The Case for Catholic Pacifism

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Can a Catholic be a pacifist? I’m probably genetically biased. My ancestors were Mennonites. Like the Amish and Quakers and some other sects that emigrated to Pennsylvania, the Mennonites are pacifists. They not only are against war, they register as conscientious objectors and will not join the military. I don’t think it is possible to [Read More...]

Tolkien’s ‘No’ to Narnia

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If I had a time machine that could not only set me down not only in a particular date, but a particular place, I’d choose the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford on a Tuesday night in 1950 when C.S.Lewis was reading selections from his Chronicles of Narnia. He’d be there before a roaring fire [Read More...]

The Pope the Dog and the Bicycle Bell

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Someone has joked, “In Central America it’s not really a valid Mass unless there is a dog present.” I was therefore amused to see that at one of the Pope’s liturgies in Brazil a stray dog wandered onto the stage. For five years I took some American high school kids to El Salvador on a mission [Read More...]

Liberation Theology and Argentina’s Slum Priests

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Has Pope Francis given the nod to Liberation Theology? The LA Times reports here on the slum priests in Argentina. These men are living in the slums with people who have overwhelming social, health, financial, societal and relationship problems. They are doing a wonderful work ministering Christ’s love to the poorest of the poor. I [Read More...]

The Problem with Pope Francis…

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As a student at fundamentalist Bob Jones University I can remember the preachers inveighing against what they called “the social gospel”. This was a watered down version of Christianity which avoided talk of sin and salvation, repentance and redemption. The cross and resurrection were studiously avoided to portray a compassionate Jesus who lived among the [Read More...]

Peace and Justice Catholics – Just Aging Hippies?

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There seems to be an undefined group of Catholics who some call “Peace and Justice Catholics”. They are typified as aging hippies. They named their churches “Prince of Peace” in the sixties as a kind of flower power protest. These peace and justice Catholics are portrayed by conservatives as left wing, tree hugging, bra burning, [Read More...]


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