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Bishops Need To Get Serious

In a radio interview earlier in the week I was asked what is needed to get Catholic politicians to stop supporting gay marriage. My answer was short and simple. The Bishops need to get serious. Catholic politicians have no fear of voting against the teaching of the Church on very grave matters because other that some occasional Episcopal tut-tutting, nothing ever happens to them.

The Bishops could not be that serious about stopping gay marriage or else they would do something serious about it. And by serious I mean one thing. Let me explain.

Well in advance of any vote on gay marriage, such as we just had in NY, Bishops need to ...

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Planned Parenthood to Remove Phone Lines?

In an exclusive report to CMR (which means made up), our staff has uncovered that Planned Parenthood clinics throughout the country are ripping out their phone lines and are refusing to speak to anyone on the phone.

Some speculate that this sudden move is due to losing funding from several states throughout the country but this is not the cause of the emergency move. But the real reason is actually because Planned Parenthood is afraid of Lila Rose and Live Action team calling to expose them again.

Lila Rose and Live Action started calling into and stopping into abortion clinics years ago causing them several public relations disasters including most recently calling several clinics following up on a claim by Cecile Richards that they perform life saving mammograms. And just this week Live Action contacted clinics in Indiana catching them in a lie again about Medicaid patients' access to healthcare.

In fact, Live Action and Lila Rose have hurt Planned Parenthood so badly that employees reportedly shudder each time the phone rings and make up excuses not to answer for fear it's "that woman!"

Managers of Planned Parenthood clinics have found workers in the fetal position in the break room repeating "It's her. It's her. It's definitely her."

"That b*tch has cost us millions," said one Planned Parenthood manager. "She sounds so sweet and innocent on the phone but she's so mean because she shows the world what we're actually saying and that's just not right. There should be a law against that or something."

One manager of a clinic said they didn't really need the phones in her opinion because "everyone knows what we do here anyway. When you wanna' get rid of your blob of tissue you come to us."

Drunk Babies and Trampolines

You know, girls may not be that different from boys after all. I don't mean in that icky Chaz Bono kinda way. I mean in the wickedly funny and wickedly stupid department.

To wit. Simcha Fisher's post on...um... in ground trampolines and building a chair out of grass so that she can rest her pregnant body by the fire while having a beer.

For which she was axiomatically questioned/chastized about having a beer while pregnant to which she responded with her usual aplomb "Yeah, there was a study last year that showed that light drinking is safe (I’d dig it up if I weren’t so drunk right now)."


But then, but then....

The conversation took a turn for the better/bizarre/worse when Jen Fulwiler jumped in with a delightful suggestion (Note: Not child friendly) to enhance your outdoor beer drinking experience.

Next year I am totally inviting these chicks to my 4th of July party. If they bring the trampoline, I will provide the beer.

Kansas One Step Closer To Abortion Free

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A board in Kansas has unanimously approved new regulations for abortion providers, moving the state closer to becoming the first in the nation without a clinic or doctor's office performing the procedures.

Approval of the rules Thursday by the State Rules and Regulations Board was necessary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to begin enforcing them Friday.

But providers have filed a federal lawsuit and hope to block the rules. Kansas has three abortion providers, all in the Kansas City area.

The regulations tell providers what equipment and drugs they must stock and set space an temperature requirements for procedure and recovery rooms.

Supporters say the rules will protect patients. But critics say they're burdensome by design and really aimed at shutting down abortion services.

The Beauty of Human Weakness

Chelsea Zimmerman from Reflections of a Paralytic is posting here once a week for this month. Her posts have been great so far and we're lucky to have her. Please read her and visit her at her own blog. Here she is:

G. K. Chesterton called suicide the “ultimate and absolute evil” because it is:

the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men; as far as he is concerned he wipes out the world. (Orthodoxy, ch. 5)

Physician assisted suicide of the terminally ill and disabled is becoming increasingly more commonly accepted in our country. While only two states in the US (OR and WA) have legalized assisted suicide (three, if you count this 2009 MT Supreme Court ruling), the “right to die” movement has launched a successful campaign based on love of comfort and radical self-autonomy.

For the most part people want to be remembered (and want to remember others) for the way they lived their lives. We want to remember only the happy times, when we and our loved ones were well and enjoying all the good things that life had to offer. Since sickness and disability are opposed to this ideal and since death is inevitable for all of us, we should at least have the option of leaving this world before succumbing to physical weakness so that we don’t have to endure a long period of pain and suffering if we don’t want to, right?

In the past 12 years of my life post-injury I have discovered that there is a certain beauty in physical weakness that our prideful world is too blind to see. That is that the awareness of the limits of our human nature is meant to lead us to put all our trust in God who wants us to rely on Him for absolutely everything. When we place our trust in God alone His divine power will shine forth in us, sustaining us in our weakness (St. Josemaria, Friends of God, 194). In other words, God uses our weakness to reveal His glory. This is the example Christ left for us that we have been instructed to follow (1 Peter 2:21).

Bruised, bloody and beaten, naked and humiliated, abandoned by his friends and loyal followers, Jesus Christ's Passion was the greatest physical and emotional pain ever suffered. It was a great spiritual pain as well since Christ, having literally taken the full weight of human sin upon Himself, felt the bitter agony of feeling completely separated from God. And yet despite this most extreme pain, he endured. He never once cried out or begged for assistance to be "put out of His misery." Rather, He repeatedly put His life in the hands of Almighty God, trusting in His Will and knowing that only He has the authority to take life away.

So many people like to believe, as the “right to die” movement encourages, that each of us owns our own body and should be able to be masters of our own death. But, who among us can boast of having any input whatsoever in the circumstances that brought us to life in the first place? As abortion survivor Gianna Jessen said once, "what arrogance!...Don’t you realize that you cannot make your own heart beat?"

True strength does not consist in asserting our own will and taking the matters of life and death in our own hands, but in dying to ourselves and learning total abandonment to the will of God, even if it does not make sense to us. For when we do we will be sustained by the Author of all life, free from our own selfish pride and able to endure affliction with a smile.

“My grace is sufficient for you for power is made perfect in weakness. I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me, for when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinth 12:9-10

Note: Chelsea blogs at Reflections of a Paralytic.

Fr. Gobbi Has Passed Away

Have you ever heard of Fr. Stefano Gobbi? Fr. Gobbi penned a book in which he detailed supposed locutions from the Blessed Virgin. It was quite the rage 20 plus years ago.

I read his book way back in the 80's I think. I remember at the time thinking that so many of the things that he wrote about (future events at least) seemed improbable or impossible. He spoke of coming chastisements, which are certainly possible and richly deserved. But he also spoke about anti-Christ and the second coming and other things that seemed to indicate an imminent end. Of course, Fr. Gobbi could just have been wrong or perhaps I misinterpreted the messages, but it seemed to me at the time to miss the mark.

Jesus made a number of promises about things that would occur before his return, some of which have yet to happen and it seems implausible to impossible that they could all occur in the time frames mentioned in Fr. Gobbi's book.

Perhaps Mary did really speak to Fr. Gobbi but he got mixed up or just got it wrong, or perhaps Mary never really did. Either way, it seems that the messages which created such a fanfare 20+ years ago never really amounted to much and have largely been forgotten.

Regardless of all that, Fr. Gobbi has now passed away and I pray that he is now having that conversation with the Blessed Mother.

