Tuesday 7th July 2020

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Religious Liberty Battles And The Corruption Of Children

July 6, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Religious Liberty Battles And The Corruption Of Children


It what appears to be foreshadowings of litigation to come, two cases have caught my attention recently.
In the first, Pastor James Domen is the founder and president of Church United in California. Formerly a homosexual, after finding Christianity, he rejected that lifestyle, married a woman, and fathered three children.
The purpose of Church United is to “equip faith leaders to positively impact the political and moral culture in their communities.” In his church’s online presence he talks about his past experience with homosexuality and how he overcame it.
That was until his online hosting service, Vimeo, decided that his videos were hate speech and defamatory, and violated Vimeo’s standards which forbid any content that promotes Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE). Vimeo then removed Domen’s account, deleted all 89 of his videos, and banned him from using its services.
Domen and his church filed a federal lawsuit in California, which was eventually transferred to New York. In the suit Domen claimed that Vimeo discriminated against him on the basis of sexual orientation and religion. In New York a magistrate judge dismissed the suit January 17. In granting the dismissal, the judge ruled that the Communications Decency Act (CDA) gave Vimeo, and other interactive service providers, immunity against such suits to ensure that they would not be liable for the content posted by others.
Naturally, Pastor Domen and the church appealed, the gist of which is the CDA does not give free rein to discriminate against subscribers. “Vimeo and other Internet giants are applying the CDA to shield themselves from liability for banning protected classes of customers based on discriminatory intent,” says Domen’s appeal brief.
The relevant sections of the CDA protect platforms such as Vimeo from claims for defamatory statements posted by third-party users and also to protect covered websites when they, in good faith, filter inappropriate content. Neither of which applies to Domen or his church since they are a primary user, and second they are not producing pornography or other inappropriate content. Thus, they argue, the suit was wrongly dismissed.
“Domen’s complaint alleged that Vimeo terminated their account and banned them … Continue Reading

Be Careful With Words?. . . John Roberts, Other Revolutionaries Twist Definitions

July 5, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Be Careful With Words?. . . John Roberts, Other Revolutionaries Twist Definitions


Just to make sure they’re absolved of all their lurking racism and bigotry, will the former Dixie Chicks figure out they’ll have to rename themselves the Nancy Pelosi Chicks (or perhaps the Nancy Pelosi Old Hens), or maybe the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Birdies or Bernie Sanders Cluckers? (The Joe Biden Sick Man Chicks just won’t cut it.)
Somehow for year after year the title Dixie Chicks was accepted effortlessly for the very successful Texas-bred female trio. The name was regarded as denoting the easygoing, sweet-home South.
When the group became identified with opposing President George W. Bush’s Iraq war early in the new millennium and thereby won liberal plaudits, no lefties said the musicians couldn’t be real anti-warriors if they retained “Dixie” in their title.
Only with the arrival of the latest contrived super-moralism served up on a platter of carefree arson and cheerful looting, with firebombs as the relish, did the mere Dixie word become horrid and shameful.
So the trio rebranded themselves as merely The Chicks in late June. Not that everyone thought a little name trickery was worth much. Reader feedback at the hometown Dallas Morning News website included, “That certainly solves all the world’s problems,” and, “In other news, the South will now … Continue Reading

Dealing With Shakedown Artists

July 4, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Dealing With Shakedown Artists


The current wave of violence riots, and looting often bring quieter accomplices. These can include various forms of intimidation that corrupt social comity but suffer no consequences for doing so. Let’s consider an example from south of our border.
In El Salvador, opening a business takes a lot of work. There’s a great sense of exhilaration when you open the doors on the first day.
But not for long. Soon a youngster stops by and offers to “take care of” your place. Keep it “safe.”
You laugh and tell him, “Everything’s OK, we already have insurance.”
Then he comes back with an older companion who is not so nice. The tough guy explains that his informal syndicate provides a different kind of “insurance.” They will make sure nothing will happen to your store from “bad people” in the neighborhood who often cause problems. “We provide this service to businesses in the whole area,” he says. “And you pay by the week, starting now.”
You get the message, and you pay.
After a few weeks, you’ve been laying … Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Very New Book About A Very Old Idea

July 3, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… A Very New Book About A Very Old Idea


Integralism: A Manual of Political Philosophy by Thomas Crean and Alan Fimister. Editiones Scholasticae, 2020; paperback, 290 pages. Available at amazon.com.

