Category Archives: Commentary

Musical Critique

Jimmy Mac sent me this link to a brief opinion piece at The Tablet. For me, the text and commentariat both illustrate perfectly how the hermeneutic of subtraction has infiltrated both the realms of religion and music. Many remarks give … Continue reading

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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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