Pope Francis’s team may need to explain new reluctance on ‘zero tolerance’

Tuesday made official a transition that’s been quietly underway for a while in terms of the Vatican’s response to the clerical sexual abuse scandals: Pope Francis and his aides are rethinking, if not the substance of a “zero tolerance” policy, at least the rhetoric of it, becoming increasingly unwilling to use that phrase. ☩ John L. Allen, Jr., at Crux

Why is Socialism Gaining Popularity?

If the Church’s rite of exorcism recognizes the danger of instigating envy, maybe we should too. ☩ John Clark at National Catholic Register

Pope Francis’ New Document ‘a Magna Carta of Youth Ministry & Vocations’

Christus Vivit reflects the Holy Father’s takeaways from the October youth synod. ☩ Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register

Male Homosexuality & Priestly Formation

There is no homosexuality. Of course, there are homosexuals, but there is no one thing, no one condition or syndrome that is homosexuality. If we are to address the “homosexual problem” in the Church, then we must first understand what we are talking about, and whatever that is, it is not a thing called homosexuality. . . ☩ Adrian Reimers at Crisis Magazine

Pietro Cardinal Parolin Condemns Verona Family Congress as Too Catholic

A northern Italian town became a battlefield in the culture wars this weekend during a three-day international congress on traditional family values. ☩ Claire Giangravè at Crux

Mornings & Forgiveness

There is a mysterious serenity and peace in the early hours of dawn. . . ☩ Noel Ethan Tan at Ignitum Today

Unplanned: A Movie Review

☩ Donald R. McClarey, J.D., The American Catholic

Yes, I am Autistic -Fr. Matthew P. Schneider, LC

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

Saint Alphonsus Liguori’s 3 Rules for Fundraising

☩ Brice Sokolowski at CatholicFundraiser.net

Ross Douthat’s Expanding Seamless Garment

In my experience of reading & listening to Douthat, he is at his best when discussing conservative politics & theory (on its own terms), or discussing Roman Catholicism (on its own terms). It is when he mixes the two that problems begin to arise. ☩ Charles C. Camosy at Church Life Journal

Lincoln Diocese Comes Clean On Abuse

Last summer, in the wake of the McCarrick scandal, Peter Mitchell, a laicized Catholic priest of the Lincoln, Nebraska, diocese, published an essay on this blog in which he alleged that Monsignor Leonard Kalin (d. 2008) had groomed seminarians sexually. . . ☩ Rod Dreher at The American Conservative

The Proper Response to the College Admissions Scandal

There are a number of problematical and troubling questions about the criminal investigation and prosecution spearheaded by the U.S. Attorney’s office for Massachusetts. ☩ Stephen M. Krason at Crisis Magazine

The Parisian Church of Notre Dame de Lorette

Today I wished to share with our readers some photographs of the beautiful Parisian church of Notre Dame de Lorette. ☩ Shawn R. Tribe at Liturgical Arts Journal

Was the Early Church ‘Catholic’ or Just ‘Christian’?

Protestants often claim that the Church that Jesus founded was the “Christian Church,” not the Catholic Church. . . ☩ Jim Blackburn at Catholic Answers Magazine

“Little Places” and the Recovery of Civilization

It is mainly little places which permit the modesty of pace needed for long thoughts, & the conditions of closeness under which human beings begin to stand out & become distinct in their 1st & 2nd nature. These places are the veritable harbors of refuge & recovery for civilization. . . ☩ Eva Brann at The Imaginative Conservative

Assessing the Ethical (& Unethical) Implications of Artificial Intelligence

Pope Francis charges Vatican office to dedicate the next two years to AI study. ☩ Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register

Countering Identity Politics By Portraying the Father as a Gray-Haired Man

Contrary to what many might think, these images offer hope, not admonition, to radical feminists. ☩ David Clayton at New Liturgical Movement

Anti-Discrimination “Equality” Law Exemptions Do Not Lead to Fairness for All: An International Perspective

Although exemptions are often billed as a compromise, the evidence suggests that they will never be enough to satisfy those who think religious believers are discriminating and getting away with it. The “compromise” soon becomes a zero-sum game with only one winner. ☩ Paul Coleman at Public Discourse


What Did Pope Francis Mean By His Remarks About ‘Proselytism?’