One of Moliere’s characters — a certain M. Jourdain — is at once stunned and delighted to learn that he has spoken prose all his life. Practicing Catholics, similarly, should be stunned and delighted to learn that, by the grace of God, we have been integralists all our lives. In Christian Prayer, a volume used by many who pray the Liturgy of the Hours, there is a brief, but beautiful and meaningful, petition: “Form our lives in [Thy] truth, our hearts in [Thy] love” (p. 617).
Integralism, as the cover of this new volume tells us, “is the application to the temporal, political order of the full implications of the revelation of man’s supernatural end in Christ and of the divinely established means by which it is to be attained.” Isn’t that what our personal moral lives are all about as Catholics?
(Please read Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 1888, 2044, and 2105 as background to this review. It isn’t often that an article comes with “assigned reading”!)
The co-authors of Integralism: A Manual of Political Philosophy are Fr. Thomas Crean, who is a friar of the English Province of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), and Alan P. Fimister, who teaches at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. They are at pains both to explain what Integralism is, and what it is not. We Catholics are called to form ourselves in and through Christ the King, trying to make Him Lord of everything we think and say and do. There is no element or aspect of our lives, we hope, in which we seal off the call of Christ, relegating Him to second or third-class interest.
That includes, of course, business. And sex. And entertainment. And politics.
Integralism correctly teaches us that we must not segregate Christ and His Church into hermetically sealed domains, one marked “sacred,” and the other marked “secular.” Civil and canon law “should work in concord, while safeguarding the superior rights of the Church: since heavenly beatitude is … Continue Reading

As Nation’s Social Temperature Soars . . . Trump Takes Stage On A Summer Day In Southern Arizona

July 2, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on As Nation’s Social Temperature Soars . . . Trump Takes Stage On A Summer Day In Southern Arizona


PHOENIX — Life goes on at 110 degrees, this time every year.
It was a normal sunny, low-humidity June day In Phoenix at 107 degrees by mid-afternoon, with the temperature to edge a few degrees higher before starting to come down with the evening. It’s what desert-dwellers here expect annually, and accommodate routinely.
However, social temperatures had been turned sharply higher around the nation with violent leftist-incited tension by the time President Trump arrived here on June 23 to speak to cheering thousands of young people who Trump described as the future of the nation. KFYI Radio news (550 AM) said some of the attendees had lined up by 3 a.m. — more than 12 hours earlier.
Was the social boiling point also to become something that the nation had to tolerate routinely? No nation could long survive that way.
Arizona political consultant and former Republican state legislator Stan Barnes said on Phoenix radio the same day that suburban moms seeing looters recently at the local Scottsdale Fashion Square would turn Trump’s way when voting for president.
In May 1968 France had been convulsed by appalling youth-led protests, violence, occupations of property, and workers’ strikes. Capitalism and Americanism were denounced, and Marxist graffiti disfigured walls. Wikipedia recalls … Continue Reading

A Fitting Challenge

July 1, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on A Fitting Challenge


A missionary priest who worked among the native people of the Himalayan Mountains used to tell of an astounding custom among the people. Since murder was considered the most horrible crime that could be committed, the punishment was always death.
When a murder had been committed but no one knew who the murderer was, everybody in the village was obliged to pass by the victim’s body, which was placed in the main street, and as each person passed the body he placed his hand on the corpse and took a solemn vow that he had no part in the crime; an incredibly hard but fitting challenge for the guilty party.
The Fifth Commandment is: You shall not kill. As is true of all the Commandments, the Fifth Commandment implies so much more than simply murder. Indeed, this Commandment implies more than any of the other nine. Some of the sins forbidden by the Fifth Commandment are intentional homicide, abortion, euthanasia, child abuse, sterilization, suicide, and all that can lead to physical and spiritual harm to oneself or others. The latter includes anger, fighting, revenge, drunkenness, drug abuse, torments inflicted on mind and body, hatred, and bad example.
Since we now live in a culture of death, we’ll begin by looking at only a few of these this week.
Intentional homicide is the unjust taking of an innocent human life. That’s not to say that all killing is murder. The key to the mortal sin of murder is the word “innocent.” It can be lawful (God’s law — not necessarily man’s) to take the … Continue Reading

