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Even Jon Stewart Laughs at Nancy Pelosi

I love her "I don't know" answer.

Comedian Jon Stewart grilled House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi over the failure of the ObamaCare website on Thursday night’s Daily Show, and got Pelosi to admit "I don’t know" why the company behind HealthCare.gov failed. Stewart asked, "in terms of like, we're going to set up a health care web site that is an exchange. People are going to come to it. Why is it so hard to get a company to execute that competently?" Pelosi answered "I don’t know." Stewart laughed incredulously. "Let me get the House Minority Leader, I can ask her. Hold on. What do you mean you don't know? How do you not know?" he wondered.
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Punk Rocker from "The Clash" Writes of His Conversion

I love a conversion story:

The original drummer from renowned punk rock band, The Clash, has written about his spiritual reawakening in his new book. In his autobiography, The Strange Case of Doctor Terry and Mr Chimes, baptised Catholic Terry Chimes, who drummed on The Clash’s eponymous debut album and toured with the band in the early 1980s, writes about his journey back to the Catholic faith.
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Husband Who Removed Brain Dead Pregnant Wife from Life Support Named Baby

Huh?

The husband of a pregnant Texas woman who was recently removed from life support upon court order has announced that he has named his unborn baby girl Nicole. Erick Munoz told reporters this week that he gave his 23-week-old daughter his wife’s middle name after he requested that the hospital conduct one final sonogram as he wished to learn the sex of the baby. “They think it was a female,” he told the Associated Press.
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Texas Removes Children from Parents Because they Homeschool

This. Is. Not. Good. We've been saying for a long time it could happen here. Well, it's happening here.

Texas home school families need to take note of this case. While the parents won, and should never have had their children taken, it is still an lesson in how the attitudes and beliefs of social workers can override the law. children removedIt seems to me that these judges and case workers need some kind of in-service training on home school laws. Mr. and Mrs. Tutt are a Christian family who has their own children and foster children. They home school. Unlike most couples, they are equipped to handle special needs children who are particularly difficult to place.
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Endorsement of Wendy Davis Triggers National Boycott of Girl Scout Cookies

None of my girls will ever join the Girl Scouts:

A part of every Thin Mint and Do-Si-Do, every Samoa and Savannah Smile goes to support abortion advocacy. So say John Pisciotta, who runs a tiny pro-life organization in Waco, Texas, and a dozen national pro-life organizations he has convinced to join him in a national boycott of Girl Scout cookies that will be announced in Texas tomorrow. A few weeks ago, the Girl Scouts designated Wendy Davis as an “incredible woman” who deserved to be on the list of 2013 “Women of the Year.” Only a month earlier, the organization promoted Kathleen Sebelius as a woman of “courage” on its Facebook page.
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Ten Reasons Why Being Catholic is Wicked Awesome

Great list from Marcel:

Civil disobedience. In refusing to obey laws that are unjust, we show the world that there are more important things in life than just getting along. When necessary we march, picket, and if it comes to it, we will even be thrown in jail or killed for our beliefs:
"I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square" -Cardinal George of Chicago
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Satan, Sin, and Sociology

A clear-eyed understanding of sin has been replaced by a therapeutic culture and "psychological man.” Anne Hendershott, a professor at Franciscan University, writes:

In his first homily, given on March 14th, Pope Francis cautioned the faithful that “he who does not pray to the Lord, prays to the devil.” “When we do not profess Jesus Christ,” he further insisted, “we profess the worldliness of the devil, a demonic worldliness.” Since that day, he has spoken often of the one he has called the “prince of this world,” and the “father of lies.” And, in the book, On Heaven and Earth, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio devoted an entire chapter to “The Devil”, warning that Satan’s fruits are “destruction, division, hatred and calumny.”
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Awesome. My Daughter's Engagement Ring

Brilliant.

As of last night, my eldest daughter is wearing an engagement ring. For the record, her father and I are delighted to see her wearing it. Isn't it pretty? 17 years old and a freshman in college, she's no longer only having to deal with boys who are interested in her....she's now dealing with men...and it's frustrating her. The male friends she hangs out with and the sweet boys from church and our homeschool group are nothing compared to the aggressiveness of the men in her college classes. She's a gorgeous girl with a witty sense of humor who loves to talk to people. Unfortunately, that chatty friendliness is being mistaken as romantic interest, and she's sick of it. After dealing with a particularly obnoxious string of calls and text messages all weekend from one of her classmates, she expressed her frustration that this 20-year-old man would not understand that she had no intention of dating him. Ever.
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Eating Our Young

Victor Davis Hanson writes:

It is popular now to talk of race, class, and gender oppression. But left out of this focus on supposed victim groups is the one truly targeted cohort — the young. Despite the Obama-era hype, we are not suffering new outbreaks of racism. Wendy Davis is not the poster girl for a resurgent misogyny. There is no epidemic of homophobia. Instead, if this administration’s policies are any guide, we are witnessing a pandemic of ephebiphobia — an utter disregard for young people. The war against those under 30 — and the unborn — is multifaceted. No one believes that the present payroll deductions leveled on working youth will result in the same levels of support upon their retirements that is now extended to the retiring baby-boom generation. Instead, the probable solutions of raising the retirement age, cutting back the rate of payouts, hiking taxes on benefits, and raising payroll rates are discussed in an environment of après moi le déluge — to come into effect after the boomers are well pensioned off.
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Sherry Warns Jen To Ready Herself for Adolscence

Jen ain't seen nuthin' yet.

