Racking Up My Balls So You Can Crack Them! UPDATED

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Like billiard balls on the table, I am sort of scattered all over the internet just now, so, let's rack these things up and then you can have a crack at me.Earlier this week Kathryn Jean Lopez published Part II of our long interview last May. Reading oneself seven months later can be interesting, and self-instructive.KJL: “When something is true, there is no point in arguing. We cannot make anyone believe anything.” How does that gel with the Gospel mandate to evangelize?Scalia: Jes … [Read more...]

Should Religion Just Shut Up on Policy Matters? – UPDATED

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That's the question currently being bandied about over at Patheos' Public Square page, where a Druid, an Evangelical and others are piping up.From the Catholic side, Joseph Bottum -- whose book An Anxious Age will be out in the spring of 2014 -- picks up more or less where he left off, last August, when he argued that our social condition is such that we've moved beyond the question.Sounding a bit exasperated, Bottum writes:Read the Creed, for God's sake—not a single line of which … [Read more...]

Remembering Bobby Kennedy and Missing Great Oratory

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Today is the anniversary of the death of Robert F. Kennedy. On Facebook, Bishop Christopher Coyne posted this quote from him:"What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents."Something to ponder in a world where extremism is become commonplace.We’ll not see the like of RFK again, to our detriment. I don't say this because I t … [Read more...]

Fr. Dwight on Aurora and Demonic Possession

Earlier today, while linking to a sermon full of truth and victory, I also linked to this story in the WSJ, which contained a passage that more than a few people found creepy:Mr. Rotkovich called Mr. Holmes to set up an orientation time, and heard an “incoherent, bizarre” voice-mail message, which he described as “very guttural.” “There was all kinds of low groaning in the middle,” Mr. Rotkovich said. He called twice more and left three messages. The range never heard from Mr. Holmes. … [Read more...]

Leah Libresco, Media’s Favorite Puzzle

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When Leah Libresco informed me that she was entering an RCIA program and wanted to know how to move her blog over here to the Catholic portal, she said she thought there might a some reaction to her conversion, but not enough to take up a whole day, so her main plan was to "sit on the porch and eat ice cream."I'm thinking the vanilla swirl has melted and congealed in the bowl, by now.Being busy with travel and a conference since last Wednesday, I've been a mostly-passive observer of the … [Read more...]

ON TWO WINGS: The Artificial Separation of Faith and Science

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The heavens are telling of the glory of God;  And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. –Psalm 19:1Lonely planet:  It’s not a plaintive 1950s love song.“Lonely planet” is the name given by scientists to a recently discovered type of planet which floats freely in the dark, without a star to go around.A team of astronomers led by David Bennett of Notre Dame, using a 5.9-foot telescope in New Zealand, reported a few months ago in the journal Nature that they had discovered t … [Read more...]

Everything that exists is thought, poured forth

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Faith is not the resignation of reason in view of the limits of our knowledge; it is not a retreat into the irrational in view of the dangers of a merely instrumental reason. Faith is not the expression of weariness and flight but is courage to exist and an awakening to the greatness and breadth of what is real.Faith is an act of affirmation; it is based on the power of a new Yes, which becomes possible for man when he is touched by God. It seems to me important, precisely amid the rising … [Read more...]

Reasoning Through a Bone-Deep Faith

My column at First Things this week is a slightly enlarged response to a question I received in an email, from a young man who wrote: “I know the Church puts a high premium on docility, humility and the emptying of self,” he wrote, “but common sense tells me that none of those should involve self-lobotomizing. Please tell me I’m not wrong.”Good heavens, no—you’re very right. While I may not have the brain of an Aquinas or an Augustine, do I seem to you to be in any way conformist or lobotomize … [Read more...]


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