Yes, the Obama Administration has “Uncorked It” UPDATED

That’s aviator speak for “lost control of it.” That much is obvious. Bloggers Amie Parnes and Sam Baker up on The Hill, share the scoop with us in their post, Obama Administration Struggles to Contain Uproar over Birth-control Rule. [Read more...]

Eyewitness Account: Planned Parenthood Never Had Mammography Machines UPDATED!

Sure, by now everyone has heard the news that the Susan G. Komen Foundation has decided to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood. The “good guys,” like LifeSite News, report that SGK did so because PP didn’t do breast cancer screenings, but only referred patients to doctors who did. The “bad guys” give us wailing and gnashing of teeth. [Read more...]

Because Sexually, You Aren’t a “Black Box”


This is Joe Six-Pack here. I haven’t received much hate mail in a while so I must be doing something wrong. Therefore, I will explain sex to everyone who stumbles in here today. What with all the hoopla going on with the HHS mandate, you might think that that development is all about birth-control and such.  But it isn’t.

After all, for some strange reason, the modern world believes the wacky idea that sex is a “black box” that simply cannot be understood. [Read more...]

Because the Anti-Christ is Politics

I’ve been reading Giovanni Papini’s Life of Christ some more. My Chinese mentor, John C.H. Wu, introduced this book to me. You’ve probably never heard of Papini (I sure hadn’t!) but he was a well known author back in the early 20th Century. Come to think of it, that was ’round about the same time G.K. Chesterton was pumping out tons of great stuff from his pen/typewriter too. [Read more...]

A Reader Writes, and “The Kid” Delivers

An e-mail popped into my box this morning from a reader.

Hi there.  I am a convert to Catholicism.  I converted in 1996.  In the last 2.5 years I have had a re-conversion of sorts.  My family that I grew up in are Southern Baptists and are devout.  They occasionally send me things I feel are a little passive aggressive in nature attacking the way I practice my faith. (rosary, daily mass, saints, etc)  Here is the latest thing they sent me: [Read more...]

A Great Idea For Cell Phone Etiquette…

One of the best I’ve heard, anyway. You know, aside from saying “could you please turn off your cell phone during dinner? Thanks.” Do tell? Here you go. From the editors at The Week,

How ‘The Phone Stack’ is Civilizing Dinners out with Friends
Tired of cell phones interrupting every meal? A clever new game poses a solution. [Read more...]

Justin Bieber: “I Don’t Think I’m Religious. I Am Spiritual” UPDATED

On the heels of the faith affirming appearance of Mark Walhlberg on yesterday’s CBS This Morning show, where he talked of prayer, and the New Translation of the Mass, etc., here is another celebrity Christian whose breaking-news faith story is not as satisfying. [Read more...]

A Bishop Has Children Out of Wedlock…Updated!

 

So you wanted to just be a simple Catholic man. One who tries to walk the Way, as difficult as it is, and mind your own business. Mind the planks in your own eye, and ignore the mote in the eyes of others. But you like to keep up on spiritual stuff, and you appreciate the encouragement you get from others making the same solitary slog to heaven as you are.

You find many interesting posts over on New Advent, for example, that help you along in this matter. And sometimes (quarterly, it seems), splashing across the marquee, there is something weird and scandalous, like this headline: [Read more...]

A Contrarian Way To Invest Like A Catholic

See what I discovered: God made man simple, but they get lost in their many thoughts.—Ecclesiastes 7:29

Just in time for the year-end wrap ups, I saw an article the other day over at Our Sunday Visitor about Investing with a Clear Conscience (and earlier this year over at Crisis Magazine was a similar one called How to Invest Like A Catholic, to which this post was initially addressed). Being a former stock broker, one who let my Series 7 License (and all the rest of my assorted licenses) lapse as soon as I left that field (1995!), Joe Six-Pack, USMC knows a little bit about investing. So reading the articles, to me it sounds more like “How to be neurotic about investing, like a Catholic.”

As if there weren’t enough things to get ulcers about. [Read more...]

The Problem With the “Status Quo” in the Holy Places

Is summed up nicely by St. John in his first letter.

Beloved: The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him: whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked. [Read more...]


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