Reasoned Loyalty; the Tuesday Column

My Tuesday Column is up, wherein I wonder about whether an adult and fully-formed faith should rest upon reason or loyalty, and decide that, well...it requires both:Reasonable Catholicism is reasoned loyalty, or sometimes even loyalty with gritted teeth; it is loyalty that insists upon the application of reason lest its value be questioned. By the same token, intellectualism that is not tempered with loyalty ends up pickling itself in its own ego. Either one, by itself, is incomplete. Both … [Read more...]

Anglican Ordinariate Proceeds Apace

Heraldry of Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Pope Benedict XVI, respectivelyOn the heels of Pope Benedict's well-received visit to the United Kingdom came the announcement last week of the CDF's appointment of Archbishop Donald Wuerl, of Washington, as its delegate, "to guide the incorporation of Anglican groups into the Catholic Church in the United States."Yeah. It's a big deal. And today, NETNY, Brooklyn Diocese-run channel that broadcasts, among other things, the … [Read more...]

Funk, Priesthood, Military & Jobs – UPDATED

I know that header could describe the state of the whole nation, right now; we're in a funk.But really, I am simply down with a bit of a fever/sore throat/immune system thing, and shivers. So I am taking it easy today.Woke up with this on my mind, though: "someone's son has to be the priest; someone's child must be the soldier, and the cop." I have no idea why that was with me. When my kids were growing up my husband and I always made it clear that whatever would make them happy … [Read more...]

Advent Pictures of Christ

Snowflake Photos from SnowCrystals.comI know I need to be careful how I say this.Yes, they're snowflakes.But when I first saw these pictures, all I could think of was: Look! Pictures of Christ!Pictures of perfection, they remind us of the joyful Antiphon for a Monday's vespers: "yours is more than mortal beauty; every word you speak is full of grace."They are -in a sense- pictures of Christ in Glory.He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all … [Read more...]

Pope: Anglicans, Liturgy, Welcome! UPDATED

As I and others guessed yesterday, the announcements coming out of Rome and London today are big but not all that surprising. Damian Thompson has the first threadbare report:The Vatican has announced that Pope Benedict is setting up special provision for Anglicans, including married clergy, who want to convert to Rome together, preserving aspects of Anglican liturgy. They will be given their own pastoral supervision, according to this press release from the Vatican:“In this Apostolic C … [Read more...]

Atheism goes Evangelical

First the atheists began an ad campaign in London, and now atheists are getting ready to advertise that they are "Good without God".Starting next Monday, a coalition of local groups will run a monthlong advertising campaign in a dozen Manhattan subway stations with the slogan “A Million New Yorkers Are Good Without God. Are You?” The posters also advertise the Web site BigAppleCoR.org, which provides a listing of local groups affiliated with the Coalition of Reason, the umbrella organization th … [Read more...]


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