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Robert George: Stand up to the woke bullying in America…

July 9, 2020 “People have forgotten that bullies are cowards,” said Prof. Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and author of books and of articles, including “Solzhenitsyn’s Prophecy.” “We need outspokenness. It’s the power of the word, not the force of arms, that will win this battle. But if people are too afraid, too frightened, too intimidated, too bullied to speak out against the bully — to stand up and defy the bully when the bully says, ‘Oh, you’re not allowed to say that,’ or the bully says, ‘Oh, you must say this, you must give me your loyalty oath’ — until somebody stands up, until we gather ourselves and stand up to the bullies, this bullying is going to continue. Bu...

We need Julia Greeley — a former slave in Missouri, and now a saint in the making…

Almost exactly 100 years ago, on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1918, a woman, a former slave, died in Denver. This apostle of the Sacred Heart, spreading devotion across the city, was the first lay Catholic to lie in state as hundreds visited her body to honor her works of charity. Friends had to help bury her, because she had given away her burial plot to a poor man. This woman is now on her way to becoming a canonized saint, with the first steps of the process complete and sent to the Vatican. I hope you know already her, but, if you don’t, it’s a good time to meet Servant of God Julia Greeley! She is now buried in the Cathedral so that we can venerate her relics. Julia has a compelling and deeply moving story. Born a slave in Missouri, she lost her vision in one eye when her...

After 10-year legal battle over ‘contraception mandate,’ Little Sisters of the Poor get big win in Supreme Court decision…

Little Sisters praying the Rosary outside the steps of the Supreme Court in April, 2020. (Becket Fund.) Writing for the majority, Justice Clarence Thomas said, “For over 150 years, the Little Sisters have engaged in faithful service and sacrifice, motivated by a religious calling to surrender all for the sake of their brother.” Matt Hadro/CNA. WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Little Sisters of the Poor had a victory at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, nine years into the religious order’s bouts of litigation over the Obama-era “contraception mandate” which obliged employers to provide for contraceptive coverage for employees through their health care plans. “For over 150 years, the Little Sisters have engaged in faithful service and sacrifice, motivated by a religious calling to surrender all f...

7 entertaining comic books for kids that pack a spiritual punch…

5 Minute Read Comic books have always been popular among children and their popularity is only increasing in recent years. Graphic novels are frequently used in an educational setting and are promoted by some educators as a “gateway” to literacy. However, it’s not alway easy to navigate the waters of the comic book world, especially when the majority of mainstream comics are directed at adults. This can often result in a younger child picking-up a comic book that was intended for a mature audience, exposing the child to images that may be offensive to the parent’s religious beliefs. This is a problem, one that Voyage Comics & Publishing is here to solve. We create quality, entertaining comic books that are not only geared at children, but can be enjoyed by adults as well! Furthermore, ...

My time in prison…

There is a lot of goodness in prisons. At times, I am sure, prisons may be hell on earth. I was fortunate to be kept safe and treated well. I was impressed by the professionalism of the warders, the faith of the prisoners, and the existence of a moral sense even in the darkest places. I was in solitary confinement for thirteen months, ten at the Melbourne Assessment Prison and three at Barwon Prison. In Melbourne the prison uniform was a green tracksuit, but in Barwon I was issued the bright red colors of a cardinal. I had been convicted in December 2018 of historical sexual offenses against children, despite my innocence, and despite the incoherence of the Crown Prosecutor’s case against me. ­Eventually (in April of this year) the High Court of Australia was to quash my convictions in a u...

