I recently heard from a source within the Department of Health and Human Services who indicated to me that people within the organization are “terrified” of what is going to happen. Not just with the mandate, which Catholics are combating eloquently in the Fortnight for Freedom. They’re afraid that the entire health care legislation will come tumbling down.
If that happens, they... More
Now the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which the Lord God made. And he said to the woman: Why hath God commanded you, that you should not eat of every tree of paradise?2And the woman answered him, saying: Of the fruit of the trees that are in paradise we do eat: 3But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of paradise, God hath commanded us... More
I am done lobbying this President. It is futile. I am now 100% focused on defeating and replacing him in 2012.
All the reports indicate that President Obama only issued his false compromise last Friday in an effort to placate far-left Catholics who he sees as essential to his re-election campaign. The combined outcry of basically every Catholic bishop in this country, on top of the massive grassro... More
1) My list of bishops who have spoken out against the Obama/HHS mandate now stands at 115. So well over half of the U.S. bishops who head dioceses have spoken out.
2) Senator Marco Rubio today introduced a bill (“the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012″) to repeal the Obama/HHS mandate. This is significant because the Democrat-controlled Senate will be the hardest obstacle to ove... More
Washington, DC is enjoying mild temperatures right now but that’s sure to end soon. Meanwhile, in Germany, villagers have snow on the mind:
Hotels and bars made out of ice have been common for a while — now a church is the latest project to get the cold treatment. In the Bavarian Forest, one congregation wants to build a place of worship out of 1,400 cubic meters of snow, just as thei... More
Amanda Knox is free today and returning to the United States after spending years in prison after being accused of the 2007 murder of her roommate in Perugia, Italy (for a helpful run-down of the cases that were being brought for and against Amanda Knox , click here).
It has been reported that her last Saturday night in Italy was spent going to Mass in prison — a Mass for which she played guit... More
For an early Father’s Day, I talk a little about the need for and gift of spiritual fathers — with the help of Anthony Weiner (!) and the good men of the Josephinum, the pontifical seminar immersed in the New Evangelization, in Ohio.
Let me know your thoughts and feel free to highlight other bright lights in our culture and in our Church.
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I’m having one of those “What would Fr. Neuhaus say moments again.
But, truth be told, they’re frequent.
This one came after reading my friend David French’s essay on Catholic and Mormons leading on marriage and life. And evangelicals’ current lack of leadership on the same.
David is evangelical — one of the founders of a group called Evangelicals for Romney back in 2007-8 — ... More
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
The common victim for our secular eucharist
Thanksgiving: the most Catholic of the national holidays that don’t coincide with an actual Catholic holiday. The reason is simple: everyone wants to be Catholic, whether they realize it or not.
Here we are celebrating the day when our nation “gives thanks” for all the stuff we’re thankful for. We know we’re giving thanks fo... More