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Former Olympians Star in Romney Ad

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Pelosi's Archbishop Warns of "Despotism"

Let's schedule a sit down:

Pelosi’s New Archbishop: We Could Be Moving Toward "Despotism"..
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Kid's Lemonade Stand at Church for Same Sex "Marriage"

Weird:

Nothing so calls to mind the spirit of innocence than a child’s summertime lemonade stand. However, at one church in Minneapolis, young Sunday school children donated the proceeds of their childhood business venture to a group dedicated to redefining marriage in the November election. On July 15, children in grades 1-5 at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis charged a quarter a glass during their church-sponsored fundraiser to support same-sex “marriage.”
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Open to Life, a Family Story

What a wonderful story. This is what being open to life really means. Imagine that, someone accepting the possibility of an "imperfect" child. Last I checked, the last perfect child was born about two thousand years ago.

Ken and Allison Howell were leading what they considered a “charmed life.” The newly married couple were part of a Pentecostal church where the “preaching was fiery, the services long and emotional, and the music pulled one from the depths of weeping to the heights of dancing.” But the Howell’s first child Rees, born in 1994 — four years into their marriage — was about to turn their charmed life inside out, leading them on a difficult journey that would test their marriage, their faith, and the way they valued human life. Rees entered the world after a storybook pregnancy and birth. But by the time he was nine months old, he had contracted pneumonia twice, a rarity for a child who was breast-fed.
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Newsweek Calls Romney a "Wimp"

Smells like desperation?

And Newsweek probably wonders why their magazine is losing readers by the droves to the point where they are now phasing out the print edition.
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Interview: From Speed Skater to Religious Life

With the London summer Olympics commencing today, a former Olympian – now a sister with the Community of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal in Leeds, England – shared with ZENIT her journey toward answering the call to the religious life. For CFR Sister Catherine Mary of the Holy Trinity the Olympics were a family affair. The Wisconsin native -- whose legal name is Kirstin Holum -- is the daughter of Dianne Holum, who gained international fame by becoming the first American to win Olympic gold in woman's speed skating, competing in the 1968 and 1972 games. She went on to coach three consecutive Olympic teams, and later would contribute as a commentator for the sport.
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CNN Plays "Stupid Girls" Before Palin Story

I'm sure it was just a coincidence:

Remember last November when Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was disgracefully greeted with the song "Lyin' A-- B--ch" during her appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon?

On Sunday, Pink's "Stupid Girls" was played before a CNN Sunday Morning piece about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin visiting a Chick-fil-A restaurant to show support for the embattled company (video follows with transcript and commentary):

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Mother of Girl Who Died in Aurora Shooting Has Miscarriage

Heartbreaking:

The woman whose 6-year-old daughter was the youngest to die in the Aurora, Colo. theater shooting has suffered a miscarriage following her own critical injuries.

The family of Ashley Moser said in a statement Saturday she is recovering from surgery but that the trauma she suffered caused her to miscarry, according to the Associated Press. Moser suffered gunshot wounds to the neck and abdomen.

The Jefferson County sheriff’s office would not release additional details and said the family has declined to speak to the media.
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Palin Visits Chick-Fil-A

You betcha:

Sarah Palin waded into the controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A and gay marriage by tweeting a picture of herself and her husband Todd visiting one of the the fast-food chain stores Friday after a Texas campaign stop.

“Stopped by Chick-fil-A in The Woodlands to support a great business,” the former Alaskan governor and vice -presidential candidate tweeted following an appearance at a rally for Republican Senate primary challenger Ted Cruz outside Houston.

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10 Things Britain Said About Itself in Olympic Ceremony

Tom Hoopes nails it:

Top 10 Things Britain Said About Itself in Its Opening Ceremony

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Former Atheist Poet Tells Her Conversion Story

Thankfully she explains it in prose so you don't have to riddle the meaning from what she says:

“Until two years ago, I was a really committed atheist and I really hated the Catholic Church,” said poet Sally Read, as she explained how all that dramatically changed during nine months in 2010.

“The whole process took from March to December, and I was received into the Catholic Church at the Vatican in December, so it was a bit of a lightning flash,” she told CNA on July 24.
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That's Gun Control I Support

Gun carrying man ends stabbing spree at Salt Lake grocery store

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DOJ: Give Up Your Religion or Your Business

We live in a very dangerous time:

The Justice Department last week presented the Newland family of Colorado--who own Hercules Industries, a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning business--with what amounted to an ultimatum: Give up your religion or your business.
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Ethicist: Feeding Dementia Patients is Waste of $$$

Kill them Machine. Kill them all.

Hydrating and feeding dementia patients is a waste of the National Health Service’s resources, a leading medical ethicist has said.

In an article for the British Medical Journal, the chairman of the Institute of Medical Ethics criticised a High Court judgment in September last year, which concluded that it would not be in the best interests of a brain-damaged woman to withdraw her artificial hydration and nutrition.

Writing under the heading “Sanctity of life has gone too far”, Professor Raanan Gillon, who is also an emeritus professor at Imperial College London, said: “The logical implications of this judgment threaten to skew the delivery of severely resource-limited healthcare services towards providing non-beneficial or minimally beneficial life-prolonging treatments including artificial nutrition and hydration to thousands of severely demented patients whose families and friends believe they would not have wanted such treatment.
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Abp. Chaput: Building a Culture of Religious Freedom

This is great stuff from Archbishop Chaput. Really brilliant:

A friend of mine, a political scientist, recently posed two very good questions. They go right to the heart of our discussion today. He wondered, first, if the religious freedom debate had “crossed a Rubicon” in our country’s political life. And second, he asked if Catholic bishops now found themselves opposed—in a new and fundamental way—to the spirit of American society.

We should begin by recalling that even at the height of anti-Catholic bigotry, Catholics have always served our country with distinction. More than eighty Catholic chaplains died in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. All four chaplains who won the Medal of Honor in those wars were Catholic priests.

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Pol: Chick-Fil-A Can Build if they Don't Support Traditional Marriage

Does freedom mean nothing to these people?

Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno says the door isn’t entirely closed on a new Chick-fil-A restaurant opening in his 1st ward.

Moreno told WBEZ that the owners seeking to build the restaurant have said they won’t support any groups with a political agenda, including those with an anti-gay marriage stance.

Moreno says if he gets an explicit guarantee from the franchise owner he will consider granting zoning rights to a new Chick-fil-A in Logan Square.
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For the Single Ladies

Kelly Dolin writes:

It’s 1993. I’m a bridesmaid for something like the seventh time in twelve months.

“You’ve been a bridesmaid SEVEN times,” my neighbor Gary exclaims. “What does this mean?”

“I have pastel pumps in every color of the rainbow,” I tell him.
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A Laughing Matter for Mom, Not So Much for the Kids

Kate Wicker nails this and had me laughing because I've been there:

Recently, I had the brilliant idea to gather my four kids 7 and under and emerge from our safe hole where face crust and wearing PJs for day clothes is perfectly acceptable and meet a friend for lunch at a mall food court.

