b). When Nathanael asked how Jesus knew him, Jesus said, “I saw you under the fig tree” (John 1:48b).

A Campaign to Move Country Back to Freedom, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Twila Brase, president of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, has launched a “Face Freedom” campaign that encourages people to go without a mask on Fridays… “On Face Freedom Friday, just take a picture of you or whoever you’re with without a mask and then send it around your social network with #FaceFreedom,” Brase said… “We need to move this country back to freedom of their faces, freedom to breathe, freedom to speak — all of this without a barrier — freedom to see each other’s expressions, freedom to communicate.”

Go to Mass, by Thomas Griffin

By Thomas Griffin, Crisis Magazine – The Catholic Church has proclaimed the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist since it was spoken of by Christ himself. He taught the crowds, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day” (John 6:54). At the Last Supper, Jesus said, “This is my body… this is my blood” (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:17-19; 1 Corinthians 11:24). Notice, He did not say this is a symbol or a mere reference to His presence, but that it actually is Him.

How the United Nations Promotes an Anti-Family Agenda, by Virginia Allen

By Virginia Allen, Daily Signal – Kimberly Ells arrived at the United Nations excited to engage in work to strengthen families around the world. What she found was an agenda to dismantle the traditional family, promote sexuality to children, and reduce parenthood to a burdensome civil construct… Several years ago, I think it was 2013, I found a document online in the course of just research and so forth, and it was a document all about children’s sexual rights and promoting sexual rights for children. …

Msgr. Charles Pope: In Times of Harsh Political Discourse, What Do the Scriptures Say?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – We are in times of strident political protest that includes a lot of harsh language, personal attacks, name calling, and even debased and profane terms. There are tweets, and angry monologues, harsh commentary on news networks, and interruptive press conferences and news interviews that sound more like a brawl than a debate. To put it all more pleasantly, these are times of “colorful” discourse.

Wildfires Wreaking ‘Profound Damage’ in Multiple California Dioceses, by Mary Farrow

By Mary Farrow, CNA – Over the past several days, a heat wave coupled with excessive lightning strikes sparked most of the blazes now raging in the state. At least 60,000 people in the state have evacuated their homes to escape the path of the blazes… “Although it may not be clear to us, it is at times like these that we are called to not lose sight that the Lord is with us even amidst the uncertainty of the moment,” (Bishop Daniel Garcia of the Diocese of Monterey) said in his message. “You and I are called to come together as the Body of Christ, to pray for each other, even if we cannot physically gather in each other’s presence.”

God, Guns and the Government (Watch), by Paul Brock

By Paul Brock, Church Militant – In this week’s Mic’d Up, the Second Amendment is defended from a Catholic angle… Michael Voris interviews Jason Jones, executive producer of the 2006 People’s Choice Award-winning film Bella. Jason, along with his co-author John Zmirak, also wrote The Race to Save Our Century: Five Core Principles to Promote Peace, Freedom, and a Culture Of Life.

How It All Ends, by Dr. Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – (T)he Book of Revelation, by implication, also shows that all the things we’re suffering, almost everywhere on the globe in 2020, are not only inevitable earthly ills. They’re part and parcel of a larger, spiritual “war in Heaven” with “principalities and powers.”… In that light, it was heartening to see recently that two American bishops – Hying of Madison and Listecki of Milwaukee – led a Eucharistic procession up a main street to the Wisconsin state capital building. At least 2000 people followed. Their message was that “only Jesus can heal our wounds.”

A.G. Barr on ‘Public Education:’ ‘That’s a Racist System Maintained by the Democratic Party and the Teachers Union’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – If you want to find “systemic racism” in America, then look no further than the public schooling system, which is “maintained by the Democratic Party and the teachers’ unions,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. The entire system keeps “inner-city kids in failing schools,” he added.

Schumer Might Scrap Filibuster to Advance Biden’s Abortion Agenda: “We’ll Do Whatever It Takes”, by Andrew Trunsky

By Andrew Trunsky, LifeNews – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer left the fate of the filibuster up in the air Thursday, saying that Democrats would “do what it takes” to advance their agenda should Democratic nominee Joe Biden win the presidency and the party retake the Senate majority… Schumer said that his party has a “moral imperative” to fulfill its promises made to the American people during a radio interview with “The Joe Madison Show.”