Live Action Proves Indiana Doesn't Need PP

VA: God Not Invited to Funerals

It seems that the separation of Church and state actually means that the state is bent on totally eradicating the church.

Weasel Zippers reports:

Local veterans and volunteer groups are accusing Department of Veterans Affairs officials of censoring religious speech — including banning the word “God” — at Houston National Cemetery.

In one example cited in documents filed this week in federal court, cemetery director Arleen Ocasio reportedly told volunteers with the National Memorial Ladies that they had to stop telling the families, “God bless you,” at funerals and that they had to remove the words “God bless” from condolence cards.

The new allegations of “religious hostility” by VA and cemetery officials follow on the heels of a controversy over a prayer in Jesus’ name by Pastor Scott Rainey at a Memorial Day service in the cemetery.
Can anyone even pretend to be surprised by this secularist lunacy? Honestly, it's like we put Richard freakin' Dawkins in the White House.

New Hampshire Cuts Off PP Too!

Not a legislative action, but the effects are the same. The Executive Council of New Hampshire cancelled a $1.8M contract with Planned Parenthood.

And here is a surprise, LifeNews reports that a RINO on the Council who comes from a long line of RINO's supported funding the Abortion Mill. His name, this is New Hampshire so what else could it be, Chris Sununu. Why does New Hampshire keep electing these people?

Hilarious Church Bulletin Bloopers

OK. There's a lot of serious stuff going on in the Church and the world right now and I was prepared to write on them but then I received an email from a friend of mine about Catholic Church bulletin bloopers and I laughed so hard I nearly choked to death. (I'm actually not kidding. My wife came running into the room to see if I was OK.) I have no idea of the veracity of these or their orignal source but they struck me as funny so I'm thinking you'll probably get a laugh or two out of it as well.

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals..
The sermon this morning: Jesus Walks on the Water.
The sermon tonight: Searching for Jesus.
Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you .
Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help...

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Vid: Carousel Race Fun

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Sex Change Surgery for 1-5 Year Old Girls

This is sick. Because so many families were aborting girl babies, I guess India made sex determination tests during pregnancy illegal to try to prevent the common practice of women choosing to abort female babies.

But an unforeseen consequence has sprung up. And it's an ugly one. Now it seems that families are having little girls but they're so dissapointed that they're paying surgeons to perform sex change operations to transmogrify little girls into little "boys."

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2008623/Girls-young-ONE-forced-sex-change-operations-India.html#ixzz1Qa3iRFspThe Daily Mail reports:

Girls as young as one are being forced into sex change operations in India by parents desperate for a son.

Surgeons in the city of Indore are reported to be 'converting' hundreds of girls a year, who are subsequently pumped full of hormone drugs.

A report in the respected Hindustan Times newspaper said the 'shocking, unprecedented trend, catering to the fetish for a son, is unfolding at conservative Indore's well-known clinics and hospitals on children who are one to five years old.
There is no answer to this other than love and respect for every individual human. Without love, other people can be manipulated and changed, killed, or discarded at our convenience.

Another Planned Parenthood Smackdown

The Susan B. Anthony List goes after Planned Parenthood like it's their job. 'Cause it kinda' is. But they seem to really enjoy their work.

The SBA List has been at the forefront of the Defund Planned Parenthood movement and that movement is scoring a major victory today.

Today, the state of Texas passed SB 7 which, along with the recently passed budget, "would strip an estimated $47 million from Planned Parenthood clinics in the state," according to the SBA List.

The bill is now on its way to Governor Rick Perry’s desk where it is expected to be signed into law. So powerful will Perry's signature be that it is rumored to possibly cause all the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome for President Barack Obama from thousands of miles away. Many people thought Rick Perry looked pretty awesome before but this is like finding out that Perry, as well as acting as Governor by day, has also been fighting crime at night as The Batman.

This isn't just a regular ol' smackdown of Planned Parenthood. This is a $47 million smackdown. And let me tell you something -in this economy $47 million buys you a lot of smackdown.

Planned Parenthood has given a name to its pain and it is the SBA List. Because the defund Planned Parenthood movement hurts Planned Parenthood in the only way that it can actually be hurt. It takes away money and let's face it - the only thing that Planned Parenthood cares about is money. It's taking away their sole purpose of existing. It's like taking away brains from zombies but different (and yet kinda eerily the same.)

“Once again, the pro-life grassroots have fought and won another battle at the state level to defund Planned Parenthood,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “The list of states taking up the cause of preventing taxpayer dollars from being used to fund the nation’s largest abortion provider is growing, and so is the list of states where those efforts are wildly successful.”

So hardcore and efficient has the Defund Planned Parenthood Now Movement been that the SBA List was having a hard time keeping track of how much beatdown they helped to deliver so they've actually come up with a scoreboard to keep track with a state by state breakdown.

You know Planned Parenthood is hoping that this movement runs out of steam or is destroyed somehow but pro-life activists can't stop until every state has defunded Planned Parenthood. Let's hope, pray, and work until every state is up on the scoreboard because we all know that funding abortionists is funding abortion.

Yes, You Really Do Hate God

Last week after the NBC pledge of allegiance debacle, Missouri congressman and Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin said this.

Akin: This was something that was done systematically, it was done intentionally, and is tremendously corrosive in terms of all of the values and everything that’s made America unique and such a special nation.

Perkins: Why would NBC do this?

Akin: Well, I think NBC has a long record of being very liberal and at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God. And so they’ve had a long history of not being at all favorable toward many of things that have been such a blessing to our country.

Akin: This is a systematic effort to try to separate our faith and God, which is a source in our belief in individual liberties, from our country. And when you do that you tear the heart out of our country.
Liberal groups flipped. One in particular, a 'religious group' that advocates 'killing babies' demanded he apologize. To which Rep. Akin has responded, "No."

Gaia could not be reached for comment.

ht to Weasel Zippers

Patrick On The Radio Discussing Gay Marriage

Please listen if you can to Dennis O'Donovan's radio show "Religion, Politics and the Culture" tonight at 8 p.m. EST. I will be addressing the passing of the gay marriage bill in NY and its ramifications.

Listen here and feel free to call in with comments or questions. I'd love to hear from you guys.

To call with a question just dial 1-866-716-1040.

Update: You can listen here to Pat's appearance on Dennis' show by clicking here.

This is the Pro-Choice Movement?

Pro-lifers in New York held a prayer vigil outside a Brooklyn abortuary so, of course, pro-choice protestors protested the protest. Does that make sense? The Brooklyn Pro-Choice Network called in a few nutty groups like Church Ladies for Choice and the Rude Mechanical Orchestra to scream, chant, and "play" musical instruments to drown out the pro-lifers and yell insults at the local bishop.

I gotta' tell you it's a pretty sad turnout from the pro-aborts (which actually seems a bit like a homosexual rally if you ask me. I'm not sure I understand why homosexuals would care about keeping abortion legal.) Anyway, they sing songs with words like "Jesus loves the white man's penis" and "Who do you think you are Mr. Bishop?"

So I caution you, this is pretty offensive.

This video despite being disgusting actually gives me great confidence for the future of the pro-life cause. When you compare the fresh smiling faces at the March for Life to this debacle I think things look pretty good for pro-lifers.

Swedish Goofballs

Here is your daily dose of the ridiculous from a society intent on killing itself.

A pre-school in Sweden has decided to stop calling children 'him' or 'her' in a bid to avoid gender stereotypes.

The Egalia preschool, in the Sodermalm district of Stockholm, has made the decision as part of the country efforts to engineer equality between the sexes from childhood.

