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February 19, 2020

Note from the Assistant Managing Editor:

"God does not restrict our freedom but rather substantiates it."  Substantiate is from the Latin substantiatus, "to make real, to give substance to."  In the Introduction to Gerhard Cardinal Muller's The Power of Truth, he explains this substance as the ways the Church leads us to God.

We also reprint Msgr.  Charles Pope's review on Bishop Athanasius Schneider's book Christus Vincit: Christ's Triumph Over the Darkness of the Age.  Both men had similar experiences as youths after Vatican II, experiencing "an awareness that something was wrong, that the beauty of traditions had been lost; but also an obligation, by that very sense of tradition, to revere and obey the leaders who had undertaken these revolutionary changes."

Then Deacon John Beagan defends discussing Hell.  "The crux of our problem, and the reason our Church is in such decline, is we have lost sight of the daily drama for eternal salvation.  Without people's need to be saved, the Church is just another feel-good club competing against all the others."

And our final piece from Fr. George Rutler reminds us what is worth sacrificing to get to heaven: everything.  "Christ has made life so worth living, that living and dying for him makes sense."

Next Wednesday is the beginning of Lent.  What will you be giving up? - Meaghen Gonzalez

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"The truthful person recognizes a solemnity in every assertion. He grasps that in everything he utters, he is called to bear witness to the truth." - Dietrich von Hildebrand

New Resources

The True Meaning of Sabbath Worship - Dietrich von Hildebrand - from Liturgy and Personality

Only the God-man, Jesus Christ, can truly offer adoration and love to God.

Introduction - Gerhard Cardinal Müller - The Power of Truth

"Focusing on eleven urgent issues in the life of the Church today, Cardinal Müller has written the best kind of 'simple' book: simple as in clear, concise, appealing, and powerful." - Most Rev. Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia

This is a Time of Great Consternation — Abide in the Truth That Liberates - Monsignor Charles Pope - National Catholic Register

As I have been reading Bishop Athanasius Schneider's book, Christus Vincit, I am struck by the similarities between his experiences and mine.

Does hell play a role in evangelization? If it does, then when and how? - Deacon John Beagan - Crisis

Does hell play a role in evangelization? If it does, then when and how?

Free to Be Vulgar - Theodore Dalrymple - City Journal

Adolescence is the age neither of good taste nor of wisdom, which no doubt is why some politicians want to lower the voting age even further.

A Flight into Reality - Anthony Esolen - The Catholic Thing

I believe that Tolkien found in the Middle Ages something of what another Catholic novelist, Sigrid Undset, found there.

Dying upon a dogma - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor

"Many a man will live and die upon a dogma: no man will be a martyr for a conclusion."

Editorials of Interest:

My Reaction to Querida Amazonia - National Catholic Register
Your Father, Your Friend - Crisis Magazine
What is an angel? - First Things

Editorials of Interest

"We can only be grateful to Francis for this unusual and unexpected clarity" - CWR

The following essay by Bishop Marian Eleganti, auxiliary bishop in the diocese of Chur, Switzerland, is the first of a series of CWR pieces on the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Querida Amazonia.

As the Synodal Way Begins - First Things

From Jan. 30-Feb. 1, the German bishops held the first synodal assembly in Frankfurt. Over the next two years, they will hold three more plenary assemblies and convene work groups dedicated to the four main topics of the Synodal Way: power and separation of powers in the church, sexuality and partnership, priestly life and celibacy, and women in church ministry and offices.

Ukraine's Latin Rite Bishops Issue Fraternal Correction of German Bishops' Synodal Path - NC Register

"It hurts us when we see how LGBT propaganda invokes your own wording," say the bishops, "to fight both Christianity and everyone who recognizes the true anthropology based on the Bible and natural law."

My Reaction to Querida Amazonia - National Catholic Register

Querida Amazonia stopped short of calling for the two most radical demands of the Synod: married priests and female "deacons."

Convictions and Doubts: The Case of Cardinal Pell - Quillette

Cardinal Pell does not need a miracle. He merely needs the High Court to reassert the basic tenets of the common law that have been jettisoned amid the understandable fervour to punish those who for many years committed unspeakable crimes against the vulnerable with impunity.

The Crown Prosecutor's Retraction - Quadrant

The conviction of Pell is one of the worst miscarriages of justice in Australian history.

Your Father, Your Friend - Crisis Magazine

Something is going on that isn't healthy. Our priests are suffering.

12th Texas City Bans Abortion - LifeNews

These ordinances are particularly important because Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in the nation, confirmed that it is looking to expand in West Texas.

Thousands of fetal remains found in Illinois are buried in Indiana - Fox News

The remains of more than 2,000 fetal remains that were discovered in the Illinois home of one of the Midwest's most prolific abortion doctors received a mass burial Wednesday at a cemetery in Indiana.

Biologically male runner to compete in USA women's Olympic trials - Daily Caller

The International Olympic Committee requires transgender athletes in women's sports to keep their testosterone levels below a certain threshold, but scientific research suggests that suppressing testosterone isn't enough to neutralize biologically male athletes' inherent physiological advantages.

Core and conversation inspire Catholic conversion at Hillsdale - The Collegian

Though national Catholicism is on the decline, Catholicism at Hillsdale College is clearly growing.

Christians are Being Captured, Killed Across Globe: Inside the Crisis - The Stream

According to a stunning 2020 report, more than 260 million Christians live in places where there is a high level of persecution, amounting to one-in-eight Christians worldwide.

How Ferrero Rocher chocolates were inspired by the Virgin Mary - Aleteia

The popular chocolate and hazelnut treats were named after the site of Marian apparitions.

Research proves the benefits of inter-generational connection - Mercatornet

"The needs and assets of the generations fit together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle."

God will never forgive me for what I've done - Catholic Stand

This is often the desolate, hopeless cry of a woman who made a decision to abort her child.

St. Valentine's Day and the Marital Mission - CWR

In order to achieve the Catholic mission of marriage, spouses must daily work to grow in their ability to love as God loves.

Enroll to benefit from 40 Masses and 40 days of prayer and penance - Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be offering 40 days of Masses, prayers, vigils, fasting, and penances for all those enrolled this Lent. Enroll your loved ones or those in particular need of prayers. You can help save souls and renew the Church!

Sacred Heart Seminary offering free Encountering Christ course - Catholic Stand

The six-week course runs from March 2 to April 12, 2020. It "is designed for the everyday Catholic who wants to grow in their encounter with the Lord."

What is an angel? - First Things

Aquinas 101 is a YouTube series produced by the Thomistic Institute. These videos seek to introduce viewers to the Christian intellectual tradition through the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. The following text discusses St. Thomas's teaching on angels, both the good and the bad ones.

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

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