Archbishop Angelo Becciu (Credit: Life Site)

The Pope “Also Suffers” Because of the Criticism, Archbishop Angelo Becciu Says

from Rome Reports

How the Vatican’s Old Guard Clings to Power – Christopher Altieri, Catholic Herald
More of & about The Letter™ of Benedict XVI on the Booklets – Fr. Z’s Blog
What Causes Young People to Convert? Beautiful Churches, Says Study – uCatholic
What “Accompaniment” Really Means – Fr. James V. Schall S.J., Crisis Magazine
Holy Madness – Kenneth Colston, First Things
Facing Hostility at ‘Catholic’ Georgetown, Defending Traditional Marriage – A. Irvine
Where Does Catholic Thinking on “Gender Theory” Go from Here? – John Allen, Crux
Ides of March: Julius Caesar – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic
Death is Not the End – Elizabeth Jean Seah, Ignitum Today
Do Catholics Have “Three Ending Points”? – Dan Byron, Catholic Stand
Decline is a Choice (Partly) – Pete Spiliakos, First Things
US Bishops Call for Legal Protection for Supporters of Traditional Marriage – CNS
Sacrifice is Woven into the Tapestry of Motherhood – Amanda Evinger, NC Register
Modern Liberty a Cruel Parody of Christian Freedom – Paul Krause, Crisis Magazine
A Brief Guide to Papal Documents – Philip Kosloski, Aleteia
The Secret to Finding the Happiness of Lent – John Clark, Seton Magazine
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Bishop Robert Barron in Full Regalia (Credit: the National Catholic Register)

A Very Bad Argument for Priestly Celibacy

. . .There is a very bad argument for celibacy which has reared its head throughout the tradition & which is, even today, defended by some. . .

by Bishop Robert E. Barron, S.T.D.,

of Word on Fire

What to Make of B16’s Letter about Popes’ Theological Thought? – Christopher Altieri
The Hidden Symbolism of the Paschal Candle, Explained In One Infographic – ChrchPop
Czech Brutalism – Rod Dreher, TAC Blogger
Rene Girard, Sacred Violence & the Mass – Fr. Dwight Longenecker
A Painful & Necessary Book Explores the Pain Felt by Children of Divorce – Ph. Lawler
On Day One, The “Build” Began – Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia
St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Secret Formula for Raising Millions – Brice Sokolowski
Hindu Extremists Attack Nuns, Destroy Hospital Wall in India – CNS via Catholic Herald
The Bible. . . & Other Traditions – Joe Heschmeyer, Catholic Answers Magazine
Taking It Apart, One Canon at a Time – Edward N. Peters J.C.D. J.D., In the Light of. . .
Vatican Congregation Publishing Document on ‘Gender Theory’ – Aleteia
A Lesson for Fathers from My Son with Down Syndrome – Tim Bennett, Cthlc Exchange
Netherlands Euthanized 252 Mentally Ill People in 2017 – Alex Schadenberg, Life News
A Talk With ‘Before I Was Me’ Author Frank Fraser – Carrie Gress Ph.D., NC Register
Chemical Weapons Are Back, Thanks to Russia – Judith Miller, City Journal
Charitable Intention: What’s Your Motive? – Dom Cingoranelli, Catholic Stand
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Hannah giving her son Samuel to the priest by Jan Victors, A.D. 1645. According to the biblical account, Hannah sang her song when she presented Samuel to Eli the priest (Credit: Wikipedia)

A World Without Hope

. . .I’ve written recently that our schools introduce young people not to that guide of intelligence and beauty, Lady Faith, but to her current impostor, Politics. Our “sins” are political, & we are to be “saved” by giving our assent to the Right Things about sex & marriage, climatic changes, organic food, the evil of Christian history, the sweet wonders of Islamic history, & so forth, till the world shall end & we can have done with it, amen. . .

by Anthony M. Esolen, Ph.D.,

of Crisis Magazine

Outbreak: the Explosion of Transgender Teens – Lisa Marchiano, Mercatornet
If You Want Jesus, You Need the Church – J.P. Nunez, Catholic Stand
Will Cardinal Cupich “Accompany” Reluctantly Divorced Spouses? – Jennifer R. Morse
Five Big Surprises from Francis’s Papacy – Fr. Raymond J. de Souza, Catholic Herald
Professor Muzzled for ‘Gay Marriage’ Comments, Suing Marquette Univ. – David Marcus
The White House’s Exuberant Humiliation of Rex Tillerson – Mat. Walther, The Week
When President Trump Takes Charge – Ross Douthat, The New York Times
This Prayer of St. Patrick Protects You in Spiritual Combat – Philip Kosloski, Aleteia
Stephen Hawking was a Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences – Carol Glatz
Oregon: Elderly Couple Kill Themselves in Controversial Assisted Suicide – Xav. Symons
Learning from the White Rose – George Weigel, First Things
Archbishop Jos. Naumann: Authentically & Unabashedly Pro-Life – Elisabeth Deffner
Liberal Integralism – R.R. Reno, First Things
Divine Causality & Human Freedom – Edward Feser Ph.D.
Waiting Teaches Us About Our Passion & Purpose – Jeannie Ewing, Catholic Exchange
Could Pro-Life Health Clinics Soon Access Title X Funds? – Peter Jesserer Smith, NCReg
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St. Catherine Reading a Book by Carlo Dolci 1616-1686 (Credit: Screengrab via the National Cathollic Register)

