Human Trafficking is Not Just a Third World Problem

Just ask the folks from Convenant House. They’ve put together a campaign called Abolish Child Trafficking. The USCCB is dedicated to fighting this scourge as well.

Timothy Dalrymple shares an interview about efforts to stop this blight timed for what has been designated as a National Weekend of Prayer focused on this issue by Christians. [Read more…]

Being Conan the Barbarian vs. Being Civil (The Lost Art of Persuasion) UPDATED

I’ve been not publishing a number of comments these past few days, as they violate the little rule I keep here at the blog. It’s a simple rule based on a passage from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians,

No foul language should come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for needed edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.

Just because it’s simple, doesn’t mean it isn’t hard to follow. [Read more…]

The National Cathedral to Perform Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies UPDATED

From the Associated Press,

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington National Cathedral, where the nation gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin performing same-sex marriages. [Read more…]

Ember Days: What They Are And Where They Went

Photographer Credit: Tyler Parks

Today is the first Ember Day of autumn, the week after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

A long time ago, in a world that seems so very far away, Christian traditions rooted in simple faith thrived among the flock. One such tradition is the celebration of what are known as Ember Days. Traditionally, the first Wednesday after Guadete Sunday is the first Ember Day of Winter.

What are these mysterious days of penance and fasting? Their name alone evokes thoughts of a glimmer of light shed upon a dark world. And yet the story of the practice of this devotion has nothing to do with embers, kindling, or ashes, though it is true that the image of glowing splinters of hot coals did appear in my mind’s eye when I first learned of them. They still do. [Read more…]

A Great Example of the New Evangelization…from Canada?!


Beware the conventional wisdom. I mean, everyone knows that the Catholic Church is dead in Europe, right? And in Canada, our neighbors to the north? Aren’t they arresting parishioners and marching them off to gulags and such up there?

Well, in a word, no. [Read more…]

The Guttmacher Institute Gets Gutshot by the Kid

Remember the bratpack cowboy flick Young Guns? Emilio Estevez played the part of Billy “the Kid.” That’s how I’ve always pictured Marc Barnes, since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. And that’s what I call him too.

“The Kid” is a straight shooter, and one hell of a marksman to boot. Check out what happens when the Guttmacher Institute, you know, the respectable scientific research arm of Planned Parenthood, crossed his path. [Read more…]

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…]

The Bloggers Meet The Bishops, On Tape, Via YouTube


You may recognize a few of the bloggers here. Take a look, [Read more…]

On the Commemoration of Veteran’s Day…


Back to back secular feast days Frank? What gives? Not what, but who.

I’ve been reading the Catechism, see, and this is what the Church says, [Read more…]

The Whole World Says the Vatican is GaGa over James Bond UPDATED

Really. According to every news organ on the planet, the movie is blessed by His Holiness Himself. NPR said the Vatican loves the film, so the Pope must be alerting his staff to stock up on Orville Redenbacher Popcorn and extra cases of Fanta Orange. The truth? [Read more…]