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...]

The Installation Mass of Pope Francis…

Can be viewed in real time here… [Read more...]

Not That Anyone is Asking, but Hans Küng Approves of Pope Francis’s Election

Not so fast there, Skipper…

Sure, Fr. Hans Küng believes in the dubious problem of overpopulation, and that the birth control pill is the best thing since sliced bread, etc.  But still, you probably didn’t see this tacit endorsement coming. [Read more...]

Among Other Things, Pope Francis Loved Dancing the Tango…

“Yes, I do like to dance, actually…”

Perhaps he could be the first Pontiff to cut the mustard on Dancing With The Stars. [Read more...]


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