Various & Sundry, 3/16/15

– Everyone else is linking to this G-File, so I might as well throw my hat in the ring. A very funny look at a really tragic situation. It’s perfectly fine to want a woman to be president of the

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Various & Sundry, 3/11/15

– Jay just mentioned this in the comments: Crescat denied communion on the tongue. Not only did he consecrate a wheat pita but when I went up to receive on the tongue he forcefully tried to pry open my hands

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Various & Sundry, 3/10/15

I was attending a work-related event, thus the lack of a V&S yesterday and the brevity of this one. – Don linked to the Dr. Long piece referenced, but here is Ed Peters on the issue of the Church and

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Various and Sundry, 3/5/15

– Jay Anderson has indicated he has written his final blog post, so I will provide him one last link. It seems that the heads of the four families – excuse, me the big four Catholic publications have joined forces

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Various and Sundry, 3/4/15

Is winter over yet? Supposedly we’re getting somewhere between a centimeter and a foot of snow tomorrow. – Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the Obamacare subsidy case. It looks like Anthony Kennedy stuck his finger in

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Various and Sundry, 3/3/15

I’m bringing back an old feature, which I will hopefully be able to bring back nightly. Please feel free to use this as an open evening thread for anything you’d like to share, including news and prayer petitions. – I’m

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Various & Sundry, 9/26/13

Little Sisters of the Poor v. HHS It could be the title of a Supreme Court Case down the line. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finalized a contraception mandate that ignores the fact groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor are religious

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Various & Sundry

Poking the Pope Fr. Dwight Longenecker provides not only a good analysis of the Papal interview that was republished in America, but offers one of the most clear-headed commentaries about Pope Francis’s approach that I’ve read everywhere. Long story short,

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Various & Sundry, 9/18/13

Gun Control’s Dead End Charles Cooke is a particularly incisive writer on any topic, but especially so when it comes to gun control – which is probably why Piers Morgan wants no part of a debate with him. It is

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Various & Sundry, 9/16/13

Abortion Clinics Closing at Record Pace On a horrible day such as this one I thought I’d start with some moderately happy news. For Abby Johnson, the closing of a single Planned Parenthood center demonstrated her dramatic reversal from abortion clinic director

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Various & Sundry, 9/13/13

A Moment of Fiscal Sanity in DC Be still my beating heart – there’s actually a local politician with some understanding of economics. Mayor Vincent C. Gray vetoed legislation Thursday that would force the District’s largest retailers to pay their workers

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Various & Sundry, 9/9/13

I will be traveling for the next few day, so no V&S again until Friday. Convert or Die So I guess these are the people we’re supposed to be helping against the evil regime in Syria. The village of Maaloula

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Various & Sundry, 9/6/13

The Obamaconomy Keeps Chugging Along Over the last 56 months – since Barack Obama became president in January 2009 –unemployment has dropped 0.5%, from a rate of 7.8% in January 2009 down to 7.3% in August 2013, according to the

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Various & Sundry, 9/5/13

The Indian Economy is Causing Indigestion Sorry, that’s the best I could come up with. It’s not as clever as the Bollywood remark. North Carolina Considering Eliminating the Income Tax North Carolina now on short list of future residences. State

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Various & Sundry, 9/4/13

The Priest’s Side of the Confessional When Simcha Fisher wrote last week about reasons to go to Confession, someone protested that Priests would be feel burnt out from hearing too many Confessions. Well scratch that excuse off the list because

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Various & Sundry, 9/3/13

Tonight’s V&S has a Syria-heavy theme. It’s pretty much what everyone’s talking about, so I apologize in advance. Not so Smart Power If there’s a sub-theme to tonight’s post it’s that everything you heard Democrats say a few years vis

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Various & Sundry, 9/2/13

On the Obligation to Fast  Pope Francis has declared Saturday, September 7 to be a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria. Ed Peters tackles the question of whether we are canonically obligated to fast. In short, a

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Various & Sundry, 8/30/13

Kevin William’s Modest Proposal Kevin Williamson thinks Allison Benedikt is right – rich liberals have a moral obligation to send their kids to public school. And he has a way to make it fair. People hold capital in the form

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Various & Sundry, 8/29/13

The Misery of Being Merely Upper Middle Class Allison Lynn has written a book called The Exiles that just has to be satire. Sadly, it is not. As it happens, the book is entirely serious about the dire fate of the

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Various & Sundry, 8/28/13

Obama’s Half-Measures with Syria I disagree with Abrams that we should intervene, but he’s right about Obama’s approach. Why are a hundred thousand killed by conventional means not a cause for action, but several hundred killed from chemical weapons means

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Various & Sundry, 8/27/13

Weariness and Current Events Some chap named Paul Zummo has written about Jody Bottum’s white flag essay over at the Catholic Stand. You should all go read it. But Hey, We Don’t Really Have to Worry About Same Sex Marriage

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Various & Sundry, 8/26/13

Bradley Manning Is Not a Woman Kevin Williamson says what is obvious to most, but is sadly considered controversial considering the number of comments. Judicial Activism – That Does Not Mean What You Think It Means Justice Ginsburg – evidently

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Various and Sundry, 8/23/13

Sadly all vacations must come to an end, but on the bright side that means I’m back with some linky goodness. The Debate We Aren’t Having Three thugs murdered a young man simply because they were bored. Naturally this means

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Various and Sundry, 8/16/13

Egyptian Christians Under Assault So a religious minority is being systematically attacked, and the news is greeted with crickets by the mainstream American press. But at least Al Jazeera (!) is there to report on it. Security forces moved to

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Various and Sundry, 8/15/13

Biblical Roots of the Teaching of the Assumption Msgr. Pope drops some knowledge on this Feast Day. The actual event of the Assumption is not described in Scripture. However, there are “assumptions” recorded in the Scriptures and the concept is

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Various and Sundry, 8/14/13

Ashton Kutcher Offers Excellent Advice. No. Really. Ashton Kutcher + Teen Choice Awards = Disaster, right? No, actually Ashton Kutcher delivered one of the most heartfelt, awe-inspiring speeches an actor has ever delivered. Here’s what he said: I believe that

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