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A Beacon Of Light . . . The Sacrament Of Penance: An Encounter With Christ

August 4, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on A Beacon Of Light . . . The Sacrament Of Penance: An Encounter With Christ


(Editor’s Note: Fr. Richard D. Breton Jr. is a priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn. He is currently the parochial vicar of St. Andrew Parish in Colchester and St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Lebanon. He received his BA in religious studies and his MA in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn.)

  • + + We continue our reflection on the Sacraments as Portals of Divine Light. Today we will begin our discussion of the two sacraments of healing. These two sacraments are Penance and the Anointing of the Sick. This week we will focus on the Sacrament of Penance.
    After the fall of Adam, humanity would be forever tarnished with original sin. Through the unconditional love of God, however, the process of humankind’s redemption would begin. This process involved being saved by Jesus Christ, the Son of God. God took on our human nature, the very human nature that was lost by original sin, and God restored us to His grace.
    We were left, however, with the effects of original sin. The effects of original sin include death and suffering, concupiscence, and the absence of sanctifying grace. When we mention the effects of death and suffering, we mean the whole human race experiencing death of the body, which is the punishment of sin, and the death of the soul. The effect of concupiscence leaves humanity with the inclination to sin. Baptism erases original sin, but the inclination to sin remains.
    Another effect of sin is the absence of sanctifying grace. This is the consequence of Adam’s sin. Adam having received holiness and justice from God lost it not only for himself but also for us. Baptism confers original sanctifying grace, lost through Adam’s sin, thus eliminating original sin and any personal sin.
    Because of the effects of original sin, we need a way to stay on the right path. This is where the Sacrament of Penance finds its place. We are constantly in need of God’s mercy and forgiving grace and we find it in this sacrament.
    The Sacrament of Penance is a beautiful encounter with Christ. When a person approaches this sacrament, he opens himself to the healing and merciful love of God. Within the Sacrament of Penance, there are four parts that the penitent participates in. The first part is contrition. Contrition is the most important part of this sacrament.
    Through contrition the penitent shows, or demonstrates, his heartfelt sorrow for the sins he committed. This is seen in the sinner’s resolve to sin no more. Contrition enables the priest to ascertain the genuineness of the penitent’s resolve to sin no more.
    The second part of penance is confessing one’s sins. In this part of penance, the penitent verbalizes, or confesses, his sins to God. The confessing of sins includes two kinds of sin. First we confess venial sins. These are sins like impatience, gossip, stealing, lying, selfishness, not forgiving others, and laziness. These venial sins, if not confessed, can lead us into committing the next kind of sins we call mortal sins.
    Mortal sins separate us from God. A mortal sin is defined as a grave infraction of the law of God that destroys the divine life in the soul of the sinner, and by doing so, constitutes a turning away from God.
    There are three criteria necessary for a sin to be mortal and these are: 1) the sin is of a grave matter; 2) we have full knowledge that the act is evil, and 3) we fully consent in our will to perform the act. Basically, the sin is of a grave matter, we know it is wrong, and we do it anyway!
    Some examples of mortal sins include: murder (including the abortion of a child in the womb), premarital sex (of both a heterosexual and a homosexual nature), masturbation, the use of contraception, missing Mass on Sundays and holy days (except when a dispensation has been granted by the local ordinary), and any sin against the Holy Spirit. All these mortal sins separate us from God by building up a wall between us.
    The act of confessing our sins also requires us to properly prepare ourselves by performing an examination of conscience. An examination of conscience is time we put aside, hopefully daily, to see where we have failed in living our faith. We examine our conscience to see where we disobeyed God’s commands. Every penitent should be fully prepared to confess his sins.
    Sometimes we may forget some of our sins; in this case, we should conclude the confessing of our sins by adding a phrase like: “And for all the sins I cannot remember at this time.” In confessing our sins, we must make sure to mention the kind of sin (by saying what we did) and the number of times we committed the sin.
    The third part of penance is an act of penance. The act of penance is a sign of true conversion from the heart. The action of performing a penance for our sins is a remedy through which we are healed. When the priest gives us a penance, we are required to do it. Sometimes a penance can be either a prayer to say, or an action we are asked to perform. In any case, the penance is our way of making amends for our sins. After fulfilling our act of penance, we can forget the past and focus on the road ahead.
    The fourth, or final, act of the Sacrament of Penance is absolution. The action of absolution belongs solely to God Himself; however, the priest is the minister through which forgiveness is imparted. When we are absolved we hear these words: “God, the Father of mercies, through the death and Resurrection of His Son, has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of our sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
    The words of absolution are so important for us to hear! This is because they help us to know we have been truly forgiven. With these words the sacrament is concluded, and we are reminded to go in peace and sin no more.

