Statue of an Angel (Credit: Catholic Stand)

To the People of Ireland & the World

. . .on May 25, A.D. 2018, a referendum will be held in Ireland on whether to repeal or retain the constitutional ban on abortion.  How the Irish decide to vote is of unutterable importance to all of us because the results of Friday’s election will have a ripple effect all over the world. . .

by Brian McShane,

of Catholic Stand

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Incredible Photos: The Pro-Life Movement You’ve Never Seen – Jeffrey Bruno, Aleteia
6 Ways To Help Women When Abortion Is Finally Outlawed – Geo. Boorman, The Fdrlst
Brazil’s Surprise Vocations Boom – Miguel Cullen, Catholic Herald
8 Essential Religious Sister Twitter Accounts You Need to Follow – Theresa Williams, eP
How Europeans are Fighting Back Against Sunday Trading – Matthew Schmitz, Cath Hrld
Voucher Programs: Problems & Promises for Catholic Schools – Brett Bertucio, ChLJ
After Latest Christian Deaths, Nigeria’s Bishops Warn ‘Clock Ticking’ – Inés San Martín
Plenary Indulgence for Participating in World Meeting of Families – Cindy Wooden, CH
7 Unforgettable Movie Priests – Cerith Gardiner, Aleteia
Learning the Lessons of Chile – Fr. Gerald E. Murray J.C.D., The Catholic Thing
Why Catholics Should Take Cryptocurrencies Seriously – Philip Booth, Catholic Herald
Will China End Its 2-Child Forced Abortion Policy? Don’t Celebrate Yet – Reg. Littlejohn
Are We Really Any More Civilized than the World of King Lear? – Fr. Lucie-Smith Ph.D.
After Cecile Richards, What’s Next for Planned Parenthood? – Peter Jesserer Smith, Rg
Protestant Americans See Sharp Decline, Survey Reports – John Burger, Aleteia
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Pope Francis on Same-Sex Attracted Seminarians to Italian Bishops Conference: This Bridge is Closed!

. . .Pope Francis: “if you have also the slightest doubt it’s better not to let them (same-sex attracted seminarians) enter” — translated by Fr. Zed from Italian. . .

by Father John Zuhlsdorf,

of Fr. Z’s Blog

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
How to Respond When Someone Says ‘God Made Me Gay’ – Fr. Ph. Bochanski, NCRgstr
Newborns Die While Mother Pleads for Help, Hospital Refuse to Assist – M. Bilger, LN
Student Banned from Providence Col. After Defending Natural Marriage – C. Chretien
Canadian Jesuit Abp. Prendergast Comments on Crazy German Bishops’ Scheme – Z
Two Charcoal Fires – Noel Tran, Ignitum Today
How to View Your Work Day as a Catholic – Laura Hensley, epicPew
Behind the Chilean Bishops’ Resignations: a Very Hopeful Sign? – Phil Lawler, Cthlc Cltr
These Catholic Women Select the Best Content for You Every Day – S. Swinford, Alet.
Cardinals in the Spotlight as Chile’s Crisis Continues to Reverberate – Inés San Martín
Artificial Intelligence & the Vatican; The Vision of Science-Fiction* – Bob Kurland Ph.D.
How to Know if a Trend is “For You” – Meghan Ashley, Meghan Ashley Styling
Irving Berlin’s ‘God Bless America’ Turns 100 – Kathy Schiffer, Natl Catholic Register
How Will Pope’s Focus on Chile Affect Other Abuse Cases in Latin America? – E. Pentin
Catholicism, Fundraising, Book Launches, & Overcoming Struggles – Brice Sokolowski
Love – For If the Heart Doesn’t Pray, The Tongue Labours in Vain – David Torkington, CS
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Jacob Rees-Mogg (Credit: Screen Shot from BBC via Catholic Herald)

Bishops Accuse BBC of Bigotry After the Rees-Mogg Interview

. . .they condemned an interview where the Catholic politician was repeatedly questioned on his faith. . .

