Suspected Abuse? Call the Police. You and Your Bishop Both.

There are a couple stories circulating to the effect that new Catholic bishops are being told they don't necessarily need to contact the authorities when they are presented with evidence of child abuse.  The Guardian reports it here, and John Allen from Crux discusses it here.  Reporting on religion is notoriously unreliable, and I'm in no position to confirm or clarify these reports.  But whenever such nonsense gets promulgated, I'm here to remind you: Tell the police.It is not your job to b … [Read more...]

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Why Mention 5,000 Men, and Slight Those Women and Children?

As I mentioned the other week, Sr. Simone Campbell has shown herself to be a dreadful sexist (and a bit of an atheist) in her reflection on the Gospel accounts of the feeding of the 5,000 men.  The question she posed, however, is a good one.What she wanted to know is: Why do the Scriptures give a counting of the men present so specifically?  We can't even say the authors were using the term "men" in a generic way to mean "mankind" or "people."  The Bible clearly states that the estimated at … [Read more...]

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Chapel Veils and the End of Choice

It's the day of prayer and penance for the unborn, and not only am I not marching, I'm not even out teaching -- home with a cold and watching a child with a cold, while other people carry on doing responsible things.  As a result, I've tweeted a fair number of abortion-themed posts from this morning's reading, but this bit from a Fr. Z. reader about chapel veils sums it all up better than anything.The reader, a Catholic high school student (female), writes to Fr. Z. asking advice about … [Read more...]

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Hashtags, Prayers, and Progressive Fundamentalists: A Lesson from Sister Simone

Please welcome guest blogger Timothy Scott Reeves.   Scott is a philosophy student, father of six, and all around good guy.  He's Anglican in the CS Lewis and early-GKC tradition, and circulates comfortably in the meat-world orthocathosphere.  I always find his comments insightful and was pleased when he offered to write a guest post for this blog.  Enjoy!   Hashtags, Prayers, and Progressive Fundamentalists: A Lesson from Sister Simone What have fundamentalists to do with prayer? Ever … [Read more...]

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Real Things from Fiction

Happy New Year everyone!  I'm doing fine, a bit tired and a lot busy with regular life, which finds me offline more than usual lately.  I'm looking forward to getting back to more blogging in the weeks ahead.  Meanwhile, as often happens in winter, I've been writing fiction.  It's a hobby, and addictive enough I probably need a National Don't Write A Novel Month.  First drafts are my specialty, thanks.In a rare bit of online reading today I came across Brandon Watson's well-timed post at Siri … [Read more...]

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When Your Priest is a Jerk

So I have a couple priest-friends who can pretty much match me for jerk-power, but it works out because we know each other.  We can do something stunningly stupid, and those who know us will put that low moment into the overall context of all the other things we do, shrug, and tell us to straighten up and fly right.This is how it is with all your friends and family.  Because you live together, you see them at their worst, but you also see some of their bests and mostly their middles.  I can b … [Read more...]

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Good Riddance Evangelism

So this week at Mass I saw a priest pick a fight with a group of little girls (not mine).  He stood up before final blessing and announced to the congregation that a thing these girls were doing during Mass needed to stop.The behavior in question was one of those liturgical quirks that people like to argue about.   If it's to your taste you argue for a spirit of charity and broadmindness, and point out the many reasons a person might find it spiritually edifying; if it's not to your taste, yo … [Read more...]

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