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Seven Quick Takeaways on the Creation of 14 New Cardinals

. . .arguably, no single thing any pope ever does is more consequential than choosing the cardinals who will elect his successor.  When a pontiff reveals his picks for new members of the Church’s most exclusive club, therefore, it always delivers a powerful statement not only about where the Church is today, but where it may be going in the future. . .

by John L. Allen, Jr.,

of Crux

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Report: Pope Francis Says God Makes People Gay – Rod Dreher, TAC Blogger
Reverse the Curse in the USA: Undoing What Erupted in San Francisco – Fr. R. Heilman
Three Gone, The Pope’s “C9” Keeps Falling To Pieces – Sandro Magister, Settimo Cielo
Open Letter to Mr. George Clooney on Southern Poverty Law Ctr – Chuck Donovan, PD
Apostasy – Fr. John Hunwicke, Fr Hunwicke’s Mutual Enrichment
A New Marian Feast. . . Another “Montini Moment” – Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the. . .
‘Trans Women’ – the Finer Points – Chiara Bertoglio, Mercatornet
The Church Permits Criticism of Popes Under Certain Circumstances – E. Feser Ph.D.
Why Youth Leave The Church – Brian Holdsworth, uCatholic
Attacks on Places of Worship Rise, Thanks to Socialism – Ángel Manuel García Carmona
Name Your Baby. . . the Catholic Way – Katie Warner, National Catholic Register
Ireland, Abortion & the Eighth Amendment – The Editors, National Catholic Register
Might New Vatican Document on the Economy Help Humanæ Vitæ? – A. Gagliarducci
Church-State Distance, If Not Separation, Finally Hits Il Bel Paese – John Allen, Crux
Capitalism vs. Tradition in Italy – Alessandra Bocchi, First Things
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The Man of Sorrows in the arms of the Virgin by Hans Memling, A.D. 1475; (Credit: Wikimedia via Church Life Journal)

. . .the seismic shift in the orientation of creation, this cataclysmic re-location of the logos into the corruptible world of mortality took place not in a hermetically-sealed scientific laboratory or in the archetypes of myth, but in the flesh-and-blood of a human person.  And the person’s name was Mary. . .

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Check Out These Photos of Carmelite Mystic St. Elizabeth of the Trinity – Phi. Kosloski
Introducing the Patriarchal Tiara of Lisbon, a Mitre with 3 Crowns – J.P. Sonnen, LAJ
Laugh & Grow Strong – Fr. George W. Rutler Th.D. S.T.D., National Catholic Register
Our Lady of Fatima & Eucharistic Devotion – Joseph Pronechen, National Catholic Register
God’s Plan For Your Life is Better Than Your Plan – Sherry Antonetti, NC Register
Fra Angelico Exhibit Offers Colorful Masterpieces – Joseph Pronechen, NC Register
– Shawn R. Tribe, Liturgical Arts Journal
Catholic ‘Band of Brothers’: Fathers & Sons, Faith, Camaraderie at Camp – J. Davidson
The Elements of Style in the Sacred Liturgy – Michon Matthiesen S.T.L. Ph.D.
Antique Chasuble by G.F. Bodley  – Shawn R. Tribe, Liturgical Arts Journal
A Peek at the Childhood Homes of 13 Well-Loved Saints – Cerith Gardiner, Aleteia
The Threefold Maternity of Mary – Rick Yoder, The Amish Catholic
St. Willibrord, Utrecht  Gemma Animæ (130-136): Stained Glass, Tapestries, & Painting – Canticum Salomonis
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Ruins of Elgin Cathedral by David Roberts (Credit: Crissi Magazine)

The Suicide of the West: A Tale of Two Miracles

. . .“There is no God in this book.”  Thus reads the provocative first sentence of Jonah Goldberg’s latest release, The Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, & Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy. . .

