Mother, May We Fight for Freedom?

I don’t know what you’ve read about nuns today, but I want you to have the chance to read this from Mother Agnes Mary Donovan of the Sisters of Life. They are the remarks she delivered this morning at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and I wish every Catholic or anyone who pretends to know [Read More...]

Religious Liberty Is a Winning Issue

The president may be losing Catholics, according to a new Pew poll. “Free” birth control isn’t exactly a rallying cry for registered voters, the poll also suggests. Here, not for the first time polling suggests to those inclined to oppose the president’s HHS mandate and administrative hostility to religious liberty: Have courage. And, as it [Read More...]

I Have a Dopey Question for Time Magazine

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Dopey because I probably should be immune to media bias by now. I probably should be more at peace with the realities of the world such that I no longer would yell at my computer screen as I read the Time “Most Influential” list. I’ve already commented over on my home base (National Review Online) [Read More...]

Easter Dynamite

From Magnificat Monday, from the late Scripture scholar Father Ignace de la Potterie, S.J.: Baptism and faith, introduces us to a new dynamic of being, sets a new dynamism within our lives. This treasure, recognized and embraced in the faith, makes all of life a journeying, a progressing, always preceded and accompanied by those same [Read More...]

Do You Feel Called to Defend the Church in the Public Square?

An announcement about a developing project I have some involvement in and would encourage those eligible (45 and younger, New Yorkers in particular) who feel called by this ad to put in an application for: Do you find yourself at home arguing with TV news anchors, radio hosts, and print columnists, wishing someone would defend [Read More...]

In the Garden with Christ

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I was at Gethsemane earlier this year and it dawned on me (just call me queen of the obvious) that if we all prayed as Jesus did, we would be a lot better off. He shows us he gets it and lifts us up to the Father. And saves us. We really don’t want to be [Read More...]

My B16 Birthday Album: Freedom as Challenge

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As others note today, April 16th is Pope Benedict VXI’s 85th birthday. Vatican Radio reports that: In his homily, the Holy Father noted that for him, this anniversary day of his birth and his baptism is always immersed in the Paschal Mystery, the mystery of the Cross and resurrection, “In a special way,” he said, [Read More...]

Thank You, David Paterson!

I just had the very pleasant experience of an interview with former New York governor David Paterson on his New York-based (WOR) radio show about this column of mine today on women and their choices, occasioned by Hilary Rosen’s comments last week about Ann Romney and stay-at-home moms. I confess I had no idea what [Read More...]

Was Jesus Just Some Good Dude Who Used to Live?

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I found myself thinking of a Sunday homily this morning. Because it is still Easter. And we can still meet the Risen Lord in our daily lives. There is no time like today. At Saint Patrick’s in Manhattan on Easter morning, Timothy Cardinal Dolan was preaching to his flock, what he prefers to do than [Read More...]