As well as the decision to stop using the words, the taxpayer-funded school also carefully plans the colour and placement of toys and the choice of books to assure they do not fall into stereotypes.
A teacher said this.
'Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing,' says Jenny Johnsson, a 31-year-old teacher.

'Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be.'
The director of the school had this to say.
'Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing,' says Jenny Johnsson, a 31-year-old teacher.

'Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be.'
Transgendered kindergartens. What could go wrong.

Eucharistic Adoration Flash Mob

This is pretty awesome:

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Where Was the Church on Gay Marriage?

In the gay marriage debate all the passion seems to be on the other side. People on our side are too busy caveating every argument with "I'm not anti-gay..." Here's a rule - the side with the most caveats loses.

The New York Times was even befuddled about how absent the Catholic Church seemed on the issue of gay marriage in New York.

It was befuddling to gay-rights advocates: The Catholic Church, arguably the only institution with the authority and reach to derail same-sex marriage, seemed to shrink from the fight.

As the marriage bill hurtled toward a vote, the head of the church in New York, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, left town to lead a meeting of bishops in Seattle. He did not travel to Albany or deliver a major speech in the final days of the session. And when he did issue a strongly worded critique of the legislation — he called it “immoral” and an “ominous threat” — it was over the phone to an Albany-area radio show. Inside the Capitol, where a photograph of Mr. Cuomo shaking hands with Archbishop Dolan hangs in the governor’s private office, the low-key approach did not seem accidental. Mr. Cuomo had taken pains to blunt the church’s opposition.

When he learned that church leaders had objected to the language of the marriage legislation, he invited its lawyers to the Capitol to vent their frustration.

Mr. Cuomo even spoke to Archbishop Dolan about the push for same-sex marriage, emphasizing his respect and affection for the religious leader. An adviser described the governor’s message to Archbishop Dolan this way: “I have to do what I have to do. But your support over all is very important to me.”

By the time a Catholic bishop from Brooklyn traveled to Albany last week to tell undecided senators that passing same-sex marriage “is not in keeping with the will of their people,” it was clear the church had been outmaneuvered by the highly organized same-sex marriage coalition, with its sprawling field team and, especially, its Wall Street donors.

“In many ways,” acknowledged Dennis Poust, of the New York State Catholic Conference, “we were outgunned. That is a lot to overcome.”
This is heartbreaking.

This loss in New York will have reverberations throughout the entire country. And way too many Christians were too scared of being called bigots rather than standing up.

Should Catholics Marry Young?

The litany of things in which Catholics are no different from the culture at large is as vast as the number of consonants in an Icelandic phone book.

As we watch the destruction of marriage in the US proceed vote by vote with critical assistance by Catholics, I think it worthwhile to look at some other trends affecting marriage.

The redefining of marriage as some sort of unadorned legalistic relationship similar to a joint checking account, but without a toaster, simply dumbs down the divine. Such vapid redefinition of something so critical to society naturally results in a disintegrating society. Truth be told, this redefinition process has going on for a while now, it is just that the gay lobby has accelerated this process for its own precious desires.

In my mind, a key indicator of the societal value of marriage is at what age do we encourage our young people to get married, if we encourage them at all. By this measure, marriage means very little to our society. Does it mean any more to Catholics?

Many Catholics...

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Really? Hmmmm.

Money quote:

She hasn't even officially announced her presidential campaign yet, but already Rep. Michele Bachmann is virtually tied with Mitt Romney in the 2012 Iowa caucus polling season.

And. And. There is this...
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Friday that the 2012 elections was not the time for Republicans to nominate someone with a wavering record on abortion, alluding to one of her competitors in the race.

Speaking via Skype to the National Right to Life’s Convention in Jacksonville, Fla., the Minnesota Republican did not mention former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by name. But the target of her dig was clear.

The 2012 race, she said, was "not the time for Republicans to put up a candidate who is weak on this issue and has a history of flip-flopping on this issue.”

Really? hmmmm.

Gay Marriage Passes in NY

What a bunch of fools. They cheer the downfall of a once great civilization.

The Politico reports:

Striking what advocates believe is a historic victory for gay rights, the New York state senate Friday approved same-sex marriage, New York a promised governor’s signature away from being the sixth and largest state to allow gays and lesbians to marry.

The 33-29 vote is an enormous victory for first-year Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who pledged during last fall’s campaign to push for gay marriage. It comes after an intense public and private lobbying campaign from a wide cast of politicians, celebrities and athletes, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former President Bill Clinton.
Marriage became legally meaningless in New York today.

And every child in public schools in New York will learn that marriage is between a man and a man or a woman and a woman or maybe a man and a woman.

Update: Wasn't this accomplished the moment most people accepted the unitive functions of sexuality without the procreative aspect.

Pulitzer Winner: Bachmann is Barbie "With Fangs"

This is absolutely outrageous. WaPo columnist Colby King calls Michelle Bachmann "Barbie with fangs." The baseless and nasty attacks from the left continue and all you get are guffaws and warnings to the right about watching our tone.

Check out Newsbusters for the rest of the story.

Hey, Call In to the Radio Show I'll Be On

Please listen if you can to Dennis O'Donovan's radio show "Religion, Politics and the Culture" tonight at 8 p.m. EST. I always have a great time speaking with Dennis on the important issues of the day like gay marriage and defunding Planned Parenthood and the role of bishops in upcoming elections.

Listen here and feel free to call in with comments or questions. I'd love to hear from you guys.

To call with a question just dial 1-866-716-1040. No math questions please. I'm not quick on my feet.

Update: Click here to listen to the show.

Noted Supporter of Baby Killing Also a Robber

CMR Schadenfreude alert! CMR Schadenfreude alert!

Who'd a thunk that a woman who makes her living promoting infanticide would have morality issues when it came to stealing. I mean, who could possibly have seen this coming?

The former president of Naral Pro-Choice New York, a leading abortion-rights group, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charging the nonprofit for personal expenses and agreed to pay back $75,000 in a bid to avoid jail time.

Kelli Conlin, 53 years old, entered the guilty plea in State Supreme Court in Manhattan after being charged with one count of falsifying business records.

Conlin conceded that in July 2009, she submitted a $30,000 bill for a summer rental in the Hamptons on Long Island, when the actual cost of the rental was $17,000. In addition, Conlin admitted that there was no board-authorized purpose for the house to begin with. She also claimed personal meals, child-care costs, car-service expense and clothing purchases as business expenses.
Yes, those summer homes in the Hamptons can get a bit pricey, eh? She needed a little extra cash on the side to get the Hampton crowd girl-drink-drunk on Appletinis.

Hey, those poor NARAL folks probably shudder when they think of all the abortions they could've promoted with that money that was wasted on a stupid summer home. Please remember, NARAL is the victim here.

House Votes No On Libya

Just the House, but good. For the record, I think the War Powers act is unconstitutional, BUT, that does not give the executive branch the power to just ignore existing legislation. Not their call.

I am also on record saying that we had no business going to Libya in the first place. And no, I am not an isolationist.

WASHINGTON – The House has voted down a measure giving President Barack Obama the authority to continue the U.S. military action against Libya.

The vote was 295-123 on Friday. The congressional action has no immediate effect on American involvement but represents a repudiation of the commander in chief.

The vote marks the first time since 1999 that either House has voted against a military operation. The last time was over President Bill Clinton's authority in the Bosnian war.
Update: The House has rejected the effort to defund the Libyan campaign 238-18. I hope this is enought to get the President's attention on this matter, but I do not have high hopes.

