The Bioethicist Pandemic

The Bioethicist Pandemic

The increasing outsourcing of health-care policy to medical bureaucrats during the COVID-19 crisis illustrates the dangerous temptation to remove control over policy from democratic deliberation in favor of a technocracy, i.e., rule by “experts.” In health care, such a system would be particularly perilous since the experts placed in charge of policy would be “bioethicists”…
Calling Catholic Educators: The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education has you covered this summer…

Calling Catholic Educators: The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education has you covered this summer…

A renown resource for Catholic educators, The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, announces its conference and retreat line-up for Summer 2020.  After sudden lockdowns and being forced to re-invent classroom teaching on a dime, Catholic educators nationwide are ready for a break.  Why not take a break that truly reinvigorates your vocation as a teacher,…
Delaware lifts controversial rules for reopening churches

Delaware lifts controversial rules for reopening churches

CNA—The governor of Delaware has amended controversial restrictions on houses of worship after a local church threatened a lawsuit.  In an updated guidance released by Gov. John Carney (D) on the evening of June 2, the number of people who are allowed to gather in a house of worship was adjusted to match that of…
Madison changes church reopening rules after Catholic bishop threatens lawsuit

Madison changes church reopening rules after Catholic bishop threatens lawsuit

CNA—Churches in Dane County, Wisconsin, will be permitted to operate at 25% capacity, it was announced Friday, after the Diocese of Madison threatened to sue if previous reopening plans were not changed. “Emergency Order #4 makes a clarification with respect to religious services,” said a release from Dane County on Friday.  “Religious worship services will…
Archbishop Viganò’s powerful letter to President Trump: Eternal struggle between good and evil playing out right now

Archbishop Viganò’s powerful letter to President Trump: Eternal struggle between good and evil playing out right now

Reposted below, in full, is the powerful letter of former Apolstolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Vigano, to President Trump, sent yesterday. June 7, 2020 Holy Trinity Sunday Mr. President,             In recent months we have been witnessing the formation of two opposing sides that I would call Biblical: the children…
Vatican Finances: Vatican officials arrest London property broker for extortion and money laundering

Vatican Finances: Vatican officials arrest London property broker for extortion and money laundering

CNA—The Holy See press office announced Friday that Italian businessman Gianluigi Torzi has been arrested after he was interrogated as part of a Vatican financial investigation. Torzi played a crucial role in the controversial purchase of a London property development by the Secretariat of State. “Today the Office of the Promoter of Justice of the…
Despite the pandemic, Catholic shrine enjoys ‘biggest pilgrimage season’ in its history

Despite the pandemic, Catholic shrine enjoys ‘biggest pilgrimage season’ in its history

CNA staff—When the coronavirus pandemic gripped England in March, the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady in Walsingham was forced to close and cancel pilgrimages.  But rather than seeing this as a disaster, shrine rector Msgr. John Armitage regarded it as an opportunity. England’s national Marian shrine had already built up a following with its…
Pandemic delays beatification of Cardinal Wyszynski

Pandemic delays beatification of Cardinal Wyszynski

CNA—The beatification of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, the former Primate of Poland who heroically resisted Communism, has been postponed because of the coronavirus. Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz said April 28 that the beatification would no longer take place as planned in Warsaw’s Piłsudski Square on June 7. “A pandemic threatening the health and life of people makes…
American priest heading for beatification died amid a global pandemic

American priest heading for beatification died amid a global pandemic

CNA—Fr. Michael McGivney, an American priest soon to be beatified, died amid a 19th-century pandemic which may have been caused by a coronavirus.  Fr. McGivney founded the largest world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization, the Knights of Columbus, in 1882. Today the order formed in his parish basement in New Haven, Connecticut, has grown to more…
Maryland County Lifts Ban on Holy Communion

Maryland County Lifts Ban on Holy Communion

Howard County, Maryland, has reversed a policy that banned consumption of any food or drink during religious services, effectively preventing the licit celebration of Mass.  A county spokesman told CNA May 28 the prohibition will be removed, and faith leaders will be consulted on future guidelines for church reopenings amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday,…
Maryland county bans Eucharist in church reopening order