The Divine Physician

So often penitents are afraid of confessing their sins. They fear that the priest, after hearing someone’s sins, will think differently about them. Sadly, this absurd mentality has caused a decrease in the people who make use of so great a sacrament. When we come to the Sacrament of Penance, we are sitting or kneeling before Jesus Himself.
The priest acts in the person of Christ, but it is Christ who is there in our midst as we confess our sins. Whenever I go to the Sacrament of Penance, I feel the loving hand of Jesus on my shoulder as I confess my faults and failings. I feel Jesus there helping me to make a good confession of my sins. I don’t hear the voice of the priest, but the voice of Jesus! When I remind myself that Jesus is talking to me, it comforts me. As I admit my failings and confess my sins, I feel a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.
Then it happens…I hear those beautiful words: I absolve you from your sins! When I hear those words, I feel like crying because I feel the warm embrace of Jesus as He reminds me of His merciful love. Why should we fear the Sacrament of Penance, when it is Jesus we encounter!
In our earthly lives, we see various doctors who help us to stay healthy. Many of us have a primary-care physician who tends to our medical needs. In the spiritual life we also have a physician. Jesus is the physician on our spiritual journey. Everyone needs to be seen by the spiritual physician. Jesus is the physician of our souls! Jesus touches us with His healing hand and we are healed. In the Sacrament of Penance, Jesus heals our souls from the grip of sin and restores us in sanctifying grace.
Through the comforting voice of the priest, we hear Jesus absolve us of our sins. If you have been away from the Sacrament of Penance, now is the time to return to the fount of mercy. Now is the time to seek out the love and mercy of Jesus! Feel His healing touch! Hear His comforting voice! Listen as He says: Your sins are forgiven, go in peace! Jesus is waiting!

ACLU, Dem AGs… Try To Force Catholic Medics To Sin

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Of all the outrages being committed by the progressive left these days, few would compare with the attempts by a coalition of Democratic state attorneys general and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to force Catholic hospitals and health-care workers to perform elective hysterectomies for women seeking to “transition” to men, to perform “trans” surgeries, and to require all to perform abortions.
The party of death and its secular arm, the ACLU, have filed two federal lawsuits to strip away from Catholic hospitals and medical personnel their right to decline to perform certain medical procedures as a matter of faith or conscience.
“The last thing anyone should want right now is fewer hospitals. And yet, that may very well be the outcome of lawsuits like this one. If people are worried about the health-care system being overwhelmed today — just wait until liberals force the religiously affiliated groups entirely out of business. Because that’s what’ll happen if the left insists on forcing religious facilities to embrace their radical views,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.
“Catholic nonprofits have told the country before — in adoption and abortion debates — that choosing between their faith and ministry is no choice at all. They’d rather shut their doors than bend an inch on biblical teachings,” he said, suggesting that liberal radicals are willing to “blow a gaping hole in America’s medical care just to advance their political goals.”
Both of the … Continue Reading

Dems’ Pounding Of Attorney General . . . If They Do This To Barr Now, What’ll They Do To You Under Joe?

