Category Archives: Politics

No Food Fighting

Mark Pinsky at RNS thinks the LCWR took the high road at last week’s meeting. He cited a comment from Fr Thomas Reese: Now it’s no longer a food fight. They’re talking; they’re having a conversation. It’s like couples counseling. … That’s … Continue reading

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Persecution

I’m not surprised that Archbishop Rowan Williams is getting some grief from some commentators for his premise that some maturity is needed to bring perspective to Christian so-called persecution in Britain and the US. The retired AofC on the notion … Continue reading

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Throwing Mud

Man, is Bishop Lynch going to get some flying watery dirt thrown his way for this post on his blog. It began with a group called the “Population Research Institute” which is an allegedly pro-life group and spread to a … Continue reading

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Accuracy

My friend Jeffrey Tucker has his response to his being David Gibson’s leadoff quote for a piece on the unsettled Catholic Right. The complaint begins thus: Being quoted by the press always creates an out-of-body experience, and I’m rather used … Continue reading

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Gibson Sums The Unsettling

Fifty-plus comments and counting, David Gibson has the biggest commentariat splash I’ve seen at RNS with his summation of the Catholic Right’s unease with the Francis papacy. He quoted Katrina Fernandez: How can I love a Pope who doesn’t even … Continue reading

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Congregational Singing: A Wrong Issue?

A few Café folks asked for more than my very brief criticism of what I thought to be a wrong-headed editorial from Jeffrey Tucker. First, perhaps a few things need to be re-stated. I think Jeffrey is one fine fellow. Those … Continue reading

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Dressing for Blessing

There’s that apocryphal story of Thomas Aquinas’s family sending a naked prostitute into his room to dissuade him from becoming a Dominican. The Angelic Doctor was unmoved, so the tale goes. Messengers from heaven dressed him for lack of sexual … Continue reading

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A New Tone

I hadn’t surfed the Patheos conglomerate much the past few months. But when I returned, I did run across token Catholic progressive Max Lindenman’s piece “Darn Tootin’ Pope Francis Is A Liberal.” Given the amount of punditry expended on those … Continue reading

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Judging, Seeking, Good Will

Holy cow. I saw the BBC “top headline” on “Who am I to judge?” It occurred to me that a Catholic firestorm was coming, but I was pretty tired last night and went to bed early. I caught a little … Continue reading

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Where Can We Pray?

It’s entertaining to see how the secular Right morphs a story to suit its political aims. This piece was headlined, “Atheist group bullies high school into banning mom from praying for kids’ safety.” Actually, the atheist group leaned on school … Continue reading

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Schuller Tour Opens in Boston

Fr Helmut Schüller opened his US tour with an overflow crowd at a Unitarian Church. The archbishop pulled the plug on his appearance at a Catholic parish because … It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Boston … not … Continue reading

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Cover and Behind It

Tons of fuss about the Rolling Stone’s cover. Rock star treatment? Are they thinking Dr Hook? I don’t agree with the corporate promotion of the culture of indulgence, but RS does a quantity of serious journalism. And people other than … Continue reading

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Conflicted on Abortion

Nate Silver turns his prowess at poll analysis to abortion. Go read his analysis and spectate the graphs. His conclusion: (B)e wary of analysts who try to take this complexity argument too far. It’s true that any snapshot of public … Continue reading

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Can Children Expect to Have Certain Rights?

I was reading Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s statement about the US Supreme Court striking down DOMA this morning. CNS cited Francis X. Rocca’s conversation with him: He said the effect of the court’s decision is to “undermine in the law the principle … Continue reading

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A Bishop Backs The Bus

David Gibson reports at RNS: The nuns are back on the bus, this time riding for immigration reform. My story is here, but just as interesting is that they seem to be drawing support from their erstwhile antagonists, the bishops. … Continue reading

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