Abortion Lobby Thinks Abortion Makes Good Comedy

07/15/2016 Comments (2)

It’s a commercial you might think some clever but unsavory pro-life folks created in order to make their opponents look bad. Really, really, terribly bad. But it’s not.

NARAL/Pro-Choice America created this video to highlight all the supposed barriers that stand between a pregnant mother and her “right” to get un-pregnant. It is nearly impossible to overstate how crude, callous, insulting and vile this piece of work is. But NARAL is quite proud of their work, wanting as many people to see it as possible. Ironically, pro-lifers want the same thing, perhaps even more so. It would advance the pro-life cause tremendously if every pair of eyes over the age of 15 viewed it. It’s that...READ MORE

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The Saints Proclaim the Happy News: In Heaven, We'll Meet Again!

07/15/2016 Comments (3)

Hans Sandreuter, “An der Himmelspforte” (1894)

I wrote at the Register a couple weeks back that I had no idea there was so much that saints said about life in heaven, and how we’ll meet again.

Growing up as a Protestant I received the gamut of opinions, arguments, and exegesis on the possible outcomes.

Then there was that confusing book turned movie, The 5 People You Meet In Heaven. The story is about a guy who dies in an attempt to save a young girl, and in heaven he meets 5 people who impacted him or he had an impact on. They each teach him an important lesson. As a Catholic, I can only entertain it as a nice spin on Purgatory, but it still put a stalling question in my mind, Other than God, who DO we meet in heaven?

The question...READ MORE

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Act Like a Christian. The World is Watching

07/15/2016 Comments (4)

I recently read a piece about an Islamic convert to Christianity who withstood torture at the hands of Islamic radicals. It's an amazing story but it's not the one I want to focus on here. (That has to be the worst lede ever.)

In explaining his conversion, he said what made Christ intriguing to him was meeting Christians at college who seemed at peace and ready to forgive wrongs done to them. He said their openness to sacrifice shocked, surprised, and inspired him to begin reading about Christ. He didn't go into the particulars about what he specifically saw in Christians and it would likely make for boring reading. It may have been something as simple as forgiving gossip or a harsh word....READ MORE

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Pope Francis Condemns 'Blind Violence' of Nice Attack

French bishops call on the nation to pray for the victims and their families at Mass this Sunday.

07/15/2016 Comments (4)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, has sent the following message of condolence on behalf of Pope Francis to Archbishop André Marceau of Nice following last night's terrorist attack in the southern French city.

"While France was celebrating its national day, blind violence struck the country in Nice, causing many casualties, including children. Condemning such acts again, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his deep sorrow and his spiritual closeness to the French people. He entrusts God's mercy on those who lost their lives, and shares deeply the pain of bereaved families. He expresses his sympathy to those injured and to all those who contributed to the rescue, asking the Lord...READ MORE

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The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on The Catholic Church has Something to Say about Your Paycheck by Adelaide Mena of Catholic News Agency link to read more.

Europe as a ‘Soft Utopia’ - Todd Huizinga, The Catholic World Report

It’s All About You, Dr. Spurrell, Isn’t It; Responding to a Time Magazine Post – Theresa Bonopartis, Reclaiming Our Children

Knights of Columbus Bring Attention, Aid to Persecuted Christians - Matthew Bunson, OSV Newsweekly

The Catholic Church has Something to Say about Your Paycheck – Adelaide Mena, Catholic News Agency

Scrupulosity: What It Is and How to Overcome It – Charlie Johnson, Catholic Stand

13 Unfortunate but Common Excuses for Not Going to Confession – Laura Hensley, epicPew

Advocacy Group Seeks Reparations Against Iraq – Eddie O’Neill, OSV Newsweekly

What Catholics Can Learn from Orthodox Disputes –...READ MORE

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Imagine if People Actually Fell for John Lennon's Nonsense

07/15/2016 Comments (72)

(Photo Credit: Roy Kerwood, CC BY 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons)

Sometime back, I wrote a little piece about John Lennon’s hymn to original sin (aka “Imagine”) expressing my bafflement at the fact that people (including Catholics who ought to know better) regard this as a hope-filled anthem of the Coming Great Rosy Dawn and not as what it is, Music to Accompany the Machine Gunning of the Counter-Revolutionaries. I got lots of mail for it, but one note which particularly stands out as Illustrative of the Problem follows, with my responses:

Dear Sir,

I am a life-long Catholic, educated by Holy Names sisters in Seattle, Wa. Do you actually write for a catholic magazine?


Everybody wants to think they know everything about something, -here’s my...READ MORE

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The Prayer of a Mother Who's Running Late For Something

07/14/2016 Comments (3)

(Photo credit: “haddensavix”, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is my son’s theater debut, Lord, and we’re running a little late…okay, a lot late. I could never lie to You. Okay, that’s a lie. I’ve totally lied to you, but you never buy it, do you? That’s why you’re God and I’m going to be 10 minutes late to the theater.

It was totally do-able until the 3-year old had to pee when we were just pulling out of the driveway. You know it’s a 30-minute drive and there’s no way that she would make it. We got to the bathroom in time, but she still managed to pee on her shoes. The sparkly Hello Kitty ones that she slept in last night because she “loves them.” It took me five minutes to calm her down and another five to find the left Cinderella slipper....READ MORE

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The Cross of Jesus: God's Awful Work of Love

07/14/2016 Comments (1)

Evgraf Semenovich Sorokin, “Crucifixion” (1873)

I would like to continue reflecting on Fleming Rutledge's extraordinary book The Crucifixion, which I consider one of the most insightful theological books of the decade. In a previous article, I drew attention to Rutledge's bracing insistence on the awfulness and shame of the crucifixion. In the ancient world, there was no punishment more painful, terrifying, and de-humanizing than the cross. It is not simply that Jesus died or even that he was put to death by corrupt people; it was that he endured the death reserved only for the lowest and most despised. In the light of the resurrection, the first Christians looked back on this horrific event and saw in it something commensurate with the...READ MORE

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