September 13, 2018

When last we heard from Church Militant they were absolutely certain that shadowy forces were just about to spirit Cdl. Wuerl away to Rome in a super-secret clandestine operation, never to be seen again!  It was all breathlessly reported by that other bastion of Total Reliability, Liesite News: Church Militant claims Cdl. Wuerl fleeing to Rome to avoid U.S. arrest for abuse cover-up https://t.co/yThlfqHxGa — LifeSite Catholic (@LSNCatholic) August 30, 2018 Voris declared that “final plans for sneaking him out… Read more

September 12, 2018

which seems pretty sound to me. Discuss: The abuse crisis in the church requires three action plans moving forward. The first is to ensure justice and restitution to victims. The second is to remove the bad actors which may include some bishops who are particularly egregious for cover-up. The third requires an approach to prevention of future abuse. It is this third area that has the greatest interest to me. Currently, the training and policies are best practices. However, if… Read more

September 11, 2018

Bishop Barron does a good job articulating why: When I have more time I will try to give some of my personal reasons (all reasons for being Catholic are ultimately personal ones since our God is a personal God). Read more

September 10, 2018

A reader writes I’m sure you get lots of emails like this, especially these days. You’re one of my favorite Catholic writers; I read By What Authority during my conversion about 7 years ago, and your blog is a source of continuing solace for me. I attend an Extraordinary Form parish, I’m a trad at heart, and I’m by turns dismayed and disgusted at the growing conservatism/Trump-ness of so much of the American church (the ones you call The Greatest Catholics… Read more

September 8, 2018

Here is a project called Clamavi de Profundis. They do Catholic: And they do Nerd: Read more

September 7, 2018

…on God the Father: Because of our tendency to rip truth out of the weave of revelation or wrongly order those truths, one of the functions of the Creed is to help us rightly order our knowledge of God. Jesus’ ultimate revelation about the first Person of the Trinity is that God is not a mere abstract Ground of Being.  Nor is God merely Master, Lord, King, Author of Creation, or Ruler of Time and Space (all “power” titles).  No,… Read more

September 6, 2018

Here is what is the real problem with Nike and always has been: it is a sweatshop corporation that pays starvation wages to foreign workers toiling in oppressive conditions.  Christians–that is, disciples of Jesus Christ–actually care about that and see the lot of crushed and impoverished workers abroad as related to, not the opposite of, the right to life for unborn children.  That’s because they have refused the programming of Republican Rite catechists in Right Wing Noise Machine both Catholic… Read more

September 5, 2018

…may I recommend Brandon Hale’s delightful (and growing) little series? A fun Christmas present (though I know it’s a bit early for Christmas). Read more

September 4, 2018

She writes: I’ve spent the last 21 years traveling the highways and byways of the US Catholic Church. I’m always astonished at how narrow even a Bishop’s perspective can be. The clergy of the global Catholic Church make up ONLY 3/100th of 1% of the Body Catholic. 99.97% of us have never darkened the door of a seminary because 99.97% of us aren’t priests. If you hang out and work with and listen to the laity, especially on the left… Read more

September 3, 2018

She writes from Canada: Attached are three stories from the CBC that you will probably find interesting. My question is: I don’t know anything about kid’s psychology, but I wonder if there is a serious risk that some, or even many, of the kids traumatized by their separation from their parents in such a way, could later develop, in addition to some mental health problems, some behavioural issues, and show some tendencies to become delinquents, that in turn could bring… Read more

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