Everyday in Every Way the Days are Gay & Gay & Gay

That headline is too cute by half, and I know it, but given all the First Things columns I've written trying to wonder-out and puzzle-out and anticipate the subject of Modern Concepts in Sexuality (and where and how the Catholic Church's teachings soar or fall flat, largely depending upon how they are taught), and the recent Supreme Court DOMA decision, it does seem like for any story I read -- about anything -- I read five touching on an aspect of homosexuality and faith, and most especially, … [Read more...]

Antonin the Antagonist and the Politics of the Bad People! – UPDATED

My First Things column this week looks at the surprising way the words "liberal" and "illiberal" have been lately represented by the Supreme Court via the recent DOMA ruling, which found Justice Kennedy playing the over-simplifying Mike Stivic to Antonin Scalia's blustering Archie Bunker. It wonders, too how long it will be, before the nation is reduced to the least complex of ideas: the good people versus the bad ones:Often referred to as the “most conservative” of the Supreme Court jur … [Read more...]

Obama says Church Consciences will Be Respected? – UPDATE

That would be surprising! Refreshing, too!Says Obama, today:On an issue as sensitive as [gay marriagte], knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital. How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision – which applies only to civil marriages – changes that.This from the man who said, during his Comme … [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A: if you’re not sure, this is how fascism works – UPDATED AGAIN

Over at Facebook, I noticed a picture of Kermit and Miss Piggy marrying, with a caption about Chick-fil-A*. I can't seem to find it, now -- perhaps the person who posted it deleted it.I confess, haven't been following this story at all. But after the Muppets picture, I saw someone ranting about Chick-fil-A being denied business licenses because they were "against gay marriage."At that point, I posted to Facebook,"Whether these Chick-fil-A people support gay marriage or not, are … [Read more...]

Pelosi Tries to Give Talking Points to Catholics – UPDATED

Right on schedule, Nancy Pelosi tries to do what Ted Kennedy and Mario Cuomo have done before her: give talking points to Catholics who wish to hop on to policy that flies in the face of church teaching.You'll recall it was Kennedy (and later Cuomo) who gave voice to the corkscrew notion that one could be “personally opposed” to abortion but too broad-minded to “impose my views on others.”Because, as you know, modern-day liberals would never presume to impose their views on others, not a … [Read more...]

There is freedom in obedience

Hardly anyone believes it, but it's true. Obedience brings tremendous freedom to our lives. But we can't possibly know that unless we practice it. And practicing it is hard, and sometimes all against our instincts. And hard stuff sucks. Except, as I wrote recently about something else, the hard stuff is also the great stuff.There is no greatness in taking the easier, wider path.Katrina is writing on that, as regards the call to chastity and celibacy that so many people dismiss as silly … [Read more...]

Cuomo’s no Thomas More; Dowd’s Still Dowd

I really want to stop writing about her but Maureen Dowd's extended adolescence just attracts my morbid curiosity, and next thing I know, I have an urge to fisk. Writing on NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, she's just so irresistibly herself:“It’s troubling for me as a Catholic to be at odds with the church,” he began, before dissolving into a wry laugh. “Having said that, it seems that my entire political life, the tension with the church has come up again and again.”Yes, that's some laughing m … [Read more...]

Gays and Lesbians, Affirmative Orthodoxy, A Changing World

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that the Atlanta-baed law firm King & Spalding renounced its commission to defend the Defense of Marriage Act on Congress' behalf. According to the Times, this isn't unusual. For opponents of same-sex marriage, it's hard to find good help these days:The firm’s abrupt reversal highlights the continuing potency of same-sex marriage as a complicated issue that has scrambled traditional political calculations in Washington. President Obama has o … [Read more...]

Kagan not an automaton but…UPDATED

A morning email from a good friend:You predicted Bush would pick Bernard Kerik for Homeland Security (that didn't work out). You predicted Bush would pick Harriet Miers for the Court (also, ahem, didn't work out). You predicted Hillary would cry before the New Hampshire primaries in '08 (things...did not work out for her) and on In the Arena last week, you predicted Obama would choose Kagan. I think your successful predictions are like a kiss-of-death, and Kagan should be worried! Please … [Read more...]

Sex Abuse is about Control and Power

The Catholic League has taken out a full-page ad in the NY Times that tries to be a point-by-point rebuttal to the Times' reverberating prelude to Holy Week.As rebuttal it is a tad weak -that's what happens when your answer rightly requires 10,000 words and 350 is all you can manage in 18 pt Arial Narrow- but it hits its main targets; it manages to make one important point that is too-often ignored, that the church (and secular organizations as well) erred greatly in taking the advice of … [Read more...]


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