Friday 16th November 2018

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Will NIH Extend UCSF’s Aborted-Baby-Parts Mouse Contract?

November 16, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Will NIH Extend UCSF’s Aborted-Baby-Parts Mouse Contract?

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY

(Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate, www.creators.com, distributes his column.)

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On November 30, 2017, decision-makers at the National Institutes of Health made a profound error. They executed an option to extend for one year a federal contract that will pay the University of California, San Francisco $2,018,293 this year alone.
That contract is called Humanized Mouse Models for HIV Therapeutics Development, and it requires UCSF to obtain human fetal tissue from aborted babies to transplant into mice.
The NIH, I reported on CNSNews.com, published the official solicitation for this contract on December 31, 2012. It stated the contractor would be required to “obtain human fetal tissue.”
Why would a federal government institution — the NIH — make a contract with a state government institution — UCSF — that required the state institution to obtain human fetal tissue?
The solicitation noted that the contract the NIH intended to sign in 2013 would continue and augment work that UCSF was then doing under a previous NIH contract.
That previous contract required UCSF to make one type of “humanized mouse” using human fetal tissue. The new contract would require UCSF to make at least two types of “humanized mice” — both using human fetal tissue.
“The current contract was awarded in 2006 to the University of California, San Francisco (contract number HHSN266200700002C) and will expire in December, 2013,” the solicitation explained.
“The animal model being used is an immune-deficient mouse engrafted with human fetal thymus and liver (severe combined immunodeficiency [SCID]-hu Thy/Liv) and infected with well-characterized isolates of HIV-1,” it said. … Continue Reading

A Reprieve To Accomplish Some Good

November 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Reprieve To Accomplish Some Good

By SHAUN KENNEY

President Trump is right to crow just a bit after the 2018 midterms. In a typical election, the opposition party tends to get about 31 net seats in the House; 39 if the president’s approval ratings are at 40 percent. In short, the Democrats not only underperformed their own narrative, they underperformed historically.
This same narrative only gets worse for the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, where the Republicans will emerge with a comfortable majority that should hold until 2022 at the earliest. With news that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg suffered a fall which cracked three of her ribs, it is a reminder that a Republican-led Senate will not only be selecting federal judges for lifetime appointments, but that the U.S. Supreme Court remains squarely outside the grasp of the progressive left.
There’s other good news in these numbers to for pro-life Catholics. As of today, about 49 senators could be termed “pro-life” — which would have been bad news for a nominee such as Amy Comey Barrett or anyone else whose dogma lives loudly within them. Yet with the current setup? There are something on the order of 53 pro-life votes, Sen.-elect Marsha Blackburn among them. She is famous for leading the Select Panel on Infant Lives which investigated Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted babies’ body parts
Here’s another thing to consider. Speaker Nancy Pelosi will now hold the reins of power in the U.S. House, which means the progressive left will do everything possible to demonstrate to their base precisely how “woke” they are (I don’t know what the word means, but apparently it means something to the effect of pliable to people who cut checks for fake activism).
That will mean two years of sharp contrast in a Congress now deadlocked on the major issues of the day. For folks who are true fans of the First Amendment and wish Madison had stopped with “Congress shall make no law,” this is tremendous news indeed. … Continue Reading

Bishops Confirm the Irrelevancy of the USCCB

November 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Bishops Confirm the Irrelevancy of the USCCB

Shepherd-Gets-Attacked-by-SheepTrue to form, the majority of the bishops took the safe road today and voted for the formal statement, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter Against Racism.” The full body of bishops approved it by a two-thirds majority vote of 241 to 3 with 1 abstention. Wow, 50 years since the civil rights movement and the bishops have just now realized racism has no place in the Catholic Church and have come out with a pastoral letter against it.

When it came to the heavy lifting the bishops voted down a proposal asking the Vatican to release its records on former-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. It was … Continue Reading

Orders From On High . . .

