California Gov. Jerry Brown Forgot the First Rule: Don't Kill Innocent People

10/05/2015 Comments (29)

The Los Angeles Times story is so over-the-top supportive that it was downright soppy.

It paints a word picture of a politician on the rack, a “former Jesuit seminary student” who was riven by a heart-wrenching moral conundrum. I could almost hear the violins playing and see the sunset … except for the raw truth of what this politician/martyr had done.

“I have considered the theological and religious perspectives that any deliberate shortening of one’s life is sinful,” he said.

Nice phrase that; “deliberate shortening of a life.” Not only did this politician ply all his political arts to evoke sympathy for himself as he did the unthinkable, he created a new euphemism for the doing of it...READ MORE

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Good News from the Synod—9 things to know and share

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A key Vatican official has just made remarks at the Synod of Bishops that cool speculation on a change in the Church's practice regarding Communion for divorced and civilly remarried people. Here are 9 things to know and share . . .

Remarks made by a key official at the opening of the current Synod of Bishops seem cool to the idea that there will be a change in the Church’s doctrine and practice regarding the divorced and civilly remarried.

This comes as heartening news to supporters of the Church’s historic doctrine and discipline.

Here are 9 things to know and share . . .


1) What is at issue here?

Jesus Christ taught that marriage is indissoluble. Consequently, a civil divorce does not free one from the commitments one made to be faithful to one’s spouse.

To obtain a civil divorce and then marry someone else, without establishing that the first marriage was null, is thus to enter a state of ongoing adultery....READ MORE

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Of Confirmation, Avignon, and Holy Hindsight

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Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), "Return of Pope Gregory XI to Rome from Avignon"

It is like when you throw a stone into a pool
and the concentric waves spread out further and further.
Who knows where it will end?
C.S. Lewis

Confirmation is such a lost sacrament, isn’t it?

We try and try to make it relevant, but no matter how many hyped catechetical textbooks or fancy-schmancy digital media we throw at our adolescent confirmandi, they by and large simply don’t get it.

The problem isn’t the sacrament itself, of course. Confirmation is a fantastic infusion of sanctifying grace that elevates the baptized to the status of full-fledged warriors for God’s kingdom. It’s not a coming-of-age, but rather an intensification, and the spiritual evolution involved helps clarify...READ MORE

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Mark Wahlberg and the Catholic Conscience

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Mark Wahlberg’s best moment emceeing the Festival of Families in Philadelphia came right after Bobby Hill sang a pure and piercing Pie Jesu before Pope Francis and the world.

The boy got to meet the Holy Father, a thrilling moment for him.

Then Wahlberg beckoned him over. Is it me or did the kid look even more happy to meet movie star Wahlberg?

Anyway, Wahlberg’s praise was unscripted and sincere. The kid beamed.

“I love you,” he seemed to say.

“I love you too man,” Wahlberg said, with his hand affectionately behind the kid’s head.

When he got back to the podium, a beat later, Wahlberg realized what the kid had really said, and he shared it with the world.

“That right there was truly...READ MORE

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Abortion is the Primary Preventable Risk Factor for Breast Cancer

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By Daniel Mayer [CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Once again a nationwide media blitz is again underway, “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, with the stated purpose of making us all more aware of the causes and risks of breast cancer. Yet while claiming to be compassionate about women's health, the mainstream news outlets (and incredibly, many breast cancer groups) continue to intentionally omit the number one preventable risk factor for breast cancer: abortion
That's right: abortion. A woman can't change her family history; that's not a preventable risk factor. But a woman can choose not to have an abortion, if she's given all the facts to make an informed decision. And the fact is that dozens of studies across the world have shown a...READ MORE

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Divine Hatred, Divine Love

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Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), “The Crown of Thorns”

Most of us modern Christians congratulate ourselves that we’re tolerant and not judgmental. All that Old Testament brimstone is old hat. We’ve advanced and evolved. We’re more forgiving than our ancestors.

But then a story like this catches our eye:

Shouting, "This is YouTube material!" a 27-year-old British man urinated on a dying woman who had collapsed on the street, the BBC and local Hartepool Mail and Northern Echo tell us. He also doused her with a bucket of water and covered her with shaving cream.

The woman, 50-year-old Christine Lakinski, died at the scene of pancreatic failure.

In a sad sign of the times, it was all recorded on a mobile phone.

Suddenly all those Old...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Homily at Opening Mass of Synod on the Family

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Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis

Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Opening of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

“If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us” (1 Jn 4:12).

This Sunday’s Scripture readings seem to have been chosen precisely for this moment of grace which the Church is experiencing: the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the family, which begins with this Eucharistic celebration. The readings centre on three themes: solitude, love between man and woman, and the family.


Adam, as we heard in the first reading, was living in the Garden of Eden.  He named all the other creatures as a sign of his...READ MORE

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Vatican Synod Begins: Pope Francis' Opening Words

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1.Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus!


“Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat” – Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands. These are the words of the Laudes Regiae that the schola of the cappella papale intoned at the beginning of the liturgy for the twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, which opened the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops today in Rome.


That antiphon echoed Pope Francis’ words at last night’s prayer vigil in anticipation of the Synod. There, he said that Christ is the “definitive Word of the Father and the criterion by which everything is to be measured.” Upon him, the synod fathers must fix their gaze. This morning, the papal choir...READ MORE

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