My aunt, a Benedictine nun, drove me back to the airport yesterday, and one of the things she mentioned on the way back was that the terms “liberal” and “conservative” are problematic in the Catholic context, but perhaps unavoidable. Liberal and conservative are fine terms when the issue is one of a discipline or non-religious […]
The New York Times has taken an interesting direction in the last year or so. Before you could count on the Times to offer what they felt was the whole spectrum: commentators who were anti-Catholic specifically, commentators who were anti-religion of all sorts, and commentators who didn’t care about religion or find it relevant. If […]
Former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, now Secretary of Health and Human Services, has rightly come under a lot of fire for her views on abortion and her seeming friendship with the now-murdered abortionist George Tiller, and it’s particularly depressing that a self-proclaimed “personally opposed” Catholic heads the HHS, the government agency most naturally connected to […]
Wishing everyone a great Thanksgiving. It’s a wonderful time for friends, family, fun, and food, and to remember all of the gifts which God has given, a reflection particularly important in this time of economic hardship.
Rep. Patrick Kennedy is a pro-choice Catholic. He’s got a good bishop, Bp. Tobin, up there in Rhode Island, who’s been quietly trying to get Kennedy to either shape up or not show up for Communion. Bp. Tobin finally became much more vocal about his troubles with Kennedy after the latter attacked the importance of […]
Kerath25‘s comment on my post The Euthyphro Dilemma, Part 1, was too good to pass up. Without further ado: This question (nice to finally have a name to associate it with) is a particular one that seems to come up a lot in my discussions with those who do not want to believe. They first […]
Father David M. O’Connell has stepped down as president of D.C.’s own Catholic University of America. Under his twelve year watch, the school went from being a hotbed of dissent and heresy to one of all-too-few outstandingly Catholic universities, making the Cardinal Newman Society’s list of authentic Catholic colleges (sadly, only 21 US Catholic colleges […]
A friend of mine sent this letter to Democrats for Life. He wrote and sent it while his blood was up, but I think he’s asking a pretty important question: are pro-life Democratic groups good or bad? Do they moderate the Democratic party, or defuse the pro-life movement? This is an increasingly urgent question due […]
In the current healthcare debate, both sides of the abortion debate claim to be preserving the status quo while the other side is hijacking it to advance their abortion-related agenda. In reality, both sides are correct that there’s no truly neutral abortion option: government funding for healthcare either includes abortion as federally-funded healthcare (against the […]
This is one of those moments where law and religion meet in an amusing way: One of the key federal laws forbidding bribery is section 666 of Title 18… which is pretty fitting if you think of how the betrayal of Jesus went down.