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Greg Maresca | Remnant Columnist

MOUNT CARMEL – In an era where Catholic churches continue to consolidate or worse, close, there remains a segment of the faithful that is actually growing, albeit slowly.  This mustard seed growth is miraculous because it is happening in the midst of confusion and an ecclesiastical crisis running throughout the universal Church.

As Ohio was celebrating the enshrinement of abortion into their state constitution, Pennsylvania’s state legislature went about trying to create their own abortion haven.  The difference was at the state house in Harrisburg, their vote flew under the radar and just in time to welcome the Thanksgiving holiday. 

There she stood proudly sporting a high and tight haircut with a dyed dollop of blue on top to match the surgical mask she was wearing while celebrating Ohio’s election victory that enshrined abortion into their state constitution.  The throng alongside her whooping it up would have you wondering by just how much The Ohio State Buckeyes won college football’s national championship.  

When I first stepped onto the college quad, I was just another young man making his way surveying the lay of the land. For me, however, there were a few personal firsts playing out in real time that none of those aspiring collegians were privy to.

While addressing a South American youth gathering in 2015, Pope Francis defined his pontificate when he told them to go out and “make a mess.” And a mess is what he has emanating from the Vatican.

It was a symphony of crickets throughout the media after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Missouri v. Biden regarding collusion against free speech. The landmark decision was treated like a Biden address when the teleprompter malfunctions – little was reported and analyzed. 

When the news percolated the Wi-Fi, it was nothing short of a category five media hurricane. It was over two years ago that the Canadian government declared that thousands of indigenous children were buried in unmarked “mass graves” at residential schools established by the government and run by the Catholic Church.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how much does that infamous mugshot of Donald Trump rate? Taking advantage of what Trump believed an opportunity, he posted the photo to the social media platform X after its release.

In February, an FBI whistleblower from their Richmond, Virginia field office leaked a report about spying on “radical-traditionalist Catholics” labeling them as “potential domestic terrorists.”

Each year nearly 1,000 words are added to the English lexicon, according to Atkins Bookshelf and others. Some are portmanteaus, which blend the sounds and meanings of two separate words.