Category Archives: Politics

Why Martyrs?

I see in CNS that Salvadoran bishops want Pope Francis to come to Central America when Oscar Romero is canonized. It’s likely just a matter of time. I know of one small community led by a woman priest who has … Continue reading

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Freedom To Fail

Early in their latest book, Michael White and Tom Corcoran drop the bonbon that a huge majority of churches in the US are shrinking. Maybe the number is ninety percent. Or very close to it. Here in the Archdiocese of … Continue reading

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Move To The Right (of 1 Kings)

From two states south of us, a potential 2016 presidential campaigner was in my state last night, according to CNN: Mike Huckabee told an Iowa crowd on Tuesday that he’s “not homophobic,” but believing marriage should be between one man … Continue reading

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History v Theology?

I’m not sure what Fr John Shea expects to accomplish here. I think I perceive his hope. It’s an unrealistic hope at this juncture. There will be no theological discussion. The people responsible, with the probable exception of the Bishop of … Continue reading

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A High Road Moment?

People are thinking about protesting Fred Phelps’ immanent funeral. I have a firm opinion on this one. Take the high road and leave the dude’s loved ones alone. Keeping it classy says it with style. Still, that isn’t to say there’s … Continue reading

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Marriages Mixed and Pure

PrayTell reported on divorce rates as a function of religious identification, Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, and no belief. C P E N C 29% 24% 40% 26% P 24% 42% 32% 63% E 40% 32% 32% 61% N 26% 63% 61% … Continue reading

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Sacking In Seattle

The fired married and gay school administrator does not seem to be receding very quickly from the public eye or mind. dotCommonweal raised it to the top of the blog listing last evening. A few years ago one Australian bishop … Continue reading

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