Category Archives: Commentary

The Future

I see the Anchoress has assembled a symposium on the question of the Future of Catholicism. I read Sherry Weddell’s contribution, because I think she has a bead on the biggest need, worldwide, on the future of Catholicism. I also … Continue reading

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On Trans

dotCommonweal has a new writer for the blog. Two great essays from Rand Richards Cooper this week, including one today titled, “Trans America.” In 1969, I was a fairly sheltered and over-protected kid. My parents had various magazine subscriptions, though, … Continue reading

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What Children Lose

Check this fascinating feature on human evolution on BBC. One part of the report struck me: Comparative studies between humans and chimps show that while both will cooperate, humans will always help more. Children seem to be innate helpers. They … Continue reading

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Calling It Hate

David Gibson picks up on Fr Jim Martin’s misadventures with being insufficiently congruent to the Catholic culturewarriors here. Quoting Fr Martin: No issue brings out so much hatred from so many Catholics as homosexuality. (This) is nearly unbelievable to me, … Continue reading

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SCOTUS Ruling

I’m not sure why the Supreme Court’s ruling today is either a surprise or really a cause for alarm for Catholics. People outside the Church do as they please. They live together outside of marriage. They make commitments firm and … Continue reading

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Charleston Forgiveness

I was reading of the expressions of forgiveness from Emanuel AME Church, some from family members of the deceased. Were I in their place, I know that my response “should” be to forgive. How long would it take me to … Continue reading

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Word Counts

I remember in college and grad school how we did word counts for papers the old-fashioned way–with stone knives and bearskins estimating one word for every six typewriter keystrokes. Profs didn’t want to count spaces either, so they usually asked … Continue reading

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