When the government decides what religions do

Sister Mary Ann Walsh takes a look at what government will be doing with contraceptives — and the “religious exemption” — and isn’t impressed: When it comes to church-state relations, both church and government historically have watched to keep the government out of church business. The U.S. Constitution acknowledged the significance of the role of [Read More...]

"When people deride their bishops and priests, they undermine the Church…"

“Bishops, priests, and deacons are too often weak and sinful. They need to be held to high standards. Some deserve to be chastised. The clergy’s leadership in the Church should always be marked by humility and service, and never by a sense of entitlement. But men and women didn’t found the Church, they don’t own [Read More...]

Lisa Graas is crazy about the Lord

And she has been posting some wise and brave thoughts about that — and specifically, about her own struggles with Bipolar Disorder. To one concerned reader, she writes: There is nothing in this but the Cross…but that is the whole point. Jesus is our leader, and we follow Him in carrying the Cross. If we [Read More...]

Ha!

Get a load of this: H/T to the jolly Frank Weathers, who has more here. Thanks, Frank.  I needed that. [Read more...]

The life of a priest: "Too much of a good thing"

At my parish, we’re in the middle of an annual novena to St. John Vianney, praying for vocations to the priesthood. It’s a beautiful tradition in our church; we begin the novena with a jubiliarian celebrating mass, and we conclude nine days later with a newly ordained priest, who also offers special individual blessings after [Read More...]

That "Love Thy Neighbor" thing

The Anchoress is pretty fed up with the noise coming out of Washington these days — who isn’t? — and offers a brief meditation this afternoon on hate, and praying not to hate. She concludes with this wisdom from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Within the best of us, there is some evil, and [Read More...]

"I'm getting more comments that are just plain rude…"

The virus of hateful commenting seems to have infected a lot of otherwise tranquil corners of the blogosphere — including the very fine blog of Msgr. Charles Pope, in the Archdiocese of Washington. He writes: I DO appreciate vigorous and honest discourse and am undisturbed that disagreements are frankly aired. But there comes a line [Read More...]

When a bishop chooses cremation

Not that long ago, it was unthinkable for a Catholic to be cremated.  But no more.  And it’s even become an acceptable practice among some high-ranking clergy. A blogger in London has a rare case in point: As more details concerning Bishop Michael Evans’ funeral arrangements have come to light over the past week or [Read More...]

From the trenches of the culture war

Those scanning the web this morning will find, among other things, two views of the culture war, from two very different perspectives — but both writers come to conclusions that are more similar than you might think. From Elizabeth Scalia, over at First Things: Recently a reader at my blog asked me what it would [Read More...]

The first Chaput interview

NCR’s John Allen sat down for an exclusive interview with the soon-to-be Archbishop of Philadelphia, and found a few things that might surprise people. Snip: Love him or hate him, Archbishop Charles Chaput, Pope Benedict XVI’s choice as the new chief shepherd of the embattled Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is impossible to ignore. Few American bishops [Read More...]


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