How To Make A Baby

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Let me share with you two articles that I never would have put together except for the very, very different ways in which they approach human procreation.The New York Times had one of those #FirstWorld, first person narratives by the spouse of a lesbian couple desperate to get pregnant. As it turns out, a friend and her husband decide that they will donate his sperm to this woman and her spouse. The author flies out to collect the sperm and inseminate herself. Here's how she describes the … [Read more...]

Catholic League Tricked

Dana Carvey as "The Church Lady." Sorry, but she sort of fits the hype of the Walmart story. Unless there's more info that hasn't been documented publicly.

Yesterday, Catholic League put out a press release with statements from CL's president, Bill Donohue commenting on "Walmart's Catholic Problem." “Fat Girl Costumes” sold by Walmart were the subject of a deep apology and a pledge to rid the store’s inventory of such demeaning garb. Yesterday, when Catholics who are on our news release list complained to Walmart about three offensive Catholic costumes—a Virgin Mary with blood dripping from her eyes, a nun outfit with a skeleton head, and a costume … [Read more...]

Are the Democrats Anti-Catholic?

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Mark Miloscia, the Republican candidate for Washington State's 30th district, has been targeted by the despicable ad above, which has since been removed from the website that hosted it. [Click on the image above to see a larger version.] But reportedly hard copies of it were put on display along with other materials for his opponent at a recent political event.I met Mark Miloscia while working on various projects in Washington. At the time he was a true blue Democrat state rep and was so … [Read more...]

St. John Paul II: The First Lesson In Surviving. Anything.

Here I am, one of the thousands who got to meet personally a man who is surely one of the most impacting saints of all time.

Ok, it's the first official feast of St. John Paul II, a man who was known by more people than any other contemporary figure in history. By this I mean, no one else in human history has been so familiar to so many people while he or she was alive. He was Pope for about 26 and a half years. Visited 129 countries, some of them repeatedly. Millions of people saw him, perhaps even more heard him, thousands met him. I know people who first became aware of their religious or clerical vocations just by … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke – In or Out?

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Buzzfeed has an interview with Cardinal Burke which makes it sound like he's out. Sorta. But read carefully. Is he confirming a rumor or is it more? Nothing is formal. Then again, Pope Francis never confirmed him in his position as head of the Apostolic Signatura. Vatican watchers would be better able to judge the significance of that. For example, who else has not been confirmed in their positions? Read carefully this section from Buzzfeed: In the interview with BuzzFeed News, Burke confirmed … [Read more...]

3 Things You Can Expect From Synod 14.

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Here are three things you can expect from the Synod - Rome is a colorful place, to say the least, and it has certainly left its stamp on the Vatican.Chaos. The Vatican is not Italian. It's Roman. Do not try to impose your standards on it. You want Romans to be in charge of things like food, fashion, all things epicurean and aesthetic. They do bureaucracy well if you think bureaucracy is a good thing in the first place, hence a Vatican that almost everyone acknowledges needs to be … [Read more...]


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