Category Archives: Commentary

Liturgical Improvisation, Falling in Love, and Four Wives

What do these three things have in common? It sounds like the kind of joke that would walk into a bar. But it’s the arc of parish life in Mount Carmel, Illinois. Think about it, then check this link to … Continue reading

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Bloggers on Bruno on Cosmos

When I watched the first episode of the Cosmos reboot, I wondered how defensive Catholics would take the treatment of Giordano Bruno. I noticed a bit of spout and fussing at a few Patheos sites. But I think Becky Ferreira … Continue reading

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Cynic Alert: Phantom Wealth

Our corporations and government are touting how good a year 2013 was. Are higher real estate values due to home improvements like better insulation, more energy efficiency, or repairs to domestic infrastructure? Hardly. The added value only counts if you’re in … Continue reading

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Cosmos, The Next Generation

I’ve been noticing the advance media (like here) on the Cosmos reboot one-third of a century after Carl Sagan popularized astronomy for the tv masses. It’s a good idea. Neil deGrasse Tyson is the right choice to front the show. … Continue reading

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The Vice Principal Strikes Back

Eastside Catholic School’s fired vice principal sues his former employer and the Archdiocese of Seattle. One had to figure this case would eventually lead to litigation. It’s almost a religious ritual in American society today. Not only do high-profile disagreements … Continue reading

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I Don’t Want A Francis Effect

I put it in the headline to underscore I’m serious. Not cynical. Not making a funny. Cathy Lynn Grossman at RNS cites some Pew Research on Catholic thinking and behavior since last March 13th. Truthfully, I don’t want people showing … Continue reading

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Another FfF

Reading over this essay, I feel the need to provide a cynicism alert. If you are trying to be positive during Lent, perhaps come back later. I see the USCCB is gearing up for another Fortnight for Freedom. I haven’t … Continue reading

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How Surprisingly Profitable

Brian Pellot writes a weekly Monday blog for RNS on religious freedom. Since he writes from the UK, the post is up before most of us in the Americas wake. Today’s installment is here. Lots of angry Muslims lead off. And most prominently, … Continue reading

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Throwing In The Towel

I’ve been following NLM these past few weeks, and commenting there a bit. I think they forgot they banned me a number of years ago. My days may already be numbered there–who knows? Another voice seems to be giving up … Continue reading

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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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