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  • Brittany Maynard, Death With Dignity Advocate, Dies At 29

    11/02/2014 10:07:46 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 137 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 11/02/2014 | Alana Horowitz
    Brittany Maynard, the Oregon woman who had become an outspoken advocate for patients' rights following her terminal cancer diagnosis, died on Saturday, the Oregonian reported. She was 29. "Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love," she wrote in a Facebook post, according to People. "Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness... the world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers... goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!" Earlier this year, Maynard...
  • I'm amazed at the ignorance of FReepers [the stupid, it BURNS]

    10/02/2014 3:48:47 PM PDT · by StraysDaddy · 388 replies
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    We have been seeing America go to the "dogs" for 6 years now and still some "brain dead" fools cling to the idea that they will stay home rather than vote for a "Pubbie" that they deem a RINO.
  • Lena Dunham Warns Women GOP Could Affect Your Sex Life: Steps into toss-up Senate races

    10/01/2014 7:22:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/01/2014 | Rod Kackley
    Women have been warned in a Planned Parenthood Action Fund email [1] that Alaska Republican Dan Sullivan, who is running for the U.S. Senate, and three other GOPs could “affect their sex lives.”The warning came from Lena Dunham, the creator and start of the HBO series Girls. In the email Dunham urged women to remember Thom Tillis, who’s challenging Sen. Kay Hagan (D) in North Carolina, “stuck a bunch of abortion restrictions into a bill that was supposed to be about motorcycle safety.”She also wrote that Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa running for the Senate who made hog...
  • 5 myths surrounding adopting a Greyhound

    09/24/2014 7:09:39 PM PDT · by LAGreyhound · 32 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 9/10/213 | Linda Weber
    When you think of a Greyhound, what comes to mind? Possibly a fast dog racing around a track? Greyhounds make great companions although this is probably not the first breed that comes to mind when thinking of adopting a dog. Perhaps it is because there are some erroneous myths surrounding greyhounds that keep people from considering adoption. Examiner.com must be excerpted per their complaint.
  • Greyhounds versus the Dos Equis Man

    09/24/2014 2:54:11 PM PDT · by LAGreyhound · 14 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 07/07/14 | Linda Weber
    Dos Equis Beer created a promotional character touted as The Most Interesting Man in the World. While he certainly has some fascinating attributes, Greyhound owners might be able to give him a run for his money.
  • Tithing and Excommunication

    09/19/2014 3:24:30 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 4 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | September 18, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: I am a graduate theology student, and in class we covered the reforms of the Council of Trent. I came across this passage from Chapter 12 of the Decree on Reformation of Session 25: The holy synod therefore enjoins on all, of what rank and condition soever they be, to whom the payment of tithes belongs, that they henceforth pay in full the tithes, to which they are bound in law, to the cathedral church, or to what other churches they are lawfully due. And they who either withhold them, or hinder them [from being paid], shall be excommunicated...
  • Wendy Davis reveals her late-term quieting of the heart abortion

    09/08/2014 7:59:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    One of the plot lines in a movie I watched over the weekend involved a pregnant mother. The film was set in the 1940s, and I thought how blissfully ignorant were the days before ultrasounds and prenatal diagnoses gave mothers carrying ill or handicapped children the choice to bear them when nature decided or kill them beforehand. Had Texas state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis been pregnant back then she would not have imagined the late-term baby girl doing flips inside her was suffering. Rather, Davis would have put her hand on her belly and smiled. Instead, quoting from...
  • The Taser Photoshoot: Portraits of People's Faces When Hit With A Stun Gun

    08/26/2014 7:57:52 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    Fstoppers ^ | August 25, 2014 | Patrick Hall
    As a portrait photographer, I am always trying to make people feel comfortable in front of my camera so I can capture a real emotion from them. But what if I was able to make people feel so uncomfortable in front of the camera that I could guarantee an interesting portrait every time? This is the idea behind my latest series: The Taser Photoshoot. I've edited two different videos as well as a behind the scenes in the full post below.
  • Sign of peace at Mass: Vatican says it stays put, but urges education