When read in context, Francis’ words were not as controversial as many media reports seemed to imply. ☩ Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register

To Cohabitate, or Not to Cohabitate; That is The Question

Celebrity couples live together, regular couples live together, if everyone’s cohabiting, that means there has to be some benefit to it, right? Not so fast. . . ☩ Rachel & Gregory Popcak, Ph.D., at Faith on the Couch

'Unplanned' Movie Interview With the Film’s Directors & Writers, Cary Solomon & Chuck Konzelman

. . .I first met Cary Solomon & Chuck Konzelman when they came to a talk I gave at Family Theater in Hollywood nearly 10 years ago. They have plied their trade in Hollywood for more than 25 years & in the process worked with the likes of Sylvester Stallone before they felt called to the faith based genre. . . ☩ Dave Hartline at The American Catholic

What If the Pope Commits Heresy?

I didn’t convert to Catholicism in the year 2,000 so I could keep my mouth shut and never deal with the truth ☩ Shane Schaetzel at Complete Christianity

How The So-Called Equality Act Threatens Speech, Religion, & Women’s Rights

Despite the universal appeal of the name and its noble promises, the act poses a major risk to those who value religious freedom, state independence, and women’s rights. ☩ Chad Felix Greene at The Federalist

Are Abuse Scandals a Reason to Leave the Church?

☩ Dave Armstrong at National Catholic Register

Saint Alphonsus Liguori’s 3 Rules for Fundraising

☩ Brice Sokolowski at CatholicFundraiser.net

Striving for Digital Minimalism: Why We Need a Human-Centric Approach to Technology

Technology promises to solve our problems, but it also creates new ones. That’s because we have failed to apply human-centric approaches to technology. We think in terms of productivity instead of human flourishing; connectivity instead of community. As a result, our tech use leaves us worse off than we were before—less free, less rested, less peaceful. ☩ Casey Chalk at Public Discourse

President Trump Will Nominate Amy Barrett When Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Seat Opens Up

Ginsburg, 86, is the oldest Supreme Court justice, and, though she has no plans to retire, many believe her health is poor after multiple battles with cancer and a recent extended absence from the court. ☩ Micaiah Bilger at Life News

Yale Law School Yanks Stipends From Students Who Work For Christian Firms

Yale has found a roundabout way to blacklist legal and nonprofit organizations that don't adhere to Yale’s understanding of gender identity. ☩ Aaron Haviland at The Federalist

Did Darwin get it wrong?

The ‘father of evolution’ as a Victorian gentleman and apologist for his class ☩ Carolyn Moynihan at Mercatornet

My Daughter Went Transgender; I Was Powerless to Stop Doctors From Harming Her

I am a mother whose daughter has identified as transgender since the age of 14. I love her, and I care deeply about her and other kids who identify as transgender. . . ☩ The Stream

The Catholic Press & American Comic Books

The Roman Catholic Church has used pictures in the last two thousand some years to impart its eternally descried truths to the laity. . . ☩ Joachim Brouwer at Catholic Stand

Challenging pope on multiple fronts, Bannon wants to train gladiators

. . .Steve Bannon has a proposition for you: How about spending a year in his new year-long institute in Italy, with the aim of emerging as a “gladiator” in the defense of Judeo-Christian civilization? ☩ Elise Harris & John L. Allen, Jr., at Crux

Marijuana: A wolf in sheep’s clothing

In the past, the tobacco industry reaped enormous profits while denying the harm of cigarettes. History must not repeat itself with a powerful cannabis lobby. ☩ Richard Fitzgibbons, M.D., at The Catholic World Report

Europe’s War on Christianity

☩ William Kilpatrick, Ph.D., at Crisis Magazine

YouTube Revolution

☩ John Waters at First Things

Unplanned—A Pro-Life Film That Doesn’t “Play It Safe”

