See Ya, Helen!

06/10/2010 Comments (38)

So Helen Thomas has resigned.

Fine with me. I always found her obnoxious, abrasive, partisan, rude, and mean-spirited.

But don’t count her out just yet. She previously resigned from UPI in 2000 but had a new gig at Hearst Newspapers within a few months, so we may see her again.

Though she is gone (at least for now), the question remains: Was what she said in the video clip anti-Semitic or merely anti-Zionist?

In the combox of my previous post, many commenters disagreed with me and said that the clip did provide proof of Thomas’s anti-Semitism.

That’s fine. I don’t have a problem with disagreement.

Other commenters agreed that the video didn’t provide proof of anti-Semitism and said...READ MORE

Filed under anti-semitism, benefit of the doubt, eighth commandment, golden rule, helen thomas, israel, jews, palestine, palestinians, racism

Is Helen Thomas an Anti-Semite?

06/05/2010 Comments (304)

On May 27, long-time White House correspondent Helen Thomas made remarks that have caused an uproar.

At the time, she was outside the White House, which was hosting a Jewish heritage event. An interviewer asked her if she had any comments on Israel.

Her reply was, “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.”

She went on to say that “they” (meaning the Palestinian people) are an occupied people and that Palestine is “their land.”

When asked where Israelis should go, Thomas said that they should “Go home” and went on to identify “home” as “Poland, Germany . . . and America . . . and everywhere else.”

Thomas’s remarks caused an uproar in which many have called her remarks offensive,...READ MORE

Filed under anti-semite, anti-semitism, helen thomas, israel, nazis, racism

Should Catholic School Offer Homosexual "Marriage" Course?

06/04/2010 Comments (41)

That’s the question that the board of regents of Seton Hall University is asking itself.

You see, one of their associate professors—W. King Mott—is scheduled to teach a course on homosexual “marriage” this fall.

According to The Setonian,

A course on gay marriage will be offered by the Women and Gender studies department next semester at Seton Hall University.

W. King Mott, an associate professor of political science and a member of the Women and Gender Studies program, will teach the course.

The class is not an advocacy course, according to Mott. Rather, it teaches the issue of gay marriage from an academic perspective.

“It is one thing to say ‘I am for or against gay marriage,’”...READ MORE

Filed under academic freedom, catholic schools, homosexual "marriage", homosexuality, john myers, king mott, seton hall university, stuart swetland

President Obama Asks *You* To Celebrate Homosexual Pride Month

06/01/2010 Comments (193)

It’s true.

The President has asked all Americans to observe this month, so if you’re an American, this means he is asking you to do so.

In a proclamation posted on the White House web site, he writes:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.  I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists.

Earlier in the proclamation he detailed all the things he has done on behalf of these favored...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, discrimination, homosexuality, housing, lgbt, military, schools

What Do Italian Priests' Mistresses Want You To Know?

05/29/2010 Comments (184)

A group of 40 or so mistresses of Italian priests, including Stefania Solomone (pictured), want you—and especially Pope Benedict—to know that they don’t like priestly celibacy.

That’s why they’ve written the Pope a letter (Italian original) on the subject.

The occasion was Pope Benedict’s statement that

“The horizon of the ontological belonging to God also constitutes the proper framework for understanding and reaffirming, in our day too, the value of sacred celibacy which in the Latin Church is a charism required for Sacred Orders and is held in very great consideration in the Eastern Churches . . .

“It is an authentic prophecy of the Kingdom, a sign of consecration with undivided...READ MORE

Filed under benedict xvi, celibacy, italy, mistresses, priest

Bishop Olmsted An Evil Monster?

05/27/2010 Comments (701)

I thought I would take the opportunity to offer a few thoughts on some of the issues raised in the combox of my previous post regarding the situation in the Diocese of Phoenix.

A sizeable number of commenters strongly deplored Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s actions regarding Sr. Margaret McBride.

So far as I can tell based on the known facts, Bishop Olmsted had done three, possibly four, things regarding Sr. McBride:

1) He has contacted Sr. McBride to get her side of the story regarding the abortion she approved.

2) He has informed her that, based on the facts as he understands them, she has triggered the provision of canon law that provides a latae sententiae (automatic) excommunication...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, excommunication, margaret mcbride, phoenix, thomas olmsted

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

Filed under abortion, canada, marc ouellet

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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."