August 2, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Dems’ Pounding Of Attorney General . . . If They Do This To Barr Now, What’ll They Do To You Under Joe?


Having viewed the abhorrent, junta-like inquisition that the Democratic Party majority’s members in the U.S. House employed at a so-called “hearing” to stomp on Attorney General William Barr, imagine the political terror if Democrats also controlled the Senate and White House.
Elections have consequences, and this November’s results should be huge.
The New York Post reported on July 28, “Atty. Gen. William Barr . . . defended the use of federal agents in Portland amid an onslaught of diatribes from Democratic lawmakers who accused him of using troops as a ‘prop’ in President Trump’s re-election bid.”
Fox News reported that conservative commentator Ben Shapiro said the ultimate target of the Democratic politicians is Trump’s own supporters because “the fact that Barr — who is a public servant who’s been around since the Reagan administration — was treated this way, is a good reminder that when President Trump says, ‘They’re not coming after me, they’re coming after you’ to his supporters, he’s right about that.
“Because Barr is generic ‘R.’ He’s not Donald Trump,” Shapiro was quoted. “He’s just a normal, run-of-the-mill, very intelligent Republican, conservative. And they went after him as though he were Donald Trump, which means they’ll come after virtually anybody so long as that person opposes the radical-left agenda.”
Meanwhile, the website of Portland’s Oregonian daily newspaper reported on July 29 that a young black conservative journalist, Andrew Duncomb, said he was knifed in the back … Continue Reading

Violence, Falsehood, And The Forbidden Question

August 1, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Violence, Falsehood, And The Forbidden Question


Why are there riots and looters in Minneapolis?

In surveying the recent violence, injuries, and property damage caused by rioters in Seattle, Portland, and other cities governed by Democrats, memories come to mind of political gatherings in Washington over the years. In January 2009, for instance, when those celebrating Obama’s inauguration finally left town, the Daily Caller reported that government workers had to remove 130 tons of trash from the National Mall. The same was true during the 2011 “Occupation” march on Washington, as well as the “Women’s March” and subsequent Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
They all left tons of trash; the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and subsequent riots left significant property damage as well.
In contrast, after demonstrations in Washington by groups like the Tea Party and the March for Life, the cost of trash pickup was minimal.
Moral: Conservatives clean up after themselves. We are self-reliant. Liberals, coddling their inner socialist, rely on government.
All this comes to mind as major cities once considered to be jewels of the Pacific coast are collapsing into anarchy, destruction, and violence. There, liberals are relying on government to do nothing. Instead of cleaning up the streets in short order as common sense would suggest, municipal and state governments there are making a point of allowing the destruction and violence to continue.
Like the leftist … Continue Reading

Biden Would Emulate Henry VIII

July 31, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Biden Would Emulate Henry VIII


Henry VIII Becomes King of England | April 21, 1509 | History On ...

Joe Biden and Henry VIII have something in common.
They both decided to use the power of government to force individuals to act against their consciences on matters of profound consequence.
But Henry VIII renounced his Catholic faith.
Biden currently declares, “I’m a practicing Catholic.”
In 1534, the English parliament declared the king “supreme head of the Church of England,” separating their new church from the Roman Catholic Church. Henry VIII then required prominent Englishmen to take an oath recognizing him as the final authority over the church.
This oath said in part: “I do utterly testifie and declare in my Conscience, that the Kings Highnesse is the onely Supreame Governour of this Realme…in all Spirituall or Ecclesiasticall things or causes, as Temporall.”
Sir Thomas More declined to take this oath — while remaining silent about his objection to it in hopes of avoiding a conviction for treason.
After he was convicted, he publicly explained himself to the court.
His words were … Continue Reading

This Weeks . . . The Bishop Strickland Hour . . . A Message For Our Time

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How Can This Help Biden?. . . Dem Officials Place Their Hopes In Rioters To Restructure Society

July 30, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on How Can This Help Biden?. . . Dem Officials Place Their Hopes In Rioters To Restructure Society


