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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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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Why God-Centered Liturgy Matters So Much

It is, of course, a sin against the virtue of justice to spend your Mass singing songs about yourself, since it is to God that we owe our worship. But just in case fear of the Almighty wasn't enough for you, a story about why this is also a sin against your fellow man:So I have this friend, Eastern Orthodox, who expressed interest in visiting a Catholic parish near her home.  I told her I'd watch for some mutually-convenient occasion, since on Sunday mornings she's at her church, and thus … [Read more...]

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Mercy That Isn’t: More Teachers Being Thrown Under the Bus to Cover for Dissenting Administrators

H/T to Deacon Greg Kandra for pointing out the most recent case of a Catholic school teacher being fired after parents found out about her same-sex civil wedding.  Let me remind you right now that I hold 100% with the teachings of the Catholic faith.  I succeed at following them about 2% of the time, but that's a problem with getting me to behave, not a problem with the ideals themselves.The details reported at Philly.com are sparse, but raise a few flags if you know how to read doublespeak. … [Read more...]

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Want Religious Freedom? Ditch the Assembly Line and Start Raising Mature Catholics

So my How to Prevent Same Sex Couples from Suing Us post garnered reactions pretty similar to all my other what if we did what the Church says we should do posts about catechesis (a smattering linked below).  The three main reactions are:Nice idea, but priests have too much work as it is. Nice idea, but how exactly do we make this happen? Um. What??But to give you an idea of how far off the cliff the Church has already fallen, a very fearless, no-nonsense, ardently faithful priest as … [Read more...]

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Gay Marriage, Slack Parents, and Religious Ceremonies: An Even Simpler Solution

The usually sensible Fr. Longenecker proposes that the Catholic Church get out of the civil marriage business as a way to avoid being forced to officiate at same-sex ceremonies.There is a much simpler solution: We could decline to offer Catholic wedding ceremonies to couples unless at least one of the two is a practicing Catholic.We already try to do this, witness the massive hoops that Catholic couples are forced to jump through in order to get a church wedding as it stands.  We attempt … [Read more...]

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Communal Life in the Parish and Making Time for Our Evangelical Mission

Josh Canning lays down the challenge here: How do we make time for evangelization in our lives?Half the battle is wanting to, of course.  That requires conversion and discipleship.But suppose you've experienced the conversion, and given your life over to a relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and do in fact want to answer that call of the baptized to go and preach the good news and make disciples of all nations?  Why is it so dang difficult?When I read this post at … [Read more...]

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