10 Books That Belong in Every Catholic Library

. . .‘reading has made many saints’. . .

by Father John P. Cush, S.T.D.,

of the National Catholic Register

Benedict XVI Admits to Not Reading 11 Books of Popes’ Theology – Edward Pentin, Reg
With Grooming Scandal in Telford, There’s an Elephant in the Room – Norman Wells
Neither Straussian nor MacIntyrean: Rod Dreher’s Ben Op Politics – N. Pinkoski D.Phil.
Woman Who Welcomed Homeless Stranger into Her House: A Year Later – C. Gardiner
Escaping the Health Insurance System – Eric Sammons, Swimming Upstream
The Indian Mass in the Modern Parish – Claudio Salvucci, Liturgical Arts Journal
St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Secret Formula for Raising Millions – Brice Sokolowski
Investigation Starts When Mentally Ill Patients Euthanized Without Their Consent – LN
Ireland’s Pro-Life Campaign Looks Increasingly Upbeat – Fr. Ale. Lucie-Smith Ph.D.
What is Law? When Can We Ignore It? Natural Law – Jef. A. Mirus Ph.D., Cthlc Culture
Benedict XVI on “Interior Continuity” of Two Pontificates – Joan Lewis, Joan’s Rome
Good-Faith Argument on Socialism Doesn’t Start By Dismissing Its History – D. Harsanyi
4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Lent, in One Infographic – ChurchPop
For Both Church & State, Appeasement is a Bad Idea – Garnett Genius, The CWR
The Anniversary of the Founding of the Church in Milan – Gregory DiPippo, NLM
Drawing Lessons from the Boardroom – Sean Morrisroe, Catholic Stand
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Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Square (Credit: Mercatornet)

On What is Wrong in Itself: CNN’s Papal Documentary

. . .not anything can change the metaphysical structure of reality. . .

by Father James V. Schall, S.J.,

of Mercatornet

The Czech Canary – Rod Dreher, TAC Blogger
A Template for a Liturgically-Oriented Catholic Education for Children – David Clayton
Elon Musk is a Messianic Huckster – Matthew Walther, The Week
Bill Protecting Freedom of Those For & Against Gay Unions Angers Some – R. Guidice
Why So Little Catholic Concern Over Christian Persecution? – William Kilpatrick Ph.D.
Pope Francis’s First Revolution – His Clothing – Fr. Ray. J. de Souza, Cthlc Herald
How Can a God of Love Send People to Hell? – Marcellino D’Ambrosio Ph.D., ICL™
From Atheism to Catholicism – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction
The Anti-Christian Alt-Right: The Evil Thought of Right-Wing Identity Politics – M. Rose
Francis at 5 Years: Love Him or Hate Him, This Is One Relevant Pope – John Allen, Crux
The Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – Alita Ma.C.N. O.C.D.S., Cthlc Stand
On Francis’ 5th, “Credere In Deum” – Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia
5 Interesting Facts About Pope Francis on His 5th Anniversary – uCatholic
Pope Given ‘Thunderous Salute’ for His Anti-Slavery Commitment – E. Pentin, NCReg
Lost & Found – Jean Elizabeth Seah, Ignitum Today
How Does Lent Lead to Healing? – Kathleen Beckman, Catholic Exchange
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‘The Course of Empire –
Destruction’ by Cole Thomas, A.D. 1836 (Credit: Wikipedia)

‘Everybody Knows That Something Is Coming’

. . .I met Hungarian journalist in Budapest. “Everybody knows that something is coming,” she said. “We can all feel it. I think this is why your book resonates with so many people”. . .

