Pope to Visit Cuba Before U.S. Trip

04/22/2015 Comments (9)

Pope Francis is to visit Cuba before his arrival in the United States in September, the Vatican has announced.

In a short statement issued this morning, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said: 

“I am able to confirm that the Holy Father Francis, having received and accepted the invitation from the civil authorities and bishops of Cuba, has decided to pay a visit to the island before his arrival in the United States for the trip announced some time ago.”

The Vatican has yet to give a precise date for the trip, the first papal visit to Cuba since Benedict XVI visited there in March 2012. Pope St. John Paul II visited the communist island nation in 1998. 

The visit comes on the...READ MORE

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Peter Singer: Hey, Government Should Kill Disabled Infants

04/21/2015 Comments (14)

Princeton University "ethics" professor Peter Singer is at it again, now arguing that it is eminently “reasonable” for the government to refuse treatment to severely disabled babies.

This is nothing new for Singer but what's new is that he thinks his ideas are winning. Spoiler alert: They are.

WND pulled the quotes from Singer's appearance on the Aaron Klein radio show. Oh, and notice how he calls the baby in question "it" constantly.:

If an infant is born with a massive hemorrhage in the brain that means it will be so severely disabled that if the infant lives it will never even be able to recognize its mother, it won’t be able to interact with any other human being, it will just lie...READ MORE

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Worth Another Look: Joe Versus the Volcano

04/21/2015 Comments (8)

It's always perilous to revisit movies you loved as a kid. Last weekend, we took a chance with  Joe Versus the Volcano (1990). My husband can't stand this movie, and not only because it is so chock full of Meg Ryan, who plays three roles. He says that it's a playwright's movie, which really does explain a lot. He complains that the characters are sloppy and ill-defined, and that many of the lines are delivered on a silver tray labelled "Significant and Memorable!" ("What's with the shoe?" someone asks Joe, who has stumbled and torn the sole on a sharp edge. "I'm losing my soul," he moans.  Womp womp!) And for a movie with "volcano" in the title, you sure had to wade through a lot of movie...READ MORE

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Pope Sends Message of Solidarity to Patriarch After ISIS Atrocity

04/20/2015 Comments (5)

Pope Francis this evening sent a message of solidarity to Patriarch Matthias of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church following the release of a video showing the killing of 28 Ethiopian Christians by Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in Libya. 

"With great distress and sadness I learn of the further shocking violence perpetrated against innocent Christians in Libya," the Pope wrote, adding that he was reaching out to Patriarch Matthias and his flock "in heartfelt spiritual solidarity to assure you of my closeness in prayer at the continuing martyrdom being so cruelly inflicted on Christians in Africa, the Middle East and some parts of Asia."

"It makes no difference whether the victims are...READ MORE

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Fetal Dismemberment, Bad for Baby, Bad for Mom

04/20/2015 Comments (24)

An abortion advocate last week wrote in the Huffington Post that efforts to ban D&E abortions — like the bans passed this month in Kansas and Oklahoma — are an attempt to “punish women.”

At Priests for Life, Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More, we are always concerned with the health and welfare of women, which is why we would like to see abortion pulled off the market. It is a harmful product for women.

But in discussing dismemberment abortion, it’s the babies we have to be most concerned with.

This is how the U.S. Supreme Court described dismemberment abortion in its Gonzalez vs. Carhart decision of 2007:

“A doctor must first dilate the cervix at least to the extent needed to insert...READ MORE

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Canons Regular Salute Cardinal George

Part of the Cardinal's Major Legacy Thrives in Chicago

04/20/2015 Comment
Courtesy St. John Cantius Church

Cardinal George poses with the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in 2013; embedded photo also courtesy of the Canons Regular

– Courtesy St. John Cantius Church

Cardinal Francis George holds a special place in the hearts of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius.

This community of priests and brothers dedicated to the “Restoration of the Sacred” grew from a small group — at the once-flourishing church that become by the 1990s a place well-worn down, falling apart and in need of serious repairs and restoration  (and with few parishioners) — to today’s St. John Cantius Church, a jewel of sacred liturgies and music, glorious liturgical art and an ever-growing and thriving congregation (see video of this here).

Cardinal George surely envisioned what would one day come to be.

“Here are the beginnings of an order founded to make available to the...READ MORE

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Swearing and Vulgarity

04/19/2015 Comments (16)

I’ve always loved this funny little tune from Chaucer’s day:

Sumer is icumen in,
Lhude sing, cuccu!
Groweth sed and bloweth med
And springth the wude nu.
Sing, cuccu!
Awe bleteth after lomb,
Lhouth after calve cu
Bulloc sterteth, bucke ferteth.
Murie sing, cuccu!
Cuccu, cuccu,
Wel singes thu, cuccu.
Ne swik thu naver nu!

This joyful, ebullient tune, doubtless sung by many an English peasant out sweating in the field, is full of the solid earthy, good humor of a people who were closely bound to the land. For them, one of the images of sheer joy was when the “Bulloc sterteth” and the “bucke ferteth”. That latter clause is now rendered into modern English by very polite translators as “The...READ MORE

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When in Rome #4: Serendipitous Masses

How God (and Saint Sebastian and Saint John Paul II) met James and me in Rome.

04/18/2015 Comments (1)

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

My week in Rome is almost up, and for a variety of reasons my plans to blog the trip didn’t work out quite as expected, though I do expect to write at least one more post about our trip. One of my posts, for reasons beyond my control, has gone missing; I’ll write more about this in the future. 

I had other plans that didn’t work out as expected either. At least two people in Rome I hoped to connect with I didn’t manage to (one was my fault, the other, um, less my fault). 

But James and I hit the big things. On Friday morning we visited Saint Peter’s, crypt to copula, completing our mini-pilgrimage to all four of Rome’s major papal basilicas. On Friday...READ MORE

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