October 22, 2014
1. An amazing, even miraculous advance in adult stem cell therapies — restoring a paralyzed man’s ability to walk: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-29645760.
2. The Holy Father on the state of the Middle East, where we see "terrorism of previously unimaginable proportions": http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1404315.htm. At least 200,000 Europeans have called upon their governments to do something for persecuted Christians: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/200000-activists-tell-europe-stand-up-for-persecuted-christians-60840/.
3. Ed Peters sums up in a nutshell the sad confusion of Notre Dame University about marriage: http://canonlawblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/notre-dame-is-confused/.
4. How a consumerist mindset is driving all the gender identity nonsense: http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/10/gender-as-consumer-choice-1.
5. The inevitable mess that ensues when surrogacy is legalized: http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism/390724/surrogate-who-changed-her-mind-wesley-j-smith.
6. Kim Daniels reflects on the real success of the Extraordinary Synod: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/390815/synods-real-success-kim-daniels.
7. Saint John Paul, pray for us!
October 20, 2014
1. The Holy Father’s address at the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod: http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-speech-at-the-conclusion-of-the-synod.
2. The final Relatio appears to be only in Italian at this point — maybe they’re actually taking a couple of days to provide a real English translation. Here’s a report on the document from CNA: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/synods-final-report-shows-nuance-on-homosexuality-remarriage-21175/.
3. The Temple of Moloch, er, I mean Planned Parenthood, is expanding its killing fields to Queens: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/16/nyregion/planned-parenthood-is-expanding-to-queens.html?ref=health.
4. The ideologues of sexual tolerance march on, finding more victims to punish for their lack of conformity: http://thefederalist.com/2014/10/20/gay-marriage-no-one-expects-the-secular-inquisition/ and http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/10/gay-rights-and-ideology.
5. Meanwhile, the coherence of "gay rights" is being undermined from within, thanks to gender theory: http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/10/transgender-deconstruction.
October 16, 2014
1. A religious sister who is "Exhibit A" for the principle of gradualism, which has been much a topic at the Synod: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/pursuedbytruth/2014/10/gradualism-i-am-exhibit-a.html.
2. Seriously, someone really needs to have a word with Cardinal Kasper about the joys of silence: http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/10/dont-listen-to-the-africans-says-catholic-cardinal.
3. And perhaps the Vatican could consider finding somebody who can translate Italian accurately into English: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/how-an-incorrect-translation-of-the-synod-report-created-chaos-24767/. Maybe next time they can all use Esperanto to avoid this problem.
3. The Mayor of Houston backs down from that unconscionable subpoena to pastors: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/15/houston-backs-off-church-sermon-subpoenas-in-trans/print/.
4. The legacy of the hook-up culture on campus: http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/neo-victorianism-campus_810871.html?nopager=1
October 15, 2014
1. Blogged on the supposedly radical earthquake out of the Synod, and what the real agenda is: http://blog.archny.org/steppingout/?p=3346.
2. Fr. Barron is, as always, the voice of reason: http://www.wordonfire.org/resources/article/having-patience-for-the-sausage-making-synod/4517/.
3. The forces of "tolerance" flex their muscles — the City of Houston is subpoenaing pastors to get their sermons, to see if they’re fighting that city’s "equal rights" ordinance: http://www.chron.com/default/article/City-subpoenas-pastors-sermons-in-equal-rights-5822403.php.
4. Continuing their disrespect for we the people, the Supreme Court puts the Texas abortion clinic regulation statute on hold, permitting the killing to resume: http://www.scotusblog.com/2014/10/court-blocks-abortion-limits-in-texas/ and http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/14/politics/supreme-court-texas-abortion-clinics/.
5. Just when you thought politics was getting too serious, consider this guy running for governor in Idaho: http://prolifeidaho.com/?page_id=7. Good intentions gone off the deep end.
October 7, 2014
1. The Supreme Court surrenders shamefully on marriage: http://blog.archny.org/steppingout/?p=3334.
2. The Supreme Court’s non-decision decision essentially redefines marriage in at least 11 (and maybe as many as 16) states, and sends a signal to the lower courts that re-defining marriage is fair game: http://dailysignal.com/2014/10/06/supreme-court-decision-will-lead-gay-marriage-five-states-thats-wrong/, http://www.scotusblog.com/2014/10/first-monday-surprise-on-same-sex-marriage-in-plain-english/ and http://www.nationalreview.com/bench-memos/389667/todays-decision-not-decide-matthew-j-franck.
3. The USCCB’s response: http://www.usccb.org/news/2014/14-163.cfm.
4. Every so often the mask slips, and the "pro-choice" crowd allows us to see that they’re actually enthusiastically pro-death: http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism/389592/we-abortion-wesley-j-smith.
5. The forces of "tolerance" are at it again — "that’s a nice college you got there, it’d be a shame if anything bad happened to it… Now, let me make you an offer you can’t refuse": http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2014/09/25/accreditation-board-gives-gordon-college-a-year-to.html?ana=twt&page=all&r=full.
6. A great new role model for the revitalization of religious life — the last brewmaster nun in Europe: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/10/the-meditations-of-europes-last-brewmaster-nun/380967/.
7. Feast of Our Lady of Victory. Thank God for the Holy League and Don John of Austria.
October 6, 2014
1. I was interviewed by my friend and colleague Alexis Carra on Catholic social teaching: http://www.kirkcenter.org/index.php/bookman/article/catholic-social-teaching-and-contemporary-social-problems/.
2. Casting doubts on the findings of the recent study of the effectiveness and appeal of long-acting contraceptives: http://www.realclearpolicy.com/blog/2014/10/02/about_that_birth_control_study_1090.html.
3. Ross Douthat has some interesting insight into the intersection of cultural conservatism, expressive individualism, and the oevre of Lena Dunham: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/05/opinion/sunday/ross-douthat-i-love-lena.html?_r=3.
4. The mortal sickness of the Times and the culture it inhabits, on full display