When I first became pregnant with our first, I suddenly understood the joke my parents made about newbie parents. Facing what seemed like an intractable impossible unreasonable problem (toilet training, bedtime, meals), a problem that destroyed all confidence, all personal belief in one's capacity to parent, they'd say, "Welcome to the NFL" and laugh. Translation: You just got your first real hit. Now get back up and get out there. It's game time. Jennifer Fulwiler wrote a brilliant piece, 22 Things I learned in my first ten years of parenthood. I loved it, shared it and got to thinking. Jen has had six kids in ten years. But she's yet to discover the next big frontier of parenting, adolescence. So being a blogger type friend, I wanted to be a Yoda to a fellow mom of many about the more yet to come. Let me preface it with a big smile. "Welcome to the NFL."
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Secret Abortion Fees Hidden In Obamacare Premiums…

Sneaky.

Insurance companies working under the Obamacare umbrella have secretly added a surcharge to cover the cost of abortions, an apparent violation of federal law that forbids the practice,
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What Jen Learned in Her First Decade as a Parent

Another great post from Jen:

As I was sitting here thinking of all the awesomeness that this wonderful, new, non-2013 year will hold, it occurred to me that my oldest child will turn ten this fall. Ten! I have officially been a parent for a decade now, and I’ve had six kids during that time. When I took a step back and considered that I’ve been living in Baby Central for the better part of my adult life, it occurred to me that I must have accumulated some knowledge during that time. I mean, surely I’ve learned at least one or two things about this whole “keeping small human beings alive in your home” thing, right?
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Thieves Steal Vial of Pope John Paul II's Blood

Huh? What's the deal with this? Oddest story of the day.

Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said on Monday. Franca Corrieri said she had discovered a broken window early on Sunday morning and had called the police. When they entered the small stone church they found the gold reliquary and a crucifix missing.
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The Attack on Pope Francis' Peace Doves

This story is everywhere but Fr. Longenecker was there and says it didn't end with the doves getting taken.

I was in St Peter’s Square yesterday for the Angelus and witnessed the children releasing doves from the window of the Apostolic Palace with Pope Francis. Everyone gasped as a crow and a seagull swooped in to attack the pope’s doves.
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Saved by Love Alone: A Seminary Wife's Journey

Welcome home!

My conversion story begins with the fruitful evangelization efforts of my brother, and my pursuit of baptism at the hands of an Episcopal priest. It continues through a persistent question by my non-religious sister, and a very dark time for my faith and my relationship with the Lord. It ends with my confidence in my husband, along with his humility, and the blessed reception of that which I had so long desired: union with my Lord, body and soul.
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How Christian Small Business Owners Can Defeat Gay Activist Economic Terrorism

LarryD strikes again!

As more states allow so-called same-sex marriages, either by vote or governmental fiat, more and more small businesses owned by committed Christians, such as this bakery in Oregon, will be pressured to act contrary to their religious beliefs, and be forced to close, or fined beyond their ability to pay. However, it needn’t be that way. At all.
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Even a Mother's Love Has Its Limits

Hilarious.

Dear kids, It’s safe to say I love you as much as I could possibly love. You have made my life complete and I’d do almost anything for you. I’d give you the shirt off my back, kids. The last dollar in my wallet. The baby in my king cake. Hell, I’d give you a kidney if you really needed it. But we need to get something straight right here and now… There are a few things you will never get from me, dearests. Even a mother’s love has limits.
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Penny Lord, 'an Indominable Woman of Faith' (1928-2014)

Prayers.

Penny Lord — who with her husband, Bob, became a familiar sight to Eternal Word Television Network’s international family of viewers as they hosted a series of programs that began the year after the Lords had their first interview with Mother Angelica in December 1986 — died at home on Jan. 21. She was 85.
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Marjorie Dannenfelser: Make Pro-Abortion Extremists Play Defense

If we're serious about advancing the pro-life agenda we must be on offense.

