California Marriage Victory

05/26/2009 Comment

State Seal of California

Proposition 8 stands. The California Supreme Court has generously allowed the voters to protect marriage’s definition in the state. That makes two weeks in a row of good news for marriage.

The court insists, though, that the state’s 18,000 new homosexual “marriages” since last spring also stand.

Marriage activists were expecting this decision, Peter Wolfgang of the Family Institute of Connecticut told me. The court knew that to decide otherwise would have been a disaster for California,

“Essentially,” he said, “even a court as crazy as the Supreme Court of California isn’t that crazy, that they would directly negate the will of the people expressed in opposition to that very court.”


Filed under homosexual "marriage", proposition 8

Sotomayor, Abortion and Faith

05/26/2009 Comment

Expect this video clip of Sonia Sotomayor describing the importance of the circuit court of appeals in policy-making to get a lot of play in the coming weeks.

One thing the Supreme Court Sotomayor pick tells us is that Obama’s recent talk promising to find common ground was just talk.

The Puerto Rican from the Bronx who went to Catholic schools is Obama’s pick to replace Justice Souter on the Supreme Court.

As Americans United for Life (AUL)‘s president Charmaine Yoest points out:

“For all the President’s talk of finding ‘common ground,’ this appointment completely contradicts that hollow promise. Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy undermines common ground.  She is a...READ MORE

Filed under sonia sotomayor, weekend commentary

Reasons for Hope

05/24/2009 Comment

Feeling down? Here’s a sort of a perrennial list, but a helpful one, I think, from this week’s editorial 10 Signs of Hope.
1. New Catholic Colleges.

“They will surprise us with what they accomplish.”

2. Young Catholics.

“They are comfortable with the new mediums of video and viral Internet messages.”

3. Pro-Life Majority.

“The slow and steady rise of right-to-life support sharpened this year.”

4. Renaissance of Religious Life.

“Many of the houses of [habited] nuns are experiencing a crisis of a different kind: not enough room for all the new postulants.”

5. “John Paul II” and “Benedict XVI” Priests.

“In 2005, new priests were more likely to subscribe to the Register than to a...READ MORE

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3 Euro Sports Stars

05/24/2009 Comment

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In a not necessarily respectful, but nonetheless instructive, piece, Paul Doyle at the Guardian runs down “10 Pious Types” in (European) sports.

Here are three Catholics he covers:

“Holy shirt — Athletes of Christ, 1979: Former Brazil No. 1 Joao Leite didn’t merely join a church, he established one. Already known as ‘God’s Goalkeeper’ because of his adhesion to the Evangelist Church, in 1979 Leite formed the Athletes of Christ movement, took to presenting opponents with copies of the Bible before games and regularly daubed ‘Jesus Saves’ on his jersey. When officials eventually banned him from altering his shirt, he turned the other cheek and sniffed: ‘They can take...READ MORE

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Usury in the News

05/24/2009 Comment

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Usury isn’t often in the news.

But with his new credit card reforms “Obama has proposed and Congress has passed a series of minor reforms,” says Dick Morris, that “fail to reform the most basic offense of the companies: their usury.”

Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican have also spoken up about usury lately.

Here’s what Dick Morris explains:

“Congress explicitly rejected any limitation on the interest rate credit card companies can charge. It remains perfectly legal for them to charge rates that would make a loan shark blush.

“In our book Fleeced, we explain how, until 1979, credit card interest was subject to usury limits of the various states. But the Supreme Court...READ MORE

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CNN's Dumb Question

05/23/2009 Comment

“Only 3 in 10 Americans would like to see the Court overturn Roe v. Wade,” reported Monday.

CNN didn’t only report the number, they manufactured it in their own poll.  “I am astonished that CNN could not do a better job in accurately portraying what Roe v. Wade says and doesn’t say,” said Father Frank Pavone.

The Priests for Life head objected to the question that read: “The 1973 Roe versus Wade decision established a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, at least in the first three months of pregnancy. Would you like to see the Supreme Court completely overturn its Roe versus Wade decision, or not?”

To that question, respondents said:

    30% Yes, overturn
    68%...READ MORE

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Donohue: Irish Abuse 'Hysteria'

05/23/2009 Comment

In Dublin, Ireland, May 20, High Court Justice Sean Ryan releases the findings of the government's Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse between 1940 and the late 1970s. (CNS/Cathal McNaughton,Reuters)

Ireland’s Ryan report does necessary and important work. For one thing, it explains why many Irish Catholics stopped practicing the faith. Bad example kills faith.

It’s horrifying stuff. But news stories about it seem to prefer strong adjectives to strong statistics. You would expect the opposite. What’s up?

Bill Donohue asks the same question.

Here is what Donohue, the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Liberties, had to say (link here):

Reuters is reporting that “Irish Priests Beat, Raped Children,” yet the report does not justify this wild and irresponsible claim.

Four types of abuse are noted: physical, sexual, neglect and emotional. Physical abuse...READ MORE

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Fisking Jenkins and Obama

05/18/2009 Comment

Sunday was a frustrating day for pro-lifers. As Father John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame, and Barack Obama, president of the United States, spoke, pro-lifers felt the urge to argue with what was being said. But there was no opportunity to argue.

Said Father Jenkins: “We honor all people of goodwill who have come to this discussion respectfully and out of deeply held conviction.”

What discussion? This is a commencement address and the conferral of an honorary doctorate. It’s Notre Dame proposing a model to its students. There’s no discussion!

“When we face differences with fellow citizens … do we condemn those who differ with us for not seeing the truth that we see?”


Filed under notre dame, obama, weekend commentary

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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.