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

Pope to Youth in Spain: Your Faith in Christ is Stronger than the Storm of Modernity

This column of mine appeared today on Headline Bistro, where the full article is available: What was Pope Benedict’s message to young people in Spain this month? Of the approximately fifteen thousand words he delivered, these unscripted ones are perhaps my favorite: “We have lived together an adventure. Strengthened by Christ, you have resisted the rain.” The pontiff spoke these words after ... More

[Updated] Guess What: World Youth Day Pumped Over $230,000,000 into Spain’s Economy

One of the most tiresome lies about World Youth Day is that it represents a significant financial drain on its host country. Anti-catholic dilettante Amanda Marcotte summed up this line of attack well when she wrote: [Vatican officials] have to keep helping fund these $87-million (the estimated cost of the Pope’s event in Madrid) Pope excursions, you know.* She later retracted: This post origin... More

Photos of Martyrdom: Anti-Catholic Protestors Taunt Pilgrims in Madrid

I debated about whether to post these photos but I decided to for an important reason: to ask for prayers and to encourage us to support and appreciate the courage of Catholic pilgrims in Madrid who have had to face, at times, vicious anti-Catholic harassment. The photos tell the story (via Reuters FaithWorld): Protestors light the WYD banner on fire directly in front of praying pilgrims Two men s... More

The Boundless Mercy of God

Thomas, I find so many of these new stories and commentaries about abortion and confession in recent days heartbreaking. It’s not just that Slate graphic rant. Any fair-minded person could read so many of the news stories circulating and think forgiveness only comes for some during a few days in Spain! I wrote a little about it here. There are a lot of people reading those news stories who are ... More

On Amanda Marcotte’s Vicious, Pathetic Hissy Fit Over World Youth Day Joy

Yesterday I praised Slate contributor William Saletan for his comments on “coin toss” abortions. Today I have to criticize Slate’s choice to publish what has to be one of the saddest, most vile screeds I’ve ever seen written against the Catholic Church and catholics. Amanda Marcotte is a pro-abortion, anti-Catholic feminist who doesn’t need much introduction. In 2007 ... More

At World Youth Day, Cardinal Varela Greets the Benedict XVI Generation

As you probably know, World Youth Day is taking place now in Madrid, Spain. Cardinal Rouco Varela greeted the young pilgrims by acknowledging that many of them would more aptly be described as the Benedict XVI generation than the John Paul II generation: “You are the Benedict XVI generation, which is not the same as John Paul II generation” Cardinal Rouco Varela said. Quoting from the Po... More

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