In 2012, Democrats ran a well-coordinated campaign to demonize and distort pro-life candidates as anti-woman misogynists hell-bent on taking away birth control. The Republican response to this line of attack consisted mostly of pivoting away to focus on “jobs” and the “economy.” With rare exceptions, instead of responding, GOP candidates were unwilling to answer the attacks head-on. In order to win elections in the future, Republicans will have to change tactics and better respond to these scurrilous accusations.
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Archbishop Chaput on Tolerance

This is great.

Today is the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade, which effectively legalized abortion on demand. It’s a time to look back and look ahead. The abortion struggle of the past four decades teaches a very useful lesson. Evil talks a lot about “tolerance” when it’s weak. When evil is strong, real tolerance gets pushed out the door. And the reason is simple. Evil cannot bear the counter-witness of truth. It will not co-exist peacefully with goodness, because evil insists on being seen as right, and worshiped as being right. Therefore, the good must be made to seem hateful and wrong.
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Pics: Catholic Colleges at the March for Life

Love this.

Braving long bus rides and freezing temperatures... Check out this recap of social media posts from faithful Catholic colleges & The Cardinal Newman Society at the #MarchforLife & discover #WhyWeMarch!
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VIDEO: Bp. Malone (D. Buffalo, NY) responds to extremist pro-abortion Gov. Cuomo

Fr. Z has the story:

Setting an example. In a moment of candor Gov. Andrew Cuomo pulled down his mask and revealed the Left’s true colors. HERE For Cuomo, if you are pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-heterosexual marriage, you are an extremist. If you are one of adulterous Cuomo’s extremists (and especially if you are a Republican – as if there are myriads of pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-heterosexual marriage Democrats), there is no place for you in New York.
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Klavan: Why I Changed My Mind on Abortion

Best selling author explains his conversion on the issue of life.

Despite freezing temperatures and storm-battered travel, thousands of people marched on Washington D.C. Wednesday in the hope of protecting unborn babies from abortion. The demonstrators in the 41st annual March for Life didn’t receive the media adulation dishonest Democrat pol Wendy Davis got when she filibustered a Texas anti-abortion law last summer. But media or no media, the pro-life forces will continue the slow but relentless process of winning honest hearts and minds. I feel sure they will, because mine is a heart they’ve already won
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Planned Parenthood caught covering up child rape in Philadelphia

Terrible. But not surprising.

The Pro-Life Action League has uncovered some disturbing information in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Department of Health posted inspection reports recently, which the Pro-Life Action League then reviewed. What they found was not only despicable and disgusting, but also criminal.
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Fr. Barron on Anti-Catholic Prejudice

Cuomo.

Last week two outrageously anti-Catholic outbursts took place in the public forum. The first was an article in U.S. News and World Report by syndicated columnist Jamie Stiehm. Ms. Stiehm argued that the Supreme Court was dangerously packed with Catholics, who have, she averred, a terribly difficult time separating church from state and who just can’t refrain from imposing their views on others. Her meditations were prompted by Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s granting some legal breathing space to the Little Sisters of the Poor, who were objecting to the provisions of the HHS mandate.
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Top 13 quotable quotes by Pope Francis on the sanctity of life

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Planned Parenthood's Business Model

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2013: A Record Year for Killing Christians

Communists and Muslims doing the heavy lifting here.

In 2013 over 2,100 Christians were killed for their beliefs. While most of the deaths were due to Islamic terrorists, at least ten percent were committed by non-Moslems. The biggest offender here was North Korea, where the militantly atheist government considers possession of a bible a major crime and has over 50,000 local Christians in prison camps
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The Danger of "Love Makes a Family."

Polygamy and abortion follow.

The Sunday after Christmas I walked out of church furious—not part of my original plan. The theme was family as in the Holy Family—Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. In his welcome, the pastor told the congregation, “Love, not biology makes a family.” That made me sit up and take notice. His sermon elaborated. “What is a normal family any more?” he asked jovially repeating his mantra that “Love, not biology makes a family.” It just slides off the tongue: “Love makes a family.” Who could possibly disagree? After all, as he said, there are lots of blended families where husbands and wives are raising their spouse’s children. These families have come together because of love, not biology ergo “Love, not biology makes a family.”
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New Studies Show All Emergency Contraceptives Can Cause Early Abortion

The Charlotte Lozier Institute reports:

Whether the plaintiff is Hobby Lobby, the Little Sisters of the Poor or one of the hundreds of other plaintiffs suing the Obama Administration, what’s primarily at stake in the challenges to the HHS “contraceptive mandate” is, of course, whether the federal government can lawfully force employers to violate their conscience by requiring them to provide insurance coverage for all forms of “contraception” approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The lawsuits are about religious liberty and conscience rights. They are not about “sex” (as Linda Greenhouse asserts). Nor are they about the use of contraceptives per se because, in fact, many plaintiffs taking part in the 90-plus lawsuits do not in principle object to contraceptive use. It is likely that all plaintiffs do object, however, to abortion-inducing drugs and they rightly believe that some forms of “contraception” have post-fertilization mechanisms of action (MOAs) that can cause the death of a human embryo. This is especially true with emergency “contraceptives.”
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Bishop Zurek: Concerns About Priests For Life Have Been "Favorably Addressed"

Good news.

