No Good Guys, No Bad Guys: Fr Greg Boyle on the Policing We Need

I don't know anybody who's said this better. Whoever you are, whatever your politics or race or social status or experience with the competing forces of order and disorder in this broken world, please read Fr Greg Boyle SJ's op-ed in yesterday's LA Times. If we think crime is the vocabulary of the bad guy, then we deploy special troops to round up a bunch of them. Our default assessment of Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore, or the shooting of Walter Scott in South Carolina, is racism. But the … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why Catholics (of All People!) Should Make Earth Day Holy

Today, Earth Day, should be a holy day of obligation for Catholics. That's not exactly a majority opinion, I know.To look around the blogosphere this week, you'd get the notion that many Catholics consider Earth Day---and anything even vaguely approaching concern for non-human creation---to be a communist Hollywood pagan plot, a form of idolatry perpetrated by no less an antichrist than That Guy in the Vatican (cf. Maureen Mullarkey's, um, malarkey at First Things). At the very least, it's … [Read more...]

The Cleaning Crew: 3 Advent Allies for Spiritual Warriors

So here I am, sitting in the clean and light-filled kitchen of my new apartment in Southern California, basking in the blessing of engaging in the simplest of pleasures that I had denied myself the worst of the hoarding. Making breakfast. Doing dishes. Taking a shower. Doing laundry, and hanging the clean clothes in an empty closet. Sleeping stretched out on a bed with clean sheets. Sweeping the floor. Seeing the floor.This week has been a glimpse of heaven, made possible by family and friends … [Read more...]

The Meaning of Marriage: A Question of Standing

What, if anything, the Supreme Court decides on the marriage cases being argued today and tomorrow … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan: Neither Hypocrite nor Traitor, But Witness

Predictably, there's been vehement reaction to the NY Times Sunday report that Catholic institutions in the Archdiocese of New York have had long-standing health care contracts that cover contraceptives and abortions for employees, in spite of Cardinal Dolan's vigorous leadership of the fight against implementing the HHS Mandate. … [Read more...]

Lord, Make Me an Amateur Catholic

"Really?"  That's my grandson's new response to any parental pronouncement. It's time for your bath. Let's put away your toys. We're out of tortillas. That ink doesn't wash off. "Really?"Many of the big names in Catholic media---including my blogparents, The Anchoress and Deacon Greg Kandra---are gathering in Colorado this week to confer, converse, and otherwise hobnob with their fellow wizards at the Catholic Media Association gathering. … [Read more...]

Praying for St Lucy’s . . . and Mr B

What does it mean to provide a Catholic education? What are the challenges that commitment poses when Catholic teaching runs counter to societal norms and civil laws? Some young women in Glendora, CA, are getting a lesson in those challenges this month. And they're not alone.I'm closely following the local news story about a Catholic school's firing of a long-time, very popular teacher following the publicity surrounding his recent marriage to his same-sex partner. Media coverage is, … [Read more...]

Francis and Francis and Dr Kueng and All: Friday Bits

A big week in the Church and the world: too big to get my blog around, somehow. Here are some Friday bits to think about through the weekend.Francis Goes Home to AssisiToday, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, was the day Pope Francis made a pilgrimage to venerate the holy places associated with his namesake. This most Franciscan of Jesuits (or most Jesuitical of Franciscans?---it's a tossup) got to spend the day in one of the holiest places on earth. I wasn't able to watch more than a … [Read more...]