Who Am I to Judge?

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“Who Am I to Judge?” will probably go down in history as Pope Francis’ most quotable quote. The context of his quip is well known. On the plane back from World Youth Day in Brazil he was asked about the so called “gay lobby” in the church. He replied, “When I meet a gay person, [Read More...]

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Martin O’Malley: When Catholic Politicians Get Creepy

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Martin O’Malley is the latest Catholic politician to come out as a duplicitous “Catholic.” Deacon Kandra posts an excerpt here from an interview in which O’Malley displays some amazingly twisted thinking to support homosexual marriage–even though he’s a Catholic. As far as I can make out his belief goes like this: “the child of a homosexual [Read More...]

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Ten Examples of the Devil’s Double Think

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You can always tell when the Father of Lies is about his business because he will get people completely contradicting themselves in their advocacy of various causes. This is what I call the Devil’s Doublethink. Here are some examples: 1. Feminists who attack men for being sexist - If you launch an attack on everyone of one [Read More...]

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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...]

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On the Importance of Shoes

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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...]

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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...]

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Lesbian Mom? No Dad? Tough Luck

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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...]

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American Baby Killer on the $20 Bill?

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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...]

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10 Reasons Why I Love Hearing Confessions

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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...]

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Are Dolce and Gabbana Catholic Heroes?

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  My latest article for CRUX analyzes the feud between gay fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana and Elton John. Italian fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana waded into a gay rights hurricane last week by criticizing same sex marriage and “designer babies.” The storm started when Stefano Gabbana said in an interview with Italy’s Panorama magazine, “We [Read More...]

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Learning Deep Repentance in Lent

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Why do you go to confession anyway? There’s a first level of repentance which is simply duty. The church says you should go to confession at least once a year. So off you go. You stand in line. You “make your confession” but it’s a superficial grab at some top level sins. Maybe you aren’t [Read More...]

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Wolves of ISIS Attack Christian Sites

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London’s Daily Telegraph reports here on the latest waves of vandalism against Christian shrines in Iraq. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants have released new images showing the destruction of Christian churches in the terror sect’s strongholds in northern Iraq. The photos depict groups of fanatics removing a cross and bell from the top [Read More...]

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The Importance of Patrick in Spiritual Warfare

There is this legend that St Patrick drove all the snakes out of the Emerald Isle. “Hogwash!” say the skeptics.  “Typical of gullible Christians to believe in superstitious miracle stories. There never have been any snakes native to Ireland. The climate is too cold.” However, there is more to the legend than the literal meaning. [Read More...]

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The Poet and the Starlet

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Did you know the eccentric English poet Edith Sitwell was friends with Marilyn Monroe? My article this week for Imaginative Conservative looks at their lives and learns a lesson Having known for some time of the unlikely friendship between the dour T.S. Eliot and the zany Groucho Marx, I was intrigued to learn that the [Read More...]

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Does Cardinal Kasper Believe in Friendly Ghosts?

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Let’s face it, the aged Cardinal Walter Kasper is a modernist of the old school. He doesn’t believe in friendly ghosts. The “friendly ghost” I’m thinking of is Jesus walking on the water. You know the story. It’s three in the morning and the disciples are out in a fishing boat in the storm tossed [Read More...]

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The Pope, the Prince and the Pauper

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  My latest article for Aleteia reports on the universal appeal of the Catholic Church and the papacy. The extent of the pope’s reach was re-affirmed recently as he welcomed King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium. At fifty-four Philippe is one of Europe’s youngest reigning monarchs. He ascended the throne in 2013 after the [Read More...]

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Divine Mercy Celebration with Johnette Benkovic

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Join me, Steve Wood and Johnette Benkovic for a Divine Mercy Weekend at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Greenville, SC April 11 and 12. for more information go here. [Read more...]

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Bogged Down in Lent? Here Are Five Prayer Pointers

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We’re supposed to pray more in Lent. So pray more why dontcha? Here are  some ideas for kickstarting your Lenten Prayer life. 1. Pray the Divine Office - The complete daily Divine Office consists of Morning Prayer, Mid Day Prayer, Evening Prayer, Office of Readings and Night Prayer. But if you’re not a priest you don’t have [Read More...]

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Pita Priest’s “Pastoral” Slap Down at A Funeral

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Feisty Catholic blogger Katrina Fernandez, known as The Crescat went to her beloved Grandmother’s funeral Mass only to be humiliated and embarrassed by the priest when she went to receive communion. She writes about the experience here and she ain’t happy. Katrina is a courageous single Mom who struggles to make ends meet. She was not only [Read More...]

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Christians Dishing Out Toxic Soup

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Are food pantries and soup kitchens always a good thing or are we inadvertently handing out deadly food and toxic soup? I’m exaggerating to make my point about what’s called toxic charity. My article for Aleteia this week focusses on the non productive way we do our charity work. Those who run the soup kitchens, homeless [Read More...]

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Pope Francis the Big Coward

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I know. I know. The headline was misleading, but I couldn’t resist. Catholic News Agency reports on the pope’s  recent interview with an Argentinian shanty town paper the pope admitted that there is a threat to his life from ISIS, but he puts himself in the Lord’s hands saying that he does not fear death, [Read More...]

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Join Me and Johnette to Celebrate Divine Mercy Weekend

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Johnette Benkovic will be coming to Our Lady of the Rosary Parish In Greenville, South Carolina for a Divine Mercy Weekend. On Saturday, April 11 join Johnette, myself and EWTN radio personality Steve Wood for a day conference on The Divine Mercy and the Family. Johnette will give two talks, and Steve and I will [Read More...]

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