The Sportswriter vs. the Archbishop

The push for same sex marriage in New York has been filled with name calling and harsh accusations, mostly from the pro gay marriage side - you know, the so-called “tolerant” ones.

Sportswriter Mike Lupica is a perfect example of that vicious trend. Lupica blatantly and unfairly attacked Archbishop Timothy Dolan in New York’s Daily News over gay marriage yesterday, accusing Dolan of “demonizing” gays just to become a Cardinal. Of course, he has no evidence to substantiate what he’s saying but facts didn’t seem to enter Lupica’s head while writing his hit piece.

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Michael Voris Decries Rough Tone

Michael Voris, fellow traveler in the "use sledgehammer to kill a mosquito' style of Catholic commentary, gives it to all his detractors in his latest video.

The point he makes, and I will leave it to you to judge the veracity and fairness of his claim, is that many of the same people who routinely chide him for lack of charity have been happily feeding on the carcass of Corapi's priesthood. Hypocrisy says he.

In my own defense, I was initially supportive of Corapi (and still think he has some valid points even if he has gone about everything in the worst possible way). That said, I have never chided anyone about tone. I like tone. Lots of tone. If you are going to criticize or critique, then have at it. In this way, Voris and I are kindred spirits.

Now that said, I don't agree with him on the professional Catholic thing. Nobody is getting rich off online Catholic commentary. Nobody. So the idea that some Catholic commentators go easy on heterodox Bishops 'cause they are in it for the money doesn't hold water in my opinion. For instance. Say what you want about Mark Shea (and many people do), but he is not getting rich and he is certainly not afraid to make enemies throughout the Church.

So I get Voris' point about those who frequently criticize his 'uncharitable' tone opening up the floodgates of the river tone on Corapi. But I think he misses the mark on motive.

Christie Protestors Sing "Sent to Auschwitz"

If liberals couldn't refer to Nazis they'd have absolutely nothing to say.

As Zip wrote, "Someone should remind these people that a million Jews were gassed to death at Auschwitz and comparing it to having their taxpayer-funded pensions reduced during an economic crisis is beyond the pale."

Somebody Spilled Coffee On My Human Genome

Remember what happened to Seth Brundle when his DNA got mixed up with a fly? Geena Davis got a career. We cannot let something so catastrophic happen again. Or worse.

You have all heard of the Human Genome database, right? This is a database that resulted from sampling all of the human DNA. Drug companies and others mine this data to develop new drugs for erectile restless leg dysfunction and such.

Well, as it turns out. Not all the DNA in the human DNA database is human afterall.

Earlier this year, molecular biologists announced that 20 per cent of nonhuman genome databases are contaminated with human DNA, probably from the researchers who sequenced the samples.

Now, the human genome itself has become contaminated. Bill Langdon at University College London and Matthew Arno at Kings College London say they've found sequences from mycoplasma bacteria in the human genome database.

This contamination has far reaching consequences. Biotech companies use the human genome database to create DNA chips that measure levels of human gene expression. Langdon and Arno say they've found mycoplasma DNA in two commercially available human DNA chips.

Anybody using these chips to measure human gene expression is also unknowingly measuring mycoplasma gene expression too.
So if suddenly you start to feel a little mycoplasmotic (don't we all sometimes), now you know why.

I would be OK with this if the mycoplasma had some cool abilities that we could inadvertently inherit, like what happens with radioactive spiders. But as far as I know the mycoplasma just kind of sits around and does nothing of consequence and I already do that.

More from St. Paul Church, Westerville, Ohio

Last week I posted an introduction to the new St. Paul the Apostle Catholic church in Westerville, Ohio, just outside of Columbus. Its architect, David Meleca, has designed a number of classical and traditional churches over the last decade, and recently posted some new pictures on his blog. The church draws from several Romanesque traditions: Italian, German and the Richardsonian Romanesque.
One of the fine features of this church is its consistency of design, with furnishings designed and/or supervised by the architecture firm for quality control. This post will show the fine level of design and craft in the church's baptistery.     
At St. Paul's, the parish opted for an immersion baptistery with a more traditional font incorporated. The font (made of the same stone as the altar) allows for infant baptisms and serves as the primary holy water source for those entering the church. Some discussion was had over whether the water should flow from one section to the other. Some wanted moving water, while others thought the sound a waterfall would be distracting. The solution: a piece of carved marble comes down from the font, down which water could flow, but would meet the water in the font below in silence.
We've all seen immersion baptisteries that garner the name "Father's jacuzzi" or look like something straight out of the local shopping mall, fundamentally composed of marble slabs and houseplants. Often theological considerations are not raised at all in baptistery design.
Since a person is baptized in the name of the persons of the Trinity, a Trinitarian motif was chosen for the bottom of the large portion of the font. Though there are many symbols that could have been used, the church decided to use the oldest known image of the Trinity, one of three intersecting fish as the central motif. The mosaic was fabricated Columbus artist Amber Apel and successfully maintained a vigorous Early Christian feel in newly-made work. Note the gradation of blue from dark to light and he wave pattern around the edge. This is truly great work and proof that craftsmanship is still alive and well in our churches.
Moreover, a grey marble was chosen for the wave patterns in the bottom of the pool which contains fossils of sea creatures, shown at below. Called, appropriately enough, fossiliferous marble, the stone will not only appear dignified, but will indicate that the past comes to the present in praising God. Just as the psalms say "all water creatures bless the Lord," so this marble will be silent testimony of creation being brought to its liturgical end in the praise of God.

More to come on this new church.

Dr. Denis McNamara is faculty member and assistant director at the Liturgical Institute in Mundelein, IL.

8 Reasons There's No Way I'm Seeing Green Lantern

1) Green Lantern has a lot of cool powers through his power ring but his weakness is a little too darn common for me to consider him a Superhero. GL's weakness is...YELLOW. No, seriously. It's yellow. Anything yellow and Mr. Hero guy becomes useless. Seriously, Spongebob Squarepants could take over the world and there's not a darn thing Green Lantern could do about it except ask his cable provider to take Nickelodeon off his television so he doesn't have to watch.

2) Speaking of Nickelodeon, the star of Green Lantern, Ryan Reynolds, got his start guest starring on "Sabrina The Teenage Witch." Not exactly a great origin story.

3) There's simply way too many green heroes to keep track of. And they're all pretty much cooler than Green Lantern. There's the Incredible Hulk. There's Green Arrow who has kind of an Errol Flynn thing going on. And you've got the Green Hornet whose sidekick was Bruce freakin' Lee. Dude, if your sidekick is Bruce Lee you must be awesome.

4)) Green Lantern has to plug in his power. Seriously. He can run around and save the world but every night he's gotta' plug his ring into his little lantern. So his super ring is like some hybrid vehicle that has to be plugged in? That's kinda'... unimpressive, isn't it? Dude, if you want to be taken seriously, run the ring off some good ol' fashioned fossil fuels or something as a backup. Batman doesn't plug into anything but his inner rage.

5) Green Lantern's sidekick is named...you ready for this? Doiby Dickles, a fat little taxi driver from Brooklyn. Sooo...Batman has Robin. Superman has Krypto the Superdog and Green Lantern has Doiby freakin' Dickles?

