Supreme Court to Decide Issue of Women Priests?

10/11/2011 Comments (124)

That’s what could happen on a legal theory articulated by the Obama administration—and the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court were quick to pick up on the fact.

The case at hand involves a Lutheran minister, but the principles potentially apply to the issue of women’s ordination in the Catholic Church.

Specifically, the case involves a woman who served in a teaching capacity that her Lutheran body considers ministerial. Problems arose with her position because she suffers from narcolepsy, and she threatened to file a complaint with the state under the Americans with Disabilities Act. She was then let go because the Lutheran body she works for holds that an in-house dispute resolution...READ MORE

Filed under constitution, feminism, first amendment, obama, obama administration, ordinatio sacerdotalis, religious freedom, supreme court, women priests, women's ordination

J.A.PODCAST Marrying Captive Women; Joseph Knew Not Mary "Until"; Seal of Confession

10/08/2011 Comments (3)

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"Darn Tootin'!" Obama Brags on His Thuggish Contraception Policy

10/05/2011 Comments (108)

You know that thuggish contraception policy that President Obama’s administration recently proposed as part of their implementation of ObamaCare?

The one whose public comment period ended last Friday?

The one that the U.S. bishops were frantically trying to get Catholics to contact Health and Human Services and oppose?

The one that the bishops’ attorneys said “represents an unprecedented attack on religious liberty”?

The one that they also said involves a mandate that is “unprecedented in federal law and more radical than any state contraceptive mandate enacted to date”?

The one that would require many Catholic agencies to stop offering insurance to their employees because it would...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, bishops, contraception, health, health and human services, insurance, katherine sebelius, obama, obamacare, religious freedom

Pope Endorses "We Are Church"!

10/04/2011 Comments (24)

It’s true!

But not in the way you might think.

Or the way that the We Are Church folks might want.

For those who may not be aware, We Are Church is a church “reform” group that started in the German-speaking world some years ago (where they go by the name Wir Sind Kirche). They are in favor and opposed to all the trendy, politically correct dissenter items: women priests (for), clerical celibacy (against), homosexual sex (for), etc.

Personally, I’ve never been able to get past the fact that they don’t have an article in their name. I don’t know if the absence of one grates on German ears as much as it does English speaking ones, but in English you need an article—either definite (“the”)...READ MORE

Filed under celibacy, dissent, dissenters, homosexuality, pope benedict, pope benedict in germany, pope benedict xvi, we are church, women priests


09/27/2011 Comments (34)

Many years ago, when I was first starting to work in apologetics, I was reading an article by an Italian journalist—I think it may have been Andrea Tornielli—who referred in passing to “Pope Wojtyla,” meaning John Paul II.

“How disrespectful!” I thought.

At the time, I was only used to referring to popes by their regnal name (the one they choose when they become pope) either preceded by the word “Pope” (i.e., “Pope John Paul”) or followed by their regnal number (i.e., “John Paul II”) or both (i.e., “Pope John Paul II”).

And that was only if there was a name involved at all. More generic designations were also possible—like “the holy father” or simply “the pope”—but not other combinations...READ MORE

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The Question of Prayer: Why Should I Pray?

08/31/2011 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?

08/24/2011 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?

08/10/2011 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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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 the Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."