The President Who is Forcing Nuns to Provide Abortifacients, Is Banning Pork from Prisons

10/11/2015 Comments (13)

The Obama administration which is forcing the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide abortifacient coverage has now banned all pork from the menus of federal prisons, a move which Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is cheering, according to CNS News.

Now, to be clear, the administration is reportedly claiming this isn't kowtowing to pressure because Muslims don't eat pork. They're saying inmates just don't like pork. Yeah, because you know you how men hate bacon.

“In general we welcome the change because it’s facilitating the accommodation of Muslim inmates," Ibrahim Hooper, a CAIR spokesman told the Washington Post.

How ironic is this that the president who attacks the...READ MORE

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Pope St. John Paul II's Synod on the Family and Ours

10/10/2015 Comments (10)

Last week, the Holy See Press Office released the texts of the thirteen relazioni (or, reports) of the circuli minores. These are the minutes of the one German, two Spanish, three French, three Italian, and four English language small groups convened to discuss the synodal Instrumentum Laboris. Before the end of the three-week-long synodal assembly, these reports will be submitted to the Commissione per l’Elaborazione della Relazione finale (i.e., the commission tasked with preparing the final report to be submitted to the Holy Father).

At this juncture, it is unknown whether their report will find expression in a post-synodal declaration of Pope Francis. The possibility remains that the...READ MORE

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Taking B.Y.O.G. Beyond the Gridiron

10/10/2015 Comments (4)

Dear Notre Dame fans: I sympathize with your loss last Saturday night.  As a Catholic with some Irish descent, it’s natural to support your squad in most games. (I can’t recall ND playing my alma mater, Colorado State, but it could happen someday!)  I certainly admire the legends and legacy of your program, along with its commitment to academic excellence.  Many, if not most, Catholics in the United States take a measure of familial pride with much of your history and your place in our nation.

But in the wake of your football loss, likely ending this season’s bid for a national championship, you might have missed something else that is now legendary: This postgame interview by Clemson’s...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gadecki: Reducing Theology to Sociology Has No Future

10/09/2015 Comments (19)

The president of the Polish bishops' conference has underlined that marriage is between a man and a woman, that justice and mercy are “inseparably bound”, and that a modern tendency to reduce theology to sociology “has no future.” 

In a recent, lengthy and hard-hitting EWTN-Germany interview, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki also said gender ideology can best be countered by Church doctrine, that the media’s portrayal of marriage and family “is a tragedy”, and that movies and television can often, inadvertently, destroy marriage.

Speaking last week just ahead of the Synod on the Family, he further stated that if one loses any notion of sin, “then practically every attitude is good” and...READ MORE

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#Catholic Problems

10/09/2015 Comments (8)

My nine most recent #Catholicproblems

When you misnumber a Commandment on your blog because the internet showed you the Protestant Ten Commandments. #combox pounce

When “Family Size” groceries don’t mean your family. This especially occurs when purchasing non-healthy items.

Missing getting slugged in the larynx with patens at Communion. #thegoodol'days

Bringing enough dollars for collection at Mass so each of your kids can give. #goingbroke

Going to a neighboring parish for confession because you fear your priest will recognize your voice but still wanting him to know you go to confession so you bring it up awkwardly in conversation.

When you hear giggling from your kids everytime you...READ MORE

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Euthanasia is Always Wrong; You Do Not Kill Innocent People

10/09/2015 Comment

Philippe de Champaigne (1602–1674), “Moses with the Ten Commandments”

Here is the reason why euthanasia is wrong:

You do not kill innocent people.

Notice what I put at the end of that statement? I put a period, as in complete thought, finished, over and through.

You. Do. Not. Kill. Innocent. People.

If you are a lawmaker, you do not pass or sign laws that kill innocent people. Because if you do, that makes you a murderer. I know all about this, up close and personal. As one commenter on my post concerning Governor Jerry Brown and his mighty death-dealing gubernatorial pen somewhat inaccurately noted, I am the former director of the Oklahoma chapter of NARAL.

Not only that, but I helped open the first abortion clinic in Oklahoma, and I referred women for...READ MORE

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Synod Interventions of Archbishops Kurtz and Chaput

10/09/2015 Comments (47)

Here below are the complete texts of the “expanded intervention” released by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, Ky., and president of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, and that of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia.

The two American synod fathers, who made their interventions public in accordance with the synod rules, gave their three minute interventions in the opening sessions of the Synod on the Family that runs until Oct. 25.

Archbishop Kurtz’s intervention:

My Hope for the Synod: Calling Forth and Forming Missionary Families in Christ

“In one of Pope Francis’ weekly reflections on marriage and the family leading up to the synod on the family, he...READ MORE

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G. K. Chesterton: An Appreciation

10/08/2015 Comments (7)

Bowing down in blind credulity, as is my custom, before mere authority and the tradition of the elders, superstitiously swallowing a story I have not tested by experiment or private judgment, I am firmly of opinion that G.K. Chesterton died on the 14th of June, 1936, at his home in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire; and was buried according to the formularies of the Catholic Church in the Catholic cemetery there.

That paragraph, like so much else in my thinking, prayer, faith and writing, owes a giant debt to the colossal genius who was Chesterton (it’s reworked from the opening line of his Autobiography, just as “colossal genius who was Chesterton” is a tip of the hat to The Man Who was...READ MORE

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