Trayvon and Zimmerman: A “good faith” breakdown?

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In the comboxes, someone wondered earlier today why I had not written anything about the killing of Trayvon Martin by a "neighborhood watch" volunteer named George Zimmerman. Since I don't watch the news or read papers anymore, I only became aware of it yesterday, and it seems the political world was slow to come to it, too.It's a dreadful story; my heart cannot help but go out to the family of Trayvon Martin, and my prayer is that this case gets a thorough and honest investigation which … [Read more...]

Best Rally Sign I’ve Yet Seen! UPDATES

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Photo Credit: Tom CroweGrabbed off of Facebook, the best picture I've yet seen of the "Stand up" rallies, with the best sign. These are two of the Sisters of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart -- the novice is Sister Mary Joseph and the professed sister is Sister John Mary; they are part of a newish, growing community dedicated to the New Evangelization, and -- if you can't make it out -- their sign reads: We fed you; we taught you; we nursed you; we visited you. Keep our conscience … [Read more...]

“Thank Yourself, Catholic Charities Runs It”

The lie that the church "hates" women and wants to keep them down is an an old one and a lazy one and a convenient one, and -- unsurprisingly, it's the lie the media and folks with an agenda will run with. Reality, of course, is quite different and can't be explained in a slogan or with a bumper sticker:The hundred-or-so inhabitants were all ecstatic over the new [Catholic Relief Services supplied] well . . . but the happiest, the leader told me, through the translator, were the little … [Read more...]

No, David Gregory is not a Hack

I'm seeing a lot of remarks on Twitter about this exchange between Newt Gingrich and David Gregory this morning.I'm seeing people saying Newt "schooled" David Gregory; that he "took it to" Gregory and so forth, but Gregory lets Gingrich speak for nearly two full minutes, uninterrupted, and in doing so he allows Gingrich to point out all of the issues that are going undiscussed, everyday, while the Democrats and the media promote the absolutely false narrative that anyone is trying to ban … [Read more...]

WH to Dolan: We’re not listening but you should!

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Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York, who is president of the USCCB, brings an update on the HHS Mandate battle and he is being realistic and, it seems to me, trying to tell us all to gird our loins.All links and emphases are mine:The President invited us to “work out the wrinkles,” and we have been taking him seriously. Unfortunately, this seems to be going nowhere: the White House Press Secretary, for instance, informed the nation that the mandates are a fait accompli (and, emb … [Read more...]

The Busy Servants of Moloch – UPDATED

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When the "learning opportunity" of the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood debacle was taking place, I wrote:[the past day's high drama had given] me a mental image of Moloch, enraged and stomping and roaring because there was a threat of less meat coming to his fire.Today, Moloch is appeased; the media’s heartbeat and respiration are returning to normal. They and their pals in DC can take a nice, deep cleansing breath and sit back and smile, understanding what they have just demonstrated … [Read more...]

All Your Conscience Are Belong to Us

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My First Things column from today:Through its mouthpieces, the administration has already begun to argue that “an institution does not have a conscience.” This is utter nonsense. The missions of the church are predicated on conscience, and conscience and mission feed and build upon one another. Conscience is what sent Catholic religious women to drag Civil War soldiers off the battlefields and into their hospitals, regardless of uniform; it is what put Catholic charities and hospitals and sch … [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...]

Why do Catholics Talk about Sex so Much?

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The headlines, of course, are all about the HHS Mandate and response of the Catholic Bishops to last Friday's blusterfest by Obama. The accepted narrative on Catholics and sex is, of course, that Catholics are mostly repressed, want to keep women enslaved to pregnancy and deep down they just don't "get" sex the way the rest of the world does.All of that is false, of course, particularly the last bit. Catholics "get" sex -- they understand it more fully, more deeply and more ecstatically than … [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...]


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