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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The Kirby Vacuum Salesman Who Became a Star

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You know, just about the time you need to feel good about something, just about the time you need to believe that people are more -- so, so much more -- than the formless ranting that comes through to us over the ether every day, as we dip further and further into the reality/unreality that is the internet, you click on Twitter and a story like this comes along, and it gives all the headlines, all the divisive narratives, and all the prophets of doom a good, sharp kick in the derriere:Ever … [Read more...]

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Feminism Solves Its Mid-Life Crisis Like a Man!

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In an earlier post, I asked whether men should be permitted to flirt, or if an attempt to chat up a woman and get to know her is something we, as a society, can no longer allow. I wondered whether every man is now to be treated like -- in a twist on the famous phrase from The World According to Garp -- a "sexual suspect".In a world where the common courtesy of holding a door open for the next person is cause for high public drama and recrimination, men could use some help in gauging the … [Read more...]

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“I Hate Youse All!” Uncle Charlie, Christmas & Authentic Love

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Christmas day never comes without my remembrance of "Uncle Charlie", a family friend who once appeared on our doorstep, decked out in all of Santa's raiment and tripping in his boots only slightly. He had apparently been Santa for a party at the local soup kitchen (or the local bar; this was never clear to me) and -- just a trifle in his cups -- had decided during his walk home that he would stop at the houses of his friends and give all the kids "a treat." And if the friends wanted to toast the … [Read more...]

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Duke Ellington Sent Christmas Cards All Year Long

The story goes that if the legendary composer and orchestrator Duke Ellington had met you, and gotten his hands on your mailing address, you’d have gotten a Christmas card from him. It may not come at Christmas, but at some point during the year, his personally written and signed greetings would grace your mailbox.“Duke Ellington and I exchanged Christmas greetings each year,” wrote Joe Delaney of the Las Vegas Sun. “Mine were sent in mid-December. Duke sent his when the spirit moved him.” … [Read more...]

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“Survival, Resilience, Redemption”: Heroes of 2014

(Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Heroes of 2014. Read other perspectives at the page beginning today.)If you ask a well-established charity whether they'd rather have a large dramatic donation a few times a year or a steady income from small, dependable donors, they'll tell you they want, need and appreciate "both", but that if they had to choose, they'd take the everyday small donors, who manage to remain faithful in lush times and in lean; they are the o … [Read more...]

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Holy Advent; Holy Hope in Light

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Welcome! Welcome! I shed tears of gratitude and joy that you have come round again, O Advent, to shake us from our torpor as early night comes, and the match is struck, and the message is brought home once more; that we are forever in the absence of light; it is beyond us and exterior until we make it welcome and bring it, like a lover, within. Welcome into our deepest void, welcome into the parts of us touched by human frost and stunted. Welcome, O Light, beaming glorious, into remotest … [Read more...]

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