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At the Evening of Life, We Shall Be Judged on our Love

My uncle died last Sunday. I'm going to Dallas early next week for my appointment about the mass in my breast.All these things, plus a number I haven't written about, have struck me mostly mute of late. I apologize to all of you for being MIA so much of the time. I have quite a lot to say about the things happening in the world, and I'll try to get back to writing speed as soon as I can.In the meantime, I did write this post for the National Catholic Register, inspired by my uncle's … [Read More...]

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King of Jordan Warns of Third World War Against Humanity

Jordan's King Abdullah II warned of a "third world war against humanity." He described ISIS as "savage outlaws of religion."From Al Arabiya News:King Abdullah II of Jordan warned Tuesday of a “third world war against humanity”, in the wake of the Paris attacks, describing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group as “savage outlaws of religion.”During an official visit to Kosovo, Abdullah said both Europe and Islam were under attack from the “scourge” of terrorism that cou … [Read More...]

Jenny McCarthy Says Charlie Sheen Should Have Disclosed His HIV Status Before Love Scenes

Jenny McCarthy gives another viewpoint on the Charlie Sheen/HIV discussion. I didn't know that the actors were obliged to reveal communicable things such as herpes, but I think, considering the intimate contact they engage in, it's a good idea.It sounds as if Sheen failed to disclose. Do you agree with Jennifer that he … [Read More...]

It Began with a Routine Mammogram

Several Public Catholic readers remarked on the fact that I went silent last week. Truth was, I just got overwhelmed and needed a time out. I promised you I'd write an explanation. A post I wrote for the National Catholic Register, covers a lot of what is happening with me.Here's part of what I said:It started as a … [Read More...]

So, Charlie Sheen Announced He’s HIV Positive …

Actor Charlie Sheen has announced that he's HIV positive.To be honest, I was a bit confused by all the hoopla surrounding this. Charlie Sheen, the poster boy for dissolute living, with the big daddy of STDs? No surprise there.Then, I watched a YouTube video of his announcement. The poor man's a mess. He needs our … [Read More...]

ISIS Releases Photo of Bomb It Used to Down Russian Passenger Jet

ISIS has taken credit for the murder of the 224 people who were on board the Russian passenger plane that exploded last month. They have released a photo of the bomb they used to commit this crime.From AP The Big Story: CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group has released a photo of the bomb it says was used to bring down a R … [Read More...]

Boko Haram Suicide Bombing Kills 32, Wounds 80

Boko Haram used a suicide bombing to kill 32 people and wound 80 others in northern Nigeria yesterday. The attack occurred at a truck stop.Nigeria's military has reported that it has stopped several suicide bombers recently. It has also killed and captured militants and destroyed Boko Haram camps.If this is true, it is a … [Read More...]

It’s Time to Discuss America’s Immigration Policy.

Not all Muslims are terrorists.In fact, very few Muslims are terrorists.ISIS, despite its successes, is a tiny percentage of the world’s Muslims. Also, much of the Islamic world is itself at war with ISIS, trying to end this evil.At the same time, all of the recent terror attacks, such as 9/11, last weekend’s attacks … [Read More...]

Faithful Catholic Politicians Need Our Prayers and Support

Kimberly Hahn, wife of prolific Catholic apologist Scott Hahn, got herself elected to an at large position on the Steubenville city council this week.We need strong Christians in public office, as well as every other endeavor. I wrote a post about Mrs Hahn's victory and what it means to get elected office for the National … [Read More...]

Misogyny 1, Girl Athletes 0. Where are the Feminists?

Where have all the feminists gone?It appears they've gone to political correctness, save for one.I wrote a post for CatholicVote discussing the recent ruling by the Department of Education that girls who participate in sports in the Palatine, Il school district must pay for this privilege by showering with … [Read More...]

What is All Souls Day?

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What is All Saint’s Day?

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So, What Do These Polls of Presidential Candidates Mean in Real Life?

I haven't written about the obsessive early polling of presidential candidates for one simple reason: I think it's ridiculous.Asking voters a year or more out from an election who they will vote for is like asking a 12-year-old girl to describe her future husband. What you will get in either case is a dream scenario that … [Read More...]

If Douthat’s Critics Disagree with Him, They Should Say Why, Not Try to Get Him Fired

Ross Douthat write op-ed posts for the New York Times. He recently wrote a post that contained opinions that inflamed certain members of the administration and faculties of more than one prominent Catholic university.Instead of making their own case for what they believed, these folks sent a letter to the New York Times that … [Read More...]

Gay Activists Demand Secular, Non-Irish St Patrick’s Day Parade

This is unfathomable on the basis of discrimination or any of the other claims that have been made concerning this parade. It is, to use a word I frequently apply to today's cultural deconstruction, nihilism.From Crisis Magazine:Twenty-five years ago, a small group of activists charged the New York City Saint Patrick’s Da … [Read More...]

The Bishop Must Stand. If the Bishop Fails, All the People Will Run Away

The Synod on the Family has finally adjourned, leaving behind a document for us to read and ponder. In many ways, this Synod, like the one last year, ended up resembling the United States Congress. Here are a few of those ways. 1. Most of what they talked about doing was so disturbing that the people in the pews breathed a sigh … [Read More...]

Persecution, not Divorced and Remarrieds, is the Most Serious Issue Facing Christianity Today

My colleague Kate O'Hare interviewed Chaldean Catholic Bishop Mar Bahai Soro about the holocaust of Christians that is taking place in the Middle East. To be honest, reading this interview put the hijinks of the Synod on the Family in perspective. It made the whole thing seem a little bit like an exercise in rearranging the d … [Read More...]

Fr Dwight: Blowing the Whistle on Liberal Hypocrites

 Father Dwight Longenecker went on a rant, and it was too true. The only thing I would add is that there are a bushel and a peck of conservative hypocrites to sit on the shelf alongside the liberals. But that is another post, one which I need to write.Here's part of what Father Dwight said:The attack on h … [Read More...]