A Week In The Life: Four Scenes That Make Sense Of It All

May 30, 2013

Several years ago, my husband was at a dinner with a CNN executive. The inevitable and predictable question arose: “Why do news outlets run so much bad news? Why can’t they tell more positive and heartwarming stories?” After all, most of us don’t need convincing that ours is a fallen world. The answer was pretty [...]

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There are Kermit Gosnells everywhere and they can be brought to justice.

May 17, 2013

This week brought us the conviction of Kermit Gosnell, a man whom I refuse to recognize as a medical doctor and whom the state of Pennsylvania should have shut down long ago. Gosnell, apparently, didn’t do abortions very well; so he had his staff dope up his patients with various drugs so that they would [...]

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Mother’s Day: Gender Matters

May 9, 2013

In his book Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe describes the women at an exclusive party in Manhattan. The first group, starved to near perfection, used fashion to compensate for the natural curves that they had denied their bodies. These were mostly the first wives and “women of a certain age.” Then he describes the [...]

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Just what is the Catholic teaching on guns & gun control?

April 25, 2013

Although there was a time when the old men at a local gun club used to flatter my dad by telling him that I was a better shot than any of the boys in my 4-H club, I am not a gun enthusiast. Nevertheless, as a Catholic theologian, I am troubled by accounts suggesting that Catholics [...]

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Gosnell’s Mother’s Day Massacre

April 15, 2013

The news of the horrors committed by abortionist Kermit Gosnell is finally getting some visibility. Many pro-life advocates wrote about it when the Philadelphia Grand Jury issued a report on Gosnell and his clinics back in January 2011. I blogged about it here. My first take on the lack of coverage was that, on some level, [...]

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“But I’m the Pope. Sit down.”

April 13, 2013

An Italian soccer news site has a sweet story about Pope Francis who apparently gets up very early without an alarm. Loose translation of the story: Recently, when he left his apartment at Domus Marta and went out into the hall, the Pope found a Swiss Guard standing at attention outside his door. He asked [...]

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Pro-Choice Women Defeat Washington Abortion Mandate

April 2, 2013

Yep, you read that correctly. But I don’t mean “pro-choice” as in women who don’t think you’re responsible enough to decide whether you can buy a big gulp and yet think you should be able to decide to murder your unborn child. It’s pro-choice in the sense of “we think people can make up their [...]

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