“Interview with a Christian”: Ross Douthat

makes the questionable decision to dedicate his Easter column to RFRA questions... but this is solid all the way through, really powerful at the end, and, uh, namechecks me:AFTER watching the debate about religious freedom unfold over the past week, I decided to subject myself to an interview by an imaginary — but representative — member of the press. Here is our conversation: Happy Easter! Thank you. O.K., enough pleasantries. You’re a semi-reasonable Christian. What do you think about th … [Read more...]

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Gregorio Allegri, “Miserere”

The choir at St Matthew's sang this at Tenebrae last night. Amazing.And with that, I'm out. See you on the flip side. … [Read more...]

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Three Very Small Thoughts About (the Debate Over) Indiana’s RFRA

1. Cooking is an art, cakes are art, compelled creation of beauty is compelled speech. I feel like the denial that cakery is/should be expressive, that food bears meaning, is somehow Gnostic and class-biased (or sexist? if your grandma could do it, it must not be art?), but maybe that's self-parody on my part. Anyway beauty + meaning, to me, pretty clearly = art. And photography is even more obviously art, right?2. Still... I wonder how different this debate would look if more gay people … [Read more...]

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“The Self-Defeating Sexualization of Gay and Same-Sex Attracted Christians”: I’m at Spiritual Friendship

yowlin': I’ve written before about how often gay or same-sex attracted people are treated as if the central spiritual and moral issues of our lives are all sexual. For some reason this story strikes me as the most poignant example. But we’re subjected to so many demands that we repeat, “I’m chaste! I’m celibate!” in order to earn an uncertain welcome in the church. more … [Read more...]

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“Dismantling the Cross”: Patricia Snow on Renewing Honor for Celibacy

This is a fantastic, hard-fought essay. I don't know that every aspect of it works (see below) but it's countercultural and deeply worth your time. Plus it includes an angle on Kristin Lavransdatter which I had not even considered: Generally speaking, there are two principal vocations in the life of the Catholic Church: marriage on the one hand, and celibate priesthood and religious life on the other. Both are expressions of conjugal love. In the normal calling of marriage, an individual binds … [Read more...]

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OOF! Some Thoughts on the “Owning Our Faith” Video on LGBT Catholic Life

A few people have asked why I decided to participate in "Owning Our Faith," and my thoughts on the trailer for the film. Here you go!1. What's been released is a trailer for a longer film. The filmmakers have told me that my views (and presumably those of the other participants) will be explored more fully in the film itself.2. I pretty much try to always say "yes" when people ask me to appear or speak. It's no secret that I disagree with most (maybe all? I don't actually know) of the … [Read more...]

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“Bible Study”: Tony Hoagland

this is really me saying how glad I am that the First Things blog has started linking to poetry all the time: ...Who knows, this might be the last good night of summer. My broken nose is forming an idea of what’s for supper. Hard to believe that death is just around the corner. What kind of idiot would think he even had a destiny? more … [Read more...]

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