“That our own government is knowingly displaying such a lack of tolerance for faithful Christians is outrageous”

Still at it, I see…

So says attorney Erin Mersino. I agree. I’d also agree if our government displayed a lack of tolerance for the teachings of  faithful Jews, Muslims, Quakers, Mormons, Hindus, et al, too.

So a couple of lawyers are throwing another log on the HHS Mandate lawsuit bonfire. Catholic News Service has the skinny, [Read more…]

Because What You Expect Holiness To Be Is Often Wrong…

Like at my house after dinner, but without the habits…

Have you ever noticed how when you haven’t experienced something before, be it a person, a place, or a thing, your idea of what that experience would be like, and how it actually turned out to be, didn’t always jive? In fact it’s probably not much of a stretch to say that usually what you expected, and what you actually experienced, were as different from each other as night is to day. [Read more…]

RealClearScience Discovers the Science Behind NFP…

Remember when Joe Six-Pack explained it using knowledge learned in basic electricity class? No, I’m not talking about the psychological aspects of human sexuality, just the science of human reproduction. I noted that most consider this a “black box,” for lack of putting thinking caps on. [Read more…]

The Holy Goalie Fearlessly Skated Across The Thin Ice Of Same-Sex Marriage In Arizona

Within the community of St. Blogs, folks have been amazed by the witness given by Bishop Thomas Paprocki on the subject of marriage. You probably have already heard the news, as these events transpired back on the last day of May, and hit the wires a few days later. [Read more…]

For Catholicism Or Casuistry? I Choose The Former (A Reply To The Archdiocese of New York Blogpost)

“I fell in love with the prophets and these men who had loved Christ; I reflected on all their words and found that this philosophy alone was true and profitable.”

Feast of St. Justin Martyr

Pope Francis wants us to be joyful. He said so in a homily just the other day. There is much to be joyful in when we embrace the true, the good and the beautiful. [Read more…]

The Prophet Thomas Merton On The Archdiocese of New York’s HHS Mandate Problem

 

Problem? What problem? So the Archdiocese of New York provides healthcare to unionized employees of ArchCare through SEIU 1199’s  National Benefits Fund, which provides coverage for contraceptives and abortion services. What could it hurt? [Read more…]

For Thoughts on the Trinity By Way of China, Circa 1700…

…with a little help from a few other sources.

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. I have no doubt that my friend Wu Li, SJ was exposed to the Athanasian Creed. Why? Because Wu could not have written the orthodox poems below without having believed in the Mystery of the Triune God. Wu wasn’t just parroting something he had heard from his Jesuit catechists either, you see. It is obvious that he pondered this mystery in his heart.

Like all great poets, Wu parsed the words of the creed and reduced them down in a manner that leaves us better able to have faith in the mystery of God in three Persons.  [Read more…]

Did You Know St. Thomas Aquinas Preached A Sermon on Lying?

I didn’t either, until earlier this year when I picked up a copy of The Aquinas Catechism, published by Sophia Institute Press.

Alert! This is a very long post. Just FYI. [Read more…]

That Twilight Zone Moment When The IRS Agent Asks You For The Content Of Your Group Member’s Prayers

Hi. We’re from the IRS, and we’d like to ask you some questions.

That’s when you break out your pocket copy of the Constitution, read the agents of the Eye of Sauron the First Amendment, inform them that the interview is concluded, and walk the hell out.

Next step? Call your attorney, and your Congressional representatives constituent services offices.

Uh, you probably think I’m making this headline up, but truth is stranger than fiction. Besides, it’s all right here on C-Span. [Read more…]

Sorry Forbes, But You Can’t Fool Papa Francis…

Knows bloat when he sees it, cuts costs at the Vatican Bank.

Pope Francis sent out a tweet I missed the other day. The howls of opprobrium started up immediately. [Read more…]