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...]

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...]

It’s called hating the sin and loving the sinner

To some folks - even a few of my readers, from whom I would expect better - it all seems very mysterious - like the height of hypocrisy: Senator Rick Santorum speaks out (a little too forcefully for my taste, but he's not my senator) about the homosexual lifestyle and agenda, and so - somehow - that makes him a hypocrite for defending his gay spokesman, whom some of the left have "outed."“I think it squares very clearly with my public positions on every other issue, which is that I treat p … [Read more...]

Democrats out another gay guy

One of the reasons I had to leave the Democrat party, after a lifetime, was because I couldn't stomach the double-standards anymore. Just as I couldn't stand to hear that the lesbian seduction of a 13 year old girl in the play The Vagina Monologues was considered a "good" rape (the play has now re-written the girl's age to 16, but it's still "good"), I cannot stand it when the supposedly tolerant left outs a gay person. There is never a good reason to invade someone's privacy like that. You … [Read more...]

In the Spirit of Christmas: A Letter to Maureen Dowd

Dear Ms. Dowd; I have just finished reading your sad and unfunny column from yesterday's NY Times. While I don't normally read yesterday's news, my time has been so taken up with another issue that I was (quite unusually) glad to happen upon your writing, even a day late.You would, of course, have no reason to know that the other issue which has so taken up my attention as to leave me unavailable to read your pearls in a timely manner is the very untimely, slow and agonizing death of a much … [Read more...]

The Book of Tobit is useful and under-utilized

Earlier, I wrote that I am in the process of putting together the liturgy for my brother's funeral.That's not just a hard sentence to write, it is a difficult task to set oneself to. It requires a willingness to say, "yes, I suppose this must be done, and better to do it now, when I am thinking clearly..." when one really doesn't yet want to...quite...believe that the end is near.Choosing from an approved list of prayers used throughout the Mass of Christian Burial is not difficult, even … [Read more...]


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