Pope Francis’ Enthusiasm for Kasper is Waning

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Sandro Magister reports here on developments in the Vatican which will influence the upcoming Synod on the Family. It seems to Magister that Pope Francis is moving away from what seemed his enthusiasm for Cardinal Kasper’s ideas to open communion to the divorced and re-married. This is because of the Pope’s continued support for Cardinal [Read More...]

On the Importance of Shoes


My article this week for Imaginative Conservative is somewhat whimsical meditation on the importance of shoes. I was serving as a Housemaster in an English boarding school when I finally learned the full importance of shoes. Every night after supper the boys would have an hour to complete their homework and get ready for bed. [Read More...]

What’s Wrong With Test Tube Babies?

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In the combox over at CRUX a discussion was going on about in virtro fertilization, and some readers questioned the church’s opposition to it. A simply stated explanation  of the church’s opposition to IVF technologies is found here on the USCCB website, and the official teaching from the Vatican–a document called Donum Vitae (The Gift of Life) can be [Read More...]

Lesbian Mom? No Dad? Tough Luck


The Federalist carries this article by a young woman brought up by her lesbian mom and partner. It brings home the point that same sex marriage is not just about marriage, but same sex parenting. The author grieves not having had a father. She writes well on the issue, realizing how complicated it is, but [Read More...]

American Baby Killer on the $20 Bill?


Apparently the New York Times is campaigning to have a portrait of eugenicist  Margaret Sanger on the $20 bill. What? So that would be Margaret Sanger the Ku Klux Klan member? Margaret Sanger who said the best thing families can do is kill their baby? John Zmirak gives five reasons why not here. The New York [Read More...]

10 Reasons Why I Love Hearing Confessions


It’s Lent and I’m in the confessional more than usual. At times it is wearying, but more often it is refreshing. I actually love hearing confessions and here are ten reasons why; 1. A Truly Penitent Person is Beautiful - It is always pleasant to be with beautiful people, and when a person is truly penitent they [Read More...]