In Kentucky, Gethsemani Abbey And The Sisters Of Loretto Tell A Pipeline Company, “You Shall Not Pass.”

What could it hurt? *cough*

Just in time for today’s readings. But, you know what? Maybe Jim Beam, Makers Mark, and other distilleries in the area will be willing to do business with them. The monks and nuns? Not so much. [Read more...]

What Millennials Really Want From The Church

I reckon lots of Millennials are numbered here…

That is the big question du jour it seems. An answer in a piece written by Rachel Held Evans at the CNN Belief Blog sort of went viral last week. Soon after, Hemant Mehta (a blogger on the Patheos Atheist channel) also had a piece up over there, basically telling folks that atheists are HUGE on the internet, and the Jesus story is a myth so, why not throw in the towel?

Interestingly, all of the hubbub seems to be following in the wake of the Barque of Peter’s 28th edition of World Youth Day, which wrapped up celebrations in Rio de Janeiro this past Sunday. [Read more...]

Catholic Health Association Is Fine With The Final HHS Rule As It Is UPDATED


Less than a week after the conclusion of the Fortnight for Freedom, the CEO of the Catholic Health Association, Sister Carol Keehan, has notified members of the association that the latest accommodation provided by HHS is acceptable to them. It is a different conclusion than that held by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. [Read more...]

Diocese of Pittsburgh Sues HHS Over Question of Influence of Lobbyists UPDATED

Image credit: Jeff Martin for The Washington Post

Remember back when the scandals were erupting from the grounds surrounding the IRS, the spying on the Associated Press, and the revelations learned from the Benghazi hearings?

Yes, seems like it was a quiet time, doesn’t it? A halcyon time before the veil was lifted on the abrogation of the 4th Amendment and the fact that your privacy is now not your own. [Read more...]

Thanks to Brandon Vogt, You Can Read Lumen Fidei On Your Kindle…

“From our four hands, to you…”

Or your Nook, iPad, PC, or Mac. Did I mention he also converted it into a PDF file? There is pretty much no excuse for not being able to read this encyclical, “the work of four hands.”

Download it at once! Brandon tells you how.

Thanks for doing the world a solid, Brandon!

P.S. It’s also available at the Vatican website.

 

California Attorney General Kamala Harris Performs First Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony Earlier Today…

Sandy Stier, left, exchanges wedding vows with Kris Perry during a ceremony presided by California Attorney General Kamala Harris at City Hall in San Francisco, Friday, June 28, 2013. Stier and Perry, the lead plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban, tied the knot about an hour after a federal appeals court freed same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4 1/2 years. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Since SCOTUS ruled that proponents of Proposition 8 did not have standing. The ceremony was between one of two couples whom successfully challenged the state’s Proposition 8 ban in court: Kris Perry and Sandy Stier. The normal 25 day waiting period was lifted when the 9th Circuit Court filing vacated a stay today and allowed the state to resume issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

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More details from the Bay Area affiliate of CBS News.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris Speaking In Support of the SCOTUS Rulings…

When the rulings came down, the flag went up at the CA AG’s website. Here is General Harris’s statement given during a presser.

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Her letter to Governor Brown can be read here.

RELATED:

Rebecca Hamilton on the role, and responsibilities, of an Attorney General.

The Miraculous Incident of Balanced Media Coverage On Same-Sex Marriage…

This is the week when the Supreme Court will spill the beans on what will become of same-sex marriage in California, and perhaps in the entire country. Lots of folks are on pins and needles waiting for the decision that will be handed down. [Read more...]

Liberation Theology Gets the CDF Seal of Approval, and the Rich Act Different…Who Knew? UPDATED

Says who? Says Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, that’s who.

Now before you go off all half-cocked, like a lot of folks did when President Obama made remarks about segregationist tendencies in Northern Ireland (see Bill Donohue’s remarks, please), perhaps it would be prudent to consider some of Pope Francis’s remarks on one of our cultures’ favorite idols: Mammon. [Read more...]

Stephanie Slade Connects The Dots on the HHS Mandate…

What follows is from her opinion piece in U.S. News & World Report. She explains how the HHS Mandate is just one more in a long line of First Amendment abuses by the current Administration.

Lost for some people amid worries about National Security Agency surveillance practices, Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative organizations and Department of Justice investigations of journalists who dared to speak to government employees is another troubling example of inappropriate federal overreach – the Health and Human Services contraception mandate. [Read more...]


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