Greed, Human Suffering, and Catholic Social Teaching – Links Worth Your Time

Linking around on human rights & Catholic social teaching:Brandon @ Siris debunks a few myths about the Church "changing" it's teaching on usury.  Summary: The answer is still no and will always be no, but maybe that word doesn't mean what you think it means.  H/T to Darwin for the link. Nestle, Cargill & ADM get to go to court in California on charges of using slave labor.  Thank Simcha Fisher for pointing me to that one. I just finished reading Factory Girl, which follows the ( … [Read more...]

What Happens if Sacramental Confession Ceases to be Secret?

Why are some secrets worth dying for?  The Jesuit Post blog has an excellent piece up on the case from Louisiana headed for the Supreme Court. If you read nothing else, go read that.  Regular readers will recall I commented on similar lines in my review of I Confess earlier this summer.They say hard cases make bad law.  Hard cases also force us to think seriously about what makes good law.  Let's look at possible outcomes if the Supreme Court rules that priests and penitents can be compelled … [Read more...]

Get Young Adults to Join Your Parish in Two Easy Steps, Guaranteed.

The question came up at Sherry Weddell's Intentional Disciples discussion forum: How does one attract and keep "young adults" in the parish?  I've been that young adult and I've spent a fair bit of time talking with the faithful Catholic young adults who don't show up at the St. Moribund's of this world, so I've got a pretty good grasp on the dynamic.  I'm sorry to report the answer is exceedingly simple:1. Be serious about following Jesus.2. Get out of the way.Don't believe me?   … [Read more...]

Discipleship. You hear the word. What does it mean?

Up at New Evangelizers, I answer the question, "What exactly is this discipleship thing we keep hearing about?"  It's a tricky question because it's both far simpler than we make it out to be, and far more demanding than a simple answer would suggest.Our Catholic reflexes are hopelessly bureaucratic anymore, so I begin by explaining a few things discipleship is not:It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that everything Christians do needs to happen under the auspices of a formal pro … [Read more...]

Confession Primer: Forgetting to Confess a Mortal Sin

My friend John Hathaway recently hosted a conversation prompted by a classic comic from the New St. Joseph's Baltimore Catechism on the serious spiritual peril you put yourself into if you go to confession but choose not to mention a mortal sin.  There's a difference, however, between forgetting and omitting.  Here's the scoop on how the sacrament works when you've got an unconfessed mortal sin:1. If you are aware of having committed a mortal sin, make an act of contrition right away.  (T … [Read more...]

Charlotte, NC Missionaries of the Poor Benefit Concert – The Messiah August 9th

A head's up from Mrs. Curley:Hello Everyone, I have been asked by The Missionaries Of The Poor (MOP)http://www.missionariesofthepoor.org/index.php  to spread the word about the concert they are sponsoring to benefit the poorest of the poor. 100% of the proceeds will go to Missionaries Of The Poor Homeless and Abandoned Children. I have tickets for the concert entitled "The MESSIAH!! THE GREATEST MUSICAL EVER"   2:00 pm Saturday, August 9, 2014 Halton Theater, CPCC 1206 Elisabeth Av … [Read more...]

Something Beautiful: Lectio Divina Blog

Serendipity is following  a link to the Lectio Divina site by transitional deacon Ian Van Heusen.  The blog is here.  Hard not to like a place with posts -- good ones, true ones -- about things like "learning to die."  Yes.  This.Beautiful.Go look.  … [Read more...]


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