Time for a Zero Tolerance Dress Code at Mass?

A Christian campaign has its own slogan, "Modest Is Hottest."

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 9:55 PM Comments (55)

Here in California, people rarely dress up. Mark Zuckerberg reportedly wore a hoodie for the Facebook IPO (though he put on a nice suit for his wedding last year).

So when people glide into Mass wearing their gym clothes, flipflops and tank tops, most pastors judiciously ignore the spectacle and hope their parishioners will too.

Still, whenever our family attends the 5:30 p.m. Sunday Mass, I have wondered whether the profusion of mini skirts and tube tops might add  up to a 'near occasion of sin," for some appreciative men in the congregation.. And that possibility, I think, is what bothered  my old pastor back in Bethesda, Maryland. He was not shy about discussing inapprorpriate Mass...READ MORE

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Ender's Game Boycott—Will 'Tolerance' Prevail After SCOTUS Marriage Decision?

The Chick-fil-A boycott debacle should prompt boycott supporter to re-think their game plan.

Monday, July 22, 2013 12:22 PM Comments (18)

The film adaptation of Ender's Game -- a great young adult sci-fi novel/series, and one of my oldest son's favorite books -- is the target of a high-profile boycott initiated by Geeks Out. The gay-rights group has no problem with the book, but with its author, Orson Scott Card, who has spoken out in the past about homosexual behavior and is a past board member of the National Organization for Marriage, the nation's leading political group resisting changes in the nation's marraiage laws. 

The film will be released in November, but the boycott campaign, Skip Ender's Game, is already in full gear. Organizers have urged the book's fans to stay home.

Do not buy a ticket at the theater,...READ MORE

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Do Texas-style Abortion Restrictions Keep Women Down?

The data documenting the social and economic progress of Irish women suggests otherwise.

Sunday, July 21, 2013 5:35 PM Comments (12)

Abortion-rights advocates have argued that abortion restrictions keep women down,  undermining gender equality and access to first-class healthcare benefits.  

"Governor Perry and anti-choice politicians in the Texas Legislature have worked overtime to advance a cruel assault on women's health, dignity, and constitutional rights, saidJulie Rickelman of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America,  has vowed that Texas GOP lawmakers who approved the bill will pay a high cost, and that women will not forgive them for what they did.

"You will be able to win a tactical advantage," she said in a statement after Gov. Perry...READ MORE

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Weigel on Lumen Fidei

The "autonomous Self," writes Weigel, passes through a "wilderness of mirrors."

Friday, July 12, 2013 12:49 PM Comments (3)

Once again, George Weigel offers a brilliant analysis of Pope Francis' first encyclical and its gentle but stirring diagnosis of modern secular ideology:

Here's what Lumen Fidei says about the self-referential mindset that keep secular humanists on a path to nowhere. 

The light of faith is unique, since it is capable of illuminating every aspect of human existence. A light this powerful cannot come from ourselves but from a more primordial source: In a word, it must come from God. Faith is born of an encounter with the living God who calls us and reveals his love.  ... Transformed by this love, we gain fresh vision, new eyes to see; we realize that it contains a great promise of...READ MORE

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Lawless? Attorney General in Pennsylvania Won't Defend State Ban on Same-sex Marriage

Thursday, July 11, 2013 2:23 PM Comments (9)

In the first indication that the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8 will have immediate consequences for state constitutional bans on same-sex "marriage,"  Pennsylvannia's attorney general announced that she would no longer support the state law that barred "marriage equality."  On July 10, the Washington Post reported:

Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane announced Thursday afternoon she will not defend the state in a federal lawsuit filed this week challenging the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, calling the prohibition “wholly unconstitutional.”

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Tuesday on behalf of 23...READ MORE

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Catholic Health Association Backs Final HHS 'Accommodation'

U.S. bishops have not issued a formal response to the final rule.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 2:45 PM Comments (39)

While the U.S. bishops continue to "study" the 110-page final rule for an "accommodation" for religious employers that object to the HHS conraception mandate on moral grounds,  the Catholic Health Association signaled its approval of the White House's deal. 

On July 8, Sister Carol Keehan, the president and CEO of CHA issued a memorandum stating:  

We are pleased that our members now have an accommodation that will not require them to contract, provide, pay or refer for contraceptive coverage.

We also recognize that this resolution has not been what some organizations, including the Bishops' Conference, asked for on behalf of a wider group. Our contribution to the process has...READ MORE

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What Jane Knew: Cohabitation Is Not Courtship

Rand sociologists find that men and women take a different view of cohabitation.

Monday, July 08, 2013 6:04 PM Comments (3)

 In Pride and Prejudice, the gentle reader is reminded, “A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”

Jane Austen made that observation during an era that kept romantic young ladies under the close supervision of their parents. Only the most foolish, such as Lydia Bennet -- the Pride and Prejudice character who runs off with a knave, George Wickham -- would move in with a man before marriage and still expect a happy ending.

Today, however, young women are likely to be sexually involved with the man of their dreams well before they even meet his parents. So it should come as no surprise that wishful thinking propels many...READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori Digs In: Open Letter on HHS Mandate Demands Broad Exemption

U.S. Bishops, Southern Baptist Conference Issue "Open Letter" calling for expanded religious exemption and conscience rights for religious institutions and family businesses.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 2:46 PM Comments (9)

Last week, the Obama adminisrtration rolled out the latest and final iteration of its so-called accommodation for relgious employers that object to the HHS contraception mandate on moral grounds. The U.S.bishops did not issue an immediate response outlining how church-affiliated institutions should respond. The stakes are high, and there has been a great deal of speculation about whether  U.S.dioceses and Catholic institutions are likely to adopt a unified position.

Just watched a  July 2 Capitol Hill  press conference on the HHS mandate that outlined religious groups on-going concerns about the federal law. Panelists included  Archbishop Lori of Baltimore, Russell D. Moore of the...READ MORE

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Joan Frawley Desmond, is the Register’s senior editor. She is an award-winning journalist widely published in Catholic, ecumenical and secular media. A graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, she lives with her family in Menlo Park, Ca, in the San Francisco Archdiocese.