Norcia Earthquake Aftermath August 24 2016Norcia Close to Epicenter of Devastating Earthquake in Central Italy

by Edward Pentin

of the National Catholic Register

A Crisis of Faith, Not of Worship – Fr. Mark A. Pilon, The Catholic Thing
Church Must Stop Turning Away Older People Who have Religious Vocations – Fr. Mat. Pitam
Why This Diocese Is Ditching Common Core for Liberal Arts – Catholic News Agency
Vatican Issues Its Own Sex Ed Guidelines – Inés San Martín, Crux
The Poignant but Triumphant Story of the Yugoslavian Nun Who Was Raped – Shaun McAfee
Pope Francis Said It: Climate Change Is Not a Population Crisis – Charles C. Camosy, Crux
Quotes Suitable for Framing: Thomas Babington Macaulay – Donald R. McClarey J.D., Cth Std
David Gushee, “Middle Ground”, and Dishonesty – Jake Meador, Mere Orthodoxy
Let’s Follow Mother Teresa and Prioritize Abortion in 2016 – Carl Anderson, Crux
Weathering the Storm: Virtuous Communities in Southern Louisiana – Caleb Bernacchio, Et Po
Louisiana Bishop Calls for Aid After ‘Worst U.S. Natural Disaster Since Hurricane Sandy’ – CNS


Louisiana 2016 FloodsInundated By Floods, Overlooked By Media, Louisianans Help Themselves

by Rachel Lu, Ph.D.,

of The Federalist

Salvaging the Vote: A Different Take on Political Action – Christopher W. Love, Public Dscrs
Why Does John Oliver Want To Trap Poor Kids In Failing Schools? – Joy Pullmann, The Fdrlst
Removing Tax-Exempt Status Threat to Churches – Rod Dreher, TAC
Environmentalists Use Global Warming To Justify Population Control – Hans Fiene, The Fdrlst
In Louisiana, Private Disaster Relief Outperforms the Govt – Kevin Boyd, Fndtn for Econ. Ed.
Hillary Clinton: You Must Pay For Abortions – Marjorie Dannenfelser, The Federalist
First Worldwide Meta-Analysis Proves Benefits of School Choice – Evan Smith, Opprtnty Lvs
Christians in Hillary’s Crosshairs: They Face Oblivion Under Her Administration – G. Neumayr
Target to Spend $20M on Single-Stall Bathrooms after Backlash to Restroom Policy – S. Halzack
Marriage Reduces Child Poverty, but Our Welfare System Penalizes Marriage – Paul Draper, TDS
The 3 Preconditions for an Entrepreneurial Society – Julian Birkinshaw, Harvard Bsnss Rvw


Fatzinger Family of 13 ChildrenFrom Surviving to Thriving with 13 Kids: Inspiration from a Faithful Catholic Family

by Justin McClain

of epicPew

A Look at the Crisis of the Church in Germany – Anian Christoph Wimmer, Cthlc Nws Agncy
Detroit’s Crafty New Tax on Churches – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog
Why Catholics Must Know the Bible: Bible Basics for Catholics by Dr. J. Bergsma – Jus. McClain
Secular Songs That Can Bring Us Closer to God – Theresa Williams, Ignitum Today
Principled Dissent vs. the Lesser Evil – John B. Londregan, Public Discourse
After Devastating Flooding in Louisiana, There’s Hope But No Faith? – Bobby Ross Jr., Get Rel
Does Being Catholic Matter? – Karlo Broussard, Catholic Answers
Push to Block Mosque Near Pisa’s Leaning Tower Gathers Steam – Josephine McKenna, Crux
Catholic and Vegetarian – What’s the Connection? Part I & Part II – Felix Whelan, Cthlc Stand
Bishop Zubik: Obama Administration ‘Extremely Aggressive’ on HHS Mandate – Brian Fraga
In Christ, Our Suffering Will One Day Make Sense – Mark Davis Pickup, Catholic Lane


