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…]

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…]