6) Hal Jordan who becomes the Green Lantern in the movie, according to comic books, later turns into a supervillain Parallax who attempts a little thing sane people like to call cosmic genocide. What's next? Are we going to watch "Little Adolf" movies about how wonderful little Hitler was.

7) CGI abs. Nuff said.

8) Poetry. Green Lantern has to recite a little poem to access his super powers. OK, superheroes shouldn't have to recite poetry. And you've got this "man" in a skin tight green outfit with fake abs reciting poetry. I don't know. It's just kinda' weirdand maybe it's best if I don't comment further. I'm sure it'll bring in the "Glee" crowd but I'm not up for it.

Government Regs Can Kill You

Hey you. You reading this right now. There is a 50% chance that you are a fatty like me. Well, do I have news for you. It is not your fault. It is the fault of government bureaucrats that think, nea insist they know what is best for you based on the science that had all kinds of consensus. That science resulted in a symbol that has likely caused the deaths of millions.

That symbol? The pyramid. The food pyramid.

And the news gets even better. The same non-scientists that insisted that the science was settled are itching to do it again. Think this is my unscientific opinion. Let me quote one of the scientists on the 13 member panel who have come up with the new 2010 dietary guidelines.

"There is no scientific basis for the U.S. Dietary Guidelines....There are no human intervention studies."
Awesome. Hey since we are talking diet and science and stuff, let's look at a little chart that shows the rate of obesity since the introduction of that damned food pyramid in 1980.

So to all you fatties out there, know this. You are the vicitm of a well meaning government that is trying to kill you. By deciding that fat was the enemy, they let the real villain in the door. Sugar.

Just one other way the government is trying to kill you through bad science.

Suffering, Love and the Paradox of the Cross

Chelsea Zimmerman is guest posting here this month. We're glad to have her. She typically writes at Reflections of a Paralytic - which is a great blog that you should bookmark or follow or favorite or whatever it is you do. Just read her here and then go there. Here is her latest:

Last week I commented on a story about a woman who chose to kill her unborn child in order to spare him (what she thought would be) a life terrible suffering. In my comments I mentioned that, though she thought she was acting out of love, she was actually confusing love with pity and a kind of selfish empathy. Why? What does it mean to really love and what is one to do when a loved one is suffering so terribly?

First of all, love is an affirmation of the human person. It is to rejoice in his very being and say, "it is good that you exist!" I recall a poster that used to hang in the office where I went to grade school that said, "I know I'm somebody, cause God doesn't make junk." The creation of every human being is a deliberate act on the part of Almighty God. It is always the fruit of a Great and Glorious Love and an invitation to participate in that love.

But, how is it loving to bring a child into the world who would only know pain and suffering?

Mother Teresa once said that love means being willing to “give until it hurts.” The true meaning of the word “consolation“ suggests being with the other in his solitude, so that it ceases to be solitude. We think that by pushing all that is imperfect and difficult out of our sights, we are showing the tenderness of our hearts, when all we are really betraying is our own fear, and how it owns us. The fullness of love requires a shift to a higher dimension of reality, beyond the reach of mere feelings to the affirmation of another person for his own sake and being willing to suffer with and for him through a sincere gift of oneself.

Love simply cannot exist without this painful renunciation of myself, for otherwise it becomes pure selfishness and thereby ceases to be love. (Spe Salvi, 38)

Mother Teresa is also quoted as saying:

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.

This is the paradox of the Cross: love grows through suffering and makes suffering bearable. Mother Teresa surely lived this out in her work with the poorest of the poor, no doubt using for herself the model of Christ’s Passion and death which is The Model of true love and consolation. As Pope Benedict writes:

God cannot suffer, but he can suffer with. Man is worth so much to God that he himself became man in order to suffer with man in an utterly real way—in flesh and blood—as is revealed to us in the account of Jesus’ Passion. Hence in all human suffering we are joined by one who experiences and carries that suffering with us; hence con-solatio (consolation) is present in all suffering, the consolation of God’s compassionate love—and so the star of hope rises (Spe Salvi, 39)

If we ever want to see the image of true love, we have only to gaze upon the Cross.

Christ did not die in order to eliminate our suffering, but so that we would not have to suffer alone. The Cross is for Christ a burden of love for all humankind. We are called to this same love as Christ has said, “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you” (John 15:12). There is “no greater love” than to lay down one’s life for another and, I would say, to “suffer with” the other. By taking up our own crosses and those of our suffering brothers and sisters, uniting them with the Cross of our Salvation, not only will all truly be consoled, but also our love, and our capacity to love more, will grow as a result.

Suffering should be remedied whenever possible, but it is a part of life, and eliminating it is not in our power. By treating the sick/disabled/elderly/unborn child as a human beings worthy of the the beauty and goodness that life can bring, even in the midst of extreme suffering, many, like Mother Teresa, have discovered that this act of love, though it may not take the suffering away, can make it bearable for everyone involved.

Note: You can check out Chelsea's blog here.

Vid: Deer Wanted to go to Church, I Guess

He should've gone to a Unitariun Church. They'll take anybody.

HT Viral Footage

Gore: "Empower" Women to Contracept

HT Weasel Zippers

Father Un-Corapi

I found this at Renew America. It is the text of the homily for Father Chester Poppa, OFM Cap.

In reading this, one thing jumped out at me. This man's complete dedication to his priesthood and the sacraments. Father Corapi has now infamously said that giving up the priesthood is really no biggie since the sacraments were only 10% of what he did. So when Corapi hit some speed bumps in his life, the priesthood and the sacraments got thrown from the car.

Not so Father Poppa. Read this.

Homily for the Funeral of Chester Poppa, OFM Cap.
June 20, 2011
St. David Parish, Broadus, Montana
Wisdom 3: 1-6, 9; Psalm 23; Romans 6:3-9; John 12:23-26

When a person is in end-stage renal failure and has lost 85 to 90 percent of his kidney function, he has three choices: get a kidney transplant, undergo kidney dialysis for the rest of his life, or die. Several years ago our brother Chester faced those choices. As we all know, he chose dialysis — three days a week.

Undergoing dialysis can be a strain under any circumstances, but doing so in your late 70s and early 80s and three times a week ... that's a lot to deal with. When Randolph Graczyk and I visited Chet at his apartment in Billings last month, he admitted that the process was taking its toll on him. It often left him without much energy to do much else.

Yet for several years, Chester was not only faithful to his course of treatment, he was equally faithful to his ministry here at St. David's. Each week, after undergoing dialysis on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, he would make the three-hour drive from Billings to Broadus for the weekend Masses. It was his way of remaining faithful to a community he would serve as pastor for 35 years. It's amazing and humbling for me to consider that he began his ministry in Broadus when I was only an eighth grader at Ss. Peter & Paul School in Milwaukee and just beginning to learn about this order of priests and brothers called the Capuchins.
Six hours of driving each week while receiving dialysis three times a week to bring the sacraments to the people of Broadus. That is a man who understood the value of his priesthood and the sacraments.

May Father Poppa rest in eternal peace.

The Pictures The Gov't Doesn't Want You To See

See my latest piece at the Register in which I highlight the amazing consistency of the government when it comes to health risks.

Read "The Pictures The Gov't Doesn't Want You To See"

Gov. Scott Walker to Defund Planned Parenthood

I'm loving this guy. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, fresh from picking the remains of labor union carcass from his knuckles and teeth, is now expected to pick a fight with the other sacred cow of the Democrat Party - Planned Parenthood. This guy is just taking on all comers. What could this guy possibly do next to impress -beat Harry Reid with Sheila Jackson Lee's arms?