I tucked my 4-month-old into a baby carrier, held my 4-year-old and 2-year-old’s hands, and asked my 7-year-old to not skip too far ahead and entered the real world.

Lunch was not too catastrophic. My patient, generous friend helped out a lot when she wasn’t busy juggling her own two littles.
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A Lutheran Scholar Rethinks "Humanae Vitae"

Pope Paul VI's prophetic words seems increasingly prophetic:

I am rethinking Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical condemning artificial birth control. Well, actually not rethinking since I cannot remember ever thinking about it much at all, ever, except dismissively. So best to say, I am considering it seriously for the first time. I actually sat down to read it.

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Poll: Less Than 1/2 Think Obama's a Christian

How could Americans possibly think Obama's not a Christian?! Hmmm...

About one in six voters still thinks President Obama is Muslim while only half identify him as a Christian, according to a new national poll released Thursday.
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Screw U. Responds To Vatican

The university in Peru that’s been the cause of so much scandal in the Catholic Church is once again poking the Vatican in the eye by announcing it will continue to call itself “Catholic” and “Pontifical” despite a Vatican decree aiming to strip them of those titles...
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Secularization Alert: City Removes Franciscan U from Logo

Ridiculous.

The effort to erase any public sign of Christianity in American took yet another step forward recently with the announcement that the city of Steubenville, Ohio is removing the image of the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s chapel from the official city logo.

Here’s a pic of the offending city logo which was unveiled just last year:
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Bishop Could See Going to Jail over 'Gay Marriage'

This is what Western civilization is coming to:

Archbishop-designate Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow could see himself being imprisoned for speaking out in support of the traditional married family.

“I could see myself going to jail possibly at some point over the next 15 years, if God spares me, if I speak out,” Archbishop Tartaglia said in an interview with STV News July 24.
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Rachel Maddow: Absurd Apologist for Abortion

Pro-aborts must create straw men to argue with on the issue of life because if they had to argue against anyone with a brain in their head they'd lose:

Rachel Maddow rarely talks about abortion with anyone who deviates from her firmly held belief that it should be readily available for the entirety of any pregnancy, preferably on the taxpayer dime.

How can you tell? By the shallowness of her pontificating about it.
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An Amazing Story of Forgiveness

Wow.

33 years later, man receives forgiveness in officer's shooting

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What Was This Bishop Thinking?

Bishop Robert Lynch of St Petersburg, Florida, is due for his retirement four years ahead of schedule. Find out why.

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Romney on "You Didn't Build That..."

Romney on Kudlow.

Obama: If you have a business, you didn't build it...

Romney says, "The context is worse than the quote."
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BC Prof Arrested for Threatening to Blow Up Mine, Drug Charges

Oh my:

An Earth and Environmental Sciences professor at Boston College was suspended after allegedly threatening to bomb mining properties during a geological research trip with a number of students to a remote part of Northern Canada, according to The Boston Globe.

On top of the allegations of threats, Professor Dominic Papineau also faces charges of carrying a hunting rifle without the correct permits and possessing a small amount of marijuana, according to reports.
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No Building Permits for Opponent of Same-Sex Marriage

A clear violation of the Constitution but who cares, right? That's just an old piece of paper anyway.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

[Chicago Alderman] Proco “Joe” Moreno announced this week that he will block Chick-fil-A’s effort to build its second Chicago store … following company President Dan Cathy’s remarks last week that he was “guilty as charged” for supporting the biblical definition of marriage as between a man and woman….

The alderman has the ideological support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.


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Obama Publicly Thanks Gay Porn Kingpin

He's got money and that's all that matters, I guess.

President Barack Obama publicly thanked a man the New York Post called a “gay-porn kingpin” at an Oregon fundraiser on Tuesday, according to the Weekly Standard.

While speaking at a Portland campaign fundraiser, Obama thanked Terry Bean for organizing the event.

“I want to thank someone who put so much work into this event, Terry Bean," Obama said as the crowd began to cheer, according to the Weekly Standard. "Give Terry a big round of applause.”

But to a 2008 New York Post article, Bean is a "gay-porn kingpin” and a bundler who raised $50,000 to $100,000 for Obama and “once controlled the biggest producer of gay porn in America."
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How the Marriage Gap Favors Obama

Kinda' makes sense if you wonder why Democrats seem intent on destroying marriage:

Men and women differ in countless ways, from their interest in sports to their views on gun control to how rare they prefer their hamburgers. It’s no revelation that there are discrepancies in their voting habits too: Democratic candidates tend to get more support from women voters, Republicans do better among men. This is the vaunted “gender gap,” which has been a staple of presidential campaign coverage for at least three decades.
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Bloomberg: Cops Should Strike For More Gun Control Laws

Pure idiocy.

Gabe had this in his headline thread but it's so monumentally stupid that it deserves some extra coverage.

“I don’t understand why police officers across this country don’t stand up collectively and say we’re going to go on strike, we’re not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe,’’ he told CNN’s Piers Morgan.
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Best Possible Gun Control Is A Well-Armed Citizenry

Aurora theater shooting: Gun sales up since tragedy

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Cdl Burke: Mandatum Should Be Required, Disclosed to Students

Awesome.

Catholic families have a right to know which theology professors have the mandatum, and Catholic colleges and universities should require it as a condition for employment, affirmed the Vatican’s chief judge Cardinal Raymond Burke in a new report prompted by recent concerns from Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Burke and several bishops, canon law experts, and theologians discussed the mandatum with The Cardinal Newman Society in an online report published today at www.cardinalnewmansociety.org.
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Huckabee: Eat at Chick-Fil-A

Let's face it, by the look of him Mike Huckabee knows his fast food joints. What? It's a joke. I am actually going to bring the kids out to Chick-Fil-A Wednesday:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is sticking up for Chick-fil-A. Huckabee has asked supporters to eat at one of the fast food chain's more than 1,500 locations on Aug. 1 as part of an "appreciation day." He's defending Chick-fil-A after its president publicly affirmed the company's opposition to same-sex marriage last week.
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Ken Blackwell on Obama's Zeal for Abortion

Ken Blackwell writes:

Abraham Lincoln faced a similar problem in 1854 when he spoke of the “covert zeal” of President Franklin Pierce and Sen. Steven A. Douglas for the spread of slavery. These leading Democrats never said they were in favor of slavery. They simply viewed the right of whites to choose slavery for blacks as a “sacred principle of self government.” Lincoln abhorred this subterfuge. President Obama doesn't talk about abortion much. He famously tried to avoid the question in 2008 when Pastor Rick Warren asked him what rights, if any, unborn children have. "The answer to that question is above my pay grade," he said then. With his strong election victory, Barack Obama was promoted to the office where the buck stops, where such questions demand an answer. His answer has been clear: None. The unborn have no rights at any time, in any context.
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Aurora: 3 Heroic Men Who Saved Their Girlfriends

These men are worth recognizing:

Jansen Young, Samantha Yowler and Amanda Lindgren all survived because of their boyfriends' heroism. The names of the Colorado theater shooting victims are slowly leaking out, and along with them are stories of heartache and stories of heroism. But it's the final heroic moments for three men shot to death while shielding their girlfriends during the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises that really put into perspective the distance between the dark, twisted mind of the shooter and the pure hearts of his victims.
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The Tea Party Always Did It

Check this out and see how with every terrible murder, there's a theory espoused by the media that it's a right wing nutjob. Ace has the list:

And if it wasn't the tea party, it was some other rightwing nutjob! /MFM

Gabe posted the following on Twitter this morning, and, to be honest, I'd forgotten about half of them.
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Woman Dies from Abortion

Terrible. Awful.

