That Hillary Doesn’t Realize She’s Over Says a Lot About Her

Hillary Pretty in White

Well, we've been watching the roll-out of Hillary Clinton's latest Coy Presidential Campaign that Pretends Not to Be, and if Bertie Wooster were assessing it, he'd likely say that so far "it's come up a smeller." Despite President Obama's assertion that at some point (around half a million bucks a year or so) one has earned enough money, many of Hillary's verbal gaffes have centered around her apparent belief that she still needs to scrape and save and make do, or something. I have read, here … [Read more...]

Changing Hearts, Minds, and ‘Senses’

I've photoshopped the text to read "let all the uncool be gone from here."

In the last post, we talked about ‘senses’, the gut feelings, unquestioned assumptions, and ‘unknown unknowns’ that frame our thoughts and beliefs, often deciding what we choose to accept and reject.We concluded by posing some questions: How do people form and change their narratives, their “senses”, their social imaginaries? Can it even be done? How can we know our unknown unknowns, anyway? And aren’t Catholics as sense-bound as the next guy? Not being Damon Lindelof, I try to make a habit … [Read more...]

‘Sense’ and Sensibility (In Defence of Donald Rumsfeld)

Serving as a human hook for discussions of epistemology since

I don’t know the man, but I’d wager that Donald Rumsfeld treasures “Top 10 Dumbest Political Statements” articles rather more than the average retired politician.Because, of course, “Top 10 Dumbest Political Statements” pieces have a reasonable chance of including Rumsfeld’s memorable declaration on 'unknown unknowns – and thus of reminding Rumsfeld that despite everything, on this particular point he was considerably smarter than his critics.Every single time I read someone dismiss the “ … [Read more...]

Outwitting the Language Assassins (SYNOD)

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

Greetings to one and to all! Guest blogger Ben Conroy here. First of all, a go raibh míle maith agat to the magnificent Anchoress that is as heartfelt as it may be cheesy. It’s an overwhelming honour to be posting here, and I will do my very best to live up to the ludicrously generous introduction Elizabeth has given me.As the Patheos Catholic Channel's Synodal Summer Symposium draws to a close, I keep thinking of the passage from Mary Eberstadt’s How The West Really Lost God that the Sym … [Read more...]

US Bank “Blessing” Brouhaha; Not a Hill to Die On? – UPDATE

All the blessings

Over at Kathy Shiffer's place, she links to a story about a woman who goes beyond "Have a Nice Day!" and is suing US Bank, for her "right" to do so.Except, from the story at Christian Today, it kinda sounds like this woman was making a pest of herself and her faith, not merely wishing blessings but putting people on the spot, too:The former Walton branch employee had worked for the bank for over 20 years. She said that she started saying "have a blessed day" to all of her customers … [Read more...]

It’s so easy to explain who and why we hate, isn’t it?

Strange Gods cover with blurb

After reading some truly bizarre and uninformed hysteria over the Hobby Lobby decision -- so much incoherence on social media! -- and at least three out-and-out hate screeds against Catholics being on the Supreme Court (imagine, had the decision gone differently, and people ranted against "those women" on the court!) I couldn't help but think of these two excerpts:Hatred is a twisting perversion of paradoxes wherein one can claim a love for God so fervent that it justifies hating another, … [Read more...]

Iraq Christians of Ancient Faith, Seeking Sanctuary

Christian refugees from Mosul have taken refuge in Saint Matthew monastery near Al-Faf, Iraq / Photo Ted Nieters Source

I almost didn't have the heart to read the piece beyond the headline and sub: Iraq's beleaguered Christians make final stand on the Mosul frontline; Some Christian families from Mosul have sought refuge in St Matthew’s Monastery...Others vow to take a stand against the Islamists - whatever the cost .Imagine having to leave your home, your work -- pack up the family and seek sanctuary in a Monastery, not knowing whether your life will ever seem stable again.Feeling helpless in the face of … [Read more...]

Patheos Writers and Friends Honored by CPA! UPDATED

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Last night, in Charlotte, where Team Patheos rocked a panel on digital media, the Catholic Press Association presented awards in a numerous categories, and a number of our Patheos writers (and our good friends) were recognized for their excellent work!Part of a seemingly unstoppable Jesuit Juggernaut that included Fr. Antonio Spadaro's world-stopping interview with His Holiness Pope Francis, and a number of awards for America Magazine (who just shamed the Associated Press into actually … [Read more...]

Pentecost: A Beautiful Illumination

Illumination from Hours of the Usage of Rome, French School, 16th Century

Sometimes the heart just longs for beauty. June's cover of Magnificat Magazine took my breath away. That's "Pentecost" an illumination from a book of Hours from the 16th Century, and this is what Pierre-Marie Dumont writes of it:Shown at prayer, Mary intercedes for her "daughter" [the church] at the moment of her birth at Pentecost, just as she will constantly intercede for her to the end of time. Kneeling in the right foreground is Saint Peter, the first pope, wearing the mozetta in cloth … [Read more...]

“We are Church” Leader Martha Holzer is Excommunicated – UPDATED

The Herald UK was fast on the story:Martha Holzer and her husband, Gert, were excommunicated for “simulating the Mass”, according to the website Kath.net.Mrs Holzer is a leading personality in We are Church, which was founded in 1995 in Austria, German and South Tyrol and seeks liberal reforms within the Catholic Church.According to reports, the 67-year-old regularly took part in “private Eucharistic celebrations” at her home with no priest present. The Church considers the simulat … [Read more...]


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