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Teachable Moments Slipped Past… Until Death Climbed Back In The Saddle

November 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Teachable Moments Slipped Past… Until Death Climbed Back In The Saddle

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Breaking bread together often is thought of as building ties of friendship, but two meals 22 years apart showed how division deepened.
At the National Prayer Breakfast in February 1994 in Washington, D.C., diminutive giant Mother Teresa peeped out through the microphones at the lectern to defend unborn children at length and to denounce abortion. She repeatedly was applauded by national powerbrokers there, and at her conclusion received a standing ovation lasting nearly a minute.
“Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion,” Mother Teresa said.
She added later: “Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child.”
Seated near her at the prayer breakfast were radical pro-abortion Democrats President Bill and First Lady Hillary Clinton. In those days they knew better than to proclaim the extent of their brutishness and pretended they desired only “safe, legal, and rare abortion.”
But Peggy Noonan, a former White House speechwriter for Ronald Reagan, was in the audience and saw that the Clintons and also the vice-presidential couple weren’t pleased. Noonan wrote later:
“The president and first lady, seated within a few feet of Mother Teresa on the dais, were not applauding. Nor were the vice president and Mrs. Gore. They looked like seated statues at Madame Tussaud’s. They glistened in the lights and moved not a muscle, looking at the speaker in a determinedly semi-pleasant way.” … Continue Reading

The Fine Art Of Dino Carbetta… Bringing Religious Art Into Today’s Reality

November 13, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on The Fine Art Of Dino Carbetta… Bringing Religious Art Into Today’s Reality

By REY FLORES

If there is any Heaven-like beauty in this world, aside from human life and nature, it is found in the timeless sacred art within many older traditional Catholic churches everywhere. Starting from the tabernacles and monstrances holding the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and then going to the frescos, statues, and crucifixes, all remind us of the eternal destination we must strive to attain.
While most of us within the Church can and do appreciate traditional sacred art, most religious art from the last fifty years or so tends to be modern and with subject matter that is much less reverent. Many of today’s newer Catholic parishes incorporate a bland and neutral combination of open spaces with sparse statuary and art.
Statues of Mary and Joseph are often one color, that either being plain white, or a dreaded beige. They evoke little more in us than what we already bring to these places, which is our faith itself. We do know that Jesus is present in the tabernacle, regardless of how uninspiring the modernist art and architecture may be.
Enter Dino Carbetta. Dino is a humble man whom I recently had the pleasure to meet. I sought him out after seeing much of his art and photography on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
While what I’ve shared thus far with you sings the praises of traditional sacred art from the past, the very talented Dino Carbetta has taken much of this beauty out of the past and into today’s reality.
The Atlanta-based artist has been a commercial photographer since the late 1980s. He attended the University of Tennessee and pursued his love of photography there, but he took it to the next level to hone and fine tune his craft by attending the Brooks Institute in California. Brooks is considered one of the nation’s most respected schools of art and photography.
Dino’s roots are in Italy, as if his name didn’t already give that away. He is a man who values the Old World traditions of his Italian heritage and, in 2012, he made a trip to Italy to visit his grandparents. A cradle Catholic, Carbetta also has a great devotion to our faith. … Continue Reading

More Silence From Rome!

November 12, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on More Silence From Rome!

Image result for pope meets with american bishopsLooks like more stonewalling from the Vatican regarding sex abuse scandal judging from this CNA report today.

By Ed Condon

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2018 / 07:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference has told the American bishops that they will not vote on two key proposals which had been expected to form the basis for the Church’s response to the sexual abuse crisis.

The news came at the beginning of the U.S. bishops’ conference fall general assembly, meeting in Baltimore Nov. 12-14.

The instruction to delay consideration of a new code of conduct for bishops and the creation of a lay-led body to investigate bishops accused of misconduct came directly from the Holy See, DiN

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“Sex” Vs. “Gender Identity” And Title VII

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By MIKE MANNO

There is an interesting case out of Michigan that has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court that has the potential to determine whether the word “sex” in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act also refers to “gender identity” for purposes of anti-discrimination enforcement.
Courts have been split on the issue and this case, with its unusual mix of facts and law, might be the vehicle with which the top court finally decides the issue.
To the facts: The defendant in a case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a Detroit funeral home, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes; the complainant is the former Anthony, now Aimee, Stephens. Mr. or Ms. Stephens (whichever is appropriate) was a former funeral director and embalmer at one of Harris’ locations.
For six years Mr. Stephens apparently worked well and the funeral home had no problems with him. Then in July of 2013, Mr. Stephens told the funeral home’s owner — Thomas Rost — that he no longer was comfortable as a male and identified as a female; further, he intended to have sex reassignment surgery. However, he explained that he could not have the surgery immediately, but had to live and work full-time as a woman for a year first.
He told Rost that he intended to present himself as a woman and dress in female clothing at work, where his duties included meeting with grieving family members and guiding them through the funeral process. That violated the funeral home’s attire guidelines: Male employees were to wear suits and female employees were to wear skirts or dresses. … Continue Reading

