1. The US Bishops are calling on the Administration to give more assistance (perhaps including military support) to persecuted Christians in the Middle East: http://www.usccb.org/news/2015/15-032.cfm.
2. Transgender head transplants are being spoken about seriously, by deranged people pretending to be scientists: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/414616/now-its-transgender-head-transplants-wesley-j-smith. Sounds like the scientists need head transplants.
3. A comprehensive and, frankly, frightening analysis of how far gender ideology has infected our culture:
4. The forces of "tolerance" are gearing up to battle Archbishop Cordileone, over his desire to keep Catholic schools Catholic, and they’ve have hired a notorious truth-challenged PR hitman to do their dirty work: http://www.sfweekly.com/sanfrancisco/sam-singer-catholics-church-catholic-school-holy-war-salvatore-cordileone/Content?oid=3434498.
5. The Holy Father reminds us that instead of spending our time judging others, we need to be a little tougher in judging ourselves: http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-at-santa-marta-judge-not. Point taken.
6. The inspiring story of the homeless man who was buried in the Vatican cemetery: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/willys-story—the-homeless-man-buried-in-the-vatican-27992/.
1. Two pieces on the effort by Archbishop Cordileone to ensure that Catholic schools are Catholic. Can you guess which is an attempt at journalism and which is parody? http://m.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2015/02/20/san-francisco-parents-shocked-to-learn-that-catholic-schools-are-catholic and http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/us/archbishop-cordileone-of-san-francisco-defends-changes.html?ref=us&_r=0.
2. A graphic showing the terrible situation of religious freedom around the world: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/02/27/chart-the-sad-state-of-religious-freedom-around-the-world/.
3. It’s been a tough week for the pro-life movement — Prof. Charles Rice of Notre Dame, a great pro-life intellectual and advocate, has entered eternal life: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/4015/Professor-Charles-Rice-Who-%E2%80%98Epitomized-All-That-Is-Best%E2%80%99-at-Notre-Dame-Passes-Away.aspx. Requiem Aeternam.
4. Jennifer Lahl on the three-parent children and the inherent dangers of the egg donation business: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/02/14460/.
5. How did I miss this story when it came out last year? The Holy Father has sold the Sistine Chapel and donated the proceeds to Nancy Pelosi: http://www.churchpop.com/2014/10/02/pope-francis-sell-sistine-chapel-donate-money-nancy-pelosi/. Fiction is stranger than truth.
6. Your homework assignment for the weekend — watch this powerful video on "death with dignity":
1. Even more Christians have been seized in Syria by the barbarians of ISIS: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/turkish-border-closed-as-christian-hostages-in-syria-spike-to-250-54799/.
2. Bullying California tyrants, er, I mean legislators, are threatening to investigate San Francisco Catholic schools because Bishop Cordileone dares to insist that Catholic schools are actually Catholic: http://www.cruxnow.com/life/2015/02/24/lawmakers-want-probe-of-sf-archdioceses-4-high-schools/.
3. The ideologues of gender madness will never be satisfied until everyone conforms and voices their approval. Yet another victim who refuses to knuckle under: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865622777/Officer-in-parade-controversy-speaks-out-on-religious-liberty.html?pg=all.
4. You have to admire the courage of the Washington florist who refuses to compromise her beliefs and is willing to fight for them, at great risk to her livelihood: http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/02/stand-with-barronelle-stutzman.
5. One of Dr. John Wilke’s legacies is a new book on the history of the pro-life movement: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/02/14545/.
6. Meet the newest Doctor of the Church: http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/02/the-newest-doctor-of-the-church.
1. A new study documents an increase in hostility towards religion in America: http://blog.libertyinstitute.org/2015/02/latest-undeniable-reveals-133-increase.html.
2. A look inside the social science studies of children of same-sex "parents": http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/02/14465/.
3. Amnesty International tries to bully Ireland because they dare to protect the human rights of unborn children, and Irish pro-lifers push back: http://prolifecampaign.ie/main/portfolio/detail/25-02-2015-plc-strongly-critical-of-amnesty-international-report/.
