What in the World is Pope Francis Doing?


Catholics… what in the world is Pope Francis doing?? He infers that Donald Trump is not a Christian for making statements about what he would do to protect the sovereign borders of the United States?

Yet Pope Francis visits the United States, meets with government leaders who are actively taking steps to restrict religious freedom and force believers to pay for abortions and contraception, and the pope makes nice with them? No personal attacks then. Some of these government leaders are Roman Catholics and some rather critical of the Catholic Church. No reproof for them.


Let’s see… Vatican City has agreed to take two migrants into their walled city and suggests that the United States should not protect their borders with a wall? But the borders of the United States should be porous, with no restrictions?

Does anyone else see a disconnect here?

No country in the history of mankind has done more for the citizens of the world than the generous citizens of the United States of America. None. And erecting a wall to control illegal immigration is not going to change that.

The United States has a moral obligation to enforce the justly enacted laws for the protection of its citizens. How is bringing financial and potentially physical harm to its citizens moral? In any respect?

This isn’t the first red flag. The pope’s official comments and official Vatican actions concerning global warming… OOPS!! climate change… climate change… his denigration of capitalism, and now contraception is acceptable in certain circumstances!

What happened to moral absolutes?

But I digress.

Overheard on the radio: “Used to be a rhetorical question to ask

‘Is the Pope Catholic?'”

Words mean things. Official words mean a precedent is established.

This is where Kit Kat is buried. R.I.P. little buddy.

This is where Kit Kat is buried. R.I.P. little buddy.

Marilyn Monroe and the Sexual Revolution


I just heard that Marilyn Monroe’s biographer said that she had 12 abortions over the course of her lifetime.


How old was she when she died? The poor woman died of a drug overdose and we don’t know whether it was murder, suicide, or an accident.

How did that “Sexual Revolution” thing work out for her again?



Mass For Life and Cat Boxes


Where do you find your inspiration? In the shower? Just before drifting off to Never Never Land? (“Where’s my pen????”) On the morning commute?

The older I get, the more ‘things’ happen to me and around me, the more I realize that if I prayed 24 hours a day, that wouldn’t be enough. But certainly not practical.

Also makes me contemplate the truth about Practicality.

So, being the practical sort of guy I am, I look for ways to fit more prayer into my daily routine.

Don’t pray enough? What times in your day lend themselves to prayer? Brushing teeth? Dishes? Cat boxes? Tinkling?

There are not many chores more humbling than cleaning pet excrement, whether it’s shovel and bucket in the back yard or scrubbing caked kitty clay off the tile floor.

The only dogs in my life are canine cousins and granddogs (is that a word? Caution! “Dave-ism!”)

This dog lover is now one cat short of becoming a crazy cat lady. With seven cats, cleanup is a real chore. And lends itself to extended prayer time.

Speaking of humbling, it doesn’t get much more so than kneeling on the cold basement floor, litter dust wafting amidst the oxygen molecules, beads of sweat dripping to the floor, hoping the clay doesn’t find its way underneath fingernails while scrubbing the floor.

It’s a perfect time to pray.

While I’m partial to spending that time listening to recorded versions of the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, today’s routine was unusual.

I’m normally up at 4 AM on weekdays, ready to leave the house by 5:30 to either see my first client or humiliate myself on the racquetball court at LA Fitness. Thursday is normally racquetball day.


Today, one of our opponents was out of town and the other down with an injury, so my partner and I decided to cancel. I needed to catch up on sleep, so I took advantage, slept in until 6. Today was going to be an office day, all day.

I managed to stay out of Kathy’s way (mostly) as she prepared for work and left by 6:20. Got the cats fed listening to and saying the Rosary and Chaplet, feverishly trying to remember everyone I promised to pray for, leaving the rest in God’s hands.

Daily Mass is normally aired at 7 AM, so I planned to listen as I trudged downstairs to tackle the cat boxes.

I forgot that today is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. I forgot that today is the March for Life in Washington, DC. Mass broadcast began at 6:30. It was celebrated at the National Basilica in Washington in conjunction with prayers for Life and recognition of the day.

So I picked up the Mass in the middle of the homily.

My pro-life conviction has solidified as my prayer life has intensified. I heard the words of the Archbishop. I scooped and scrubbed and cleaned. I got lost in the words, the prayers…

When I think about our attitude toward abortion, I often think about the Jews rounded up by the Nazis and summarily murdered and tortured. Hundreds of thousands were fully capable adults. But age didn’t matter. Young and strong, old and frail, all were subject to their captors’ cruelty. The prisoners were helpless because of overwhelming force.