Beacon Of Light… Live Your Faith Brightly

June 30, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Beacon Of Light… Live Your Faith Brightly


Do you know what day it is? Do you know what month it is? Finding the answer to these questions is very simple. All we do is look at the calendar! What about if we asked these same questions, but asked them about the Church’s calendar? Do you know what day the Church is celebrating today? Do you know what season the Church is celebrating?
The answer to these questions is very similar to the previous two questions. We look at the Church calendar!
The Church’s calendar begins on the First Sunday of Advent and concludes with the celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe, which is usually the last weekend in November. The Church year is broken up into five seasons: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time.
Within the course of these seasons we also celebrate the Solemnities of the Lord and of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Feasts of Apostles and Martyrs, Commemoration of the Faithful Departed, and various other saints.
Having celebrated the Solemnity of Pentecost, we enter Ordinary Time until late November. Ordinary Time is far from being ordinary. I find it filled with great opportunities to come to understand our faith better. I like to think of Ordinary Time as Jesus’ time to shine!
How did Jesus teach the multitudes about the Kingdom of God? He used stories, or parables. Jesus understands human nature better than we do. That’s because He was part of our creation. Jesus recognized the benefit of teaching through parables. He used simple parables to illustrate either a moral attitude or a religious principle to follow.
Jesus teaches so much about the Kingdom of God. He also teaches about God’s intimate relationship of love with His people.
One parable in Matthew’s Gospel is particularly relevant: The Parable of the Light. This parable begins in chapter five with verses 14-16. Here is what Jesus says:
“You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. (15) Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house. (16) So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
I love how the Lord challenges us to live our faith. He tells us to live our faith brightly! The imagery used is very easy to understand. We are the light of the world because we have the Light of Christ within us. The light within us cannot be hidden. So often we hide our faith from others. We put our faith under a … Continue Reading

But The Dictionary Says…

June 29, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on But The Dictionary Says…


The Supreme Court, in its ruling that “sex” is equivalent to “gender identity” or “transgender,” has set the stage for years of political and legal warfare that will not only swamp the courts but dominate the electoral map for years to come. And it will bring to a head the thorny question of what constitutes religious liberties in an era when gender is considered fluid, and little boys and grown men can become female whenever the fancy strikes them.

Guide to Gay Pride in the Sullivan Catskills for the LGBTQ+ Community

I’m sure everybody who reads this publication knows by now that on June 15 the Supreme Court did the unthinkable. In Bostock v. Clayton County, the consolidation of three cases involving the dismissal of homosexual or transgendered employees, the court found as follows:
“We agree that homosexuality and transgender status are distinct concepts from sex. But, as we’ve seen, discrimination … Continue Reading

Who Would Have Thought It?. . . Is U.S. Starting Down Road To Become Another Venezuela?

June 28, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Who Would Have Thought It?. . . Is U.S. Starting Down Road To Become Another Venezuela?


Amid other recent shocks to the U.S. social system, the weird possibility that the nation actually could fall to a political coup began to be pondered more seriously. A Venezuelan told Phoenix radio talk host James T. Harris (KFYI, 550 AM) on June 23 that her countrymen didn’t think they’d be taken over, either, but they were, by Marxists.
The parallels don’t have to be exact among different countries in order to see warning signs of the virus of tough dictatorship or even totalitarianism.
Germany’s supposedly civilizing education and culture, a Russian background of serfdom, Chinese Confucianism, among various examples, all ended up in oceans of blood captained by ruthless masters.
Italy may have been where it was hard even to make the trains run on time, whereas Germany was known for Prussian efficiency, but these two dissimilar nations were the European basis of the Axis alliance for World War II.
Hardly had handcuffed George Floyd died in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis than retaliatory rioters, looters, and weapons-toters began to burst out not only around the U.S. but also many other places.
And often, as in Minneapolis itself, the areas to suffer were those governed by the very political liberals that one might imagine would long ago have ameliorated grievances — like Seattle, Portland, Ore., and New York City.
Meanwhile, even more powerful shocking news of an attempted political coup continued to emerge as official inquiries showed that in early 2017, outgoing Democrat President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and top-echelon officials including FBI Director James Comey, plotted to … Continue Reading

Is Virginia’s Blackface Governor On The Ropes?