4. An interesting case on religious accommodations in the workplace will be argued before the Supreme Court today: http://www.scotusblog.com/2015/02/argument-preview-faith-and-a-workplace-dress-code/.
5. Ever wonder about how hard it is for men and women to communicate well? This video gives a perfect case study: http://en.catholic-link.com/2013/06/09/captatio-hilarious-video-on-the-difficulties-of-communication-between-guys-and-girls/.
1. The nightmare for Christians in Syria continues: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/patriarch-urges-prayer-after-at-least-90-christians-kidnapped-in-syria-87662/. Please pray!
2. Wesleyan University may have reached the Outer Limits of Gender Ideology absurdity, with its designation of a house for LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM students. http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/02/congratulating-wesleyan. No, that’s not a bad Scrabble draw, it’s narcissistic reductionist madness that dehumanizes people.
3. The Culture of Death continues its pogrom against children with Down Syndrome: http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/02/down-syndrome-shouldnt-be-a-death-sentence.
4. 92% of New Yorkers say that corruption is a big problem. Yet, oddly, that’s approximately the same as the percentage of incumbents who are re-elected every year: http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/229547/poll-corruption-is-a-big-problem/.
5. I don’t usually write about this kind of thing, but there’s a lot of attention on the latest Affordable Care Act case before the Supreme Court. So here’s a good Plain English explanation of what the case is all about: http://www.scotusblog.com/2015/02/justices-to-weigh-subsidies-for-health-insurance-in-plain-english/.
6. Requiem aeternam, John Wilke, pro-life giant: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/john-c-willke-physician-who-led-movement-against-abortion-dies-at-89/2015/02/23/b3670848-bb70-11e4-bdfa-b8e8f594e6ee_story.html.
1. The US Bishops are again calling on Congress for conscience protection in the health care law: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/bishops-push-for-congress-to-support-conscience-rights-in-health-care-act-47729/.
2. Three scholars demonstrate why it is morally indefensible for Catholic institutions to grant recognition or benefits to same-sex relationships: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/02/14522/.
3. Archbishop Cordileone pushes back against bullying legislators who want the Church to conform to their sexual ideology: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/as-storm-brews-san-fran-archbishop-strikes-back-at-school-guideline-critics-82817/.
4. The Administration hits three of its favorite targets with one regulation — pushing abortion on vulnerable pregnant refugee children, promoting LGBTQWXYZ ideology, and running roughshod over religious liberty: https://c-fam.org/friday_fax/obama-tells-faith-based-groups-must-refer-refugee-children-abortions/.
5. The Holy Father reminds us of what is at stake in our Lenten journey: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-francis-lent-is-a-time-of-spiritual-combat.
6. Nice profile of a priest who is helping kids escape the rough streets of Newburgh, NY, with his school, the San Miguel Academy: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/finding-hope-in-a-city-with-gangs-and-drugs/.
1. The Melkite Patriarch speaks of the Way of the Cross of Middle Eastern Christians: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/02/19/plight-of-middle-east-christians-is-the-greatest-tragedy-since-world-war-ii-says-patriarch/.
2. Interesting parallels between the legal arguments for the expansion of slavery and those offered for the nationalization of same-sex "marriage": http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/02/14443/. The Evil One is stuck on the same old tune.
3. An abortion expansion bill in Ireland, which would have permitted the killing of disabled babies, is defeated: http://www.prolife.ie/news/2015/02/11/abortion-bill-attacking-sick-babies-defeated.
4. Legislators in California, deeply steeped in the ideology of "tolerance", try to bully Archbishop Cordileone to abandon his teaching authority and conform to the zeitgeist: http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Lawmakers-urge-archbishop-to-remove-morality-6086158.php.
5. Wesley Smith on the increasing pressure being put on health care workers to violate their consciences: http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/02/the-coming-of-medical-martyrdom.
6. Blogged about my Lenten mission of praying for people: http://blog.archny.org/steppingout/?p=3460. If you have any intentions you would like me to pray for, please let me know.
7. Don’t pay attention to the thermometer, Spring is here — pitchers and catchers have reported!