A young woman has died after having a second-trimester abortion at a Chicago-area Planned Parenthood clinic. Tonya Reaves, 24, died late Friday night, according to a local CBS television station, of hemorrhage, with a cervical dilation and evacuation, according to the medical examiner’s office following an autopsy after the abortion that claimed her life.
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Catholic Law Prof Suggests Fining Bishops

Outrageous:

A law professor at Duquesne university is accusing the bishops of crossing the line separating church and state and even suggests an appalling interesting array of punishments and penalties in America Magazine.

Nicholas P. Cafardi, dean emeritus and professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pa. accused some bishops of vexing and oppressing people, electioneering and lobbying, and attempting to take away people’s constitutional rights. Cafardi suggested that as a penalty the IRS could remove the Church’s tax exempt status or simply fine those bishops their per diem salaries every day they open their mouths against the HHS mandate or gay “marriage.”
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Christian Married Couples are Messengers of Beauty of Love

VIS reports:

Benedict XVI invites Christian married couples to be "the sweet and smiling face of the Church" in a message sent to the eleventh international meeting of the "Equipes Notre Dame" Movement, currently being held in Brasilia, Brazil, on the theme: "Daring with the Gospel". The "Equipes Notre Dame" Movement, which promotes conjugal spirituality, was founded in 1939 by the French priest Fr. Henri Caffarel.
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Report: Vatican to Strip University of "Catholic" Status

Wow. This is big news for those who care about Catholic education:

In an unprecedented and stunning move that could send shock waves throughout the world of Catholic education, the Holy See is reportedly set to strip a university of its status as a “Pontifical” and “Catholic” university.

After years of shocking disobedience and obstinate refusal to bring its statutes in line with the Apostolic Constitution Ex corde Ecclesiae, the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) will be stripped of its status as a “Catholic” and “Pontifical” university, according to the publication Vatican Insider.
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50 Shades of Grey Hair

Another funny one from LarryD:

The sensual and provocative story of Ruth N. Tooten, a woman whose spiritual but not religious journey leads her to the mysterious and mesmerizing Bishop X, who fulfills her every forbidden dream and desire…of becoming a womynpreest. Sr. Patricia Owens O’Flannery weaves an exciting tale of self-discovery by erecting new boundaries of tradition, thus establishing a modern standard for the mature Catholyc woman’s fantasy novel.

From the Foreword, by Fr Roy Bourgeios ~
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James Taranto's Great Take on ABC News

I think the media is terrible but this still shocked me.

"An off-duty Los Angeles police officer and three bodybuilder friends have been arrested for allegedly punching and kicking a New York man in an alley near a cafe on West Hollywood's Restaurant Row," the Los Angeles Times reported July 30, 1991.

The foursome, including 25-year-old Officer Scott Defoe, "were leaving Pennyfeathers Cafe on La Cienega Boulevard at 3 a.m. Sunday when one of the four kicked a chair occupied by 33-year-old Jianvy Morales, a visitor from the Bronx." An exchange of "angry words" ensued, whereupon the suspects allegedly chased Morales out of the restaurant.
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Religious Liberty Fight Could Shutdown Gov't?

Give me liberty or give me government shutdown!!!

The struggle for religious liberty wages on with judges dismissing lawsuits on technical grounds and new lawsuits being introduced. And now, the controversy surrounding the HHS contraceptive mandate could possibly shut down the government a month before November’s election.

In the past few months, Republicans have introduced stand-alone legislation to allow religious institutions to opt out of the contraception coverage mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services. Each of the bills have failed.

But this time, Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Service and Education introduced conscience protections in his subcommittee’s 2013 appropriations bill that funds the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This will surely instigate a battle as these conscience protections against the HHS mandate are tied to what is being called “must-pass legislation” to keep the government operating.
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Last NIght at Schism Headquarters

I don't know how LarryD keeps getting invited to these SCHISM meetings but he sure has a complete account of what goes on. They better beef up their security at these things. Pretty funny stuff:

EXT. SWAMP – NIGHT

Moonlight streaks through moss-covered trees. In the middle of a clearing stands a black-domed structure – the secret hideout for the nefarious super-villain group SCHISM [Society of Catholycs Hellbent on Instituting Secular Modernism].

INT. SECRET HIDEOUT

People seated around a large round table in a dimly lit room. One person is standing, a scowl on his face. It’s KING KÜNG (aka Hans Küng), leader of SCHISM. With him are REESE’S PIECES (Fr Tom Reese); RAINBOWKID (GLBTQ androgynous-looking character); LIVE CURRANT (Fr Charles Curran); COSMIC GIRL (Sr Joan Chittister); and the SOUR PATCH KID (YouthGen group at Call-to-Action).

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Oh No. Suicide Bomber Was Former Gitmo Detainee

Not good.

Oh My: Suicide Bomber Who Blew Up Bus Full of Israelis In Bulgaria Was a Former Gitmo Detainee…
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The Heresy of President Obama

Micah Murphy writes:

We Catholics, familiar with the political discourse in America since the beginning, and bolstered by the proud signature of Charles Carroll on the Declaration of Independence, cannot much help having political opinions. It is in our blood. The Catholic Church has seen the rise and fall of many kingdoms and empires. Considered in her own political nature, she is the longest lasting of all the empires of the world, and has seen to the grave the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, the Napoleonic Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and the British Empire, to name a few. Each of these came with its own views, values, and ideologies. These systems ultimately failed when one or two inevitable falsehoods, corroded with time, weakened the foundations that upheld the structures of their government. With each of these collapses, we face a two-fold reaction: as citizens, we recoil in fear for our own ways of life, but as Catholics, we nod in acknowledgement of the simple truth that nothing short of Christ and His Gospel will make a suitable foundation for nations of men. The Church stands, and will remain standing, even as “the heavens…pass away with a mighty roar and the elements [are] dissolved by fire” (2 Peter 3:10).
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Jen's Whining About Those Scorpions Again

Reading Jen when she's writing about the scorpions makes me feel like a bad Christian because I laugh so hard at these posts. Look, if I found a scorpion in my bed I'd blow up the house and start over so kudos to her bravery but I'm telling you, it makes me laugh when it happens to people not named Matt Archbold. Is that bad?

