Throwing The Bathwater Out With The Baby?

Sacrificing Health Care For Abortion

03/16/2010 Comments (5)

In all the discussion about whip counts it is easy to lose sight of what really counts and what the health care debate is really all about.  It should come as little surprise that this is all about abortion, or more specifically about the federal funding of abortion.

However, conversely to what the media would have you believe, it is not primarily about Bart Stupak and a handful of pro-life Democrats holding up health-care reform.  Rather, it is about the leadership of the Democrat party’s willingness to sacrifice their electoral livelihoods and/or health-care “reform” in order to make sure abortion is covered.

The real truth is that if health-care reform were the true overriding...READ MORE

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Coming at You: More 3D, Fairy-tale Revisionism

03/16/2010 Comments (1)

It’s a straw in the wind: As the recently restored 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz comes out on Blu-ray today, Warner Bros is giving renewed attention to a pair of new Oz projects in early development, now likelier than ever to come to fruition. The reason: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

Avatar’s monster box-office performance may have been the game changer, but it was Alice’s inflated opening ($116 million on the first weekend and still #1 in its second frame) that confirmed the trend: After six decades of curiosity status and technological evolution, 3D is finally the future of big-screen spectacle.

Upcoming movies like the Clash of the Titans remake and two final Harry Potter movies...READ MORE

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Reconciliation: Interior Repentance, Forgiveness, and Conversion

03/16/2010 Comment

In Hamlet, the gloomy Dane lives out a thoroughly pagan vendetta against his uncle Claudius, who has murdered his father.  At one point, he discovers Claudius at his prayers and thinks to go and stab him to death.  But in a move not exactly in keeping with Christian morality he opts not to since, if he rubs Claudius out now…

… he goes to heaven;
And so am I revenged. That would be scann’d:
A villain kills my father; and for that,
I, his sole son, do this same villain send
To heaven.
O, this is hire and salary, not revenge.

So Hamlet, who is nothing if not a dutiful son to his dad, decides to put off the execution until the time is ripe and he can make sure that Claudius gets it in the...READ MORE

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Promoting Justice, Prosecuting Paedophiles

03/15/2010 Comments (5)

Msgr. Charles J. Scicluna is the promoter of justice for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in handling cases where priests are accused of sexual abuse, which effectively makes him the prosecutor in such cases.

They’ve dealt with 3,000 such cases in the last nine years, mostly from the U.S. and covering a period of decades.

The Italian newspaper Avvenire just published an interview with him, and the Vatican Information Service picked it up and published an English translation.

It’s an interesting read, and an insightful look at how the CDF is and has been handling cases of sexual accusations.


Question: Monsignor, you have the reputation of being “tough”, yet the...READ MORE

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Did You Hear About Healthcare at Mass?

03/15/2010 Comments (74)

The USCCB came out strongly against the current healthcare bill which is now being considered by the House of Representatives. You wouldn’t know this from the mainstream media coverage which has been too busy reporting (celebrating?) that the Catholic Health Association endorsed the healthcare plan.

The bishops did, however, put out a bulletin insert on March 11th asking Catholics to contact their elected representatives and urge them to protect life. The banner of the insert reads: “Stop Abortion Funding in Health Care Reform! Protect Conscience. Ensure Affordable Health Coverage. Allow Immigrants to Purchase Private Health Insurance.”

The text reads:

“As long-time advocates of health...READ MORE

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Holy See's Concerns Over Religious Freedom

03/15/2010 Comment

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi

Nearly 70 percent of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in countries with high restrictions on religion, the brunt of which often falls on religious minorities.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Specialized Institutions in Geneva, made this alarming observation during the 13th session of the Human Rights Council on March 12th.

His speech, a helpful and timely assessment of restrictions on religious freedom and what governments, including Western democracies, must do to protect religious minorities, is reproduced here in full (source: Fides):


Statement by H.E. Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Permanent...READ MORE

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance

03/15/2010 Comments (1)

You could hardly find a better description of what is going on in the sacrament of Reconciliation than this passage from 1 Corinthians 5:17-21:

Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so...READ MORE

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Top 10 Things I Do When I Give Up Facebook in Lent

03/14/2010 Comments (6)

In honor of Sunday, here are my own coping strategies for giving up Facebook in Lent.

10. Call friends at random and say: “Tom is just hanging out after an exhausting day. Whew! Good to be home! ;-)”

9. (Add, to the friend: “I just winked but you can’t see it because this isn’t Facebook.”)

8. Read a book until I get frustrated by the long paragraphs.

7. Hand out pictures of my kids to strangers.

6. Ask April (my wife): “Is today considered part of Lent?”

5. Update the inappropriate, personally compromising material on my MySpace page.

4. Poke people.

3. Tell people at work: “I friend you. Do you accept?”

2. Talk to my wife and kids until I get frustrated...READ MORE

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