Despite GOP Blue-Wave Fears . . . Trump’s Energy Still Manages To Salvage Republican Party

November 11, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Despite GOP Blue-Wave Fears . . . Trump’s Energy Still Manages To Salvage Republican Party

By DEXTER DUGGAN

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Melissa Bowers was easy to spot in the hotel ballroom here packed with Republicans watching midterm election-night returns on the big Fox News screen, and by reporters watching the Republicans.
Platforms for the media ran along two walls of the room in this Phoenix suburb, with at least 22 news cameras on them.
Although some other people wore name tags or ID badges, Bowers carried a poster proclaiming herself a member of the growing WalkAway movement (walkawaycampaign.com) who’d departed the Democratic Party because of its increasing extremism.
After being a Democrat for 26 years, Bowers told The Wanderer on November 6 that she left the party in 2008 because “I saw the handwriting on the wall about what would happen if we had a socialist in office. Then I saw identity politics take root. I found more inclusion in the GOP than I ever did on the left.”
She said a Democratic hierarchy of oppression developed, in which a person was more highly valued based on how many identity groups she qualified for.
“It was all about who was oppressed more than anyone else…which is exactly the opposite” of what Martin Luther King Jr. wanted when the civil-rights leader stressed the content of one’s character rather than skin color, she said. … Continue Reading

Bishops Offer Lots Of “Measures” — Where’s The Truth?

November 10, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Bishops Offer Lots Of “Measures” — Where’s The Truth?

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

When the USCCB meets next week in Baltimore, their website tells us they will “vote on a series of concrete measures to respond to the abuse crisis.” As usual, these “measures” comprise updated policies, protocols, programs, and procedures.
Call them “The Four P’s.” That’s what the bishops voted on in their historic 2002 meeting in Dallas after all, and we’ve seen how well that worked. Under the guiding hand of then-Cardinal McCarrick, they adopted a “charter” designed to protect children — and themselves.
In anticipation of their gathering next week, it is worth taking a look at some consequences of those “measures.” To bring that effort to bear on the local level, we will consider the policies of the diocese in which this writer resides, the Diocese of Arlington, in Virginia.
“A staff of seven people runs the Office for Child Protection and Victim Assistance,” the diocesan website tells us, “and they are assisted by 42 training facilitators and 96 parish/school/ministry liaisons. This office oversees extensive background checks for staff and volunteers, child protection training for all clergy/staff/volunteers, programs for school and religious education students, counseling for victims of sexual abuse, and implementing the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
“Separate from the Victim Assistance Program, more than 60,000 people have gone through training conducted by the Office of Child Protection, which has an annual budget of roughly $780,000.”
The Arlington Diocese clearly takes the USCCB’s mandate seriously. “60,000 people have gone through training conducted by the Office of Child Protection,” and that takes a lot of detail work. “An applicant to work or volunteer . . . must fill out several pages of paperwork — criminal background checks, employment history, and questions about interaction with children or other vulnerable people,” the diocesan newspaper reports. … Continue Reading

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Cardinal guilty of covering up sex abuse addresses US bishops’ conference

BALTIMORE, November 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A cardinal barred from public ministry since 2013 as a result of his systematic cover-up of sex abuse spoke at the U.S. Bishops’ General Assembly in Baltimore Tuesday, telling the bishops they “need to lead by witness.” In…Continue Reading

US bishops consider asking Pope Francis to release McCarrick documents

BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will consider officially asking Pope Francis to release any documents related to alleged serial sexual abuser Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. The motion was made from the…Continue Reading

