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June 5, 2019

Note from the Assistant Managing Editor:

On Pentecost, our priest gave a homily about how peace in the world starts with peace in the heart.  In our reflection this week, John Paul II tells us that peace is possible with Christ.

"Those who come out conservative—and more than that, those who come out socially conservative, pro-life, or pro-family—are the brave ones.  They lose social standing, some lose jobs, and all lose friends."  Read Austin Ruse's story of "Coming Out of the Closet."

"22 Ways to Respond to Common Abortion Questions" is a handy guide—especially now, as abortion laws are being changed across the U.S.

"If any anti-Catholic is foolish enough to tell you that the Church 'does not empower women' or some such drivel, you need not reach as far back as Catherine of Alexandria or Joan of Arc (to say nothing of the Queen of Heaven)—just point out the irrepressible Clare Boothe Luce."  I hadn't heard of Clare Boothe Luce before, but the story of her life bears out this quote.  Read "The feminist heroine whose brilliant mind brought her into the Church."

Finally, "Don't Let the Culture Raise Your Kids."  I think Marcia Segelstein's message is simple: take charge.  Take charge of education, of media, of technology—and invest your own attention span into your children.

God bless you all this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez

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Peace be with you - Saint Pope John Paul II - Libreria Editrice Vaticana

We are celebrating...the peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—the peace that was announced by the angels at his birth;

Coming Out of the Closet - Austin Ruse - Crisis

It was the late 1990s, and I went up to Rolling Stone on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan to say hello to my old friend Bobby Love who was the longtime managing editor.

22 Ways to Respond to Common Abortion Questions - Angelo Stagnaro - National Catholic Register

Here are a few key points to remember the next time you find yourself in a discussion about abortion:

The feminist heroine whose brilliant mind brought her into the Church - author - Catholic Herald

Life was fun and exciting for her—until a tragedy that prompted deep soul-searching.

Wake Up, Parents! Don't Let the Culture Raise Your Kids - Marcia Segelstein - National Catholic Register

The job of Christian parents is to guide our children toward heaven. That's not where our culture wants to take them.

Beyond analysis to rejoicing - Father George W. Rutler - Crisis

To have known Father Stanley Jaki for more than twenty years was a privilege and a challenge.

Editorials of Interest:

Calling the Pope a Liar - First Things
Love Is Not a Feeling - First Things
Mater Decoris - The Catholic Thing

Editorials of Interest

McCarrick correspondence confirms restrictions, speaks to Wuerl and China - Crux

Correspondence obtained by Crux from an ex-aide to Theodore McCarrick confirms that restrictions on McCarrick were imposed by the Vatican in 2008.

Full text of Pope Francis' in-flight press conference from Romania - Catholic Herald

Please read below for CNA's full transcript of the pope's June 2 in-flight press conference from Sibiu, Romania to Rome

The small college attracting some of the Church's best brains - Catholic Herald

This is what sets the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts apart.

Jordan Peterson: Catholicism is 'as sane as people can get' - YouTube

"We need a narrative metaphysic to hold us together and it has to be predicated on something that's transcendent and absolute."

Calling the Pope a Liar - First Things

The unedifying charges and countercharges have aggravated a scandal that already plagues Catholicism, and the faithful have waited far too long for a restoration of confidence that Church leaders are telling the truth.

Biden, Bernardin, and Today - First Things

The "consistent ethic of life," which some are trying to resurrect, has been twisted out of shape by politicians, and by partisans looking for cover for their favored candidates.

5 Facts about Coptic Christians - Acton Institute

June 1st is the inaugural Global Coptic Day, a day that commemorates the Holy Family's flight to Egypt and that celebrates "the Coptic Orthodox Church's rich heritage."

Love Is Not a Feeling - First Things

False alternatives are standard fare in contemporary Christian approaches to political issues, where "love" is set in opposition to "dogma" or "doctrine."

Don't Be Seduced By Hipster Occultism - Catholic Exchange

Occult bookstores, psychic readers, and herbalist witches have moved from the darkened woods and back alleys to Instagram.

New Study Supports Catholic Research on Progesterone in Pregnancy - NC Register

According to the National Institutes of Health, 10-25% of pregnancies result in a miscarriage.

Figueiredo Report the First of Many to Come? - Father Raymond de Souza

Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo's release of information on Theodore McCarrick suggests what a new era of whistleblowing might look like in the Church.

Answering the Back-Alley-Abortion Objection - Catholic Answers

How do you respond to pro-choice advocates who say, "Shouldn't we keep abortion legal so that it's at least safe?"

I was conceived in rape. I'm the 1% which excuses 100% of abortions - Mercatornet

Who really are the extremists here? Those who think that every human being has the right to life? Or people who celebrate the needless slaughter of one million innocent humans each year in America?

My dad was a sperm donor. My lack of identity reflects his. - The Guardian

I did not know, until I lost it, how much my sense of identity was rooted in my knowledge of who my parents were.

Planned Parenthood's false stat: 'Thousands' of women died every year before Roe - Washington Post

There is no evidence that in the years immediately preceding the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, thousands of women died every year in the United States from illegal abortions.

Supreme Court allows fetal burials, rejects abortion limits in Indiana - Crux

The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on two different aspects of Indiana abortion laws May 28.

Mater Decoris - The Catholic Thing

I've often said that sex is the first thing you notice about someone and the last thing you forget.

The First Rule of Politics: Getting the Names Right - Catholic Online

When language is unmoored from truth, from reality, communication is impossible.

Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman and
St. Justin Martyr, pray for us

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