Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has Passed: Many Updates

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“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history” ― Cardinal Francis George, OMIAfter a long bout with cancer, he is gone. It occurs to me, remembering that quote of his (and more on it, here), that we now have an intercessor for our times -- an intercessor on the issue of Christian P … [Read more...]

12 Reasons to Love the Irish!

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1) We gave you the Irish Soda Bread Recipe.2) We gave you we gave you Joyce, Yeats and Oscar Wilde.3) We gave you U2. Sorry that Bono can be such a blowhard sometimes, but you know...he's Irish.4) We gave you Errol Flynn.5) And Tom Selleck.6) And John Wayne and Maureen O' Hara.7) And Gene Kelly.8) And the foundation upon which bluegrass and old-timey music were founded.9) We gave you Daniel Day Lewis (hey, he carries an Irish passport). The only Mohegan who can … [Read more...]

Thomas Merton is a Time Lord!

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Read these observations on intra-Catholic squabbling, by Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. He could be writing about our own era.Truly, nothing new under the sun. Somehow despite fractious councils and what appears to be our normal amount of intra-warring, the church remains. Have a little faith.Thanks to Greg Hillis, (on Twitter @gregorykhillis) for that delectable and consoling excerpt.Frank Weathers says Merton is a Time Lord. So it seems! … [Read more...]

As Hispanics Depart: Does Catholicism Ask Too Little of Us?

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Spent some time reading about how Hispanics are converting to Islam and Mormonism.It is striking to consider that while some in the church are suggesting that we need to require less of people, we are losing members to religions that are perceived to require "more" of them -- particularly as pertains to prayer and fasting, and even to what people wear. Hispanic women assert that the head coverings or "temple garments" they wear in obedience tend to give them a sense of "self-respect" that … [Read more...]

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When Neither Will Do: Either/Or Gives Way to Both/And

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Part three in the ongoing Saga of the Satchels, or "what happens when Lizzie tries to do something really simple and girly, like buy a new handbag."So, these arrived yesterday, both of them:On the left, the red Baggallini, which is a little larger than the bag I have carried for five years, but a little smaller than I had hoped. It may yet be too small to stash a light scarf. But I still really like it.On the right is the red vintage Scarleton bag, with which the devil Hallie … [Read more...]

“Gradualism is Another Word for License.” No, It’s Not.

I keep seeing these same six words all over social media:"Gradualism is another word for license."Think so? Really? No possibility that it is the process of grace, working within us?So, no grace at work, here? an atheist-turned-nun: I was attending Mass for an entire year before I went to confession. I don’t make excuses for myself. My soul was not in the proper state to be receiving the Body and Blood of Christ, but it took time for grace to work in me in order for me to realize t … [Read more...]

Churchill’s Words on Obama, Congress, World

His scorn was withering. . .He had described his foes in Parliament as "good, honest men who are ready to die for their opinions, if only they knew what their opinions are." Of Baldwin's government, he said: "So they go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift...all powerful to be impotent." - Leo Rosten, on Winston Churchill**Well, I read that last night and thought, were Churchill around here, he might rerun those sentiments about … [Read more...]

Why Francis and Benedict are Right: Proselytizing is Folly

Do you know why, as Pope Francis rightly noted (as Benedict did, before him), proselytizing doesn't work?Because it is not Incarnational. It has nothing in common with the example set by the Word when he condescended to join humanity and "set his tent among us". Not near humanity, but still apart; not above humanity, overseeing it, but among and with and in commonality with us.When Proposition 8 was roiling California in 2008, a group of Evangelical Christians decided to make a weekly … [Read more...]

Missional Church: Cardinal Dolan and the Parade

When Jesus rescued the adulterous woman from an angry mob intent on stoning her to death, he was very quiet about it. He wrote something on the ground -- perhaps the sins of the men with the stones? Words in which they might recognize themselves and their own sins and offenses?"But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in res … [Read more...]

Remember “Catholicism” and How I Raved? Welp…

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Okay, regular readers must remember how much I loved Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith, both video series and book? I wrote about it a lot, because it was like a call to revolution -- a Revolution of Re-appreciation of the church, from its earliest beauties and truths. For me, Father Robert Barron's book (and video) remains one of the first great Evangelical tools of the new century.Okay, enough gushing. So, I get a note from Image books, asking me if I'd like to participate … [Read more...]


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