George Weigel on the upcoming double papal canonizations

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Weigel writes: "I doubt that Pope Francis has heard of Ernie Banks, the Hall of Fame shortstop. But like “Mr. Cub,” whose love for baseball led him to exclaim “Let’s play two!” before Sunday doubleheaders in the 1950s, the pope from the end of the world seems to think that papal canonizations are better in tandem: hence the Sept. 30 announcement that Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II will be canonized together on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014." >>>continue reading … [Read more...]

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John Howard Yoder: Pacifist Aggressive

From Mark Oppenheimer at The New York Times: Can a bad person be a good theologian?All of us fall short of our ideals, of course. But there is a common-sense expectation that religious professionals should try to behave as they counsel others to behave. They may not be perfect, but they should not be louts or jerks.By that standard, few have failed as egregiously as John Howard Yoder, America’s most influential pacifist theologian. In his teaching at Notre Dame and elsewhere, and in bo … [Read more...]

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Am I the Prodigal Son’s Brother?: Reflections on Pope Francis’ Interview

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Just published this over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: On Monday evening of this week, on a plane flight from Chicago to Philadelphia, I sat, amidst the poor lighting and the turbulence, transfixed, pouring over the pages of the Holy Father’s recently published interview, about which several on this page, and thousands elsewhere, have opined.  So, I was not reading it with fresh eyes, but rather through the prism of not only the New York Times, but also by way of the assessments o … [Read more...]

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Dr. J., Religion, and the Bigotry of Superficial Sophistication

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That's the title of my most recent column over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: When I was a kid in the 1970s, most liberal-minded adults, in order to make sure you knew that they harbored no racial prejudices, often went out of their way to say what they thought were kind things about minorities – which actually revealed just the opposite. So, for example, after watching a television interview of the great professional basketball star Julius Erving (aka “Dr. J.”), one of my fathe … [Read more...]

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Stephen H. Webb: In Defense of Dylan’s Voice

Over at First Things, my friend, Steve Webb, offers an apologetic for Bob Dylan's voice. Before you go there, you may want to listen to Zimmy, from a concert in Akron in April:  … [Read more...]

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Interview with Catholic News Service: Natural Law and the New Evangelization

During my time in Rome in June, I was interviewed by the Catholic News Service. Here's the video: … [Read more...]

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Roger McGuinn’s cool blog

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Just came across this blog by former member of the Byrds, Roger McGuinn. It includes many posts of traditional folk songs sung by McGuinn  … [Read more...]

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New hiding place for Snowden’s secrets

Apparently, the Russians--in old KGB style--have surgically inserted into their President all the secrets Ed Snowden brought with him to Moscow. Thus, you can say that the proof is in the Putin. … [Read more...]

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“Doting Thomists: Evangelicals, Thomas Aquinas, and Justification”

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That's the title of my most recent article published in the The Evangelical Quarterly 85.3 (July 2013): 211-227.  Here's the abstract: Over the past several decades, some Evangelical philosophers and theologians have embraced the metaphysics, epistemology, and natural law theory of Thomas Aquinas (1225-74), despite that fact that historically some of the leading lights in Evangelicalism have rejected Aquinas's views because they believed these views are inconsistent with classical Reformation t … [Read more...]

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