The “Gosnell Media Blackout” is Really Just Human Nature, Also Horrible

I'm already tired of hearing about the "media blackout" of the abortionist Kermit Gosnell's murder trial. Can we impose a blackout on covering the blackout already?It has been over a week since LifeNews hyperbolically declared that NPR had finally caught up to the local papers and "some stories from the Associated Press." The Philadelphia Inquirer may not be a national media outlet, but it's hardly the Podunk Weekly. And you may recognize the Associated Press as the newswire agency that … [Read more...]

Who Do We Blame for the Emergency Contraceptives-for-Kids Ruling?

The New York Times headline on Friday likely caused readers to perform a Maggie Smith-esque double take: "Judge Overturns Age Limit to Buy a Contraceptive." That's a weird way of saying it, so to limit exposure to the seven or eight print subscribers the Times still enjoys, the online headline was a little different: "Judge Strikes Down Age Limits on Morning-After Pill." A little better, but still -- what? How does a single federal judge in New York City make a decision like that for the entire … [Read more...]

Breaking News: ‘Accidental Racist’ Fixes Racism!

After a tumultuous 394-year history, the volatile racial tension caused by cultural misunderstandings (slavery), social stigma (slavery), and politics (slavery) is over. African-American ambassador LL Cool J and the white cultural attaché, Brad Paisley, signed the cultural armistice after lengthy deliberation on the two groups’ historic conflicts of interest (slavery). “The relationship between the Mason-Dixon needs some fixin,” commented Cool J before the summit. The release of their joint song … [Read more...]

Planned Parenthood, Infanticide, and the Return to Paganism

"We believe that any decision that's made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician."Normally it isn't terrifying to hear the representative of a medical organization say something like this. In most circumstances, I'd love hearing about a less bureaucratic approach to medicine and health care decisions. When the representative is from Planned Parenthood, and the "decision" in question is whether to save the life of an already-born-and-on-the-table baby or kill it, it s … [Read more...]

Red Equal Signs: Marriage Debate in the Facebook Era

You may have noticed some fellow travelers on Facebook suddenly appearing as muted red equal signs on a bold red background. The Facebook equal sign is your perennial show of solidarity, wherein supporters will draw virtual inspiration from their concomitance whilst they click away the hours sharing pictures of baked goods on Pinterest. But what could possibly be so important that hundreds of your friends would replace their strategically attractive profile pictures, even for just a few … [Read more...]

Christian Responses to Gay Marriage: CaPC Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage

Over the years, CaPC has written about the issue of gay marriage in a number of ways. This is not a simple or easy issue for anyone to deal with, although at times we all feel it to be.The following is a list of the top posts we've written on same-sex marriage, starting with the overturning of Proposition 8 in California courts in 2012 to Rob Bell's recent comments.Read, consider, pray, and share. Is There a Better Way Than Proposition 8? Restoring marriage will take much … [Read more...]

Haircuts in Cyprus: Our Crisis of Debt Conscience

Americans pride themselves on outdoing the rest of the world in output, in the sheer number and magnitude of our accomplishments. This is no less true when it comes to furiously spending money we don't have. But if the ongoing brouhaha in Cyprus is any indication, we had better enact a few more trillion-dollar stimuli before the EU catches up to us.The great project for a European Confederation is steadily hurtling towards its logical conclusion. It was always a dicey proposition to expect … [Read more...]

Why The New Pope Shouldn’t Listen to Obama’s Advice

Obama isn't the most precise theologian. Nor should that be expected of him--he's only a politician after all.In a recent interview before the selection of the new Pope Francis, President Obama was asked about his thoughts on the incoming pope. He expressed his hope that the next Holy Father would be faithful to what he considers the "central message of the Gospel." Admirable sentiment. I think we should all hope for a pope who loves the Gospel. The question we have to ask ourselves is: what … [Read more...]

The New Pope is Serious About Social Justice

This morning, he was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. From this day forward, he is history's first Pope Francis (not Francis I).Francis was born in Argentina to Italian immigrants. Because of his parents' nationality, some would deflate claims that this is the first non-European pope in a millennium. The vast, vast majority of popes have been European, but Francis is thoroughly Argentinian. He was born in Buenos Aires and attended seminary there. He became the rector of his seminary and later … [Read more...]

How Should We Respond to Hugo Chavez’s Death?

When Hugo Chavez died last week, we saw an eruption of responses on both sides. As the posturing and politics becomes unbearably pretentious, we should take a moment to reflect on government in this 21st century.In the wake of Chavez's death, Venezuelans with tears streaming down their faces appeared on the front pages of newspapers (by which I mean internet news sites - are newspapers still a thing?). The death of a sitting head of state is always a traumatic event for a nation. Some of our … [Read more...]