Cardinal Dolan’s Own “State of the State” Letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York

He sent it under the letterhead of the New York State Catholic Conference. The occasion? The Governor just delivered his State of the State address today, as did other governors.

The Cardinal took the opportunity to both praise Governor Cuomo for what he is doing that benefits the common good of society, while chastising him for what he is failing to do to protect its most vulnerable members. It is an even-handed approach that many of us should take when writing a letter to our elected representatives.

Here is the letter in full. [Read more…]

To Season Well, Be Just Enough Yeast, And Not Blind Others (Living the Faith)

The other day, someone wrote me that the most dangerous idea they could imagine is a Christian living out their faith. They mentioned something about this being against “dependence on the spirit,” whatever that means. [Read more…]

Last Time I Checked the Hobby Lobby White House Petition…

It looked like this.

A 23:45 EST, the numbers show that 4,199 souls have signed it so far. Truth be told, that is a pretty fair showing, given that it has only been up for two days.

I didn’t write it, but I was the 6th person to sign it. [Read more…]

While The President is On Vacation, Sign This Petition at the White House

A few minutes ago, a citizen named Nick left a comment with a link to a freshly minted petition he has drafted over at the White House in the post where Mike Huckabee said he intends to stand with Hobby Lobby.

I will admit to you that I signed the petition immediately. [Read more…]

Mike Huckabee on Hobby Lobby: “We will stand with them in their resistance.”

Perhaps the doomed, quixotic, movement to confront tyranny, and help Hobby Lobby this coming Saturday,  isn’t so doomed after all. The politician, public speaker, commentator, and Baptist pastor, just posted this message on his Facebook wall.  [Read more…]

Another New Years Eve Setback for the HHS Mandate: Sharp Industries Wins Relief


It’s time for some more bubbly. Were the courts in session yesterday, or what? Though I was on vacation, see, the answer to that question is “yes,” even if they got down to business quick, and closed down early for New Years Eve. First, we heard of Kort & Luitjohan’s good news, then an injunction handed to Tom Monaghan’s company,  and now there’s another reason for a toast.

Francis J. Manion, Senior Counsel with the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) sent me a little New Year felicitation, [Read more…]

For Our Lady, “The Terror of Hell”

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception*

—Solemnity, Mary, Mother of God

For most of us, today is a Holy Day of Obligation. It’s the day where we recognize the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as the Mother of God. In this post, we’ll look at something one of my friends from the group I call the Dead Jesuits wrote, exploring another dimension of Our Lady’s role as the Theotokos. [Read more…]

More Good HHS Mandate News: Appeals Court Blocks Contraception Mandate in Illinois Case UPDATED

Another day, another setback for the HHS Mandate. The Christian Post has the scoop,

Days before the contraception mandate, which requires employers to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs to employees, is set to go into effect, a federal appeals court has temporarily blocked it from being enforced against an Illinois company. [Read more…]

For All the Saints: John, Apostle and Evangelist UPDATED

John the Evangelist, El Greco (Public Domain).

Today is the feast day of St. John, the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” Jesus called him and his brother James the “sons of thunder,” so they must have been quite a lively pair. This is a portrait of the young John painted by El Greco.

What follows is the citation on John from Jesuit Father Francis Xavier Weninger’s book, Lives of the Saints. [Read more…]

O Rex Gentium (King Of All Nations)

“O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust.” [Read more…]