A Message from the Editor
Providing insight into Catholicism in China and China, in general, has been a challenge. There has been a worrisome setback for Chinese Catholics with the announcement that Chinese Christians told to replace Christ with Mao or lose government support. U.S. China relations are seriously strained. Our first article in this issue is a warning from the United States State Department on possible detention in China.
We are blessed to have Mary Moran help us gain insights into Catholicism in China with her interviews and for translating Francis Etheredge’s Prayer for China into Chinese.
We also appreciate Father Shay Cullen’s powerful articles on Human Trafficking and the power of drug companies and his prayer for Father Teresito “Chito” Suganob. Be sure to read the review of his book Ricky and Julie – a story of courage and survival in the Philippines, We also hope that you will help support his Preda Foundation which rescues enslaved children and women from sex slavery and children from jails.
the powerful video at the United Nations by Christian Peschken on Trade and Development in light of the COVID 19 crisis.
We have updated Father Hans Zollner’s interview for his advice to survivors of
clerical sexual abuse since we are preparing a special issue on healing from clergy sexual abuse later this year. While we have selected the survivors that we are interviewing in the United States, we are seeking to interview survivors in other counties. Your name and identity will be concealed upon request. If any of our readers may be interested in participating in a project designed to help survivors and our Universal Church, please contact Gordon Nary at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are seeing donations to help us develop the critical project.
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A Quote to Remember
“Today, the Church in China looks to the future with hope. The Church wants Chinese Christians to be truly Christians, and to be good citizens. They should promote the Gospel, but without engaging in proselytism, and they need to achieve the unity of the divided Catholic community. Let us pray together that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity. Thank you.”
by Pope Francis
A Prayer to Reduce Abortions in China
Dear God, our Creator, and Teacher. We know your love for each of us is powerful, true, and eternal - and begins long before birth. We pray today that everyone in China will have the courage to acknowledge that love and to speak the truth about our unborn brothers and sisters and their rights as human being created in your image and likeness. We also pray for the awakening of our fellow travelers to the rights of these children and the needs – physical, spiritual and moral – of their mothers and fathers. Help us to show respect and provide real help to both parents and their children. God did give us free will, but it must be guided by reason and truth. Choice is doing whatever you want with or without the guidance of reason or truth. May the strength of your love show us all a better path for ALL human lives. by Denise Mackura Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for China
Chinese Translation by Dr. Mary Moran
Edited by Dr. Chen D. Yang
Hope in Blossom
Dear Father, Creator of heaven and earth:
You know the beauty of the world, each country and its culture,
Both ancient and modern, both mountainous and flowing plains;
You know the plans of the hearts of all, the hopes of all,
The wisdom we need and the flowering of your many gifts.
You know the blossoms, each season of ripening flowers
And what blights and brightens all of them,
Filling the landscape with colour;
You know the beauty, the subtly pink petals and the uplifting sights
And scents that help us, as well as the tread of boots that spoil us.
You know each person, each conceived personally, to all of whom
You give a Guardian Angel to carry each prayer to you personally;
You know the variety of people and their common humanity,
The leaders, policies and actions both good and destructive –
We beg you to listen, attentively, to the cries of those suffering.
Dear Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God:
Each person is present to you,
Just as each family blooms in your Presence,
Waves in the breeze, experiences the trials of storms,
Blown and shaken to the ground to be lost from sight
But not from Your splendid gaze
And gently infused love and forgiveness.
You know the reality of pain, visible and hidden, that smudges
The blossoming of each life and, when it is beyond recovery,
You know the moment that each person passes to you and
What illness and death will do to each person and family –
And so we beg you to make your consoling presence and that of
Your Bride, the Church, present to the many struggling to live,
Bruised and trampled by a ravaging insensitivity to life and those
In the throes of illess, recovery and the possibility of death.
Dear Holy Spirit, Spirit of Truth, Love and Communion,
You know each breath of truth, each stirring of love,
Each colour of the heart, burgeoning personally,
In a family, in a community;
You know the many nuances of a living culture and how it begins,
Time and again, thoughts that lead to you and to our neighbour;
You know where the touch of tenderness needs to be felt,
Where the unknown help can come from and where it is needed;
You know the hidden hurts and the terrible hurting that hurls itself
“Heaven-ward”, hoping against hope for the mercy of relief –
We beg you, as only you can, to take the fragility of our lives
In both your hands, to kiss and heal the wounds between us
And to bring that unimaginable calm, peace and beauty
To the inward ways of the heart that need to overflow between us.
