When the Supreme Court Gets It Wrong, It Gets It Really Wrong

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The Supreme Court Building of the United States from the dome of the capitol building. The facade is covered during renovation. (Photo credit: “Farragutful”, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg just had the audacity to claim—in open defiance of medical fact—that “complications from abortion are both rare and rarely dangerous.” Tell that to the 26,500 women who experienced abortion-related complications in 2011 alone (3,200 of whom required post-abortion hospitalization).

In Monday's Supreme Court decision, Texas pro-life laws were struck down, giving women “access”—pro-choicers’ favorite word—to shoddy care from cold, calculating opportunists. One would think anyone would be in favor of higher medical standards at any medical facility, even for dogs and cats. But for women, for abortion clinics? Abortion advocates are cheering this decision that...READ MORE

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Don’t Tell Me That a Cross Is Not a Cross

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”And he said to all, ’If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.‘” (Image: Titian, “Christ Carrying the Cross”)

Don’t Tell Me It’s Not Cancer

While our family waits for a diagnosis, a few friends have tried to convince me that our 20-year-old daughter does not have thyroid cancer. I don’t understand that kind of thinking.  Until her July 12 surgery and subsequent biopsy provide a definitive answer, we are prepared for anything.  Everyone processes hard news differently but there’s no point in predicting a future that we cannot control.

The prayers for her are a true gift.  Stories shared about the positive outcomes of others are also appreciated.  It’s the aggressive insistence of a few that I should believe that it’s not cancer that I don’t like.  It is well intentioned, I know.  There are better...READ MORE

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Pope Francis on Apologizing to Gays (And More): 6 things to know and share

06/28/2016 Comments (72)

Pope Francis recently weighed in on the question of whether Catholics should apologize to gays--and several other issues. Here are 6 things to know and share . . .

During his recent plane flight back from Armenia, Pope Francis gave a press conference in which he discussed a number of issues, including the question of whether Catholics should apologize to homosexuals.

Here are 6 things to know and share . . .


1) Where can I read the full text of the press conference?

You can read it here.


2) What did the pope discuss during the press conference?

He answered questions dealing with:

  • His impressions of Armenia and his hopes for it.
  • What he plans to do in a forthcoming trip to Azerbaijan
  • Why he chose to describe the massive Turkish slaughter of Armenians in the early 20th century as a “genocide,” knowing that this word would displease...READ MORE

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How Strange is the Cross

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Andrey Mironov, “Golgotha” (CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Fleming Rutledge's The Crucifixion is one of the most stimulating and thought-provoking books of theology that I have read in the past ten years. Both an academic and a well-regarded preacher in the Episcopal tradition, Rutledge has an extraordinary knack of cutting to the heart of the matter. Her book on the central reality of the Christian faith is supremely illuminating, a delight for the inquiring mind—and man, will it ever preach. There is so much of value in this text that I have decided to dedicate a number of articles to analyzing it. For the purposes of this initial interpretive foray, allow me to focus simply on two themes that run through the entire book and that ought to shape...READ MORE

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St. Pachomius, the Little-Known Founder of Cenobitism

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The city of Thebes was once a great center of pagan worship in Egypt, but began to fade in importance after the Incarnation. But from that declining city came St. Pachomius, who brought the glory of a new Christian way of life to the Church.

Here’s a simple question with no easy answer: Who founded monasticism?

Writing in these pages last year, John Goerke made a convincing case for St. Anthony the Abbot. However, St. Anthony founded only a certain kind of monasticism: the life of hermits (anchorites) known as “eremitism”. Though many of the lay faithful flocked to this great saint, these Egyptian monks lived separately, in tiny cells called lauras, with St. Anthony always trying to get further and further away from the world (and these followers). Indeed, St. Anthony left no rule, no monastery—nothing but an extreme example of a holy life beyond reproach which became legendary (literally) thanks to his biographer, St....READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Response to the Register's Question on Brexit

06/28/2016 Comments (13)
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Pope Francis about to answer questions on the papal plane from Armenia, June 26, 2016.

– Edward Pentin/CNA-NCRegister.com

Does Pope Francis think the majority of UK voters were right in voting to leave the European Union?

I tried to find out when I asked him on the papal plane if he is concerned the EU might disintegrate and possibly war ensue following the “Brexit” vote, something the “Remain” campaign had warned could happen and were criticized for needless scaremongering.

The Holy Father didn’t directly answer the question: he spoke of a “climate of division” in Europe, and chose instead to distinguish between the need for a “healthy disunity” in the European Union, and “Balkanisation”, or secession, that is “not emancipation”.

He said he did not place Brexit in the latter category, but rather the push...READ MORE

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10 Things No Catechist Ever Misses During Summer Break Ever, The Holy Oil and Wine, and More Links!

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Click on 10 Things No Catechist Ever Misses During Summer Break, Ever by Sara Spitt of epicPew link to find out!

10 Things No Catechist Ever Misses During Summer Break, Ever - Sara Spitt, epicPew

Pope Francis: Want to Celebrate Well? Drink Wine – Elise Harris, Catholic News Agency

“Since I’m Saved, I Can Live How I Want?” – Allison Low, Catholic Stand

The Holy Oil and Wine – Frank Rega, The Shield of Faith

Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler: An Introduction to Liberal Arts – Mitchell Kalpakgian Ph.D., Crisis Magazine

Vatican Cancels Full External Audit of Its Finances – Catholic Herald

The Holy Imperfect Woman – Amy Atkinson, Ignitum Today

Jihad in Orlando: the Holy War Came to My City - F.S. Lerner, Maccabee Society

Science, Metaphysics, Philosophy, Theology, History, and the Holy Shroud...READ MORE

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The Darkness is Deepening in a Land Overshadowed by Abortion

06/27/2016 Comments (61)

Léon Cogniet (1794-1880), “The Massacre of the Innocents”

It is hard to argue that the whole world is not in some sort of seismic upheaval, of which the deplorable U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday is but another sign. Perhaps a few thoughts about the decision but also on the deepening darkness that it reflects.

The pro-abortionists for years have said that they wanted abortion to be “Safe and Legal.” In the wake of horrific stories of abortionists like Kermit Gosnell, Texas and other states passed common sense bills that sought to regulate abortion “clinics” and subject them to the same medical requirements and protocols as any other clinic. Simple norms were proposed such as cleanliness, proper space to get gurneys in and out in the event...READ MORE

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