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...]

Support Hobby Lobby. Here’s How. UPDATED

There’s nothing better than waking up on a Sunday, eating a breakfast of pancakes and bacon, drinking a tall cup of hot coffee, and deciding to join a doomed, quixotic, movement to fight tyranny. Yes, and doing so right before heading to Mass, no less, so intentions for its success can be offered up.

Care to join me? [Read more...]

Because Saints Tell Temporal Kings “No!” When They Err


Another day, another magnificent saint for us to model our behavior after. This is one of the great things about the liturgical calendar during the Octave of Christmas. Yesterday, the Church commemorated the Holy Innocents.

For today, we have another martyr, of the type that needs not much of an introduction. You know the type, or do you? The story of St. Thomas Becket shows us that yes, people can change when they answer the call of conversion, open themselves to God, and allow the circumcision of their hearts. [Read more...]

For All the Saints: John, Apostle and Evangelist UPDATED

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...]

Christmas Comes Early For Religious Colleges Fighting HHS Mandate

While crickets are chirping from purveyors of important news, here’s the scoop on another victory against the HHS contraceptive mandate  in court yesterday.  The Becket Fund shares, [Read more...]

A Mother Asks, Will We Have the Courage to Discuss Mental Illness Too? UPDATED

It’s Sunday morning in the aftermath of another national gun-related tragedy. We collectively lift up our hands in prayer as a nation, with weeping and lamentation. Even Saturday Night Live handled our mourning with class and dignity. And as we wonder “why?” we also say to ourselves “never again” and wonder how we can make the carnage stop. [Read more...]

A Great Example of the New Evangelization…from Canada?!


Beware the conventional wisdom. I mean, everyone knows that the Catholic Church is dead in Europe, right? And in Canada, our neighbors to the north? Aren’t they arresting parishioners and marching them off to gulags and such up there?

Well, in a word, no. [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan Notes Media Silence on Recent Court Decision

Though regular readers here, on New Advent, and at Stand With the US Bishops Against HHS learned all about the recent decision regarding the HHS Mandate in suits filed by the Archdiocese of New York, Cardinal Dolan notes that no one outside of the Catholic bubble noticed it. I reckon the Sunday news shows are busy discussing Fiscal Cliffs and trouble with Health Exchanges to bother reporting on a rebuff to the Administration.

No news is better than bad news? Perhaps for the Administration and its apologists. His Eminence explains, [Read more...]

Before We See “il Papa’s” First Tweet…

here’s a tweet-sized shot of vitamin B-XVI, circa 2010. Maybe it’s a taste of  tweetable tidbits  to come?

 

Don’t forget to check in on @pontifex tomorrow.

Because of Thomas Merton, OCSO (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968)

This is part VII of my conversion story, tagged as 2BFrank in the Tag Cloud. I run it every year on this day to commemorate the death of Thomas Merton, who was also known as Father Louis.

Yes, I am well aware that he is not a canonized saint, but the salient point about Fr. Louis’ life is not whether he was a good Catholic, or a bad Catholic. The main thing isn’t even that his writings helped bring me into the Church. [Read more...]


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