带到我们之间需要溢出的心的内向方式。 by Francis Etheredge Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer for Father Teresito“Chito” Suganob
He lived and died for Jesus of Nazareth, he endured captivity in the siege of Marawi,
He fell into the hands of the Jihadists, suffered pain and imprisonment, and the fear of death, you Jesus gave him strength, courage, faith to overcome.
Father Chito has been called from this life yet he lives on, his spirit of love remains strong in the Philippines because you Jesus were and are his friend and inspiration.
He cared for his Muslim brothers and sisters and taught tolerance and peace, forgave his captors, and prayed that there would be justice and reconciliation. Amen
by Father Shay Cullen Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer for Father Oscar Juárez
He lived a life of virtue, faithful to the gospel and gave his life Lord for the people. He was a servant of the servants of God and his good life ended in a tragic death. His spirit, Lord Jesus, is with you to live eternally. May those who murdered Father Oscar be brought to justice and may there be true justice for the many victims of violence and crime. May the guilty repent of their crimes and accept a just penance and be redeemed and forgiven. by Father Shay Cullen Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer for Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Oh Lord, you have given us Ruth Bader Ginsburg who sits on the highest court in the land carefully considering and weighing the cases before her, searching for the central issues of justice in each. She is important to the maintenance of peace and justice in our troubled nation. She is ill, seriously, yet determined to keep on serving her country and, by proclaiming justice and equity throughout our land, serving you, Oh Lord who through the Hebrew prophets and through the teachings of the Jew, Jesus has called all of us to serve all of our fellow citizens in truth and justice, as she does so well. We pray fervently, Oh Lord, that she gain and remain in good health to continue her service to You and to all of us Americans. Amen by Dr. Eugene Fisher Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for the Victims of Clerical Sexual Abuse
Soul of Christ, sanctify those who have suffered abuse.
Body of Christ, heal them.
Blood of Christ, inebriate them with heavenly joy.
Water from the side of Christ, cleanse and refresh them.
Passion of Christ, strengthen them.
O good Jesus, hear us.
Within Your wounds, embrace their pain.
Never let anyone be separated from Your side.
From hopelessness and despair, protect them.
At the hour of death, call us all to You,
So that we may praise You forever.
by Father Mark White Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer for the Victims in Uganda Oh Lord, we pray for the victims of the violence now taking place in Uganda. Over a thousand innocent people, women, men, and children, have been killed. Hundreds, perhaps thousands more have been physically and seriously harmed, their freedom and property taken away. Children have been forced to labor and work for the rebels. Oh Lord, we grieve at this and pray for them and for their grieving families. We feel their pain and sorrow, and pray that they may be healed and that Uganda may be healed so that this suffering will stop.
Hospitals and schools have been attacked, placing in danger the good people who try to help those in need. In our hearts and souls, Oh Lord, we suffer with them and join with them in prayer for the end of this misery and the return of sanity.
Please hear our prayer, Oh Lord. And strengthen those who continue to work to help and heal this suffering, in the name of Jesus, who suffered on the cross for all of us.| Amen. by Dr. Eugene Fisher Profiles in Catholicism
Worry Not. A Pandemic Prayer
Loving God, your world is a mess. For all its beauty, your creation is now showing its fierce, destructive power. Everywhere on our small globe (and nowhere more than in these United States), people are threatened with death—and dying—from an unforeseen, implacable virus. Young and old, suddenly or slowly after many weeks in a hospital, your beautiful sons and daughters are leaving us.
Countless brave people—medical caregivers like doctors and nurses, essential workers who provide food and keep our cities functioning—are threatened, too. Our efforts to keep this plague from spreading have devastated our economies, driving some toward desperation and despair. Many are stricken daily with searing anxiety. Even the bravest among us wake in the middle of the night in fear. Our political life struggles to be both compassionate and practical. Alas, we the people are fearfully divided.
Yes, Lord, we remember what Jesus of Nazareth taught us: “Do not be anxious about your life, what shall you eat or what shall you drink, nor about your body, what you shall wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?... Which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to your span of life?... Your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things…. Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things shall be yours as well.”
Jesus told us not to be anxious, “for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.” And then, in the Our Father, as he taught us how to pray, he concluded by telling us to beg you to deliver us from evil.
