Brendan Eich, Refusenik to an Idea cum Idol *UPDATED

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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 … [Read more...]

Jesuits and Women: Helen Alvaré to America!

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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...]

How I Loved My Kitschy Madonna!

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My column in the latest Catholic Answer Magazine, is entitled "Mary, Mystery and Imagination", and I explore therein the value of Catholic kitsch to a developing soul: Because my mother was devoted to Our Lady, and also susceptible to Catholic kitsch, my childhood home was filled with small plastic statues of saints and devotional artwork that fascinated for the sheer incongruity of it. On my bedroom wall, she had hung an image that looked for all the world as if Mary had brought the Baby … [Read more...]

The Bada-bing, Bada-boom Nursing Center

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Many years ago, when we were only a few years married, my husband and I joined friends at a local club, for a New Year's Eve celebration. As the night progressed, we discovered that part of the entertainment included a young woman performing a strip-tease, down to her g-string and miniscule pasties, which she proceeded to set "fire" to, as she vacated the room. Perhaps it is because of my childhood history, but I have never been comfortable around such displays, which always strike me as … [Read more...]

Christ Crucified Explains it All…

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A friend of mine, reading about Pope Francis' admission to children that he is sometimes fearful, wrote admitting that he too was often fearful -- debilitatingly so -- particularly when reading the headlines and watching our social dynamics. He wondered how to not be afraid. I told him, "I know I sound like a broken record, but get a crucifix." I told him to "study the crucifix while pondering the words of Julian of Norwich." Her words, juxtaposed against the crucifix, explain everything. … [Read more...]

A Gay CEO with Balls Needs to Hire Eich and Halt this Crap

"Hey, Mozilla! Your browser sucks memory!"

If the headline strikes some as offensive, it will nevertheless remain, because that's the case I'm making, and I'm sticking with it: a gay CEO with a pair of brass ones needs to step up and speak truth to a growing, and most illiberal new power. He or she needs to hire Brendan Eich in some sort of corporate leadership capacity for the sake of the most fundamental of freedoms -- the freedom to think what you want to think, even if your thinking is unpopular or deemed "mistaken" -- and in so … [Read more...]

Noah and The Lent of Christian Screaming, 2014

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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...]

BREAKING: Jesuits to Admit Women to the Society

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:::BREAKING!!!:::PATHEOS EXCLUSIVE!!!:::PARODY!!!!!:::LIGHTEN UP PEOPLE!!!::: This is huge, guys, and I'm so proud that we're breaking it here at Patheos! In a move that is sure to reverberate within the deepest corridors of the Vatican, members of the Society of Jesus have today announced that they will be admitting women into the Society as full Sisters. "They can't be ordained, at least not yet," said James Martin, the Jesuit author of the best-selling book Jesus: A Pilgrimage, "but … [Read more...]

On Finding a More Useful Word Than “Homophobia”

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In my capacity as managing editor for the Catholic channel (and also as the anointed "Mommabear of the New Homophiles") I am seriously thinking about laying down a decree to Patheos' Catholic bloggers that the word "homophobia" will no longer be used, unless it describes a truly "phobic" situation. This comes after watching Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry's piece on anti-gay laws in Uganda get waylaid -- and made irrelevant -- due to people, in comboxes and social media, landing on a variation of … [Read more...]

Baseball Invites Reverie and Prose like No Other Sport

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Very much enjoyed Mike Barnicle's piece on "The Timeless Beauty of Baseball": But nobody really grows out of baseball. Go ahead. Do it. Put the glove on your hand. Flip the ball in the air and it’s 1958 and Teddy Ballgame is in the batter’s box, or it’s 1967 and ‘Yaz’ is dragging the Red Sox across September into the impossible dream of a world series. Catch it and you can still hit and still run and still stand in the infield or outfield, hands on your knees, waiting for the … [Read more...]


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