Today’s abortion referendum put an end to the idea of Catholic Ireland, the Isle of Saints. Here are the results. Ireland has voted by a landslide margin to change the constitution so that abortion can be legalised, according to an exit poll conducted for The Irish Times by Ipsos/MRBI. The poll suggests that the margin of victory for the Yes side in the referendum will be 68 per cent to 32 per cent – a stunning victory for the Yes side after a long… Read more

Recently, some words of Pope Francis regarding gays have been widely reported and about as widely misinterpreted. As Crux reported the words: As part of the fallout of Pope Francis’s meeting with 34 Chilean bishops, many of whom have been accused or at least suspected of covering up cases of clerical sexual abuse and destroying damning evidence, and all of whom have offered their resignation, the survivors who met with Francis in April continue to share bits and pieces of their encounter… Read more

The Weekly Standard reported that Government will finally end Planned Parenthood funding based on an email they got. On Friday, the Trump administration will announce a proposed rule to cut taxpayer funding to abortionists like Planned Parenthood under Title X, a program that provides $260 million annually in federal funding for contraception and other “family planning” initiatives. “The proposal would require a bright line of physical as well as financial separation between Title X programs and any program (or facility)… Read more

In a new document released this week, the Vatican asks those in charge of the economy to consider humans not just dollars and euros. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) published Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones: Considerations for an Ethical Discernment Regarding Some Aspects of the Present Economic-Financial System. The document has many details for specialists, but I will focus on a few paragraphs relevant to us all. These paragraphs point out several truths. They show a person is more than… Read more

Pope Francis appointed Msgr. PierAngelo Sequeri 2 years ago to head the refounded pontifical John Paul II theological institute for matrimonial and family science. Recently he gave a talk on Humanae Vitae which was published in Avvenire (official newspaper of the Italian Bishops). Sequeri began with a little background. The aspect of Humanae Vitae regarding wisdom, which was loyally entrusted by the magisterium so there can be an intelligent deepening of all the “experts of humanity” in the Church. These experts include not… Read more

In the debate over Amoris Laetitia, many people assume Pope Francis is allowing Communion for the divorced and remarried in many cases. The debate then switches to if this is good or not. And in this debate, there is a great dichotomy in Catholic discussion. Even in other moral topics, we see a dichotomy where each side takes part of the Catholic view, but not the whole. Pope Francis presents something else that actually includes what is right in both… Read more

When the East-West Schism happened in 1054, a big issue was that the Pope inserted “and the Son” into the creed. Today, we pray that the Holy Spirit “proceeds from the Father and the Son.” This is sometimes called the Filoque controversy from the Latin word for “And the Son.” A large part of this issue was slightly different connotations of the word we translate “proceed.” In Latin, “and the Son” made a whole lot more sense than in Greek. A recent… Read more

Ireland has remained one of the few highly developed countries to outlaw all abortion. Now the protection for the unborn – known as the 8th amendment – is up for a referendum on May 25th. In preparation, Bishop Fintan Monahan has issued a pastoral letter. Basic Principles He begins by noting the Christian understanding of life. Christians believe that all life is sacred and is a gift from God. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church says  ‘The human body shares in the dignity… Read more

Some dioceses are facing a serious issue with reductions in clergy and parishes. Take this recent report on Pittsburgh: The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh counts 632,138 people as members of its fold, though less than a quarter of those congregants attend Mass weekly. Half of the diocese’s 188 parishes are running operating deficits. And the diocese anticipates the number of active diocesan priests to drop 50 percent within seven years, to 112. The same article outlines the history: [Under] Bishop… Read more

Often people see the Pro-life movement as a kind of homogeneous grouping. It is far from that. Many are young, many are old; many are white, many are not; many are Catholic, many are not; etc. In 2017, after Pence was announced as a March for Life speaker, I remember thinking, “Oh, no, the media will cover this as a Trump rally when it isn’t.” Danielle Kurtzleben from NPR reported “Anti-Abortion Rights, But Not Necessarily Pro-Trump At March For Life.”… Read more

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