But, merciful God, it is not only anxiety about tomorrow, or the longing to be free from sin, that troubles, even terrify our hearts these days. It is the precarious weakness and murderous power of your own natural creation. How can we not tremble before the threat it poses to our shared human life? Don’t you know that all the faithful—even your most devoted servants—are being shaken?
For what, then, shall we pray? And how? Send us, please, your Spirit to teach us.
Grant us the discerning, humble courage that knows your grace is everywhere—and acknowledges our responsibility for the world you have entrusted to us.
Surely, we pray for courage. But not just any courage. Grant us discerning courage, the courage of our scientists laboring into the night to understand the scourge laying waste to us. The courage of civic leaders teaching us patience, often at great cost. The courage of fellow citizens who refuse to surrender to self-regard. The discerning, humble courage that knows your grace is everywhere—and acknowledges our responsibility for the world you have entrusted to us. The courage to live our faith in Jesus of Nazareth, through whom we are one with you in caring for our troubled world. Help us to live this courage in hope.
Gracious God, we pray for hope. But what kind? Not just hope for a world in your hands at the end. But a hope that rises every morning for a day that is yours and ours together. Hope that knows you want light and life for us all—and for all of us to do whatever we can so that your human family finds light and life.
You give us a world to shape in your image, loving God. But it has turned on us. What shall we say and pray? I turn to your Son, who taught us your love unto a mortal end that was an eternal beginning. I turn to the women and men who became his own and lived not for themselves but in service to others. I turn—to trust. Trust that there is scarcely any limit to what our human family can do for each other if we are selfless enough.
And trust that when we have given all we can, we will again and still and forever be given you, your very Self—in your hands not only at the end but always. Amen. by Leo J. O’Donovan, SJ Commonweal
Good and Gracious God,
We are horrified by the testimony of a former Salvadoran army officer that the "high command" gave orders to eliminate Jesuits priests during the country's civil war in 1989. These men were the priests to the people, Lord, and ministering to their needs. As with Pontius Pilate, the Central American country's president knew of the crimes to be committed and did not intervene.
These men with their housekeeper were brutally treated, Lord, by a former colonel in the army of El Salvador, who is on trial in Spain, Inocente Orlando Montano, on the campus of the Catholic University. Lord, we beg you to help the people of El Salvador who bear the brunt of this loss, help them to continue to heal even 30 years later.
At the testimony July 8, Mendoza said his superior, Guillermo Benavides, a former colonel and then-director of the army academy, told troops the night before the crime that an order had come to move against Spanish Jesuit Father Ignacio Ellacuria, rector of Central American University in San Salvador. May Guillermo Benavides, realize how the horror and evil of this act affected the entire community. Assist all in San Salvador to heal. May the plentitude of vocations to the priesthood for the Jesuits in this region continue to flourish and make a difference. by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer for Archbishop Moses Costa of Bangladesh, Victim of COVID 19
Oh Lord, we are the midst of a terrible plague, a pandemic which threatens us all, especially the elderly. Archbishop Costa, Oh Lord, was 70 years old, but still actively helping to teach your faith and how to practice it for the good of others, to the youth of his diocese.
We pray for the repose of his holy soul, that he may live with you forever in peace and joy.
