A Study in Contrasts

Two Polish men.Both artists.Both "brilliant."Both persecuted by Nazis, in their native land. One was a prisoner, one was a slave. When the Nazis left, the Communists came.One, Roman Polanski, becomes a filmmaker. He encounters a 13 year old girl.One, Karol Wojtyla, becomes a priest. He too, encounters a 13 year old girl.After his encounter, the filmmaker -still a youngish man- runs away, out into the world, saying "everyone wants to do what I did." He lives what is for the most … [Read more...]

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Polanski: Althouse dares to ask…UPDATED

Honestly, you'd think that -of all issues in the world- the rape of a 13 year old by a 44 year old man would be one issue on which people on the left and the right could come together.Apparently not.For the record, let Kate Harding remind us what Roman Polanski did.As the chronic moral arbiters of the world, who work out of Hollywood, rush to defend Roman Polanski by signing petitions, crying about how they can't watch movies in Switzerland "knowing Roman Polanski is sitting in a cell 5km … [Read more...]

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15 Hours: Lifetime of Love

Love goes on, and on.Love, permitted to enter the world, never fails and never ends.God is Love. When we permit new life to enter into the world, we permit ourselves to feel newly-minted love. We permit God to come in, again, to the world - in the form of love.And when we do not permit it to come, what then?I wrote in this post:Does our pride or our bashfulness make it difficult for others to gift us? In all of these ways, when we inhibit gift-giving, we get in the way of simple … [Read more...]

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The ACORN Grows into a Mighty Mess

Regular readers know I don't ordinarily cover the big, sensationalist stories that go viral through the blogosphere, unless I feel I have something to contribute, so I haven't said much of anything about these shocking videos of ACORN workers advising an undercover "pimp" and "ho" as to how they can get housing, evade taxes and -most repellent- traffic in underage prostitutes brought in from Latin America.I had incorrectly and naively assumed that given the nature of the relationship between … [Read more...]

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Pondering the Triumph of the Cross

When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself. - John 12:32I love Webster Bull's new blog, Why I am Catholic; he's a terrific writer who manages to convey wonder and joy in every post, and he makes me take renewed joy in being Catholic. But what I most love about the blog is that it has provided me with kind of daily spiritual spritz of windshield cleaner; now, each day, I find myself encountering something and thinking, "it's one of the reasons I love Catholicism..." and … [Read more...]

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9/11, Eight Years On

A longtime friend and blogger related feeling reluctant to write about 9/11 on this anniversary. "Everything just feels so tense and uncertain," this person wrote, "I'm having a hard time focusing on the anniversary, and hasn't everything that could be said about 9/11 been said?"I confessed to a similar feeling. On one hand, one wants to write, "never forget, and never again," on the other hand, one is almost tired of feeling the pain and the anger. It's almost like remembering my … [Read more...]

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Oh, nuts! Obama Speech Reax

I have not one, not two but three things I have to start writing for various deadlines, so I'm going to offer you a quick look-around from my email and a few sites and then tip the hat and ride off into the sunset for most of the day, pardners.Obama was going to bring "his own plan" on healthcare to the Congress yesterday, wasn't that the pre-speech meme?"This is the momentism!": Again with the Broadwayesque-Bombast. Every Obama speech is "the moment." Say, isn't that the big song from … [Read more...]

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"O Eve" author passes

Some may recall the beautiful image of Eve and the pregnant Mary which illustrated a poem I shared here. The author of the poem, a gifted Cistercian nun named Sr. Columba Guare, has reached her culmination and now understands much more than the rest of us currently can. RIP, Sr. Columba. … [Read more...]

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Congress has exempted itself from Public Option

This is really all you need to know about Obamacare and how wonderful it's going to be for you and me: Congress has already exempted itself from the public option:...Moffit points to an amendment offered by Rep. Dean Heller, R-NV, during a House Ways and Means Committee meeting just before the recess began that would have required Members to be covered by the Public Option plan if they approve it for private citizens.Predictably, however, the Heller amendment was defeated, with all 21 … [Read more...]

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Clearing out the tab

I've got some deadlines to meet and a project I'd like to get started, so I need to stop futzing around, reading news and blogs and get to it. Here is what's been cluttering up my tab-bar for the last day or so - it's a bit of a jumble, sorry:Malta, shamelessly cribbed from CrescatBeautiful Malta! Where Doug Kmiec is the new US Ambassador after what Dan Gilgoff describes as a "strange religious/political" swearing in. Kmiec is the Catholic former Reagan WH Legal Counsel who campaigned … [Read more...]

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