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Extra, extra! News and views for Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Here are some articles, essays, and editorials that caught our attention this past week or so.*

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Truth Matters – “I want to talk about what we need now: what we need now as Christians; what we need now to renew the presence of Jesus Christ in our personal lives, in our Church, and in our culture.” Rubicon and Its Consequences (What We Need Now)

Transparency, For What It’s Worth – “The case of the Carmelite nuns in Fort Worth, Texas, has been a head-scratching one since the moment it made the papers about a week ago. In head-scratching cases, “It’s the transparency, stupid” (Crux)

Satirizing the Church – “A Bay Village priest is facing backlash after saying the church is “under attack” and referencing a pro-LGBTQ nonprofit in a sermon Sunday.” Bay Village priest faces backlash after he discusses LGBTQ controversy during Sunday sermon (

Sex Education Material – “Among the controversial sex ed materials was a diagram of female genitalia shaved or tattooed to appear like a cartoonish cat.” Elementary school used Planned Parenthood sex ed materials that included puberty blockers & pubic hair art (Fox News)

Review of the Bible – “In the beginning, a parent filed a challenge to have the Bible removed from Davis School District libraries, citing passages describing sex and violence. The district said let there be a review of the book. And it was so.” The Bible is banned in these Utah elementary and middle schools now for ‘vulgarity or violence’ (The Salt Lake Tribune)

Voicing Their Opinion – “A Vermont school district has just reached a settlement to pay one local family $125,000 in damages after disciplining them for speaking out against a transgender student that was creeping out high school girls in a school locker room.” VT school board pays family $125,000 after punishing father, daughter for speaking out against trans student (Fox News)

Safeguarding for Children – “Last week, the Norwegian Healthcare Investigation Board announced it would be revising its current guidelines regarding so-called ‘gender -affirming care’ for minors because it no longer considers them to be evidence-based.”  Norway bans child sex changes, joins Finland, Sweden, and UK in rejecting gender ideology (Signs of the Times)

Bad Singer – “Princeton University scholar Peter Singer is under fire for promoting euthanasia for adults and even sick newborns as he touts his new book on a tour of the US, Britain, and Australia.” Top Princeton scholar Peter Singer slammed for promoting euthanasia — even for sick babies (Daily Mail)

Not Family-Friendly – “Disney recently disclosed plans for its first-ever Pride Nite, scheduled for June in their parks in California and Paris.” Stop Gay ‘Pride’ Nite at Disneyland (CitizenGO)

What If – “What if I hadn’t been there, or my phone had been dead? Or, what if I had forgotten my phone and left it in the car, as I often do? Or what if I had decided to go straight home instead of to the Parish Office after my Holy half-hour?” Serendipity (Catholic Stand)

Asylum Claims – “Authorities in California are investigating who is behind the transportation of 16 migrants who ended up on the doorstep of a diocese in Sacramento Friday after being flown on a private charter jet from New Mexico.”  16 Migrants Transported On Charter Jet To Sacramento Diocese, Authorities Investigating (Daily Wire)

Right of Free Speech – “We live in an upside down society with completely upside down values.  In this sort of an environment, literally anything that you say could get you into serious trouble.”  The National Anthem, the Bible, and the Christian Faith Are All Considered To Be Highly Offensive in Amerika Now (

Ancient Seba – “Research corroborates many of the details found in the First Book of Kings.” Archaeology, Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (National Catholic Register)

(*The posting of any particular news item or essay is not an endorsement of the content and perspective of said news item or essay.)

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  1. @Satirizing the Church
    About mentioning the L.A. Dodgers thing in a homily, another approach any time during June a [g]ay [p]ride [month] would be to mention that June 3 is the memorial for Charles Lwanga and Companions.

    Or, to meditate on the fact that this month was branded by philanderer Comrade Clinton who, after multitasking on his desk in the Offal Office, was also a bit confused about “what the meaning of is, is.”

  2. June 3 – Charles Lwanga. June 16 – the Sacred Heart. June 24 – St. John the Baptist. June – the month of the Sacred Heart. The Rainbow – symbol of God’s promise.
    What’s the hold-up in taking back this month?

    • “What’s the hold-up in taking back this month?”
      Nothing’s holding it up where we live. There will be several highway billboards going up soon proclaiming that June is the month of the Sacred Heart. I just received an email about that from a friend at church.

  3. “Stop Gay ‘Pride’ Nite at Disneyland”
    I tried to sign the petition, but the link didn’t work.
    I’m actually surprised this is the 1st time for Disneyland. I really imagined they’d done this before. Perhaps I’m thinking of Disneyworld instead.

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