Letters from Kolkata

Dearly beloved, Some people belong in books, they are just that good. R is one of those people. My first day in Kalighat I sat with a man for some time who I was convinced was on death's door. His skin was cold to the touch, he was unresponsive. Somebody called one of the sisters over to examine … [Read More...]

USF embraces gender ideology in housing policies

The following comes from a May 3 Cardinal Newman Society article by Adam Cassandra: At the University of San Francisco (USF), the gender-inclusive housing description was recently updated to indicate that students at the Jesuit-run institution should develop their own understanding about gender … [Read More...]

Bring back the lowly altar boy

The following comes from a May 2 Regina Magazine article by Beverly Stevens: With all the hullabaloo on this topic, I have tried valiantly to avoid having a  knee-jerk opinion on altar girls. Now, however, I have actually spent some time thinking about it. And I do have an opinion, based on my … [Read More...]

It’s easy to follow the rules when you don’t know how to break them

The following comes from a May 4 Science Magazine article by Patrick Monahan: It’s easy to obey a rule when you don’t have the means to break it. For decades, many countries have permitted human embryos to be studied in the laboratory only up to 14 days after their creation by in vitro … [Read More...]

Letters from Kolkata

Dear ones, Søren Kierkegaard sagely writes,  "When the child is to be weaned, his mother blackens her breast; for it were a pity if her breast should look sweet to him when he is not to have it. Then the child believes that her breast has changed... Happy he who needed not worse means to wean his … [Read More...]

New Divine Mercy film and director to tour California

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSB7uiE7sTA Trailer for “The Original Image of Divine Mercy: The Untold Story of an Unknown Masterpiece” Millions of Catholics across the globe pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy every day at 3:00pm. Most know the events that led to the devotion: the … [Read More...]

Surprise! Facebook blacklists trending topics and conservative news outlets

The following comes from a May 3 Federalist article: If you’ve ever used Facebook, you’ve noticed the list of trending topics on the vertical navbar along the right side of the page. You may have even clicked one or two of them to see what’s happening or why the topic is trending. What you … [Read More...]

Learn your history

The following comes from an April 28 Globe Newswire news release: Lands of Hope and Promise, the newest high school history textbook in a series of highly praised, beautiful history textbooks published by Catholic Textbook Project, earns the highest praise from Monsignor Sal Pilato, … [Read More...]

Letters from Kolkata

Dear family, Well, the last week has been a good one, but I was definitely beginning to feel a sort of spiritual dryness. My first month here, everything felt so new, and good; there was this peace in knowing that I was going outside of myself, serving others. Then I realized two things: the … [Read More...]

Abortion clinics in blue states are closing, too

The following comes from a May 2 FiveThirtyEight article by Madeleine Schwartz: In many ways, Shauna Heckert, the executive director of Women’s Health Specialists of California, a group of six abortion clinics in Northern California, feels lucky to be working in a blue state. California abortion … [Read More...]

Co-chair of Catholic Green Initiative warns of dire consequences of global warming

  The following comes from an April 27 Valley Catholic post by A.W. Strawa, Co-Chair of Catholic Green Initiative, Office of Social Ministries: “If objective information suggests that serious and irreversible damage may result, a project should be halted or modified, even in the … [Read More...]

“We decided to keep it”

The following comes from an April 25 Catholic Voice article by Mair Moran. Moran is co-director of Birthright of Livermore. As they exited the clinic, the young couple looked downcast. They had been given only one "choice." Even though they were struggling to raise several children, they didn't … [Read More...]