FRIDAY EDITION

Declining Sacramental Life of the Church an Alarming Trend

Regular churchgoers have known for a while now that Mass attendance is not what it used to be. . . ☩ Msgr. Robert Batule at Crisis Magazine

Catholic Churches Are Being Desecrated Throughout France and the Authorities do Not Know Why

Since early February, vandals desecrated more than a dozen Catholic Churches throughout France. They’ve looted, burned, destroyed statues, threw consecrated hosts all over the floors, and marked a cross on the wall with human feces. ☩ ChurchPOP

Liturgical Beauty and Joyful Evangelization

The experience of the Tridentine Mass ☩ Gregory DiPippo at New Liturgical Movement

Highlighting Same-Sex Attraction Is a Mistake

The orthodox Catholic blogosphere has duly noted the mostly same-sex nature of the scandals plaguing the Catholic Church. . . ☩ Peter Jermann at Crisis Magazine

Google, Amazon & Other Corporate Giants Target Texas Religious Protection Bills

Google, Amazon, IBM and Texas businesses banded together to oppose several Texas bills offering religious exemptions to businesses and state license holders. ☩ Joshua Gill at The Stream

In Defense of Distributism

Some of the worst critics of Distributism are Catholics, and by that I mean Catholics who give a free pass to the Laissez-faire mindset of the Austrian school of economics. ☩ Shane Schaetzel at Complete Christianity

Saint Alphonsus Liguori’s 3 Rules for Fundraising

☩ Brice Sokolowski at CatholicFundraiser.net

Texas Bill Protects Doctors’ & Lawyers’ Religious Liberty

☩ Fr. Matthew P. Schneider, L.C., at Through Catholic Lenses

RIP Ring-gate

☩ Fr. Z's Blog

A ‘God Problem’ at the New York Times

When I saw that the New York Times had published an argument against the existence of God with a URL that contained the phrase “philosophy-God-omniscience,” it brought out my inner Catholic-apologist-geek. . . ☩ Trent Horn at Catholic Answers Magazine

Remains Found in Kansas Identified as Missing Priest

The Comanche County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that human remains found in a pasture are those of Father Marvin Reif, a Catholic priest who has been missing for two years. ☩ Cloe Langr at epicPew

Hatred of Christians Lead to Support of Sexual Minorities?

We generally believe that those who support LGBT rights dislike Christians because of their opposition to progressive sexual values. But a new study suggests that animosity toward Christians actually causes support for sexual minorities. ☩ George Yancey, Ph.D., at Public Discourse

The argument over Pope Pius XII’s response to the Holocaust is political, not historical

Pius XII did what he believed was right, and Jewish leaders after the war praised him lavishly for it. ☩ Russell Shaw at The Catholic World Report

Amazon Still Gives Southern Poverty Law Center Veto Power Over Charity Program

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s ongoing crisis hasn’t cost the left-wing nonprofit its privileged status with Amazon, which gives the SPLC broad authority to determine which charities and nonprofits can participate in its AmazonSmile charity program. ☩ Peter Hasson at The Stream

Finding My Voice To Speak Against Abortion

. . .But it’s wisdom born of pain. . . ☩ Betty Parquette at Catholic Stand

She Opened the Legislative Session With the ‘J-Word’

The modern virtue-signalers are expressing outrage again. ☩ Jeffrey S. Trimbath at The Stream

Stop Apologizing for Being Catholic

When I talk about Catholicism with my colleagues who are repping the St. Benedict medal and Rosary hanging in their car, I don’t witness apologetics; I witness apologies. Why? ☩ Zach Blodgett at ChurchPOP

Sympathy for a Lesser Devil

It is grievously erroneous to see John Milton’s Paradise Lost as a Christian work. ☩ Joseph Pearce at National Catholic Register

Introducing the Work of Benedicamus

Continuing on with our considerations of late of new vestment work, I recently came across a Polish vestment maker, Benedicamus, whose work has caught my attention. ☩ Shawn R. Tribe at Liturgical Arts Journal

Would you like some scripture with your Minecraft?

The popular sandbox building game has become a medium for telling biblical narratives. ☩ J.P. Mauro at Aleteia

Archbishop Wilton Gregory asked to lead Washington archdiocese

☩ J.D. Flynn, J.C.L., & Ed Condon, J.C.L., at Catholic News Agency via National Catholic Register

Who can become an exorcist?

☩ Philip Kosloski at Aleteia

Your Closet: More Chant Less Chaos

☩ Meghan Ashley Styling

Commitment to Change

☩ Noel Ethan Tan at Ignitum Today

Catholics Should Be Wary of ‘Elite’ Colleges

☩ Patrick Reilly at National Catholic Register

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