Category Archives: Hermeneutic of Subtraction

Sore Loser in the Rectory

Pastor loses the election. Takes it out on a teenager, who, to his credit, wants no bitterness for the Church on his account: I don’t want the church to be put down. I don’t want the Catholic religion to be … Continue reading

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Escalation in San Diego and Elsewhere

I think escalation is the inevitable consequence of the Right’s decision in many quarters to “let’s finally take the gloves off” as I read one Catholic commentator suggesting. (Like it hasn’t been so for years …) I often see the … Continue reading

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The Liberal Case Against Cardinal Mahony

I was reading in Tom Roberts’ book The Emerging Catholic Church and found an interesting anecdote about the retired archbishop of Los Angeles. Roberts was writing about research work done by sociologists Richard Schoenherr and Lawrence Young on the projected … Continue reading

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The Elevation of Anti-Gay Efforts

Even I was surprised when initiatives to oppose same-sex civil unions were elevated to the level of life-and-death issues like abortion and euthanasia. I have yet to read or hear a coherent and direct theological response to a few simple questions: If … Continue reading

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What’s Better Than To Cut Off Eldad and Medad?

Who were those guys, anyway? The Lectionary framers might well have had the 1970 version of SCGS* in mind when they gave us this weekend’s readings. From the Pentateuch: So, when a young man quickly told Moses, “Eldad and Medad … Continue reading

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A Fly In The Soup

Rod Dreher and a few on the Catholic Right are waxing outraged over this piece of the Fr Benedict Groeschel fallout: firing NCReg interviewer John Burger. I’ve known a lot of colleagues in ministry get fired in far pettier circumstances. … Continue reading

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Milwaukee’s 200-Year Plan

I’ve been on the fence commenting about Cardinal Martini’s parting interview which has been getting lots of Catholic blogosphere traction the past few days. For a few days, it seemed enough to let others carry the ball on the supposed … Continue reading

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