A simple reminder: Pray for police

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Every siren should be a reminder that someone is in trouble -- a victim, a perpetrator, an officer who is ready to the the right thing, and an officer who is in danger of doing the wrong thing.Read the rest at the Register.*** photo credit: Governor Haley signs body camera legislation via photopin (license) … [Read more...]

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What can American parents learn from a doll?

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  In wealthy, progressive Seattle, polio vaccination rates are lower than in Rwanda. Parents in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Algeria, El Salvador, Guyana, Sudan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Yemen are doing more to protect their children from this crippling and often deadly disease than some American parents.This dangerous trend is due, in part, to historical amnesia. There are fewer and fewer people around who remember the devastation of the polio epidemics of the late 1940's and ea … [Read more...]

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Great news for Los Angeles (and prayers for Uncle Joe)

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 The Pope has appointed three new auxiliary bishops to serve in the massive archdiocese of Los Angeles. One is Fr. Robert Barron, the wildly popular author, speaker, and founder of Word on Fire ministries. I'm not familiar with the second pick, Msgr. David O’Connell, but I do know the third, Msgr. Joseph Brennan -- "Uncle Joe" to us. He's my husband's uncle, and we are thrilled for Los Angeles.Read the rest at the Register.*** photo credit: bells via photopin (license) … [Read more...]

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Watch Planned Parenthood Arranging to Sell Fetal Livers, Brains, and Hearts Over Lunch

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It helps to know which organs you are hoping to retrieve, Nucatola explains:So then you’re just kind of cognizant of where you put your graspers, you try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that, you know, we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m going to basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact. And with the calvarium [head], in general, some people will act … [Read more...]

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10 Ways to Insult a Catholic Blogger (and Why You Shouldn’t Bother)

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1. You're just trying to get attention with this! Oh gosh-all-whillikers, not attention! You mean that I made an effort to write in such a way as to persuade people to click on the headline, think about what I said, and elicit a response of some kind? Is outrage! Next time I have a thought, I'll jot it down on an orange peel and bury it under the shed. You know, for the greater glory of God. (If I'm writing flagrantly click-baity headlines, attaching photos of Mila Kunis' chestal area, or just p … [Read more...]

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In defense of deploring poor taste

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You should know that terrible times have a sifting effect, letting the truly important human experiences of loss and pain and death and forgiveness stand out in high relief -- and that if your lesser pain gets sifted away, then you just deal with that. You just do. Because to raise your hand in protest at the minor outrage you've suffered, when the bodies of the dead are barely cooled, is just . . . .in such poor taste. Good taste is not much of a virtue to strive for. In the hall of monuments t … [Read more...]

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Knock knock! Who’s there? A Catholic.

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As an evangelist, I'm laboring under a triple whammy: I'm a New Englander, I'm shy, and I'm a Catholic. (Also I was in my pajamas, but so is half the country.) All three together mean that I'm entirely focused on closing the door as quickly as I can and getting back to my comfortable, private living room. I have almost zero inclination to tell a stranger, "Hey, have you heard about this magnificent truth which will transform you life? Let me tell you .  .  ." But that is what the Pope (and all t … [Read more...]

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