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NY Times Executive Editor: We Don't Get Religion

No kidding?

NPR:

I want to make sure that we are much more creative about beats out in the country so that we understand that anger and disconnectedness that people feel. And I think I use religion as an example because I was raised Catholic in New Orleans. I think that the New York-based and Washington-based too probably, media powerhouses don't quite get religion. We have a fabulous religion writer, but she's all alone. We don't get religion. We don't get the role of religion in people's lives. And I think we can do much, much better.


*subhead*Obvious.*subhead*

Notre Dame's Fr. Jenkins Might Not Invite Trump. Surprising No One.

What happened to the need for dialogue? Or was that just a cover?

Notre Dame may not invite President Trump to campus but honored pro-abortion President Obama

In surprising comments reported by The Observer, Father John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, said he is considering not inviting Donald Trump to speak at this spring’s commencement ceremony — a break from the university’s tradition of inviting new presidents to speak at graduation.

“I do think the elected leader of the nation should be listened to. And it would be good to have that person on the campus — whoever they are, whatever their views,” he said. “At the same time, the 2009 Commencement was a bit of a political circus, and I think I’m conscious that that day is for graduates and their parents — and I don’t want to make the focus something else.”

“My concern a little bit is that, should the new president come, it may be even more of a circus,” he said.
Fr. Jenkins infamously hosted and honored President Barack Obama, the most radically pro-abortion president in our country’s history, in 2009. The Cardinal Newman Society garnered more than 367,000 petitions against Notre Dame’s honor of Obama in 2009, and 83 U.S. bishops publicly opposed the commencement honor. Fr. Jenkins has defended honoring Obama on multiple occasions since 2009.
You can read more Catholic college news at my weekly roundup at The Cardinal Newman Society.


*subhead*Monologue.*subhead*

Heh. Brian Williams Warns About Fake News. #hypocrisy

This is just too funny. MSNBC's Brian Williams who was fired from actual NBC for FAKE NEWS is now warning MSNBC viewers about fake news - y'know the conservative kind which is like totally eeeeevil or something because it's not liberal and all.

I've got to wonder if when he was told he had to read this story off the teleprompter, did some human part of him somewhere down deep feel a sense of shame even for a moment. Did he ask if maybe some reporter could deliver this story, y'know one that hadn't lost all credibility. Oh wait, this is MSNBC. There are no reporters there with credibility.

Here's Brian Williams warning the folks about fake news.



When liberal newscasters warn about fake news they're just upset that you're not listening to their fake news.

After delivering this news, Brian Williams donned a cape and flew up the sky to prevent a meteor from striking New York City. At least that's what he said.

HT Washington Examiner

*subhead*gall.*subhead*

If Humans Reproduced wtih Neanderthals, Aren't We the Same Species?

NPR wonders if Neanderthals might have been religious. I think it's an interesting question but first I have a question. They first say that Neanderthals are not part of our species. However, then they say that "humans" most certainly reproduced with Neanderthals.

The archaeologists' scenario relates closely to questions I have been thinking about: Did the Neanderthals practice religion? How would we know it, if they did?

Let's approach these questions by placing Neanderthals in evolutionary context. It's now clear that Neanderthals are our cousins, not our direct ancestors or early members of our own species Homo sapiens. Known formally as Homo neandertalensis, Neanderthals lived in Europe and Asia, overlapping in certain places at certain time periods with Homo sapiens — and almost certainly interbreeding with them (with us!) on occasion.

Even though populations of Neanderthals vanished around 40,000 years ago, genes of Neanderthals do live on today, tucked into the bodies of some of us and potentially affecting our health.
Now, I've always understood it that if you can reproduce and have fertile babies then you're part of the same species. I went to a few websites and they essentially said the same thing.

Anyone have an explanation?



*subhead*Serious you guys.*subhead*

Harry Reid's Filibuster Reform Will Mess Up Dems

Harry Reid's filibuster reform will do to the Democrats what Harry Reid's "exercise band" did to his face.


FYI -Yes, I'm pretending to believe that Reid was b-slapped by his exercise band.

*subhead*Revenge.*subhead*

And He Wasn't Even on a Plane

Pope Francis said that spreading fake news is like being morbidly fascinated with pooh. Yup.

Yahoo:

Media that focus on scandals and spread fake news to smear politicians risk becoming like people who have a morbid fascination with excrement, Pope Francis said in an interview published on Wednesday
Points for using the precise term "coprophilia" but c'mon.

Just for giggles, here's Yoko Ono's response to Pope Francis' latest.


*subhead*Yikes.*subhead*

8 Christmas Songs That Have Nothing To Do With Christmas

My kids wanted to hear nothing but Christmas music since the day after Halloween. They didn't have to wait long before the mellifluous warblings of Burl Ives and Karen Carpenter were played 24-7 on the radio.
But I've noticed, as I'm sure that you have, some of these "Christmas" songs have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas. I mean, nothing.

