Category Archives: Commentary

Teilhard, Attack And Defense

I found myself on the fringes of a facebook discussion about Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the concern over his being the subject of a fandom and his supposedly foundational racism, his defense at commonweal, and the suggestion this defense is … Continue reading

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Waiting For Good News

So, a lot of heat and a bit of light for the unfortunate March For Life post-game between Native Americans protesting their own thing, and Trump-attired Catholic teen boys waiting for the bus. Until this story broke, most of what … Continue reading

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Catholic Historians On Abuse And Cover-Up

An interesting bit on a meeting of Catholic historians here. According to those who’ve studied it, the epicenters are not Boston, Philadelphia, or the environs of Archbishop McCarrick: Instead, rural, Western dioceses such as Fairbanks, Alaska; Helena, Montana; and Spokane, … Continue reading

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Good Times, Not

NCR’s MSW pontificates on the US bishops and the hopes and fears for 2019. He cited a correspondent and a bishop from history. Lay person first: When the hierarchy turned their backs on the poor, the suffering, the marginalized, the … Continue reading

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Mite, Not Might

This has become an internet meme of sorts: A poor person never gave anybody charity, not of any real volume. Jerry Falwell, Jr. And, there’s the Bible: (Jesus) looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; … Continue reading

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A New Year, A Century Ago

Last month, my family began binge-watching Downton Abbey. Its treatment of the so-called Great War was striking. As I was surfing a bit today, I asked the google about New Year’s 1919 and one of the articles linked was this … Continue reading

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Resolutions, Over and Over

Finding I’ve already slipped in one personal resolution, I want to spin a confident notion, now that we are some hours into a new year. The passage of time gives us numerous opportunities for changing and recommitting one’s life. Resolutions … Continue reading

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