Sick: China’s New Lucrative Business is Dead Babies Sold As Stamina Booster Pills

[UPDATE – many folks are doubting the veracity of this story. I hope they’re completely right, and agree with them that the proof for this is shaky. If anyone finds evidence supporting or debunking the claims made by the IBTimes below, please let me know!] Stomach this story … if you can: A South Korean SBS TV documentary team accuses Chinese pharmaceutical companies of selling d... More


Mother of Steve Tyler’s aborted baby is now pro-life

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Rocker Steve Tyler of the band Aerosmith spoke recently with regret about his girlfriend’s abortion back in the 1970s. Now has tracked down Steve’s former girlfriend, Julia Holcomb — and she’s now pro-life! “I became lost in a rock and roll culture,” she recount... More

Update: Madonna NOT ditching Kabbalah for Opus Dei

UPDATE: Well, that didn’t last long. Still, I’m keeping her in my prayers. === The doors to the meeting were no doubt guarded by a group of albino assassin monks: FOR the past 15 years, she has been Kabbalah’s most high profile and dedicated follower. But now Madonna has apparently ditched the controversial faith and taken up with Opus Dei – the secretive Catholic sect made famo... More


Blessed Is the Tiger Blooded, for He Shall be on Today Today and Tomorrow

As Charlie Sheen nears his millionth follower on his newly opened Twitter account, this is worth a read: While covering the Sermon on the Mount, I had students read the Beatitudes from the Gospel of Matthew and then create a list of “Modern Beatitudes.” I told students to imagine the perspective of, for example, the head of MTV or the publisher of a popular magazine. From that perspect... More

On Cuomo’s Communion, Everyone Chimes In

Platt/Getty It’s been a bit surprising to see how much traction my father’s recent comments on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (in)eligibility to receive Communion have received. But, as my father notes, we probably should have expected this: A political wag once observed that the fastest way to start a ruckus on Capitol Hill is to point out what the Constitution actually says. In the Chur... More

Justin Bieber is pro-life

He was asked his views in an interview with Rolling Stone: [Bieber] does have a solid opinion on abortion. “I really don’t believe in abortion,” Bieber says. “It’s like killing a baby?” How about in cases of rape? “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn&#... More


Good News: Anti-Catholic ad dropped from Super Bowl ad competition

Doritos and Pepsi are holding a competition where users can create and submit their own ad. Then an online competition ensues to see which ad will be aired during the Super Bowl. One ad submitted featured a minister in a Roman collar who is able to bring people back to his empty church by offering Doritos and Pepsi Max in an obvious mockery of the Body and Blood of Jesus. The ad was on YouTube, bu... More


Anti-God Starbucks Cup has Catholics Steamed

Most of us who frequent Starbucks with any regularity know that they often have quotations written on the side of their cups, ostensibly to provoke thought and contemplation. Well, via Powerblog, try this one on for size [here’s a picture of it]: “Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of... More



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