Category Archives: Commentary

What About Beatitudes?

In the Friday round-up, David Gibson at RNS noted this image captured at a South Carolina McDonald’s. Which leaves some questions in my mind … Does remembering the Sabbath to keep it holy have any impact on how a fast … Continue reading

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On Reading the Bible and Other Matters

I felt a bit of trepidation in engaging our guest Atheist Max on this site. My observation of him at RNS was that he was a persistent, if not aggressive poster. Some of you readers offered caution as well. I do … Continue reading

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Eat A Cookie

Anti-abortion Catholics generally ignore or dismiss criticism of their support for China and Chinese products. “Impossible” is how one concerned Catholic responded to one of my boycott inquiries. But remember: that’s a nation that actually utilizes law and punishment to enforce … Continue reading

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Burning of Self

Many noble, good, and graced persons in the world (not just Christians) burn inside for the injustices perpetrated by human beings against others. When we have a sense of our own fault, it can lead to conversion, confession, and renewal. … Continue reading

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Hearing and Listening

Is Pope Francis doing a crazy thing weaning Catholics off every word uttered by the Bishop of Rome? Phil Lawler thinks little of the lawless approach, especially giving interviews to less-than-respectable organs. (I notice that he doesn’t bother to link … Continue reading

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Treating Guests

Observant readers will notice Max has arrived. If you follow the Religion News Service, you will know that he is a persistent (some would say annoying) presence in the comment boxes there. I’ll offer some general thoughts on him, on … Continue reading

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Open Season or No More Blanket of Protection?

I followed a Catholic Herald link to these Rorate Caeli musings that it now, somehow, open season on conservatives. Whatever that means. Church politics is always complex. I suspect that it might be less a shift and more about a … Continue reading

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Who Consults on Family?

The president-emeritus of Ireland speaks out on the upcoming synod on the family: (Mary) McAleese questioned the idea of people “who have decided they are not going to have any children, not going to have families, not going to be … Continue reading

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The Public Arena of a Courtroom Deposition

RNS has had a piece or two on Archbishop Robert Carlson’s deposition. Last month he gave testimony in court. Monday this week it was released. I read some pages into the conversation, then stopped. The archbishop finds himself negatively newsworthy because … Continue reading

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A Hermeneutic of Suspicion

Professors caution against using the internet as a source for scholarly material. Rightly so. Neil once did a language/linguistics/grammar study of our site and found we’re talking like grad students here. Well, now that I’m a grad student again, I can tell … Continue reading

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Can Survivors and Allies Disagree?

Lots of speculation online today about the “three bishops.” Mark Silk is convinced one must be Robert Finn, my ordinary until I left the diocese in 2008. Another speculator, Josephine McKenna, considers Scotland, Poland, and Chile. Predictably, SNAP higher-ups have … Continue reading

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Unpopular Popes

Jimmy Mac sent me The Tablet link suggesting the pope is surrounded by sharks: (In her book, author Hannah Roberts) names the main characters of the conservative “opposition”, which include Cardinals Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of … Continue reading

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Signs At The Top … Or Near The Top

When it’s not a matter of doctrine, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz is really the red hat who oversees women religious. Or he’s supposed to be. He seems to want the LCWR/CDF parties to play nice. He insists people aren’t … Continue reading

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Children, Not As Pawns

I noticed Archbishop Chaput’s facebook post protesting the striking down of the gay marriage ban in his state, which included this bit about children: Marriage is more than a private arrangement between two people. It’s a public commitment of love … Continue reading

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Skeptical About

RNS linked the Religion Dispatches account of the black mass controversy at Harvard. Worthwhile reading, but taken with a grain of salt. When things get to the point of death threats, I think “hysteria” is an appropriate description. However, hysteria … Continue reading

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