April 16: Bright Thursday; The Holy Virgins and Martyrs Agapia, Irene and Chionia (284-305)

Matins on Bright Thursday Priest: Glory to the holy, consubstantial, life-giving and undivided Trinity, always, now and forever and ever. All: Amen. Paschal Troparion Christ is risen from the dead,* trampling death by death,* and to those in the tombs* giving life! (3) Verses from Psalm 67: Let God arise and let His enemies be […]

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What Will Happen After the Sacramental Shutdown?

Following upon my own thoughts on the deleterious effects of a long-term shutdown of the Church’s sacramental system, founded by Christ to last ‘unto the end of the ages’  – here are some stark and sobering predictions from David Bonagura Jr. at The Catholic Thing: As he puts it, perhaps Ratzinger’s prediction of a ‘smaller, more purified’ Church may soon be fulfilled before our eyes.

My own questions, amongst many, are: Do we fear death, even the faint and distant danger of death, too much? Should not Catholics, deep down in their heart of hearts, with Saint Paul, desire, or at least be willing, to be ‘dissolved and be with Christ’? Life, after all, is not really about this life.

How should our hope, our trust, our courage, our apostolic zeal be manifested? Should priests and bishops be ‘sheltering in place’? The quasi-rhetorical question of Christ has become all too real – how much faith, and we may add charity, will He find upon Earth?

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‘Robustly enforce’ chemical abortion regulations, Congressmen tell FDA

Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2020 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- More than 150 members of Congress have written to the Food and Drug Administration in support of continued regulation of chemical abortions. The legislators wrote to the FDA Tuesday, in response to calls to expand access to at-home abortions during the pandemic.

The letter, sent April 14 to FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D., was signed by 121 members of the House and 38 senators. It calls on the FDA to keep the mifepristone-misoprostol chemical abortion regimen on the administration’s Risk Evalutation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) list. The list is reserved for drugs of special concern.

“We write to urge you to continue to robustly enforce the REMS for medication abortion and end dangerous runarounds of these protections under the guise of medical research,” the letter states. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) led the letter in the Senate, while Rep. Robert E. Latta (R-Ohio) led the letter in the House.

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Las Cruces bishop first in US to resume public Masses amid pandemic

Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2020 / 04:45 pm (CNA).- The Bishop of Las Cruces, New Mexico, has lifted a diocesan ban on the public celebration of Mass and told priests they may resume sacramental ministry if they follow state-ordered health precautions. He is the first U.S. bishop known to have lifted a diocesan ban on public Masses since the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the U.S. last month.

“We [as priests] have been called by Christ and ordained to serve the people of the Diocese of Las Cruces, to bring them hope and consolation during this difficult time,” Bishop Peter Baldacchino wrote in a letter dated April 15 and obtained by CNA.

Christopher Velasquez, communications director of the diocese, confirmed the letter to CNA on Wednesday evening.

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