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Heartwarming Ad That Will Thaw Even Your Cold Heart

I know that banks are mean, cruel, and heartless. I mean, in any Hallmark movie if a guy or girl is introduced as a banker rest assured that about three quarters of the way through Act 2 they're signing the foreclosure forms on Mom and Dad's farm.

But this ad is wonderful. It's people being surprised by random acts of kindness. And that's kinda' nice.


Go Ruth Vader Go!

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Vader Ginsburg just announced that she has no plans to retire in the near future, according to The Hill.

CMR says "You go girl."

"My answer is, I will do this job as long as I can do it full steam," she reportedly said. "When I feel myself slipping. When I can no longer think as sharply, write as quickly, that will be the time for me to leave the court."

Frankly I had thought that at the time of her decision, there was concern about having so many liberal justices on the court on which we don’t want to have too many of.

I'm hoping she stays on the bench for a few more years.

*subhead*No retire.*subhead*

I'd Kill Myself If I Had That Many Kids

The mom directly across from me, who I didn't really know and hadn't seen at many games, leaned in conspiritorially and asked, "Who has five children? I'd kill myself if I had that many kids."

Dopey me, I actually felt embarrassed for her. I figured she couldn't hear all that well and didn't know who they were talking about and would regret her comment when she learned it was the man and woman sitting directly across from her.

I shouldn't have worried. The coach seemed flummoxed, pointed at us, and then quickly engaged in a conversation on the other side of the table. The woman, didn't appear to be embarrased though.

"You two have five kids?" she laughed. "You seem like normal people."

Yup. She actually said it.

Please read the entire piece at The National Catholic Register>>>


The Thug Now In Charge of the FFI

If reports are accurate, and given it is from La Stampa it can be reasonably supposed to be, the new head of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, Father Alfonso Bruno, imposed on the order as a result of Vatican intervention, has sued an Italian blogger for being critical of him.

Reading the posts in question, the worst thing said, the blogger in question called Fr. Bruno "A traitor to Fr. Manelli."

That is it. For this he sues the blogger. The blogger and his wife were interrogated by the police.

Rorate has the translation of the La Stampa article.

This is thuggery, pure and simple. This is a brazen effort to intimidate the blogger and all other bloggers from posting anything critical of the brutal suppression of the FFI.

But this should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the story.

A Blog For Dallas Area Catholics runs through some of the litany of thuggery that has been imposed on the order.

Well, the above, this kind of heavy handed repression is why! I mean, who sues family man bloggers, other than trolls and thugs? This is hardly the first time the nouveau leadership of the FIs has stooped to such tactics. It has in fact been part and parcel of the new regime since its installation. What have we seen in less than a year? We have seen the founder locked up under house arrest, surely the most dangerous octogenarian on the planet. We have seen the former leadership forced under pain of obedience to endure scattering to distant missionary apostolates very far from the center of events. That certainly appears to be an attempt to get them out of the way. We have seen ludicrous stories of malfeasance on the part of the former administration, and even some of their lay associates and family members, made up well after the fact. Stories that have never been even remotely supported by any substantive evidence and, after having served their purpose of disparaging the reputations of certain individuals, have been quietly dropped.

What else have we seen? We’ve seen the reputations of devout novices trashed because they asked uncomfortable questions of the nouveau leadership and the Pope, through completely fabricated and meaningless (but very revealing) claims that the individual in question “rejected Vatican II.” What would that even mean?
But I guess if you a re a crypto-something or other, you had it coming according to the thug in charge.

Don't like it? Sue me.

*subhead*FFI Head sues blogger.*subhead*

Court Says Ground Zero Cross Can Stay, Atheists Weep and Gnash Teeth

I don't think the atheists really had a prayer with this lawsuit. The atheist group, American Atheists, pretended to be so horrified by the sight of a cross at the 9-11 museum that they filed suit for it to be removed.

“Atheists died on 9/11, members of our organization suffered in lower Manhattan on that day, and our members helped with the rescue and recovery efforts, yet we are denied equal representation in the National Museum,” American Atheists President David Silverman reportedly said.

But the suit just got tossed out of federal court and the atheists don't know if they're going to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court or not.

The Daily Caller reports:

A federal court ruled Monday that the existence of a cross at Ground Zero does not violate the Constitution, slamming the appeal filed by the secular activist group American Atheists.

The famous cross, formed by two intersecting beams left standing after the 9/11 attacks, has been a powerful spiritual symbol for many since and even during the tragedy. Frank Silecchia discovered the cross while helping recover bodies from the site. “It was a sign,” he later said. ”a sign God hadn’t deserted us.”

American Atheists felt differently. In July 2011 they filed suit over the cross, which had been included in the 9/11 Memorial Museum, saying members of their group found its presence there “offensive and repugnant to their beliefs, culture, and traditions, and allege that the symbol marginalizes them as American citizens.”

“Many of American Atheists’ members have seen the cross, either in person or on television, and are being subjected to and injured in consequence of having a religious tradition not their own imposed upon them through the power of the state,” the suit read.
The Franciscan priest, Father Brian Jordan, who reportedly originally had the cross pulled from Ground Zero. “In a way, we’ve been vindicated," he said. "I’m satisfied and gratified that this will go down as a piece of history — as a reminder.”

But the Second Circuit stated that the “actual purpose in displaying The Cross at Ground Zero has always been secular: to recount the history of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and their aftermath.”

The court said the cross tells “the story of how some people used faith to cope with the tragedy."

Faith is a real part of people's lives and it shouldn't be ignored. Hey, someone want to tell the Obama administration.


Judge OK's Spanking Child

I guess I'm kinda' pro-choice on spanking. I have never had to do it but I'm not against doing it. I'm not for child abuse. Some might say any physical striking of a child is abuse but I don't think so.

Anyhoo, a New York judge just ruled in favor of a Dad who spanked his eight year old who cursed at an adult. I've got to tell you that I think a kid cursing at adults is pretty horrific and might be worth a red bottom.

Fox NY reports:

The state appellate court dismissed neglect charges against a Long Island father who spanked his 8-year old son for cursing at an adult, saying spanking did not constitute excessive punishment.

Criminal defense lawyer Arthur Aidala says the judge says as long as the punishment of spanking is within reason.

"The judge looks at the overall circumstances. There are so many children who unfortunately don’t have fathers around. Here you have a dad who cares and is trying to teach his boy a lesson, you don’t curse at adults, boom here's a whack," said Aidala.

Child psychologist Nava Silton is against corporal punishment of any kind.

"The problem with spanking is what you're doing is you're using a negative action and you're reinforcing that as a way in which to deal with life's issues. And so ideally what you want to do is you want to teach what the child so do instead. So you want to teach pro social alternatives actions that the children can take as opposed to using a negative action like spanking," she said.
I'd like to know who brought charges against this father for spanking. The story doesn't go into it.

One of the problems with kids is they seem to suffer from short-term memory. That's why those long-term punishments don't really work all that well. If a kid does something wrong the punishment needs to be swift for them to connect the two things. At least that's the case with my kids.

I think if the government decides spanking is illegal you're going to have the government taking away an awful lot of children.

Wrap The Clap! Time To End Clapping At Mass (And Flamenco Dancing)

You know how Sharia law calls for the hands of theives to be chopped off? Yeah, well my kids know that a similar penalty will be lovingly applied by their father if I ever catch them clapping at Mass.

For me, applause at mass it the most visible sign of the anthropocentric corruption of our worship. This corruption invariably ends up with Flamenco Dancing.

Read the story At National Catholic Register.

*subhead*Anthropocentrism run wild.*subhead*

The Modernist

Chris Jackson highlights some of the videos of Msgr. Henry A. Kriegel of Saint Patrick Church in Erie, PA. I had recently been altered to these videos, but was too busy to do anything with them? Why? Because Msgr. Kriegel makes Deacon Sandy seem like Pope St. Pius X. Msgr. Kriegel is a thoroughly modern Modernist.

Chris Jackson at The Remnant breaks down the worst of it in terrific detail. Give it a read.

