Why You’ll Never See the “F” Word on My Blog

I get it: I'm older and crankier than some of you. There is an entire generation of young Americans, many of whom have a casual regard for the rules of polite speech which marked my early years. For some of these young people, the 'f' word is just another, more expressive means of communicating.To which I say: No, it isn't.Every once in a while, I have to repeat the rule that offensive speech--name calling, profanity, blasphemy and obscene speech--will not be tolerated in my combox. F … [Read More...]

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Pope Francis Is Going to Revise Vatican Media–Again?!

Pope Francis has set up a five-person committee to streamline and modernize the Vatican's many communications structures.Carol Glatz, writing for Catholic News Service, has the story.  She writes:The Vatican announced the official establishment of the new commission and its members April 30. Three of the papal appointees are top-level officials at Vatican communications outlets. The five members of the commission are: — Msgr. Dario Vigano, 52, director of the Vatican Television Center, a … [Read More...]

Seven Women Attempt Ordination–And No, They’re Not Priests

Seven "well prepared" women attempted to be ordained Catholic priests in Morristown, New Jersey, on Saturday, April 24.  I say "attempted" because women cannot be ordained Catholic priests. It is a theological impossibility. They are not priests. I just read the report of the event on the blog of " … [Read More...]

Rome Police Force Uses Modern Investigative Techniques to Show the 12-Year-Old Jesus

Want to see what the boy Jesus really looked like?  The scientific unit of Rome's police force has produced a computer-generated image which, they believe, shows for the first time what Jesus must have looked like at the age of twelve.The Italian investigators have long used computer aging … [Read More...]


We lost a mighty tree in our front yard this winter.  It was an ash, and yes, it was already dead—defeated by Michigan’s pernicious emerald ash borer.   When it toppled during a windstorm, it brought down the electrical wires, snapping a wooden pole, pulling the meter off our house and taking out the … [Read More...]

Where Is America’s Black President While Baltimore Burns?

Where are America's true black leaders while Baltimore burns?  I understand that the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who was fatally injured while in police custody, is a serious problem which must be investigated.  But what we're witnessing--the multiple injuries, the thousands ( … [Read More...]

Olfactory Comfort: French Perfume Smells Just Like Your Departed Spouse

For a lonely widow, a photograph can trigger a memory of happier days--but so can the familiar scent of her husband's shaving lotion, his pipe tobacco, the shirts in his closet.Katia Apalategui, grief-stricken after her husband's passing, found consolation by burrowing her face into her late … [Read More...]

Mayberry Revisited: Does God Hate Guns?

Last week,the issue of gun control came to the fore here in southeastern Michigan.   That's because a local Ann Arbor pastor, Fr. Ed Fride, announced to his congregation that there would be a four-hour Concealed Pistol License (CPL) class at the parish.In a letter to parishioners at Christ the K … [Read More...]

Redeemed by Grace: Another Abortion Worker Comes Over to the Side of Truth

Through the years, I've met several people who have worked in the abortion industry, and who have then experienced a dramatic conversion and joined pro-life forces:Abby Johnson, whose  work on behalf of Planned Parenthood is recounted in the book Unplanned; Carol Everett, former … [Read More...]

NEWS FLASH: Bruce Jenner Is Not a Woman

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE was originally published February 6, 2015, as America began to understand the course which former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner was taking, heading toward a new self-identity as a transgender "woman."In an interview which aired on April 24, Jenner spoke with ABC's Diane … [Read More...]

Hillary Insists Your Backwards Religious Beliefs Must Be Changed….

"Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” for the sake of giving women access to “reproductive health care and safe childbirth.”  That's the message Hillary Clinton delivered to the 2015 Women in the World Summit on Thursday, April 23.What she means … [Read More...]

HEY KIDS! Are You an Inventor? Do You Want to Change the World?

 Are you a budding creative genius?Well, here's your chance to put that creativity to work:  Inspired by the upcoming Disney movie "Tomorrowland," the Walt Disney Studios, Disney Citizenship, and XPRIZE are announcing a nationwide challenge for young innovators age 8 … [Read More...]

How “SCHINDLER’S LIST” Influenced the Director of “LITTLE BOY”: My Interview with Alejandro Monteverde

"At the end of 'Schindler's List', you saw Schindler crying. Asked why, he explained that he could have sold his car and saved one more.  He had saved so many Jews from extinction, and yet he felt guilty he had not done more. I asked myself:  'What am I doing for others? Am I doing all I can?' " … [Read More...]

More Nuns for Britain, But Fewer for the U.S.

Why are more women attracted to religious life in Britain, while the number of new vocations continues to decline here in the United States? According to new statistics just released in the United Kingdom, the number of vocations to women's religious orders in Britain has tripled over what it was … [Read More...]