Do Business Owners Lose Their Constitutional Rights When They Earn A Living?

Um, put your pencil away, Mr. President.

The short answer is, “No.” The long answer is “show me where it says that (or even implies it) in the Constitution, and the amendments to the same (particularly in the Bill of Rights).”

What about when it comes to the HHS Mandate, which requires nonreligious entities provide coverage for artificial contraceptions, abortion services, etc.? [Read more...]

An E-Mail Addressed To Me, But Which Is Really For Archbishop Myers

This note popped into my “in basket” this afternoon.

It’s from a reader, whose identity I’ve scrubbed, and it explains why events like what happened in the Archdiocese of Newark, after the travail for more than a decade following the Long Lent of 2002, are so damaging to the Body of Christ.

Read it and weep. [Read more...]

Because of Catholic Mysticism

  

Feast of St. Athanasius

It’s the time of year when my thoughts turn to baseball. Did you ever see the movie Field of Dreams? I ask this only because I realize that this movie hit the theaters 24 years ago. In a way, this modern classic is about mysticism. And when I was reading Algar Thorold’s essay on Catholic Mysticism, I was reminded of one of the final scenes in the movie. [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby Granted Appeal of Previous Decision. Full Court Will Consider Halting HHS Mandate Enforcement Against the Firm

What would Good Friday be like without a little HHS Mandate news? The timing may be purely coincidental, but still, it’s a hopeful development. Jeff Glasser of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty shares the news with us. [Read more...]

For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies VI: “We Were Soldiers”

This is the rare Lent were there will be seven movies (maybe I was skipping the first Friday before?), so we kind of have a bonus one. Tonight is the bonus film. It’s the war movie that I’ve never seen, based on a book I cursorily looked over back when I was in the Marines. [Read more...]

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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The Crescat on the Bishops’ Novena to End Abortion…

Katrina Fernandez shares a heartbreaking memory with her readers today. Here is the beginning,

With the upcoming March For Life, the topic of abortion seems to be every where at the moment. Because of this it’s been on my mind daily. Perhaps these daily reminders is what triggered the event that happened this morning. [Read more...]

Fr. Jenkins of Notre Dame to Lead 700 Faculty and Students to the March for Life

Fr. Jenkins at the March for Life in 2010.

A week ago, I shared an op-ed piece written by Fr. John Jenkins, CSC. Fr. Jenkins is the President of the University of Notre Dame. Today, the Cardinal Newman Society reports that he will be attending the upcoming March for Life with approximately 700 students and faculty from South Bend. Details below, [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 of Thomas Merton, OCSO (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968)

This is part VII of my conversion story, tagged as 2BFrank in the Tag Cloud. I run it every year on this day to commemorate the death of Thomas Merton, who was also known as Father Louis.

Yes, I am well aware that he is not a canonized saint, but the salient point about Fr. Louis’ life is not whether he was a good Catholic, or a bad Catholic. The main thing isn’t even that his writings helped bring me into the Church. [Read more...]


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