13 Things every Catholic Voter Should Know Before the November Election. Read Voter Guide from LifeSiteNews here.
This year due to the pandemic, you can gain a plenary indulgence for the faithful departed on any eight days during the month of November by devoutly visit a cemetery and, even if only mentally, pray for the faithful departed; [Note: one plenary indulgence for each day, if the usual conditions are met listed below. The eight days chosen do not have to be consecutive. This indulgence is exclusively for the benefit of souls in purgatory. You can also gain a plenary indulgence for the faithful departed on November 2, All Souls Day by piously visiting a church or oratory and prayer the Our Father and the Apostles Creed. May you have a blessed November praying for your departed kin and friends.READ MORE
Sunday, the last Sunday in October, is the original feast of Christ the King on the date established by Pope Pius XI in his encyclical Quas Primas. The traditional liturgy of the Church maintains this original date while the ordinary-form liturgy celebrates the feast on the last Sunday of the Church year.
Pope Pius XI: Therefore by Our Apostolic Authority We institute the Feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ to be observed yearly throughout the whole world on the last Sunday of the month of October—the Sunday, that is, which immediately precedes the Feast of All Saints. Pius XI’s intention, as can is to emphasize the glory of Christ as fulfillment of His earthly mission, a glory and mission visible and perpetuated in history by the saints.READ MORE
Much ink is being spilled about Ruth Bader Ginsberg as a model and heroine if not a “secular saint.” She was a fervent supporter of Planned Parenthood and abortion despite Planned Parenthood’s racist past and present. An element of that racist past is exemplified in a quote from Ginsberg below that the media does not usually refer to. Sadly many claiming to be Catholic also have embraced the Planned Parenthood mentality which includes candidates running for public office in the upcoming election.READ MORE
The theme for October is honoring our Lady and her Rosary; hence in October we have the great feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary originally Our Lady of Victory established to celebrate our Lady’s intervention in the victory at Lepanto over the Ottoman Empire, seeking to overrun Europe and supplant Christianity. Prior to that there are the feast days of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus and St. Francis of Assisi two very beloved saints. Not as well-known and popular is St. Bruno the founder of the Carthusian monks on October 6. He has the famous saying: The Cross stands while the world changes.READ MORE
The Church has always rejected Freemasonry. It is alive and well in our world and is international in its reach. It is part of a current globalism, the movement to subvert the sovereignty of individual countries with a so-called new world order ruled by oligarchs, power-elites, whose rules don’t apply to them. One of the reasons Freemasonry is rejected is that it is a pseudo-religion. God is simply the Grand Architect of the Universe a form of deism. Deism accepts a notion of God as having nothing to do with this world, who does not intervene in this world or with human beings. Freemasonry gives religious symbols alien meanings and promotes naturalism, the view that only the things of this world count and there is nothing beyond this world. Religion in freemasonry is totally private and can be whatever you want, hence there is no truth in religion and all religions are the same. Brotherhood is based solely on human concerns and endeavors not on God or His Revelation. The pivotal Church teaching on Freemasonry is Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Humanum Genus,(The Human Race)READ MORE
Attention techies, computer geeks, and all users of technology: your patron saint, a fifteen-year old!
Many saints would have jumped at the chance to have an instant way to communicate God’s Truth with millions of people. Today we are privileged to have that sort of communication at our finger tips via the internet, so how can Catholics take advantage of it? One young computer geek who is now on his way to canonization illuminates the way ahead for us, with the wonderful example of his life. Carlo Acutis may have only been 15 when he died, but he lived a life of holiness and took advantage of his skills with computers to tell people about God, by creating a comprehensive catalogue of Eucharistic miracles.
Learn more at www.ctsbooks.org/carlo-acutis-saint-digital-age/.
There are mysteries about Halloween. Why is it like it is? Is there really an occult underpinning? Does it have any supernatural ramifications? One little-known fact is that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses -- his rejection of Catholic teaching -- on the door of the Wittenberg church on October 31, 1517. Those theses led of course to breaking away from the Catholic Church as Protestantism was born, soon itself to splinter into dozens of Protestant denominations. A former monk and priest, Luther preached not only against the sale of indulgences and corruption in the Church (which were real), but also against the Mass, the meaning of Holy Communion, the Pope, and saints as intercessors with Jesus.READ MORE
According to the plan of our Lord the Catholic religion is the fulfillment of the promises made to Abraham and the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. This is exemplified by the fulfillment of two major Jewish feast days: the Passover and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. We hear the Passover recalled during Lent and this involved the deliverance of the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt and to be brought to the Promised Land. Christian commentary views this as also pointing to the deliverance of the human race, Jews and Gentiles, from the slavery to sin and set on the road to the Promised Land of intimacy and friendship with God in the life of heaven. The crossing of the Red Sea and the passing through its waters is seen as a sign of baptism, the entry-point of this deliverance from sin.READ MORE
The closing of the St. Paul the Apostle Regional Catholic School has caused much pain, sorrow, anger to the administration, teachers, and staff of the school and the parish families including the clergy of the parish which is very understandable. A number of things need to be pointed out:
Pope Benedict while Cardinal Ratzinger expressed himself on the title of this essay in a book called The Ratzinger Report. He said: It (the saying about Mary you can never say enough) seemed exaggerated to me. So it was difficult for me to understand the true meaning of another famous expression…the declaration that designated the Virgin Mary as the “conqueror of all heresies.” Now in this confused period where truly every type of heretical aberration seems to be pressing upon the doors of the authentic faith-now I understand that it was not a matter of pious exaggerations, but of truths that today are more valid than ever.READ MORE
Letter on the celebration of the liturgy during and after the COVID 19 pandemic to the Presidents of the Episcopal Conferences of the Catholic Church. (Edited)
The pandemic caused by the Covid 19 virus has produced upheavals not only in social, family, economic, educational, and work dynamics, but also in the life of the Christian community, including the liturgical dimension. To prevent the spread of the virus, rigid social distancing was necessary, which had repercussions on a fundamental trait of Christian life: “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Mt 18:20); “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And all who believed were together and had all things in common” (Acts 2:42-44).READ MORE
There are so many great feast days in September. There is the birthday of Our Lady on September 8 one of only three birthdays celebrated by the Church: Our Lord’s, Our Lady’s and St. John the Baptist. The birthday according to the Faith is the re-birth of baptism and hence the importance of the name-day of the person and entering eternal life. There is the feast of the great doctor and father of the Church St. John Chrysostom on September 13.
Then there’s the great feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14 one of the oldest feasts in the Church. A great book about the discovery of the Holy Cross of Christ is the story of St. Helena the mother of Constantine the Great. British author Evelyn Waugh has written a short resume of St. Helena’s life.READ MORE
The former chaplain to Queen Elizabeth has decided to return to the Faith of his ancestors of England before Henry VIII. Click here to find out why.
By Jeff Z. Klein (Niagara Frontier Heritage Project)
Father Thomas Conway, Navy chaplain for the USS Indianapolis.
The sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis in the early morning hours of July 30, 1945, is the worst disaster to befall a single ship in the history of the US Navy. Some 300 men lost their lives when the heavy cruiser was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and went down, and almost 600 more died over the next four days, floating without food or water in the shark-infested Pacific, their distress signals unheard or ignored.READ MORE
George Agamben is a philosopher in Europe sounding the alarm about the melding of health and political control. His remarks reflect Italy which was devastated by but it also by and large reflects the situation in the United States. Here are his remarks:READ MORE