Margie Winters: The Making of A Rebel

When I first read the story of how Waldron Mercy fired Margie Winters, a lesbian married to another woman, from her post as head of religious education, I argued that she’d been treated shabbily, and not in accordance with the best of Catholic teaching. Even so, only half aware of doing so, I formed a [Read More...]

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Turkish Wedding Party Feeds Syrian Multitudes

Sometimes you run across a real-life event that echoes the Gospel almost too loudly to remark on without feeling as though you’re striking the obvious note, taking the easy way out, writing that the butler did it. Consider, for example, the case of the Turkish bride and groom who transformed their wedding reception into a [Read More...]

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ISIS Gains A New Enemy: My Former Student

If you wait long enough on a balcony overlooking the main street of a Turkish village, you might see a convoy of cars filled with exuberant young men honking their horns and shouting. Some will be brandishing small copies of the al sancak, or the flag — blood-red, marked by a star and the waxing [Read More...]

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Israel Rules Duma Attack Terror, Indicts Two in Church Arson Attack

From Israel and the West Bank: good news and bad news. First, the good news: Israeli courts have indicted two men for last month’s arson attack on the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, at Taghba. Second, the Israeli government has officially declared a similar attack in the Palestinian village of Duma, an [Read More...]

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Planned Parenthood, Risk Management, and Divine Mercy at St. Vincent Ferrer

Today at 3:00 PM, Manhattan’s St. Vincent Ferrer Church on 66th and Lexington is hosting a “Holy Hour with Eucharistic Exposition for Mercy, Healing and Reparation.” Following the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, attendees will pray a Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Those who can’t attend in person can join in the prayers from wherever they [Read More...]

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On Going to Mass in A Pissy Mood

Masses: I’ve taken ‘em high, I’ve taken ‘em low. I’ve parked my mortal coil in pews at every stop on the long road from Trent to Broadway and back again. I’ve listened to homilies delivered by mumbling mummies called forth from retirement and young fogies fresh from the seminary and still unsure whether to be [Read More...]

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Walter Palmer and the Post-Mercy Society

As of this writing, tens of thousands of Americans have signed an online petition to extradite a fellow citizen to Zimbabwe. Yes, that Zimbabwe: police state, site of torture camps and forced evictions, a place where – despite its recent adoption of a new constitution – “disappear” can still be used as a transitive verb. [Read More...]

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Catholic Schools and Gay Teachers: Can We Compromise Without Compromising?

Since firing religious education department head Margie Winters for being married to another woman, Waldron Mercy Academy has been buried under a mudslide of bad press and consumer ill will. Some parents have withdrawn their children altogether; others are withholding tuition. At $13,500 per year for kindergarten through eighth grade, this tuition represents a sum [Read More...]

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Planned Parenthood and the Shudder Factor

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards committed a tactical error when she apologized for the “tone” taken by Dr. Deborah Nucatola in the video surreptitiously shot by members of the pro-life group Center for Medical Progress. From a pro-choice point of view, Dr. Nucatola did nothing wrong by reviewing, in detail, Planned Parenthood’s techniques for ensuring [Read More...]

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Of Sheep, Sheepdogs, and Self-Love

In The National Review, David French takes aim at the Washington, D.C. Metro passengers who looked on, mute and passive, while Kevin Sutherland was stabbed to death. “Knowing what’s right,” he writes, “is the first step to doing what’s right, and when it comes to a crisis, a real man’s definition of success is not [Read More...]

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“Without Getting All Freakish About It”

This is a story about saints and signs, and how the right word to the right person at the right time can change a life. At the beginning of 2011, I was brand-new to Catholic online media and utterly mesmerized by it. Everyone, writers and commenters alike, sounded insane – either ready to slit their [Read More...]

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The South Will Survive

It was admirable of South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag from its State House grounds. The act represented the will of the majority and was carried out with all due ceremony. Even the spokesman for the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans promised to accept the removal “graciously.” But it’s touched off [Read More...]

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BenOpt-Out

I’d like to get ahead of the crowd and opt out of the Benedict Option. I’m referring to Rod Dreher’s proposal that Christians adopt a “more consciously countercultural stance toward our post-Christian mainstream culture.” In agreement with After Virtue author Alisdair McIntyre, Dreher believes that a new dark age has dawned in the West. Just [Read More...]

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The Not-So-Simple Faithful

How do you welcome someone who’s convinced he holds the deed to your house? That’s the question I’d put to Pope Francis. Or maybe I should say the latest question. Addressing an enormous crowd in Paraguay, he urged the Church to “welcome those who do not think as we do.” Maybe Paraguayan bishops are in [Read More...]

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Bill Cosby and Creepiness Creep

Cancel the culture war. When newspapers of record start writing headlines in the language of teenage girls, you know there’s no culture left to have a war over. Following the public revelation of court documents in which Bill Cosby admitted obtaining Quaaludes for the purpose of getting women into bed, Washington Post associate editor Carlos [Read More...]

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Pope Francis and the Mommy Trap

The Holy Father is all about mothers. In Ecuador, he warned of a “mother wound,” which threatens to leave children too emotionally crippled to give and receive love. According to the pope, everyone emerges from childhood with a mother wound, since no mother is perfect, but the children of harsh or negligent mothers sustain an [Read More...]

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