Monday 6th April 2020

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Neither Lawful Nor Ethical . . . Rationing Health Care During The Pandemic?

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By DEACON MIKE MANNO, JD

With the coronavirus sweeping the nation, and in some places overwhelming the medical response, there is increasing talk about rationing health care.
The New York Times has reported that state health officials there have met to discuss what factors to take into consideration, such as age, health, and likelihood of survival, in making the determination of who will get full care and who will only be provided comfort care with the expectation they will die.
In Washington State, The Seattle Times has reported that hospital officials there are meeting with ethics committees planning on how to, if necessary, ration healthcare. Cassie Sauer, chief executive of the state’s hospital association, is quoted as calling this a “crisis standard of care,” creating guidelines for health care workers on which patients should be treated and which should be left to die.
Sauer says her state is also working on triage plans to serve “the greatest number of people who are likely to survive.” She says since the coronavirus appears to be the most serious among the aged and those with underlying health problems, decisions will most likely be made along those lines. “They will be less likely to receive care, and more likely to die,” she said.
Medical and hospital workers in other states are having similar discussions about how to ration health care, if necessary, and who are the favored to receive treatment and who are not. And, are the elderly and disabled disfavored in this equation?
Families wonder, do we have to worry if our elderly family members are properly cared for during this pandemic, or simply left to die? What about our siblings or children with disabilities or Down syndrome? Will health-care workers simply keep them comfortable while they die without treatment? And how about my 75-year-old ex-Marine uncle who still runs a mile each day, is he too old for treatment?
Dr. Charles Camosy, associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham, writing in the New York Post, says:
“Bioethicists like me disagree over which values should guide rationing, but we generally agree about focusing on those who can benefit from the treatment. If the age of a patient makes it unlikely she would benefit, the hard truth is that limited resources will likely go to someone else. … Continue Reading

Pope Francis leads Palm Sunday mass at the Vatican | 5 April 2020

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The Politics Of A Pandemic . . . The Lord Arises While We Shelter Behind Closed Doors

April 5, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on The Politics Of A Pandemic . . . The Lord Arises While We Shelter Behind Closed Doors

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Now that we’re mostly told or ordered to stay home because of the coronavirus, in nations around the world, what if the next step is that our Internet, phone, and social-media connections somehow go down?
What was more or less tolerable confinement, keeping company with our electronic connections, becomes more or less imprisonment without them. What if our ability to keep in touch with acquaintances and local and national developments becomes lost?
The springtime of liberation represented by Easter was being reversed by seeing the stone rolled back into place to seal the tomb all over again. The most joyous celebration of the Christian calendar seemed more likely to be celebrated behind closed doors, although not yet having to hide from commissars wearing red stars.
Two centuries ago, a handwritten letter from New York City to the West Coast could go on a sailing ship around the tip of South America before it came up northward to reach pioneer San Diego.
Will we be more or less sent back to those distanced days at a lot faster pace than the speed of a sailing ship? Even if communication isn’t actively censored, it could be strongly impeded.
Moreover, in an April 1 video, President Donald Trump warned of the threat that drug cartels, terrorists, criminals, and other actors will try to exploit the coronavirus pandemic for their gain, but the U.S. won’t let that happen.
Candidate Joe Biden and other Democratic Party figures began suggesting that their party’s in-person presidential nominating convention this summer be canceled or delayed due to COVID-19. Delayed, with the effect that their nemesis Trump could remain in the White House longer? Surely not.
Would the summer nomination and November election processes somehow be turned over to anonymous electronic control rooms that could work their magic while voters were kept confined? Improbabilities have gained a way of turning into realities. … Continue Reading

The Virus And Its Discontents

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By CHRISTOPHER MANION

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” — President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933.

