Day: November 7, 2018


Padre Pio in Prayer (Credit: uCatholic)

Why Did Padre Pio Say This “Secret Weapon” Prayer Every Day?

. . .the legendary mystic & stigmatic Padre Pio was distinctly known for his devout prayer life, calling it the best weapon we possess, the key that opens the heart of God.  Why did Padre Pio say this “secret weapon” prayer every day? . . .

by Billy Ryan,

of uCatholic

Live Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
More Bones Found at the Vatican Embassy – Chloe Langr, epicPew
These 4 Catholic Charities Made the Top 100 Largest in the U.S. – Melissa Guerrero, epicPew
FSSP Sees Growth 10 Years After Summorum Pontificum – S. Beale, National Catholic Register
Italy to Help Asia Bibi Leave Pakistan as Pressure Mounts to Grant Her Asylum – Edward Pentin
Clear Creek Abbey Chant Weekend – Janet Gorbitz, New Liturgical Movement
A Valuable New Book Sets Forth the Gift of the Priestly Blessing – Msgr. Charles Pope, CiM
Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil: ‘I Have Witnessed the Power of Prayer’ – CNA via Catholic Herald
Holy Communion Prepares You for Heaven – St. Peter Julian Eymard, Catholic Exchange
Cardinal O’Malley Elected Chairman of Papal Foundation – Han. Brockhaus, CNA via NC Register
The Quantum Catholic: Do Quantum & Religious Mysteries Intersect? – R. Kurland Ph.D., C. Stand
Carmelite Spirituality: Solitude & Prayer – Sister Laus Gloriae O.C.D., The Integrated Catholic Life™
Why the Holy Land is the ‘Fifth Gospel’ of Christianity – CNA via The Catholic World Report
Acting on Faith: Readings for 32nd Sun. O.T. Readings Explained – John Bergsma Ph.D., TSP
People Unable to Give have become Slaves to Possessions, Pope Francis Says – Carol Glatz, CNS
Love & Time – Noel Ethan Tan, Ignitum Today
The Prodigal Son: Learning Our Father’s Scandalous Love – Dan Byron, Catholic Stand
Pope Francis Says Entrepreneurship is Needed in the Face of Scandalous Poverty – The CWR
The Artist is Prophet & Poet – Vatican News
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Synod on Young People: Final Edition

Youth Synod 2018 (Credit: Paul Haring of CNS via The CWR)

A Deeper Look at the Final Synod Document Raises Questions about Sources, Analysis, Emphasis

. . .why so few references to the writings of St. Pope John Paul II?  Why no consideration of liturgical abuses?  How prevalent is “paternalism”?  What does it mean to say young people are “theological fonts”? . . .

by Father Nicholas Gregoris, Ma.L. Ma.D.,

of The Catholic World Report

The Vatican Faces Gaggle of Bitter Women – One Mad Mom
“I’ll Take ‘25,000 Words of Blah Blah & Landmines’, for 200, Please, Alex!” – Fr. Z’s Blog
Clerical Machiavellians with Magical Beliefs – William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine
Contrasts of Projected Visions of the Church – Fr. Z’s Blog
The Wanderer: A Synod (“Walking Together”) of Clichés – Fr. Z’s Blog
A Failure to Communicate? Definitely! – One Mad Mom
Youth Synod Final Document: Five Areas of Concern – Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register
Video: Analysis of Synod 2018 by Robert Royal & Fr. Gerald Murray – Fr. Z’s Blog
The Synod Final Document: A Rush to Judgment – Fr. Raymond J. de Souza, Ntnl Cthlc Register
Brian Holdsworth on “Keeping Youth in the Church” – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement
Brave New Church: Can Catholicism be Decentralized? – Fr. Mark Drew, Catholic Herald
Pandering to Young People Does Not Win Them Over to the Church – ChurchPOP
Synodality & Sexuality: What the Synod Document Said & Didn’t Say – Ed Condon J.C.L., Cth. Hrld
The Synod Final Report Released, Addresses Gender, Sexuality – Hannah Brockhaus, NC Register
Despite Pope Francis’s Best Efforts, Synod Lacked Any Sense of Urgency – Fr. de Souza, C. Herald
Young People Want the Authentic Faith – Nicholas LaBanca, Catholic Stand
Reflections from Down Under: Interview with Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney – Edw. Pentin
What Our Kids Really Want – Cynthia Millen, Catholic Stand
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Tucker Carlson (Credit: Crisis Magazine)

The Divide That Runs Through America Is Religious

. . .although somewhat overshadowed by the allegory of the Cave, the myth of the ring of Gyges, & other powerful images found in Plato’s Republic, the account of the ship of fools is still memorable & compelling.  While Socrates—the Athenian philosopher & mentor of Plato—is discussing with his young friends the nature of justice & the ideal political community, he finds it necessary to describe one of the perennial dilemmas of mankind—corrupt, ignorant leadership. . .