June 27, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Is Virginia’s Blackface Governor On The Ropes?
Virginia Governor Northam Increases Corrections Budget In ...


In February 2019, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was in trouble. In an interview with a popular Washington radio station, he had endorsed infanticide for children born after a failed abortion (we bear in mind that Northam was physician specializing in pediatric medicine before his election).
If that wasn’t bad enough, the same week it was discovered that Northam and a pal had posed for a picture in their med school yearbook — one in blackface, the other in full Ku Klux Klan regalia. At an informal gathering of conservative leaders the day the news broke, all but one thought that Northam would resign. He was a goner.
Well, they were wrong. For good reason.
In Virginia, the next in line of succession is the lieutenant governor, followed by the attorney general, followed by the speaker of the House of Delegates.
Suddenly Justin Fairfax, the lieutenant governor, was accused of a sexual assault and rape. Had he been a Trump judicial nominee, the Senate wou … Continue Reading

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Please educate yourself on this! Toward the end of this statement 2 points are made that are contrary to FAITH...#1 opposing the nuclear family (where is dad?) and #2 opposing God’s plan for sex as a union of male & female. This agenda is DANGEROUS!

John Roberts certainly should qualify as one of the top 10 recalls in history of the Supreme Court.#fraud

Likely two more Supreme Court appointments likely in the next presidential term. Something to consider. The conservative majority is a myth. Roberts has proven himself to be another leftist. Thank Bush for this one.

Bishop Strickland . . . Solidarity, Subsidiarity, And Economic Concerns - https://t.co/Oj27NNYvBu

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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

Coronavirus In Minnesota: Archbishop Hebda Gives Guidelines For Reopening Catholic Churches

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Archbishop Bernard Hebda, head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, says he anticipates reopening churches on May 18, which is when the state’s current stay-at-home order expires. In a letter to Catholics, he outlined strict guidelines…Continue Reading

Joe Biden Calls Killing Babies in Abortions “Essential Health Care That Cannot be Delayed”

Today, presumed Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden stated that abortions are “essential health care that cannot be delayed” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden’s statement was in response to a question during a virtual town hall in which pro-abortion…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


Today . . .

English Catholic bishop: parishes see ‘dramatic fall’ in income following lockdown

CNA Staff, Jul 6, 2020 / 04:30 am MT (CNA).- An English bishop has said that parishes have seen “dramatic fall” in income as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury urged the government to step in to help dioceses struggling financially as a result of the pandemic.  “The weeks of the national lockdown saw a dramatic fall of about a third in parish income. This is having a serious impact…Continue Reading

President Trump tweets Catholic author’s warning that ‘there is a war against Christianity’

July 3, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – On July 2, only hours after Dr. Taylor Marshall had given an interview to the U.S. cable network One America News (OAN) about the current crisis in America, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet highlighting the Catholic author’s warning. “Dr. Taylor Marshall, author. ‘There Is A War On Christianity’. @OANN,” Trump tweeted. Marshall had pointed out that the current attacks on sy

Cardinal Zen contradicts Hong Kong cardinal: China’s new national security law will hurt freedom of religion

HONG KONG, June 30, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― China has imposed a new security law on Hong Kong that Cardinal Joseph Zen believes will have a deleterious effect on religious freedom. In a Cantonese video produced by the “Catholic Faithful Watching the Hong Kong National Security Law,” Cardinal Zen, 88, said the national security law imposed upon Hong Kong by the mainland government cannot guarantee “true” religious freedom.  In doing so, he directly contradicted Cardinal John…Continue Reading

SF threatens enforcement against Catholic archdiocese for violating health order on gatherings

The San Francisco city attorney’s office told the archdiocese of San Francisco this week to stop holding “multiple indoor large gatherings at its facilities,” in violation of the city’s health order prohibiting such assemblies during the COVID-19 pandemic. After multiple rounds of correspondence between the city and the archdiocese over the gatherings, City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a cease-and-desist letter on Monday, ordering the archdiocese to discontinue the indoor religious services it has held in…Continue Reading

