McCarrick may be sanctioned, but the cover-up continues

According to multiple reliable sources in Rome, former cardinal Theodore McCarrick will soon be laicized—defrocked—in punishment for multiple instances of sexual misconduct. ☩ Philip Lawler of Catholic Culture

How Tech Giants are Banning True Speech About Biological Sex

Twitter’s latest move against free thought came in the form of a ban on “misgendering” and “deadnaming.” This essentially means users who use pronouns and names that align with a person’s biology rather than their professed gender identity will be punished. ☩ Emilie Kao of The Stream

Exhortation Alone Won’t Help Others Grow in Their Faith

An exhortation to develop an interior life or to deepen one’s relationship with Jesus—is, in and of itself, good. Yet, simply attempting to persuade someone to pray or develop a deeper, more routine prayer life is not enough. ☩ Dom Cingoranelli of Catholic Stand

How did Joseph & Mary meet Before getting married?

Did they fall in love? ☩ Philip Kosloski of Aleteia

As a McCarrick verdict looms, the Vatican still faces rough waters

With just weeks to go, there is no clear statement—because there does not appear to be any clear vision—of the nature or the scope of the meeting of the world’s episcopal leadership on clerical sex abuse. ☩ Christopher R. Altieri of The Catholic World Report

Involuntary Euthanasia of 34 Elderly Patients in Ohio Catholic Hospitals Unreported

What may turn out to be one of the biggest crimes in US history is being ignored ☩ Michael Cook of Mercatornet

Socialism versus the family

I gave a talk at the Heritage Foundation on the topic “Socialism versus the Family”. . . ☩ Edward Feser, Ph.D.

Pope Francis’s Candid Views on Sexual Morality

Just weeks before the Catholic Church’s summit on the sexual abuse crisis, the faithful became privy to Pope Francis’s rather unorthodox views on sexual morality. In a book length interview with Frenchman Dominque Wolton. . . ☩ Richard A. Spinello of Crisis Magazine

Crushing the Poor: Agricultural Tariffs & Subsidies

. . .groups advocate for the provision of what the material poor often lack. But this deficit of material goods, what we typically call “poverty,” is symptomatic of larger problems. ☩ Andrew Vanderput of Powerblog via Acton Institute

As population plummets, Hungary to end income tax for moms of at least four

In an effort to encourage Hungarians to have more babies, the prime minister of the country has announced that women with four children or more will be exempt from paying income tax for life. ☩ Catholic News Agency via The Catholic World Report

Cardinal Kasper Says Bible Spreads ‘Confusion’ & ‘Division’ (Warning: Satire)

Just days after Cardinal Müller published a “Manifesto of Faith,” which reiterated fundamental Catholic teachings in response to what he sees as growing confusion about the doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Kasper has accused him of making “unacceptable blanket statements.” ☩ Eye of the Tiber

Socialism In Three Acts

. . .the underlying faith of the Green New Deal is a faith in the guiding wisdom of the political elite. The authors of the Green New Deal assume that technocratic planners can master the movements of 328 million Americans and design a transportation system so that “air travel stops becoming necessary.” (This is from people who couldn’t even organize the successful release of their own background document.) ☩ Rod Dreher of The American Conservative

Classical Education Is the Answer to De-Hellenization

. . .So why do we need a new Hellenization before we can have a New Evangelization. . . ☩ Mo Waltering of Homiletic & Pastoral Review

New York Archdiocese Responds to Cardinal Spellman Groping Allegation

Lucian K. Truscott IV, a longtime journalist & writer, made the claims. . . ☩ Kevin Jones of Catholic News Agency via National Catholic Register

AOC's Green New Deal Is a U.S. Version of Mao’s Disastrous Great Leap Forward

Support for this proposal demonstrates a profound ignorance of even basic economic concepts. ☩ William L. Anderson, Ph.D., of Foundations for Economic Freedom

The Wayward Daughters

. . .the abuse & disuse of Side Chapels & what they are actually for. . . They were never meant to send a political message. . . ☩ Haley Stewart of Church Life Journal

Did a 19th Century Nun Prophesy Today’s Persecuted Church? The Little-Known Revelations of Venerable Mary Potter

“We live in perilous times; we are surrounded by dangers and temptations almost unparalleled in the history of the world. ☩ Georgette Bechara of ChurchPOP

The Necessity of Rituals

☩ Carolyn Humphreys, O.C.D.S., of Homiletic & Pastoral Review

In the interests of transparency. . .

☩ Philip Lawler of Catholic Culture

Pope Benedict XV Teaches How To Fundraise

☩ Brice Sokolowksi of CatholicFundraiser.net

The Wayward Daughters

☩ Haley Stewart of Church Life Journal

“Wasted” Life?

☩ Nicholas Lye of Ignitum Today

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