Are the Democrats Anti-Catholic?


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?


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.


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...]

The Annulment Process: A Right And A Healing


Here's a thought - maybe the annulment process can be a good and healing experience.Last week, I posted a guest perspective from Christine Cavanaugh, an annulment advocate in Seattle. Christine compared the apprehension that people feel about the annulment process to the feelings that they have about a root canal. I was struck by that because the concept of root canal is worse than the procedure itself.Based on colloquial expressions I thought that a root canal was one of the worst … [Read more...]

Marriage is – Gasp – a Sexual Sacrament.


The National Post  seems to be having a bit of fun with the response of a couple that has been married 55 years and recently gave their testimony at the extraordinary synod of bishops: “The little things we did for each other, the telephone calls and love notes, the way we planned our day around each other and the things we shared were outward expressions of our longing to be intimate with each other,” the couple said in a joint statement to the closed meeting late Monday.“Gradually we came … [Read more...]