From Canada, a pastor offers advice to the U.S. on same sex marriage

View image | gettyimages.com From Carey Nieuwhof:  I write from the perspective of a pastor of an evangelical church in a country where same sex-marriage has been the law of the land for a decade. That does not mean I hold any uniquely deep wisdom, but it does mean we’ve had a decade to process and pray [Read More...]

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On Laudato Si’: “It is an earthquake”

A great evaluation of the new encyclical by Ted Widmer:  Of course, Laudato Si is likely to be chopped up, packaged and sold in exactly the way it advises us not to. Politicians from both extremes will distort it, or simply ignore it until the news cycle is comfortably past. Yet it is not a reductively conservative or [Read More...]

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What they’ve said: a brief roundup of reaction to Laudato Si’

Here you go. John Allen: Laudato Si seems destined to go down as a major turning point, the moment when environmentalism claimed pride of place on a par with the dignity of human life and economic justice as a cornerstone of Catholic social teaching. It also immediately makes the Catholic Church arguably the leading moral voice [Read More...]

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Patriarch Bartholomew on the encyclical: “We count it a true blessing”

Some smart person at TIME magazine sought an exclusive response to the new encyclical from the man dubbed “The Green Patriarch” — and the essay he’s written helps put this vital new work in an important context: It came as no surprise to us that our beloved brother Francis of Rome opens his encyclical, which [Read More...]

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Looking for the new encyclical?

View image | gettyimages.com Here’s a handy link, via Fr. Robert Barron’s Word on Fire: Click here.  [Read more...]

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Bishop decries “hirsute flabmeisters spreading out in the pew…”

Behold the bishop of Providence, Thomas Tobin, unplugged: The sloppy and even offensive way people dress while attending Mass is something I’ve witnessed personally and regularly receive complaints about. You know what I’m talking about; you’ve seen it too. Hirsute flabmeisters spreading out in the pew, wearing wrinkled, very-short shorts and garish, unbuttoned shirts; mature [Read More...]

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The mustard seed: a story aching to be told

Does the mustard seed realize what it is destined to become? In the familiar parable, Jesus compares the kingdom of God to a mustard seed, “the smallest of all the seeds on earth.” From such a small, seemingly insignificant start grows “the largest of plants,” with branches that attract the birds of the sky. It’s [Read More...]

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“These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc…”

View image | gettyimages.com On this anniversary of the D-Day invasion, it’s worth hearing again part of what may be the greatest speech Ronald Reagan ever gave, written by Peggy Noonan for the 40th anniversary, delivered 31 years ago in Normandy: The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers — the edge of the [Read More...]

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“How should Christians really respond to Caitlyn Jenner?”

View image | gettyimages.com A Franciscan friar, repelled by some responses on social media, asks that question and blogs:  What has troubled me this past week has been the response of far too many so-called Christians, and even those who are called forth to be leaders in the Christian community to this public announcement. Over [Read More...]

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“To refer to God purely as male is just unhelpful to many people now”

View image | gettyimages.com My blog neighbor Fr. Dwight Longenecker called attention yesterday to this item in The Telegraph, which notes a persistent trend among some in the Church of England to refer to God as a female: Support is growing within the Church of England to rewrite its official liturgy to refer to God as [Read More...]

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