Sex and the Singular Woman: The Assumption and Helen Gurley Brown

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When I was exactly three weeks old, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary to be a truth of the Catholic faith. The year I turned 12, Helen Gurley Brown published Sex and the Single Girl. I have to admit that for most of our lives, women my age---Catholic or not, for good or for ill---have been more influenced by the latter event than by the former. Today, on the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Assumption, as the mainstream media fill with tributes to the late Gurley … [Read more...]

Chiara, Lady of Light: A Renewed Prayer for Guidance in the Nun Wars

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UPDATE: I wrote this reflection on St Clare two years ago, at the start of the Nun Wars. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and its head-butting with the Vatican are in the news again, and on the feast of St Clare it's worth looking at (and praying for the intercession of) this singular woman religious who both challenged and obeyed the Church. At root, the word religious means "one who binds herself again." To what---and to whom---do today's women religious, sisters and nuns, … [Read more...]

Mea Maxima Culpa: An Upstart Blogger Eats Crow

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There is an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that, with his Tygers heart wrapt in a Players hide, supposes he is as well able to bumbast out a blanke verse as the best of you; and being an absolute Johannes Factotum, is in his owne conceit the onely Shake-scene in a countrie. ~ Robert Greene, The Groatsworth of Wit, 1597Robert Greene's oft-quoted smackdown of a rookie Renaissance playwright, generally assumed to be one of the first public references to William Shakespeare and a … [Read more...]

Lies, Damned Lies, and Sister-tistics–UPDATED

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[Mea culpa UPDATE: Although I stand by the substance of this post, I recognize that I was out of line in the cheap shots I took at Fr Jim Martin's public persona. I have edited those out of this post, and deleted comments that found in my post an occasion of the sin of ad hominem attacks. I still disagree with Fr Martin's support of the LCWR against the CDF, but making it personal was inexcusable. Please go here for my fuller apology and further thoughts, and help keep me honest as we go forward … [Read more...]

Tone-Deaf on Religion–UPDATED

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"Sikhism is a religion that originated about 500 years ago in Italy [sic]." ~ CBS This Morning reporter on the shootings at a Wisconsin Sikh templeI've been bemoaning the media's inability to get Catholicism right for a very long time, but it struck me this morning that maybe there really isn't a specifically anti-Catholic bias out there in journalism land. The media's talent for being tone-deaf on religion appears to be wide-ranging and indiscriminate.The reporting on the tragic … [Read more...]

10 Things I Wish a Facebook Meme Knew About the Church

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Warning: Excessively long post. If I were a better writer and less actively involved in wrestling with the topic, I could write a lot shorter.I really wasn't going to post on this past week's Tempest in a Chickenfryer. As if we weren't polarized enough around the issue of marriage and what it means to society and to religion! The blogosphere has been a-boil with a dipping sauce comprising equal parts of vitriol, grandstanding, and pain, into which we dunk our nuggets of hard-fought belief … [Read more...]

Everybody’s Friend, The Hermit

Br Rex (pre-Hobbitbeard) tries to recruit me to the eremetic life. My fully loaded dessert plate presents a certain obstacle to asceticism.

Just a brief post to share how happy it makes me that my friend The Hermit is also Kevin Lowry's (and many, many other people's) friend The Hermit.Brother Rex---when I was first introduced to him, I thought he was called Friar X, which was the coolest religious name ever---is a diocesan hermit in the Franciscan tradition. He's got a wicked wit, as Kevin notes, and a profoundly holy prayerfulness by which I am borne up every day, as are the many he holds in intercessory prayer. As a Tiber … [Read more...]

Can the Catholic Church Survive? (You Betcha!)

Fr Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S., celebrates the annual Gaelic Mass at the Dayton Celtic Festival

 Two weeks ago, in the New York Times, Ross Douthat stirred up a bit of an ecclesial ruckus by asking "Can liberal Christianity be saved?" Douthat was moved to ask by viewing the news out of the then recently concluded General Convention of the Episcopal Church---news that confirmed the markedly liberal social and ecclasiastical turn the denomination has taken in recent years---alongside recently released statistics on the precipitous decline of membership, financial support, and … [Read more...]


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