Category Archives: Commentary

Masculinity Crisis?

The Phoenix archdiocese put together an interesting film. Watch it here. Some of my observations: 0.25: More tv than father-son time. That might mean a shift in the time spent by boys from, say, playing with peers. Still, this is … Continue reading

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What Matters

Is police brutality the next child sex abuse? Margot Patterson makes the connection here. On a dangerous profession: The pass law enforcement officers habitually get from the public is often justified in terms of the risks they run to ensure … Continue reading

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A Sign of the Church: Rupture, Not (Necessarily) Blood

I noticed a premise on the Rorate Caeli site here. Citing Thomas Becket via T. S. Eliot, what do you think of the saint’s assertion when confronted with violence and his death? This is the sign of the Church always, … Continue reading

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Year In Review, Open

I don’t recall doing this in any previous year, but as I prepare to lighten the load on WordPress, I was looking back over 2015 on this blog. Just looking. In January, this blog plodded along in documents, mainly the Directory … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Dialogue

The topic of dialogue popped up, as it has here and there on the internet recently. I was reading the Holy Father’s address to a congress of Italian Catholics in Florence. A few things struck me. First, the inevitable conflict that … Continue reading

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Power To The Students

If it takes a village to raise a child, it seems like it takes a football team to dump a president. Nothing like the threat of forfeiting a big game and losing $1M to get a university braintrust in gear. … Continue reading

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Seeing Red

Wait, let me guess … Pentecost? Good Friday? Some Pacific Northwest martyr? Readers know I’m not inclined to defend corporations, even ones with local roots. But if a few non-conscientious objectors in the War on Christmas are demanding “Bible verse … Continue reading

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