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Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.: Who Are You?

By Fr. James V. Schall, S.J, The Catholic Thing – At least four famous, not-often-enough-repeated Aristotelian questions can be asked of any given thing when we try to figure out what and why it is. They are: 1) “What is it?” – a tree, a rabbit, a planet? 2) “Is it?” That is, does it exist rather than not exist? Does it stand outside of nothingness? 3) Who or what put it into motion or into being? 4) “Why is it in existence?” What is the reason for which it now exists?.. Of human beings, we can add a further question: “Who are you?”

The Unsinkable Saint Who Missed the Titanic, by Joseph Pronechen 

By Joseph Pronechen, National Catholic Register – In April 1912, Mother Frances Cabrini was in Italy with her sisters. Her plans were to visit her foundations in France, Spain and England before sailing back to the United States in mid-April to continue work in New York City. Her sisters in England were eagerly awaiting this visit from their 62-year-old founder and superior. To help make her journey back to the U.S. more comfortable they had bought her a ticket and booked passage on a new ocean liner, the RMS Titanic. …

Pro-Life Democrats Champion Government Aid to Pregnancy Resource Centers in Louisiana, by Kate Quiñones

By Kate Quiñones, CNA Staff – Louisiana legislators are advancing a measure to support women in crisis pregnancies by setting aside millions in funding for pregnancy resource centers and other social services, as part of a bill approved by the Louisiana Senate last month… Republican Rep. Jack McFarland and Democratic Sen. Katrina Jackson-Andrews are co-sponsors of the legislation, which puts money set aside for Alternatives to Abortion toward the new Louisiana Pregnancy and Baby Initiative. ….

WATCH! ABORTION ON THE BALLOT: Can Pro-life Christians Vote for Donald Trump? by Michael J. Matt

By Michael J. Matt, Editor, The Remnant – With pro-life America at a crossroads, Michael J. Matt takes a hard look at Donald Trump’s political maneuvering … Can faithful Christians still vote for Donald Trump, or have we been sidelined and reduced to passive spectators as our country is handed over to the Party of Death?… What’s going on here, and how does this relate to Trump and any other politician who might be tempted to campaign on family and life issues?

Bill Maher Reveals the Grim Truth of What Pro-Abortion Leftists Really Think, by John-Henry, Westen

By John-Henry, Westen, LifeSiteNews – A video of Bill Maher’s recent comments on abortion has gone viral, and it’s fascinating because Maher is honest and tells us what abortion advocates really feel and think… First, he recognizes that “abortion is murder.” Abortion is murder. It is the murder of an innocent human being made in the image and likeness of God.,, Second, he recognizes that the only credible position against abortion is to oppose all abortions. This is because every baby is equally loved by God and of equal value in the sight of God.

 By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV: Experience The Transforming Power of Divine Mercy

By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange – “You are I know the most incapable person, weak and sinful, but just because you are that, I want to use you, for my glory.”… It may surprise us to know that Jesus spoke these words to St. Teresa of Calcutta before she founded her religious congregation, the Missionaries of Charity sisters. Jesus first invited her to begin her mission by accepting her need for His mercy in her life. …

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: I Am the Bread of Life

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 6:30-35 – So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, `He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'” Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. ….

Cardinal Sarah Denounces His Feckless Brother Bishops While The Vatican Persecutes Whistleblowers, by Anthony Stine

By Anthony Stine, Return to Tradition – Cardinal Sarah Denounces His Feckless Brother Bishops While The Vatican Persecutes Whistleblowers.

How Prayer Can Strengthen Us and Help Build a Culture of Life, by Susan Ciancio

By Susan Ciancio, Catholic World Report – How many times have you heard people say that prayer does nothing? They often mock us for praying during times of crisis. But when disaster strikes, a person falls ill or dies, or a child is lost, sometimes the only recourse we have is prayer. After all, we cannot cure cancer, we cannot bring someone back from the dead, and we cannot undo an earthquake or a fire.

Group in Mexico Displays Flyers Urging Illegal Aliens to Vote for Biden, by Fred Lucas

By Fred Lucas, Daily Signal – An advocacy group based in Northeastern Mexico that lobbies U.S. lawmakers has distributed and posted flyers encouraging illegal immigrants to vote for President Joe Biden in the 2024 election, according to The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project… Translated from Spanish, the Oversight Project notes, the flyers posted by the organization Resource Center Matamoros say: “Reminder to vote for President Biden when you are in the United States. We need another four years of his term to stay open.”

The Vatican on ‘Infinite’ Human Dignity: Do Humans Look Dignified to You? by Gavin Ashenden

By Gavin Ashenden, The Stream – There’s a new Vatican document which asserts that human beings, by their very nature, have something called “infinite dignity.” A conversation at the Vatican press conference when Dignitas Infinita was launched offered some helpful insights into the theological presuppositions held by its authors… Vatican correspondent Diane Montagna asked lead author Cardinal Fernandez: “If man has infinite dignity how can he be condemned to the eternal suffering of Hell?”…

Baltimore Archdiocese Planning to Shutter 65% of its Parishes, by Scott Maucione

By Scott Maucione, WYPR News – The Baltimore Archdiocese is planning to close about two-thirds of its churches in the city and county as the organization continues to be embroiled in bankruptcy proceedings regarding restitution for victims of child sexual assault… The plan would shutter 40 of the archdiocese’s 61 parishes, consolidating the congregations and closing some of the most historic churches in the area, leaving 21 parishes and 26 worship sites.

Doctors Fight Back Against Biden Rule Forcing Them to Promote Abortions, by Steven Ertelt 

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Doctors and medical groups are fighting back against a rule Joe Biden put in place that forces anyone receiving certain federal funds to promote abortions… On Friday, the pro-life legal group Alliance Defending Freedom filed legal papers supporting them. ADF attorneys filed on behalf of several pro-life and religious medical associations Friday in State of Tennessee v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. …

Why We Should Be Cautious of Jordan Peterson, by Scott Ventureyra

By Scott Ventureyra, Crisis Magazine – We live in a period of mass deception. We cannot trust politicians, be they establishment or anti-establishment. Even anti-establishment figures such as RFK Jr., Donald Trump, and Javier Milei, all of whom I have praised in the past, have shown inconsistencies with what originally made them appealing and seemingly authentic figures. Here are just a few examples: RFK Jr. chose Nicole Shanahan, who helped finance Event 201, as his running mate ….

The Catholic Herald: Cardinal Sarah Denounces ‘Atheistic’ Western Bishops Who Prefer the World to the Cross

By The Catholic Herald – Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah has accused Western bishops of worldliness and of succumbing to the temptation of “practical atheism” as they lose faith in the teachings of the Catholic Church… The former prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments said that so many bishops desired to be “loved by the world” that they have forgotten that Christianity calls them to be “signs of contradiction”.

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Ancient Biblical Sermons Break All the Modern Rules – Maybe the Rules Should Be Re-Examined

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The first reading from Sunday’s Mass features an excerpt from a sermon by St. Peter. The contents of the sermon are very similar to others recorded in the Acts of the Apostles by Saints Paul and Stephen. What is interesting is that these ancient sermons break almost every rule (written and unwritten) of modern preaching! Consider the clip from yesterday and not the areas highlighted in red: Peter said to the people: Peter said to the people: “The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus ….

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Labor for the Food Which Endures to Eternal Life

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 6:22-29 – On the next day the people who remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. However, boats from Tiberias came near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks. …..

Benjamin Netanyahu Is Trying to Drag the U.S. Into War With Iran, by James W. Carden

By James W. Carden, The American Conservative – Biden has been the object of Bibi’s bullying for years. Netanyahu delighted in humiliating then–Vice President Biden on the latter’s trip to Israel in 2010, announcing on the day of his arrival a massive expansion of “settlements” in east Jerusalem. At some point, one would think, it would become a question of self-respect, of manhood—for Biden to stand up to Netanyahu. ….

Fr. Janvier Gbénou: African Priest: Bishops and Cardinals Must Publicly Correct Pope Francis’ Many Heresies

By Fr. Janvier Gbénou, LifeSite News – Addressed to Pope Francis and to the College of Cardinals and the College of Bishops concerning the truth about Pope Francis and his moral and doctrinal errors… Jesus lives in the Church and in the world. This means that the Truth lives and remains eternal despite all the attempts to extinguish it in the hearts of women and men. Strangely enough, these attempts today come from the one whose special function is to protect the Truth and its worldwide propagation: Pope Francis.

9 Facts About Catholics in the U.S., According to Pew Research, by Jonah McKeown

By Jonah McKeown, CNA – The Pew Research Center released a new fact sheet Friday that contains nine demographic and statistical facts about the Catholic population in the United States, based on the center’s numerous surveys… #8. About 6 in 10 U.S. Catholics say abortion should be legal, in contrast to the Church’s teaching.

Congress Blows It on FISA, by Jed Babbin

By Jed Babbin, American Spectator – In short, Johnson’s bill leaves too much discretion to the FBI and doesn’t include the most critical reform: to get FISA out of politics… it is necessary to prevent FISA — and the FBI and the FISA court, which operates necessarily in secret — from considering surveillance warrants that target federal or statewide incumbent officials and candidates… Unless that is done, the bill fails to accomplish anything that will prevent another abuse like the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation. And it fails in precisely that manner.

Gaming The 2024 Campaign, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness – Will the left unleash another late-season October surprise like the 2016 Access Hollywood tape or the 2020 “Russian disinformation” laptop farce? And will these desperate gambits resonate or boomerang?… will the candidates in October and November resemble the candidates of today?.. Will Trump still be vibrant at 78? Will Biden still be upright at 81?… Will Biden’s feebleness still earn him sympathy, or at least respectful silence? Or will it devolve to the point that the public, worn out by his lapses, concludes that Joe Biden would not be able to keep any job in America—except the Presidency of the United States?

A Successor for the St. Gallen Mafia? by Julia Meloni

By Julia Meloni, OnePeterFive – Ultimately, Fernández’s thought is very similar to that of the late Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the leader of the St. Gallen mafia—the group of high-ranking churchmen who plotted to move the Church in a more Liberal direction. In Night Conversations, Martini emphasized fighting for social justice in the world without being too insistent on sexual matters or traditional pro-life topics… “I hope that sooner or later God redeems everyone. I am a great optimist,” Martini said in the book. He was discussing how “nobody knows if anyone is in hell” and how it was “easier” to think that someone like Hitler was “simply extinguished.”

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby: Who Was the First One to See the Risen Christ? Our Lady of the Resurrection

By Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, EWTN News – The accounts given in the Gospel books of the Risen Christ’s encounters with others are sources of great consolation and encouragement, but also of intense inquiry and unrest… To whom did the Lord appear? What is the importance of these different encounters? How can such encounters help us to experience the Resurrection in our own lives and be more faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus?

Jesus’ Eucharistic Virtues, by Patrick O’Hearn

By Patrick O’Hearn, Catholic Exchange – Following His Passion, Death, and Resurrection, Jesus could have reigned exclusively in Heaven at the right hand of His Father. And yet, Jesus also wanted to dwell on earth in the Holy Eucharist until the end of time at the right hand of His brother: you and me. It was as if Jesus preferred our human heart to the perfect bliss and love of His Father, though we know this not to be the case. It would seem as if Jesus is a fool to dwell in the Holy Eucharist after being scorned and murdered by the ones He loved.

Pro-Abortion Terrorist Gets Lighter Sentence Than Peaceful Pro-Life Activists

By Matt Kittle, The Federalist – January, six pro-life activists were convicted on charges of violating the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, for blocking the entrance to an abortion facility in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee in 2021. The FACE Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton, punishes “violent, threatening damaging, and obstructive conduct intended to injure, intimidate, or interfere with the right to seek, obtain, or provide” abortions.

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby: The Rise of the Ultramontanists

By Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, The Catholic Thing – Ultramontanism is the false belief that everything a pope says is without error. Everything a pope decides must be right. Everything a pope speaks or does is paramount and cannot be questioned. The shocking rhetoric of the ultramontanists is found in such slogans as, “If you don’t believe everything the pope teaches, then you’re not Catholic.”

Happy Birthday, America? by Charles Coulombe

By Charles Coulombe, Crisis Magazine – As America approaches the 250th anniversary of its birth, few seem interested in celebrating our country… Today, April 15, is Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, commemorating the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. As customary, this will be the culmination of a week of observances in Boston and the towns as far west as Concord. …

Why Donald Trump Is So Hated, by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – To his loyal supporters, he is a courageous hero of superhuman proportions. To his fervent detractors, he is the incarnation of evil itself in exaggerated form.
Why does Trump elicit such extreme reactions? More to the point: Why do his detractors hate him so much?… The first and most obvious reason is that Trump has been, at various times, nasty, cruel, crude, and vicious, and his detractors are responding in kind, giving him some of his own medicine.

GOP Senate Candidate Kari Lake Slammed For Flip-Flopping On Abortion Law, by Mariane Angela

By Mariane Angela, Daily Caller – Republican Arizona Senate candidate Kari Lake faces criticisms from both sides of the abortion debate after a visit to the University of Arizona on Thursday, NBC News reported… Lake faced criticisms about her changing position on Arizona’s strict Civil War-era abortion law, as she navigates the political arena ahead of the 2024 elections. …

Sen. Ron Johnson Highlights the Complacency and Malfeasance of the Government and Medical Industry During COVID, by Evan Poellinger

By Evan Poellinger, MRC TV – On Tuesday, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson (R) provided eye-opening insights into the way the federal government and medical establishment harmed the American people during the COVID-19 pandemic… Sen. Johnson spoke at a symposium hosted by the Heritage Foundation, which focused on the ways in which the government had used its powers to impose on the American public. Johnson began by recalling President Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell address, in which the former president expressed concern about public finance of scientific research.

On the “Nation” of Christian Nationalism, by Peter J. Leithart

By Peter J. Leithartm, First Things – A nation is Christian when a significant portion of the population is made up of practicing Christians, when the beliefs, texts, symbols, and ethical standards of Christianity are woven into the fabric of common life, when the Christian God is invoked in public declaration and rituals

Trump’s Balk on Abortion Ban Sends Shockwaves Through Pro-Life Movement, by Jonathan Liedl

By Jonathan Liedl, EWTN News – “My view is now that we have abortion where everybody wanted it from a legal standpoint, the states will determine by vote or legislation, or perhaps both, and whatever they decide must be the law of the land, in this case, the law of the state,” Trump said in the video… The presidential candidate added that his position was “all about the will of the people,” and that voters must follow their “heart, or in many cases, your religion or your faith.” Two days later, he told the media that he would not sign a national abortion ban if he retook the White House.

Easter and the Call to Deeper Conversion, by Carl E. Olson

By Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report – The story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, which immediately precedes today’s Gospel and is unique to St. Luke, is one of my favorite stories in the four Gospels. Like other former Protestants who have become Catholic, I see it as a sort of microcosm of my journey into the Church… As a young Evangelical, I spent time reading Scripture, as well as “conversing and debating” (cf. Lk 24:15) various points of theology and belief, especially while attending Bible college…

Bill Maher: ‘Abortion is Murder, I’m Okay With That’, by Julianna Frieman 

By Julianna Frieman, LifeNews – Comedian Bill Maher said Friday on “Real Time with Bill Maher” he is “okay” with abortion even though some consider it to be “murder.”… Maher told guests Gillian Tett, a British author and journalist, Piers Morgan and his audience that people who are pro-life are “kind of” right that abortion is “murder,” before highlighting the reason why he is “okay” with that… “None of you believe it’s murder. You know, that’s why I don’t understand the 15-week thing. Or the — Trump’s plan is, ‘Let’s leave it to the states.’ You mean, so killing babies is okay in some states?”

Saint of the Day for April 15: Blessed Caesar de Bus

Franciscan Media – Like so many of us, Caesar de Bus struggled with the decision about what to do with his life. After completing his Jesuit education he had difficulty settling between a military and a literary career. He wrote some plays but ultimately settled for life in the army and at court.

FISA Reform Failed Because The Whole Point Of Section 702 Is To Spy On Americans, by John Daniel Davidson

By John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist – The whole point of Section 702 is to spy on Americans. Why would the intelligence community want to reform it?… A group of 19 Republican lawmakers on Wednesday joined with Democrats to block a bill that would have reauthorized the federal government’s spying authority with a few minor tweaks. At issue is Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allows warrantless surveillance of foreigners but is also routinely used to spy on American citizens.

Tanzania Testing Day: A Child’s Chance to Escape Poverty and Danger, by Kevin Wells

By Kevin Wells, EWTN News – Once a year in Tanzania, on its world-forgotten islands, unvisited mountainsides, and in jungles and brush with man-eating animals, the Sisters of Mary enter some of the most dangerous villages in Africa to recruit their incoming class… This is testing day for Tanzania’s poor. When a white-habited nun escorts a child to a wobbly bench or old wooden chair, each youngster sees the sheet of paper that could change everything. The remainder of their lives hinges on how they will answer the multiple-choice questions before them, they’ve been told.

Speaker Johnson’s Perilous Moment on Ukraine Has Finally Arrived, by Mike Lillis, by Mychael Schnell

By Mike Lillis, Mychael Schnell, The Hill – After months of delay, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) is poised to step formally into the perilous debate over Ukraine aid — an explosive topic that carries high stakes for both the future of Kyiv’s sovereignty and the fate of Johnson’s Speakership… Since taking the gavel in October, Johnson has vowed to move another round of military help for Ukraine’s beleaguered forces in their fight against Russia. …

Trump Says He Will Not Sign a National Abortion Ban if Reelected, by Daniel Payne

By Daniel Payne, Catholic News Agency – Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would not sign a national abortion ban if reelected to the office of the presidency in November… The Republican presidential candidate was at an event in Atlanta on Wednesday when a reporter asked him: “Would you sign a national abortion ban if Congress sent it to your desk?”… “No,” Trump said in response… Asked by the reporter: “You wouldn’t sign it?” Trump responded again: “No.”

Sen. Ron Johnson Highlights the Complacency and Malfeasance of the Government and Medical Industry During COVID, by Evan Poellinger

By Evan Poellinger, MRC TV – Johnson began by recalling Pres. Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell address, in which the former president expressed concern about public finance of scientific research… Relating Eisenhower’s warning to COVID, Sen. Johnson explained how such publicly-funded research can beget corruption: “If you allow the public to fund this, you’re going to have scientists not pursuing science; you have them pursuing grants. And their science is going to be corrupted by that and we would end up with a scientific and technological elite that’s going to drive public policy. That’s what we saw in COVID.”

Report: Iran Preps 100 Cruise Missiles for Strike on Israel, by Michael Katz

By Michael Katz, Newsmax – Amid escalating tensions with Israel, Iran has readied as many as 100 cruise missiles for a possible strike against the Jewish state… Two U.S. officials told ABC News on Friday that Iran has readied more than 100 cruise missiles for a possible strike in retaliation for an April 1 airstrike on its diplomatic facility in Damascus that killed at least seven members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including two top generals.

Catholic Vote: New Ways Ministries – Rainbow Wolves

By Staff, Catholic Vote, (Complicit Clergy) – Faithful Catholic writers have been sounding the alarm about an LGBT push to undermine the Church’s teachings from within. CatholicVote’s Catholic Accountability Project (CAP) decided to investigate those concerns… The report below is the result of CAP’s thorough research into one culprit – an organization named “New Ways Ministry.” What the investigation uncovered is nothing short of a far-reaching, decades-long plan to help a secular movement lay siege to Catholic teachings on sex, the family, and marriage. ….

86 Republicans Vote To Allow Warrantless Spying Of Americans With FISA, by Zack Brave

By Zack Brave, Capitol Hill Reporter – Eighty-six House Republicans voted against an amendment to the FISA reauthorization bill which would have added a warrant requirement to prevent the U.S. government from spying on Americans without their knowledge… The vote tally on the amendment, introduced by Republican Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, was 212-212, with House Speaker Mike Johnson casting the tiebreaker vote against it. Among the Republicans who voted for the legislation without Biggs’ amendment are Johnson, Majority Leader Steve Scalise, Majority Whip Tom Emmer and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw.

LifeSiteNews: Nations That Embrace Abortion Inevitably Support Euthanasia: Here’s Why

By LifeSiteNews, Staff – Jonathon Van Maren explains why demographic and cultural crises afflicting Western nations are leading to increased support for legal euthanasia… Jonathon bases his observations on a column by British MP Matthew Parris that defends euthanasia. He opines that Parris, despite defending euthanasia, is also being “brutally honest” by facing “head-on” the problems the West faces and the “schizophrenic views” people seem to hold on politics and culture, even if the solution Parris proposes is wrong.

Doctrine and the Cure of Souls, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing – I do not pretend to be deep into the cure of souls. All I know is that they must be cured. Somehow, the disease must be probed, and the corrupted matter must be cut away… The trouble with us sinners is that we get used to the sin. It is and it is not a part of us. It is not a part of us, because it is a lie, and it obscures even from our own hearts what God has intended for us to be. It is a part of us, because it sends its shoots and tendrils into all that we do, day after day, and all that we think about ourselves.

WATCH! Congress Is Lying to You About FISA, by Tucker Carlson 

By Tucker Carlson, Daily Caller – The U.S. House is expected to vote Friday on a two-year extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, commonly known as FISA. This transcript has been edited for length and reprinted with permission from Tucker Carlson… A few years ago, we learned conclusively that, in fact, the FBI and the federal intel agencies—the dozen or more federal intel agencies we have, for some reason—had been working secretly against Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Want to Be Happy? Get Married and Stay Married, The Ruth Institute

By The Ruth Institute, The Stream – Studies show that marriage is an excellent predictor of happiness… What’s the status of marriage in America today? The good news is that since 2012 there has been an increase in the number of children being raised in intact families, says Dr. Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and the author of Get Married: Why Americans Should Defy the Elites, Forge Strong Families and Save Civilization. …

Women, Children, and Careers, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – What do they mean by describing children and marriage as “penalties”? Well, they are stating their analysis from a purely materialistic perspective. A child, you see, sets a woman back in her career; it takes her years to recover lost ground, and in many cases, she never fully recovers her pre-family income and employment trajectory… Labeling a child as a “penalty” demeans the most important work a person can do — raising and nurturing children ….

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Miraculous Sign of Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 6:1-15 – After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. ….

FFPX: Toward a Remaking of the American Episcopacy?

By Staff, FFPX, – The United States has 194 Catholic dioceses; of these, eight are now vacant, while 11 have at their head bishops who are already at or over the age of 75 but whom the Supreme Pontiff has left in place to give himself more time to find successors… By March 2025, many “heavyweights” of the American episcopate will have–or already have–sent Rome their letter of retirement: such as Cardinals Seán O’Malley, Wilton Gregory, Daniel DiNardo, Blase Cupich, and Timothy Dolan. …

Current Sacramental Preparation is Failing Lost Souls, by Constance T. Hull

By Constance T. Hull, Catholic Exchange – Earlier this week, my spiritual daughter texted to tell me that the course she and her husband took in preparation for their baby girl’s Baptism was a 20-minute YouTube video. That was the entire preparation. I was disappointed, but not surprised. In the post-COVID era this has become common. If we are honest, it was common before COVID. My husband and I were handed a poorly written book and told we needed to read through it. That was our Baptism preparation course 13 years ago.

