Archbishop Kurtz: “Marriage is and always will be the union between one man and one woman.”

Today was the day oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges came before the Supreme Court of the United States. The opening statement by Mary Bonauto made it 39 seconds before the questioning by the justices began. [Read more...]

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The 5 Ways Of Worshiping God (Listicles By The Saints)

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I’ve been reading some of the selections on the YIMCatholic Bookshelf. As it turns out, a good number of the books in that collection are written by authors whose names begin with the letter S. Saint this, or Saint that, for example.

Sometimes these folks have brief passages in their works that are both short and helpful. In fact, some of them are like the listicles that the interwebs have come to know and love. Like the one below, which was written by St. John Damascene. [Read more...]

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Yet Again, The Supreme Court Hammers Away At The HHS Mandate

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The Beckett Fund For Religious Liberty shares the news,

Washington, D.C. – Moments ago, for the sixth time in a row, the Supreme Court took steps to protect another religious objector from the contraceptive mandate. It ordered a lower court to reconsider its ruling that denied a group of Catholic ministries in Michigan the freedom to follow their faith. [Read more...]

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I Forgot To Finish The Story About Sleeping In For Easter In Amman. Here’s What We Discovered…

…a beautiful Greek Orthodox parish church with the mouthful name of The Church  of Jesus Christ’s Entry Into The Temple.

I took a couple of photographs with my camera before the battery died. Feast your eyes upon this beautiful sanctuary.

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Wait until you see the walls.

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Dumb Things Americans Do At Home, Drives Recruitment Of Extremists Abroad

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Here is an excerpt of the dumb thing I’m referring to in particular,

A United States federal judge has ordered New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to display on its buses a controversial ad that refers to Muslims killing Jews, rejecting the argument that the ad could incite “terrorism” or imminent violence. [Read more...]

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The Kingdom Of Jordan Through My Camera Lens…

What follows are a few snapshots taken while I was in Jordan for the Religious Blogger/Press Tour. I took hundreds of photographs (who doesn’t these days?) and I intend to share them with you here. How about a dozen at a time?

I hope you get a sense of the beauty of both the land, and of the people, in the eastern portion of the Holy Land. Here is the first batch.

View from the patio of the Sufra Restaurant, in Amman

View from the patio of the Sufra Restaurant, in Amman. Yes, you can see the stars.

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If A Pilgrimage To The Holy Land Is “The Fifth Gospel,” Then Guess What?

You need to read both sides of the book, saavy? Look at the map above. See how the Jordan River runs through the middle of the geography? The Jordan is like the spine of the book. The spine of the book, long before it became the border of a man-made nation-state.

So what are you saying, Frank? [Read more...]

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On The HHS Mandate, The State Can’t Win For Losing…

Supreme_Court_US_2012_Chief Justice RobertsHere’s your quote of the week,

How many times must the government lose in court before it gets the message? For years now the government has been claiming that places like Catholic Charities and the Little Sisters of the Poor are not “religious employers” worthy of an exemption. That argument has always been absurd. Every time a religious plaintiff has gone to the Supreme Court for protection from the government’s discriminatory mandate the Court has protected them. That’s what happened to the Little Sisters of the Poor, Wheaton College, Notre Dame, and Hobby Lobby. The government really needs to give up on its illegal and unnecessary mandate. The federal bureaucracy has lots of options for distributing contraceptives–they don’t need to coerce nuns and priests to do it for them.

—Lori Windham, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

 

Read all about the fifth victory in a row at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

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King Abdullah II of Jordan Is A Good King. Listen To Him

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania with their children, Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma and Prince Hashem.  Amman, 2009 Image Courtesy of the Royal Hashemite Court Archives

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania with their children, Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma and Prince Hashem.
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Image Courtesy of the Royal Hashemite Court Archives

Note that I didn’t say that he is a perfect king, or that he is without sin, or that he walks on water, or that he can do no wrong. No.

All of us fall short of the glory of God.  But listen to what he says in this video aired by Fox news the other day. I say “listen to what he says,” because he doesn’t exactly answer the questions the Fox correspondent asks him. Those questions serve more to assuage the Fox News base, than anything else.

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The Little Part I Played In A (Minor) Miracle In Jordan…

Meet Hassan, one of the real heroes of the piece...

Meet Hassan, one of the real heroes of the piece…

And I’m saying this not because I played some big, heroic, part in an event, but because what occurred yesterday at the site commemorating the birthplace of the Prophet Elijah was practically unbelievable. All those preconceived notions you have about Muslims? After reading this story, you’ll want to check those at the door. [Read more...]

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