Cardinal Sarah: “The Church is dying because the shepherds are afraid of speaking with truth & clarity,”
The Church is living a “mystery of treason,” a “mystery of Judas”, Curia Cardinal Robert Sarah writes in his new book “Le soir approche et déjà le jour baisse” (Fayard), ☩ Mark Lambert at De Omnibus Dubitandum Est.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is prioritizing the opinion of a five-year-old over the judgment of the child’s parents. ☩ Leonard Sax at Mercatornet
Mass attendance is up 12 percent, income has more than doubled at Star of the Sea Parish in San Francisco ☩ Fr. Joseph Illo at Catholic Herald via California Catholic Daily
America magazine is running a story about the conclave of 2013. The story— excerpted from the forthcoming The Election of Pope Francis, by Gerard O’Connell— includes a precise account of the voting on the cardinals’ first ballot. ☩ Philip Lawler at Catholic Culture
. . .one of the stand out moments of the Vatican cringe-a-thon Abuse Summit was a journalist from Crux asked how can we believe that this is the end of cover-ups, "when at the end of the day, Pope Francis himself covered-up for a Bishop in Argentina who had gay porn on his phone". . . ☩ Mark Lambert at De Omnibus Dubitandum Est.
A New Mexico city voted to become a “sanctuary” for unborn babies last week in response to pro-abortion Democrats’ push to expand late-term abortions. ☩ Micaiah Bilger at Life News
. . .for some reason this video that has surfaced on Twitter showing Pope Francis deliberately refusing to allow people to kiss his papal ring has got me riled up. ☩ Fr. Dwight Longenecker
His period in office saw an unparalleled decline in the Church’s fortunes, with the influence of the once mighty Belgian Church reduced to insignificance. Danneels was also implicated in the cover-up of child abuse, but despite this he enjoyed the confidence of Pope Francis to the end. ☩ Rod Dreher at The American Conservative
It is not a coincidence that the very last thing we ever expect to see in church is modern art or an abstract painting, such as a blank page, a single brick, or splashes of paint, as some sort of “intellectual” revelation to massage one’s ego. Why? Many would immediately answer that it just does not belong there, and they are right, it doesn’t. ☩ Igor V. Babailov at Faith & Culture
This year, my Knights of Divine Mercy Schola Cantorum have been invited to sing for the closing Mass for the 2019 Men of Christ Conference, on March 30 in Milwaukee. Somewhere between 3,000-4,000 men will gather with Archbishop Listecki & many other priests to call men to Strength & Courage. . . ☩ Fr. Richard Heilman at Roman Catholic Man
A lot of people have known for a while that the Southern Poverty Law Center is an extremely effective grifting operation. ☩ Rod Dreher at The American Conservative
Although there’s nothing in it about Roman weather or the various sites you might like to visit on a trip to the Vatican, French journalist Frédéric Martel’s In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy is a curious sort of Baedeker to the ins and outs of the Vatican City State. ☩ Jennifer Donelson at New Liturgical Movement
. . .The Mass is also an anticipation of and participation with the heavenly worship in the throne room of God. . . . ☩ Fr. Michael Rennier at Adoremus
It is very rare anymore that one might feature something relatively 'novel' in approach, yet still distinctly traditional. ☩ Shawn R. Tribe at Liturgical Arts Journal
Since this night is the most important of the year, you want to get it right. Right? That includes the right time when the rite is to begin. The symbolism of the light in darkness is important to the meaning of the rite. And the purpose of our liturgical rites is to have an encounter with mystery. The signs and symbols are important. ☩ Fr. Z's Blog