VVEDNESDAY EDITION

Why Didn’t Cardinal Wuerl Come Clean?

Last week, U.S. Catholics learned that Cardinal Wuerl knew that his disgraced predecessor, Theodore McCarrick, had faced allegations of sexual misconduct with seminarians back in 2004. Four possible explanations for Cardinal Wuerl’s puzzling & shocking behavior. ☩ Joan Frawley Desmond of National Catholic Register

8 Nonpartisan Reasons To Defund Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood engages in taxpayer waste, covering up sex abuse scandals, and hypocritical lobbying on issues of speech. Plus, it's not needed. ☩ Dustin Siggins of The Federalist

After Epiphany: The Transfiguration Icon & What It Tells Us About Christian Culture

Here is a painting of the Transfiguration. It is a 16th-century Russian icon from the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery in Yaroslavl, which is to the northeast of Moscow. ☩ David Clayton of New Liturgical Movement

Norbertine nuns work the Poverty Program in Wilmington

Sister Ana Paula was on the “other side of the gate"  ☩ California Catholic Daily

Lawmakers Set Sights on Parental Rights

A new bill in Colorado is yet another example of the erosion of parental rights. ☩ Brianna Heldt of National Catholic Register

Lay Ministers: Extraordinary For A Reason

Eucharistic Ministers, a term commonly ascribed to those who participate in the Liturgy of the Eucharist by assisting the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion, is a misnomer. ☩ Birgit Jones of Catholic Stand

Men on a Mission: ‘Exodus 90’ Encourages Spiritual Growth in Contrast to Culture

Initiative also offers concrete campaign of prayer and sacrifice for the Church amid crisis. ☩ Judy Roberts of National Catholic Register

The Legacy of John Senior

☩ Joseph Pearce of Faith & Culture

Two Abuse Victims Who Came Back to the Church

☩ Patti Maguire Armstrong of National Catholic Register

Pro-choice & pro-life majorities want more abortion restrictions, a poll shows

☩ Catholic News Agency via The Catholic World Report

Settlement Considers: Should Catholic Health Plans Cover Transgender Surgeries?

☩ Kevin Jones of Catholic News Agency via National Catholic Register

Who Would Have Known. . .?

A few days ago, the Nashua Public Library hosted a Drag Queen Teen Time starring the soi-disant Monique Toosoon, a gay man whom the once-conservative Manchester Union Leader—in a short puff-piece—denominated as “she.” Over 130 people attended, mostly women & teenagers. . . ☩ Anthony M. Esolen, Ph.D., of Crisis Magazine

Should Catholics Be More Involved In Politics?

Is a lack of Catholic political involvement really the problem? ☩ John Clark of National Catholic Register

Fallen Angels & the Suffering of Humanity

For as long as I can remember, growing up as a Catholic Christian, I have always wondered why one-third of the angelic hosts decided to rebel against God. I often wondered how sin came into existence. Further, I even asked myself, if God was perfect, how could he create sinful angels. ☩ Osita Onyejekwe, Ph.D., of Catholic Stand

Catholic College Presidents March Against Abortion

The witness of these presidents to the sacredness of human life extends all year long. ☩ Kelly Salomon of National Catholic Register

How the Knights of Columbus save lives: 1,000 ultrasound machine donations

A program to donate ultrasound machines to U.S. pregnancy centers has passed the 1,000 mark. ☩ Catholic News Agency via The Catholic World Report

Please, bishops: act now; you’re running out of time!

☩ Philip Lawler of Catholic Culture

Rock Towers

☩ Nicholas Lye of Ignitum Today