Why Yes, I Do Think Reforms of Annulment Process Are Needed – UPDATED

The thing I appreciate about hate mail is that, while it usually comes my way because someone on the internet is holding me up as an example of Bad Catholicism (with all of the attendant inaccuracies one finds when someone is making a sacrifice to the godling of snotty superiority), the hate mailer usually references something I'd written-and-forgotten, and usually just when I need to revisit the topic.So, then, the hate mail becomes a kind of gift. The Holy Spirit, after all, moves in … [Read more...]

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Ways & Means: Planned Parenthood Vids a Salvific Good

Guest Post By Erin Brownback Last Thursday, after a lengthy Twitter conversation with an ardent supporter of abortion, I posted this tweet.Since then, it has been redistributed in a variety of contexts, and most recently has been used to make the case that to lie to expose the truth of evil is to say, “I will try by any means that is not sinful or illegal to DESTROY you.”I’d like to be clear.We are called to love, respect, and show kindness to all people because they are each ma … [Read more...]

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“Survival, Resilience, Redemption”: Heroes of 2014

(Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Heroes of 2014. Read other perspectives at the page beginning today.)If you ask a well-established charity whether they'd rather have a large dramatic donation a few times a year or a steady income from small, dependable donors, they'll tell you they want, need and appreciate "both", but that if they had to choose, they'd take the everyday small donors, who manage to remain faithful in lush times and in lean; they are the o … [Read more...]

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The Beautiful Doubled-Edged Sword of Hospice – UPDATED

Carl McColman has lost his beloved daughter, Rhiannon:Many well-meaning friends and loved ones say things like “At least she’s in a better place now” or “She’s no longer stuck in a wheelchair” or “Well, her suffering is over.” That’s all true and I believe it — thank heaven for my faith, or I think my sense of being plunged into an abyss would be far more engulfing than it is. And I don’t mean to criticize the genuine love and concern from the many people who care. But every time I hear a com … [Read more...]

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Sisters Rescuing Women from Sex Trades

They are the Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries, and who looking at them could imagine that they have taken upon themselves -- as have so many great missionary sisters before them -- such difficult work, serving populations invisible to so many?Nuns reach out to sex workers in fight against prostitution in the Philippines:In a red-light district in Cebu, central Philippines, the taxi stopped when its passenger called out, “There, that girl,” pointing to one of the women standing in the lin … [Read more...]

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“Hey, KILL your autistic kid, because he’s ANNOYING ME!!!!!! And my NORMAL kids!!!!!”

Well, we've reached a new nadir;Click to enlarge. That's a letter left for the family of boy with autism. By someone who is raising "normal" children.The "pissed off mother!!!!!" who wrote this awful, sick, miserable diatribe has broken one of Elmore Leonards rules or writing:5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.More importantly, in demonstrating her terrifyingly utilitarian outlook that … [Read more...]

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“Hail Satan?” The Scud Missile that is “Amazing Grace” – UPDATED

Saw a lot of fluttery twitter reaction to this last night (twitter is a bastion for fluttery reaction, as fits tweets and bird logos) with people freaking out. Facebook is more staid, marginally.Deacon Greg calls it a must see. Is it? Like Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, I was first skeptical.When people assured me it was true, I didn't have to see it last night to go to bed understanding why I had felt compelled to write this, before turning in.That Strange God -- the idol that is the … [Read more...]

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“Only Bad Guys Hate Babies”

My image, 1986And with that, Simcha Fisher speaks truth:I've had a woman hold a door for my double stroller and hiss, "You have too many children." My friends have been lectured in their church parking lots about their irresponsible breeding behavior. They've been glared at for the high crime of bringing children into a supermarket. People get up and change seats with a groan of disgust when we come into a waiting room, as if the pretty little toddler in sandals and a sundress is … [Read more...]

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Hated the Red Shoes, but Pink Sneakers are to Die For!

When Pope Benedict XVI abdicated his papacy and was succeeded by Pope Francis, one particular fact seemed to delight the press -- and Benedict-haters -- more than any other: Francis was not wearing the red shoes!Google his red shoes (once incorrectly reported and forever incorrectly misunderstood to be Prada-made) and it feels like more was written about them than Benedict's encyclicals, his books, his travel, his kissed babies. Those red shoes drove secularists, and some Catholics crazy, … [Read more...]

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“A Very Safe Place” in a world so thin of them…

The value of a musical education begun during the early years of childhood has been well-documented; students who are exposed to musical instruction while young tend to do better in math and language arts and -- more importantly -- they develop a musicality that will remain with them for as long as they choose to use it, and can always be re-gained. At a recent family event our sons brought out a guitar, a uke, a mandolin and (and a fiddle for a guest) and it was kind of delightful to have a … [Read more...]

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