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Responding to calls for panic from the usual suspects, our old friend Dr. Angelo Codevilla channels Machiavelli. “Whoever controls the people’s fears becomes master of their souls,” said power’s most able advocate. A century later, Thomas Hobbes upped the ante. A people obsessed with fear of an untimely death must surrender all their rights to an all-powerful Leviathan, who would then protect them — maybe.
A people afraid? Maybe somebody else, but not us, right? Not even with the Wuhan Virus breathing down our necks? Well, some thirty years ago Russell Kirk argued that a freedom-loving people, if forced to choose between chaos and security, would always opt for security. “Great nations have ended in slime,” he wryly observed to a crescendo of applause.
So, returning to those fomenting “fear itself,” Codevilla zeroes in: “Why then do so many in high places advocate this global shutdown so vehemently? And does the question answer itself?”
Codevilla is a longtime critic of the elites. In “America’s Ruling Class,” a groundbreaking essay written ten years ago, he described the fundamental battle between the elites and their inferiors, whom he called the “Country Party” (comprising those whom Hillary Clinton helpfully branded the “Deplorables”). And, speaking of the Ruling Class and its role in the Wuhan Virus crisis, he asks, “Why then do so many in high places advocate this global shutdown so vehemently? And does the question answer itself? … Continue Reading

Fear The Lord, Not The Virus

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By REY FLORES

How many of us took our Holy Mass for granted? Not only the Mass, but all of the sacraments, and even sacramentals like holy water. Here yesterday, gone yesterday.
Yes, even holy water. I hope that most of you keep a stash of sacramentals in your homes, things like holy water, blessed salt, and beeswax candles, because there’s no telling when all of this Chinese Wuhan virus mess will be over.
How many of you are actually “attending” either a televised or online Mass during this current situation? I have been. It’s obviously not the same, but at least society can use technology for something other than celebrity gossip, video games, and pornography.
Thankfully many Catholic parishes are still offering adoration, Confessions in some circumstances, and the simple ability to walk into a church and pray.
Yes, these are strange times indeed. Never in a million years did I imagine I would be living in a world where we had to give up so many of our freedoms. Never did any of us think how hot a commodity toilet paper would become!
While people are knocking each other over in the grocery aisles of our nation, I’m reaching out to my rosary more than ever. As people grow more paranoid every day, people should instead be asking themselves what is truly more important. Is it our temporal life here on Earth, or is it our eternal soul which is more important?
I’m sure we’re all very burnt out with this whole situation; but what else is there to talk about?
For those of you out there still blessed and fortunate enough to surround yourselves with your loved ones, by all means take full advantage of this opportunity to appreciate every little thing about your spouses and children. Please be especially attentive to and aware of the older folks in our families and communities. They are probably scared half to death with all they are witnessing unravel before their very eyes.
Are we simply going to spend these next moments of our lives panicking, wringing our hands, biting our nails and trusting in man and not God? Are we to fear this “virus” more than we should be fearing the Lord? … Continue Reading

But Why Not Scold Pols By Name?. . . Phoenix Bishop Writes Strong Column Against Pro-Aborts

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — In a full-page feature in his tabloid-size diocesan newspaper, the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix strongly denounced the claim that “Protecting Abortion Access is a Catholic Value.”
“This is a lie. This is a damned lie,” Bishop Thomas Olmsted wrote in the March issue of The Catholic Sun, putting “damned lie” in italics. His column was headlined, “‘Damned Lies, and Living the Gospel of Life’.”
Olmsted said that “such a twisting of the truth, one of many produced by a culture of death, can only come from the pit of hell.”
He also denounced any Catholic political candidate who believes in this attitude as “a Judas of our day.”
Accompanying his monthly column was a photo of pro-abortion demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court, some holding posters about abortion access being a Catholic value, as the court heard arguments on March 4 about a Louisiana law requiring abortion clinics to follow customary medical standards, June Medical Services v. Russo.
However, as is frequently the case with Catholic prelates, Olmsted failed to point out some pertinent political, but not ideological, considerations that voters need to know.
Although Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, a left-wing New York Democrat, directly threatened two Supreme Court justices who were appointed by pro-life Republican President Donald Trump, Olmsted only referred to “a prominent politician (who) threatened two sitting justices.”
Olmsted wrote, “Access to homicide for our most innocent brothers and sisters is a Catholic value? Nothing could be further from the truth. Any candidate for office believing or asserting such a twisted lie is malevolent and/or confused on a fundamental level; any Catholic candidate doing the same is a Judas of our day.”
March 25 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of St. John Paul II’s pro-life encyclical whose title translates as The Gospel of Life. Olmsted said it “has proven to be prophetic” and “is full of both charity and clarity.”
The bishop went on to point out that as of March 25, “we begin as Catholics a national year of service entitled ‘Walking with Moms in Need’.” He said he was communicating with leaders in the diocese “regarding a fruitful approach to this call to service in our time.” … Continue Reading