by John Horvat, II,

of Crisis Magazine

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Why are Conservatives Forcing Mothers from Their Kids? – Matthew Walther, The Week
Angels Having Relations with Humans, Jude & 2 Peter & 1 Enoch – Tay. Marshall Ph.D.
Breaking the Stereotype: Comfort Shoes – Meghan Ashley Sabo, Meghan Ashley
Eucharistic Miracles & the Divine Blood Type – Rick Becker, National Catholic Register
London’s Anti-Catholic Riots Were the Bloodiest in British History – Antonia Fraser, CH
Books Received: Peter Kreeft & 2018 Ignatius Pew Missal – Fr. Z’s Blog
One-of-a-Kind Book on Adoration & St. Faustina Hits Shelves – Joseph Pronechen, NCRg
Little-Known Story of How St. Thomas the Apostle brought Christianity to India – Alet.
Defending the Catholic Church with Scripture – Ray Sullivan, Catholic Stand
Here’s a Step-by-Step Guide to the Ancient Pentecost Vigil – Philip Kosloski, Aleteia
The Best Vatican Document on Economics for Some Time – Philip Booth, Catholic Hrld
Lay Evangelization & the “Smell of the Sheep” – Peter D. Beaulieu, The Cthlc Wrld Rprt
The Impermanence of Place – K.E. Colombini, First Things
Catholicism, Fundraising, Book Launches, & Overcoming Struggles – Brice Sokolowski
New Vatican Doc. Affirms Economy Must be People-Centred – Ed Condon J.C.L., CH
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Dimissioni (Credit: Settimo Cielo via L’Espresso)

Pope Says He is Ready for Resignation; But on the Condition That. . .

. . .in an odd conjunction of coincidences, the words “testament” & “resignation” have recurred several times in recent days, on the lips & from the pen of Pope Francis, to some extent applied to himself as well. . .

by Sandro Magister

of Settimo Cielo

via L’Espresso

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Pope Francis Indirectly Corrects Fr. James Martin on “Animals” – Fr. Z’s Blog
Chile’s Bishops have Offered to Resign, That’s Still Not Enough – Ed Condon J.C.L., CH
Left-Wing Anti-Catholic Bigotry In Philly – Rod Dreher, TAC Blogger
Support for Legalizing Abortion in Ireland Collapses, Less Than Half For – M. Bilger, LN
Henry Kissinger is a Boring Old Fraud – Matthew Walther, The Week
Rival Visions of the Catholic Future – Rod Dreher, TAC Blogger
Memo to Catholic World: Have Eyes on What Pope Does in Chile – Jn. L. Allen Jr., Crux
Pope Says Removing Chile’s Bishops is ‘Needed’ But Not Enough – Inés San Martín, Crux
Ecclesial or Fundamentalist Catholic; Austen Ivereigh & Mike Lewis – Deborah Gyapong
White House to Deny Federal Funds to Planned Parenthood – Zelda Caldwell, Aleteia
Cardinal Hoyos, Former Pres. of the Pont. Comm. “Ecclesia Dei” – RIP – Fr. Z’s Blog
Will Tech Giants Sway Ireland’s Abortion Referendum? – Jon Anderson, Catholic Herald
Irish Pro-lifers Campaign to Keep Abortion Illegal – John P. McCarthy Ph.D., Crisis Mgzn
Vatican Walking Into a Trap If It Does a Deal with Red China – Fr. A. Lucie-Smith Ph.D.
Pope Says Change Coming for Chile, But So Far No Specifics – Inés San Martín, Crux
On Finance, the Vatican can Still Do Better – Samuel Gregg D.Phil., The CWR
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Austen Ivereigh (Credit: Fr. Dwight Longenecker)

Austen (Ivereigh) Has Lost His Powers

. . .English journalist, academic, & papal biographer Austen Ivereigh seems to have become somewhat of a loose cannon–rolling about on a leering ship, firing shots every which way, but while the cannonballs are flying they rarely hit their target but can do extraordinary damage to innocent victims. . .

by Father Dwight Longenecker

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Understanding the Mysterious Sword of St. Michael – R. Jared Staudt, Cthlc Exchange
Why Vatican Won’t Be Joining U.S. on Jerusalem’s Embassy Row – Jn. L. Allen Jr., Crux

