Another Roundup of Reactions on Benedict’s Move – UPDATE

First -- best comment of the day, from I know not where. Stole it from Mark Shea on Facebook:"Pope joins Twitter. Loses interest in job."I think part of the reason some people have had trouble processing what Benedict is doing -- aside from the fact that we've never seen this in our lifetimes -- is that we have become so habitually ironic that we don't know how else to be. But even irony has grown stale. Only authenticity can still surprise us, and being shaken from our torpor today … [Read more...]

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PP on Komen Debacle: “A learning opportunity”

Charlotte Hays writes at the Register that the Komen decision was about a Planned Parenthood shakedown:“What happened this week was nothing short of a mafia shakedown by Planned Parenthood of the Komen Foundation,” said Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, a New York and Washington, D.C.-based research association that works exclusively on international social policy. “Planned Parenthood’s message was: ‘Give us money or we will shut down your organizat … [Read more...]

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Great Reads, Hot Links! – UPDATED

Like Flannery O' Connor and loathe Jack Chick? Or vice-versa? You'll be surprised (or perhaps you won't) to find that Max Lindenman sees them as cousins under the ink!:Jack Chick, founder of Chick Publications, is a shadowy figure, practically the Keyser Söze of evangelists.It is not known whether he raises peacocks or suffers from lupus. Personally, I hope he doesn't, but not because I'm afraid that chronic illness or an absorbing hobby will stop him turning out more masterpieces like "This … [Read more...]

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Thanksgiving Linkaround!

For your pre-Thanksgiving/Thanksgiving reading, a little scattershot for time-constraints:Gwen John; Art & Faith in the ShadowsJonah Goldberg: a poignant, lovely post on his father's appreciation for the papacy, and thoughts on Benedict XVI. It's oddly in tune with the Thanksgiving theme, and even as he clearly aches for his missing father, Goldberg manages to display a surer grasp of why the church does what it does than many, either inside or outside of it:As for the Church’s p … [Read more...]

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Roundup for Noontime Reading

Busyness has made me remiss in letting you folks know about Patheos' Religion and Faith Book Club, which is currently discussing Stephen Prothero's God is Not One, with a nifty tie-in to the PBS-series, which is also looking at the book.Sadly, neither the book nor the series has crossed my path, simply because of a lack of time, but you'll want to check out the sites and reviews, I think.Speaking of reading, Halloween is coming up. Check out John C. Wright's guffaw-inducing thoughts on the … [Read more...]

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Friday Links; Weird & Wonderful!

Had a conversation last week with an acquaintance who ascribes any-and-all resistance to the Park51 Mosque/Cultural Center as "bigotry and xenophobia."I said, "that's way too easy, cheap and stale; it's more complicated than that, and reducing every controversy to "bigotry" is not serving the nation well."I suppose I could just save my breath from now on, and refer the question to this piece by Charles KrauthammerSpengler on The Fall of RomeVDH: Decline is a choiceSo is allowing the … [Read more...]

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Secular and Sacred Linkaround

Okay, too many tabs open, again, time for another linkfest!Linkfest, not Clinkfest!We'll do sacred, then secular, then sacred again, and then we'll just talk really goofy, and it won't have anything to do with beer!And btw, my Tuesday Column is Up; talking today about how Obama, Pelosi et al have no credibility to speak on Park51/Cordoba House because they don't know how to speak to their countrymen, at all.It's that time of the year again, when the kiddies get sent to CCD or the parents … [Read more...]

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Must Reads Roundup

Haven't cleared the tabbar in a while - here are some things you should try not to miss:dotcommonweal: Beautiful Bodies; Rotted Hearts, a remarkable piece of writing, and a look at the underbelly of free market capitalism that makes so many of the churches uneasy, even as they oppose the alternatives. Don't miss it.OSV: Their Catholic Internet Readers Guide. Yours truly gives a few of her own suggestions, although no one surveyed mentioned this blog! Whaa.Speaking of Surveys: First … [Read more...]

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More Norm Fallout, Abortion Alleys & More

Apparently, for reasons I cannot yet fathom, the comments section for this post on what I referred to as a Vatican "fail" was all discombobulated. That has been corrected, but this gives me an excuse to link to a few other reactions to the Norms, and so you can all continue your fisticuffs and so forth either over there or in the comments below!I know the Abortion Alley headline piqued your interest: here is Mary Rose Somarriba explaining why abortion, legal or otherwise, will never leave the … [Read more...]

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Serving Up Hot Link Must Reads

In no particular order, let's take a random look at what has my tab bar all cluttered up:Sir Elton John: is actually a brave knight willing to dare the dangerous Swamp of Political Incorrectness. First the Limbaugh wedding, now a concert in Israel, where other artists are too cowardly (and too well-trained by the collective) to go."Ain't gonna stop me from coming here, baby," he told the cheering crowd in Tel Aviv, saying he believed music should spread peace and bring people together: … [Read more...]

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