Varia — August 16, 2018

1. Massive, heavy millstones are in order for the evil and incompetent people who did this to Christ’s Bride and His little ones: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pennsylvania-grand-jury-report-details-decades-of-clerical-abuse-allegations-33047

2. The State of Colorado has renewed its anti-Christian harassment of Masterpiece Cakeshop: https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/colorado-civil-rights-commission-jack-phillips-case/

3. A school guidance counselor is shocked, shocked that a Catholic school actually frowns upon her same-sex "marriage": https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/us/indiana-counselor-resignation-marriage-woman.html

4. Anyone expecting anything like wisdom from the former First Daughter is on a fool’s errand, but her morally monstrous, intellectually vacant, and shallow utilitarian explanation of why abortion is a good thing is so far beyond the pale it is mind-boggling: https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/chelsea-clinton-makes-a-terrible-argument-for-abortion/

5. An interesting religious liberty case challenges gender madness — how can a woman who looks like a woman and is built like a woman actually be considered a man: http://reason.com/volokh/2018/08/15/muslim-male-inmate-objects-to-strip-sear

6. A study of the disturbing phenomenon of how "transgenderism" spreads like a contagion in social groups: https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/rapid-onset-gender-dysphoria/

7. Another lawsuit attempts to get a court to recognize an animal as a “person” who has standing to sue: https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/animal-rights-horse-lawsuit/ Unless he’s Mr. Ed, the deposition of the horse won’t be very productive.

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Varia — August 16, 2018

Varia — August 14, 2018

1. My blog on how the Governor just gets more and more extreme in his abortion advocacy: https://www.archny.org/news/even-more-gubernatorial-abortion-radicalism

2. Our Southern Baptist allies stand with the religious liberties of Catholic child care agencies: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/08/12/let-catholics-catholic-find-every-child-home-column/934897002/

3. Meanwhile, the Dem party continues its purge of pro-lifers: https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article216622910.html

4. The US Department of Labor grants greater leeway for religious freedom defenses against employment discrimination cases against federal contractors: https://www.bna.com/labor-dept-wants-n73014481650/

5. Nebraska is about to execute a man who has been in prison for twenty-eight years, using a drug that is at the heart of the opioid scourge, and all anyone cares about is where they got the drug from: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/14/638250649/nebraska-prepares-to-carry-out-first-execution-using-fentanyl

6. St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2018-08/maximilian-kolbe-martyr-auschwitz.html#play

Varia — August 14, 2018

Varia — August 13, 2018

1. Debunking the argument made by assisted suicide advocates that it is different from other kinds of suicides: http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2018/08/suicide-is-not-distinguishable-from.html

2. Chesterton said that it’s the first effect of not believing in God that you lose your common sense: https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterjreilly/2018/08/03/lesbians-want-a-church-of-their-own-and-irs-approves/#2b96f3921c24

3. But that "church" will undoubtedly be kicked off college campuses as being insufficiently inclusive: https://www.becketlaw.org/media/christian-student-group-fights-religious-purge/

4. The FDA has approved a fertility monitoring app that can be used for Natural Family Planning: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/aug/10/fda-approves-marketing-first-mobile-app-contracept/

5. For persecuted Iraqi Christians returning to their shattered homes, the hardest thing to recapture is trusting their government and neighbors: https://cruxnow.com/crux-nineveh/2018/08/10/for-christians-of-mosul-trust-is-the-hardest-thing-to-rebuild/

Varia — August 13, 2018

Varia — August 10, 2018

1. Major victory for life in Argentina, where their Senate rejected a bill to legalize abortion: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/argentina-senate-rejects-bill-to-legalize-abortion-81872

2. The Times has joined the attack on Catholic hospitals: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/health/catholic-hospitals-procedures.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fus

3. The most serious threats to religious liberty for health care workers comes from within their own professions: https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/forcing-doctors-perform-abortion/

