CNN Anchor Asks Bishop: “Why Not Get On Board” With Same-Sex Marriage?

The condescension of the media is staggering at times: Seriously, that’s supposed to be a real question, Kyra Phillips? That a Catholic bishop should just chuck 2,000 years of tradition and the teachings of Christ because a minority of people who claim to be Catholic have abandoned the true meaning of marriage? And, by the way, Bishop Malone is not simply “changing tactics” in... More

Cardinal Dolan: White House Lectured My USCCB Staff On How to Interpret Catholic Teaching!

Cardinal Timothy Dolan sent a letter to his brother bishops earlier this week where he revealed a shocking conversation that recently took place at a meeting between White House and USCCB staff: At a recent meeting between staff of the bishops’ conference and the White House staff, our staff members asked directly whether the broader concerns of religious freedom—that is, revisiting the stra... More

HuffoPo’s New Low: Calls Catholicism “The Jesus-Eating Cult of Rick Santorum”

Larry Doyle, an Irish catholic, fancies himself a comedian, but no one is laughing at his latest attempt at satire: “The Jesus-Eating Cult of Rick Santorum.” This is a new low, even for The Huffington Post. In some sense there isn’t anything shocking about what Doyle writes. It’s the same old, tired lies we hear about the Church all the time from vicious anti-catholics. Wha... More


Grammys confirm that anti-Catholicism is still in vogue

Two words came to my mind after watching Nicki Minaj’s bizarre exorcism hip-hop performance (click at your own risk) on last night’s Grammy Awards: talentless and coward. From a mock confession, to the use of our sacred music (O Come Let us Adore Him), to an altar boy knelt in prayer between the legs of a half-dressed dancer, the Grammy’s confirmed America’s last acceptable prejudice. Wh... More


Swords and Shields

And the Pope has cast his arms abroad for agony and loss, And called the kings of Christendom for swords about the Cross… — Lepanto by G. K. Chesterton I have sympathy for the sentiment Emily expresses. I do. I know it’s a lament shared by many Catholics when they look at the state of the Church now. It’s important we acknowledge past sins of omission — personal, pa... More

Jerk of the Week: WA State Rep Pedersen Insults “Religious Views of a Small and Dwindling Minority”

Meet Jamie Pedersen, the prime sponsor of a bill to redefine marriage in the Washington State House. Here’s how Pedersen responded to a constituent of his who emailed him asking him not to redefine marriage (emphasis mine): Thanks for your message.  I strongly disagree with you on this issue and am the House prime sponsor of the bill that will provide marriage equality for same-sex couple... More

Wassup with Rick Perry and Catholicism?

Am I being too conspiratorial wondering why Rick Perry is talking about Rick Santorum being Catholic on the campaign trail in South Carolina? Via NBC: FLORENCE, SC — Speaking to media during an impromptu press conference Tuesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry twice mentioned rival Rick Santorum’s Catholic faith in criticizing his record on fiscal issues. “Rick Santorum is a good man, he is ... More

[Updated w/ Video] My Thoughts on HHS Hearing + Statement By Rep. Buerkle

This morning I attended the Congressional oversight committee’s hearing on the Department of Health and Human Service’s decision to pass-over the US Bishops Conference and award a grant to help victims of human trafficking to other, less-qualified organizations that consent to doing referrals for abortions, sterilization and contraception. Before I get to summarizing my experiences, I ... More

House to Hold Hearing on Anti-Catholic HHS Discrimination Next Thursday

Big news that I saw on the wire : Next week the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on the administration’s decision not to renew funding for United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) program to assist human trafficking victims. According to news reports, the decision was made due to USCCB’s pro-life stance and funds were withheld despite objectio... More

Reader: Newt calls for ‘humane’ immigration policy, Catholic Church wins tax battle with SF, Jimmy Fallon apologizes

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Newt Gingrich calls for a ‘humane’ policy on immigration, says he’s prepared to take the heat for his stance. (I agree with him on this.) Unfortunately for him, Newt won’t be on the ballot in Missouri. His campaign did not file the paperwork and pay the fee required in t... More



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