    08/04/2014 8:22:12 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 28 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/4/14 | Cindy Wooden
    The sign of peace at Mass has not always led to serenity among liturgists or within the congregations gathered each Sunday in Catholic churches around the world. After nine years of study and consultation, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has told Latin-rite bishops around the world that the sign of peace will stay where it is in the Mass. However, the congregation said, if it is foreseen that it will not take place properly, it can be omitted. But when it is used, it must be done with dignity and awareness that it is not a liturgical...
  • Fashion industry, retailers and the gender binary

    07/28/2014 10:40:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2014 8:59 PM EDT | Leanne Italie
    As a transgender woman who began her transition about a year ago, Kylie Jack is still figuring out her fashion style, but she wanted one thing right away: well-fitting bras. Friends recommended Petticoat Fair in Austin, Texas, where she lives. The lingerie shop is known for one-on-one fittings, but Jack was denied access to the area where professionals work privately with customers after being asked if she was an anatomical female. [] A gender binary exists in fashion, and thats a challenge for those who dont conform. Masculine-presenting women are often destined for boys departments or bad fits, while people...
  • Why Does Political Correctness Mean the Transgender Person Is Always Right?

    07/19/2014 1:44:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 69 replies
    mynorthwest ^ | 7/17/14 | Dori Monson
    I saw a story on KIRO TV about a person on Capitol Hill named Dylan Paul. Dylan Paul is 24 years old and transgender. Dylan was a man and now has breasts. But she still looks very much like a man if you watch the piece. The story reports on what happened when Dylan was working at Pagliacci up on Capitol Hill. She says that a customer mis-gendered her. According to Dylan, she was working at the salad station there and the customer said, 'Thanks man.' And she said, 'Well I'm not a man, I'm a ma'am.' "When he heard...
  • Transgender Pizza Employee Said She Quit Over Discrimination

    07/19/2014 1:04:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 102 replies
    KIRO-TV ^ | Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | David Ham
    Dylan Paul, 24, said she was more than hurt when she complained that a customer mis-gendered her while she was working last Monday. I was working the salad station near the entrance to the restaurant of Broadway Paggliaccis. Working there, your function is greeting customers, taking and making salad orders, and bidding customers farewell. It was in the evening on a shift Id picked up from a coworker when I was saying goodbye to one of our regular customers. He returned the gesture, misgendering me as man, which isnt something too unusual in my life. I corrected him, Its maam...
  • What Does It Mean To Have Your Marriage Blessed? (Part 3)

    07/18/2014 3:13:41 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 3 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | July 17, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: Please help me with a matter weighing on my conscience. My husband and I married in our parish church 16 years ago, but I agreed to get married there only because thats what my parents wanted. Unlike my husband, I wasnt really practicing my faith, I just went through the motions gradually I had a reawakening of faith, and now am fully committed to the Catholic Church. But Im afraid our marriage isnt valid because I didnt embrace concepts like indissolubility at the time of our wedding, nor did I want children, although I later changed my mind. What...
  • The church in the home

    07/17/2014 7:32:17 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 7 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/17/14 | Archbishop Lori
    Growing up in New Albany, Ind., during the 1950s, I never heard the term domestic church, but I knew what it meant. I knew it because my parents and my friends parents made their homes domestic churches, even before that phrase from our Catholic tradition was retrieved during the Second Vatican Council. I guess you could say that my childhood friends and neighbors were at home in church and in church at home. But what did it mean in practical terms that we experienced the family as a domestic church? For one thing, it meant that nearly every Catholic family...
  • Supreme Court: Closely held companies cant be required to cover contraceptives

