Quote of the day

“Institutions tend to be strongest when they make significant moral demands, and weaker when they pre-emptively accommodate themselves to human nature.” – New York Times columnist Ross Douthat Read his column on gay marriage for the rest. [Read more...]

"If anything is marriage, nothing is marriage…"

“We ought to care that traditional marriage is in crisis. It is clear that children thrive best under the care of a mother and a father, and that removing this fixture from our culture is devastating to children and to our culture.  If we do not fix marriage and family, we are doomed. Legislators defining [Read More...]

The father-daughter reading habit that lasted nearly a decade

This is too good to overlook: an inspiring story of a nightly habit that became a tradition, courtesy NPR: When Alice Ozma was in the fourth grade, her family was going through a rough patch. Her parents had just split up, and her older sister had recently left for college. Ozma was suddenly spending a [Read More...]

Saved: relics from the World Trade Center

Over at JFK Airport, a hangar is holding something besides planes: steel and salvaged objects from the World Trade Center. Some of the steel is being turned into crosses, as shown above, for memorial shrines around the country, as we approach the 10-year anniversary this September. Details, from MSNBC: It’s pretty amazing to see what [Read More...]

What can an ex-priest do? — UPDATED

With the Corapi news, it’s a question many are asking. A few years ago, Jimmy Akin posted a good and clear-headed summary that, as far as I know, still holds: 1) He can’t celebrate any of the sacraments except for hearing deathbed confessions. It is especially noted that he can’t give homilies. 2) He can’t [Read More...]

Corapi, the morning after — UPDATED

You don’t have to look far to find a lot of wide-ranging reaction to the Big News around the blogosphere. First up, Max Lindenman, who says something a few people have wondered about in e-mails to me: The man is deeply distraught — that much is obvious. I’ll also venture the guess that he’s either [Read More...]

Pre-Cana "nonsense"?

Allison Salerno has some observations about marriage preparation in general, and one couple in particular: A 78-year-old widower I know,  married to his first wife for 55 years, tomorrow will wed a never-married, lifelong Catholic in her sixties. They planned to marry in the Catholic Church. Instead, they are hoofing it across the street to [Read More...]

On "Criteria Catholicism" and abortion

“As in the wake of Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama, the message (George) Weigel and the like-minded are sending is clear: one’s position on abortion is the defining feature for faithful membership in the Roman Catholic Church. To link so imperiously authentic Catholicism with one’s attitude toward abortion, however, confines the fullness of discipleship. [Read More...]

"Born this way"?

Given a post that’s generated a lot of interest the last day or so, I think some readers might want to take a gander at what Elizabeth Scalia has to say on the subject of homosexuality over at First Things: Perhaps homosexuals are in fact “special and exceptional others,” whose distinctions are meant to be [Read More...]

On obedience: "A priest shares in the humility of the cross"

Given recent developments in Kansas City, I couldn’t help but notice that Bishop Thomas Tobin in Rhode Island is offering some timely thoughts on the promises men make when they are ordained to the priesthood — including, of course, obedience: Obedience to “the bishop and his successors” is another commitment a priest makes to strengthen [Read More...]


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