About Catholic Relief Services, Brandon Vogt reminds us…

that while “the good” isn’t “the perfect”  (in the midst of a fallen world), that doesn’t mean it’s the embodiment of all evil either. Nor does that make it the aider and abettor of evil anymore than the Church is as a whole.

What follows is from his post entitled Compassion vs. CARE: A Defense of Catholic Relief Services.

 Food, Water, and…Contraception? [Read more...]

Quote of the Week: Christopher Nolan

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From The Dark Knight Rises website,

Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on the screen is an important  and joyful pastime. The movie theater is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families. —Christopher Nolan

And our prayers are with them too.

Photographs of the Week: Christian Bale Visits the Victims UPDATED

This is for the half-dozen or so readers who haven’t seen the photographs of actor Christian Bale (Batman) visiting the hospital where victims of the theater shooting last Friday are being treated.

Christian Bale meets with Aurora theater shooting victim Carey Rottman. Warner Brothers says its on his own time and not on the company’s behalf. This guy is a class act. -Kaiser of Radio 104.1 WMRQ

Let me tell you what this does for morale. [Read more...]

Mitt Romney says, “We Are All Catholics Now” UPDATED

Why am I choosing the “lesser of two evils” come this Fall? Let me show you Exhibit A.

The folks over at The Weekly Standard have the rest of the story from a town hall style campaign stop in Ohio a few days ago. They’ve just never heard of TubeChop over at TWS.

Maybe Mitt Romney isn’t an “evil” to choose, but just a weevil. Still, I’ll be choosing him. It’s like this, see?

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I’m not going to “overthink” the vote. There are just too many other more important things to do.

Updates:

Exhibits B,C,D, and E

Crisis Magazine: Post-Comfortable Christianity and the Election of 2012.
Simca Fisher and I are on the same page.
Pat Archbold’s “Just Voter Theory.”
Francis Beckwith on Mormonism, Catholicism, and the Romney Candidacy.

Long Before the ACA Decision…UPDATED

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Legal truths stranger than fiction have existed for some time. Cue example from Bloomberg Financial on news yesterday of  the settlement of “the largest health-care fraud case” in the history of these United States, against GlaxoSmithKline PLC, [Read more...]

Archbishop Lori’s Op-Ed in the Washington Post

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It hit the web edition’s Guest Voices column early this afternoon.

With tweets and text messages, prayers and preaching, Catholics and other Americans will spend the next two weeks (June 21-July 4) launching a religious freedom awareness campaign called the “Fortnight for Freedom.

Concern for religious freedom both here and abroad has been growing for years, and now there are calls for immediate action. Stories of people literally dying for the faith in Iraq and Nigeria can be found in daily newspapers. There, churches are bombed and the blood of martyrs runs freely. [Read more...]

Did You Hear the NPR Piece Today on the “Fortnight for Freedom?”

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, shown speaking at the state Capitol in Hartford, Conn., in 2009, is the head of the U.S. bishops' Fortnight for Freedom campaign. Photo credit: Jessica Hill/AP

It was actually pretty balanced. A couple of parishioners “for,” a couple “against,” and snippets from Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop Lori, and (naturally) the strident comments of Bishop Jenky from Peoria. [Read more...]

The Catholic Health Association Tacks to Windward UPDATED

And just in the nick of time. They were headed for a lee shore, or so it seemed back in February. That is when Sister Carol Keehan had backed the Administrations “Accommodation,” standing side by side with Vice-President Joe Biden making her announcement to that effect. But it appears that she, and the group of hospitals she leads, has had a change of heart. Prayers are being answered! [Read more...]

Props to PBS, Who Did Discuss the Lawsuit, While the Other Networks Slept

Joanne McPortland tipped me off about this in the combox of the post I wrote about the crickets chirping on the other major networks following the biggest religious lawsuit ever. Kudos to PBS, who I lauded last time for hosting Fr. Robert Barron’s Catholicism series as well. In the clip below, host Gwen Iffel queries Wall Street Journal reporter Janet Adamy about the news that the other networks (honorable mention, though, to CBS News) failed to provide to the public. Give it a look, [Read more...]

With the HHS Mandate, Belloc’s Heresy “The Modern Phase” Has Arrived UPDATED

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A couple of years ago, when I was boring folks with YIMCatholic Book Club posts, we tackled Hilaire Belloc’s The Great Heresies. We started it around the time school was out in the Summer of 2010, beginning with the Introduction. We followed along for six weeks as Belloc made his way through all the big heresies you’ve heard of, but didn’t know diddly squat about. First, we learned the plan of the book, and then we dug into the following heresies in succession: Arianism; Islam; Albegensianism; and Protestantism. And what was the last selection? Funny you should ask. [Read more...]


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