Biden fundraising surged in May - POLITICO

Imagine, just wildly imagine, that Donald Trump said it wasn’t a big deal if his supporters tried to destroy the headquarters of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the New York Times building, and the New York State Democratic Party offices in his birth city of New York.
After all, let’s imagine Trump said, these properties occupy just a very few blocks in a metropolitan area of nearly 3,500 square miles.
Even Trump’s strongest backers readily would concede that if the president had made such an inexplicable assertion, he’d be having even worse than a Joe Biden-type moment of dementia.
Yet that was the type of journalistic excuse seriously put forward to brush off weeks of violent left-wing disruption in Portland. It was at the site of The Oregonian, the state’s largest newspaper.
Scoffing at media reports from outside Oregon that there’s danger “for children and families to stroll through downtown Portland,” The Oregonian headlined a story posted July 18, and updated July 20, “Feds, right-wing media paint Portland as ‘city under siege.’ A tour of town shows otherwise.”
The article said, “The images … Continue Reading

Accounting To St. Peter

July 29, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Accounting To St. Peter


Our opening story may be a little politically incorrect (not that a lack of political correctness has ever stopped or even really mattered to me), but it’s a wonderful story to highlight the topic of this week’s article.
Back in the days when Canada was being settled like the American frontier, a Catholic Indian made his Confession to the Black Robe (Jesuit missionary) who ministered to the tribe. The Indian, named John Baptist at his Baptism, accused himself of stealing two dollars from a wealthy man who had no religion. The priest told John he had to make restitution, so John set out immediately return the money.
John approached the rich man at his home. He said, “Me rob you. Black Robe tell me to give back money.”
“What money?” asked the rich man.
“Two dollars me stole from you. John Baptist bad man.”
“All right. Don’t steal again, John. Good day.”
“Good day not enough. Me want other thing.”
“What else do you want?”
“Me want . . . what you call . . . yes, receep.”
“A receipt! What do you want with a receipt? Did the Black Robe tell you to get a receipt?”
“No, Black Robe tell me nothing.”
“Then why do you want it? You stole from me, you returned the money. Isn’t that enough?”
“You old, me young. You die first, me die later. Me knock on door of Heaven. Great chief, St. Peter, open and say, ‘That you, John Baptist? What you want?’ Me answer, ‘Me want go in house of Great Spirit.’ And he tell me, ‘But your sins?’ Me say, ‘Black Robe forgive them.’ And St. Peter say, ‘And what you stole from man of no religion, you pay back? Show receep.’ Poor John Baptist in bad fix — no receep. Have to gallop all over black pit below to find you. No religion, no Heaven.”
John Baptist’s comment about “no religion, no Heaven” is poignant, but that isn’t the topic of this article. The whole point of this article is what John went through to make his sin against the Seventh Commandment right.
We’re looking at the Seventh and Tenth Commandments today: “You shall not steal” and “You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods,” respectively. We’ll begin with the Seventh Commandment. God has given everyone the right to private ownership so that we can enjoy the fruits of our labors, live with the dignity due our humanity, and maintain … Continue Reading

A Beacon Of Light… The Eucharist: Christ Himself

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(Editor’s Note: Fr. Richard D. Breton Jr. is a priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn. He is currently the parochial vicar of St. Andrew Parish in Colchester and St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Lebanon. He received his BA in religious studies and his MA in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn.)

The third Sacrament of Initiation is the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the greatest of all sacraments. For in receiving the Eucharist we receive Christ Himself. The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us: “The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life….The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch” (CCC, n. 1324).
Holy Mother Church tells us that the Sacrament of the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of Christian life. We as Catholic Christians must know whom we receive in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
So often we ask the wrong questions in life. Often people will ask: What is the Sacrament of the Eucharist? When talking about the Eucharist, we need … Continue Reading

I Cancel You!

July 27, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on I Cancel You!


