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Bishops Warn that Germany’s Synodal Path Could Lead to Schism
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Bishops Warn that Germany’s Synodal Path Could Lead to Schism

From CNA by Staff More than 70 bishops from around the world have released a “fraternal open letter” to Germany's bishops warning that sweeping changes to Church teaching advocated by the ongoing process known as the Synodal Path could lead to schism. ‘Synodal Way’ flags fly in front of the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt in Germany. (photo: Max von Lachner / Synodal Way) The letter expresses “our growing concern about the nature of the entire German ‘Synodal Path,’” which the signatories say has led to confusion about Church teaching and appears focused more on man‘s will than God’s. “Failing to listen to the Holy Spirit and the Gospel, the Synodal Path’s actions undermine the credibility of Church authority, including that of Pope Francis; Christian anthropology and sexual m...
Important study: “On Doctrinal and Moral Disorders Abiding in the Church” — Fr. John Hardon’s 1990 critique of the “revised draft” of the Catechism (Part 1) 
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Important study: “On Doctrinal and Moral Disorders Abiding in the Church” — Fr. John Hardon’s 1990 critique of the “revised draft” of the Catechism (Part 1) 

From Rorate Caeli Rorate has received from Drs. Maike and Robert Hickson the following important study, which introduces and then provides the critique written by Fr. John Hardon, S.J. (1914–2000) in 1990 when he was given the opportunity to review a “revised draft” of what would become the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The text offered here, in two parts, was first published in Christian Order in 2016 and is now being made available on the internet for the benefit of a wider readership. Ever since Pope Francis decided to use the Catechism as a Trojan Horse for his erroneous position on the death penalty, we have become aware once more of the possibility of “weaponized catechisms,” and so, Fr. Hardon’s study acquires new relevance. It should be noted that many of his just criti...
Cardinal Müller: Transgender ideology as self-mutilation, promoting it is a ‘serious sin’
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Cardinal Müller: Transgender ideology as self-mutilation, promoting it is a ‘serious sin’

From LifeSiteNews by Raymond Wolfe Cardinal Gerhard Müller excoriated the LGBT movement in recent remarks, describing transgender ideology as self-mutilation of mind, soul, and body that supporters have given a “totalitarian position” in society at the expense of young people and religious and scientific freedom. Cardinal Gerhard Müller The German cardinal and former prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (previously the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) made the comments in a March 30 statement to German magazine Tichys Einblick. Cardinal Müller was responding to controversy over an episode of a German kids’ TV program that sparked parental outrage for glorifying “gender transitioning.” The episode, released ahead of so-called “Transgender ...
Aborted Babies Found in DC: Officials Silent on Investigation
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Aborted Babies Found in DC: Officials Silent on Investigation

From National Catholic Register by Katie Yoder Anti-abortion activists claim the driver of a medical waste disposal truck gave them a box outside an abortion facility March 25 that contained the remains of 115 aborted babies, but the driver’s employer denies the exchange ever happened. Washington Surgi-Clinic on F St. NW in Washington, D.C. on April 7, 2022 (photo: Katie Yoder/CNA / EWTN) Could surveillance footage show who’s right? “My understanding is that there is a camera right out in the front,” one of the activists, Terrisa Bukovinac of Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU) told CNA Thursday, referring to the Washington Surgi-Clinic, the abortion facility on F St. NW in Washington, D.C., where the box allegedly changed hands. “So if someone is able to retrieve...
Oklahoma passes Life at Conception bill to make abortion a felony if Roe v. Wade is overturned
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Oklahoma passes Life at Conception bill to make abortion a felony if Roe v. Wade is overturned

From LifeSiteNews OKLAHOMA CITY (LifeSiteNews) — The Oklahoma House passed Tuesday a “Life at Conception” bill that would make all abortions illegal except for those performed to save the life of the mother if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Oklahoma state capitol, Shutterstock Senate Bill 612, which overwhelmingly passed the state Senate last year, would render anyone who “performs” an abortion “guilty of a felony and subject to a maximum fine of $100,000, a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, or both,” according to the legislation’s written summary. The bill now heads to Gov. Kevin Stitt, who previously said he would sign into law any pro-life legislation. S.B. 612 specifically states that it “criminalizes any abortion performed in the state except to save the life of a ...
The Battle Between Tradition Versus Relativism: ‘In Black And White’ By Archbishop Aguer
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The Battle Between Tradition Versus Relativism: ‘In Black And White’ By Archbishop Aguer