Benedict XVI’s brother Georg Ratzinger has died

Rome Newsroom, Jul 1, 2020 / 04:30 am MT (CNA).- Benedict XVI’s older brother Georg Ratzinger died Wednesday, just a little more than one week after the pope emeritus’ visit. Msgr. Georg Ratzinger died in Bavaria at the age of 96 on July 1. The pope emeritus was able to say a last goodbye to his older brother on June 22 at the end of a four-day trip to Germany to spend time with his…Continue Reading


Church Attendance Vs. Protests . . . De Blasio And Cuomo Get Creamed In Court

By BILL DONOHUE Protesters can take to the streets, some violently, and that is okay by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo — the mob does not have to abide by social distancing rules — but religious New Yorkers cannot congregate in their houses of worship lest they imperil the public health.Well, the…Continue Reading

Open To Everything, Dedicated To Nothing

By DONALD DeMARCO “Merely having an open mind is nothing,” wrote G. K. Chesterton. “The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”We have elevated “openness” to the status of a principle and in the process have forgotten what it is that we should select.…Continue Reading

Now It’s Woodrow Wilson’s Turn

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Now that statues of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Grant, and Theodore Roosevelt have been desecrated, vandalized, toppled, and smashed, it appears Woodrow Wilson’s time has come.The Cultural Revolution has come to the Ivy League.Though Wilson attended Princeton as an undergraduate, taught there and served from 1902 to 1910 as president,…Continue Reading

Nevada Church Says Governor Treats Churches Worse Than Casinos

RENO — Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Ryan Tucker, director of the ADF Center for Christian Ministries, issued a statement explaining ADF’s appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on behalf of Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley.The Nevada church is challenging Gov. Steve Sisolak’s church gathering ban that allows casinos, restaurants, theme…Continue Reading

Vandals Deface Image Of Poland’s Black Madonna In Dutch City

(CNA) — The mayor of a Dutch town has condemned vandals who defaced an image of Our Lady of Czestochowa and daubed the letters “BLM” beneath it.Paul Depla, the mayor of Breda, a city in the southern Netherlands, said the incident was “particularly sad for the Polish community, for which the monument is of great…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Bishop Strickland . . . For The New Evangelization . . . We Need Epiphanies Of Beauty

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND Part 1 Pope St. John Paul II On Beauty On Easter Sunday in 1999, Pope St. John Paul II issued a reflective letter addressed specifically to artists. He referred to artists as “Images of the Creator.” He wrote that “to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art. Art must make…Continue Reading

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Editor’s Note: More thoughtful insights from Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City: “Robert Gould Shaw was born into an abolitionist Unitarian family in Boston in 1837. . . . During the Civil War, he was eventually promoted to colonel and, following the Emancipation Proclamation, he led New England’s first all-black military unit, the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Stop Complaining And Start TLM-ing

By Fr. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Church is in a deplorable state, we all agree. At least those with eyes to see. Attendance is plummeting through the floor after the devastation of COVID in what were once the largest parishes.The elderly are being told by their doctors to not return to Mass. In many parishes the retired individuals were keeping…Continue Reading

The Yoke Of Jesus Is Love

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings:Zech. 9:9-10Romans 8:9, 11-13Matt. 11:25-30 In the Gospel reading our Lord invites those who labor and are burdened to come to Him for rest.Given this statement, what follows seems to make no sense. Jesus tells us to take His yoke upon us and learn from Him because He is…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . Solidarity, Subsidiarity, And Economic Concerns

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND Part 3 In one of the Missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul to the Greek city of Ephesus, recorded in the nineteenth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, he encountered some of the Disciples of John the Baptizer (see Acts 19:1-10). He asked them: “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Joseph, Patron Of Fathers

By DEB PIROCH This week’s column is a personal labor of love. You see, our family has had a special devotion to St. Joseph (Josef) going back generations. My Father’s grandparents on both sides, maternal and paternal, were immigrants from Slovakia. And because it was quite common to name the eldest boy after St. Joseph, protector of families, most of…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Nicholas Owen

By DEB PIROCH First you see him . . . and then you don’t. Dangerous times call for dangerous measures. During the reign of Elizabeth I and James I of England, St. Nicholas Owen was the expert at creating what became known as “priests’ holes,” or secret hiding spots for clergy. Located in the homes of wealthy recusant Catholics, these…Continue Reading