Well, that whole “sleeping” thing was nice while it lasted. Not that I had been doing a ton of it anyway. The baby keeps waking up in the middle of the night to yell for no particular reason (as my husband commented at 3:48 AM, “She seems to have lost her association of ‘darkness’ with ‘shut the &%*$ up’”). For a while that bothered me, and I wished that I could go ahead and not be jolted from peaceful slumber by the shouts of a 13-month-old dictator, but it’s all moot now, since I’m going to spend the entirety of every evening standing in the center of my room in a hazmat suit with a can of Raid. This decision was occasioned by Yaya telling me this morning that she was stung by a scorpion that was in her bed last night. In true Texan form, she was not relaying the story because she found it remarkable that she was attacked by a scorpion while she slept, but because she wanted to let me know that she kept it for the kids to play with. They went over there for a visit this afternoon, and (when, O when, will this kind of thing stop surprising me) they tried to get back in the car with this:
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Scalia: "I'm Not a King"

Kathryn Lopez writes:

There was a fascinating interview with Justice Scalia last night on Piers Morgan’s CNN show.

Some of the questions were revealing. Like when Morgan insisted that women had no rights at the time of the Founding and that what he really means of course is abortion. Here is how it went, and how Scalia ruled:
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Meet the 2012 Paralympians

Chelsea writes:

Believe it or not, I’ve been told by people who are athletes that they would kill themselves if they were ever seriously injured and forced to be in a wheelchair because they could no longer participate in this or that sport. In 2008, 23 year old rugby player Daniel James actually did just that. That was also the subject of the 2005 Oscar winner for Best Picture, Million Dollar Baby.

But, who says you can’t be just as active and athletic with a disability? Meet the 2012 Paralympians
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CBS Smears Romney Over Olympic Uniforms

This is just too hilarious. The media is in full attack mode on Romney. Now, they're attempting to smear Romney with blame for the Olympic uniform debacle. CMR buddy Matthew Balan reports:

In an online article on Tuesday, CBS's Lucy Madison all but pointed the finger at Mitt Romney for the decision to produce the uniforms of the 2002 U.S. Winter Olympic team in Burma. Madison cited left-wing website The Huffington Post as a main source: "In 2002, when Romney was at the helm of the Salt Lake City Olympics, the outfits were produced in Burma, as the Huffington Post pointed out last night."

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Students Sue Failing School District for Denying them Right to Read

Now, this is interesting.

Students are suing the state of Michigan and their Detroit-area school district for violating their “right to read.”

The class-action lawsuit appears to be the first of its kind, and potentially signals a new wave of civil rights litigation in the United States to enforce laws intended to boost academic achievement, education law experts say.
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"I Wanted to Get Back at the Church"

Catholic League president Bill Donohue writes of a very disturbing case just outside Philadelphia:

False accusations against priests are hardly uncommon these days, but when anti-Catholicism accounts for lies against lay Catholics, the problem only worsens. Consider the latest news concerning Tim Udinski.

After Udinski was fired as the lacrosse coach at Lansdale Catholic High School last year, he made several accusations over a seven-month period claiming that the football coach and the new lacrosse coach were sexually abusing students. He also maintained that the principal of the suburban Philadelphia school, Tim Quinn, knew about the offenses.

After detectives spent 184 hours on this case, interviewing 97 people (at a cost of more than $8250), they determined that the charges were bogus. Standing by itself, this wouldn’t be big news, but what makes it so disturbing is Udinski’s motive: he has admitted that he fabricated the whole story, just so he could “get the Church.”
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NPR Paints Vatican as Villains

listens to NPR so you don't have to:

On Tuesday, NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross offered another puffball interview – alhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifmost 40 minutes long – to left-wing nuns who have dedicated themselves to overturning centuries of Catholic teaching through feminist activism.

But the most precious moment, when Gross literally felt her guest Sister Pat Farrell’s pain: “I hear you being in a lot of pain” as the Catholic hierarchy refuses to enter into “dialogue” and bow to feminist demands:


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Gov. Christie TO Give RNC Keynote

The word is going out quietly to Republican activists across New Jersey: If you’re going to the GOP convention in Tampa next month, be sure to be there by Tuesday night, Aug. 28, because Gov. Chris Christie is going to be giving the keynote speech that night.

“We’ve been told that’s the night to be there, that’s when the governor is going to speak. They’re saying he’s the keynoter,” one top party activist told The Post yesterday.

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Evangelical College Joins CUA in Lawsuit Against HHS

It's like ecumenism. But with lawyers. This is good news:

On the heels of the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act decision, Wheaton College (Ill.), a leading evangelical liberal arts institution, filed a lawsuit today alongside The Catholic University of America in the D.C. District Court opposing the Health and Human Services “Preventative Services” mandate, which forces both institutions to violate their deeply held religious beliefs or pay severe fines, according to a statement from The Becket Fund.

This alliance, according to The Becket Fund, marks the first-ever partnership between Catholic and evangelical institutions to oppose the same regulation in the same court. (Now, that’s ecumenism!)
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How Porn Harms Women...And Men

Erica Szalkowski writes at The Daily Caller:

On July 9th, a letter decrying the 5-10% of net profits the hotel industry makes by selling video pornography to patrons was sent to hotel industry executives. The letter, authored by Robert P. George and Sheikh Hamza Yusuf — a Christian and a Muslim, respectively — demands that hotels change their pornography policies and condemns the $13.33 billion-a-year porn industry for its degradation of women. Despite the demonstrable harm it does to both genders, pornography attracts little rancor from the mainstream media, commentators on both sides of the political aisle and even those charged with defining the parameters of the “War on Women.”

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Homeschool Group: Disabilities Treaty Harms Parental Rights

I knew nothing about this until I just read this. This warrants looking into:

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is urging the Senate not to ratify the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). President Barack Obama signed the treaty in 2009, and a Senate vote on ratification is expected this month.

“Article 7 of the UNCRPD gives government the ability to override every decision of a parent of disabled children if the government thinks that its views are in ‘the best interest of the child,’” said HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris. “This is a radical attempt to take away parental rights.”
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Federal Judge Tosses HHS Mandate Lawsuit

Bad news for the good guys:

In a blow to religious liberty, a federal judge has dismissed a federal lawsuit in which Nebraska and six other states along with a number of other plaintiffs tried to block part of the federal health care law that requires contraception coverage.

