Category Archives: Politics

Gunning For Vainglory

Rand Richards Cooper at dotCommonweal on the latest episode combining firearms and the mentally ill. Or maybe just plain evil–who knows? What I found instructive was his description of attempting to meet pro-gun people partway a few years ago: I … Continue reading

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The Impulse of Discernment

I remember that British politician who stepped down from Parliament after an Ignatian retreat. Did John Boehner have a similar moment? Pope Francis did speak of the fractiousness of politics yesterday. Mr Boehner had a good enough seat to look … Continue reading

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“Lord, Lord”

A number of antipope Catholics gleefully pointed out how few times Pope Francis mentioned “Jesus” in his speech to Congress. I don’t think such scrutiny would find any more of a happy home with the online Catholic Right. Certainly Pope Benedict … Continue reading

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It is not often I take exception to my friend Liam’s words and attitude, but it illustrates the situation in which the Church finds itself with regard to liturgy. And recently, the matter of the words of liturgy. I believe … Continue reading

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Getting Clocked in Texas

Interesting story; have you heard? Scary enough to arrest a 14-year-old, but not scary enough to evacuate a school. Because that would have bothered more than just Muslims. And who knows: the team might not have gotten back in time … Continue reading

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Mr Sanders Goes To Liberty

The presidential candidate and US Senator goes to a conservative southern university. What happens? Torches and pitchforks? Naw. An outbreak of civility. A thought experiment: that some avowedly fringe blog would invite someone from a distance to write. It happened … Continue reading

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Interesting thread on selecting Down Syndrome children for abortions here. Friend and occasional commenter Crystal has an insistent presence in the commentariat there. What do you think of her assessment here: … given the ferocity of the pro-life movement, abortions … Continue reading

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