Patrick Deneen, The Little Sisters of the Poor, & Libertas Idiotica – A.M. Esolen Ph.D.
YouTube Star Explains What Convinced Her Church is Right on Contraception – ChPop
Pope: I’ve Thought About When It Might Be Time to “Take Leave” – Billy Ryan, uCthlc
On Christian Liberty, Lockean Liberty: Response to S. Gregg, Esolen – P. Deneen Ph.D.
The Best Monastic Documentaries – Rick Yoder, The Amish Catholic
New Data: Calif. Math Achievement Took Nosedive after Common Core – J. Pullmann
Court Staffer Fired After a Security Breach at Cardinal Pell Trial – Catholic Herald
New Liturgical Provisions from Archbishop Sample – Gregory DiPippo, New Lit Mov
‘Cor Orans’ Requires Contemplative Orders to Join Federations – Chloe Langr, epicPew
Jen. Fulwiler on Big Families, Mommy Wars, & Wholeness of Vision – Cat. Harmon
Prosecutors Want Media Blackout for Cardinal Pell Trial – Nick Hallett, Catholic Herald
The Holy See, China, & Evangelization – George Weigel, The Dispatch via The CWR
Judge Overturns California Assisted Suicide Law, For Now – Liberty McArtor, The Strm
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Official portrait of Mr. Jacob Rees-Mogg (Credit: Crisis Magazine)

Britain’s Next Catholic Prime Minister?

. . .unlike many Catholic Parliamentarians, not only does Rees-Mogg say he is a Catholic but he votes in Parliament the way a Catholic should on certain—non-negotiable—issues.  Furthermore, he is quite happy to tell the world this, &, refreshingly, without apology or equivocation. . .

by K.V. Turley,

of Crisis Magazine

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Mark Shea Bans Self From Facebook Page (satire) – Eye of the Tiber
Surprise, Among the Francis Men is One Who is Defending Humanæ Vitæ – S. Magister
Newly-Elected U. of Notre Dame Trustee Gave $10,000 to Pro-Abortionists – Life News
Popes Ideas for Overcoming False Dichotomy in Cath. Moral Discussion – Fr. Schneider
Nevada Citizens Bring on Brothel Fight with No Little Girl Campaign – P. Jesserer Smith
Living A Fanatical Catholic Life – Cameron Edman, Catholic Stand
YouTube Restricts Video of Man Assaulting Irish Pro-lifer – Rachel Alexander, The Strm
Dear Class of 2018: Follow Jesus, & Hold Onto These 3 Things – Jeanette DeMelo, Reg
American Medical Association Stands Firm on Assisted Suicide – Michael Cook, Mrctrnt
UK Government Accept Wearing of Crucifix in Workplace as Lawful – K.V. Turley, NCRg
Twitter Censors Pro-Lifers, Defends Terrorist Group Hamas to Have Account – S. Ertelt
How the Knights of Columbus Help Saved this Catholic Family from Syria – Ryan Scheel
Crosses on Public Buildings: Yes or No? – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture
Relegating the Faith to the Private Sphere Generates a Distortion – R.J. Staudt Ph.D.
Will Midterm Elections Upend White House’s Plans for Federal Bench? – Jn. F. Desmond
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Professor Stanislaw Grygiel (Credit: Screen Shott of JPII Film via

A Friend of John Paul II: Illegitimate Theology Threatens to Undermine Humanæ Vitæ

. . .Professor Stanislaw Grygiel warns against theologians who ‘raise man’s weakness to the dignity of the principle of life’. . .

by Edward Pentin,

of the National Catholic Register

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Cardinal Defiant after Pro-Abortionists Block Canadian March for Life – Deb. Gyapong
I’m Decidedly & Unapologetically Catholic: Clarence Thomas @Christendom Col. – ChP
The Ironic Legacy of France’s Failed Revolution – Alan Charles Kors, Law and Liberty
Catholic Politician Touted as Germany’s Next Leader Wants Priestesses – Cthlc Herald
How to Argue Better – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic
The Patrick Coffin Show: What Is a Real Man? Gordon Dalbey – Pat. Coffin, Cthlc Stand
Breaking: Chileans Denounce Suffering Sex Abuse by Marists, Priests – E. Vergara, ABC
How a Catholic Parish is Dealing with the Hawaii Volcano – Patrick Downes, Cthlc Hrld
Justice Is Impossible Without Truth – Donald DeMarco, National Catholic Register
Easter Reflections & Movie Spoilers – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today
Can the Catholic Church Help Two Korean States Reconcile? – Ines Murzaku, NCRegister
My Chat with Jennifer Fulwiler: How Fashion Will Change Your Life! – Meghan Ashley
Embezzlement Trial of Former Vatican Bank Director Begins – Cindy Wooden, Cath Hrld
Catholicism, Fundraising, Book Launches, & Overcoming Struggles – Brice Sokolowski
Holy See Approves Opening Cause of Beatification of Iraqi Clerics Killed in ’07 – Alet.
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