What are the *True Facts* Regarding the Abortion-Approving Nun?

05/24/2010 Comments (392)

I’ve had several requests to comment on the announcement in the Diocese of Phoenix that Sr. Margaret McBride of the Sisters of Mercy (pictured) has incurred automatic excommunication for approving an abortion at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

So here goes.

As you would expect, Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix is being pilloried in connection with this, with the mainstream media and others trying to fit it to the “Cruel Bishop vs. Victim Nun” stock narrative (as opposed, e.g., to the “Conscientious Bishop Trying To Do His Job after Nun Approves Horror” narrative).

So let’s try to take an objective look at the situation, starting with the facts of the case.

Unfortunately,...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, diocese of phoenix, margaret mcbride, st joseph's hospital, thomas olmsted

MESSAGE TO CARDINAL: Shut Up, They Explained

05/19/2010 Comments (30)

From Canada’s National Post comes this urgent message:

Stop the presses! Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the primate of the Roman Catholic Church in Canada, has created shock waves across Canada by ... reiterating conventional Church doctrine on the subject of abortion.

Now, it must be admitted that the good Cardinal was reiterating Church teaching on a point that is difficult for many to accept—that abortion is wrong even in cases of rape, that a child should not be killed for the crime of its father. Even many pro-life American politicians allow for rape and incest exceptions.


But the climate toward unborn babies is so . . . er . . . cold in Canada that the Cardinal’s comments...READ MORE

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Grant Official Threatens Catholic Schools over Lesbian Case

05/17/2010 Comments (85)

Since Lord Alfred Douglas’s 1894 poem “Two Loves,” which was used at Oscar Wilde’s trial, homosexuality has been referred to as “the love that dare not speak its name.”

But that’s so 19th century.

We’re living in the 21st century now, so that was . . . like . . . 200 years ago, right?

Why, then, can’t Michael Reardon—executive director of the Catholic Schools Foundation—just come out and state the facts about a recent incident in the Archdiocese of Boston’s Catholic schools?

In a statement on the Catholic Schools Foundation website (.pdf), Reardon writes:

Dear School Administrators:

You may be aware from recent publicity about an exclusionary admissions practice at St. Paul School in...READ MORE

Filed under catholic schools, enrollment, homosexual "marriage", homosexuality, lesbian, school, student

Fr. Fessio's Update on Cardinal Schonborn

05/13/2010 Comments (88)

A few days ago I pointed out a striking Media Fail regarding what Cardinal Schonborn said in a meeting with members of the Austrian press.

Fr. Joseph Fessio of Ignatius Press offers some helpful perspective on the story, which only illustrates the 285th Rule of Acquisition (CHT to those who sent links).

First, Fr. Fessio provides some clarity regarding the nature of the event (which the press had given conflicting accounts of):

Cardinal Schönborn, who like his mentor Pope Benedict is a model of openness and transparency, invited the editors of Austria’s dozen or so major newspapers to a meeting at his residence in Vienna. How many bishops can you name who have extended such an...READ MORE

Filed under angelo sodano, benedict xvi, christoph schonborn, divorce, homosexual "marriage", homosexuality, joseph fessio, media fail, remarriage

Cardinal Schonborn Said WHAAAT???

05/11/2010 Comments (40)

The Internet has been abuzz with reports that Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna, Austria has made some rather unusual statements.

The one that has been getting the biggest headlines is that he criticized (explicitly or implicitly, accounts seem to differ) Cardinal Angelo Sodano, accusing him of blocking an investigation of Viennese Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer in the 1990s, when then-Cardinal Ratzinger wanted to initiate an investigation regarding allegations that Groer had committed sexual abuse.

The investigation wasn’t held, but Groer was soon replaced as the cardinal archbishop of Vienna by Schonborn himself. (Read about Groer here.)

He’s also allegedly said that the Roman Curia...READ MORE

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Rome To Go Global on Sex Scandal?

04/12/2010 Comments (12)

News service Romereports.com is carrying a story stating that the Holy See will soon issue tough new norms regarding priestly sex abuse and that these norms will apply to the whole world. (Up to now the Holy See has allowed nations where a paedophlia scandal emerged to craft their own norms.)

According to the story,

The Vatican will prepare a set of new more efficient measures to prevent sex abuse in the Church. The measures are expected to be presented in the fall, but could be released sooner due to the urgent need for stronger policies.

The measures will be part of the Church’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy on sex abuse.

The goal is to implement the norms adopted by the Catholic...READ MORE

Filed under benedict, benedict xvi, canon law, congregation for the doctrine of the faith, paedophilia, scandal, sex abuse

Your Goodbye Message To Bart Stupak?

04/09/2010 Comments (59)

Bart Stupak has finally gotten (or reacquired) a spine!

If the reporting from Politico is right, he’s finally stood up to Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama!

He’s un-caved!

A little too late.

He’s decided, you see, not to run for re-election.

Politico reports:

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who had a central role in the health reform fight as the leader of anti-abortion Democrats, plans to announce Friday that he will not run for reelection, a Democratic official said. Without Stupak on the ballot, the seat becomes an immediate pickup opportunity for Republicans.

President Barack Obama called Stupak on Wednesday and asked him not to retire. Stupak, 58, also resisted entreaties from Speaker...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, bart stupak, health care, nancy pelosi

Why Is the Press Hyperventilating about *This*?

04/08/2010 Comments (87)

There’s an aspect to the current press coverage of Pope Benedict that I don’t understand.

Yes, I know why they’re doing it. Because they need scandal to sell papers. Because they have antipathy towards the Catholic Church (except when it is in their interests no to, like when Pope Benedict visited America). And, yes, because they don’t understand what they’re reporting on.

But really.

Why are they so laser-focused on the issue of laicization or “defrocking”?

Remember Jesus’ parable about the two sons, one of whom said he would go work in the field but didn’t and the other of whom said he wouldn’t go work in the field but did?

The first son was right on symbol but wrong on substance....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 a Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."