by Jerry D. Slayer,

of Crisis Magazine

No Blue Wave Yet Troubles Are Ahead – Bruce Frohnen, Crisis Magazine
Pro-Lifers Claim Election Night Victories – John Burger, Aleteia
Will Kavanaugh’s Court Turn a New Chapter on Roe v. Wade? – Peter Jesserer Smith, NC Register
Oregon Votes to Force Residents to Fund Abortions Up to Birth – Steven Ertelt & Mic. Bilger, LN
While Americans Pretend To Be Oppressed, The Chinese Run Concentration Camps – Dv. Marcus
What Is Classical Liberalism? – Ralph Raico, Mises Wire
Alabama Decision Urges SCOTUS to Revisit Roe v. Wade – Rachel Alexander, The Stream
2018 Midterms Reflect a Nation Divided – Matthew E. Bunson, National Catholic Register
Alabama Approves Amendment Saying Unborn Babies Have a “Right to Life” – Steven Ertelt, LN
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Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (Credit: Bob Roller of CNS via The CWR)

Roots of Catholic Anger

. . .the “narrative” of an ongoing, widespread, & unaddressed rape culture in the Catholic Church in the United States is false. . .

by George Weigel,

from The Dispatch

via The Catholic World Report

McCarrick’s Seminarians – Maureen Mullarkey, Studio Matters
The Failure of a Conservative Catholic Myth – Rod Dreher
Fr. Z Muses: Repression of Catholic Speech & What We Can Do about It – Fr. Z’s Blog
Auxiliary Bishop John Jenik’s Accuser: Serious Questions Now Arise about His Credibility – TMR
Tyranny & Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Jesuit Tragedy – John R.T. Lamont, Rorate Cæli
Buffalo & the Silence of the Bishops – Christopher R. Altieri, The Catholic World Report
No, Jim; Pope Didn’t Blame Abuse Victims for Persecution of the Church –
French Priest Accused of Sexual Assault Commits Suicide – Chloe Langr, epicPew
The Bishops’ Misdeeds – The Boston Globe
Celibacy & Sexual Deviancy: Mystical Theology Has the Answer – Dav. Torkington, Catholic Stand
Priest-Sociologist Examines Data on Clergy Sex Abuse: Homosexuality – Kev. Jones, NC Register
Is Clergy Sex Abuse Related to Homosexual Priests? – Mat. E. Bunson, National Cthlc Register
Karadima Victims File a Complaint Against Francisco Cardinal Errázuriz – CNA via Catholic Herald
Peter Damian’s Counsel – Charlotte Allen, First Things
Prayer to St. Michael Makes a Resurgence in Response to Abuse Crisis – Carol Zimmerman, Crux
Apologizing for the Cover-Up, Iowa Diocese Vows to ID Accused Priests – Ryan J. Foley, Crux
Defending the Church in a Time of Scandals – Tom Collingwood, Catholic Stand
Shadows Covering the Glorious Catholic Church: Abuse – Edouard Belaga Ph.D., Catholic Stand
Marci Hamilton’s Child USA: Victim Advocacy or Contingency Lawyer Front Group? – TMR
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Cemetery (Credit: Shutterstock via Catholic Exchange)

Ten Ways to Prepare for a Holy Death

. . .the most important moment in our life is the very moment that we die. . .

by Father Edward Broom, O.M.V.,

of Catholic Exchange

Live Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville to Defy the U.S. Govt. – Sister Bernadette Mary Reis F.S.P.
Against Inevitable Adultery – Dan Hitchens, First Things
Fr. Ripperger on “Levels of Spiritual Warfare” – Fr. Richard Heilman, Roman Catholic Man
Two California Bishops Nominated to Lead USCCB Committees – California Catholic Daily
The Vision at Knock & the Holy Souls in Purgatory – Fr. Seán Connolly, The Catholic World Report
Young Americans Aren’t Too Poor To Have Kids. They’re Just Chicken – Jessica Burke, The Fdrlst
A Mission to Change San Francisco – California Catholic Daily
10 Timeless Names for Your Baby Boy Inspired by Historical Popes – Cerith Gardiner, Aleteia
In Wealthy San Francisco, Treatment of Homeless Draws U.N. Condemnation – CNA via The CWR
On Retribution – Fr. James V. Schall S.J., The Catholic Thing
Why Muslim Media She Away from Covering Uighur Persecution Story – Ira Rifkin, Get Religion
Resisting “Transgenderism”, with Truth & Love – Joanna Bogle, The Catholic World Report
Catholic Traditions & Treasures – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction
Asia Bibi’s Husband Begs U.S. to Offer Asylum – CNA/EWTN News via National Catholic Register
How To Style Yourself When Your Size Is Changing – Meghan Ashley Styling (Catholic)
Pope Francis Appoints a New Archbishop for Cotabato in the Philippines – Vatican News
Red China: Over 200 Church Members Arrested Since the Summer – Lin Yijiang, Bitter Winter
White House Declares National Adoption Month, Says Every Child is Wanted – CNA via The CWR
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