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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Is Your Parish Your Community? Or Not So Much?

The topic of loneliness and exclusion from parish life came up recently, and I threw down the gauntlet: I don't think most of us have a real community at our parishes.  Even those who seem so busy or involved or catered to don't necessarily have much going on in terms of genuine social and spiritual relationships.To which I propose the following quiz, to see if your parish really is your community.  Not counting close family members:Do the people you sit near regularly at Mass know your … [Read more...]

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Parenting Fail: Telling the World You Wish Your Kid Were Dead

I do not understand why the courts tolerate "accidental life" lawsuits.  What a waste of time and money.  The parents wish their child were dead. If that doesn't shout "Terminate my parental rights!" I don't know what does.  Place the child in the custody of parents who want a child, done.Anything else is nonsense.Meanwhile, if we need a scheme to employ lawyers, why don't we make it a crime to profiteer off the desire to kill your relations?Stainglass Facepalms courtesy Tim Gr … [Read more...]

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Three Bad Arguments You Should Stop Using Right Now

If there's one thing the latest Planned Parenthood sting videos have brought to light, it's just how terrible people are at thinking about things.Lest there be any doubt, I am firmly opposed to the chopping up and selling of any person, regardless of age or residence.   And for that reason, we need to talk about some of the nasty fallacies people have been flinging around the internet. 1. The Evil You Are Exposing Did Not Make My Short List There are several variations on this one, but t … [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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Your Church Might Be Populated By Humans If . . .

In my reading this past week I was struck by a passage that seemed to sum up the state of the Catholic Church in the United States today.  It's describing a completely different time and place, but if we switch out a few words (noted by italics), we get: Indeed, the effects of doctrinal and liturgical conflict were even more far-reaching than changing religious attitudes and parish membership patterns suggest.  A decade of "enforting themselves," of hearing the horror stories of refugees and the … [Read more...]

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The South is Backward and Horrible and Don’t You Forget That

Max Lindenman has been on a roll with his essays lately, and his piece on people determined to fix the South is insightful as always.  I especially like the bit about how the South is dragging the rest of the country down, and the US would be some Euro-Canadian paradise if it weren't for those backwards folk wrecking our numbers.  You'd almost think someone's arguing for secession after all.I'm not going to contest these claims.  Let me assure you, the South is just awful.  It's terrible.  We … [Read more...]

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