Category Archives: Commentary

Bad Bishops: “Bad Pope, Bad Catholics”

Jimmy Mac sent me this link. After pondering that some prelates were maybe slugging down too much anise aperitif, I was thinking about 89 pages. Is that all? To be truthful: once you’re on a roll, why stop with 10.79 … Continue reading

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The Worship of Hate

It’s no laughing matter, certainly, but the white supremacist in my former city seemed unable to shoot straight, murdering three Christians in an attempt to rid the world of Jews. Or maybe he was shooting straight, or didn’t care. Daniel Burke … Continue reading

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Of Red Shoes, Non-Prada

Thirteen months on, it remains a vast amusement to see some conservative Catholics spinning Pope Francis to fit their worldview. Apparently, it’s not enough to read and consider the man’s words. William Oddie at Catholic Herald offers a take on “Should Pope … Continue reading

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My Neighborhood

After last night’s liturgy commission meeting, I walked with one of our students up the street toward her dorm. It was about 150 minutes before this unfortunate and senseless event began. She went south to the university, I pedaled north through … Continue reading

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Wizarding Spin-Off

The young miss emailed me with the news. Is this spin-off a good idea? I’m a skeptic. You can read up on the character here. First off, there’s no question that film one will be a massive moneymaker for all involved. … Continue reading

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The Rudder of Missed Opportunities

In starting this post, let me reiterate that on this blog, I welcome and appreciate dissenting views. And friends like Liam, whom I’ve never met face to face, certainly through more than a decade of associating with me, are as … Continue reading

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Liturgical Improvisation, Falling in Love, and Four Wives

What do these three things have in common? It sounds like the kind of joke that would walk into a bar. But it’s the arc of parish life in Mount Carmel, Illinois. Think about it, then check this link to … Continue reading

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Bloggers on Bruno on Cosmos

When I watched the first episode of the Cosmos reboot, I wondered how defensive Catholics would take the treatment of Giordano Bruno. I noticed a bit of spout and fussing at a few Patheos sites. But I think Becky Ferreira … Continue reading

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Cynic Alert: Phantom Wealth

Our corporations and government are touting how good a year 2013 was. Are higher real estate values due to home improvements like better insulation, more energy efficiency, or repairs to domestic infrastructure? Hardly. The added value only counts if you’re in … Continue reading

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Cosmos, The Next Generation

I’ve been noticing the advance media (like here) on the Cosmos reboot one-third of a century after Carl Sagan popularized astronomy for the tv masses. It’s a good idea. Neil deGrasse Tyson is the right choice to front the show. … Continue reading

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The Vice Principal Strikes Back

Eastside Catholic School’s fired vice principal sues his former employer and the Archdiocese of Seattle. One had to figure this case would eventually lead to litigation. It’s almost a religious ritual in American society today. Not only do high-profile disagreements … Continue reading

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I Don’t Want A Francis Effect

I put it in the headline to underscore I’m serious. Not cynical. Not making a funny. Cathy Lynn Grossman at RNS cites some Pew Research on Catholic thinking and behavior since last March 13th. Truthfully, I don’t want people showing … Continue reading

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Another FfF

Reading over this essay, I feel the need to provide a cynicism alert. If you are trying to be positive during Lent, perhaps come back later. I see the USCCB is gearing up for another Fortnight for Freedom. I haven’t … Continue reading

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How Surprisingly Profitable

Brian Pellot writes a weekly Monday blog for RNS on religious freedom. Since he writes from the UK, the post is up before most of us in the Americas wake. Today’s installment is here. Lots of angry Muslims lead off. And most prominently, … Continue reading

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Throwing In The Towel

I’ve been following NLM these past few weeks, and commenting there a bit. I think they forgot they banned me a number of years ago. My days may already be numbered there–who knows? Another voice seems to be giving up … Continue reading

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