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...]

The Roots of Rage

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This summer in America has erupted in racially charged protests about the verdict on the killing of Trayvon Martin. Yesterday I posted this video of an atheist who went berserk with rage. I’ve commented earlier about the irrational rage which seems to be simmering just below the surface in our country, and wrote here about [Read More...]

Division, Diversity and Dissent

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The Bishop was present in the parish over the weekend to celebrate the sacrament of confirmation, and after sharing dinner with him and the Holy Deacon I was pondering the immensity of his task. The Catholic Church is so amazingly diverse, and the bishop is the focus of unity for the diocese. How does he [Read More...]

The Solution to the AmChurch Problem

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Three timely books are available which diagnose the problem of the American Church and the solution to the problem. Russell Shaw’s American Church – The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America brilliantly presents the history of the problem and the present day crisis. In his usual easy going and personable style, [Read More...]

I Love Lucy

St Lucy

Not Lucile Ball, but St Lucy is the one I love. It is her feast day today, and here are some reasons why she’s important: Firstly, there is the symbolism of her name. “Lucy” comes from the Latin for light–”Lux” or “Lucis”. Lucy is the saint of Light in the season of Advent which is [Read More...]

Materialism, Manicheanism and the Matrix

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Do you remember that stylish film The Matrix? The hero, Neo Anderson, exists in a dull, conformist, monotone and monochrome world. Then he wakes up and is “born again” and enters the world of adventure and risk which is the real world. What I find curious about modern American Catholicism is that it is similarly monotone [Read More...]


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