New Complaints of Abuse by Father Rupnik Presented to Vatican, by Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú, ACI Prensa Staff – Five new complaints of alleged abuse committed by Father Marko Rupnik have been presented to the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, where an investigation into the case is being carried out after Pope Francis decided to lift the statute of limitations… The new cases mark the latest development in the case of Rupnik, a Jesuit accused of having committed serious sexual, spiritual, and psychological abuse against at least 20 women over a period of decades. …

European Parliament Votes to Make Killing Babies in Abortions a Fundamental Right, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The European Parliament voted by a margin of 336-163 for a resolution “on the inclusion of the right to abortion in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.”… “Whilst this is a non-binding resolution, it still places undue pressure on member states such as Poland, Malta, and Slovakia. It would generate significant opposition from millions of EU citizens who fundamentally reject the false premise that abortion should be considered a ‘fundamental right,’” she said.

What Happens in France …. Fr. Matthieu Raffray Being Investigated for Speaking Truth, by Marisa Cantu

By Marisa Cantu, Human Life International – The French government is coming after a Catholic priest for speaking canonical truths. Father Matthieu Raffray from France released a video on Instagram last month. In the video, he encourages watchers to fight against their weaknesses and sinful inclinations. He uses homosexuality as an example among others, saying that same-sex attraction is a weakness that should be fought against, just as with any other sin. He encouraged watchers to not give in to the devil’s lie that the fight against temptation – whatever that temptation may be – is “too hard.”

Bidenomics After 38 Months: Six Charts the Media Don’t Want You to See, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, MRC TV – Liberal media are declaring Bidenomics a success – but, after more than three years, hard numbers tell a much different story, regardless of whether the measure is how much Americans are paying, earning or saving… gas prices (have) surged 46% in the first 38 months of Pres. Joe Biden’s term… After accounting for inflation, real wages earned by Americans have declined under Biden. …

On Abortion, Donald Trump Goes The Way Of Stephen A. Douglas, by John Daniel Davidson

By John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist – Abortion, like slavery, cannot simply be ‘left to the states,’ as if it’s an ordinary political issue. The republic itself is at stake… Former President Donald Trump declared this week that abortion should be left to the states, that there should be no federal abortion legislation because “this is all about the will of the people,” and “whatever they decide must be the law of the land.”

Cardinal Burke: Pope Francis’ Latin Mass Restrictions Have Had ‘Exactly the Opposite Effect’, by Michael Haynes

By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNews – Cardinal Raymond Burke has noted that despite Pope Francis’ restrictions on the traditional liturgy, attendance at the Old Rite is “getting bigger and bigger” as the rite is “integral to the life of the Church.”… “This form of the Roman rite has been an extraordinary blessing through so many centuries,” said the American cardinal about the traditional liturgy, otherwise known as the Latin Mass or Usus Antiquior. 

“Catholic” Joe Biden Is a Product of Church Apathy, by Sarah Cain

By Sarah Cain, Crisis Magazine – Parishes that practice indifference produce Catholics like Joe Biden… When President Joe Biden was asked by EWTN correspondent Owen Jensen what Easter means to him, he responded, “Time for forgiveness and people getting together, and a little bit of love and no phoniness. Be straight with people.”… At first hearing, it might be shocking to hear a self-professed Catholic define Easter without mention of Christ and either His death or Resurrection—with neither suffering nor sin. Yet perhaps it shouldn’t be.

Saint of the Day for April 12: St. Teresa of Los Andes

Franciscan Media – One needn’t live a long life to leave a deep imprint. Teresa of Los Andes is proof of that… As a young girl growing up in the early 1900’s in Santiago, Chile, Juana Fernandez read an autobiography of a French-born saint—Thérèse, popularly known as the Little Flower. ..

Trump’s Abortion Stance: Half a Loaf or a Poison Pill? by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – What are we to make of Donald Trump’s statement on abortion? In a recent post on Truth Social, he adopted a 100% states-rights approach, opposing any federal legislation to allow or regulate it… Cold hard fact: Any federal legislation that could actually pass would leave unborn babies unprotected all the way through birth — and overturn good state laws like Florida’s. So there’s a sense in which Trump’s stance is the best we can hope for, the least bad outcome considering the GOP’s failure to profit electorally from Joe Biden’s disastrous presidency.

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: He Who Believes in the Son Has Eternal Life

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 3:31-36 – He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth belongs to the earth, and of the earth he speaks; he who comes from heaven is above all. He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony; he who receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. …

Getting Fit in Mind, Body and Soul, by Randy Hain

Getting physically fit would be challenging enough, but how would I address the other areas?  Many people (myself included) express frustration with being too busy and not having enough time for prayer, reading and exercise.  They may select one area for improvement, but rarely will all three be addressed at once.  I suggest the solution may lie in being more efficient with our busy schedules and combining activities when possible.

Eclipse of the Sun, Eclipse of Faith, by Robert Lazu Kmita

By  Robert Lazu Kmita, The Remnant – Always, in a world absorbed in the tsunami of doctrinal and practical heresies as in a vortex, prayer must always remain unextinguished like an unpearishable flame. Just as the apostles cried out in the boat, we too must cry out – day and night – to God: “Master, we perish!” However, this must be done with full confidence: when the moment deemed appropriate by God comes, He himself will be the one to calm the storm, rebuking the sea and the waves. Although it lasted for three hours, the darkening of the sun has an end. …

WATCH: Michael Hichborn on “Dignitas Infinita”

By Joe McClane, A Catholic Take, (Complicit Clergy) – Does the new Vatican Document on Human Dignity conform to previous Catholic Teaching? Michael Hichborn of Lepanto Institute rejoins A Catholic Take to break down how “Dignitas Infinita” stacks up against previous statements from popes and theologians on the topic of human dignity. …

WATCH: The Real Religion of the Left, by Kyle Seraphin

By Kyle Seraphin, Edify – Progressive leftism demands the separation of church and state, but its tenets directly imitate organized religion. Former FBI agent and whistleblower, Kyle Seraphin, breaks down what the left really worships in this video.

Donald Trump Opposes Arizona Supreme Court Ruling Protecting Babies From Abortion, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – … the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that the state can enforce its abortion ban and protect babies from abortions. The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to uphold the state’s pro-life law as written by overturning a lower court decision that misinterpreted the law… Asked if the state’s highest court “went too far” in the ruling, Trump replied: “Yes they did. And that will be straightened out.”… “And, as you know, it’s all about state’s rights and it will be straightened out,” Trump said. “And I’m sure the governor and everybody else have got to bring it back into reason and that it will be taken care of I think.” …

Totality or Nothing: What the Solar Eclipse Revealed About God, by Tim Clark

By Tim Clark , EWTN News – God simply never tires of ways of delighting us… First, consider that a total solar eclipse is almost universally acknowledged to be one of the most incredibly beautiful sights in all of nature. But we must stop for a moment to consider the fact that, for this beauty to even be possible, the sun and the moon need to be precisely the same relative size in the sky. We might simply take for granted that a planet’s sun and moon are precisely proportionate to each other. …

Outspoken Bishop of Charlotte Who Oversaw Growth of Latin Mass Retires Amid Crackdown From Rome, by Louis Knuffke

By Louis Knuffke, LifeSiteNews – Outspokenly conservative Bishop Peter Jugis, of the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina, which had seen large growth in attendance at the Traditional Latin Mass and the opening of a new seminary, is retiring at the age of 67 after leading the diocese for 20 years… The outgoing bishop is set to be replaced by Franciscan Father Michael Martin, OFM Conv., of Atlanta. Martin, 62, is the present pastor of St. Philip Benizi Parish in Jonesboro, Georgia.

Love and Dignity, by John M. Grondelski

By John M. Grondelski, Crisis Magazine – Without addressing here either whether or how we might speak of “infinite” dignity as related to the human person or commenting on specific issues Dignitas covers, let me make some preliminary observations about the document’s overall approach… I admit a certain ambivalence about organizing this document around “human dignity.” I do that not because I dispute that we need to develop a true concept of dignity serviceable for public discourse but because I do not think we are there yet—and am unsure we’ve adequately prepared the ground to support that discussion, especially with non-Catholic circles.

Is it Jansenism? Or Christianity? by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – In the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council, many Catholics, especially young priests and seminarians, were imbued with the so-called “spirit of Vatican II” – a spirit that hoped to carry reforms and improvements of the Church well beyond the reforms and improvements actually designated by the Council… I remember a young priest telling us from the pulpit one Sunday that the Church, despite having been in existence for more than 1,900 years, had never really understood the meaning of Catholicism until the arrival of Vatican II. …

Father Murray to Newsmax: Eclipse Reminder of ‘Mysterious Creation’ of Universe, by Theodore Bunker  

By Theodore Bunker, Newsmax – Father Gerald Murray, pastor of the Holy Family Church in New York City, told Newsmax on Tuesday that the recent solar eclipse reminds us of the “mysterious creation out there” that “we should try to understand.”… Murray said on “American Agenda” that “Every day when the sun rises, it’s a reminder that God’s in charge because He put the sun there and we didn’t. And the fact that we’re still alive, that we have intelligence and energy.”

Saint of the Day for April 11: St. Stanislaus (July 26, 1030-April 11, 1079)

Franciscan Media – Anyone who reads the history of Eastern Europe cannot help but chance on the name of Stanislaus, the saintly but tragic bishop of Kraków, patron of Poland. He is remembered with Saints Thomas More and Thomas Becket for vigorous opposition to the evils of an unjust government.

Arizona Supreme Court Rules State Can Enforce Abortion Ban, Protect Babies From Abortions, by Steven Ertelt 

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – In a huge pro-life victory, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that the state can enforce its abortion ban and protect babies from abortions… Planned Parenthood was challenging the potential reinstatement of the state’s near-total abortion ban from 1864, which has exceptions for life-threatening emergencies, but had been blocked by 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. The Dobbs ruling should allow it to go into effect but the nation’s biggest abortion business challenged it. …

Prayer for the United States of America

Catholic Online – God our Father, Giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care. You are the rock on which this nation was founded. You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among Your people. Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation´s leaders. Open their minds to the great worth of human life and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. ….

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: God so Loved the World That He Gave Us His Only Son

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 3:16-21 – For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He who believes in him is not condemned; ….

More Than 700 Baptized On Easter in Nigeria Despite Rise in Attacks On Christians, by Abah Anthony John

By Abah Anthony John, ACI Africa – More than 700 Christians were baptized on Easter Sunday in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Katsina, where there is a rise in attacks mainly targeting Christian communities… In an April 3 interview with ACI Africa, CNA’s news partner in Africa, Bishop Gerald Mamman Musa rejoiced at the successful celebration of Easter — the diocese’s first. The Diocese of Katsina was just erected by Pope Francis in October 2023.

Msgr. Robert J. Batule: The Consistency of the Consistent Ethic of Life

By Msgr. Robert J. Batule, The Catholic Thing – In Evangelium Vitae (1995), Pope Saint John Paul II places contraception alongside of abortion, calling both of them “fruits of the same tree.” (13) The allusion to a tree takes us back to the Book of Genesis. There is an exchange there between the woman Eve and the serpent. The serpent asks the woman, “Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?”

Days of Observance Among People Made in the Image of God, by Jim Kenaston

By Jim Kenaston, The Stream – Despite all the uproar over the White House’s official proclamation of “Transgender Day of Visibility” being observed on Easter Sunday this year, it turns out it’s just one of 47 commemoration days or weeks that the LGBTQ+ community has sprinkled throughout the year — not including the entire month of June, which has been proclaimed “Pride Month.” Until last week, I was unaware that in 2009 an activist had declared March 31 to be “Transgender Day of Visibility.”

17 Forgotten Divine Mercy Revelations Jesus Gave Through St. Faustina, by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN News – With the emphasis on Divine Mercy Sunday and Jesus’ promise of a complete remission of sin and punishment following his directives as told to St. Faustina and ratified by St. John Paul II, we should also recall companion revelations Jesus gave her. Here are 15 from her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, to take to heart. Be mindful especially of trusting (not doubting), being merciful, believing in Jesus’ limitless mercy, the sacraments and more.

Democrats’ Systemic Normalization Of Property Theft Birthed America’s Squatter Crisis, by Helen Raleigh

By Helen Raleigh, CFA, The Federalist – Squatting is a form of trespassing as squatters use properties without the owners’ permission or any legal documentation. Nor do squatters offer property owners financial compensation. Atlanta, Georgia, is the epicenter of the squatter crisis. Squatters have overtaken about 1,200 homes… One of the victimized homeowners, Lt. Col. Dahlia Daure, said she felt “violated” after learning that a squatter with a lengthy criminal history lived in her home rent-free with a fake lease while she was away on active duty. In Dallas, Texas, squatters have occupied an estimated 475 homes. ….

Opinion: 60 Years After the Council, Will Catholics Reject the Unholy Errors of Tucho’s Dignitas Infinita?

By Robert Morrison, Remnant Columnist, The Remnant – This is indeed a fitting image for Dignitas Infinita and the entire Francis Synodal Ape Church. Like Judas, Francis and Tucho have no patience for those who want to honor God with all they have — we must instead focus on man, and man alone, whose dignity is infinite whether or not he honors God. In this light, we can understand why they do all they can to silence Traditional Catholics for their backward insistence that God actually cares whether we accept the teachings He entrusted to us. Tucho tells us that everyone has infinite dignity “regardless of religious characteristics,” but he and Francis treat Traditional Catholics as though we are worthy of the utmost scorn and persecution.

Dis-Organized Medicine, by James O. Breen, M.D.

By James O. Breen, M.D., Crisis Magazine – “I haven’t taken seriously anything the mainstream medical organizations have said for several years,” Tom declared with a tone of bitterness. “So many of their viewpoints on social issues are antithetical to why I became a doctor. They’ve ruined medicine by politicizing everything.”… Tom and I also have in common extensive careers in graduate medical education; he chose to leave academic medicine some years ago in no small part because of the disillusionment he described. …

‘Autism Epidemic Is Real and Overvaccination is Its Cause’: A Conversation With Mark Blaxill, by Michael Nevradakis

By Michael Nevradakis Ph. D., The Defender, Children’s Health Defense – Mark Blaxill, father of an autistic adult daughter (discusses) what he called the ‘coming tsunami’ of autism caregiving, as the autistic children of the 1990s onward reach adulthood… Every year this time, public health officials, the media, and some autism organizations tell us how autism should be celebrated and embraced – how it’s a condition more akin to a quirk than a lifelong disability, one for which a growing number of diagnoses is a sign of “inclusivity.”

Know a Civilization by Whom It Honours, by Jonathon Van Maren

By Jonathon Van Maren, The European Conservative – The Sexual Revolution has become the new founding story for many Western democracies, and thus the pantheon of old heroes is being cleared to make room for the icons of our new age. The term “courage” is frequently applied to men who announce they are women, or come out of the closet, or live out their fetishes in public, just as it is applied to women who champion feticide and childlessness. Their ancestors—who were flawed and as afflicted by the evils of their age as we are in ours—are consigned to the dustbin along with the civilization they built and cherished …

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Spiritual Eclipse and the Darkness of Sin

By Father Raymond J. de Souza, National Catholic Register – The solar eclipse of April 8 is drawing enormous attention, some of it theological and liturgical, given its coincidence with the Solemnity of the Annunciation and its proximity to the Easter Octave. But there is also a spiritual lesson to be drawn, one that reflects our experience of the shadow of sin in our lives. The experience of sin, when properly apprehended, is one of darkness, even a sense of being lost, unable to see the light. Yet the reality is something quite different: God’s light never ceases to shine and is far more abundant than the darkness of sin. As St. Paul teaches, where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more (Romans 5:20-21).

Solemnity of the Annunciation: ‘The Angel of the Lord Declared Unto Mary’, by John Grondelski

By John Grondelski, EWTN News – Using our liturgical calendar, let’s put ourselves at the end of March in northern Israel more than 2,000 years ago. Living in Nazareth is a young woman named Mary. She was an observant Jewish girl raised by her parents, Joachim and Anne. She was perhaps in her teens (remember the lifespan of the times) and probably very poor. As regards the latter, so was Joseph, the man to whom she was engaged, even though — somewhere long ago — his family was part of the line of the great King David.

Fr. Gerald E. Murray: The Eclipse of God?

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Human Life Review – Today the West lives as if God did not exist . . . This estrangement from God is not caused by reasoning but by a will to be detached from him. The atheistic orientation of a life is almost always a decision by the will. Man no longer wishes to reflect on his relationship to God because he himself intends to become God… Let the Divine Light be our guide. No eclipse can overcome God.

Disparate Impact Is Wrecking Us, by Douglas Andrews

By Douglas Andrews, Patriot Post – In a scathing essay on the effects of racial excuse-making on public policy, Heather Mac Donald pulls no punches… Does counting by race make a nation stronger or weaker? More talented or less talented? More competitive or less competitive?… Put another way, would the just-concluded NCAA men’s basketball tournament have put out a better product if it enforced a strict limit of 13% of its players being black? That, after all, is the percentage of the American people who are black. What about the NFL?

Creative 303 Redux: Another Win for Religious Freedom, by Charles J. Russo

By Charles J. Russo, Catholic World Report – On June 30, 2023, in 303 Creative v. Elenis, a major win for free speech, the Supreme Court reasoned that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission could not enforce the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act to compel a wedding website designer, Lorie Smith, to provide her professional services to individuals formalizing their same-sex relationship. Smith declined the opportunity to work with the couple because of her religious belief “that marriage should be reserved to unions between one man and one woman” and “will not produce content that ‘contradicts biblical truth.’”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: You Must Be Born Anew

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 3:7-15 – Do not marvel that I said to you, `You must be born anew.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can this be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this? ….

I’ll See Your Nineveh Eclipse, and Raise You One Miracle of the Sun, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – First a crucial caveat: We Catholics hold with most of the broader Church that the public revelation that is binding on all the faithful ended with the death of the last apostle, St. John. Every truth required for salvation was already being taught, and all the crucial events were complete, by that point… When Pope Francis teaches something that contradicts apostolic tradition and/or the Bible, we know it’s heresy… But private revelations still can happen, and if our church’s authorities examine them and find them helpful, we’re free to believe in them.

Blog Post by Fr. David Nix: Three Heresies in “Dignitas Infinita.”

By Father David Nix, Padre Peregrino Hermitage – Error 1: “The glorious Christ will judge by the love of neighbor that consists in ministering to the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and the imprisoned, with whom he identifies (cf. Mt. 25:34-36). For Jesus, the good done to every human being, regardless of the ties of blood or religion, is the single criterion of judgment.”—DI #12.

Study Re-Affirms That Puberty Blockers Harm Kids, by Tierin-Rose Mandelburg

By Tierin-Rose Mandelburg, MRC TV – The MRC has reported on other groups sounding the alarm on these treatments. In July, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) acknowledged that puberty blockers have the potential to cause sterility, though that group continued to advocate for using tax dollars to fund said treatments. In March of this year, the National Health Service (NHS) in England banned puberty blockers for minors, citing studies

Bishops Protect the Faithful — Reject Pro-Pedophile Canon Law, by James Grein, Matthew David

By James Grein, Matthew David, Catholic Confidential – The real cause of the international coverup was the new laws of the 20th and 21st century of the Catholic Church that required bishops, such as Archbishop Vigano, to cover up the crimes of Cardinal McCarrick. … Today, Catholic Confidential is breaking this silence and arming the lay faithful with the true cause of the abuse crisis from thoroughly Catholic sources. Five bishops provided comment including new order Bishops Joseph Strickland of Texas and Emmanuel Bushu of Cameroon, and three traditionalists: Bp. D. E. Meikle, Abp. Carlo Maria Vigano, and Bp. Donald Sanborn.

Trump’s Mixed Messaging On Abortion And IVF Plays Right Into Democrats’ Electoral Strategy, by Jordan Boyd

By Jordan Boyd, The Federalist – Former President Donald Trump has a history of criticizing heartbeat bills when they come from his political rivals, misrepresenting the Supreme Court’s landmark Dobbs v. Jackson decision, and wrongfully blaming Republicans’ 2022 midterm losses on their unapologetically pro-life positions. His recent declaration on “abortion rights” only further confirms that his once-celebrated pro-life track record doesn’t meet voters’ demands of a Republican president.

A Dignity Still to be Determined, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – Reading the Declaration on Human Dignity (“Infinite Dignity”), issued by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) yesterday, reminds me of an old teacher-student story. A student submits an assigned essay, and the teacher returns it with the comment, “What you’ve written here is both good and new. Unfortunately, what’s good in it is not new, and what’s new is not. . .” But let’s break off the story there. And following the Christian rule of charity in all things, say of the Declaration, what’s new in it is . . . yet to be determined.

Saint of the Day for April 9: St. Casilda

Franciscan Media – Some saints’ names are far more familiar to us than others, but even the lives of obscure holy persons teach us something… And so it is with Saint Casilda. Her father was a Muslim leader in Toledo, Spain, in the 10th century. Casilda was a devout Muslim but was kind to Christian prisoners.

EXCLUSIVE: Catholic Investigative Reporter Explains Why He’s Exposing Freemasonry, Bohemian Grove, by Stephen Kokx

By Stephen Kokx, LifeSiteNews – Clifton, who goes by “Kyle Undercover,” has built a reputation as a truth-telling zealot willing to risk his safety to expose evil. A devout Traditional Catholic who admits he is likely on the FBI’s radar, his new target is the shadowy Bohemian Grove group in northern California… “I would like for this club to be ended once and for all,” he explained to LifeSite via email. “I would encourage other members, especially those that are Catholic and are part of this club, to come clean and admit that it is wrong and release more footage or information about it.”

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Easter and the Eclipse

By Raymond J. de Souza, First Things – The eclipse this year falls at the end of the Easter Octave, and Easter is the great liturgical battle between light and darkness. The coincidence of the eclipse and Easter is an invitation to think about light and darkness in the way that Christians distinctively do… The great vigil of Easter makes that clear. The church is dark when the new fire is blessed and the Easter candle is lit. The triplex cry goes up: Christ our Light! The light that comes into the world is not the enduring sun but the eternal Son (John 1:9). The light that enlightens every man is not sunlight, but Christ the light, dramatically apparent as the flame of the Easter candle is passed taper to taper throughout the church.

No Ordinary Woman, by Jerome German

By Jerome German, Crisis Magazine – Mary is not the poster child for either the prosperity gospel or liberation theology; she is the one who declares that God “has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree.”… Making Mary ordinary is the devil’s favorite play. It is no accident that this demonic methodology bleeds over into our lives as well—nobody wants to be accused of coming off as a “holier than thou.” When I look at our current culture, it seems certain that we better try to be holier than somebody, because there appears to be an ongoing race to the bottom—a contest to see who can get a foot in hell’s door first.

