Monthly Archives: July 2014

Will IRS monitor content of sermons? Do they now?

From Life News: IRS Strikes Deal With Atheist Group to Monitor Content of Sermons The next time your pastor delivers a pro-life sermon or urges the congregation to stand up for pro-life values in the political or public arena, he … Read More

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My View For Awhile: 77 square mile edition

The zoo like boarding process is underway. And so I settle in for a few (hopefully) boring hours to my connecting flight. I am reading American Sniper on this leg. It was a great conference experience. I met lots of … Read More

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How many children have died in Hamas’ tunnels?

Did you know about this? From the Institute for Palestinian Studies: Gaza’s Tunnel Phenomenon: The Unintended Dynamics of Israel’s Siege […] A similarly cavalier approach to child labor and tunnel fatalities damaged the movement’s standing with human-rights groups, despite government … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Why don’t bishops wear cassocks?

From a reader: I am wondering why most modern bishops just wear a clerical suit?  Why do they very rarely wear the cassock with the proper color trim?  We almost never see eastern rite or even the orthodox out in … Read More

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October Rome Pilgrimage – Summorum Pontificum

John Sonnen, who is from my native place, lived in Rome for a long time and was a tour guide there.  He is also staunchly traditional.  He now has a tour company that will be doing a pilgrimage to Rome … Read More

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There’s wreckovation, and then there is this.

In Iraq, ISIS is bulldozing churches and turned the Cathedral of Mosul into a mosque.   Meanwhile, many thousands of miles away… … in the National Post: What’s happening to Montreal’s churches? Quebec finding new ways to preserve its heritage … Read More

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Pope Francis and the Evangelicals

I just read Sandro Magister’s background piece on the Holy Father’s visit to Caserta.  Did you read it?  HERE I want to preface this with a reminder that Popes meet with all sorts.  Even as I scratch my head about … Read More

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Napa Institute: Day 3

Last evening ended by talking long into the night over cigars and adult beverages. With the morning we are back at it. I had a chance to break the fast this morning with Bp. Michael Barber of Oakland. He has … Read More

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Is Pres. Obama going to “nullify” immigration laws?

From The Weekly Standard: GOP Senator: Obama To ‘Effectively End Immigration Enforcement’ The Obama administration is preparing to effectively “nullify” the immigration laws of the United States through an executive action, says one Republican senator. As Time reported Thursday, President … Read More

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Illegal immigrants: what to do?

I haven’t been following the news lately, because I am a) attending a conference and b) out of my usual time zones.   However, this morning I checked on Pewsitter, because it can give a good overview of most of … Read More

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CAPTION CALL

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MIAMI: Pro-Hamas demo: “Khybar, Khybar, oh Jews, the armies of Muhammad are coming!”

From Pamela Geller via Pewsitter: Hamas-CAIR Protest in Miami: “We Are Hamas!”, Genocidal chants “Khybar, Khybar, oh Jews, the armies of Muhammad are coming!” Clad in the war garb of the jihad, the keffiye,h and chanting the Islamic death dirge, … Read More

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About Pope Francis’ possible USA trip

From the Holy See: the Holy See Press Office given today: “Regarding visits to America, there have been several invitations that the Pope is carefully considering. The Holy Father has indicated his willingness to participate in the World Meeting of … Read More

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Chow Line for “Cafeteria Catholics” (heh)

From Vatican Radio: (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis made a surprise visit on Friday to the Vatican’s canteen for its employees. He turned up there unexpected shortly after noon much to everybody’s astonishment and after taking a tray and cutlery joined … Read More

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Napa Institute: Day 2

I am at a breakfast sponsored by Catholic Extension. Archbp. Kurtz is taking about it. He explained that it was its goal to have church in every county in these USA. They have built over 12000 churches. They now give … Read More

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Another helpful suggestion (heaven help us)

The Iranian Supreme Leader has a solution for the problem of violence in the Middle East. From the Daily Caller: Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated on Wednesday that the only solution for the region is the destruction of … Read More

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Napa Institute Conference: Day 1

I arrived last night in Napa for the Napa Institute conference.  I got here, despite the interference of Pres. Obama.  I digress. The digs are elegant, the weather, perfect.  I know quite a few people, since there is some cross … Read More

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Latin America needs a revolution: a liberal and Catholic revolution

Liberation Theology is having a bit of a revival.  Is this good?  I am skeptical.  The problem with the Left is that they talk and talk with all sorts of grand words but they don’t explain how to create wealth … Read More

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“Annulments” and a distinction: juridical and/or sacramental

Ed Peters, distinguished canonist, has come out of hibernation to post this helpful distinction. See his outstanding blog In The Light Of The Law, where there is no open combox.  Check with him often. My emphases. Confusing validity and sacramentality … Read More

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Just Too Cool: Leo XIII’s Latin Riddles

I have known about Pope Leo’s poetry for quite a long time. But this is great! From CNS: Papal puzzler: Leo XIII anonymously published riddles in Latin Pope Leo XIII, born in 1810, is credited with being the founder of … Read More

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