Folks, it’s a prayer aid, not an accessory.

Photo: the Mary Rose Trust An 8th grade girl got suspended in Texas for wearing a rosary around her neck because wearing a rosary directly violates the school’s dress code. Rosaries are explicitly prohibited in the dress code because they have become associated with gang membership so the school banned wearing them or openly displaying them. The girl says she wears the rosary to remind her o... More
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This Congress has no Kennedy, but another one is being groomed

With the death of Senator Ted Kennedy in 2009 and the retirement of Rep. Patrick Kennedy in 2010, this new 112th Congress is the first one without a Kennedy in 63 years. I suppose it’s not surprising that many pro-lifers would likely cheer that fact. Especially when you consider all the vitriol that Ted Kennedy heaped on those who fought for legal protection of the unborn. To me, however, it... More

Catholic Outpouring for Judge Roll, Other Victims

Some more of the Catholic community’s outpouring of sentiment and prayers for Judge Roll and the other victims of Saturday’s shooting, and additional insight into the Judge’s character from people who knew him: Tucson’s Bishop Kicanas is holding a special Mass for victims tomorrow.  Read especially the note about the little girl who was killed. Christina Taylor GreenR... More

Prayers for our Brother, Judge John Roll

Judge Roll with my son G. Bowman, at my Tucson apartment in 2005 As Thom has asked for prayers for those affected by the Arizona shootings, I would like to personally request your supplications for Judge Roll and his family. Judge Roll hired me in 2003 fresh out of the first class of Ave Maria School of Law to work in his chambers as a law clerk.  I found him among the judges I applied to work fo... More

This Christmas, let’s reclaim the Rainbow

In America, we’ve become accustomed to the idea that the rainbow is a symbol for “gay pride.” In Europe and other places, however, the rainbow symbolizes peace. This Christmas, when we celebrate the peace that Christ brings to the world, let’s begin to take back the rainbow. Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse has already started: An activist fighting for traditional marriage in Cal... More

Who was she to bear Him there? Who are we?

[Note: I posted the bulk of this one on a long-since-defunct blog I did a number of years ago. It's another consideration of a favorite Christmas carol.] The “Christ Child Lullaby” is a beautiful, lilting Christmas carol sung from the perspective of the Blessed Mother. You can hear a snippet from the album at Amazon (an album anyone who appreciates traditional Irish music must have). The lyric... More

Conrad Black: Catholicism, and the Oceans, Will Survive.

Conrad Black posted a column on three major events, or themes, of 2010. He looks at the media circus surrounding the truly despicable revelations of clerical sex abuse from the early part of the year, which was effectively countered by Pope Benedict’s pastoral visit to Britain, and then crowded out of the news cycle by the oil spill in fhte Gulf of Mexico. He says, in essence, these things s... More

ReeL LovE ChallengE – $4,500+ in prizes!

The Ruth Institute (which promotes healthy marriages among young people) is challenging young adults (ages 18-24) to submit 30-second videos answering the question, “Is lifelong love possible?” They’re calling it the REEL LOVE CHALLENGE. Here’s Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse explaining the ground rules: Hurry – the contest closes February 1st, so ENTER NOW! Oh, and I pla... More

An invitation to many, from a man with a tender pastoral heart.

I was sad the day I heard Bishop Thomas Tobin was being moved from my native Youngstown. He was the first bishop I ever met. It was shortly after he was made bishop of Youngstown and he visited the small Tridentine chapel I grew up at shortly after it was made a personal parish and the Fraternity of St. Peter was brought in to minister to the faithful. It was the first time a bishop had visited th... More

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