Category Archives: Commentary

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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Angels

Msgr Francis Mannion gets thumbs up and down at PrayTell for his musings on angels. Applause bell-ringing from me for this observation: I do cringe a bit inside when people say that my mother or someone else who has died … Continue reading

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But Is It Really Gnosticism?

Father Robert Barron comes down on Caitlyn Jenner and a private meeting of bishops here. I’m a deep skeptic on the first topic. Fr Barron, quoting Jenner: “Deep down, I always knew that I was a woman, but I felt … Continue reading

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Seeing Red

Deacon Greg posts on “the story behind the cappa magna.” The aggregator Pewsitter didn’t like his “sneer.” I thought Greg was fairly light in his criticism–he cited a lot of sources like any good journalist–even those in favor. When I … Continue reading

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Chaput on the Future

Rocco whispered this piece by his archbishop, Charles Chaput, on his twitter feed. I’ve heard the archbishop speak at a conference and participate in a Q&A. I’ve exchanged a few e-mails with him over the years. And I read some … Continue reading

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Culture, Going Deep

I think it is useful to ask questions. It is also useful to read people with whom one disagrees. I do slouch over to Crisis from time to time, and I hope it’s about more than a voyeurs window into … Continue reading

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A Council, Full Greatness To Come

Interesting discussion at PrayTell about that conference at Georgetown on Vatican II. Naturally, the h-word makes an appearance. I think the importance of Vatican II has yet to be noted. If it proves to be the spark that brings a … Continue reading

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