    06/30/2014 3:21:29 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 28 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 6/30/14 | Patricia Zapor
    In a narrowly tailored 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court June 30 said closely held companies may be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in employee health insurance coverage under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The court said that Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods, the two family-run companies that objected to the government mandate that employees be covered for a range of contraceptives, including drugs considered to be abortifacients, are protected from the requirement of the Affordable Care Act. The opinion essentially held that for-profit companies may hold protected religious views. But the court also said that government requirements...
  • Pope phones rabbi, offers condolences over murder Israeli teens murder

    07/02/2014 1:11:43 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 14 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/2/14 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis telephoned Romes chief rabbi to personally express his sadness over the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teens whose bodies were found June 30 in Hebron, West Bank. Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni said the pope phoned him at home late in the afternoon July 1 and said: Good evening. This is Pope Francis. I wanted to personally express my sadness for the death of the three youths. The rabbi told Romes Il Messaggero newspaper he was surprised since the Vatican press office had already published a strong statement condemning the murders of the boys who were kidnapped in mid-June...
  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia sells nursing homes for $145 million

    07/03/2014 8:46:09 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 27 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/3/14 | Lou Baldwin
    The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced July 1 that it is selling six nursing homes and one assisted living facility operated by archdiocesan Catholic Health Care Services to a Flushing, New York, health care management company for $145 million. The company, Center Management Group, owns and operates 15 nursing homes in New York and New Jersey. Under the agreement, the company has pledged to maintain the Catholic character of the nursing homes. The date for the sale has not been set. The $145 million sale price for the nursing homes will be decreased by certain obligations under the terms of the...
  • Pope meets sex abuse victims, says clergy actions cloaked in complicity

    07/07/2014 10:16:41 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 74 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/7/14 | Carol Glatz
    Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that despicable actions caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained. There is no place in the churchs ministry for those who commit these abuses, and I commit myself not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not, and to hold all bishops accountable for protecting young people, the pope said during a special early morning Mass for six survivors of abuse by clergy. The Mass and private meetings held later with each...
  • Minors at border should be thought of as refugees, speakers say

    07/09/2014 6:53:17 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 41 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/9/14 | Patricia Zapor
    From the head of the U.S. agency in charge of the welfare of more than 50,000 Central American children who have been apprehended at the Mexican border, to the Honduran cardinal who heads the international Catholic relief agency, Caritas, the message was clear, those minors are as much refugees as the people fleeing upheaval in Syria or South Sudan. How are these children different from refugees from Sudan or other war-torn countries, asked Eskinder Negash, director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, known as ORR, in the Department of Health and Human Services. Regardless of whether they have family here,...
  • Archbishop Lori fights bill opposed to religious liberty

    07/15/2014 10:52:11 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 3 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/15/14 | Staff
    Archbishop William E. Lori joined with Cardinal Sen OMalley of Boston July 14 to urge all U.S. senators to reject legislation aiming to compel all employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortifacients. In a letter sent to all senators, the archbishops outlined how the misnamed Protect Womens Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014 (S. 2578) would violate federal religious freedom and conscience protections. The bill, introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wa.), is a response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which exempts closely held for-profit companies from providing insurance coverage...
  • Bishop Madden among Catholics who dialogue with Irans religious leaders

    07/11/2014 11:17:14 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/11/14 | Elizabeth Lowe
    Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden is enthused by the fruit that came from recent discussions between U.S. bishops and Irans religious leaders. When you build a certain sense of trust and respect, then you can move forward and deal with the issues, he said. The faith leaders announced June 14 that they oppose actions that endanger the life, health, dignity and welfare of others, including the creation of weapons of mass destruction. That declaration was the result of a March dialogue between a delegation from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Supreme Council of the Seminary Teachers...
  • Man commits suicide by leaping into giant bonfire at Burning Man-style festival in Utah

    07/14/2014 7:25:02 AM PDT · by redreno · 105 replies
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | 07/14/2014 | BY Philip Caulfield
    A man killed himself at Burning Man-style arts festival by leaping into a towering burning art structure in front of hundreds of horrified onlookers, authorities and witnesses said. On Monday, scores of "burners" - who commune in the Nevada desert every August for Burning Man -were mourning the doomed festivalgoer after he dove into the flames during a moonlit bonfire ritual at the Element 11 fest near Salt Lake City late Saturday.
  • What Does it Mean to Have Your Marriage Blessed? Part II

