March 11, 2014

Rebbecca Hamiliton reports here on the recent CNA interview with Pope Francis, in which he comments on the prospect of same-sex civil unions.  Here’s the money quote, from the bottom of her post: Many nations have regulated civil unions. Is it a path that the Church can understand? But up to what point? Marriage is between a man and a woman. Secular states want to justify civil unions to regulate different situations of cohabitation, pushed by the demand to regulate… Read more

March 10, 2014

Continuing with the discussion of Papal Economics, and no, you don’t have to read the book to follow along.  Join us online-only, no problem.  My first post in the series is here. Today I’m responding to Theodore Seeber’s comments in his post “Private Property is under a Mortgage on the Poor”.  Seeber writes: I’m at a very curious point in my reading of Papal Economics. I’m in the middle of a chapter discussing Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, the social concern of… Read more

March 9, 2014

  For your Sunday listening pleasure, Miserere Mei, Deus by Gregorio Allegri. It’s about 8 minutes long, so get yourself nice and contemplative before you hit play.  FYI – the St. Pete’s Soundclick playlist is downloadable. So you can make yourself a nice album of suitably-Lenten MP3’s. Enjoy. Read more

March 8, 2014

Let’s talk impossible penances. From this morning’s readings: If you hold back your foot on the sabbath from following your own pursuits on my holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight, and the LORD’s holy day honorable; if you honor it by not following your ways, seeking your own interests, or speaking with malice, then you shall delight in the LORD . . . And now for a quick peek at the Catechism before anyone starts in with… Read more

March 7, 2014

Taylor Marshall has some good suggestions for going meatless without losing your mind. My favorite quote: Nothing says “penance” like fish-sticks. So true.  So very true. Now let me be a tiny bit contrary, and give you a little encouragement on the penitential living.  Marshall writes: A couple of years ago, Joy and I prayed about it and switched our family over to meatless Fridays all year long. Now I agree: Decisions to take on greater penance for your family… Read more

March 6, 2014

A longtime colleague of mine, who is gay, thinks I hate him.  We’ve always gotten along fine, but now that our state is considering legalizing same-sex unions, he’s convinced my opposition to that law must be fueled by hatred.  How do I convince him I don’t hate him? I’ve changed the details to protect the privacy of the friend who asked, but it’s a question many Catholics are facing these days. The hierarchy of sin and public opinion goes something… Read more

March 5, 2014

It’s okay to be hungry today. Read more

March 4, 2014

Monday morning I swallowed hard when a post popped up on a small internet discussion group I run: Latin Mass trouble in Texas.  I don’t need this. A flame war over this could get my group shut down. I didn’t ask the original poster to delete. I did ask that we refrain from discussing the situation until the purloined letter could be authenticated, and the diocese had time to issue a counter-statement. Meanwhile, I did a little poking around to… Read more

March 4, 2014

Meat Demon reports to duty at midnight tonight.  He prowls around every Lent, quietly working behind the scenes six days a week so that come Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays, all you can think about is meat, meat, meat. You are not helpless in this fight.  In addition to the grace of God, you also posess the ability to think, plan, and act. 1. Have a cheeseburger on Thursday. Meat demon will try to convince you that you are… Read more

March 3, 2014

What is the Christian response to suffering? We can take the question from any number of angles, and in time I’m hoping to hit most of them.  It’s a thorny — meaning, “Ouch!” — topic, and as Joe Paprocki observed, it always comes up. Sooner or later everyone passes by way of the Cross. Today’s topic: What do you do when it’s your turn to hang? I’m going with the straight-up What Did Jesus Actually Do? answer on this one: 1…. Read more

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