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Rogue Bishops – Take 2

     Fresh on the heels of the German episcopate’s recent decision to jettison the Church’s ecclesiastical law in favor of “human justice” regarding the employment of those living in irregular unions comes word of this leaked meeting – linked here. This secretive invitation-only meeting in Rome, convened by the increasing infamous Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Germany, included Bishop Markus Büchel and Archbishop Georges Pontier, presidents of the bishops conferences in Switzerland and France, as well as select clergy, theologians and … media.  The topics centered around strategies to liberalize the Church’s stance on marriage, sexuality and so-called same-sex marriage in advance of the

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Our Missing Rib, Part 4: Belated Mother’s Day Edition

Blogger’s Note: This is the fourth in an irregular series of posts on the differences between the genders in order to spread peace and understanding. Mother’s Day was last weekend. In honor of those life-givers whose love and labor sustain our presence in this tilted world and civilize us savages, I thought I’d share two items: The first is this post from our Catholic comrades-in-arms, Those Catholic Gentlemen, entitled “What You Owe Your Wife.” I’ve run across a number of articles lately slamming Christianity, the “patriarchy,” traditional families (why “families” need such a qualifier is beyond me), and men in general for

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Our Missing Rib, Part 3

Blogger’s Note: This is the third in an irregular series of posts on the differences between the genders in order to spread peace and understanding. This video has made the rounds of social media before, but two things drew my attention to it this time: I realized the speaker, Mark Gungor, is a Protestant pastor, marriage speaker, and broadcaster — from one of those one-name churches that seem to be springing up all over. Interestingly, I assumed he was a comedian. A number of local wives of people we know are sharing this, saying it’s spot on — which tells

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The Real Issue About Marriage

In a previous post I considered how the example of St. Joseph can be used to give encouragement to men who are struggling to live their vocation in marriage and parenthood.  Upon further reflection on our culture’s crisis in the breakdown of marriage, and it’s subsequent rush for redefining marriage into what it is not, I found this article pertinent and interesting. Divorce, cohabitation, and out-of-wedlock births are what have caused the institution of marriage to become soiled to the point where it has become attractive to the homosexual agitators and the uninformed public.  We can wring our hands in dispair about the recent redefinition

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Wherein Lies Love of Family?

He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me…. (Mt 10:37) If I say to the wicked, “You shall surely die,” and you give them no warning, or speak to warn the wicked from their wicked way, in order to save their life, those wicked persons shall die for their iniquity; but their blood I will require at your hand.  (Ez 3:18) I speak from limited personal experience, but it seems that few Catholics take these teachings seriously.  Last year, when my Catholic niece got married in a civil ceremony on a

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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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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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Our Missing Rib, Part 2

Blogger’s Note: This is the second in an irregular series of posts on the differences between the genders in order to spread peace and understanding. The first such post is here. A friend recently posted this column from The Washington Post, from a dad who blamed his stay-at-home wife for their messy house, until he realized what she was really doing with her time. This could have been a I’m-so-sorry-for-being-a-guy sort of thing, but I actually found that it resonated with me on two levels: I’ve had the same thought processes and frustrations as the author, only to realize that my wife is great

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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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