Readings & Reflections: Friday of the First Week in Lent & St. Polycarp, February 23,2018

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the First Week in Lent & St. Polycarp, February 23,2018

Polycarp was one of the “Apostolic Fathers,” those Fathers of the Church who learned the Faith directly from the Twelve Apostles. In his youth, Polycarp heard the preaching of Saint John. During his years as bishop in Smyrna, he wrote many pastoral letters, only one of which survives, a missive to the faithful at Philippi. According to Saint Jerome, this letter was still being read in the churches of Asia almost three hundred years after Polycarp’s death. Of Polycarp, Saint Irenaeus of Lyons attested, “At all times he taught the things which he had learnt from the Apostles, which the Church transmits, which alone are true.” Polycarp suffered martyrdom around the year 155 A.D. read more

Pope Francis writes to youth: I want Church to entrust you with important responsibilities

Pope Francis writes to youth: I want Church to entrust you with important responsibilities

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Published on Feb 22, 2018

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The message was released in preparation for the local World Day of Youth on March 25, Palm Sunday.

Pope Asks Youth: What are your Fears?

His Message for World Youth Day 2018 Recalls Grace of God, Need for Discernment

Pope with youth © L'Osservatore Romano

Pope With Youth 09/16/2017 © L’Osservatore Romano

“What are your fears?” That is the first question Pope Francis put to young people in his message for the 33rd World Youth Day, to be celebrated at the diocesan level on 25 March 2018, Palm Sunday, on the theme, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God” (Lk 1: 30). read more

ANGRY FATHER TELLS NATION: FIX IT! Daughter was killed in Parkland school massacre

ANGRY FATHER TELLS NATION: FIX IT! Daughter was killed in Parkland school massacre


by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 22, 2018

Daughter was killed in Parkland school massacre

WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) – A father who lost his daughter in the Parkland school shooting is telling the nation, “All these school shootings, it doesn’t make sense. Fix it.”

On Wednesday, Andrew Pollack stood in the White House with his three sons, asserting, “We as a country failed our children.” His daughter, 18-year-old Meadow Pollack, was shot 9 times and killed by Nikolas Cruz at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14. Cruz has admitted to being the shooter and was apprehended hours later. read more

ERRANT PRIEST MSGR. JOHN DEVINE ‘BLESSING ABORTION’ IN ISLE OF MAN

ERRANT PRIEST MSGR. JOHN DEVINE ‘BLESSING ABORTION’ IN ISLE OF MAN

Errant Priest ‘Blessing Abortion’ in Isle of Man by Stephen Wynne  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 22, 2018

Monsignor “scandalously misrepresents” Catholic teaching ahead of legalization vote

DOUGLAS, Isle of Man (ChurchMilitant.com) – A leading U.K. cleric is lobbying against pro-life advocates in the leadup to a vote to legalize abortion in the Isle of Man.

In a letter to the self-governing crown dependency’s chief minister last week, Msgr. John Devine OBE, dean of the Roman Catholic Church, Isle of Man, trounced members of the right-to-life movement.

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In his letter, later published in the Isle of Man Examiner, Devine recounted speaking against pro-life advocates from his pulpits in St. Mary’s and St. Anthony’s churches:

I made my concerns clear with a line by line analysis of key points in the draft bill and recommended that parishioners ponder these concerns and make them known not only to their [parliamentary representatives] but also to family, friends and colleagues. I also expressed my concern at the methods adopted by many of those opposing the bill which I consider to be counterproductive. I stated that these protestors cannot presume to speak on the Church’s behalf. People who have abortions are not murderers and are not bad people. read more

KILLING THE CULTURE OF DEATH: “Faithful Catholics must … participate in this year’s midterm elections”

KILLING THE CULTURE OF DEATH: “Faithful Catholics must … participate in this year’s midterm elections”


by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 22, 2018

Voris: “Faithful Catholics must … participate in this year’s midterm elections”

The margin of pro-life U.S. senators must be increased in the upcoming midterm elections this November or else pro-life legislation will continue to be defeated on Capitol Hill. This was seen last month when the 20-week ban on abortion failed in the senate owing to turncoat Republicans.