In 2011 Bishop Patrick Zurek, bishop of the Diocese of Amarillo, sent a letter to all the bishops of the United States, advising them that he had so many concerns about Priests For Life's $10 million budget that the organization's national director, Fr. Frank Pavone, shouldn't be trusted with donors' money. For a full year, while an investigation was pending, Father Pavone was restricted to working from a small cell in a Texas convent. He was unable to continue his travel and speaking schedule on behalf of the unborn. The high-profile case was sent to the Vatican for review. Finally, in December 2013, Bishop Zurek sent a letter to the bishops of the United States, informing them that all the concerns he had addressed with regard to the Staten Island-based Priests For Life (PFL) "have been favorably received and addressed by the Congregation for Clergy."
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The Passion of the Christ vs. 12 Years a Slave

Why was the violence in "The Passion" condemned but affirmed in "12 Years a Slave?" Mollie Hemingway has some thoughts.

The film “12 Years A Slave” was easily the critics’ favorite last year. It just won the Golden Globe for Best Drama and will surely be nominated for and win many more awards. On Rotten Tomatoes, which aggregates film reviews, the film has positive reviews from 93 percent of viewers and a whopping 98 percent of top critics. It’s not just that it’s good but that there is so little bad in it. If you have a strong enough stomach for visual depictions of unspeakably brutal violence, you likely will not regret seeing this movie. The source material, a memoir of one man’s enslavement, is straightforward. The acting is great.
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Watch Peter Pan Stop Mid-Performance to Propose to Wendy

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SCOTUS Blog Recaps Arguments in Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Case

Sounds to me like the Massachusetts 35 foot buffer zone might fall. But predicting the court's decision is just stupid.

Between the complete silence of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., on the issue on Wednesday and the very active commentary and questioning of Justice Elena Kagan seems to lie the fate of state laws that seek to protect abortion clinics, their patients, and their staffs. It seemed apparent, in a new “buffer zone” case from Massachusetts, that the Chief Justice holds the key vote on how far such zones are likely to be restricted, but that Kagan may help provide some cover for a decisive ruling that mandated narrower zones.
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Homosexual ‘Rainbow Bash,’ Drag Show Planned at Jesuit University

Catholic identity.

A student group at the Jesuits’ Seattle University will be hosting an event called “The Rainbow Bash,” which is described as “a concert designed to raise awareness in support of the gay and trans communities.”
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"Poor A.A. Milne": In Which Winnie-the-Pooh is Reclaimed from Disney

I love the Winnie the Pooh books and like the cartoons very much. But Kathryn at "Through the Glass Brightly" says there's something missing from the cartoon. Bother! She may be right.

This Saturday, January 18th, is Winnie-the-Pooh Day. It is the day on which the author of the beloved stories was born. And today is the best day of the year to remember or learn for the first time that Winnie-the-Pooh was originally a perfectly lovely and delicate story quite distinct from the general awareness of the "adventures" as reinterpreted by Disney from the early 1970s to the present day.
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Media’s Favorite Lib Nun Blames Religion for War on Poverty Failing Women

Chittister.

The real source of poverty for women in this country is religion, according … a nun? Relax. Sister Joan Chittister is an outspoken liberal – the kind of malcontent nun the media loves to use as a stick against the Catholic Church. And that’s why she’s included in a free e-book compiled by (Kennedy Catholic) Maria Shriver to mark the fifty year anniversary of President Johnson’s “War on Poverty.”
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Christians Killed for Faith Nearly Doubled in 2013

Greeted by silence and turned heads.

Rev. Faye Pama Musa knew immediately why suspected Boko Haram militants burst into his home last year as his wife prepared dinner in the family’s northeastern Nigeria home. His stance against Christian persecution in the divided African nation had long made him a target. Musa, who served as the general overseer of the Rhema Assembly International Church and secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Borno, saw the intruders near the front door of his home in Maiduguri as his wife, Mercy, prepped food. One of the couple’s daughters, Zion, had spotted the armed men just seconds earlier jumping a fence.
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Just One Week Until National Media Mime Day

Funny.