I'm pretty sure you'll all be with me that the classification of "Christmas songs" has been a bit.....uhm, liberally assigned to songs that don't have anything to do with Christmas. I mean, at all. I'm not even being nit-picky. I'll even allow that Frosty and Rudolph and Santa are affiliated with Christmas. They're not in any actual real way. But I'm just showing you how open-minded I am and that's what makes my outrage over the inclusion of the following songs into the Christmas canon a bit more valid.

In no particular order (and this list is by no means exhaustive) here are some of the "Christmas" songs that have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas:

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*subhead*Not Christmas.*subhead*

Christian Videographers Strike Back

The Christian owners of a video production company are suing the Minnesota Department of Human Rights as well as the state's Attorney General to prevent the state from forcing them to produce videos celebrating same-sex marriages which would run counter to their Christian beliefs.

The lawsuit from Carl and Angel Larsen of St. Cloud own the Telescope Media Group states that, “Minnesota law requires business owners, like the Larsens, who produce videos telling the story of marriages between one man and one woman, to also produce videos celebrating marriages between two men or two women, and to contract in a way to celebrate these marriages."

If the Larsens fail to comply with the law they open themselves to fines and even the possibility of being found guilty of a criminal misdemeanor.

The Larsens are asking the court to protect their freedom of speech and free exercise of religion rights.

The chances of this case or a case like it going to the Supreme Court, I think, are pretty high. President Trump can't get some conservative justices on the court fast enough. (Merrick Garland hardest hit. Oh, and Hillary too.) And if any of you liberal judges maybe wanna' retire and relax, you have my complete support in that endeavor.



HT Religion Clause

HT KSTP

*subhead*Freedom!*subhead*

Hilarious. Vagina Monologues Kicked Off Campus as Too Cisgender!

The right has been trying to stop The Vagina Monologues off college campuses for years. Unsuccessfully for the most part. But now the looney tunes left will succeed in doing what the right couldn't.

Mount Holyoke College, an as looney as you get all-women's college, has banned the play. Why?

Randall Smith tells you at The Catholic Thing:

"It turns out, Mount Holyoke is banning the play because it excludes “women” who – and I’m sorry, but I’m not making this up – don’t have vaginas."
No. He's not making this up.

They argue that the play is just too darn cisgender! This is a case of the left just imploding in on itself. It's kind of fun to watch if there weren't actually young women being twisted by these academorons.

And parents are paying $46,000 per year to have their children twisted into insanity. And make no mistake, that's what it is. They are teaching these young women to deny reality. It's sad.



*subhead*WWV.*subhead*

The Coming Home Network International Experiences Record Membership

Just received this release from The Coming Home Network. I love those guys. One of my favorite shows is "The Journey Home" on EWTN. I read Marcus Grodi's books including his fiction. Like I said, I'm a fan.

It's great to hear they're doing some great work out there.

Nearly two and a half decades after the Coming Home Network International’s founding, the apostolate, created to support converts to the Catholic faith, is approaching the end of 2016 with its largest number of new members in any year since it started keeping records in 1993.

Of these more than 5000 new members, 195 are those whom the CHNetwork refers to internally as “primaries”: “anyone who is sacrificing their vocation and/or occupation to become Catholic,” according to Jim Anderson, CHNetwork’s longtime Manager of Clergy and Ministerial Members.  “This would include non-Catholic clergy, seminary professors, seminarians, missionaries, lay ministers, and even spouses of clergy.”  These primaries contact the CHNetwork for encouragement, fellowship, and practical advice, which often comes from existing members of the CHNetwork with similar ministerial backgrounds.

Also included in the influx of new members are laypersons seeking to enter the Catholic Church, and members who are already Catholic, but have experienced a reversion to their faith and want to assist those seeking greater union with Jesus Christ through His Church.  A recently revamped website, new social media strategies, and more robust member engagement through staff and volunteers have been implemented to handle the increase in inquiries.

“Protestants and other non-Catholics on the journey to Catholicism need to meet Catholics who themselves are faithful Christians, as well as other converts who know the difficulty of the journey into the Church and beyond.  They also need to successfully land after conversion in a local parish, with a pastor, and real-world contacts,” said Director JonMarc Grodi.  “Handling these large numbers is a wonderful challenge, because ours is a very personalist mission.  We work to understand each individual person’s journey and needs, and then help them accordingly.”

For Founder and President Marcus Grodi, hosting The Journey Home program on EWTN has been a great complement to the rest of the CHNetwork’s mission.  “The personal touch of my guests telling their stories has been like the ripple effect from a stone thrown into a pond.  A day doesn’t go by when we don’t receive grateful calls, emails, tweets, and texts from viewers and listeners.  Many of our new members first discover the vast resources of our apostolate through watching The Journey Home.”

As to what those former Protestant clergy are doing in the Church now that they’ve become Catholic? “(They’re serving) in every imaginable way — as bishops, priests, deacons, and religious, but mostly as active, faithful laity,” says Marcus.  “I think, however, that the main reason God is drawing people to the fulness of truth is for the sake of their own spiritual growth, and the graces of the sacraments.”  And as many of those converts to Catholicism have shared, that’s where the most rewarding part of the journey really begins.
If this country will be saved it will be through a massive conversion to the faith. We need groups like CHN to make this happen.




*subhead*Conversions.*subhead*