Category Archives: The Blogosphere

Blogs a Worry

According to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: (T)here is a growing and worrying phenomenon of blogs, which are not just partial and sectarian but at times very far away from the charity with which the truth should be expressed. Remember to keep … Continue reading

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Shame For Bishops

Bishop Robert Lynch didn’t mince words when talking about the prospect of war, including a serious lament for what transpired a decade ago: I am ashamed to say that the Catholic Church in the United States sadly gave President George … Continue reading

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Other Victims?

I saw this post linked on a Twitter feed: “The Other Victims of Clergy Abuse: Faithful Priests.” Does this convince you? Some people simply hate priests because of what others have done.  They are yelled at, cursed at, have children … Continue reading

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From Fury

There is no fury like conservatives scorned. I sampled the start of Joseph Bottum’s essay, and some of the comments here and there especially. To be accurate, it’s really a trait of human nature, not just conservatives. The fury, I … Continue reading

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St Ignatius on Respect

I’ve been reading Joseph Tetlow’s commentary on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola. Part of number 22 reads: Every good Christian is more ready to find a correct meaning in a neighbor’s statement than to reject it as erroneous. If we … Continue reading

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Respect

Three times in the past few hours. I don’t know if that’s serendipity or dumb luck or coincidence. I’ve run across this word today, “respect” in a live conversation, a telephone chat, and online, too. Maybe that’s an urging to … Continue reading

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Transgender People and Issues

I was heartened to see Jonathan Merritt address the Christian side of trangender people and the issues they bring to faith and society. Unfortunately, many people who stand under the flying banner of tradition and/or conservative Christianity, are simply not … 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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Pope Francis, Making Distinctions

There’s no letting up in the blogosphere on the Pope Francis “Who am I to judge?” comment. What does it mean? Is it just tone, or is it content, too? Mark Silk hammers away at conservative commentary. The piece I … 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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The Evolutionary Solution

A few conservative Catholics are fond of citing the “demographic solution” as the advent of ideological joy in their lives. I wonder what those same pundits would say to the evolutionary thumbs-down to selfishness and narcissism? Religion foil Richard Dawkins … 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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Words For Free

Persistent Catholic blogger Brandon Vogt offers a petition and an explanation for changing the licensing mechanism for Church documents. He has over 200 comments on his thread already. I haven’t checked the petition. I’ve been approached about signing a few petitions … Continue reading

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From An Elder Son

Father Dwight Longenecker is miffed that non-conservatives (his actual words were “liberal Catholics and the secular press”) suddenly like the Pope. What really gets me going is the fact that suddenly I hear of lapsed Catholics who love the new … Continue reading

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