Category Archives: Commentary

Is Pope Francis Really A Problem for Pro-Life Catholics?

One of the most common complaints I read about Pope Francis is that he has somehow abandoned committed pro-life Catholics. If the word from the Chair of Peter is that a lack of hope among youth and the isolation of … Continue reading

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The Seven-Percent Section

It seems that the bulk of canon lawyers are working on numbers 1055-1165, about seven percent of the legal corpus. What happens if, over the next few years, taking action on declarations of nullity fades away? Will the Church’s canon … Continue reading

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Jaywalking

The Brits are amused at American persnicketiness over jaywalking. Nice feature here. Nice quote from lawyer Ray Thomas a specialist in pedestrian and bicycle law: People in law-enforcement tend to identify with a motorist’s perspective. It’s their version of being … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Ages

As the years have passed, it’s taken me a bit to get used to seeing people born after I was: being my employer and pastor getting elected my president appointed to the College of Cardinals There are others, but these … Continue reading

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Next Italian Pope?

We’ve had three non-Italian popes in a row. It used to be expected that the occupant of the Chair of Peter would be from Italy. It was so for centuries. Now that the pattern has been broken, I wonder when … Continue reading

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Montana Teaching

People across the Catholic ideological spectrum are questioning the decision to fire the pregnant teacher in Montana. I’m not even going to tell you what I think. You regular readers know what I think. Another pr disaster that spreads ripples … Continue reading

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Stones Keep Rolling

“The Cover” is several days old but the commentary on it continues to roll out. After a few days, perhaps said commentary becomes a little more thoughtful and nuanced. From Twitter, I was alerted to Lincoln’s Bishop James Conley’s piece in First … Continue reading

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First Mistake? I Think Not

Thomas Reese SJ thinks Pope Francis made his first mistake by dropping the red hat on four curia bureaucrats. I think probably not. From the NCR blogger: True reform must destroy the papal court and turn it into a civil … Continue reading

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That War On Aspiration

I thought about it, but at first I wasn’t going to blog on this. Peter Nixon (for more than a decade, one of the people who have mastered this thing called blogging) on Adam Shaw’s “War on Aspiration”: I generally don’t … Continue reading

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War and Remembrance

Marking a hundred years of history is often a big celebration. This new year is the centenary of the once so-called Great War. At the top of the news list on BBC this morning is this glowing treatment. I have no … Continue reading

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Darn That Dream

It’s been a long time since I perused ads for parish music positions. What do you make of this dream job I saw advertised at the Musica Sacra Forum: (Church) is looking for an organist and assistant in sacred music. … Continue reading

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More Conservative Angst

The young miss and I were lunching over pizza today. Her last semester final was this morning, and she was in a daze when I pulled into the roundabout at the school main doors. She was talking about the shift … Continue reading

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A Conservative Gets It … Sort Of

Damon Linker concedes he got it wrong about liberals and Pope Francis: I was far more skeptical that the new pope would attempt to reform or revise church doctrine … Liberals would therefore have to settle for a moderation of papal … Continue reading

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What Inspires?

Another illustrative thread at the CMAA here. First a citation to an editorial that seems to confuse the decades: In the 1960s, many of our church leaders were seminarians.  It was a time when Gregorian chant was forcibly submerged below … Continue reading

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Sacking In Seattle

The fired married and gay school administrator does not seem to be receding very quickly from the public eye or mind. dotCommonweal raised it to the top of the blog listing last evening. A few years ago one Australian bishop … Continue reading

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