Graces and Grousing and Gladness — UPDATE

Thank you for your prayers after yesterday's pathetic post. I did go to see Saint Philip Neri and I believe he helped me; I am sure your prayers and good wishes also helped. I ended up having a lovely lunch with Kathryn Jean Lopez, followed with a bit of Sambucca, which I had never had before. I drank it thinking, "well, either I'm better or I'm not but I'm tired of not having fun."Perhaps the Sambucca helped tame the stomach bug. Or made it too drunk to bother me!In any case, I am … [Read more...]

Mechanical Man: What’s the point of you?

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Over the weekend, we watched a little indy film that we liked a lot, The Giant Mechanical Man:The protagonists are both struggling, in large part because they are social misfits; in a world that demands you have your goals lined up, your sites set and your trajectories launched without a shred of doubt, they are not sure what they want, what they even like or what they think. All they know is they don't want to be part of all that doing and going unless it has an authentic relation to … [Read more...]

Think you’ve heard it all about abortion? Then think again!

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(image courtesy of shutterstock.com)Someone asked me, recently, what I thought the status is of the pro-life movement, and I said, "sort of stagnant." Different polling shows different data (and as Sr. Mary Ann Walsh noted at the USCCB Media Blog, "it's all in how you ask the questions") but whether anything is really changing is anyone's guess and tactics -- on both sides -- are awfully stale and predictable. When it is politically expedient for them to do so, the pro-abortion side hauls … [Read more...]

“There’s Gold in Them Thar Wombs!”: Cuomo Chases it Down

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Not everyone is into political issues, or keeps up with them, and my husband has a limited attention span for news articles on issues that have promised "nothing new" for the last few decades. For that reason, and although he is strongly pro-life, articles touching on the issue rarely get his attention: there's a lot of yelling on all sides, but few if any saying anything new.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is helping to change that, by saying something new, extreme, and rather shocking, and … [Read more...]

Elite Women Do Not See This Abortion Reality – UPDATE

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(photosource)Recall that the only reason we ever heard about monster-abortionist/baby-feet collecting Kertmit Gosnell was because of an investigation into drug charges. Absent that investigation, we'd never have known about the filth, incompetence and reckless disregard for human life that comprised his profitable "services" to "women in need."And here, again, we discover abortion mill squalor, only because of a peripheral investigation:the Muskegon Fire Department has posted … [Read more...]

Cravings: New Personal Perspectives for a New Year

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I have been waiting for a long time for the release of Mary DeTurris Poust's latest book, Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image and God, and here it finally is:Before I had read a word about the book a glimpse of the cover spelled out a central aspect of its message: we see a luscious berry, so overripe it's almost bursting; you want to just grab it and indulge in it, but note the thorns that warn against mindless excess. It brilliantly conveys the essential message of the … [Read more...]

A Church with Blades Drawn!

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My column at First Things today talks about the ongoing tension between Catholic "Right and Left", and the conceit behind it:There exists an undeniable tension between left-leaning “social justice” Catholics and the right-leaning “pro-life” side; they share a conceit of primacy—one side sees itself as more compassionate; the other as more obedient. I personally know “social justice” Catholics who will pretend pro-lifers care nothing for the poor. And I certainly know pro-lifers who think the … [Read more...]

A Divided Church and a Movement with Momentum

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(Image courtesy of shutterstock.com)Over at Egregious Twaddle, Joanne McPort asks (and answers) whether the church can survive the times:The received narrative paints a Church disproportionately and irreconcilably divided between The People, a vast international sea of those who reject doctrinal pronouncements, tradition, and authority in favor of relevance, inclusivity, and individual conscience, and The Bishops (among whom the Pope is just one of the boys), a tiny aged and withering … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Feds Halt HHS Mandate Enforcement on Small Business Owner

The Newland Family employ about 250 people in their small business, and they try to live out their consciences as Catholics, which means they offer a health insurance plan, that does not include coverage of sterilization or contraception. And the Obama administration's Department of Justice did not like that.Now, they have a "stay" of sorts, on the ruinous (and I believe unconstitutional) "contraception mandate" ordered by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as part of Obamacare.DENVER — A f … [Read more...]

Building on what you’ve built: A GREAT Story

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My Patheos colleague Tim Dalrymple has a story and video that really should make everyone stop in their tracks and think about what we all mean when we say (or sneer) at each other: "success", "capitalism", "share", "evil corporations", "collectivism" and "church."We get caught up in words like those -- particularly in an election year where, suddenly, words like "hard work", "build", "success", "welfare", "human dignity", "profit", "business", "hand-outs", "hand-ups" and "community" are … [Read more...]


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