Lord, we pray also for all those who have caught or are threatened by this plague, which is all of us, particularly our loved ones who like him are among the elderly and who, like the archbishop, are facing untimely deaths. survive and live. Amen by Dr. Eugene Fisher Profiles in Catholicism
by Jim Wallis Profiles in Catholicism
Chinese Christians told to replace Christ with Mao or lose government support by CNS Staff/Catholic News Service Link toCatholicism and China
U.S. data group: China hacked computers of Vatican, other church entities by Catholic News Service/National Catholic Reporter
Chinese Christians told to replace Christ with Mao or lose government support by CNS Staff/Catholic News Service Link to Catholicism and China
As Vatican-China agreement approaches two years, opinion still divided by Michael Sainsbury Catholic News Service/Angelus
Has China Bought Vatican Silence? by Brian Kelly Catholicism
How Life in Hong Kong Has Changed Since a New National Security Law Has Taken Effect by New Evangelization Television (NET) /Crux Link to China Challenges
Pompeo’s surreal speech on China by Thomas Wright Brookings
New coronavirus outbreak in China by M. Chiara Biagioni Servizio Informazione Religiosa
Europe changes its mind on China by Thomas Wright Brookings
China announces retaliatory sanctions against Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz by Helen Davidson The Guardian
China stalls delivering aborted baby COVID vaccine to Canada for trials by LifeSiteNews/CatholicCanada
Testing the limits of China and Brazil’s partnership by Harold Trinkunas Brookings
How Taiwan’s Unlikely Digital Minister Hacked the Pandemic by Andrew Leonard Wired
Hong Kong, Religious Freedom and Catholic Responsibility. by Thomas F. Farr National Catholic Register
Why now? Understanding Beijing's new assertiveness in Hong Kong by Ryan Hess Brookings
Fear and loathing in Hong Kong by Michael Sainsbury UCANews/CathNews
US-China: Pompeo dog photo has netizens asking if US is toying with China by Kerry Allen BBC Monitoring
China’s Latest Crackdown in Hong Kong Will Have Global Consequences by Steven Feldstein Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Chinese consulate in Houston was hot spot for spying, say U.S. officials by Tom Winter and Carol E. Lee ABC News
China denies it pressured pope to refrain from Hong Kong appeal by Elise Ann Allen Crux
Irish diaspora called upon to support Irish man detained without trial in China. Irish man Richard O'Halloran has been detained without trial for 16 months in Shanghai, China. by Patricia Killeen IrishCentral
Russian hackers allegedly trying to steal coronavirus vaccine research by Stefan J. Bos Vatican News
Radical shake up to Vatican Curia by CathNews
Holy See advocates for rights of Internally Displaced Persons with disabilities .The Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, calls for protection of the rights of people with disabilities in situations of forced displacement. by Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ Vatican News Link to Disabilities and to Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič
Over 1,000 US faith leaders call for halt to federal executions by Independent Catholic News Link to Death Penalty
Death Penalty: Avoiding Ambiguity in Doctrinal Matters by Luiz Sérgio Solimeo Return to Order
Venezuelan bishop pleads for help: ‘Either COVID kills us or hunger kills us’ by CNA/Catholic World Report Link to Poverty
These Countries Reformed Their Brutal, Biased Police. The U.S. Can, Too by Rachel Kleinfeld Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Link to Police Brutality
In Portland, this rabbi leads the clergy resistance by Yonat Shimron Religion News Service
A Christian writer joined the Wall of Moms to protest in Portland. Then they were tear-gassed. by Kathryn Post Religion News Service Link to Women Challenges/ Outreach/Protection
Christian leaders say Lebanon could face famine, economic ruin by Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service/Crux Link to Poverty
Historic Church of St. Nino Destroyed by Fire in Manila, Philippines - Bishop asks for Prayer by Jesus Caritas Est Catholic News World
Siege-surviving Filipino priest dies at 59 Philippine Church mourns death of former Marawi hostage by Joseph Peter Calleja UCA News
Filipino priest warns of pandemic's mental health fallout. Better support and services are needed to tackle 'psychological impact of coronavirus' by Joseph Peter Calleja UCA News Link to Mental Health/Illness
MOJ Sisters Feed the Hungry During Pandemic by Editor Home to Enhance African Life
Filming Fátima: Interview With Filmmaker Marco Pontecorvo by Steven D. Greydanus National Catholic Register Link to Mariology
