Pastors and prophets and genuine leadership

Father Marcel Guarnizo is kind of a jerk. And Guarnizo’s jerkitude is compounded by the example and the instruction of the bishops whose lead he is following. When someone who’s prone to being a jerk is commissioned to serve as a local pastor and takes his orders from a band of bishops who have made [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Libby Anne: “Who Are the Real Babies? House-Proofing and Modesty“ When you’re raised in the movement, even the smallest children are taught to have self control and to not touch what is right in front of their eyes. In fact, it’s considered quite the accomplishment to be able to leave an expensive vase or dish [Read More…]

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How establishment corrupts religion: A case study

Jessica Ahlquist was right. The sectarian banner that hung at Cranston West High School in Cranston, Rhode Island, should not have been there. Its presence there was both unjust and illegal. And, being unjust, it was also a sin. The First Amendment is very clear. It defends the free exercise of religion and, therefore, also [Read More…]

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Equal protection and the Golden Rule

If I wanted to pass a law explicitly for the purpose of denying civil rights to one specific minority group, would that be constitutional? No. No it would not. Thus though the Defense of Marriage Act is still the law of the land, it’s an illegal law. Two federal judges have now said so, as [Read More…]

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Only the shadows of their eyes

“These children have faces, they have names, they have moms and dads, and they were all under five years old.” “Wait for it. … Wait for it. … Tee-hee!” “It’s not about your right as a gay person to dignity. It’s about our right to declare that you aren’t worthy of it.” “Here’s someone whose [Read More…]

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My family’s involvement with a criminal conspiracy

For the past five years, I’ve been part of a big Catholic family, even before I married into it. Due to lease logistics, I moved in with my future father-in-law for the five months before my wedding. Three of us lived in that house: me, Pop and my wife’s Uncle Joe, a retired priest. We [Read More…]

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A Rick Santorum reader

If this be a method, there’s madness in it. I don’t get up early enough or stay up late enough to keep track of every strange, foolish, insultingly ludicrous, blasphemous or fantastical thing my former senator, Rick Santorum, has been saying lately. The Republican presidential candidate has produced such an astonishing string of wild accusations, [Read More…]

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Long enough to reach the ground

How can Mitt Romney recall childhood memories of Detroit’s Golden Jubilee? That event, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the American automobile, took place June 1, 1946 — “fully nine months before Romney was born.” David Barton offers one explanation. “Biblically,” the fraudulent non-historian says, “life begins before conception.” This may also explain why [Read More…]

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