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...]

Are sensitivity and tolerance one-way streets? – UPDATED

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I read this story over at Deacon Greg's earlier today and it annoyed me but I was too busy to write about it. My first thought was, "so, you friends at Catholic high school have supported you as you came out and by your own admission, always been respectful, and the school was fine about your bringing a boyfriend to prom, and you're going to reward them by making commencement all about you? Why all the taking and no giving?"I think you do nothing to build goodwill when you say, "your … [Read more...]

Obama Comes Out – UPDATED

When two of my brothers came out, they were both surprised that the family -- with the exception of an auntie or two -- said, "this is news? Pass the salt."We'd figured out that they were gay years earlier, and allowed it to be their own business, to announce or keep private as they saw fit.Just so, no surprises here. Although, unlike my brothers, I think Obama has finally "evolved" enough to admit he supports gay marriage only because his back was to the wall; he could no longer vote … [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...]

The Talking, Thinking and Wondering Will Continue

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There is a saying attributed to St. Gregory of Nyssa, that I used to keep up on my header: "Ideas lead to idols; only wonder leads to knowing."I wonder about that phrase often, and continually draw new understanding as I apply it to different subject matters. It reminds me that I am not only free to ponder, but that as a Catholic, I am (quite contra-CW) required to think. Not to give in to the soft tyranny of sentimentalism until I'm so busy feeling that thinking is dismissed; not to … [Read more...]

Ecce Homo, Christ’s Church and Homosexuality – UPDATE

Jesus Mocked by Phillipe de Champaigne

My column at First Things this week did not start out addressing the coming, unstoppable and necessary confrontation between the church and the homosexual community, but then I read about Cardinal Christoph Schönborn's decision to support a gay member of a parish council over the priest who wished to unseat him, and Edward Peter's sensible response. With Ross Douthat's excellent, must-read book, Bad Religion; How We Became a Nation of Heretics swirling in my head, the column simply bent to a … [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 matte … [Read more...]

Gay Marriage, Eden & Our Constant Illusion – UPDATED

My column at First Things this week completes the journey I began three weeks ago, and I have to say the timing of the whole thing seems oddly coincidental, to me. I've had the idea of discussing homosexuality and God, otherness, nature and nurture and calling and depth of longing and marriage for a while, but never felt like it was the right time to bring it up, and then -- even though I wasn't paying much attention to the headlines when I began -- it all seems to have landed at the same time … [Read more...]

Gay Marriage, Sentimentalism and Being – UPDATE

Over at First Things, I felt compelled to continue unpacking my thoughts from last week, about homosexuality, nature/nurture, "necessary otherness" and what it all might mean.Larry Kramer called the gay community “exceptional,” and in doing so he opens the door to question what that means, whether it implies a giftedness that is planned, and meant for all of us. If that is so, our homosexual brothers and sisters deserve a full participation in our human adventure, right down to the “plans of fu … [Read more...]

The Deep Waters and Gay Marriage

I rarely recommend subscribing to RSS feeds, because I know what it's like to get enough email, but I am going to urge you to subscribe to Theologian (and Patheos columnist) Tim Muldoon -- at least over the summer -- as he continues to plumb the theological depths in consideration of gay marriage.He started out wondering if Christianity was having a Gamaliel moment on the matter.This week, he thinks about what does true violence to the spirit, and whether "facsimiles of love" play into … [Read more...]


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