Last Sunday I noticed a lot more people receiving communion on the tongue -- the universal norm of the Catholic Church worldwide. (Permission to ALSO receive "in the hand" is allowed only by indult.) Usually just a handful of us receive COTT so this was a pleasant surprise. I hope it continues and that even more people rethink this.
Anyway, the attached card was on everyone's windows in the parking lot. We rarely see something distributed this way and when it is, it is usually trash. This was not. It was spot on.
A highly accomplished and selfless sister speaks in defense of the defenseless at the only convention these views are welcome. Her comments were 100% consistent with the entire history of Christ's Church, every pope and the catechism. If you are Catholic, you are opposed to abortion - there is NO wiggle room.
For her faithful witness, Fr. Daniel P. Horan, OFM publicly condemned her as not "on the side of the oppressed, poor, marginalized and victims of history" and implied she was a Nazi. Fr. Horan's politics are strongly on the left and he contributes to a schismatic leftist paper. This is what the sin of scandal looks like.
Sr. Deidre Byrne, POSC, is a medical doctor, retired US Army officer, and strongly defends the unborn. She works pro bono at a medical clinic in Washington DC run by the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. She immediately went to ground zero to assist on 9/11 and has served as a missionary in Kenya, Sudan, Haiti and Iraq.
Sister's speech is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZrlXvNO9VQ
Fr. Horan's comments are in the (now deleted) attached tweet.
From the Bee - funny, but too close to true. Since Democratic leadership (DNC) rejects God, what does that leave in His absence?
It seems to me more and more obvious that party members (e.g. my friends and neighbors) have beliefs *way* different than where the party has gone. They seem nostalgic for what it was and try not to look too closely at where it is today.
It is analogous to religious conversion. Realizing one day that the community you were in your whole life is wrong and becoming more so. Feeling lost, searching for truth and ending up where you were certain you could never be under any circumstance. That is my experience becoming Catholic and a lot of other folks too.
The Little Sisters of the Poor have been fighting a 7-year battle. A needless battle brought against them by leftist ideologues. Not long ago this would have been unimaginable.
We Catholics believe in the equal human dignity of all people, so of course we believe that black and every other life matters. We mean it. It is not virtue signaling.
The radical left wing political organization "Black Lives Matter" is something else. Kudos to them for picking that name, even though the their actions and statements belie their true purpose.
The horrific black murder rate in Chicago does not show on their radar. Neither does the holocaust of black baby abortions. According to candid statements made by their leadership, their purpose is to defeat Trump in November.
Looking at statistics, last year police killed (with mostly indisputable justification) 235 black people while more than double that (528) whites and Hispanics were killed by police. According to the FBI, police are 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black person than an unarmed black person killed by police.
In broader white vs. black statistics, the FBI has also released the following:
Patrick Coffin has an excellent podcast worth your time. A recent show looked at Catholic higher education. It's bad -- and dangerous. Dangerous because parents send their children believing it is minimally a somewhat Catholic environment but receive back radicalized young adults who have lost their faith.
There are superb exceptions, of course. There are also some truly excellent secular colleges with exceptional Catholic presence. Be very careful, particularly of the historical "big names" in Catholic colleges. Do your homework and consult the annual Newman Guide (https://newmansociety.org/the-newman-guide/).
More from Patrick Coffin: https://www.patrickcoffin.media/show/
Catholic moral teaching forbids engaging in evil to achieve a greater good. The ends never justify the means.
Today we see some proclaiming "by any means necessary" and doing "whatever it takes" to achieve their political goal. Moral failures they previously judged and condemned in one candidate to "disqualify" him no longer matter in judging their candidate. Such hypocrisy unmasks their use of morality only as a tool and not a value.
Last week Katha Pollitt, a columnist for The Nation, epitomized this sinful viewpoint writing she would "vote for Joe Biden if he boiled babies and ate them". Add this to the long list of faulty "values" this political movement embraces. Keep your distance.
Then the king asked her, "What is your trouble?" She replied: "This woman said to me, 'Give up your son that we may eat him today; then tomorrow we will eat my son.' So we boiled my son and ate him." (2 Kings 6:28-29a)
Today's first reading (Acts 15:1-6) while not about context, reminded me how Holy Scripture can be taken out of context. Folks do it all the time, often believing the "nugget" they discovered proves what they want to believe.
Properly, the Bible must be taken in its entirety and in understanding the intent of its divinely inspired authors. Of course given that, people will disagree without the true teaching of Christ's Church.
Anyhow, Acts 15:1b: "Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved." Literally not true, but not at all the point being made in context.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (D) may not allow churches to reopen for a year:
In other news, the Little Sisters of the Poor are back at the supreme court fighting Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D):
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