Culture Wars: It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt

From the mind of Deacon Greg, whose comments are always closed.

So, yesterday was a most interesting day. Having worked until the wee small hours of Tuesday morning, I decided to sleep in a bit and then do an hour on my bike before getting down to serious work. As I biked, I checked email and learned that there was a twitterconflagration in effect, concerning this piece at First Things. As our culture wars progress, we're apparently supposed to stake out purist territory, declare "Here I stand, I can do no other" and then battle relentlessly; since we're … [Read more...]

Cake and Hammers: Frank Underwood Has a Word for Kirsten Powers

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Here we are, a bare week out of Lent, and the Christians are banging on one another, as we too often do, this time about whether or not Christ Jesus would bake a wedding cake for a same sex couple. It all started with Kirsten Powers, writing at USA Today, declaring that Christians wanted to go all Jim Crow against gay couples, and adding "Maybe they should just ask themselves, "What would Jesus do?" I think he'd bake the cake." Powers followed that up with another indictment, this time in … [Read more...]

Charismatic: The Pope and the Pentecostals are 45 Minutes of FASCINATING – Updated!

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I had just finished watching this video, when Marcel LeJeune sent this post of his my way, calling the it "astounding." It's that and more. I will tell you this: I watched the whole thing, and was fascinated, and blown away, and -- hard as this might be to believe -- moved to copious tears. I have seen some Catholics on Facebook say they forward through the video, only watching the last 15 minutes or so, with Pope Francis. I heartily recommend that you don't do that -- that you, … [Read more...]

FCC in the Newsroom: A Look at What they Want

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Now that one-or-two members of the mainstream press are bothering to notice the FCC preparing to question their editorial processes, Ed Morrissey is helping us all get a better take on what it will look like, with this analysis at Hot Air: It’s difficult to determine any other reason for the FCC to take an interest in editorial decisions unless it wants to intervene in that process. It’s not all that outrageous to believe that the only reason a federal agency wants to conduct a study of … [Read more...]

Surprise! GOP Fights FCC on Behalf of MSM Freedoms – UPDATED

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It's true: if I only got my news from the Mainstream Media, and did not stop in at Instapundit's place every single day, I'd never know what was going on. My day is just too busy to read everything, even though I subscribe to many news sites. Glenn Reynold's editorial eye and pithy -- often hilarious -- commentary are invaluable to me. Take this story, for instance. I had no idea that the Obama Administration was going all "Let's Create Pravda" on news outlets. Somehow, the major networks … [Read more...]

Kid President Innocently Echos Benedict XVI

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This is just unbelievably adorable, but it's also so very wise: "We're really glad you're here." It reminds me so much of Pope Benedict's exhortation that people need to hear "it is good that you exist!" It's an enthusiastic message of love, mercy, forgiveness. It's just great. And I love how self-possessed this kid is. And corndogs rule! “Just treat everybody like it’s their birthday. Even if they don’t deserve it sometimes. Because we all mess up sometimes. The biggest … [Read more...]

The 19 Hard Things You Have to Do to Succeed

Wow, I love this list, because it really speaks the truth -- at least what I have learned, particularly over the last few years. Note the stuff about generosity. It's for real. You have to do the hard things. You have to make the call you’re afraid to make. You have to get up earlier than you want to get up. You have to give more than you get in return right away. You have to care more about others than they care about you. You have to fight when you are already … [Read more...]

Among the Merciless and Perpetually Outraged, Mind Your Soul – UPDATED

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With Meanwhile, Back in America Peggy Noonan wrote a truly excellent column this week, one so full of grieving truth that only the hackiest of partisan hacks could deny it. Those for whom Noonan has beautifully articulated the here-and-now of their concerns could not help but make note of it, but they couldn't acknowledge it with an equal measure of beauty. It was more important to them to thank her while mashing a grapefruit in her face, as Sarah Palin -- who used to have leadership skills that … [Read more...]

The Post Takes a Page at Patheos

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That would be The Jesuit Post, the rambunctious, thoughtful, fun and enlightening site staffed by about 50 young Jesuits, three of whom I am very pleased to announce, have taken up residence here at Patheos. Some of you may be asking why a growing, jumping site like TJP would offshoot over here, or why Patheos would take them on -- it seems to fly in the face of the notion of competitive markets, doesn't it? Well, that's kind of the point. If the goal of Catholic blogging is to serve … [Read more...]

Should “New Homophiles” Be Allowed their Stories?

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I love this about Saint Thomas Aquinas, the great teacher, whose story reminds us that we do not know as much as we think we do: [In 1273, on the feast of Saint Nicholas, Aquinas was celebrating Mass] when "he received a revelation that so affected him that he wrote and dictated no more, leaving his great work the Summa Theologiae unfinished. To Brother Reginald’s (his secretary and friend) expostulations he replied, "The end of my labors has come. All that I have written appears to be as … [Read more...]


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