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Canon Law Case Against Georgetown Submitted to Cardinal Wuerl

Led by Exorcist author William Peter Blatty and signed by over 1,000 others:

A canon law petition asking Cardinal Donald Wuerl to rescue Georgetown University's Catholic identity or declare the University no longer Catholic was delivered to the Archdiocese of Washington today, a group of Georgetown alumni, students, parents, faculty and others has announced.
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Anna Karenina on Contraception

Interesting stuff from Thomism:

“What children?” Anna said, not looking at Dolly, and half closing her eyes. “Annie and those to come . . .” “He need not trouble on that score; I shall have no more children.”
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Nun Blogs Her Last Days After Cancer Diagnosis

The Detroit News reports:

Not everyone plans a wardrobe change for their funeral. And not everyone models said wardrobe by lying on a bed with eyes closed and mouth open. But it isn't just anyone whose approach to death is nothing short of remarkable, friends say. Sister Carol Juhasz, 63, a pastoral associate at St. Joan of Arc in St. Clair Shores, was stricken with breast cancer and given six months to live in March. Instead of keeping this most private of tribulations to herself, the irrepressible, dare say, irreverent nun has gone public with her disease. She writes a blog, shows off her bald noggin and invites people to ask about her impending death.
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I'm Gay, but I'm Not Switching to a Church That Supports Gay Marriage

Eve Tushnet writes a piece that's absolutely worth reading at The Atlantic:

When I became Catholic in 1998, as a college sophomore, I didn't know any other gay Christians. I'd been raised in a kind of pointillist Reform Judaism, almost entirely protected from homophobia; when I realized I was gay it was, if anything, a relief. I thought I finally had an explanation for the persistent sense of difference I'd felt since early childhood. This sheltered upbringing may help explain my sunny undergraduate confidence that even though I knew of literally nobody else who had ever tried to be both unashamedly gay and obediently Catholic, I was totally going to do it. No problem, guys, I got this. Things look different now. I hope I've learned a few things about the dangers of sophomoric self-confidence:
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Gay Former Teacher Sues Archdiocese After Being Fired for Having IVF

Discrimination.

A teacher fired after becoming pregnant through artificial insemination was expected to tell jurors her version of events as the trial in her lawsuit against a Roman Catholic archdiocese and two of its schools entered its second day. Christa Dias has sued the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the schools over her 2010 dismissal, contending they fired her simply because she was pregnant and unmarried.
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First Things: Anti-Christian Discrimination in Europe

Christianity is the enemy, right?

A recently released report by the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians (a nonprofit group based in Austria) supplements and confirms Paul Coleman’s article in our June/July issue about discrimination against Christians in Europe. The report documents numerous restrictions on religious freedom—related to conscientious objection, hate speech and anti-discrimination laws, education, and more—and incidents of anti-Christian vandalism and discrimination in more than thirty European countries last year.
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Uncoupling the Hookup Culture

CMR buddy Bob Laird writes at the LA Times:

It appears that more young people are starting — finally — to question the "hookup" mentality that has become so common on many college campuses. Harvard sophomore Lisa Mogilanski, writing in USA Today this month, put it this way: "Hookup culture is an unnavigable mush of vague intentions and desires…. We can try to dress it up as being freeing or equalizing the genders, but I fear it only leaves us equally impoverished."
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Gosnell's Wife and Employee Sentenced

Not enough if you ask me. Not nearly enough.

The wife of a Philadelphia doctor convicted of murdering babies during late-term abortions was sentenced on Wednesday to up to 23 months in prison for helping her husband. Pearl Gosnell, 52, whose husband, Dr Kermit Gosnell, ran the now-shuttered Women's Medical Society clinic in Philadelphia, had pleaded guilty to performing an illegal abortion, being part of a corrupt organization and conspiracy.
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Why Do Philosophers and Scientists Ignore Catholic Theology

Stacy Trasancos writes:

One thing I love about having a blog is that I can bring discussions up from the comment boxes and highlight them. I think writing needs to be interactive, which is why I welcome (more than I can say) different viewpoints. I welcome atheists, pagans, heathens, other religions, other Christians, anyone, to the discussion. I study Catholic theology, so everything will go through that filter, but I think like a scientist and a mommy, and I love to read philosophy. My Catholic faith also informs me that it is good to seek clarity from others and to engage them.
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Pope Francis: The Mafia Enslaves People

The Catholic Herald reports:

Pope Francis has strongly criticised members of the Mafia for “exploiting and enslaving people”, and called on them to repent. Speaking to pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square on Sunday for his weekly blessing, the Pontiff urged the faithful to “pray to the Lord to make these mafiosi convert to God”.
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NY Times: China's Brutal One-Child Policy

Ma Jian writes an important piece that should be read:

ZHANG YIMOU, the celebrated film director and arranger of the 2008 Summer Olympics’ opening ceremony in Beijing, was accused last week of being the latest high-profile violator of China’s one-child policy. The People’s Daily, the Communist Party mouthpiece, alleged that Mr. Zhang had fathered seven children with four different women. The news has ignited an angry online debate, with Internet users condemning the unequal application of a 1979 law that stipulates every couple may have just one child (or two for ethnic minorities and for rural couples whose first child is a girl).
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Warning. An SSPX Priest Is Incapable of Absolving You

Dr. Jeff Mirus writes:

In certain sources which I refuse to publicize, it is being strenuously argued that sacramental absolution given by the priests of the Society of St. Pius X is perfectly valid. On this basis, one might suppose that the faithful may confess their sins to an SSPX priest and be assured of God’s forgiveness. Unfortunately, this simply is not true.
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Mother Loves Baby Back to Life

Live Action reports this uplifting story:

A premature newborn in Australia, born along with his twin sister at just 27 weeks’ gestation and weighing in at only two pounds, was pronounced dead by his physician after medical staff tried for twenty minutes to revive him. Jamie Ogg, now a little over three years old, is alive today only because of the undying love and affection of his mother. According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, when Jamie was pronounced dead, the doctor handed him to his mother, Kate, so that she could say goodbye to her son. Kate took Jamie into her arms and tearfully caressed her tiny son.
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Amazon Pulls Priest's Best Seller Featuring Claims of Gay Bullies in Catholic Church

Oh my.