WATCH: Mass of the Ages — Guardians of Tradition, by Cameron O’Hearn

By Cameron O’Hearn, Horselord Films – Episode 3: After the restriction of the Traditional Latin Mass, a group of French mothers make a pilgrimage to Rome to plea with Pope Francis to reverse his decision.

Bishop Strickland to Offer Mass Live on LifeSite to Counter Expected Satanic Activity During Solar Eclipse, by Louis Knuffke

By Louis Knuffke, LifeSiteNews – Bishop Joseph Strickland, emeritus bishop of Tyler, Texas, will offer a Mass on Monday, April 8, in reparation for reportedly increased Masonic and satanic activity during the upcoming solar eclipse… The Mass, broadcast live at 1 p.m. central time (2 p.m. eastern) on LifeSiteNews at the start of the eclipse, will be in honor of the Annunciation of the Birth of Christ to Mary, which the Church ordinarily celebrates on March 25, but this year transferred to April 8 due to the liturgical observance of Holy Week and the Eater Octave.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Unless One Is Born Anew

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 3:1-8 – Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” …..

Founder’s Quote

Patriot Post – “From the practice of the purest virtue, you may be assured you will derive the most sublime comforts in every moment of life, and in the moment of death.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

Cardinal Fernández’s Dignitas Infinita Condemns Abortion, Gender Theory But is Silent on Homosexuality, by Michael Haynes

By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNews – Cdl. Victor Manuel Fernández has released his long-anticipated document on human dignity, written in line with Pope Francis’ encyclical Fratelli Tutti and modern teaching on dignity, which condemns abortion and surrogacy while notably remaining silent on homosexuality… Released via press conference April 8 – the transferred feast of the Annunciation – the new text, Dignitas infinita, aims to highlight a line from Fratelli Tutti – namely, that “dignity exists ‘beyond all circumstances.’”… The avoidance of any coverage of homosexuality in Dignitas infinita, therefore, appears noteworthy.

During The Total Solar Eclipse, Consider The Heavens, by Richard Cromwell

By Richard Cromwell, The Federalist – The states of emergency are silly, but the impetus for them is a cause for hope. In 2024, during a time in which our lives have been consumed by the digital realm, thousands and thousands of people will take time from their lives to look up from their screens and enjoy the manifest beauty of God’s creation. That they’ll promptly return to their screens to take awful amateur photos of the eclipse and then post them on social media is less heartening.

Blog: How ‘True Devotion to Mary’ Changed My Life, by E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH

By E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, (Blog), National Catholic Register – How can anyone truly understand the piercing bolt of pain, sustained by divine love, running between the Sacred Heart of Jesus and that of his mother, Mary, as he hung dying on the cross? Yet he still thought of us first, as Jesus proclaimed, “Woman, behold your son!” Then he said to the disciple (John), “Behold your Mother!” (John 19:26-27)… With her heart, perfectly formed and shaped by and for her Son, she immediately embraced this relationship with all humankind. Despite her excruciating sorrow, she took all of us under her mantel as mother.

Challenging the “Mediocrity” of Catholic Motherhood, by Julian Kwasniewski

By Julian Kwasniewski, Catholic Exchange – The vocation of raising a family and especially that of a stay-at-home mother has, in our day and age, become almost a fate worse than death. There is an idea that your twenties are a time for wild (and naughty) fun, and it’s not until your thirties that you turn boring, “resigning” yourself to marriage and kids. But Catholic mom Bridget Workman views her story differently, and her life proves otherwise; her story is not “boring” nor is her life confining. She sees it as expressing an arc that naturally arises from her pursuit of the Transcendentals.

Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap.: This Temple, Rebuilt 

By Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap., The Catholic Thing – All four Gospels tell of Jesus cleansing the temple. The Gospel of John, however, provides the most detail about what took place, which bears witness that the Evangelist was present at this event. (John 2:13-22)  Jesus went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, the feast that commemorated both the Israelites’ passing out of slavery in Egypt and the covenant that God made with the Jewish people in the wilderness.

Cardinal Brandmüller: Oasis in the Desert

By Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, Kath – As was to be expected: the “Synodal Way” has long since become lost in the pathless. The defiant attempts of professional Catholic “officials” to close their eyes to this reality will – like their “Synodal Path” – end in frustration. What remains is the careless waste of millions in church tax money and, what is much worse, discord on central questions of faith and morals, even within the episcopate, and thus serious damage to unity with the entire church. There is already talk of heresy and schism. …

Msgr. Charles Pope: God’s Perfect Mercy – A Meditation for Divine Mercy Sunday

By Msgr. Charles Pope – We live in times in which mercy, like so many other things, has become a detached concept in people’s minds, separated from the things that really help us to understand it. For indeed, mercy makes sense and is necessary because we are sinners in desperate shape. Yet many today think it unkind and unmerciful to speak of sin as sin. Many think that mercy is a declaration that God doesn’t really care about sin, or that sin is not a relevant concept.

Evangelical America and IVF, by Sarah Stula

By Sarah Stula, First Things – The evangelical community’s response to the Alabama ruling has been confusing, proclaiming that life begins at conception on the one hand and fighting the ruling on the other. But how can one justify the protection of the unborn at conception inside the womb but the destruction of that same embryo outside the womb? Isn’t an embryo outside the womb more vulnerable than one safe inside her mother? Is an embryo less human outside the womb than when, seconds later, a doctor delivers her into the womb? It makes no sense.

U.S. Bishop Slams Joe Biden’s ‘Offensive’ Coopting of Easter for Transgender Day, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart – Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge said Thursday that President Joe Biden showed a lack of integrity by proclaiming on Good Friday that March 31, 2024 — which was Easter Sunday — was Transgender Day of Visibility… If you’re for the Lord then you’re all in and that means following his gospel and embracing the gospel of life,” the bishop said. “You can’t pick and choose. And that’s not just for the president, that’s for all of us …

CWR Staff: Joseph Ratzinger: The Mystery of the Annunciation is the Mystery of Grace

By Catholic World Report Staff – The mystery of the annunciation to Mary is not just a mystery of silence. It is above and beyond all that a mystery of grace… We feel compelled to ask ourselves: Why did Christ really want to be born of a virgin? It was certainly possible for him to have been born of a normal marriage. That would not have affected his divine Sonship, which was not dependent on his virgin birth and could equally well have been combined with another kind of birth. There is no question here of a downgrading of marriage or of the marriage relationship; nor is it a question of better safeguarding the divine Sonship. Why then?

Saint of the Day for April 8: St. Julie Billiart

Franciscan Media – Born in Cuvilly, France, into a family of well-to-do farmers, young Marie Rose Julie Billiart showed an early interest in religion and in helping the sick and poor. Though the first years of her life were relatively peaceful and uncomplicated, Julie had to take up manual work as a young teen when her family lost its money. …

Fr. Jerry J. Pokorsky: Christmas and Easter Christians

By Father Jerry J. Pokorsky, Catholic World Report – Indeed. Jesus is God, or he is the most loathsome liar in all of history… Jesus Christ is true God and true man, born of Mary. His suffering humanity in union with his divinity and glorious Resurrection rescues us from our sins. The Gospel accounts and the blood of the martyrs in the early Church bolster our faith in His Resurrection. With God’s grace, human reason provides additional compelling arguments to support our faith.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Go and Preach the Gospel to the Whole Creation

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 16:9-15 – Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country

Biden on Track to Confirm More Judges Than Trump, He Must be Defeated to Save the Judiciary, by Fred Lucas

By Fred Lucas, LifeNews – Joe Biden is on track to match and possibly surpass his predecessor in successfully appointing lower court judges… Biden announced his 47th round of nominees for vacancies on federal district and appeals courts in late March, bringing his total nominations to 229. That’s just 10 fewer nominees than Donald Trump had at this point in his presidency in the spring of 2020… Biden’s latest nominees include Kevin G. Ritz to be a judge on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals as well as four choices for District Court vacancies.

D.C. Jury Convicts Great-Grandma For Walking Around The Capitol For 10 Minutes On Jan. 6, by Brianna Lyman

By Brianna Lyman, The Federalist – After being strung up on charges by President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ), a 71-year-old great-grandmother may be thrown in jail because she walked around the Capitol for a few minutes on Jan. 6, 2021… Rebecca Lavrenz was convicted on four counts Thursday after just three days of jury deliberation for entering the Capitol on J6. Lavrenz entered the building through an open door around 2:43 p.m., according to the official statement of facts. ….

Climate Disasters Aren’t Caused by Warming or Cooling – But by Equator and Poles, Climatologist Explains, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNS News – The amount of carbon dioxide in the air has an insignificant influence on temperature – and is not the real driver of extreme weather – Climatologist David Legates explained Wednesday… “Carbon Dioxide isn’t a magic climate control knob;” it’s just “a bit player,” Legates said in an interview with The Daily Signal. At its current level – even if the amount of carbon dioxide doubled – it would cause “maybe, a degree Celsius of warming and that would be it,” Legates noted. “And, certainly, it’s not worth the economic impacts.”

Pope Francis Removes Cardinal-Vicar and Auxiliary Bishop of Rome Reportedly Over Rupnik Case, by Michael Haynes

By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNew – Pope Francis has removed the cardinal-vicar of Rome and one of the city’s auxiliary bishops, in a move which is suggested to be due to personal conflicts and objections to the Pope’s handling of the Father Marko Rupnik case… Announced by the Holy See Press Office bulletin April 6, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Angelo De Donatis as cardinal-vicar of Rome, to become Apostolic Penitentiary. …

The Rising, by David Warren

By David Warren, The Catholic Thing – To paraphrase Saint Paul, if Christianity did not give a reliable account of the Truth, then we, or more precisely I, would have no use for it… Or rather, I would just have the use of another “comparative religion,” the way I use Shinto, or Zoroastrianism, or the way Richard Dawkins uses the Flying Spaghetti Monster… In which case, Saint Paul’s hypothetical advice would be, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall die.” (1 Corinthians 15:32). Verily: for “comparative religion” has always made me thirsty.

How Will Cardinal Fernández Influence the Vatican’s Gender Ideology Response? by Jonathan Liedl

By Jonathan Liedl, EWTN News – However, Dignitas Infinitas, as the text is called, will also differ from other notable Vatican interventions on the subject in another pivotal way: It’s likely to bear the full theological imprint of Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, its presumptive chief architect… Since he became prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith in September 2023, the Argentinian prelate and longtime Pope Francis confidant has made his mark on the Church’s doctrine through a torrent of teaching documents and clarifications, which some contend have subverted doctrinal truth in favor of pastoral exceptions.

Saint of the Day for April 6: St. Crescentia Hoess

By Franciscan Media – Crescentia was born in 1682, the daughter of a poor weaver, in a little town near Augsburg. She spent play time praying in the parish church, assisted those even poorer than herself and had so mastered the truths of her religion that she was permitted to make her first Holy Communion at the then unusually early age of 7. In the town she was called “the little angel.”

Four More Catholic Scientists You Might Not Know, by Joseph Pearce  

By Joseph Pearce, Crisis Magazine – Let us conclude this song of praise to four Catholic scientists with the words with which Hess ended his article on the relationship between his vocation as a scientist and his calling as a Catholic. Real Faith, for a scientist, as for anyone else, is often a matter of bitter struggle. The victory must be won—or the gift must be discovered—by each one in his own soul. It often takes the personal experience of grave danger of death to bring conviction and to prepare the way for Faith in Divine Providence. …

Divine Mercy Sunday and the Meaning of the Resurrection, by Gayle Somers

By Gayle Somers, Catholic Exchange – The celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday usually focuses on the sheer ecstasy of His victory over death.  All during Holy Week, we are absorbed with the details of His horrific Passion.  When we reach Easter, our hearts nearly burst with joy that Jesus is alive and vindicated as God’s Son.  In other words, it’s easy to dwell on the fact of the Resurrection and be so dazzled by it that we do not think much beyond that.  The mercy of Divine Mercy Sunday (yes, intended pun) is that now we begin to meditate on the meaning of the Resurrection.

Biden the Apostate, by Michael Ippolito

By Michael Ippolito, Crisis Magazine – Cardinal Wilton Gregory calls President Biden a ‘Cafeteria Catholic’, but will he actually deny him Holy Communion?… St. Augustine once commented on the distinction between the heavenly city and the Earthly city, writing, “Two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; and the heavenly by the love of God, even to the contempt of self. The former, in a word, glories in itself, the latter in the Lord. For the one seeks glory from men; but the greatest glory of the other is God, the witness of our conscience.”

The Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus Revealed Himself Again to the Disciples

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 21:1-14 – After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat; but that night they caught nothing. ….

The Ruth Institute: A New Holiday That’s Not Demonic: Adult Appreciation Week

By The Ruth Institute, The Stream – Maybe the White House should try promoting this celebration… In light of the White House urging all Americans to celebrate its third annual Transgender Day of Visibility, the Ruth Institute has discerned the need for Adult Appreciation Week, set to take place April 3-9… “’Transgender’ people are not the only ones who need and deserve ‘visibility,’” said President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse… Therefore, the group will officially honor adults who …..

Msgr. Charles Pope: Why Did Christ Not Stay Continually With His Disciples After the Resurrection?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – After Christ rose from the dead, He appeared to His disciples at certain places and times, but did not seem to stay with them continuously. On the first Easter Sunday, He appeared six times in rather rapid succession: first to Mary Magdalene, then to the women at the tomb, third as the women left the tomb, fourth to Peter, fifth to the two disciples going to Emmaus, and sixth to the ten Apostles in Jerusalem (when Thomas was not present).

Do Ordinary Catholics Have Much Interest in Synods and Synodality? by Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw, Catholic World Report – After three years of synodal discussions and meetings, one is still hard put to find much substance in the output from the process… A surprisingly large number of priests are said to have lately been replying “no thanks” when invited to become bishops. If that’s so, it may help explain why Pope Francis, responding to discussions that took place last October at the Synod on Synodality, has commissioned a study that will include “criteria for selecting candidates to episcopacy.”

Cardinal Gerhard Müller Urges Americans to Reject Joe Biden’s “Murderous” Abortion Agenda, by Steven Ertel

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – In recent comments, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, who previously lead the Vatican’s highest doctrine office, called abortion “infanticide” and saying those politicians who actively support abortion like Biden should be “excommunicated.”… And he called on Americans to reject Joe Biden’s “murderous” abortion agenda…. “The word ‘abortion’ is too much a soft word. The reality is killing, murder of a living person,” said Gerhard Cardinal Müller. “There’s no right to kill another person. It’s absolutely against the Fifth Commandment.”

Bishop Eleganti Slams Pope Francis Over Attack on People Who Refused the COVID Shots

By Bishop Marian Eleganti,  LifeSite News – Bishop Eleganti argues that the Pope is complying with a secular framework, placing politics and bodily health before supernatural faith and the salvation of souls… Pope Francis is concerned about the resistance against the experimental mRNA vaccine… he has also led the way in the closure of churches and the “sacramental lockdown.” Against generally established medical and ethical standards, he forced his Vatican staff into experimental mRNA vaccination if they did not want to lose their jobs. Others have done the same. But I wouldn’t have expected it from the Pope.

Memories of Lockdown, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – There are fond memories of my wife and daughters having a tea party in the living room, riding bikes to Duck Donuts. They did TV exercises in the basement. There was family time during lockdown! Busy dads worked from home. Travel sports, that family killer, died. They died for a time; sadly, they are back… I say this remembering also that our precious family time was juxtaposed against those poor souls who were shut in completely alone and lonely. Some were forced to die alone. A friend of a friend committed suicide during this lock down. We remember all these sorrowful events…

Fr. Roger Landry: The Reality of Hell and Divine Mercy Sunday: ‘Enter Through the Narrow Gate’

By Father Roger Landry, EWTN News – I couldn’t stop thinking about the fictitious Mr. Meaney, however, after a recent papal interview. When Fabio Fazio of Italy’s Channel 9 asked Pope Francis on Jan. 14 how he understands hell in the context of Divine Mercy, the Holy Father replied with words that captured international headlines: “It’s difficult to imagine it. What I would say is not a dogma of faith but my personal thought: I like to think hell is empty; I hope it is.”… The Holy Father is not the first to hope that no one will end up eternally in hell. ….

Saint of the Day for April 5: St. Vincent Ferrer

By Franciscan Media – The polarization in the Church today is a mild breeze compared with the tornado that ripped the Church apart during the lifetime of this saint. If any saint is a patron of reconciliation, Vincent Ferrer is… Despite parental opposition, he entered the Dominican Order in his native Spain at 19. ..

Biden the Apostate, by Michael Ippolito

By Michael Ippolito, Crisis Magazine – St. Augustine once commented on the distinction between the heavenly city and the Earthly city, writing, “Two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; and the heavenly by the love of God, even to the contempt of self. The former, in a word, glories in itself, the latter in the Lord. For the one seeks glory from men; but the greatest glory of the other is God, the witness of our conscience.”… Biden is not a faithful Catholic, and Easter confirmed his apostasy. We will never have an authentically Christian culture when we have leaders whose “faith” is a matter of convenience. We need leaders who care about building up the city of God, even to the contempt of self.

Normophobia, by Mary Harrington

By Mary Harrington, First Things – No one is coming to save us. We cannot wait for the “silent majority” to rise up and demand a return to common sense, or mumble about postponing action until we’ve re-Christianized the West, or until we’ve devised a fully worked-out post-Christian metaphysics of human nature… We must speak the truth anyway. And wherever possible, we must redirect law and policy from the abolition of human nature to its flourishing… Should this project be accused of oppressing or stigmatizing “the vulnerable,” we must recall that in reasserting the necessity of norms we are not attacking the most vulnerable. We are defending them.

Creation and the Order of Love, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – Next week, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith will publish a document titled Dignitas infinita. According to the prefect Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, the text will include, “a strong criticism of moral questions such as sex-change surgery, surrogacy, and gender ideology.”… There’s no little consternation about the forthcoming document. The chaotic and confused rollout of Fiducia supplicans… just before Christmas, including that document’s varied reception… and the Vatican’s hurried attempts to clarify and qualify, did not bolster confidence in the DDF’s ability to handle divisive issues well.

The Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus Opened Their Minds to Understand the Scriptures

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 24:35-48 – Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. As they were saying this, Jesus himself stood among them. But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? ….

Trumpite Evangelicalism or Bidenist Catholicism? by Carl R. Trueman

By Carl R. Trueman, First Things – Cultural times are hard for traditional Christians. American evangelicalism has proved a fruitful target for those both outside and inside the church who want to stir up popular panic about Christian nationalism, racism, homophobia, and all the other ill-defined but nonetheless mortal sins of our day. Evangelicalism is presented as the root of all contemporary evils. Donald Trump’s recent hawking of a Bible bound together with America’s founding documents simply adds fuel to this fire. But in a week where it seemed that Trump’s would be the most blasphemous action of a leading politician, President Biden outdid him at the last minute ….

‘Me First’ to ‘Family First’: Brad Wilcox ‘Gives Voice to the Value of Marriage’, by Joan Frawley Desmond

By Joan Frawley Desmond, EWTN News – W. Bradford Wilcox, by contrast urges the young to drop a “me first” approach to love and marriage in favor of a “family first” path to the altar. In his latest book, Get Married: Why Americans Must Defy the Elites, Forge Strong Families, and Save Civilization (HarperCollins), the University of Virginia sociologist, who also serves as director of the National Marriage Project, deploys a trove of research and data to back his claim that marriage and children bring personal fulfillment. …

Archbishop Aguer: Church Leaders Are Failing to Preach the Gospel to Young People

By Archbishop Héctor Aguer, LifeSiteNews – It is therefore not a matter of dreaming, but of being. As the popular saying goes, “dreaming costs nothing.” On the other hand, being a good Christian person costs an application of, and steadfastness in, faith. These subjects can be approached with simplicity and in a language adapted to the understanding of children. Like good catechesis, it makes the kerygma, the proclamation of Christ, resound.

How the Transgender Movement Fuels Conspiracy Theories, by Jonathon Van Maren

By Jonathon Van Maren, The European Conservative – No conspiracy theory is as far-fetched as the idea that there are 72 genders… Ask anyone in your life to define a ‘conspiracy theory,’ and you’ll likely get a different answer. From elections to vaccines, from the ‘deep state’ to Ukraine, there is only one thing that most people now agree on: that establishment narratives are false. There are a range of key contributing factors to this—the internet and social media, the collapse of trust in institutions, increasing polarization, and much more. But one prominent issue that has proven to be a catalyst for all these trends has been largely ignored: the rise of the transgender movement.

The Decline Of Christianity Means The End Of Neutral Spaces, by John Daniel Davidson

By John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist – President’s Biden’s decision to elevate Transgender Day of Visibility on Easter, the holiest day of the Christian calendar, was no accident. Yes, we all know (now) that it falls on March 31 every year, while the date of Easter obviously varies. But the idea that the White House’s promotion of the transgender agenda on Easter was a mere coincidence, as Biden’s press secretary insisted on Monday, strains credulity. We all know it was no coincidence.

French Government Cracks Down on Priest Who Said Homosexual Relations Are Sinful, by Walter Sánchez Silva

By Walter Sánchez Silva for Catholic News Agency – The French government has initiated a series of legal measures against Father Matthieu Raffray for calling homosexual relations sinful and for describing homosexuality as a “weakness.”… On March 15, the priest of the Institute of the Good Shepherd — created in 2006 in Rome for “the defense and dissemination of Catholic Tradition in all its forms,” according to the website of this society of apostolic life — posted a video on Instagram in which he encouraged the faithful to fight against their weaknesses.

Four Pro-Life Americans Convicted of Peacefully Protesting Abortion, Face Federal Prison, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Four pro-life advocates have been found guilty of violating a federal law protecting abortion centers and now face the possibility of a year in prison thanks to persecution from Joe Biden… They are the latest pro-life Americans who could face more than a decade in prison because Joe Biden is targeting pro-life people who peacefully protest abortion inside abortion centers. While radical environmentalists and Antifa block roads with sit in and protests and face no jail time, Joe Biden is aggressively trying to put pro-life Americans ….

Fidelity Through Time: “Apostles Are Harbingers of Popes”, by Dr. Jeff Mirus 

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – The last task St. John Henry Newman set himself before he could be absolutely certain that he must leave the Anglican Church and convert to Catholicism was to complete the major study entitled An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine. This remarkable book establishes beyond possible question that it is not only normal but necessary for the principles and truths embodied in Divine Revelation to be expressed more fully and in greater detail over time as new questions emerge to which we must apply these same principles and truths.

Belief That Gov’t Is a Threat to Religious Rights Surges Under Biden, Surpassing Obama Era, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNS News – The belief that the federal government is a threat to Americans’ religious rights has surged under Pres. Biden, beyond that of both the Trump and Obama presidencies, a new national survey reveals… Today, more than twice as many voters consider the federal government a “threat,” instead of a “protector,” of religious rights (56% vs. 26%), the survey finds. The remaining 17% say they’re not sure… The Biden Administration has been increasingly prompting concern regarding religious freedom, particularly within the Christian community.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Did Not Our Hearts Burn While He Opened to Us the Scriptures

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 24:13-35 – That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. ….

