You Don’t Have to be Catholic to Recognize Joe Biden’s Remarkable Incoherence on Abortion

Here at Patheos, there are many different viewpoints from folks from many different faith traditions.  Timothy Dalrymple isn’t a Catholic, for example.  But one doesn’t need to be a Catholic to recognize cognitive dissonance of the magnitude that was displayed by Vice President Biden during the recent debate with candidate Paul Ryan.

Some of the liberal commentators who recognized that Biden came across as an angry and condescending thought that his finest moments were at the end, when he grew earnest and opined on his faith, abortion and religious freedom.  I thought those were his worst. [Read more...]

Mr. Biden Gets “the Facts” Wrong

Don Clemmer of the USCCB explains, Detective Joe Friday style.

Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees: [Read more...]

So If a Corporation is A Person, and A Person Has Rights…


Then why does the government argue in court that a secular corporation doesn’t have rights?

Joe Six-Pack doesn’t know, but it seems awfully strange given the Supreme Courts rulings about corporate personhood, and the rights thereunto pertaining. The Citizens United case comes to my mind.

This is what dislodged the thought above in my very average brain, [Read more...]

Message from Mammon On Student Loan Debt: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Really. It’s “contained.” Ben Bernanke says so. Cody Willard of Marketwatch gives us reasons to be confident in the latest pronouncement of The Great Ben, [Read more...]

For The Thoughts Of (And a Prayer For) My Favorite “Friendly” Atheist Who Believed in Hell


Let me preface this post with an acknowledgement of the fact that philosopher George Santayana died as an atheist. But as an atheist, Santayana put pen to paper on some Catholic ideas that lack only one thing, really. And that one thing is the simple faith of a child in order to believe them.

As minds of adults go, George had an intellect that was top notch. But as Our Lord said,

Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

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If God Is A Bullet… (Music for Mondays)

I was just checking the archives and realized it’s been a long time since I shared a music post. Ever since the HHS Mandate naked power grab reared it’s ugly head, my muse has been under a cloaking device. But today, I’m going to break out and share a few tunes that I haven’t heard for a long, long time. I’m curious how many of you remember them too, so sound-off in the combox. They’re all from the Big Eighties, and share a similar theme. [Read more...]

The Editors at Commonweal Think the Bishops Protest Too Much

Earlier today, I shared the latest from the USCCB’s stance on religious liberty. Bishop William Lori’s Ad-hoc Committee on Religious Freedom’s statement was long, and involved. From what I read, it seemed well thought out, above board, and non-partisan. It even dipped into the history of religious freedom in our country, though more historical background of this type needs to be shared with the faithful and all citizens. [Read more...]

News for the “War on Women” Contingent: the HHS Mandate Makes War on Your Liberty and Your Gender UPDATED

Period. End of story. That is the truth.

The problem, though, is that the truth isn’t favorable to the current Administration. President Obama, and his capable staff, know that this is true, which is why they only seek the opinions of folks like NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and Catholic groups that are not empowered to speak for the Church. This is why the Administrations’ “accommodation” was crafted to fool folks into thinking that this is a “war on women” and a “war on contraception.” [Read more...]

The Politics of the HHS Mandate Made Clear, Part Deux

Remember the other day when I said “it’s all about getting votes for the incumbent, and staying in power?” One doesn’t have to be Sun Tzu to have figured this out. The trick is not to look suspicious. You know, make them watch one hand…instead of the one that’s ripping them off.

The folks on The Hill noticed, [Read more...]

The Politics of the HHS Mandate Made Clear UPDATED

It’s all about getting votes for the incumbent, and staying in power. It’s a calculated risk, mind you, and one that looked like a good bet until the outcry from the Catholic Church, and others like-minded in their understanding of the First Amendment. The Administration thought it was prepared for this contingency, and waiting in the wings was an “accommodation” tailor-made to put to rest the fears of the affected parties.

There is only one problem. [Read more...]


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