And Persecution of Underground Catholics Continues

The Chinese government further uses the tentative agreement with the Vatican to force all underground churches to join state-approved ones. ☩ Lin Yijiang of Bitter Winter

Schall at 91—an Interim Report

Let me first acknowledge the many prayers and greetings that have been sent to me by so many people. I am deeply touched and grateful. Though I expected to be in the great beyond by now, Schall is not calling the shots. The colon operation was successful and the patient lives, though not so comfortably as before. ☩ Fr. James V. Schall, S.J., of The Catholic Thing

St. Teresa of Avila’s Terrifying Vision of Hell: “On Fire, & Torn to Pieces”

The Church’s teaching is clear – Hell is a very real place where souls suffer in eternal fire. Saint Teresa of Avila, Doctor of Church and renowned mystic, affirmed this truth with her experience of a terrifying vision of hell. ☩ Billy Ryan of uCatholic

New book details Iranian-American’s journey to the Catholic Church

Sohrab Ahmari is an Iranian-American author who serves as the op-ed editor of the New York Post. In 2016, Ahmari was received into the Catholic Church, a conversion he recounts in his upcoming memoir, From Fire, By Water: My Journey to the Catholic Faith. He spoke to Charles Camosy about his life and the reasons he joined the Catholic Church. ☩ Charles C. Camosy of Crux

Author Takes on Church Critics by Detailing Catholicism’s Big Picture

It’s been said anti-Catholicism remains the last socially acceptable prejudice in America. Once upon a time, it may have been driven by fundamentalist Protestants, but not anymore. ☩ John M. Grondelski, Ph.D., of National Catholic Register

Inside the Persecuted Life of Bishop Pei Ronggui

Now retired, the 85-year-old Chinese underground Catholic bishop has endured years of harassment at the hands of the Communist Party. ☩ Feng Gang of Bitter Winter

More Pieces Added to Puzzle of Holy See Press Office Resignations

The appointments of four new staff at the Holy See Press Office follow months of unheeded requests for help. ☩ Edward Pentin of National Catholic Register

San Antonio archdiocese prepares for new parishes

San Antonio Archdiocese has collected over half of the funds for a campaign to construct new parish buildings in preparation for an expected population boom. ☩ Catholic News Agency

Episcopal Resignation

☩ Fr. John Hunwicke of Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment

If Jesus "Grew" in Knowledge, Was He at Times Ignorant (Holy Gospel of Saint Luke 2:52)

☩ Fr. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. Cap., of Commentary on Catholic Issues

A Monastic Approach to Catholic Fundraising

☩ Brice Sokolowski of

Science for Catholic Home Schoolers: a Historical Approach

. . .Not many parents have a background broad enough to act as tutors in all required subjects. . . ☩ Robert Kurland, Ph.D., of Catholic Stand

Vatican abuse summit will underline the need to end cover-ups, official says

The aim of Pope Francis’s February meeting on abuse and safeguarding is to clarify and underline what must and must not be done with allegations and make sure no more cases are ever covered up, said Andrea Tornielli, editorial director for the Vatican Dicastery for Communication. ☩ Carol Glatz of Catholic News Service via Crux

The biblical reason why Catholics baptize infants

Infant baptism has been practiced by the Catholic Church from the very beginning. ☩ Philip Kosloski of Aleteia

The Classics & Christianity

An inheritance that runs through Jerusalem, Athens, and Rome and comes together in Christianity. It is true that the Greeks & Romans were not Christians, but the cheap attacks against the pagans for not being Christians is a modern phenomenon & a tacitly anti-Catholic one at that. ☩ Paul Krause of The Imaginative Conservative

What Does the Christian Tradition Mean by the Word “Mystery”?

Mystery refers to the fact that there are hidden dimensions in things, people, & situations that extend beyond their visible, physical dimensions. ☩ Msgr. Charles Pope of Community in Mission

New Week’s Resolutions — A better idea

☩ Peter Darcy of Catholic Stand

Your 2019 Fashion Roadmap

☩ Meghan Ashley Styling (Catholic)

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