Walker is expected to sign a budget bill on Tuesday, making Wisconsin the fourth state to defund the abortuary. (Indiana, Kansas and North Carolina did so earlier this year.) Do you realize how much liberals hate Scott Walker right now? This trend of the states doing what the feds so miserably failed to do is awesome and it's good for the country to bring some power back to the states. The days of us waiting for Washington to do something good is over. Make the fight on our own turf.

Now, of course, Planned Parenthood went crying to their favorite spot in the world -the courts- from which all liberal goods derive. Planned Parenthood, along with Obama's Department of Justice, is arguing that the states need to send the money to Planned Parenthood because they say so. We'll see.

This fight is crucial. My new motto is: Federalism. It's not just for rednecks anymore.

Secular Nutiness In NYC

Two stories out of New York that show that secular nutjobs are now running the lefty insane asylum.

First, objecting to the word "saints" in the classic song "When the saints come marching in," some secular pychos at a middle school replaced the word 'saints' with 'ants'.

As stupid as that story is, this one is really offensive. A bunch of idiot atheists are demanding that the name of a street dedicated to seven firefighters killed on September 11th because the street name includes the word heaven. Heaven.

(Fox News Radio) — A group of New York City atheists is demanding that the city remove a street sign honoring seven firefighters killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks because they said the sign violates the separation of church and state.

The street, “Seven in Heaven Way,” was officially dedicated last weekend in Brooklyn outside the firehouse where the firefighters once served. The ceremony was attended by dozens of firefighters, city leaders and widows of the fallen men.

“There should be no signage or displays of religious nature in the public domain,” said Ken Bronstein, president of New York City Atheists. “It’s really insulting to us.”

These people are idiots. Idiots.

I prefer the song 'when atheist jackasses come marching down idiot street' myself.

Double hat tip to WeaselZippers for both these stories.

Obama Comedy Continues

This is funny, in a pathetic way. Even the Democrats know that Obama is full of Barack.

This is how the White House's own transcript of Obama's speech at a DNC fundraiser. Classic.

As a consequence of that swift, decisive, and sometimes difficult period, we were able to take an economy that was shrinking by about 6 percent and create an economy that is now growing, and has grown steadily now over many consecutive quarters. Over the last 15 months we’ve created over 2.1 million private sector jobs. (Laughter.)
So even the Democrats laugh at Obama's absurd assertions of fact known not to be true (formerly known as lies.)

I bet the millions of people out of work from Obama's ridiculous policies don't find it quite as funny though. Just guessin'.

ht Drudge.

The Case For/Against Rick Perry

Katie Thompson makes the case for Rick Perry at Legal Insurrection.

Perry is certainly intriguing. A captivating speaker who can work a crowd like no other, Perry inspires unwavering enthusiasm among his supporters. His speech at the Republican Leadership Conference left the roaring crowd chanting, “Run, Rick, run!”

But he’s not just flash. Having served as a Texas State Representative, Commissioner of Agriculture, Lieutenant Governor, Governor for an unprecedented ten years, and Chairman of the Republican Governors Association for two terms, Perry certainly has the experience – both legislative and executive – desired in a presidential candidate. Throughout his career, he has been one of the most outspoken and effective champions of limited government, free market economic principles, and common-sense laws that benefit people, not politicians.

Thanks to the solid fiscal conservatism Perry has advocated in the past ten years as Governor of the Lone Star State, Texas was the last to enter the recession and the first out. Perry credits Texas’ remarkable economic stability to “keeping taxes low and regulations predictable, and maintaining a fair legal system.” Since he took office in 2001, Texas has created over 700,000 new jobs – more than any other state – and over a third of all new jobs in the past year. The country’s top exporter, Texas remains one of the largest economies in the world and is home to more Fortune 500 companies than any other state. The state’s healthy job market is drawing folks from all across the country, attracted by the business-friendly environment and the lack of personal income tax. The state has a balanced budget, but it also has a $9 billion rainy day fund, just in case.

He’s also a strong social conservative, having recently introduced legislation requiring women seeking abortions to have a sonogram beforehand. Perry also backed bills to eliminate sanctuary cities and require photo identification to vote. His support for gun rights prompted one company to make a special handgun in his honor.
Those are all great things, but....

There is always a but, right. These "buts' really make you wonder.

Some on the right will slam Perry for being too moderate. There are two particular policy decisions that have drawn fire from conservatives and, while not exactly hot-button issues, seem inconsistent with his limited-government philosophy and threaten to erode his support base. In 2007, Perry signed an executive order requiring that all sixth-grade girls receive a vaccine to prevent HPV and cervical cancer, citing economic and health benefits. Though the order allowed parents to opt out, most opponents said mandating the vaccine stepped on parents’ toes and was a government over-reach into family decision-making. “I always stand for life,” Perry said without apology in defense of this initiative, which was overturned by the legislature.

Still others objected to Perry’s former plans to use eminent domain to create the Trans-Texas Corridor, a 4,000-mile shipping pathway including toll roads, rail lines, and utility lines. Intended to improve transportation of commercial goods with minimal expenditure of taxpayer money, the part public, part private infrastructure project sparked heated criticism. The plan was reworked into smaller projects in 2009 and scrapped in 2011 in response to public outcry over the intended acquisition of land, involvement of private companies, and potential for heavy tolls. Perry still defended the decision: “I don’t think it was a mistake at all…we had to come up with some concepts and some ideas of how to move people effectively and efficiently.”
The Gardisil issue is the one I really have a problem with. Further, his refusal to admit that he may have been wrong even after the fact is extremely troubling. Can I trust a guy who would try to force my children to take a vaccine to a sexually transmitted disease even over my objections because HE thinks it is a good idea. That seems awful Obama-esque, no? I am tryin' got put this in perspective, but I am having a hard time of it? Is this as big a deal as I think it is?

Barry O.Leaves Them Laughing.

Jews are renowned for having great senses of humor born from tragedy.

So this little humdinger should have had them rolling on the floors.

(Reuters) — President Barack Obama reassured Jewish donors on Monday he strongly supports Israel, stressing close ties between the United States and the Jewish state, but also emphasizing that changes in the Middle East will require a fresh look at the region.

“Both the United States and Israel are going to have to look at this new landscape with fresh eyes. It’s not going to be sufficient for us just to keep on doing the same things,” Obama said at the first of two big-ticket fund-raisers where he was speaking on Monday evening.

He addressed the crowd of about 80 people a month after a speech on the Middle East that exposed a rift between the United States and Israel. At Monday’s dinner, hosted by Americans in Support of a Strong U.S.-Israel Relationship, he said his administration had done more than any for 25 years to support Israel’s security.

Don't forget to tip your waitress.

Jim Hoft reminds us that,"In May Barack Obama proposed handing over half of Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall, The Temple Mount, Old Jerusalem, and the tomb of Jesus Christ to the Hamas-Fatah terrorist alliance."

Its funny cause its true. Any more support from Barry and Israel will be a giant hole in the ground.

Maybe Barry wants to tour the Borscht belt in 2013. He will have to do something to support his golf habit.

Baby-Kinis? Seriously?

I imagine that in the future there will be a great debate between liberal archaeologists over why Western civilization failed? Oh, there will be plenty of theories. Some will probably say it was President Palin's fault. Others will say it was the bitter clingers of Christianity.

