Category Archives: Commentary

CDWDS Head Heads Back To Spain

Whispered here, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, head of the curial dicastery in charge of liturgy, will soon head back to his native Spain to take the helm at the Archdiocese of Valencia. Fretting will commence anew among liturgical conservatives, I’m … Continue reading

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Pulling Saints Down To The Level Of Scandal

I have an icon of the Apostle to the Apostles in my office. She holds a container of myrrh, a traditional Eastern image. As far as I’m concerned, the apocryphal tradition that she was a prostitute is an unneeded hagiography. … Continue reading

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Defining A Martyr

Considering a photojournalist, an archbishop, and countless others, who determines martyrdom? Is it the martyrs themselves? Their survivors and colleagues and loved ones? Their murderers? Some post-death committee of truth? The number of disciples who follow in their footsteps? Do … Continue reading

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Leftovers

One way or another, lots of good people, even journalists, are obsessed a bit with the conflation of “Pope Francis” and “Left.” Perhaps understandable, as the rose-colored era of 1978-2013 provided not so much a broad effort to gathering in … Continue reading

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Man as Buffoon

I think Pewsitter linked to Msgr Charles Pope’s blog where the lament of the descent of man was in full flower last week. The opener: I’ve raised concerns in the past about the “men are stupid” variety of commercials that … Continue reading

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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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