Palin and Baptism: It’s simple, folks. She’s wrong.

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Sarah Palin is not the same woman in 2014 that she was in 2008. Sarah Palin in 2008 was a governor who had a solid reputation for being able to work across the aisle, with both Republicans and Democrats. She was not yet someone capable of saying, as she does here, "not all intolerant-anti-freedom-leftist-liberals are hypocrites. I'm kidding, yes they are." "If I were in charge..." (Audience cheers on cue...fade to black.) That's nowhere near the quality of her former speech-making; … [Read more...]

MSM Warned: Be Nice or Hillary Won’t Give Us Her Presidency!

Via Sissy Willis, who writes: "Anita Kuntz's 1993 NYT Sunday Mag illustration of "Saint Hillary" graced what Peggy Noonan later called "the first and still definitive Hillary Clinton take-down." Update: Airbrushed from the New York Times online during the 2007-08 primary, ["Saint Hillary"] has apparently been restored": Read "Saint Hillary", by the late Michael Kelly,  here.

I know, I know, I said I would write no more on politics, except where it affects the church, but this isn't really about politics. It's about the media. Truthfully, when I'm griping about politics, it's almost always about the press. In this case I'm more amused than annoyed. The source of my amusement is this politico piece, which I found during one of my increasingly rare surveys of the Drudge Report. Drudge had singled out one line of the piece as provocative: “Look, she hates you. … [Read more...]

Why Peggy and Joan Were So Harsh to Don Draper

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I've gotten into a terrible habit of watching Mad Men with one eye on the twitter thread (#MadMen) partly because -- as a tail-end baby boomer -- it's an easy way to quickly get info on some of the show's references which escape me (this week's opener, with Don in a theater watching The Model Shop, for instance) but also because reading people's reactions to the show is hilarious entertainment. Twitter reactions to that show were particularly passionate -- and often profane -- concerning the … [Read more...]

Bad moments in broadcasting don’t get much worse…

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Yeah...it's that bad. … [Read more...]

Phone Fallout: Prince of the Air vs Jesus’ Teaching 4 UPDATES

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Billy Crystal used to do a great bit mimicking Edward G. Robinson in The Ten Commandments: An echo of that appeared in my email the other day from a traditionally-minded Catholic who -- having taken previous exception to my having "made excuses" for Pope Francis' very different style -- was incensed over the news that the "Cold-call Pope" had done it again, to great general confusion. The writer was at pains to be civil, but between the lines, I could almost see Edward G. Robinson … [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A! Lay Thyself Toward the Idol or Be Damned!

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When asked to define the greatest commandment, Christ Jesus answered: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." It sounds simple, but that one-two punch of a commission is a constant challenge, and the work of a lifetime. The whole point my writing Strange Gods was to illustrate how idolatry, far from being a … [Read more...]

“It is Consummated”: the “Mad Eros of the Cross”

Christ the Bridegroom**

On the Cross, God’s eros for us is made manifest. Eros is indeed – as Pseudo-Dionysius expresses it – that force “that does not allow the lover to remain in himself but moves him to become one with the beloved” ("De divinis nominibus", IV, 13: PG 3, 712). Is there more “mad eros” (N. Cabasilas, "Vita in Cristo", 648) than that which led the Son of God to make Himself one with us even to the point of suffering as His own the consequences of our offences? Dear brothers and … [Read more...]

Gethsemane at Penn Station

Gethsemane

It is Holy Thursday, and that is a good thing. Even amid the controversial back-and-forths taking place over foot-washing and liturgy and women and the pope, I really, really need this Triduum. I. Personally. Me. And I'll tell you why. Something happened to me on Tuesday and nothing has been good or right since then. I went into Manhattan to address what I thought would be a group of Catholic communicators. Instead, I found myself talking, in a rather intimate setting, to a group of … [Read more...]

What hastens our dying and our rising

Monstrance Guilford

Though I am almost fanatical about keeping my books in good order, I found this scrawled on the blank back page of a book, from a retreat in 2009. Seemed meant to be found now, in these days of repentance, mourning and resurrection: When we meet God face-to-face, it is always a moment of grace, but too it is a moment of judgment for us. Judgment day, then, can be any day, any time, any particular moment of an hour. And so our death can happen many times; a process of conversion, a … [Read more...]

Hillary, Stop Being Coy! Fight Sexism; It’s YOUR TIME!

Mother Jones Martinez

While traveling yesterday I had a chance to catch up on my reading and discovered that Hillary Clinton is "thinking about" running for President. We love her when she is coy, don't we? I can't wait to see her new presidential posters. Remember this one, from 2008? 2008 was a big year for Democrat candidates drawn with just a hint of totalitarian flavor. Hillary's rising sun was reminiscent of Chairman Mao, Obama's posters often ran more toward soviet propaganda. That was then, and … [Read more...]

Feeding the Family for $7.50: What I Learned

Source/Inkwell Greetings

As Lent began, Billy Kangas -- who is an advocate for the hungry -- gave us 5 creative ideas for fasting. As Lent draws to a close, allow me to share something written by a reader whose family felt called to try one of Billy's challenging ideas, and who came away from the experience with a raised conscience, new awareness, and a determination to do more for hungry people everywhere. She prefers to remain anonymous -- so her deeds are seen only in secret by God. And we are in Holy Week; … [Read more...]

Reconcile Yourself to Resurrection!

When a Catholic comes from Confession, he does truly, by definition, step out again into that dawn of his own beginning. . .The accumulations of time can no longer terrify. He may be grey and gouty; but he is only five minutes old. - G.K. Chesterton

And be renewed! I'll be there, tomorrow, please join me! It has been two months since my last confession, and more than past-time for me to again avail myself of the soul-settling power and grace of this sacrament. And this confession will include -- among my copious other sins large and small -- "I yelled at a guy on the radio and was full of anger and uncharity, when I really did know better, but nobody steps on a nun in my town..." and "I went to Mass unwillingly because sometimes, … [Read more...]

A Palm Sunday of Stark Decision

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". . .the revelation is really quite simple- the Lord Jesus, God and King, will give his divine life for you, and will do so, even if you don’t deserve that kind of gesture and can do nothing to earn it. That’s the kind of God and King the Lord Jesus is- the kind who will give up his life for you. In fact his passion to give his life for you is so intense, that it takes the form of the cross. The gods and kings of the world, won’t do that. They take life. Sure they will make it … [Read more...]

The “it’s an honor to be mentioned” cliche

Strange Gods, now with Study Guide!

You know that whole, "it's an honor just to be nominated" thing that people say when they discover they're up for some sort of award? It's a true thing! I know, it sounds hackneyed and cliched and false, but it's a reality. I know it's a reality, because the Association for Catholic Publisher’s Excellence in Publishing Awards has announced their finalists for titles published in 2013, and I just learned that Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life is one of them! It is a … [Read more...]


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