Clothing the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Flag? Great Moments in ‘Murika!

So there I was, minding my own business, getting ready for a day off tomorrow to celebrate the birth of our nation. And then I saw this…

I’m all for love of God, and love of country, but make the hurting stop!

News flash: the Blessed Virgin Mary isn’t Betsy Ross. [Read more...]

Beware People Bearing Cameras and Microphones Asking Your Opinion About “Our New Pope”


You know, when there isn’t one. You may become a pawn of Jimmy Kimmel Live, like these eager folks. [Read more...]

The Media Conclave Has Begun With the Hope for a Nun

A female pope? The dream lives on…

E.J. Dionne holds forth on who the best man for the job of Pope will be, and why. 

In giving up the papacy, Pope Benedict XVI was brave and bold. He did the unexpected for the good of the Catholic Church. And when it selects a new pope next month, the College of Cardinals should be equally brave and bold. [Read more...]

Papa Tells a Story: “The Council As I Saw It” and Beware the Hermeneutic of Politics

One of my favorite photographs…

At five times longer than your average blog post, the article from Vatican Radio published yesterday is well worth the read. I was going to blow it off though, even before I realized how long it was. That is, until the following words of our soon to be cloistered Pope emeritus lured me in, [Read more...]

PETA Outraged at Beyoncé’s Super Bowl Attire

Just when you thought you were safe from hearing anymore about the Super Bowl Halftime Show starring Beyoncé, it turns out you aren’t. [Read more...]

The Catholic Bishops of Colorado Respond to Hospitals’ Claim of Unborn Twins Personhood UPDATED

File photo: Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

A couple of days ago, my blog neighbor Deacon Greg Kandra shared a news item about a Catholic hospital in Colorado that is a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit. The story is noteworthy because the Catholic hospitals’ legal defense team argued that while the patient (who died seven years ago), Lori Stodghill, was indisputably a person, they noted that under Colorado law, her unborn twins, 28 weeks of gestation at the time of death,  are not considered persons. [Read more...]

To Mourn and Embrace Pain in the Present Moment

When words fail, and our hearts are not still, what can we do? When tragedy strikes, there are questions that must be answered, and mourning that we must endure. [Read more...]

Because Christ is the King, Not Mammon

Because Christ is God and frankly, Mammon is a chump.

The Mammster is nowhere even close to having the qualities that we human beings crave and desire to emulate, follow, and become. Christ the King, though, smiling down on us from the banner collage, and the photograph above, and warming our hearts inside, has all of the qualities that we desire in abundance. [Read more...]

The Tragic Death of Savita Halappanavar UPDATED

The news of the tragic passing of Savita Halappanavar is burning up the wires and stirring hate and discontent among folks both in Ireland and elsewhere.

I suggest we pause and say a prayer for her and her family as they sort through their loss. This is not the time to be playing armchair surgeon, nor is it time to grab pitchforks and torches and come after the Catholic Church either. The Halappanavar family has enough grief to sort through without us turning them into political footballs and kicking them hither and yon.

Human Life International has put out a press release which makes a lot of sense to me. [Read more...]

Because “It’s like in the Great Stories, Mr. Frodo…”

Back in the beginning, all of the titles for posts answered the statement of the blog title,  ”Why I Am Catholic.” And so it is again for this post, because our time here on earth is like the stories of old, only with a different cast of characters. And these days, dear reader, you are no longer a spectator as when you were a child, but you are a participant, willingly or no. [Read more...]


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