Three Things That Make Me Go “WHAT!?#@?”

Kathy Schiffer - Surprise

1.  FREE SEX CHANGES FOR TEENAGERS -- WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT So say you're a confused 15-year-old kid. You're shy, and you don't have many friends. You think you're too [choose one: skinny, fat, tall, short, pimply, undeveloped, chesty, clumsy...], and that's why no one likes you.And you think the solution would be to change who you are. Not just a trendy new haircut, but something REALLY different.I know! You'll change your sex!If you live in Oregon, you can do that--and you … [Read more...]

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Dear Mr. Bad Guy: Turn Over Your Guns, Would You Please? (Or, Why Gun Control Won’t Work)

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On Wednesday, June 17, a 21-year-old white man by the name of Dylann Roof entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina during a weekly Bible study meeting and opened fire, killing six women and three men including the church's pastor, State Senator Clementa Pinckney.On Thursday, June 18, President Obama spoke to the press about the Charleston church shooting, and used the opportunity to take a swing at opponents of gun control.  "We don't have all the f … [Read more...]

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It’s Fourth of July Weekend: Will Your Parish Sing Patriotic Hymns?

US Flag - backlit

Will your parish include patriotic songs in the liturgy this weekend? I'm talking about the old "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" and "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful" sort of tunes.I read a discussion about this sticky issue over on Reddit:  Some very reasonable Catholics take exception to the practice of interrupting the sacred liturgy with a celebration of a secular holiday--in this case the Fourth of July. The Redditor who complained over on /r/Catholicism said, We have Christ -- … [Read more...]

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