Category Archives: Breaking News

Pa. Dioceses Defeat Obamacare Abortion-Pill Mandate

Very big news out of Pittsburgh. Today federal district court Judge Arthur J. Schwab granted an injunction against the Obamacare abortion-pill and birth control mandate for the Dioceses of Pittsburgh and Erie and their associated organizations. Read: Pittsburgh and Erie PI Decision. The injunction is the first one that has been thoroughly litigated for a [...]

Jesus, Jody Bottum, and the Re-Enchantment of Reality Program

So, I tried reading all of Jody Bottum’s 9,368 word endorsement of legalizing same-sex marriage. I honestly did. When the Commonweal piece was brought to my attention Saturday morning, I dutifully settled in with a cup of coffee and began slogging my way through it. Around the 1,000 word mark, however, I realized this piece [...]

Do You Believe in Miracles?

Mainstream media outlets are now reporting that the mystery of the so-called “angel priest” has been “solved.” After many days of wondering, we now know that the priest who appeared at the scene of a horrific accident in Missouri was not an angel from heaven or a long-dead saint, but just an ordinary (as it [...]

What the Church Really Thinks About Women

Pope Francis caused some eyebrows to go up last week when he remarked, in an offhand way, that, “We don’t have a deep theology of women in the church.” I’m not sure if anything is being lost in translation, but, as Pat Gohn pointed out in her Washington Post op-ed today, the real problem isn’t [...]

Pro-Life Victory: New Law Requires Ultrasound

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a law on Friday that requires women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound performed on their unborn child. The law went into effect on Monday. The law also requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion clinic. According to [...]

Top 15 Quotes From the Pope’s New Enyclical “Lumen Fidei”

I set out this morning to identify my top 10 favorite quotes from Pope Francis’s new encylical, Lumen Fidei (“Light of Faith”) but it proved impossible to limit myself only to 10. So here are my top 15 favorite quotes! I hope reading this encourages you to read the entire encyclical, either online or as [...]

What Catholics Need Now: A Letter to Our Priests and Bishops

To Our Spiritual Fathers, Please forgive the public nature of this letter. In a sense, it goes against my personal rule of not criticizing priests or bishops in print. But only in a sense. You see, this letter isn’t meant as criticism, although I know some will take it that way. It’s more a cry [...]

USCCB: Striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is a “profound injustice”

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops just released a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8: Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part [...]


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