Why We Need Redemption

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This ugly, deplorable, heartbreaking picture showed up in my facebook feed.That's a beautiful baby, who looks to be full-term. And there are thousands if not millions of people who cannot have babies, and who would quickly claim this little one for their own. In a world where the fullness of love is constantly being challenged by hate and emptiness, the love therein created -- parent-to-child-to-grandparents and so on -- would have brought a little more affirmation, a little more "yes" into … [Read more...]

In Cuba, being too pretty can land you in jail – UPDATE

Laura is in her 30s, stunningly beautiful, and not yet married (although she would like to be). To reward her hard work, she once won tickets from her employer to go to a night club with live music. Such clubs are frequented by tourists to Cuba, but the entrance fees are out of the reach of most Cubans, even those like Laura with good jobs. When leaving the club, Laura’s beauty caught the attention of the police, who accused her of having gone to that club to work as a prostitute for f … [Read more...]

“When shall we begin to do good?” (video fixed)

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Last year I had a chance to interview Tony Rossi about The Christopher Awards, and how they emphasize how Christ is borne in the stories, these awards bring to our attention.The latest awards have been announced, and they'll be presented in May, but over at his blog today, Tony features one of the honored books, Kisses from Katie: a Story of Relentless Love and Redemption, and what an inspiring, humbling story it is!A few years ago, the Tennessee teen served as class president at her … [Read more...]

Obamacare, “and then what”? – UPDATED

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We had a busy weekend, and I barely was able to keep up with the headlines, but I did read a little about the Obamacare arguments before the SCOTUS. I also heard about former Vice-President Dick Cheney's heart transplant, and some of the less-than charitable, often outright hateful remarks emanating from the left. The most interesting of those, I think, are the ones instantly re-embracing the "constitution-shredding" and "war criminal" narratives of 2001-2008 without the merest acknowledgment … [Read more...]

Unreal Hotel in Too-Real World

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Anthony Esolen has an absolute must-read over at Crisis Magazine.Many are the strange things going on in the Unreal Hotel.In Room 101, a man and woman are lying together, and in more ways than one.In Room 102, it is a man and a man.In Room 103, a fellow named George, who has grown weary of his life, is meeting surreptitiously with his physician, Dr. Felix, to determine what will be the best medicine for him to take to bring his days to an appropriate end.In Room 104, two … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict: Faith and the Future

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In 2009 Ignatius press released this prophetic little volume, written by our pope over 1969-1970 -- while the world was in the first throes of the social revolution. I thought I'd share a few of Joseph Ratzinger's prescient thoughts. They seem timely:"The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes . . . she will lose many … [Read more...]

Did Daley leave WH because of the HHS Mandate?

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Found over at New Advent (which you should be visiting every day!) there is this headline: Anonymous White House sources: Sebelius led fight for contraception edict, while VP Biden warned Obama about backlash from Catholic voters.....President Barack Obama ended months of internal White House debate by siding with a group of mostly female advisers who urged him not to limit a health-care law mandate to provide contraceptives, even at the risk of alienating Catholic voters in November, … [Read more...]

How to understand the Culture of Life

Hello Everyone! I'm thrilled to be here alongside my esteemed co-hosts at The Anchoress, where the best readers on the internet congregate.If you've never heard of me, or my blog, Betty Duffy, that puts you with the vast majority of people online who read blogs. Kathy reports that my schtick is organized and happy, which causes me to fear that I have gravely misrepresented myself online. Keep reading, and I'm sure you'll encounter my miserable and disorganized side as well.I tend to run … [Read more...]

77 years later, woman finds child conceived in rape

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Photo: Ana Venegas/AP: Minka Disbrow discovered her daughter was raised by a Norwegian pastor and his wife and has six children including astronaut Mark Lee.Wow, what a story:On a summer day in 1928 while picnicking with girls from a sewing class, Disbrow and her friend Elizabeth were jumped by three men as they went for a walk in their long dresses.Both were raped.“We didn’t know what to do. We didn’t know what to say. So when we went back, nothing was said,” Disbrow recalle … [Read more...]

Pro-Lifers and the Truth-Phobic Press

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Photosource: telecareKatrina Fernandez has pictures from yesterday's March for Life, and she promises that more are coming.Watching yesterday on EWTN, I heard estimates of nearly half-million people marching peacefully and cheerfully, in the freezing rain, in support of life, which is -- at its core, as Tim Muldoon writes -- a march in support of love:In our experience, the metanoia of loving has meant seeing orphans not as problems to be solved, but as beloved children who will … [Read more...]


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