Canadian Anti-Catholic Bigotry Kills African Women

10/17/2011 Comments (19)

A ministry that does good work saving African women’s lives has been denied funding for being too Catholic.

Nope.  It’s got nothing to do with condoms or abortion and that lame excuse for bigotry:

Walley also said that MaterCare being refused money based on its Catholic stance against abortion and contraception is a complete non-issue and should have no influence in the agency’s decision.

“Abortion and birth control are irrelevant to solving the problem of maternal mortality,” he underscored.

“All the deaths occur during the last three months of pregnancy, during labor and delivery, and one week after — so what on earth is a birth control pill or a condom going to do?”

Stressing the...READ MORE

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Bad Lip Reading

10/14/2011 Comments (9)

The latest little craze on the web is something called Bad Lip Reading, in which some clever folk take various videos of various public figures or pop stars and redub them with gibberish they appear to be saying. Some of them are quite hilarious, though some are not in good taste either.

Anyway, the reason I mention it is because people of common sense recognize that when you take things that somebody is actually saying and don’t just reinterpret it, but ruthlessly ignore their entire point and replace with something having nothing whatsoever to do with what they are saying, you are either (as with making a joke (assuming everybody is in on it) or you are lying (assuming...READ MORE

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Jason Adkins Does the Church Proud

10/12/2011 Comments (153)

Out in Minnesota, the Chattering Classes are explaining “Shut up!” to the bishops and people of the Catholic Church who wish to point out that gay “marriage” is a complete fiction and fraud, as well as destructive of the common good.  Editors at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune have explained “Shut up!” to the Church, apparently on the theory that Catholics should not be allowed to participate in a conversation with their betters.  Likewise, a clever Episcopalian professor has explained “Shut up!” to the Church, apparently on the theory that the robust state of the Episcopalian communion confers upon him the right to re-order the theology of a communion to which he does not belong.  This is a...READ MORE

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As the Devil Turns Round on Us

10/10/2011 Comments (95)

Readers will recall that, for some time over the past few years, there were discussions in the Catholic blogosphere about the dangers of consequentialism and the extremely popular theory that, when things are really scary, you can indeed do evil that good may come of it.  Such moral corner-cutting was often justified by the charge that those who opposed, say, the Bush/Cheney torture of prisoners or the denial of basic human rights to alleged enemy combatants were “soft on terror” and (illogically) somehow not prolife.  In fact, of course, opponents of torture were actually quite cognizant of the threat of terror, but recognized that not only was the choice to do evil that good may come of...READ MORE

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The Death Penalty and Docility

10/07/2011 Comments (63)

The general approach the Church asks of us in weighing her teaching is “docility”.  This is not a word that sits well with most of us, because it calls to mind images of sheep quietly going to be slaughtered, uttering not a peep of protest or independent thought.  It is from poor notions of docility that you get stories of people who sat on their hands when they knew about priestly abuse, or bizarre notions that if the Pope says black is white then faithful Catholics must deny the evidence of their senses and say the same.  That is not what the Church means by docility, of course, but it is what many people think docility means.

In fact, docility means something much more like “being...READ MORE

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Question About Complicated Catholic Salvation

10/05/2011 Comments (155)

A reader writes:

I realize you are a busy person and may be tempted not to respond to this e-mail.  I pray you will find the time to look over what I have written and are able to offer some insights and comments regarding whether or not it is easier to become a Christian in a Protestant Church than in the Roman Catholic Church. 

I’m not asking you to agree with what I have to say, but perhaps you might understand why I believe it seems much more difficult and complex to become a Christian in the Roman Catholic Church.  If the goal is to get as many people as possible into heaven through the saving work of Jesus, I find the Catholic “way” of evangelism very frustrating and discouraging at...READ MORE

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Question about Mary's Sinlessness

10/03/2011 Comments (167)

A reader writes:

I have been in e-mail with a devout Roman Catholic who referred me to an article you wrote on Mary.  I thought about asking you some questions about it, but referred them to my friend as he seems to be very knowledgable as well.  However, I have a question if you have some time to reply to it: the question of the sinlessness of Mary according to Roman Catholic doctrine.  From a Catholic angle in order for Jesus to be sinless, Mary would have to be sinless as well.  Would that not mean that Mary’s mother would have to be sinless and down the line.  Also, if I may add, since Jesus had no earthly father and was adopted, would Mary have had to be sinless?  Where I’m coming from...READ MORE

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Atheist Dogma

09/28/2011 Comments (542)

Here’s a beautiful story: Baby was without a pulse for 61 minutes.  Is fine today, through the intercession of Fulton Sheen.

What’s so wonderful about such stories, in addition to the glory they bring to God and the joy they bring to the heart is, of course, the hilarious spectacle of Evangelical Atheists attempting various ways to explain them away, finally culminating in the popular explanation, “Shut Up!”

It all depends on a priori philosophical (and deeply emotional, not rational) commitments to atheistic materialism.  For the committed atheist, it’s not “I coolly and dispassionately conclude that there is no God”.  It’s, “There can’t be a supernatural God.  There mustn’t be.”  It’s...READ MORE

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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.