Day: March 2, 2019

SATVRDAY EDITION

Weaponized Self-Pity, Part II: ‘Gay’ Clergy

Dear priests: We need you to be holy, first and foremost. We need you to be celibate and honor your vow of chastity. And way down the list of your self-understanding, our understanding of you, comes your identity as ‘gay.’ ☩ Jennifer Roback Morse of National Catholic Register

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

Changing the Narrative Around People in Poverty

Honest conversations will help eliminate the misconceptions about people living in poverty. The barriers to mobility are complex, & a realistic narrative will help lead to greater economic & social mobility. ☩ A Conversation with Wes Moore of The Catalyst

Bishop Steven J. Lopes on Beauty in the Liturgy

☩ J.B. Pauley of St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John's Oblates

Today’s abuse crisis is “exponentially different” from the crisis of 2002

Well, folks, intense as these last 10 days have been, if only that was everything on the plate. . . ☩ Rocco Palmo of Whispers in the Loggia

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

Celibacy, Chastity, Same-Sex Attraction, Priesthood: Some Necessary Distinctions

In the hyper-sexualized society we Christians inhabit, chastity is as counter-cultural today as it was for the early Christians in the decadent Roman Empire. ☩ Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas of The Catholic World Report

To Spank or Not to Spank?

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Pediatricians sharply disagree. ☩ Marcia Segelstein of National Catholic Register

The Catholic Guide to Loneliness

Everyone experiences loneliness at some time or another. Adam experienced it in the Garden of Eden. Jesus, on the cross. Many saints even experienced loneliness. No one is immune, but there are ways to combat it. ☩ Theresa Zoe Williams of epicPew

Practical Advice for Lent

☩ Shaun McAfee, O.P., of National Catholic Register

Pope Francis & the Papacy: Steve Ray on Catholic Answers Live

☩ Steve Ray of Defenders of the Catholic Faith

Immigration Is a Complex & Divisive Issue for Catholics

☩ Joseph O'Brien of National Catholic Register

St. John Chrysostom Teaches Fundraising

☩ Brice Sokolowksi of CatholicFundraiser.net

Beware the Stormtroopers of Secularism

☩ Joseph Pearce of National Catholic Register

Employing Reason to Be Happy: Peace in the Present Moment

☩ Suellen Brewster of Catholic Stand

If You’re Late in Planning for Lent, Read This Now

Oh no you almost forgot about Lent or a little bit late in planning. Don’t worry, EpicPew has you covered. ☩ Melissa Guerrero of EpicPew

Today In Trans Tyranny

I have a Catholic friend, born in Britain and proud of her heritage, who emigrated to the US with her husband in part because she wanted their children to have a decent chance at holding on to the faith. She did not believe that this was likely in aggressively post-Christian Britain. . . ☩ Rod Dreher of The American Conservative

Celibacy Is the Answer to Abusive Priests, Not the Problem

The real problem is loss of the culture of chastity. ☩ Fr. Carter Griffin of Mercatornet

The Founders’ Natural Rights Philosophy Does Not Entail Radical Autonomy

It’s an error for conservatives to see the American Founding’s emphasis on natural rights as necessarily fostering extreme individualism in contemporary America. Eighteenth-century Americans would have viewed the notion that rights could be exercised contrary to natural law as ridiculous. ☩ Samuel Gregg, D.Phil., of Public Discourse

What Happened When Atheists Attended a Talk on Exorcism

☩ Tom Nash of National Catholic Register

Why Church Is the Best Place for a Job Fair

☩ Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra of The Gospel Coalition

The C-Section

☩ Ryan Kraeger of Ignitum Today