Because the Mandated HHS Rules Strike at the Heart of Freedom

Originally, this post was published in mid-January, 2012. A few days later, the thoughts I read by John Courtney Murray, SJ, inspired me to draft the little petition that, with the help of 29,000+ folks, got the White House’s attention when they determined that the HSS Mandate was, for the Church, a “fait accompli.”

Given Justice Sotomayor’s decision to block the Administration’s HHS Mandate toward’s The Little Sisters of the Poor, I’ve decided to dust this off and republish it. [Read more...]

Behold! The Stupidity Of Politicizing Everything Under The Sun In 2013…

I wonder what Sherlock Holmes would deduce from this?

…will likely continue on into 2014.

The latest example of this ludicrous trend? Determining where you stand politically by what you drink, of course. I mean booze, see? [Read more...]

Having Some Bubbly Later? Thank the Monks of the Abbey of St. Hilare

The first sparkling wine was not from Champagne

Joe Six-Pack knows who to thank. Now before you get yourself all up in a lather, breaking out sources from Bon Appetit Magazine to refute this assertion, etc., let me just skip you straight to the Wikipedia citation for champagne, complete with footnotes for you to follow up on. [Read more...]

Cthulhu Sees You When You’re Sleeping; He Knows When You’re Awake

He knows if you’ve been bad, or good. So be good for goodness sake.

Because he’s in orbit, see? [Read more...]

For Poems Like This For Childermas

Childermas, by Peter Paul Rubens (1609-1611)

-Feast of the Holy Innocents 

Have you ever heard of Emily Hickey? Me either, at least not until just now. Born in 1845, she is a child of the Emerald Isle, an Irish lass born in 1845 into a family fathered by a Protestant Minister of the Church of Ireland.

But somehow she decided to swim the Tiber and she was received into the Catholic Church in 1901. Prior to doing so, her literary talents were well known in her day, her poems being published in literary journals and such. [Read more...]

Duck Dynasty Rises Again (The First World May Exhale Now)

Missed me? I’m baaack.

Phil Robertson and the suits at A&E have kissed, and made up. Or maybe it’s a simple example of justice and peace having met.

The Hollywood Reporter sends, [Read more...]

In Praise Of A Catholic Christmas Holiday Favorite: Mincemeat Pie UPDATED

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Readers of this blog know that I’m a convert to Catholicism (RCIA Class of ’08). Something else they know is that I enjoy rediscovering all things with Catholic origins that folks like me (former non-denominational Christian) never even knew were Catholic in the first place.

Like my favorite pie for this time of year: mincemeat pie. [Read more...]

Quacking On About Duck Dynasty, Homoeroticism, And The Usefulness Of The Historical-Critical Method

Photo credit: (AP/A&E/Zach Dilgard)

Yesterday, I shared a few of Audrey Assad’s thoughts on the Duck Dynasty imbroglio. Calm, level-headed, in accordance with the longstanding teachings of the Catholic Church, etc.

A few days prior, some of you may have read Austin Ruse’s article at Crisis on The Rise of the New Homophiles. If that title made you think of the recent Planet of the Apes film with a similar title, you’re not alone. [Read more...]

For Thoughts On The “Duck Dynasty” Imbroglio By Audrey Assad

Why? Because she brings a refreshingly Catholic perspective to the story o’ the hour.

Who is Audrey Assad? She’s a singer/songwriter/musician, and Catholic convert from Evangelical Protestantism. Fans of Matt Maher know about her. She’s even performed for the Frannies seeking to renovate a music hall for The Harmonium Project. FYI, the contribution perk awarding contributors her album? Sold out. But you can still sample her style on YouTube, and pick up a copy of her album, Fortunate Fall, either as a CD or in digital format, elsewhere.

But enough about her musical chops. Check out her reasonable thinking chops in a blog post she published yesterday entitled, Personhood, Sexuality, and Phil Robertson. Here’s a snippet to get you started, [Read more...]

To Leave the Shackles of Human History Behind

It is ironic to run a post with a title claiming that one of the reasons Why I Am Catholic is to leave history behind. Especially when I have written in the past that one of the main reasons why I am Catholic today is because of Church history. Let me explain this paradox. [Read more...]