We Are Losing Our Minds Because the Left is Holding Them Hostage

04/28/2016 Comments (33)

The story of the Mozilla Foundation's Brendan Eich is a lesson in the power of the thought police. (Photo Credit: Darcy Padilla, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Our thoughts may be our own, but the radical left wants them.  Pushing agendas, whether about marriage, bathrooms, or climate, is only their first step. The second step is not allowing disagreement.  Without even touching the First Amendment, our right to free speech is being bullied away.

For instance, an opinion that was once mainstream not so long ago, is now grounds for firing.  In 1996, when President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act into Law—defining marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman—it passed both houses of Congress by large, veto-proof majorities.  Twenty years later, TV shows get canceled, Chick-fil-A gets boycotted, bakeries and wedding service...READ MORE

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St. Gianna’s Guide to Happiness

Five joyful quotes from a beloved saint.

04/28/2016 Comment

As I have written about before, St. Gianna is one of my favorite saints.

For her feast day today, I offer five of my favorite quotes of hers (although a more comprehensive list of quotes can be found here:)

 

“As to the past, let us entrust it to God’s mercy, the future to divine Providence. Our task is to live holy the present moment.”

“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that he, in his goodness, sends to us day after day.”

“We must be living witnesses of the beauty and grandeur of Christianity.”

“Whatever God wants.”

“Love is the most beautiful sentiment the Lord has put into the soul of men and women.”

 

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Countdown to WYD: Downton Abbey, Polish Style

04/28/2016 Comment

One of Poland's most dramatic post-World War II archaeological restorations is the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, between Warsaw and Gdansk. (Photo Credit: Mike Peel, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Sadly, Downton Abbey came to an end this year after six seasons of intrigue, sorrow, and delight. If you watched the series, this scene will be familiar:

A buzz and a hum were everywhere. The musicians were gathering to blast a welcome to the returning hunters. In the great hall, preparations were made for the evening feast, wines were emerging from the cellars, there was a clinking of glass and silver, and everywhere the sounds of rushing feet and shouting commands.

Although this may appear to be the busy working of the downstairs staff preparing for another Crawley meal, this scene’s provenance is quite different. Welcome to the grandeur of the Polish aristocracy.

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Amoris Laetitia and the Progressive Pope Myth, Did ‘The Office’ Really Say That and More

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/28/2016 Comment

Click on Amoris Laetitia and the Progressive Pope Myth by Anthony S. Layne of Catholic Stand link to read.

Amoris Laetitia and the Progressive Pope Myth – Anthony S. Layne, Catholic Stand

Did ‘The Office’ Really Say That About In Vitro Fertilization? - Shane Kapler, Epic Pew

Mormons, Muslims, and Lazy Christians; Our Poor Witness – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

Three Cheers! A New Lectionary in the Pipeline Using the R.S.V. (Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition of the Bible; in the U.K.)! - Fr. Timothy Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Lessons From Jerusalem’s First Sidewalk Counselors – Guy McClung J.D. Ph.D., Catholic Stand

Book Review of Freedom: Battle Strategies for Conquering Temptation – Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

The Curate’s Egg: A Reflection on Amoris Laetitia – Fr....READ MORE

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From Pope to Page to People

04/27/2016 Comment

Many popes have contributed to Church writing in response to the moral crises of their times. But their words are often lost in translation. The message never reaches the majority of us because it isn’t circulated to average people. Or the message is inaccessible because its language is theological and removed from daily life. 

The Joy of Love has the potential to be different. This is truly a papal “exhortation”—an encouragement to do something. Through several years of information gathering, Pope Francis has taken the pulse of twenty-first century family life and responded with an inspired letter to all of the faithful. He wants us to re-examine the gospel vision of family relationships...READ MORE

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Bishop Schneider: 'Amoris Laetitia' Demands Clarification

04/27/2016 Comments (15)

Bishop Athanasius Schneider has given a lengthy reflection on Amoris Laetitia in which he makes a consistent case for the need for clarity and precision in the text, particularly with regard to admitting civilly remarried divorcees to Holy Communion.

The bishop’s reflection is a studied, detailed and forceful response that argues against those who see the papal summary of the Synods on the Family as “opening the door” to Holy Communion for remarried divorcees and other practices that would not be consistent with the Church’s constant magisterium.

The Kazakh prelate, who has led resistance to what many see as modernist and secularist strains within both the synods and Amoris Laetitia,...READ MORE

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Planned Parenthood's Crazy Reaction to the Fiorina Announcement. Wow.

04/27/2016 Comments (11)

Meet the most loathsome pair of anti-abortion extremists in America. https://t.co/nAGLu3BVfF #NotMyCandidate pic.twitter.com/nZ0NCbIE0B

— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) April 27, 2016

That's how Planned Parenthood's Action Fund reacted to the news that Ted Cruz was reportedly set to name Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential choice should he win the nomination. You know, for an organization that says that abortion is just a teensy weensy part of what they do, they seem to talk about it an awful lot. A few minutes later, Planned Parenthood then retweeted this:

And now, it turns out that the website CarlyFiorinaforVicePresident.com redirects to a Planned Parenthood donation page. Wow....READ MORE

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Court-Martialed U.S. Marine Has Her Day in Court

04/27/2016 Comments (5)

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
—Isaiah 54:17

Marine Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling took those words to heart. And on April 27, a military court will hear opening arguments in a case to determine whether Corporal Sterling, by displaying those words in her office, had violated a lawful order—or whether she was simply exercising her religious liberty rights, the same rights enjoyed by every American.

In May 2013, Corporal Sterling was assigned to a desk job at Camp Lajeune, in North Carolina. There, it was her responsibility to handle complaints from other Marines who were experiencing problems with their...READ MORE

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