Category Archives: Politics

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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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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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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Tattoos, Shrimp, and Football

The biblical prohibition against gay men is a keystone citation in the culturewar. I’ve often wondered how non-vertebrate seafood and tattoos figure in the mix for anti-gay activists. Who determines what is abominable and what is simple good public health … Continue reading

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Ratzinger-Approved?

The diocese of Ciudad del Este published a self-defense in the face of Vatican sanctions. This is rich: the report from CatholicCulture said that the scandal-plagued priest, Carlos Urrutigoity, got a thumbs up from a prelate in a very high place: … Continue reading

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Inequalities

Making the case for better science education. 57 equals minus-81.

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