If This Happened In My Diocese, The Bishop Would Know My Eye Color Down to the Flecks…UPDATED

Me and my lifetime ban, hangin’ with the kids…

He would see them up close and personal when I asked questions like, “Isn’t there an abbot in a remote monastery who needs a permanent dishwasher in the scullery for work while said dishwasher is not praying the Divine Office? Why is this man not sent there?”

Who is Father Michael Fugee, and why should you care? Folks in New Jersey are pretty familiar with him and his story. His handling, or mishandling, by Archbishop John J. Myers is pretty much the thing of which legends are made. Legendary ineptness, I mean. [Read more...]

Why Does Fox News Hate the U.S. Constitution?

This would be one of those rare times when I thank God for lawyers. Because if the whiz kids at Fox News is where “conservatives” are getting their fix of “right thinking,” then they are doing it from the wrong end of the sewer pipe.

I’ll let court jester Jon Stewart show you what I mean. [Read more...]

Preliminary Injunction Granted to Seneca Hardwood Lumber Company from the HHS Mandate Rules

Back on April 19th, a family owned lumber company in Pennsylvania received some good news in their fight to not be forced to divorce their consciences from their actions. Courthouse News Service has the story. [Read more...]

President Obama Ducks the Planned Parenthood Keynote Speech Date…

But, ahem, it is not a result of the outcry the Gosnell trial has raised. But don’t get too comfortable. Instead of digging into the roots of Planned Parenthood, and learning what Margaret Sanger was really up too back in the day,  he’ll come by for breakfast on Friday morning instead. [Read more...]

What’s Next on the Supreme Court’s Docket? Perhaps the HHS Mandate…

Laura Basset seems to think this may be in the offing. Back on Friday,the Huffington Post published her article entitled, Contraception Mandate Likely Headed To Supreme Court, Experts Say . Take a look, [Read more...]

Because of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Day In, and Day Out

Recently a friend I met on Facebook asked folks about spiritual music. You know, something along the lines of  “what is your favorite piece of sacred music, hymn, poem, etc. ?”

The first thing that popped into my head? [Read more...]

As the Same-Sex Marriage Question Heads to the SCOTUS…

Here is a snippet of the amicus brief of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

California’s Proposition 8 encourages and supports the union of one man and one woman, as distinct from other interpersonal relationships, by giving it alone the name “marriage.” This is rationally related to legitimate state interests for several reasons. [Read more...]

Pope Francis Calls Kiosk Owner in Buenos Aires To Cancel Paper Delivery

So, you’re getting tired of all the “the Pope is just a normal guy” stories? Well, Joe Six-Pack isn’t. Here is the latest one from the Catholic News Service, [Read more...]

What Would the Desert Fathers Think of Pope Francis Blessing the Disabled Man?

Agape in action.

Surely you’ve seen the video of Pope Francis stopping his ride into St. Peter’s Square so he could give a blessing. Deacon Greg shared it earlier, [Read more...]

The Homily of Pope Francis at the Inauguration of His Papal Ministry UPDATED

Pope Francis receiving the Fisherman’s Ring… (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Courtesy of the good folks at Vatican Radio, delivered on the most beautiful day in Rome in weeks. Here it is in its entirety,

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my Petrine ministry on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church. It is a significant coincidence, and it is also the name-day of my venerable predecessor: we are close to him with our prayers, full of affection and gratitude. [Read more...]


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