A WHISTLE-BLOWING churchman’s best-selling book featuring explosive claims about gay bullies in the Catholic priesthood has been pulled by web giants Amazon. Priesthood in Crisis by Father Matthew Despard was released in the wake of the Cardinal Keith O’Brien scandal. The shocking account – which accuses church leaders of covering up powerful homosexual cliques in the priesthood – became an online bestseller, charting at No.125 out of 1.9 million digital books available on Amazon. But the controversial book has been axed from the website’s Kindle store.
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PJ O'Rourke: Yeah, the President is...Well...Stupid

Yeah, he said it. And he presents his case in The Weekly Standard:

“You’re stupid,” is not something even his most severe critics usually say to President Barack Obama. But on Friday morning I picked up the Wall Street Journal and learned that the president had given a speech about the war on terror saying, “This war, like all wars, must end.” That story was at the top of the front page. Immediately below was a photograph of flowers being laid at a makeshift memorial near the Woolwich Royal Arsenal where machine gunner Lee Rigby was hacked to death by terrorists. This war, like all wars, must end when someone wins it.
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Dr. Gerard Nadal Talks About Contraception/Cancer Link

Speaking at Holy Apostles Seminary and College:

Dr. Gerard Nadal explains the increased risk of breast cancer in women taking contraceptives.
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Metaxas on the Crisis of Manhood

Hmmm. Right now I'm reading Joseph Pearce but I think I'll grab this one right after:

What does it mean to be a good man? Eric Metaxas, who has previously written books on William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, is the author of the new book Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness. Metaxas talks about men, women, and heroic virtue with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez. ​ KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Why a book about men? Does this prove that there is a Christian disdain for women? Eric METAXAS: We have a crisis of manhood in our culture. We’re afraid to talk about what it means to be a man, so I wanted to talk about it and to show the lives of seven truly great men. But if this book does well I’d love to write a book titled “Seven Women.” But if men aren’t learning how to be real men, it’s women who suffer more than anyone. So I had to write this book first.
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Cardinal Dolan’s Commencement Speech: “Let Me Tell You the Secret of Notre Dame…”

Great words from Cardinal Dolan:

This is pretty wonderful: Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s 2013 commencement speech at Notre Dame: Thank you, Notre Dame, for the joy of your company, the gracious invitation, the warm welcome, and the high honor of this degree. It was so obvious I almost missed it . . . See, ever since, almost a year ago, Father Jenkins, with characteristic thoughtfulness, invited me to deliver this commencement address, I’ve been mulling over just what to say to you, class of 2013.
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Sisters of Life Aim to Give Women a Choice

Nice article about the Sisters of Life at the HuffPo:

The abortion rate in New York City is among the highest in the U.S.; nearly double the national average. The latest department of health figures show that 40 percent of all New York pregnancies end in termination. Among African American women, the abortion rate stands at 60 percent. These are statistics that a group of young nuns named the Sisters of Life, are working to change. "Women deserve better. They shouldn't be pressured into feeling like abortion is the only way," says Sister Magdalene, 39. "Fear makes people do things very quickly, without thinking. Women need to know they have options," she adds. "There are so many people who want to provide and step in to help them. We believe that love is always stronger than death."
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Whoa. JFK Was Nazi Admirer as Late as 1937

On the one hand, he's a Kennedy so I don't really expect anything good from them. On the other hand, he was a WWII hero. And he may have been the last Kennedy to dislike communism.

We all knew his father had Nazi leanings and was quite a raving anti-semite, but to the extent this has been admitted it has always been insisted this was only Joe Kennedy's thing, not JFK's.
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Funny Vid: Convos with My 2 Year Old

I got a kick out of this even though it's a Huffpo:

If you take the words of a 2-year-old and put them in the mouth of a grown man, suddenly the malevolence and intimidation really shine through. Matthew Clarke has launched a new series called "Convos With My 2-Year-Old" where he takes actual conversations he's had with his daughter and reenacts them with an adult man standing in for her. The result is hilariously creepy. Watch episode one.
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Priest Stripped of Functions for Being Member of Masonic Lodge

Wow.

A Catholic priest at the posh French ski station of Megeve has been stripped of his functions at the request of the Vatican for being a member of a Masonic lodge, his parish said Friday. Father Pascal Vesin of the Sainte-Anne d'Arly-Montjoie parish was ordered by the bishop of Annecy, Yves Boivineau, to halt his functions due to his "active membership" of the Grand Orient de France, a large Masonic organisation.
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Doctor Who Did 1,200 Abortions Tells Congress to Ban Them

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Pope To Give First Communion to Children on Sunday

I've got to tell you. My boy received his First Communion this year and I was thrilled to have Bishop Joseph Martino. But having Pope Francis would've been kinda' cooler. No offense to Bishop Martino.

On Sunday, May 26th, solemnity of the Holy Trinity, Pope Francis will visit the Parish of Saints Elizabeth and Zechariah in Rome where he will preside over the morning Mass. During the celebration, the Holy Father will give First Eucharist to 16 children and will distribute Communion to 28 others.
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Speak of the Devil

Rorate Caeli reports:

There's been a lot of talk about the Devil, demons, possession, etc. under the young pontificate of Pope Francis. All very, very good developments that should give all serious Catholics hope, and all lukewarm prelates shivers. But it should also be a warning that everyone is vulnerable to the wickedness and snares of the Devil, and all must pray to be protected, and pray for the exorcists that are fighting this battle daily. There is a wonderful, daily set of prayers, approved with an imprimatur, to help you and the exorcists. And Rorate has gained permission from the priest authors to publicize it.
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Vid: Fr. Barron Tells Grads to Make Life a Gift

Brilliant. The man is just brilliant. And faithful. It makes me very happy that Providence chose Fr. Barron as their commencement speaker.

Fr. Robert Barron, rector of Mundelein Seminary told Providence College’s graduates to give of themselves on Sunday. “To be filled with God is to be filled with love, and love is giving one’s life away for the sake of the other,” said Fr. Barron. “So here is the formula… if you want to be happy… contrive a way to make of your life a gift.”
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The Atheist Orthodoxy That Drove me to Faith

Welcome home.

Last Easter, when I was just beginning to explore the possibility that, despite what I had previously believed and been brought up to believe, there might be something to the Catholic faith, I read Letters to a Young Catholic by George Weigel. One passage in particular struck me. Talking of the New Testament miracles and the meaning of faith, Weigel writes: “In the Catholic view of things, walking on water is an entirely sensible thing to do. It’s staying in the boat, hanging tightly to our own sad little securities, that’s rather mad.”
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Pope: Atheists Should Try to Do Good

The only problem with that is what is good? On what basis can you judge good and evil without Christianity?

Pope Francis has said that atheists should be seen as good people as long as they do good, in a move to urge people of all religions - or no religion at all - to get along. The Catholic leader, who heads the 1.2 billion-strong Church, made his comments in the homily of his morning Mass in his residence, a daily event where he speaks without prepared comments. He told the story of a Catholic who asked a priest if even atheists could be redeemed by Jesus. "Even them, everyone," the pope answered, according to Vatican Radio. "We all have the duty to do good," he said.
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Wow. Pregnant Woman Dies, Gives Birth to Baby Girl, and Is Brought Back to Life!

