Category Archives: Politics

Quote of the Day

Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it. Attributed to Susan B. Anthony

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Do They or Don’t They?

An exchange about priests getting promoted to bishop on a social media site: Every good priest I know swears it’s the last thing on earth they desire. And they are rather vehement about hoping to avoid the burden. … From … Continue reading

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The Innocents of War

I see Pope Francis taking a bit of heat for referring to Darya Dugina, a Russian nationalist and vocal supporter of war, as an innocent. What is the distinction between a soldier who pulls a trigger, and a citizen who … Continue reading

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The Role of Women and the Tide

I saw a few posts in social media this week on the various local iterations of the universal synod. The topic was and is the role of women. Another lay person, a non-woman, wrote this: I will climb on this … Continue reading

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The GOP Giveth and the GOP Taketh Away

I remember following the abortion issue in the early 70s. In Catholic schools in upstate New York we wrote letters decrying our Republican governor’s support of and signing into law one of the most permissive bits of abortion legislation in … Continue reading

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Post Mortem

I see from BBC News that a DoJ investigation is forthcoming. I also noticed a heap of criticism on social media: worried parents assaulted outside the school as they urged action, one politician offering a caution against jumping to judgment … Continue reading

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As a Christian, I welcome this illustration too. Over and over again, the US gun cult has proved itself willing to engage in lies, detraction, political obfuscation, bribery, and such all while sacrificing American children at the altar of the gun. … Continue reading

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Membership Privileges Revoked

While no one objects that a bishop has the power to excommunicate, or even in some cases put a parish or community under interdict, the question a lot of people are asking is this: is it a prudent move? I … Continue reading

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The New Four-Letter Words

⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨⬜⬜🟨⬜⬜🟨🟨⬜🟨⬜🟨⬜🟨🟨⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 In the olden days, the euphemism was “four-letter-word,” something you didn’t want your mom catch you using. Now we have something new. I didn’t catch this switch yesterday on Wordle, but apparently, the original answer in the game was … Continue reading

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This Weekend’s Protests?

If I were more plugged into the mainstream media, maybe I would have heard more about this supposed mobilization to turn to Catholic churches this weekend for protesting now that the Supreme Court building has been fenced off. A social … Continue reading

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So, this is the face of alleged voter fraud: This is pretty much how it happens these days. Individuals trying to manipulate the system for themselves. Not thousands or millions of meaningless votes in non-swing states. Not stolen elections.

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Bombs, Gas Prices, and Gaslighting

With US inflation afoot, I’ve seen a surprising number of sentiments on social media along the lines of … Americans paying more at the pump isn’t nearly as bad as bad Russians pumping bombs into residential neighborhoods in Ukraine, so … Continue reading

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Is It Too Early To Start Talking About Reparations?

I’ve seen many suggestions for praying Psalm 31 for those suffering in Ukraine. Verses not to lose in our age of fake news, lies, and detraction: Do not let me be put to shame, for I have called to you, … Continue reading

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Antivax March

In Washington DC this week a procession of marches. The latest looks anti-mandate or antivax or something, but maybe they need to turn pro to make it look good. Like the last one. The link lists seven speakers, of which … Continue reading

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Self-Sacrificing vs Self-Serving

A few thoughts on an anniversary. I had friends who participated in civil disobedience in the 1980s. The issues were nuclear weapons, abortion, sanctuary for Central American refugees, and racism. The general approach to people who committed objectively illegal acts … Continue reading

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