Day: December 18, 2018


Saint Lidwina (Credit: Pinterest via ChurchPOP)

The Extraordinary Story of a Young Victim Soul Who Saw Heaven & Spoke to the Blessed Mother

. . .“Soon the entire dismemberment and devastation of the Church was cast upon her. . . as Christianity for forty years was divided between popes & anti-popes, so, too, was Lidwina’s body literally separated into two parts. . .

by Georgette Bechara,

of ChurchPOP

Live Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast
Celebrate Advent with These 6 Beautiful Austrian Traditions – Chloe Langr, epicPew
The Case Against Pell: New Details Emerge – Ed Condon J.C.L., Catholic News Agency

Mother Teresa’s Secret to a Heartfelt Celebration of Christmas – Philip Kosloski, Aleteia

Mercedarian Sisters Beautifully Sing Inspirational A Capella Hymn for Advent – ChurchPOP
What are the “O Antiphons” of Vespers? – Fr. Roger J. Landry, Integrated Catholic Life™
On Evangelizing the Culture & Why Hobbits (Really) Need the Shire – Con. Sweeney, The CWR

Pope Francis: Death Penalty a ‘Legalistic’ Value, Not a Christian One – CNA via The CWR
Advent & Christmas: a Reason for the Season – Tom Collingwood Ph.D., Catholic StandNote: A new post is published daily at 12:01 am U.S. Central Time


Douglas Murray (Screen Shot from Fox via The American Conservative)

Douglas Murray On Europe’s Apocalypse

. . .I finally got around to reading the British writer Douglas Murray’s book The Strange Death Of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam recently.  It’s fantastic, & I cannot recommend it strongly enough.  I found several things striking about it. . .

by Rod Dreher,

of The American Conservative

Europe: Pains of an Empire Lost – Jérémie Gallon, Politico
The Molly Maguires – Cathal Brennan, The Irish Story
A ‘Clericalist & Apostate State:’ Why Jacob Rees-Mogg Wants Out of the E.U. – The CWR
Would America Really Lose a War With China & Russia? – Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat
Shakespeare’s Pro-Catholic Broadside – Patrick Sawer, The Telegraph
The German Capital at a Crossroads –  L Beier, H Schmundt & V Weidermann, Spiegel Online
My Regrets Over Hong Kong by Lady Thatcher – Miles Goslett, The Telegraph
The Battle of Lhasa, A.D. 1959: Where It All Began – Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter
Czar Vladimir? Putin Acolytes Want to Bring Back the Monarchy – Th. Grove, The Wall Strt Jrnl
On War: Homer’s Advice to Us – Louis Markos, The Imaginative Conservative
The World Nationalism Made – Liah Greenfeld, American Affairs
China’s Crisis of Overconfidence – David Bandurski, The Diplomat
What Does “Stability Maintenance” Mean to Hans in Xinjiang? – Li Zaili, Bitter Winter
China & Russia: A Strategic Alliance in the Making – Graham Allison, The National Interest
U.S. Warns Turkey Not to Wipe Out Syrian Christians, Will Turks Be Defiant? – Joh. De Jong
Bishop Says Iraqi Christians Want to Stay, Contribute to Country – Charles Collins, Crux
Kosovo’s Parliament Votes to Create Army Despite Outcry – Stefan J. Bos, Vatican News
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Francesco Cardinal Coccopalmerio Smiling (Credit: Fr. Dwight Longenecker)

Cardinal Cocopalmerio on Anglican Orders

. . .London’s left-leaning Catholic paper The Tablet reports that Cardinal Cocopalmerio– described laughingly as “one of the Vatican’s top legal minds”– thinks there should be a re-think on Pope Leo XIII’s ruling that Anglican orders are “absolutely null & utterly void”. . .

by Father Dwight Longenecker

Heretic of the Week: James Pike – Charles A. Coulombe, Catholic Herald
Anglican ‘Stockpiling Whitewash’ – Rod Dreher, The American Conservative
Life In Post-Christian Britain – Rod Dreher, The American Conservative
Methodist Chapels . . . & ‘Bible Sunday’ – Fr. John Hunwicke, Fr Hunwicke’s Mutual Enrichment
O Nach Éisdeadh – David Warren, Essays in Idleness
This Dreaded Prison in London was Where Catholic Martyrs Were Made – K.V. Turley, NC Rgstr
Reviving “the Method” for the Ordinariates – D. Gyapong, The Anglicanorum Coetibus Society
The Noble Army of Martyrs Towers Over the Towers of London – K.V. Turley, NC Register
Church of England to Create ‘Celebratory’ Transgender Liturgies – Ed Condon J.C.L., NC Rgstr
Preaching Coram Sanctissimo – Fr. John Hunwicke, Fr Hunwicke’s Mutual Enrichment
Priests on the (Cricket) Pitch – Boxfacts
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Orthodox Prelates (Credit: Open Democracy)

