Girl Scouts, WAGGGS, and Abortion: Still A Problem

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The most challenging, least satisfying writing I’ve done since I started covering religion was this two part piece on the Girl Scouts. It percolated for months as I sifted through tons of information and tried to figure out just what the Girl Scouts of the USA were doing, if it was compatible with Catholic values, [Read More...]

Mark Shea: Worst. Person. Ever.

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One thing about blogging at Patheos: you can’t choose your neighbors. It was a pretty quiet place around here when the Right Kind of Catholics made up most of the blogroll, but then they started letting anybody in. I knew things were really going to hell when Mark Shea first showed up. As an author, [Read More...]

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Unveils New Model for Education

Something I wrote for the Register this week: PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is turning the management of its 17 high schools and four special-education schools over to the Faith in the Future Foundation. The archdiocese’s groundbreaking agreement with Faith in the Future announced today creates the first independently managed Catholic secondary-school system in [Read More...]

Web Comic Crowd-Sources Tesla Museum

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Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal has followed up his embarrassing anti-religion comic by doing a good thing. He’s organized a crowd-funded campaign called “Let’s Build a G*******d Tesla Museum” in order to buy the location of Nikola Tesla’s last lab and build a museum dedicated to the man who changed the 20th century. Inman set a goal [Read More...]

Pakistan: Christian Nurses Poisoned Because of Their Faith

It’s a horrifying story, and the details are still sketchy: Eleven Pakistani Christian student nurses were allegedly deliberately poisoned with mercury on Sunday, July 29, 2012, at the Civil Hospital in Karachi. According to one of the affected nurses, a colleague had made the tea for them and after 10pm they immediately fell ill after [Read More...]

Half of US Counties Now Disaster Areas

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In case you had any doubts that we’re spending too damn much time going on about the wrong subject, consider the following: Google search results for “Chick-fil-A gay” returns 240,000,000 hits, while “US drought 2012″ returns 12,700,000. Don’t ever chuckle about Nero fiddling while Rome burned. It’s human nature. The story: Nearly 220 counties in [Read More...]

Transcript: Remarks by Hillary Clinton on the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report

Here’s another giant wad of transcription about the 2011 report on religious freedom, this time featuring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comments on the report. She acknowledges the ongoing persecution against Christians, and notes the dangers in the current political upheavals rocking the Middle East, but it doesn’t seem like a particularly strong message of [Read More...]

Transcript: Press Conference for the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report

This just arrived on the White House press list, and I’m in the middle of a large piece of writing, so I’m going to put it out there in toto as an “FYI.” It’s the press briefing from Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook on the release of the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. [Read More...]


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