Because Of The Holy See’s Diplomatic Corps

Coat_of_arms_Holy_See.svg It’s been a long time since I titled a post with that starts with the word “because.” But given what is happening on the world stage these days, especially across that swath of territory in the Middle East, where an ersatz caliphate is trying to establish itself, the fact that the Catholic Church has a diplomatic corps sets her apart. [Read more...]

Tune In To “A Closer Look” Tonight As A Passel Of Catholics Talk About ISIS, Iraq, And What It All Means

ISIS I’ll be joining the panel tonight at 6 pm ET talking about Iraq, Middle East persecution of Christians (and other religious minorities), lawless bandits acting like nation states, whether neighboring countries care, etc., with Elizabeth Scalia, Tod Worner, and the golden voiced Sheila Liaugminas.

I’m going to be listening, and hoping Sheila forgets to ask me a question. Who knows? Maybe Fr. Robert Barron will show up too?

Y’all come listen!

Pope Francis: ISIS Onslaught “offends God and offends humanity.”

Pope_Francis_ISIS Listen to our brothers and sisters. Listen to our shepherd. [Read more...]

“Brothers, I call upon you in the name of humanity, rescue us!”

Iraqi_Parliament Yesterday, the Catholic Church as a whole set aside a day of prayer for the beleaguered parts of the body of Christ that are being assaulted by ISIS. If you’ve been paying any attention to the posts of The Anchoress, you’re well aware of what is going on.

Praying for a change of heart of those who twist Islam to their own ends is a worthy use of your time. Demanding action by the international community is another. [Read more...]

When Spring Came, I Cut My Fig Tree Down. Then, God Took Over…

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In the year of Our Lord, 2010…

A couple of years back, I shared a post here about my love of figs and how my experience with a fig tree kinda, sorta, mirrored the parable found in Luke’s gospel. Remember it? Good times.

Two seasons later, in May of this year, I had to cut it down. [Read more...]

Because I Don’t Deserve The Graces That Have Been Bestowed Upon Me, Including Folks Reading This Blog

Smith Corona Typewriter!

You’ll probably want to stop checking in on my blog now, seeing as I don’t have any deep thoughts to offer on whatever the various concerns of the day might be. Yes, you would be justified in removing my blog from your RSS feed, your blogroll, etc.

I really don’t deserve to have folks reading my thoughts at all, when you get right down to it. Joe Six-Pack? Who aspires to such a pedestrian title? [Read more...]

The Truth About S. 2578 From A Career Politician, With An Assist From Malcolm Muggeridge and James Madison

It didn’t fail. Rebecca Hamilton, my blog neighbor, and soon to be retired Democrat pol, explains it simply, and succinctly. [Read more...]

The Bishops Respond To The Fear Mongering Of The Administration Over Religious Liberty

 

From the USCCB Blog, Archbishops Salvatore J. Cordileone , William Lori, Thomas Wenski, and Bishop Richard J. Malone have a joint response below. Crystal couldn’t be any clearer. [Read more...]

The Senate Is Discussing The End Around SCOTUS’s Hobby Lobby Decision…UPDATED

Here, Senator Ted Cruz questions the Administration, and its allies, who are sponsoring legislation with the goal of making abortion common, unlimited, and paid for by all of us.

Roll clip, [Read more...]

Because I Can Learn A Lot From Tim Harris

If you’re ever in Albuquerque, New Mexico, put this restaurant on top of your “must visit” list. [Read more...]


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