There will be papers published called "Understanding the Backwards Societal Trends of 21st Century Christians and How Their "Principles" Undermined Social Growth Causing Conflict and the Collapse of a Middling Civilization." There might even be a college course. PBS will do a special hosted by Christianne Amanpour (who will still be alive due to her strict diet of human brains and asparagus leaves.)

But you wanna' know why civilization failed? If you really want to understand why Western civilization essentially imploded in the 21st century it will be...Baby-kinis.

I'm not saying some stupid manufacturer pushing controversy is the end of civilization. But it's part of it. It's not the whole thing. It's a symptom that we don't know what anything is anymore. Everything is open to redefinition.

Look, the institution of marriage is open to any conglomeration of consenting adults, babies in the womb aren't babies -they're disposable blobs of tissue. And the innocence of childhood is just an introduction into being future sexual objects. Nothing just is anymore. Everything is whatever we want it to be. And I know someone will read that and think "yeah. That's what freedom is." But that's not true. It's not true at all. There's a difference between freedom and anarchy. There has to be.

I've never heard a recipe for success for any long term venture to be "we'll make it up as we go along." As long as anarchy is the end goal we're all just in a slow motion suicide pact.

And yeah, this baby-kini has the word "juicy" on the rear.
Tell me you've seen a clearer sign of the apocalypse than this.

Major Announcement: We Are God's Chihuahuas

Following Corapi's example, we announce a major change in our lives!!!

What? Too soon?

NBC Apologizes for Editing "Under God" from Pledge

NBC omitting "under God" from the Pledge was absolutely intentional. Make no mistake about it. So horrified are they at the mention of God that they edit Him out of the Pledge of Allegiance.

And the apology is ridiculous as well. The golf announcers says that they didn't do it to offend anybody. Duh. We know that's not why you did it. You did it because you can't stand to mention God and you look down on anyone who does. You do it for the same reason our President Barack Obama does it. He doesn't believe that God should be mentioned in public just like them.

Newsbusters has more on this story.

I Have No Idea How I'm Doing as a Dad

So today was Father's Day. I took the kids to the mall and they rode the Merry-go-Round there. As we were sitting on line this three year old named Bobby in front of us was reading to his Mom. Reading!

So I realized today ON FATHER'S DAY OF ALL DAYS that I suck at parenting. If I gave my three year old a book she'd probably just hit the five year old with it.

I got me thinking. It's a strange thing about parenting. Most of us have no idea how we’re doing. None.

Continue reading at the National Catholic Register>>>

SOLT: Civil Lawsuit Complicated Corapi Investigation

The National Catholic Register's Joan Frawley Desmond has fascinating new information on the Corapi story.

The main take-aways are that the investigation by SOLT into the allegations against Corapi was complicated by a civil lawsuit filed by Father Corapi for violation of a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). Further, many of the witnesses are bound by NDAs as well.

However, Father Gerard Sheehan, regional priest-servant of SOLT and Father Corapi’s religious superior in the U.S., confirmed June 19 that the order’s investigation faced complications created by a civil suit filed by Father Corapi against the former employee who had accused him of sexual misconduct.

“When she left the company, she signed a contract that she would not reveal anything that happened to her while she was at Santa Cruz Media. Father Corapi paid her for this. Father was suing her for a breach of contract,” said Father Sheehan, though he did not specify why Father Corapi had initiated the non-disclosure agreement.

The civil suit against the former employee created a problem for SOLT investigators.

“In canon law, there can’t be any pressure on witnesses; they have to be completely free to speak. The investigation was compromised because of the pressure on the witnesses. There were other witnesses that also had signed non-disclosure agreements,” said Father Sheehan.

“The canon lawyers were in a difficult situation, and Father does have his civil rights and he decided to follow his legal counsel, which he had a right to do,” he said. “We tried to continue the investigation without speaking to the principal witnesses.”

The investigation was halted after Father Corapi “sent us a letter resigning from active ministry and religious life. I have written him a letter asking him to confirm that decision. If so, we will help him with this process of leaving religious life,” said Father Sheehan.
Kudos to the Register for getting real information is a situation dominated by accusations and innuendo.

While Corapi certainly has civil rights, it seems illogical or even disingenuous on his part after just three months to claim that he cannot get a fair investigation when his own actions, even if legal and reasonable, are preventing such a fair investigation.

In the search for answers for why Corapi chose this course of action, the Register article may provide a clue. It seems that SOLT, the order to which Corapi belonged, wanted him to leave his Montana home and come and live in community with the other members of SOLT. It seems as if SOLT wanted to regularize Corapi's situation with the society, perhaps even bringing him into line regarding their constitution which all money earned is turned over to the Society.
“The founder’s arrangement with Father Corapi was established before that time, when Father Flanagan believed that every mission should take care of its own needs,” noted Father Sheehan at that time. “Now, according to our constitution, a different way of life has been established for members. All the money we make is turned over to the society, which gives us an allowance.”

During that interview, Father Sheehan confirmed that SOLT had “begun to address the issues of members who joined the society before the new constitution. The society is moving to a more organized structural phase of its existence, with all the Church discipline that entails.” The implication of his remarks was that Father Corapi had not accommodated the discipline imposed by the new constitution.
He resigned soon after the request to join the community. You do the math, it seems Corapi probably did.

Read the entire story here.

12 Reasons It's Harder to Be a Dad than a Mom

I wrote this a while back but since it's Father's Day I thought it appropriate.

12 Reasons It's Harder to be a Dad than a Mom

There are thousands and thousands of Mommy blogs out there detailing the trials and difficulties of being a Mom. There aren’t a whole lot of Daddy sites out there. Or maybe there are, it’s just called ESPN. But regardless, I’m here to explain to you the many reasons it might just be harder to be a Dad than it is being a Mom. Here’s my top 12:

1) When we gain weight we can’t blame the pregnancies.

2) When one of your daughters gets in a fight at school and your other daughter yells, “Sweep the leg Johnny” everyone blames you.

3) Our fingers aren’t made for little buttons. They’re just not. If buttons needed hammering we’d be the ones to call. Finessing buttons? Not so much.

4) Dads can’t guilt our children by saying, “We carried you for nine months.”

5) “Wait until your Mommy gets home” just doesn’t sound as scary. It just doesn’t.

Continue reading at the National Catholic Register>>>

Perfect Father's Day Card for Today's Man

HT Shamelessly stolen from Ace of Spades.

Santorum To Romney -- Sign It!!

Rick Santorum responded to the very recently pro-choice Mitt Romney that his fears about the SBA List pledge are unjustified and tells him to sign it. I dig it.

Taking the Pledge

As Marjorie Dannenfelser makes clear, the hospital issue that Governor Romney raised is actually not an issue — it is not anywhere near the center of the abortion fight and nobody is proposing to make it so. The pledge does, however, ask candidates to select appointees to “relevant Cabinet and Executive Branch positions, in particular the head of National Institutes of Health, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Health & Human Services,” not “a broad array of key positions in the federal government,” as Governor Romney writes. I would expect a pro-life candidate to agree to such a simple proposition, just as I would expect a pro-business candidate not to appoint a union boss to head the Department of Labor or someone from the Environmental Defense Fund to head the EPA. So, now that Marjorie has allayed Governor Romney’s stated concerns with the pledge, I would suggest he be asked to sign it once again.

Yeah, what he said.