*subhead*Makes Deacon Sandy seem like Pius X*subhead*

No Speeches on Catholicism Allowed on London Campus

I am really really dumb. I just read this story about a speech that was shut down at a London University that was set up by a Catholic group to discuss Catholic teaching on sexuality.

In today's highly politicized environment we have come to expect the accusation that any discussion of Catholic teaching on sexuality is an attack on homosexuals.

So I read this and at first, like an idiot, I was...not shocked...but looking for some rational explanation that the university at least used as cover. But there was no cover. It was Catholic, therefore bad, and then shut down.

Oh, they used the Indiana Jones excuse "No ticket" for the shut down but then publicly proceeded to admit they aimed to shut it down.

In October last year, I was scheduled to give a talk to the Catholic Society (or ‘CathSoc’) of University College London (UCL). The subject was to be the right of Catholics to have their own view on the contentious issue of homosexuality. I had prepared to explain what the Catholic teaching on homosexuality was, why the Church actually preaches and argues against homophobia, what the implications for this teaching are for Catholics in public life, and why civil liberties (such as freedoms of speech, religion and association) should be respected.
Ironically, given the subject matter, the talk was cancelled at the last minute by officials of the UCL Students’ Union (UCLU).

While the official reason was that the requisite paperwork had not been completed, it soon became clear that the union’s sabbatical officers, alarmed and angered about the fact that the talk was taking place, had deployed any means necessary to have it stopped. This was no mere pedantic paper-pushing; it was censorship-by-bureaucracy.
UCLU’s external affairs and campaigns officer, Hannah Webb, on a thread about my talk on the UCLU LGBT society Facebook group, celebrated the fact that ‘[t]his was cancelled!’. After being asked how this was achieved, she answered, ‘Their speaker hadn’t been preapproved, so fairly easily’. In explaining this, she revealed that the event ‘was flagged up’ – that is, someone had complained about it – and consequently ‘several of us were alarmed that such a speaker had been allowed through the external speakers vetting process’. As a result, the union officials went out of their way to look into the event and when they found out the Catholic Society had not been given approval, they moved to stop the event altogether. As Beth Sutton, the UCLU’s women’s officer, boasted on Twitter: ’[W]e managed to stop it [the talk] because union protocol wasn’t followed.’

When I asked Webb on Twitter whether she’d have been so legalistic about any other event, she replied that she would for those events that are ‘on the boundaries of what UCLU allows and requires discussion’. Such a discriminatory attitude certainly puts to bed any last-minute cancellation fears for unconfirmed speakers at the UCLU baking society, or the badminton club, but something tells me the UCLU Friends of Palestine and assorted anti-war groups are probably similarly at ease.

Webb argued that the union has to have an ‘awareness for student welfare’, which recognises that ‘[p]eople have a right to feel safe on campus’. Were anyone ‘homophobic’ allowed to speak at a student society event, she said, this would involve making ‘an oppressed group [in this case, gay people] feel even more unsafe’, and thus such speech must be prohibited.

Dan Warham, the UCLU democracy (!) and communications officer, went even further, saying that he would ‘happily do anything to stop people speaking if they were causing distress to a member of the union, at a union society event, especially if those students identify as part of a liberation group (ie, LGBT+)’. Thus, the right of a society like the CathSoc to hear the Catholic teaching on sex and sexuality explained to them is trumped by the perceived need for privileged minority treatment.
But here's the thing. Why should we be surprised when Catholic schools don't even speak about the Church teaching on sexuality. Remember than one Catholic school in New York shut down a scheduled talk on Catholicism and in another school so many parents were outraged to hear Catholic teaching from a nun that the school apologized.

Think about that, a Catholic school apologized for teaching Catholicism.

So that's where we are. So why should we expect better from the rest of the world?


Everything Is Awesome (NOT)

If the ecumenism of the last 50 years had a theme song, it would be composed by Legos.

Everything is awesome
Everything is cool when you're part of a team
Everything is awesome when we're living our dream

Everything is better when we stick together
Side by side, you and I gonna win forever, let's party forever
We're the same, I'm like you, you're like me, we're all working in harmony

So fifty years of happy slappy 'you're awesome, let's be awesome together' ecumenism, fifty years of glossing over differences in hopes of getting the team back together, fifty years of avoiding uncomfortable Truths in pursuit lesser agreeable personalized truth(s), what has ecumenism wrought? Now that we have the huggiest Pope ever, is it time for us all to get back together?

Let's ask those whom we have relentlessly pursued with positive emphasis on what we hold in common. Yeah, let's ask those very same Evangelicals what they think, shall we? The same peeps who the Pope wants to apologize to so they will like us better while staying warm and cozy in their copious errors, them. So here is what they had to say.


Following a round table promoted by the Italian Evangelical Alliance, the Federation of Pentecostal Churches, the Assemblies of God in Italy, the Apostolic Church and the Pentecostal Congregations held in Aversa on July 19, 2014, at the Pentecostal Faculty of Religious Sciences, on the theme: “Contemporary Catholicism: an evangelical perspective” the above cited organizations, following the evangelical opening on the part of evangelical circles and international and national Pentecostals, with regard to the Catholic Church and her present Pontiff, without expressing judgment on the faith of the individual faithful, retain incompatible with the teaching of Scripture a Church that proclaims herself to be the mediatrix of salvation and presents other figures as mediators of grace, given that the grace of God comes only through faith in Christ Jesus without works (Ephesians 2:8) and without the intervention of other mediators (1 Tim 2:5).

Moreover, they retain incompatible with the teaching of Scripture a Church that assumes the responsibility of adding dogmas (like the Marian ones) to the faith once and forever transmitted to the saints (Jude 3; Apocalypse 22: 18).

Finally they retain incompatible with the teaching of Scripture a Church that has its heart in a political state, a legacy of an “imperial” Church from which it assumed titles and prerogatives. Christian churches must be careful about imitating the “princes of nations” and follow the example of Jesus Who came to serve and not to be served (Mark 10:42 – 45).

Therefore, they retain that the apparent similarities with the evangelical faith and spirituality from sectors in Catholicism are not, in themselves, reasons to hope for a true change. Considering that irreconcilable and absolutely divergent theological and ethical differences still persist, they retain they are unable to start and follow-up any initiative or ecumenical opening with regard to the Roman Catholic Church, inviting all evangelicals at the national and international level to exercise sound biblical discernment(1 John 4:1) without giving way to unionist anxieties contrary to Scripture, but rather renewing the commitment to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world.

Aversa (Caserta), July 19, 2014

Fifty years of sending flowers, cards, and hugs and our BFF's in Christ just issued a restraining order. Good Job Ecumenism!

*subhead*Our BFF's just issued a restraining order.*subhead*

Nancy Pelosi Says We Need Amnesty or the Ten Commandments Would Never Happen. Or Something

Nancy Pelosi says that Congress must vote for amnesty because of the Ten Commandments.

"You could even speak about, if it’s your tradition, Moses,” she said. “What would we do if Moses had not been accepted by the pharaoh's family? We wouldn’t have the Ten Commandments for starters.”

You know the Ten Commandments such as Thou shall not kill or bear false witness. Yeah, those.

It's funny that when we defend the unborn she brings up the separation of Church and state but when it comes to importing more Democrat voters she suddenly says that the Ten Commandments are the foundation of her policy decision.

I'm just looking for a little consistency here.

*subhead* Church and state.*subhead*

NFP and Too Much of a Good Thing

Over at the Register I write about the unfortunate phenomenon of rhetorical overkill when in comes the NFP.

NFP can be a good thing. Too much love of that good thing, not so much.

*subhead*Say what?.*subhead*

UN Human Rights Group Criticizes Ireland over Lack of Abortion Access

A panel which is part of the United Nations has criticized the country of Ireland for its lack of access to abortion.

"The Committee reiterates its previous concern regarding the highly restrictive circumstances under which women can lawfully have an abortion in the state," stated the Committee last week.
You might recall that earlier this summer, the U.N. suggested that the Catholic Church's stance for life amounted to “psychological torture.”

