Because The Church Is Our Pillar Of Fire

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For Christmas, we were given one of those little inspirational calendars. You know the kind. Every day you flip a page over and meet a new quote to great the day with. The person who bought ours got it from a nondenominational Christian community called Kenilworth Union Church. They call the calendar Day by Day, 2015.  [Read more...]

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The Rolling Stones Tune “Gimme Shelter” Meets The Internet…

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What if they got folks from all around the world to record a rendition of Mick & Keith’s Gimme Shelter via the web? How cool would that be?

The folks at Playing For Change thought it would be cool. Roll tape. [Read more...]

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The Little Sisters Of The Poor Take Their Case To SCOTUS

Photo Credit: The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Photo Credit: The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

A few days ago, I was going to mention that the main reason why some cases are settled justly the first time, while others aren’t, has a lot to do with which circuit court the case is heard in. When a lower court decides against a plaintiff, the next step is to appeal the judgement.

To the highest court of the land, then, is where the Little Sisters of the Poor are headed. Again. [Read more...]

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Man In Same-Sex Marriage Denied Communion At His Mother’s Funeral Mass UPDATED

It happened on July 10, 2015 at St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite, Lousiana. Steve Hardy, writing for The Advocate out of Baton Rouge, has the story, [Read more...]

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Bishop Richard Stika’s Statement On The Loss Of The Marines Killed In Chattanooga

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Requiescat in pace,
Marines. Let us pray, [Read more...]

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The Definition Of A Gentlemen (A Few Words For Wednesday)

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“Portrait Miniature of John Henry Newman” by William Charles Ross  Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

While I was on vacation, I started thumbing through a book my wife picked up for me at our public library’s used book sale. Edited by a Fr. Raphael H. Gross, of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, the somewhat uninspiring title of the tome is, A Century of the Catholic Essay.

I have no idea how pastoral Fr. Raphael was, or how good his homilies were, etc., but as an editor, well, let’s just say that I haven’t been able to put the book down yet.

Out of copyright, and out of print, I intend to share a number of his selections from the collection in this space. Let’s start with a succinct essay from Catholic convert, and recently canonized saint, John Henry Newman. [Read more...]

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Confused About The HHS Mandate And Bullying The Little Sisters Of The Poor?

Jeanne Jugan, Foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor Public Domain

St. Jeanne Jugan, Foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor
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Join the club.Evidently there isn’t enough important stuff happening in the world these days, so the Obama Administration plays a game of chicken with the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Go figure.

Perhaps doing so makes the Administration feel powerful, while they neglect to do much of anything of substance in other spheres?

Here’s the Wall Street Journal interviewing Stephanie Barclay of the Becket Fund For Religious Liberty. Roll tape. [Read more...]

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The #1 Reason the Catholic Church Won’t Support Same-Sex Marriage…

St. John The Baptist In The Wilderness, by José Leonardo (Spain, 1601-before 1653) LACMA Collection, Public Domain

St. John The Baptist In The Wilderness, by José Leonardo (Spain, 1601-before 1653), LACMA Collection, Public Domain

It’s quite simple, actually. Oh, you won’t see the reason talked about by folks using rational thinking towards an irrational people. [Read more...]

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Because Jesus Said Plenty About Marriage, and Other Inconvenient Stuff Too…UPDATED

"Jesus Christ and the rich young man," Heinrich Hoffman.

“Marriage? Funny you should ask about that, young man…”*

Hey y’all. Didn’t you know that Jesus didn’t say nothin about homosexuality in the Bible? True story. You ain’t gonna find Our Lord say that particular word nowheres in the Scriptures. It’s like he never heard of that situation. Heck, everbody knows that if Jesus didn’t say it, it don’t exist. Right?

Of course, Jesus said plenty about marriage, and I’m here to tell y’all, it’s damned inconvenient to the spirit of the age nowadays. [Read more...]

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Thoughts On The Gay Marriage Decision From My Bishop…UPDATED

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Richard F. Stika, Bishop of Knoxville

And from the Supreme Court justices themselves. First up is the initial, and wise, reaction of my bishop, Richard F. Stika,

“Sad moment in the history of our nation. But we move on. No same sex marriages will be celebrated within the Catholic Church. Our faith teaches that marriage is a sacramental union between a man and a woman. That is our faith and our truth!!! We shall not attack the principle of same sex marriage but uphold our faith and our truths! It does not matter to the Church as marriage is a sacrament that can’t be defined by any court!”

His point is well taken. Supreme Court decisions come, and go. But the Law of the Lord is forever. Go to the diocesan website for his official response.

Next up, from the majority opinion of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the following thoughts are crucial from the standpoint of the Catholic Church, and for all who do not dissent from her teachings, [Read more...]

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