Benedict's UK Triumph Ignored in US

Shamelessly cribbed from Lucianne.comDeacon Greg, who rarely has time to really sit down and write like this, hits one out of the ballpark, today, as he takes a look at the complete non-coverage of Pope Benedict's triumphant visit to the United Kingdom. Really, it's so good that it's difficult to excerpt, but here is a little:One of the biggest surprises of Pope Benedict's historic trip to the United Kingdom may be how few people realize that it was, in fact, historic. Sunday night, I was … [Read more...]

Everyday Apocalypse

No, that header is not about my mood just now (bad) or about what feels like a daily barrage of news that seems overloaded with change and short on hope.It's a bit more transcendent than that, and it seems to me that a few deep breaths and a bit of transcendence is urgently called for, right about now. … [Read more...]

This gives me hope – UPDATED

I can't say why, exactly, but all of this gives me hope.Clearly, thirty years of access to home video has made everyone pretty comfortable before the cameras. Until now--thanks to Reality TV, I was thinking of that as a net-negative. I am rethinking my position. A society that can handle its devolution with a bit of humor and artistic entrepreneurship gives me hope. You may feel differently. Watch the videos in order:Antoine Dodson, charismatic and with a delivery that lends itself … [Read more...]

Love Has Limits, Now?

In E. L. Doctorow's The Book of Daniel, a novel loosely based on trial and execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the children of arrested spies are put into the unwilling keeping of a distant relative - a woman who accepts the responsibility and then stumps off, saying, "I'll do my best, but that's all!"Reading it as a teenager, that was my first exposure to the idea that people could choose to put limits on love.Of course, the idea has gained some traction, particularly in the past 4 … [Read more...]

Desecration in Scranton

This is not good:It is believed that sometime overnight on Aug. 3 or early morning on Aug. 4 someone broke into St. Rose of Lima Church in Carbondale. The person was able to open the tabernacle, the receptacle on the side altar in which the vessels containing the Blessed Sacrament are kept.The person removed the ciborium, the vessel which contains the small consecrated Hosts used for Holy Communion. These Hosts are the Body of Jesus Christ. [Emphasis mine - admin]The Carbondale police … [Read more...]

The Elite Magic Circle – UPDATED

Check out Michael Liccione's latest on the falling of the Catholic Church from the magic circle of the elite.Whatever the ideological coloration, if any, of a magic circle might be, just being part of a magic circle is usually bad for peoples' souls. It constitutes a culture of privilege that insulates them from the worst criticisms, causes them to think themselves better than others, and makes them resistant to reforms, the need for which is obvious to many outsiders. That sort of problem … [Read more...]

Hitchens; Hairless, Hale & Hearty – UPDATED

Hitchens, July 2010 / Photo by John HubaChirstopher Hitchens, in the midsts of a poison cure which would befuddle reason and leave most of us whimpering in our safe corners, manages, still to write with great beauty, humor and power. He writes with address.The notorious stage theory of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, whereby one progresses from denial to rage through bargaining to depression and the eventual bliss of “acceptance,” hasn’t so far had much application in my case. In one way, I suppose, … [Read more...]

Look What I Just Found! -UPDATED

Needing to brush up on some things before submitting to an interview tomorrow, I came across this:Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind is a collection of essays edited by John Zmirak, and geared toward providing a bit of balance to the university "orientation" that often ends up being more of a "re-orientation," of a student's values.With an introduction by Fr. James Schall, S.J. contributors take on 13 specific "isms" into which students quickly become … [Read more...]

The Radical Religion of Abortion

Source: NewsweekWe hear a lot, particularly from the "new" atheists and their supporters, about the danger of religion, which--we are told--too often encourages a murderous fundamentalism. Such "tolerant" great thinkers as Rosie O' Donnell have suggested that "radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam.”I am inclined to think that radical anything, by its very narrowness, must give one pause and that zealotry can too often stumble into something unthinking, and therefore o … [Read more...]

Dynamic Speaker and 2 Great Books! – UPDATED

I had the opportunity to attend a writer's conference held at the beautiful Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, this weekend, where it was my pleasure to meet a number of Long Island-based Catholic writers whose work I had admired. I had previously recommended Josephine Nobisso's splendid children's book The Weight of a Mass (my nieces have loved it!) to Anchoress readers, but to hear Nobisso describe the difficulties of getting faithful, non-ironic Catholic work published, and how she began … [Read more...]


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