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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#Edel15 – Wow did I need this.

What I'm doing this weekend is hanging out at the Edel Gathering (read and weep on Twitter at #Edel15).  Going to parties is not the kind of thing that I do.  But I live in the general neighborhood, and my friend was going and she asked if I'd meet her for lunch, and then new tickets opened up, and next thing I knew, wow, party!Coming here was the best decision ever.  I have a great network of faithful Catholic mom friends at home in regular life, and a massive network of Catholic geek fr … [Read more...]

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How to Protect Religious Freedom? Practice Your Religion

I was surprised the other day to learn that the Episcopal church had just voted to allow same-sex weddings.  The surprising part wasn't the "Episcopal" the "same-sex" or even the "voted."   I was surprised that this was news.  I thought the Episcopalians had decided to go this route ages ago.  I had no idea -- I mean seriously, no idea -- that such questions were still being debated as recently as a week ago.The reason I was surprised by this vote was because I don't follow Episcopalian int … [Read more...]

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10 Things Christian Kids Need to Prepare for an Uncertain Future

In a private conversation Elizabeth Scalia posed a question, and I'm going to paraphrase it wildly: If you are the parent of young children, are you afraid for what the future holds for them?It's a question people are answering this week whether it's been asked or not: What does the future hold for faithful Christians in a culture that despises our faith?My answer is, very bluntly, is that whenever I've had my head on straight, I've always been terrified and I mean that in a good … [Read more...]

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The Terrible Problem with Laudato Si’

"Living our vocation to be protectors of God's handiwork is essential to the life of virtue; it is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience."Laudato Si' 217 The difficulty, the dreadful, unspeakable, shield-your-eyes difficulty with the Pope's new encyclical on the environment comes down to one nasty problem: The man is right.For the popular press, hoping all this time that Pope Francis would be something new and different, created in the image of The Today Show, t … [Read more...]

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Transvestites and Conservative Christians Meet Minds at the Cult of Prettiness

Being pretty has never come naturally to me.  I like the concept in theory, but I don't have the patience for it.I grew up immersed in that world where gender-equality was translated as prove you can do everything a boy can. The going entertainment-industry trope was the odd-couple pairing of the pretty girl who was beautiful but whiny and useless with the tomboy who got things done and then got a makeover at the end of the movie.That culture breeds misogyny.  Given my natural spread of s … [Read more...]

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