Elizabeth Scalia is one of the most popular and recognizable bloggers in the Catholic landscape. She writes on her wide variety of interests, blending a sharp wit, a keen eye for politics and a love of the Church.

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Poverty, Paradoxical Prosperity and the Super Bowl

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Earlier this week I had the pleasure of chatting with Jen Fulwiler on her radio show.We covered a lot of ground in 18 minutes, in particular touching on a topic that deserves some lively thought -- assuming one ever has time to think -- on the paradox of good intentions: we in the church serve the poor and advocate for them. We devise programs and policies meant to lift people out of poverty and into prosperity, and when we are very successful at it, then as a church we suffer.We suffer … [Read more...]

Andrew Sullivan is Done With the Dishes…

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...he's looking for another way to live and work:Why? Two reasons. The first is one I hope anyone can understand: although it has been the most rewarding experience in my writing career, I’ve now been blogging daily for fifteen years straight (well kinda straight). That’s long enough to do any single job. In some ways, it’s as simple as that. There comes a time when you have to move on to new things, shake your world up, or recognize before you crash that burn-out does happen.The second i … [Read more...]

Amid Storms and Wars, the Daily Outrage that is Francis

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He is the most exhausting pope of my lifetime.Deacon Greg sent this cute video to me today, and while I appreciate its cleverness and the work that went into it, I couldn't help but think, "I'm getting burned out on Francis."I'm getting burned out, not because I dislike him. I like Francis just fine, although Pope Benedict XVI will always be the pontiff of my heart, because his writings have penetrated it and poured the merciful balm of Christ Jesus into it as little else ever has. As … [Read more...]

Answering Kyle Cupp With A Plastic Trumpet and a Scream

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This morning Kyle Cupp asked people to name their favorite toys from childhood.These sorts of questions, which Kyle calls "mindless" are becoming a regular Monday feature for him -- last week he wanted to know what film adaptation of a book most disappointed us.For the record, my answer last week was the 1970's tv-movie version of In This House of Brede which took a knife to Rumer Godden's brilliant novel and chopped it into something barely recognizable. Even the great Dame Diana Rigg … [Read more...]

Does Catholicism Need to Adopt an Entrepreneurial Spirit?

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I really enjoyed this Sade Strehlke piece in the WSJ magazine this weekend: "The Emperors of Xi'an":IN 2008, DAVID SHI, the chef at Xi’an Famous Foods in Queens, New York, called his son, Jason Wang, and said in Chinese, “There’s a tall, old white dude here with a film crew; do you know who he is?” He snapped a photo of the guest—stooped over a plate of lamb burgers seasoned with cumin and dressed with hot peppers and pickled jalapeños—and sent it to Wang, then a student at Washington Univer … [Read more...]

The Prayer for Ashley

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Just did a few minutes on Relevant Radio as Hot Air's Ed Morrissey sits in for Drew Mariani, and we discussed the plight of Ashley Bridges, and prayed for her on the air, using this prayer, which I am posting here for anyone who is seeking it out:Lord, the one you love is sick...it's Ashley Bridges, whose love has been so great, and whose desire, in the wealth of your greatness and your mercy, is so very small. Have mercy upon this dying mother, O Divine Physician, as in scripture you had … [Read more...]

The Bishop Who Knows His Way Around New Media

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That would be Bishop Christopher Coyne, lately of Indianapolis, and now the Bishop-Designate of Burlington, Vermont.His move has inspired him to update and upgrade his website, "Let us Walk Together" (aka www.bishopcoyne.org), and it's all-around, pretty great, with a blog, his podcasts his social media activities, which are always full of great spiritual prompts or good humor, and sometimes simply present the bishop talking to us as he's driving, in a very casual and informal way.He … [Read more...]

Max Lindenman Returns to PatheosCatholic!

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It was only about six months ago that Max Lindenman decided it was time to strike his tent, and we reluctantly let him fly away, with hopes that he would soon return.Since then Max has been freelancing from his new digs in Turkey -- publishing a number of snappy and informative pieces with Aleteia -- and also has submitted a couple of really interesting pieces to our feature page, The Font.But Patheos, for better or worse, is Max's "home" and -- as Groucho Marx Robert Frost** once said … [Read more...]

The Kirby Vacuum Salesman Who Became a Star

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You know, just about the time you need to feel good about something, just about the time you need to believe that people are more -- so, so much more -- than the formless ranting that comes through to us over the ether every day, as we dip further and further into the reality/unreality that is the internet, you click on Twitter and a story like this comes along, and it gives all the headlines, all the divisive narratives, and all the prophets of doom a good, sharp kick in the derriere:Ever … [Read more...]

Bad Catholic, Still: Marc Barnes Picks Up His Pen at Patheos!

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I know you've missed him -- so many of you have emailed asking, "where has The Bad Catholic gone, I miss reading him! Will he be back?"And I kept saying, "I sure hope so," because I missed him, too.As both a mother and an editor, I know sometimes the birdies gotta spread their wings and fly, but when I wave them goodbye, it is always with the hope that they'll come around again, at least for a visit.Marc Barnes, graduated from college and now into grad school, has come around … [Read more...]


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