Transgenderism and The Emperor’s New Clothes

05/20/2016 Comments (6)

The Obama administration has directed schools, including “all public schools and most colleges and universities that receive federal funds” to—as the Washington Post put it—“provide transgender students with access to suitable facilities—including bathrooms and locker rooms—that match their gender identity.”

The directive, which came from the assistant secretary of education for civil rights and the head of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, means that schools which fail to comply will be in violation of Title IX. Non-compliance means risking the loss of federal funds. It’s not a matter of breaking the law. Rather it’s a kind of ideological extortion: submit or have your...READ MORE

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The HHS Mandate Has Brought Together a Diverse Group of Opponents

05/20/2016 Comment

Thanks to Monday's action by the Supreme Court, it is more important than ever to realize that Zubik vs. Burwell, a challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s mandate on contraception, is a complex mix of seven cases, to be argued, again, in four Courts of Appeals, and involving 37 petitioners.

Though we all oppose the HHS mandate for essentially the same reasons, nevertheless, there are important differences between the cases, including the legal structures of the groups—in fact, some petitioners are individuals, including myself – the type of "preventive services" to which they object, and the way they provide insurance.

The degrees to which our respective cases and courts argued or reached...READ MORE

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New Master’s Degree in ‘Ratzinger Studies’ in the Works, New Dark Ages and More!

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05/20/2016 Comment

Click on New Master’s Degree in ‘Ratzinger Studies’ in the Works by Anian Christoph Wimmer of epicPew link to read.

New Master’s Degree in ‘Ratzinger Studies’ in the Works – Anian Christoph Wimmer, epicPew

The New Dark Ages – G.K. Chesterton, The Distributist Review

We’ll Never Tell Them Review, Interview with Award Winning Author Fiorella De Maria – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Pope Replied to My Letter on Infallibility Debate, Says Hans Küng – Staff Reporter, Catholic Herald

Pro-Life Leaders Decry Scandals, Urge Catholic Colleges to Reject Culture of Death – CNS Staff, Catholic Education Daily

The Fallacy of Focusing on Islamic Radicalization – Daniel Greenfield, Catholic Lane

Why We Still Need Just War Theory - Matthew Shadle, Catholic Herald

The Unholy Trinity of Evil in the Book of...READ MORE

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Mary: Perpetual Virgin

05/20/2016 Comments (12)

Fritz von Uhde (1848–1911), "Christmas Night"

The dogma that Mary is perpetually a virgin (defined at the Second Council of Constantinople in the sixth century) finds its origin, like all Catholic dogma, in the teaching of the apostles.

To see it in Scripture, we must, of course, get past both hyper-sexualized contemporary culture (which can scarcely imagine virginity at all) and the assumptions of much (though not all) of Protestantism which reads the New Testament with the conviction that it “disproves” the Perpetual Virginity of Mary. (Exception include Luther, Calvin, and John Wesley.)  When we do this (by reading Scripture as the earliest Christians did), we discover that, in fact, there is no basis for rejecting her Perpetual...READ MORE

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The Attack of the Hummel Figurines

05/20/2016 Comments (22)

Life-size reproduction of a Hummel figurine, "Merry Wanderer", at the entrance of the Goebel company in Rödental, Germany. (Image Credit: Störfix, CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

I have friends of all sorts. Different ethnicities. Different religions. No religion at all. Men and women from different walks of life. I enjoy knowing people who see the world differently than I do. It's great training for the virtue of patience and it also rounds out one's education.

There are, however, limits to open-mindedness and liberality.

One such obstacle for me is Hummel figurines and those who appreciate them.

I'm unsure what drives me mad about them. I find their chubby cheeks, large doe-eyes and whimsical expressions, saccharine.

I also don't like the statues.

I've often wondered if I might be the only human being on the planet who can't stand the statues' cuteness and...READ MORE

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Strong Daughters Need Strong Fathers

05/19/2016 Comments (1)
The heartache of any child raised without a father around is well known. What we're less familiar with is just how crucial it is for a father to stay actively involved and affectionate with his daughter all through her teen and young adult years.
In her new book, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: Devotional, Pediatrician Dr. Meg Meeker highlights the tendency for fathers to back off just when teen girls start spending more time with their friends, activities and computers. While it may seem that daughters at this stage don't want attention or affection, Dr. Meeker says this cultural thinking is all wrong. The truth is, it's crucial.  Many of the risk-taking behaviors such as sexual...READ MORE

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Restoring a Christian Culture Depends on How You Live, Not Where You Live

05/19/2016 Comments (2)

(Photo Credit: Joe Mabel, CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

A few years ago I picked up John Senior’s The Death of Christian Culture and, his follow-up, The Restoration of Christian Culture. Somewhere along the way I’d become intrigued by the Catholic Land Movement—maybe it was the road-trip we took to Wisconsin that spring, where we passed quaint pasture after pasture of cattle and corn, or perhaps I was just tired of living with seven children on an urban city block, perpetually teeming with pedestrians and dogs.

People here in Denver own a lot of dogs. We have a lot of kids, instead. I’m not entirely sure what all that means, but I do know people here also run a lot of marathons, whilst I prefer sitting and eating Trader Joe’s cookie butter by...READ MORE

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The Last Protest Vigil Over Boston Church Closures is Coming to an End

05/19/2016 Comments (4)

After nearly a dozen years of protesting the closure of their parish, a group of Boston Catholics announced the end of their round-the-clock occupation of the church. The Friends of St. Frances X. Cabrini in Scituate, Mass. said in a statement that they had exhausted the appeals process and would leave after a celebration on May 29.

Jon Rogers, spokesperson for the group, said in the statement, “We are proud that we have brought these important issues to the U.S. Supreme Court and are confident that other parishes in similar closure situations will build on our shoulders to carry these matters forward to a successful decision in the Court.”

Throughout the vigil, the Archdiocese of Boston...READ MORE

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