Gradualism: Two More Thoughts on its Gravity #Synod14 – UPDATED

I: It is instructive, and a little depressing, to watch Catholic social media come alive with reactions to the synod's relatio text, which -- let's remember -- is going to be revised and clarified in another week, and then studied, thought about and prayed over for at least a year. The secular media is, naturally, trying to drive the narrative to its preferred talking points (and they're making sure to beat up on poor old Pope Benedict XVI, so whisper up a prayer for him).In social media, … [Read more...]

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Homosexuality, Celibacy and Partnership: An Awkward Question

Guest Blogger: BEN CONROYI don’t need to tell anyone that the Catholic Church’s relationship with gay people has been a fraught one.But I don’t think it’s pollyannaish or foolishly optimistic to say that there are intimations, signs, and beginnings of a better approach to the whole question, one that is consistent with both orthodox teaching and the lived experience of gay people.It’s been led by a group of gay Catholics – like Eve Tushnet, Aaron Taylor, Gabriel Blanchard, and Melinda … [Read more...]

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Chick-fil-A! Lay Thyself Toward the Idol or Be Damned!

When asked to define the greatest commandment, Christ Jesus answered:“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."It sounds simple, but that one-two punch of a commission is a constant challenge, and the work of a lifetime.The whole point my writing Strange Gods was to illustrate how idolatry, far from being a d … [Read more...]

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Brendan Eich, Refusenik to an Idea cum Idol *UPDATED

Some great stuff over at OSV this week, particularly this and this, but I wanted to link a piece I contributed on the Brendan Eich story, wherein I flesh out my first thoughts, shared here.A mere two weeks after taking over as CEO of Mozilla, tech-prodigy and Javascript inventor Brendan Eich was released from his contract. No one had disputed either his leadership or creative abilities, and there was nothing in Eich’s management history that even hinted at unfairness or discriminatory p … [Read more...]

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A Gay CEO with Balls Needs to Hire Eich and Halt this Crap

If the headline strikes some as offensive, it will nevertheless remain, because that's the case I'm making, and I'm sticking with it: a gay CEO with a pair of brass ones needs to step up and speak truth to a growing, and most illiberal new power. He or she needs to hire Brendan Eich in some sort of corporate leadership capacity for the sake of the most fundamental of freedoms -- the freedom to think what you want to think, even if your thinking is unpopular or deemed "mistaken" -- and in so … [Read more...]

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On Finding a More Useful Word Than “Homophobia”

In my capacity as managing editor for the Catholic channel (and also as the anointed "Mommabear of the New Homophiles") I am seriously thinking about laying down a decree to Patheos' Catholic bloggers that the word "homophobia" will no longer be used, unless it describes a truly "phobic" situation.This comes after watching Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry's piece on anti-gay laws in Uganda get waylaid -- and made irrelevant -- due to people, in comboxes and social media, landing on a variation of … [Read more...]

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Cake and Hammers: Frank Underwood Has a Word for Kirsten Powers

Here we are, a bare week out of Lent, and the Christians are banging on one another, as we too often do, this time about whether or not Christ Jesus would bake a wedding cake for a same sex couple.It all started with Kirsten Powers, writing at USA Today, declaring that Christians wanted to go all Jim Crow against gay couples, and adding "Maybe they should just ask themselves, "What would Jesus do?" I think he'd bake the cake."Powers followed that up with another indictment, this time in … [Read more...]

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Should “New Homophiles” Be Allowed their Stories?

I love this about Saint Thomas Aquinas, the great teacher, whose story reminds us that we do not know as much as we think we do:[In 1273, on the feast of Saint Nicholas, Aquinas was celebrating Mass] when "he received a revelation that so affected him that he wrote and dictated no more, leaving his great work the Summa Theologiae unfinished. To Brother Reginald’s (his secretary and friend) expostulations he replied, "The end of my labors has come. All that I have written appears to be as so m … [Read more...]

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I am “THE MOMMA BEAR of New Homophiles!” – UPDATED

I'm not even sure what that means, but I find being called "perhaps the Momma Bear of the New Homophiles" alternately hilarious, and intriguing. Note, as author Austin Ruse writes in his very interesting piece at Crisis, the cushioning use of "perhaps" which Ruse himself calls "a columnist’s way of taking something off the fastball but throwing a strike nonetheless."Well, I don't mind it.My MommaBearishness stems from my willingness over the past few years to publicly think through i … [Read more...]

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Will Leaving a Cash Tip Open Us Up to This Kind of Fraud? -UPDATED

Because my mother was a waitress who worked for mainly for tips, when my husband and I dine out we will very often strike a line through the "tips" portion of the bill, and leave our gratuity in cash. We do this for a couple of reasons -- because often food-servers need the cash to pay the babysitter when they get home; because keeping track of what tips should show up on a paycheck is difficult; because why not let people access their tips immediately?Well, we may decide to stop leaving … [Read more...]

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