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Where Will Make Our Stand?

Last week, the most compelling thing I read was a letter from besieged Washington state florist Baronelle Stutzman, quoted in full by First Things in a post called “Stand with Baronelle Stutzman.” Stutzman refused to provide flowers for a longtime customer’s same-sex wedding, and is now facing the potential loss of her livelihood and home to a discrimination lawsuit filed by the Washington attorney general. The letter is worth reading. Stutzman clearly and courageously refuses an offer to settle the lawsuit: Washington’s constitution guarantees us “freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment.” I cannot sell that precious freedom.

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More Shenanigans:
NYC and Notre Dame

Well, it’s that time of year again: time for the annual pre-St. Patrick’s Day rant. In a few short weeks, Americans of all nationalities, colors, and creeds will dress in green and ignore our nation’s anti-Catholic tendencies in order to get drunk and celebrate all things Irish-ish. What better way to get in the leprechaun-loving spirit of things than to highlight a couple of news stories that would have the Apostle of Ireland feeling green around the gills. First, we turn to New York City, where the annual celebration of the Big Apple’s patron saint and Irish (or Irish Catholic, depending on your agenda) heritage

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Do No Harm: More Evidence of the Slippery Slope

In his most recent post, Didymus shared these words from the Old Testament’s Book of Sirach: “The path of sinners is smooth stones that end in the depths of the nether world” (Sir 21:10). Conservatives are often mocked by their opponents for citing the proverbial slippery slope to rationalize not budging on key issues: if any  seemingly little thing changes, the culture will slide into the abyss and civilization as we know it will be in danger. This “sky is falling” characterization is true at times and might be humorous if the abyss were not yawning before us as we scramble for a foothold. Last

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Christian Unity vs. Tyrannical Man

“We talk as if we had to explain suffering away, to defend God in relation to it; whereas our real task is to see the meaning of it and to use it.” Frank Sheed Our society has developed a great aversion to suffering.  We say the words, but have lost the understanding that God’s power is made perfect in our weakness, and that “in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church” (Col 1:24-25).  Only a small percent of the human race believes this truth – even among

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Nope, No Slippery Slope Here…

This news out of Massachusetts: The world’s first known “married” lesbian threesome is pregnant via an anonymous sperm donor and IVF. Technically only Brynn and Kitten are actually married, by the sounds; Doll is handfasted to both, making them somehow all legally obligated to one another — so as one astute online commenter suggests, it’s not really marriage, so we can’t consider it another blow to the sacrament. They even have a hip new term, throuple — and they each have their roles to play, but none has to work too hard. They hope to have three babies — one each! — isn’t

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The Bastardization of the Feast of St. Patrick

Over the past few Feasts of St. Patrick, I’ve been keeping a mental log of the peculiar (and often insulting) American traditions that have virtually nothing to do with the good bishop, or even the Emerald Isle. (This article summarizes several.) But this new wrinkle takes the cake: three notable beer brands and big-time St. Paddy’s Day Parade sponsors — Guinness (Ireland’s long-time biggest and best known brewery), Boston Beer Company (brewer of Sam Adams ales in an notably Irish-American city), and Heineken (uh, green bottles?) — have pulled their sponsorships because parade organizers wouldn’t allow certain pro-homosexual groups to

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Kindness Tops Rightness Again

“The first question is not of kindness or cruelty, but of rightness or wrongness.  Kindness in a doctor treating the human body is no substitute for rightness, nor in anyone else doing anything else, above all not in the social order.”  Frank Sheed Some of you may be aware of the story of Fr. Marcel Guarnizo, who in an ironic twist, was sacrificed on the altar of homosexual faux kindness while administering the true sacrifice of the altar.  His faculties were removed by the Archdiocese of Washington after he refused communion to a lesbian who had intentionally introduced her gay

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Redefining Marriage in Minnesota

I find little solace in labeling Representative FitzSimmons a “hero” in the activities leading up to the redefinition of marriage. See this article 1- In the short term, it may have looked to be a prudent action for him in an effort to provide some protection for religious entities. 2- It provides no protection for private individuals or companies who oppose the homosexual agenda of acceptance and affirmation of their new lifestyle. 3- It serves to promote diverging understandings of “civil” and “religious” definitions of marriage as well as concedes the argument that marriage can in fact be redefined. 4-

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