☩ Monica Migliornio Miller at Crisis Magazine

Your Closet: More Chant Less Chaos

☩ Meghan Ashley Styling


Acting Boldly, Why We Need It For Healthy Parishes

No more playing it safe, indefinite, answers to commitments. Your yes means yes & your no means no. . . ☩ Under Thy Roof

Xinjiang: The Largest Outdoor Prison in the World

Under the pretext of “de-radicalization,” CCP has extended its control of the population in Xinjiang to every aspect of daily life. ☩ Xiang Yi at Bitter Winter

What Happens When A Parish Starts Perpetual Adoration

“The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it”. . . (Pope Paul VI) ☩ Patty Knap at National Catholic Register

Africa & the Blood of Christians

Religious persecution there is horrific. And America's military interventions have only made things worse. ☩ Doug Bandow at The American Conservative

Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian who wrote about Jesus -

"There was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works," he wrote in the year 93. ☩ John Burger at Aleteia

Will there ever be a pope from the United States?

here are numerous obstacles preventing an American from being elected to the papacy ☩ California Catholic Daily

On Conscience & Refraining from Communion

☩ Rob Marco at Catholic Stand

Orthodoxy: The ‘Equilibrium’ That Sets Us Free

☩ Dave Armstrong at National Catholic Register

Saint Alphonsus Liguori’s 3 Rules for Fundraising

☩ Brice Sokolowski at CatholicFundraiser.net

Another Internet Atheist Distorts Christian Teaching & History

Oliver Waters has a problem with Western Civilization. You may not have heard of him, but that’s okay. He represents a self-congratulating group you’ll find everywhere in blogs and on Facebook, a group I call “internet atheists.” ☩ Tom Gilson at The Stream

Arizona home helps women rebuild lives after prison

Women leaving prison can face numerous challenges – from finding housing & employment despite a criminal record to repairing relationships with family members & friends. ☩ Catholic News Agency via The Catholic World Report

Integralism, authority, & inequality

Notre Dame theology student Timothy Troutner has written a Brobdingnagian critique of integralism at Notre Dame’s Church Life Journal. Pater Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist., has responded, correctly identifying a desire to baptize anarchism at the heart of Troutner’s critique. Such a plan, however, is contrary to the consistent teaching of the Church from St. Augustine to St. Pius X. ☩ P.J. Smith at Semiduplex

Pope Francis Appoints French Patristics Scholar to Handle SSPX Talks

Msgr. Patrick Descourtieux, a former official at the now abolished Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei,’ is a distinguished patristics scholar who is said to be sympathetic to the SSPX and traditional communities. ☩ Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register

The Battle for Rust Belt Catholicism

Catholicism has entered a dark period in America. The Church’s disgraceful handling of sexual-abuse scandals—with shocking new reports routinely emerging—plays a direct role in shrinking congregations and closed churches, especially in the Rust Belt. ☩ Charles F. McElwee at City Journal

Fugitive priest accused of abusing boy faces trial

A priest who was captured in Morocco after fleeing the U.S. decades ago is facing a federal trial on charges that he sexually abused a New Mexico boy in the early 1990s at an Air Force base & veterans’ cemetery. ☩ Associated Press via Crux

Transgender Ideology Is More Irrational Than You Realized

Trans people tell us reality is defined by what they identify as. Not only do they think of themselves as the opposite sex, but they really are the other sex. Reality itself changes to match their mental state. ☩ Tom Gilson at The Stream

Why do Roman Catholics kneel at Mass?

The physical posture is an ancient one, used by Christians since the very beginning. ☩ Philip Kosloski at Aleteia

13 Must-Have Resources for Brand New Catholic Parents

Maybe you’re a new parent & you’re feeling slightly overwhelmed at the task of raising little people & building a domestic church. Perhaps friend, siblings, or cousins of yours are new to this parenting thing & you want to help them out. Here are 13 resources for brand new Catholic parents! ☩ Chloe Langr at epicPew

The Liberal Hypocrisy On Sex

Prior to the sexual revolution, our society had a certain legal and moral consensus on sexual behaviour. Then certain factions in society started pushing for a cultural shift that produced the sexual revolution based on a desire to liberalize sexuality in western society. ☩ Brian Holdswarth at uCatholic

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