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...]

Love Him, or Hate Him, Stephen Colbert Calls Out Tennessee “Pro-Life” Congressman

Filed under news you’d rather not have heard about, Stephen Colbert’s “Alpha Dog of the Week” is Tennessee Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R). Stephen explains why Arnold Schwarzenegger can’t hold a candle to the right, honorable, Dr. DesJarlais. [Read more...]

A 1,000 Mile Per Hour Car? Let’s Do It!


I’m a sucker for gearhead related stuff like this. Slap four wheels on something that includes a Formula-One engine, a Typhoon fighter plane jet engine AND a rocket motor? I’m definitely interested.

ABC News has the clip (pardon any commercials), [Read more...]

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, And More in Central Park UPDATED!

It’s the Global Citizen Festival and it’s “free” for a ticketed donation. The proceeds will be used to combat extreme poverty around the world.

“Frank,” you’re thinking, “this is great news if I happen to live near New York City. But I don’t, so why bother?” [Read more...]

Drafted By God, The Story of Frater Matthew Desme

Image Credit: Rick Belcher/St. Michael’s Abbey

I said I’m gone readin’ and I am. In fact, I just read the best sports story I’ve seen in a while covered on Yahoo! Sports, and it’s so good, I have to share it with you. Naturally, as something related to God, Heaven, and our vocations as Christians, it’s wrapped up in baseball. Jeff Passen shares the story with us. Have a look, [Read more...]


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