A Church Where Sheep May Safely Graze

Imagine you're pregnant, unchurched and addicted, and you want to step out of the darkness and into the light. What sort of hand will you trust to lead you out?My first child was conceived out of wedlock. I was, at the time, not only unmarried but also a crystal meth addict. I was not Catholic but some strange combination of agnostic/lapsed Protestant; my boyfriend and the father of my child was a Catholic. Obviously neither he nor I were living virtuous lives at the time, but the reality … [Read more...]

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Mercy Strewn, the Feathers Still Linger

Over at The Catholic Answer Magazine, my column dredges up the pain caused by gossip, and hints that mercy is always a good, if not-always-perfect, option.Answering the phone, I was alarmed to hear only a deep, guttural sobbing on the other end. After a moment, the caller collected herself enough to say, “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”“Who is this?” I asked, suspecting a wrong number.In another second I recognized the voice; it belonged to someone who, 20 years earlier, had spread a serio … [Read more...]

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War on Women Propaganda

All wars have their propaganda I must say, I like this salvo -- a clever video put out by the Susan B. Anthony List:I especially like the closing line:"Tell President Obama to respect a woman's choice to practice her beliefs...not his."And you can do that here.In other news, DC Bishop Donald Wuerl is trying some pastoral instruction on Georgetown. My bet is Georgetown won't be listening.I am more than ever convinced that schism within the American church is around the … [Read more...]

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When Marriage is an “Office” Not a “Right”

Over at First Things, I'm wondering if perhaps we have been thinking about marriage, and about all of our roles as human beings, in the wrong way. What if we thought about life in terms of Office; can we comprehend equality -- all quite natural and unforced -- then?While all offices are equal, the Office of Marriage is one of especial humility and sacrifice. The essentials of procreation residing within us are so powerful that unless one ardently works to prevent it, new life will come (a … [Read more...]

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Pelosi Tries to Give Talking Points to Catholics – UPDATED

Right on schedule, Nancy Pelosi tries to do what Ted Kennedy and Mario Cuomo have done before her: give talking points to Catholics who wish to hop on to policy that flies in the face of church teaching.You'll recall it was Kennedy (and later Cuomo) who gave voice to the corkscrew notion that one could be “personally opposed” to abortion but too broad-minded to “impose my views on others.”Because, as you know, modern-day liberals would never presume to impose their views on others, not a … [Read more...]

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Ground-up Babies in Pill Form – UPDATE

Help me out here -- I'm having a really hard time believing this is real, via the AP's Hyung-Jin Kim: SKorea finds smuggled capsules contain human flesh:South Korea has seized thousands of smuggled drug capsules filled with powdered flesh from dead babies, which some people believe can cure disease, officials said Monday.The capsules were made in northeastern China from babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder, the Korea … [Read more...]

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Will’s Poignant Admiration: Why Life and Love Matter

George Will's son, Jon, is turning 40. With Down syndrome apparent at his birth, Jon's entrance into the world was greeted with a sterile question from the doctor to the parents: "do you want to take him home with you?"The Wills wondered, "isn't that what new parents do with infants?"Will has written a beautiful piece in honor of his son, whose well-lived life is a pointed and dignified rebuke to a society that now aborts 90% of all babies suspected of carrying an extra chromosome. It … [Read more...]

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LCWR and Rome: the Opera of Catholicism – UPDATED

Recently, while watching some Catholic sniping and squabbling amid these internet comboxes wherein I dwell and make my living, I noted a particularly dramatic note of victimhood being voiced in one channel and fervent, mustachio-twirling glee emanating from another, and I suddenly realized why opera is an art-form created and first-sustained in Catholic cultures. We do love our arias and our grand, sweeping themes.The issue I had been monitoring was the sort of simple doctrinal rumpus that … [Read more...]

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You want to really talk about Christian Persecution?

We talk about it, and it's a serious issue, but how much do we really know about the reality of Christian persecution, and how we folks in the pews need to be prepared to help each other as people are "paying blood for their fidelity to the Gospel"?Watch this masterful, balanced, stunningly-well done presentation by the great and knowledgeable journalist John Allen, delivered to the 2012 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Mark Shea has linked to it and so has Thomas L. McDonald -- … [Read more...]

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