Is There Really Hope for Judas? by James R.A. Merrick

By James R.A. Merrick, Crisis Magazine – My fear, in other words, is that just as the Devil used Judas to thwart the Savior, Judas is now being similarly used to revise the traditional doctrine of salvation, particularly in its teaching about divine mercy… Historically, or, as I prefer, traditionally, divine mercy was the reason why humans can face up to their sin and accept full responsibility. Precisely because God is merciful, we can entrust ourselves wholly to Him… Today, however, divine mercy seems to be increasingly associated with a different implication. …

As Christianity Declines, We Must Confront The Threat Of Pagan America, by Casey Chalk

By Casey Chalk, The Federalist – What’s a Christian to Do?.. For now, the persecution of Christians in America has largely been restricted to ostracism and censorship. Davidson projects that to change, “through mandatory reeducation, the loss of parental rights, fines and financial penalties, and even imprisonment.” Indeed, there are already signs of this, including government persecution of Christian businesses, leveraging laws to shutter Christian foster care services, FBI targeting of pro-life activists, and federal collaboration with social media companies to restrict freedom of speech. In light of these trends, Christians must gird themselves for a “long persecution and a long fight.” …

Is the Republican Base Ready to Compromise on Abortion? by Nicole Russell

By Nicole Russell, Human Events – President Trump is the de facto GOP nominee. While pro-life, he supports a 16-week ban, not the usual six-week ban many pro-lifers do. Trump’s position may be attractive to some Independents and maybe even Democrats who see it as a reasonable and tenable compromise. However, it could endanger his base’s support, since they tend to favor more conservative positions. How will Trump’s abortion position affect his ardently evangelical base? ….

Trump: Election Day Will Be ‘Christian Visibility Day’

By Paul Bois, Breitbart – Former President Donald Trump declared that the November election will be “Christian Visibility Day” in opposition to President Joe Biden’s declaration of “Transgender Day of Visibility” on March 31, which coincided with Easter Sunday this year… “Election Day, November 5th, will be the most important day in the History of our Country. It will also be Christian Visibility Day, the biggest turnout of Christians in the history of our Country!” the former president declared on his Truth Social account.

Sound of Freedom Producer on MRC UnCensored: Media, Hollywood ‘Tried to Silence Us’

By Tom Olohan, Media Research Center, NewsBusters – Actor and producer Eduardo Verastegui spoke out against the hatred and censorship campaigns his films Cabrini and Sound of Freedom have faced from Hollywood, social media and legacy media… During the March 29 episode of MRC’s UnCensored, Verastegui said that both he and his films had been censored. When host and MRC Free Speech America Vice President Dan Schneider asked Verastegui about attacks from media outlets ….

Fr. Nnamdi Moneme: The Power of Being Silent in Our Suffering

By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange – There is a stark contrast between Jesus and the crowd that accompanied Him into Jerusalem. The crowd was noisy and boisterous in proclaiming Him as the “one who comes in the name of the Lord.” But they were also unfaithful. They will not persevere in proclaiming “Hosanas” about Jesus but will change and curse Him with “Crucify Him” during the Passion… But Jesus was silent and faithful to His mission. He was completely silent as He entered Jerusalem accompanied by the noisy crowd. …

Diocese of Sacramento Officially Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection, by Cecilio Padilla

By Cecilio Padilla, CBS News – Sacramento is the 33rd U.S. diocese to declare bankruptcy as a result of the sexual abuse scandal.
The Diocese of Sacramento announced on Monday that they had officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection… It comes months after the diocese announced its intentions to file for bankruptcy in the wake of more than 250 lawsuits claiming sexual abuse by clergy and other staff.

Sacrilege: The Jewish and Apostasy of Our Leaders, by Dov Fischer

By Dov Fischer, The American Spectator – Those who attack their co-religionists in order to fit in with the woke left please note: it won’t work!… the news of Pres. Biden’s Easter sacrilege, coming on top of the outrageously disgraceful performances these past two weeks by NY Sen. Charles Schumer and some Hollywood guy who got awarded for making yet another movie leveraging the Holocaust — this one, a Holocaust movie bereft of Jews — and then leveraged the Six Million to “refute” his Judaism and Israel, brings me to the keyboard to discuss apostasy.

Mike Johnson And Trump Can Cut The Bait-And-Switch ‘Loan For Ukraine’ Talk, by Eddie Scarry

By Eddie Scarry, The Federalist – If Republicans are dead-set on sending billions more taxpayer dollars to Ukraine, prolonging a devastating war that is certain to end with Russia securing at least some land, they can at least do us all the courtesy of being honest. Instead, they’re trying to con everyone by selling the overseas welfare as a “loan”…. It’s offensive enough that both Democrats and Republicans insist that throwing fistfuls of cash at a conflict 5,000 miles away is exponentially more important than shutting down the hordes of destitute migrants shoving their way across the southern border.

LifeSiteNews: Archbishop Viganò Blasts Claim That Francis Voted for Pope Benedict at 2005 Conclave

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, LifeSiteNews – Yet another flattering interview-book El Sucesòr: Mis recuerdos de Benedicto XVI (The successor: My memories of Benedict) reports Bergoglio’s false and misleading utterances that Ratzinger was his “candidate” for the 2005 Conclave… It is clear that Bergoglio’s purpose is not to reveal news that is moreover indemonstrable, but rather to clumsily “prove” his own extraneousness to the maneuvers of the St. Gallen Mafia, perhaps in anticipation of future leaks. ….

Surviving Through Hope, by Donald DeMarco

By Donald DeMarco, EWTN News – Helen Alvaré, who is an accomplished lawyer, in addition to being a pro-life stalwart, has made a public invitation to Catholics who have survived the present crisis of disunity at all levels in the Church to discuss how hope has given them strength… This is both a timely and important question. How does one remain hopeful when so many Catholics in high places have seemingly lost hope? Personal testimonials to hope are vitally needed today in order to provide some measure of encouragement for the many who are struggling with their faith.

Saint of the Day for April 3: St. Benedict the African

Franciscan Media – Benedict held important posts in the Franciscan Order and gracefully adjusted to other work when his terms of office were up… His parents were slaves brought from Africa to Messina, Sicily. Freed at 18, Benedict did farm work for a wage and soon saved enough to buy a pair of oxen. He was very proud of those animals. In time, he joined a group of hermits around Palermo and was eventually recognized as their leader. ..

Truly, This Man Was the Son Of God, by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – One of the strangest lines in the Gospels is uttered by the centurion at the foot of the Cross. In Mark, we are told that when he saw that Jesus had “breathed his last,” he said: “Truly this man was the Son of God.” (15:39)… One would have thought this was the last thing a person would say after seeing a man die.  Everyone knows that the one thing gods don’t do is die.  Thus, it would have made more sense if, the moment the centurion saw Jesus die, he had said: “Well, clearly that guy wasn’t a god.”

Fr Jeffrey Kirby: How Prayer Helps Us ‘Gain a New Horizon’ and Better Understanding of Easter Mystery

Fr Jeffrey Kirby, Crux – As we see the Lord Jesus in prayer, there are certain practical pointers we can learn from him, even while there is a mystery at play. In his prayer, the Lord’s divine and human nature are expressed and we can learn from him in both these ways… As we seek to pray, we have no better teacher than Jesus Christ since he was a perfect human being, as well as the eternal Son of God. And so, we can rely and trust in him since he is authentically human and truly God.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: I Have Seen the Lord!

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 20:11-18 – But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. ….

‘Protect the Vulnerable’: Why Trump Must Win in 2024, by Jason Jones

By Jason Jones, Crisis Magazine – Laymen have a duty to take the lead in Christianizing the world around us in everything we do, working always toward a humane culture that is hospitable to our fellowmen. Taking our cues from the timeless teachings of the Church, we should robustly debate how best to apply them in business, politics, art, and activism…. When bishops throw the full weight of their moral authority around, recklessly applying it to prudential policy questions, they discourage us from fulfilling our duty as laypeople to engage in the kind of reasoned, respectful debate that is so needed today.

Radical Ideological Orthodoxy Trammels Parental Rights, Needs of Children, by Charles J. Russo

By Charles J. Russo, Catholic World Report – Despite an acute shortage of caregivers willing and able to be respite or placement resources for children and youth in need, officials forbade a Christian couple in Washington from serving as foster parents… Discrimination against Christians continues unabated as for the third time in four years public officials have sought to not allow qualified Christians to serve as foster or adoptive parents because they reject the current orthodoxy on gender ideology.

Al’s Afternoon Tea: Archbishop Vigano Blasts Biden Trans Proclamation, Truth Blasts Narrative Over Teen’s Tragic Death, by Al Perrotta

By Al Perrotta, The Stream – What used to be satire is now premonition… Archbishop Vigano Shreds Biden for “Transgender Day of Visibility”… Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano took Joe Biden to the woodshed for issuing that proclamation celebrating “Transgender Day of Visibility” on Easter. (Indeed, from state governors to U.S. senators to the vice president, the entire Democratic leadership seemed to bow to the trans idol on Resurrection Sunday.)

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: The Elusive Spirit of Forgiveness

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – A world-weary practicing Catholic who suffered the slings and arrows that come with living a long life once remarked, “The trouble with Christianity is that you must forgive too many enemies.” As we age, it is unnerving to admit honestly, “Show me the man, and I’ll tell you what I don’t like about him.” The spirit of Christian forgiveness is mysterious and elusive.

Boom in Muslim Conversions to Christianity in France: How Is the Church Responding? by Solène Tadié

By Solène Tadié, EWTN News – At a time when concern is growing about the rise of Islam, which is threatening to become the primary religion in historically Catholic countries such as France, a phenomenon of fundamental importance cannot be ignored: the exponential growth in conversions of Muslims to Christianity… Marie-Anne and Nicolas are two such converts from Islam who will be baptized this year on Easter. Like many other catechumens who have apostatized from their Muslim faith, their journey is as challenging as it is edifying to others.

Fulton Sheen on the True Meaning of Easter, by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN News – During (Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s) The Catholic Hour radio show on April 5, 1942, he focused on “The Resurrection.”… “Friends,” he began, “celebrating Easter in a world that is more like a Good Friday and hearing the chance of peace amidst the explosions of war makes us wonder what lesson this blessed feast could have for these tragic days?”.. “The answer is to be found in two distinct scenes in the life of Our Lord,” he went on. “The first scene took place in the Garden of Gethsemane. And there emerges this lesson: Evil has its hour, but God has his day. And that evil hour is inseparable from God’s day.”

Catholic Vote: Cardinal Gregory Calls Biden a ‘Cafeteria Catholic’: He ‘Picks and Chooses

Catholic Vote – Cardinal Wilton Gregory called President Joe Biden a “cafeteria Catholic … especially in terms of the life issues,” during a Sunday CBS News appearance… “I would say that [Biden is] very sincere about his faith but, like a number of Catholics, he picks and chooses dimensions of the faith to highlight,” stated Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, DC… The cardinal clarified that Biden does this “while ignoring or even contradicting other parts” of the Catholic faith.

‘It’s Horrifying’: James Carville Sounds Alarm About Key Dem Voting Bloc Leaving Party In ‘Droves’, by Jason Cohen

By Jason Cohen, Daily Caller – Former Bill Clinton campaign strategist James Carville expressed concerns on Sunday about the number of young voters, a key voting bloc for Democrats, that are leaving his party… “I’ve been very vocal about this,” Carville said. “It’s horrifying our numbers among younger voters, particularly younger blacks, younger latinos … younger people of color. Particularly males. We’re not shedding them, they’re leaving in droves.”

Biden’s Anti-Christian Easter Stunt Leaves No Doubt About Democrats’ Descent Into Paganism, by Shawn Fleetwood

By Shawn Fleetwood, The Federalist – While millions of Christians throughout the world celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ this weekend, the Biden administration was busy hawking the demonic ideology of transgenderism… On Good Friday, President Joe Biden, who claims to be a “devout Catholic,” issued a proclamation declaring March 31, 2024 — the same day as Easter Sunday — to be the “Transgender Day of Visibility.” Because, as everyone knows, we don’t have enough faux holidays commemorating the rainbow mob, right?

Donald Trump Slams Joe Biden for “Years-Long Assault on Christian Faith”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Over the weekend, Joe Biden declared Easter Sunday as “Transgender Day of Visibility.”… In a Friday proclamation, President Joe Biden said that on Easter Sunday “we will honor the extraordinary courage and contributions of transgender Americans and reaffirm our Nation’s commitment to forming a more perfect Union — where all people are created equal and treated equally throughout their lives.”… The White House has also banned Christian eggs for today’s Easter egg roll.

Saint of the Day for April 2: St. Francis of Paola (March 27, 1416 – April 2, 1507)

By Franciscan Media – Francis of Paola was a man who deeply loved contemplative solitude and wished only to be the “least in the household of God.” Yet, when the Church called him to active service in the world, he became a miracle-worker and influenced the course of nations… After accompanying his parents on a pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi, he began to live as a contemplative hermit in a remote cave near Paola, on Italy’s southern seacoast.

Msgr. Charles Pope: From Fear to Faith on Easter Morning

By Msgr. Charles Pope – One option for Easter Sunday morning’s Mass is from the Gospel of John (20:1-8). (I have written before on the Matthean Gospel option (here)). Like most of the resurrection accounts, John’s version paints a portrait of a journey that some of the early disciples have to make: out of fear and into faith. It shows the need to experience the resurrection and then come to understand it more deeply. While the Gospel account begins with Mary Magdalene, the focus quickly shifts to St. John; let’s study his journey.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: News of the Resurrection

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 28:8-15 – So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Hail!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. …

Here’s What the Catholic Church Actually Teaches About ‘Christ is King’, by S.D. Wright

By S.D. Wright, LifeSiteNews – In 1900 Pope Leo XIII said, ‘The world has heard enough of the ‘rights of man.’ Let it hear of the rights of God.’ This sentence is key to understanding what is actually meant when Catholics proclaim that ‘Christ is King.’… In 1925, the world still remembered the First World War. Formerly Catholic countries were continuing their decline into secularism. The Mexican revolutionary government was consolidating its control and persecuting the Church. The Weimar Republic was allowing all sorts of immorality and decadence.

38 Chaplains Ask Supreme Court To Stop U.S. Military From Punishing Their Faith, by Joy Pullmann

By Joy Pullmann, The Federalist – A healthy little Dutch girl without a proper name died 52 years ago. Scientists keep her kidney’s cells multiplying in a process similar to cancer. They perform increasing numbers of experiments on derivatives of this baby girl’s kidney cells to develop technologies that include taste-testing experiments for PepsiCo. Her vivisection forms “the backbone of the global gene therapy market.”… Scientists call the baby girl HEK 293. HEK stands for “human embryonic kidney,” and 293 means she was the 293rd experiment in a set.

Woman Nearly Dies After Taking Abortion Pill Without a Doctor’s Visit, by Niamh UÍ Bhriain 

By Niamh UÍ Bhriain, LifeNews – This week, Gript broke a shocking story around abortion in Ireland that showed that women’s lives are being put in danger by the blind and willful determination not to provide ultrasounds when women seek abortion… Presenting an alarming and disturbing case where a woman could have died, medical experts working in Limerick Maternity Hospital said that the practice of not offering ultrasounds before prescribing abortion pills could lead to maternal deaths.

Keeping the Faith With Fr. Aidan Nichols, by Edward Short

By Edward Short, Catholic World Report – “All who truly love the bridal Church have the capacity, in their time, place, situation, to awaken the sleeping beauty with a kiss,” he says. “For this love to eventuate one thing is necessary. We must refind something lying beyond any conceivable ecclesiastical structure or procedure and beyond, too, whatever panaceas are currently on offer for the earthly condition. We must rediscover something far greater: the essential supernaturality of the faith of the Church.”

CHRIST is KING: Candace Owens Is Right, by Michael J. Matt

By Michael J. Matt, Editor, Remnant TV – In this edition of the Underground, Michael presents a tour de force on the Doctrine of the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ. Responding to the avalanche of attacks on political commentator Candace Owens – fired from the Daily Wire for proclaiming Christ King – Michael addresses all the arguments, including those based on the canard that when Christ said to Pilate “my kingdom is not of this world,  He was in fact rejecting His own sovereignty over nations and individuals. This, according to Michael, is heresy and it is also exactly why the scourges of abortion and same sex “marriage” are now the law of our land.

The Group So Marginalized They Are Forgotten, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine – Boys, especially the fatherless and aimless and dispirited, get no commercials on their behalf, march in no special parades, have no special flags… as the collapse of healthy relations between men and women continues to accelerate, given fresh impetus by the anonymity and unreality of the internet, Catholic attention is to be focused on gay couples presenting themselves for blessings in church. For they are the “marginalized.”

The Remarkable Legacies of Ordinary Catholic Women, by Bronwen McShea

By Bronwen McShea, First Things – In recent weeks, audiences all over the United States have been introduced by Angels Studios, through the film Cabrini, to the remarkable figure of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus who built up charitable orphanages, schools, and hospitals for marginalized Italian immigrants in New York City. During the lifetime of their foundress, who died in the middle of World War I in 1917 and who was canonized less than thirty years later, the Missionary Sisters tended also to other neglected, impoverished populations across the United States and in several Latin American and European countries ….

Becoming Catholic Together: Joining the Church at the Easter Vigil Is a Family Affair in Michigan, by Martin Barillas 

By Martin Barillas, EWTN News – Dr. Dan Vickers, 50, a radiologist, and his family live in Muskegon, a city on the shore of Lake Michigan, and had been seeking a church home but had not found the right place. “I have a wonderful family and a practice I love. It’s the American dream,” Vickers told the Register. “But something was missing. There was a ‘God hole.’” His wife, Alex, 43, said much the same, adding, “It was my children who started asking questions about faith, and it was my sister who helped us along the way.”

On Easter Sunday, Jesus Weeps for our Nation

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Twitter – The word Apocalipse, in Greek, means unveiling, revelation. This revelation, in Sacred Scripture, concerns first and foremost the objective reality of Good and Evil, that is, the collective awareness of the ongoing war between God and Satan, between the children of Light and the children of darkness… The unprecedented and scandalous proclamation of March 31 as “Transgender Visibility Day” by self-styled U.S. President Joe Biden — who dares to declare himself a Catholic — constitutes a most serious offense to God and to millions of Catholics and Christians in America and around the world, before which it is impossible not to react with due firmness. …

Cardinal Müller SLAMS ‘Disgraceful’ Vatican Meeting with German Bishops to ‘Negotiate Faith and Morals’, by Andreas Wailzer

By Andreas Wailzer, LifeSite News – Cardinal Müller condemned as ‘unfathomable’ the ‘absurdity’ of German bishops negotiating Catholic doctrine in Rome ‘as if the Church’s teachings were an offer to be sold to the highest bidder in the supermarket of ideologies.’… Cardinal Gerhard Müller strongly criticized “negotiations” between the Vatican and German bishops about the heretical German Synodal Way and accused “German Synodalists” of effectively blaming Christ for sin by falsely claiming that His Commandments are responsible for the abuse crisis. …

Transgender Day of Visibility Replaces Easter, as the West Abandons Jesus to Worship Fake ‘Victims’ Instead, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – My first reaction to learning that our second “Catholic president” (both words need scare quotes for multiple, overlapping reasons), Joe Biden, had proclaimed Easter Sunday “Transgender Day of Visibility” was simple: Why do they need a visibility day? I can spot one a mile away.
Nope, I won’t apologize for that. Mocking the priests of Baal and blaspheming their false religion isn’t just good fun, but a high moral duty. I love it when things work out like that.

Msgr. Robert Batule: The Passion of the Lord

By Msgr. Robert Batule, Crisis Magazine – The second reading at the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday is a passage from the Letter to the Hebrews. This New Testament Epistle is addressed to a community of Jewish Christians undergoing persecution about the time of the Temple’s destruction in the year 70. The sacred author is appealing to these suffering Christian men and women by calling to mind Jesus, who is the great High Priest (cf. Hebrews 4:14). With the great High Priest already passed through the heavens, the Hebrew Christians are bid to hold fast to their confession (cf. Hebrews 4:14).

Good Friday “Antisemitism” and the Conversion of the Jews, by Kennedy Hall

By Kennedy Hall, Crisis Magazine – Before I continue, I do want to address likely sentiments that will arise in some as a result of my commentary. First, it is not “antisemitic” to speak plainly about Judaism as a religion and to critique or even lambast identity politicking when it is done on behalf of any group, be they Jews or otherwise. Also, if one truly loves Jewish people, then a call for their conversion would be true evidence of that. Simply put, there is no salvation outside the Church, and Christ is King and always will be. To hold fast to those truths is not antisemitic; it is, instead, orthodox Catholic belief.

EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Müller Joins Calls for US Bishops to Excommunicate Biden, by Michael Haynes

By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNews – The former prefect of the Vatican’s highest doctrine office, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, condemned U.S. President Joe Biden’s support for abortion, saying it is “infanticide” and that those promoting “infanticide” should be “excommunicated.”.. “The word ‘abortion’ is too much a soft word. The reality is killing, murder of a living person,” said Gerhard Cardinal Müller. “There’s no right to kill another person. It’s absolutely against the Fifth Commandment.”… The cardinal made his comments condemning President Joe Biden during an extensive interview with LifeSiteNews in Rome. ….

Louisiana House Committee Kills Bill to Enshrine ‘Right’ to Abortion in State Constitution, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSite News – The Louisiana House’s Civil Law and Procedure Committee voted 10-2 on Monday to quash a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would enshrine a state-level “right” to abortion… House Bill 245 would have proposed language to be added to the Louisiana Constitution declaring that “(a)ll persons have the right to decide and implement their decisions regarding reproductive healthcare including but not limited to contraception, fertility treatment, pregnancy continuation, miscarriage care, abortion care, and birthing options” …

America’s Stunning Embrace Of Paganism Signals The End Of This Country As We Know It, by John Daniel Davidson

By John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist – The future of the post-Christian West isn’t some secular liberal utopia, it’s a pagan empire in which might makes right… Our cultural and political elite now insist that men can become women, and vice versa, and that even children can consent to what they euphemistically call “gender-affirming care.” In a perfect inversion of reason and common sense, some Democratic lawmakers now want laws on the books forcing parents to affirm their child’s “gender identity” on the pain of having the child taken from them by the state for abuse.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus’ Supreme Humility and Unfailing Love

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 13:1-15 – Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. And during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God ….

“Christ Is King!” by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – In a perfect world, the title of this column would be totally uncontroversial. But then again, in a perfect world it might not even be true. You see, without the Fall, we wouldn’t have needed a Savior. Therefore, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Logos, the Person of Jesus, while still our King, might be honored by different titles — and not as “Messiah” (Christos). With no sin to save us from, would we even call Him “Christ”?