Pope St. Pius X — Restoring All Things in Christ, by Stephanie Mann

By Stephanie Mann, EWTN News – Pope St. Pius X, who reigned a little more than 11 years from 1903 to 1914, was a reforming pontiff, taking the motto Instaurare Omnia in Christo, or “to restore all things in Christ” to guide his papacy. Like Pope St. Pius V, he lived simply, stating that he had been born poor, had lived poor and wanted to die poor. He shared Pius V’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, writing an encyclical on the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Video: Planned Parenthood Admits Racism, by Patriot Post

Media Editors, Patriot Post – But there is a lot about its past and present that continues to be ignored… Planned Parenthood is finally starting to admit its racism, but there is a lot about its past and present that continues to be ignored. The fact is, until it closes its doors for good, it won’t even have begun to confront the injustices it has committed.

Saint of the Day for August 22: Queenship of Mary

By Franciscan Media – Pope Pius XII established this feast in 1954. But Mary’s queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever. At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary “mother of my Lord.” As in all the mysteries of Mary’s life, she is closely associated with Jesus: Her queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship. We can also recall that in the Old Testament the mother of the king has great influence in court.

Dems’ Agenda: Strip God from American Life, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – The Democrats continue their war on God. This week, it continues to play out in public at their national convention. The latest salvo has come from two caucus leaders who apparently got the memo that God was disinvited from the Pledge of Allegiance… The Left has always found God verbiage offensive. From replacing “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays” to seeking to erase “In God we trust” on our money, the movement has sought to erase all references to God.

Arguments and Faith: Why Do We Believe? by Dr. Jeff Mirus 

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Essentially, the objection was that Christians frequently believe without requiring or depending upon particular arguments. Sometimes, at least, we can state that a Christian does not believe because but rather simply believes. I did not handle this question well at the time, mostly because I did not fully grasp the point that was being made in the context of my lecture ….

Joe Biden Changes Declaration of Independence Again in Democrat Acceptance Speech, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Joe Biden just can’t seem the get the Declaration of Independence right, putting his feminist spin on one of the most-often quoted lines in history… In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night, Biden quoted the founding document… “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal,” Biden said.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Words Do Not Make Reality, As Seen in a Commercial

By Msgr. Charles Pope – We talk a lot about freedom, but compulsiveness, addiction, and lack of self-control are more the case with the average person… We have collectively rejected the “Ten Big Laws of God,” declaring our freedom from being told what to do. But the result has not been that we have fewer laws; rather we now have thousands of “little laws,” imposed upon us through oppressive government, by which we are told what we must do under penalty of law.

Pope Francis Backs ‘Universal’ COVID Vaccination ‘For All’, WHO Thrilled, by Dorothy Cummings McLean

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – Pope Francis has backed global elites such as Bill Gates when it comes to a Coronavirus vaccination, saying that it should be “universal and for all.”… Vaccine critics, including environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr., are warning that key parts of testing are being skipped in the push to develop a COVID vaccine. Critics warn about the risks of large-scale injury and other health-related consequences that could result from a largely untested vaccine that is suddenly injected into millions.

The Fruits of Subjectivism, by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – For a hundred years or so, elite liberal thinkers have been teaching that all values, including moral values, are merely subjective; but in recent decades these teachings have trickled down to the masses.  The elites usually wanted no more than a license for sexual freedom; they hoped things would stop there.  The masses, especially the lowest stratum of the masses, are more logical.  They use moral subjectivism as a license for disorder and criminality.

Legal Abortion ‘Above My Pay Grade,’ Says Religious Sister Who Will Pray at DNC, by Kevin Jones

By Kevin Jones, CNA – Sister Simone Campbell, who (was) set to offer a prayer at the Democratic National Convention Thursday, has declined to take a stand on the morality of abortion protections, and a CNA examination finds donors to her organization, Network Lobby, have links to pro-abortion rights advocacy… Asked Aug. 19 whether her organization opposes the legal protection of abortion, Campbell told CNA, “That is not our issue. That is not it. It is above my pay grade.”… “It’s not the issue that we work on. I’m a lawyer. I would have to study it more intensely than I have,” Campbell added.

Will the Catholic Bishops Call Out Joe? by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – As a cradle Catholic and recipient of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal, Joe Biden is outspoken in declaring that the principles and beliefs of his Catholic faith guide his public life… “Joe is a man of faith,” was a recurring theme at the Democratic convention that nominated him to become our second Catholic president… Biden has often affirmed the centrality of his faith to his decisions in public life. In a video released on the eve of the convention, he credited Pope Francis and the nuns who educated him with making him the man he is today…. He is now an all-in Roe v. Wade Catholic who supports a woman’s right to abortion and believes the tax dollars of his fellow Catholics should pay for the abortions of women who cannot afford them.

Letter to an Anti-Trump Christian Friend, by Wayne Grudem

By Wayne Grudem, Townhall – Thank you for your thoughtful, honest email explaining why you felt frustration and anger about my public support of Donald Trump. I’m glad that you wrote as you did rather t