The Ukrainian Church: A Multigenerational Divorce

. . .observers strain Google’s capacity to lead us to the truth by searching for quick, neat profiles on all of the leaders & land on any number of websites claiming to possess the absolute truth.  We might find what we want to find: another layer of incriminating evidence exposing the faults of Metropolitan Filaret, a photo of a grotesque icon demeaning Russia (or Ukraine), a headline announcing the seizure of a church, & through it all, we select the sources that support a viewpoint we have chosen to adopt. . .

by Rever. Dr. Nicholas Denysenko,

of Public Orthodoxy

LGBT Fight Comes To Orthodoxy – Rod Dreher, The American Conservative
Russian Orthodox Leaders Terrified They Will Go Same Way as Constantinople – Cthlc Herald
The Russian Orthodox Church Say President Petro Poroshenko May Be a Catholic – Tass
The Split between Kirill & Bartholomew & the Pope Sides More with the Former – S. Magister
Ukraine, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, & Post-Truth: An Orthodox Perspective – Fr. C. Hovorun
What is the Constantinople-Moscow Break All About – Meduza
39-Year Old Metropolitan Epiphanius Elected Head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Vat. News
Russian Catholics Hope Ties Won’t Be Affected by Inter-Orthodox tensions – CNS via Crux
New Ukrainian Orthodox Leader Gives First Liturgy, Urges Unity – A.P. via Crux
Russian Orthodox Church Satisfied with Pope’s Attitude to Events in Ukraine – InterFax
Christian Geopolitics & the Ukrainian Ecclesiastical Crisis – Irina du Quenoy Ph.D., War on. . .
The Problem with the Kosovo “Solution” – Fr. Sava Janjic, Public Orthodoxy
Reconceiving Healthcare: Philanthropia & the Vocations of Healing – Public Orthodoxy

Russian Orthodox Church Calls on Pope Francis, U.N. for Help in Ukraine – A.P. via Crux
Ukraine Orthodox Leaders to Approve Break with Russia Church – Associated Press via Crux
New Cold War by Proxy? Religious Conflict on Ukrainian Territory – Victor Gaetan, NC Register
Georgian Patriarch Ilia II: Constantinople/Moscow Clash Source of “Pain” – Tass
Ukraine Prelate says Orthodox Independence is Affirmation of Rights – Allen/San Martín, Crux
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Bishop J. Mark Spalding of Nashville (Screen Shot from 2018 Ordination via Vimeo)

Bishop J. Mark Spalding of Nashville Removes Deacon from Ministry After Deacon Began Calling for a More Thorough Investigation

. . .Nashville Deacon Ron Deal confirmed Friday he has been instructed not to minister at the Brentwood parish until his “public disagreement” with the Diocese of Nashville is resolved. . .

by Kimberlee Kruesi,

of the Associated Press

via Crux

Report Reveals Details of Ongoing Homosexual Network in Several Dioceses – Tho. Wehner
McCarrick’s Victim Speaks Out on McCarrick & the St. Gallen Mafia – Signs & Wonders
Does America Magazine have Dubia about Pope’s Remark on Homosexuality? – Philip Lawler
St. Paul-Minn. Archbishop Bans Predecessor from Exercising Public Ministry – Cthlc Herald
Priesthood: From Uncle Fultie to Uncle Ted – Maureen Mullarkey, Studio Matters
Jesuits Sent Abusive Priests to Retire on Gonzaga’s Campus – A.P. via Crux
The Sweet Life of Cardinal Maradiaga’s Right Hand – Translation via The Eponymous Flower
Oh, Good; In February the Pope Might Make a Statement About Abuse – Phi. Lawler, C. Culture
California Priest Convicted of Sexually Assaulting San Diego Seminarian – Cth. News Agency
Cardinal Nichols Shocked to Learn Ex-Vicar General Sent 2 Abusers to the U.S. – Cthlc Herald
Advocates Say 72 Priests in Orange County, California Abused Kids – A.P. via Crux
Church Names 29 Men Accused of Misconduct in South Alabama – A.P. via Crux
The Vatican Investigates Chilean Order After Nuns Report Abuse – Nic. Winfield, A.P. via Crux
Statistical Analysis Seeks Context for Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report – CNA via The CWR
Church & State in a Time of Scandal – Fr. William Dailey C.S.C., Public Discourse
New Jersey Bishops Moves to Compensate Sex-Abuse Victims – Catholic News Agency
German Prosecutors Launch Crackdown on Church Sex Abuse – Zita B. Fletcher, CNS via Crux
Archdiocese of Santa Fe to File for Bankruptcy – Catholic News Agency via Crux
Spain Grapples with Legacy of Clerical Sexual Abuse Crisis – Inés San Martín, Crux
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