No, Marriage Isn’t a Death Sentence for Men, by Brad Wilcox

By Brad Wilcox, Institute for Family Studies – In fact, the stats suggest four steps to reduce men’s risk of divorce… 1) Having a job: Wives are especially likely to get and stay married to men who are reliable providers… 2) Regular date nights: The National Marriage Project 2022 “State of Our Unions” report finds that couples who have regular date nights are nearly twice as likely to report they are very happy in their marriages… 3) Joint checking accounts… 4) Community: Regular church attendance also reduces your risk of divorce by between 30 and 50 percent.

The Ruth Institute: Frozen Embryo Court Case and the IVF Contradiction

By The Ruth Institute, The Stream – In this episode of the Dr. J Show, he speaks with Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse about the Alabama Supreme Court’s recent ruling case involving frozen embryos who were destroyed without the parents’ consent. The parents of these children sued the fertility clinics where their embryos were stored for wrongful death… This case raised questions regarding who are considered human beings. If frozen embryos aren’t children, are they medical waste? Is in-vitro fertilization ethical in the first place? …

Christ Calls for the Conversion of—Not Collaboration With—the Marxist and Masonic Enemies of His Church, by Elizabeth Yore, Mary Jane Zuzolo

By Elizabeth Yore, Mary Jane Zuzolo, Crisis Magazine – Duly reported by now was the Vatican’s hosting of a Marxist-Christian dialogue in January, earlier this year. Pope Francis freely encouraged the interaction while, moreover, conspicuously neglecting to mention Christ, Christianity, or the fact that the Catholic Church has a long history of decided condemnation of Marxist Communism. Similar disconcerting dealings include Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio’s presiding over a Masonic conference in February in which he renewed requests for a “permanent dialogue” with Freemasonry.

Russian Church Sets Out Orthodox Rejection of Vatican Same-Sex Blessings, by Jonathan Luxmoore

By Jonathan Luxmoore, Catholic Review Media – In its first detailed analysis of the Vatican’s pre-Christmas declaration “Fiducia Supplicans,” Russia’s Orthodox Church has accused Pope Francis of “rejecting the Christian moral ideal” by allowing the blessing of same-sex couples… “Although ‘Fiducia Supplicans’ is an internal document of the Catholic Church, the Russian Orthodox Church considers it has a duty to respond to radical innovations that reject the divinely revealed norms of Christian morality. … While accepting with maternal love every individual sinner who asks for her blessing, the church cannot bless same-sex couples in any form, since this would mean consenting to a union sinful in nature.”

Assessing ‘Fiducia Supplicans’: The First 100 Days, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register – March 27 marks 100 days since the Vatican published Fiducia Supplicans, an instruction on blessings of persons in irregular unions. And while the controversy it stirred in the Church in the West has somewhat abated, opposition to the document and how it was implemented continues apace… Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, who drafted a pan-African bishops’ statement in January rejecting “blessings for same sex couples in the African Churches,” has not relented in his criticisms …

Christian Nationalists: In the Crosshairs, by Sheryl Collmer

By Sheryl Collmer, Crisis Magazine – It’s good to laugh over clever priests and unclever Leftists, but it’s not so easy to dismiss the “Christian Nationalist” tag that government agencies, justice operatives, and media are so studiously attempting to pin on their political opponents: Catholics, Latin Mass-goers, pro-lifers, people who defend children, and the like… The American people have seen some colossal hoaxes in the last few years, and this one is practically transparent. It’s a programmatic effort to associate Catholics with racism and gun violence, making them appear dangerous ….

Msgr. Charles Pope: What Was the Lord Doing on Wednesday of Holy Week?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Two momentous days have passed: On Monday there was the cleansing of the Temple and the laments over Jerusalem’s lack of faith; Tuesday featured exhaustive teachings by Jesus and interrogations by His opponents… Today, Wednesday, it would seem that Jesus stays in Bethany. According to Matthew’s Gospel, the day begins with an ominous warning: When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified” (Matthew 26:1-2).

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Tragedy of the Betrayal

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 26:14-25 – Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” …..

Pope Francis and the Demise of Ascetic Christianity, by Richard A. Spinello

By Richard A. Spinello, The Catholic Thing – Strange things happen, however, when the Church loses her coherence and concentrates only on the public or social virtues.  When the poor and the persecuted (e.g., the Africans) cling to traditional sexual morality they are branded with the scarlet letter of homophobia.  As a result, they are treated with suspicion and condescension by Catholic progressives. Thus, the division of virtues turns out to be divisive in paradoxical ways and ends up undermining even the Church’s social justice mission.

The Case Against the Abortion Pill, by Rachel Roth Aldhizer

By Rachel Roth Aldhizer, First Things – Here is how I buried the body of my fifth child: I took myself to the emergency room because I was in labor and bleeding. The baby on the ultrasound screen lay still in the curve of my belly, its heart silent. Fetal demise resulting from spontaneous abortion, the medical term for miscarriage. The room was quiet as I delivered the baby. At first I was afraid to hold my child, who fit the length of my hand, its clavicles and ribs delicate as strands of hair. Then I saw the face, and the features were perfect. …

Thus Far, Trump Has Huge Coattails. The Best Coattails. by Bradley Devlin (3.21.2024)

By Bradley Devlin, The American Conservative – President Donald Trump’s victories in last night’s primaries in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, and Ohio were foregone conclusions. All of Trump’s challengers have already exited the race and, for the third straight presidential cycle, Trump has secured the Republican nomination. This alone suggests Trump’s takeover of the GOP is near total, but there’s even more evidence down ballot.

Three-Year-Old “Iron Will” Shares the Beauty of People With Down Syndrome, by Susan Ciancio

By Susan Ciancio, Catholic World Report – “My value doesn’t come from what I can do. It comes from who I am—a human being created in the image and likeness of God.”… To celebrate World Down Syndrome Day last week, the family of three-year-old Will Daub, or Iron Will (as they call him), created a brilliant video in the hopes of sharing Will’s accomplishments with the world and to illustrate the beauty of people with Down syndrome. …

Republicans Can Win Over Unmarried Women By Exposing Democrats’ Abortion Extremism, by Adam Schaeffer

By Adam Schaeffer, The Federalist – If Republicans want to win elections, they need to find messages that work and the right voters to target… Republicans have a serious problem in 2024: unmarried women. Republicans also have a major opportunity: unmarried women… Unmarried women are one of the most Democratic-voting demographics in U.S. politics, voting more than two-to-one for Democratic House candidates (68–31 percent) in 2022. A majority of married men, unmarried men, and married women, in contrast, voted Republican. …

EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Müller Calls Pope Francis’ Homosexual ‘Blessings’ an Attack on Marriage, by Michael Haynes

By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNews – In an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews, Cardinal Gerhard Müller critiqued the Synod on Synodality for its “concession to feminist ideas,” and stated that Fiducia Supplicans is “a propaganda trick” to win support from the LGBT movement… “Behind Fiducia Supplicans there is nothing to do with the pastoral [care] for these persons of so-called same-sex attraction, but it is only a propaganda trick to show ‘we are not against this worldwide movement of LGBT and we must make a certain concession that we will not be so attacked by them as a counterpart,’” stated Cardinal Müller. 

The New Slavery: Tennessee Factory Busted For Employing Migrant Children, by Brittany M. Hughes

By Brittany M. Hughes, MRC TV – Remember those 85,000 or so immigration children the Biden administration lost after shoving them through the turnstile at the border? We may have found a few of them… At least 10 immigrant children under the legal working age were found working at a Tennessee plant that makes lawn mower parts for power equipment companies including John Deere, Toro, and Yamaha. Tuff Torq has been fined $300,000 for employing children as young as 14, and has been ordered to cough up another $1.5 million in assistance for the children themselves.

Supreme Court Hears How Women Suffered From Abortion Pill After FDA Abandoned Them, by Steven Ertelt 

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Supreme Court heard oral arguments (Tuesday) in a case that could see the dangerous abortion pill prohibited from being sold by mail and important FDA warnings about the dangers of the abortion drug restored after the agency removed them for little or no reason… The case is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, and the Supreme Court heard arguments that the FDA has threatened women’s health because of its removal of key safety standards in its approval of mifepristone, one of the abortion pill drugs.

Better Than the Movie? A Biography of Mother Cabrini, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – In response to the furor occasioned by this discussion, it seemed to me—whose first memories of life at home in the early 1950s do not include a screen of any kind—that the responsible thing to do was to read a biography of Mother Cabrini to increase the likelihood of acquiring a more accurate understanding of her personality. We oldsters amuse ourselves with the fiction that the next generation knows nothing other than what they see on a screen.

Modern Catholic Recovery Conference, by Janet E. Smith

By Janet E. Smith, Crisis Magazine A group named “Trad Recovery” is holding a conference this summer to minister to people who have been harmed by their involvement in traditionalist communities. Some traditionalist Catholics have taken offense to the project, but it is certainly possible that there are some people who have had bad experiences and who might therefore benefit from some “ministering.”… The proposal itself, though, should shame “conservatives” and “trads” into doing something similar for those wounded by the changes in the Church since the sixties. ….

Fr. Kevin M. Cusick: A Leaven In The World … To Live, Die Daily

By Fr. Kevin M. Cusick, The Wanderer – We are in the midst of Passiontide as I write. The Church continues her focus on her Lord and Divine Master while the world spins. The Cross remains ever our constant beacon and source of hope. Lent reaches its spiritual zenith with Holy Week and the Passion, death, and Resurrection of the Lord. This is the holiest moment in the entire liturgical year because it leads to the greatest victory…

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Betrayal and Faltering Loyalty to Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 13:21-33,36-38 – When Jesus had thus spoken, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was lying close to the breast of Jesus; so Simon Peter beckoned to him and said, “Tell us who it is of whom he speaks.” ….

Charles Joseph Chaput, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia Resists Francis Ahead of New Document, by T. S. Flanders

By T. S. Flanders, OnePeterFive – His Excellency Bishop Charles Chaput, the archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia is not a “Trad bishop,” but a disciple of the last two pontificates. As such, he praises the “classically Ratzingerian” text of Lumen Fidei, an encyclical began by Pope Benedict and finished by Pope Francis. “[A]s prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” he says, “Joseph Ratzinger was one of the greatest Christian minds of the past century.” …

Why Doesn’t Pope Francis Celebrate Mass? by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler , Catholic Culture – Today dozens of media outlets are reporting that Pope Francis did not deliver a homily at Palm Sunday Mass. That’s true, but no particularly remarkable. Many priests choose to skip the homily on Palm Sunday, after the lengthy reading of the Passion… What is remarkable is that the Pope did not celebrate the Mass. Still more remarkable, Pope Francis has not been the principal celebrant at a public Mass for several months… Since about this time last year, the Pope has “presided” at the Vatican’s major liturgical celebrations. That is, he sits to the side, while another prelate, at the altar, actually celebrates the Mass.

AMLO (Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador): Here Are Mexico’s Demands, by Michael Swartz

By Michael Swartz, Patriot Post – The message being delivered by the Mexican president to the American one has been none too subtle: Pay up or else… To you, our readers, who haven’t been under a rock for the last four years, it’s well known that we have a southern border in name only. Obviously, it was one of the priorities of Joe Biden’s Democrat handlers to open up the border and bring in just as many prospective Democrat voters as they possibly could under the guise of “asylum.” …

WATCH! Levin: Here’s What Biden’s New Communist Manifesto Has to Do with You, Your Freedom and Your Property, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, MRCTV – “This affects you, each and every one of you,” Constitutional Scholar Mark Levin warned Sunday, explaining how Democrats’ “pretend justice system” and “New Communist Manifesto” threaten the freedoms and property of all Americans… “This is the document that Bernie Sanders and Biden and their reprobates put together about how they want to govern America. I call it the New Communist Manifesto”… The Manifesto’s tentacles ensnare every facet of human existence, under the guise of climate control, Levin explained ….

Does Confession Have a Place in the Paschal Triduum? by John M. Grondelski

By John M. Grondelski, Crisis Magazine – Should confessions be scheduled during the Paschal Triduum? Once upon a time, that question would have been a non-question. Youthful memories remind me of confession lines on Holy Saturday. More recent ones, too. I’m proud to have a pastor who demonstrates priestly charity and hears confessions on Holy Saturday morning… But the question remains pertinent because there are some lingering views, which were much more common in the 1980s, against scheduling confessions in that period.

Transgender ‘Treatments’ for Children One of the ‘Greatest Ethical Scandals in Medical History’, French Report States, by Kurt Zindulka

By Kurt Zindulka, Breitbart – The practice of sexually ‘transitioning’ children will be remembered as one of the “greatest ethical scandals in the history of medicine,” a report commissioned by French senators stated… (the report) found that the medical industry embarked upon the practice of giving children life-altering transgender treatments with little evidence of its effectiveness while ignoring the side effects… The report found that while parents were often pressured by doctors to put their children on puberty-blocking drugs to prevent suicide, there is little proof that this course of action has any better outcomes for the child.

WATCH! Abp. Viganò Excoriates Wisconsin Bishop Incorporating Shaman Ritual into Chrism Mass

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Twitter – “Powers of abomination” – The Chrism Mass, arbitrarily moved to March 19, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, is a compendium of the most abominable liturgical horrors that the conciliar “church” has originated since the beginning… The shamanic ceremony at the beginning of the function constitutes a sacrilegious act that desecrates the Cathedral l of the diocese of Superior (WI) on the very day on which the Holy Chrism is consecrated. This makes Bishop Powers, present at the rite, responsible for a very serious sacrilege and for the scandal caused to those present. This is not a Successor of the Apostles, but a servant of Freemasonry. …

The Women Defying America’s Birth Dearth: An Interview with Catherine Pakaluk

By Jonathon Van Maren, European Conservative – Pakaluk, a social scientist and mother of eight, decided to investigate why, as small families, “DINKs” (dual income, no kids), and overt anti-natalism become the norm, some 5% of American women choose to have five or more children. She traveled across the country and interviewed 55 college-educated mothers with large families to ask them why they chose to have children and why they chose to have more. Pakaluk also explains why, despite concerted efforts at pro-natalist policies by governments, none have successfully boosted the birth rate to replacement level.

FDA on the Docket at Supreme Court: What to Know Ahead of Abortion-Pill Case, by Judy Roberts

By Judy Roberts, National Catholic Register – The March 26 hearing before the Supreme Court will mark the first time the high court has considered a major case on abortion since Dobbs in 2022… Abortion advocates like to say their fight for the right to terminate life in the womb is simply about “women’s health,” but that assertion is being challenged by a case going before the U.S. Supreme Court March 26… At stake in Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. U.S. FDA is the federal lifting, in 2016 and 2021, of restrictions by the FDA on use of the chemical abortion pill mifepristone, making it easier to obtain. ….

Biden’s Green Policies Will Leave People Freezing This Winter, by John Klar

By John Klar, The Federalist – Joe Biden and his EPA’s push for electric heat pumps will be an even bigger fail than their push for electric vehicles… Although Biden’s various electric vehicle (EV) mandates and subsidies tend to get more press than his other half-brained attempts to reduce carbon dioxide, the administration’s push for electric heat pumps could prove to be even more of a disaster.

“Zero Tolerance” for Abuse Victims

By Gene Gomulka, Complicit Clergy – Lafayette Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel has come under fire amid media reports that he excommunicated Deacon Scott Peyton after his teenage son was sexually abused by Lafayette Father Michael Guidry. Faithful Catholics are slamming Deshotel’s claim that Peyton “sever[ed] ties with the Catholic Church” by writing to him with concerns about clerical sex abuse cover-ups. While Peyton, a sex abuse victims’ advocate, was ousted from the Church, there is no indication that Guidry, who pled guilty and is sentenced to seven years in prison for molesting Peyton’s son, has ever been excommunicated. Sex abuse experts point out that Deshotel is one among a growing list of bishops who prove that the only sex abuse policy Church officials choose to enforce is “zero tolerance” for victims and whistleblowers.

Vatican News: Vatican Observes ‘Earth Hour’

Vatican News, by Staff – On Saturday, along with the Vatican, symbolic monuments of cities all across the globe turn off their lights, to demonstrate the alleged serious global climate crisis. Earth Hour is billed as the largest global mobilisation against climate change. Starting with the symbolic gesture of turning off the lights for an hour, it is intended to unite citizens, institutions and businesses in a common desire to give the world a sustainable future and to overcome the challenge of climate change.

Polishing Daily Crosses into Heavenly Crowns with Don Dolindo and St Rafqa, by Elie Dib

By Elie Dib, Catholic Exchange – The profound spiritual writings of Don Dolindo illuminate the Christian belief that earthly sufferings, offered up in union with Christ, store up eternal treasures in heaven. As he comments in his extensive biblical commentary, “The pains become priceless riches, and this is the price of an eternal and ineffable happiness” (Commentary on Revelation). This underscores how sufferings take on spiritual value, becoming incalculable riches that purchase everlasting joy. Don Dolindo goes on to assure that “Those who fear God have a light that shines through the darkness of their troubles, a light that comforts and never goes out” (Commentary on Psalms). …

Register Staff: Cardinal Newman: Mental Sufferings of Our Lord in His Passion

By Register Staff, National Catholic Register – EVERY passage in the history of our Lord and Saviour is of unfathomable depth, and affords inexhaustible matter of contemplation. All that concerns Him is infinite, and what we first discern is but the surface of that which begins and ends in eternity. It would be presumptuous for any one short of saints and doctors to attempt to comment on His words and deeds, except in the way of meditation; but meditation and mental prayer are so much a duty in all who wish to cherish true faith and love towards Him, that it may be allowed us, my brethren, under the guidance of holy men who have gone before us, to dwell and enlarge upon what otherwise would more fitly be adored than scrutinised.

Saint of the Day for March 26: St. Catherine of Genoa

Franciscan Media – Going to confession one day was the turning point of Catherine’s life… When Catherine was born, many Italian nobles were supporting Renaissance artists and writers. The needs of the poor and the sick were often overshadowed by a hunger for luxury and self-indulgence. …

New Documentary Exposes Big Pharma’s Role in Keeping Americans Sick, by Frank Wright

By Frank Wright, LifeSiteNews – A new documentary has emerged which investigates the collapse of public trust in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry… With Americans described as the “most prescribed, most diagnosed” people in history, the film titled SICK: Unmasking Big Medicine, produced by Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller, argues that not only is American “Big Medicine” a hostage to the drug industry, it is effectively manufacturing physical and mental illnesses for which it supplies its toxic “cures.”

NFL Player Scolds Cardinal Dolan, Irish PM Resigns in Disgrace, Congressman Exposes WHO Treaty’s Pro-abort Agenda, by Michael J. Matt

By Michael J. Matt, Editor, Remnant TV – Guaranteeing a global right to abortion – Dr. Ted’s Pandemic Preparedness Treaty exposed for trying to permanently enshrine abortion as a basic human right worldwide. No wonder the Africans, among many, are resisting it… He just won the Super Bowl, but why did Harrison Butker call out the most powerful Catholic cardinal in America?… No wonder Trump’s going soft on the moral issues, the pope’s new biography defends gay love and abortion-tainted jabs. And guess which liberal CINO is doing the narration for the audio book?

Five Suggestions From Mother Angelica for Holy Week, by Walter Sánchez Silva

By Walter Sánchez Silva, Catholic World Report – Mother Angelica, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), CNA’s parent company, once offered helpful advice for Holy Week… In a program broadcast in March 1994 before Easter, Mother Angelica offered five ways to be well prepared when the Easter Triduum begins. Her Holy Week recommendations continue to be wise and practical to this day: 1. Repent and change your life. ….

Nurses Group Tells Supreme Court to Protect Women From Dangerous Abortion Drugs, by McKenna Snow

By McKenna Snow, LifeNews – The National Association of Pro-Life Nurses announced this week that it has joined the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine in the landmark case against the Food and Drug Administration about the chemical abortion drug mifepristone… The association’s president, Dorothy Kane, stated in a news release that the lawsuit, which is headed to the Supreme Court, “is about safeguarding women’s health, protecting the integrity of the healthcare profession, and committing to evidence-based care.”

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Extravagant Love for Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 12:1-11 – Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. ….

Saint of the Day for March 25: Annunciation of the Lord

By Franciscan Media – The feast of the Annunciation, now recognized as a solemnity, was first celebrated in the fourth or fifth century. Its central focus is the Incarnation: God has become one of us. From all eternity God had decided that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity should become human. Now, as Luke 1:26-38 tells us, the decision is being realized. The God-Man embraces all humanity, indeed all creation, to bring it to God in one great act of love. Because human beings have rejected God, Jesus will accept a life of suffering and an agonizing death: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13).

Stories of Truly Virtuous Women Are Essential to the Raising of Our Daughters, by Kathleen Bowen

By Kathleen Bowen, LifeSiteNews – We need more books, series, cartoons, and movies that tell stories that celebrate virtue… Children’s characters are formed by the stories they hear and impressed by the heroes they admire, and we know this but have fallen behind in providing and distributing faith-literate stories and movies… Disney on the other hand has quite effectively formed the characters of children, especially girls through the princesses that appear in their animated films. Disney princesses are not all together bad but they don’t exactly promote Catholic values. …

Sin: Fighting Against Our True Nature, by Regis Martin

By Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine – A lie, in other words, which makes every sinner complicit with Satan, the Father of Lies, even as it causes the sun to shudder. And what we know about Satan, of course, is that he was doing it from the beginning. He’s a murderer, too, if we are to believe Jesus, who tells us as much in the Gospel of John (8:44): He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the Father of Lies.

A Rubber Chicken at a Gunfight, the Shrinking, Rudderless House GOP Funds Deep State, Gets Nothing in Return, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – House Speaker Mike Johnson did not invoke the old “Hastert Rule,” which would have insisted on support from a “majority of the majority” for the bill to pass. So the massive federal agencies that is targeting pro-life parents and Latin Mass Catholics while leaving our borders unguarded will get their next truckload of money borrowed from China, which our grandchildren will have to repay. And what have conservatives and Christians gotten in return for this?… Not even a mess of pottage.

Pope Francis Faces Growing Revolt, by Aleks Phillips

By Aleks Phillips, U.S. News Reporter, NewsWeek – Pope Francis is facing growing dissent among members of the Catholic Church over recent decisions that opponents portray as contrary to traditional church doctrine… The most controversial has been the publication of a document in December by a Vatican bishop, with the pope’s approval, mooting the “possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples.” While the document stressed that it did not change the church’s stance on homosexuality, it brought a joint letter from Catholic clergy and scholars calling on others to disregard it.

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: A Year of Bumps in the Road for Pope Francis

By Fr. Raymond J. de Souza, First Things – Example #9 – Cardinal Raymond Burke – Cardinal Raymond Burke has not been shy about his criticisms of the pontificate. Still, it was a shock in curial Rome that Pope Francis chose to cut off his stipend (really a pension, as Burke is retired) and remove his subsidized apartment. It seemed rather beneath the dignity of the papal office. And of course it invites future comparison when other cardinals maintain their pensions and apartments.