That's right, only 7 days left until all the major news networks, print, websites, radio, streaming radio, newspapers, pundits and blogs join in silent solidarity with those tiresome artists who think if they don't think it's there, it isn't, and if they think it is, well then it exists. Funny how that invisible wall is so strong and then not, depending upon the will of the individual.
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The Morality of the Cry-Room: In Defense of the Rights of the Diaper and Bib Crowd (and their parents)

Andrew Kim, professor of moral theology at Walsh University writes:

I remember going to see Mel Gibson’s 2004 film, The Passion of the Christ shortly after it came out. The theatre was packed, so I was flanked by strangers on both sides. On my right side sat a middle-aged woman who introduced herself to me before the film began. Her name was Janie. She spoke to me about her church and her daughter’s struggle with faith and so forth. On my left sat two elderly Latina women, a mother and her daughter. They spoke to each other in Spanish and did not seem to take much notice of the crowd. It was clear that they were eager for the film to begin.
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Santa Clara Hosts Laicized Priest Who Helped "Ordain" Women

Because nothing says "Catholic identity" like laicization.

The University of Santa Clara’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is scheduled to host laicized priest Roy Bourgeois later this month, according to the Jesuit university’s website. Former Maryknoll priest Roy Bourgeois was expelled from the Maryknoll order by a decree from the Vatican in 2012. Bourgeois had been active in the movement to get the Church to change her age-old doctrine on a male-only priesthood.
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Businessman Befriends Autistic Girl on Flight, Makes Everyone's Day

Kinda' sad that everyone expects a guy in a business suit to be a jerk. But still a nice story of a kind man.

Shanell Mouland and Kate (Photo courtesy of Shanell Mouland)The mother of an autistic toddler, whose open letter to a kind stranger she sat next to on a plane made headlines, has reconnected with the man who made her daughter smile during a two-and-a-half-hour flight. On Jan. 6, after spending a week at Disney World, Shanell Mouland and her family were on a flight from Orlando, Fla., to Philadelphia, to catch a connection to their hometown of New Brunswick, Canada. Mouland's husband and their 5-year-old daughter, Grace, sat in one row, while Mouland and 3-year-old Kate, who has autism, sat behind them. Mouland was a bit nervous — depending on Kate's mood, the young girl's behavior can range from affectionate to hysterical, so a patient and understanding seatmate would be crucial.
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Scariest NYC Abortion Fact

Ugh.

According to the New York City Department of Health, for every 1,000 black babies born to teens, 2,630 were aborted.
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Marcus Luttrell Is None too Happy with Jake Tapper

Hopeless? Senseless?

COMPLETE INTERVIEW ~ Jake Tapper's with Lone Survivor Vet Marcus Luttrell: 'They Died for Nothing?'
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Depaul Prof Teaches Homosexuality, Downplays Pedophile Incident

Shocking news.

A professor at DePaul University in Chicago, who is currently teaching the course “Creating Change: Contemporary GLBT Politics” and helped pioneer DePaul’s Gender Studies and LGBTQ Studies programs, is something of a celebrity in pedophilia circles for her 1979 article downplaying the damaging effects of childhood homosexual activity with an adult.
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Hey, Why Was Christ Baptized Anyway?

Let's have none other than Saint John Chrysostom explain.

Saint John Chrysostom explains to us why Christ was baptized when He had no need of it: Hence it is evident, that He came to Jordan not for the forgiveness of sins and not for receiving the gifts of the Spirit, but so that some from those present then should not think that He came for repentance like others. Listen to how John precluded this: What he then spoke to the others then was, “Bear ye fruits worthy of repentance.” But listen to what he said to Him: “I have need to be baptised of Thee, and Thou art come to me?” (Matthew 3:8, 14). With these words he demonstrated, that Christ came to him not through that need with which people came, and that He was so far from the need to be baptised for this reason—so much more sublime and perfectly purer than Baptism itself.
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The Day Religious Liberty Died

'Twas the gay lobby what done it.

Sam Casey sat at the head of the largest conference table in Washington and watched open-mouthed as half the room emptied, and religious freedom was grievously wounded. It happened in an instant that July day in 1999, but had been building quietly for weeks as one of the most potent left-right coalitions in the country was sundered. The recent legal and legislative history of religious freedom in America can be described in many ways, but ping-pong comes to mind.
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Humor: Seating For Mass Turns Chaotic After Ushers Call In Sick

Funny stuff from Eye of the Tiber. Not hatin' on ushers but let's admit that some get a little carried away with themselves.

Mass at St. Alphonsus Parish in Bowie, Maryland quickly turned chaotic earlier this morning after all eight ushers called in sick with the flu. 66-year-old Herman Wible, who one of the first to arrive for the early-morning liturgy, said that “At first I thought that the ushers would soon arrive, so I just waited outside. But by 6:55, as more people came, it became clear that no ushers were showing up. We didn’t know what to do. No one knew which door to go through, much less which pew to sit in.”
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Italian Jesuit Priest Kidnapped In Syria Being Held In Al-Qaeda Prison…

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Supreme Court Takes Up SBA List's 1st Amendment Case

This is a huge deal. If we lose this one, we lose political free speech.