    07/04/2014 4:20:41 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 2 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | July 3, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: My family is doing genealogical research, and weve discovered discrepancies in the birth-dates of a couple of our great-grandparents. They married very young, and depending on which birth-dates are correct, were thinking its possible they may really have been too young to marry validly in the Church. If a marriage is invalid due to the age of the spouses, does it automatically become valid when theyre old enough? Or do they need to have another wedding ceremony once theyve reached the minimum age? Frank
  • 'I Wouldn't Smoke or Drink if it Was a Girl' Josie Cunningham Risks Unborn Boy's Health

    06/29/2014 6:21:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 29th June 2014 | Nicole Morley
    SHAMELESS sponger Josie Cunningham has admitted she smoked through her pregnancy because her unborn baby isn't the gender that she'd prefer.The glamour model, who had her boob op funded by the taxpayer, said she lit up a ciggie after learning her child was a boy. Despite being fully aware of the harmful side effects that nicotine can have on a vulnerable foetus, Josie has been puffing on 20 fags a day. Ms Cunningham became notorious after publicly announcing she'd have an abortion if it granted her access to the Big Brother house. After an angry outcry from critics, the 23-year-old...
  • MCC pushes for immigrant drivers licenses, textbook funding

    04/02/2013 8:37:06 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 10 replies
    The Catholic Review ^ | 4/2/2013 | Maria Wiering
    The 2013 Maryland General Assembly session ends midnight April 8, and the Maryland Catholic Conference expects to work up to the legislatures final hours on policy issues ranging from stem-cell research funding transparency to nonpublic school textbook funding. Among the legislation getting a final push from the MCC is the Maryland Highway Safety Act, which would allow the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to issue drivers licenses or identification cards to people without a Social Security number. Expanding the eligibility for a drivers license would protect all drivers in the state and make our roads and highways safer, the MCC said...
  • Archbishop Lori at Fortnight opener: Catholics should be free to serve with eucharistic heart

    06/23/2014 10:29:13 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 6/23/14 | Maria Wiering
    The Eucharist conforms Catholics to the pattern of Christs self-giving love and compels them to see the dignity of the poor and perform acts of mercy, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori said at the June 21 opening Mass for this years Fortnight for Freedom. The Mass coincided with the feast of Corpus Christi. By entering the dynamic of Christs self-giving eucharistic love, we are impelled ... to work for a loving and just society where the dignity of human life is respected from conception until natural death and all the stages in between, he said in his homily. More than...
  • What Does it Mean to Have Your Marriage Blessed?

    06/20/2014 6:23:47 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 282 replies
    Q: My daughter stopped practicing her faith and was married to a protestant in his church. Now she has come back, and her protestant husband is preparing to become a Catholic too, next Easter. They understand that their marriage isnt valid in the eyes of the Catholic Church, but the parish priest told them he can just bless their marriage and it will be all right. Can that possibly be true? Eamon
  • Billionaire Chen Guangbiao invites 1,000 poor Americans to dinner in Central Park

    06/18/2014 9:11:36 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 20 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | Wednesday, 18 June, 2014 | Mimi Lau
    Controversial billionaire Chen Guangbiao placed a full-page advertisement in Mondays New York Times and a half-page advertisement in Wednesdays Wall Street Journal, inviting 1,000 underprivileged Americans to dine with him. I want to spread the message in the US that there are good philanthropists in China and not all are crazy spenders on luxury goods. Chen said he was teaming up with a famous American charity to host a charity luncheon for 1,000 poor and destitute Americans, who each will receive 300 dollars. The underprivileged will be invited to the Boat House restaurant in New Yorks Central Park, where Chen...
  • (Houston) Council passes equal-rights ordinance