by Rod Dreher

The Mystery of Meghan Markle’s Baptism – Joanna Bogle, National Catholic Register
Francis’ ‘Mess’ Making: Assessing the First 5 Years of This Papacy – The Editors, NCReg
End-Times Anxiety – R.R. Reno, First Things
Did You Know. . .the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge was Not an Apple? – S. Smith J.D.
From Amazon to eBay: The Dark Side of e-Commerce Giants – F. Aloisi, Family & Media
Joy Behar Apologizes to VP Mike Pence for Saying Christians Mentally Ill – L. Barkoukis
St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Secret Formula for Raising Millions – Brice Sokolowski
One of Germany’s Oldest Dioceses to Reduce Parishes by 80% – Jonathan Luxmoore
Is One Religion Really as Good as Another? – Chloe Langr, epicPew
Catholicism at the Bottom of the Planet – Ray Cavanaugh, The Dispatch via The CWR
The Problem of Language & Our Schools – Steven J. Rummelsburg, The Imaginative. . .
Neuhaus & Liberalism – Matthew Rose Ph.D., Public Discourse
Perseverance of the Saints: An Illogical Doctrine – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery
What Kindness Really Means – Jeannie Ewing, Integrated Catholic Life™
Greg Burke on Pope’s Extraordinary Message of Love to the World – James Macintyre
Acts of the Disciples: Discipleship & Independent Living – Deacon G. Lambert, Cth Stnd
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Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati (Credit:

Cincinnati Archbishop Repudiates Fr. James Martin, SJ, et al, Homosexualist Event

. . .the Archbishop sent out a note distancing the Church from an upcoming homosexualist event featuring homosexualist activists Jesuit James Martin, Sister Jeannine Gramick (silenced by the Holy See & by her own congregation) & Jamie Manson (open lesbian writer for the National Catholic Reporter with a coveted MDiv, tutored by the dreadful Margaret Farley). . .

by Father John Zuhlsdorf,

of Fr. Z’s Blog

Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History Debuts on CNN – Nancy Flory, The Stream
How About a Little Clarity Cardinal Cupich? – One Mad Mom
Ireland: Big Pro-Life Rally Shows Fierce Clash to Legalizing Abortion – Micaiah Bilger
5 Years after His Election, This Year is Make-or-Break for the Pope – Christopher Altieri
VSED: A New Form of Assisted Suicide – Richard Becker, Crisis Magazine
The Lenten “Beer Only Fast” Practiced by German Monks – Billy Ryan, uCatholic
Jim Caviezel on What He Learned Playing St. Luke. . . – Jim Graves, The CWR
What Would an Ecclesiocentric Society Look Like? – Peter A. Kwasniewski Ph.D., NLM
Marching Away From ‘Madness’ & Toward Wholeness – Trent Beattie, NC Register
Univs. Keep Booting Christian Gps. Off Campus in Violation of Their Rights – N. Russell
Utopian Temptation; Book Review: Why Liberalism Failed – T. Fuller Ph.D., First Things
Catholic Harbor: A Thriving Online Community for Seton Students – Draper Warren
Lectio Divina Set to Music: Brahms’ German Requiem – Bob Kurland Ph.D., TACatholic
Catholic Authors: Pray, Listen, Then Write – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand
Pope Francis & Reform: Financial Problems Persist – Edward Pentin, NC Register
Climbing a 400-Meters-Tall Cliff To Get Baptized in Ethiopia – Daniel Esparza, Aleteia
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The Death of Jean-Paul Marat by Jacques-Louis David AD 1793

How Europe’s Way of Denial Became a Way of Death

. . .Europe’s immigration woes underscore how much of the continent is living in untruth—in lies that gradually kill. . .

by Samuel Gregg, D.Phil.,

of Public Discourse

Nuts – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic
Mark Wahlberg Celebrate Daughter’s 1st Reconciliation on Instagram – ChurchPop
Belial’s Witnesses – Anthony M. Esolen Ph.D., The Catholic Thing
Do Historical Norms Alter Church Teachings? Should They?  – Fr. James V. Schall S.J.
Paul VI & Romero, Media & Reality – Andrea Gagliarducci, Monday Vatican
St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Secret Formula for Raising Millions – Brice Sokolowski
Padre Pio’s Prayerful Patrimony – Joseph Pronechen, NC Register
Georgetown Honors Advocate of Partial Birth Abortion – Matthew Archbold, NC Register
To Call Abortion ‘Health Care’ Defies Logic – Bishop Daniel E. Thomas S.T.L., NCRegister
Married Priests Likely To Be on 2019 Synod Agenda – Dan Hitchens, Catholic Herald
3D Printing Could Change Sonograms & the Pro-Life Movement – Chloe Langr, epicPew
Chile Cardinal Blames Bishop Barros for Bad Press During the Papal Trip – Nic. Winfield
Is it Too Late to Start Lent? – Strahlen Smith, Catholic Stand
Is There Any Hope of Saudi Arabia Lifting Its Church Ban? – Dv. Cowan, Catholic Herald
The Catholic Church in China: Historical Context & the Current Situation – A Clark PhD
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