You know, I'm starting to think the U.N. might not like the Catholic Church or its teachings very much.


TV "Family" Show Has Lesbian Procure Late-term Abortion


I love how ABC Family is the most rabidly anti-family network out there. And now, they've got lesbians getting late-term abortions.

A TV show on the supposedly family friendly network ABC Family aired an episode of the show “The Fosters” depicting a lesbian couple getting a late-term abortion. [...]

On Monday night’s episode entitled “Mother,” 20-weeks-pregnant character Lena (played by “Rescue Me” actress Sherri Shaum) winds up in the hospital with pre-eclampsia and the diagnosis that she could die if she continues with the pregnancy. The doctor tells the couple they can induce labor and watch the baby die, or end the pregnancy. Lena and her wife Stef (played by “Meet the Parents” actress Terri Polo) decide to abort the baby in order to save Lena.

Congressman Calls It Genocide

It's the word nobody wants to say because when you say it you kinda' have to do something about it.

CNS News:

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) accused the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) of genocide for “systematically targeting Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq for extinction” during an impassioned speech on the House floor Tuesday.

Wolf – who earned an international reputation as a champion of human rights for his humanitarian efforts in China, Tibet, Sudan, Afghanistan and other countries during his 34 years in Congress - told his House colleagues that “I believe that what is happening to the Christian community in Iraq is genocide. I also believe it is ‘a crime against humanity’.”

"Last Thursday, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, more commonly referred to as ISIS, gave the few remaining Christians in Mosul until Saturday to leave or be killed,” Wolf said.

He added that "on June 16th, for the first time in 1,600 years, there was no Mass said in Mosul." Prior to the U.S. invasion in 2003, some 130,000 Christians lived in Mosul, where the Prophet Jonah is believed to be buried. However, only 2,000 are estimated to remain there today.
I truly believe that there's a perfect storm here of radical Muslims hating Christians and secular Westerns whose animosity towards Christianity is so complete that they can't imagine a situation where the Christians are not to blame. That's why we often read stories about "skirmishes" between Christians and Muslims which in reality consist of Muslims killing Christians and burning their houses.

It's a shame we didn't send American troops in to Iraq years ago. Wait, what?

*subhead*Put Your Blurb Here.*subhead*

ESPN, Human Rights Campaign Blast Football Team for Hiring Traditional Marriage Supporter

If you're a supporter of traditional marriage suppoprter you have no right to work anywhere, at least according to ESPN and the Human Rights Campaign.

ESPN columnist Dan Graziano said that while he doesn't believe "wrongheaded views should necessarily prevent a person from seeking and holding a job in his chosen field" he says that he doesn't think "this is the right time" for the New York Giants to hire a traditional marriage supporter for a position that has absolutely nothing to do with the marriage issue.

Again, he's not against Giants legend David Tyree from having a job in football, but just not now.

Tolerance...but not now.

The ESPN columnist joined the Human Rights Campaign in blasting the hire.

Ironically, former head coach Tony Dungy was recently blasted pretty mercilessly by national media for saying he wouldn't have drafted gay football player Michael Sam for fear of the media circus that would surely follow.

Interestingly, I don't remember any outrage over NFL teams staying away from Tim Tebow for fear of the accompanying media circus.


Dem Gov: Obama is "Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe Forward."

This is kinda' awesome in a cringeworthy way.

It's kinda' like that mother at the playground who goes on and on praising how brilliant her absolutely brilliant child is brilliant while you watch the kid try to eat his sneaker.

Weasel Zippers reports this delightful bit about Governor Jay Inslee saying that President Obama is "bending the arc of the moral universe forward."

To be honest, I don't technically know what the governor means with that new agey hippie blather but I love it.

He compared Obama's presidency to the moon landing because he's going to put limits on carbon pollution. Or something.

It's at least not besides the point to point out that Inslee is not up for re-election any time soon. That's obvious because all the Democrat elected officials who are up for re-election in the near future are staying as far away as they can from the Bender of the Arc of the Moral Universe guy.

*subhead*Put Your Blurb Here.*subhead*

Police Stand By as Nutjob Steals Pro-Life Signs

This is the most bizarre thing I've seen in years.

The final shot says charges were eventually filed but you have to think the presence of video cameras there had something to do with that.

Ht The Blaze


My Blogging Frequency

Some of you may have noticed that my blogging has been sporadic and of a much lower volume these last months.

As you may know, I have a real job other than writing, principally because my children like to eat. These past few months I have been working on a project at work that has made free time a rare commodity.

Fortunately for me and unfortunately for you, my project is nearing its end and I suspect come August I will be able to resume normal operations. Not that any of this matters to anyone, but I wish to be clear that there are no other reasons, for the few people who asked me.

Anyway, it will be nice to be back.

*subhead*I'll be back!*subhead*

Jimmy Akin Gave Me Shout Out

Last Thursday on Catholic Answer's Live, when the topic of the Scalfari interview came up, Jimmy Akin gavea shout out to my article on the Lombardi 'clarification,' "What Did The Pope Just Say? Zero Things To Know And Share"

Thanks Jimmy!


Why Prophecy?

Over at the Register, I look at the question of private revelation and prophecy. If nobody is obligated to accept or believe in private revelation, why bother? I try to address that question.

*subhead*Why bother? Good reasons..*subhead*

Iraq Catholic Leader: Islamic State worse than Genghis Khan

With a mass exodus of Christians from Mosul in the face of threats, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako said that these Islamic militants are worse than Genghis Khan.

The Islamists are warning Christians that they must essentially convert or die.

"The heinous crime of the Islamic State was carried out not just against Christians, but against humanity," Sako told a special church service in east Baghdad where around 200 Muslims joined Christians in solidarity.

"How in the 21st century could people be forced from their houses just because they are Christian, or Shi'ite or Sunni or Yazidi?" he asked. "Christian families have been expelled from their houses and their valuables were stolen and ...their houses and property expropriated in the name of the Islamic State."

"This has never happened in Christian or Islamic history. Even Genghis Khan or Hulagu didn't do this," he said. Hulagu Khan led a Mongol army which sacked Baghdad in 1258, killing tens of thousand of people, destroying a caliphate which lasted nearly 600 years and leaving the city in ruins for centuries.
Prayers are needed. Pray for those fleeing for their lives. Pray for those threatened for standing up for being a follower of Christ. And pray that the world will wake up to the horrific slaughter.


Woman loses family on Both Malaysian Airline Disasters

This poor woman.

An Australian woman whose brother was killed when the Malaysia Airlines jetliner vanished over the Indian Ocean in March also lost her stepdaughter to the plane that was downed over Ukraine, it has emerged.
The Associated Press reported that Kaylene Mann's brother Rod Burrows and sister-in-law Mary Burrows were on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 when it vanished in March. Mann found out Friday that her stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, was killed along with 297 others on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
"It's just brought everyone, everything back," said Greg Burrows, Mann's brother. "It's just … ripped our guts again."

Prayers for her and all involved.
*subhead*Oh no.*subhead*


Isn't it funny that a man who wishes to be called a woman by the media is immediately called a woman but pro-lifers still can't get the media to call them pro-lifers?

And practicing Catholics who publicly speak about the faith are labeled "controversial" while pro-abortion and pro same-sex marriage Catholics are labeled "devout."


The Homoheretics In Charge - Part Deux

Double the scandal - double the fun!!

Number one. From Radio Vaticana. "The Bishop of Trier, Stephan Ackermann, criticizes offers to "heal" homosexuality. There is no official church support for such initiatives, Ackermann said on Wednesday evening in Saarbrücken....Ackermann expressed at the Lesbian and Gay Association (LSVD) Saar organized public discussion, attended by around 100 people took part. The two-hour meeting was the first of its kind in Germany."

A Bishop saying that the Church does not believe in 'healing' those who suffer from an intrinsic disorder which can be so destructive in the lives of people, seems at odds with Catholicism. That is not to say that all methods are created equally and that quackery should not be avoided, but if we love them we must help to heal them.

Number two. As if this wasn't bad enough, Radio Vaticana in their report on the Bishop's statement used this picture on the Vatican website..

