Has Social-Justice been Co-opted?

Over at Patheos, Timothy Dalrymple offers Part I of what he is referring to as a "Three Part 'Tea Party Suite'". Here he asks the thoughtful question, Is the Tea Party a Social Justice Movement?Since it is intent on the formation of a more accountable and more restrained government that will better serve the interest of all Americans: Is the Tea Party movement a social justice movement?When I asked this question of my beloved liberal friends, they were mortified. There may be no quicker way … [Read more...]

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A Family of Heroes

If you are looking around and feeling like the world is bereft of heroes, allow me to introduce you to a family made up of them. We need to know that grace abides in the world. Here is grace. In buckets.When young SGT Michael "Mike" James Stokely was killed in action near Yusufiyah, Iraq, his father Robert penned a moving memorial which the Mudville Gazette picked up.Robert Stokely then created a scholarship foundation in memory of his son; it also raises money to send school supplies to … [Read more...]

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A Most small-c Catholic Drama

Over at Pajamas Media, I have a piece that you might call an addendum to my weekend article at First Things.In 2009 an Arizona woman, pregnant with her fifth child and suffering from pulmonary hypertension (an often, but not always fatal complication), consulted with her doctor and the ethics committee member on call — a Catholic Sister of Mercy — and obtained an abortion at the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.As the story has gone public, the reactions have been predictable across r … [Read more...]

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Hilarion: "No longer a competitor but an ally…"

Pope Benedict XVI & Archbishop Hilarion I mean all due reverence when I say that I have been a fan of Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev (his site has been in my blogroll for as long as Archbishop Dolan's, at least) for some little while.As a musician/composer/scholar/monk he rings my maternal bell by reminding me of my own sons. Like Pope Benedict XVI, he is a brilliantly gifted man and prolific writer, who is nevertheless an accessible joy to read.The lack of taste for solitude and silence … [Read more...]

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Dwelling in Possibilities of Life & Death – UPDATED

We have recently seen pro-life conservatives like Sarah Palin and Ed Morrissey admit that fear of the unknown, and the possibility of complicated outcomes, were brief temptations toward abortion, an option which they rejected, and rejections they pointedly do not regret.Their acknowledged temptations are something most of us would understand. People want to feel sure of themselves and what is going on in their lives; they want an illusion of control.An abortion performed at a Catholic … [Read more...]

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The Wussification of the Workplace- UPDATES

:::WARNING: The very funny and insightful essay and link I am about to present to you contains a variation of the "S" word and several renderings of the "F" word. If you cannot handle the "F" word in any context, please do not follow this link. Go write me a letter about how scandalized you are that any Catholic site would dare to suggest that you read something that contains the "F" word, and then, rather than tempting yourself away from charity, tear it up and pray for me, instead. You are … [Read more...]

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Shahzad's grudge is recent? – UPDATED

The mainstream media has presented us with a plethora of possible motives behind Faisal Shahzad's attempted bombing in Times Square. We have read that he was a victim of the (Bush) economy, whose house was foreclosed on! In 2004, he is said to have remarked that he hated Bush (hardly a remarkable opinion) and the Iraqi war! He didn't like the drone attacks!But now it seems that Shahzad's has been a recent turning of a worm.If you stay with this story, you find, 13 paragraphs into it:Any … [Read more...]

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The Paradoxes of Christianity -UPDATED

***It seems that Bill Maher, who has never demonstrated more than an adolescent understanding of religion, wrote recently in Newsweek, “The problem with faith ... is it kind of screws up your priorities. Your priorities shouldn’t be about saving your own (butt), which is the focus of Christianity.”Over at the National Catholic Register, radio host Tony Rossi writes:Is [Maher] right?Of course we Christians do want our souls saved so we can spend eternity in heaven. The concept Maher ignor … [Read more...]

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What do they have in common?

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"I forgive the man who raped me…"

Recently, writing about the terrible scandals of the church and the need for the hierarchy (and others) to do penance, I added:The fullness of healing, of course, can only come when the victims finally feel capable of saying “I forgive you…” That moment -which cannot be compelled and does not mean forgetting- is the moment when a victim takes his life back. When a victim says, “I forgive you,” she confers her own power over the entire situation, and controls it. It is transformative; it brings … [Read more...]

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