Strange Bedfellows, and Real Questions About Sex–UPDATED

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Yes, Planned Parenthood counselors enthusiastically provide "sex-positive" advice to teens who ask. What's more interesting to me is what kids are asking, and why. I admit I was more bemused than outraged by the Daily Caller's story on the release of Live Action's latest Planned Parenthood sting video. In the past, LA has used actors and hidden cameras to catch Planned Parenthood workers appearing to violate laws or policy with regard to sex-selective abortions or procurement of a … [Read more...]

Two Saints, No Waiting: Pope-pourri on Canonization Eve

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There's so much good stuff out there on Sunday's dual canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. I call your attention in particular, to Tod Worner's "St John Paul II: The 20th Century's Greatest Dissident" and Dr Greg Popcak's "Pope St John Paul II & Pope St John XXIII: Partners in the Universal Call to Holiness." My Patheos Catholic Channel neighbors, along with the entire Catholic media world, will continue to provide updates and reflections throughout the weekend and … [Read more...]

I Was on Death Row, and You Walked with Me: Being Prolife out on the Margins

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So a priest, a nurse, and a lawyer walk into a prison . . . and they're all the same guy. CNN had a great profile Friday of Fr Neil Kookoothe, pastor of St Clarence in the Diocese of Cleveland. Fr Kookoothe's unique skill set---he got a nursing license and a law degree before entering the seminary---helped him free a man from Death Row, and led to legislation widening Ohio's discovery rules. D'Ambrosio, Kookoothe said, had no previous criminal record. He had neither an alibi nor motive. He told … [Read more...]

Dear Jamie Stiehm & US News: Leave Jefferson Out of Your Know-Nothing Screed

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Image source In a US News op-ed this morning, columnist Jamie Stiehm has put forth some of the most brazenly bigoted anti-Catholic crapola in this country's example-studded history of the stuff. Reactions have been immediate and pointed, with Elizabeth Scalia's "Fisking Stiehm's Bigotry at US News" the most cogent and damning. The nouveau Know Nothings have been stirring for a couple of years, but this marks a new low. It's not really surprising; the media's love affair with Pope Francis, … [Read more...]

Where We Were, When: One Boomer’s Apology for Carrying the Kennedy Torch

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Long stood Sir Bedivere Revolving many memories, till the hull Look’d one black dot against the verge of dawn, And on the mere the wailing died away. ---Alfred Tennyson, "The Passing of Arthur," from Idylls of the King What changed that day was everything. Yes, with apologies to post-Boomers, this anniversary---like the past 50 years---is all about us. Of course we remember Where We Were, and not just because that was the day nonstop media coverage sprang to life to remind us. I … [Read more...]

The Hard Grace of Receiving: Prayers for the Margaret Marys, All

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When the story of the hard life and lonely death of former Duquesne University adjunct Margaret Mary Vojtko first lit up the Internet (prompted by labor lawyer Daniel Kovalik's September op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), attention focused on the harsh treatment of adjuncts by universities in general, and the supposed Grinchishly unChristian treatment of this adjunct by Catholic Duquesne in particular. Beyond tweeting #IAmMargaretMary in righteous solidarity, very few saw Madame Vojtko as … [Read more...]

Hans Kueng and the Grace of a Good Death

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Saw this Reuters story, Catholic rebel Kueng, 85, considers assisted suicide, today courtesy of my Patheos neighbor Frank Weathers, who's painting pillars and has no time to comment on those who like to pull them down. Hans Kueng, Roman Catholicism's best known rebel theologian, is considering capping a life of challenges to the Vatican with a final act of dissent - assisted suicide. Kueng, now 85 and suffering from Parkinson's disease, writes in final volume of his memoirs that people have … [Read more...]

Busting the Myth of Jesus-Myth Busting

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When will writers bent on revealing the shocking / faith-shattering / never before heard or imagined / this proves you believers are stupid / all of the above facts about the "historical Jesus" ever learn that it doesn't matter? The worship and love Jesus' followers have for him, the witness and sacrifice and courage and charity he inspires in them, depend not one whit---not a jot or a tittle, to put it scripturally---on what passes for objective historical fact. The business (and it is big … [Read more...]


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