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Judge: Texas Can Cut off Funding to Planned Parenthood

Woot. Woot. That's right. I dropped a woot on you. But come on, this is worth the woot.

Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood’s family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday. Judge Gary Harger said that Texas may exclude otherwise qualified doctors and clinics from receiving state funding if they advocate for abortion rights, attorney general spokeswoman Lauren Bean said.
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If You're a Catholic, you no longer can own a company."

Frank O'Brien says:

‘In essence, if you are Catholic in this country, you no longer can own a company,” Frank O’Brien explains.
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Terri Schiavo's Brother Seeks to Help Brain Injured Man

God bless him.

Bobby Schindler, the brother of Terri Schiavo and the executive director of the foundation that bears his sister’s name, is seeking to be appointed guardian for a Pennsylvania man who was left with a severe brain injury after a home accident. The announcement was made by the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, which confirmed that attorney Christopher Johnson has filed with the Supreme Court for New York a petition seeking Schindler’s appointment. At issue is the health and future for Gary Harvey, a Chemung County resident who was injured in a home accident in 2006.
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Chinese Slave Laborer Puts Note in Halloween Merchandise

Heartbreaking. But we will continue ignoring this because we get cheap stuff from China:

The letter came in a box of Halloween decorations purchased at Kmart, but for a year Julie Keith never knew. It gathered dust in her storage, a haunting plea for help hidden among artificial skeletons, tombstones and spider webs. Keith, a 42-year-old vehicle donation manager at a southeast Portland Goodwill, at one point considered donating the unopened $29.99 Kmart graveyard kit. It was one of those accumulated items you never need and easily forget. But on a Sunday afternoon in October, Keith pulled the orange and black box from storage. She intended to decorate her home in Damascus for her daughter's fifth birthday, just days before Halloween.
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Pope Defends Traditional Family

Definitely worth reading. I mean, he is the Pope and all. He's kinda' brilliant.

It is with great joy that I meet you today, dear Members of the College of Cardinals, Representatives of the Roman Curia and the Governorate, for this traditional event in the days leading up to the feast of Christmas. I greet each one of you cordially, beginning with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, whom I thank for his kind words and for the warm good wishes that he extended to me on behalf of all present. The Dean of the College of Cardinals reminded us of an expression that appears frequently during these days in the Latin liturgy: Prope est iam Dominus, venite, adoremus! The Lord is already near, come, let us adore him! We too, as one family, prepare ourselves to adore the Child in the stable at Bethlehem who is God himself and has come so close as to become a man like us. I willingly reciprocate your good wishes and I thank all of you from my heart, including the Papal Representatives all over the world, for the generous and competent assistance that each of you offers me in my ministry.
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EU Pol: Christianity is Most Persecuted

Catholic Mom in Hawaii reports:

"There are two reasons why it's worthwhile talking about religious freedom in the European Parliament. Firstly it is an inalienable and independent human right which the international community has forgotten. Secondly it's one of the most frequently violated human rights in the world, especially with respect to Christians."
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Philosophy Prof: "You can't pick and choose in Catholic Moral Teaching."

To do so is "cowardly," says Catholic University professor John Rist. Check it out:

“You can’t pick and choose in Catholic moral teaching” said John Rist, a philosopher and professor at The Catholic University of America in an interview with Vatican Voices. To do so, he added, “is just cowardly.”
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Taylor Marshall Made Chancellor of Catholic College

CMR kudos to Taylor Marshall.

Fisher More College President Michael King recently announced the appointment of Catholic writer Dr. Taylor Marshall as College Chancellor, a position which makes him responsible for effectively communicating the mission of the College.
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Homo Electus

Yes, gay is a choice. Get over it. By Robert Oscar Lopez **Content Warning

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Stanford's Atheist Chaplain

Maybe they don't know what chaplains are:

Chaplain John Figdor has a divinity degree from Harvard. He counsels those in need and visits the sick. And he works with Stanford students under the Office of Religious Life. So Figdor is the last guy you'd tag with the "A" word. But, yes. The chaplain is an atheist.
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Porn Use Linked to Gay "Marriage" Support

Study:

There is a correlation between watching porn and support for gay marriage among men, Dr. Mark Regnerus, associate professor of sociology at University of Texas at Austin, found. Exposure to diverse and graphic sex acts, he believes, may undermine a traditional view of marriage.
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Christmas Carols for Cathylics