“Listen up, peon, by now you must understand that my intelligence, education, and exalted place in society are such that I am to be believed and I will not tolerate any defiance. You conform or you will be canceled.”
So issue the threats from The Woke among us. You see, the modern leftists are so secure in their feeble knowledge of history, science, the arts, politics, and nearly everything else, that to express any type of disagreement should render that societal heretic invisible. In other words, he should be canceled. And it doesn’t matter if the offense is being committed by a thing and not a person — just remove the thing, it is no longer anything nor does it hold any value.
And, of course, if it is represented by a statute or a piece of art, well, just destroy it. After all, Confederate generals no longer exist, they’ve been canceled, and so will anyone from the past who has ever uttered a word, made a statement, or acted in a manner disagreeable to the Woke Intelligentsia. And whatever was said or done in the past must now meet with the new left’s political approval or history itself will be canceled, as the 1619 project, authored by The New York Times’ Nikole Hannah-Jones, wants to do. After all, with Oprah’s blessing that program will soon be coming to a school near you.
You disagree with me? I cancel you! You are no longer relevant. It is as if you don’t exist, because my imperfect knowledge is so superior to yours you are no longer entitled to express a differing opinion. Got that?
If you don’t, they will come after your job. Just ask Gary Garrels, senior curator for paintings and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art — or we should say the former curator.
It seems that Mr. Garrels committed an unpardonable sin by expressing his opinion that the museum should not exclude works from white, male artists. It seems that he made the offensive comment during a staff meeting and was ratted out by one of the employees there. That produced an online petition that demanded his removal.
“Gary‘s removal from [the museum] is non-negotiable,” the petition read. “Considering his lengthy tenure at this institution, we ask just how long have his toxic white supremacist beliefs regarding race and equity directed his … Continue Reading

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Planned Parenthood acknowledges Margaret Sanger’s ‘racist legacy’, continues abortions

CNA Staff, Jul 21, 2020 / 11:05 am MT (CNA).- The New York affiliate of the nation’s largest abortion provider said Tuesday it will remove the name of its founder, Margaret Sanger, from its Manhattan building because of her support…Continue Reading

Statue of Virgin Mary beheaded at Tennessee parish

CNA Staff, Jul 15, 2020 / 10:40 am MT (CNA).- A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was attacked this weekend at a parish in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the third reported incident against a statue of Mary occuring in the same…Continue Reading

21 doctors tell bishops Communion on tongue ‘safer’ than in hand

June 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Twenty-one Austrian doctors have authored a letter appealing their country’s Bishops’ Conference to lift the de facto ban on receiving Holy Communion on the tongue, which has been enforced since Communion in the hand was…Continue Reading

Catholic priest among defenders of St Louis statue

CNA Staff, Jun 27, 2020 / 09:36 pm MT (CNA).- Fr. Stephen Schumacher, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, was among the defenders of a prominent statue of the city’s namesake as protesters called for its removal Saturday.…Continue Reading

‘I cannot remain silent’: Madison Catholic bishop condemns destruction of religious statues

Denver Newsroom, Jun 24, 2020 / 04:08 pm MT (CNA).- As rioters across the United States target statues depicting historical figures, the Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin on Tuesday denounced that destruction, along with calls to destroy some depictions of Jesus…Continue Reading

John Roberts tries to suppress Reagan’s letter

After three and a half years of legal wrangling, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in August of 1985 ordered the 16,433 mangled babies’ bodies found in Woodland Hills in 1982 to be turned over to the Guerra-Gutirrez-Alexander Mortuary…Continue Reading

Pope Francis declares Catholic sister killed in Satanic ritual a martyr

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2020 / 12:40 pm MT (CNA).- Pope Francis declared Friday that Sister Maria Laura Mainetti, an Italian religious sister killed by three teenage girls in a Satanic sacrifice, was a martyr for the Catholic faith. The…Continue Reading

Bishop Schneider: Catholics and Muslims share no common faith in God, no common adoration

