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The Scandal & the Lampstand

The priestly sex-abuse scandal has had so much publicity that it’s hard to imagine what more can be said. But what’s amazing to me is that almost nothing has been said about the relationship of the Scandal and the dissent from Humanae Vitae. Rarely mentioned, if ever, is the Totality Thesis of the dissenters. ☩ John F. Kippley of The Catholic World Report

Cardinal Kasper attacks Cardinal Müller who publicly proclaimed Catholic doctrine

I saw that one of the very inveterate promoters of confusion, who has exercised great influence begin in 2013, Walter Card. Kasper, has compared Card. Müller to – wait for it – Martin Luther. ☩ Fr. Z's Blog

Andrew Sullivan Servant of the Evil One

Memo to Andrew Sullivan: There’s No ‘Anti-Gay Purge’

Commentary: Sullivan’s recent article seems erudite & reasonable, unless you are one of the people he is mischaracterizing. ☩ Jennifer Roback Morse of National Catholic Register

Letter to an Aspiring Priest

I’m grateful to you for getting in touch. Many people today would no doubt think you are strange for considering the priesthood, given the cloud that hangs over the Church. Others might congratulate you for heroism. Actually, both reactions are excessive. For a Catholic young man who is fervent in his faith, it’s a normal & reasonable thing to think seriously about being a priest, & rightly so. . . ☩ Thomas Joseph White of First Things

Call for an ‘ethical tariff’ on China to stop religious persecution

Silence and tepidity in the international community is costing lives. ☩ Marco Respinti of Mercatornet

“Rumors that a certain prelate threatens his orthodox priests with institutionalization or laicization are not rumors. . . they are (the) truth”

Back in August 2018 I posted one of the hardest things I’ve ever written for this blog. . . (I, Big Pulpit Editor, chose the pic- Ed.) ☩ Fr. Z's Blog

Lord, To Whom Shall We Go?

“I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament. There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth.” ☩ Winston Elliott, III, of National Catholic Register

Extraordinary Form Mass Ad Orientem

Thoughts about ‘ad orientem’ worship & priests being bullied

The rubrics of the Novus Ordo Missale Romanum and the tradition of many centuries have the priest at the altar facing liturgical East. . . ☩ Fr. Z's Blog

Tranny Madness: A Triumph Of Will Over Reality

☩ William M. Briggs, Ph.D., of Statistician to the Stars!

Automatic penalties confuse every topic they touch

☩ Edward N. Peters, J.C.D., J.D., of In the Light of the Law

Sacred Music Symposium in Canada Sets a High Standard

☩ J.P. Sonnen of Liturgical Arts Journal

Pope Benedict XV Teaches How To Fundraise

☩ Brice Sokolowksi of CatholicFundraiser.net

Why “The Great Music” Is as Important as “The Great Books”

Ignorance of the great works of music is as bad, for someone who seeks to be educated in Western culture, as ignorance of Dante & Shakespeare in literature, & Plato & Aristotle in philosophy. . . ☩ Peter A. Kwasniewski, Ph.D., of The Imaginative Conservative

Our Socialist Democratic Party

While certain left-of-center commenters on this blog say that I’m being an alarmist in talking about socialism among Democratic presidential candidates, it doesn’t look that way from inside the party’s strategists. . . ☩ Rod Dreher of The American Conservative

God Owns Me

God told me one night that He owned me. I heard this interiorly, without any words being spoken. ☩ Jim Dougherty of Catholic Stand

Cross vs. Crucifix

You display a bare cross in your homes; we display the cross and the crucifix. What is the difference and why? The cross is an upright post with a crossbeam in the shape of a “T”. A crucifix is the same, but it has Christ’s body (corpus) attached to the cross. . . ☩ Steve Ray of Defenders of the Catholic Faith

Through the Year with Maria Von Trapp, Off the Shelf 111 with Rob Kenney

This week Rob Kenney and I discuss an incredible resource that Sophia Institute Press has breathed new life into. Around the Year with the Von Trapp Family is back in print and sure to serve as a timeless classic to new generations of families looking to incorporate the Catholic faith into their daily lives. ☩ Pete Socks of Catholic Stand

Seeds of Liturgical Utilitarianism

It seems to me that utilitarian reductionism has long been a temptation of our mindset, particularly in the Latin church, which has always excelled in law and administration, in “getting things done.” ☩ Tom B. of Tom's Digest

What the Church Says About Suicide

Suicide is a difficult topic for many, even hopeful Catholics. It’s also a topic of confusion. Many persist to say that no matter what, victims of suicide will go to hell. Is that the truth, though? ☩ Shaun McAfee, O.P., of National Catholic Register

Julien Green's Vatican II

Several years ago, I came across some odd volumes of the journal of Julien Green in a Paris secondhand shop. . . ☩ Paul Dean of First Things

Pope St. Vitalian: Of Calendars, Celts, & Christian Unity

Unlike Christmas, which is a fixed date that can fall on any day of the week, Easter has always been observed on a Sunday. . . ☩ Richard Becker of Catholic Exchange

Beauty & Other Things

☩ J. Budziszewski, Ph.D., of Mercatornet

On the Role of the Angels at the Second Coming

☩ Msgr. Charles Pope of Community in Mission

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