U.S. Catholic Bishops Meet in the Shadow, Still, of Clergy Sex Abuse

This weekend, the Catholic bishops of the United States gather in Baltimore ahead of their three-day annual general assembly, which opens Monday. By coincidence, it will be 16 years exactly since their session in 2002, when they met to amend…Continue Reading

The Synodal Church

Antonio Spadaro, SJ – Carlos Galli Forty years ago, Jesuit Father Arij Roest Crollius wrote: “What is so new about inculturation?”[1] His reflection was a milestone in the understanding of that word and in welcoming a concept at the heart of…Continue Reading

National network of Catholic church leaders told to preserve all communications

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has asked the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to preserve all electronic and paper documents in case other federal prosecutors need to look into accusations of sexual assault against current…Continue Reading

Cdl. Burke ‘strongly’ endorses new virtue education program for young people

October 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the Church’s most outspoken defenders of life, marriage, and family, has “strongly” endorsed a new virtue education program for children. “Alive to the World” is a continuous, story-based virtues/values program. Much…Continue Reading

Pittsburgh wants to revoke Chick-fil-A’s sponsorship of kids event over Christian marriage views

PITTSBURGH, October 24, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – America’s most successful Christian food chain may be driven out of a children’s community event in Pittsburgh over the owners’ Christian-based view of marriage and homosexuality, if the Pittsburgh City Council has its way.…Continue Reading

Australian bishop touts women’s ordination: ‘transformation of priesthood’ is underway

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, October 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – An Australian bishop recently told priests that admitting women to the priesthood in the Church’s current state of affairs would be like pouring new wine into old wine skins, but that a “transformation…Continue Reading

Twitter locks LifeSite out of account for ‘hate’: fact-based post on rise in gay STDs

October 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Twitter has just locked LifeSiteNews out of our Twitter account over an article we posted four years ago that provided expert analysis on the rise in sexually-transmitted diseases among homosexuals. The 2014 piece by Dr. Gerard M.…Continue Reading

Ave Maria U president who criticized Cdl. Burke, Archbishop Viganò announces resignation

AVE MARIA, Florida, October 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Just six weeks after he issued a statement criticizing Vatican whistleblower Archbishop Carlo Vigano, Ave Maria University (AMU) announced its president Jim Towey will step down in June 2020. Vigano’s 11-page testimony…Continue Reading

‘Just glad we ruined Kavanaugh’s life’: Pro-abortion Left responds to Supreme Court defeat

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Judge Brett Kavanaugh is now Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and the left-wing forces who pulled out all the stops to defeat him show no signs of cooling down anytime soon. The Senate voted 50-48 on…Continue Reading

Pope selects youth from pro-gay Vatican consultant’s media org to attend Synod

October 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The four young people from Canada now at the Vatican synod on youth are all from Salt and Light Media. The Toronto-based media outlet is run by Basilian Fr. Thomas Rosica, who is also on…Continue Reading

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Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

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  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading

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US bishop challenges brother bishops for allowing pro-LGBT priest to speak in dioceses

BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Texas Bishop Joseph Strickland forthrightly articulated Church teaching on the immorality of homosexual acts to the U.S. Bishops’ Conference Tuesday. He questioned whether his brother bishops believed this “doctrine of the Church or not,” and if they did, why some of them have allowed certain clergy to speak in their dioceses with a pro-homosexual message. “Brothers, I think part of the fraterna

Abp. Viganò urges U.S. bishops to confront sex abuse as ‘courageous shepherds’

ROME, November 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò today has issued a brief note to the U.S. Bishops, urging them to confront sex abuse as “courageous shepherds” rather than “frightened sheep.” The U.S. Bishops are currently in Baltimore at their much-anticipated fall annual meeting at which they were expected to vote on concrete proposals to hold bishops accountable for their failures after the reve

Pope Francis . . . “First, there is the immense and ongoing crisis of climate change and the nuclear menace”

ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE PLENARY SESSION OF THE PONTIFICAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES Consistory Hall Monday, 12 November 2018 [Multimedia]   Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to meet the full complement of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. I offer cordial welcome to the new Members and I am grateful to the former President, Professor Werner Arber for his gracious words of introduction, while I pray that Professor Joachim von…Continue Reading

Vatican orders U.S. bishops to halt plans for vote on sex-abuse reforms

BALTIMORE – The first gathering of the nation’s Catholic bishops since a summer wave of anger and recrimination over clergy sex abuse in the American church opened Monday with a stunning announcement: The prelates would not vote on a series of new accountability measures – and it was the Vatican who ordered them to hold off.