Who is more captive, more frail, more vulnerable, than an unborn child?

How can we treat them so callously? How can we not care? How can we not defend and protect them? How are they any different than any other abused infant? To the former, we (as a society) argue for choice and reason. To the latter, we act as prosecutor, judge, and jury, and our reaction to the abuse is often rage.

What’s the difference?

Mass ended. EWTN then began broadcast coverage of the March for Life.

On my hands and knees, I listened to stories of women who had experienced abortion. I heard how science now provides evidence that a 20-week fetus feels pain. I listened to young men and women share their reasons for attending, about their lack of sleep, and how the cause was so much larger than the inconvenience. I heard a report from the Chicago March for Life from Sunday, January 18.

I thought about the countless children who would never be born. Who were never permitted to breathe fresh air, hear and feel the crunch of snow, taste ice cream, smell fresh cut grass. I thought about the women who never became their mothers. The painful agony of regret that will plague them to the grave. Who will never hear their baby’s cry. Or laughter. Or first word. Or “Mama, I love you.”

I heard from three women who were born because their mothers were raped.

I heard from a doctor who was an abortionist until his young daughter was killed in an auto accident.


I thought about my sister’s stillborn baby.

Why do we consider that beyond tragic, but we don’t believe it’s tragic when a woman (or man or parents or other “concerned loved ones” who influence her decision) chooses — willfully, knowingly — to “terminate” a life, but rather argue that she is making a rational and acceptable decision?

What are we doing? When will it stop?

I’m compelled to say a whole lot more about this. In the weeks and months ahead, you can count on it. And that may not to win me many friends. So be it.

20150122_195611[1]Sometimes, you have to embrace the excrement.


If you’re considering an abortion:






Rallying the Youth Vote – 2012 Election


In 2007-2008, the United States saw an unprecedented push to rally the youth of America to register to vote.  “Hope and change!” was the rallying cry.

Change we got.

Respect for the rule of law:  gone.

The president’s refusal to allow the Justice Department to defend the Defense of Marriage Act against lawsuits is one of the more mild of at least a dozen examples.

Respect for bankruptcy law:  gone.

Just ask the secured creditors of General Motors.

I could go on and on, but that is not what this post is about.

On Friday, January 20, 2012, The Department of Health and Human Services reaffirmed its August 2011 interim requirement that all  health insurance plans cover contraception, including certain abortifacients, that is, after-the-fact contraceptives that induce spontaneous abortions.  The Department and the Obama administration refused to expand its all-too-narrow exemption for religious institutions that object to this provision as a matter of morality and faith.  Non-profits have an additional year to comply with the rule.

Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, Cardinal-elect and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in response to the HHS press release, “In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences.”

“Never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience. This shouldn’t happen in a land where free exercise of religion ranks first in the Bill of Rights,” Archbishop Dolan said.

Welcome to Obamaville, George Bailey.

Today is the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion (Roe v. Wade).  Several Marches For Life were held yesterday around the United States.  Seems apropos that these marches take place on the heels of the misguided HHS decision.

Tomorrow, Monday, January 23, 2012 (my mom’s 75th birthday; happy birthday, Mom!), pro-lifers descend on Washington, D.C. for the 39th annual March For Life in the nation’s capital.

For the first time in the history of the event, there will be on-site voter registration.  Students For Life will recruit pro-lifers to vote in the upcoming elections.  At the March For Life Youth Rally held yesterday, January 21, 2012, members of the organization Be My Vote, comprised of young people who are too young to vote, asked adults to register to vote and support pro-life candidates.

Meanwhile, recent polls report that support for the president among youth is eroding.  One of the most critical voting blocs that propelled Barack Obama to victory in 2008 is losing interest and not likely to be a factor in the 2012 election, according to Curtis Gans, Director, Center for the American Electorate.

Unemployment among 16-to-24-year-olds is double the under-reported national average.  A general malaise among youth has been reported in many media accounts.

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful day if the youth vote propelled this shameful administration right out of office?

It is January 22.  We are a long way from the November elections.  Circumstances change.  But the undercurrent of youthful enthusiasm is drifting away from the president.

What kind of a future do you envision for you and your children?  Do you want a government that dictates what is good for you, what you can have, what you cannot have, what you must buy… under penalty of law?

Do you want a government that restricts religious freedom?  Do you want a government that flaunts its authority and dismantles the Constitution and Bill of Rights?

Or do you want a government that protects and preserves our basic liberties?

You decide.

I hope we change.

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