Any Washingtonians Who Know about Anti-Euthanasia Advocacy Groups

We have a friend of the family with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  She is a simple soul, a head injury victim who is easily pushed around.  A couple of months ago, she finally got assisted living care.  She did not want euthanasia and is a Catholic, but a palliative care group has managed to talk her into killing herself.  She is not competent to make this decision and is doing it because of pressure.  My wife is trying to find help… Read more

People are asking what I think of Leah Libresco-Sargeant’s piece

…on gun control.  She writes: Before I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me. I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly. Then, my colleagues and I at FiveThirtyEight spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year in the United States, and I wound up frustrated in a whole new… Read more

The Alt Right Attempt to Co-Opt the Family

Rebecca Bratten Weiss writes of this cartoon: This pic was taken from Alt Right sites, and shared round by catholics, with a quotation from JPII slapped on. I am going to hope that they simply weren’t thinking, or are unaware that “saving the west” is a dog-whistle for white supremacy (things l learned in my conservative grad program, not as a raging SJW, btw). Please. Our goal is not to “save the west” but rather to defend ALL life, and… Read more

Scripture on “Thoughts and Prayers” as Hypocritical Prophylactic Against Obedience

Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah! “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of he-goats. “When you come to appear before me, who requires of you this trampling of my courts?… Read more

Bishop Robert Barron on Mother!

It sounds frustratingly terrible: If the first part of the story allegorizes the Old Testament, this second part allegorizes the New. The husband emerges here as a sort of Christ-figure, and his devotees are exhibiting all of the fanaticism, conflict, and violence that have sometimes dogged Christianity across the ages. Then things get truly weird. During a lull in the chaos, the woman gives birth to a beautiful baby boy, and she holds him tight, refusing to allow his father… Read more

On the Air at 9 AM on Sacred Heart Radio

…for their Fall Pledge Drive.  If you live in their broadcast area, I’m offering a free talk to your parish, conference or organization if you give them a donation.  I don’t work for them and I get none of the money, I just support Catholic radio and this is how I can help.  Give them a call at 1-800-949-1050 and help keep Catholic radio on the air in Seattle, Olympia, Yakima, and Kodiak. Read more

“The real problem is creeping godlessness” argument

The problem with this argument, much like the lie told by Satan to Jesus in which he quotes Scripture, is that it is a truth told in order to lie, because Satan knows that fish do not bite bare hooks. If you are going to lie you always mix it with truth to make the hook taste good.  So yes, God did indeed say, “He will give his angels charge of you,” and “On their hands they will bear you… Read more

My dear friend, clear your mind of cant. – Samuel Johnson

Yesterday, we were instructed “It’s too soon!  Don’t politicize this tragedy and insult the dead by trying to prevent the next tragedy that will create more dead” by the people who then instantly took advantage of the silence of decent people to bray, as Bill O’Reilly did, that mass murder is the “price of freedom”. Unfortunately for that disgraced sex predator, the Onion, not feeling itself bound by the phony speech codes of the Right Wing Noise Machine, was way… Read more

Please Help a Sweet Young Catholic Lady

…who happens to be my god-daughter. Her mom writes: My daughter, Sarah Hughes, was in an accident on Saturday in Helena. She’s back at her dorm and okay, but has some injuries from the airbag, with a possible fracture to her sinus cavity with lots of swelling and some cuts around her lower jaw and lips.  I’m going to be like the Canaanite woman and boldly ask if you could help with our GoFundMe tin cup rattle for her as she’s paying… Read more

Grief

For Las Vegas and for our demented nation of violence that keeps making sure this happens over and over and over and over and over and over and over. Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! ¶ If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, that you may be feared. I wait for… Read more

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