Hilarious stuff from LarryD:

Every Catholic celebrates Christmas, in one form or another. It’s kinda required. But not all Catholics sing the same Christmas carols. I’ve compiled a list of Catholyc Chrystmas Caryls, any of which you might hear at their office parties or Intentional Eucharistic Community soirees. “I Saw One Of My Daddies Kissing Santa Claus” (Catholics for Equality) “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlefolks” (Women’s Ordination Conference) “O Condoms, All Ye Faithful” (Catholics for Choice)
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British Pol: Mandatory Abortions for Downs Babies

Disgusting, especially because it's becoming increasingly common:

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has suspended a candidate after an uproar when he wrote that it should be mandatory to kill all disabled unborn children. Geoffrey Clark wrote on his website that women carrying children suspected of serious disabilities like Downs syndrome and spina bifida should be forced to have abortions in order to cut back on health care costs. He also called for legalization of euthanasia, free “euthanasia counselling” for people over 80 years old, and the introduction of a two-child population control policy.
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Christmas Carols are a Form of Bullying

Insanity reigns triumphant.

Wow! How far has the world fallen? A group of parents in Missoula, Mont. are upset over the religious nature of Christmas songs performed at a local elementary school – alleging the songs about the Baby Jesus is unconstitutional and a “form of bullying.” The parents, who declined to be identified, are threatening to sue the Missoula County Public School District unless songs like “Joy to the World” and “Good Christian Men Rejoice” are replaced with secular tunes
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A Win for Religious Liberty!!!

Belmont Abbey College lawsuit reinstated.

Today a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. handed Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College — and all religious colleges — a major victory in their challenges to the HHS mandate. Earlier this year, two lower courts had dismissed the Colleges’ cases as premature but today, an appellate court reinstated those cases. The Cardinal Newman Society and 15 Catholic colleges recommended in The Newman Guide had joined in an amicus brief supporting Belmont Abbey and Wheaton.
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McGurn: Fight for the Unborn, Notre Dame

Great piece:

Bill McGurn, columnist for The Wall Street Journal and an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, is urging Notre Dame to use its national platform in the national championship game against Alabama to make a statement in defense of the unborn. He writes that a pro-life TV ad by Notre Dame during the football championship would send a powerful message.
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Robert Bork RIP

Prayers.

Judge Robert H. Bork, one of the the greatest jurists this country has ever produced, died early this morning from heart complications in a Virginia hospital near his home. He was 84. Bork was a national celebrity. Several years ago, my wife and I visited the Borks in Maine where they had taken a summer house off Somes Sound. I cannot count the times that total strangers would approach us at a lobster shack or park asking to shake the Judge’s hand and to assure him of their admiration and support.
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Obama Raises $$ off Sandy Hook Tragedy

Class.

They won the campaign handily and even had $14.2 million to spare, but the Obama-Biden campaign is still raising money, this time off the president's comments about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut.
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Michigan Passes Abortion Bill

Awaits, Governor's signature. Jill Stanek reports:

Following the controversy over the Right To Work bill, the Michigan House approved an omnibus abortion bill early last Friday morning which had passed in the Senate Wednesday. Nicknamed the “Pro-life Bus,” it seeks to hold the abortion industry to the same health and safety standards as other out-patient medical facilities. Much of this legislation has overwhelming support from likely voters.
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Ben Stein: God Help Us

We certainly need it.

I learned about the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school while we were setting up at Fox News to tape Cavuto on Business. The news was so horrible that we all felt as if we had lost our legs and could no longer stand. It was such horrible news that it simply turned the world upside down. It still is that kind of news, and it’s incredibly depressing about the nature of humanity. And my wife and I pray all day for the souls of those dear children and for the peace, if there ever will be peace, of their families… and for the souls of the adults and the peace of those who knew and loved them.
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Colbert Hails Nun's Dissent Against the Pope

CMR buddy Matthew Balan reports and has the vid:

Colbert Boosts 'Brave' Nun's War Against Paul Ryan; Hails Her Dissent Against Pope
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189 Abuse Claims in One School

But don't worry, it was a public school:

Reports of rampant child sex abuse committed at an elementary school in Los Angeles continue to explode, but the national media does not seem too interested - at all. On the heels of other local reports involving child sex abuse in L.A. schools, NBC4 in Los Angeles has reported:
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Gov. Jindal Draws Criticism from Church

