Reading ‘The Gospel of Joy’

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So let’s try this again. How many of us who have commented on “The Gospel of Joy” have read it all the way through, never mind let it settle in for reflection? George Weigel sets a nice “Black Friday” reboot in the Wall Street Journal today: The first nine months of the pontificate of Pope Francis have [Read More...]

The Catholic Church & a World of Good

I’m just catching up on reading and appreciated Kathleen Parker’s recent column on the media and the papal conclave. It is best summed up toward the end: “any evaluation of its present situation must also include recognition of the immense good that individual Catholics and the church do.” Thank you, sister. It’s funny to reflect [Read More...]

Live from Rome

George Weigel on the reform-minded conclave to come. [Read more...]

Pope Benedict, the Catholic Church and the Dignity of Man

I love this video from Monday: George Weigel keeps his eye on the prize here. This is a good model of communicating in uncertain times, subtly and clearly communicating Gospel truth with fraternal love. That’s what we’ve been trying to do with Catholic Voices USA — help people who love the Catholic Church do just [Read More...]

‘Strive for Peace with Everyone’

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Every once in a while — a little more often than that lately perhaps — I get into conversations with people about peace. Pax Christi, you know. It can seem a foreign thing, with all our noise and anxieties, all our concerns and responsibilities, so many burdens weighing on us. But when we know we [Read More...]

About Dorothy Day

George Weigel writes in his book Practicing Catholic: Despite her political myopia about the likes of Fidel Castro, the Catholic radicalism of Dorothy Day was far more Catholic in its sense of the drama of sin and grace than the vapid liberalism that dominated the post-Vatican II Church. Dorothy Day is all too often misunderstood [Read More...]

Dems Hold Catholic Teaching ‘In Contempt’

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Discussing Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput’s interview with the Catholic News Service this past week in Rome, during which he said, among other things, that abortion is a “very serious issue that requires absolute adherence on the part of Catholics,” George Weigel adds: “No single political party fully embodies the social doctrine of the Catholic [Read More...]

False Narrative, False Divide: Social Justice vs. Pro-Life Catholics

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Also on The World Over this week, George Weigel additionally made the point that: “There is no such division,” as the one we’ve been seeing in polls and in vice-presidential debates, on account of the vice president, between so-called pro-life and pro-social-justice Catholics. “The teaching of JPII and Benedict XVI has made unmistakably clear that [Read More...]


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