Diocese of Brooklyn Announces Closures of Six Schools by The Tablet Link to Catholic Schools
Cardinal Dolan, George Weigel and the fraudulence of the neocon project by Michael Sean Winters The National Catholic Reporter
Caritas says Burkina Faso being forgotten; millions need humanitarian aid by Crux Staff Crux
Chicago Catholic parishes got as much as $63 million in federal PPP coronavirus money by David Heinzmann Chicago Tribune
After lobbying, Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid by Reese Dunklin and Michael Rezendes Associated Press
Suspended priest who spoke on clergy abuse backed by supporters outside Richmond Mass by Ben Dennis WRIC 8 ABC Link to Father Mark White
Public Service Announcement to (Especially Catholic) Priests, Nuns, Social Workers, Therapists, and Lay People by Marie Kopp Patheos Link to Domestic Violence and to PTSD
Faithful pray in the Philippines by Isabella Piro Vatican News
'Sue us,' says Philippine bishop after Duterte criticizes pastoral letter by Catholic News Service via National Catholic Reporter
From the V.O. Faith and Science Pages: The Cultural Values of Science – St. John Paul II by Faith and Science Sacred Space Astronomy Link to Faith and Science
USCCB condemns vandalism at Catholic sites by Independent Catholic News Link to Fear, Hate, Prejudice, and Discrimination against Others
Pastor Aeternus’ Real Gem — It’s Not Papal Infallibility by Fr. Raymond J. de Souza National Catholic Register
US government launches campaign to reduce high suicide rates The U.S. government is launching a national campaign aimed at reducing high suicide rates, particularly among veterans by Hope Ven Associated Press/ABC News Link to Suicide/Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia
Ex-Salvadoran officer: 'High command' gave order to kill Jesuits in '89 by David Agren Catholic News Service/Angelus Link to Murdered Priests and Seminarians and to The Society of Jesus
Campaigns to discredit church preceded 1989 Jesuit murders, witness says by David Agren Catholic News Service/America
Ex-Salvadoran officer says witnesses lied in his trial for Jesuits' murders.The officer professed his personal Catholic faith and expressed condolences for the priests' deaths by David Agren Catholic News Service/UCA News
Fauci calls Covid-19 a ‘pandemic of historic proportion,’ like 1918’s flu by Juan Carlos Ramirez, Catholic News Service/America
Vatican cardinal suggest COVID-19 made in laboratory, condemns ‘bacteriological wars’ by Inés San Martín Crux
Disease Specialists Refute Report That Paints Churches as Breeding Grounds for COVID-19. They point out that The New York Times article cited only a tiny percentage of known cases as stemming from religious gatherings and didn’t acknowledge the scope of preventive measures that are being implemented. by Kate Scanlon National Catholic Register
How McKinsey Is Making $100 Million (and Counting) Advising on the Government’s Bumbling Coronavirus Response by Ian MacDougall ProPublica
Over 100 Houston Doctors Slam Rep. Dan Crenshaw for “Spreading Dangerous Disinformation” on Coronavirus by Rachel M. Cohen The Intercept
Marley for COVID-19 relief by Jamaica Observer
Coronavirus: Dr Fauci says racism contributed to black Americans being disproportionally impacted by Covid-19 by Griffin Connolly Independent
Virus mask refusals driven not just by politics. It’s religion, too. by Rick Snederer Patheos
Communities of Color at Higher Risk for Health and Economic Challenges due to COVID-19 by Samantha Artigar, Rachel Garfield and Kendal Orgera KFF
Communities Overcoming COVID-19 by Anglican Overseas Aid
For Filipino American nurses on COVID-19 front lines, faith is stronger than fear by Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil Angelus
More than one-quarter of Irish people would be reluctant to get COVID-19 vaccine by Shane O'Brien Irish Central
Vatican indicates support to exhume babies at Irish home by Nicole Winfield The Associated Press/Global Sisters Report Link to Social Justice
Covid-19: UN warns pandemic could push 130 million into hunger by Devin Watkins Vatican News
Burger King Manager Reportedly Blamed Trans Worker’s COVID Death on Hormones by Kate Sosin them
Vatican publishes book containing Pope Francis’s “lockdown” homilies. Vatican Publishing House publishes downloadable .pdf publication containing Pope Francis’s daily homilies from Casa Santa Marta and prayers suggested for the Coronavirus pandemic. by Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp Vatican News
Man accused of killing Irish cop slams witness as "lying psychopath" by Paddy Clancy The Irish Times Link to Murder