Published at InfoCatolica from Rorate Caeli by Peter Kwasniewski The title that heads this note does not refer to the cinema before the invention of technicolor, but to the astonishing criticism of current ecclesiastical officialdom that is directed against the members of the Church who love the great Catholic Tradition, and who recognize that homogeneity is what should characterize the development of ecclesial realities: dogma, liturgy, law, institutions. I have often quoted St. Vincent of Lerins and the formulas he coined in his Commonitory. Those realities can be expressed nove (in a new way), according to the cultural contexts of certain times and places; but in the deposit to be transmitted one cannot include nova, new things, novelties, which im...
Catholic Morality: The Law of Love And Life in Christ
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Catholic Morality: The Law of Love And Life in Christ

Many people mistakenly think that Catholic morality is about a list of things not to do, but that is missing the point. The true Christian life is not about the list of thou shall not. It is about thou shall. Catholic morality begins on the other side of the Commandments, just as Jesus said: I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (Jn 10:10). DUCCIO di Buoninsegna, Disputation with the Doctors (scene 7), 1308-11, Tempera on wood, 43 x 43 cm, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena In Baptism, the Christian is reborn in Christ and takes on a share in the Divine life of God. A new life that is about more than simply following the rules. It is a life in the Spirit, open to blessings from God to grow in virtue. Christian, recognize your dignity...
College Converts: 3 Students’ Paths to the Catholic Church
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College Converts: 3 Students’ Paths to the Catholic Church

From National Catholic Register by Meghan Schultz Taking classes, working part time, building a social life, and encountering the truth of the Catholic faith: That’s how these students are spending their college careers. Each in their own way, they’ve met the Person of Jesus and made the decision to pursue him as a member of the Catholic Church. Christ Chapel is where Aidan Cyrus (shown top left) went to Mass and had a life-changing encounter with the Eucharist. Andrew Dannemiller (shown bottom left) embraced the faith through St. Paul’s Outreach, Scripture and daily Mass. (photo: courtesy of subjects; Hillsdale chapel, Rosemary Surdyke) From Lukewarmness Aidan Cyrus ran a half-mile in the rain to get to the second Mass he had ever been to in his life. It was in the brand-new ...
8 Catholic Breweries & Wineries in the USA
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8 Catholic Breweries & Wineries in the USA

From CatholicVote “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.” (1 Timothy 5:23) Saint Joseph's Abbey, Spencer Brewery, Spencer, MA by Lorianne DiSabato A healthy enjoyment of the good gifts of God’s creation – including fermented fruit juice – is a hallmark of Catholic culture. Check out these Catholic-owned breweries and wineries right here in America where you can enjoy the fruit of the vine while supporting Catholic monks, nuns, and families. If you have a favorite libation not mentioned here, please leave a link in the comments below! And remember: moderation in all things, except in love of God! The Trappist monks of Spencer, MA, boast the only Trappist brewery in the United States – one of just ten official Trappis...
Most Christian parents worried about kids’ spiritual health: poll
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Most Christian parents worried about kids’ spiritual health: poll

From The Christian Post by Ryan Foley An overwhelming majority of American parents are concerned about their children’s spiritual well-being, with concerns highest among practicing Christians, according to a poll released by Barna. On Wednesday, Barna released the results of a survey that asked 513 parents of children younger than 18 about their level of concern regarding their children’s spiritual development and their children’s relationships with their peers. Getty Images Conducted April 23 through May 5, 2021, the survey asked parents “how concerned are you about your child/children’s spiritual development?” A majority of respondents (73%) indicated that they were either “somewhat” or “very” concerned with their children's spiritual development. Conversely, on...