by Nick Hallett,

of Catholic Herald

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Mob Justice at Providence College – Anthony M. Esolen Ph.D., Crisis Magazine
What Happens in Germany – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap., First Things
Hell: Some Thoughts for the Scrupulous – Cecily Lowe, Catholic Stand
Good News: God Didn’t Make This Mess – Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek, The Catholic Thing
Jordan Peterson: Political Correctness Debate – Donald R. McClarey J.D., TACatholic
Justin Trudeau & the Dictatorship of Relativism – George Weigel, First Things
Ireland & the ‘Ensoulment’ Myth – Catherine Laffey, First Things
The New Divide in American Politics – Mark Movsesian, First Things
How to Know if a Trend is “For You” – Meghan Ashley, Meghan Ashley Styling
Craft Beer & Catholic Teaching: Drink Up, Gents – Max Milan, Catholic Exchange
Wim Wenders Presents Pope Francis Superstar! – Nick Olszyk, The Cthlc World Report
Why Catholics Honor Mary – Charle McKinney, Catholic Spiritual Direction
Abp. Wilson to Stand Aside After Conviction for Concealing Abuse – Catholic Herald

The Catholic History of the Graduate’s Cap & Gown – Zelda Caldwell, Aleteia
New Hope for Those Struggling with Infertility – Grace Emily Stark, Aleteia
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Pope’s Words about God Making Someone “Gay”

. . .I am not going to accept the claim that that is what the Holy Father actually said.  Gratis asseritur. . . &, were he to have said that, that would do nothing in any official way to change or to redirect the Church’s teachings about homosexual persons. . .

by Father John Zuhlsdorf,

of Fr. Z’s Blog

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
An American Lawyer’s Peculiar Theory on the Pell Trial – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture
Ambassador’s Wife Speaks of Card. Maradiaga’s Alleged Role in Bad Fund – Edw. Pentin
Ex-Vatican Doctrine Czar Calls Homophobia a ‘Hoax’, ‘Psycho-Terrorism’ – John Allen
Little-Known Facts About 6 U.S. Bishops – Jim Graves, National Catholic Register
Moral Order, the Current Mess, & a Theological Reading of History – Carl E. Olson, CWR
Card. Brandmüller: Those Who Call for Priestesses are Heretics – Nick Hallett, Cth Hrld
A Closer Look at Justice Kennedy Retirement Rumors – Joan Frawley Desmond, NC Reg
Why Is Mexico the Deadliest Place to Be a Priest? – Kathleen Naab, Natl Cthlc Register
The Chilean Bishops & the Pope’s Self-Censorship on Venezuela – Sandro Magister, SC
Pontifical High Mass Video Exceeds 26K Views – Kenneth J. Wolfe, Rorate Cæli
Biographical Sketches of 14 Cardinals-Designate – Joan Lewis, Joan’s Rome
Save the Little People, Protect the 8th – Pat Cross, Pat Cross Cartoons
Ireland at a Crossroads – Michael Kirke, Garvan Hill
Pope to Meet More Survivors of Chile’s Most Infamous Abuser Priest – Inés San Martín
Bishops’ Fates In the Balance, Pope To Consult Chile Victims, Again – Rocco Palmo
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Pope Francis Thinking (Credit: Paul-Haringweb of CNS)

Pope Laments Vocations ‘Hemorrhage,’ Wants ‘Clear Rules’ on Money

. . .Francis told the bishops he wasn’t sharing these concerns to “beat you up,” but rather as points for further “dialogue & reflection.”  He also said he wanted to hear their questions, even their criticisms, because “it’s not bad to criticize the pope, it’s useful”. . .