Border Patrol Chief: Terrorists May Be Among Migrants, by Nick Koutsobinas

By Nick Koutsobinas, Newsmax – Border Patrol Chief Jason Owens is warning that some migrants coming across the southern border may pose a serious “national security threat.”… The smugglers who get illegal migrants into the U.S… “dictate what the flow is going to look like, and we respond to it.”… “We try and get out in front of it and deny them the ability to use these areas,” he added. “But at the end of the day, there’s over 1,900 miles of border with Mexico.”

A Letter from Bishop James S. Wall: Turning Toward God: Celebrating the Mass Ad Orientem

Recently Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI released a powerful letter, in which he touched on a number of topics, including especially the sexual abuse crisis that has impacted the Church and even society as a whole.  In his letter, he also addressed the Eucharist.  He acknowledged, and rightfully so, that we have become too lax in our approach to the Eucharist.  There were a number of reasons for this, even extreme cases when Holy Communion has been distributed to non-Catholics at weddings and other large events for the sake of “inclusion.” We know, however, that such “inclusivity” is actually quite dangerous ….

Salvation and Redemption in the Psalms, and in Our Hearts, by Dr. Jeff Mirus 

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – The Book of Psalms is a remarkable collection of sung prayers which probe nearly every aspect of both the evil and the good that we do, and of our dependence on God for deliverance from the evil. But the themes can vary from concern about the trials of this world to concern about our eternal destiny. And while God is always the source of deliverance through His mighty power, the concept of redemption—that is, of God paying a price to free us from captivity to evil or death—is mentioned only sparingly, and with little or no development of what the word implies.

No One Envies Those Who Suffer, by Carrie Gress

By Carrie Gress, The Catholic Thing – As we journey through Holy Week, the reversal of fortunes of Our Savior, from ignominious death to glorious resurrection, couldn’t be more stark. Jesus of Nazareth takes on the deepest scourge the Roman Empire could inflict, with nothing considered too brutal or shameful. Through it all, He was abandoned by those closest to Him, save a few holy women and the beloved disciple. But then, after days of silence, we are given the hope-filled image of the Magdalene, cold and trembling in the early morning hours, asking the gardener where he has put her Lord. …

Msgr. Charles Pope: See What the End Shall Be – A Homily for Palm Sunday

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The Passion, which we read in the liturgy for Palm Sunday, is too long to comment on in detail, so we will only examine a portion of it here… It may be of some value to examine the problems associated with the more moderate range of personalities involved. The usual villains (the Temple leaders, Judas, and the recruited crowd shouting, “Crucify him!”) are unambiguously wicked and display their sinfulness openly. But there are others involved whose struggles and neglectfulness are more subtle, yet no less real…

Palm Sunday: Glory Flows From the Obedience of Selfless Love, by Carl E. Olson 

By Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report – The readings for Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday, are dramatic and demanding. They are excruciating in their raw depictions of violence and suffering. They also, as in the case of the great Christological hymn in St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians, are marked by exultation in the glory streaming forth from the pain and sacrifice of the Suffering Servant. Glory comes not from the power to suppress and enslave, but from the freely chosen obedience of selfless love.

Made, Not Begotten: Why We Said “No!” to In Vitro Fertilization, by Nathanael Blake

By Nathanael Blake, Catholic World Report – We should not expect much courage from politicians, but Christians are called to bear witness to the truth, regardless of what opinion polls show. And the truth is that IVF is wrong… When my wife and I said “No” to in vitro fertilization, we assumed that we were rejecting our last hope of bearing children. Our years of infertility were unexplained and unresolved, despite the best efforts of the Catholic Ob/Gyn practice we had been going to. They had been thorough, and the physician who offered us a second opinion had nothing to add—except pushing us to try IVF.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: They Took Counsel How to Put Him to Death

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 11:45-56 – Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him; but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council, and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. If we let him go on thus, every one will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation.” ….

Greene Files Motion To Oust Speaker Johnson After House Passes Mega Spending Bill, by Brianna Lyman

By Brianna Lyman, The Federalist – Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene filed a motion to oust Speaker Mike Johnson over a $1.2 trillion bill that advances zero Republican voter priorities… Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene filed a motion to oust Speaker Mike Johnson on Friday after the House passed a $1.2 trillion spending bill that includes dozens of left-wing earmarks but no Republican voters’ priorities. Greene urged Johnson not to allow the bill a floor vote, calling it a “complete departure” from the party’s core values.

Planned Parenthood Caught Selling Livers From Aborted Babies for $1,500 in New Undercover Videos, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Planned Parenthood abortions business was exposed several years ago as one of the biggest sellers of body parts from aborted babies… Over a dozen videos chronicled, how America’s biggest abortion company kills babies in abortions and then potentially illegally sells their body parts to universities for grisly, unproven research. Eventually, Planned Parenthood officials admitted under oath to doing this. ….

Fr. Celatus: Good Friday Gaslighting

By Fr. Celatus, Remnant Columnist, The Remnant – But before all the glory of its ultimate success and triumph, this film had its own passion to suffer and overcome at the hands of its enemies. These enemies included powerful Deep State and Deep Synagogue forces, representing the entertainment industry and media, as well as the Deep Church. Not only did the US Catholic Conference of Bishops refuse to support the film, but the USCCB issued this condemnation: It [the film script] is one of the most troublesome texts, relative to anti-Semitic potential, that any of us had seen in 25 years. It must be emphasized that the main storyline presented Jesus as having been relentlessly pursued by an evil cabal of Jews, headed by the high priest Caiaphas, who finally blackmailed a weak-kneed Pilate into putting Jesus to death. ….

Cardinal Gerhard Müller: “Their Goal is the Transformation of the Church Into a Welfare Organization”, by Javier Arias

By Javier Arias (InfoVaticana), Inside the Vatican – In reality, in the sacrament of Holy Orders, Christ confers on the bishop (or priest) the authority to preach, sanctify and govern (even to administer justice). The Pope does not confer jurisdiction on a bishop, but only assigns a specific diocese to a bishop, who is not a representative of the papacy, but of Jesus Christ (Lumen Gentium 27). In an ecumenical council, consecrated bishops exercise their part in the jurisdiction of the universal episcopate not as delegates of the Pope, but by virtue of the authority conferred on them by Christ. The theory of the Pope as autocrat, taken from the Jesuit theology of the 19th century, not only contradicts the Second Vatican Council, but undermines the credibility of the Church with this caricature of the Petrine ministry.

The Good Thief, The Bad Thief, and Hell’s Thief, by Robert Morrison

By Robert Morrison, Remnant Columnist, The Remnant – Without the opportunity to defend Jesus from the Bad Thief’s insults, perhaps the Good Thief might have remained silent, without turning to Our Lord for mercy. Then, as now, God uses the wickedness of others to bring about the salvation of those who make use of His mercy… The Gospel of St. Luke relates the story of the Good Thief, which should be dear to all of us sinners in great need of God’s mercy ….

Texas’ Battle With Catholic Migrant Ministries Raises Religious-Liberty Concerns, by Jonathan Liedl

By Jonathan Liedl, EWTN News – Texas’ border with Mexico is home to a staggering humanitarian crisis, with record numbers of migrants entering the United States daily. But it’s also become the scene of what some contend is an ongoing pattern of serious violations of religious liberty, in the form of state government crackdowns on Catholic charities ministering to the new arrivals… In recent months, Texas authorities have sought to limit Catholic agencies’ services provided to migrants, cut off funding sources, and even tried to shut down a decades-old ministry, in what state officials claim are necessary moves to stem illegal immigration.

Priest: Traditionis Custodes Will Disappear After Pope Francis, but the Latin Mass will Remain Forever

By Fr. Joachim Heimerl, LifeSite News – This coming Holy Thursday, we commemorate the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood. However, since the motu proprio Traditiones custodes (2021), a “civil war” has flared up in the Church over the celebration of Holy Mass. Since then, the supporters of the “old” Mass have had their backs to the wall. The pope treats them like lepers and does not even shy away from publicly insulting them. We have become accustomed to this behavior by now; nevertheless, it is scandalous and – pardon me – unworthy of a pope.

Cardinal Müller SLAMS Synodal ‘Ideology’ – Trying to Turn the Church into an ‘NGO’, by Michael Haynes

By Michael Haynes, LifeSite News – Former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Cardinal Gerhard Müller has stated that leaders of Germany’s Synodal Way and Pope Francis’ Synod on Synodality are “not interested in the mission of the Church,” but are promoting an “agenda” to change the Church… The German Synodal Way, begun in 2019, has been a source of controversy ever since its inception, with German prelates and laity pushing for heterodox issues in the process – such as same-sex blessings, female deacons, transsexuals admitted to the priesthood, and lay governance of the Church. …

Saint of the Day for March 23: St. Turibius of Mogrovejo

Franciscan Media – Together with Rose of Lima, Turibius is the first known saint of the New World, serving the Lord in Peru, South America, for 26 years… Born in Spain and educated for the law, he became so brilliant a scholar that he was made professor of law at the University of Salamanca and eventually became chief judge of the Inquisition at Granada. ..

WATCH! TX National Guardsmen Overrun By Horde of Migrants, by Brittany M. Hughes

By Brittany M. Hughes, MRC TV – A group of Texas National Guardsmen were overrun – quite literally – by a swarm of illegal aliens at the border Thursday, as evidenced by a video and testimony posted to social media by New York Post border reporter Jennie Taer… “This is the moment when TX National Guard became overrun by migrants rioting to get across the border here in El Paso today,” Taer posted on X. “We were there and saw it all happen. Absolute chaos here.”

Big Pharma Is More Woke Than You Imagine, by Paul Bradford

By Paul Bradford, American Greatness – Big Pharma is not your friend. Whether it’s hiking up drug prices or bribing the Swamp, the pharmaceutical industry works against the people’s interests. Many Americans are aware of Big Pharma’s greed and the power it wields over Washington, D.C., but fewer are aware of just how left-wing the industry is. It serves as a cash cow for the left and pushes woke ideas on its employees and the country at large. This may explain why Democrats, who act like they hate Big Pharma, serve the industry’s interests. …

Msgr. Charles Pope: For Holy Week: A Rosary of the Penitential Psalms

By Msgr. Charles Pope – For Holy Week an possible practice is to pray a rosary combined with the Seven Penitential Psalms. One could do this on a chosen day, such as Good Friday or on another day, even several days. I have set this forth in the rosary that follows. I also offer a PDF of this rosary that you can print here:  Rosary of the 7 Penitential Psalms… Praying this rosary is straight-forward. The usual preliminary prayers of the rosary are prayed. Then, the Sorrowful Mysteries are prayed and one reads a verse from the psalms assigned to each bead.

Summoning Our Inner St. Paul, by Jerome German

By Jerome German, Crisis Magazine – The very courageous sixty-one-year-old Catholic Bishop Shao of Wenzhou, China, was recently arrested again. His crime? Specific charges are not often forthcoming in China, but the arrest doubtlessly stems from his refusal to join the Patriotic Association, a darkly comedic euphemism for the portion of the Catholic Church in China that is controlled by the Communist Party. Bishop Shao was told by the arresting authorities to bring clothes for every season, an indication that, this time, he’s in for the long haul. …

US Diocese of Columbus Doubles Number of Seminarians in Two Years

By Fr. Paweł Rytel-Andrianik and Tomasz Zielenkiewicz, Vatican News – Bishop Earl Fernandes from the Diocese of Columbus, in the US state of Ohio, describes how renewed pastoral efforts and prayer have led 16 new men to enter the diocesan seminary last year, with 12 more expected this year… “When I was installed as bishop almost two years, there were no ordinations to the priesthood in our diocese. At the end of my episcopal ordination, I said to the congregation that more men will be ordained bishops than priests this year.” …

Alleged Garabandal Prophecies: Heaven is Preparing a ‘Divine Reset’ From God, by John-Henry Westen

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – Church history is replete with people who claim to have received visions from heaven. While no apparition indeed can trump the approved dogmatic teaching of the Church, prudence dictates we consider what approved apparitions tell us of warnings about future events and how to avoid them if possible… My guest today, Ted Flynn, is the author of a new book on the alleged apparitions of Garabandal, Garabandal: The Warning and the Great Miracle: The Divine Reset That Will Correct the Conscience of the World.

Shroud Shows What Jesus Endured for Our Salvation, by Jim Graves 

By Jim Graves, Catholic World Report – As Catholics prepare for Holy Week and the celebration of Easter, Mrs. Creech offered CWR readers an overview of the Shroud of Turin and its history, and how it can offer to us a better understanding and appreciation of the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ… The Shroud of Turin is a linen cloth that is over 14 feet long and 3 feet wide. It has been conserved in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy since 1578, so that is why it is called “The Shroud of Turin”. …

In Ireland, a Shift in the Global Political Trend? by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Could we take another look at the stunning results of the Irish referenda held earlier this month? The resignation of Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Vardkar, who acknowledged that he had badly misjudged the public mood, underlines the significance of the votes… In describing the results last week I wrote: The great lesson to be learned from the Irish referenda—a lesson that ruling elites ignore at their peril—is that in a democracy, the government does not tell the people what to think.

Pontifical Academy of Death: ‘Yes’ to Euthanasia and Artificial Insemination, by Tommaso Scandroglio

By Tommaso Scandroglio, New Daily Compass – The ban on euthanasia causes worse harm than good; green light to homologous fertilisation: these are the resounding statements contained in the book La gioia della vita (The Joy of Life), a joint reflection of the theologians of the Pontifical Academy for Life (Pav). And even the Bible can be corrected. It’s an unapologetic declaration of heresy… La gioia della vita (The Joy of Life) is a text, published last month, and “the fruit of the common reflection of a qualified group of theologians who met on the initiative of the Pontifical Academy for Life” ….

New York Doomed to Be Migrant Central — Other Cities Take Note, by Betsy McCaughey

By Betsy McCaughey, The Stream – Mayor Eric Adams’ agreement, announced Friday, to limit the time migrants can stay in shelters at taxpayers’ expense, is smoke and mirrors. It’s designed to fool you into thinking he’s solving a problem when he’s actually caving to the migrant industrial complex… Adams claims the agreement, with the Legal Aid Society and the Coalition for the Homeless, will allow the city to evict adult migrants from city-run shelters after 30 days, saving taxpayers money and limiting the need for more shelters. Not true.

Everything Senate Democrats Lied About During Their IVF And Abortion-For-All Hearing, by Jordan Boyd

By Jordan Boyd, The Federalist – Democrats lied to sugarcoat their radical belief that adults have a ‘right’ to create and kill children at whatever whim or cost… In a hearing titled “The Continued Assault on Reproductive Freedoms in a Post-Dobbs America,” Democrats, led by Chairman Dick Durbin, argued that pro-life wins like life-saving limits on abortion and recognizing vulnerable unborn children as humans are dangerous and radical.

Can We Be Frank About the Catholic School Crisis? by Patrick Reilly 

By Patrick Reilly, EWTN News – In the midst of a crisis, it’s natural to look for signs of hope — moments when the news isn’t so bad as it was before. But it’s perilous to ignore larger trends… The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has released its annual report on Catholic school enrollment, finding no substantial change from last year’s 1.7 million students. Although the report makes no attempt to count Catholic home-schoolers and probably misses the growing number of independent schools providing faithful education …

African Cardinal: Fiducia Supplicans Seen as ‘Cultural Colonization, Western Imperialism’, by Jude Atemanke

By Jude Atemanke, CNA – Fiducia Supplicans, the declaration by the Vatican Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith (DDF) permitting the blessing of same-sex couples and couples in other “irregular situations,” was perceived as “cultural colonization” in Africa, the president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) said… In a March 17 interview with the French-language Catholic television channel KTO, Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo deplored the lack of “synodality” in the release of the DDF document that has evoked mixed reactions and deep division among Catholic bishops across the world since its publication on Dec. 18, 2023.

Why is the Vatican Still Featuring Artwork by Disgraced Rupnik? by Christopher R. Altieri

By Christopher R. Altieri, Catholic World Report – It is getting more and more difficult to imagine how the Vatican types from Pope Francis on down could possibly mean it when they say they do care about victims or about justice for them in the Church… Vatican Media illustrated its Feast of St. Joseph liturgical calendar post with a Rupnik studio image.

Interview With John Yep… Five Thousand Catholics Rally To Pray The Rosary, by Christopher Manion (Held on March 19th)

By Christopher Manion, The Wanderer – (on) Tuesday, March 19, on the Feast of St. Joseph, Catholics for Catholics (CforC) (held) a “prayer rally” in Mar a Lago, Fla. Yes, that’s Donald Trump’s home, and those gathered will be praying for Donald Trump and for the country… In the spirit of Fr. Patrick Peyton, CforC founder John Yep of Phoenix has led prayer rallies in various U.S. cities since he founded the organization less than two years ago.

The Brew: Cartels Use Kids as Pawns While Biden Naps and Bishops Cash the Checks, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – The Stream has reported frequently on how religious charities, especially those controlled by Catholic bishops, profit from each illegal immigrant they help coyotes and human traffickers smuggle into our country. They do this while moralistically preening about how they “welcome the stranger.” Maybe such Christian leaders ought to read this heartbreaking essay from The Federalist about how little brown kids are used as cheap, disposable pawns in the immigration game, objectified as “golden tickets” into the States. …

True Friends, and True Enemies, of the Cross, by Robert Morrison

By Robert Morrison, Remnant Columnist, The Remnant – “And calling the multitude together with His disciples, He said to them: If any man will follow Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel, shall save it.” (Mark 8:34-35)… In his Friends of the Cross, St. Louis de Montfort wrote about the great blessing of being able to take up our cross and follow Jesus ….

No Mercy for Sin Itself, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine – When the Supreme Court overturned its infamous decision that invented a right for a woman to procure an elective abortion—one not necessitated by, for example, an emergency hysterectomy to remove a malignant cancer—many people said that it would not result in fewer abortions. I think that most opponents of abortion understood that, in the short run, the effect would be negligible. The hard work remains, of persuading people that we have gotten the whole range of sexual morality very badly wrong, and that children pay the heaviest penalty for the sins of their parents.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Before Abraham Was, I Am

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 8:51-59 – Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death.” The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, as did the prophets; and you say, `If any one keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you claim to be?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing; it is my Father who glorifies me ….

Trump Signals Support for 15-week National Abortion Ban

Posted on Newsmax, by Thomson/Reuters – Former President Donald Trump said he was leaning toward a 15-week national ban on abortion, but supports exceptions for rape, incest and saving the life of the mother because “you have to win elections.”… Abortion promises to be a galvanizing issue for some voters in the 2024 presidential election in which Trump will try to unseat Democrat President Joe Biden… A call for a 15-week national ban is likely to displease both sides of the abortion debate ….

MTG EXPOSES Baby Organ Harvesting In Abortion Industry: Selling Livers & Profiting Off Lies

By Tierin-Rose Mandelburg, MRC TV – Representative Marjorie Taylor Green (MTG) held a hearing on the investigation of the black market of baby organ harvesting on Tuesday. MTG (R-Ga.) along with witnesses David Daleiden from The Center for Medical Progress and Progressive Anti-Aboriton Uprising founder Terrisa Bukovinac, talked about the “D.C. Five” as well as how pro-abortionists harvest and sell organs of aborted babies.

COMMENTARY: Biden’s Open Border Policy Fuels Violence Against Women, Children, by Kevin D. Roberts

By Kevin D. Roberts, PhD, President, Heritage Foundation – Democrats, and their hype men in the corporate media, defend President Joe Biden’s criminal refusal to secure America’s southern border as chic, compassionate and welcoming… But in truth, the border crisis is a cauldron of violence against women and children, the responsibility for which lies directly at the feet of the president, his administration and the woke elites who have enabled his monstrous policy.

Biden and Bergoglio, by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Turning Point – Many commentators have noted that there are a remarkable number of similarities between President Joe Biden and Pope Francis… A partial list would include the fact that one man is the leader of the Western World, and the other is generally conceded to be the world’s most important spiritual leader. Significantly, both men set about reversing the policies of their predecessors upon assuming office. Both men are, of course, Catholics. And beyond that, both adhere to a “progressive” version of Catholicism. …

Editorial: Have You No Decency, Holy Father? by Eric Sammons

By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine – Ideology, on the other hand, cares little for individual persons and focuses completely on the goals of The Cause. Things like kindness and decency are jettisoned in pursuit of those goals. Think of the difference between a Quaker and a Communist: which would you rather have as a neighbor?… Sadly, Pope Francis appears to be one of those hard-core ideologues, not a person of good will. And like most ideologues, he is happy to deny reality and to demean and disparage any who might disagree with him. He stated that “being against the antidote [the Covid vaccines] is an almost suicidal act of denial.”

ESG Bully BlackRock Hypocritically Attacks Texas Over $8.5 Billion Divestment, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – After Texas announced Tuesday that it is pulling $8.5 billion from BlackRock, a giant asset management firm that boycotts traditional energy and uses its financial leverage to bully companies seeking capital into complying with the firm’s ESG ideology, BlackRock issued a blatantly hypocritical response… In accordance with state law, the Texas Board of Education is divesting $8.5 billion of its Texas Permanent School Fund (TPSF) from BlackRock because of the asset manager’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investment philosophy.

Saint of the Day for March 21: Blessed John of Parma (1209–1289)

By Franciscan Media – The seventh general minister of the Franciscan Order, John was known for his attempts to bring back the earlier spirit of the Order after the death of Saint Francis of Assisi… He was born in Parma, Italy, in 1209. It was when he was a young philosophy professor known for his piety and learning that God called him to bid good-bye to the world he was used to and enter the new world of the Franciscan Order. After his profession, John was sent to Paris to complete his theological studies. Ordained to the priesthood, he was appointed to teach theology at Bologna, then Naples, and finally Rome.

Fr. John A. Perricone: Whatever Happened to Lent?

By Fr. John A. Perricone, Crisis Magazine – As the Church goes, so goes civilization. When the Church steps away from its salvific mission, the Gates of Hell march forward. When Gethsemane gives way to soap opera, man finds himself disappearing. When Catholic officialdom persist in making the Holy Faith more user friendly, then the Man Come of Age whom they seem so eager to serve and mimic will find that the Age smothers them… Bring back the Old Lent. Before it is too late.

Illegal Immigrants Leave US Hospitals With Billions in Unpaid Bills, by Autumn Spredemann

By Autumn Spredemann, Epoch Times – Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants are flooding into U.S. hospitals for treatment and leaving billions in uncompensated health care costs in their wake… The House Committee on Homeland Security recently released a report illustrating that from the estimated $451 billion in annual costs stemming from the U.S. border crisis, a significant portion is going to health care for illegal immigrants… With the majority of the illegal immigrant population lacking any kind of medical insurance, hospitals and government welfare programs such as Medicaid are feeling the weight of these unanticipated costs.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Truth Will Make You Free

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 8:31-42 – Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham, and have never been in bondage to any one. How is it that you say, `You will be made free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin. ….

EXCLUSIVE: Conservative Organizations Issue Recommendations on Regulating IVF, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, Daily Signal – Two leading conservative organizations are calling for the regulation of the in vitro fertilization industry amid media hysteria over a recent Alabama state Supreme Court ruling and Republican consternation over how to handle the issue… Following the Alabama court ruling in favor of protecting embryonic human life, Republicans on Capitol Hill have suddenly found themselves required to position on a nuanced subject matter tied closely to the dignity of the human person and the fight for life.