Today the Supreme Court of the United States announced it will consider the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) petition involving a First Amendment challenge to Ohio’s “false statement” law, which criminalizes “false” political speech and empowers a state agency to determine what constitutes true and false political speech. Since 2010, now former Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-OH) has sought to use the statute against the SBA List.
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Downton Abbey Presents Pro-Life Storyline

I still won't watch it but I know a lot of people do so this is good news.

The wildly popular British historical drama Downton Abbey, now in its fourth season, is drawing pro-life acclaim for a storyline featuring a woman pregnant out of wedlock who visits a back-alley abortion facility, but ultimately chooses life for her baby and flees after hearing the sobs of a woman inside. The show, set in 1920s England, has become a worldwide phenomenon since it began airing in the UK and Ireland in 2010. Now licensed for broadcast in more than 100 countries around the world, the drama has become especially popular in the U.S., where the January 5 season premiere attracted more than 10 million viewers – more than any other drama.
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"Perversion is rampant and we may be in the midst of a complete societal breakdown"

This one is not for kids. Rough reading but I think Stacy McCain has a real point here.

A former Alabama high school teacher who was married, pleaded guilty to having sex with a student, and has been sentenced to immediately serve jail time as well as surrender her teaching certificate. Alicia Gray, 28, accepted a plea deal by prosecutors as she was convicted of engaging in a sexual act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student under 19 years old.
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Pope Names 16 New Cardinals

Rorate has the names. I've never heard of most of them. I'm sure much will be coming out about them in coming days. But here's their names:

The New Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church
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Jahi McMath: Sometimes Things Are Not As They Seem

The Catholic Key reports:

About 5:30 p.m. on New Year’s Day, I took a phone call from a friend concerning Jahi McMath. She is the little girl in California whose routine tonsil surgery last month left her in a critical state. I was between visits with friends on what was becoming a snowy evening to start the New Year. I headed back to my residence and eventually connected with Dr. Paul A. Byrne, M.D. who was looking for some assistance. I had met Dr. Byrne more than ten years ago when I was editor of the St. Louis Review, Diocesan weekly in St. Louis.
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Monsignor Compares Holy Family to Gay Parents

Call for removal of Boston pastor who put gay couples at parity with Holy Family As news spreads of the Norwood, MA pastor who preached and published a letter in his bulletin putting homosexual couples on par with the Holy Family and saying we should admire the virtues of same-sex-parent families, calls are growing for the removal of the pastor.
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Time to Clean House and Make the Church Beautiful

Sherry writes:

It began because I'd put off housecleaning. (It's bad for me spiritually to do this because then I get vexed by time constraints in addition to mess). I went to my two daughter's room and found a great disappointment. (Again another potential spiritual snare). I've been trying to help my daughters take on the responsibility of putting away their clothes. Sympathetic to the difficulty of the process, I'd sorted piles to let them put away underwear, pj's, shirts, pants and dresses, each in separate stacks. I'd told them my expectation. They seemed excited. It didn't happen that afternoon.
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Jen Ruined Her Furniture So Bad the Salvation Army Wouldn't Take It

She cracks me up.

I hope everyone has emerged unscathed from the cold front that swept through pretty much everywhere earlier this week. Our own temperatures dipped well into the “People Who Live in Fear of Scorpions in their Beds at Night Should Not Have to Deal with This” range, and we had to make sure to keep all our faucets dripping most nights. I forget what houses in the northern climes have that prevent ice from bursting their pipes, but whatever it is, we don’t have it here.
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Liberal Catholic Pol Quits Politics After Retreat

Pretty amazing.

A Catholic MP has revealed that a month’s retreat helped her in her decision to quit politics. Sarah Teather MP, told the Guardian that she decided to attend a Jesuit retreat while she struggled with her decision whether to continue as a Liberal Democrat MP. Miss Teather said: “Sometimes you just have to shut up. This politician just needed to shut up and stop talking in order to make a decision.”
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Fr. Barron: No Good Without God

Morality and God.

One of the most common observations made by opponents of religion is that we don't need God in order to have a coherent and integral morality. Atheists and agnostics are extremely sensitive to the charge that the rejection of God will conduce automatically to moral chaos. Consequently, they argue that a robust sense of ethics can be grounded in the consensus of the human community over time or in the intuitions and sensibilities of decent people.
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This amazing video perfectly illustrates the Catholic doctrine on speeding

New Advent has the vid:

Catechism 2290: "The virtue of temperance disposes us to avoid every kind of excess: the abuse of food, alcohol, tobacco, or medicine. Those incur grave guilt who, by drunkenness or a love of speed, endanger their own and others' safety on the road, at sea, or in the air."
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DOJ Demanding Ability to Veto Parents’ Choice of School

Big Brother knows best.

