John Paul the Exorcist

10/19/2008 Comment
Pacific Yooper

– Pacific Yooper

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A woman was wildly shaking, shrieking, shuddering in the Pope’s presence. It wasn’t her. Somebody else had taken possession of her body. 

“The few people in the room were afraid,” said Archbishop of Krakow Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. “The Holy Father [John Paul II] was calmly reciting the rite of exorcism, but it did not work. The woman kept quivering and yelling, out of control. The Pope took a few steps back and said to the woman,...READ MORE

Filed under benedict, dziwisz, exorcism, john paul ii, weekend commentary

World Gets Pope Wrong

10/19/2008 Comment

Marvin Olasky’s evangelical Protestant news magazine, World, has a great reputation. It gets a lot of things right. Catholicism, however, is not one of them.

The new issue of World takes a shot at Pope Benedict XVI for holding the line on contraception.

A “Buzz” item begins: “Two months after an open letter from 60 Catholic groups called the Church’s stance on contraception ‘catastrophic’ for the world’s poor, Pope Benedict XVI has reaffirmed the Church’s 40-year-old injunction against members using artificial birth control. He said the position is meant to protect ‘the beauty of conjugal love’ but allowed that Catholic couples in “dire circumstances” could still employ the natural rhythm...READ MORE

Filed under benedict, contraception, humanae vitae, natural family planning, nfp, weekend commentary, world magazine

The Hispanic Vote

10/19/2008 Comment

'No to Abortion' (CNS)

The Register’s Oct. 26 issue looks at “El Voto”—the Hispanic vote, and finds it solidly for Obama. The Catholic Thing, however, looks a little into the future and sees that vote ripe for change ...

George Marlin writes that surveys show most Hispanics:

•  Oppose abortion
•  Attend church
•  Believe that couples should marry if they intend to live together
•  Say that unwed parents should be legally wed
•  Hold that government should promote “personal responsibility” instead of “bureaucratic paternalism.”
•  View welfare as a temporary safety net, not a permanent way of life.

“These data explain why the most significant Bush gains in the 2004 presidential election...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, hispanic, vote, weekend commentary

Neuhaus, the Reverse Edwards

10/18/2008 Comment

Father Richard John Neuhaus, with characteristic aplomb, weighs in on the presidential race at the First Things blog in a post titled At Long Last: Obama, Abortion, and the Courts.

In doing so, like a reverse John Edwards from Planet Opposite, he explains how America today is really two nations.

“Political punditry is not my main shtick,” he writes, “and I have no idea whether the debate will contribute significantly to, as the pundits say, ‘turning this around.’ But it seemed to me that McCain was sharp, on point, and playing offense, while Obama was for the first time on the edge of losing his famed cool and, at points, was floundering.”

On the right to life, he writes, “McCain’s...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, constitution, court, euthanasia, first things, mccain, neuhaus, obama, right to life, weekend commentary

Fireproof Puppy

10/18/2008 Comment

Kirk Cameron's pleading eyes. (CNS)

Matthew Likona shares his ambivalent take on the movie Fireproof at Inside Catholic. He decides “it’s hard to kick a puppy.”

He struggles to find the reason he doesn’t hate the movie. After all, the story is about marriage, but makes a key error:

“Watching it was a painful yo-yo experience; I was forever being whipped between admiration and groaning. I liked that the preservation of a marriage was seen as important, but I winced as the film tried to make its case for why it was important.

“‘Marriage is for better or for worse,’ intoned Michael.

“Well, yes, that’s what we say, but why?

“Caleb is an agnostic at the film’s outset, so there can be no appeal to the notion of marriage as a...READ MORE

Filed under fireproof, movies, weekend commentary

‘Defenders of Life’

10/18/2008 Comment

A hat tip to Godspy for bringing our attention to this Sarah Palin discourse on her own Down Syndrome child, the defense of life, and Barack Obama’s abortion extremism.

Filed under abortion, down syndrome, palin, sarah, weekend commentary

Obama’s Catholic Dinner

10/16/2008 Comment

Cardinal Egan hosts Al Gore and George Bush at the 2000 Al Smith Dinner. (CNS)

Tonight’s a big night for Barack Obama and Catholics. Our very own Father Raymond J. de Souza writes about it in today’s National Post.

“The Al Smith Dinner is one of American Catholicism’s most glittering events — a massive fundraiser for the Catholic charities of the Archdiocese of New York,” he explains.

McCain and Obama plan to be there tonight. The dinner always gets a big name speaker — and every four years it hosts the two presidential candidates, just as it hosted JFK and Richard Nixon in 1960.

“While the remarks tonight are expected to be lighthearted and not too political, it is likely that Mr. Obama will try to use the occasion to present himself as a friend to...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, john mccain

Thanksgiving, Fatima, etc.

10/13/2008 Comment

Fatima's newspaper reports on the miracle of the sun. (wiki)

Blogging will be light today. The Register’s offices are closed for Columbus Day and our regular blogger, Contributing Editor Tom McFeely, is celebrating Canada’s Thanksgiving Day.

It’s also the 91st anniversary of the miracle of the Sun in Fatima, which is the occasion of the miracle being reported anew in Ohio.

Fatima’s message of praying the rosary daily has bigtime papal approval ...

Pope Benedict XVI embraced the whole, “In the end, my immaculate heart will triumph” thing.

Pope John Paul II went so far as to mention it in his Year of the Rosary letter.

So, enjoy the 91st anniversary. Or Canadian Thanksgiving. Or Columbus Day. If you haven’t seen Faith & Family Live!, our sister...READ MORE

Filed under faith, fatima

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About Guest Blogger/Tom Hoopes

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Tom Hoopes is Vice President of College Relations and writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has written for the Register for more than 20 years and was its executive editor for 10. His writing has appeared in First Things’ First Thoughts, National Review Online, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside Catholic and Columbia. He has served as press secretary for the Chairman of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee. He and his wife, April, were editorial co-directors of Faith & Family magazine for 5 years. They have nine children.