Tiber Swim Team (Credit: Three Rivers Episcopal)

Hey, Southern Baptist Artist, the Tiber Swim Team is Calling!

. . .you know it’s really a week when I have to defend a Baptist artist whose artwork was rejected because it looked too “Catholic”. . .

from One Mad Mom

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Vatican II Fiasco – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic
What ‘Gay Cake’ Decision Will Mean for Religious Freedom in Europe – A. Tettenborn
Your Trendy Alternative to Sandals This Summer – Meghan Ashley Styling
Jacob Rees-Mogg: Start Taking This Backbench ‘Joke’ Seriously – T. Quinn, The Cnvrstn
What Practicing NFP is Like: One Man Shares His Thoughts – Will Wright, Catholic Link
Europe: Not as Secular as You Think – Tom Heneghan, Religion News Service
Dramatic Photo Shows Bishop Blessing Priest in Ebola Quarantine – Catholic Herald
For the 2nd Time, Pope Sends a Special Envoy to Medjugorje –  Inés San Martín, Crux
‘What Caused God?’ – Trent Horn, Catholic Answers Magazine
Recalling a Cardinal Who Could Have Been First Argentine Pope – Inés San Martín, Crux
The Vatican’s Church Architecture Exhibit is Underwhelming – R. O’Donnell Ph.D., CH
The Rome We have Lost & Gained, a Book Review – Ingrid D. Rowland, Commonweal

When Your Priest Becomes Family – Amber VanVickel, Helena Daily
Teen Marriage: a Sometimes Good or Universal Evil? – B.J. Christensen, The Ntrl Family
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Screen Shot of Sad Numbers in Drop in Vocations (Credit: Taylor Marshall Ph.D.)

Our Sad Decline in Priestly Vocations: Most Priests will Retire in A.D. 2015-2025

. . .I recently learned from Deacon Greg Kandra that Our Lady of Providence Seminary of the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, has zero new seminarians. . .

by Taylor Marshall, Ph.D.

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
50 Yrs. Ago, Because of Birth Control, The Pope Predicted This Would Happen. . . – CL
Archbishop Ladaria & the Transgender Movement – Ed Condon J.C.L., The CWR
Were 50 Million People Really Killed in the Inquisition? – Dave Armstrong, NC Register
Website Stands Behind Story about Bolivian Cardinal-Elect – Joan Lewis, Joan’s Rome
Prefect of CDF Reconfirms Male Only Sacrament of Holy Orders, Fr. Z Analyzes – Fr. Z
Did Pontius Pilate Exist? Evidence with a Name Set in Stone – Billy Ryan, uCatholic
A New Catholic Literary Revival? – Joseph Pearce, Benedict XVI Institute
Does Prayer Change Things? – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery
Nicaragua Government Attacks Jesuit University
Why “Visiting” Jesus is a Great Catholic Tradition – Larry Peterson, Aleteia
Bring Back the Times of Civil Discourse; CP Snow Revisited –  R. Kurland Ph.D., TACthlc
Iraq After ISIS: How to Get Christians to Stay – Edward Pentin, Ntnl Catholic Register
Hawaii Parishioners Displaced by Lava Ask for Prayers – Catholic News Service
Conscience Provisions in Healthcare & Elsewhere – E. Christian Brugger D.Phil. Pub Dis
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Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Angelo Accattino to Bolivia (Credit: Screen Shot from

Apostolic Nunciature in Bolivia Officially Stamped Reception of Notarized Documented Evidence & Testimonials of Bishop Toribio Ticona’s Alleged Common Law Wife & Offspring

. . .Adelante la Fe has offered their own brief rebuttal of Bishop Toribio Ticona’s Denial. . .

