Brendan Eich, Refusenik to an Idea cum Idol *UPDATED

Some great stuff over at OSV this week, particularly this and this, but I wanted to link a piece I contributed on the Brendan Eich story, wherein I flesh out my first thoughts, shared here.A mere two weeks after taking over as CEO of Mozilla, tech-prodigy and Javascript inventor Brendan Eich was released from his contract. No one had disputed either his leadership or creative abilities, and there was nothing in Eich’s management history that even hinted at unfairness or discriminatory p … [Read more...]

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Jesuits and Women: Helen Alvaré to America!

Hey, I was just joking when, on April 1, I said the Jesuits were about to admit women into the Society. Still, I was pleased yet tickled yesterday to get a press release announcing that Helen Alvaré would be joining the team over at America, as a contributing columnist.This is, by any estimation, "a good get" for America; it demonstrates the commitment of Editor-in-Chief Matt Malone, to move away from the bubbles, labels and the intellectual/ideological ghettos that we Catholics too often … [Read more...]

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Noah and The Lent of Christian Screaming, 2014

How is your Lent going? Are you feeling like you're making some spiritual progress, with the fasting and the alms-giving, and the extra prayer-time?Well, Lent is almost over and if you think you've been working hard on your faith in these forty days, know that the evil one has worked even harder. He always does. Every Lent, it's something; every Lent the evil one exploits a matter, with four reliable effects:It impacts the culture-at-large It foments doubt about precepts of faith It … [Read more...]

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“Rem acu tetigisti, Sir.” Freaking Lent. – UPDATED

Nothing is more annoying than being correctly judged, even in a small way.A broad or inexact hatchet thrown at one's defects often just-misses the target, but a tiny arrow of truth, aimed and fired at precisely the most tender spot within the conscience, can devastate. It is as discomfiting as a poppy seed caught in one's bridgework. You can try to ignore it, but you know its there, and you also know if you don't address it -- if you let the thing remain trapped and hidden beneath the … [Read more...]

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One of those awful stories that clutches at the heart…

Around here we love Joseph Susanka and his Summa This, Summa That blog, because in a world that sometimes challenges us to find authentic charm or a touch of wonder amid all the dross, Joseph reliably "brings the pretty."So it was all the worse, yesterday, that it was Joseph who shared some ugly, tragic news within social media:Two young girls were killed in a car crash Tuesday morning on Highway 789 between Hudson and Lander.Olivia and Emma Lewis died of injuries sustained in the … [Read more...]

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Lenten Resources: Apps, Links, Music and More – UPDATED

The sun is beginning to set. We're just a few hours away from quietening down for Lent and it's odd, but all day I have felt -- alone in my office, as I am -- a sense of party. I've nibbled at chocolate all day, even though I shouldn't, because it's Fat Tuesday and a worldly sort of day.Even so, I've been collecting some interesting resources to share with you all -- things to help you achieve at least a small measure of interior calm, to start; things to put some heart into your Lenten … [Read more...]

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Go and Learn What this Means: “Cognitive Dissonance”

So, you know all this brouhaha, all these hysterics about how bakers, and photographers, and other service-providers who routinely work for gay clientele (but draw a line at serving gay weddings because they feel it imperils their souls) are horrible people?And you know the whole "if you think that way, then you're a bigot," thing, because governments and pundits have taken it into their heads that it is their job to define "sin" to another person?And you know that whole, "refusing to … [Read more...]

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

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...]

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

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...]

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FCC in the Newsroom: A Look at What they Want

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 an are … [Read more...]

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