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June 23, 2021
Note from the Managing Editor


This week, our articles start off with two timely pieces: "Thoughts on the Great Escape" reminds us that we are going to die — an important truth as "COVID forced illness and death, those unwelcome party-crashers, onto the menu of millions of people otherwise cocooned in the normalcy of work, sports, family, Powerball, and vacations."

"The Degeneration of Public Administration" reminded me of this comedic video: "The Chief Apologizes.  Theodore Dalrymple writes about how "The trained inability to speak in plain language and to answer straight questions with straight answers is a precondition of advancement."

We also reprint the second part of "Exploring the dark world of vaccines and fetal tissue research."  It is a hard read, but a must read.  Click here for part 1.

We end with Msgr. Charles Pope, "On the Balance of Love and Correction according to St. Gregory."  He discusses how "Correction and rebuke is seldom a feature of preaching today" and how "there are also priests who teach and preach as if trying to win an argument and prevail over others rather than in loving concern."  Balance is needed.

God bless you all this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez
 
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  "Pain is the plow that tears up our hearts to make us open to the truth. If it were not for suffering, we would never recognize our guilt, our godlessness, and the crying injustice of the human condition." - Stanley Hauerwas  
 
New Resources
 
The Meaning of the Sacred Heart - Servant of God Sister Ida Peterfy - Devotion to the Sacred Heart
His Heart is alive with love for all of us.
 
Thoughts on the Great Escape - Francis X. Maier - The Catholic Thing
It's an old joke but a true one: Nobody wants to live to be 100 . . . except the guy who's 99.
 
The Degeneration of Public Administration - Theodore Dalrymple - City Journal
Today's bureaucrats speak and think in a language of social-managerial gibberish.
 
Exploring the dark world of vaccines and fetal tissue research: Part 2 - Monica Seeley - Catholic World Report
If we were to pause and actively confront and acknowledge the reality of the grave evil that has so often purchased our vaccines, it might change everything.
 
Beauty in the Spiritual Life, Pt 3 - David Clayton - New Liturgical Movement
I now focus on a single painting of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is embedded with design principles that conform to the pattern of beauty that can permeate our lives too.
 
On the Balance of Love and Correction according to St. Gregory - Msgr. Charles Pope - Community in Mission
Applying salutary discipline and balancing it with necessary consolations and encouragement is never an easy task.
 
Editorials of Interest
 
Come Back to Mass! - Word on Fire
Virtual presentations are absolutely no substitute for the real thing.
 
15-Year-Old High School Student Exposes Critical Race Theory - YouTube
"I have been told by a lot of kids that they just stay silent and adjust their schoolwork to reflect an acceptable opinion to secure a good grade."
 
Language Barriers - The Catholic Thing
Catholics can be separated by language at the very moment when the communion of the Church — its oneness — is, or ought to be, most evident.
 
A Third Father James and the Illusion of a Third Way - Crisis Magazine
Fr. Dwight Longenecker's recent Crisis article, "The Tale of Two Fr. Jameses," warrants a revisit in light of the emergence to the national stage of a third Father James, Fr. James Parker of the Rockford, Illinois, diocese.
 
Pro-abortion Catholic Dems off the hook as bishops walk back plan to restrict Communion - Washington Times
"We are no longer proposing a national policy" regarding who may present themselves for Communion, said Bishop Kevin Rhoades.
 
What justifies withholding the Eucharist? - Catholic Culture
"What do you think about the Chicago archdiocesan policy that requires Catholics to wear a mask in church if they cannot furnish proof of vaccination?"
 
Canada's shame: Parliament refuses to condemn sex-selective abortion - Mercatornet
Maybe the debate is over in Canada, but that is bad news for girls in India.
 
Supreme Court sides with Catholic foster care agency that refused to work with same-sex couples - CBS News
The Supreme Court on Thursday sided with a Catholic foster care agency that was cut off by the city of Philadelphia from receiving foster care referrals because it refused to work with same-sex couples looking to serve as foster parents because of the agency's religious beliefs about marriage.
 
The Court: Looking for the Low Door under the Wall - The Catholic Thing
In July 1989, there was rampant joy in the tents of the pro-lifers, for it looked as though the Supreme Court had taken a magnificent and decisive turn on the matter of abortion.
 
Wisconsin Assembly passes bills barring biological males from female sports - CWR
Some Democrat lawmakers equate the legislation to hateful discrimination that could, they say, increase the likelihood of suicide among students who have changed gender identity.
 
Standing with Vlad the Impaler - Crisis Magazine
Catholics and conservatives must prepare to take an immovable, indignant stand against a destructive cultural tyranny and speak with force against the invasion of ideas and systems that are enemies to truth, goodness, and Western Civilization.
 
Understanding freedom in an age of false idols - CWR
Ryszard Legutko's new book argues that emancipated individualism is as much a left-wing revolutionary idea as socialism, and is proving just as much an absurd, dehumanizing failure.
 
Four Critical Principles for Catholic Fathers - Integrated Catholic Life
Pope St. John XXIII said, "It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."
 
The Catholic Culturalist: On Fathers and Christian Masculinity - CWR
If our culture turns around, it will be because, in large part, Christian men stand up and fight.
 
On Creativity and Serving God - First Things
When it comes to creativity, some of us are of two minds.
 
Jonah's Parable Come True: Diver Gulped Down by Humpback Whale Survives - Interesting Engineering
The diver recalls he could feel the whale squeezing the muscles in its mouth.
 
Tolkien and Theology - The Imaginative Conservative
Though C.S. Lewis will always and understandably be identified with popular Christian theology, J.R.R. Tolkien, in a far more private and symbolic manner, promoted Christianity just as deeply and profoundly.
 
An inspiring call to arms during a grim and challenging time - CWR
Austin Ruse's Under Siege: No Finer Time to Be a Faithful Catholic is a useful book in describing the evils of our times and what we can do to oppose them.
 
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