But Emily Hardman of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty told The Cardinal Newman Society that this ruling does not affect other cases brought against the HHS mandate by the Becket Fund, with plaintiffs including Belmont Abbey College, Colorado Christian University, Ave Maria University, and EWTN. “This ruling is completely irrelevant to our cases,” said Hardman.
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Cardinal Dolan on NY and Philly Being Mission Territory

Cardinal Dolan writes:

As you are probably aware, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is going through a very rough time. Those good people, our family members in the “Household of the Faith,” and their brave archbishop, Charles Chaput, deserve our love and prayers.

In his courageous and inspired efforts to bring hope and renewal to that Church in crisis, Archbishop Chaput recently made a statement that stopped me cold: “The Archdiocese of Philadelphia . . . is now really a mission territory.’’

Yes, I had to read it twice, too.

Uganda a mission territory? Sure . . .

Peru a mission territory? Yes . . .

Alaska a mission territory? Okay . . .

But Philadelphia? Come on now! That archdiocese in a way was the model of a robust, intact, cohesive Catholic infrastructure! Parishes, schools, apostolates, ministries galore! A huge Catholic population, with cardinals as past archbishops, vocations abounding, close to a million–and–a–half Catholics proud of and fervent in their faith, right?

What do you mean a mission territory? Is Archbishop Chaput bluffing?

No! I’m afraid he’s right on target.
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Donohue Analyzes Media Coverage of Nuns on the Bus

As only Bill Donohue can tell it:

Media coverage of both the "Fortnight for Freedom" events sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and the competing "Nuns on the Bus" campaign, reveal interesting results.

A total of 141 dioceses, involving tens of thousands of Catholics, participated in the USCCB events; it ended with a crowd of 5,000 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on July 4. Although Bill Moyers wrote that "a bus filled with nuns" participated in the "Nuns on the Bus" campaign, in actual fact a total of two nuns made the entire bus trip; there were never more than six at any one time on the bus. No matter, CNN did eight stories on the nuns, and none on the bishops; MSNBC did six on the nuns, and one on the bishops; and CBS News did two on the nuns and none on the bishops.
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Pro-Life Teen Wins Video Contest

Check out this video by a 14 year old who just won a contest by the American Life League with this great and moving video describing what it is to be pro-life. Spoiler Alert: It's love.: Continue reading>>>

The High Cost of Religious Freedom

My piece at Campus Notes :

Freedom isn’t free.

And it turns out that religious freedom may become extremely expensive in the near future. The HHS mandate requires religious institutions like Catholic colleges to provide coverage for abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilization procedures. If they refuse, they have to pay a tax. A huge tax.

According to Congressman James Sensenbrenner, the Internal Revenue Service allows the government to tax employers to the tune of $100 per day, per employee. That means a Catholic institution would be forced to pay $36,500 per employee, per year for the right to be Catholic.
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4 Biblical Reasons Mary is the New Ark of the Covenant

Check out St. Peter's List:

Lihttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifsters, as with all Marian doctrine, a better understanding of Mary only serves to illuminate Christ Our Lord, because every grace she received and every role she held within salvation history is rooted in Christ. Her role as the New Ark of the Covenant serves to reveal the true nature of Jesus Christ – one person with two natures: divine and human – and illuminate the purpose of the Incarnation within salvation history. The Old Testament is perfected by the New, and Mother Mary is the perfection of the old Ark of the Covenant.
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Let's Dehyrdrate Mental Patients to Save $$$

Wait. I thought it was conservatives who cared so much about money:

Dehydrate dementia patients to death to save money: British Medical Journal editorial

The courts should not interfere with doctors who want to dehydrate to death incapacitated patients who are a drain on scarce financial resources, according to an editorial in this week’s edition of the prestigious British Medical Journal.
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Obama's Loyalty to Planned Parenthood is Awesome

I just wish he had the same commitment to freedom. The great SBA-List writes that President Obortion is now directly funding PP in NJ due to Christie cutting funding:

Today, the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), a national pro-life organization, criticized the Obama Administration for awarding $3.1 million in federal funds to Planned Parenthood affiliates and other family planning groups in New Jersey, bypassing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s veto of state funding. The grant announcement was made Tuesday by Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez, (D-NJ), longtime allies of Planned Parenthood.
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Back-To-School Shopping Aids Gaga Charity

Nancy French writes:

Office Depot’s Lady Gaga Back-to-School Initiative Insults True Bravery and Conservative Values
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Luke Skywalker Endorses Obama

Jar Jar Binks hardest hit.

Darth Vader's Son Says 'If You Don't Vote For Barack Obama, You're Insane'
The Mind Force is weak with this one.
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This is a Scary Obama Vid

This is scary because it invalidates individual effort. If you succeed it's because the government paved the way and therefore you owe all to the government. Check out the vid:

Obama - 'If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen'
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Why Aren't Episcopalians Sexy?

CMR buddy Charlotte Hays writes at The Cornerhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif:

The Episcopal Church’s 77th General Convention, which just concluded in Indianapolis, made me think of a New Yorker cartoon oft-cited among former Episcopalians.

The cartoon features a nude male body being sacrificed on the altar of what is obviously an affluent Episcopal church in Manhattan, while two starchy, little old ladies in a pew look on. One says something like, “If they change one more thing, I’m out of here.”
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Revive This Land Music Video

Lisa Hendey at Faith and Family Live put up this vid. It's pretty catchy.

Today, I just have to share this fun video that I received from Catholic producer Joe Gleason who shared it with me along with the following note: “I’m a 25-year-old Catholic video producer from South Bend, IN, and I wanted to pass on to you a short music video… The video is shot with iPhones and features people young and old, Catholic and Protestant, singing and playing music in public places all over the country. It has a bit of a flash mob feel, but the message is a very basic one: pray for our nation. It’s a message with wide appeal and that needs a wide hearing, and I thought you might be interested in sharing this prayer with your readers.” I invite you to take five minutes, enjoy the song and share it with a friend today
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Trees Must be Saved But Not Babies

This pic says it perfectly:

Liberal Logic On The Concept Of Life
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Planned Parenthood: Our Work Consistent with Conservative Values

Because you know, conservatives value ripping up babies limb from limb:

Planned Parenthood Chief: “Our Work Is Consistent With Conservative Republican Values”… How is killing babies “consistent” with conservative values? Cecile Richards: Republicans Aren’t Abandoning Planned Parenthood
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Poles Erects JPII and Reagan Statue

Giants.

Ronald Reagan And Pope John Paul II. A fitting tribute to two giants.
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On Why I Will Never Make a Negative Comment on a Blog Again

This is so odd. Maurisa wrote a comment about Katie Holmes and her return to a Catholicism. Her comment (which she regrets making) is exactly what I was writing the other day. I wrote three quarters of a post about it. While the parish she joined is more than a bit hippie dippie I wrote at least a part mocking Holmes' return to Catholicism. I was about a minute away from publishing it when I realized what if Holmes read it. I think the chances of it are a million to one. But what if her parents read it or someone in her family. I didn't want to be that guy. So I deleted the post. So I know exactly what Maurisa is talking about here because it's something I've done a hundred times. I made a comment and almost instantly realized I crossed the line. But she says it better than me so check her out.