Two lives hung in the balance:

Before Erica Nigrelli collapsed in a co-worker’s classroom at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas, she was unaware how dire her condition was. “Apparently I told her ‘I feel very faint,’ and I put my head down and essentially just passed out,” the 32-year-old English teacher recalled. Nigrelli, who was 36 weeks pregnant, technically died, said WMUR-TV.
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Oh My. IRS Targeting Adoptive Families!

They seek to protect Planned Parenthood and audit adoptive families? David French at NRO reports:

Earlier this week, in a feeble attempt at humor on Facebook, I posted: “If you haven’t been audited by the IRS during the Obama administration, can you even call yourself a conservative?” Given the scale of the abuses, I should probably just shorten it and say, “Only RINOs don’t get audited.” My wife and I got audited in 2011, with the IRS examining every inch of our adoption the previous year. The process was painful, but we got through it, and our refund may have been adjusted by a few dollars (the amount of the adjustment was so small, I don’t actually remember). In other words, the audit was a gigantic waste of time — for the IRS and for our family. A Facebook commenter, however, pointed me to a report that made me rethink the experience.
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Why Catholics Love Science Fiction

Professor of Theology at Saint Vincent's College has many good reasons Star Trek and other science fiction stories appeal to Catholics:

If you don’t know that the new Star Trek movie is coming out tomorrow (technically tonight at midnight), you are not a Trekkie. If don’t know there has been an on-again, off-again leak that the villain in the new movie is Khan Noonien Singh, you are not a class A-Trekkie. If your faith has not been inspired by Star Trek, or any science-fiction for that matter, you are not a theo-trekkie.
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Suburbia Needs Jesus Too

Christ is in the mundane acts of service so many do every day.

In college, my philosophy professor used to talk with affection about how his wife "schooled" him when they were first married. After hearing a Christian speaker on campus, he came home inspired and shared with his wife the speaker's message: that life was all about big moments, and all the in-between stuff was just leading up to those climactic, world-changing events. After he finished downloading, she looked at him with an eyebrow raised and said, "Sounds like a man. Men love to talk about 'quality time' and 'high moments,' but when you get up at 2 a.m. to change the sheets because our daughter threw up in bed, that's living. When you have to change diapers for the 1,000th time, that's living. All our time is 'living.'"
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Saving the World One Baby at a Time

Patti Maguire Armstrong writes a wonderful piece. Great line: "It’s not about whether the world is good for babies but the fact is that babies are good for the world."

“I’d like another baby, but it worries me to bring a child into a world like this,” I once heard a woman say. That was twenty years ago. I wonder if she ever had that baby. The world hasn’t gotten any better since then. But when was it ever a perfect time to bring a child into the world? I’m personally glad I missed the entire pre-disposable diaper and pre-automatic washing machine era. Oh and antibiotics; those make parenting easier. And sunscreen. Air-conditioning too. Come to think about it, we live in a world where it has never been easier to have a baby. Still, whatever time we live in, it’s never easier to have a baby than not to have one—just better. It’s not about whether the world is good for babies but the fact is that babies are good for the world. Love has the power to change the world and babies bring love. We cannot change the whole world, but we can begin with our own world.
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Teacher Admits Praying During Tornado While Protecting Children

Hope the ACLU doesn't find out:

Teacher Admits She ‘Prayed Out Loud’ During Violent Tornado: ‘I Did the Teacher Thing that We’re Probably Not Supposed to Do’
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USCatholyc Might Some Day Be Renamed “USDhimmi”

Larry D. skewers the Dhimmi attitude of US Catholic.

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Muslims Behead British Soldier Right on Street in London

Horror. Just pure horror.

Muslims Screaming "Allahu Akbar" Behead British Soldier on Public Street. One witness, identified only as James, said two men had attacked another man, aged about 20, who was wearing a T-shirt of military charity Help for Heroes. "These two guys were crazed. They were just animals. They dragged him from the pavement and dumped his body in the middle of the road and left his body there," he told LBC radio.
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Help My Kids Still Aren’t Catholic!!

An earlier post this week with a similar title evoked the most passionate comments I’ve had on a post for a long time. I suggested that one of the reasons why Catholic kids leave the church is that our catechism and worship styles and preaching for the past fifty years did not prepare them for the rigors and demands of a fully Catholic life. I would like to add to that.

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Supreme Court Could Give Landmark Ruling on Public Prayer

We've been getting our cases handed to us in recent years while we've seen prayer erased from the public sphere. This case could have huge implications:

In a move that could have national consequences for prayer in public life, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a federal case challenging the constitutionality of opening prayers at the town council meetings of Greece, New York. “It is perfectly constitutional to allow community members to ask for God's blessing according to their conscience,” Brett Harvey, Senior Counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, told CNA May 21.
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No Christianity, No Democracy. Know Christianity, Know Democracy

Our form of government, I believe, requires Christianity to survive. Lars Walker makes some great points here. I'm still digesting it. It's a little early for me to be reading IQ necessary stuff. I typically like cat videos in the morning. But I made an exception for this piece. Definitely worth reading.

Despite my well-deserved international reputation as a coward, I occasionally get into arguments with people, mostly on Facebook where no one can punch you. It was during such an argument recently that someone actually implied that I was a liar, one vice for which I don’t have a reputation, as far as I know. We were discussing…. never mind; that’s another essay. But when she asked me where I got my ideas about right and wrong, I said that I’d read the Bible. My opponent laughed that off. She’d never read the whole Bible, she said, and she was pretty sure I hadn’t either. It was one of those “taken aback” moments that come more and more often as you get older. I realized in a fresh new way that I’m a creature of another century. I have in fact read the Bible more than a dozen times, and I can remember a day when reading the Bible all the way through, though certainly regarded as an accomplishment, didn’t rank alongside claims to have climbed K2 or to have built a model of Graceland out of toothpicks. It’s a long book, I’ll grant you, but not that much longer than The Lord of the Rings. Now if you’re expecting me to lament the passing of Biblical literacy in our generation, well, I do, but my point here is a larger (or smaller) one. My fears for the future are many, but the one I’m thinking of just now is my fear of losing things that make participatory democracy workable.
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Bombers target Church in Benghazi, Priests Escape

Being Catholic is the most dangerous thing in the world:

Fr Alan Castillo and Fr Raghib Marzouk escaped unhurt after a bomb went off at the Catholic church in Via Torino, Benghazi, late Friday night. According to sources, a bomb was placed at the main of the church when an explosion rocked the area at around 11.30pm shattering several glass windows on the opposite side of the narrow road and also several windows in the building adjacent to the church housing the priests.
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Difficulties with Adam and Eve?

Fr. Longenecker will straighten you out:

One of the interesting things about conducing a parish mission is how many people stay behind to ask really probing questions. Last evening here in Indianapolis a man named Frank asked me if it was wrong not to believe certain things the church teaches. He’s a scientist and he said he simply can’t accept the story of Adam and Eve. He asked if it was true that the church expects us to believe in a historical Adam and Eve.
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Incredible: Woman’s Dog Emerges from Rubble During TV Interview Right After She Describes Losing Him

Wonderful.