4. Even as the attitudes of Americans about porn continue to get worse, as do its effects on marriage: https://ifstudies.org/blog/how-our-more-permissive-attitudes-toward-porn-may-impact-marriage

5. A useful glimpse at how the other side is viewing the potential for a post-Roe world: https://mic.com/articles/190511/abortion-is-ok-how-southern-activists-are-providing-a-template-for-a-post-roe-v-wade-future#.WA5nQbDp0

Varia — August 10, 2018

Varia — August 8, 2018

1. National Review Online posted my article on the change in the Catechism on the death penalty: https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/pope-francis-death-penalty-and-catholic-teaching/

2. The Governor continues to push for abortion, this time using state money and a website to promote abortion as a legitimate “choice” for a pregnant woman: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/NY-launches-ads-to-combat-pregnancy-abortion-13138101.php

3. A Canadian man asks for more treatment, is instead told to go away and kill himself: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/canadian-man-says-he-asked-for-home-care-was-offered-assisted-suicide-78152

4. And in California, the legislature is moving a bill that would legalize encouraging people to commit suicide: http://www.lifenews.com/2018/08/08/california-legislature-passes-bill-letting-people-kill-their-family-members-in-assisted-suicides/

5. Interesting and useful new study on why people go – and don’t go – to Church: http://www.pewforum.org/2018/08/01/why-americans-go-to-religious-services/ What a shock – the main reason people go to Church is to get closer to God.

6. One big Catholic family, all shown in one chart: https://churchpop.com/2018/08/06/all-the-many-rites-of-the-catholic-church-including-the-lesser-known-in-one-diagram/

Varia — August 8, 2018

Varia — August 7, 2018

1. An analysis of Judge Kavanagh’s rulings on religion, with the conclusion that he probably would not differ much from Justice Kennedy: http://www.libertylawsite.org/2018/08/06/god-man-and-the-law-according-to-judge-kavanaugh/

2. On the step-by-step collapse of legal protection for religious freedom:https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/08/06/how-religious-freedom-erodes-one-step-at-a-time/

3. Joe Biden’s foundation launches a campaign to encourage families to accept "LGBTQ" children: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/400681-biden-launches-lgbtq-family-acceptance-campaign-as-you-are

4. The Prime Minister of Ireland will lobby the Pope to accept same-sex families at the World Meeting of Families: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2018/08/06/varadkar-ill-push-pope-on-accepting-same-sex-families/ Funny how that "separation of church and state" thing only seems to run one way.

5. Interesting graphic displays of how many Americans rely on government payments or programs: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/06/upshot/welfare-and-the-public-imagination.html

Varia — August 7, 2018

Varia — August 6, 2018

1. My blog explaining the new language of the Catechism on the death penalty: https://www.archny.org/news/a-challenging-lesson-in-mercy

2. Sometimes the Governor’s hypocrisy reaches a scale that it can actually be seen from outer space: http://abc7ny.com/politics/gov-cuomo-advances-bill-as-pope-seeks-to-abolish-death-penalty/3869269/

3. Ah, the US media… This WaPo article has the headline precisely backwards — on the death penalty it’s the US flock that diverges from the Pope, not vice versa: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/politics/death-penalty-catholics/?utm_term=.6b14ca1c5885

4. In preparation for the election, Murder Incorporated issues its platform of death:https://www.nationalreview.com/news/planned-parenthood-debuts-abortion-manifesto/

5. The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that everyone pay for abortion is still on the books: http://www.lifenews.com/2018/08/06/obamacare-still-forces-americans-to-pay-for-abortions/

6. A leading Irish pro-lifer reflects back on their unsuccessful campaign to save their constitutional protection of unborn people: https://cruxnow.com/interviews/2018/08/06/irish-pro-life-leader-says-near-total-media-bias-behind-referendum-defeat/

7. The Chinese government continues its persecution of the Church by demolishing churches: https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2018/08/05/chinese-catholic-church-demolition-is-latest-in-series-of-church-bulldozings/

Varia — August 6, 2018