Our Veterans Fought and Died For Our Freedom, Not for Abortion

(Reprinted from 2013) In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, thirty men from the small town of Bedford, Virginia, huddled close together in landing craft churning through the dark waters of the English Channel on a mission unlike any other the world had ever known. Their destination: a strip of sand known as Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. Most of the thoughts running through the minds of these young men are lost to…Continue Reading

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A Book Review… The Wizards Versus The Rest Of Us

By JEFF MINICK Piedra, Alberto. No God, No Civilization (Lambing Press: 2018); paperback, 255 pages. Available at amazon.com. In January of 2018, I resolved to read my way through Will and Ariel Durant’s magnum opus The Story of Civilization before the end of the year. It is now early November, and I am nearing the…Continue Reading

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society…Continue Reading

Conflicting Rights In A Divided Nation

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON The Senate Judiciary hearings to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as an associate justice of the Supreme Court were brutal to his personal reputation, devastating to the comity of the congressional body, and inflammatory in an already divided nation. Protesters shouted in the hearing room, had sit-ins in the hall, accosted a senator…Continue Reading

The Paradox Of The Person

By DONALD DeMARCO The first law of nature is self-preservation. The highest law of morality is self-sacrifice. What the content these two sentences makes abundantly clear is that the life of the human being is one of perpetual tension. Self-preservation and self-sacrifice are not exactly on the same page. However, it is important to note…Continue Reading

Mass Migration: Mortal Threat To Red State America

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Among the reasons Donald Trump is president is that his natural political instincts are superior to those of any other current figure. As campaign 2018 entered its final week, Trump seized upon and elevated the single issue that most energizes his populist base and most convulses our media elite. Warning of…Continue Reading

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Editor’s Note: In a recent blog that appeared in LifeSiteNews, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski described the vital contribution of Christianity to the world and suggested that living it to the fullest today could transform our modern world: “Christianity entered into a world that was drunkenly careening from superstition to esotericism, from world-weary despair to unappeasable hedonism, and introduced a way that…Continue Reading

The Road To Hell Is Paved With Indifference

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Washington, D.C. Monsignor kindly gave The Wanderer permission to reprint this essay from his blog, which appeared there on November 5, 2018. All rights reserved.) + + + The Gospel for Tuesday of the 31st Week features the Lucan version of the parable about…Continue Reading

Shine Brightly Like The Stars

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirty-Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Daniel 12:1-3 Heb. 10:11-14, 18 Mark 13:24-32 In the Gospel reading today our Lord teaches us about what will happen at the end of the world: The sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will be falling from the sky, and the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Life Is Beautiful With Final Judgment In View

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The prospect of final judgment brings negative impressions, images, or emotions to mind for many. Sometimes it also does so for some who claim our Catholic faith. As a step along the way to spiritual maturity, we must often be purged of our childish or worldly impressions. With an authentic and deeper faith, the prospect…Continue Reading

The Sacrament Of Holy Orders… More On Women Priests — Why Not?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 4 The participation of women in the life of the Catholic Church over the centuries has been remarkable. Without being priests, women have played a major role in the instruction of the faithful, service of the sick and needy, and the works of the apostolate. The work of spreading the Gospel, as early as in…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Gertrude The Great

By CAROLE BRESLIN In Christian spirituality, prayer has many types and forms. There are prayers of adoration, thanksgiving, reparation, and petition. There are vocal prayers and mental prayers. Again there are liturgical prayers and private prayers. Only one woman in the history of the Church has been called great, St. Gertrude the Great, a Benedictine nun, known for her wisdom…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Elizabeth Of The Trinity

By CAROLE BRESLIN When a woman receives the Carmelite habit, she also receives a new name. St. Teresa of Avila received the name “of Jesus” and St. Therese of Lisieux received the name “of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face.” Likewise, when Elizabeth Catez became a Carmelite and received her name, she was given the title “of the Trinity,”…Continue Reading