Exclusive Video: Judiciary Republicans Drop Damning Impeachment Video of Biden Associates Night Before Hearing, by Wendell Husebo

By Wendell Husebo, Breitbart – Judiciary Republicans dropped a damning impeachment video Tuesday night exclusively obtained early by Breitbart News, featuring never seen footage of former Biden associates speaking with the House impeachment inquiry… The associates in the video are Tony Bobulinski, Jason Galanis, and Devon Archer. All three are set to testify before the House impeachment inquiry on Wednesday… Bobulinski is known for alleging that President Joe Biden is the “big guy”

Catholic Relief Services Programs Present 5 Expressions of Grave Evildoing, by Chiara McKenna

By Chiara McKenna, Population Research Institute – On March 6th, the Population Research Institute and the Lepanto Institute held a joint press conference to release the findings of a year-long investigation into Catholic Relief Services. We detailed in the press conference, and in a 131-page report filled with evidence, that CRS has been involved in programs pushing contraception, abortion education, and graphic sexual education on girls as young as ten.

Human Traffickers Are Now Selling Access To Biden’s Migrant ‘Parole’ Program, by Brittany M. Hughes

By Brittany M. Hughes, MRCTV – While many illegal aliens pay smugglers to guide them through harrowing jungles and ferry them across the Rio Grande, others are forking over thousands of dollars to buy into President Joe Biden’s “parole” program on the black market… The special parole program allows up to 30,000 migrants per month from Nicaragua, Venezuela, Haiti, and Cuba to fly directly into the U.S., provided they have a U.S.-based “sponsor” who agrees to financially support them if they can’t support themselves.

Forgotten Customs of St. Joseph, by Matthew Plese

By Matthew Plese, OnePeterFive – Along with St. Patrick, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Annunciation, the feast of St. Joseph, foster father of our Lord Jesus Christ and patron of the Universal Church, falls during Lent. Yet, despite the necessity of maintaining Lenten penance in the form of fasting and abstinence, St. Joseph’s Day still provides amble opportunities for celebrating our Catholic heritage… The Church celebrates St. Joseph a few times during the year: March 19th, Wednesday preceding the Third Sunday after Easter (up until the 1955 changes), and May 1st (starting with the 1955 changes).

Pope Francis, ‘Doctor of the Law’, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Pope Francis frequently scolds the “doctors of the law,” the legalists, the clericalists. But his autobiography Life: My Story Through History shows that he fits into those categories himself…. (Pope Francis) reasons to his position… In defending Fiducia Supplicans, the controversial Vatican document authorizing blessings for same-sex couples, the Pope acknowledges that some bishops have declined to follow the directive, but argues that there is no cause for alarm, “because the doctrine of the Church is not questioned.”

Dr. Peter McCullough Calls Out Both Biden, Trump for ‘Willful Blindness’ on COVID-19 Vaccines, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Cardiologist and prominent COVID establishment critic Dr. Peter McCullough (testified) March 15 at the Arizona State Capitol, McCullough said that deaths attributable to the COVID shots are “grossly underreported, probably 30 to one,” with the actual death toll “likely” as high as “about 550,000.”… he said, “our two major presidential candidates are the same on this issue. They are completely, willfully blind to what’s happened to Americans. They’re focused on other issues outside of the health, the welfare, and actually the survival of their own people. The same is true worldwide.” ….

Synodal News and a Papal Saga, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – Along time ago, on a planet far away, serious Catholics looked forward to each new document from the Vatican or the pope. They expected enrichment of traditional morals or theology, or enlightenment about some world situation. These days there’s usually justified trepidation – not only over reckless remarks about Ukraine raising the white flag or how Israel should/should not respond to terror. There’s anticipation of division, confusion, and dismay. …

Americans Aren’t Fooled by Joe Biden’s Claim he is a “Devout Catholic,” but Bishops Certainly Seem to Be

By Staff, Complicit Clergy – A significant portion of the American population remains unconvinced by Biden’s portrayal of himself as a devout Catholic. In late February, the survey revealed that only 13% of Americans view Biden as “very religious,” while 41% perceive him as “somewhat religious.” Meanwhile, a substantial 44% of respondents categorized him as “not at all” or “not too religious.”

New Estimate Shows More Than 1 Million Babies Killed in Abortions in 2023, by Michael New Ph.D.

By Michael New Ph.D., LifeNews – This morning, the Guttmacher Institute released updated abortion estimates for 2023. The new figures show that 1,026,690 abortions were performed in 2023, an increase of 10 percent since the year 2020. This is consistent with a trend in increasing abortion rates that started around 2017. Another key finding was the increase in chemical abortions. Overall, 63 percent of all abortions performed in 2023 were chemical abortions — an increase of ten percentage points from 2020. …

Harrison Butker Calls Out Cardinal Dolan’s Silence on ‘Transgender Funeral’: Someone Should Be ‘Fired’, by Andreas Wailzer

By Andreas Wailzer, LifeSiteNews – NFL kicker and Super Bowl champion Harrison Butker has criticized Cardinal Timothy Dolan for his handling of the scandalous “transgender funeral” held in St. Patrick’s Cathedral… Butker said he was very upset about the “transgender funeral” because “there’s all of these things being said when you watch the funeral that are making fun of the Catholic faith, that are making fun of our Lord.”… “This is not acceptable” …

Saint of the Day for March 20: St. Salvator of Horta

By Franciscan Media – A reputation for holiness does have some drawbacks. Public recognition can be a nuisance at times—as the confreres of Salvator found out… Salvator was born during Spain’s Golden Age. Art, politics, and wealth were flourishing. So was religion. Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus in 1540.

On Four Great Virtues of Saint Joseph, by John M. Grondelski, Ph.D. 

By John M. Grondelski, Ph.D., Catholic World Report – As we celebrate the solemnity of St. Joseph, let us consider the key virtues that marked his life. Let us not think of St. Joseph as a naïve figure who embodies some “virtues” that are the stuff of pious legends or fervorinos. Looking at St. Joseph’s life as a real human being, we discover he was made of a tougher mettle that is exceedingly relevant for us today. He had to be: only a man of that kind of mettle could even now be the “terror of demons.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: When You Have Lifted up the Son of Man

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 8:21-30 – Again he said to them, “I go away, and you will seek me and die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come.” Then said the Jews, “Will he kill himself, since he says, `Where I am going, you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. ….

Kellyanne Conway is Wrong, We Must Highlight How Democrats Support Abortions Up to Birth, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Recently, GOP campaign consultant Kellyanne Conway urged Republicans to stop highlighting how Democrats like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support killing babies in abortions up to birth… Conway emphasized that she is “100% pro-life” and slammed Democrats for being “science-deniers” and “pretending you don’t know what you see on a sonogram.”… But she urged Republicans to stop highlighting Democrats’ abortion extremism and used a frequent Democrat talking point to support her position.

Prefect for Pontifical Academy for Life Fail To Condemn Euthanasia? by Michael Haynes

By Michael Haynes, LifeSite News – Abp. Vincenzo Paglia, pres. of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life, has again caused apparent confusion about Catholic morality in recent comments refusing to outline the Church’s clear prohibition of euthanasia… The Pontifical Academy for Life’s (PAV) prefect marked his answer by employing his regularly confusing rhetoric while also notably avoiding pronouncing the Catholic moral teaching regarding euthanasia.

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Controlling Narratives

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – Journalists frequently use the term “narrative” to describe their reporting. Some narratives are accurate; others are false. Most are admixtures of truth and error. The challenge for the reading and viewing public is to determine whether a given narrative accurately depicts events. The challenge for every Christian is to conform his life narrative to his baptismal promises.

Next Steps for the U.S. Church After the Vatican Financial Scandal, by Brendan Wilson

By Brendan Wilson, First Things – The Church’s mission is to save souls. If the Church is constantly embroiled in scandals, its ability to effectively share the good news will continue to be compromised. With the conviction of Becciu, the U.S. bishops, as well as the laity, have an opportunity now to help the Vatican implement meaningful financial safeguards that can enable the Church to refocus on proclaiming the gospel instead of prosecuting its clerics. May the U.S. Church seize this moment to act.

My Dinner With Controversial Pope Was Surreal, by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Newsmax – Catholics believe that he is the Vicar of Christ on earth. But the current Pope may be the worst in history. He has watered down Church teaching on marriage, sexuality and confession… He has suppressed the Mass that every canonized saint in Heaven attended and participated in. His attacks on traditional theology and liturgy are the opposite of what he is supposed to do — which is to preserve them.

The Christian Canary Dying in the Coal Mine That Is India, by Jason Scott Jones

By Jason Scott Jones, The Stream – The Indian church has two open secrets. Most Westerners, already discombobulated by the enigma of India, are puzzled even further when they learn the content of these secrets… Secret No. 1: the Indian church is a first-century apostolic church, independent of Rome. It was planted by St. Thomas the Apostle who landed on the Malabar coast in 52 A.D., where he founded seven churches and baptized six of the highest caste Hindu priestly families… Even the Roman pontiffs had no idea of the antiquity and apostolicity of the Indian church. …

Go To Joseph, by Michael Ippolito

By Michael Ippolito, Crisis Magazine – We cannot understate the current crisis facing young men in America. In the wake of the sexual and cultural revolutions, young men have been aimlessly drifting in an ever-hostile culture. Fatherlessness, pornography, video games, and drugs are just some of the problems facing men today… Men have forgotten how to be men; the results speak for themselves.

(2019) How to Recognize False Mercy, According to Ven. Fulton Sheen, by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN News – Archbishop Fulton Sheen explained the time-bound in terms of the timeless. He did that in a convincing, direct way. Consider the subject of mercy… “As the world grows soft, it uses more and more the word mercy,” he wrote back in 1949. The good bishop found this a “praiseworthy characteristic” on a particular condition: “if mercy were understood aright.”… Yet 70 years ago he was already seeing something amiss ….

Olivia Rodrigo Hands Out Free Morning-After Pills To Teenage Concertgoers, by Elise McCue

By Elise McCue, The Federalist – Pop star Olivia Rodrigo handed out free Plan B pills, provided by the Missouri Abortion Fund, to fans at the St. Louis stop on her “GUTS World Tour.”… In addition to the free abortifacient at her concert, Missouri fans received cards that read “Funding abortion? It’s a good idea, right?” — a play on her song, “bad idea right?”… No, Olivia, it’s quite a bad idea to promote killing preborn children to a largely adolescent, female fanbase.

5 Classic Films With Strong Female Leads to Inspire Girls, by Ashley McGuire

By Ashley McGuire, Institute for Family Studies – I can’t remember the last article I wrote that led to more unsolicited positive feedback; many wrote to me with their own additions to my short list of suggestions. Movies like Singing in the Rain, The Music Man, and Swiss Family Robinson were notable standouts. However, my list was admittedly male-dominant, and I recently found myself craving a little Scarlett O’Hara spice. So, one rainy afternoon while home alone with my daughter and nothing pressing on my time, we turned it on.

Bishop Schneider Likens Pope Francis’ Support of Homosexual ‘Blessings’ to Emperor Without Clothes, by Emily Mangiaracina

By Emily Mangiaracina, LifeSiteNews – Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan, has exhorted Catholics to call out Pope Francis for his support of homosexual couple “blessings,” just like a child called out an emperor for being “naked” in Hans Christian Anderson’s folktale “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”… In a Thursday interview with podcaster Father Daniel Maria Klimek, Bishop Schneider commented on the widespread condemnation of Fiducia Supplicans by prelates around the world, including bishops in Poland, Africa, Ukraine, Greece, and Hungary.

Biden Hosts Papal Nuncio Christophe Pierre, Fr. James Martin at White House St. Patrick’s Day Brunch, by Claire Chretien

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – “We gather on St. Patrick’s Day to pay tribute to the Catholic leadership in this country, especially the fields of charity and social engagement. And so, we give thanks to God for this witness of [His] Church in favor of the needy and the marginalized,” said Pierre. “We are the guests of the president – thank you, [Mr.] President, for that – thus, we remember too in our prayers all who exercise leadership in our country, that they be guided by justice so as to build up the common good.” ~ Papal nuncio Cardinal Christophe Pierre

The Blood-Thirsty Democrats, by Regis Martin

By Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine – Vice President Kamala Harris’s recent visit to an abortion clinic highlights how much the Democratic Party has embraced child-killing… It wasn’t until 2019, while running for president of the United States, that Joe Biden decided it was no longer expedient to support the Hyde Amendment, which for forty-plus years had not only saved countless children from abortion but had spared taxpayers from having to pay for it all. At the time, he had been one of only a few remaining Democratic politicians determined to hold the line.

Midway in the Culture War, by Lou Aguilar

By Lou Aguilar, American Spectator -But the biggest blast took place across the Pond in the socialist-sinking United Kingdom. Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) just stopped prescribing puberty blockers for children. For the left-compromised ministry to basically acknowledge the irreparable damage these treatments can do to kids should start a chain reaction of sanity around the world. Even the usually reserved Times of London called the practice “quack medicine,” urging that it be “reined in entirely.”

Fr Jeffrey Kirby: Through the Holy Family, Jesus Revolutionised Prayer Within the Human Family

By Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, Catholic Herald – The call to prayer requires teaching and encouragement. While we were made by God and for God, and have a natural desire for union with God, we need help in understanding and realising how to pursue and live this union with our heavenly Father… As we have to learn how to pray, the same is true of the Lord Jesus in his human nature. As he veiled his divine nature while among us, his human nature had to learn as we learn. He was taught how to pray in the intimacy of the Holy Family.

The Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Go, and Do Not Sin Again

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 8:1-11 – but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. ….

Guilty!—But Not Really Guilty? by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness – Our criminal justice system no longer treats the accused equally under the law. If the defendant is deemed a conservative, like a Michael Flynn, Peter Navarro, or Donald Trump, then the full force of prosecution falls upon them… But if a Biden, Brennan, Clapper, Clinton, Holder, or Willis, then the state contorts itself to find excuses, exemptions, and mitigating circumstances not to pursue justice… In these high-profile cases in this polarized era, a cynical public now expects any accused prominent leftist to remain unindicted ….

How a Handful of Billionaires Created the Transgender ‘Movement’: An Interview with Jennifer Bilek, by Jonathon Van Maren

By Jonathon Van Maren, The European Conservative – I first came across investigative journalist Jennifer Bilek’s work in 2020, when her essay “The Billionaires Behind the LGBT Movement” was published in First Things. It was a stunning piece … Bilek also runs the Substack Jennifer’s Newsletter and the blog The 11th Hour, where she explains her focus: I write at the intersection of humanity, technology, and runaway capitalism. At this intersection stands transgenderism, what I believe is a glamorous ad campaign generated by elites, invested in tech and pharma, to normalize the changing of human biology. …

LifeSite News: Archbishop Removes Faculties, Seeks to Seize Property of Priest for Publishing Alleged ‘Heavenly Messages’

By LifeSite News, by Staff – A U.S. archbishop has removed the priestly faculties of a priest who went ahead and published what he believes to be “heavenly messages” after being warned not to, asserting that he was urged by God to supercede his bishop’s authority because of the grave current condition of the Catholic Church… Rev. Gustavo García-Siller; MSpS, Archbishop of San Antonio, took action against Fr. John Mary Foster of the “Mission of Divine Mercy” (MDM), after the priest made public what he felt were divine revelations to his religious community. …

Harrison Butker Addresses Family Life, Gun Violence, Taylor Swift and More in Far-Reaching Interview, by Jonah McKeown

By Jonah McKeown, CNA – Super Bowl-winning kicker Harrison Butker shared a simple — but countercultural — message when he delivered a graduation speech at his alma mater, Georgia Tech, last year… “Get married and start a family,” the Kansas City Chiefs NFL star told the new graduates… Outspoken about his Catholic faith for several years, Butker garnered headlines during the 2023 Super Bowl when fans noticed he was wearing a scapular — a brown woolen sacramental from the Carmelite tradition, worn around the neck as a sign of consecration to Mary.

Abp. Leonard Blair: Will You Live in Christ’s Light or Die in the Darkness?

By Archbishop Leonard Blair, EWTN News –
What we are witnessing today is nothing less than a great battle for people’s souls… As a bishop, I have conferred the sacrament of Confirmation many times. As part of their preparation the candidates for this sacrament are expected to attend classes, go on retreats and do service projects… This is all well and good, but I feel the need to tell them at the Confirmation liturgy that ultimately, Confirmation is not about what they have done or are doing — it’s about what God has done and is doing. …

Msgr. Charles Pope: Man Is Not an Intruder in Creation

By Msgr. Charles Pope, Posted on Catholic Education Resource Center, 2019 – It is important to resist accepting the premises of an increasingly radicalized movement. Man is not the enemy. Too many activists propose morally unacceptable solutions such as abortion, sterilization, and euthanasia in the name of “population control.” Other proposals include heavy-handed government intrusion to limit family size, eliminate entire industries, and ban certain fuel sources violate subsidiarity and are likely to have a disproportionate effect on the poor. Creating hysteria about climate change and warning of impending extinction is an old tactic of this movement.

‘For Zeal for Thy House Has Consumed Me’, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Recounting how Jesus drove the money-changers out of the Temple, the Gospel of St. John [2:17] refers back to Psalm 69: “For zeal for thy house has consumed me.” When that Gospel was read at Sunday Mass two weeks ago, my mind flashed back to the disgraceful behavior of the activists who staged an outrageous mockery of a funeral service at St. Patrick’s cathedral in New York just a two weeks earlier.

Judge Lets Fani Willis Continue Trump Case Despite ‘Cloud Of Impropriety And Potential Untruthfulness’, by Brianna Lyman

By Brianna Lyman, The Federalist – Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee found District Attorney Fani Willis potentially lied, cast “racial aspersions” on a defendant, and had a “tremendous lapse in judgement,” but could nonetheless continue her crusade targeting a former president — so long as special prosecutor Nathan Wade withdraws from the case… McAfee issued a decision Friday saying the defendants “failed to meet their burden of proving that the District Attorney acquired an actual conflict of interest in this case.”

Following the Unfaithful, by Eric Sammons

By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine – A well-known tactic in political circles is to release a “survey” that supports a predetermined conclusion. For example, a Republican PAC might send out a survey to its base asking “Do you think Joe Biden is right about the 2nd amendment?” Or the Democrats might ask if Trump is the next Hitler. Then the results will be touted as proof of massive support for the forgone conclusion.

Cardinal McElroy, Homosexuality, and the Repudiation of Doctrine, by Larry Chapp

By Larry Chapp, Catholic World Report – What does Cardinal McElroy mean by “life itself is evolving in critical ways”, as he does not define what he means by “life” here? We can surmise, perhaps, that he means the cultural context in which our lives are now embedded—and that this context has changed in radical ways. If that is all he means, then I am in full agreement. However, also left undefined is whether this “evolution” is, on the whole, a positive or a negative thing when analyzed from within a Catholic theological vision of life. …

Where Is the Laughter? by Carrie Gress

By Carrie Gress, The Catholic Thing – In current culture, Catholic doctrine is frequently mocked as a silly set of rules and regulations, but it turns out to be something much richer, deeper, and healthier than most imagine. It is this overlooked doctrine that has the potential to create the space for our laughter. And when it is abandoned, laughter ends. But if we maintain or recover our own integrity through the sacramental life, trust, vulnerability, and real care have room to grow. Tables can once again become animated by giggles, guffaws, and even snorts as families delight in each other.

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Cross Wins, It Always Wins. A Meditation on the Gospel of the Fifth Sunday of Lent

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The Gospel today is, to the world and to those who are perishing, utter madness, utter foolishness. For Christ, in effect, declares that dying (to this world) is the only way to true life. While the world’s so-called wisdom declares to us that the way to life is power, prestige, possessions and popularity, Jesus says, die to all that and you’ll find true life… The word “paradox” refers to something that is contrary to the usual way of thinking. And the true gospel, (not the watered down, compromised one) is a real insult to the world. …

Saint of the Day for March 18: St. Cyril of Jerusalem

Franciscan Media – The crises that the Church faces today may seem minor when compared with the threat posed by the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ and almost overcame Christianity in the fourth century. Cyril was to be caught up in the controversy, accused of Arianism by Saint Jerome, and ultimately vindicated both by the men of his own time and by being declared a Doctor of the Church in 1822.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Says Catholic Charity Group Cannot Claim Religious Tax Exemption, by Daniel Payne

By Daniel Payne, CNA Staff – The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that (Catholic Charities Bureau’s) activities were not “primarily” religious under state law, stripping the group of a key tax break and ordering it to pay into the state unemployment system… In its divided 4-3 ruling on Thursday, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin agreed with the state, upholding a lower court ruling and ordering that CCB and its subgroups “offer services that would be the same regardless of the motivation of the provider,” which the court called “a strong indication” that the group does not “operate primarily for religious purposes.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Reaction to Jesus’ Words

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 7:40-53 – When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” So there was a division among the people over him. …..

The Powerful New ‘Cabrini’ Reminds Us God Isn’t Done With America, by Jason Scott Jones

By Jason Scott Jones, The Stream – I know too many fellow believers and patriots who have swallowed what some call the “black pill.” That is, they’ve let frustration, fear, and indignation consume them, to the point that to protect themselves from further disappointment, they now embrace despair. They dwell on each piece of genuine negative news, and each rumor or ominous warning, with almost a perverse glee. Like Job’s “friends” in the Bible, they advise us to “curse God and die.” ….

Political Grandstanding on IVF Ignores Its Abuse of Human Dignity, by Michael Warsaw

By Michael Warsaw, Publisher’s Note, EWTN News – But there is a bigger issue at stake than winning elections or steering clear of the cancel culture: the truth… That truth begins with basic science. Whether the embryo is created through natural procreation or when sperm and egg are joined in a petri dish, it is a human being in the earliest of stages. This isn’t a religious doctrine or a conservative court’s opinion. It’s a biological fact, one that wouldn’t change even if 100% of Americans said otherwise.

US Supreme Court Denies Request by Group to Host Drag Show at Texas University, by Jack Phillips

By Jack Phillips, The Epoch Times – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday denied a request by a student group that asked to host a drag show at West Texas A&M University and sought to lift a school ban on the performance… In a one-sentence order, the high court wrote that Justice Samuel Alito denied the emergency request from the LGBT group, Spectrum WT, and two student leaders. There were no dissenting votes issued, and the court did not explain the decision—the usual practice with cases on the Supreme Court’s emergency docket.

Kamala Harris Celebrates Abortion at Planned Parenthood Facility, by Joshua Mercer

By Joshua Mercer, LifeNews – Critics slammed VP Kamala Harris after she visited a Minneapolis Planned Parenthood facility on Thursday, becoming the first sitting administration official to do so in national history… Harris called it a “health care clinic” and said she was there “to uplift the work that is happening in Minnesota as an example of what true leadership looks like.”… “[I]t is only right and fair that people have access to the health care they need …..

