Category Archives: The Blogosphere


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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Envy and the Need for Mercy

One NCReg commenter, Ronald Jones, noted the backlash at this post against Paul Inwood’s composition being selected as the official “hymn” for the Jubilee of Mercy: Your attitude and comments are an unbelievable display of unchristian behavior. They are however, a … Continue reading

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How Bad is Bad?

How we love to play the game of comparisons. Whose team is more successful, whose salary is higher, whose home is nicer, whose parish is more active, and so on. We also compare negative things, and modern culture reinforces bad news. … Continue reading

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One of the principles of the Spiritual Exercises made it unvarnished into the Catechism (2478). It is rather an anti-principle of the internet, where often enough, the worst possible interpretation is placed on a person (they are a felon, a … Continue reading

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A New Pecking Order

I feel a bone weariness continuing to read stories (like this one) of people subjected to a revised hierarchy of employment (see above). Note how the tattletale (often moneyed, but not always) is boss of the bishop, bishop (or pastor) of administrator, … Continue reading

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The Future

I see the Anchoress has assembled a symposium on the question of the Future of Catholicism. I read Sherry Weddell’s contribution, because I think she has a bead on the biggest need, worldwide, on the future of Catholicism. I also … Continue reading

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Minus Decades

Looking back on a bit of personal history. Ten years ago this month on this site. A kitchen remodeling at our last house. Some nice vacation time. I wasn’t posting on church documents every day, but Vatican II here had … Continue reading

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