“The Stuff Priests are Made Of”: Orthodox Edition – UPDATED Phones IDing Protesters

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A couple of years ago, jumping off of this appreciation by Katrina Fernandez, I chronicled a few Catholic priests who had put themselves in the middle of danger, in astonishing ways, for love of Christ and humanity.Currently, there are terrible stories, violent images and reported deaths coming out of Ukraine, as citizens and journalists have attempted to peacefully demonstrate for their right -- the very basic human right -- to be able to freely question and protest against public policy … [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...]

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...]

Fearless Pat Gohn: “Do You Want to Pray About It?”

Pat Gohn with Mic

About a year ago, Pat Gohn and I were chatting via skype about work-related issues, when the subject came around to our kids. I mentioned that my older son was, that very day (and after a discouraging two year search) interviewing for a job that seemed perfect for him.Although I felt strongly that the Holy Spirit was at work, and that the job was "meant" for him, I suppose my voice still betrayed some tension; Pat picked up on it and said, "would you like to pray about it right now? We can … [Read more...]

“The Bottomless Lie that Perverts Our Lives…”

"When a man sets himself against God," said Pope Benedict, "he sets himself against his own truth, and therefore does not become free, but alienated from himself."The pope is so prolific, it's hard to keep up. Only just read this from Holy Thursday. You can read the whole homily, here … [Read more...]

Gerson and Douthat Must-Reads

Michael Gerson: you may be tempted to dismiss it as hyperbole, but he makes a strong argument that, with his HHS mandate (which, his Press Secretary Jay Carney has confirmed, he will not subject to further review) a strong argument that Obama has declared war on all religion. Read it all, but if you haven't time, at least absorb this:Both radicalism and maliciousness are at work in Obama's decision — an edict delivered with a sneer. It is the most transparently anti-Catholic maneuver by the f … [Read more...]

Contraceptive Mandate “Designed” to affect Catholics

Well at least someone is getting it on the record:The federal government’s new contraceptive and sterilization insurance coverage mandate includes a religious exemption whose language was designed specifically to counter Catholic institutions’ conscience protections, one Catholic health care leader told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee Nov. 2.The exemption’s “highly flawed” definition originated in a California debate about a state-level contraception mandate, William J. Cox, … [Read more...]

Obama Admin and HHS vs Catholic Church

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There was a lot of pretense in 2008 that Obama -- with his 100% approval rating from NARAL -- should be the choice of "intelligent" Catholics because even if he was wrong on abortion, he was "so good" on everything else -- the poor, the disadvantaged, the promise to turn back the Bush wars, close Gitmo, halt rendition, bring "transparency" and restore our "shredded constitution" -- these were all so compellingly at-one with the church that an Obama presidency would bring about the large … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Civic Freedom

Freedom seeks purpose: it requires conviction. True freedom presupposes the search for truth – for the true good – and hence finds its fulfillment precisely in knowing and doing what is right and just. Truth, in other words, is the guiding norm for freedom, and goodness is freedom’s perfection. Aristotle defined the good as “that at which all things aim”, and went on to suggest that “though it is worthwhile to attain the end merely for one man, it is finer and more godlike to attain it for a nati … [Read more...]


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