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All Catholic commentary from July 2019

Tinkering with the Faith by Fr. Jerry Pokorsky in "On the News" - Jul 1, 2019

Jesus teaches us, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62) Our life decisions in response to His call are irrevocable. Elijah’s disciple, Elisha, burned the bridge to his past— his plowshare, the implement of his livelihood— to guarantee that...

In York with a martyr: The challenge of Margaret Clitherow by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "On the Culture" - Jul 2, 2019

The Shambles, a narrow street housing butchers where the Clitherow family lived The exterior designation of the shrine in (or at least very near) St. Margaret’s home

Faithful Catholics: don’t accept confusion about sexual morality by Phil Lawler in "On the News" - Jul 3, 2019

“Pride Month” has come to an end. And for the first two days of July, the first readings at Mass told the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. I’d call that a coincidence—if I believed in coincidences. Just after the middle of the month, Joseph Sciambra posted a very...

The reigning Pontiff of confusion: a continuing story by Phil Lawler in "The City Gates" - Jul 4, 2019

“The Vatican is now sending ambiguous messages on issues that were considered crucial only a few years ago.” I might have written that sentence, but I didn’t. It comes from an op-ed column in the New York Times—yes, that’s right, the New York Times—by the...

The Peña Parra case: An excellent test of Archbishop Vigano’s credibility by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "The City Gates" - Jul 5, 2019

The latest disclosure of claims by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano should provide a welcome test of his credibility. The New York Times reports that Vigano has named the assistant Vatican Secretary of State, Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, as credibly accused of sexual abuse of seminarians since...

Episode 43—Teaching Children Self-Knowledge Through the Liberal Arts—Matthew Mehan by Thomas V. Mirus in "The Catholic Culture Podcast" - Jul 5, 2019

Mr. Mehan’s Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals (M5) is a book of poems intended as an introduction to the liberal arts for children, helping them to grow in self-knowledge, virtue, and the art of charitable rhetoric. It is...

The diplomat and theologian: On the Truth and the limits of inclusivity by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "On the Culture" - Jul 8, 2019

Two stories in last Friday’s news caught my attention precisely because of the potential for contradiction in the treatment of the principles they represent. The first, headlined “Vatican diplomat: Foster tolerance, inclusivity to counter attacks on religious believers”, favors...

The ‘new evangelization’—discarded? by Phil Lawler in "The City Gates" - Jul 9, 2019

Yesterday’s CWN headlines included a remarkable interview with Cardinal Jozef De Kesel of Brussels, in which the cardinal welcomed the arrival of secularism in Europe. Read the whole interview (if you have the stomach for it), and see if you can detect therein any statement, any argument,...

Unearthing more corruption at the Vatican by Phil Lawler in "The City Gates" - Wednesday

Pause for a moment, and think about what it means that the Vatican is excavating two tombs at the Teutonic Cemetery. The Vatican today confirmed what was already apparent: that the excavation of these tombs has been prompted by an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl...

Self-serving apologies: Not the Catholic way by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "On the Culture" - Thursday

If you want to seize the contemporary moral high ground, I suggest you apologize for something your ancestors or your organization or your country did hundreds of years ago, checking first to ensure that the behavior in question is universally excoriated in our own more enlightened times. Above...

At the Vatican, two mysteries—one probably easy to resolve by Phil Lawler in "The City Gates" - Monday

Just a few days after announcing that excavations inside the Vatican yielded no evidence to shed light on the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, the Vatican has now said that some human remains were found, and the investigation will continue. What’s going on here? The short answer: in...