Barron on “Death of God & Loss of Human Dignity”

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[This piece was written before today's release of a third, very graphic video - Admin]by Bishop-elect Robert BarronI am sure by now that many of you have seen the appalling hidden-camera videos of two Planned Parenthood physicians bantering cheerfully with interlocutors posing as prospective buyers of the body parts of aborted infants. While they slurp wine in elegant restaurants, the good doctors -- both women -- blandly talk about what price they would expect for providing … [Read more...]

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Wuerl: “Disagreement is not discrimination”

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This is from April, but I only saw it last night, and the sentiments bear noting, so...Cardinal Donald Wuerl, joined here by John Garvey, President of the Catholic University of America, makes an important and perfectly true distinction, here: Disagreement is not Discrimination:Recent laws enacted by the D.C. Council would have us believe otherwise. The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act and the Human Rights Amendment Act purport to address “discrimination” by ins … [Read more...]

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Happy 4th: A Nation Pulling Apart and Norman Rockwell

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TRUE STORY: This morning I awoke from a dream whereby the Supreme Court had been called into some sort of emergency session, and in order to get to their bench, they had to pass through some lobby I was standing in. One of them -- a rather short, jolly man (capable of using the phrase "argle-bargle", but not Scalia) -- got his robe caught on the buckle of my shoe, and after I released him, he thanked me and said, "a good day for thanks, in general."And I held him by the shoulders and said, … [Read more...]

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8 Things Catholics can “Do” to “Fix” Things

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I really appreciated this piece by Father Robert Barron, which looks at past challenges of the church, in light of the Obergefell decision legalizing gay marriage.His piece, along with many other headlines and blogposts I'll link to below, got me thinking, and -- as Father Barron would say -- "here's the thing...":My email is full of people wringing their hands and fretting -- really fretting -- "how do we fix this? What to do, what to do, what to do?"What do people mean, when they … [Read more...]

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Fr. Robert Barron on Gay Marriage: “We’re still standing…”

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I know many are feeling rather knocked about by recent events, most particularly by the Supreme Court's unsurprising decision in favor of gay marriage. Here is Father Robert Barron's take:Just last week, I had the privilege of spending four hours in the Sistine Chapel with my Word on Fire team. Toward the end of our filming, the director of the Vatican Museums, who had accompanied us throughout the process, asked whether I wanted to see the “Room of Tears.” This is the little antechamber, jus … [Read more...]

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A Nation of Suckers: Jenner, Kardashians and a Commodity of Gossip

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Over the past few days, I have wondered if I was the only person in America completely disinterested in the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner story, or -- correct that -- if I was the only contrarian refusing to become interested, simply because the voracious Jenner-Kardashian Machine, and their compliant media, so desperately wanted me to be interested, and so insistently needed me to approve, as well.These ghastly modern Pavlovs ring their outsized bell, and the world obediently begins to bark and yip … [Read more...]

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The Art of the Painless Coup

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On Twitter, Ron Fournier post his latest piece, here, with a glum, "We can't trust Hillary. Her team is convinced trust doesn't matter to voters!"To which I replied: "[They] Might be right; a majority contentedly distracted w/Kardashians and zeitgeist can be brought along; we get "leaders" we deserve."Fournier suggested that people can watch the Kardashians and The Bachelorette and still be well-informed, but I have my doubts; I suggested that a "Kardashian Distracshian" is precisely … [Read more...]

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Hebdo-Gellergate: Can we Square a Free Speech Circle?

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Sticking a toe into the Charlie Hebdo/Pamela Geller question has not interested me. Watching a debate about what constitutes "authentic" freedom of speech that is meant to provoke, vs "inauthentic, hateful" freedom of speech that is also meant to provoke -- often with the very same voices taking both sides -- has left me thinking more about how too many people in America believe, along with the president, that no crisis ought to be wasted; everything is fodder for ideological exploitation and … [Read more...]

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If you like your nun soap, you can’t keep your nun soap…

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At least not if Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) have their way, because the government can't leave anything alone; everything must be regulated: the Personal Care Products Safety Act (S. 1014) will basically regulate the small cottage industry of artisanal soap-making out or existence with annual fees, multiple registrations and detailed information about every product they offer.You like the lady who keeps goats and makes that great lye-soap with … [Read more...]

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Steak & Godly Intimacy: Poverty Plus Personal Perspectives

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In different ways, a few Patheos Catholic bloggers have been talking about poverty, and from a personal point of view, and all unplanned.It started off with Rebecca Lane Frech thinking back on the paradoxical freedoms and intimacies that came with being short of money, when she and her family had to lean on others, who in turn leaned on them:When we were poor, we shared and there was a joy in sharing. I can remember the phone calls to my friend S where I would say “Payday is tomorrow a … [Read more...]

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