Mitt Defends Decision Not To Sign Pledge

As reported yesterday, while most of the other Republican presidential candidates have signed the SBA List Pledge on abortion, Mitt Romney has not. The Pledge:

FIRST, to nominate to the U.S. federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, not legislating from the bench;

SECOND, to select only pro-life appointees for relevant Cabinet and Executive Branch positions, in particular the head of National Institutes of Health, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Health & Human Services;

THIRD, to advance pro-life legislation to permanently end all taxpayer funding of abortion in all domestic and international spending programs, and defund Planned Parenthood and all other contractors and recipients of federal funds with affiliates that perform or fund abortions;

FOURTH, advance and sign into law a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.
Now Romney has come out and defended his decision not to sign it at National Review.

I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.

I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad medicine. Roe was a misguided ruling that was a result of a small group of activist federal judges legislating from the bench.

I support the Hyde Amendment, which broadly bars the use of federal funds for abortions. And as president, I will support efforts to prohibit federal funding for any organization like Planned Parenthood, which primarily performs abortions or offers abortion-related services.

I will reinstate the Mexico City Policy to ensure that nongovernmental organizations that receive funding from America refrain from performing or promoting abortion services, as a method of family planning, in other countries. This includes ending American funding for any United Nations or other foreign assistance program that promotes or performs abortions on women around the world.

I will advocate for and support a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.

And perhaps most importantly, I will only appoint judges who adhere to the Constitution and the laws as they are written, not as they want them to be written.

As much as I share the goals of the Susan B. Anthony List, its well-meaning pledge is overly broad and would have unintended consequences. That is why I could not sign it. It is one thing to end federal funding for an organization like Planned Parenthood; it is entirely another to end all federal funding for thousands of hospitals across America. That is precisely what the pledge would demand and require of a president who signed it.

The pledge also unduly burdens a president’s ability to appoint the most qualified individuals to a broad array of key positions in the federal government. I would expect every one of my appointees to carry out my policies on abortion and every other issue, irrespective of their personal views.

If I have the opportunity to serve as our nation’s next president, I commit to doing everything in my power to cultivate, promote, and support a culture of life in America.

It seems all so reasonable until you remember that just a few years ago, Mitt said this...


Update: Santorum To Romney -- Sign It!!

My First Reaction To The Corapi News

I have to think this through, but I thought I might post some of the things running through my head.

One the one hand, if the process is anything like what Corapi describes with secret accusers and secret accusations and no due process, the Church is acting in a grossly unfair way.

On the other hand, it has only been three months and he throws in the towel on the whole priesthood? Rather than suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Corapi answered the 'to be or not to be' with a resounding 'not to be.'

The process may be grossly unfair, but it really has only begun. Throwing in the towel so quickly, unfair process or not, is not the only thing that stinks in Denmark.

Leaving the priesthood so that you can continue your (profit making?) ministry after three months says that he does not hold his priesthood in very high regard. How can a priest give up saying the Mass so easily?

There are priests in China who suffer much more than Corapi has in these last few months at the hands of a much more unjust system but would never consider giving up their legitimate priesthood. Never.

This quick decision to abandon the priesthood by Corapi cannot help leave one with the impression that the priesthood was only a means to an end. When the going got rough, he quickly dumped the priesthood to move on. This does not speak well of him.

I have a tendency to think in analogies and metaphors to help clarify my thinking. I know this is not a perfect parallel but imagine...

I have unfairly been accused of adultery. My wife ignores my protestations and moves out and will not even pick up the phone. What kind of man would I be if I said after three months, I guess divorce is my only option?

What about pray, suffer, persevere? And then pray some more?

I don't think that quitting the priesthood necessarily means that Corapi is guilty of what he has been accused (but it doesn't inspire confidence.) That said, quitting the priesthood may mean he was not a very good priest or man.

Corapi Quitting the Priesthood?

A video is out that seems to be from Fr. Corapi saying that he's quitting the priesthood. New Advent has the link above the fold. This would be a heartbreaking turn of events.

Click New Advent here.

Some suspect that this isn't actually Fr. Corapi. There does seem to be some issues with the audio. But check it out. Let me know. If it's a fraud, it's a pretty good one that someone went to a lot of trouble to put up. If it's true it's really sad.

Update: Yeah, it seems like it's him. There's a link to his new site from Fr.Corapi.com

His new site is theblacksheepdog.us

Update2: I gotta' tell you watching it again I can't help but think it's kinda' icky that he used this message to plug a new venture -this blacksheepdog thing. Am I right? Isn't that a bit icky after all this talk and prayer to have this.

I feel kinda' like Ralphie from a Christmas story who after waiting forever for a message from Annie all he got was a crummy commercial "Be Sure to drink your ovaltine."

Update: See Patrick's first reactions to the news....

I'll Be Live on the Radio at 8 p.m.

Please listen if you can to Dennis O'Donovan's radio show "Religion, Politics and the Culture" tonight at 8 p.m. EST. I always have a great time speaking with Dennis on the important issues of the day.

We'll be discussing the gay marriage fight in New York including Archbishop Dolan and "Catholic" Andrew Cuomo. We'll be discussing Indiana's fight against Obama to defund Planned Parenthood as well as a recent ruling against Planned Parenthood.

Listen here and feel free to call in with comments or questions. I'd love to hear from you guys.

Court: Planned Parenthood Violated Law

The SBA List reports that an Ohio Court slapped Planned Parenthood up the head.

An Ohio judge has ruled that a Planned Parenthood clinic violated state law in a case involving a 14 year old girl impregnated by her 22 year old soccer coach. Ohio state law requires a doctor to meet with a woman seeking an abortion at least 24 hours before actually performing the procedure to discuss abortion alternatives. Not only did Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio break this requirement, it also failed to report the occurrence of statutory rape as required by law.

The girl’s attorney, Brian Hurly, summarized the victory, and the larger issue, well by saying, “The health and safety of young girls is more important than Planned Parenthood’s desire to perform an abortion.”
So they didn't wait 24 hours, they didn't go over abortion alternatives, and they didn't report a rape which they are required to do by law. Hey, remember how Planned Parenthood said that all those Lila Rose vids were edited and she was a big fat liar. Well, the court just found that they were doing exactly what we all knew they've been doing.

A private entity that consistently runs afoul of the law is being funded by taxpayer dollars. Hey federal government! Planned Parenthood is a bandit organization with the morals of a piranha. DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD NOW!!!!

Check out SBA List for a podcast on this topic.

We Are The Soviets

From Creative Minority Report

I found this laughable cover over at Newsbusters. The obvious thing here is that the climato-socialists were ringing the ice-age alarm bells back in the 70's before they switched to warming which is before they switched to Climate change which essentially means "Weather is Bad."

But the real kicker is the small headline at the top of the cover. "Beyond Detente: Why we can't beat the Soviets."

And yet somehow these people are still in charge.

Ironically, I saw this headline today. "Medvedev: Govt role in economy has to be cut"

So the Ruskies are trying to get Gov't out of the economy as we cede more and more control to the Gov't.

Maybe TIME was right, we can't beat the Soviets becuase we ARE the Soviets.

Union Leader: "War" on "Adolf Christie"

I don't know what's worse. NJ union leader Chris Shelton calling Gov. Chris Christie “Adolf Christie” in a speech after welcoming the crowd to “Nazi Germany.” Or saying that “It took World War II to get rid of the last Adolf Hitler, it’s going to take World War III to get rid of Adolf Christie! Are you ready for World War III?”

I guess you'll say anything when the scam you've been running for decades has been found out.