Amid the tragedy in Oklahoma, one woman who lost everything says God answered both of her prayers. CBS News spoke with Barbara Garcia in the wake of the devastating tornado Monday, the woman’s suburban neighborhood now nothing more than flattened homes and rubble. Badly shaken but resilient, explains how she is okay but that her dog was torn from her. “I was sitting on the stool holding by dog — this was the game plan all through the years, [to] go in that little bathroom,” Garcia began. “The electric went off in the bathroom about the same time I felt the stool come up out of the floor. And I rolled around a little bit, and when it stopped…that fresh stove cooker is what I saw.”
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Potty Training 101: Stay Cool, Embrace the Messy

Melody at Blossoming Joy has potty trained a bunch and she's got some tips:

We're currently potty training our 6th child. It is about this time that I wonder if it would really be so terrible to let the kids wear diapers just a little bit longer. But he's 2.5 years old, a new baby is coming, and diapers are expensive... so on with the adventure. For those of you who haven't done this yet, I'll detail our most recent potty trip for you (to give a real life view of the thing) and then provide a convenient list of helpful potty training tips. I am not an expert. I just have an abundance of experience in the ups and downs of it all....
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The Time to Live is Now

Wow.

The Time To Live is Now! "I want to be remembered as the kid who went down fighting and didn't really lose." -Zach Sobiech What a story. It is long, but worth it.
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Remember to Check Out Big Pulpit

Tito over at Big Pulpit has many great stories from around the Catholic blogosphere. Check it out. He really does a great job of finding great and interesting stories. And he does this all day. Every day. Check it out. Continue reading>>>

Pope: Church Must Help Poorest, Not Dissect Theology

I know I could do more for those in need and be a better Catholic. How 'bout you? Pope Francis says get to work.

Pope Francis shared personal moments with 200,000 people on Saturday, telling them he sometimes nods off while praying at the end of a long day and that it “breaks my heart” that the death of a homeless person is not news. Francis, who has made straight talk and simplicity a hallmark of his papacy, made his unscripted comments in answers to questions by four people at a huge international gathering of Catholic associations in St. Peter's Square.
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Lawrence Charles McClarey: Requiescat In Pace

Please keep the McClarey's in your prayers.

My beloved son, Lawrence Charles McClarey, passed away of a seizure last night. I found him this morning at 6:15 AM when I attempted to rouse him for the “Daddy Readings” that he and I had done daily since he was a small boy. Larry had autism, an infectious smile, and was a continual joy to all who knew him.
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Pope Francis elected after supernatural 'signs' in the Conclave, says Cardinal

Interesting article from The Telegraph:

The surprise election of Pope Francis came about because of a series of supernatural “signs”, one of the leading Cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church has claimed.
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Hotel Bans Kids with Down Syndrome

What a bunch of jerks. And isn't Europe supposed to be all about tolerance?

A hotel in Spain has come under fire for refusing to let a group of children with Down syndrome stay the night because they "might annoy other guests." Hotel CaboGata Plaza Suites in Almeria refused a reservation for a group of children with Down syndrome who were planning on celebrating the end of their school year, The Local.es reported.
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Is Gay Marriage Vote Going Down in Illinois?

You mean some people believe marriage is between a man and a woman?!!!

If you're looking for some good news - here it is! All eyes are on Illinois. We've watched the legislatures in state after state capitulate to the well-funded and well-organized "gay marriage" blitzkrieg. This year the final state in the "gay marriage" path is Illinois. But it looks like the "gay lobby" will probably be stopped there by a marvelous pro-family army!
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IRS Targeted Catholic Critics of Administration?

Crisis Magazine reports:

The revelations of the scandals within the Obama administration in the past couple of weeks make those of us who are old enough recall 1973, when Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s investigative reporting and then the hearings of a special Senate investigative committee brought to the public one astounding detail after another about Watergate. The current developments have been even more striking. One scandal or possible scandal after another, reaching across different executive branch agencies, have come to light in breathtakingly brief succession. There has been the apparent cover-up about the Benghazi episode, the Justice Department’s open-ended seizure of phone records from a wide array of Associated Press offices (including one in the U.S. Capitol Building), the disclosure of apparently politically-motivated decisions and actions by the IRS, the seeming policy of the EPA of waiving fees and fines on the basis of groups’ political views, the reports that HHS Secretary Sebelius has been contacting companies—including possibly those regulated by her department—to solicit funds to help implement Obamacare, and accusations of sexual assault against military men in two branches of the armed forces whose jobs were to prevent sexual assaults.
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Abortion Doc After Baby Born Alive: “What could I do? I killed the baby.”

Ugh.

By now, most people have heard about the allegations that came out about Dr. Douglas Karpen. Four former clinic workers are alleging that he killed babies that were born alive as often as several times a day. What you may not know is that this is not the first time former clinic workers have come forth with accusations of infanticide. In taped testimony for the Pro-Life Action League, which can be read in its entirety here, former clinic worker Joy Davis tells a harrowing story of working with former abortionist Dr. Tommy Tucker. Tommy Tucker lost his license after an investigation into the death of a woman at his clinic. Much of Davis’s testimony revolves around how Dr. Tucker had her practicing medicine without a license, drawing blood, administering medication, even doing abortions. She describes the horrible experience of watching a woman bleed to death while Dr. Tucker, after canceling the ambulance Davis called, left her alone with the dying woman and left the clinic.
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I Am Not Goat Dung Covered Over With Whitewash

This is an interesting piece from Rhonda Ortiz. I may have to read it a few times to fully get it. I think it's the topic of Theosis that's giving me pause. Sounds Mormon or something, even thought it's quite Catholic.

Happy Solemnity of the Third Person of the Trinity! This year has been the year of the Holy Spirit for me and I’m feeling especially joyful this Pentecost. I want to share some musings from my journal, having meditated on today’s second reading (option 2 – Romans 8:8-17) this morning:
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1-800 Dial-A-Dad

The lack of a father is many children's lives leaves many single moms calling the cops on their kids for disobedience issues:

I’ve been dealing with this scenario for so long, I had forgotten how strange it was until just a few days ago when I was talking to Joe on the telephone and the topic somehow came up. What scenario am I talking about? Well, that would be a law enforcement call for service that those of us in law enforcement refer to as the “Dial-A-Dad”. The “Dial-A-Dad” is essentially when a parent, for one reason or another, calls the cops to come and discipline their child. I am not talking about the 6’ tall, 200 pound high school football lineman out of control child who is physically fighting their parents/neighbors/siblings. I am talking about the young kids who are not eating their dinner, going to bed, doing their homework, etc. I have responded to these calls for children as young as 6 years old. And yes, people really do call the cops for this.
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Pope Francis vs. Couch Potato Catholics

We need Catholics on fire.