The Silencing Of The Sacring Bell

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By JAMES MONTI

The story has been told countless times for a century. As sunset descended upon London on Monday, August 3, 1914, just a day before England’s entry into World War I, two friends were gazing out the window of the British Foreign office contemplating the tranquil scene of the lamps in Saint James Park being set alight.
One of these two men, the British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, wistfully remarked, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time” (Sir Edward Grey, Twenty-Five Years: 1892-1916, volume 2, London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1925, p. 20).
It was in the midst of the deepening confrontation between our Lord and the Pharisees that would culminate in His sacred Passion that He said to His disciples, “We must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work” (John 9:4).
For two thousand years, the onset of darkness has remained a powerful metaphor. Within the ambit of Holy Week we see it in the dramatic successive extinction of candlelight during the Office of Tenebrae. During the three days of Holy Thursday to Holy Saturday that Tenebrae commemorates, there comes also the extinction of a familiar sound.
As the Gloria is sung at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, there is a festive yet strangely ominous eruption of bell-ringing. For when the Gloria is finished, the bells all fall silent, including the bell of consecration, the sacring bell. In fifteenth and sixteenth-century Spain, it was the custom when placing the Blessed Sacrament in the Repository at the end of the Eucharistic procession of Holy Thursday to place inside the urn-like tabernacle of the Repository also the sacring bell, to “bury” it there, as it where, a potent gesture symbolizing the cessation of Mass for the three days to come.
The Easter Triduum, it seems, has come early this year. In a twelfth-century English homily the Triduum was called the “still days,” the world coming to a standstill to contemplate the Passion and death of Christ. A great stillness and silence has descended upon much of our country, and most painfully upon our churches. For many of us, the sacring bell has fallen silent, and we do not know when we will hear it again. … Continue Reading

A True American Hero

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BY JOE SIXPACK

During a desperate battle on Guadalcanal in World War II, an American soldier threw himself on a Japanese grenade that landed among his mortar crew. The soldier survived the blast, but was horribly wounded and maimed. The chaplain visited the young man in an army hospital and asked him, “Why did you take that million to one chance and risk your life that way?”
The soldier smiled and replied, “It was like this, Father: I had gone to Confession that morning, so I was ready to die, but I didn’t know if the other guys were ready.”
This great American hero drives home a point about death and our need for Confession perfectly. Death is the most rude of all visitors. He never announces himself, and he always comes when we least expect and are least prepared for his visit. Even if we won’t go to Confession regularly because we are sorry for having offended God, we should at least prepare ourselves for that most dreaded visitor: Death.
“But, Joe,” you say, “I’m not a bad person. Why do I need to go to Confession regularly?” Obviously I can’t be your conscience, but I do have a good understanding of human nature. After all, I’m a human…believe it or not. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize that Catholics aren’t utilizing the confessional as they should.
We live in a culture where what was once viewed by polite society as wrong is today the norm. We think nothing of dressing immodestly, using artificial contraception, or even fudging on our taxes. Yet virtually everyone goes to Communion at Mass, but hardly anyone shows up for Confession.
All of our sins — original and actual, in the case of an adult — were washed away in Baptism, but that sacrament of initiation doesn’t protect us from the sins committed afterward. Jesus understands human nature perfectly, because He both created it and lived it, so He established the Sacrament of Penance so we could find reconciliation to God from the sins we commit after Baptism. … Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . Abortion And Solidarity With Children

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Texas Bishop Tells Catholic Priests in His Diocese to Lead ...By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND

Pope St. John Paul wrote in his seminal encyclical on life, “To claim the right to abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom: ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin’ ( John 8:34).”