Maryland county bans Eucharist in church reopening order

CNA—An executive order issued Tuesday in Maryland’s Howard County outlines public health rules under which churches may reopen. The order prohibits the distribution and consumption of any food or drink as part of any religious service, effectively outlawing the distribution of Communion and the celebration of the Mass.  Howard County Executive Order #2020-09 outlines the…
Baltimore archdiocese—Oldest Diocese in the U.S.—has ‘serious concerns’ about county Communion ban

Baltimore archdiocese—Oldest Diocese in the U.S.—has ‘serious concerns’ about county Communion ban

CMN—The Archdiocese of Baltimore said it has “serious concerns” about public health guidance from Howard County, Maryland, which prohibits the reception of Communion as a condition for churches to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. “For the Catholic community, the reception of Communion is central to our faith lives and to our public worship,” said a…
Board Certified Medical Doctor talks about the real tragedy, greater than COVID-19

Board Certified Medical Doctor talks about the real tragedy, greater than COVID-19

Jeff Barke, M.D., is a board certified family physician who has been practicing for more than 30 years in southern California.  He is calm, logical, NON-political and an acute, incisive evaluator of genuine medical data For him—speaking strictly as a seasoned medical doctor with decades of experience—the real tragedy of prolonged shutdowns are statistics such…
Chicago Pastor Claims Mayor Sent Police ‘Like the Soviet-Styled KGB’ to His Church Sunday

Chicago Pastor Claims Mayor Sent Police ‘Like the Soviet-Styled KGB’ to His Church Sunday

faithwire—A pastor in Chicago said he was in the middle of delivering a sermon when armed police officers began banging on the doors of his sanctuary. The cops were sent by Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who said in early May she was “watching” and ready to arrest and jail anyone going to a “large or…
Horowitz: The CDC confirms remarkably low coronavirus death rate. Where is the media?

Horowitz: The CDC confirms remarkably low coronavirus death rate. Where is the media?

The CDC just came out with a report that should be earth-shattering to the narrative of the political class, yet it will go into the thick pile of vital data and information about the virus that is not getting out to the public. For the first time, the CDC has attempted to offer a real…
Coast to Coast Lawsuits: Faith and Business Leaders sue States, cite violation of Constitutional rights and freedom

Coast to Coast Lawsuits: Faith and Business Leaders sue States, cite violation of Constitutional rights and freedom

In Minnesota, a coalition of Twin Cities faith organizations and local businesses sued and called on Gov. Tim Walz to end what it calls an unconstitutional and draconian scheme to close businesses and places of worship.  This lawsuit says it all The Minnesota lawsuit states, in part, that Walz’s executive orders during the pandemic unfairly…
The Forgotten Hong Kong Flu Pandemic of 1968 Has Lessons for Today

The Forgotten Hong Kong Flu Pandemic of 1968 Has Lessons for Today

National Review—We’re not just living through an earthshaking pandemic.  We’re living through a new crisis in which a highly virulent virus arrives at the very moment when ubiquitous media coverage, global interconnectivity, and a certain amount of scientific conformity amplify everything. All of this has combined to create an unprecedented public-policy response. For the first…
Novena to Holy Spirit begins today – first, oldest novena in the Church –

Novena to Holy Spirit begins today – first, oldest novena in the Church –

Join us in praying the Novena to the Holy Spirit, beginning today, May 22, 2020.  This is the first and oldest novena in the Church, having begun at Christ’s request of the Apostles as they gathered in fear in the Upper Room before the descent of the Holy Spirit upon them in what is now…
Open Churches and Houses of Worship Now, Trump says

Open Churches and Houses of Worship Now, Trump says

May 22, 2020—“Today, I am identifying houses of worship, churches, synagogues and mosques as essential places that provide essential services,” Trump said in today’s White House press briefing. “Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship, it’s not right,” he continued. “So…
BOOK REVIEW: Ram Charan’s Guide to Catching Structural Transitions before They Arrive, Using Perceptual Acuity, Reinvention and Courage

BOOK REVIEW: Ram Charan’s Guide to Catching Structural Transitions before They Arrive, Using Perceptual Acuity, Reinvention and Courage

Best-selling author and global consultant to CEOs, Ram Charan has been a privileged insider and an acute observer of business for more than 40 years. He has written and lectured extensively on strategy, execution, innovation, executive leadership, the board’s role, alignment, and global competition.