Transgender RestroomGender Ideology Leads to Child Abuse: Pediatricians

by Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.,

of Catholic Lane

Not ‘Born That Way’: New Scientific Analysis Questions ‘LGBT’ Orthodoxies – Joan F. Desmond
Dear Archbishop Chaput: Trump Is Clearly Better than Hillary – Stephen Herreid, Cthlc Vote
Before You Get on the Nike-Madonna Buder Bandwagon, Read This – Theresa Williams, epicPw
Global Warming Scheme to Stop Creating Children – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Cth Nws & Ins
Pope’s Critique of ‘Gender Theory’ Emboldens Bishops to Speak Out – Inés San Martín, Crux
Good Atheists and Bad Catholics – Patrick Malone, Catholic Stand
Judge Blocks Obama’s Transgender Student Bathroom Mandate – Matthew Archbold, Cr Mn Rp
Pro-Life Campaigners Welcome Suspension of Marie Stopes Services – Catholic Herald
Do Not Be Afraid – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today
Books Blog: The Perfect Guide to Church Teaching for Young Catholics, the Docat – F. Phillips
The Ninevites Believed Jonah and Repented; Can America Do Likewise? – Rebecca Hamilton


Pope Francis Speaking from ApartmentPope Francis’ Angelus: “Our Life Is Not a Video Game or a Soap Opera; Our Life Is Serious”

by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

via Fr. Z’s Blog

Pornography on Display Inside St. Francis Church in Cascia, Italy – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli
Transgenderism and Girl Stereotypes – Cynthia Millen, Catholic Stand
After Decline in Sales, Target Tests Out Bathroom Compromise – Catholic News Agency
Judas Pontius Kaine – Guy McClung J.D. Ph.D., Catholic Stand
Will Pope Francis Create a New American Cardinal This Time? – John L. Allen Jr., Crux
What’s It Like to be a Persecuted Christian? This Exhibit Shows You – Andrea Gagliarducci
Pope Francis: The Criteria of the New Curia – Andrea Gagliarducci, Monday Vatican
Reflections of Reality: A Distracted Society – Kasia I., Ignitum Today
Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Murphy: I Hope Always to Live Life on God’s Will – Ang. Stagnaro
Villages ‘Obliterated’ as Christian Persecution Grows in Eastern Congo – Catholic Herald
DOCAT, “Spicy Peppercorns” and the Pope’s Dream – The Dispatch


Catholic Priest Collar Wide PicDressing for Others

by Brother Michael Baggot

of First Things

So, Is Christianity ‘Over’? – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture
Has America Turned Its Back on God? Part I & Part II– Gene Van Son, Catholic Stand
Racism Faced by Black Nuns in U.S. Is Dangerous Memory – Andrew Nelson, CNS via Crux
Must Catholics Believe that Islam Is Peaceful? – William Kilpatrick Ph.D., Crisis Magazine
In Heart of Big Apple, Sheep Keep a Catholic Cemetery Tidy – Gre. A. Shemitz, CNS via Crux
St. Clare: Virgin Warrior Against Islamic Terror! – Taylor Marshall Ph.D.
Movie Review: The Little Prince – Sister Helena Burns, Catholic Lane
I Went on a Prison Retreat, and What I Saw Changed My Life – Alex R. Hey, epicPew
Religious Liberty Crisis Averted in California –  Darren Patrick Guerra and Andrew T. Walker
Missing More: Catholics and Political Life – Matthew Bunson, National Catholic Register
Shield of Faith – Jason Godin, Catholic Lane


DostoyevskyYou’re Probably Not Part of a New Catholic ‘Underground’

by Andrew M. Haines

of Ethika Politika

52 Great Movies For Catholic Family Viewing – Neal J. Conway, Faith & Cltr w / o the Blny
Inordinate Affections, Vain Hope, Pride & Too Much Familiarity – Dan Burke, Cth Spr Dir
Six Practical Steps to Catholic Joy – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life
Islam: When the Church can Speak Authoritatively, and When She Cannot – Jef. A. Mirus Ph.D.
Where Is the Catechism of Science? – Bob Kurland Ph.D., Reflections of a Catholic Scientist
How Did We Get Here? A Catholic Read on Evolution – Fr. C. John McCloskey, N.C. Register
Athanasius’ Helpful Words For Those With Restless Hearts – Dominic  Cassella, epicPew
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Signs New Book Deal with Bloomsbury – Michael Barber Ph.D.
Augustine and Descartes: From Self to God – Guy McClung J.D. Ph.D., Catholic Stand
Beauty, Chemistry, and Natural Philosophy – Michael Accad, Beauty of Catholicism
Catholic Sociobiology: Fraternity as a Political Category. . . – David Pence, Anthrplgy of Accrd