Catholic charity blames Zimbabwe rape crisis on lack of ‘social safety net’ by Crux Staff Crux Link to Sexual Violence Against Women
UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia: illegal, immoral and deadly by Independent Catholic News
These Teachers Say Reopening Schools Is Unsafe and Unrealistic by De Elizabeth Teen Vogue
Isolated Pope Francis Faces Yet Another Setback in Pandemic by Francis X. Rocca Wall Street Journal
Former Vatican ambassador to stand trial in Paris on charges of ‘sexual aggression’ against four men by Gerard O’Connell America
The Taming of the Elite: Putin’s Referendum by Tatiana Stanovaya Carnegie Moscow Center
Economists on the Run. Paul Krugman and other mainstream trade experts are now admitting that they were wrong about globalization: It hurt American workers far more than they thought it would. by Michael Hirsh Pocket Link to Economic Challenges
The Pro-Privatization Shock Therapy of the UK’s Covid Response by Rachel Shabi NYR Daily
Is a re-Catholicization of Britain underway? by Filip Mazurczak The Dispatch/The Catholic World Report
Man drives car into Florida church, sets it on fire with parishioners still inside by WFLA 8 On Your Side Staff WFLA 8
Israeli army bulldozes Palestinian Covid testing centre by Independent Catholic News
COVID-19 Is Imperiling the Jewish Day School by Emily Zender Tablet
A Grace Too Powerful to Name: Forgiveness in Hamilton by Shane Liesegang, SJ The Jesuit Post Link to Forgiveness
Turning Forgiveness Outside Out by Brother Andre Marie Catholicism
Coming out of Covid lockdown, South African women face another deadly problem: femicide by Patrick Egwu America Link to African Challenges, Murder and to Women Challenges/ Outreach/Protection
Coronavirus-linked hunger tied to 10,000 child deaths each month by Breaking News
Third Patient Could Be “Cured” of HIV Following Groundbreaking Treatment by Nico Lang them Link to HIV/AIDS
Breast Cancer Cells Can Reprogram Immune Cells To Assist In Metastasis by Johns Hopkins Medicine Link to Cancer
Official Catholic Church Teaching on the Inherent, Grave Moral Evil of Racism by Maria Kopp Patheos Link to Racial Challenges
Mississippi in Yiddish. The story of a hugely popular play about African Americans falsely accused of raping two white women in 1931 in Scottsboro, Alabama—that premiered in 1935 Warsaw by Alyssa Quint Tablet
Coronavirus: Dr Fauci says racism contributed to black Americans being disproportionally impacted by Covid-19 by Griffin Connolly Independent
To My Black Brothers and Sisters by Fr. Richard Gennaro Cipolla The Catholic Thing
Financial and health impacts of COVID-19 vary widely by race and ethnicity by Mark Hugo L:opez.Lee Ranie and Abby Budimenn Pew Research
Racial Justice Has a Price, but Are Catholics “All Talk” on Combatting Racism? by Brian Fraga Patheos
Covid-19 Fueling Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia Worldwide by Human Right Watch
Bishop suspends Indiana priest for criticizing Black Lives Matter by Martin Bürger LifeSiteNews
Pray, study, and work: Benedictine ideas for discerning anti-racism by Jessie Bazan U.S, Catholic
Southern Africa's Catholic community spurred into action by Black Lives Matter by Patrick Egwu National Catholic Reporter Link to African Challenges
New Report from the UN shows over 1,100 People were Killed in Uganda by Rebels in One Year by Jesus Caritas Est Catholic World Report
A Public Hanging and the Trial of a Holocaust Poem .Seventy-seven years ago today, a landmark court case on Nazi war crimes began in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. A Jewish poet in uniform tried to report on it in verse. His struggles challenged the Stalinist doctrine of universalizing the Soviet dead and obfuscating Jewish victimhood. by Maxim D. Shraver Tablet Link to The Holocaust
Vatican issues Vademecum: procedures regarding cases of sexual abuse of minors, The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) publishes an “instruction manual”, a step-by-step guide to help ascertain the truth in cases of minors who have suffered abuse on the part of a member of the clergy. by Isabella Piro Vatican News Link to Clerical Sexual Violence Against Minors
UK Catholic leaders join interfaith appeal for debt cancellation for poorest nations by Charles Collins Crux Link to Poverty
Catholics: They Are Not Coming Back…Unless… by Monsignor Eric Barr,STL Patheos
John Lewis, and the Theology of #GoodTrouble by Jim Coppoc Patheos
The Man Who Opposed Hate; Among John Lewis’ many virtues: He refused to normalize Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, even as other prominent African American celebrities and politicians did by James Kirvchick Tablet