We are called to stand in solidarity with those who have no voice. To accept legalized abortion in the law and purport to “privately oppose it” is a perversion which promotes a counterfeit notion of freedom.

In the Joy of the Gospel ( Evangelii Gaudium), Pope Francis wrote: “(A)mong the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care, with particular love and … Continue Reading

The Corona Apocalypse

March 30, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on The Corona Apocalypse

By DEACON MIKE MANNO, JD

One of the difficulties in writing a weekly column is the lag time between writing and actual publishing. As I write today the coronavirus has almost totally shut down the entire world — especially my little part of it. What it will be like when this is published is anyone’s guess, but it appears that the virus and its continued effects will only grow worse, God help us!
There are some bright spots, however. Here in Iowa, and many other places, Sunday and daily Masses have been suspended “for the duration” — whatever that means. I can no longer do hospital visits since only patients and authorized hospital workers are allowed admittance. Through all of this there is a clamoring from the faithful over their loss of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist.
While I, too, miss those things, the result demonstrates that the faith is still alive in the faithful, and for most the Sunday obligation, from which we have been excused, is not an “obligation” but a welcome respite from the cares of this world where we can meet and worship our Maker in a regular, life-enhancing way. And it is also a reminder that here in the United States, we are still free to do so.
The difficulty is, I think, that the Sunday obligation was an easy way for most of us to find time for the Lord. Now we have to actually think and do something that might at first feel a bit uncomfortable, like a family rosary or other devotion. So one suggestion is this: Many parishes, such as mine (St. Augustin, Des Moines) are open for Eucharistic adoration, many on a 24-7 basis. Keeping company with our Savior and humbling ourselves before our God is never an action we should regret and now it might be more important than ever. Remember God’s message from Chronicles:
“I have heard your prayer, and I have chosen this place for my house of sacrifice. If I close heaven so that there is no rain, if I command the locust to devour the land, if I send pestilence among my people, and if my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my presence and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and revive their land” (2 Chron. 7:12-14).
Faith and Scripture are always so comforting during difficult times. Let’s try and remember that after the current crisis ends. … Continue Reading

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On this painful Palm Sunday I pray that we can all cling to the joy that the Lord Jesus is keeping His Promise, He is still with us. It is excruciating not to receive Him in Communion but He awaits us “in the room next to us” May Spiritual Communion place us in His Real Presence

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Covid-19: First Catholic bishop dies of coronavirus

Ethiopia’s Apostolic Vicar, Bishop Angelo Moreschi, has died. He is the first Catholic Bishop to succumb to the coronavirus pandemic. By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ Italian missionary and Apostolic Vicar to Ethiopia’s Gambella Vicariate, Bishop Angelo Moreschi, SDB, died on…Continue Reading

Catholic church offers curbside confessions during coronavirus outbreak

STILLWATER, Minn. — Drive-thrus, curbside pick-up, contactless methods. We’re becoming best buds with terms like these as we try our best to stay home, and flatten the curve of the coronavirus outbreak. However, today, we’re not talking about food or…Continue Reading

All priests, half of seminarians at traditional Catholic order infected by coronavirus

OPFENBACH, Germany, March 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Almost all priests and roughly half of the seminarians currently at a German seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), a traditionalist community of priests and seminarians, have been infected by…Continue Reading

Catholic Herald US to shut down offices

The Catholic Herald’s U.S. edition is shutting down its offices in Washington, D.C., after less than two years of publication, people familiar with the matter told the Washington Examiner. The magazine, which claims to be “America’s only national Catholic weekly…Continue Reading

Middle school hangs LGBT flag in cafeteria, bans flag of traditional family

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 6, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A small town Minnesota school has become a center of controversy because of a LGBT pride flag hanging in its cafeteria. Following several weeks of parental and community concern, packed school board meetings, and…Continue Reading

Pope cancels visit with Rome priests for ‘slight’ illness

ROME – Pope Francis is sick and skipped a planned Mass with Rome clergy across town on Thursday, officials said. The Vatican said the 83-year-old pontiff had a “slight indisposition” and would proceed with the rest of his planned work…Continue Reading

Rush has lung cancer. Catholics owe him BIG TIME. Wherein Fr. Z rants. ACTION ITEM!