The church doesn't need couch-potato Catholics, it needs believers with "apostolic zeal," willing to preach the uncomfortable words of Christ, Pope Francis said. "And if we annoy people" with this zeal for Christ, then "blessed be the Lord," he said in his daily morning Mass homily May 16.
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Catholic Scouts Won't Go Gay

The great Cathy Ruse writes:

Open homosexuality in Catholic Boy Scout troops? Don't count on it. Next week, delegates from the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America will gather in Grapevine, Texas to vote on whether to change the long-standing membership policy against "open and avowed" homosexuality on the part of youth members of the Boy Scouts. On Wednesday the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) released a statement about the upcoming vote that outlines some important principles for Catholic delegates to consider.
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Spanish Exorcist to Visit Phoenix

The Catholic Sun reports:

When Fr. José Antonio Fortea Cucurull began his ministry as an exorcist, he was the only one in all of Spain. That was some 15 years ago. “All of the cases in Spain came to me,” he explained. It is a country of 46 million, and Fr. Fortea’s parish was 20 minutes from Madrid. “Everybody would come.” Those who suspected demonic activity in their lives visited him from throughout Spain. He received from eight to 12 people every day, except on Sundays, when he received 20 to 30.
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Chasm Exists Between Pope, Liberation Theology

CNA reports:

Even though Pope Francis is deeply concerned for the poor and has been praised by liberation theologians, there is a stark divide between the pontiff and them, according to a Vatican analyst. “There is a chasm between the vision of the Latin American liberation theologians and the vision of this Argentine pope,” Sandro Magister wrote May 16 in the Italian publication “L'Espresso.”
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A Great Picture of Pope Francis

The pope is doing the Francis of Assisi thing.

Francis and friend.
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IRS asked pro-life group to pledge not to protest Planned Parenthood in exchange for tax exemption

Oh my.

In the wake of the revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, a Chicago-based public interest law firm is claiming that pro-life groups were also unfairly scrutinized. The Thomas More Society, a conservative public-interest law firm, announced Wednesday that the IRS excessively probed two of their pro-life clients when they were seeking tax-exempt status — including inquiring about the content of their prayers and pledges that the group would not protest Planned Parenthood.
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When Public Policy Protects the Murder of Infants

Anne Hendershott will be teaching at The Franciscan University of Steubenville and today she has a very pointed editorial in the Washington Times.

Now that the verdict is in on Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist convicted of delivering and killing babies — most of them black — perhaps President Obama might finally be willing to respond to the horrific crime. Silent on the facts of the case, it is curious that up until now, neither the president nor the first lady has been willing to comment on the house of horrors over which Gosnell presided.
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Horror. Another Gosnell?

Make. It. Stop.

After the conviction of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell on murder charges, Operation Rescue has been repeatedly asked if there is any evidence that similar practices exist at abortion clinics elsewhere in the nation. That documentation has now been released. Operation Rescue arranged to have Life Dynamics, Inc. produce a video interview, released yesterday, with three informants who came to Operation Rescue as the result of our Abortion Whistleblowers Program, which offers a reward of $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of abortionists who are breaking the law.
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Interview: Mary Eberstadt on How the West Really Lost God

CMR hearts Mary Eberstadt. Her new book is next on my list. Here's she's interviewed explaining how the West lost God. And some of the reasons may surprise you.

Why was belief in the Christian God and his churchly doings apparently taken for granted by most Europeans, say, six hundred years ago— whereas today merely alluding to the possibility of the existence of that same God is now guaranteed to provoke uneasy dissent in some sophisticated quarters and savage ridicule in others? How much did the Enlightenment and rationalism and scientifi c thinking have to do with this enormous transformation— this sea change from a civilization that widely fears God, to one that now often jeers him? How much did various historical infl uences fi gure into this reshaping of our shared civilization— factors like technology, the world wars, politics, church scandals, the changing social status of women, and more?
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Scorpion Attacks Jen!!! Again!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is it bad to say that I actually hope scorpions keep invading Jen's house. I know it's bad. Unchristian even. But her posts on these "encounters" always have me laughing out loud. I can even roll on the floor laughing. You know why? Because there's no scorpions there. (We do get abnormally large spiders here in Pennsylvania though.)

I had a whole other paragraph here but I just deleted it because SCORPION! So there I was, carefully typing out said paragraph, and I see a dark, moving object on the floor to my right. I knew even before I looked down what it was, since dark moving objects are only ever one thing in this house. But here’s the worst part: It was moving away from my desk in a clear trajectory. You would think that the “away” part would be good, but, nay, it was in fact deeply troubling, as it indicated that only a few seconds before, the scorpion must have been RIGHT UNDER MY DESK. Where my FEET are. It is extremely important to my mental health that the space under my desk, which I cannot easily see unless I scoot my huge chair way back, remain a FEET-ONLY zone.
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Check Out Pewsitter!

It has a great array of Catholic stories. They do great work over there. Please remember to keep it in your bookmarks and check it often. I do. I particularly am horrified by the headline about Planned Parenthood congratulating the Jesuits. Continue reading>>>

Clear out the Clutter

Rachel Balducci writes:

For Ann Marie McManus, home organization was not an innate ability. Shooting from the hip with cleaning and tidying worked okay when she had two children, but when her third baby came along, something had to give. “We moved from a man-to-man to zone defense,” said Ann Marie, explaining how the addition of another baby forced the issue of simplifying. As a successful realtor, she was in a profession that can be all consuming, and her husband was starting a new business. Things felt out of control.
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Why Do YOU Skip Mass?

Lisa Hendey posts on an interesting study on why Catholics skip mass.

I’ve written over at First Things about a brother of mine who goes to Mass every day of the week, but never on a Sunday; the noise and the over-busyness of Sunday liturgies is beyond what his fragile nerves can endure, and rather than spend an hour being uncharitable, impatient or panicked, he just avoids mass on Sunday, and trusts that between God and his pastor, he’ll get by with a stretch in Purgatory.
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Prominent Catholic Prof Targeted by Obama's IRS?

This is frightening:

In the midst of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal, individuals and groups, alike, are continuing to come forward with ever-startling allegations. On Wednesday, Dr. Anne Hendershott, a devout Catholic and a noted sociologist, professor and author, exclusively told TheBlaze that she believes she may have been one of the IRS’s targets. According to Hendershott, the IRS audited her in 2010 and demanded to know who was paying her and “what their politics were.”
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Worthy: See Yourself as God Does

Amanda Mortus writes:

The world is constantly telling women that we aren’t good enough. We go unseen, unsought, unpursued, and this all leads us to believe that we are unworthy. Unworthy of what, you ask? Unworthy of happiness, joy, love, peace, and any good thing that life could offer us. These lies, straight from the mouth of Satan, are tearing down women, and tearing down our world. What’s a girl to do? We listen to the words of St. Paul when he wrote to the church in Ephesus...
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Atheism, Evidence, and the God of the Gaps

This website attempts to facilitate discussions between atheists and Catholics. Good luck with that.

