The Anchoress: Rude and Hateful Since 1958

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Are there people in the world who are just perpetually aggrieved? Who wake up in the morning, and start chanting, "that's rude and hurtful!", like a morning's hymn?That's rude and hurtful Like the first eyebrows insensitively raised at my choice...If my email is any indicator, I think there probably are. I imagine these folks go to the coffee shop and when they are greeted with "Good morning," respond, "it's not a good morning for me! I have to go to the dentist and I have traumatic … [Read more...]

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Laudato Si: All of our Sin, All of our Hatred on Trial

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In his encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis gets to the heart of the matter in the second paragraph, but most miss it on their way to the cherry-picking: The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22). We have forgotten tha … [Read more...]

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Fr. Barron on Love, Tolerance and Real Distinctions

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Usually, we feature Father Robert Barron's cogent and instructive thoughts over at The Font, but this new piece of his relates so well to what I wrote on the death of Objective Truth a few days ago, that I am slipping it in here, as a kind of companion piece or -- more correctly -- an enlargement and improvement on the first. Thanks, Father Barron!Last week, I wrote a piece on Bruce Jenner's transformation into Caitlyn Jenner. I argued that the manner in which Jenner spoke of his … [Read more...]

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TransRace, TransSex, TransAbled: Objective Truth and Self-Marginalization

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Objective Truth is dead. It has been slain by human feelings -- by a soft tyranny of sentimentalism which dictates that how a person feels about anything now defines its reality.The last nail in the coffin of Objective Truth comes to us via the story of NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who is "trans-raced". As such, she demands to be counted among the truly marginalized and victimized, and if that means helping things along, well, that might be alright, too:“One’s racial ide … [Read more...]

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On Happiness, Science Agrees with Jesus and the Saints

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I mean, that's how I'm taking this:Now, after decades of research and a dozen clinical trials, researchers at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, say they’ve actually cracked the code to being happy, and published it in a handbook.Dr. Amit Sood led the research and says the first and foremost way to be happy is to focus our attention.“You can choose to live focusing on what is not right in your life,” Dr. Sood said. [...] “So for example, if you’ve had a difficult day, when you get back … [Read more...]

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A Nation of Suckers: Jenner, Kardashians and a Commodity of Gossip

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Over the past few days, I have wondered if I was the only person in America completely disinterested in the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner story, or -- correct that -- if I was the only contrarian refusing to become interested, simply because the voracious Jenner-Kardashian Machine, and their compliant media, so desperately wanted me to be interested, and so insistently needed me to approve, as well.These ghastly modern Pavlovs ring their outsized bell, and the world obediently begins to bark and yip … [Read more...]

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Dear Catholic World: Why do YOU Remain a Catholic?

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So, as I mentioned in this post, our own "Catholic Thinker", Tod Worner -- following the recent Pew report on diminishing Catholic numbers, and the glee that inspired in some corners -- decided to write a post on why he will not be leaving the Catholic church.Tod's piece reminded me of an older piece of mine from NPR, where I also catalogued why I remain a Catholic, and it inspired Monique Ocampo to explain why she remains, as well.And then Dr. Gregory Popcak chimed in, writing so well … [Read more...]

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Toni Morrison’s Vengeful Fantasy Would Not “End” Anything

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Somehow this got past me, until I happened to see it on Bristol Palin's blog.“People keep saying, ‘We need to have a conversation about race’,” Morrison told the Daily Telegraph.“This is the conversation. I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back.”She added: “And I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman. Then when you ask me, ‘Is it over?’, I will say yes.”Really? That's all it would take to make all of the distrust, all of the pain of r … [Read more...]

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Grousing at God, Barking at Saints, and a Constant Renewal

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Not to keep talking about about me, me, me, but here I go:In my column at The Catholic Answer magazine, I relate a little of what a crank I become when I am stressed out:Recently, I began the day very badly.I opened my eyes and was immediately stressed about my life, largely because I am so recalcitrant and backward. Even before my feet hit the floor I was grousing at God and barking orders at the saints.Then I shuffled into my oratory, lit my candles, covered my head and … [Read more...]

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Does Catholicism Need to Adopt an Entrepreneurial Spirit?

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I really enjoyed this Sade Strehlke piece in the WSJ magazine this weekend: "The Emperors of Xi'an":IN 2008, DAVID SHI, the chef at Xi’an Famous Foods in Queens, New York, called his son, Jason Wang, and said in Chinese, “There’s a tall, old white dude here with a film crew; do you know who he is?” He snapped a photo of the guest—stooped over a plate of lamb burgers seasoned with cumin and dressed with hot peppers and pickled jalapeños—and sent it to Wang, then a student at Washington Univer … [Read more...]

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