This is too cool. In the 1990s, wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone Park. As expected, this had profound effects on other wildlife, but who knew that the wolves would have an effect on the landscape?
Last week, a federal appeals court denied a request from the University of Notre Dame for temporary relief from the contraception mandate imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services. The court did not rule on the merits of the underlying suit.
Gone, but not forgotten, the inimitable Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz tells women they should not participate in yoga. I wonder if his admonition applies to an archbishop I know who does an hour of yoga every morning for his bad back!
The vote in favor of same sex marriage in Ireland was overwhelming. The Irish people, especially Ireland’s young people, turned out in large numbers to support a measure that was unthinkable ten years ago and unheard of twenty years ago. There is a palpable sense that the Catholic roots of Ireland are no more, that traditional marriage was not the only thing on the ballot this past weekend, but Ireland’s Catholic heritage.
It is right and fitting that all Americans come together on this day and remember the sacrifices of our men and women in the armed forces, who fought and died on behalf of our country. “All Americans.” The brave men and women who have donned our nation’s uniform did not fight for liberals or for conservatives, nor for Republicans or Democrats. This holiday, like their sacrifice, is a shared moment and it should bind the nation together.
I hope everyone saw my colleague Brian Roewe's post yesterday afternoon about Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo pushing back against those who criticized the Vatican for hosting Ban Ki-moon and Jeffrey Sachs at a climate change conference. Be sure to clink on the link to the archbishop's exact words. Do ya think he is tired of this foolishness
Irony abounds in our political culture, perhaps in all political cultures. But, these days, if you want to find irony in its most exquisite form, you need to look at the Kansas of Sam Brownback.
Nebraska's unicameral legislature voted yesterday to abolish the death penalty. Here is a link to the statement by the Nebraska bishops on the issue. Who would havce thought that bishops of Nebraska would be more outspoken on this issue than, say, President Barack Obama!
Yesterday, I wrote about Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s welcoming remarks at a Vatican conference on the environment and sustainability. Later in the day, my colleague Brian Roewe reported on remarks at that same conference made by Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
I am not much of a fan of using the Holy Father in a political advertisement, but if you are going to do it.....
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