Kolbe Would Have Worn the Nun (ن)

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I meant to write this earlier but the day got away from me. Now, it's sundown and past the feastday of Saint Maximilian Kolbe -- we're actually in the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but I'll write about that tomorrow. Let's look at Kolbe one more time before calling it a day, or a night, and I'll tell you why.Kolbe was a Catholic priest and very much a subversive:He’d been arrested, in part, for hiding and assisting Jews — 2000 of them. Subversive. H … [Read more...]

The Experience of the Islamic State Horror, First-hand

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These are not easy to read; imagine your families trying to deal with this."What prayers shall I say now?:Father Anis Hanna explained in detail how life has now changed for the different minorities who once lived in peace for centuries under the reign of Islam in Iraq and Syria. In July, ISIS declared from different mosques in Mosul that, starting on 28 July 2014, new laws and rules would be applied to everyone living in the territories under the Islamic State. They also declared that … [Read more...]

Editorial: “The World Can’t Afford US Gov’t This Bad for So Long!”

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Wow, first Dana Milbank, then Richard Cohen, then New York Magazine and now this*:After [the president's] truth-challenged oversell of the Affordable Care act, the unconscionable overreach of his CIA and his disastrous indecision on so many foreign policy issues, it's unnerving to realize that his presidency still has two more years in office. An administration with no agenda and no competence would be hard enough to live with on the domestic front. But the rest of the world simply can't … [Read more...]

Robin Williams and the Murderous Mendacity of Depression – UPDATED

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Depression is a hissing false witness. It lies and tells someone there is no hope; it lies and declares, "you're a fraud"; it lies when it warns you to hide your feelings, because people won't love you if they know how terrified and alone and desperate you feel; it lies and sneers that you're weak -- that you can just snap out of it, anytime, if you really want to; it croons the lie that love is not real, and hope is for suckers; it whispers the most insidious of lies: that your pain will never … [Read more...]

What this ridiculously serious world needs…

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...is a seriously ridiculous pair of reading glasses to lighten the mood around here! … [Read more...]

The West Lacks One Essential Tool to Defeat ISIS

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In an article covering President Obama’s reluctant decision to begin limited airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State (IS), New York Times writer Peter Baker quoted Ambassador Ryan Crocker, who affirmed US national security interests and added “This is evil incarnate.”Few would disagree. Do not click here unless you are willing to see horrific images of beheaded children, or videos of young men being led into trenches and summarily executed, but their existence -- along with news that t … [Read more...]

Ann Coulter’s Strange God Renders Her Blind

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Others tell me it is "schtick" meant to "make us think" but if that's what Ann Coulter is serving up with her "charity begins at home" number, she's doing it badly. Leading people into productive thought shouldn't involve dragging them through a toxic swamp, where all sorts of rank and dubious detritus may become attached to our thinking.Writes Coulter:America is the most consequential nation on Earth, and in desperate need of God at the moment.And how does she think Americans will … [Read more...]

Why Does Moral Absolutism Work (Some of the Time)?

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Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam recently had a very cordial exchange on the merits of legalising prostitution – so cordial, in fact, that they were accused of doing Twitter fights wrong.Salam was making a reluctant case based on harm reduction, which followed a familiar pattern: “people are going to buy sex anyway, and legalising it will make things safer for those selling sex.” Douthat, in defending the Swedish model (where selling sex is not criminalised, but buying is) made two arguments. Th … [Read more...]

“My people are being slaughtered!” ISIS = Genocide with impunity UPDATE: And now, the Satanists

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"Please, brothers! Our sisters are being taken and sold as slaves in the slave market!...I speak here in the name of humanity! Save us! Save us!""Genocide in the 21st Century! We are being slaughtered! We are being exterminated! An entire religion is being exterminated from the face of the earth!"And it likely won't be the last. To paraphrase Niemöller: First, they came for the Yezidi, and I wasn't a Yezidi, so I said and did nothing...Let's be blunt: the so-called "Islamic … [Read more...]

General Mills finds the Smart Dads Missing on TV

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I've been grousing for a long time about the way advertisers (and sitcom writers) portray fathers as buffoons and ignorant slobs who must be instructed by their children when they are not being utterly emasculated by their wives, to whom they must obediently kowtow.So, kudos to General Mills and whoever has their Cheerios account:How refreshing is that? A smart, easygoing dad who is involved with his family and has a sense of humor. I see a lot of my husband in that guy. And I love … [Read more...]

Confirmed: Yes, the “Fire Challenge” IS Real!

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So, the other day, I posted here about this "fire challenge", wherein teenagers set themselves on fire for fun and Facebook Fame.And then I learned that the page I'd linked to calls itself a satire site, and did the full "mea culpa" for being taken in about it.Then someone on Facebook sent me a YouTube video of someone aflame and I threw up my hands to heaven, wondering what was true or not; when Glenn Reynolds linked from Instapundit, I welcomed his readers and asked them to help me … [Read more...]

Christian Right? Christian Left? It’s Great to Have a Christian Anything

I hope you all appreciate the fact that I'm going to get a truly gargantuan amount slagging for all this flag-waving.

I’ve written two posts worth of thoughts on the idea of an authentically Christian left-wing political movement, and they’ve mostly consisted of cautions and warnings – obstacles to be overcome, temptations to be avoided.That may run the risk of under-emphasising how glad I am that people are thinking about such a movement, and indeed, how glad I am that it’s possible for people of all political stripes to unabashedly talk, in mainstream media outlets, about being inspired, not just by the ch … [Read more...]

A Day of Prayer and Adoration for Iraqi, Syrian Christians and More

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Mentioned this on the air last week while chatting with Sheila Liaugminas on A Closer Look. The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (PFSP) has organized a worldwide day of prayer and adoration -- and fasting, if you can do it -- for the sake of our suffering Christian brethren in Iraq and Syria, and possibly elsewhere.The PFSP, you may recall, recently lost a young priest, Father Kenneth Walker in a tragedy that also involved the serious beating injury of another priest, in the rectory of … [Read more...]

Nun News Mini-Roundup, Summer 2014

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I do a full roundup of Nun News every autumn, usually around the Feast day of Saint Therese of Lisieux, and I am beginning to collect for that post now, but these pics are so neat, I thought I'd share them:The Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church have a new novice, and she is very cool:The Passionist Nuns of the Diocese of Owensboro added a second postulant to their young noviate this week.The Poor Clares of Bethlehem Monastery has clothed yet another novice and celebrated … [Read more...]


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