Monthly Archives: May 2011

A Father-Mother Schism

Priest-father, not real father. Real fathers would more likely align with mons and kids on this one. Until the Julie Hess letter was released last week, there wasn’t much St Blog’s action on the KC-SJ scandal. I searched through some … Continue reading

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Reverence For What or Whom?

My wife proclaimed the second reading at Mass this morning, including this little portion that immediately struck my ears: Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it … Continue reading

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The Encounter With Loss

I’ve much appreciated many expressions of sympathy and the promise of prayers this past week. The outpouring of support from my internet friends, as well as parishioners and my staff colleagues, has been very heartening. My brother was a champion swimmer … Continue reading

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To The Clouds

Family has started to arrive in numbers, so I’m not planning to post again till late Sunday–if not Tuesday. Thanks for all the expressions of support and the promise of prayers by combox and e-mail. I was reading through the … Continue reading

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Underwear in a Planter

The head of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Genoa Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco on sex abuse by clergy: a wicked emergency not yet overcome Nothing in the Zenit bit about bishops. More ugly revelations in the heartland, too: The principal of a … Continue reading

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A Clear Hierarchical System for Catholics

A recent disinvite reveals the new chain of command in Church governance. Throw away the wheels and circles. Erase the entries on those old triangles. There’s a new sheriff in town. And “he” writes lots of letters.

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Bishop Mails It In

Jimmy Mac forwarded me a letter from Angela Howarth of Liverpool to the Tablet editors: In our parish I am very fortunate to be part of a Conversation Group that meets once a week to share and reflect on the … Continue reading

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