On Tuesday, the Department of Justice filed a proposal to oversee Louisiana’s school-choice program. The proposal, if accepted, would give the DOJ the ability to veto scholarships given to children, which allow them to attend a school of their choice.
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Bishop Dumps on Pope Emeritus Benedict

Discontuity? Really? Fr. Z has the story and the vid:

I was sent a link to a video with some of an interview by Bishop Enrico dal Covolo, who is presently rector of my old school, the Pontifical Lateran University. dal Covolo, an SDB (aka Socio di Bertone aka Salesian) has done some work on the Fathers of the Church.
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Kinda' Cool. Lighthouses Transformed Into Icy Awesomeness

Badger Catholic has the pics.

These frozen lighthouses in Michigan could easily be mistaken for a scene from the disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow. Standing in temperatures well below freezing, the 30ft structures have been transformed into giant icicles.
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US News Publishes Anti-Catholic Diatribe

Vicious know-nothing.

US News and Word Report went off the deep end long ago. But this is a new low. They picked up a syndicated Creators Syndicate column by anti-Catholic bigot Jamie Steihm.
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Why Does "Martyr" Get Scare Quotes from Media?

Objective media.

Apparently to Time magazine and Reuters, using the term "martyr" to refer to a Christian slain for the sake of his or her faith -- often at the hands of "radical Islamists" -- is deserving of scare quotes.
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The Wackiest Nativity Scenes This Year

The Trayvon nativity and the transgender nativity. You know, because Christmas is all about your issues.

If Claremont United Methodist Church’s Trayvon Martin-themed nativity — in which the teenager hunching over a pool of his own blood stands in for the baby Jesus — hasn’t fully satiated your appetite for politicized Christmas displays, there is more on offer this season. Massachusetts Episcopal priest and transgender man Cameron Partridge waxed nostalgic about a transgender nativity just before Christmas over at Episcopal Café. The Boston College Episcopal Chaplain writes of a childhood experience as a young girl:
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Teacher Tells 6 y/o: "Jesus Not Allowed in School"

Duh. Everyone knows that.

A Southern California school district is under fire for preventing a first grader from handing out to his classmates candy canes with religious messages, a lawyer for the student said. After conferring with the principal at Merced Elementary School in West Covina on Dec. 13, a teacher told the student, 6-year-old Isaiah Martinez, “Jesus is not allowed in school.”
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Former Time Reporter Compared Childbirth to Gosnell Clinic

Yeah, I guess, except for the body count. Oh and the babies kept in jars. Oh yeah, and the intact spines. That too. But other than that...

Former Time reporter Nina Burleigh – the infamous feminist journalist who once announced "I'd be happy to give [Bill Clinton oral sex] just to thank him for keeping abortion legal" -- has a new article at The New York Observer on “The Year In Sexism.” Even the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in May was used audaciously as a feminist moment to correct those who “demonize abortion generally.” She insisted while late-term abortions were violent and gruesome, so is childbirth:
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Irony. Catholic College Invites Peace Activist Who Advocated "Beating" Abortion Opponents

Figures.

The University of Dayton will be hosting a pro-abortion rights and pro-contraception Nobel Peace Prize winner who ironically advocated “beating men left and right” if they opposed abortion.
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Don't Get Sucked into the Mompetition

Read this and change your parenting forever.

One of the questions folks ask most often is: G, I’m drowning in the mommy wars. How do I escape from all the mom-petition? My answer is always this: If you need it to disappear, stop believing in it. Competition is just like shame. It only exists for people who believe it does. I used to believe in mom-petiton so strongly that it left me more than a bit paranoid.
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Fr. Orsi: When a 13-year-old’s life can’t be saved

So sad.

Heartbreaking as this is, Jahi McMath shouldn’t be viewed as a pro-life poster child
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23. Not Too Young to Marry

Domenico Bettinelli writes a great piece, exposing the snark and cynicism of a common millennial argument:

There’s a blog post going around entitled “23 Things to Do Instead of Getting Engaged Before You’re 23”, written by a young woman who is seeing all her friends getting engaged and married and vowing that she doesn’t want to tie herself down and give up on her dreams of world travel and amazing experiences in order to settle down. Or how she puts it:  I can’t help but feel like a lot of these unions are a cop-out. It is a way for young people to hide behind a significant other instead of dealing with life’s highs and lows on their own. It’s a safety blanket. It’s an admission that the world is just too big and scary to deal with it on your own; thus, you now have someone that is legally obligated to support you till one of you dies or files for divorce. Of course, she says, previous generations got married young, but everything is different for Millennials, don’t you know? Yeah, every generation thinks it’s the most totally unique generation facing problems and issues and opportunities that no other generation before them ever faced. Sure.
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Atheist Agrees to Attend Church of Highest Bidder

I love how she calls herself an "atheist leader." Isn't that a leader of nothingness?

