Category: Religion

AOC's ignorant attack on St. Damien of Molokai

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., NY), in the words of a friend, gave new meaning to the word moron. She attacked Saint Damien of Molokai as an example of “what patriarchy and white supremacist culture looks [sic] like.” What provoked her was that a statue of the saint, who gave his life attending to lepers, was in the Capital. ... Read more »

Can your Christian faith be reconciled with your support of Trump?

Millions of Christians apparently have, but here are observations from a conservative person of faith  who is deeply troubled by President Donald Trump’s trashing of Christian values. David French, a senior editor of The Dispatch recently asked the same question in his essay, Will Somebody Please Hate My Enemies for Me? Donald Trump is making it even harder for... Read more »

Little Sisters of the Poor to test the real meaning of religious liberty before the Supreme Court

While reading a biography* of James Madison, I came across this quote from the Father of the American Constitution: The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or... Read more »

A Catholic's Trump quandary

A Christianity Today editorial calling for the removal of President Donald Trump  out of “loyalty to the creator of the Ten Commandments,” has blown a storm through the ranks of evangelicals who have supported him, and still do. It amounts to a crisis of conscience for some believers because as much as Trump’s behavior appears to be sinful,... Read more »

Should the Catholic Church allow married priests?

Here, according to my friend Jim Bowman, is a brilliant rundown of both sides of the argument. As someone who is for married and women priests,  Father Dwight Longenecker’s arguments are forceful, persuasive, balanced and honest. Also, as he notes, he’s a married priest, but no one seems to want to ask him or his... Read more »

Pope Francis forsakes sex abuse victims

Headline: Pope Francis “…Bars Action by U.S. Bishops on Sex-Abuse Reforms at Conference Last-minute change surprises bishops who planned votes to address crisis,” reports the Wall Street Journal. The story continues: The Vatican told Cardinal DiNardo about the directive only Sunday night, according to a bishop familiar with the situation. It demonstrates the continuing rift between... Read more »

Why SCOTUS must protect Jack Phillip's right to not bake a wedding cake for a gay couple

Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission helped to delineate the complex issues in one of the most important religious civil rights case in years. The case will determine whether a Colorado baker, Jack Phillips, can refuse, based on his constitutional right to be free of government interference in the practice... Read more »

Senate rejects progressive bias and confirms an "orthodox" Catholic to federal judgeship

Amy Coney Barrett whom Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, California Sen. Diane Feinstein and others attacked for her “orthodox” Catholicism and other imagined infirmities, has been confirmed as a judge on Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals whose jurisdiction includes Illinois. At the same time, the Senate confirmed Joan Larsen’s appointment to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. All the... Read more »

Today's best quote: A crotch license

“Women dance slowly with the customer … and they certainly come in contact with each other’s crotches. And they have a license for that.” —Robert Itzkow, a former owner of Club Allure and now one of its lawyers, explaining why lap dancing there is not  prostitution. I wonder where one can get that license. Or, like... Read more »

You didn't get the full story about what Pope Francis said about Trump's wall

Just to be clear, here’s the full transcript of what Pope Francis was asked about Donald Trump’s wall and how the pope responded. So much of the reporting has narrowly portrayed the full story. Q: Good evening, Your Holiness. Today you spoke eloquently about the problems of migrants. On the other side of the frontier... Read more »