I don't think Jindal was approving the use of contraceptives per se but his angle on it is a political one in an attempt to take contraceptives out of the HHS mandate:

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has voiced his support for over-the-counter access to birth control, a position that Church representatives say goes against Catholic teaching on contraception. “The Archdiocese of New Orleans disagrees with Governor Jindal’s stance on this issue, as the use of birth control and contraceptives are against Catholic Church teaching,” Communications Director for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Sarah Comiskey McDonald, told EWTN News on Dec. 14. Robert Tasman, Associate Director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, also echoed the archdiocese’s statement. Gov. Jindal, a Catholic, argued in a Dec. 13 editorial for the Wall Street Journal that allowing access to artificial birth control without a prescription would remove politics from contraception, while also protecting the rights of individuals who are morally opposed to paying for its coverage.
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Tom Monaghan Sues Obama Administration

Great news.

The founder of Ave Maria University is suing the federal government over the HHS mandate which will force companies and religious institutions to provide coverage for contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilization procedures. Tom Monaghan filed on behalf of his business called Domino’s Farms, which runs an office park near Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
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Obamacare and My Daughter

Dad is told

“In two years, the surgery will cease to be available for the insured due to Obamacare.” Elections have consequences. The president signed a law which forces citizens to purchase a product simply on the virtue that they are alive. Our Supreme Court upheld the law, giving the government the power to tax inactivity. When the law is fully implemented, we may see a shift from our role as citizens to subjects. Instead of “pay for play,” it will become “pay, if you play our way.” We are moving slowly down this path, and can begin to see the cliff before us. Still, there is time to slow the process and change course.
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Is Parenting Getting Harder?

Glenn Reynolds thinks so:

Not long ago we worried about baby booms and overpopulation. Now some people are worrying about a "Global Baby Bust." Writing in Foreign Affairs, Phillip Longman says it's mostly because of economics: "In nations rich and poor, under all forms of government, as more and more of the world's population moves to urban areas in which children offer little or no economic reward to their parents, and as women acquire economic opportunities and reproductive control, the social and financial costs of childbearing continue to rise.
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Belmont Abbey Back in Court

The college that started it all:

Belmont Abbey College was the first to sue the Obama administration over the HHS mandate last year. Following a setback where a judge, an Obama appointee, dismissed their case because the Obama administration had not yet amended regulations to better reflect religious objections as it has promised to do, Belmont Abbey College will be back in court Friday.
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Fr. Schall's Last Lecture

A wonderful ending to a great career:

Last Friday, Fr. James V. Schall S.J., one of the leading lights at Georgetown University, delivered his last lecture as a professor at the Jesuit University to a packed house in Gaston Hall. The author of such classics as Another Sort of Learning and What Is God Like?: Philosophers and ‘Hereticks’ on the Triune God: The Sundry Paths of Orthodoxy from Plato, Augustine, Samuel Johnson, Nietzsche, Camus, and Flannery O’Connor, even unto Charlie Brown and the Wodehouse Clergy, delivered his final lecture, entitled “The Final Gladness.” His lecture, for those who aren’t familiar with Fr. Schall, is indicative of the humor, insight and fidelity which marked his work these past 34 years at Georgetown. Here is just a snippet, which he shared with The Cardinal Newman Society:
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Catholic College Removes Cross from Brand

Sad.

The symbol of Saint Joseph’s College, the only Catholic college in Maine, has long been a seal with a cross on a shield with the motto “Fortitudo et Spes” meaning “Fortitude and Hope.” But the president of the college just announced in a letter to students forwarded to The Cardinal Newman Society that after an extensive marketing study, the college founded by The Sisters of Mercy will be removing the cross and motto from the logo. “This is about much more than a logo or a look,” said Brent Wooten, director of online marketing for Saint Joseph’s in the college’s magazine. “It’s about who we are.”
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Kathryn Lopez: Sandra Fluke is Person of the Year

Absolutely. Great piece from Kathryn Lopez:

You may have heard that Sandra Fluke is in the running for Time magazine’s famous year-end Person of the Year cover. She, of course, is the Georgetown Law “reproductive health” activist who became the public face of President Obama’s mandate that requires employers to cover abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization in their insurance plans or else face crippling fines. Though the online voting for the award isn’t currently in her favor, I’ll actually be disappointed if the Time cover features anyone but her. Let me explain.
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Two Major Abortion Fails

