Pope, Condom, TSA & Crucifix – UPDATED

With a title like that, what else could I be talking about but my Tuesday column:I had been driven to the crucifix because I had become overwhelmed with the media/internet cacophony that had followed L’Osservatore Romano’s weekend revelation of Pope Benedict XVI’s thoughts on the use of condoms in certain situations, and by the uproar over newly put-in-place TSA regulations on pre-flight searches and pat-downs.In both cases, reactions were swift, and they varied according to agendas but fe … [Read more...]

The Heroic Ordination at Dachau – UPDATED

Deacon Greg brings us a look at a secret ordination that took place at Dachau:Leisner was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and in Dachau his condition began to deteriorate. Fearing that the great dream of his life -- to be a priest -- would never be realized, he and the priests in his cellblock secretly sent a petition to a local cardinal (aided here, and in so many areas, by a heroic nun known as the "Angel of Dachau," Sister Imma Mack.) The cardinal granted permission for a French bishop … [Read more...]

Happy Friday Reading!

Another week speeds by, and I have a tabbar full of stuff I meant to share with you, opine on, or whatever. Is it just me or does it seem like time is speeding up? I am so not ready for Christmas, but Advent will slow us down a little, and help us to get into focus.Today, let's focus on what's new:You know Ed Morrissey? Nice guy from Hot Air, with the radio show, the great interviews and so forth? Well, he's not the only writer in the family anymore! His wife, Marcia, recently answered … [Read more...]

Dolan on Dorothy Day

This is a great start to the weekend, thanks to Mary DeTurris Poust:6 Insights from the Life of Dorothy Day from Province of Saint Joseph on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

The Fire of Pain and Pride

Take a moment to read Thomas L. McDonald's insightful and humble piece on how he heard God speak to his heart and soul.There are Christians who seem to believe that God only speaks through words. This is a rather puzzling and limiting idea for a creator who gave us five senses plus an imagination and intellect. God spoke through Mozart and Bach, through Caravaggio and Monet, through Shakespeare and John Donne, through St. Thomas Aquinas and Pope John Paul II. He speaks in many languages: … [Read more...]

"Imagine" a Love so Real

As John Lennon's birthday recently passed, a few articles have floated my way via email. Chuck Colson's piece wondering if Lennon was an unwitting prophet, while including Beatles titles within his text was a fun read.Mark Shea, who dislikes the song "Imagine" published a lengthy response to an "Imagine" lover was also interesting and fun.My own thoughts on "Imagine" are currently up at Patheos, and while I don't know if they're fun, I hope you'll find them interesting - I look at it from … [Read more...]

Catholic Blogs & Charity – UPDATED

My Tuesday Column is up; today I pick up on the discussions begun yesterday, at Deacon's Bench, America Magazine, Inside Catholic and elsewhere over Rachel Zoll's AP piece on the "purge" mentality exhibited on some (in my view extreme) Catholic blogs.Having blogged about religion and politics for nearly 6 years, I acknowledge that one can occasionally "write mad" and deliver a bit more zing than one has meant to, although I personally have never gone after other bloggers pronouncing who should … [Read more...]

Whore is as Whore Does; NOW is over

A week ago, Ed Morrissey looked at NOW's endorsement of California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown--whose campaign assistant had just been caught referring to his (female) rival as "a whore"--and asked "Seriously, what does it take for a Democrat to lose the endorsement of the National Organization from Women?"The answer, of course, is "turn pro-life."Anything short of that, and it really doesn't matter what misogynist, insulting or dehumanizing thing a Democrat does, NOW will support … [Read more...]

Pryor, Bruce, VH-1, & Coarsened Culture

I've said more often than I care to remember that our culture and our media are being controlled by perpetual adolescents who act and think like eternal 14 year olds, but after reading David Mills' essay on the home page today, I'm thinking I have to adjust the age downward. Watching a VH-1 roast, Mills observes:It is hard to exaggerate the crudity of the performance: not so much the crudity of the language and subjects, but its intellectual crudity. Every single remark was the foul-mouthed … [Read more...]

10:10 Repellent & Revealing UPDATED

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.” –C.S. LewisRemember that cocktail party game, Who Goes Nazi?Well, after checking out these links a … [Read more...]


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