Category Archives: Commentary

Neglect the Weightier Matters

I have been reading, but not too deeply, the news stories and commentaries coming out of Ferguson, Missouri. I recognize that the corporate media has its own agenda there. It’s not likely that very deep journalism is taking place. I’ll … Continue reading

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Refugees

My archdiocese is asking for assistance for refugee children from Central America. I often find Pewsitter headlines amusing, like their take on this: Dubuque Archdiocese, Catholic Charities call for donations for illegal border flood support. We’ve seen a lot of … Continue reading

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Timid and Turpid

Fr Myron Pereira at UCA News offers a devastating commentary on bishops, starting with a tidbit of history that invites some reflection: For a long time, for centuries in fact, the Catholic Church was one of the few institutions where … Continue reading

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On Missouri Camo

Ferguson, Missouri Police Chief Thomas Jackson: The whole picture is being painted a little bit sideways from what’s really happening. … We’re doing this in blue. Doesn’t look blue to me.

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Noticing

I do recommend Charles’ post on Robin Williams–there’s not too much Bill O’Reilly–really. I like the reflections there. I haven’t read too many others. The young miss, I think I mentioned, broke the news to me, and commented on how … Continue reading

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What To Make of Robin Williams?

Perhaps what’s missing from the average celebrity posse is a court jester. Seriously: someone to poke at the pedestal. Taking down with humor those on high–for their own good. Ironic that maybe a court jester might have saved a wit … Continue reading

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Shift To Beatitudes

Hey! That Pope Francis snitched my idea! Truth be told, he just expanded on it. dotCommonweal’s David Cloutier reflected on it a but more deeply: While this teaching is likely to get far less press that his statements on hot-button … Continue reading

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College Spring Break In My Backyard

After consulting with folks, the local university president has ended what he termed “the equivalent of spring break without having to leave campus.” I hope he plans to address a deeper issue, that of substance abuse. I can’t tell you … Continue reading

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Lessons In Petulance

A diocese promises $1000 for two appliances for a Catholic Worker house. Then reneges. But then almost ten times the amount flows in from people who seemed to be outraged by the decision. House founder Mary Ellen Mitchell: I think … Continue reading

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Looking Closely At Continuity

My friends are aware I put little stock in the so-called hermeneutic of continuity for its own sake. While I’m not attempting to disrespect one important leader who really adhered to it and believed in it, I’ve been pondering the … Continue reading

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On The Run Again

A cardinal’s investigation leads to suspension of ordinations for a Paraguayan diocese. Some non-Paraguayan protest at the UCANews site, which picked up the story from CatholicCulture. It must be a fascinating tale of grooming that a priest booted out from … Continue reading

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Revolution?

It is interesting to see how various church people “market” their offerings to people within the Body and outside of it. A few posters have appeared in my parish promoting NFP. Full disclosure here: my wife and I practiced NFP … Continue reading

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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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