Fordham professor Charles Camosy writes a very interesting post over at Catholic Moral Theology:

Unlike many other ethical issues raised in the public’s consciousness more than one or two generations ago, disagreement over abortion shows no signs of waning. Indeed, though Gallup recently found that record low numbers of people describe themselves as pro-choice, a solid majority nevertheless wish to keep abortion legal. During the recent election cycle, Democrats were at pains to raise the specter of a “war on women” being waged by their opponents, and even went “all in” during their convention giving air time to some of the most extreme supporters of abortion rights–including the head of NARAL. This strategy appears to have worked. The GOP has been rocked by their election losses, and the reaction of many of their members and supporters is the first of two major abortion FAILS that I want to consider.
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Sherry is "Decadently Procreative"

Children as status symbol? Seriously?

Recently I came across a post from a New York magazine entitled, the Decadence of Procreation. It argued that because children cost so much, some odd unknown number between 12,290 and 1.8 million, having them is a status symbol and a sign of decadence --of having something inaccessible and rare as versus the masses. To me, there's a huge difference between the just over 10K and the 1.8 million in a year, but that may be my 1%er brain not getting that there isn't any difference. I didn't even know that people coveted dressage horses and third beach houses. Clearly, I've got to work on my covetous heart, it isn't nearly decadant enough.
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Pro-Military T-Shirt Co. Posts Vulgar PhotoShop of Pope

This is disgusting.

On Friday, Ranger Up, an apparel company that sells "shirts for the military and the patriotic Americans who love the men and women of the Armed Forces", inexplicably posted a crude rendition of Pope Benedict XVI on their Facebook page, which has over 82,000 fans. The graphic invokes a famous Marilyn Monroe scene in the movie The Seven Year Itch. Instead of standing on the streets of New York City, the Pope is in the middle of a park in the tropics, and a little girl appears to be running away in horror of the sight of the pontiff's bare legs. [image below the jump]
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Abortion Survivor Exposes Myth of "Wanted Babies"

CMR buddy Mallory Quigley wrote:

I almost felt like I was throwing the baby at the nurses, like ‘quick!’ and the team just responded immediately!” Those words, spoken by a young doctor with evident joy and relief on her face, hit me like a ton of bricks as I sat watching the news clip. Baby Noah Guzman had been declared dead in the womb by two doctors who could not detect a heartbeat after his mother came into the hospital suffering from bleeding. She was experiencing placenta previa, a dangerous pregnancy complication.
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Union Power More Important Than Education

But I guess we kinda' knew that already. It's bad enough that unions have been working to trap kids in failing schools, but now they're not even showing up?

A scheduled demonstration is now underway near the Michigan Capitol today to protest “right to work” legislation. Hundreds of teachers have called in sick to attend the protest, leaving thousands of students with no school:
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Catholic University Rejects Gay Student Organization

God bless CUA:

In the same week that the University of Notre Dame approved of a gay student organization, The Catholic University of America denied official recognition to a gay student organization on campus, reportedly citing a concern that it could become an “advocacy group.” CUAllies, on their Facebook page, compared the denial to being “denied Communion.”
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Leo XIII: “Taxing the Rich Does Not Help the Poor”

Anthony Esolen writes at Crisis Magazine:

In Quod Apostolici Muneris (1878), Pope Leo XIII deplores those who “under the motley and all but barbarous terms and titles of Socialists, Communists, and Nihilists, are spread abroad throughout the world,” striving in alliance for “the purpose long resolved upon, of uprooting the foundations of civil society at large.” It may sound odd to our ears, that socialists, whose prescriptions for society are many and comprehensive, should be united with nihilists, who by definition believe in nothing. But Pope Leo, beginning as always from a rich view of human nature grounded in reason and elevated by relevation, sees the alliance we miss—and by implication he includes as well the fellow traveler, secular liberalism, friendlier to the free market but ultimately also an enemy to man.
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Russia: An Encounter Which Changed My Life

This is an amazing story of faith and how God uses persecution for good:

Mark Riedemann for Where God Weeps in cooperation with Aid to the Church in Need interviews Jose Correa, journalist and founder of Catholic Radio and Television Network and presently the Director of Aid to the Church in Need in Brazil. Over 20 years have passed since the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches in Russia emerged from 70 years of state persecution to a freedom, which is allowing today a revival of faith and movements towards reconciliation between these churches. Jose Correa was privileged to be one of the first Catholic journalists to work with the fledgling church in Russia after 70 years of state atheism and help establish Church (Catholic and Russian Orthodox) media structures in Russia, which are still serving today. This is the story of his first contact with the Russian underground Church during communism, and his conversion.
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Angel Flight (Tower Remix)

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How You Can Put Christ back in Christmas

Ignitum Today has more:

That Christmas has become more and more secularized is obvious. But we are not helpless against the tide. There are things we can do to restore and maintain the meaning of the holiday for ourselves and for our families, and for those around us.
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Would You Say That to my Face?

Chelsea writes:

In recent decades, America has made many wonderful advances in protecting the rights of people with disabilities and including them in society. Gone are the days of forced sterilization and institutionalization. Now we have laws making disability discrimination illegal and most public places handicap accessible. Children with special needs are able to get an education in most public school districts and, when one isn’t available or doesn’t meet a child’s specific needs, some states, like Oklahoma, even offer scholarships for those children to attend a private school that will. On top of all that, advancements in medicine and technology are also helping us live longer, more independent lives. All that progress, however, is currently being undermined by the now standard practice of killing unborn children diagnosed with various diseases and disabilities. This brilliant poster from Feminists for Life of America (click to enlarge) echoes something I’ve said many times about these “eugenic” abortions.
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Amazing Tale of a desperate WWII pilot’s encounter with a German flying ace

This is absolutely amazing.

On Dec. 20, 1943, a young American bomber pilot named Charlie Brown found himself somewhere over Germany, struggling to keep his plane aloft with just one of its four engines still working. They were returning from their first mission as a unit, the successful bombing of a German munitions factory. Of his crew members, one was dead and six wounded, and 2nd Lt. Brown was alone in his cockpit, the three unharmed men tending to the others. Brown’s B-17 had been attacked by 15 German planes and left for dead, and Brown himself had been knocked out in the assault, regaining consciousness in just enough time to pull the plane out of a near-fatal nose dive.
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Hitchcock's Surprise Ending. A Return to Catholicism

A great story:

A biographer said that the director, at the end of his life, shunned religion. Not true. I was there.
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Study: Kids of Gay Parents Do Less Well

Sad.

Primary schoolchildren in married heterosexual households are 35 percent more likely to make typical school progress than peers in same-sex households, according to a new study published in the respected academic journal Demography. The finding is based on data from 1.6 million children in the 2000 Census, which included 8,632 children who lived in same-sex households.
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Student's Lawsuit Over Roommate's Sex Continues

Ick.

A Massachusetts judge has reportedly allowed a key part of a lawsuit to proceed against Stonehill College, a Massachusetts college founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, which is being sued by an ex-student who alleges administrators didn’t offer other living accommodations after she complained that her roommate was having too much sex.
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Ha! Why Johny Can't Learn

This would be funny if it weren't true:

His education is being overseen by imbecilic bureaucrats. Case in point: Seminole high school shut down after student brings mercury thermometer to school No one was put in harm's way, but a hazmat crew was there as a precaution.
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Planned Parenthood Vid for Women to Hide Beatings

War on women.

Planned Parenthood Shows Teens How to Hide a Beating With Makeup
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Beware Hollywood's Religion Porn

Maggie Gallagher writes:

Have you noticed how much of Hollywood is preoccupied with thoughts of God? "Life of Pi" is the latest example of a movie with essentially religious themes. Artists in a postmodern culture are thinking about the relationship between story and truth. Even the movie "Lincoln" is organized around the idea that false narratives can serve the greater good in politics. When the people are bad, the politician must lie or mislead to serve the good. It's rather discomfiting to see so many liberal elites embrace this movie, isn't it?
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Christmas Given Boot from Senior Home

Menorahs out too:

No Christmas in California: Management Company Orders Removal of All Christmas Decorations From Common Rooms at Senior Apartment Complex
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The Secret Society of Saint Nick

This is great writing from Rebecca Frech. Priceless.