Michael Voris, who’s been reporting on such elections for 25 years, said, “Faithful Catholics must be very attentive to and participate in this year’s midterm elections. It wasn’t enough to stop the agenda of the Left in just one branch of government. It must be stopped in both houses of Congress as well.” read more

OVER 25,000 COMPLAINTS FLOOD ABC NEWS AFTER MIKE PENCE’S FAITH MOCKED: Calls for ABC to drop ‘The View’

OVER 25,000 COMPLAINTS FLOOD ABC NEWS AFTER MIKE PENCE’S FAITH MOCKED: Calls for ABC to drop ‘The View’

Over 25,000 Complaints Flood ABC News After Mike Pence’s Faith Mocked by Church Militant  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 22, 2018

Calls for ABC to drop ‘The View’

ABC News has been flooded with more than 25,000 phone calls since “The View” co-hosts mocked Vice President Pence’s Christian faith last week, disrespecting the former governor of Indiana for speaking with Jesus and even suggesting he has a “mental illness.”

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell published an open letter to ABC News after the controversial comments, calling for an apology for the “anti-Christian remarks.” ABC News received 25,363 calls as of early Monday morning from people complaining about the comments made by “The View” co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Joy Behar, according to the MRC.

Hostin said it’s “interesting” that former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman recently said that Pence talks to Jesus and believes Jesus tells him things. Hostin said she is a “faithful” Catholic but doesn’t want her vice president “speaking in tongues.” Behar then said, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you … that’s called mental illness.” read more

IDAHO SENATOR DAN FOREMAN SLAMS PRO-ABORT ACTIVISTS

IDAHO SENATOR DAN FOREMAN SLAMS PRO-ABORT ACTIVISTS

Idaho Senator Slams Pro-Abort Activists by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 22, 2018

Sen. Dan Foreman: “I think what you guys do stinks”

BOISE, Idaho (ChurchMilitant.com) – Liberal media are bashing a member of the Idaho state senate who stood up against the abortion lobby.

Idaho state Sen. Dan Foreman is on video chasing away Planned Parenthood supporters who tried to speak with him about “reproductive rights.”

On Monday, college-age abortion activists from the University of Idaho came to the state capital to lobby for abortion-on-demand and “updated” sex education. They wanted to meet with Foreman but the meeting was canceled. In retaliation, they littered handfuls of condoms in his office.

Foreman confronted the pro-abortion activists in the Capitol building lobby. One of the Planned Parenthood supporters recorded part of Foreman’s embittered speech on video. The state senator said, “Abortion is murder. I stand against it. I am a Roman Catholic. I am a conservative Republican. I think what you guys do stinks.” read more

TEXAS BISHOPS SLAM FAITHFUL PRO-LIFE GROUP: Church leaders shielding RINOs?

TEXAS BISHOPS SLAM FAITHFUL PRO-LIFE GROUP: Church leaders shielding RINOs?


by Stephen Wynne  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 22, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (ChurchMilitant.com) – Fake Republicans in Texas are losing, and the Catholic bishops seem ready to sacrifice a faithful pro-life leader to defend them.

On Thursday, the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops issued a rebuke to Texas Right to Life, warning parishes “not to participate in their activities or allow the organization to use parish sites.”

Texas Right to Life, headed by outspoken Catholic Jim Graham, has openly, consistently criticized the “soft push” of GOP Establishment leaders who have obstructed pro-life legislation. The bishops, meanwhile — members of the Church Establishment — are cozy with Texas RINOs (Republicans in Name Only). read more

CHURCH MILITANT HEADLINES, FEBRUARY 22, 2018

CHURCH MILITANT HEADLINES, FEBRUARY 22, 2018

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February 22, 2018

US Bishops Organize National Call-In Day for Dreamers
No similar call-in protest for pro-life legislation. FULL STORY COMING SOON

Religious Freedom Division Flooded With Conscience Violation Complaints
HHS created department to protect conscience rights of doctors. FULL STORY

Democrat Politicians Harass Church for Offering Counseling to Gays 
Reps. Adam Zemke and Darrin Camilleri push radical LGBT agenda. FULL STORY 

Pennsylvania Democrat Catholic Conor Lamb Supports Abortion
“I’m running for Congress, not for cardinal.” FULL STORY read more

THE VORTEX: THINGS ARE FALLING APART – And the Left cannot admit it

THE VORTEX: THINGS ARE FALLING APART – And the Left cannot admit it

February 22, 2018

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There was a time in America and other parts of the world where liberalism probably had good intentions. Here, in the States, for example, liberalism saw what we could call the “sins” of America’s past, like slavery and rightly railed against them, as well as the effects of those sins carried into contemporary times. But liberalism itself became infected with the capital sin of pride, assuming a kind of moral superiority and condemning as inferior anyone who would not agree with its agenda. It has since become the immediate knee-jerk reaction to label or stigmatize every non-liberal as racist. read more

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