June 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Athanasius Schneider has once more raised his voice concerning the controversial February 4, 2019 Abu Dhabi Statement on Human Fraternity where Pope Francis and a Grand Imam jointly declared, among other problematic statements, that God wills…Continue Reading

German cardinal criticizes ‘synodal path,’ exhorts German Church to ‘remain Catholic’

COLOGNE, Germany, June 5, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, the head of the Archdiocese of Cologne in Germany, has called on the Church in Germany to strengthen its identity as part of the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic…Continue Reading

US bishop reverses plan to ban Communion on tongue as churches reopen

LAFAYETTE, Louisiana, May 15, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Douglas Deshotel has revised his decision to allow only reception of the Eucharist in the hand amid the coronavirus pandemic. He credited guidelines issued by the Thomistic Institute for correcting his previous…Continue Reading

Sainthood causes open for St John Paul II’s parents

A ceremony launching the causes of the Wojtyłas took place at the Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wadowice, John Paul II’s birthplace. At the ceremony, the Kraków Archdiocese officially formed the tribunals that will seek…Continue Reading

President Trump on National Day of Prayer: “Never Forget That All Things are Possible With God”

On this National Day of Prayer, Americans reaffirm that prayer guides and strengthens our Nation, and we express, with humility and gratitude, our “firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.”  As one Nation under God, we share a legacy…Continue Reading

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

  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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After AOC decries statue, Hawaiian Catholic says St Damien of Molokai ‘gave his life’ serving lepers

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 31, 2020 / 01:28 pm MT (CNA).-   A Hawaiian Catholic catechist said that St. Damien of Molokai is a “hero” to the Hawaiian people, after a prominent congresswoman claimed the statue honoring him in the U.S. Capitol is part of colonialism and “patriarchy and white supremacist culture.”  St. Damien “gave his life” serving the isolated leper colony at Kalaupapa peninsula on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, said Dallas Carter, a…Continue Reading

Catholic bishops fear Scotland’s hate crime law could criminalize Bible and Catechism

CNA Staff, Jul 29, 2020 / 06:00 am MT (CNA).- Catholic bishops have said that proposed hate crime legislation in Scotland could criminalize the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  In a statement issued July 29, the bishops argued that the Scottish Government’s new Hate Crime and Public Order Bill could lead to censorship of Catholic teaching. “We are also concerned that section 5 of the Bill creates an offense of possessing inflammatory material which, if taken…Continue Reading

Catholic schools plan waivers, remote learning, as officials weigh safe reopenings

Denver Newsroom, Jul 31, 2020 / 03:00 am MT (CNA).- As the beginning of the fall school term approaches, Catholic schools in dioceses across the U.S. are asking the parents of students returning in person to sign waivers of liability amid the risk of coronavirus infection. At the same time, many dioceses are also offering remote learning options for parents who do not wish to send their children back to school in person. One such…Continue Reading

Fire torches Catholic parish offices, chapel in North Carolina

Denver Newsroom, Jul 28, 2020 / 02:30 pm MT (CNA).- A fire tore through the parish offices of a historic Catholic church in Monroe, North Carolina early Monday morning, and though the damage is extensive, the church’s pastor is thankful that the blaze did not touch the main sanctuary or the Blessed Sacrament. Father Benjamin Roberts told CNA he arrived at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Monday morn

Priests for Life Fr. Frank Pavone resigns from Trump campaign roles

Priests for Life national director Fr. Frank Pavone has resigned from advisory positions in the reelection campaign of President Donald Trump. The priest withdrew at the direction of Church authorities, he told CNA Friday. “I’ve been requested by the competent ecclesiastical authority not to have an official title/position on the advisory boards. So, as a priest in good standing, I’ve followed that request,” Pavone told CNA July 24, in response to questions about his role…Continue Reading

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Turkey’s Erdogan… Sparks Controversy In Hagia Sophia Conversion