Last night, on our way to Confirmation prep class, #2 was talking about Christmas and Santa Claus. After a bit, I asked him, "Do you still believe in Santa Claus?" "Yes." He replied confidently. "Lots of my friends don't, but there are all kinds of things we don't see or understand and still believe." My heart both sank and leapt at the gentle trust and faith of my son. "I just tell them they're wrong, and that it can't be their parents."
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Update on Baby Dominic Pio

Keep those prayers coming but there's been some good news for Baby Dominic:

A few days ago I posted on the story of 5 month old Dominic Pio. His father is former state assemblyman Mark Gundrum. An update: Just a quick update. Dominic is doing well, very well, there is no breathing tube!!! He is definitely still in need of prayers as he is very high risk for leaking cerebral fluid and getting infections. He is in pain tonight,but they are doing a good job of trying to keep him comfortable. Again, please pray for these intentions, it is hard to see your baby uncomfortable.
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Amazing Story on How Kids Learn

Must read of the day:

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Give an Ethiopian child who can’t read or speak English a tablet computer and you create the next Bill Gates: What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they’ll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware. Whoa.
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NY Judge Slaps Justice Dept. Upside the Head

Finally:

The Obama administration has been consistently arguing since announcing a year’s grace period for some religious organizations to figure out how to violate their consciences and obey the Department and Health and Human Services abortion-drug, contraception, sterilization mandate, that the controversy over religious freedom and the mandate is over and the Catholics are happy. That, as has been pointed out here before, ignores all the lawsuits pending. And that they are not just from Catholics. Today in New York, a judge dismissed Justice Department claims that the Archdiocese of New York’s lawsuit in response to the coercive mandate is unnecessary.
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Dems Press to Lift Abortion Ban in Military Healthcare

So yeah, you'll be paying for abortions.

Proponents of ending the ban on women in the military using their health insurance to pay for abortions in cases of rape and incest stepped up the political pressure on Wednesday, insisting that this year's defense bill be used to finally lift the prohibition. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., chief sponsor of a provision in Senate legislation, and two retired Army officers described the current law preventing insurance coverage as morally and economically unfair to the more than 214,000 women serving in the U.S. military. They promised to lobby the chief House and Senate negotiators to end the ban.
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Public University Hosts Sex Toy Event

Campus Reform reports:

A major public university hosted an event last Wednesday which was aimed at teaching students how to properly use sex toys. A public university recently hosted an event aimed at teaching students how to properly use sex toys. The University of California – Merced (UCM) sponsored the event, entitled “Is There a Buzz in Your Bed,” which had the stated goal of teaching students about “various sex toys” and different ways “to play as a couple or alone.”
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Culture Where Homosexuality and Abortion Don't Exist

The Atlantic reports this very interesting story:

Barry and Bonnie Hewlett had been studying the Aka and Ngandu people of central Africa for many years before they began to specifically study the groups' sexuality. As they reported in the journal African Study Monographs, the married couple of anthropologists from Washington State University "decided to systematically study sexual behavior after several campfire discussions with married middle-aged Aka men who mentioned in passing that they had sex three or four times during the night. At first [they] thought it was just men telling their stories, but we talked to women and they verified the men's assertions." In turning to a dedicated study of sex practices, the Hewletts formally confirmed that the campfire stories were no mere fish tales. Married Aka and Ngandu men and women consistently reported having sex multiple times in a single night. But in the process of verifying this, the Hewletts also incidentally found that homosexuality and masturbation appeared to be foreign to both groups.
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Born that Way?

You know, there's this big backlash against therapy for gays. But you hear quite often of women who were active lesbians having heterosexual relationships. What do they say about that? Stacy McCain writes:

Hunter Walker of the New York Observer highlights the lesbian past of Chirlane McCray who, for the past 20 years, has been the wife of Bill de Blasio, a likely candidate for mayor of New York City.
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Atlanta Falcons' Coach Catholic Journey

Wonderful story from the faithful Catholic newspaper:

When he went away to college nearly 20 years ago, Eric Sutulovich thought he had found a good crowd to hang out with. The name of the group made it sound like he would fit right in, since it included three important aspects of his life: Christianity, athletics and camaraderie. However, there was one large problem with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes: Those in the group weren’t shy about telling him that, as a Catholic, he was going to hell.
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Vince Vaughn Teams with Glenn Beck

Career-ender?

