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The New Secular Puritan Covenant

Thanksgiving brings back memories for Americans of the Pilgrims and Puritans, carrying out their “errand into the wilderness” to build a “city on a hill,” surviving that first bleak Massachusetts winter of 1620-21. As a kid, I remember that cutting out Puritan hats from black construction paper and taping them to the school windows was [...]

Rosa DeLauro, CNS, and the Disoriented Catholic Left

One does wonder, sometimes, just what goes on at Catholic News Service (CNS), an agency that wouldn’t exist were it not for the U.S. bishops and the bishops’ conference. This past April 16, CNS distributed a lengthy interview with Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., giving her a platform to blast the 2013 federal budget proposed by [...]

Catholic politician in Pakistan murdered for criticizing blasphemy law

Last month I blogged about Shahbaz Bhatti, the Catholic politician in Pakistan who had been courageously speaking out against the anti-blasphemy laws in that country, even in the face of death threats. "I follow the principles of my conscience, and I am ready to die and sacrifice my life for the principles I believe,” he [...]

Couple who died at hands of pirates were Catholics on a mission

A couple of days ago, I read about the two American couples killed by pirates in the Indian Ocean. What the mainstream media articles did not say was that at least one of them -- retirees Scott and Jean Adam of Marina del Rey, California -- were Catholics, and were cruising in that part of [...]

Cuba has a new seminary

CNS reports that a new seminary opened last week in Cuba: The new headquarters of the archdiocesan seminary of St. Charles and St. Ambrose was inaugurated on Wednesday. It is a complex of salmon-colored buildings organized around a chapel with stained glass windows located about five miles south of Havana. The Holy See’s Secretary of [...]

Friday Free-for-All

A few links to kick off your Friday:  CNS on the Vatican's response to the New York Times article yesterday claiming that the Holy See was involved in covering up the horrifying abuse of boys at a school for the deaf in Milwaukee.  Social security goes into defecit for the first time, six years ahead [...]

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