On the Sacrifice of Telling the Truth, by Dr. Jeff Mirus 

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Surprisingly, one of the biggest sacrifices we can make nowadays is to tell the truth. I don’t mean to tell the truth about the faults of others, of course, but rather to tell the truth about Catholic faith and morals outside that safe circle of the few family members and acquaintances who share our values. Faithful Catholics rarely find themselves in public situations in which a clear statement of the truth about Christ, the Church or morality is likely to be well-received.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Where the Tree Falls, There It Will Lie – A Meditation on the Finality of Judgment

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Some engage in the wishful thinking that humans can suddenly and dramatically become converted and wholly different. To be sure, there are what are sometimes called “sudden conversions” of individuals. But what this usually means is that the person’s disposition against God and/or the faith is transformed into an openness to the truth and grace of God. …

BOOK REVIEW: Bad Therapy Addresses the Question: “Why Are Our Kids So Messed Up?”, by Kale Zelden 

By Kale Zelden, Catholic World Report – The growing youth mental health crisis… In Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren’t Growing Up, Shrier now turns her attention to the mental health establishment itself, asking the simple but obvious question: why are our kids so messed up? This book will likewise make very few friends for Shrier, as she is taking on a behemoth of under-appreciated size and reach, a new Leviathan—the Mental Health machine. But that is to her credit. What she lays out in her new book is important for everyone in the fields of medicine and education. But, most importantly, those of us with skin in the game: parents.

How to Tell Doctrinal Development From Cultural Corruption, by Larry Chapp

By Larry Chapp, EWTN News – There is much talk these days about the concept of the “development of doctrine” in the Church. The topic is a complex one and its various nuances cannot be adequately dealt with in a short essay. Nevertheless, it is also the case, given the importance of doctrinal truth in the life of the Church, that it should be possible for an average Catholic to make some sense of it without the necessity of having advanced theological training.

Hope for Catholic Ireland, by Connie Marshner

By Connie Marshner, Crisis Magazine – Some of my conservative Irish-American friends, who cherish the old romantic myth of The Ould Sod as a place where 1950s culture and Catholicism reigned, in The Quiet Man and Bells of St. Mary’s harmony, ask: How could the Church in Ireland have “allowed” divorce/abortion/same sex marriage? And they assume the Faith is dead in Ireland… “Allowed?” As if the Church could have prevented the secularism, materialism, and self-indulgence of the contemporary West from taking hold in Ireland? As if the Church anywhere has been able to do that?

CatholicVote: Multiple Blue Cities Plead With Residents to House Migrants in Their Homes

CV News Feed – Officials in a pair of heavily Democratic cities reeling from the country’s unprecedented illegal immigration crisis are asking private citizens to host migrants on their properties… the city of Denver “recently emailed [its] rental property owners asking if they would be interested in renting to migrants who need housing.”… FOX News noted that Denver’s recent attempt to house migrants at private residences comes several months after New York City Mayor Eric Adams suggested a similar initiative. …

Saint of the Day for March 16: St. Clement Mary Hofbauer

Franciscan Media – Clement might be called the second founder of the Redemptorists, as it was he who carried the congregation of Saint Alphonsus Liguori to the people north of the Alps… John, the name given him at Baptism, was born in Moravia into a poor family, the ninth of 12 children. Although he longed to be a priest, there was no money for studies, and he was apprenticed to a baker. …

Only Jesus Offers Us a Glorified Body, Not Transhumanism and Visions of a Technological Human Future, by Robert Verrill OP

By Robert Verrill OP, Catholic Herald – The season of Lent in which we find ourselves once more is a time to prepare for Easter, the high point of the liturgical year in which we celebrate the redeeming work of Jesus Christ. The risen Christ has a glorified body, and our great hope is that we too will rise with glorified bodies. Some Christians believe that transhumanism could help humanity fulfil this great hope… Transhumanism is a movement which claims that technological advances will enable us to transcend all the limits of our natural existence so that eventually humans will be transformed into superintelligent beings that will live forever.

Archbishop Viganò: ‘The Globalist Cabal Want to Establish the Kingdom of the Antichrist on Earth’

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, LifeSiteNews – What appears today in all its evidence is the subversive plan of a global coup d’état, aimed at the decimation of the world population and the enslavement of the survivors. The pressure for the approval of the WHO Pandemic Treaty and for the health passport – accompanied by the activation of the digital wallet – demonstrate that the authors of this coup have no intention of giving up their criminal intentions, and will not do so unless they are faced with firm and determined opposition from the population and those few of its representatives who are not sold out to the World Economic Forum, by those who courageously do not fail in their duties.

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: His Hour Had Not yet Come

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 – After this Jesus went about in Galilee; he would not go about in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him. Now the Jews’ feast of Tabernacles was at hand. But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private. .. Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? …

Dr. Pierre Kory Sounds Alarm Over Gov’t Failure on Excess Deaths in Tucker Carlson Interview, by Stephen Kokx

By Stephen Kokx, LifeSiteNews – Dr. Pierre Kory was attacked during COVID-19 for recommending Ivermectin and other treatments Big Pharma did not approve of. Now, he’s speaking out about the “explosion” of excess deaths in the United States and calling out the government’s inaction in response to it… During his appearance on the Tucker Carlson Encounter on Wednesday, Kory stated that there has been a “skyrocketing” of death tolls of more than 158,000 Americans, primarily among those who are young, healthy, and working. The government won’t admit this ….

Msgr. Charles Pope: Lenten Lesson: The Lord’s Paradoxical Plan

By Msgr. Charles Pope, EWTN News – To the world, the Sunday Gospel is utter madness. Christ in effect declares that dying (to this world) is the only way to true life. While the world’s so-called wisdom holds that the way to life is through power, prestige, possessions and popularity, Jesus says that in order to find true life, one must die to all that. Let’s examine the Lord’s paradoxical plan to save us and bring us to new life.

Donors Giving To Cardinal Dolan Shocked To Learn Where Their Money Went, by Gene Gomulka

By Gene Gomulka, Complicit Clergy – A growing number of Catholics are blasting Cardinal Timothy Dolan for launching a multi-million dollar annual stewardship appeal amid scathing new findings that he is making New York parishioners unknowingly fund actively-ministering accused sex abusers.  Slamming Dolan’s request for more than $21 million as a “shameless money grab,” Catholics are vowing to defund the New York Archdiocese until the Vatican defrocks the scandal-plagued prelate.

Diocese of Buffalo to Sell Headquarters after Bankruptcy, by McKenna Snow

By McKenna Snow, Catholic Vote – The diocese of Buffalo, New York has announced that it will sell its headquarters building, the Catholic Center, for $9.8 million, several years after announcing the diocese’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing… The diocese announced on March 11 that the Catholic Center is for sale, and highlighted information about the buildings’ history, architecture, and renovations.

House Republicans Will Emphasize Pro-Life Stance in Campaign to Expand Majority, by Joshua Mercer

By y Joshua Mercer, LifeNews – House Republican leadership will stress the party’s pro-life platform in the quest to expand its razor-thin majority in the chamber this November… The Wall Street Journal’s Natalie Andrews reported Wednesday that a “memo prepared by House Republicans’ campaign arm … says Republicans have a ‘brand problem, not a policy problem’” when it comes to the issue of abortion… Per Andrews, the memo noted that the party’s past “reluctance to discuss [abortion] left it to Democrats to define where the GOP stood.”

Fr. William Saunders: History of Lent

By Fr. William Saunders, Catholic Education Resource Center – Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. In the desire to renew the liturgical practices of the Church, The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of Vatican Council II stated, “The two elements which are especially characteristic of Lent — the recalling of baptism or the preparation for it, and penance — should be given greater emphasis in the liturgy and in liturgical catechesis. It is by means of them that the Church prepares the faithful for the celebration of Easter ….

The Collapse of Cultural Christianity—And the Rise of Cultural Queerness, by Jonathon Van Maren 

By Jonathon Van Maren, The European Conservative – Around 25% of Gen Z in America now identify as LGBT, compared to 3% of the general population… How do nations become post-Christian? To quote Ernest Hemingway: Gradually, and then suddenly… For decades, the United States has been a bastion of religiosity, bucking the trend of secularization, but in recent years, the needle has begun to move. According to a 2019 poll, between 20% and 25% of American adults now identify as ‘nones’ ….

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput: Cardinal Fernández Misleads

By Charles J. Chaput, First Things – Joseph Ratzinger, better known as Pope Benedict XVI, stepped down from the papal ministry in 2013. But before he did, he began drafting an encyclical on the nature of Christian faith. His goal was to finish his ongoing thoughts on the three theological virtues—faith, hope, and charity—and their implications for true human development. For Benedict, faith was the foundation and informing energy of the other two virtues. And to his great credit, a newly elected Pope Francis adopted Benedict’s draft upon his accession.

Haiti Reaches ‘a Sub-Level of Rock Bottom,’ Sparking Fears of Famine

By Matthew McDonald, EWTN News – As conditions in Haiti rapidly deteriorate, the Biden administration has warned that its teetering government could fall any day, while a leading archbishop said he fears that the country is on the verge of civil war… People in Haiti and charity leaders in the United States who have been active in the Caribbean nation told the Register that despite the country’s long history of hardships — including a devastating earthquake in 2010 that killed more than 100,000 people — they have never seen conditions this bad.

A Biblical Path for Lent, by Dr. R. Jared Staudt

By Dr. R. Jared Staudt, Catholic World Report – During Lent, we focus on prayer, fasting and almsgiving in order to repent and turn our lives back to God. The 40 days of this holy season invite us to unite ourselves to Jesus’s own prayer and fasting in the desert, where he battles the enemy in overcoming fundamental temptations of life: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life.

State Street Called to End Deception, Give Shareholders Non-ESG Policy Option, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNS News – Financial officials from 16 states are calling on State Street Global Advisors, one of the largest asset management firms, to stop deceptively pushing on shareholders only proposals that advance the ideological ESG agenda, at the expense of their clients’ best financial interests… “Our purpose in this letter is to encourage State Street to promote traditional fiduciary duty (advancing all clients’ objective economic interests), instead of serving the demands of global bodies and a subset of clients whose interests align with anti-fiduciary actions.”

Saint of the Day for March 15: Louise de Marillac

Franciscan Media – Born near Meux, France, Louise lost her mother when she was still a child, her beloved father when she was but 15. Her desire to become a nun was discouraged by her confessor, and a marriage was arranged. One son was born of this union. But Louise soon found herself nursing her beloved husband through a long illness that finally led to his death.

Texas Helps More Than 105,000 of Biden’s ‘Newcomers’ Migrate to Sanctuary Cities, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNS News – “Texas has transported over 105,000 migrants to sanctuary cities,” Republican Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday, promising that “Until [President] Biden does his job to secure the border, Texas will continue to hold the line.”… The illegal aliens, or “newcomers,” as Biden now calls them, were transported under Gov. Abbott’s Operation Lone Star, a program designed to secure Texas’ border from the onslaught of illegal immigration caused by the Biden Administration’s open-border policies.

The Bachall Isu—The Crozier of St. Patrick, by Phillip Campbell

By Phillip Campbell, Catholic Exchange – Of all the relics bequeathed to us by Ireland’s catalogue of saints, the greatest was undoubtedly the episcopal crozier used by St. Patrick known as the Bachall Isu. The Irish word Bachall comes from the Latin baculus, a crozier or staff; Isu is a shortened form of the Latin name for our Lord, Iesus. Bachall Isu thus means “Staff of Jesus,” a name reflecting a popular tradition that the staff was given to St. Patrick by Jesus Christ Himself.

Free Speech Depends On SCOTUS Rejecting The Government’s Censorship Excuses In Murthy v. Missouri, by Scott Street

By Scott Street, The Federalist – On July 4, 2023, Louisiana-based federal Judge Terry Doughty issued a historic decision in the censorship case then called Missouri v. Biden (the case was filed by two state attorneys general, including Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who now sits in the U.S. Senate). The decisions made news not just for the result and the date it was issued, but for the importance Doughty showed to the underlying issue… In fact, Doughty’s opinion echoed the lofty rhetoric of the great federal court decisions issued during the civil rights era. But the political dynamic had flipped.

The Catholic Answer to the Longing for ‘Wellness’, by Rebecca Wilson

By Rebecca Wilson, EWTN News – The concept of “wellness” is ever growing in popularity, with many podcasts, workouts, diets and more trying to address the issue. In the U.S. alone, the wellness industry is valued at close to $1.2 trillion. This raises the question: Why? There must be something about “wellness” that is so attractive, that speaks to a deep human desire. More importantly, if we are created in the image and likeness of God, with a beautiful integration of body and soul, how do we as Catholics respond to the concept of “wellness?”

Say the Word, Mr. President, and Tell the Truth About Abortion, by Susan Ciancio

By Susan Ciancio, Catholic World Report – Euphemisms are often used in polite society to make distasteful words more palatable. But sometimes they are spoken to hide the truth. Nowhere was this more evident than in President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on March 7th, when he refused to say the word “abortion” and instead repeatedly referred to it as “reproductive freedom”… Biden, who claims to be “a practicing Catholic” who is “not big on abortion”, spent just a handful of minutes discussing abortion. Yet his words were carefully crafted to not only incite anger but to make it seem like those who oppose abortion have waged a war against women.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Father’s Witness to Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 5:31-47 – If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is not true; there is another who bears witness to me, and I know that the testimony which he bears to me is true. You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Not that the testimony which I receive is from man; but I say this that you may be saved. ….

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Nicodemus Survival Tactics

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – We’ve seen the bumper sticker: “COEXIST.” Like “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” it’s hard to argue with the aspiration. But the slogans are purposely ambiguous and blur the distinction between good and evil. The proponents expect believers to surrender to their Godless secular religion. The survival tactics of Nicodemus help us navigate a politically correct hostile environment… Nicodemus appears several times in the Gospel of St. John. …

Deacon Michael Bickerstaff: Only In Christ Can We Be Cleansed

By Deacon Michael Bickerstaff,  Integrated Catholic Life – CLEANSING THE TEMPLE IN OUR SOULS – By His life, passion, death, and resurrection, Jesus mediated a New and Everlasting Covenant in which He formed the Church – the Family of God. He restored us to new life, a share in the Divine Life, a life of grace through faith in which we can truly live and worship according to the design of God. He provides grace sufficient for an authentic, satisfying life, fully lived.

A Sumptuous Meal During Lent, by Hans Boersma

By Hans Boersma, First Things – The Lord is into feeding his people. He does it time and again. Each time, he tests them with an impossible situation. Each time, there is a realist failing the test in unbelief—Moses, Gehazi, Philip and Andrew. And each time, the Lord performs a feeding miracle, so that people end up being stuffed… These stories may hardly seem appropriate for Lent. When we are in the middle of fasting, we do not need stories of sumptuous meals. Fair enough, except John’s account of the feeding of the five thousand itself reminds us that it is Lent: “And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.”

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Jesuit Sex Abuse? by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, The Stream – Jesuit Wokeness – The Jesuits finally booted the Slovenian priest (Jesuit, Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik) from their ranks in June 2023 — not because he had violated his vow of chastity by sexually abusing approximately 25 nuns, or for that matter his vow of poverty (Rupnik was running a million-euro art company) — but because he broke his vow of obedience by infringing upon the travel restrictions his superiors had imposed on him… The sordid details of Rupnik’s bedroom sexcapades with the religious sisters ….

Opinion: Cardinal McElroy Claims Pope’s Climate Vision Not Getting Enough Attention from US Bishops, by Christopher White, National Catholic Reporter

By Christopher White, National Catholic Reporter – Pope Francis’ call for the world to address the coming consequences of global climate change has not garnered enough attention at the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference, said a leading American cardinal… In an exclusive interview with National Catholic Reporter in late February, San Diego Cardinal Robert McElroy said the pope’s environmental vision “has not gotten the attention of the conference that it should get, and that the pope is calling us to get.”

68 Cities are Now “Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn” That Protect Babies From Abortion, by Susan Berry Ph.D.

By Susan Berry Ph.D., LifeNews – The founder of the Texas-based initiative that urges cities and counties to become “sanctuaries for the unborn” says that while the unborn are protected from abortion in Texas, “it doesn’t mean that the work is finished.”… Mark Lee Dickson, founder of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn Initiative and a director with Right To Life of East Texas, told CatholicVote that one of his key focuses is on closing up two significant “loopholes”: abortion trafficking and the treatment of the bodies of aborted babies as “waste.”

Thinking About Holy Thursday, by Michael Pakaluk

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing – As Laetare Sunday recedes, Catholics become more focused on approaching Passion Week.   I like to encourage Catholics to embrace their faith as true by thinking about it – because only what is definite is true. So in preparation for Holy Thursday, I’d like to contemplate in advance with you four fascinating questions which Saint Thomas considers about the Last Supper. (ST III, 81)… First, he raises the question most of us have thought about, whether Judas received the sacred mysteries, or did Judas depart before these were distributed?

The Bloody History of Mifepristone, by Anthony Campagna, PharmD

By Anthony Campagna, PharmD, Crisis Magazine – This month marks a critical juncture in the ongoing fight against abortion in the United States. As Walgreens and CVS begin dispensing mifepristone (Mifeprex ®) in many of their retail pharmacy locations—and before the Supreme Court considers reinstating restrictions on the same—we must pause to consider mifepristone’s brutal history and raise awareness of rapidly changing laws and politics governing its use. We must also underscore the need to pray for an end to its bloody reign.

US Government Coerced Faith Leaders to Push COVID-19 Vaccines, by Jim Thorp, Maggie Thorp

By Jim Thorp, Maggie Thorp, America Out Loud News – What if I told you powerful U.S. government officials – such as former NIH Director Francis Collins and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy – used religion in an attempt to convince faith leaders around the country to push the COVID-19 injections? A deep dive into the organization Faiths4Vaccines –a founding member of the HHS’ vaccine-propaganda machine COVID-19 Community Corps1 –has revealed just that. …

A Person’s a Person No Matter What State, by Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw, EWTN News – The Alabama IVF case was not directly about abortion, but it has helped set the stage for two new U.S. Supreme Court cases that are… Come right down to it, the argument is simple to the point of being self-evident: A human embryo is either a human person or well along in the process of becoming one. In either case, the embryo enjoys fundamental legal rights of personhood, including the right to life.

Lead Us Not Into Temptation, by Regis Martin

By Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine – When it comes to temptation, we are all experts. It is a subject we’ve all mastered, a class we could all teach. It is also, quite paradoxically, an area of our lives where failure is all too frequent. The teacher is no better than the pupil; indeed, they are two sides of the same coin… I mean, who among us has not felt even the least fleeting guilt awakened by the gap between the virtues he professes and the vices he practices?

Illegal Immigration Myopia, by Jack Devine

By Jack Devine, Patriot Post – What do President Joe Biden and his Democrat supporters really think about our three years of wide-open southern border? Perhaps they’re still happy with it — or maybe as the election season heats up, they think it might have been a political misstep… Either way, they’re not even close. Enabling the tsunami of illegal immigration into the U.S. has been a colossal failure in public policy that will haunt our nation for decades — and we’ve yet to internalize its implications.

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: My Father Is Working Still, and I Am Working

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 5:17-30 – But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working still, and I am working.” This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath but also called God his Father, making himself equal with God. Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he himself is doing …..

Inflation Heats Up in February, as Energy and Shelter Costs Spike, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, MRC TV – The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.4 percent in February – the largest monthly rise since September 2023 – on a seasonally adjusted basis, after rising 0.3 percent in January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Tuesday…The 12-month increase in prices also intensified in February. Compared to the same month in 2023, the all-items index rose 3.2 percent, higher than last month’s 3.1% January-to-January rise.

Fifth Circuit Court Upholds Texas Age-Verification Law Restricting Porn Site Access

By Evan Poellinger, CNS News – The Fifth Circuit Court of appeals has ruled 2-1 in favor of a Texas law requiring pornography websites to use age verification on their websites. The law, which was signed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) last June, and originally scheduled to take effect in December, 2023, mandates such websites “use reasonable age verification methods” in order to “verify that an individual attempting to access the material is 18 years of age or older.”

An Interview With Fr. Gerald E. Murry: Fiducia Supplicans Should Be Revoked

An interview with Fr. Gerald E. Murry by Diane Montagna, First Things – In March 2021, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published, under its former prefect, Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, a Responsum that replied in the negative to the question: “Does the Church have the power to give the blessing to unions of persons of the same sex?”.. Just under three years later, under its new prefect, Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, the now renamed Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith issued Fiducia Supplicans (FS), which asserts that the blessings referred to in the Responsum are “liturgical blessings” and introduces a new kind of priestly blessing… which it claims can be imparted to “same-sex couples.”

The Anti-Ecumenism of Pope Francis, by Sean Fitzpatrick

By Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine – For all his overtures for unity, it is literally beyond belief how divisive this pope has proven—and continues to prove—to be. It is almost as though he harbors some sort of intention to divide the house against itself to the point that at least a part of it will fall. That part would be those who suffer from what the Holy Father has called the disease of nostalgia, those backward conservatives, those custodians of tradition who are unwilling to evolve with the inclusive times and “broaden and enrich” Catholic theology.

The Welcome Message of the Irish Referenda, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – What happened in Ireland last week? The government strongly supported a pair of proposed constitutional amendments. The major political parties supported them. The media, the corporate elite, the liberal intelligentsia all supported them. But the people of Ireland, God bless them, sent both amendments down to decisive defeats in a national referendum.

Msgr. Charles Pope: What are “Lost Sabbaths” and Why Do They Matter Today?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Of all the things we might think of as a serious matter, so serious as to merit exile, “lost sabbaths” would not occur to most of us in this present age. Other matters such as violence, murder, sexual sin, greed, injustice and so forth would occur first to us. So, how are we to understand these “lost sabbaths” and why was their loss so serious as to require seventy years of exile?

Joe Biden Isn’t “Pro-Choice,” He’s a Cheerleader for Abortions Up to Birth, by Ryan Bomberger

By Ryan Bomberger, LifeNews – These were the exact words President Biden spoke in an interview about the supremely wrong Roe decision that commercialized the killing of America’s Posterity. “I don’t like the Supreme Court decision on abortion,” Senator Biden explained. “I think it went too far. I don’t think that a woman has the sole right to say what should happen to her body.” That was 1974. Fast forward fifty years, and Joe Biden cannot celebrate and promote abortion enough.

Puerto Rico Bishop Removed by Pope Francis: Bishops Must Reject Fiducia Supplicans or Risk God’s Wrath

By Raymond Wolfe, LifeSiteNews – A Puerto Rican bishop removed from his diocese by Pope Francis after opposing COVID “vaccine” mandates strongly denounced Fiducia Supplicans and warned that bishops who fail to speak out against it risk incurring God’s wrath… Bishop Daniel Fernández Torres, who led the Diocese of Arecibo from 2010 until his sudden dismissal two years ago without a canonical trial, said in a new statement that Fiducia Supplicans, a document approved by Pope Francis that endorses “blessings” for homosexual “couples,” violates Catholic teaching