December 10, 2013
1. An interview with Simcha Fisher about her new book "The Sinner’s Guide to NFP": http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/sinners-sex-and-nfp-my-conversation-with-simcha-fisher/.
2. An important reminder that so-called "emergency contraception" can actually cause abortions, despite what the propagandists claim: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/12/11685/.
3. Probably the all-time best instance of how the media doesn’t get religion: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/getreligion/2013/12/vote-now-time-serves-up-the-correction-of-the-year/.
4. So a Satanist group wants to erect their own monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/08/21820518-satanists-want-statue-beside-ten-commandments-monument-at-oklahoma-legislature?lite. Funny, I’ve often thought that our New York State Capitol was already that kind of monument.
5. Today is International Human Rights Day: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/. Might be a good day for the UN, and our elected officials, to bone up on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, particularly Articles 3 (right to life), Article 6 (right to protection of the laws), Article 16 (marriage and family), and Article 18 (religious liberty).
6. An amazing story of the power of faith and forgiveness: http://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_24684396/amish-school-shooters-kin-horror-then-healing#.
December 9, 2013
1. The real goal of that ACLU lawsuit against the bishops is to silence the clergy and push religion out of the public square entirely: http://nypost.com/2013/12/05/the-aclu-sues-to-silence-religions/.
2. In case you’re wondering where that will lead, consider Wesley Smith’s perspective on the contribution of secularist ideology to the Culture of Death: http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism/365790/blame-secularists-culture-death-wesley-j-smith.
3. Two interesting viewpoints on the conservative disquiet with the Holy Father’s statements about economics: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/would-someone-just-shut-that-pope-up/ and http://www.crisismagazine.com/2013/the-controversy-over-evangelii-gaudium.
4. The sad decline of Amnesty International from a legitimate human rights advocate, into an advocate for the Culture of Death: http://www.turtlebayandbeyond.org/2013/abortion/amnesty-international-is-now-abortion-international/.
5. Our departing Mayor Abortion finds that there’s at least one unborn baby whom he would like to see born: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2013/12/mayor-bloomberg-chokes-up-talking-about-his-unborn-grandson-and-his-legacy.
December 4, 2013
1. Ross Douthat on the challenges presented by Pope Francis to American Catholic political liberals: http://douthat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/pope-francis-and-the-ghost-of-sargent-shriver/. And the challenges to political conservatives as well: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/01/opinion/sunday/douthat-the-pope-and-the-right.html?_r=0.
2. More on that ACLU lawsuit against the bishops, and the claim that an abortion is the medical answer to a high-risk pregnancy: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/lawsuit-against-us-bishops-wrong-on-abortion-doctor-says/.
3. Notre Dame University re-files its lawsuit against the HHS mandate: http://news.nd.edu/news/44709-notre-dame-on-religious-liberty-grounds-sues-for-relief-from-federal-mandate/.
4. Belgium is moving towards euthanasia for children: http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2013/11/27/belgium-moves-towards-legalising-euthanasia-for-terminally-ill-children/.
5. The weirdness of gender theory on American campuses and the notion of "preferred pronouns": http://news.yahoo.com/preferred-pronouns-gain-traction-us-colleges-064437446.html. It would be ridiculous except for Msgr. William Smith’s axiom — all social engineering is preceded by verbal engineering.
6. On consumerism and the secular "feast" of Black Friday, and what it says about our society’s view of human nature and human dignity: http://www.hli.org/2013/11/consumerism-dignity-man/. This is also central to Pope Francis’ comments about our socio-economic system.
December 3, 2013
1. The ACLU, self-proclaimed defenders of civil liberties, is suing the Church over a Catholic hospital’s refusal to do an abortion, based on its religious beliefs: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/us/lawsuit-challenges-anti-abortion-policies-at-catholic-hospitals.html?ref=us&_r=0. Is there anyone who still doubts that religious liberty is endangered in our nation?
2. Blogged yesterday in response to some of the criticism of Pope Francis’ remarks on the economy: http://blog.archny.org/steppingout/?p=3029.
