Monthly Archives: July 2018

Novena to St. Philomena. August 2-10

Novena to St.Philomena.

O faithful virgin and glorious martyr, St. Philomena,
who works so many miracles on behalf of the poor and sorrowing, have pity on me.
Thou knows the multitude and diversity of my needs.
Behold me at thy feet, full of misery but full of hope. I entreat thy charity, O great Saint!
Graciously hear me and obtain from God a favorable answer to the request which I now humbly lay before thee…
(here specify your petition).
I am firmly convinced that through thy merits, through the scorn,
the sufferings and the death thou did endure, united to the merits of the Passion and Death of Jesus, thy Spouse,
I shall obtain what I ask of thee and in the joy of my heart I will bless God , who is admirable in His Saints. Amen. read more

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S RELIGIOUS LIBERTY TASK FORCE SCARES THE BEJEEBERS THE OUT OF THE LEFT

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S RELIGIOUS LIBERTY TASK FORCE SCARES THE BEJEEBERS THE OUT OF THE LEFT

7/31/18 – Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the left-wing’s reaction to a religious liberty task force:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces the creation of a Religious Liberty Task Force at the Department of Justice and left-wing activists explode. Nothing he said was incendiary or bigoted, but the remarks of his critics certainly were.

The ACLU, which never recognized the First Amendment’s right to religious liberty when it was founded by atheist Roger Baldwin in 1920, accused the Trump administration of “licensing discrimination against LGBT people, women, and religious minorities.” read more

Catholic University rescinds honorary degree for McCarrick 

Catholic University rescinds honorary degree for McCarrick  [He’s becoming the Bill Cosby, Matt Lauer or Charlie Rose of the Catholic Church in America, losing one award or honor after another because of sexual harassment – such as such as this and his explusion from the Knights of Columbus! – AQ Tom] Catholic World News – 7/31/18 The Catholic University of America has withdrawn an honorary degree that was conferred on then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2006. The action—unprecedented for Catholic University—was taken by the executive committee of the school’s trustees. McCarrick had long been a major factor in the life of Catholic University: as a student, chaplain, dean, director of development, trustee, and chancellor.

KY ARCHDIOCESE EVASIVE ABOUT PRIEST SENT AWAY FOR ‘INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT’ WITH ADULT

KY ARCHDIOCESE EVASIVE ABOUT PRIEST SENT AWAY FOR ‘INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT’ WITH ADULT

by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 30, 2018    

Louisville archdiocese won’t answer questions about Fr. Shayne Duvall

[The likes of him used to be sent to “take the cure” at Catholic counseling centers for priests and religious with alcohol or sex problems (such as the St. Luke Institute in Maryland, which charges dioceses up to $10,000 per month for treatment and whose last priest-president was removed for embezzlement and “inappropriate adult relationships”); now they are sent to less expensive, “Club Fed” style monasteries or retreat centers to “reflect on their spiritual condition” (as was Cardinal Coccopalmerio’ secretary after being busted for drug-running, coke-snorting and a sodomite orgy in His Eminence’s Vatican apartment)! – AQ Tom] read more

IMMIGRATION CASH COW

IMMIGRATION CASH COW

by Stephen Wynne  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 31, 2018    

Money motivates US bishops’ immigration obsession

Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Cash — not Christ — is the key motivator behind the U.S. bishops’ immigration obsession.

Since Trump won the White House, the USCCB has issued statement after statement on immigration, each one excoriating the administration’s policies on the southern border wall, deportation and sanctuary cities.

The bishops are fighting Trump’s policies because immigration is their cash cow. read more

Why ‘policies and procedures’ won’t resolve the bishops’ problems

Why ‘policies and procedures’ won’t resolve the bishops’ problems

By Phil Lawler | Jul 31, 2018

The push has already begun for a new set of “policies and procedures” from the US bishops’ conference, to prevent a repetition of the McCarrick scandal. You might call this the damage-control approach: an anodyne alternative to the painful necessities that would come with genuine reform.

What’s wrong with policies and procedures? In the abstract, nothing, of course. But in context… Well, our own ‘Diogenes’ explained in the following post, which originally appeared here 13 years ago, in response to an earlier set of proposed policies. If anything, his argument is more relevant today: read more

Archdiocese of LA Promotes “Born Gay” Homo-documentary

Archdiocese of LA Promotes “Born Gay” Homo-documentary

Joseph Sciambra – 7/31/18

On August 12, 2018, at St. Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach, the parish’s “One Heart Ministry” will host a viewing of the documentary film “Anyone & Everyone.” The “Guest Speaker and Moderator” for the evening is Frank McKown. McKown serves as co-chair for the Catholic Ministry for Lesbian and Gay Persons, (CMLGP) which is the official outreach of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to the LGBT community.

On March 1, 2016, CMLGP, the official outreach to the LGBT community for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, posted a video (for an edited version watch here) to their Facebook account from the closing liturgy at the 2016 Religious Education Congress; they included the following statement: read more

ASSOCIATED PRESS CLAIMS NUNS ARE ABUSED

ASSOCIATED PRESS CLAIMS NUNS ARE ABUSED

[As I have previously said of Battling Bill: “He may be an SOB, but he’s our SOB! – AQ Tom]

7/31/18 – Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on an AP story on nuns victimized by priests:

They made it sound like a tidal wave. Radio news reports were all agog over angry nuns, inspired by the #MeToo movement, turning on abusive priests. As it turned out, there were just a few.

The hysteria was the work of the Associated Press. It ran a story on nuns who have allegedly been abused by priests; it was picked up by many media outlets across the nation. The reporters, Nicole Winfield and Rodney Muhumuza, made several provocative remarks, and in doing so they went well beyond mere reportage: they editorialized. read more

The Consequences of Losing Catholic Culture

The Consequences of Losing Catholic Culture

One of the best essayists writing today is Joseph Epstein, the long-time faculty member in the English Department of Northwestern University and the former Editor-in-Chief of The American Scholar. Over the years, Epstein’s work has appeared in numerous places—sometimes with a select readership and sometimes with a more general readership. Epstein’s essay comparing the Chicago of his boyhood with the Chicago of today caught my attention in the March 5th issue of The Weekly Standard. At one point, the author calls the Chicago of his boyhood “an intensely Catholic city.” (If you are wondering Epstein’s age, it is 81.) He relates how Catholics there described the neighborhoods they were from by their parishes. (Catholics in a lot of big cities—not just Chicago—did the same.) Extrapolating from Chicago, Epstein next writes: “Catholic culture was everywhere in the country a hundred-fold stronger then than now.” He goes on from this observation to mention a Catholic family which lived in the same neighborhood as he and his family did. Giving their names and some other descriptors, Epstein brings his treatment of the “Catholic” part of his essay to a finish by remarking that the Catholicism he had just described “has vanished from American life.” read more