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Third Ways Are Nurtured Here

Contrary to popular opinion, either/or ways of living are not the hallmark of Christianity. Both/and pathways to holiness, on the other hand, are.

The Catholic Church is big on third ways, if you think about it. Ever since Jesus died, was buried, and rose again, a different way of being, of living, and of thinking, was made manifest in the world. The early Christians embraced the Way, the Truth, and the Life, without any help from civil authorities, and from a position of complete powerlessness. And yet the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, changed the world through them.

The Holy Spirit still calls us to do the same today. [Read more...]

Sanity Check: Is Gendercide De Facto Law in Great Britain?

It would seem so. By gendercide, I mean sex-selection abortion, as generally the feminine sex comes out on the short end of the stick. [Read more...]

It Is “Respect Life Sunday”

Which kicks off Respect Life Month. In case your parish missed mentioning it, due to missunderstanding Pope Francis’s thoughts regarding discussing life issues, for example, let me allow Cardinal Seán O’Malley to explain what it is all about, and why the Catholic Church has been honoring it since 1972. [Read more...]

The Chinese Chesterton’s Thoughts on the Influence of Christianity on Common Law

It’s been a long time since I shared thoughts here from my faithful departed friend named John C.H. Wu.

I won’t bore you to death with the details of his life, as I’ve already done that in numerous posts before. Remember when he likened Saint Thérèse of Lisieux as having the mind of Lao Tzu, with the heart of Confucius? He’s written some amazing stuff. [Read more...]

A Reminder: Why the Bishops Stand Against the HHS Mandate

 

To see the future of the USCCB’s discussion of the HHS Mandate, we need to turn back to the both the recent and the distant past. Just last year, on March 14th, 2012, the Bishops published a paper entitled, United for Religious Freedom. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, in his response to the February 1 rule proposal by the Administration, referred to that document and quoted liberally from it.

Here’s a brief refresher, [Read more...]

Colorado Catholic Hospital: It Was Morally Wrong to Cite the Wrongful Death Act in Stodgill Lawsuit

As January was winding to a close, news came out that attorneys for St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City, CO had cited the fact that Colorado Law didn’t recognize the unborn as persons. This caused quite a brouhaha, as many of you will recall. Today, the hospital acknowledged that this tactic was a mistake, and one that will not be repeated in the future. [Read more...]

Orgasm: The Alpha and the Omega of Our Politics? UPDATED

“Oh Frank, what’s with that headline? You’re really just too much. Calm yourself down man, and have a beer or something.”

Actually, there isn’t enough room on the headline to say much more. I could have said, “Sex Viewed Through the Lens of Secularism Drives Our Political Policies.” But that might have put you to sleep. [Read more...]

Because of Natural Law and Politics

One of the early agreements Webster Bull and I had when he invited me aboard the good ship YIMCatholic was that “we don’t do politics” here. And for the most part that is a wise way to go. There are, after all, a myriad of ways to elucidate why I am Catholic without making politics the lynchpin of the reason. Bill Watterson’s characters Calvin and Hobbes get it about right, don’t they? [Read more...]

Because My Pope Speaks Truths Like This

Just recently, back on January 19, 2012 during his address to the bishops of Washington D.C.  and environs, during their ad limina visit to the See of St. Peter, my Pope said this. At the time, the HHS Mandate had already been announced and set in motion. [Read more...]

Senator Marco Rubio Writes a Bill: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act

How weird has it gotten when a right that is codified in the law of the land, and firmly seared onto the nation’s psyche, has to be backed up by another bill? Well that is what we have come to.  The Huffington Post, and a whole host of other news agencies, has the scoop.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a bill on Monday that would override the Obama administration’s new rule on birth control coverage and allow religious hospitals, universities, and other organizations that morally oppose contraception to refuse to cover it for their employees. [Read more...]


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