Category Archives: Commentary

Where Does Disney Fall?

I found an interesting quote in a CNS news brief (third from the top) Tuesday: Young girls are being bombarded with photo-shopped images and are buying into unrealistic expectations set before them at an age meant for skinned knees and … Continue reading

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Anticipating Pope Francis in the US

An interesting piece in Zenit: an interview with Msgr. Guillermo Karcher, Papal Master of Ceremonies. Including this bit: However, he will also be able to “elaborate new concepts,” (he)said, beginning with “studying” the middle class, as he assured in that … Continue reading

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On Scolding

If I had a chance for a brief meeting with Pope Francis, the topic about which I would inquire is not liturgy, but unity. For years, and especially online, one brand of Catholics made it a cottage industry to tattle … Continue reading

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A New Pecking Order

I feel a bone weariness continuing to read stories (like this one) of people subjected to a revised hierarchy of employment (see above). Note how the tattletale (often moneyed, but not always) is boss of the bishop, bishop (or pastor) of administrator, … Continue reading

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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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