Yes, this picture on the Vatican website.

After a hue and cry raised up, they changed the picture to one of the Bishop.  But that they felt comfortable putting up that picture tells you all you need to know about the zeitgeist in the Vatican.

*subhead*Put Your Blurb Here.*subhead*

Welcome to Tim's Place

Came across this vid on Facebook. It is as cool as it is inspiring.

Welcome to Tim's place, a restaurant owned and operated by a man with Down Syndrome.


Man Arrested for Murder After Slipping Abortion Pill Into Woman's Pancakes

Note: This is NOT part of the War on Women. I repeat, this action is NOT part of the War on Women. Even though it may seem like it.

A Kansas man has been arrested on first-degree murder charges after allegedly feeding his 8-week pregnant girlfriend an abortion pill that was mixed into her pancakes.

Scott Bollig, 30, who reportedly confessed to the crime, will stand trial for the murder of his unborn child.

Bollig confessed to crushing up an abortion pill and mixing it into pancakes he served to his girlfriend but now his lawyer is saying the confession was improperly obtained and should therefore be inadmissible.

But pro-lifers are the violent crazies who hate women, right? Right?


I Know It's a Commercial But It's Heartwarming and Awesome

This is a beautiful advertisement from an insurance company in Thailand, I think. Gianna Jessen retweeted it. I watched it. And now I'm posting it.

I know that the reason the company put the ad together is some eeeeevil profit motive but the fact is that there are many ways to make a profit and they chose to show goodness and beauty to do it. Many don't. I say we should enjoy the ones that do.


Shocking The Ostrich

Sometimes when you know you have touched a nerve when the patient jumps.

Being a blogger with the blessings and curses of some longevity in an infant media form, you come to accept hate mail and comments as the mud on the road you must travel.

Sometimes hate mail can be a blessing in that it causes the writer to examine his conscience and his craft, no matter the merits or methods of the critic. But sometimes there is another lesson to be gleaned from hate mail.

Recently, I wrote a post that far and away exceeded its respondent quota in vitriol and spittle. Usually I know when I am going to be on the receiving end of hate mail. But this time I was surprised.

Let me first say that all criticism, and I receive my fair share and then some, is not hate mail. I well know the difference.

I recently wrote a post that flooded my inbox and combox with accusations of everything from apostasy, treachery, and even sedevacantism. So many angry and deleted comments, so many angry and ignored emails, accusing me of all the former and everything in between.

I think I fairly state that I didn't take this feedback as a call to self-examination of my craft or criticisms, for I offered none. You see, the post that garnered such a strong reaction had no commentary from me in it. Further, it contained no writing from me at all as it was composed simply and solely of papal quotes.

I simply placed quotes from Pope Francis next to those of previous pontiffs who spoke ex cathedra. I left it entirely to the reader to determine if they seemed congruous or not. Reconcilable or not. Whether a hermeneutic of continuity was a lens of sufficient thickness to bend light in ways currently unknown to physics.

For this lack of commentary, I was excoriated as the worst sort of Papal detractor, people having forgotten the meaning of blockquotes.

Why? Why this post? Why not all the thousands of words I have written on this time in the Church? Why would this post garner such reaction?

I think that the answer is clear. Commentary is easily dismissed as biased opinion, no matter how well grounded. But to simply lay out papal quotes without any mitigation or explanation, in naked contradiction, the bareness was simply too much to bear.

I shocked the ostrich and I got kicked.

I think there is a lesson in this.

*subhead*You get kicked.*subhead*

Dems Do What Dems Want to Do in Some Imaginary Dem Land

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimony today concerning the “Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013” which will effectively negate any federal and state laws limiting abortion, including third-trimester bans on abortion.

This is not a shock. This is what the Democrat party does. This is what President Obama promised to do before even getting in to office. Remember FOCA? This is what just about every elected Democrat in Congress wants to do.

But they can't.

Look, these punks had the presidency, the House and the Senate for two years and they didn't do this. Don't get me wrong. They wanted to but they knew the country wouldn't have it. So they didn't do it. In some imaginary Dem land they'd do it. But the country isn't there. Some say it's even trending pro-life. I hope it is.

This push for the Women's Health Protection Act is a p.r. stunt. It's a meme push. The War on Women is coming to get you!!!!!

Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and the Obama administration have been such absolute failures that they believe their only hope is to scare women into believing that the GOP intends to drag women back to the stone age or worse yet, the 1950's. This legislation has zero chance of even being introduced in the House of Representatives. So the Democrats will attempt to argue that Republicans voted against something as benign as the "Women's Health Protection Act."

This bill has nothing to do with the protection of women and everything to do with the protection of Democrats in the Senate which the Democrats fear losing in the upcoming election.

In the end, I'm sure it'll have an effect but typically in mid-terms the number of low-information voters isn't as high as they are in a presidential election. You know, the kind that gives us presidents like Obama.


They're Playing Their New Stuff Again

My sister-in-law went to a Doobie Brothers concert yesterday with a group of friends. In preparation, she once again listened to all their hits. They even tailgated in the parking lot with sandwiches and sodas. Rebels, right?

She went in to the concert and the Doobie Brothers had decided to play "their new stuff."


Dude, if you're the Doobie Brothers, who have a list of hits decades long, you play the hits. The new stuff is likely not to resonate like the old stuff.

I couldn't help but think of this when I read that the Anglicans are now ordaining women bishops and a Baptist church ordained a transgender woman.

And to me, all I'm thinking is it's like the Doobies trotting out the new stuff, rather than playing the hits. In their struggle to remain relevant they're making themselves not only irrelevant but boring.

Yes, there is something incredibly boring with churches that take their marching order from the whims of the New York Times editorial board. Stop trying to be the first. Do what's timeless.

Ironically, the Doobie Brothers' new cd is called "World Gone Crazy."


Liberation Theologian Compares U.S. Vets To S.S. and Roman Persecutors of Jesus

Former Catholic priest and liberation theologian Mike Rivage-Seul, who directed Berea College's Peace and Social Justice Studies Program until his retirement, wrote a poem of sorts about his reaction to Americans standing up and cheering the homecoming of a Marine from Iraq.

In it, he compared the U.S. military to the Nazi S.S. and to the Roman persecutors of Christ. He also called them names like "robo-grunts" and then said we should be kind and merciful to all. Go figure.

Here it is:

Two weeks ago/ Between innings/ Of a Cubs-Pirates game/ At Wrigley Field/ They celebrated a Marine from Iraq -- A local boy/ Who emerged from the Cubs' dugout/ Waving/ To a hero's welcome/ From a crowd on its feet/ Cheering/ Between swigs of PBR/ As if the poor kid had hit/ A game-winning dinger.

Reluctantly I stood up with the rest./ I now regret my applause./ I should have remembered shaved-headed/ Brain-washed innocents/ Kicking in front doors/ Profaning the sacred portals/ Of everyman's castle,/ Petrifying children/ Calling their parents "mother f_ _kers"/ And binding tender wrists/ With plastic handcuffs./ To rid the world of evil.

Pitiful lobotomized innocents,/ They are/ Driven to slaughter by poverty/ And debt/ To Haditha, Fallujah, Abu Grahib,/ To weddings transformed in a flash and bang/ Into funerals/ Leaving mourners shocked and awed -- "Collateral Murder,"/ By what King called/ The world's "greatest purveyor of violence"/ And the Sandinista hymn identified as / "The enemy of mankind."

I should have remembered/ Iraq (and Afghanistan btw)/ Were wars of choice, Of aggression,/ "The supreme international crime."

Why did I not recall Zechariah? / And the peace-making Messiah / Christians claim he prophesied./ The prophet's Promised One would be/ Gentle and meek/ Riding an ass/ Rather than a war horse

Or Humvee/ And banishing chariots, cross-bows/ And drones raining hell-fire/ From the skies./ His kingdom disarmed/ Would encompass the entire world./ Refusing to call/ Any of God's "little ones" (To use our military's terms of art) "Rag-heads" or "Desert ni_ ggers" / Paul called such imperial hate-speech "flesh." /(Judging by appearances like skin color, nationality, religion)

"Live according to Christ's Spirit," Paul urged. (Compassion for all, works of mercy) No room for door-kickers there.