    05/28/2014 9:06:09 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 42 replies
    Chronicle. ^ | 5/28/14 | Mike Morris
    After nearly nine hours of chanting and tears from seas of opponents and supporters in color-coded T-shirts, Houston City Council passed an ordinance on Wednesday extending equal rights protections to gay and transgender residents.
  • Pamela Anderson recalls gang-rape during high school: I just wanted off this earth

    05/20/2014 8:22:05 AM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 115 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 19, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Former Baywatch beauty Pamela Anderson said she was gang-raped by seven boys in high school including her then-boyfriend and was also subjected to sexual molestation by a babysitter between the ages of 6 and 10. Ms. Anderson, speaking during the launch of her Pamela Anderson Foundation, said she was raped, too, at the age of 12 by a 25-year-old, NBC News reported. My first boyfriend in grade nine decided it would be funny to gang-rape me, with six of his friends, she said, NBC reported, citing a transcript of her speech that was posted on her foundations website....
  • When Are The Laity Permitted To Preach?

    05/09/2014 1:21:13 PM PDT · by Weiss White · 6 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | May 8, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: I have a question about preaching: what happens in times and places where there is no priest or deacon available to hold Mass, and a communion service or another form of liturgical prayer is held? Mark A: While the scenario that Mark describes is not the norm, theres no denying that in some parts of the world its unfortunately becoming increasingly common. Lets see first what the code says about preaching in general, and then look at what the Church has to say about preaching in those particular situations where, due to a shortage of clergy, no priest or...
  • BURNING MAN IS MOVING IN DIRECTLY NEXT DOOR TO BUNDY RANCH. MEET 'BUNDYFEST.'

    04/23/2014 7:40:21 AM PDT · by bkopto · 68 replies
    Politix ^ | 4/23/2014 | Dain Fitzgerald
    Some folks involved with the annual Burning Man festival plan on staging a counter-standoff to the one currently taken up by Bundy in his ongoing challenge to the feds over grazing rights. The video below posted by progressive activist Sean Shealy details the plan for a month-long shindig to be held after the official Burning Man proceedings that will take place directly across from Bundy Ranch. The "anything goes" action promises hundreds of bands, as many as 50,000 revelers, "total freedom," and of course full nudity. "You're free to let it all hang out right there, just like Bundy's cattle,"...
  • BREAKING - American Spring Insider: "Bloodbath" Coming to DC in May - Resigns in Disgust!

    04/14/2014 3:55:07 AM PDT · by iontheball · 35 replies
    PPSimmons ^ | April 13, 2004 | PPSimmons
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  • Lena Dunham: A 'Huge Disappointment' to Like Men, not Women

    04/10/2014 10:22:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Lena Dunham feels a very strong connection to the gay community. So strong, in fact, that when she realized she was attracted to men it came as a "huge disappointment." Dunham shared her views on her lesbian sister and sexual attraction during an appearance at the Point Honors Gala at the New York Public Library Monday....
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus blames nude photo on "drunken stupor"

    04/10/2014 3:54:42 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 105 replies
    CBS ^ | April 9, 2014 | Lauren Moraski
    Blame it on a drunken stupor. That's what Toronto Mayor Rob Ford did. If you pick up the new issue of Rolling Stone, you'll get to see in Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the buff. The 53-year-old "Veep" actress unveiled the magazine's cover photo on Twitter: She tweeted that she's about to get more Twitter followers -- and she's right. We just started following her. Her butt-naked appearance coincides with the third season of "Veep," which premiered on Sunday. In the issue, which hits newsstands on Friday, Louis-Dreyfus dishes on the upcoming season (she's thrilled her character gets to curse a lot),...
  • Catholic Priests Who Become Non-Catholic Ministers

