Old, Good News

Usually, when Huffington Post, The New York Times, and The Daily Beast are giddy with excitement over something the Pope said about abortion, gay-marriage, or contraception, there’s either been a serious misunderstanding or the eschaton is near. For those who haven’t yet heard, America Magazine (and several other Jesuit publications worldwide) has just published a lengthy interview of Pope Fra... More

Nothing new, normal or funny about NBC’s “The New Normal”

One of MTV’s most popular shows is coming to an end. According to reports, “The Jersey Shore” will cease production at the conclusion of this year’s season. “The Shore,” as it is commonly referred to, follows the lives of alcoholic, spiritually-adrift twentysomethings as they party it up during their summer vacation on New Jersey’s east coast. Now that “The Shore” is coming to an... More
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The Gay Marriage Debate: Brought to you by Contraception

I’ve been reflecting on some of the comments on my most recent post. Again and again, gay marriage advocates come to the debate insisting that marriage is a fundamental civil right, which begs the question. This assumption would not be possible if certain logical fallacies did not already commonly exist. First, there is the false notion that marriage is a right. Marriage is not a right ̵... More
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Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Now Amazon: Why Controversy is Bad for Business

Source: Flickr For the life of me, I don’t understand why companies – or prominent figures on their leadership teams – publicly engage in financing or commenting on controversial topics that don’t relate at all to the products and services they’re selling. Before the recent furor over Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s statements supporting traditional marriage,... More

Can A Catholic Still Vote For Him… Even Now?

When professor Doug Kmiec asked and answered the question in 2008 about whether Catholics could vote for Barack Obama he didn’t manage to convince a single soul. I mean that no one changed their vote based on his book. But he did demonstrate how hard one had to suspend disbelief in order to vote for for then-Senator Obama. Kmiec quoted Pope Benedict on page 78 of Can a Catholic Support Him?: Ask... More

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

2012: The Year of the All-Out Battle for Marriage as Six States Could Vote On It

2012 could be a “make or break” year for marriage, as the press is reporting today. In New Hampshire, Minnesota and North Carolina, pro-marriage advocates are on offense, working to repeal gay marriage (NH) or adding marriage to state constitutions that don’t have it yet (MN, NC). In New Jersey, Maryland and Washington State, gay marriage activists are trying to legalize gay marr... 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

Seven 2011 Events That Will Change the Church’s Story in America

photo composite. main image: stephencuyos.com via flickr Catholic Vote editor Josh Mercer is going to be ticked that I didn’t think of any of these when he asked bloggers for this sort of thing a few weeks ago. But, as 2012 approaches, here’s a quick run-down of events from the past year that will impact the Church in America in our time, in no particular order. 1. Denver Babies Start College ... More

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