The Question of Prayer: Why Should I Pray?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 5:03 PM Comments (72)

The French essayist Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) was a cat fancier and is known to have a kitten named Blanche. Among Montaigne’s contributions to literature were a number of observations about cats—such as no matter how much they fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.

He also quipped: “When I play with my cat, how do I know that she is not passing time with me rather than I with her?”

If I am not mistaken, C. S. Lewis once remarked that while Montaigne may have descended to his cat’s level to play with her, she did not ascend to Montaingne’s level. In other words, the essayist may have become catlike in play, but the cat did not rise above her nature to become humanlike.

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How Does Vice President Biden *Really* Feel About China's One-Child Policy?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 2:18 PM Comments (17)

So Joe Biden has caused an uproar, and forced a White House correction/retraction, by his remarks on China’s draconian one-child policy while touring China.

Is anyone surprised by this?

Our vice president regularly produces gaffes that cause uproars and force White House correction/retractions. This is just par for the course.

So what did he say this time?

According to this news story, he began commenting on China’s one-child policy in response to a question when the vice president said:

“You have no safety net. Your policy has been one which I fully understand—I’m not second-guessing—of one child per family,” Biden said, according to the official transcript of the event. “The result...READ MORE

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DEBATE: Is Fr. Bourgeois Right on Women Priests?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 11:44 PM Comments (105)

At the time I did my previous post on Fr. Roy Bourgeois, I did not have access to the letter to his religious superiors in which he was said to make five argument for women priests. I would like to thank those who were able to find it and send me a link. It can be found in its entirety here.

In this post I would like to look at the arguments proposed by Fr. Bourgeois and see whether they are sound. I will offer each of his arguments, in his own words, and then respond to it so that this post takes the form of what you might call a literary debate.

Let us begin.

(1) As Catholics, we believe that we were created in the image and likeness of God and that men and women are equal before God....READ MORE

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Background on Fr. Bourgeois' Dismissal from Religious Life (and the Clerical State)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 5:00 PM Comments (36)

Unless something unexpected occurs, Fr. Roy Bourgeois (pictured) is scheduled to be expelled from his order, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, on August 12th. The reasons for this expulsion are set out in a canonical warning (pdf) sent to him by his religious superior, Fr. Edward Dougherty, who warned him that unless he responded appropriately,

I will proceed with dismissal by submitting evidence of your contumacy as a priest who publicly rejects the teaching of the Holy Father (C. 1371), also a priest who acted illegitimately in “communicátio in sacris ”—such as participation in an invalid ordination ceremony of a woman (C. 1384). “Concelebrating” Mass with women analogous to...READ MORE

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Should America Elect a Polytheist Who Claims to Be Christian?

Thursday, August 04, 2011 4:26 PM Comments (704)

I’m well known for holding the position that abortion is the black hole political issue of our time. Given the number of people it kills every year, it outmasses virtually every other issue in play.

But it’s possible that other, equally important issues can arise.

One of those, for me, is the core doctrine of the Christian faith: the nature of God.

Don’t want to take my word for that? How about the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s:

Christians are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: not in their names,55 for there is only one God, the almighty Father, his only Son and the Holy Spirit: the Most Holy Trinity.

The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is...READ MORE

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U.S. *Desperately* Needs Another Credit Card!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011 11:13 PM Comments (37)

So, I’ve been listening to the news lately, and there’s been all this talk about a need to raise the “debt ceiling” later this summer in order for our country to avoid financial Armageddon.

People on both sides of the political aisle are talking about how if the debt ceiling isn’t raised then stars will fall from the sky, the moon will be turned to blood, the sun will darken, and America’s credit rating will go into the tank.

Perhaps so. Perhaps not. What do I know?

The idea of the “debt ceiling,” as I understand it, is that Congress has set a maximum amount of debt that the government is allowed to accumulate and, whenever we get near that limit, we need to raise it so that we can...READ MORE

Filed under china, credit, debt, economics, nea, npr, obama, planned parenthood, politics, social security

New Information on the Fr. Corapi Situation

Monday, June 20, 2011 4:24 PM Comments (231)

Since Fr. John Corapi released his bombshell statement Friday, in which he announced that he was leaving the priesthood, several pieces of new information have emerged that shed light on the situation.

Before we get to those, though, I would like to again call attention to the written statement on his new web site and the narrated version available on YouTube. These present Fr. Corapi’s own explanation of the current situation and provide a valuable source of information regarding it.

I would also point out something that may not be obvious if you are exposed to just one of the two sources: Though the wording is the same in both (except for very slight differences), they are significantly...READ MORE

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Fr. Corapi Has Lost It

Saturday, June 18, 2011 2:11 AM Comments (106)

Fr. John Corapi has published a statement—also available in video form—in which he has announced that he is leaving active ministry as a priest.

He’s right.

He is. And he has.

Unless something extraordinarily improbable occurs, he will never again function as a Catholic priest.

And it’s his decision.

I’m quite sympathetic to innocently accused priests and the need to have better safeguards to protect them. I think there is room for potential criticism of how the Church has formulated its policy, or how it applies that policy in particular cases.

I also do not know whether he is guilty of the sexual and other misconduct of which he is accused. I have no way of determining that.

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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is a Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."