New Memo from the Bishops Says HHS Mandate “Radically Flawed”

From the National Catholic Register yesterday, details of a March 29 memorandum addressing the problems with the HHS Mandate.

The U.S. bishops said that the government’s latest recommendations on its federal contraception mandate fail to address religious-freedom concerns. [Read more…]

A Petulant POTUS, or an All-Powerful Genie?

Here’s hoping he’s both. In the “petulant President” department, John Fund, a writer based in New York, and the author of Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy, has a pretty good recap piece over at National Review Online from this weeks’ Presidential Follies regarding the Litigator-in-Chiefs’ constitutional law gaffs.

What follows is the part of Funds’ piece that hits home with me, [Read more…]

POTUS, SCOTUS, Healthcare law, the HHS Mandate, the Bishops and Catholic Social Teaching. Oh My!

When you have a post with a title with two acronyms, a healthcare law, a bureaucratic mandate, the USCCB, and the Social Doctrine of the Church, you have to be prepared for one thing, and one thing only: not pleasing everyone.

That’s why this is an interesting time to live, see? And it’s Holy Week too? [Read more…]

Earl Scruggs, Requescat In Pace

What is the happiest sounding instrument in the world? Hands down, my vote goes to the banjo. And one of the greatest players of the banjo of all time has been called home. Yes, we have lost Earl Scruggs, and I for one am saddened by this news. But not for long, see? Because Earl wouldn’t put up with me wearing the long face for too long.

The Associated Press relates the news to us as follows, [Read more…]

Cardinal Dolan on the O’Reilly Factor’s “No Spin Zone” and an Idea to Get Him on Comedy Central Too.

Rocco Palmo scooped this up first, naturally, and it’s fantastic.

Wasn’t that awesome? Bravo Zulu.

But while Rocco waxes euphoric about our favorite USCCB quarterback getting seen by over 3 million (mostly conservative) viewers on Bill O’Reilly’s show, I’m thinking His Excellency should take his show on the road, and head over to Comedy Central and pick up the other viewers too. He should make appearances where the rest of the viewers, including liberals and independents, are: [Read more…]

The Bishops Decide to Fight On…

Call it the “recalibration we can believe in,” breaking news from the Bishop’s Administrative Committee,

Bishops Promise To Continue ‘Vigorous Efforts’ Against HHS Violations Of Religious Freedom In Health Care Reform Mandate [Read more…]

You Don’t Trust the Bishops Like You Don’t Trust the Stock Market? Eureka!

And in both ways, you are being foolish, and unreasonable. Permit me to explain with the help of an article I saw this morning regarding the fact that most of us have missed the the stock market rally that turned three years old back on March 9th. I’ve got graphs and charts for your entertainment value as well.

But wait a minute, you argue. What gives you the right to analyze our actions in light of something so repellant as the device Mammon uses to weigh, grow, and destroy wealth? I mean, Frank(!), stocks and the market that deals in them are evil, man! Don’t you see that? [Read more…]

The Article on the HHS Mandate America Magazine Did Well By Publishing


Remember a few days back when I shared Bishop Lori’s letter to the editors at America Magazine? He had “gone Columbo” on them. Prior to that, Cardinal Dolan had given them a stern talking to as well. Perhaps that got their attention. [Read more…]

“The HHS Mandate is Demeaning to Women.” And Women Are Speaking Out

I said that the HHS Mandate robs women of their liberty in a lot of words earlier today. But like I said then, as a man, my opinion is discounted by HHS Mandate advocates.

But today is International Women’s Day. Hooray! So below you will find a video where Gloria Purvis, among others, gives a great 7 minute talk that tells it like it is. Who is Gloria? [Read more…]

For The Monks That Have Gone to the Dogs, and the Ones That Make Beer, et al…UPDATED

It’s been that way for a while with the Monks of New Skete. Who are these guys? Here’s what their website says,

In 1966 a small group of Byzantine-Rite Franciscans established a monastic community in northwestern Pennsylvania. Today, the monks reside in their permanent home east of Cambridge, New York, close to the Vermont border. It is here that the monks have, for more than 40 years, nurtured their deep love for and spiritual connection with dogs, and developed their expertise in dog training and breeding.

My former blogging partner, Allison Salerno, wrote a post about how their book helped her out once. My wife and I read it too. And WKRN did a little story about them last summer. Check it out, [Read more…]