Patheos Writers Honored by Catholic Press Association

If it has seemed quiet around here, lately, that's thanks to the Catholic Press Association, whose annual Catholic Media Conference (#CMC15) has lured me (and Deacon Greg and Denise Bossert) to Buffalo for an adventure. Tomorrow we all go home but tonight saw a number of Patheos Catholic bloggers honored by the CPA, beginning with Marge Fenelon being named as an Egan Fellow by Catholic Relief Services. As a Fellow she will be traveling to the Philippines with CRS to report on the continuing … [Read more...]

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Laudato Si’ and the Influence of Romano Guardini

Enjoy one of the best commentaries I've yet read on "Laudato Si'", via guest Father Robert Barron Laudato Si' and Romano Guardini by Very Rev. Robert Barron In 1986, after serving in a variety of capacities in the Jesuit province of Argentina, Jorge Mario Bergoglio commenced doctoral studies in Germany. The focus of his research was the great twentieth century theologian and cultural critic Romano Guardini, who had been a key influence on, among many others, Karl Rahner, Henri de Lubac, and … [Read more...]

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Does Bringing Back Meatless Fridays Sound Good?

In her stupendous novel In This House of Brede, author Rumer Godden chronicles the pre-and-post-Second-Vatican-Council journey of a successful English professional woman who becomes an enclosed Benedictine nun. When the novel’s main character, Philippa Talbot, is asked by a co-worker, “but will you be able to be obedient, a stiff-necked creature like you?” she responds rather naively, “I shall find it restful.”For the most part, she does. After a lifetime of settling and deciding matters for … [Read more...]

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Isn’t it Shocking, How People Dress for Mass?

It's a subject we can't get enough of. Deacon Greg's piece on the issue, from several years ago, always gets resurrected in summer, like a case of hay-fever.As that's true, it's not surprising that I'm still getting email and social media reaction to last week's response to Bishop Tobin's self-admitted 'rant' about the “hirsute flabmeisters” who populate Mass along with their children.Amid the commentary, someone put a blogpiece before my eyes that I thought really was the definitive dis … [Read more...]

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A Fun Book Meme for the Weekend!

I like this meme, for the weekend, and thought your answers would be fun, too. As Julie says:include up to 3 answers each if you like. We won’t tell. If you’re religious, consider The Bible or other religious texts a gimme, particularly for question #15.Something to talk about with others over the summer BBQ, anyway.1. Most treasured childhood book(s)? Harriet the Spy From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler A Wrinkle in Time Treasure Island (I know that's four but th … [Read more...]

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Laudato Si: All of our Sin, All of our Hatred on Trial

In his encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis gets to the heart of the matter in the second paragraph, but most miss it on their way to the cherry-picking: The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22). We have forgotten tha … [Read more...]

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Dear Bishop Tobin: Ranting Right Back Atcha!

"Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!" declares the LORD. -- Jeremiah 23:1Look, I totally get what Bishop Tobin was going for here, and I think it is valid to remind people that an hour at Holy Mass is distinct from strolling the midway on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore; that it warrants something better of us than water bottles and Bermuda shorts.But this is a destructive and unpastoral piece of writing. It's really difficult to square … [Read more...]

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Pew’s Numbers Wrong? They Won’t Be for Long!

Guest blogger Russell Shaw takes a look at the Pew Study, and the realities before us. Something to sharpen our thinking about "Why We Remain Catholic" - ESby Russell Shaw The first and arguably most important thing to say about the Pew Research Center’s new overview of American religion is that it offers no grounds for either complacency or panic. What it does instead is invite -- perhaps demand -- that it be taken very seriously by responsible church people.In its first “religious lan … [Read more...]

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In Praise of a Brood-less God

It is only we who brood over our sins. God does not brood over them; God dumps them at the bottom of the sea. --Saint Benedict of Nursia, attributed … [Read more...]

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Fr. Barron on Love, Tolerance and Real Distinctions

Usually, we feature Father Robert Barron's cogent and instructive thoughts over at The Font, but this new piece of his relates so well to what I wrote on the death of Objective Truth a few days ago, that I am slipping it in here, as a kind of companion piece or -- more correctly -- an enlargement and improvement on the first. Thanks, Father Barron!Last week, I wrote a piece on Bruce Jenner's transformation into Caitlyn Jenner. I argued that the manner in which Jenner spoke of his … [Read more...]

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Hillary, Don’t Be So Cheap; $15 ph Worth it to be POTUS!

Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign is shaping up to be the first time Hillary Clinton has been cheap with other people's money:Experienced, adult political operatives who want to do grassroots work for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign currently have no choice but to work as unpaid, full-time interns, raising new questions about how the White House frontrunner runs her own labor force as she prepares to double down on young people’s role in the American economy.The Clinton campaign is … [Read more...]

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Nienstedt Resigns After Abuse Cover-Up: The Flawed Element

Our stomachs have been turning for a long time. We keep asking, "when does this nightmare end"? We've thrown out bad priests and put some excellent protocols in place -- protocols that perhaps the public schools in NYC, and other locales should consider adopting, because they work.But great protocols don't work if the human elements do not apply them. Thankfully, wheels are continuing to turn and bishop accountability has begun. This morning comes news that Archibishop John Clayton Nienstedt … [Read more...]

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Hillary Clinton Channels April Ludgate

I know I am not the only person to have found Hillary Clinton's delivery of her Campaign Reset speech to have been weird. On social media I have seen her oddball cadences and peculiar emphesis labeled "wooden" or "stilted" and even robotic.But she wasn't robotic. I kept listening to her speak, and thinking, "what is this reminding me of?" And it eluded me, until -- distracted by real life -- I finally gave up thinking about it, but only until I saw this video out of the Rubio campaign, … [Read more...]

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TransRace, TransSex, TransAbled: Objective Truth and Self-Marginalization

Objective Truth is dead. It has been slain by human feelings -- by a soft tyranny of sentimentalism which dictates that how a person feels about anything now defines its reality.The last nail in the coffin of Objective Truth comes to us via the story of NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who is "trans-raced". As such, she demands to be counted among the truly marginalized and victimized, and if that means helping things along, well, that might be alright, too:“One’s racial ide … [Read more...]

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