The Pope’s Harley Davidson Super Glide Fetches $327K At Auction

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The proceeds will benefit a shelter and soup kitchen in Rome that is run by Caritas. [Read more...]

Blogging And The Art Of Mustang Maintenance (Or, My “Saint Joseph’s Retreat” Explained)

The first thing you need to know is that I just made up the idea of  taking a blogging break  and calling it a Saint Joseph’s Retreat. Why did I call it that? Because Jesus’s foster father wasn’t very chatty, see? The man was a worker bee who either didn’t say much, or else everything he did say was unprintable. Most prefer the former description, but no one really knows for sure.

The second thing you need to know is that my Saint Joseph’s Retreat is over. [Read more...]

Secretary John Kerry Gets An Earful From The Vatican SecState Regarding The HHS Mandate

“Ahem. About the recent domestic unpleasantness with the Little Sisters of the Poor, Papa Francesco is not ‘amused.’

The big headline was all about Pope Francis’s strong words regarding the horror of abortion. Let others be shocked that il Papa stands for the culture of life. The neat thing to me was that the comments were made to the envoys to the Holy See. Ambassadors will have a few things to report back to their respective Chief Executives, etc.

The tidbit that stealthily stood out to me, though, was the mention of the 100 minute long meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Vatican Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin. They discussed, among other important things, the HHS Mandate. Francis X. Rocca of the Catholic News Service spells it out below, [Read more...]

Archbishop Kurtz: “We know that the Constitution and the law protect us from heavy-handed government demands that we violate our consciences…”


Though the present Administration doesn’t see things this way. This thought was from an editorial posted by the Religion News Service written by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz,  President of the USCCB.

The title? [Read more...]

Archbishop Lori To Congress: Let Our People Go

Archbishop William Lori took to the pages of The Baltimore Sun yesterday in an effort to let the peoples’ representatives in the House and Senate, see, hear, and act now to stymie Caesar. Take a look.

Pope Francis recently reaffirmed that religious freedom is “a fundamental human right” and warned against the impulse to “relegate [religions] to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques.” The freedom of religion cannot be reduced to the freedom of worship. [Read more...]

To Pray For Michael Schumacher’s Recovery UPDATE

Photo Credit: Gunnar Richter

UPDATE

It’s been 91 days since Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident. Put into an induced coma for a craniectomy, Michael has not regained consciousness.  Please continue to pray for his recovery.

 

I found out early this morning that Michael Schumacher, the 7-time Formula One Champion (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002,2003, 2004) who retired for a second time last year, sustained a head injury while skiing a few days ago.

Please say a quick prayer for his full recovery, ok? I’ll provide you with more details on his accident and condition in a moment, but let me, the resident gearhead at the Patheos Catholic channel, beg you your prayers. [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...]

The HHS Mandate Loses Again

This time to a couple of private, religious universities in the state of Texas, and a seminary in Pennsylvania. Good news from the front, via The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Washington, D.C. – Today a Houston federal court delivered a major blow to the controversial HHS mandate ruling in favor of East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University. In a 46-page opinion, the court ruled that the federal mandate requiring employers to provide employees with abortion-causing drugs and devices violates federal civil rights laws, and issued an injunction against the mandate. Religious plaintiffs have now won injunctions in 9 out of 12 such cases involving non-profit entities challenging the mandate. [Read more...]

Because You Never Know When Andrea Boccelli Will Show Up And Sing At Mass

“For Christmas, I want absolutely to have a mass, and for this occasion, if they ask me to sing, I sing, I’m happy about it.”

You know, to kick off the Octave of Christmas. That’s the case if you went to Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Miami, yesterday.

Roll clip,

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Pretty neat, eh? Read all about it.

Peter O’Toole, Requiescat In Pace

Say a prayer for the soul of a great (lapsed?) Catholic actor who had the unfortunate knack of being in great movies that came out at the same time as other great movies. As a result, see, Peter O’Toole, though nominated by the Academy eight times for Best Actor, was never awarded the Oscar for a performance.

Pity, that. [Read more...]


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