I was sitting in my favorite coffee shop last night, writing for the blog and cleaning out my inbox, catching up on the newsletters piling up there. Then a young man dropped by my table to talk about laptops and then, how it happened I’m not sure, we ended up talking about religion and from there, about pro-life issues and other teachings of the Church. Suffice it to say that he was not at all sympathetic to anything having to do with the Church, Christianity or any other religion known to man. The anger and resentment boiling just below the surface of his words may have been at least partially responsible for the calm I felt during our conversation (the Holy Spirit working within me to help me; and to help him). Continue reading

I’ve been reading about the Obamadrama at Notre Dame scandal and I just noticed this, which I thought I’d share with you. I’ve condensed this press release down to the two paragraphs that made me laugh. Oh, the irony of it all. Gotta love that Fr. Jenkins, he’s got that consistent ethic thing down pat, oh yeah. (If you already knew about this, then just ignore me. I’ll slip away quietly.)

University of Notre Dame President Rescinds Invitation to Dialogue
Clarification of April 14, 2009 Press Release Continue reading

(Continued from a previous post, Rape and abortion, a Catholic view, Part 1.) I’ve been trying to get online all day and now that I have, I only have a few minutes before the coffee shop closes. But before I go on to say anything else by way of commentary, I must offer some words of hope for all those involved in the events of this horrible story. We celebrated Christ’s Resurrection this past weekend and so the Easter season has begun. This week marks the Easter Octave and this coming Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. And that message of mercy, healing, love and hope is precisely the message I want to offer to the family of that little girl in Brazil. And also to her doctor. Continue reading

I think that I shall never see a person so lovely as a tree. That’s right, you heard me. A tree can be accorded legal standing as a person according to our very own beloved Supreme Court. But children in the womb are not have no such claim to personhood as decided by that very same court. Don’t believe me? Read about this Supreme Court case, the Sierra Club vs. Morton, in which Justice Wm. O. Douglas wrote the following:

The ordinary corporation is a “person” for purposes of the adjudicatory processes, whether it represents proprietary, spiritual, aesthetic, or charitable causes…So it should be as respects valleys, alpine meadows, rivers, lakes, estuaries, beaches, ridges, groves of trees, swampland, or even air that feels the destructive pressures of modern technology and modern lifeContinue reading

I have a friend who is beginning RCIA (taking “convert classes”) soon. A few days ago she thrust a magazine in my face, exclaiming, Have you heard about this? Is this right? The story before me was about the little nine-year old in Brazil who had been sexually abused by her stepfather, resulting in her pregnancy with twins. The bishop excommunicated the girl’s mother and also her doctor after they aborted the babies who were a few months old. My friend, who is just beginning to learn about the Church’s moral teachings, was frankly disturbed, confronting me with a barrage of questions. Wouldn’t giving birth to these babies kill the girl? Wasn’t abortion the right thing to do? And how would she raise them if she and they survived? Wasn’t the bishop wrong to excommunicate the mother and the doctor? Continue reading