BREAKING: SCOTUS Decides Not To Decide On The HHS Mandate UPDATED

Perhaps it’s a positive development. The Becket Fund is calling it a win for the Little Sisters of the Poor. First, the news from CNN,

Washington (CNN) The Supreme Court on Monday avoided issuing a major ruling on a challenge brought by religiously affiliated non-profit groups to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate.

The justices, in a unanimous decision, wrote that they were not deciding the case on the merits but instead sent the case back down to the lower courts for opposing parties to work out a compromise.

The decision to send the case back to the appellate level appears to be a direct impact of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February. Scalia, a stalwart conservative, would likely have ruled against the Obama administration.

In its ruling Monday, the court said it is not deciding whether the religious exercise of the challengers has been substantially “burdened.”

“When all is said and done, the challengers may well get what they want — not having to directly provide contraceptive coverage against their religious beliefs,” Vladeck said. “But if the court gets its way, that will be the result of a pragmatic compromise, not a legal ruling about the balance between individual rights and religious freedom.”

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Did Pope Francis Really Say “Go Ahead, Make My Day” Yesterday?

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You know, about asking for a conference on the subject of women and the diaconate.

Surely not, Frank! The Holy Father is too kind, and has nothing in common with Inspector Harry Callahan, SFPD.

I don’t know, dear reader. He’s pretty cagey, our Papa Francesco. His subtlety is renowned as much as his clarity. [Read more…]

Pope Francis To Form Commission To Study Women Deacon Option UPDATES

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The source? Fr. James Martin,SJ,  via Facebook:

Huge news. Josh McElwee of NCR and Cindy Wooden of CNS are reporting that Pope Francis has told a gathering of women religious meeting at the Vatican that he will set up a commission to study the question of women deacons.

This is not only an idea whose time has come, but a reality recovered from history.

Women deacons would be able to baptize, preside at marriages and funerals, and preach during the Mass. Their preaching at Mass would mean that the church would finally be able to hear, from the pulpit, the experience of over half its members. Taken together, all this would be an immense gift to the church. This news fills me with immense joy.

Perhaps the past is prologue. This has been discussed before, informally. Read up on it here, and at WomenDeacons.org.

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Proof-Texting Jesus, Post Catholic Sex-Abuse Scandal Style

Never underestimate how something so obvious can be overlooked.

Never underestimate how something so obvious can be (purposefully) overlooked.

I was saddened today to learn that a priest who had been removed from his parish duties in 2009, because of allegations that he had abused a female teen earlier in his career, now works in a teen crisis pregnancy center that he co-founded in 2015.

Did I mention that the CPC is housed in a former convent, right next door to a Catholic parish? Sigh. [Read more…]

Must See TV: Katie Couric Interviews Family Pope Francis Rescued From Lesbos

Come and see…

Pull quote for the ages, [Read more…]

Breaking: Italian Supreme Court Knows When Stealing Food Is Lawful

The Rich Man and the Poor Lazarus Hendrick ter Brugghen [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Rich Man and the Poor Lazarus, Hendrick ter Brugghen [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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Man In Same-Sex Marriage Denied Communion At His Mother’s Funeral Mass UPDATED

It happened on July 10, 2015 at St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite, Lousiana. Steve Hardy, writing for The Advocate out of Baton Rouge, has the story, [Read more…]

Bishop Richard Stika’s Statement On The Loss Of The Marines Killed In Chattanooga

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Requiescat in pace,
Marines. Let us pray, [Read more…]

In Israel, Christian Holy Sites Are Targeted. Who Is Targeting Them May Surprise You…

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I took this photograph of the church on a peaceful evening in December of last year.

Let’s just say that in the case of the fire at the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, that occurred early this morning in the lakeside town of Tagba, ISIS, Muslims, or the other usual suspects,  aren’t even on the list of potential perpetrators.

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The Charlie Charlie Phenomenon: Were We Played For Fools By Hollywood?

From outta nowhere, and back.

From outta nowhere, and back.

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Probably. So reports Jennifer Mullins of E! Online, [Read more…]


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