By JOHN J. METZLER (Editor’s Note: John J. Metzler is a United Nations correspondent covering diplomatic and defense issues. He is the author of Divided Dynamism: The Diplomacy of Separated Nations; Germany, Korea, China.) + + Its very name Hagia Sophia evokes the ancient mysteries of Byzantium. Its setting along the Golden Horn on the…Continue Reading

Our Problem Is Not Too Many Babies, But Too Few Babies

By STEVEN MOSHER (Editor’s Note: Steven W. Mosher [@StevenWMosher] is the president of the Population Research Institute and the author of Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream Is the New Threat to World Order. LifeSiteNews first published this commentary on July 27.) + + (LifeSiteNews) — Amidst all the gloom and doom about overpopulation, occasionally…Continue Reading

Is Dialogue Possible Any Longer?

By DONALD DeMARCO The meaning of the word “dialogue” is to speak across (dia) the “logos.” The “logos” refers to the source of reason that makes it possible for people to see the same thing. Reason unites because it is the common reality that binds people together. For Catholics, the “logos” is the “Word,” and…Continue Reading

American “Stormtroopers” — A Bright Shining Lie

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN With the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse under nightly siege from violent radicals, and Portland’s police hard-pressed to protect it, President Trump sent in federal agents to secure the building.The reaction from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi:“The use of Stormtroopers under the guise of law and order is a…Continue Reading

Who’s Standing Up For Him? Now They’re Targeting God

By BARBARA SIMPSON (Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on WorldNetDaily,, July 17. All rights reserved. Barbara Simpson has a 20-year radio, TV, and newspaper career in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.) + + Just in case people haven’t noticed, probably because mainstream media ignore or downplay them, there’s been a rash of…Continue Reading


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Elijah Hears The Voice Of The Lord

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Nineteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13aRomans 9:1-5Matt. 14:22-33 In the first reading today, we are given insight into the life of prayer. Elijah goes to Mount Horeb, which is also Mount Sinai, and there he experiences a number of powerful and even terrifying events: wind, earthquake, and fire. The Lord…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . On Sunday, The Lord’s Day, And Our Day

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND In an inspiring apostolic letter entitled The Lord’s Day (Dies Domini), issued on Pentecost Sunday 1998, Pope St. John Paul II gave a masterful summary of the Christian understanding of Sunday, and underscored our obligation to honor the Lord’s Day. The letter began with these words:“The Lord’s Day — as Sunday was called from apostolic…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Commenting in his parish bulletin about the “cancel culture” of recent days, Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City mentioned the efforts to censor such patriotic songs as America the Beautiful. He said that “there are also demands to eliminate our National Anthem because the author owned slaves. In fact, Francis Scott…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… They Fought Back And Won

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The news hit the skids this past week about my parishioners Sid and Susanna Marcus who fought back against Big COVID19 and won.I don’t know for sure, being a layman when it comes to medical issues, but doctors who are a lot smarter than I am, such as Vernon Coleman, seem to think the stats…Continue Reading

Nothing Can Separate Us From The Lord

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Eighteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 55:1-3Romans 8:35, 37-39Matt. 14:13-21 In the second reading today, St. Paul asks the question: “What will separate us from the love of Christ?” He goes on to give a number of possible conditions that could separate us from Christ: anguish, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Charles Lwanga Of Uganda And Companions

By DEB PIROCH As the world becomes increasingly politically correct, we would do well to remember the sainthood of St. Charles Lwanga and his 24 or more companions who went to their deaths over 160 years ago, upholding chastity and resisting the deviant sexuality ordered by their king.Born in Buganda in south-central Uganda under the rule of good King Muteesa…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Valentine: Saint Of Love And Epilepsy

By DEB PIROCH One . . . or two? During the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius II, we hear of the martyrdom of St. Valentine. Changes were occurring in the Roman Empire; in the third century governments as opposed to mere local authorities began persecution of Christians and forbade conversion to the faith. It was circa AD 269 that St.…Continue Reading