Category Archives: Commentary

Polarization

Michael Peppard writes here on an upcoming conference on polarization. From his conclusion: (We) cannot fully escape these cultural forces (at least not without becoming sectarian, the so-called “Benedict Option”) … At its root, polarization is not necessarily bad. People … Continue reading

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Kansas City Sunset

It was somewhat surreal today, as the family and I were driving on Broadway through downtown Kansas City on the way to the young miss’s cardiology check-up. I pointed out the shiny dome of the cathedral. A few seconds later I … Continue reading

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Climate Change

As I was reading Mollie Wilson O’Reilly’s post-game, it occurred to me it’s some contrast with Ross Douthat’s fracture. Perhaps the Church is more governed by the Holy Spirit when people sit down and talk than when one side or another … Continue reading

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Douthat on Breaking, Bad

Ross Douthat is concerned about Pope Francis breaking the Church. He cleverly cites the Walter Murphy novel which came to my mind about two years and a month ago. He lays out the conservative case for disillusionment, but Mr Douthat … Continue reading

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What’s a Lynch Mob?

At dotCommonweal, John Schwenkler takes Robert P. George to task for a clumsy metaphor. No doubt, both sides of the culturewar have some improvement to make, if not growing up to do. The blowback against opponents of LGBT rights looks … Continue reading

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Mercy, Upcoming

Check the readings for this coming Sunday. Do they inspire the quality of mercy, as the second Easter Sunday has been subtitled? Saint Luke reminds us of the early Christian community, “There was no needy person among them.” Is our … Continue reading

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Apostate or Atheist?

Max tells us he won’t be visiting sometime in the near future. I hope he stays and posts as much as he wishes. I do not find him bothersome–at least in the sense that other Catholics have found me bothersome … Continue reading

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