The K-Word I Just Can’t Shake

Anderson Cooper on Gosnell

If you’ve been following along with my Blogging from A to Z posts, you might have noticed I skipped right over the letter K. Here’s the thing. I was ready to publish a post about kenosis and kerygma (sounds like a barn burner, no?), but I just couldn’t shake a different K-word. Kermit, as in Kermit Gosnell, the doctor currently on trial in Philadelphia for first and third-degree murders. If you are not familiar with the case, here’s a graphic synopsis from the grand jury report of the charges he … [Read more...]

A Vanity Pro-Life License Plate?

Pro Life License Plates - Iowa

So I saw this personalized license plate the other day. In a fit of wishful thinking I had to wonder if the person in the driver's seat was showing opposition to Plan B. As in the emergency contraception drug. As in the drug Planned Parenthood says will "prevent pregnancy from happening if you've had unprotected sex." As in the drug both the Food and Drug Administration and its makers admit can "prevent attachment (implantation) to the uterus (womb)."  So Plan B can cause a woman's body to … [Read more...]

Indivisible: Jay Richards on Right to Life and Social Justice

Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before it's too Late

"We shouldn’t treat unequal issues as if they are equal." Congratulations to last week’s giveaway winner Rick Garland! Enter to win a your own copy of Indivisible! Simply leave a comment here. Next Wednesday, August 1, we will randomly select this week’s winner. Giveaway sponsored by The Maximus Group. You also can buy Indivisible from Ignatius Press (with Voting Guidelines for Catholics bonus CD). This is the fourth installment from our interview with Dr. Jay Richards; click the links … [Read more...]

Reconsidering the Seamless Garment

You Look Fine

Well-intentioned axiom has out-lived its usefulness, should be retired. We’ve all been there. You’re way behind on laundry so you dig deep into your closet, rummaging through clothing you haven’t worn in years. Amid all the outmoded items you find what appears to be a gem, something you used to wear all the time. Okay, it is a bit outdated. “But that just makes it funky, retro hip,” you say to yourself. As you put it on, it feels kind of awkward, but you tell yourself that's precisely how … [Read more...]

Catholic Church in the Crosshairs

Image by Lawrence OP, used under Flickr Creative Commons License

Obama administration empowers dissident Catholics to represent the Church, tries to shift conversation from religious freedom to contraception. “Click, click.” Did you hear that? It’s the sound of the Obama administration taking aim at the Catholic Church. I’m sure there are some who disagree with me, who want me to just relax and stop with the conspiracy theory nonsense. I won’t. According to Fr. Jesus Urteaga, “If we love truth, we must learn to defend it against all attack.” Make … [Read more...]

President Obama: Let Us Be Catholic

"With all the problems in this world, with the economy, with terrorism, with our country being sold to China, with Iran possibly becoming a nuclear power, with all these things, why is [the Obama administration] so obsessed on reproductive services? When did reproductive services become the national cry of our nation? When did it become more important than the Bill of Rights, more important than the Constitution? We [the Catholic Church] are the one voice that speaks out clearly to this … [Read more...]

One Couple’s Story: The Moral Shipwreck of In Vitro Fertilization

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The desire to have a family leaves couple stranded with a moral dilemma  Editor's Note: In 1987 the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under the direction of Pope Blessed John Paul II and prefect Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), issued a document known as Donum Vitae ("The Gift of Life"). It teaches that if a given medical intervention replaces the marriage act in order to engender life, it is not moral. One such reproductive technology, which the Church has … [Read more...]

Save Us from Sour-Faced Catholics & Silent Priests

Joel and I often say that the “attitude” of this blog embodies what a practicing Catholic ought to be --- intentionally, joyfully, and faithfully Catholic all the time. Our blog posts attempt to be the antidote to the perception that piety is boring or that the Church is filled with “sour-faced saints,” as St. Teresa of Avila warns us of becoming. The recent Health & Human Services’ mandate that orders almost every employer and insurer in the United States to provide sterilization and … [Read more...]

Emilio’s Way

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Emilio Estevez cites family, spirituality, and pro-life values as motivators. Read on to learn more and enter to win a copy of The Way now out on DVD/Blu-Ray. Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Emilio Estevez? Brat Pack? The Breakfast Club, Young Guns, or The Mighty Ducks? How about Martin Sheen, acting family, or Hollywood royalty? Think unconventional. Consider that from his very beginning in the film industry, Emilio wanted to make his own way, … [Read more...]