A Most small-c Catholic Drama

Over at Pajamas Media, I have a piece that you might call an addendum to my weekend article at First Things.In 2009 an Arizona woman, pregnant with her fifth child and suffering from pulmonary hypertension (an often, but not always fatal complication), consulted with her doctor and the ethics committee member on call — a Catholic Sister of Mercy — and obtained an abortion at the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.As the story has gone public, the reactions have been predictable across r … [Read more...]

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Faith & Politics, Appetite & Desire

Today at Mass I was praying for all on my list, and also praying for the nation, the president, Speaker Pelosi and so forth. I thought to myself: "she strikes me as someone in whom everything has been burned away except political appetite."But then I considered that the same statement can be true about so many of us who are "political junkies." The old nag began within me again: when do our ideologies take over to the extent that they become our idols?It's a valid concern.And then … [Read more...]

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How to Pray for the Nation

Got this from reader Alexandra, and thought it was such incredibly simple (but profound) advice, that I had to share it. It really humbled and instructed me:. . .when the Bush-Gore recount battle was going on, I asked my parish priest, a very wise man who loves Christ, how to discern God's will. I wasn't asking so much for his opinion on the politics of the day but when I am in one of these political battles and a religious person, can I discern God's will in the course of trying to decide … [Read more...]

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Pelosi Doesn't Know from St. Joseph

I'm sorry. Almost nothing that has come from this woman's mouth has infuriated me like this.This woman is a profound grotesque who gets virtually everything wrong here, from what feastday it is, to the kinds of Catholic religious sisters supporting her monster's bastard of a bill.Note, because it is important in the face of her stupidity, her mendacity, her slander and her willingness to use any-and-all means to achieve her ends, the Catholic sisters who vehemently oppose this health care … [Read more...]

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"If the whole world were to crumble…"

“The function of the true state is to impose the minimum restrictions and safeguard the maximum liberties of the people, and it never regards the person as a thing.” -- Kant“The more corrupt the State the more numerous the laws.” -- Tacitus“Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.” -- Lily TomlinLots of upset people out there, today. I can … [Read more...]

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Lies and liars – UPDATE

I've cribbed the video, but after watching it, do go read Ed Morrissey's whole piece. They lie and lie. And they may get away with it, too.The reason they may get away with it, even with boldface lying like this, is because they are assisting in strenghtening the resistance of the world, that there may be no breach by which to "open up space for God’s life to pass through."Am I actually suggesting that at this point The Pelosi and The President are -knowingly or unknowingly, actively or p … [Read more...]

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US Press Deserves its Darwin Award -UPDATED

Ed Morrissey is wondering, as I have in the past, when or if the American press will begin to beat its breast over failing to learn from "the lessons of Iraq" when it comes to the Climate Change boondoggle. He wonders if they will ever kick into an grown-up journalistic mode and actually report on the collapse of the Global Warming movement they helped to build and sustain through their unquestioning support of the narrative.In the years after the the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the subsequent … [Read more...]

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Outrage from a surprising quarter UPDATED

UPDATE: Good for Cafferty, who went all-in for Obama way back when:The differences between Barack Obama and John McCain couldn't be more well-defined. Obama wants to change Washington. McCain is a part of Washington and a part of the Bush legacy. Yet the polls remain close. Doesn't make sense…unless it's race.Obama certainly has brought "change" to Washington; he's brought Chicago to DC. As to the rest, some of us simply saw through the Obama-hype and MSM-burnish. It might really have h … [Read more...]

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Obama Executive Order & Interpol – UPDATED

I'm thinking that when Steve Schippert began his blog, which he calls Threats Watch, he never thought he would be tracking a threat from his own Executive Branch and Congress.Does that sound a bit out there? Yes, I worry that it does. But this Executive Order, which Obama quietly signed while the world was distracted by Tiger Woods and weather, sounds pretty out there, too:December 17, 2009, The White House released an Executive Order "Amending Executive Order 12425." It grants INTERPOL … [Read more...]

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Go Home Congress! – UPDATED

Dear Congress:After watching the absurd kabuki theater going on in Washington, where Harry Reid spends half his time crowing, "we've got the votes!" and the other half bullying people to get the votes, and Nancy Pelosi walks around like a smiling set of brass knuckles, offering anything, hourly, to anyone who will help her pass their healthcare plan "by Christmas," I have a message for all of you in both houses of the US Congress:GO HOME. Drop what you are doing, right now, and go home. Put … [Read more...]

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