We also learn that Steve has given more thought to the issue of vampires than any normal human has given. I was greatly amused. Read more

I have no control over what happens with the SCOTUS business. I hope they pick a good justice and I hope it someday actually happens that Roe is overturned and the question goes to the states. I also hope that God will give me ten million dollars. But I don’t much count on it. Similarly, I have long ago given up counting on the Party of Trump to ever bring about the end of Roe.  I have explained why I… Read more

There Is No Immigration Crisis, But There Is a Crisis in The American Catholic Church Okay, let’s be clear about one thing: There is no immigration crisis on the southern border of the United States. Illegal border crossings have been steadily declining since they reached their zenith in 2000. In fact, the “self-deportation” that Mitt Romney campaigned on in 2012 has been happening. The total number of undocumented people in the US peaked in 2007 at 12 million. The federal government’s… Read more

If you want to know where the one nearest you is, go here. Read more

He writes: I have been growing more confused by the day why the ardent “Pro-Lifers” continue and even entrench further in support of Trump: what has he actually done on abortion? The support continues and yet the Republicans have controlled the levers of power in both houses of Congress and the Presidency for 18 months and have done absolutely nothing about abortion in all that time. Planned Parenthood is still funded at the same levels as ever, just as many… Read more

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In his terrific letter Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis perceptively diagnoses the disease now raging through the Christianist Freak Show of “prolife” zeal for cruelty to children at the border and racist targeting of the poor, brown, and desperate that so passionately animates the Greatest Catholics of All Time as they march in the MAGA hats: The other harmful ideological error is found in those who find suspect the social engagement of others, seeing it as superficial, worldly, secular, materialist,… Read more

…he just figured out a way to use it as a Mob Boss extortion tactic at the border.  Obama had no policy for family separation at the border, but the Deporter-in-Chief still tore families apart: Immigration and Customs Enforcement last year carried out more than 72,000 deportations of parents who said they had U.S.-born children, according to reports to Congress obtained Wednesday by The Huffington Post. The reports were sent by ICE in April to the Senate Appropriations Committee and… Read more

So this guy and his Cult are suddenly terribly, terribly concerned about Civility: These people …are just hurting so much because children are being kidnapped and traumatized at the border as hostages for Trump’s wall and are now lost in a system that has no interest in or plan for returning them to their parents Trump mocked POWs Nazis ran over and killed a woman and Trump called them “very fine people” Trump is lying that 63,000 people have been… Read more

My latest over at The Catholic Weekly: This is one of Jesus’ parables of Judgment (it will be followed by the much more famous and easy-to-understand Parable of the Talents and the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats). And it is placed in Matthew’s gospel during Holy Week as the preface to his anointing by Mary of Bethany (involving oil, by the way) and followed hard by the events of the Passion just two days later. ”So what?” you… Read more

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