The "Wedding Crashers" star is teaming up with Glenn Beck - yes, that Glenn Beck - to produce a reality show for the talker's GBTV network. The show is called “Pursuit of Truth,” and it pits 20 documentary filmmakers against one another, with the grand prize being the financing and distribution of their documentary film....
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NPR's Mary: Bitter and Mad at Christians

Catholic World Report has this disgusting story:

Sure, National Public Radio did not publish novelist Colm Toibin's novella, The Testament Of Mary; it was published last month by Scribner. But NPR seems to love it. No, make that: NPR really loves it! There was a very sympathetic November 13th feature, "'Testament Of Mary' Gives Fiery Voice To The Virgin", then a glowing November 14th review, "A Vengeful Virgin In 'The Testament Of Mary'", then an excerpt from the book, and (finally, for now) an interview with Toibin, "A New 'Testament' Told From Mary's Point Of View", posted today. I'm not sure how many NPR pieces there are about the Pope's new book, but I doubt it's more than three, at the very most.
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Prayers for 5 Month Old

Please say a quick prayer if you're inclined. This is a kid who could use a little love sent his way today:

Former State Rep Mark Gundrum(pro-life) recently had a son with severe facial deformities. He is now in Boston this morning to have major reconstructive surgery Tuesday(Dec 3) at 6:30am central. This isn't vanity surgery; he needs this eat better and not risk his airway being cut off, the deformity may be causing blindness, plus he has part of the fluid around the brain growing outside his skull. It's a 10 hr surgery. Prayers! There is a blog for updates on Dominic Pio here.
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Prager: What's Wrong with Public Nudity?

If we're all just animals there's nothing wrong with nudity. But if we're not JUST animals? Dennis Prager writes:

If you want to understand Leftism — and everyone needs to because it has been the most dynamic religion of the last one hundred years — one good place to start is with San Francisco. Or perhaps more precisely — with nudity. And even more precisely — with public nudity. Last month, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted by the barest (pun not intended) margin — 6 to 5 — to ban public nudity. By public nudity, the law refers only to displaying one’s genitals in public. San Francisco women are still free to walk around topless. But that is not unique to San Francisco. Years ago, the highest court in New York state ruled that since it sees no difference between a man’s chest and a woman’s, women should be free to walk around topless, just as men do. Now why is all this significant?
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Fr. Ray's Take on NCR's Female Ordination Stand

Exactly what I'd say if I was smart:

What makes me a Catholic? It is surely that I adhere to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith; in short the faith handed on to, by and from the Apostles. The Apostles were the first witnesses of Jesus Christ, they in turn handed on their "ministry" to others to have "epi-scope" (oversight) of the Church. Today we call those who exercise this oversight Bishops, and Priests who in scriptural terms are the successors of the Presbyters. This "oversight" was to do what the Apostles themselves had done: to govern the Church through "word and sacrament". Unlike the Apostle, bishops and priests, though their successors lack one vital element: that of being "first witnesses to the Resurrection". The role of a bishop is not to introduce new doctrine but to ensure the passing on of the Apostolic Faith, without addition or subtraction.
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Fmr. Rector of Largest Episcopalian Church Swims the Tiber

Good news:

The former rector of the nation’s largest Episcopal church has become a Roman Catholic. The Rev. Larry Gipson was dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham from 1982-94 and rector at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, where his parishioners included former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, from 1994-2008. Last month, Gipson was accepted as a Catholic into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a structure set up by Pope Benedict XVI to accept former Anglicans into the Catholic Church.
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Planned Parenthood and the Government v. Religious Liberty and Women’s Wellbeing

Dr. Helen Alvaré brilliantly writes:

An unprecedented campaign against religious liberty, characterized by a formidable alliance between the White House and Planned Parenthood, bolstered by money, power, and market branding, is threatening women’s well-being. The first in a three-part series.
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Sometimes Love Looks Like This

Boys and a trampoline. Ouiz writes:

Little Joseph has croup, and has been feeling horrible the past few days. When he woke up a few minutes ago, all he wanted was to "go ah-side and jump on da tram-pa-ween."
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An Interesting Origin Story for the Classic Song "Hallelujah."

I love the song. I'm about halfway through the Rolling Stone piece but it's darn interesting so I thought I'd share it.