Jesus on CrossWhy Christ Will Never Let His Bride Redefine Marriage

by Benjamin Wiker

of the National Catholic Register

Ite!  The Call to Go Forth in Christ – Jason Craig, The Catholic Gentleman
Deaconesses and the Dangers of Antiquarianism – Christian Browne, Crisis Magazine
That “Olympic Moment” Was a Christian Moment – Matthew Archbold, Natl Catholic Register
Women Should Appreciate Masculine Virtues – Rachel Lu, Crisis Magazine
Site of Marian Apparitions in Wisconsin becomes Natl Shrine – Patricia Kasten, CNS via Crux
Actor Playing Jesus in Ben-Hur ‘Received Blessing from the Pope’ – Mark Pattison, Cthlc Hrld
Review on New Book: Delving into “The World of Ben-Hur” – Paul Senz, The Dispatch
Lessons from Prison Ministry – Laura De Maria, Catholic Stand
Depression and the Psalms – Thomas L. McDonald, National Catholic Register

The Fascinating & Problematic History of Athletes Doping & the Olympics – Ade. Mena, CNA
Friendship, Forgiveness & Chariots: The Ben-Hur Team Discusses Their New Film – Jim Graves


Artwork for Church Curmudgeon CNAMeet Church Curmudgeon: The Grumpiest, Funniest Guy on Twitter

via the Catholic News Agency

by Mary Rezac

In Defense of the ‘Staycation’ of Pope Francis – Austen Ivereigh, Crux
True History of Celibacy Shows Married Men, If Ordained, Lived Continently – Fr. Jer. Bertram
How Mother Teresa Embodied What Pope Francis Teaches – Cindy Wooden, CNS via Crux
How We Stopped a Black Mass at Harvard – Aurora Griffin, Catholic Herald
El Salvador Kicks Off Jubilee Year to Honor Oscar Romero – Inés San Martín, Crux
Ben-Hur’s Reboot – Jim Graves, National Catholic Register
The Good News About Suffering – Thomas Clements, Ignitum Today
Debtors Need Our Help – Amy-Jo Crowley, Catholic Herald
Pope Francis Inspires Master Chef to Create Feasts for Rio’s Homeless – AP via Catholic Herald
Beating the Odds: Catholic Story of Start of Modern Olympics (A.D. 1896) – Don DeMarco Ph.D.
I Confess to Being an Addict to (Olympic) Sports – David Torkington, Catholic Stand


Beautifrul Stain Glass Window Depicting the Council of JerusalemWherein Fr. Z has a Little Fun With a Jesuit & His Deaconesses

by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

of Fr. Z’s Blog

Is ‘Corruption’ the Right Way to Describe the Dysfunction of the Catholic Hierarchy? – P. Lawler
Young Priest Whom Pope Encouraged in Battle Against Cancer Dies – Carolina Requena, CNA
It’s Not Wrong to Tell Wrong People That They’re Wrong – John Martignoni, Natl Cth Register
Pope’s Choice for New Vatican Post Boosts Moderates, Americans – John L. Allen Jr., Crux
Looming Texas Execution Illustrates Urgency of Forgiveness – Christopher White, Crux
Meet Frank Molinaro: ‘Gorilla Hulk’ Wrestler, Catholic Olympian — and Dad – Angelo Stagnaro
Teach the Faith, Please – R.J. Snell Ph.D., Crisis Magazine
Olympic Runner Who Helped Fallen Competitor Finds Inspiration in God – Kevin J. Jones, CNA
Friendly Dragons? 10 Things to Know and Share – Jimmy Akin, National Catholic Register
Critics Find a Lot to Doubt about Hillary Clinton’s Pro-Religious Freedom Claims –  CNA
Racism, Poverty, Education – a Closer Look at the Tensions in Milwaukee – Catholic Nws Agncy


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