On May 6th, Bp. Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan spoke at the Third International Rome Life Forum. The good Bishop discussed, among other things, deception, the need for clarity, St. Pope Pius X and Fulton Sheen’s predictions about the crisis in the Church. Here are just a few of his many insightful observations:

The doctrines of rationalism, naturalism, [and] anthropocentrism shape the frame of mind of the world today. Since the French Revolution they have conquered almost all sectors of public life and have invaded in progressive stages large areas of the Church’s life. At the beginning of the 21st century, we are witnessing an apostasy in the civil society, which resembles a direct and quasi-apocalyptic revolt against God Himself and against the divinely established order of the natural law.

John-Henry Westen (who appeared on Church & State with me just the other week) spoke at the Forum as well. His topic was “gender ideology.” Cdl. Raymond Burke also gave a conference on martyrdom.

Do yourself a favor and watch all three of their lectures. Here is an abridged version of Bp. Schneider’s presentation.

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Credit to twitter user @RadicalCath. He’s come up with some great images in response to Pope Francis’ La Croix interview. Sadly, these are not misprints. The Holy Father actually said these things. As you can see, his words represent a clear rupture with his predecessors.

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Fr. Thomas Rosica, a press secretary at the Vatican, recently said some pretty disparaging things about Catholic bloggers. Without naming any names, he said many Catholics have “turned the Internet into a cesspool of hatred, venom and vitriol.” He also said these people are “obsessed, scrupulous, self-appointed, nostalgia-hankering virtual guardians of [the] faith” and “are very disturbed, broken and angry individuals.”

Joe Sales, who is a Catholic blogger himself, responded to Fr. Rosica via twitter:

Couldn’t agree more, Joe.

Target continues to receive blowback for allowing men to use women’s bathrooms. Not only has its stock price dropped from $83.50 per share to $67.17, a new group calling itself “Flush Target” is taking aim at the company.

The group plans on sending “Flush Trucks” like this one to all 78 Target stores in the state of Minnesota.

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They’ve also released this video:

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Also, have you seen this? Awesome.

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Have a blessed weekend.