I should have remembered Jesus And his yoke./ So good and light/ He said Compared with The heavy burdens The Roman War-makers Laid on their subjects Who kicked in Nazareth's doors And called parents like Joseph and Mary "Mother f_cking Jews."

Their imperial generals were "learned" and "wise" In the ways of the world But they piled crushing burdens On the shoulders Of those "little ones"

Jesus preferred -- In places far from the imperial center/ Like Palestine (or Iraq today)./ Victims there might be out of sight And mind/ For those enjoying bread, circuses/ Cubs and Pirates, But not for the All Parent Described by the Psalmist today

As gracious, merciful, slow to anger, hugely kind, benevolent to all, compassionate, faithful, holy, and lifting up (rather than crushing) those who have fallen under the weight of the burdens Jesus decries.

I should have asked, If following that Messiah If worshipping that All Parent Allowed standing and applauding A robo-grunt returned From a war Where over a million civilians have been slaughtered To rid the world of violence.

(In 1942 would I have joined the crowd Applauding an S.S. "hero" in a Munich stadium Just back from the front --or Auschwitz? Or a pilot who had bombed Pearl Harbor At a "Wrigley Field" in Tokyo?)

No: I should have had the courage To remain seated. And so should we all Instead of

Celebrating the military/ Waving flags on the 4th of July/ Paying war taxes/ And wondering with Fox newscasters What makes America great?


Lehigh U. Prof Says Christian Help with Illegals is Great But None of that J-Bomb Talk

I'm thinking this Lehigh University professor doesn't really like religion too much. And she has funny hair.


HT Fox Nation


What Did The Pope Just Say? Zero Things To Know And Share

My latest in which I detail all the things we know about the latest Papal interview.


Comedian Paul Rodriguez Stuns CNN Over Immigration

Paul Rodriguez, comedian, takes on the serious subject of immigration and..well, just watch.


What Did The Cardinal Really Say?

Diane K. at Te Deum blog takes me to task for use of the a quote in my piece yesterday "Putting The Homo-Heretics In Charge"

The issue is my use of the broadly quoted Cardinal Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki of Berlin who reportedly said this of homosexual unions in 2012.

"If two homosexuals take responsibility for each other, if they are loyal to each other over the long term, then one should see this in the same way as heterosexual relations."

After deriding me for my post, Diane accuses me of gossip and using an inaccurate quote. Regardless whether if a critic is kind or derisive, I certainly do not want to do a disservice to anyone, let alone a Cardinal, by using an inaccurate quote particularly one that seems to put the quoted in opposition to the Church's teachings.

Diane suggested that the quote had been truncated and that the Cardinal's office had issued a correction. I followed her links to the articles referenced to find the correct text and the correction.

Here is the crux of it as reported by Kath.net.

Spokesman Stefan Förner stated that media reports have strongly gathered these statements. It was the Cardinal a concern that homosexuals are "discriminated against". Spokesperson said then literally over KATH.NET: "Cardinal Woelki has lasting homosexual relationships where two people are willing to take on a life long responsibility for each other, set in relation to heterosexual relationships, so not in every case, in the Catholic order 'are (unmarried, binding, etc.). A comparison with the sacramental marriage between man and woman was not his subject. " Förner then drew attention to the Catechism (KKK 2358), where known, it is proven that a "have," "no small number of men and women" "homosexual tendencies so that you can not pretend there is not, and that they have to live with respect is , to hats, they unfairly reset in any way. " Spokesman Förner declared finally over KATH.NET: "The sacramental marriage between man and woman retains its special role. Occasion for an irritation I can not see.
The Cardinal's spokesman says that the Cardinal was concerned that homosexuals are not "discriminated against."  Of course, any good Catholic should be opposed to unjust discrimination against homosexuals.  But the Cardinal's intentions are not at issue here, but rather what he said.

The Cardinal's spokesman says that the Cardinal did not compare ong-standing homosexual relationships to 'sacramental marriages' but rather long-standing heterosexual relationships that are not sacramental marriage, such as unmarried heterosexual cohabitation.

So that is the correction.  The Cardinal did equate long-standing homosexual relationships to long-standing heterosexual relationships.

Since my article made no reference to sacramental marriages and the the Cardinal's spokesman confirms the Cardinal equated long-standing homosexual relationships to long-standing heterosexual relationships (even if unmarried ones), I think that my article is entirely accurate and fair.

I am unsure why Diane felt she needed to take me to task over this, particularly in the way she did it, since the Cardinal's spokesman confirms the quote. Either way, I thank Diane for bring the additional clarification to my attention, as I surely want to be fair and accurate. In this case, I continue to believe I have been.

*subhead*Did I get it wrong? No.*subhead*

The Hermeneutic Of Cont...Oh I Give Up

Some Papal Quotes that somehow and in some way beyond my meager intellect are in continuity with each other, or something.

First Quote

Pope Eugene IV, the Bull Cantate Domino, 1441. ex cathedra (infallibly defined):
“The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so important is the unity of this ecclesiastical body that only those remaining within this unity can profit by the sacraments of the Church unto salvation, and they alone can receive an eternal recompense for their fasts, their almsgivings, their other works of Christian piety and the duties of a Christian soldier. No one, let his almsgiving be as great as it may, no one, even if he pour out his blood for the Name of Christ, can be saved, unless he has persevered within the bosom and the unity of the Catholic Church.” http://www.ewtn.com/library/COUNCILS/FLORENCE.HTM#4

Second Quote

“I’m not interested in converting Evangelicals to Catholicism. I want people to find Jesus in their own community. There are so many doctrines we will never agree on. Let’s not spend our time on those. Rather, let’s be about showing the love of Jesus.” --Pope Francis 2014

Yeah. Umm. So. Discuss. Or something.

Bonus Quotes for discussion purposes.

15. Every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by the light of reason, he shall consider true. --condemned Allocution "Maxima quidem," June 9, 1862; Damnatio "Multiplices inter," June 10, 1851.
16. Man may, in the observance of any religion whatever, find the way of eternal salvation, and arrive at eternal salvation. --condemned Encyclical "Qui pluribus," Nov. 9, 1846.
17. Good hope at least is to be entertained of the eternal salvation of all those who are not at all in the true Church of Christ. -- condemned
Encyclical "Quanto conficiamur," Aug. 10, 1863, etc.

18. Protestantism is nothing more than another form of the same true Christian religion, in which form it is given to please God equally as in the Catholic Church. --condemned Encyclical "Noscitis," Dec. 8, 1849.

*subhead*Pope Quotes.*subhead*

Putting The Homo-Heretics In Charge

What do you do with a Bishop who openly and publicly contradicted Church teaching? Why, you make him Archbishop of Cologne, that's what you do.

Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki of Berlin said this of homosexual unions in 2012.

"If two homosexuals take responsibility for each other, if they are loyal to each other over the long term, then one should see this in the same way as heterosexual relations."

Now he has been made Archbishop of Cologne, the premier diocese of Germany.

(Reuters) - The Vatican has appointed the archbishop of Berlin, seen by German media as part of a "new generation" of less dogmatic clergy, to take over the Cologne archdiocese, the largest and richest in Germany, it said on Friday.

The move makes Rainer Maria Woelki, who turns 58 next month, one of the most influential Roman Catholic cardinals and is an indication of the type of person Pope Francis wants to see in prominent Church roles.

Berlin's Tagesspiegel newspaper called him "the prototype of a new generation of bishops ... not grumpy and dogmatic ... these men speak of mercy and mean it. They're open to people, even their critics, to a point and have a heart for the disadvantaged. Still, they're theologically conservative."

Woelki is a Cologne native and served there for years under his retired predecessor, the staunchly conservative Cardinal Joachim Meisner, before becoming bishop of Berlin in 2011.

