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Well-Respected Australian Journalist (& Atheist): George Cardinal Pell was falsely convicted of sexually abusing two boys

Divisive columnist Andrew Bolt has come out in defence of disgraced Cardinal George Pell, saying he is the victim of a witch hunt. ☩ Ben Graham

What happens to priests who father children? Vatican cardinal explains the guidelines

The Vatican wants to make it easier for those men to leave the priesthood so they can take responsibility for the children, Cardinal Stella said ☩ Cindy Wooden of CNA via Catholic Herald

Six Things to Do Before Lent

Lent is less than a month away, & this year, we’re preparing our hearts to enter into the greatest story ever told. It’s a whirlwind of emotions, going from Genesis to Jesus in Sacred Scripture. We know how the story ends, but are we prepared for the long road to get there? This Lent, we’re taking a few steps to get ready to enter the desert. Here’s how we’re getting ready for the demanding, powerful, joyful story presented in Genesis to Jesus. . . ☩ St. Paul Center

Come Join the Catholic Church

The grace is here for the asking. ☩ Sherry Antonetti of National Catholic Register

Understanding & Combating the Francis Effect

A fine Machiavellian tool box has been assembled. ☩ Jonathan B. Coe of Crisis Magazine

Please Stop Leaving Mass Early Right After Communion!

You’ve almost certainly seen it. It’s a problem at virtually all Catholic parishes I’ve been to: some Catholics will attend Mass, receive communion & then immediately leave Mass before it’s finished. ☩ Brantley Millegan of ChurchPOP

A Fresh Look at the Stations of the Cross

. . .Gary Jansen takes an even deeper look at this suffering and how we can apply the lessons of Jesus’ Passion to our lives. ☩ Pete Socks of Catholic Stand

Study Claiming Prejudice Makes LGBT People Die Younger Gets Retracted

Criticism of the study and its retraction got much less attention than the initial findings did, because initial findings supported the 'right' narrative. ☩ James Lopez of The Federalist

How to Build a Go-To (Sunday Mass) Wardrobe

Growing up, I was always scrambling to blow dry my hair while tossing oodles of clothes across my room. . . ☩ Meghan Ashley Styling

Who’s Your Role Model?: 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time, C

☩ John Bergsma, Ph.D., of The Sacred Page

Should Catholic Hospitals Offer Sex-Change Operations?

☩ Trent Horn of Catholic Answers Magazine

St. John Chrysostom Teaches Fundraising

☩ Brice Sokolowksi of CatholicFundraiser.net

The Dangers of a Hollowed-Out Mercy

☩ Fr. Nicholas Blackwell, O. Carm., of Catholic Stand

I Stand With Cardinal Pell

I honestly feel desperately sad for Cardinal George Pell as the news breaks that the 77-year-old will be held at maximum security prison until his March 13 sentencing on five convictions of sexually abusing minors, according to the Guardian. ☩ Mark Lambert of De Omnibus Dubitandum Est.

The “Good-Enough” Life Isn’t Good Enough

Do you want to be great, or just good enough? ☩ John M. Grondelski, Ph.D., of National Catholic Register

Pope Francis has “made a mess of the stewardship entrusted to him”

Even when, as at present, the Catholic Church exercises very little direct political or social power, its continued witness to the world after two millennia retains a compelling grandeur. . . ☩ Robert Royal, Ph.D., of Claremont Review of Books

Catholic Herald: Traditional Latin Mass attendees more devout & orthodox, study Says, Wherein Fr. Z Rants

The demographics of the Church are going to shift dramatically and soon. Younger generations from nominally Catholic families are less and less inclined to self-identity as Catholics. They will, as they older, stop even pretending. Older people will drop away from church attendance. Many dioceses will soon lose large numbers of priests through death and retirement. Church attendance and income will drop. ☩ Fr. Z's Blog

What Is the Odor of Sanctity? The Pleasant Smell of Saintly Death

Throughout history, the smell of roses and other scents have been piously associated with certain saints. Lacking a natural explanation, some saints give off a pleasant odor during life, in death, and even after death – a theological gift called Osmogenesia. ☩ Billy Ryan of uCatholic

The justice system of Victoria & Australia are on trial as well as the Cardinal

Pell from a distance ☩ Fr. James V. Schall, S.J., of The Catholic Thing

“an open attempt to normalize homosexuality among clergy”

The Stakes are Being Raised ☩ Stephen B. White of The Catholic Thing

The Catholic Problem with Ocasio-Cortez’s Children Question

Children should be an answer, not a question. ☩ Katie Yoder of Catholic Vote

Exorcist Sees Dangers of Wicca Firsthand

As any exorcist will attest, we can’t use the devil — the devil uses us. ☩ Patti Maguire Armstrong of National Catholic Register

Keep Sacred Music Sacred

Like a voice calling out from the wilderness, there are times when some of the strongest and wisest words from a bishop arise not out of the cultural centers of the world, like Rome or New York, but rather from unexpected places. ☩ K.E. Colombini of Crisis Magazine

Systematically Exterminating the Disabled

Most of us are here to learn but those with Down syndrome are here to teach. ☩ Joseph Pearce of National Catholic Register

The “evidence of Cardinal Pell’s innocence”

On appeal, a panel of judges can decide that the verdict could not rationally have been reached on the basis of the evidence. ☩ George Weigel of National Review

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