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Celebrity or Popularity, Front Porch Perspective

Matthew Schmitz on papal celebrity here. I am sure Mr Schmitz is partly right, partly wrong about his six talking points. 1. Personalities tend to be more popular than institutions. I think the First Things commentator has indulged a bit … Continue reading

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Rocco on Soto on Quinn

Rocco whispered his tweet on reaction to Bishop Quinn’s call for changes. I know I’m behind the times; I didn’t know one could post memos on Twitter with more than 160 characters. Seems a bit unfair to me. Speaking for … Continue reading

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dotCommonweal has a short roundup from the front porch. Anybody hear Wisdom 2:12 lately? Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, reproaches us for transgressions of the law and … Continue reading

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A New Bishop For Kansas City

Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop for one of my former dioceses. NCRep covered the news, as well as a point of controversy from earlier in Bishop Johnston’s career. A pseudonymous commenter there knew the new bishop when he … Continue reading

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A Break in the Bottleneck?

Rocco whispered that something big is afoot in Rome and tomorrow at local noon there a presser will trot out two new documents that address the Catholic situation of declarations of nullity. And presumably, related issues. While the conservative side of … Continue reading

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More On Forgiving Abortion

Providence bishop Thomas Tobin on the pope’s initiative: Most dioceses have had permission to (forgive abortion) that for many, many years — so while it’s a wonderful gesture on behalf of the Holy Father, it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference … Continue reading

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What Pope Francis Intends On Abortion Forgiveness

Lots of commentary today to overshadow the observance of the day for the care of all creation, not the least of which is Pope Francis’s announcement on forgiving abortion. Where John Allen sees a “double-play,” and Ed Peters is “less … Continue reading

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