Books for the Fatherly and Momnipotent Among Us

09/17/2014 Comments (2)

In the last few months, I’ve had two great books cross my desk, and I’d be remiss not to rave about them here.

The first, Catholic Dad: Mostly Funny Stories of Faith, Family, and Fatherhood to Encourage and Inspire, by Jake Frost, is utterly delightful from start to finish. You have the option of reading it in a “pick and choose” sort of way, diving in where you want, because the essays are all stand-alone.

I read it the way I read most things: cover to cover. I walked away from it with a clear picture of just who Jake Frost is and just how he got to be that way. He’s the kind of guy I want my son to grow up to be: proud of his Catholicness, laughing about the foibles of life, and...READ MORE

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More Nunsense From ‘Time,’ HuffPost and ‘U.S. News’

09/16/2014 Comments (30)

Articles and columns about the Vatican-mandated reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) are popping up all over the media these days, even in secular outlets like Time, Huffington Post and U.S. News and World Report.

At first glance, one might wonder why these secular outlets are so interested in a group of 1,400 sisters and their differences with the institution they have pledged to serve and obey. One obvious answer is that the media loves criticism of the Catholic Church, especially when that criticism comes from the Church’s own members.

Another answer becomes very clear in reading this material, for most of these pieces seem to be cheerleading for the LCWR...READ MORE

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Watchdog Report Sets Record Straight: ObamaCare Subsidizes Abortion on Demand

The non-partisan Government Accounting Office (GAO) reported that 1,036 plans -- authorized under ObamaCare through state exchanges -- offer elective abortions subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.

09/16/2014 Comments (3)

Late yesterday, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that documents taxpayer funding of elective abortion through state plans authorized under the Affordable Care Act. You can read the report here.

Reviewing data collected up to September 2014, the GAO found that 1,036 plans -- in states with little or no restrictions -- offer abortion on demand, subsidized by U.S. taxpayers. This information  contradicted President Obama's 2010 executive order, which stated 

the Act maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to newly created health insurance exchanges’

The GAO report also confirmed that...READ MORE

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What Are You Doing for Catechism This Year?

09/16/2014 Comments (42)

The first few weeks of school are accomplished. We've picked up most of the important pieces of our shattered psyches, and are looking around for ways to move forward, rather than just survive. Top of the list: what to do about catechism for nine kids? Even though the summer was technically full of free time, somehow we never managed to get any regular catechesis in. Well, better now than never. On the principle that doing something second-rate consistently is better than doing something first-rate hardly at all, here is our sustainable plan:

The toddler, who two-and-a-half, is perfecting her sign of the cross CUTE!), shouting "SAY HAIW MARY!" when we hear a siren, and learning how to...READ MORE

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Don’t Forget Our Lady of Sorrows Until Next Year

Mary's help is more important than ever today.

09/15/2014 Comments (1)
Taylor Marshall

Seven swords pierce the heart of Our Lady of Sorrows symbolizing her seven sorrows

– Taylor Marshall

Every Sept. 15, we honor our Blessed Mother on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Honoring our Blessed Mother in this devotion began in the 13th century.

In some following centuries, it was celebrated twice a year, under different titles. But in 1913, Pope St. Pius X permanently set the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows in the Roman calendar on Sept. 15.

It is a most fitting day, because it immediately follows the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Surely, under the cross, Our Lady’s heart was bonded with her Son Jesus’ heart. Her heart was pierced by the sword of sorrow prophesied by Simeon.

St. Alphonsus Ligouri wrote: “Thus also did Mary suffer all those torments, scourges, thorns, nails and the...READ MORE

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Ted Cruz, Beltway Politics and Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

Ross Douthat weighs in on Sen.Ted Cruz's statements at "In Defense of Christians" conference.

09/15/2014 Comments (17)

It's been almost a week since Ted Cruz was booed off the stage at a Washington, D.C. dinner that was organized to raise awareness about the desperate  plight of Christians in the Middle East.

Cruz had been invited to give the keynote address at the Sept. 10 In Defense of Christians dinner -- the highlight of a historic conference that brought Patriarchs and other church leaders from across the Middle East to Washington, D.C., where they updated U.S. lawmakers on the humanitarian crisis that gravely threatens their people.  

In his opening remarks, Cruz asserted that Christians had no greater ally in the region than Israel, and as he pressed this point, and reportedly  appeared disinclined...READ MORE

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Between the Skeptic and the Fundamentalist

09/14/2014 Comments (28)

Reading Scripture as a modern Catholic is a perpetual balance between extremes; among them, the extremes of farfetched skepticism and equally farfetched supernaturalism. For, unlike these extremes, the Faith takes both the unseen realities of the Spirit and the ordinary life of human beings seriously. It believes in both accountants and angels. But many people, seeing only one of these truths clearly, then proceed to use that pet truth as a cudgel against the truth they don't see.

This came through to me loud and clear recently when a skeptical acquaintance (whom we shall call "Clarence") wrote on the Internet with news he seemed to think would devastate Christians into becoming atheists...READ MORE

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The Pope is Right. It's a Lot Like World War III Out There

09/13/2014 Comments (43)

Pope Francis said recently that the world is essentially involved in a piecemeal World War III. This is an illuminating statement.

There is no way to argue that the world is at war. There are no unified fronts but an anarchy of madness and violence fills the map of the world.

Reuters reports:

Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a "piecemeal" Third World War, condemning the arms trade and "plotters of terrorism" sowing death and destruction. "Humanity needs to weep and this is the time to weep," Francis said in the homily of a Mass during a visit to Italy's largest war memorial, a large, Fascist-era monument where more than 100,000...READ MORE

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