3. The Gethsemane of Syrian Christians continues: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/12/02/Syria-rebels-seize-parts-of-ancient-Christian-town.html and http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Maaloula:-Islamist-rebels-abduct-12-nuns-from-the-St-Thecla-Orthodox-monastery-29701.html.
4. An appalling story of an anti-Catholic mob in Argentina: http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/200549/moreland-panel-releases-first-set-of-recommendations/. (Warning: video is explicit and disturbing)
5. The Moreland Commission report on the endemic corruption of New York’s state government: http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/200549/moreland-panel-releases-first-set-of-recommendations/.
6. Tomorrow marks the 450th anniversary of the closing of the Council of Trent: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/church-marks-the-450th-anniversary-of-council-of-trent/.
7. The Holy Father describes his daily life, and reveals that in his youth he worked as a bouncer: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1305052.htm?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter.
December 2, 2013
1. A political party totally in the grip of pro-abortion, pro-contraception ideology that poisons everything it touches: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/30/us/politics/abortion-cases-in-court-helped-tilt-democrats-against-the-filibuster.html?ref=health&pagewanted=print.
2. On the phony "war on contraception": http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-30/war-on-contraception-no-an-attack-on-religion.html. We’ll be hearing a lot more of this nonsense as the HHS mandate cases go before the Supreme Court and the Congressional election approaches.
3. A perceptive take on the Holy Father’s comments about the economic system: http://www.nationalreview.com/node/365192/print. Fr. Berg’s view of the document’s call for us to be less self-absorbed and more missionary: http://fatherberg.com/evangelii-gaudium-exhorting-a-self-referential-church/.
4. Gergis, Anderson and George once again explain how marriage is more than just a feeling: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/12/11634/.
5. On the Holy Father’s almoner — the priest who handles his personal charity works: http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/pope-ramps-up-charity-office-to-be-near-poor-sick-452280.
6. Cardinal Dolan on true tolerance: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/true-meaning-tolerance-article-1.1528660. .
7. I blogged on how we are at a crossroads for religious liberty: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/1/bowman-defending-religious-freedom-from-obamacare/.
November 27, 2013
1. The Supreme Court has agreed to take two HHS mandate cases: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304011304579222023983439450 and http://www.scotusblog.com/2013/11/court-to-rule-on-birth-control-mandate/. Oral argument this spring, decision in June.
2. Meanwhile, the manufacturers of "emergency contraception" tinker with their label to try to deny the abortifacient potential, and to encourage heavier women to higher risk alternatives: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/us/shift-on-birth-control-pill-may-affect-court-cases.html?ref=us&_r=0.
3. Are you opposed to physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia? Then the creator of "Dilbert" wants you to die a slow and painful death: http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism/364895/dilbert-wants-49-us-die-agony-wesley-j-smith and http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/How-to-win-the-assisted-suicide-debate-5011358.php. Please pray for this poor man, that he may find healing from his grief and anger.
4. Beautiful video of the Nightfever event to invite people into St. Patrick’s Cathedral for prayer and adoration, to light up their lives: http://vimeo.com/80246186.
5. Have a blessed Thanksgiving! Here’s George Washington’s proclamation: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/GW/gw004.html.
November 26, 2013
1. The Holy Father’s new apostolic exhortation on the New Evangelization: http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-issues-first-apostolic-exhortation-evangelii. The Readers Digest version: http://www.focus.org/blog/posts/evangelii-gaudium-summary-pope-francis.html.
2. Huge victory for the Diocese of Pittsburgh on the HHS Mandate: http://religionclause.blogspot.com/2013/11/federal-court-says-contraceptive.html and http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/penn-catholics-granted-injunction-against-contraception-mandate/.
3. An initiative may go on the ballot in Oregon to protect the religious liberty of businesses on the issue of marriage: http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2013/11/oregon_initiative_filed_that_w.html. Not convinced it’s a good tactic or the best state for it, but it may move the conversation along.
4. The Temple of Moloch is likely to continue its pattern of deception about their real activities: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/364854/five-things-planned-parenthood-wont-disclose-its-annual-report-anna-franzonello.
