Varia — September 26, 2016

1. Some valuable insights into Christianity and politics, courtesy of C.S. Lewis: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/25/opinion/sunday/the-political-magic-of-cs-lewis.html?_r=0

2. Canadian "ethicists" call for the elimination of pro-life doctors: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/440365/abort-euthanize-or-get-out-medicine

3. Another Catholic school is challenged for standing up for the truth of our faith regarding human sexuality: http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/gay-student-sues-school-after-he-couldn-t-bring-boy-n652151

4. The heck with evidence, they’ll still keep arguing that freely-available abortion is essential to reducing maternal mortality: www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/health/maternal-mortality.html

5. Looks like I’m going to live forever: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/news/high-fat-cheese-the-secret-to-a-healthy-life/

6. Thinking of watching the “debate”? Consider reviewing Titus 3:1-11 beforehand. Some good stuff in Proverbs 15 too. I’ll be watching the Yankee game.

Varia — September 26, 2016

Varia — September 21, 2016

1. The Holy Father and other world religious leaders issue passionate calls for peace: http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2016/09/peace-alone-is-holy-not-war-in-francis.html

2. A powerful article by a homosexual man who has gone from supporting the re-definition of marriage to conversion to Christianity: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2016/09/17513/

3. Five hundred Catholic scholars rally to the defense of the Church’s teaching on contraception and sexual morality, in response to a tired, hackneyed, publicity-driven attack by all the usual suspects saying all the usual things: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/500-catholic-scholars-lash-back-at-humanae-vitae-critics-50088/ Here’s their statement: http://trs.cua.edu/humanae-vitae/ News flash to the dissenting academics — it’s not 1968 anymore.

4. Bishop Malone, the head of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, calls for a renewed commitment to the Church’s teaching on contraception: http://usccbmedia.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-churchs-teaching-on-contraception.html

5. The enemies of life has set their sights on the District of Columbia with a new bill to legalize assisted suicide: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/sep/20/dc-council-to-consider-right-to-die-legislation/

Varia — September 21, 2016

Varia — September 15, 2016

1. Reminding people that the Magisterium is really found with the bishops, not in pandering politicians or heretical apologists for murder, the USCCB rebuts both the Dem VP candidate (http://www.usccb.org/news/2016/16-120.cfm) and “Catholics for Choice” (http://www.usccb.org/news/2016/16-118.cfm)

2. The USCCB also rebuked the US Civil Rights [sic] Commission for its attack on religious liberty: http://www.usccb.org/news/2016/16-117.cfm

3. It’s apparently okay to play college sports games in China, a ruthless evil totalitarian dictatorship that systematically abuses human rights, but the NCAA gets the vapors about playing games in a state that says that boys are boys and girls are girls: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/14/us/ncaa-leaves-north-carolina-in-a-new-spot-sapped-of-sports-pride.html?_r=0 Hope the fainting couch is nearby.

4. Staring into the abyss of the Culture of Death – scientist believe they can “create” babies without eggs through genetic manipulation: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-37337215. Mary Shelley was a prophet.

5. A detailed map of where people in same-sex “marriages” are living, which is remarkable for how few there are – nowhere more than 4% of all married couples (and that’s in SF): http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/13/upshot/the-most-detailed-map-of-gay-marriage-in-america.html

6. Restrictions on free speech come in on little cat’s feet, but can easily grow into tigers: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/09/13/congress-to-allow-special-restrictions-on-speech-inappropriate-with-respect-to-race-gender-sexuality-ethnicity-or-other-intrinsic-characteristic/?utm_term=.7b3ee30e0d50

Varia — September 15, 2016

Varia — September 13, 2016

1. Unborn babies can be killed at will, but by all means give "rights" to nature: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/439991/nature-rights-court-case

2. The US Civil Rights [sic] Commission has issued a report that explicitly equates religious liberty with bigotry: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/09/09/commission-says-religious-liberty-should-not-top-civil-rights/

3. What is it about the Democratic Vice-Presidential nomination that makes people think they’ve been elevated to the See of Peter? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/09/10/kaine-predicts-catholic-church-will-change-its-teaching-on-gay-marriage/

4. USCCB urges the government to finally settle the HHS Mandate litigation, as ordered by the Supreme Court: http://www.usccb.org/news/16-116.cfm
5. Egg-freezing parties? http://matthewpinto.com/cracking-phenomenon-rise-egg-freezing-parties/?%3Feggfreezing Don’t what to know what’s next

Varia — September 13, 2016

Varia — September 8, 2016

1. New York’s Attorney General has made it clear that NY is open for business for late-term abortions, for any reason whatsoever: http://www.archny.org/news/new-york-late-term-abortions

2. The Administration in DC is jumping through hoops to make sure that their friends at the Temple of Moloch continue to feed at the public trough: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/sep/7/obama-administration-stunt-would-force-states-to-f/

3. Gender ideologues in Massachusetts are targeting churches: http://religionclause.blogspot.com/2016/09/massachusetts-agency-says-transgender.html

4. When marriage is re-defined to mean nothing, it can mean anything: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/09/07/mom-daughter-charged-with-incest-after-getting-married-in-oklahoma.html

5. Light on the Varia in the next few days — in DC for meetings.

6. Happy Birthday, Blessed Mother!

Varia — September 8, 2016

Varia — September 7, 2016

1. An atheist doctor reflects on her examination of Vatican records of medical miracles offered during the processes of canonizations: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/06/opinion/pondering-miracles-medical-and-religious.html?_r=0.

2. Fr. James Martin satirizes the media’s skepticism about St. Theresa, by wondering how they would have covered Jesus: http://americamagazine.org/content/all-things/jesus-visits-town-trailing-controversy.

3. Opposition to porn gets a boost from a very unlikely advocate: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/you-dont-have-to-be-religious-to-be-opposed-to-porn-34883/

4. The Culture of Death continues its march through the remnants of the medical profession: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/439703/promoting-infanticide-newsweek?target=author&tid=73549 and http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/439749/organ-harvesting-unconscious

5. Allegedly Catholic hospital system decides to re-define its public identity by removing the names of saints from their institutions: http://www.ibj.com/articles/60229-franciscan-to-remove-saints-names-from-a-dozen-hospitals.

6. Great video illustrating the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for the month, courtesy of the Apostleship of Prayer: http://apostleshipofprayer.org/the-pope-video.

Varia — September 7, 2016

Varia — August 31, 2016

1. Our Black-Robed Platonic Guardian Rulers on the Courts in NY have decided to re-define parenthood to suit modern fancies, in other words to mean basically anything and nothing: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/31/nyregion/new-york-court-parental-rights.html?_r=0.

2. Scathing critique of the Justice Department’s bogus and disgraceful arguments in the Texas gender identity case: http://www.libertylawsite.org/2016/08/29/regulatory-dark-matter-and-the-corruption-of-the-department-of-justice/

3. Anti-terrorism experts in the UK are warning churches and clergy that they may be the next targets of attack by ISIS: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/experts-fear-isis-terrorist-knifemen-8702162.

4. Bishop Barron considers who’s responsible for so many young people leaving the Church, and suggests that we look in the mirror: http://www.wordonfire.org/resources/article/apologists-catechists-theologians-wake-up/5257/.

5. When in need, have you tried Mother Theresa’s “Flying Novena”? http://www.ncregister.com/blog/joseph-pronechen/mother-teresas-express-line-to-heaven-novena

Varia — August 31, 2016