Exclusive Book Excerpt: Leonard Cohen Writes 'Hallelujah' in 'The Holy or the Broken'
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Rachel Carson Was Wrong

Hey sorry about all those millions that died of malaria and stuff.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of biologist Rachel Carson’s 1962 book, Silent Spring, which argued that man-made chemicals represented a grave threat to human health and the environment. Using harsh and unscientific rhetoric—which was rebuked in the journal Science magazine shortly after its publication—Carson postulated that man-made chemicals affect processes of the human body in “sinister and often deadly ways.” History has proven Carson’s claims wrong. Contrary to her admonitions, a chemically caused cancer epidemic never came to pass. Researchers who identified environmental factors did not simply target trace chemical exposures as significant, but instead focused on major cancer causes such as tobacco and poor diets. In fact, people are living longer and healthier lives, cancer rates have declined even as chemical use has increased, and chemicals are not among the key causes of cancer.
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Pope Benedict XVI, Joins Twitter, Greeted with Hate

Mind you there's all sorts of cussing going on. The Blaze has screenshots of the nastiness directed at Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict XVI will start tweeting in six languages from his own personal handle (@Pontifex) on Dec. 12. While not a single message has been sent from his Twitter account yet, the head of the Catholic Church has sparked quite the buzz following the announcement that he will be using the social media platform. Not surprisingly, along with signs of support have also come hateful messages that Twitchy has dubbed “shameful.”
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Princeton Student Schools Tom Friedman on What "Pro-Life" Means

This is great. Gives me hope:

Read below as Thomas Z. Horton of The Princeton Tory takes Thomas Friedman of the New York Times to school on what it really means to be pro-life.
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Catholic Bloggers as the Peanuts Gang

I knew Catholic bloggers were nuts, bot not Peanuts. LarryD having some fun at my expense.

Well, you know he had to, eventually. Him and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Nobody, not even cartoon characters, remain kids forever. The cartoon strips were just snapshots of their childhood, that’s all. So what happened to them? Well, believe it or not, many of those kids became Catholic bloggers and personalities. I kid you not. It’s kinda weird and totally unexpected, but the crackerjack AoftheA Research Department staff has outdone itself this time, digging up the details that until now, no one knew. It’s pretty amazing. And it turns out that the names Schultz gave them were pseudonyms.
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Douthat: More Babies Please

Reading Douthat's wise take on the plunging birthrate makes me just wonder why on earth we're making free contraceptives a right:

IN the eternally recurring debates about whether some rival great power will knock the United States off its global perch, there has always been one excellent reason to bet on a second American century: We have more babies than the competition. It’s a near-universal law that modernity reduces fertility. But compared with the swiftly aging nations of East Asia and Western Europe, the American birthrate has proved consistently resilient, hovering around the level required to keep a population stable or growing over the long run.
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Gay Marriage at West Point's Chapel

I know gay marriage is legal in NY but West Point? Come on.

The first same-sex marriage at West Point’s Cadet Chapel will be celebrated Saturday – when a military veteran and her partner exchange vows roughly one year after President Obama ended the military policy banning openly gay people from serving in the military. The ceremony will take place in the Military Academy's Cadet Chapel between Brenda Sue Fulton and Penelope Dara Gnesin. Fulton is a military veteran and spokeswoman for Outserve – an advocacy group for actively serving gay, lesbian and bisexual military personnel, reported first by USA Today.
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Supreme Court Passes on Gay Marriage

This is good news for supporters of traditional marriage:

While most of the nation’s attention has remained focused on the fiscal cliff, business as usual continues in the judicial branch. And for those who have been closely following the court battles over same sex marriage, Friday had been anticipated to be a big day. The highest court was supposedly set to announce whether they would be taking on as many as ten cases related to this subject. But, as Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog reports, the day wore on into late afternoon and resulted in precisely… nothing.
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A Family's Amazing Devotion To Sister in Coma

Sad and beautiful.

A Miami woman who spent 42 years in a coma, inspiring a book about her family’s ceaseless dedication to her care, has died at the age of 59. Edwarda O'Bara passed away Wednesday, her family said. “It is with great sadness I inform everyone my sister Edwarda is now with the Lord in Heaven,” said a statement on the family's website. “She then closed her eyes and joined my Mom in Heaven,” sister Colleen O’Bara, a devout Catholic, wrote.
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