by John L. Allen, Jr.,

of Crux

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Why Theologians Trained in Catholic Grad. Schools Can’t Find Work – J. Grondelski PhD
Australian Archbishop Convicted of Concealing Child Sexual Abuse – Nick Hallett, CH
Are Evangelicals Now Dwindling Like Mainline Liberals? – Gene Veith, Cranach
Prelate Calls on Brother Bishops to Celebrate Traditional Pontifical Mass, TLM – Fr. Z
Who are the 14 New Cardinals? – Catholic News Service via Catholic Herald
Put Your Chips Down, Bet The House, & Trust in God – Rob Marco, Catholic Stand
On Who Celebrates the Liturgy – Fr. James V. Schall S.J., The Catholic Thing
German Bishops Employ Lutheran Subjectivism for Marriage Agenda – Jf. Tranzillo PhD
Breaking the Stereotype: Comfort Shoes – Meghan Ashley Sabo, Meghan Ashley
Phila. Bars Catholic Social Services from Serving Foster Children – John D. Davidson
Facebook Reveals Troubling Takedown Rules for Hate Speech & More – Rac. Alexander
An Employment Triduo to St. Joseph – Rick Yoder, The Amish Catholic
New Zero Tolerance Policy on Illegal Immigration Raises Objections – P. Jesserer Smith
Catholicism, Fundraising, Book Launches, & Overcoming Struggles – Brice Sokolowski
A Bitter Winter in Store for Religion in China – Massimo Introvigne, Mercatornet
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Pope Francis (Credit: Daniel Ibanez of CNA via Screen Shot)

‘Gay Doesn’t Matter’ Remark Continues ‘Shadow Magisterium’

. . .it would be better if comments reportedly made by the Pope in private remained in private, not splashed around the world by news media. . .

by Father Raymond J. de Souza,

of the National Catholic Register

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Failing in Formation: Other Options Than Matthew Kelly – John Thomas Goerke, FTh
Card. Sarah: Ordination of Viri Probati is Break with Apostolic Tradition – M. Hickson
God Made You Like That, & I Do Not Care – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture
Did You Know? The Reason Why Chief Sitting Bull Wore a Crucifix – Billy Ryan, uCthlc
What Pope Francis’ Choices for Cardinals Mean for The Church – E. Pentin, NC Register
Fr. Jms Martin: Pope Told Sex Abuse Victim, ‘God Made You Gay’ – Jos. Sciambra, Strm
One-Man Army Fighting for the Resuscitation of the Latin Language – P. Mankowski
Keeping Catholic Schools Catholic in a “Love is Love” Culture – E. Anderson, The CWR
A Brief History of Papal Infallibility – Dave Armstrong, National Catholic Register
Married Priests & Synod of the Amazon – Edward N. Peters J.C.D. J.D., In the Light. . .
The Grace of the Catholic Church While Grieving Suicide – Lorelei Savaryn, Cthlc Stand

Chastity & Abortion: Interview with Jason Evert – Kathy Clubb, Ignitum Today
3.5 Million Argentines Rally Against a Bill to Liberalize Abortion – Inés San Martín, Crux
Physician-Assisted Suicide & Personal Action: Responding to the Law – C. Tollefsen PhD

Our Pro-Life Future: A Plan for Building on Anti-Abortion Successes – Ra. MacNair, FTh
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Priest with Collar

Innocent Priests Also Suffered in the Abuse Crisis

. . .Fr. Barry O’Sullivan speaks to six priests about the crushing blow the scandal had on them. . .

by Francis Phillips,

of Catholic Herald

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Fascinating & Sad: ’76 Transcript of Paul VI & Abp. Lefebvre – Fr. Z’s Blog
Pope Now Faces a Terrible Dilemma Over Chile – Christopher R. Altieri, Catholic Herald
Vatican Archives Show Truth of Inquisition Doesn’t Match “Black Legend” – Aleteia

Breaking the Stereotype: Comfort Shoes – Meghan Ashley Sabo, Meghan Ashley

Catholics Celebrate the Inaugural Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church – J. McAfee
The Feast of the Invention of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem – Canticum Salomonis
Mary’s Titles, New & Old – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers Magazine
Of Facebook, Transparency, & Pentecost – Richard Becker, Crisis Magazine
Pentecost: The Church Is Born – Mike Aquilina, Catholic Exchange
Catholicism, Fundraising, Book Launches, & Overcoming Struggles – Brice Sokolowski
Despite Talk of a Thaw, China is Persecuting the Catholic Church – Fr. Ber. Cervellera
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