The president of a South Carolina-based atheist organization is auctioning off the chance for her to attend church with her daughter. Eve Brannon, the president of Upstate Atheists, posted the offer on Ebay this week in an auction entitled “Take an Atheist Leader to Church.” “We will listen to the sermon, and I agree to be acknowledged as a guest,” she wrote in the description. “I will speak to members of the congregation if you wish and what led me to the path I chose. I’m fine with speaking publicly, answering questions, or simply sitting in the crowd.”
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Planned Parenthood Rep: Christianity ‘Going Down’

Hmmm. The Church isn't the one that requires public funding in order to exist.

Valerie Tarico is one such God-denier. She’s on a fool’s errand. A steadfast disciple to the unholy trinity of “LGBT,” atheist and pro-abortion activism, Ms. Tarico proudly sits on the Board of Advocates for Planned Parenthood – America’s premier one-stop-death-shop. For “progressives” like Tarico, the term “religious fundamentalism” is a euphemism for orthodox Christianity. In a tedious, though unintentionally funny screed recently published at Salon.com under the headline: “10 signs that religious fundamentalism is going down,” Ms. Tarico gives empty hope to her fellow hopeless with a word salad steeped in anti-Christian bigotry and wishful thinking.
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Imprisoned Pakistani Catholic Asia Bibi writes to Pope Francis saying only God can free her

Prayers.

Asia Bibi is in prison awaiting execution on false accusations of blasphemy. Only God can free her because Christians in the West don't dare to speak out on her behalf: "Talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims." -- Robert McManus, Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester, Massachusetts, February 8, 2013
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Obama Administration Responds to Sotomayor on Stay of HHS Mandate

Obama still against religious liberty.

Today the Obama Administration told Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor that the Christian Brothers Services health plan is exempt from providing immoral insurance coverage to more than 200 Catholic schools and organizations—but the plan’s lead attorney says the argument ignores a serious violation of the clients’ religious freedom.
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Local Church Full Of Brainwashed Idiots Feeds Town’s Poor Every Week

The Onion does a take on how the media looks down on religious people even though they're the ones helping the poor.

Sources confirmed today that the brainwashed morons at First Baptist Assembly of Christ, all of whom blindly accept whatever simplistic fairy tales are fed to them, volunteer each Wednesday night to provide meals to impoverished members of the community. “Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in town who have fallen on hard times and are unable to afford to put food on the table, so we try to help out as best we can,” said 48-year-old Kerri Bellamy, one of the mindless sheep who adheres to a backward ideology and is incapable of thinking for herself, while spooning out homemade shepherd’s pie to a line of poor and homeless individuals.
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LOL My Thesis

Funny stuff. Nice to see self-effacing academic types.

Even the most ardent academic must concede that there’s something darkly funny about devoting years of one’s life to a thesis question so abstruse that no one else had ever cared enough to ask it—and then answering it at such great length that few will ever care to read it. Enter lolmythesis.com, a Tumblr started by a Harvard senior procrastinating on her own undergraduate thesis.
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Notre Dame Denied Relief, Will Comply with HHS Mandate

So it looks like Obama lied.

Fewer than five years after President Barack Obama spoke at a University of Notre Dame commencement ceremony, promising “a sensible conscience clause” in the nation’s health care policies, the University has been denied its bid for a temporary stay on the HHS mandate requiring employee coverage for contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilization procedures.
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Bus Drivers Punished for Praying

I know this stuff isn't even shocking anymore. But I pass it on so that we all are aware of what's going on. I don't know about you but if I find out that my kids' bus driver prayed before driving I'd be pretty pleased with that.

Several Houston bus drivers were recently reprimanded for using their school district’s radio system to pray.
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This Would Be Hilarious Satire if it Weren't True

Fr. Z:

Obama’s V.A. hospital forbids Christmas cards made by children for wounded vets More BAH! HUMBUG! from Pres. Obama’s Veteran’s Administration. First, they ban Christmas carols. Now, they ban cards made by children.
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Top Church Signs of 2013

Good for a chuckle. Some of them anyway.

Which church signs made it into the 10 best signs of the year?
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Vatican: Pope Francis Did Not Abolish Sin

You know, this Scalfari guy may not be the most reliable journalist in the world.

The Vatican felt compelled on Tuesday to deny that Pope Francis had "abolished sin", after a well-known Italian intellectual wrote that he had effectively done so through his words and gestures. The singular exchange began on Sunday when Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist who writes opinion pieces for the left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper, published an article titled "Francis' Revolution: He has abolished sin".
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Kidnapped Priest Freed After Seven Weeks

Good news.

A French Catholic priest abducted in Cameroon by Islamic militants arrived home Wednesday after a seven-week ordeal he described as a time of "terrible boredom, sadness and anger".
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