Safeguarding seminar highlights the need for more holistic formation by Michael McVeigh Australian Catholic
Malta archdiocese distances itself from controversial lay movement by Elise Ann Allen Crux
Meet Camden Minacci, a rising baseball star (and a brand-new Catholic) by Sean Salai, S.J. America
Pittsburgh Steeler Zach Banner Stands Up For the Jews by Yair Roenberg Tablet
Priest’s love of math, baseball helps him develop new stat measures by Mark Pattison Catholic News Service/Crux
A Lot of Athletes Seem to Have the Coronavirus. Here Are Some Reasons. by Andrew Keh The New York Times
When a Good Quarterback Gets Sacked by Political Correctness by John Horvat Return to Order
How Patrick Mahomes Became the Superstar the NFL Needs Right Now by Clay Skipper GQ
M.L.B.’S First Woman Coach A ‘Go-Getter’ In Grad School At Jesuit College by Mark Pattison Catholic News Service/America
The Cleveland Indians Need to Do More Than Change the Team's Name by Nick Francis GQ
Keeping baseball alive in the time of coronavirus by John W. Miller America
‘The Most Ignorant and Unfit’: What Made America’s Worst Ever Leader? by David Rothkopf NYR Daily Link to United States Politics
Evangelical, Catholic leaders say Trump has left persecuted Christians in danger by Jack Jenkins Religion News Service
That Trump can still sway some Catholic voters is a real scandal by NCR Editorial Staff National Catholic Reporter
Trump and his death cult of governors have no shame, Donald Trump has remained unimpressed by life-saving facemasks. by Niall O'Dowd IrishCentral
New ad uses Bible, ‘Amazing Grace,’ Jesus to call Republican Christians to vote against Trump by Jack Jenkins Religion News Service
Why White House Catholics are concerned about Trump’s Catholic tweets by Ed Condon CNA/Catholic World Report
Trump’s coronavirus swamp by Norman Elson and Aryeh Mollman Brookings
Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution. The Ruth Institute’s conference explores the tragic effects of an “anything goes” culture. by Kathy Schiffer National Catholic Register Link to Sex, Sexuality, and Celibacy
Nothing can justify the attack on Portland by Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes The Atlantic
A Christian writer joined the Wall of Moms to protest in Portland. Then they were tear-gassed. by Kathryn Post Religion News Service Link to Women Challenges/ Outreach/Protection, Political Abuse and to War/Acts of War /Terrorism/Genocide
In Portland, this rabbi leads the clergy resistance by Yonat Shimron Religion News Service
Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. from WHO 'deeply regrettable,' CHA says by Catholic News Service/National Catholic Reporter
A Failed Strategy,Pro-lifers Cannot Count on the Supreme Court or the GOP by Charles Camosy Commonweal Link to Abortion
Erasing Margaret Sanger from Planned Parenthood doesn’t change abortion’s eugenic logic by Serrin M. Foster and Damian J. Geminder America
Washington Post settles defamation lawsuit with Nick Sandmann over March for Life controversy by Catholic News Agency/The Dispatch/ Catholic World Report
Catholic Communities Mourn Death of Son of a Federal Judge Killed at Home by Rhina Guidos CNS/The Tablet
Bishop urges UK and France to address migrant channel crossings by Independent Catholic News Link to United kingdom Immigration Challenges and to French Immigration Challenges
Explainer: 5 takeaways from the Vatican’s new document on parish reform by Colleen Dulle America Link to Parish Challenges
Victory: US Navy reverses unlawful order banning troops from indoor Mass, religious services by Doug Mainwaring LifeSiteNews Link to US Military and Veterans
Clergy warn of catastrophe if Israel annexation plan proceeds by Independent Catholic News
Survey of bishops reveals how pandemic has shaken diocesan, parish life by Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service/National Catholic Reporter
About 14 million children in the US are not getting enough to eat by Lauren Bauer Brookings Link to Children Challenges/ Outreach/Protection
Unalienable rights are still unassailable despite Pompeo by Michael Sean Winters National Catholic Reporter Link to Human Rights , United States Politics, and to Immoral Political Practices
25 years from the Srebrenica genocide: a nation divided. A quarter of a century has gone by since more than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys were slaughtered in what had been designated a UN “safe area” in the town of Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina during the fratricidal war that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia. by Alessandro Di Bussolo & Linda Bordoni Vatican News Link to War/Acts of War /Terrorism/Genocide