Many atheists say that all arguments for the existence of God are just fallacious “God-of-the-gaps” reasoning. They claim that any evidence offered for the existence of God, such as the beginning, contingency, and fine-tuning of the universe, are nothing more than appeals to ignorance. These arguments are supposedly on par with primitive explanations of natural events (such as lightning) that erroneously included God as a direct cause. Modern arguments for theism are likewise lampooned as primitive “God did it” explanations that will be usurped by modern science. The problem with the "God-of-the-gaps" objection is that it can have unintended consequences for atheism. Specifically, it makes atheism impossible to falsify, in the same way that most religious beliefs cannot be falsified. Rather than rely on science, "God-of-the-gaps" pushes atheism far away from being a scientific belief. Why is that the case?
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Fr. John Hollowell: Was Murdering Psycho Gosnell a Product of Pro-Life Movement?

On This Rock has this excellent commentary:

So most of you are aware by now that Kermit Gosnell, the man who was accused of killing countless children after they were born in the most horrendous ways was convicted yesterday on three counts of murder (Or, as some news outlets phrased it "killing fetuses"...sigh...deliver us Lord from all evil) NARAL, a collection of washed up sixties protestors clinging to the notion that a woman is more free if she can have her child chopped up in her womb, issued a statement yesterday saying that the Gosnell murders were the fault of the pro-life movement making abortion harder to get.
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Catholic College Prof Says Gosnell Case Shows Need for More Abortion Access

Oh my.

On Monday, Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of murdering three babies born alive at his abortion business. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of an adult patient who had undergone an abortion. Gosnell performed thousands of abortions over his 30-year career, a business that netted him approximately $1.8 million annually. Authorities described the business as a “house of horrors.” College of Saint Rose assistant professor of political science, Scott Lemieux, argues, in his article "Five Lessons from the Gosnell Abortion-Clinic Controversy," that the Gosnell case calls for greater access to abortion, not less.
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Did Obama's IRS Also Harass Pro-Life Groups?

There's evidence that the answer is yes.

With the revelation that the Obama Administration's Internal Revenue Service harassed and beleaguered groups seeking tax exemption status if their names included "Tea Party" or "Patriots," and then later admitting they targeted groups with purposes of promoting limited government and other conservative missions, questions are being raised about other targeted groups. Were pro-life groups also a target of the staunchly pro-abortion Obama Administration?
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9 of 12 Gosnell Jurors Were Pro-Choice

CNS News reports:

According to Philadelphia local affiliate NBC 10, nine of the 12 jurors reaching a verdict in the trial of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell are “pro-choice.” The jury today found Gosnell guilty of third-degree murder in three instances of killing babies born alive during abortions by snipping their spinal cords with surgical scissors.
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The Church of Scotland's Scandal

Dennis Prager accuses the Church of Scotland of theological forgery:

Earlier this month, the Church of Scotland issued a report titled “The Inheritance of Abraham? A Report on the ‘Promised Land.’” The essence of the report is that according to the Bible, Jews have no more attachment to the land of Israel than anyone else. Hence “promised land” is in quotation marks in the report’s title — because there is no promised land.
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Pope Francis and the "Sad Life of Slumbering Christians."

Catholic World Report has the pope's comments:

“The life of slumbering Christians is a sad life; it is not a happy life. Christians must be happy with the joy of Jesus. Let us not fall asleep!” — Pope Francis, General Audience, April 24, 2013. To read Pope Francis, we must not be too literal. When he talked, in a recent General Audience, of “slumbering Christians,” he was not waging a war against “slumber parties.” When he told us “not to fall asleep,” he was not saying that we should never have a good night’s rest. And certainly when he told us that we “must be happy,” he did not deny either the acquiring of Aristotle’s virtues or the fact that we must take up our crosses and follow Christ. The analogy of the “slumbering Christian” refers to the Christian who does not make active in his own life what the Church teaches about Christ’s words and deeds. It is that vice the Greeks called acedia whereby we cannot arouse in ourselves the energy to ask what it is all about.
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NCRegister on Gosnell

Here's the news piece I wrote at The Register with some reax from Planned Parenthood and NARAL:

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the West Philadelphia abortionist accused of murdering a woman and three babies who were born alive after surviving abortions, has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive but was acquitted in the death of a fourth baby. Gosnell, 72, was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, who died of complications following an abortion.
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Identical Twin Studies Prove Homosexuality is not Genetic

Interesting.

Eight major studies of identical twins in Australia, the U.S., and Scandinavia during the last two decades all arrive at the same conclusion: gays were not born that way. “At best genetics is a minor factor,” says Dr. Neil Whitehead, PhD. Whitehead worked for the New Zealand government as a scientific researcher for 24 years, then spent four years working for the United Nations and International Atomic Energy Agency. Most recently, he serves as a consultant to Japanese universities about the effects of radiation exposure. His PhD is in biochemistry and statistics.
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WWII's Strangest Battle

This is pretty awesome.

Days after Hitler’s suicide a group of American soldiers, French prisoners, and, yes, German soldiers defended an Austrian castle against an SS division—the only time Germans and Allies fought together in World War II.
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Planned Parenthood Attends Obama's Mother's Day Event

Because when I think of Mother's Day, I think abortion.

President Obamam had just wrapped up an event at the White House touting ObamaCare. The theme? Mother's Day of course. And who was in the audience? Representatives from Planned Parenthood on behalf of "women's health." That's right, the country's largest abortion provider, eliminating hundreds of thousands of lives and mothers each year, was at Obama's side while he falsely claimed ObamaCare has been good for women..
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Cardinal O' Malley Boycotts BC Commencement

Good for him:

Archdiocese of Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley said today that he plans to boycott Boston College's commencement ceremony May 20 because it will feature Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny as its commencement speaker. The College is scheduled to award Kenny an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Kenny supports loosening the country's legislation against abortion.
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Scott Hahn Eats Breakfast with Muslim Scholar, Anger Ensues

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Pope: Christian Joy Far from Simple Fun

Vatican Radio reports:

Christian joy is a pilgrim joy that we cannot keep ‘bottled up’ for ourselves, or we risk becoming a ‘melancholy’ and ‘nostalgic’ community. Moreover, Christian joy is far from simple fun. It is something deeper than fleeting happiness, because it is rooted in our certainty that Jesus Christ is with God and with us.
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Redefining Marriage Puts Religious Liberty at Risk

The fight is on in Minnesota:

Yesterday my friend and fellow law professor, Dale Carpenter, published an op-ed that claimed religious liberty will be unharmed if we embrace same-sex marriage ("The rites and rights of marriage," May 9). The House of Representatives has now passed a new definition of marriage, and we will see how people of faith fare. Carpenter acknowledges that religious liberty is the first freedom mentioned in our Bill of Rights, but then suggests that our free-exercise rights are limited to a "right to worship." Instead, our federal and state constitutions guarantee the more robust free-exercise right -- the right of each American to act in accordance with his or her conscience.
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Obama's Demeaning Commencement Address

The message was "hate anyone who's against me."

