Category Archives: Politics


I’m not sure why the Supreme Court’s ruling today is either a surprise or really a cause for alarm for Catholics. People outside the Church do as they please. They live together outside of marriage. They make commitments firm and … Continue reading

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Liam linked to an interesting, but somewhat scattered/brief look at the Benedict Option here. Political philosophy is not my thing. I admit being unschooled in exactly what the BO is–I was thinking it was the meme Small Church Getting Smaller … Continue reading

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I see Archbishop Cordileone’s comments from an otherwise low-key liturgy conference are getting attention, positive and negative, in the blogosphere. For my view, I’m glad he declined to name names, but unfortunately, HuffPo identified the retired athlete in the living … Continue reading

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Is The Church Science Credible?

Rick Santorum, with a quote that, when one ponders it, doesn’t seem very helpful for pro-life activists: The Church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think we’re probably better off leaving science to the scientists … Continue reading

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OSV Wades Into The Mud

Our Sunday Visitor, not exactly a kissing cousin to the NCRep, tackles a side point in the environment debate in Catholicism: A line is crossed, however, when such rational exchange turns into venom-spewing, ideologically based commentary. And this is what … Continue reading

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Michael Peppard writes here on an upcoming conference on polarization. From his conclusion: (We) cannot fully escape these cultural forces (at least not without becoming sectarian, the so-called “Benedict Option”) … At its root, polarization is not necessarily bad. People … Continue reading

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Douthat on Breaking, Bad

Ross Douthat is concerned about Pope Francis breaking the Church. He cleverly cites the Walter Murphy novel which came to my mind about two years and a month ago. He lays out the conservative case for disillusionment, but Mr Douthat … Continue reading

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