SATVRDAY EDITION

New Jersey Gov Signs Bill Making It 7th State to Legalize Assisted Suicide, Will Force Taxpayers to Fund Suicides

6 states (California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, & Vermont) & Washington D.C. permit the dangerous practice of allowing physicians to write lethal prescriptions to certain groups of persons to kill themselves. ☩ Steven Ertelt at Life News

Father John Zuhlsdorf

More thoughts on Benedict XVI’s 6,000 word essay on The Present Crisis

Ratzinger/Benedict writes from a unique perspective of age & the experience of key positions in the Church from post-WWII directly through to the present. . . ☩ Fr. Z's Blog

Making the Most of the Last Days of Lent (Podcast)

Here we are, about to enter Holy Week after several weeks of Lent. How did this Lent go for you? If you find yourself wishing you had done more for Lent or tried just a little harder, don’t quit yet! ☩ Derek Rotty at Catholic Exchange

Mass. Bans Therapists From Efforts to Change Minors' Orientation or Gender Identity

House Bill 140 forbids health care providers from engaging in “sexual orientation & gender identity change efforts” during sessions with minors. ☩ Christine Rousselle at Catholic News Agency via National Catholic Register

Pope Benedict XVI Speaks: I am no longer directly responsible (YouTube)

Pope Benedict XVI breaks his silence and a few questions arise: Did Pope Benedict XVI actually write it? And if so, has he changed his opinion on the Church in the 1960s? Were you surprised about what he says about Catholic seminaries going back to the 1960-1970s? ☩ Taylor Marshall, Ph.D., & Timothy Gordon, J.D., at TNT

Saturday Mornings & the Discipline of Daily Mass

☩ Richard Becker at Catholic Exchange

Fr. Raymond Thomas de Saint-Laurent, Confidence, & How to Fundraise

☩ Brice Sokolowski at CatholicFundraiser.net

Google Labels “Unplanned” Movie as “Propaganda,” Corrects it After Backlash

Google generated severe backlash from Unplanned movie supporters after the search engine labeled the movie’s genre as “Propaganda.” ☩ ChurchPOP

Catholic apple farmer sues over market ban

A farmer is suing the city of East Lansing, Michigan, after he was prohibited from selling organic apples at the city’s farmer’s market in what he claims is discrimination against his religious beliefs. ☩ Catholic News Agency via The Catholic World Report

Pope’s House Liturgist: “Limit Access to the Traditional Rite”

Andrea Grillo, the liturgist who is heard by Pope Francis, prefers to dispose of Summorum Pontificum today rather than tomorrow and is looking for crown witnesses. ☩ The Eponymous Flower

The Day Stephen Hawking Unsettled His Atheist Peers

. . .Stephen Hawking’s announcement was a warning that the multiverse and, with it, philosophical naturalism is in trouble. . . ☩ Regis Nicoll at Crisis Magazine

When Twitter Blocked Mother Teresa

Imagine your reaction if I told you 20 years ago that a major internet platform would block a Mother Teresa comment about abortion because it was “hateful.” ☩ Michael Brown, Ph.D., at The Stream

Bishop Malone apologizes in Buffalo diocese, says he was part of no cover-ups

The Bishop of Buffalo said in a statement Thursday that despite media reports to the contrary, he has not been part of any cover-up of clerical sexual abuse. . . ☩ Catholic News Agency via The Catholic World Report

The ‘Islamophobia’ Smear Against Scruton

. . .Scruton does not deny that anti-Muslim prejudice exists; Scruton only objects to the term “Islamophobia” as being nothing more than an attempt to control conversation by making any and all criticism of Islam or Muslims a social pathology. ☩ Rod Dreher at The American Conservative

Quarterback & devoted dad Philip Rivers welcomes ninth child

The footballer and devout Catholic shares his secret to a successful career and family life. ☩ Cerith Gardiner at Aleteia

How Cardinal Wuerl Misled the Papal Foundation

In 2017, Cardinal Donald Wuerl provided false and misleading information to the board of the Papal Foundation to secure a $25 million grant for the Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata (IDI), a scandal-plagued hospital in Rome.. ☩ Matthew B. O'Brien at First Things

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