A few days ago the Catholic blogosphere was all abuzz over the return of Katie Holmes to her Catholic roots. Yes, the soon-to-be-former Mrs. Cruise has registered in a parish in New York.
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A Paralyzed Man's Impossible Dream

Tony Rossi writes:

In 2007, Mark Stephan was a successful businessman, an avid marathoner, and a two-time Iron Man triathlete when a bicycle accident left him a quadriplegic, unable to use his arms and legs for the rest of his life. Doctors told him he would never walk or bike again. Mark Stephan, however, had other ideas.
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Date the Fat Guys, Ladies

CMR buddy Julie Robison has some advice for the ladies:

In what can only be described as “true love,” I agreed to marry my fiance without ever dancing with him. Perhaps this seems impossible, improbable, or a smallish point in the grand scheme of our love. But I tell you, it is not. I come from a dancing family. My mom and dad fell in love in college through dancing (and homecoming committee), and continue to swing around the floor with passion and laughing, grooving to the music. We six kids have no formal dance training, but we have natural rhythm and a blatant disregard for awkwardness. We’ll have impromptu dance parties at home, in the car, and even public places, if the music is right. It is a pathway of love for us Robisons.
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Obama's September Surprise?

Phil Lawler writes at Catholic Culture:

If Barack Obama is a clever politician, he will soon offer the US Catholic bishops another “compromise” on the HHS contraceptive mandate. Such a gesture could boost the President’s chances for re-election, and obviously Obama would welcome that result. The proffered compromise could also cause deep divisions within the Catholic Church in America, and the President would welcome that development, too. Here’s the scenario, as I imagine it unfolding:
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Mitt Quotes GK Chesterton

Kathryn Lopez writes:

Mitt Romney gave a pretty spirited (all around — he went off script after being booed for saying he’d repeal the president’s health-care law) speech to the NAACP convention it. He ended it with this tribute to his father and our Father:
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College Prof: Jesus was a Muslim

Wait. What?

College Professor: “Jesus Was a Muslim”… Just because Jesus was born 600 years before Mohammed doesn’t mean he wasn’t a Muslim, right?
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I Admit It: Spanking My Kids Is Not Causing Them Mental Illness

Nancy French writes:

When I lived in New York and Philadelphia, I was cautious about publicly disciplining my children, since I knew mothers in liberal northeastern cities differed greatly with my approach. For example, I once was chided by a mom in a library for getting on to my daughter for wandering off while I was trying to check out her books.
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China Detains Defiant Bishop

WaPo reports:

Tensions between Beijing and the Vatican are mounting after Chinese authorities detained an outspoken Catholic bishop who has defied state control of the church, a move that highlights the Communist Party’s deep mistrust of religious organizations. Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin was whisked away just hours after he announced his resignation from the leadership of the Patriotic Catholic Association, or PCA, the government body that controls China’s state-sanctioned version of the Catholic Church, according to two people close to the PCA.
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Ha! John Sununu Laughs at Andrea Mitchell

She gets so flustered. I enjoyed it more than I did The Amazing Spiderman.

It really has been hysterical watching the Obama-loving media the past few weeks defend the President using bogus information reported by the Washington Post falsely accusing Mitt Romney of outsourcing jobs while at Bain Capital. This has become so comical that former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu (R) couldn't hold back the laughs as Andrea Mitchell did exactly that Tuesday on the MSNBC program bearing her name (video follows with transcript and commentary):
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An Interview with Kevin Knight of New Advent Fame

So that's what he looks like? Funny, he doesn't look like a genius.

Imagine telling Blessed John Henry Newman or Venerable (!!) Fulton Sheen that it was possible to carry the entire Summa Theologica, the writings of the Church Fathers, and hundreds of Church documents wherever they go, on a device that fits in their pocket. They would have been flabbergasted, jaws dropping to the floor. And if we know them at all, they would have immediately offered their right arms for such a technology.
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Cdl: Hey, Let's Rethink Line on Divorce and Gays

Rorate reports:

The Church must rethink its approach to remarried divorcees and gay relationships, the world's youngest cardinal has said.
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$5.5 Billion Lawsuit Against Planned Parenthood

I've said for a long time that we should sue the jerks out of existence:

Former Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Clinic Manager Files Lawsuit Against Midwest Abortion Chain “In effect, the lawsuit explains, Planned Parenthood both falsely billed Medicaid and took money from low-income women by getting them to pay for services Medicaid was intended to cover in full.”
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And Now Some Good News for American Catholics

...from Fr. John McCloskey:

There’s plenty of bad news for Catholics in America. There’s legalized abortion, there’s the HHS mandate, many Catholics leaving the fold, dwindling Catholic births and baptisms, there’s the infringement of religious liberty, and a very real danger of Catholics becoming second-class citizens. But Father C.J. McCloskey III, a fellow of the Faith and Reason Institute as well as a member of the Cardinal Newman Society’s National Advisory Board, writes a piece at The Catholic Thing that while admitting there is lots of bad news for Catholics in America right now, the Golden Age Cometh.
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Horror! 50 Christians Burned Alive in Nigeria

Let's all just keep pretending this isn't happening:

Fifty bodies, linked to the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN), were reportedly discovered in the home of a pastor in Matse. The bodies were suspected to be those who ran for safety to the pastor’s house as they were being pursued by the suspected Fulani attackers.

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Video: Blob of Tissue Develops Human Face!!!

Pundette has the video and commentary:

Alternate title: It's the philtrum, stupid. Wesley Smith observes: "Meaningless Lump of Flesh Develops Face." And not just a face, but a unique, human face:
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Hollywood about to Destory Anna Karenina!

Remember how bad Hollywood killed The Scarlet Letter by missing the entire point or like what they recently did to Brideshead Revisited? Well, they're about to do it with a big budget Tolstoy classic.

We all have books that imprint a lasting memory on us, not simply for the entertainment value, but rather for the way in which they communicate the truth of the human person. I just spent the better part of two hours and three cups of coffee with a good friend who described manner of influence that Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisted had upon him. It seems to me that the profundity of such texts is carried by their characters rather than their plot lines. True, the development of the characters is always serviced by the plot; but equally true is the direction of such service. In fact, this is more than likely the primary means by which many modern novels go astray: the characters are at the service of the plot rather than the other way around. Much of modern writing reads like a movie script rather than a work of literature.
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Why Liberty?

I posted this in the 4th but absolutely nobody read it. I don't ask for much, give it a read will ya?

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Rebecca Boycotts Boycotts

Boycott overload!!!

I've had enough. Will someone tell the religious right and the Conservative caucuses? I agree with 99% of what they say they believe (I don't actually know what percentage I agree with, but it's certainly most of it), but I can't take the boycotts any more. I just can't do it.

