Judge Cogan Allows NY Archdiocese Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate to Continue UPDATED

Back in May, the Archdiocese of New York filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) because of the HHS Mandate requiring contraceptive, abortifacient, and sterilization coverage for employees.

The plaintiffs in the case are as follows: [Read more...]

Because Christ is the King, Not Mammon

Because Christ is God and frankly, Mammon is a chump.

The Mammster is nowhere even close to having the qualities that we human beings crave and desire to emulate, follow, and become. Christ the King, though, smiling down on us from the banner collage, and the photograph above, and warming our hearts inside, has all of the qualities that we desire in abundance. [Read more...]

About The Palestinian Christians in Gaza…UPDATED

A Palestinian demonstrator with a Rosary holds a stone during minor clashes with Israeli troops in protest against Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip, in the West Bank village of Bir Zeit, near Ramallah, 11/19/2012. REUTERS-Mohamad Torokman

See the photograph above? There are about 10,000 Christians who live in Gaza, you know. It would appear that our Catholic brother is none too happy about something that occurred in his neighborhood.

The CIA World Factbook supplies the following information about Christians living in Palestine. [Read more...]

Federal Judge Upholds Santa Monica’s Decision, So Palisades Park Goes Naked This Year UPDATED

Last year, one of four Christian displays for Christmas along Ocean Avenue at Palisades Park
AP PHOTO/RINGO H.W. CHIU

It’s basically the scorched earth policy of tolerance, as the Santa Monica City Council banned all holiday decorations in a decision made back in June. Jenna Chandler of the Santa Monica Patch brings us up to speed on the courts’ decision today. [Read more...]

The Tragic Death of Savita Halappanavar UPDATED

The news of the tragic passing of Savita Halappanavar is burning up the wires and stirring hate and discontent among folks both in Ireland and elsewhere.

I suggest we pause and say a prayer for her and her family as they sort through their loss. This is not the time to be playing armchair surgeon, nor is it time to grab pitchforks and torches and come after the Catholic Church either. The Halappanavar family has enough grief to sort through without us turning them into political footballs and kicking them hither and yon.

Human Life International has put out a press release which makes a lot of sense to me. [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan, “We’re not violating our consciences.”

Photo Credit: Seth Wenig/AP

Regarding the HHS Mandate, Rachel Zoll reports from Baltimore,

A top American bishop said Tuesday the Roman Catholic church will not comply with the Obama administration requirement that most employers provide health insurance covering birth control.

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said church leaders are open to working toward a resolution with federal officials, but will meanwhile press ahead with challenges to the mandate in legislatures and in court.

“The only thing we’re certainly not prepared to do is give in. We’re not violating our consciences,” Dolan told reporters at a national bishops’ meeting. “I would say no door is closed except for the door to capitulation.” [Read more...]

The Bloggers Meet The Bishops, On Tape, Via YouTube


You may recognize a few of the bloggers here. Take a look, [Read more...]

New USCCB Website Launched to Inform the Culture on the Importance of Religious Liberty

One of the salient points critics of our bishops’ stance on the HHS Mandate fail to notice is the solidarity of the group. Do you know how many of the bishops have broken away and decided that the HHS Mandate is really not a big deal? [Read more...]

Be Advised, Weird Stuff is Happening, Both on the Blog…

And elsewhere. To wit, something went amok with a “Popular Post” link sharing  doohickey. Patheos GHQ is aware of it, but for the time being there are enough “popular post” links to drive even the most charitable reader batty.   [Read more...]

Time-Lapse Video of the Space Shuttle Moving Through L.A.

Image credit: Mike Blake/Reuters

It doesn’t get much cooler than this. Let’s just say that my hat is off to the driver of this rig, and all of his helpers. [Read more...]