When his Berlin appointment was announced, some politicians and Catholics in Berlin said he was too conservative for a city with such a large gay community, pointing to comments he had made that homosexuality was against “the order of creation”.

They also noted that he did his doctorate in theology at a pontifical university in Rome run by the conservative Catholic movement Opus Dei.

But Woekli surprised Berliners by saying he respected all people and would gladly meet with gay activists.

A year later, in 2012, he said: "If two homosexuals take responsibility for each other, if they are loyal to each other over the long term, then one should see this in the same way as heterosexual relations."

*subhead*Who are we to judge?*subhead*

Video of Sister Simone Criticizing the Hobby Lobby Decision

I would criticize what she said but it's just liberal talking points. That's all. It's actually kinda' sad. She says that people shouldn't be able to "impose" their beliefs on others. Come on. Does she even listen to herself or does she just memorize the talking points she gets in her email? What about the government imposing it's mandates on religious people? Oh, that doesn't count, right?

Sister Simone follows the dictates of the White House much more readily than the Vatican.

*subhead*Talking points.*subhead*

California Bans Use of "Husband" and "Wife"

Hey, the left changed "baby" into "blob of tissue" so I guess it's no surprise that they've changed "husband" and "wife" into the more generic "spouse."

Christian News:

The governor of California has signed a bill into law that redefines marriage and replaces the terms ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ with the generic term ‘spouse.’

Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1306 on Monday, which will take effect on January 1, 2015.

“Under existing law, a reference to ‘husband’ and ‘wife,’ ‘spouses,’ or ‘married persons,’ or a comparable term, includes persons who are lawfully married to each other and persons who were previously lawfully married to each other, as is appropriate under the circumstances of the particular case,” it reads. “The bill would delete references to ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ in the Family Code and would instead refer to a ‘spouse,’ and would make other related changes.”
So will they say "I now pronounce you spouse and spouse." I know that I now pronounce the country completely wacko.

Oh, and Jerry Brown's a Catholic doncha' know.


World Cup Madness. Pope Benedict vs. Pope Francis?

Pope Emeritus Benedict's Germany will play against Argentina, the home country of Pope Present Francis.

Where do you stand?

I'm thinking Pope Benedict's team will put some old school learnin' on Pope Francis' teams that probably pass waaaay too much and don't worry as much about winning as making sure everyone has their fair share of touches.

God probably doesn't care who wins but maybe they do.

I wonder if there might be some heckling going on at the Vatican tonight? Something to think about.

Who ya' got?

HT CNN Religion

*subhead*Who ya' got?*subhead*

Must See Video: Tim's Place. Come for the Food or the Hugs.

Update: Now with actual video. That plays!!!

Check out this wonderful video about a man with Down Syndrome who owns a restaurant. It may well be the happiest place on Earth. I love the dance before he opens the doors.

HT Facebook


Salon Mag Calls Hobby Lobby Decision The Start of a "Religious Civil War."

"This is a religious civil war: Hobby Lobby only the beginning for new religious theocrats" screams the headline at Salon.com. "The Tea Party controls the House. Religious extremists run the Supreme Court. We're approaching a very scary time."

Paul Rosenberg, moonlighting from his normal gig with Al Jazeera (seriously), wrote:

The United States is still a democratic republic, formally, but what that actually means in practice is increasingly in doubt — and the Hobby Lobby ruling, deeply disingenuous and sharply at odds with centuries of Anglo-American law, exemplifies how that formal reality is increasingly mocked in practice. It is a practice best described as neo-feudalism, taking power away from ordinary citizens, in all their pluralistic, idiosyncratic diversity, and handing it over to corporations and religious dictators in both the public and the private realm. The Supreme Court’s actions are not taking place in a vacuum — though they are filling one: As Tea Party Republicans in the House increasingly bring democratic self-government to a halt, contracting the power of we the people to act as a cohesive self-governing whole, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority shifts ever more everyday power into the hands of private dictatorships.
Wow. So a Christian who doesn't want to be forced to buy abortifacients for others is now seeking to be a private dictator? It's funny that the only tyrants the left is concerned with are the private ones.


Harry Potter Producer to Make Jesus Film "Zealot"

The funny thing about one of the producers of the Harry Potter movies making the controversial book about Jesus which was called "Zealot" is that when it fails, Hollywood will point to as another reason not to make religious movies.

Producer David Heyman is making, the book about Jesus Christ which was written by Muslim author Reza Aslan, into a movie. The guy is the real deal. He produced the film "Gravity" which was pretty amazing.

But it's just so unsurprising that of all the books written about Jesus, Hollywood goes with the one which essentially paints Jesus as a violent radical intent on revolution. And pretty much anything that doesn't fit into Aslan's caricature of Jesus is written off as the inventions of those who came later.

Aslan said last year that his objective in writing the book "was to illuminate the life of Jesus in a humanistic, as opposed to religious, context.”

How does one separate the two in any novel, never mind one about Jesus Christ? His claims are kinda' clear. But I guess Aslan would say those claims were added later...or something.

Aslan is a Muslim who attempts to remove any divinity from Jesus. This movie, I'm sure, will get loads of attention from the media and then it'll be almost completely ignored by most people.

So ironically, this is me putting it on my blog to announce that we're going to ignore this movie. Yeah, we're kinda' like the six year old who has to make a show of putting our hands over our ears and announcing to people that we're not speaking to them.


I'm Making the Jump to Homeschooling

I'm making the big jump to homeschooling. If you'd have told me five years ago that I'd be teaching my children at home I'd have asked for a drug test. For you and me.

But it's come to it. And I'm nervous and anxious. AND COMPLETELY IGNORANT!!!! I'm used to being ignorant but nervous and anxious are new to me.

Please continue reading and please comment at The National Catholic Register>>>

*subhead*Big jump.*subhead*

My Rules for Discourse on the Internet

*subhead*Trying to keep it civil.*subhead*
I could be having a great day and a nasty exchange on the Internet will always bring me down. Whether I am involved or not, uncivil discourse sucks the joy out of the Internet for me. I suspect it does for most people who are not secret psychopaths. I am especially discouraged when I see Christians ripping each other apart for the whole world to see.

In a recent exchange on Twitter, someone called a woman a "dumb nasty-deragatory-term-begining-with-a-c" for raising flags about some reproductive technologies. Other women, myself included, came to her defense calling the comment what it was: a blatant example of misogyny. The alleged misogynist then began to sling even more insults implying that he was the victim in the exchange. This then began a separate attack on my character because I have four kids and dared respond to a nasty comment about reproductive technologies.

The insanity of the whole business inspired me to write down the rules of Internet discourse that I try to live by. These all come from personal experience. Some of these I had to learn the hard way. And while I fall short sometimes, they are still ideals that I try and uphold.

Keep things private

Every once and awhile, I find a hit piece on something I have written. These pieces are often mean and snarky and sometimes written by people I thought were my friends, or at least on my side. Who needs enemies when you have friends who love to rip apart your work with sarcastic abandon?

My first impulse is to respond in kind. Within seconds I already have a mean-spirited retort composed in my mind ready to flow out my fingers onto my blog. Over the near decade I have been writing, I may have succumbed to that impulse a time or two... or three. It doesn't help.

These days when I see a critique of my work that is less than charitable (or just flat out wrong), I respond in the way I wish I would have been treated. I e-mail the author privately with as much compassion as I can muster. Often they have some good points about something I may have overlooked, or they misunderstood what I was saying because I did not express myself well enough. I respectfully ask to discuss it further. (Sometimes I think I can hear their heads explode when the e-mail hits their inbox.) Occasionally, I will even post the exchange or clarify my original post.

Ideally we would all e-mail writers privately about errors or misrepresentations in their pieces before we run an expose or call them out in the combox. Sometimes a writer may have innocently overlooked an aspect that is important and making a public spectacle of it is not productive.

I feel a private e-mail exchange is always preferred to a public battle. If the writer does not see the error of his or her ways, or refuses to respond, then a I find a well-written blog post or comment is appropriate.

