Clemson’s Dabo Swinney Capitulates to Bullies, Will Not Attend Palmetto Event in His Honor

Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney. (Photo from Palmetto Family Foundation Facebook page)

Dabo Swinney, coach of Clemson University's football team, will not attend an award ceremony next week honoring him for his support of religious freedom.The Palmetto Family Council, a South Carolina nonprofit organization, planned to honor Swinney as a "defender of religious liberty" in the "Celebrating Families 2015" event at the beautiful Seibels House and Garden in Columbia, SC, on June 2.  In choosing Coach Swinney as this year's recipient, the Palmetto Family Council praised hi … [Read more...]

Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee: No Pro-Life License Plates in NY

If you are pro-life in New York, you'd better keep it to yourself.That's because the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has just overturned a lower court's decision which permitted the adoption advocacy group Children First Foundation to include the words "Choose Life" on its license plates.It appears that the plates may, in the court's opinion, encourage road rage. John Burger writes, over at Aleteia: According to Judge Rosemary Pooler, who wrote the majority opinion in The Children … [Read more...]

Christ Was at Mass Today (A Guest Post by Deal W. Hudson)

Deal Hudson

Thank you so much to Deal Hudson, who generously granted permission for me to carry his post on my blog.  I can't agree more--and I wouldn't have said it as well! *     *     *     *CHRIST WAS AT MASS TODAY:  A THOUGHT EXPERIMENT  By Deal W. Hudson WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) -  My wife, also a Catholic convert, has said several times over the years,  "The Church makes it so hard to be a Catholic." If she was really precise she would have said, "I go to Mass and it looks, sounds, and … [Read more...]

Lieut. Bill Funchess, Former POW, Remembers His Friend Fr. Emil Kapaun

Lieut. William Funchess

Lieutenant William Funchess leaned forward in his chair, recounting a story he's told many times before--a story of harsh beatings and cold nights, long marches and cruel guards, and the friendship of one humble priest. Funchess is older now, but his memories of the three years he spent in the Pyoktong prison camp during the Korean War are clear. He talked with me in his home in Clemson, South Carolina, sharing stories of stealing food and melting snow to supplement the scant rations provided … [Read more...]

Blogger Rebecca Hamilton’s Coming to Southeastern Michigan!

Rebecca Hamilton

Oh my gosh, did I forget to mention this?For the first time ever, Rebecca Hamilton--author of the popular Public Catholic blog here on Patheos and a former legislator in the Oklahoma House of Representatives--is coming to Southeastern Michigan.Rebecca will be the keynote speaker at Mother and Unborn Baby Care's spring benefit dinner this Thursday, May 28.Her story will touch your heart:  Not always a pro-life Catholic, Rebecca was the first Director of NARAL (the National Abortion … [Read more...]

Tennesseans Love Their Bible and Their Cave Salamander

By Kevin Probst [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Bible as Tennessee's official state book? Apparently not.Tennesseans--81 percent of them, anyway--are Christian. And they may love their Scriptures, but a House plan to name the Bible as the official state book was defeated last month in the State Senate.Senator Steve Southerland, a Republican who represents the citizens of Morristown, and other supporters of the bill had argued that the Bible has had great economic and historic impact in Tennessee. A majority in the State House agre … [Read more...]

Come, Holy Spirit: The Song-Prayer of Cardinal Stephen Langton

Statue of Stephen Langton outside of Canterbury Cathedral - By Ealdgyth (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Cardinal Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1207 until his death in 1228, was a voluminous writer whose homilies are collected and preserved in Lambeth Palace.Langton drafted the Magna Carta to make peace between the unpopular King John of England and a group of robber barons. It promised the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice, and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown, to be implemented through a … [Read more...]

The 13 Catholics in Statuary Hall: On Memorial Day, Remembering Our Heroes

STATUARY HALL By user:Southgeist [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 One of the most popular tourist destinations in Washington, D.C. is National Statuary Hall. Also known as the Old Hall of the House, it's a semicircular gallery immediately south of the Capitol Rotunda. For nearly fifty years—from 1807 through 1857—Statuary Hall served as the meeting place for the House of Representatives. The Hall now houses many of the 100 statues of great Americans (two from each state) which together comprise the National Statuary Hall Collection.It’s an extra … [Read more...]

Lighting a Candle: 66th Annual Christopher Awards Showcase Great Movies, Books

Christopher Awards

For 66 years, the Christopher Awards have honored those in media whose work has "affirmed the highest values of the human spirit."The works--feature films, TV and cable shows, books for adults and for young readers--are drawn from both the sacred and the secular. They tell both true stories and fiction. The common thread which unites the winners of the prestigious award is that they are inspiring stories of people who rise above their own wants and needs to act selflessly, regardless of the … [Read more...]