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The Son Who Stayed, Redux

This morning, in a motel room outside of Kansas City, I re-read Meddlesome’s post, “What Happened to the Son Who Stayed?” In many ways, that post and the discussion and posts that followed seem to have set the tone for the Junto’s approach to discussing Pope Francis—a tone that, I continue to worry, is at times not spiritually healthy for us. It’s not that I don’t share the Junto’s concerns about the confusion that has been caused around the Church’s teachings on marriage or find the Pope’s treatment of various cardinals baffling. (And I’ve ceased to try to make sense

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The Groin Supremacy

It was an odd week for me.  Once upon a time I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic.  At that time we were mostly preparing to face the Red Army pouring through the Fulda Gap.  Yet the enemies of the Constitution today are domestic, and live within the institutions that it created.  I couldn’t think of anything much to celebrate about the U.S. this 4th, so I mostly just kept busy and tried not to  think about it.  Then I saw the story of the 22-year old

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Stranger in a Strange Land

When they were few in number, of little account, and strangers in the land”  1 Chron 16:19 I must confess that since the hellish decision from 5 lawyers last week, I have scrupulously avoided reading anything about it, except for Timshel’s excellent post a couple of days ago.  I’m not in the mood to listen to Satan speaking through his acolytes about “human rights.”  There is little of sanity left in our culture, which is why I chose instead to read from my favorite philosopher of sanity, Frank Sheed.  Below is an excerpt from his book Society and Sanity, written

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The Other Shoe Is On Your Throat

“It’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito.”  Solicitor General Donald Verrilli The cat peeked out of the bag at the Supreme Court hearing on whether States can set their own marriage policy.  The Administration’s Solicitor General as much as said that if the Supreme Court finds for a constitutional right to so-called homosexual marriage, religious schools that do not accept it would probably lose their tax-exempt status.  Our nominally Christian president and his administration did not start this aggressive civil war against orthodox Christianity (there have been firefights for decades),

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Another Bite Of Fruit From The Tree Of Knowledge

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that police officers may, without a warrant, take swabs for the purposes of analyzing and storing the DNA information of arrestees accused of certain crimes. “Taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment.” Justice Anthony Kennedy, Majority Ruling “Make no mistake about it: Because of today’s decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason.  This will solve some extra crimes, to

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