Half of US Counties Now Disaster Areas

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...]

Statement from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

“Statement from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia After Sentencing of Monsignor William Lynn” (as received): “From the challenges the Church has faced both nationally and locally over the past decade, we understand the full gravity of sexual abuse. This year and even this week, Pennsylvania has been the epicenter of this issue, and we know there [Read More...]

Msgr. Lynn is Sentenced, But Was Justice Satisfied? UPDATED

The first official of the Church to be found guilty of failing to protect children from sexual abuse has been sentenced to 3 to 6 years in prison. Monsignor William Lynn of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia oversaw the assignment of priests and addressed (or, more accurately, failed to address) accusations of abuse from from 1992 to [Read More...]

More on the Girl Scouts

Part 2 of my story on the Girl Scouts of America is up at the National Catholic Register. It goes through some of their problematic learning materials, leadership connections to gay rights groups, and the responses of both the GSUSA and the USCCB. GSUSA has, in fact, been responsive to complaints in the past, removing [Read More...]

Catholics and the Girl Scouts

The first part of my article about the Girl Scouts for the National Catholic Register has just gone up. The second should be up tomorrow. This one took a long time, partly because I was interrupted by several health and family problems, but also because there was just a mountain of data, and much of it [Read More...]

Send eBooks to African Seminarians

And as long as we’re talking about Brandon Vogt, you can still contribute to his Africa eBook project, which is the kind of merger of faith and tech that we need. Brandon wants to send CD-ROMs full of classic and contemporary Catholic eBooks to seminarians in Africa. At first, being the privileged first world technut that I am, I thought, [Read More...]


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