As a presidential speech writer for the first Bush White House, I am always very interested in what presidents say in their formal speeches. They know, of course, that their remarks will be widely covered by the press, studied by analysts, and influential in contemporary political debates. For that reason, presidents rarely speak off-the-cuff, and their every word is carefully chosen for exactly the message the White House wants to convey to the public. Their graduation speeches, like all presidential addresses, go through many drafts and are reviewed by high-level administration officials to ensure that they accurately reflect the administration's policies and priorities.
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"Time Passes Very Slowly When You're In a Hippo's Mouth."

Man swallowed by hippo, fights back, recounts amazing tale.

Paul Templer knew his would-be murderer. He was sort of hard to miss. After all, he was a two-ton hippopotamus. The Michigan native recounted his amazing tale in the London Guardian’s “Experience” series last week. Considering Templer was swallowed by a hippo and lived to tell about it, other stories in the series may end up failing in comparison. At the time of the swallowing, Templer was a 27-year-old river guide giving tours down the Zambezi river near Victoria Falls along the African border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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Chant is for Everyone, Not Just Elite

CNA reports:

Gregorian chant is freely available and a music of the people – not the domain of a stuffy, Catholic elite as it is often perceived, says a music scholar from Alabama. “You can listen to it, download perfect editions, you can make your own editions, it's freely shared with the world,” said Jeffrey Tucker, managing editor of “Sacred Music” and founder of “The Chant Café” blog.
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Why Pope Francis Doesn't Give Communion

Interesting:

Why Pope Francis Doesn't Give Communion Because, he says, unrepentant public sinners could slip in among the faithful, and he does not want to back up their hypocrisy. The case of Catholic politicians who support abortion
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Did Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz Refer Women to Gosnell?

The Weekly Standard presses for an answer:

Allyson Schwartz, the Democratic suburban Philadelphia congresswoman running for governor, was the director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center, an affiliate of Planned Parenthood, from 1975 to 1988. Her time there coincided with the formative years of abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s infamous career. Located in downtown Philadelphia, the Blackwell Center is on Chestnut Street, a stone’s throw away from Reading Terminal Market and Philly’s iconic city hall. It’s also less than three miles over the Schuylkill River from what was once the Women’s Medical Society, the “house of horrors” clinic in West Philadelphia run by Gosnell.
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Pro-choice Reporter Covering Gosnell Trial Changes Mind on Abortion

LifeSiteNews.com reports:

A pro-choice reporter who has been present in the courtroom listening to testimony in the Gosnell trial has changed his mind on abortion, according to one of his fellow reporters. “That's the power of the Gosnell trial,” reporter JD Mullane told former Gov. Mike Huckabee during a recent appearance on the Huckabee Show.
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Biotechnology and the Church

Great convo from two of the best Catholic bloggers:

A very interesting discussion with Chelsea on the Church and biotechnology and how the Church is far more "forward" than the rest of society where we conclude that "It is not time for the Church to catch up to us. It is time for us to catch up with the Church."
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Parenting in the 50's vs. Today

This is pretty awesome:

When I was a child, back in the Parenting Stone Age (a.k.a. the Parentocentric Era), your parents were the most important people in the family. They paid the bills, bought your clothes, prepared the food you ate, took care of you when you were sick, drove you to where you needed to be, tucked you in, and kissed you good night. They were essential. Your parents acted like they were bigger than you were too, like they knew what they were doing and didn't need your help making decisions. In fact, your opinion really didn't matter much. When they spoke to you, they didn't bend down, grab their knees, and ask for your cooperation in a wheedling tone. They spoke in no uncertain terms, and they thought you were smart, so they only said anything once. The rule was very simple: They told you what to do, and you did it, because they said so.
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The Excitement We Had At Church on Sunday

Parenting is Funny has another fun story:

My husband is so lucky that we only have girls. Whenever we’re out someplace public like the zoo, Legoland, a grocery store, or church, and a child has to go to the bathroom, it’s automatically the female parent who has to take her. Yeah for me. This especially came in handy (for my husband) at church Sunday when one child announced, never quietly, that she needed to pee. Of course, we always make them go before we leave home, but as she is relatively new to the potty trained world, I wasn’t taking my chances on her sincerity, ploy to avoid some pew time or not.
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Vid: Cute Baby Priest with Baby Altar Boy

Chelsea has the adorable vid:

Once again, this blog has been deprived of cute babies for far too long. This one is technically not a baby, of course, but close enough. There are no words to adequately express how freaking adorable this is:
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Couple expecting twins feels like "cancer patients with only months to live"

Sick. And sad. And probably typical.

On HuffPo, a father of one boy writes: My Wife Is Expecting Twins and I Am Not Happy About It. And neither is she, which is a tough break for the little guys, no? You see, the couple wanted one female sibling for their son, and instead got two males. And it cost them $10,000. A bit:
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Killing is Not Caring

A new anti-euthanasia commercial hits Canada.

This is a good commercial. It's to oppose Quebec's campaign to legalize and legitimize euthanasia. I strongly encourage you to blog this.
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Moms Matter

When it Comes to parenting, the magic is male and female.

Mothers matter. I could stop this commentary right there. It says it all. Moms really do matter. As we head into this weekend’s annual recognition of Mother’s Day, please know mothers, you matter. In an age when every attempt is made to deny the differences between men and women, to downplay maleness and femaleness, it’s important that we understand that women bring unique contributions to parenting. They bring contributions that no man, no matter how hard he tries, can bring to the rearing of a child. They endear themselves to children in ways totally unlike a man—a dad—endears himself to his children.
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Cleveland Kidnappers May Also Have Induced Abortion in their Kidnapped/Raped Victims, by Beating

Horror.

Terrible thing. Ten years of their lives gone to kidnappers, and up to five deliberate abortions-by-beating. You can't get the death penalty for kidnapping. However, in Ohio, if I'm reading this right, you can be charged with aggravated murder for the unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and aggravated murder opens the possibility of the death penalty.
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BC to Honor Pro-Abort Irish PM

The embrace of a sick and twisted ideology has taken place on many Catholic campuses:

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, whose coalition government recently introduced legislation to legalize abortion in Ireland, is scheduled to deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Boston College on May 20. The College is a Catholic and Jesuit institution. Enda KennyBoston College's Chronicle highlighted Enda Kenny's focus on the "rights and responsibilities of all citizens" and his demonstrated "concern for social justice."
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Bad Thoughts from Catholics

Funny stuff from LarryD. It's all pics so you have to go to his place to see them:

Catholics Havin’ Bad Thinks
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Pope: "When man becomes proud, he creates a monster that can get out of hand.”