5. Please pray for the Supreme Court, which is considering in conference today whether to take up some of the HHS mandate challenges: http://www.scotusblog.com/2013/11/petitions-to-watch-conference-of-november-26/.
November 21, 2013
1. The pro-abortion radicals in the Party of Death have introduced a bill in the US Senate that would sweep aside essentially all state regulations on abortion (including ones that permitted the prosecution of Kermit Gosnell): http://www.weeklystandard.com/print/blogs/senate-democrats-introduce-bill-strike-down-popular-state-abortion-laws_767931.html. Pro-abortion, never pro-choice.
2. Some interesting tactical re-evaluation by pro-lifers after the defeat of the Albuquerque late term abortion ban initiative: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/21/us/anti-abortion-forces-second-guess-tactics-after-ballot-defeat-in-albuquerque.html?_r=0 and http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/albuquerque-pro-life-measure-hailed-as-valuable-despite-defeat/.
3. A good overview of where we are in the debate over legalizing assisted suicide: http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2013/11/targeting-people-for-death.
4. Missed this earlier (but caught it today thanks to Mark Shea) — a fascinating account of Dr. Horatio Robinson Storer, the pioneering doctor whose leadership in the medical profession led to the passage of laws outlawing abortion in the 19th century: http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/gynecology_before_roe_v._wade.
5. A beautiful apostolate called Endow teaches and celebrates authentic Catholic theology of women: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/church-teaching-on-feminine-holiness-touches-hearts/.
November 20, 2013
1. The Supreme Court declines to enjoin Texas’ abortion law, pending the resolution of the lower court appeal: http://www.nationalreview.com/bench-memos/364369/gettysburg-and-nation-under-god-ed-whelan. Analysis: http://www.scotusblog.com/2013/11/texas-abortion-law-left-in-effect/.
2. The President’s recording of the Gettysburg Address relied on an early draft that left a significant phrase out: http://www.firstthings.com/article/2010/07/god-and-gettysburg.
. And here’s Robert George’s earlier article about why this matters:
3. The effort to redefine marriage through the democratic process is just about at its high water mark after Illinois: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/19/gay-marriage-momentum-comes-to-a-sudden-halt-after/. That won’t stop our Black-Robed Platonic Guardian Rulers on the Courts, of course.
4. The initiative to ban late-term abortions in Albuquerque failed: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/us/albuquerque-voters-defeat-anti-abortion-referendum.html.
5. Thousands of private school students rally in White Plains for education tax credits: http://www.lohud.com/article/20131118/NEWS/311180067/Thousands-rally-in-White-Plains-for-state-education-tax-credit.
6. The Church is the center of the recovery efforts in the Philippines: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303755504579207692042634728.
7. May I ask for your prayers today? I’m going to NYU to debate the re-definition of marriage. Thanks!
November 19, 2013
1. A surprisingly balanced presentation of the free speech issues at stake in the case of the New Mexico photographer who was fined for declining to participate in a same-sex ceremony, and whose case may go before the Supreme Court: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/us/weighing-free-speech-in-refusal-to-photograph-ceremony.html?ref=us&_r=0.
2. Women who use oral contraceptives form more than three years are at a higher risk of glaucoma: http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/10977/20131118/long-term-birth-control-pill-use-may-increase-risk-of-glaucoma.htm. Response from the “give teenagers pills because it’s all about women’s health” crowd: (insert sound of crickets here).
3. A sad day at my high school alma mater, when a talk by a Courage priest is cancelled: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/nyregion/concern-about-antigay-bias-at-a-high-school-talk.html?ref=nyregion.
4. The slide of Belgium into the moral abyss of euthanasia continues unabated: http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism/364216/belgian-euthanasia-designed-disabled-wesley-j-smith.
5. The man with neurofibromatosis who was embraced by the Holy Father has now spoken out, and what a lesson he has for us: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/theanchoress/2013/11/18/i-am-not-contagious-francis-didnt-know-that/.
6. One hundred fifty years ago, the Gettysburg Address:
Should be memorized by every American. Thank God for Abraham Lincoln.