“Test of Fire”: Must-see video for this election year

This says it beautifully. Just watch. And then share it with someone you know. [Read more...]

Catholics who are helping turn the tide of opinion on the death penalty

Something that doesn’t get much attention, but should.  From the Washington Post: Soon, probably next week, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy will sign into a law a bill that abolishes the death penalty in his state. When he does, Connecticut will be the fifth state to enact such legislation in as many years — and the [Read More...]

Push for right to die growing in Netherlands

Details: It was 1989, and Dr. Petra de Jong, a Dutch pulmonologist, was asked for help by a terminally ill patient, a man in great pain with a large cancerous tumor in his trachea. He wanted to end his life. She gave the man pentobarbital, a powerful barbiturate — but not enough. It took him nine [Read More...]

Diocese halts funding of charity over director’s views on abortion and gay marriage

Details: The Catholic Diocese of Sacramento no longer will fund programs at Francis House, a nonprofit agency that serves homeless people, because of its new director’s views supporting abortion rights and gay marriage. In a letter last month, the diocese’s director of social services said the Rev. Faith Whitmore’s public statements on the issues clash [Read More...]

Patricia Heaton, Hollywood conservative and Christian

Everybody loved Raymond, but we all really loved his wife, played by the insanely talented Patricia Heaton.   Now the Los Angeles Times looks at another side of Mrs. Barone: Patricia Heaton‘s rush to support Rush Limbaugh this week shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has closely followed her rise as one of the [Read More...]

Must-watch video of the day — UPDATED

This popped up over the weekend and is making the rounds of the interwebs.  Take a couple minutes and watch — and then send it around. It comes from Americans United for Life. UPDATE: Link has been fixed. It should play now. [Read more...]

Virginia scraps ultrasound bill

It engendered a lot of controversy – and late yesterday it failed after the governor changed is mind and decided not to support it. Details: A Virginia bill that would have required women to undergo an invasive ultrasound before having an abortion failed Wednesday after Gov. Bob McDonnell withdrew his support. McDonnell, a Republican who opposes [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“Yes, I want a solution to this mess. But, I also want a victory by which I mean I want a really robust conscience exemption. I want any change by the White House not only to work in terms of resolving this issue but to send a clear and unambiguous statement that in this great [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...]

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...]


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