Day: June 21, 2012

Fortnight for Freedom begins today; Who’s paying the freight?

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called on Catholics throughout the country to observe a “Fortnight for Freedom,” beginning today and running through July 4, to protest the Obama administration’s health care policies. They contend this is not political. Some Catholics in the pews disagree: According to an NPR report by Barbara Bradley Hagerty:


A brother asked Abba Poemen, “Why should I not be free to do without manifesting my thoughts to the old men?” The old man replied, “Abba John the Dwarf said, ‘The enemy rejoices over nothing so much as those who do not manifest their thoughts.’” Benedicta Ward, SLG, trans. The Sayings of the Desert Fathers […]

The Feast of the Unclean

by Sara Miles By ancient tradition, June is the month of Gay Pride. My people celebrate it as the Feast of the Unclean: the feast of the unnatural and unlawful, of foreigners and whores, lepers, sissies, faggots, drag queens, bulldykes, trannies, leather daddies, butch girls, queer boys, intersexed teenagers, lesbian mothers, gay bishops and all […]