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
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
Am I being too conspiratorial wondering why Rick Perry is talking about Rick Santorum being Catholic on the campaign trail in South Carolina?
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
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
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
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.) http://cvote.to/8n
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
Well apparently it’s really funny, you see, because the frequent Playmate and porn flick star is going to play the virginal mother of Christ in Canadian TV’s “A Russell Peters Christmas,” hosted by extra-super-clever comedian Russell Peters.
You see, because bashing Christianity is funny! It’s hip! It’s fresh! It’s daring! And hey, Christians don’t ... More
They have a saying in advertising which you may have heard, “Will it play in Peoria?”
That question now confronts the Diocese of Peoria and Catholics everywhere when it was announced that Catholic Charities of Peoria, starting February 1st, will transfer most of its staff and all of its caseload of 330 children to a newly-created non-profit called “The Center For Youth and Family... More
You may remember this update from a CV Lunchtime Reader:
Payback? The Obama administration has failed to renew a $19 million grant awarded to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to assist victims of human trafficking. The grant was first awarded in 2006 by the Migration and Refugee Services and has helped 2,700 victims of human trafficking. Sister Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the U.S. Bisho... More
This image courtesy of Ann Telnaes at the Washington Post editorial animation page claims the pope’s anti-contraceptive stance is responsible for overpopulation:
What is the pope inflating? A pregnant woman. How idiotic.
If you want to understand why this editorial cartoon is so misguided, read Steven Mosher’s column in the National Catholic Register: “Too Many People? Ignore t... More