Don't stoop to the ad hominem

In today's logically challenged society, the ad hominem fallacy is a favorite. You are familiar with the ad hominem attack whether you know it or not. It goes like this "What ever you say about ______ is invalid because you are a __________." It has many permutations: you can't say anything about abortion because you are a man, you can't say anything about infertility because you have kids, you can't say anything about anything because you are Catholic.

Most people think this is a valid argument. Many throw it out there like a bomb and truly believe they have won the battle. Unfortunately, the ad hominem just makes them look stupid to people who know better. If a smoker tells you not to smoke because it is bad for you, you can think they are a hypocrite and call them names, but the fact that they are a smoker does not negate the reality that you should not smoke because it is bad for you.

I get the ad hominem thrown at me so often it makes me laugh. When I first started blogging it was tempting to throw the grenade right back at them. I have seen it happen. That kind of approach simply ends up in a mammoth thread of name calling.

Instead, I point out the fallacy and say that unless there is something else they want to bring to the table then our conversation is over.

Forget having the last word

Maybe it is because I am the middle child perpetually screaming for people to notice me, but I always want the last word in an argument. Always.

This a terrible trait to have if you are a writer or comment on other's writing. It leads to days long comment threads where you and your Internet foe just talk past each other. It is exhausting and a total waste of time.

I have a personal policy. If after three or four comments, the argument is still going on, I stop commenting. It I cannot get across what I am trying to say in less than four comments, then I should not have a dog in the fight anyway.

Besides, other readers can spot an "I have to have the last word" type. They just look desperate and weak. I am constantly reminding myself not to be that person.

If you wouldn't say it to their face, don't type it

This one seems obvious, but so many people do not have a grasp on it. Here is something to consider: writers often read the comments on their pieces. They may not respond, but they are reading. I am always shocked to see what people say about me. I suppose they think I not a real person, just a byline.

This has led me to be very careful when commenting. If I would not say it to someone's face, I don't say it.

Please realize that when you comment/tweet/status-update everyone can see what you are thinking, including the author of the piece you hate so much.

Don't follow the rabbit

Once I posted a quote from Time magazine where Albert Einstein praised the Church for her resistance to Nazi power in WWII.  The quote was accompanied by a link to the source.  Someone commented that the quote was fake. He presented a bunch of conjecture about what Einstein would and would not have said in regards to his other comments about religion.

It would have been easy to follow this guy down the rabbit hole and to try and refute each of his assertions. Instead, I asked for evidence from a reputable source that the quote was false, like a retraction from Time. He responded again with what Einstein would or would not have said with no links or sources. I asked for evidence of a retraction. He insisted on going over the whole thing again. I acknowledged that I understood what he was saying and then asked for a retraction a third time and added a smiley face for good measure. That ended the exchange.

I thought there was nothing extraordinary about the conversation, but another reader responded "I'm quite impressed by your skill in staying on track and being brief in sorting through JI's silly tangents and red herrings.... Keep up the good work. The world needs more women like you."

The world does need more people who do not get side tracked by tangents and stay on the main point. Don't follow the crazy talking rabbit down the rabbit hole. It never ends well. This crazy comment thread on a cake recipe is the perfect example.

These are my attempts at keeping discourse civil on the Internet. What are yours?

Rebecca Taylor blogs at Mary Meets Dolly

Louisiana Supreme Court orders priest to testify about confession

Whoa. This case is very troubling and a direct attack on the sanctity of confession.

Ed Morrissey of HotAir takes us through the complicated case but I provide this exceprt

In this case, the trap is even more complex. The court wants the priest to corroborate the girl’s testimony about the confession. Assuming the priest recalls the confession at all — it was five or more years ago, and priests hear a lot of confessions, and most of them anonymously — he’d have to violate canon law just by talking about it. Plus, if he testifies that the witness is not telling the truth about the confession, he’d be violating the seal of the confessional even more profoundly. Either way, the court would in essence force the priest into betraying his faith and violating his oath or face prison time for contempt of court.

Please read the whole thing. This is a very dangerous case.

*subhead*Direct assault on the confessional.*subhead*

NOW Say Little Sisters Of The Poor Are "Dirty"

I cannot imagine a greater compliment from the repugnant hags at NOW than this.
The National Organization for Women, one of the nation's largest pro-abortion lobbies, named a Catholic order of nuns to a list called “The Dirty 100,” a catalog of the 100 entities which filed lawsuits against theAffordable Care Act's contraception mandate. 
The order of nuns NOW finds “dirty” are the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious institute for women founded by St. Jeanne Jugan in 19th century France. They are dedicated to care of the elderly impoverished, and describe their spiritual charism as “grace of hospitality toward the aged poor.” 
Today the Little Sisters operate 200 homes on five continents, and serve over 13,000 residents. In a promotional video for the order, Sister Camille Rose said “We celebrate the gift of life, the joy of living, and we care for the elderly poor. We try to make them happy in whatever way we can.” The nuns themselves live communally and take vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and hospitality.
*subhead*All class.*subhead*

Newlyweds Photobombed by Tornado

This is just awesome. Everything you wanted to know about marriage is right here in this picture. A happy couple walking romantically along blissfully unaware of the SWIRLING WIND OF IMPENDING DOOOM sneaking up on their six.

Photographer Colleen Niska snapped this photo of a couple getting their picturesque photos on the day of their wedding.


Are People Really This Angry?

So a bank teller was fired after saying "Have a blessed day" to customers. Now, if you ask me, the bank can have her say or not say whatever they want. She doesn't need to work there so I'm not going after them for that. But here's the kicker. According to news reports, customers allegedly complained about her saying "Have a blessed day."


How bad is the day you're having if you decide to pick a fight about the bank teller saying, "Have a blessed day." Is that the kind of hair trigger you're running around with? What doesn't make you mad then?

If someone saying to you "Have a blessed day" is your biggest problem, then you don't actually have a problem.

*subhead*Blessed day.*subhead*

Crazy Pro-Life Country Reports Abortion/Breast Cancer Link

And by crazy pro-life country I mean the most radically pro-abortion country in the history of the world - China.

You see, it's an interesting thing about China. They have no reason to hide anything about a link between abortion and breast cancer because they're not worried about those eeeeeevil pro-life bloggers and sidewalk counselors making anything of the news and warning women.

California Catholic Daily reports:

In the US we are used to abortion advocates claiming that the risk of elective abortion is relatively trivial, and major medical organizations denying any link between abortion and breast cancer. Now a powerful new study from China published last week by Yubei Huang and colleagues suggests otherwise. The article, a meta-analysis pooling 36 studies from 14 provinces in China, showed that abortion increased the risk of breast cancer by 44% with at least one abortion, and 76% with at least two abortions and 89% with at least three abortions.

This new article is another example of the recent excellent scholarship on abortion in peer-reviewed journals coming out of the People’s Republic. There is no bigger data base than China, where there are an average of 8.2 million pregnancy terminations every year, and 40 abortions for every 100 live births. Chinese researchers and physicians are unencumbered by abortion politics, and do not cover up data showing long term effects of induced abortion, as do their US counterparts in governmental, professional and consumer organizations.
Us crazy Catholic types who supported poor Gallileo being drawn and quartered and devoured by rabid hogs sure seem like we're the ones embracing science now, huh?


The Future Is Now

"I am worried by the Blessed Virgin's messages to little Lucia of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the faith, in her liturgy, her theology and her soul... I hear all around me innovators who wish to dismantle the Sacred Chapel, destroy the universal flame of the Church, reject her ornaments and make her feel remorse for her historical past.

"A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them. Like Mary Magdalene, weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, 'Where have they taken Him?'"

--Eugene Cardinal Pacelli, future Pope Pius XII, 1931

*subhead*Pacelli Predicts.*subhead*

Anti-Catholic Ad in the New York Times

The Freedom from Religion Foundation published an anti-Catholic full page ad in the New York Times which warned that an “All-male, All-Roman Catholic Majority on Supreme Court Puts Religious Wrongs over Women’s Rights.”

Besides being hateful and pointing out that the New York Times would never publish this against Muslims or Jews, there's also the point that the message of the ad actually makes no sense.