‘Idea laundering’ in academia — How nonsensical jargon like ‘intersectionality’ and ‘cisgender’ is imbued with an air of false authority…

You’ve almost certainly heard some of the following terms: cisgender, fat shaming, heteronormativity, intersectionality, patriarchy, rape culture and whiteness. The reason you’ve heard them is that politically engaged academicians have been developing concepts like these for more than 30 years, and all that time they’ve been percolating. Only recently have they begun to emerge in mainstream culture. These academicians accomplish this by passing off their ideas as knowledge; that is, as if these terms describe facts about the…

2009 Register interview: Ennio Morricone (1928-2020) reflects on his career and the Catholic faith…

Ennio Morricone receives an honorary degree at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera on Feb. 27, 2019, in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images) In a 2009 interview with Register correspondent Edward Pentin, the Italian composer reflects on his life of writing for the movies — and his faith. Editor’s Note: This interview was conducted in Italian and translated by Edward Pentin. It originally appeared Nov. 9, 2009, at the Register and is presented here on the occasion of Morricone’s death on July 6, 2020. Ennio Morricone is considered by many to be one of Hollywood’s finest film score composers. In a career spanning nearly 50 years, he has written around 450 unique, stirring and atmospheric soundtracks for some of the world’s most memorable films. They include the Clint Eastwood ...

New ‘ecclesial conference’ established for Amazon region…

ROSARIO, Argentina — Answering a call made by those who took part in the October 2019 meeting of bishops on the Amazon region held in Rome, on Monday leaders of the Catholic Church in Latin America announced the creation of the Amazonian Ecclesial Conference. The hope is that the new organism will help “delineate a Church with an Amazonian face, and to continue the task of finding new paths for the evangelizing mission,” says a statement signed by Archbishop Miguel Cabrejos of Trujillo and president of CELAM, the Latin American Episcopal Conference, and Cardinal Claudio Hummes, emeritus of São Paulo and president of REPAM, the church’s Amazonian network. the new body will be an “ecclesial conference” as opposed to an “episcopal conference,” denoting that the newly created body will be comp...

How Alexander Hamilton defended the rights of Catholics in a young America…

Alexander Hamilton—the founding father of the moment thanks to the hit musical based on his life—is generally not associated with the cause of religious freedom in the United States. Among Hamilton’s contemporaries, that honor is usually reserved for one of his great rivals, Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. But it was Hamilton who vigorously defended the political rights of Catholics in New York in the face of efforts to require them to renounce their religious identity before they could be considered full citizens of the new republic. This came in the late 1780s, at a pivotal moment in the founding of the United States. The Catholic Church in New York had been outlawed for nearly 100 years, its members denied not only religious liberties but poli...

Stop yoking around — A homily for the 14th Sunday of the Year…

We in the West live in a place and at a time in which almost every burden of manual labor has been eliminated. Not only that, but creature comforts abound. Everything from air conditioning to hair conditioning, from fast food to high speed internet, from to indoor plumbing to outdoor grilling, from instant computer downloads to instant coffee machines. You don’t even have write letters anymore, just press send and a text or email is delivered nearly instantaneously. Yet despite all this it would seem that we still keenly experience life’s burdens, demonstrated by the widespread recourse to psychotherapy and psychotropic drugs. It is increasingly clear that serenity is “an inside job.” Merely improving the outside and amassing creature comforts is not enough. A large fluffy pillow may cushi...

Flannery O’Connor didn’t care if you liked her work…

Flannery O’Connor once received a letter from a college professor asking her, on behalf of his students, to intervene in their interpretative conundrum over her now-canonic short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” Most readers of O’Connor will know this story, so I will briefly sketch it: Essentially, the professor and students were convinced that the second half of the story, following the car crash, in which the family meets the Misfit and his gang, must be a dream conjured by Bailey, the driver of the car. O’Connor replies: The interpretation of your ninety students and three teachers is fantastic and about as far from my intentions as it could get to be. If it were a legitimate interpretation, the story would be little more than a trick and its interest would be simply for abnormal ps...

How civilizations rise and fall in 8 stages…

In yesterday’s post we examined the danger of marginalizing God and how the Lord warns that such a thing is a civilization killer. In today’s post we ponder a more sociological examination of how cultures and civilizations go through cycles. Over time, many civilizations and cultures have risen and then fallen. We who live in painful times like these do well to recall these truths. Cultures and civilizations come and go; only the Church (though often in need of reform) and true biblical culture remain. An old song says, “Only what you do for Christ will last.” Yes, all else passes; the Church is like an ark in the passing waters of this world and in the floodwaters of times like these. For those of us who love our country and our culture, the pain is real. By God’s grace, many fair flowers...