Category Archives: Politics

“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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Weakness

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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Ferocity?

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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Clergy In Politics

FrMichael brought up the notion that it is bad for a bishop to forbid priests and seminarians a public voice in protest. Presumably it is good for their involvement in the secular sphere, persuading, lobbying, or even being confrontative. St John … Continue reading

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Basic Morality: Means, Ends

I have been following the PP video capture first via America where I noted that Sam Sawyer, SJ (here and especially here) was insufficiently congruent to the angry pro-life position offered there. I wasn’t surprised to find Mark Shea weighing in … Continue reading

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