by Steve Skojec,

of One Peter 5

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Discover These Underutilized Catholic Websites & Resources! – Melissa Guerrero, eP
All Is Not Good in the Marvel Universe of Superheros – Marcel Brown, Crisis Magazine
Not All Priests in Ireland Are Eunuchs – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic
This is What a Horarium is & Why Everyone Should have One – Philip Kosloski, Aleteia
The Islamization of England & the Arrest of Tommy Robinson – W. Kilpatrick PhD, Crisis
Atheists Who Want Atheism to be True – Randal Rauser Ph.D., Strange Notions
The Remarkable Story of Presbyterian Turned Benedictine Thomas Frerking – Weigel
Jesus’ “Brothers” Always “Hanging Around”: Siblings? – Dave Armstrong, NC Register
Madagascar’s ‘Mother Teresa in Pants’ Built a City for the Poor – Inés San Martín, Crux
Teaching on All-Male Priesthood is Definitive, Says Prefect of CDF – Cindy Wooden, CH
Theresa May ‘Will Not Intervene in Northern Ireland Abortion Law’ – Nick Hallett, CH
How to Argue on Social Media According to Matt Fradd – Becky Roach, Catholic Link
The Benefits of Learning to Control Our Anger – Alan Scott, Catholic Exchange
Contra-ception: Against Life – Nellie Edwards, Ignitum Today
Fund-Raising is Always a Call to Conversion – Fr. Jm. Junípero Moore O.P. & Ch. Hanzeli
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Anti Catholic Cartoon by Tom Halliday of the Sunday Independent, Ireland (Credit: Fr. Z’s Blog)

Anti-Catholic Cartoon Reveals the Spirit of the Recent Anti-Life Irish Referendum

. . .a lay reader today alerted me to an opinion cartoon in The Sunday Independent in Ireland.  That sad, earthly-enslaved nation repealed by referendum the 8th amendment to their Constitution, which protected the right to life of the unborn.  The Constitution, by the way, begins in the name of the Trinity & says, “humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ”. . .

by Father John Zuhlsdorf,

of Fr. Z’s Blog

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
The Surprising Way “Newly Ordained Priests Exit the Sacristy in Poland”! – ChurchPop
Bolivian Cardinal-Elect Denounces Rumors of a Wife & Children – CNA via NC Register

Vatican Re-Affirms St. John Paul II’s Ban on Priestesses, Now What? – Fr. Longenecker
Who Was Abraham? The Modern Attack on Abraham – Scott Smith J.D., All Roads Le. . .

Culture Wars: Where Are We Now? – Rod Dreher, TAC Blogger

A New Carmel & Center of Traditional Liturgy – Peter A. Kwasniewski Ph.D., Rorate Cæli
Knowing the Holy Spirit: Insight from the Gospel of St. John – Fr. N. Blackwell O. Carm.

Evangelization & Conversion, Yes, But How? – Tho. E. Gullickson, ad montem myrrhae
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Cardinal-Elect Bishop Toribio Ticona & Pope Francis Embrace (Credit:

The Vatican is Asked to Confirm if Bolivian Cardinal-Elect Bishop Toribio Ticona is Married with Children

. . .In response to reports that Bolivian Cardinal-Designate Bishop Toribio Ticona, 81, has a “wife” & “children,” Edward Pentin asked the Vatican to confirm whether this story is true, & if so, whether Pope Francis knew of it before he named him Cardinal. . .

by Joan Lewis,

of Joan’s Rome

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Failed Portland Business Sues ‘Bigot’ Catholic Church – Rod Dreher, TAC Blogger
The Irish Abortion Vote & the New Pro-Life Movement’s Awful Silence – D. Griffey, DTh

Ten Ways to Win the Battle for Purity – Fr. Ed Broom O.M.V., Catholic Exchange
Why Psychologists’ Selective Opposition to Gay Therapy Undercuts Their Field – Sabey
Sunday Sports & Honoring the Third Commandment – E. Christian Brugger, NC Register
Asking the Question, “Where Was God?” – Nicholas LaBanca, Catholic Stand
It’s More Effective to Attract Than to Simply Chastise – Leo. J. DeLorenzo Ph.D., ChLJ
5 Ways to Have a Super Catholic Summer – Katie Prejean, epicPew
How You Can Get Plenary Indulgences This Summer – Joseph Pronechen, NC Register