It stated innocently enough 10 years back or so when the owner of Hormel foods made some anti-Catholic remarks and even funded an anti-Catholic group. I've never been a huge fan of canned chili anyway (the homemade stuff is easy and cheap enough) and other people make pepperoni, so it was easy enough to keep his products out of my shopping cart.
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Boehner Endorses Romney. Epic Fail!!!

Wow. Use your words Boehner. On second thought...don't.

Say… do you remember that spirited, roller coaster ride of a primary race we had earlier this year? That was really something, wasn’t it? Most of you had your own preferred candidate and you got out there and supported them as best you could. We had debates and press conferences and rallies and all the rest of the streamers and balloons that go along with such a battle. Good times.

But now it’s over, and it’s time to get on board with the final push to November. While some sour grapes may remain among a few of the faithful, party leaders know that the focus has shifted and everyone has to get on message in support of a win this fall… Right, John?
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Anchor Smiles Gleefully as Dem Rips Mitt

He seriously smiles like Smeagol holding his precious. Kinda' freaky.

ABC’s Terry Moran was caught on-screen Sunday laughing as Barack Obama surrogate Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) bashed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

When the Nightline host filling in for This Week’s vacationing George Stephanopoulos realized he was on camera, he tempered his glee and put on a more serious face (video follows with transcript and commentary):
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Frankenstein Bog Mummies Discovered

I don't even wanna' know what these neanderthal mad scientists were up to. I'm just glad it didn't work...or did it?:

In a "eureka" moment worthy of Dr. Frankenstein, scientists have discovered that two 3,000-year-old Scottish "bog bodies" are actually made from the remains of six people.

According to new isotopic dating and DNA experiments, the mummies—a male and a female—were assembled from various body parts, although the purpose of the gruesome composites is likely lost to history.

The mummies were discovered more than a decade ago below the remnants of 11th-century houses at Cladh Hallan, a prehistoric village on the island of South Uist (map), off the coast of Scotland.

The bodies had been buried in the fetal position 300 to 600 years after death.
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Planned Parenthood Investigated for Medicaid Abuse

You mean people who kill babies for a living might also be thieves?! I'm shocked!

Crain’s Chicago Business is reporting that Illinois Planned Parenthood’s medical director, abortionist Caroline Hoke, is being investigated for overbilling to Medicaid.

Crain’s found that of 30,000 physicians, Hoke received the second-highest reimbursement from Medicaid in 2009, over $3 million, but her reimbursements plunged to zero in 2011.
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NPR Airs Shocking Piece Challenging China's Forced Abortions

The horrendous truth revealed by NPR:

NPR's All Things Considered on Friday night aired a shocking piece questioning China's one-child population policy and the forced abortions that result when people try to go around the prohibitions.

Host Melissa Block said loud pleas inside China "come after gruesome photos of a 7-month-old fetus whose mother was forced to have abortion spread across the Internet last month. Increasingly, Chinese scholars say the government's population policy is not only inhumane, it's also creating a demographic disaster, one that will leave China with far fewer workers and more elderly people to take care of." Reporter Frank Langfitt told the story of Deng Jiyuan and his wife Feng Jianmei, who have a six-year-old daughter. After Feng got pregnant again, she was abducted and given a labor-inducing injection :
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Senator: Administration Acting like USA is USSR

To the gulag with Senator Mike Johanns!!!!

Senator: Administration's Acting Like U.S. Is USSR
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Paint by Number Hymns

Anthony Esolen wonders:

Why, when we have a trove of profound, beautiful, and poignant hymns, do we have to endure what is banal, clunky, and silly?
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30 million Sacrificed for 5 million ‘test tube babies’

Let's not ever worry about cost or consequences as long as we get what we want:

While some doctors are celebrating an estimated 5 million living people created through Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART includes IVF and ICSI) since the world’s first ‘test tube baby’, Louise Brown, was born 34 years ago, one prominent critic has slammed the technology for what he says is an unethical treatment of human life and a chimerical solution to women suffering from infertility.

“If 5 million babies have been born as a result of in vitro fertilization, then at least six times that many human lives have been aborted in the earliest and most vulnerable stages of development in the womb,” said Dr. Thomas W. Hilgers in a statement to LifeSiteNews.
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Abp. Chaput Closes Fortnight with Stirring Homily

Pretty awesome stuff:

On the Fourth of July, the Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput delivered the closing homily of the Fortnight for Freedom before a standing room only crowd gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the campus of The Catholic University of America.

His message? “Render unto Caesar those things that bear Caesar’s image, but more importantly, render unto God that which bears God’s image — in other words, you and me,” he said. “All of us.”
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Weigel: Beyond the Fortnight for Freedom

George Weigel of NRO writes:

The senhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifsitivity to local anniversaries in the Catholic liturgical calendar often makes for happy, if coincidental, intersections with the civil calendar. Thus the “Fortnight for Freedom,” a period of intensified prayer and work for religious liberty mandated by the U.S. Catholic bishops, began two weeks ago on the eve of the liturgical feats of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher — two Tudor-period martyrs who died defending the freedom of the Church — and ended on the Fourth of July. So it happened that my students and colleagues in the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society, holding its 21st annual assembly in Kraków, marked America’s Independence Day with a Mass of special local resonance: for July 4, in Poland’s ancient capital, is also the liturgical commemoration of the dedication of Wawel Cathedral.
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Why is America So Awesome?

David L. thinks he knows why:

Why is America so awesome?

Is it because we tend to win our wars? Is it because we consume a disproportionately high percentage of the world's natural resources? Is it just that we appear to rule the world, getting into everyone's business whether they want us to or not? Is that what makes us so great?

No, not really.
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Melinda Gates: Stop People From Existing

Yup. That's the basis of it. has the story:

Love him or hate him, Stephen Colbert doesn’t waste time getting to the pointhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif. In last Thursday’s interview with Melinda Gates on the Colbert Report, he asked Melinda about her newest initiative and cut straight to the chase: the new population control movement exists to save lives by erasing lives.

Colbert: “But now you’ve got a new charitable hobby horse you’re on, and it’s not necessarily saving people’s lives, so much as it’s stopping people’s lives from existing. You want to provide family planning to 120 million men and women around the world.”

Melinda Gates: “Right.”
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Ha! Dem Mistakenly Votes the Right Way

Legislator pushed the wrong button and votes to override Governor's veto. Hey, maybe that's what happened with Justice Roberts!?

This law will eventually allow fracking permits to start being issued in North Carolina.

...the General Assembly has overridden Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto of a bill that sets rules and regulations for the form of shale gas production.

The House voted late Monday night 72-47 in favor of overriding her veto.
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Damian Thompson Cracks Me Up

Sometimes he just nails it like nobody else can:

Where does the Church of England really stand on gay marriage? That’s a tricky one, but let me try to simplify things by presenting two snapshots of Anglican opinion.