Rush Limbaugh has advanced lung cancer.  He made the sad announcement yesterday. ACTION ITEM: Please pray for a complete, swift, durative miraculous cure for him, perhaps through the intercession of Ven. Augustus Tolton. Every reader here, every committed conservative, faithful…Continue Reading

Catholic parish will not host Episcopalian consecration

Richmond, Va., Jan 17, 2020 / 11:30 am (CNA).- The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia will no longer hold a bishops’s consecration at a Catholic parish in Williamsburg, after an internet petition objecting to the event drew national attention. “It…Continue Reading

Cardinal Dolan conducting ‘Vos estis’ investigation into Brooklyn’s Bishop DiMarzio

New York City, N.Y., Jan 18, 2020 / 09:05 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan is conducting an investigation into Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, following an allegation of sexual abuse. The investigation is being conducted under the provisions of Vos estis lux…Continue Reading

Theodore McCarrick has moved from Kansas friary

Denver, Colo., Jan 7, 2020 / 11:00 am (CNA).- The disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick has moved from the Kansas friary where he had been living since 2018. A spokesman for the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Conrad told CNA…Continue Reading

Vatican Archbishop: those who say Judas is in hell are ‘heretics’ and priests may ‘accompany’ assisted suicides

ROME, December 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — In a statement difficult to reconcile with Scripture and Tradition, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has claimed on behalf of the Catholic Church that anyone who says Judas Iscariot is in…Continue Reading

Buffalo’s Bishop Richard Malone resigns after year of scandal

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2019 / 04:01 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Wednesday accepted the resignation of Buffalo’s embattled Bishop Richard Malone. The Diocese of Buffalo will be administered by Albany’s Bishop Edward Scharfenberger until a permanent replacement for Malone is…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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See What the End Shall Be – A Homily for Palm Sunday

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…Continue Reading

Vatican theologian: Pandemic is God’s chastisement for ‘infidelity’ of top Catholic shepherds

April 3, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Italian priest and theologian Nicola Bux has identified both the sins within the Church as well as the sins of the world as the root of the current pandemic and its effects on the daily life of Catholics. Like Archbishop Viganò and Bishop Schneider, the former consulter of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith characterized COVID-19 as a chastisement from God. In a lengthy statement published as a video on YouTube March 24,…Continue Reading

John Paul II embraced his suffering with love: Cardinal reflects 15 years after saint’s death

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Vatican City, Apr 2, 2020 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Pope St. John Paul II embraced suffering with love, even during his illness, a cardinal and the archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica said on the 15th anniversary of the saint’s death. The spread of the coronavirus pandemic, and the growing number of infected and dying people “has fallen on an unprepared society, highlighting the spiritual emptiness of many people,” Cardinal Angelo Comastri told Vatican News April…Continue Reading

A votive Mass “in time of pandemic” and a new prayer for Good Friday

The Congregation for Divine Worship adds an intention to the Solemn Intercessions during the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion and proposes a votive Mass taking into consideration the crisis in which the world is living By Vatican News The Congregation for Divine Worship has issued a votive Mass for this time of pandemic, and a new intention for the Solemn Intercessions during the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday. The new liturgical texts…Continue Reading

IN THIS TIME OF CRISIS . . . A STATEMENT FROM BISHOP JOSEPH STRICKLAND OF THE DIOCESE OF TYLER, TEXAS

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On Sunday, March 29, 2020, the Fifth Sunday of Lent, I offer this statement concerning the “Statement on Scarce Healthcare Resources” issued by the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops” on March 27, 2020.  I offer it out of prayer and with a sincere heart. I appreciate the effort of my brother Bishops in Texas to apply sound bioethical principles, as well as their concern that health care professionals are not held to an impossible standard…Continue Reading

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But What Is The Real Answer? Trump Warns Of Drugs, Depression, Suicides