First they're warning that an "all male" cabal is coming for women's rights. Yeah, it's those eeevil men on the Supreme Court. But wait, Justice Stephen Breyer actually sided with Sotomayor, Kagan, and Ginsburg on this issue. So it's not that they're male.

And it's not that they're Roman Catholic because Sonia Sotomayor is also a Catholic on the bench and she ruled against religious freedom in the Hobby Lobby case.

What they actually mean here is, "You're standing against what we want so you must be destroyed." That's it. Those who stand for religious freedom are bad, according to these guys. That's what they mean. So they attack.

Also kinda' telling that the picture on top of the ad features eugenicist Margaret Sanger.


Vancouver School Board Creates New Pronouns Xe, Xem, Xyr

I wouldn't mind this so much if children knew how to properly use the pronouns they already had. C'mon, ask 100 kids in North America to use "me" or "I" in the proper context and I'd bet 9 out of 10 would get it wrong. Now, they'll be expected to use these alien looking "Xe, Xem, Xyr" too?

They look like words that L. Ron Hubbard invented. This is just plain nuts but maybe that was covered with the mention of L. Ron Hubbard.

CNS News:

The Vancouver (British Columbia) Board of Education has approved a sweeping new policy for accommodating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer, questioning and “all sexual and gender identities,” including the creation of three pronouns, replacing masculine and feminine with xe, xem and xyr (pronounced ze, zem and zur).

Two spirit is an Aboriginal term which means having both feminine and masculine spirits. It's not limited to gender expression or sexuality, but encompasses them both while incorporating a spiritual element. It's a standalone identity, not an Aboriginal term for gay lesbian.

The Vancouver Board of Education's policy also includes making restroom and sports activities accessible to all transgender students, regardless of their biological sex.

“Absolutely,” Mike Lombardi, vice chairman of the board told CNSNews.com when asked about the new policy as reported by the Vancouver Sun. “We’ve been very, very progressive.”
I wonder what would happen if a kid sneezed in Vancouver. Do you now say "God bless xe." Oh wait, they'd probably get in trouble for mentioning God.


Cardinal Dolan Addresses Holy Innocents Situation

Over at the Register, I write about Cardinal Dolan's recent blog post that addresses the situation at Holy Innocents and the rumored looming closure. In it, I try to get to the bottom of what it might mean and what it might not mean.

Please give it a read.

*subhead*Ray of hope?*subhead*

Sunday Mass Attendance Drops Massively in Past Decade

Catholic Philly has the depressing graphic about the massive decrease in the number of Catholics attending Mass in the past decade. They try to put a bit of a happy spin in that the rate of reduction has slowed. But it's still not good. You know it's bad when the headline is "Matt Attendance Slide Not as Bad as it Seems."

These numbers are for Philadelphia but I'd suspect they're pretty similar to numbers around much of the country. But to be fair, Philadelphia has had a pretty rough time these past few years.

Georgetown's CARA Institute published a study indicating that nationwide, baptisms, marriages, and confirmations are way down. Funerals, however, have remained consistent.

Kinda' depressing for the U.S. because I truly believe that the only thing that can save this country is a massive return to the Church. According to these stats, that doesn't seem to be happening as of yet.


Episcopal Priest Prays Lebron Stays in Miami

Congregants and clergy of Holy Spirit Episcopalian Church in West Palm Beach, Fla., reportedly wore headbands and dedicated part of their service to praying that Lebron would keep his talents in South Beach.

What can you even say about something like this? Add this to the ever increasing amount of evidence that the day you attempt to make your Church "relevant" is the day you stop making it about God.


All Are Not Welcome

Michael Voris makes some excellent point in this video from NY in which he visits St. Francis of Assisi parish in NYC for their "Pre-pride mass" before the gay pride parade.

They homosexual lobby, both in and out of the Church, have so successfully muddied the waters that the only people not welcome are those who believe what the Church teaches.

*subhead*Catholicism not allowed in Church.*subhead*

Patheos Blogger: Hobby Lobby Decision Made Pope Francis Vomit. Alleges Conspiracy

Patheos blogger Frank Schaeffer wrotea truly ridiculous piece. I'm not sure if this guy is always like this or not but this is really out there.

Concerning the Hobby Lobby decision, he writes:
Pope Francis must have vomited when he heard the Hobby Lobby news. Nothing could undo the good he has recently done the Church’s image more than yet another case of anti-woman lashing out by a cabal or far right Roman Catholic activists– this time in the Supreme Court.
Schaeffer seems to believe the latest decision is the brainchild of the late Chuck Colson and Princeton professor Robert George with their lead henchman being Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Schaeffer describes George as a "Roman Catholic far right ideologue and anti-gay activist."

Hey, I told you it's really out there.

George is a close friend and co-conspirator with fellow ultra-conservative far right Roman Catholic ideologues including with Scalia who became the ringleader of the GOP’s Court-driven Hobby Lobby lunge into theocratic politics. George is the de facto father of the twinned war against gays and war against women. Scalia is his follower and close friend. And George has the support of the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops, the Mormon leadership and the most conservative of the evangelical leaders. Charles Colson was George’s close confident. Together they hatched the plan that in the end (and after Colson died) became the Hobby Lobby case.

Way back when, the late Charles “Chuck” Colson teamed up with George of to launch the dirty tricks campaign to brand President Obama as “anti-religious.” They decided to use the issue of contraception as the hinge to turn people against him.
Yes, it was George and Colson with their eeevil thug Scalia who made Obama force religious institutions to provide contraceptive coverage. Totally them. All them.

For good measure, Schaeffer also names the Catholic bishops, Elizabeth Anscombe, and Karl Rove as unindicted co-conspirators. So if you haven't had your share of crazy for the day feel free to check out the rest.



The War on Women Has Some Odd Cohorts

Last week we heard that the Supreme Court's decision overturning a 35 foot "buffer zone" around abortion clinics in Massachusetts was part of the war on women. Ironically, it was a unanimous decision which means that Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ruth Vader Ginsburg have declared war on women.

Now Hillary is lambasting the high court's decision on Hobby Lobby.

Part of the reason I was so adamant about including women and girls in our foreign policy, not as a luxury but as a central issue is because they’re often the canaries in the mine,” Clinton said. “You watch women and girls being deprived of their rights, some of them never have them, some of them lose them. Among those rights is control over their body’s, control over their own health care, control over the size of their families. It is a disturbing trend that you see in a lot of societies that are very unstable, anti-democratic, and frankly prone to extremism. Where women and women’s bodies are used as the defining and unifying issue to bring together people – men – to get them to behave in ways that are disadvantageous to women but which prop up them because of their religion, their sect, their tribe, whatever. So to introduce this element into our society…it’s very troubling that a salesclerk at Hobby Lobby who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get that service through her employer’s health care plan because her employer doesn’t think she should be using contraception.
Now, of course, it's ironic that the basis of the court's decision was based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which President Bill Clinton signed.

So...now are we to believe that Bill Clinton has joined the war on women? Oh wait, that's actually kinda' believable so never mind that part.

It just goes to show that this is a political (and fundraising) issue for the Democrat party. Reality has nothing to do with it. They know that a winning strategy for them is to continue to advance the belief that Republicans hate women and will do anything to keep them barefoot and pregnant.


Ginsburg's Dissent Says Hobby Lobby's Faith Objection "Not Substantial"

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Vader Ginsburg, who clearly saw and seemingly approved of a link between eugenics and Roe. v. Wade, doesn't see a clear link between the owners of Hobby Lobby's Christianity and their unwillingness to pay for contraceptives. She literally said their objection is "too attenuated to rank as substantial.”

Her belief that the correlation between the requirement of Christian-owned and operated businesses to provide contraception drugs to employees who wanted to prevent pregnancy, and in other cases, cause the death of an unborn child was weak.

“The requirement carries no command that Hobby Lobby or Conestoga purchase or provide the contraceptives they find objectionable,” she wrote. “Instead, it calls on the companies covered by the requirement to direct money into undifferentiated funds that finance a wide variety of benefits under comprehensive health plans.”