Marching for Life 2010 Kicks off in Dallas

01/16/2010 Comments (14)

It was 1970 in Dallas, TX, where the now infamous Roe v. Wade case was first filed at the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse.  Today, thousands of Texans took to the streets of Dallas marching from the Cathedral down to the steps of that very same courthouse.  All to prayerfully protest what came to be the unjust law of the land at the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973.

My family and I were able to join in as fellow pro-lifers of all walks of life came together to walk for life.  It was ecumenical, multi-lingual and full of a great love for all life - no matter how small or silent that life may be. 

The day started with a Rosary outside of the area abortion center. Then there was a special Mass at...READ MORE

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Sarah Palin Makes a Statement. Again.

01/15/2010 Comments (32)

Well, this is bound to stick in someone’s craw. Pretty much everything Sarah Palin does seems to, so it might as well be a bold pro-life statement that gets her into trouble this time.

She and daughter Bristol are featured on the cover of the latest issue of In Touch Weekly which hits news stands today. I like the simplicity of the mother-daughter message:

“We’re Glad We Chose Life.”

I don’t often look for much cross-over content between magazines that specialize in celebrity gossip and Faith & Family, but this happens to be a cover even a Catholic family magazine would be proud to print. Here we have two pretty moms with their smiling cutie-pie babies, proudly declaring their joy at...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, magazine, pregnancy, pro-life, sarah palin

"Hey, Your Worship. I'm Only Trying To Help."

01/15/2010 Comments (5)

A correspondent writes:

“I always thought it was clear Catholic Church teaching that worship is reserved for God. But now I’m having the terms latria, dulia, etc., thrown in my face and being told: ‘Hah! You Catholics worship Mary and not only that, you worship saints, too, you awful, terrible people, and you are all going to hell . . . yadda, yadda, yadda.’

I found that the original Catholic Encyclopedia states that we do worship Mary and the saints and also goes on to imply that we worship icons, statues, etc.

Could you please help me and others who are in desperate need of a method to explain Church teaching about these things?”

The basic problem is that the term “worship” has...READ MORE

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The Lovely Bones

01/15/2010 Comment

Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones paints an unconvincingly ham-fisted, sometimes ridiculous picture of what happens when someone dies. No, I’m not talking about the film’s attempt to portray the afterlife with kaleidoscopic montages of trippy concept art. I’m willing to give the film the benefit of the doubt, there.

But suspension of belief has its limits. A 14-year-old girl has been brutally assaulted and murdered, and as her grieving father Jack (Mark Wahlberg) lies in bed holding his sobbing wife Abigail (Rachel Weisz), he tearily assures her, “We’re going to get through this. I’ll take care of us. I’m going to make it right.”

Well, perhaps in the throes of new grief, a man might say...READ MORE

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Hiding Christ

White House Considers Having Faith-Based Groups Remove Religious Symbols

01/14/2010 Comments (9)

The Washington Post is reporting that President Obama’s faith council is debating whether religious-affiliated social-service groups that receive federal funding to provide services should have to remove or cover religious pictures, crosses, crucifixes and other religious icons and symbols.

The debate took place during a teleconference yesterday. According to the Post, Melissa Rogers, director of Wake Forest’s Center for Religion and Public Affairs, proposed three possible actions the council could recommend.

They include: 1) removing such religious icons, 2) allowing them only if no other religious-neutral rooms are available and covering up the icons is impractical or 3) not...READ MORE

Filed under catholic charities, catholic relief services, faith council, faith-based agencies, president obama, religious symbols, white house

Amish Granted Health-Care Exemption

01/14/2010 Comments (5)

Several sources are reporting that both the House and Senate versions of the health-care reform legislation contain a religious exemption.

CQ Politics, the Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times and others are reporting that Amish people are exempt from the requirement — expected to be part of the final bill — that people purchase health insurance or pay a fine.

“The emerging bills in both the House and Senate include language patterned on an existing ‘religious conscience’ exemption to laws requiring workers to pay taxes for Social Security and Medicare,” CQ Politics said. “What’s not clear is whether the exemption, originally designed to apply only to the Old Order Amish, might be...READ MORE

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Illusion of Online Privacy

Sure, God sees it ... but what if your neighbor saw what you do online?

01/14/2010 Comments (1)

Big GoogleBrother? photo by Alain Bachellier; Flickr Creative Commons.

“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place,” said Google CEO Eric Schmidt on CNBC

He’s right, right? Or should Catholics join everyone else who says “Gasp! The horror!”

Don’t get me wrong: I do not feel that anyone has a right to store, review or publish anyone else’s Internet history, nor should they. That’s not what I’m saying. What I’m saying is: Isn’t it true that we shouldn’t be looking at stuff online that we don’t want anyone to know about?

During the 1987 debate over the nomination of Robert Bork, writer Michael Dolan got a copy of Judge Bork’s video rentals and published it in the...READ MORE

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Defining Deviancy Down

01/14/2010 Comments (18)

One of the things sin does is numb us as it kills us.  Things which we once felt as a shock become commonplace.  So, for instance, G.K. Chesterton writes in The Everlasting Man:

Let any lad who has had the look to grow up sane and simple in his day-dreams of love hear for the first time of the cult of Ganymede; he will not be merely shocked but sickened. And that first impression, as has been said here so often about first impressions, will be right. Our cynical indifference is an illusion; it is the greatest of all illusions; the illusion of familiarity.

Our Manufacturers of Consent, working in the commanding heights of culture, know that.  So the goal is always to define deviancy down and...READ MORE

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