But nobody wants to die

E.J. Dionne explains why he’s not quitting his Catholic church, prompting this response from DougJ at BalloonJuice: It’s true that the church-going Catholics I talk to don’t listen to anything the crazy-ass bishops say. But, for me, I would not join any club that would have someone like Joe Ratzinger or Karol Wojtyla as a [Read More…]

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A butterfly with hiccups

Jeff Dunn at Internet Monk quotes from R.A. Dickey’s new memoir, Wherever I Wind Up, and sees spiritual truth in Dickey’s discussion of his signature pitch. Dickey writes: The knuckleball is the only pitch in baseball that works by doing nothing. Curveballs curve. Cutters cut. Sinkers sink. The knuckleball? You want it to float to [Read More…]

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Crouch. Touch. Pause. Engage.

I’m digging out from under the backlog of email and catch-up reading from a few days away from the computer, but here’s an update on where I was the past several days. From the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Lou Rabito, “Queens of the ruck: Downingtown girls go to nationals“: They flew to Ireland to test their game. [Read More…]

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Be one traveler

Airports make me think of Andy Catlett. This is partly because Andy, the hero of Wendell Berry’s short novel Remembering, shares my own gut response to air travel. He knows it’s safe, so routine as to be dull, and that fear of flying isn’t wholly rational. But some part of his mind stubbornly still recites [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Joan Chittister: “Silence about the global treatment of women is disquieting“ You have to wonder, don’t you? What have they been told about women by the religious men who catechized them? What snide jokes and demeaning theology are still being taught about women by patriarchal religions? By the actions of exclusion and control and invisibility [Read More…]

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The best in Sunday reading

A nice, juicy Sunday link-around post can be like blogtopia’s version of kicking back with a delightfully hefty Sunday paper. Here are some of my favorite weekly link dumpings — not all from Sundays: Rachel Held Evans’ “Sunday Superlatives” Aaron Bady’s “Sunday Reading” at zunguzungu Charles Kuffner’s “Weekend Link Dump” at Off the Kuff Punning [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

John 11:43-44 He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’ [Read more…]

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Didn’t it, didn’t it, didn’t it rain?

It’s possible that the discussion begun here and here could use some fresh thread to continue, so feel free to chime in here with more thoughts on Noah, literalism, the genre of origin stories, “scientific creationism,” Hamsterism, Last-Thursdayism, theism, atheism, the canopy theory, or whatever else you want to discuss (including none of the above). [Read More…]

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