Gay Marriage and What We’ve Been Saying

Meeting a great hero

This past week I got to spend some time with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, the Catholic sister who takes in girls who have been brainwashed, made to kill, been held captive, raped and left to raise the resulting children on their own. She teaches them skills, and helps them to become self-sufficient. As I watched a short documentary about Sister Rosemary and heard these girls talking about what they have been through, I couldn't help but to think how, in comfortable America, we're busy carrying on … [Read more...]

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Patheos Writers Honored by Catholic Press Association

The Catholic Press Association, Naming Names

If it has seemed quiet around here, lately, that's thanks to the Catholic Press Association, whose annual Catholic Media Conference (#CMC15) has lured me (and Deacon Greg and Denise Bossert) to Buffalo for an adventure. Tomorrow we all go home but tonight saw a number of Patheos Catholic bloggers honored by the CPA, beginning with Marge Fenelon being named as an Egan Fellow by Catholic Relief Services. As a Fellow she will be traveling to the Philippines with CRS to report on the continuing … [Read more...]

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Does Bringing Back Meatless Fridays Sound Good?

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In her stupendous novel In This House of Brede, author Rumer Godden chronicles the pre-and-post-Second-Vatican-Council journey of a successful English professional woman who becomes an enclosed Benedictine nun. When the novel’s main character, Philippa Talbot, is asked by a co-worker, “but will you be able to be obedient, a stiff-necked creature like you?” she responds rather naively, “I shall find it restful.”For the most part, she does. After a lifetime of settling and deciding matters for … [Read more...]

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Isn’t it Shocking, How People Dress for Mass?

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It's a subject we can't get enough of. Deacon Greg's piece on the issue, from several years ago, always gets resurrected in summer, like a case of hay-fever.As that's true, it's not surprising that I'm still getting email and social media reaction to last week's response to Bishop Tobin's self-admitted 'rant' about the “hirsute flabmeisters” who populate Mass along with their children.Amid the commentary, someone put a blogpiece before my eyes that I thought really was the definitive dis … [Read more...]

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A Fun Book Meme for the Weekend!

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I like this meme, for the weekend, and thought your answers would be fun, too. As Julie says:include up to 3 answers each if you like. We won’t tell. If you’re religious, consider The Bible or other religious texts a gimme, particularly for question #15.Something to talk about with others over the summer BBQ, anyway.1. Most treasured childhood book(s)? Harriet the Spy From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler A Wrinkle in Time Treasure Island (I know that's four but th … [Read more...]

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Laudato Si: All of our Sin, All of our Hatred on Trial

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In his encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis gets to the heart of the matter in the second paragraph, but most miss it on their way to the cherry-picking: The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22). We have forgotten tha … [Read more...]

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Dear Bishop Tobin: Ranting Right Back Atcha!

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"Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!" declares the LORD. -- Jeremiah 23:1Look, I totally get what Bishop Tobin was going for here, and I think it is valid to remind people that an hour at Holy Mass is distinct from strolling the midway on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore; that it warrants something better of us than water bottles and Bermuda shorts.But this is a destructive and unpastoral piece of writing. It's really difficult to square … [Read more...]

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Pew’s Numbers Wrong? They Won’t Be for Long!

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Guest blogger Russell Shaw takes a look at the Pew Study, and the realities before us. Something to sharpen our thinking about "Why We Remain Catholic" - ESby Russell Shaw The first and arguably most important thing to say about the Pew Research Center’s new overview of American religion is that it offers no grounds for either complacency or panic. What it does instead is invite -- perhaps demand -- that it be taken very seriously by responsible church people.In its first “religious lan … [Read more...]

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In Praise of a Brood-less God

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It is only we who brood over our sins. God does not brood over them; God dumps them at the bottom of the sea. --Saint Benedict of Nursia, attributed … [Read more...]

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Fr. Barron on Love, Tolerance and Real Distinctions

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Usually, we feature Father Robert Barron's cogent and instructive thoughts over at The Font, but this new piece of his relates so well to what I wrote on the death of Objective Truth a few days ago, that I am slipping it in here, as a kind of companion piece or -- more correctly -- an enlargement and improvement on the first. Thanks, Father Barron!Last week, I wrote a piece on Bruce Jenner's transformation into Caitlyn Jenner. I argued that the manner in which Jenner spoke of his … [Read more...]

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