THVRSDAY EDITION

Investigation Confirms Covington Students Didn’t Instigate Confrontation

‘Our students were placed in a situation that was at once bizarre and even threatening,’ stated Bishop Roger Foys. ☩ CNA/EWTN News via National Catholic Register

This Slave Became America’s First African-American Priest

The odds were stacked against Augustus Tolton. He was born into slavery, his father died when he was young, he lived in poverty, and was denied access to every Catholic seminary in America. But despite the hardships he experienced, Tolton went on to become the first African-American priestLangr of epicPew

Therapist, Exorcists Comment on Satanic Catholic Priest

Pray for our priests. They need our prayers, and we need them to bring us the sacraments and shepherd us. ☩ Patti Maguire Armstrong of National Catholic Register

Why Valentine’s Day Is Named After a Saint

With the bustle associated with Valentine’s Day we often forget that February 14 is about love. True love, that is. We also forget that it is the celebration of the martyrdom of a saint who points the way to true love. ☩ Fr. John A. Perricone of Crisis Magazine

Quæritur: During a sick call, tea & biscuits before administering Communion

When a priest arrives at a sick person’s house in order to provide Communion, should the Communion rite happen immediately upon arrival? ☩ Fr. Z's Blog

While Vatican Meets, Catholic Colleges Celebrate Sexual Abuse

When Catholic institutions parade sexual perversion and abuse onstage in the midst of this crisis, the crimes are compounded. ☩ Patrick J. Reilly of National Catholic Register

In the countdown to the summit, abuse scandals rock pope’s native Argentina

As a Feb. 21-24 Vatican summit on the protection of minors approaches, ferment related to clerical sexual abuse continues to percolate in Pope Francis’s native Argentina. ☩ Inés San Martín of Crux

Do you know priests who are struggling, under attack? Terrific movement: Seven Sisters Apostolate

. . . there is one thing that lay people can do… especially lay women… which will be of enormous value in the coming days. . . ☩ Fr. Z's Blog

How Africa is converting China

☩ Christopher Rhodes of UnHerd

The Lenten Veil, by Henri de Villiers

☩ Aelredus Rievallensis of Canticum Salomonis

Pope Francis to Canonize Blessed John Henry Newman, Declares Cardinal Mindszenty Venerable

The Vatican announces major advances in the causes of the famous 19th century English theologian and convert from Anglicanism, and the 20th century heroic Hungarian cardinal who stood up to fascism and communism. ☩ Edward Pentin of National Catholic Register

From Beijing 2008 to Beijing 2022: Should We Boycott China’s Winter Olympics?

Senator Marco Rubio, co-chair of the U.S. Congressional Executive Commission on China, is pressuring the International Olympic Committee asking that the city of Beijing be deprived of the hosting rights for the 2022 Winter Olympics games. Rubio argues that the gross violations of human rights in China, particularly in the field of religious liberty, are incompatible with the Olympic spirit. ☩ Massimo Introvigne of Bitter Winter

Archbishop McCarrick Might Be ‘Laicized’ This Week: What Does that Mean?

What does it mean to be ‘laicized,’ ‘defrocked’ or ‘dismissed from the clerical state’? ☩ J.D. Flynn, J.C.L., of CNA via National Catholic Register

Diocese of Gallup Moves to ‘Restored Order’ of Baptism, Confirmation, & Eucharist

Bishop James Wall announced the decision in a new pastoral letter, saying the sacrament of Confirmation at a younger age will strengthen Catholic youth to live out heroic witness. ☩ CNA/EWTN News via National Catholic Register

When Jesus Said He Was God

“Jesus never claimed to be God” . . . The assertion is false. Jesus did, in fact, make divine claims about himself ☩ Matt Nelson of Catholic Answers Magazine

What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Could Learn from G.K. Chesterton

Once in power, democratic socialists cease to be democratic. ☩ Chuck Chalberg, Ph.D., of Foundations for Economic Freedom

Social Justice = Cultural Socialism

As I’ve said, I agree that it is possible, in theory, to have more economically “socialist” policies (e.g., a stronger welfare state) without accepting the woke agenda. But in reality, this is not on the table with the Democratic Party. ☩ Rod Dreher of The American Conservative

A Cimabue Inspired Italian Crucifix

☩ Shawn R. Tribe of Liturgical Arts Journal

Apocalypse 2019? We Have Been Here Before

☩ Lawrence P. Grayson of National Catholic Register

Pope Benedict XV Teaches How To Fundraise

☩ Brice Sokolowksi of CatholicFundraiser.net

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