    04/04/2014 3:49:02 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 40 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | April 3, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: Recently, a Catholic priest in our area left to become pastor of an Episcopal church. If we assume for a moment that the Episcopal liturgy contains the valid words of Institution, and if we assume that valid matter was used, does he confect the Eucharist? Patrick A: Sad to say, the case cited by Patrick is far from unique. In certain countries with a sizeable Episcopal community, one far too frequently encounters priests who have left the Catholic Church to join the Church of Englandoften in order to get married while still remaining in some sort of ministryand who...
  • Canon Law and Fraudulent Marriages

    03/21/2014 3:58:59 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 10 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | March 20, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: My fiance and I attended a marriage-prep class in our diocese, and one of the speakers said something we didnt fully understand. First he urged us to be open and honest with each other about our past lives, not hiding anything from one another, which made basic sense to us. But then he mentioned that we need to do this because otherwise our marriage could be null. Weve known each other since childhood anyway, so its a moot point for us. Later on, though, we were wondering if telling your future spouse every single little thing about you is...
  • Is This the Future of Same-Sex Marriage for Evangelicals?

    03/25/2014 1:59:06 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 36 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 25 March 2014 | Brantly Millegan
    The U.S. branch of the evangelical humanitarian aid organization World Vision announced this week that it will no longer bar its employees from being in same-sex marriages. Employees are still barred from having sex outside of marriage, but marriage will now include marriages between people of the same sex. World Vision U.S. president Richard Stearns tells Christianity Today the change is not an endorsement of same-sex marriage, but its hard to read it any other way. Its certainly a disappointing loss for supporters of traditional marriage, but Im not surprised, and heres why. "I think you have to be neutral...
  • What Pop Star Lady Gaga Did on Stage Thursday Night Has Some Calling It Downright Sick (GRAPHIC)

    03/15/2014 8:00:06 AM PDT · by blueyon · 93 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/14/14 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    What Pop Star Lady Gaga Did on Stage Thursday Night Has Some Calling It Downright Sick (GRAPHIC) Pop star Lady Gaga is known for her shocking outfits and antics. But what she did on stage Thursday night at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, has left even some of the most desensitized critics calling it ridiculous and sick. While performing her song Swine, the singer was joined by someone named Millie Brown. Brown is an artist of sorts who specializes in painting withvomit. Thats right, she ingests colored liquid and then sticks her fingers down her throat and...
  • Peru: Security upped at Machu Picchu over influx of streakers

    03/09/2014 8:55:29 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 32 replies
    upi ^ | March. 8, 2014
    CUSCO, Peru, Security at the Peruvian historical site of Machu Picchu has been increased after a recent string of streakers invading the centuries-old Inca citadel. Late last year, guards arrested two male tourists who were caught streaking at the site. More recently, a video of a couple streaking at Machu Picchu went viral on YouTube, prompting others to follow suit, The Guardian newspaper in London reported Friday. Ricardo Ruiz Caro, Peru's new regional director of culture, announced recently that park guards will increase surveillance to "avoid these unfortunate events that threaten cultural heritage."
  • Can We Have a Priest and a Non-Catholic Minister at Our Wedding?

    03/07/2014 2:59:34 AM PST · by Weiss White · 20 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | March 6, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q1: Im Catholic and my fianc is from a devout Lutheran family. They werent too pleased when I told them our wedding has to take place in a Catholic church. Is it permissible for us under canon law to have a wedding ceremony in my parish church, and have his Lutheran minister co-marry us there, alongside the Catholic priest? I asked my pastor and he said no, but I couldnt tell if he refused because thats actually the law, or if he just didnt like the idea. Christina Q2: My Jewish girlfriend and I want to get married, and both...
  • Can a Catholic Ever Elope?