Monster-making already underway, I'm pretty sure:

With a specialized education in both chemistry and theology, Pope Francis is no stranger to the relationship between science and faith. “Science has its autonomy that must be respected and encouraged,” the future pope said in a recently published book. “There is no reason to meddle with scientists’ autonomy, except when they overstep their field and get into the transcendent.”
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Glimpses of Conversion

Austin Ruse writes:

The snotty assistant professor stood in front of his political science class ragging on religion. Thirty-five years later, I still bristle. I thought how dare he so easily dismiss the thing that has occupied the greatest minds of all time. I think the same thing today, but with gratitude, too. This comment led me into a search, not for God but for religion. I believed in God but was a fallen-away Methodist. I spent my college years ghosting my way through classes, chasing girls, dabbling in politics. Religion? No thanks. This stupid comment, though, was the beginning of my search for Catholicism.
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Sister Starts Mass, Priest Shows up Around Offertory

Fr. Z answers a question as to whether it's still Mass?

From a reader: This weekend, Father was having a series of talks during his Masses which spanned about fifteen minutes, and so he was late for one at another Church. The parish sister started the Mass with the full (including greeting) introductory rites and Liturgy of the Word. Father arrived at the offertory and then Mass continued as normal.
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10 Reasons It's Hard to be Catholic

The brilliant Taylor Marshall writes:

Is it difficult to become Catholic? I don't often disclose personal thoughts on this blog, but I feel that this is something that might be helpful for folks on both sides of the Tiber: Ten Reasons why it's hard to become Catholic. I have spoken to somewhere between 50-100 Protestant ministers who have become Catholic or are contemplating entry into full communion with the Catholic Church. Most of these are Anglican or Presbyterian. A few have been Lutheran.
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Aww. Gosnell Upset over Fox News Special on Him

Don't you hate it when an abortionist's attorney cries:

Truth hurts: Gosnell attorney fuming over Fox News ‘See No Evil’ special; Jurors to inform if viewed
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Why is Abortion So Difficult to Say?

Rich Lowry writes:

President Barack Obama was proud to become the first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood the other day. But not proud enough to utter the word “abortion.” The right to abortion is the sneakiest, most shamefaced of all American rights. It hides behind evasion and euphemism and cant.
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Same Sex Marriage: The Anonymous Power at Work

Dr. Paul Kengor writes:

One of my favorite quotes from Pope Benedict XVI deals with Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. Benedict states: “Judas is neither a master of evil nor the figure of a demoniacal power of darkness but rather a sycophant who bows down before the anonymous power of changing moods and current fashion. But it is precisely this anonymous power that crucified Jesus, for it was anonymous voices that cried, ‘Away with him! Crucify him!’” Think that one over. It’s profound.
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Bishop Tobin: Examine Your Conscience Carefully Before Endorsing Same Sex Marriage

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Actress Bonnie Hunt’s Brother and a Catholic Priest Are Saving Lives in Uganda

You likely know Bonnie Hunt from her years as a talk show host and from her roles in popular movies like “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “Jerry Maguire,” “The Green Mile,” “Return to Me,” “Cars,” “Dave” (“We’re walking, we’re walking”) and more. Well it turns out that Bonnie has a brother who is quite accomplished too, just in a different field.

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A Funny Comic on Carney's Excuse Making for Benghazi

This latest Benghazi blowoff by the Administration is crazy. They're stonewalled everyone for months on the truth surrounding the death of Americans and now they say it happened so long ago that nobody cares. Unbelievable.

When asked about the American deaths in Benghazi and the Administration's ongoing refusal to give answers, Whitehouse Spokesweasel Jay Carney brushed off the question as unimportant because "Benghazi happened a long time ago." Which might be true if you're the brain-damaged star of the film "Memento," but for the rest of the thinking world, remembering all the way back to a successful terror attack just last September 11th isn't really that hard.
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Headline of the Day: "Fetus Found in High School Bathroom"

They really do beclown themselves so transparently:

Excuse me? Isn’t a fetus outside the womb an actual baby? Not according to the Central PA Patriot-News, apparently, and not just in the headline:
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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Returns to Live at Vatican

It's like a sitcom:

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI comes home on Thursday to a new house and a new pope, as an unprecedented era begins of a retired pontiff living side-by-side with a reigning one inside the Vatican gardens.
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School Asks Girls to Lesbian Kiss

Reason #3,797 to avoid public schools

“Can I kiss you?” That’s what middle school girls were told to ask one another during an anti-bullying lesson at Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook, NY.
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Live Action Opinion: Why Gosnell Should Be Acquitted

There's truth to what Kristen Hatten writes. We all think he should go away but is there any real difference between what Gosnell did and what happens in every other abortion clinic?

Kermit Gosnell has been on trial for murder for the past month and a half. By now you’ve heard it all before: the filthy conditions, the racist practices, the contaminated instruments, and – of course – the babies delivered alive and killed by snipping their necks with scissors. I say we acquit him.
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This is Funny. Brain Eating Zombies Starve in DC

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Critics Ignoring Terrence Malick's Christian Themes

I'm a huge Malick fan. And his films seem to be increasingly Christian:

Director Terrence Malick inspires fierce debates in film critic circles, although the prevailing wisdom says he's a first-rate auteur even when his movies disappoint. Most critics still swung and missed while covering the spiritual content in his last two films, The Tree of Life and To the Wonder, according to writer Damon Linker.
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Soldier Speaks Out on What's Threatened by Gay Marriage

The American Thinker has the piece:

As a Soldier and someone who will soon be applying to become Chaplain, I am forced to write this article under a pseudonym. It isn't because I am afraid that my beliefs or convictions are wrong but it is entirely possible that this could be used by some to keep me out of the Chaplains Corps where I think I can do such good for the Soldiers of the United States. I not writing my personal beliefs about homosexuality or gay marriage. Instead I would like to focus on a constitutional issue: how would legalizing homosexual marriage affect the First Amendment?
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FBI Files on Catholic Leaders

Fulton Sheen, Public Enemy?

Our government has been keeping track of Catholic leaders for decades. One of the leaders it closely tracked was Archbishop Fulton Sheen. For those of you who are too young to know who he was, Archbishop Sheen was the face of Catholicism for decades years in the USA. He had wildly popular weekly TV and radio shows that he hosted for a national audience for almost 40 years. He was also an author, columnist and considered one of the best preachers of the 20th Century.
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Feast of St. Joseph the Worker and Victims of Communism Day

I didn't know anything about this. Really interesting piece from American Catholic:

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker and Victims of Communism Day. Pius XII instituted the feast in 1955. In 1949 he issued the Decree Against Communism which excommunicated all Catholics collaborating with Communist organizations.
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