Assumption of Our Lady — UPDATES

Pope Benedict XVI: Praising Mary is a response to Divine Prophecy David Mills at First Things: The Assumption of Mary is a difficult matter, from the Protestant point of view, because the traces and hints in Scripture are not easily found, unless you assume that they are there to be found, which somewhat defeats the purpose of using Scripture to convince anyone else. Pius XII said only that the dogma “is in wonderful accord with those divine truths given us in Holy Scripture” and that … [Read more...]

Rainy Sunday Read

Yes, it's quiet over here. It's quiet so's I can listen to the rain pattering on my roof, while I plow my way through Mark Steyn's latest: As a rule I have stopped reading ideological and political books because increasingly they contain 40 interesting pages -- which are always well-covered in the reviews and promo tours -- and 250 pages of boredom-unto-torpor, but I'm halfway through Steyn, and not bored, yet. I am horrified, depressed, disturbed and a little mind-blown, but definitely not … [Read more...]

Betraying Charity or Truth?

Every once in a while, I find myself saying "yes" to too many people asking me to look at their books, and I amass a rather slap-dash pile of books I feel like I will never plow through. Occasionally I miss a review "due" date, and I am never happy when that happens. I am especially not happy to be late on The Betrayal of Charity; the Sins that Sabotage Divine Love, which the Patheos Book Club has been talking about and excerpting for over a week, and which I have almost missed, to my overbusy … [Read more...]

Three Little Words – UPDATE

Deacon Greg used his phone to take this picture -- an ad on the back of a NYC bus, promoting NET-NY (Where of course, In the Arena and Currents are produced, along with many other great programs). Even if the ad promoted nothing at all, I love the idea of that message being seen on the streets of New York. Or any streets, anywhere, especially in these times. They are, after all, the consoling words of our visiting angels. UPDATE: Someone writes that they liked the words, not the image -- … [Read more...]

Dear St. Clare and her Daughters

Chiara Offreduccio (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253) When you have loved Jesus, You are chaste; when you have touched [Him], You become more pure; When you have accepted [Him], You are a virgin. Whose power is stronger, Whose generosity more abundant, Whose appearance more beautiful, Whose love more tender, Whose courtesy more gracious. In Whose embrace You are already caught up; Who has adorned Your breast with precious stones and has placed priceless pearls on Your ears and has surrounded … [Read more...]

Muldoon and Coffey Honored by CPA

Well, bust my buttons! It seems that while passing out awards recently, the Catholic Press Association singled out two of our Catholic Portal columnists for distinction: Congrats to Boston College's Tim Muldoon, who runs his own page, here and also toils weekly at Culture in the Crossroads, where his recent series on Sex and Christianity has been a popular feature. Of his book, Love One Another, co-edited with Cynthia S. Dobrzynski and honored with a third place prize in the book category … [Read more...]

Madrid's Mobs of Youth

ATTENTION, WYD Pilgrims: While you're in Madrid, do yourself a favor, and try the incredibly delicious, air-cured "Iberian Ham." You're welcome. Meanwhile Archbishop Chaput recalls WYD '93, in Colorado: Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, my friend and predecessor as archbishop of Denver, hosted World Youth Day in August 1993, and he still likes to tell the following story. One of his staffers had just moved to Colorado from a much larger and higher crime city on the West Coast. The man was … [Read more...]

Newsweek not Sexist, Just Unprofessional

I've been meaning to write on that absurd, and frankly tabloid-worthy Newsweek cover photo of Michele Bachmann, mostly to give props to Terry O' Neill, of the National Organization for Women, who has kept her word since declaring that "from here on" (meaning from the point of the 2010 elections) she was going to speak up when female candidates -- even conservative ones -- were subjected to sexism. Not that my opinion would matter, but I doubted she'd do it, and she's proved me wrong; O'Neill … [Read more...]

Cat, Hat; in French Chat, Chapeau

In Spanish el gato in a sombrero.... … [Read more...]

Will the UK Riots Come to USA?

The situation in London seems dire and disheartening and there is already one iconic photo emerging from the story: Lots of obnoxious, frightening, maddening and infuriating stories coming over the wires, with lots of conjecture as to the cause, but I found this Drudge headline most distressing: American Baseball Bats Selling Fast in UK... Citizens arming themselves for protection, or mobsters looking for more strength? I'd bet it's the former. Arms are difficult to come by, in England, but … [Read more...]


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