Where Are You Going, Catholic Church?

Patheos is hosting a symposium on "The Future of Faith in America" and you can read the Catholic highlights at Elizabeth Scalia's place.  I don't do predictions, but I do like strategy, so let's talk about that. We Have Everything Going For Us If we want it, the Catholic faith could be on the verge of a renewal to knock the socks off all the other renewals.  In our favor:Being Catholic today is weird and countercultural.  It's not something you do out of habit or convention. Young Cat … [Read more...]

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In Which We Compare the Cross to an Orange

Or a coconut?  Pineapple, I think.  Yeah, pineapple.Good thing I pre-prayed today's Gospel, because I was getting nothing at all when I went back at it this morning.  Conveniently I had already come up with just what I needed to hear.  The introduction, which just happened to match this morning's state of mind:Take my yoke upon you . . . and you will find rest. Lord, I am willing to suffer anything for You. I offer up all my sorrows, all my frustrations; I will take on whatever burden Yo … [Read more...]

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The South is Backward and Horrible and Don’t You Forget That

Max Lindenman has been on a roll with his essays lately, and his piece on people determined to fix the South is insightful as always.  I especially like the bit about how the South is dragging the rest of the country down, and the US would be some Euro-Canadian paradise if it weren't for those backwards folk wrecking our numbers.  You'd almost think someone's arguing for secession after all.I'm not going to contest these claims.  Let me assure you, the South is just awful.  It's terrible.  We … [Read more...]

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The Innocent Grown-Ups Abandoned by Obergefell

Shortly after the Supreme Court decision imposing same-sex marriage laws, I read this reaction from Lindsey at A Queer Calling: If you were to ask me to name my top fear, I would tell you that I am most afraid of Sarah losing health care access. Currently, Sarah’s health care access rests entirely on my employer extending coverage to domestic partners. We first opened the conversation about protecting ourselves legally over 20 months ago. We’ve been encouraged to grant one another durable power … [Read more...]

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Good Cause: Support Local Catholic Radio – Updated

UPDATE: Here's the link to the Quick Give form (hosted by OSV), where you can designate your gift to be used for Catholic Radio. From in the inbox, a request for help from St. Peter's Catholic Church in Columbia, SC, to fund a local radio station ASAP.  This was a bit of a surprise, and is a use-it-or-lose-it situation.  Details in the pastor's letter:At the end of the three Sunday Masses I celebrated last weekend, I announced that Saint Peter’s School has received a Low Power FM … [Read more...]

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Confederates and Conversion

H/T to Joe Long for the link to this history of the conversion of Nathan Bedford Forrest, which begins by explaining just how unconverted the man was: Nathan went on to become a very successful and wealthy businessman. Though uneducated and “backwoods” by nature, he was a skilled entrepreneur, albeit in an immoral trade. He made his fortune as a slave trader and as a plantation owner, and by the time the Civil War began in 1861, he was worth 1.5 million dollars, an astronomical figure, when con … [Read more...]

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Cut Out The Iconoclast Nonsense, Y’all

I'm losing my patience with the sudden anti-Confederate Flag hysteria that seems to be infecting everyone, everywhere.Some of us who live in South Carolina and were glad to see the flag come down from in front of the State House would like to remind you:We didn't think up that resolution two minutes ago.  This has been a long and peaceful democratic process that has unfurled in stages.  The late unpleasantness was a catalyst for something we've been thinking about for a long while. T … [Read more...]

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