The conservative point of view is that allowing gay weddings would “alter the intrinsic nature of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, as enshrined in human institutions throughout history”. The Coalition must drop its “deeply unwise” plans.

And, in contrast, a more open-minded approach: “The Church is scratching its head and trying to work out where it is on all that, and what to think about it.”

The first statement comes from Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in the Church’s submission to the Government this month.

And the second comes from Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, speaking to Christian teenagers this week.

Hmm. The Catholic saint Padre Pio was said to have the gift of bilocation, of being in two places at once. Padre Rowan, in contrast, has the gift of biposition, of holding two contradictory opinions at once.
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Gay Ministry Group Refuses Oath of Fidelity

Who'd a thunk it? The ball is in the bishop's court, it seems.

The future of a “Catholic” group which ministers to gay and lesbian Catholics is unclear because its board members are reportedly refusing to sign an “oath of personal integrity” to Catholic teaching given to them by the local bishop. This is especially concerning to Cardinal Newman Society readers as two of the board members are affiliated with a Catholic college.
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Michel/Michela

This is just great family fun:

As I was driving down the road with Gracie and Matthew the other day, we somehow got on the topic of Grace's employment opportunities. She told me that she plans on being a mom's helper for a friend of ours all summer long. I advised her that this was fine, but next summer, she will be getting a real job. She tried to convince me that being a mom's helper was a real job.
I explained to her that it is not a real job, it is something you do in addition to having a real job. In fact, most people call what you are doing babysitting. In fact, you have cleverly labeled your work as being a "mom's helper," but from the sounds of it, you are babysitting for kids WHILE THEIR MOTHER IS HOME! The poor mother has to make an extra helping of mac and cheese for you while you watch Phineas and Ferb with her kids, for crying out loud. You do that "job" at our house for free.
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Fr. Erik Doesn't Like to Lose Sheep

He takes it personally.

Recent events have caused me to reflect upon how much I hate loosing sheep, whether it be to another parish, another church, or that other church known as cafeteria Catholicism. My secretary remarked, "Wow, you really take it personally." Damn straight I do. This isn't just my job, it is my vocation. And if that weren't enough, there is always the knowledge that I will be held accountable by the Lord for each and every soul entrusted to my care on the Day of Judgement.
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Fr. Martin Fox's Homily on the Fortnight

Fr. Martin Fox writes:

As you know, right now all Catholics in America--all 70 million of us--
are focusing intently on a “Fortnight for Freedom,”
which will conclude this Wednesday as celebrate our nation’s independence.

It’s inspiring to see your responses!
Between both parishes, over 5,000 rosaries, prayers, sacrifices and so forth,
that we know of.
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A Church Design Tip

Ha!

The inspiration for your new cathedral should never be a 1960's community college.
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Theology Prof: Bishops in "Moral Schism"

At what point does heresy become commonplace?

Daniel Maguire, the theology professor at Marquette University, seems to like getting media attention. He certainly gets it… often! And his friends in the media are more-than-willing accomplices. Last month, Maguire wrote in an email to The Daily Beast. “The bishops will stand with Dolan and the U.S. Catholic Conference, but on this issue, they are in moral schism since most in the Church have moved on [to] a more humane view on the rights of those whom God has made gay.” Now, a month later, having been out of the news for a while, he’s quoted in The Columbus Dispatch: “There’s a moral schism going on in the Catholic [C]hurch, and the bishops are the schismatics, broken from the laity and theologians.”
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Obama Attacking the Court Worked

Being a bully can have its benefits, I guess.

Well, It Worked, Didn’t It?

President Obama’s public humiliation of the Supreme Court, that is:
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Sometimes I Feel Like Sarah Connor

Exactly!

I have to remind myself sometimes to refrain from immersion in current events, politics, and social issues because I swell up with machine-like resolve and start thinking of myself as a Sarah Connor, the fictional mom in the Terminator films who transformed from a timid victim to a hardened warrior on the verge of losing touch with her own humanity. She knew Judgement Day was coming, and her son would have to fight evil mightily. She knew she had to prepare and protect him.
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Israel's Holocaust Memorial Softens Portrayal of Pope Pius

Not enough for my taste but this is a step in the right direction.

Israel’s national Holocaust memorial softens portrayal of wartime Pope Pius
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Why are Republicans so awful at picking SCOTUS justices?

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s decision to side with the court’s liberal bloc and uphold Obamacare raises an important question for conservatives: Why are Republicans so awful at picking Supreme Court justices? Democrats have been virtually flawless in appointing reliable liberals to the court. Yet Republicans, more often than not, appoint justices who vote with the other side on critical decisions.

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First Things Needs Your Help

I know times are tough but if you can give, there's lots of really excellent work being done at First Things.

First Things is a non profit. For more than twenty years readers have provided donations that have sustained the journal. Now the electronic age presents new challenges. I’ve written to our subscribers, who have responded with generosity. Now I’m writing to you directly on the web. We need our web readers to step up and provide support as well.

Don’t let a secular mentality dominate our culture. More than twenty years ago Richard John Neuhaus and his colleagues founded First Things to project a confident, informed, engaged, and religious voice into the Public Square. It was necessary then, and it remains so today. Donate now and help us become even stronger. Your support keeps First Things a vital voice in public debate.

First Things depends on all her supporters, large and small. Over the years countless readers have given, some $50, some $500, and some $1,000 and more. These gifts have made the difference. Yours will as well.

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Catholics in the American Revolution

What a great series by the awesome American Catholic:

To obtain religious, as well as civil, liberty I entered zealously into the Revolution, and observing the Christian religion divided into many sects, I founded the hope that no one would be so predominant as to become the religion of the State. That hope was thus early entertained, because all of them joined in the same cause, with few exceptions of individuals. God grant that this religious liberty may be preserved in these States, to the end of time, and that all believing in the religion of Christ may practice the leading principle of charity, the basis of every virtue.

Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence
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Autobiography of a Hunted Priest

I just got done reading Evelyn Waugh's book about Edmund Campion and I'm thinking I'm definitely getting this book as the perfect follow up:

Truth is stranger than fiction. And nowhere in literature is it so apparent as in this classic work, the Autobiography of a Hunted Priest. This autobiography of a Jesuit priest in Elizabethan England is a most remarkable document and John Gerard, its author, a most remarkable priest in a time when to be a Catholic in England courted imprisonment and torture; to be a priest was treason by act of Parliament.
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Great Vid: LCWR Confronts Young Priest

This priest was ready:

Protesters confront Fr. Ted Martin with a huge rally (about four people) in front of St. Augustine Cathedral (Kalamazoo, Michigan) on June 10, 2012.

Here is an a-typical protester who has facts (wrong), issues (conflated), and the talking points of the Fishwrap. This is, in short, a community organizer.
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