Best Super Bowl ad: the Dog Strikes Back

Here it is: arguably the best ad on last night’s Super Bowl — or, at least, the best one that didn’t star Clint Eastwood. (You’ll remember the VW ad being teased here.) [Read more...]

Who drove the Komen story? The tweets tell the story

This is pretty interesting–and revealing: Last Tuesday, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced it would no longer fund clinical breast exams and mammograms through Planned Parenthood. The $680,000 per year that was going to Planned Parenthood helped provide exams for 170,000 mainly low-income and minority women. The organization claimed that they were tightening their rules for [Read More...]

My bishop’s letter on the HHS ruling

The letter below was read at all the Masses in the Diocese of Brooklyn this weekend. [Read more...]

If you really don’t care about the Super Bowl…

…and you’re looking for a way to kill eight minutes, try this.  For the curious, here’s audio for this Sunday’s homily, as delivered at today’s 11:30 am Mass. Just click the green arrow. [Read more...]

It’s official: Crystal Cathedral is Catholic

Or, at least, legally it is.  It’s now owned by the Catholic Church.  Details: The Crystal Cathedral, one of the nation’s best-known Protestant churches, is now owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. Escrow closed Friday afternoon on the $57.5 million court-ordered sale, the diocese said. The congregation led by Robert H. Schuller and [Read More...]

Priest resigns over new Missal translation

Details: After 47 years as a priest, and at least two decades of straying from the Roman Catholic Missal by ad libbing parts of the Mass, the Rev. Bill Rowe of St. Mary Church has resigned under pressure from the bishop. Why? Because he doesn’t agree that a priest should be restricted to the exact [Read More...]

New poll: Santorum beats Obama

This news should give a few people pause: The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 26% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14 (see trends). In [Read More...]

“Radicalism and maliciousness are at work in Obama’s decision…”

Compelling words on the HHS ruling from columnist (and former Bush speechwriter) Michael Gerson in the Washington Post: There would have been no controversy at all if President Obama had simply exempted religious institutions and ministries. But the administration insisted that the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s Hospital be forced to pay for [Read More...]

Just what you need for the Super Bowl: Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes

I kid you not: After hearing that I was going to bake buffalo chicken cupcakes for the Super Bowl (with hot sauce and blue cheese in the cake and a blue cheese buttercream frosting), one of my friends asked if I would be baking the cupcakes as as a joke.  “Are they just supposed to [Read More...]

Counterpunch: the USCCB answers the White House defense of HHS ruling

Over at the USCCB website, they’ve posted the following statement, in response to a White House blog post on the HHS ruling: +++ The Obama administration, to justify its widely criticized mandate for contraception and sterilization coverage in private health plans, has posted a set of false and misleading claims on the White House blog [Read More...]

Homily for February 5, 2012: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings.] Sixty years ago, in the spring of 1952, Congress was in the middle of a long and controversial investigation into Communists in Hollywood.  The House Un-American Activities Committee was summoning writers, directors, and actors to Washington to get them to “name names” of people they knew with ties to the [Read More...]

Fandemonium: another great Super Bowl commercial

What happens when two rec league hockey teams suddenly get thousands of fans cheering them on? You gotta see this.  It’s great. [Read more...]

What’s a great way to raise breast cancer awareness? How about a pink gun? — UPDATED

Seriously. The good people at the Susan G. Komen Foundation — ever heard of them? — are offering the pink pistol below: Discount Gun Sales has teamed up with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to offer a pink version of its popular Walther P-22 handgun in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Komen Foundation, [Read More...]

Quote of the day

And so, like a good but weak soldier, Komen has essentially destroyed itself: hardline leftists will never forgive it; hardline rightists will never trust it. But feel a little sorry for Komen. They were trying to do the better thing, and they got mauled for it. They’re not cowards, they just weren’t strong. Not everyone [Read More...]

Komen apologizes, reverses decision on funding Planned Parenthood

Details: Komen for the Cure just released the following statement from Nancy Brinker and the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors: We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our [Read More...]

Poll: Catholics still favoring Obama in election

Somehow, this doesn’t surprise me: With many American Catholic leaders blaming the current administration for a new requirement that Catholic employers provide birth control coverage, you’d think that President Barack Obama wouldn’t exactly be their favorite person right now. Still, a survey conducted this week has the president beating Republican hopefuls Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich [Read More...]

What’s the matter with kids today? Not that much, actually

A new study may surprise you: By several noteworthy measures, today’s teenagers are growing increasingly conservative. While marijuana use has recently had an uptick, teenagers are smoking far less pot than their parents did at the same age. In 1980, about 60 percent of high-school seniors had tried marijuana and 9 percent smoked it daily. [Read More...]

Sin, in a nutshell

Makes sense to me.  From Black, White and Gray: [Read more...]


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