Category Archives: Politics

Loch Ness Monster Trumps Evolution

I surfed to this piece from RNS which noted that one creationism textbook cited the Loch Ness Monster as an example of a dinosaur that didn’t go extinct. I would love to see that textbook section. Especially given that plesiosaurs … Continue reading

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War on Halloween?

Don’t look now, but another culturewar front is developing, at least in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Inglewood Elementary School principal Orlando Taylor wrote a note including this: Some holidays observed in the community that are considered by many to be secular … Continue reading

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Some Disorders

Catholics fret about the hierarchy. In centuries past, perhaps Catholics were more oblivious to the array of bishops and cardinals above them. Even the pope. Today punditry of all sorts focuses on them from all angles. A bishop from a rural … Continue reading

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Pulling the Plug on Religion Field Trips

I thought the fallout described in this story was entirely predictable. Do you think complaining parents are ready to have Muslim and Hindu prayers take a turn at school functions? As is often the case, young people seem to have … Continue reading

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Disappointment

Providence’s Bishop Thomas Tobin’s interview included this aside in a response to another question: The other thing I want to say though, is that I’m a little bit disappointed in Pope Francis that he hasn’t, at least that I’m aware … Continue reading

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USCCB Stands Up To Temple Police

Finally. Somebody stands up to the detractors. Bishops have basically told LifeSiteNews to shush: The U.S. Catholic bishops stand firmly behind CRS in its commitment to promote and defend human dignity and the sacredness of every human life from the … Continue reading

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Polls Not Posts

I had no time for a quick post or two yesterday morning, and the energy for only one last night. (Hence the switch for RS and GMD–as of today I’ll be posting on evangelization in the American morning, and dropping … Continue reading

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Shame For Bishops

Bishop Robert Lynch didn’t mince words when talking about the prospect of war, including a serious lament for what transpired a decade ago: I am ashamed to say that the Catholic Church in the United States sadly gave President George … Continue reading

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From Fury

There is no fury like conservatives scorned. I sampled the start of Joseph Bottum’s essay, and some of the comments here and there especially. To be accurate, it’s really a trait of human nature, not just conservatives. The fury, I … Continue reading

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Respect

Three times in the past few hours. I don’t know if that’s serendipity or dumb luck or coincidence. I’ve run across this word today, “respect” in a live conversation, a telephone chat, and online, too. Maybe that’s an urging to … Continue reading

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No Food Fighting

Mark Pinsky at RNS thinks the LCWR took the high road at last week’s meeting. He cited a comment from Fr Thomas Reese: Now it’s no longer a food fight. They’re talking; they’re having a conversation. It’s like couples counseling. … That’s … Continue reading

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Persecution

I’m not surprised that Archbishop Rowan Williams is getting some grief from some commentators for his premise that some maturity is needed to bring perspective to Christian so-called persecution in Britain and the US. The retired AofC on the notion … Continue reading

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Throwing Mud

Man, is Bishop Lynch going to get some flying watery dirt thrown his way for this post on his blog. It began with a group called the “Population Research Institute” which is an allegedly pro-life group and spread to a … Continue reading

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Accuracy

My friend Jeffrey Tucker has his response to his being David Gibson’s leadoff quote for a piece on the unsettled Catholic Right. The complaint begins thus: Being quoted by the press always creates an out-of-body experience, and I’m rather used … Continue reading

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Gibson Sums The Unsettling

Fifty-plus comments and counting, David Gibson has the biggest commentariat splash I’ve seen at RNS with his summation of the Catholic Right’s unease with the Francis papacy. He quoted Katrina Fernandez: How can I love a Pope who doesn’t even … Continue reading

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