An American Conspiracy Against Agreement Between Rome & Beijing? – S. Magister, SC
How to Foster a Humble Heart, According to St. Francis de Sales – Philip Kosloski, Alet.
People Are Less Selfish Under Capitalism – Bar. P. Brownstein Ph.D., Fndtns for Econ Ed
Principles of Catholic Social Doctrine Hailed as Solution to Political Divide – T. Hoopes
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New Ordinations (Credit: Screen Shot from Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest via Liturgy Guy)

Use a Model Diocese to Produce an Over Abundance of Priestly Vocations

. . .It seems like the question keeps coming up & yet there seems to be little to no response from our Bishops.  Every year since 1965, the priest to faithful ratio has gotten worse.  There is not much more than hand-wringing going on to solve the problem.  The trend keeps spiraling downwards.  The seminaries of yesteryear are almost all closed, consolidated, or operating at minimal capacities. . .

by Father Donald L. Kloster,

via Liturgy Guy

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
One of New Cardinals Has Fathered Children, According to Adelante la Fe – R. Cæli
The Summer Reading List That Will Change Your (Faith) Life – Chloe Langr, epicPew
Priestesses & the Marriage Supper of the Lamb – Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Jesus Mythicism: No Contemporary References to Jesus – T. O’Neill, Hstry for Atheists
The Archdiocese of Utrecht May Be About To Sell Its Ancient Cathedral – Mark de Vries
Former Col. QB & NFL Prospect Pursues Vocation as Catholic Missionary – J.P. Mauro
How Facebook is Censoring a Pro-Life Movie “Roe v. Wade” – Tom Blumer, Life News
Does Fatherlessness Cause Atheism? Dr. Paul Vitz – Patrick Coffin, Catholic Stand
A Great Cardinal is Turning Catholics Into Political Force in Secular Uruguay – S. Nolan
8 Years Ago, He Forgave a Debt, Now That Kindness Sparked a Movement – C. Gardiner
Vietnam Miracle: When the Little Flower Appeared to a Man – Larry Peterson, Aleteia
Children Under Siege in the Digital Age – Allison Burr, The Imaginative. . .
An International Christian Confederation – Rod Dreher, TAC Blogger
Norbert McAuliffe: The Newest “Venerable” from America – Philip Kosloski, Aleteia
US Student Loans Stopping You from Entering Seminary? There’s Help – Sim. Dennerly
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Kansas University Integrated Humanities Program Fruits (Credit: ChurchPop)

The Amazing Humanities Department at an American Public University that was Shut Down After Too Many Students Converted to Catholicism

. . .in the 1970s there used to be a humanities program at the University of Kansas that got shut down because too many of its students were converting to Catholicism. . .

from ChurchPop

Live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Ireland Votes Pro-Abortion for Trinity Sunday, the Heavens Respond – Fr. Z’s Blog
Pope has Opened Up a New Path to Becoming Cardinal – Fr. Raymond J. de Souza
Did the Catholic Left & Homosexualists Ignore Popes’ Words about Seminarians? – Z
Bishop Morlino’s Clear Commencement Address: “Let’s Be Politically Incorrect” – Fr. Z
Evil in Storytelling – Foxfier, The American Catholic
The Cleric in Chile Who Recorded Sex Abuse Charges Reports Himself – Inés San Martín
Green Fields of Ireland Stained Blood Red – Ben Butera, The American Catholic
Concerning Innovations – Fr. Z’s Blog
Let Boys be Boys; BSA No Longer Fosters Male Bonding – Tom Collingwood, Cthlc Stand
Divine Providence (College)? Not So Much – One Mad Mom
The Blessed Trinity is a Mystery, Not a Puzzle – Fr. Geo. W. Rutler Th.D. S.T.D., NCRgstr
How to Know if a Trend is “For You” – Meghan Ashley, Meghan Ashley Styling
NFP, God’s Faithfulness, and Family Size – Susanna Spencer, National Catholic Register
Catholicism, Fundraising, Book Launches, & Overcoming Struggles – Brice Sokolowski
Saving Goldicott Convent — on Heritage Sites – Jean Elizabeth Seah, Ignitum Today
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