Saying Goodbye to Our Favorite Uncle

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My sister and I lost the last of our mother's generation this month. Uncle Fred, born in 1918, was the eldest of our mother's 5 brothers; at going-on-95, he outlived her and his younger brothers---as well as two wives---by years, even decades. His memorial service at the First Congregational Church in Eugene, OR, where he offered to God his glorious bass baritone every Sunday morning until he was too weak to stand, is going on right now. We aren't there, for reasons of expense and work and … [Read more...]

Why I Am Catholic, Again

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In response to a Patheos prompt inviting bloggers to explain, in 200 words or less, why they follow their particular religious traditions, here is my apologia. The "again" in the title of this post is meant in two senses: As a revert, I am a Catholic again after many years away from my cradle faith; and I offered my responses last year in a much longer (of course!) post, from which I've selected and edited the following key reasons, in ascending order of importance to me. (The word count … [Read more...]

Just One Thing

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After the radio silence of my weekend in the wilds of Southern Indiana, many voices this morning: Former NYT editor Bill Keller, echoing the It's-time-to-get-outta-Dodge chorus that has included full-page ads from the Freedom From Religion Foundation in the NYT and WaPo, writes today (h/t Deacon Greg Kandra) that Catholics who disagree with Rome should stop dithering and vote with their feet. It's a sentiment, Keller notes, that appears to be shared by the hierarchy. He cites Bill Donohue on … [Read more...]


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