Varia — October 30, 2014

October 30, 2014

1. Our Black-Robed Platonic Guardian Rulers on the New York State Court of Appeals decided that they were left out in the marriage-redefinition game, so they decide to step into the bold new future and begin the process of legalizing incest: http://nypost.com/2014/10/29/new-york-state-blesses-incest-marriage-between-uncle-niece/.

2. However, a court finds that the new HHS mandate regs are still not sufficient to protect the religious freedom of a Catholic university: http://www.scotusblog.com/2014/10/new-birth-control-rules-found-too-demanding/#more-220251 and http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/mandate-revisions-not-enough—district-court-grants-injunction-to-ave-maria-14225/.

3. How Notre Dame University came to chose the world over Christ when it comes to marriage: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2014/10/14000/.

4. The City of Houston withdrew its offensive and intrusive subpoenas of pastors: http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/9392.

5. Why does anyone give the slightest credence whatsoever to anything the regular media says about the Church? http://time.com/3545844/pope-francis-evolution-creationism/. When Time Magazine is the voice of reason, then things are really, really bad.

Varia — October 28, 2014

October 28, 2014

1. Blogged on voting as a Catholic: http://blog.archny.org/steppingout/?p=3372. If you wonder why voting matters, read on…

2. California is requiring all health insurance plans to cover elective abortion

Varia — October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014

1. The Holy Father makes another strong statement in defense of marriage, calls people to be witnesses in their lives: http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/Vatican.php?id=11023.

2. Bishop Tobin of Rhode Island discusses the dilemma for Catholic voters when there are only pro-abortion candidates: http://www.thericatholic.com/opinion/detail.html?sub_id=6883.

3. Just when you thought that US politics had reached its lowest level of deranged moral pathology, here comes some political activist in Washington with a full dose of old-fashioned anti-Catholic bigotry: http://www.theolympian.com/2014/10/24/3388665_mark-miloscia-hit-with-anti-catholic.html?sp=/99/101/&rh=1. Note especially the tepid response from the candidate. Very telling.

4. Foregoing the lie that physician-assisted suicide is a medical matter, Scottish advocates are pressing for legalization of anyone-assisted suicide: http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism/391181/scotland-pushes-anyone-assisted-suicide-wesley-j-smith.

5. An interview with Kim Daniels of Catholic Voices: http://www.aleteia.org/en/religion/interview/interview-with-kim-daniels-senior-advisor-of-catholic-voices-usa-5855959310139392.

Varia — October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014

1. The Human Life Review turns 40 and celebrates young pro-lifers: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/390933/saluting-young-pro-lifers-maria-mcfadden-maffucci. Bravo!

2. Is it really surprising that the development of hormonal contraceptives was riddled with unethical and scientifically irresponsible behavior? http://www.vox.com/2014/10/23/6994695/the-secret-history-of-birth-control-pills.

3. Two really depressing articles about sexting among teens, and the harm it does: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/11/why-kids-sext/380798/?single_page=true (an article that correctly identifies the problem and then draws all the wrong conclusions) and http://www.theamericanconservative.com/olmstead/how-sexting-hurts-women/. Warning — the first article has some pretty explicit descriptions.

4. Cardinal Sarah — one of those African bishops that Cardinal Kasper didn’t want to listen to — talks clearly and powerfully about the real problems facing marriage and the family: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/cardinal-sarah-crisis-of-today-s-families-is-how-concepts-of-marriage-family-have-changed.

5. I blogged on the aftermath of the Synod: http://blog.archny.org/steppingout/?p=3361.

6. I try to stay away from partisanship, but I couldn’t resist sharing this speculation on the identity of the handful of people who bought Governor Abortion’s new book: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/10/22/the-945-people-who-we-assume-bought-gov-cuomos-book/

Varia — October 22, 2014

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!

Varia — October 20, 2014

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.

Varia — October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014

1. Please, somebody confiscate Cardinal Kasper’s shovel, he’s only digging himself in deeper: http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/10/cardinal-is-appalled-denies-africa-comments-caught-on-tape.

2. The African bishops actually have a few things to say, that may be worth listening to: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/10/17/card_napier_synod_document_highlights_all_main_concerns/1108828.

3. But we always have to remember the attitudes that our US bishops are pushing up against: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/10/16/young-u-s-catholics-overwhelmingly-accepting-of-homosexuality/. Note especially the numbers for Catholics who say they attend Mass weekly or more.

4. Yet another case of "tolerance for me, but not for thee", and the face of the new persecution: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/10/17/court-allows-first-amendment-claim-based-on-alleged-professor-retaliation-for-paper-harshly-criticism-of-lesbianism/.

5. Some interesting statistics about the relationship between marriage and religion around the world: http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/10/religion-and-family-around-the-globe.

6. Uh oh, Cardinal Kasper’s out with a new proposal, and it’s a doozy: http://www.eyeofthetiber.com/2014/10/12/cardinal-kasper-adds-three-sacraments/. (Satire alert).

Varia — October 16, 2014

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

Varia — October 15, 2014

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.

Varia — October 14, 2014

October 14, 2014

1. News reports on the Synod — Dawn Eden warns us to be sure to have a large grain of salt available: http://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2014/10/14/wha-happened-nytimes-rns-report-on-real-or-implied-earthquake-at-vatican-that-may-or-may-not-have-an-effect.

2. Instead, perhaps people should read the interim document (which is merely interim, remember — a work in progress): http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/synod-interim-report-the-church-can-renew-commitment-to-family-88148/.

3. Or, just listen to the Cardinal: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/kathrynlopez/2014/10/no-earthquake-in-rome-cardinal-dolan-emphasizes-continuing-conversation-not-doctrinal-shifts/.

4. The Cult of Moloch mourns, but we can celebrate, America’s shrinking access to abortion: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/laws-courts-shrinking-access-to-abortion/2014/10/10/efd0aef4-4f25-11e4-aa5e-7153e466a02d_story.html.

5. The current state of religious liberty: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2014/10/13918/.

6. In considering Christopher Columbus, people should consider the real motives for his journey: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/dont-rush-to-judge-columbus-anthropologist-encourages-33184/. I read her book “Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem,” by the way, and it’s excellent.


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