VVEDNESDAY EDITION

Cardinal Pell Sentenced to Six Years Imprisonment for Sexual Abuse

Chief Judge Peter Kidd handed down the sentence March 13 from the Victoria County Court in Melbourne, Australia. ☩ Catholic News Agency via National Catholic Register

What Makes the Christian Worldview Different from the Rest

One cannot live without developing opinions about the nature of reality, so every well-defined culture and faith naturally introduces its members to a way of seeing the world. . . ☩ Fr. James V. Schall, S.J., at Crisis Magazine

Laity Mobilize to End the Sex-Abuse Crisis and Reform the Church

Throughout the Church’s history, the laity have proved essential to the reform of the clergy, and the present crisis is no exception. ☩ Peter Jesserer Smith at National Catholic Register

Tongue-tied bishops—is it fear of retribution?

John Allen of Crux does his best to be balanced, but he can only do so much. . . ☩ Phillip Lawler at Catholic Culture

“Virgin & Laughing Child” is unveiled as Leonardo da Vinci’s only surviving sculpture

The great master was said to have created it around 1472, when he was 19 or 20. ☩ Zelda Caldwell at Aleteia

Jesus’ Proven Method For Conquering Temptation

In the gospel from the Mass today, Luke 4:1-13, we hear about Jesus being filled with the Holy Spirit, being led into the wilderness for 40 days, and then being tempted by the devil. . . ☩ uCatholic

I Was America’s First ‘Nonbinary’ Person, It Was All a Sham

Four years ago, I wrote about my decision to live as a woman in The New York Times, writing that I had wanted to live “authentically as the woman that I have always been,” and had “effectively traded my white male privilege to become one of America’s most hated minorities.” ☩ Jamie Shupe at The Stream

Portraits of Clericalism

Many people have claimed that “clericalism” was in large part responsible for the Church’s sexual scandals. Perhaps. . . ☩ Randall Smith, Ph.D., at The Catholic Thing

The Hidden Promise about the Mansions in the Father’s House

In my Father’s house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: because I go to prepare a place for you -- John 14:2 ☩ Stephen Beale at Catholic Exchange

US Religious-Freedom Ambassador: Concerns Remain on Vatican-China Deal

Ambassador Sam Brownback also said the U.S. backs ‘religious freedom for all.’ ☩ Catholic News Agency via National Catholic Register

A crowd of 1,200 Gets Rare Glimpse of Underwater Crucifix in Lake Michigan

The underwater monument is a touching remembrance of divers who have died in Michigan waters ☩ Kathy Schiffer at National Catholic Register

“Yours Is The Wisdom”: Pagans, Doctors, & Fathers

To ask why Christian students should bother reading Cicero when they have Saint Augustine is a little like asking why babies should bother learning to talk when they could be learning to sing. ☩ Jerry Salyer at The Catholic World Report

General Confession Slams the Door on Satan

☩ Richard G. Evans at Catholic Stand

Matthew 7:7 – The Lenten Appeal Blueprint

☩ Brice Sokolowski of CatholicFundraiser.net

A Watchmaker or Loving Father?

☩ Thomas Clements at Ignitum Today

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