Category Archives: Politics

No To Scapegoats

I was pleased to see this statement from my auxiliary bishop, which included: Instead of using this tragedy to scapegoat all refugees, I call upon our public officials to work together to end the Syrian conflict peacefully so the close … Continue reading

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The War On The War On Christmas

I have a facebook friend who thinks the War on Christmas is largely a fake these days. In the past, some conservatives took it upon themselves to make a personal fight in the season. But now, it’s mainly the liberals … Continue reading

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On Long-Winded Prayers

This ongoing discussion at PrayTell illustrates the value of public intercessions at liturgy being non-specific. The bishops of England and Wales have a problem with the 2008 TLM rewrite of Good Friday, as translated: Let us also pray for the … Continue reading

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Seeing Red

Wait, let me guess … Pentecost? Good Friday? Some Pacific Northwest martyr? Readers know I’m not inclined to defend corporations, even ones with local roots. But if a few non-conscientious objectors in the War on Christmas are demanding “Bible verse … Continue reading

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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┬ánumber 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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