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Catholic League President Bill Donohue commented March 30 on remarks made by President Trump on the social effects of coronavirus.) + + + In his March 29 briefing on coronavirus, President Donald Trump alluded to the social consequences of not taking seriously the threat it poses. He mentioned the “massive”…Continue Reading

The Power Of For

By DONALD DeMARCO One of the most agreeable phrases in the English language is, “This is for you.” A certain brewery has capitalized on the expression with the words, “This Bud’s for you.” A most welcomed phrase for me is “There is mail for you.” It brings to mind that the entire postal system is…Continue Reading

Is The Pandemic Killing Biden’s Bid?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “This is the question that is going to dominate the election: How did you perform in the great crisis?” So says GOP Cong. Tom Cole of Oklahoma in the March 31 New York Times. GOP National Committeeman Henry Barbour of Mississippi calls the crisis “a defining moment. . . . The…Continue Reading

Prayer In Times Of Collective Crisis

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Pope Francis said in his weekly angelus message on Sunday, March 22, that he would deliver a special “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) blessing that Friday evening, March 27 as a response to the coronavirus. Normally given only at Christmas and Easter, his decision to give this…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . The Return Of Proportionalism Threatens The Church

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By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND I have been discussing Catholic Moral Teaching in the last two columns. The authentic Magisterium of the Catholic Church affirms that there are intrinsically evil acts which can never, ever, ever be chosen. A clear summary of this teaching is found in paragraph 80 of the encyclical letter of Pope…Continue Reading

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Dutch Cardinal . . . Only Orthodox Teaching And Worthy Liturgy Will Attract Catholics

By JEANNE SMITS (LifeSiteNews) — The French-based association for the promotion of the Traditional liturgy of the Latin Church, Paix Liturgique (“Liturgical Peace”), recently published an interview in French with Willem Jacobus Cardinal Eijk, archbishop of Utrecht in the Netherlands regarding the future prospects of the Church in that deeply secularized country. Cardinal Eijk spoke frankly about the decline of…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: We are in the process of reducing our supply of books and are offering them to interested readers at a substantial discount. The books available, all in mint condition, are Catholic Replies, Catholic Replies 2, All Generations Will Call Me Blessed, Who Do You Say That I Am, Catholicism & Reason (Apologetics), Catholicism & Scripture (Salvation History), and…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… A Chance To Strengthen Catholic Identity

By Fr. KEVIN M. CUSICK Never let a crisis go to waste. This is true for cynical politicians and unscrupulous business types. Should it be true for the Church as well? I think so. Weeks ago, dioceses nearly worldwide, in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, have ordered public Masses canceled. Bishops have stipulated that these not be replaced by…Continue Reading

The Meekness And Humility Of The Lord

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Palm Sunday (YR A) Readings: Matt. 21:1-11 Isaiah 50:4-7 Phil. 2:6-11 Matt. 26:14-27:66 Today we remember the remarkable change of perspective that took place among the people between the time Jesus came into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the attitude of the people only five days later as they called for our Lord’s crucifixion. However, in…Continue Reading

The Stations Of The Cross… Follow The Final Earthly Journey Of Christ

By FR. EDWARD McNAMARA (Editor’s Note: Following is a question on whether or not stations of the cross are liturgical or not, answered by Legionary of Christ Fr. Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university. (Fr. McNamara writes the “Liturgy Q-and-A” column for ZENIT News Agency, which provided this text in 2016. All…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Magdalena Of Canossa

By CAROLE BRESLIN There is a palace overlooking the Adige River that twists through Verona, Italy — about 75 miles east of Venice. In 1527 the Marquises of Canossa commissioned Michele Sanmicheli to build it, and it still stands today, having had such prominent guests as Alexander I of Russia, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Francis I of Austria. Although you cannot…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Anselm

By CAROLE BRESLIN St. Anselm was born in France near the Swiss Alps around 1033. At the age of 15, he wished to enter religious life by joining a monastery. Sadly, his influential father was so against it that the monastery refused to accept him. This so discouraged the youth that he drowned his sorrows in worldly pursuits. He deeply…Continue Reading

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