    02/21/2014 6:25:32 AM PST · by Weiss White · 45 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | February 20, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: What does canon law say about Catholics eloping? I understand the issue from the perspective of the sacramental theology of the Church, but was wondering if canon law had anything to say about it. David A: When we speak of elopement today, we usually envision a young couple running away in the middle of the night to be married in secret, and without the consent of their parentsusually by a justice of the peace in a civil wedding ceremony. Is it ever possible for a Catholic couple (or a couple including only one Catholic) to marry under such circumstances?...
  • So, I'm a Millennial and a leftist. Zot away (Froggy Mod says "Adieu")

    02/24/2014 3:17:38 PM PST · by Millennial Lefty · 286 replies
    So, I lurk on Free Republic quite a bit. Usually it's to read some of the outrageous comments some post here and some of it is to see what your opinions are on certain articles that also get posted elsewhere. So, a little bit about myself. I'm in my 20s and of Hispanic origin. I was born in New York but moved to Florida when I was three years old. I'm what you guys would consider a "socialist". I don't consider myself a socialist, I'm a supporter of the free market economy except I favor strong government regulations. While on...
  • The Divine Office: Christ is our head, and the wise man keeps his eyes upon him

    02/24/2014 6:14:43 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 1 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2/24/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    A sermon on Ecclesiastes by St Gregory of Nyssa We shall be blessed with clear vision if we keep our eyes fixed on Christ, for he, as Paul teaches, is our head, and there is in him no shadow of evil. Saint Paul himself and all who have reached the same heights of sanctity had their eyes fixed on Christ, and so have all who live and move and have their being in him. As no darkness can be seen by anyone surrounded by light, so no trivialities can capture the attention of anyone who has his eyes on Christ....
  • The Divine Office: The Wisdom of God has mixed wine for us and set up a feast

    02/19/2014 6:07:00 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 1 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2/19/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    The commentary on Proverbs by Procopius of Gaza Wisdom has built herself a house. God the Fathers Power, himself a person, has fashioned as his dwelling-place the whole world, in which he lives by his activity; and has fashioned man also, who was created to resemble Gods own image and likeness and has a nature which is partly seen and partly hidden from our eyes. And she has set up seven pillars. To man, who was made in the image of Christ when the rest of creation was completed, Wisdom gave the seven gifts of the Spirit to enable him...
  • The Divine Office: On the search for wisdom

    02/17/2014 8:36:25 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 1 replies
    the Examiner ^ | 2/17/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    From a sermon by Saint Bernard, abbot Let us work for the food which does not perish our salvation. Let us work in the vineyard of the Lord to earn our daily wage in the wisdom which says: Those who work in me will not sin. Christ tells us: The field is the world. Let us work in it and dig up wisdom, its hidden treasure, a treasure we all look for and want to obtain. If you are looking for it, really look. Be converted and come. Converted from what? From your own wilfulness. But, you may say,...
  • We deserve better than Fox News

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    02/15/2014 8:22:30 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 1 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2/15/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    From a sermon by Blessed Isaac of Stella, abbot Why, my brethren, are we so little concerned with finding opportunities to advance each others salvation, responding to greater need with greater help and bearing each others burdens? This is what St Paul advised: Bear one anothers burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ or, again, forbearing each other in love. For that is most definitely the law of Christ. When I notice something wrong in my brother that cannot be corrected either because it is inevitable or because it comes from some weakness of his in body...
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    02/10/2014 7:58:05 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 4 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2/10/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    From the books of Dialogues by Saint Gregory the Great, pope Scholastica, the sister of Saint Benedict, had been consecrated to God from her earliest years. She was accustomed to visiting her brother once a year. He would come down to meet her at a place on the monastery property, not far outside the gate. One day she came as usual and her saintly brother went with some of his disciples; they spent the whole day praising God and talking of sacred things. As night fell they had supper together. Their spiritual conversation went on and the hour grew late....
  • The Divine Office: Abraham's Sacrifice

    02/11/2014 5:48:33 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 3 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2/11/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    Origen's homilies on Genesis Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering, loaded it on Isaac, and carried in his own hands the fire and the knife. Then the two of them set out together. Isaac himself carries the wood for his own holocaust: this is a figure of Christ. For Christ carried the burden of the cross himself, and yet to carry the wood for the holocaust is really the duty of the priest. So Christ is then both victim and priest. This is the meaning of the expression: they set out together. For when Abraham, who was to...