Pope reiterates appeal for global ceasefire, calls for peace in the Caucasus by Linda Bordoni Vatican News
Study Aims to Enable Control of Prosthetic Limbs with Thoughts by Karen Blum Johns Hopkins Medicine
Myanmar’s religious leaders appeal for peace and the common good by Gerard O’Connell America
Double Blessings: Separation of Conjoined Twins in Hospital Reaffirms Value of Life. The successful surgery on two girls conjoined at the back of the head was made possible thanks to the Bambino Gesù Hospital’s commitment in favor of the dignity of every human life. by Solène Tadié National Catholic Register
COVID-19 makes clear that bioethics must confront health disparities by Martin LaMonica The Conversation Link to Coronavirus and to Bioethics
Financial and health impacts of COVID-19 vary widely by race and ethnicity by Mark Hugo Lopez.Lee Ranie. and Abby Budimenn Pew Research
Communities of Color at Higher Risk for Health and Economic Challenges due to COVID-19 by Samantha Artigar, Rachel Garfield and Kendal Orgera KFF Link to Economic Challenges
Global hunger increasing even before pandemic, UN warns, putting Zero Hunger 2030 target in doubt.Covid-19 crisis could tip 130 million more people into chronic hunger by end of 2020, report finds by Chiara Giordano Independent
Pakistan: Kidnapped Christian girl now pregnant from rape by Massimiliano Tubani and John Newton Independent Catholic News
Evangelizing a Troubled World: An interview with Bishop Donald J. Hying by Joseph M. Hanneman The Catholic World Report Link to Evangelization
Losing a mother and grieving during a pandemic by Gary Gately National Catholic Reporter
Australia: Call for Rio Tinto to be stripped of human rights ranking after destruction of sacred site by Independent Catholic News Link to Human Rights
Poetry Can Also Be Prayer: What Will Bring You Home? by Chris Williams The Jesuit Post Link to Spirituality and Poetry
Catholic sculptor re-creating Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ aims to shift the emphasis off hell by Claire Giangravé Religion News Service Link to Spirituality and Art
Ringwraiths, Hauntings, Possessions and Exorcisms, And More! by Tito Edwards National Catholic Register
“Pray, Pray, Pray”: Exorcist Unmasks Satan’s Open Spiritual Warfare in America by Msgr. Stephen Rosetti Church Pop
Trump Holds Up a Chart on Fox News That Shows He’s Lying, Then Lies About What It Says by Robert Mackey The Intercept
COVID19, Trump, And The Pontifical Academy For Life by Henry Karlson Patheos
No ID, No Job: How Coronavirus Left Parolees in Excruciating Limbo After Leaving Prison by Natasha Lennard The Intercept Link to Prison Challenges
Broken Glass: When Domestic Violence Ends in Murder by Guest Contributor Patheos Link to Domestic Violence and to Murder
Fictions and Faith: Catholic Sci-Fi Writer John C. Wright Discusses His Craft by K.V. Turley National Catholic Register
Myth #6: Porn is Universal. If He Says He Doesn’t Use, It He’s Lying. by Emily Claire Schmitt Patheos Link to Pornography Challenges
Rage: The New Standard for Public Discourse? by John Horvat II Return to Order
Ask A Priest : Skull and Crossbones by Peter Monty, SJ IgNation
New Zealand’s dismal record on child poverty and the challenge to turn it around by CathNews New Zealand
Tracking metropolitan economies through the COVID-19 crisis by Alan Berube The Avenue Link to Economic Challenges
‘Faith Lets You Cross Oceans’: Sailor Treks 5,500 Miles to See Father Amid Pandemic. Juan Manuel Ballestero crossed the Atlantic to reunite with his family during the COVID-19 lockdown. by Colm Flynn EWTN News/National Catholic Register
Pope Francis advances cause of teen who died of bone cancer by Catholic News Agency
Anti-Semitism is On the Rise. Will You Stand In Solidarity With the Jews? by Rebecca Bratten Weiss Patheos Link to Antisemitism
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Calls Celebrities’ Anti-Semitism ‘So Disheartening’ by Jeremy Blum Huff Post
Explainer: Can President Trump designate ‘antifa’ as a terrorist group? by Ellen K. Boegel America
Nonviolence: A path to action and conversion beyond Covid- 19 by Pat Gaffney Independent Catholic News
The Little Sisters and the Court: Muddling Through by Hadley Arkes The Catholic Thing Link to Catholic Activism
Brazilian priest under fire after calling President Bolsonaro a ‘worthless bandit’ by Eduardo Campos Lim Crux
Vatican diplomat urges solidarity in face of growing world hunger by CNA Daily News/The Catholic World Report
A Catholic Champion Celebrates 20 Years of Landmark Anti-Trafficking Law by Peter Jesserer Smith National Catholic Register Link to Human Trafficking