CORRECTED: US Bishops Have No Case in Court If They Won’t Stand for the Faith at Home

CORRECTED:  Kathy Schiffer graciously reminds me that Bishop Finn has asked NCR to stop calling itself Catholic.  So on to the next step, then.  My original post below.***Remember when "Real Catholic TV" was told to drop the word "Catholic" from its name?  Quick refresher from CNA:During its time as “Real Catholic TV,” the apostolate was told by the Archdiocese of Detroit that it did not have permission to describe itself as “Catholic.” The Roman Catholic Church's current Code of Cano … [Read more...]

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What I’m Reading: For the Union and the Catholic Church by Max Longley

Worth noting from the review pile: For the Union and the Catholic Church: Four Converts in the Civil War by Max Longley, McFarland & Company, 2015.So far so good.  It's a look at the civil war through the eyes of four notable Union-side Catholic converts - the first black American priest; a general and his brother a bishop; and the editor of a Catholic newspaper.  Already the fight is getting good here: Nor was Rosecrans hesitant to mingle religion with antislavery views.  The previous y … [Read more...]

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What ISIS Can Teach Us About the HHS Contraceptive Mandate

The courts are back and forth on whether the current HHS rules violate the religious freedom of non-church religious employers. (You, for example, have some kind of religion or philosophical system.  If you were an employer, wouldn't you want to follow your principles, even if it was just a public car wash or a daycare you were running? You are the kind of people these cases are talking about.) Kathy Schiffer writes on the latest in the ping-pong:A federal appeals court ruled August 21 that n … [Read more...]

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Heroism and the Fight for Every Human Person

Here are some recent stories about young men who've saved people from being kidnapped:Teen Named a Hero after Saving Woman from Kidnapping Hero Teens Save 5-Year-Old by Chasing Kidnapper on their BikesThe way these young men acted was heroic.  We don't need to know what their grades are, or what kind of job they have, or whether they remember to put the trash out every week without being reminded.  We can be certain that whatever else is going on in their lives, perhaps saintly or p … [Read more...]

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On Discussing Abortion and Other Horrors With Young Children

A friend posed a question in a private forum, and I'd like to share my response.  The original question was: Innocent question from my 7-year-old after talking to the older kids about what's going on with Planned Parenthood: "Why doesn't the president stop them?" She can't seem to wrap her mind around how this is legal. Some thoughts before we begin:Evil is going to find your children.  It is neither necessary nor desirable to introduce evil to your children, enough of it will come to th … [Read more...]

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Hunting Is Normal. Enjoy Your Tasty Animals.

Time for another cultural update from the backwards southerners, and to get us started let's hear from the guy so southern and backward nobody can stand him: 129. In order to continue providing employment, it is imperative to promote an economy which favours productive diversity and business creativity. For example, there is a great variety of small-scale food production systems which feed the greater part of the world’s peoples, using a modest amount of land and producing less waste, be it in s … [Read more...]

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The Innocent Grown-Ups Abandoned by Obergefell

Shortly after the Supreme Court decision imposing same-sex marriage laws, I read this reaction from Lindsey at A Queer Calling: If you were to ask me to name my top fear, I would tell you that I am most afraid of Sarah losing health care access. Currently, Sarah’s health care access rests entirely on my employer extending coverage to domestic partners. We first opened the conversation about protecting ourselves legally over 20 months ago. We’ve been encouraged to grant one another durable power … [Read more...]

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