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And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct.(Romans 1:28) A religion that doesn’t interfere with the secular order will soon discover that the secular order will not refrain from interfering with it.(Archbishop Fulton Sheen) More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. This Is Why I Love the Catholic Church and Why My Faith Has Not Been Shaken

 

My pastor, Pater John-Mary S. W. Bowlin KCHS, knocks it out of the park. My home parish is St. Kateri Tekakwitha, in Buffalo, TX.

Praise be to God for Fr. Bowlin. Please pray for him and for all faithful priests. For anyone on Facebook, please leave a comment thanking Fr. Bowlin for preaching the truth. Below is his sermon:

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It is not only the mainstream media, with their homosexualist agenda who trash the Catholic faithful who want to know the truth about the Vigano Testimony and try to discredit the whistleblower Vigano. It is also the well-known papal sycophants. Is there any way to understand why Pope Francis can get away with not answering […]

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Cardinal Cupich of Chicago responds to the allegations in the Vigano Letter. This is outrageous.

“The Pope knows we have a bigger agenda. He’s got to get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the church. We’re not going to go down a rabbit hole on this. … …Quite frankly, they also don’t like him because he’s a Latino.” —Cardinal Cupich

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. “Blurred Lines”: Scandals in Bohemia and Ecclesia

 

“And that’s why I’m gon’ take a good girl / I know you want it… / I hate these blurred lines / I know you want it… / But you’re a good girl…” Unlike in Thicke’s hit, the “it” youth seeking mentorship want is hopefully not sex. Nonetheless, decent people have long suspected that among more bohemian sorts — actors, musicians, academics, etc — the blurring of lines between mentorship and sexual grooming, coupled with the impulse to save face, risks fostering a climate of sexual abuse. I’ve even heard decent people argue that those who go into bohemian fields ought to know what they’re getting into, and if they’re abused, it’s really their fault.

Decent people don’t want bohemian clergy. Nonetheless, religious callings have more in common with the bohemian than decent people might like to think. It’s appropriate for spiritual mentorship to be intense (possibly even more intense than intellectual or artistic mentorship). It’s normal for charismatic spiritual leaders to attract groupies (also known as disciples). Great good can come from both these dynamics. But also great evil. Decent people are properly sensitive to the great harm false accusations can do, and it feels awful to suspect those called to holiness of perverting these dynamics. Nonetheless, perversion has obviously happened — especially, it seems, in Catholic seminaries.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast – number 187!!! – for August 16, 2018 it’s the Too Much Preying edition of the show with your holier-than-thou hosts Todd Feinburg, radio guy, and Mike Stopa, AI bot. Welcome, welcome, welcome!

This week we are back into sex. We love to talk about sex. That’s pretty much all we can do concerning sex is talk about it so we might as well enjoy it.

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America take on three heavy topics, starting with Colorado baker Jack Phillips now having a powerful case of discrimination against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission after the commission ruled Phillips had violated the rights of a transgender lawyer for not customizing a cake for their […]

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Another round of reports on Catholic priests abusing children has come up. As a Reformed Calvinist in good standing I’m somewhat detached from this, but I still find the whole mess despicable. This post is not about that, really, though it’s related. What I’d like to know from the Catholics on our site is a […]

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For the past month, the laity in the Church have vented their anger over the explosion of sexual abuse allegations that surround former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the accompanying failure of his brother bishops to stop his abuse or curtail his rise to power and prominence in the Church. The statements that have come out from the bishops that surround this crisis, are to me weak, pathetic, and devoid of any sense of responsibility. And they continue to be devoid of any self-awareness, accountability, or responsibility (just listen to Cardinal Wuerl, McCarrick’s successor in DC, say that he doesn’t think it is a massive crisis and calls it a “terrible disappointment” — good grief man, are you kidding me?)

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The title to this post are the words of the prophet Jeremiah (Jer 23), which were proclaimed at mass this past weekend. And they certainly apply to the worst kept secret in the Catholic Church today – predatory homosexuals in the hierarchy and priesthood, headlined by the multiple reports (NYTimes1, NYTimes2, WaPo1, WaPo2) on the […]

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Every Friday during the year, the Church prays Psalm 51, The Miserere, at Lauds. It is a prayer by King David to God for mercy, cleansing, and pardon, and reminds us that our inmost being must be renewed, and that we must put on the new man (Ephesians 4:23-24). It is a necessary prayer, because […]

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In Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, St. Pope John Paul II’s 1994 Apostolic Letter on reserving priestly ordination to men alone, the Holy Father wrote: Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church’s divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the […]

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Amidst the confusion of today’s Catholic Church, there are voices that speak out clearly and distinctly. I profiled one of these voices here (where Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, Netherlands, penned a commentary wherein he hammered the German episcopate and Pope Francis for playing fast and loose with giving Holy Communion to Protestant spouses […]

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From LifeSiteNews: VATICAN CITY, Italy, May 18, 2018 – Chile’s Catholic bishops have handed in their resignations to the Pope en masse over the Church’s sex abuse scandal there. More

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This post is a shout out and query to my Orthodox friends here – I think I am remembering this correctly (@skipsul, @jamesofengland, @midge, and others who I have missed). Obviously, others may opine as well – as if you need the invitation. At Catholic World Report, Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille has a post […]

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Today, the Vatican released Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the call to holiness in today’s world. He gives us his reasoning for writing to us in the opening two paragraphs: 1. “REJOICE AND BE GLAD” (Mt 5:12), Jesus tells those persecuted or humiliated for his sake. The Lord […]

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The title of this post comes from a quote from Cardinal Carlo Caffara, who was one of the four cardinals to sign the dubia presented to Pope Francis asking for clarification on his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. The quote is the subtitle to a conference that was held in Rome today, entitled Catholic Church, […]

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Our pastor, Fr. John-Mary S.W. Bowlin, KCHS, held the annual Lenten retreat for the men of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church Saturday. He invited his brother priest and friend, Fr. Joshua Neu, vocations and RCIA director of the Diocese of Tyler, TX to give the retreat and celebrate mass.

The day started with mass. Celebrated ad orientem. That made the day for me. Lex orandi, lex credendi. The law of prayer is the law of belief — or, the way we pray and celebrate the sacraments reinforces what we believe. There were only six of us and two priests but we were all turned toward the Lord, offering praise, blessing, adoration, thanks, and sacrifice to God.

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This is a project our company has been working on for the last couple years in Knoxville, TN. It is the new seat of the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, which serves all of eastern Tennessee, and was dedicated this weekend. Here is a recording of the Mass and Rite of Dedication for those that would like to breeze through all four hours and 44 minutes of it. More than 100 priests, 21 bishops and archbishops, and five cardinals participated in the dedication ceremony.

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Do you remember Fr. Weinandy? He is at it again and I’m happy to see him call on the faithful to mount a response. Edward Pentin writes: More

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