For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies V: Pope Francis’s Favorite Film…

Truth be told, I almost featured this last week. But what with the conclave and all, I chose The Shoes of the Fisherman instead. I’m glad I did, too, as the inner workings of the voting, the making of smoke signals, and the naming of an unlikely Pope all kind of set the stage for the real thing that happened on Wednesday. [Read more…]

The Pope Riding the Bus Photograph…

Trying to blend in…is it working?

…is in need of a soundtrack. Someone suggested 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall. But to me, a pair of tunes instantly came to mind.

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Christian Badass or Christian Coward, Which Do We Choose?

Originally written last year on the feast of St. John the Baptist, I can’t help but note that everything I’ve seen and read about Pope Francis leads me to conclude that between the two types presented in the title above, and in the narrative below, he is the former, and not the latter.

The Holy Spirit prefers the former type too, as He always has. Thanks be to God.

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist, Caravaggio, 1608


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Cardinal Dolan Comments on Pope Francis and the Conclave Vote…

If the video below doesn’t work, see the interviews here at Yahoo!

The New Pope Will Be Selected When the Conclave Runs Out of Beer

Black smoke means “No Pope (we still have beer).” White smoke means, “We’re outta beer! Habemus Papem!”

Okay, that’s stretching things a bit. However, the cardinals have been blessed with a supply of good beer during the conclave, courtesy of the Monks of Norcia, from San Benedetto, Italy. [Read more…]

Dan Browns’ Novels Will Never Be the Same After This…UPDATED

But I thought it was all a big secret…

I’m  talking about the complete digitization of the holdings of the Vatican Library and Archives.  It will come to pass over the next 9 years, or so. [Read more…]

Catholic-Affiliated Health System in Sioux Falls Bows to the HHS Mandate

Sounds like something built by Oldsmobile.

It seems like the first thing they do is remove their Catholic identity from their name. That way, see, the next step is just a business decision, or something. Mary Garrigan of the Rapid City Digest reports on Avera Health Plans move to comply with HHS mandate,

A Catholic-affiliated health care system in Sioux Falls is drawing criticism from Catholic bishops for its decision to offer contraceptive services coverage in some of its medical insurance plans in violation of church teaching. [Read more…]

Foreign Made Ball Bearings Defunded, But the HHS Mandate is Paid For

It worked in 2011. Why mess with success?

So much for the idea of using religious liberty as a bargaining chip in the sequester embroglio. Lost in all the excitement of Rand Paul’s filibuster in the Senate, CNS News reminds us that the Republican controlled House chugged along with business as usual. [Read more…]

Representatives Propose the Health Care Conscience Rights Act to Provide Exemption from the HHS Mandate UPDATED

This just in from the good folks at The Catholic Association.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Representatives Diane Black (R-TN), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), and John Fleming, M.D. (R-LA) will hold a press conference tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5th at 10am EST in Rayburn House Office Building Room B-318 regarding the introduction of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (HCCRA) that would protect Americans’ First Amendment rights and would stop the Obama Administration’s assault on religious freedom. [Read more…]

To Do List: Mark Your Calendars, and Call Your Congressional Representatives

The first item is in regards to something that is happening on March 26th that you probably haven’t heard anything about: The March for Marriage. Here is the press release from the National Organization for Marriage, [Read more…]