Category Archives: Politics

The Anti-Abortion Domino Effect

I’ve hesitated commenting on Cardinal O’Malley’s self-disinvite from BC’s commencement. He seems to be a smart guy. I don’t know why a supercardinal would resort to the tired old strategy of boycotting a college’s honorary speaker. In the past, on … Continue reading

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The Thirteen Percent Effect

Nate Silver analyzes the special election for the South Carolina seat in the US House. He says the result was quite predictable. The former governor’s sex scandal gave his opponent a 13-point swing in the voting. Not enough to win, … Continue reading

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Nobody In Newark Talking

More heat in New Jersey. And a question: is Archbishop Myers a liar? Mark Silk raises this question at RNS. This is bad, bad, bad, and getting worse for the Newark archbishop. From the archdiocesan web page: Following the Memorandum … Continue reading

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Winners and Losers in the College

I think we’re getting a flow of truth from one area in the upper hierarchy. Rock‘s Twitter feed had this link to Cardinal João Braz de Aviz’s displeasure with the lack of communication in the LCWR-CDF dust-up. Another good example … Continue reading

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The Fugee fallout in the Trenton diocese hits a parish. And I offer these illustrative points of comparison: Two lay people who were friends of Michael Fugee and who engaged his participation on a youth retreat: fired. Pastor who employed … Continue reading

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Two More Weeks

June 21st will be the start of another run on freedom. It will be the start of the Fortnight For Freedom, 2013 edition. During the Fortnight, our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the … Continue reading

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Interesting choice of words, for a mainstream Catholic outlet like CNS: Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family and the official promoter of the sainthood cause of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, said … Continue reading

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I read a lot of fussing back and forth about the Boston bombing suspect’s situation. Read/don’t read him his rights? It’s a serious thing, but silly at the same time. He’s accused of a crime. Read him his rights. Then … Continue reading

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Cover-Up or Willful Ignorance?

I’m seeing the explosion of coverage and outrage on the Kermit Gosnall trial all over the web. Why isn’t the media covering this, I read. Why would they? The victims were poor. They were victims of predation, it seemed. Non-mainstream … Continue reading

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A funny thing happened on the way to self-excommunication. The Archbishop of Detroit got a gag order instead. Well, not a total quietude. Bishop Gumbleton spoke out. Their conscience is the ultimate voice they have to follow. A person coming … Continue reading

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Some Advice

Ross Murray at the WaPo has some suggestions for Cardinal Dolan. As outlined here, I think it’s good advice: (S)top talking about LGBT people and spend more time listening to them. If Cardinal Dolan cannot talk about LGBT people without uttering … Continue reading

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Bad-Mouthing the Patriarchs

Lent concludes at sundown. Indeed, as this is posted, a good chunk of the Eastern hemisphere is already into the Triduum, washing feet and transferring the Eucharist for adoration and prayer. I’ve been noting the heightened discussion the past few … Continue reading

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One Last Post On The New Pope

NCR’s John Allen profiled him the other week. This spot didn’t give me cause for alarm: These were the years of the military junta in Argentina, when many priests, including leading Jesuits, were gravitating towards the progressive liberation theology movement. … Continue reading

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If You Don’t Feed The Lions …

Nice quote from Fr Thomas Reese, NCRep correspondent in Rome: If the Vatican won’t give the media proper information, then all the creative writing and conspiracy theories start coming out. You have got to feed the lions – if not … Continue reading

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Will The Conservatives Ever Be Happy?

Quick answer: no. Remember this pic of exultant sems in Rome? The party was almost over the day after Habemus Papam. I suspect that nothing would have satisfied the Catholic Right, especially many of the folks who inhabited the internet … Continue reading

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