‘No backdoors, no end-runs’: U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo vows total end to foreign aid for abortion

Mike Pompeo has said the Trump administration is doing its “level best” to prevent foreign aid dollars reaching organizations that perform abortions, and was looking to close “loopholes” in the current system. ☩ Catholic News Agency via The Catholic World Report

Author Accuses Honduran Cardinal of ‘Betrayal’ and ‘Cover-Up’ in New Book

Oscar Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga was once close friends with Martha Alegria Reichmann, author of the Spanish-language Traiciones Sagradas (Sacred Betrayal). ☩ Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register

Why Unplanned Is a Hit, While Other Great Pro-Life Films Weren’t

Roger Ebert famously called films “empathy generating machines.” Unplanned is a powerful, tragic, beautiful, hope-filled instance of that. It is impossible to leave the theater without a profound understanding of how painful abortion is for women. ☩ John Zmirak, Ph.D., at The Stream

Epic Fight for Life: Pro-Life Victories Amid the Struggle

Editorial: The cause of life is gaining new followers and new momentum. ☩ The Editors at National Catholic Register

Is Vatican II Irrelevant Now?

Is Vatican II irrelevant now in the seventh year of Francis’s pontificate? In one respect, yes; in another, no. Neither explanation is what one might expect at first glance. ☩ David G. Bonagura, Jr., at Crisis Magazine

Are we too casual at Mass?

“If a non-Catholic witnessed my behavior before, during, and after Mass, would they know what I believed?” ☩ Joannie Watson at Integrated Catholic Life™

L’Arche: Failures are ‘systemic’ in NHS treatment of the disabled

The international federation L’Arche says that a British hospital’s mistreatment of a man with Down syndrome in the weeks leading up to his death point to systemic faults in the medical care of the disabled, especially within the UK’s National Health Service. ☩ Catholic News Agency via The Catholic World Report

Science Without God: Researchers’ Bold Usurpation of Divine Authority

The scientific and therapeutic use of human embryonic stem cells is always wrong. ☩ Kathy Schiffer at National Catholic Register

Emails show Planned Parenthood behind California rule to make churches pay for abortions

A 2014 California rule forcing religious groups, including churches, to cover elective abortions for employees was the result of direct pressure from Planned Parenthood, internal emails have shown. ☩ Catholic News Agency via The Catholic World Report

Introducing Pluriarte

Pluriarte specializes in vestments in the French, Italian and Spanish traditions, showing influences, in both form and design, that span the 17th through 19th centuries. ☩ Shawn R. Tribe at Liturgical Arts Journal

Analysis: Gregory, Apuron, ‘zero tolerance,’ & pontifical secrets

Catholics who want to see how the U.S. Church will handle clerical sexual abuse, writes JD Flynn, will be watching Archbishop Gregory. But those interested in what Pope Francis will do should also carefully watch the case of Archbishop Apuron. ☩ J.D. Flynn, J.C.L., at Catholic News Agency via The Catholic World Report

Serial vandal targets the Virgin Mary in California

St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church is the second victim of vandalism in one month. ☩ J.P. Mauro at Aleteia

Mind, Heart & Soul Notes: Catholic Converts & the Witness of Faith-Filled Friendships

Book Pick: Mind, Heart, and Soul: Intellectuals and the Path to Rome ☩ Nicholas Senz at National Catholic Register

Pro-Life Welfare is a Bad Idea

Rather than focusing on wealth transfers to the poor, we should seek to cultivate conditions that enable people to flourish through their own actions and relationships. ☩ David Talcott, Ph.D., at Public Discourse

Can you doubt that 2 + 3 = 5?

In his first Meditation, Descartes famously tries to push doubt as far as he can, in the hope of finding something that cannot be doubted and will thus provide a suitable foundation for the reconstruction of human knowledge. ☩ Edward Feser, Ph.D.

The Future of Catholic Education (Podcast)

. . .the fate of Catholic schools in America and the work of the Catholic Education Foundation ☩ Mark Bauerlein & Fr. Peter Stravinskas at First Things

Is President Trump Offensive or Just Masculine?

☩ Julie Machado at Catholic Stand


☩ Nicholas Lye at Ignitum Today

The Realism of Moral Manuals

☩ Fr. B. Jerabek, J.C.L., at Dilexi decorem domus Domini

Fatima, Prayer & the Liberal Left

☩ David Torkington at Catholic Stand

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