3 Reasons Brian Williams’ Non-Apology is Worse Than You Think

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He was an award-winning newswriter for CBS News for over two decades, during which time he amassed a mess of awards, including an Emmy, a Peabody award, Writer's Guild awards and I forget what else, and in three fast steps, Deacon Greg spells out why Brian Williams' non-apology not only fails, but further-damages his credibility:What was wrong with that? Let me count the ways. 1. There’s the deflection in the first sentence. Williams seems to be saying: “I was only trying to do something goo … [Read more...]

10 Things You Now Know About Me

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So, someone commented that he knew "all about" me, based on the fact that Cardinal Dolan seemed to like me. Whether Dolan likes me or not is an open question; we've never met, but we each know that the other exists, and will occasionally give positive nods in each other's directions. Not particularly revealing, I know.I read that comment and thought, "you know 'all about' me? I don't even know all about me! I know I'm not stagnant, but that's about it!" I wanted to challenge him, to say, "oh … [Read more...]

Francis “Endorses Referendum” Denying Gay Marriage, Adoption

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At yesterday's General Audience, Pope Francis -- greeting Slovak pilgirms, and apparently referencing an upcoming vote in Slovakia on same sex marriage and adoption -- encouraged them to work "to continue their efforts in defense of the family, the vital cell of society."I'm not sure anyone -- except the most extreme and unrealistic of Francis' haters and admirers, both of whom seem to believe that he intends to upend church teaching any minute, now -- would expect him to say differently. … [Read more...]

Love Among the Ruins and Lightbulbs Over Our Heads

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Isn't that a most beautiful banner? And it heads up a most beautiful new blog with a most original and surprising concept. The blog is Love Among the Ruins; the focus is "finding the Theology of the Body in unexpected places", and the concept? Well, I'll let Kathryn, the blog's curator, explain:One year ago today, I published a post on my own blog (Through a Glass Brightly) which was titled “Good Clean Fun”: The Theology of the Body in Groundhog Day.. . .Several months later, I learned that … [Read more...]

Candlemas Illuminated: Feast of the Presentation

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And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined to be the rise and the fall of many in Israel, and a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2It is odd that this feastday -The Feast of the Presentation of Christ- (which as Deacon Greg explains, is also called … [Read more...]

No Nuns Stuck in Elevators!

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A few months ago, I wrote about the Dominincan Nuns at Our Lady of the Rosary Monastery (aka "the soap nuns"*) running out of room and launching a very necessary capital campaign meant to create enough space for younger women to find their monastic vocations, and older sisters to manage their way around multiple levels.Part of their renovation plans would include a ramp for the less mobile among us, and a better elevator that the antiquated lift that is now in use. Over the weekend, the nuns … [Read more...]

Poverty, Paradoxical Prosperity and the Super Bowl

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Earlier this week I had the pleasure of chatting with Jen Fulwiler on her radio show.We covered a lot of ground in 18 minutes, in particular touching on a topic that deserves some lively thought -- assuming one ever has time to think -- on the paradox of good intentions: we in the church serve the poor and advocate for them. We devise programs and policies meant to lift people out of poverty and into prosperity, and when we are very successful at it, then as a church we suffer.We suffer … [Read more...]

Andrew Sullivan is Done With the Dishes…

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...he's looking for another way to live and work:Why? Two reasons. The first is one I hope anyone can understand: although it has been the most rewarding experience in my writing career, I’ve now been blogging daily for fifteen years straight (well kinda straight). That’s long enough to do any single job. In some ways, it’s as simple as that. There comes a time when you have to move on to new things, shake your world up, or recognize before you crash that burn-out does happen.The second i … [Read more...]

Amid Storms and Wars, the Daily Outrage that is Francis

"Great Battle in Heaven" by the brilliant Daniel Mitsui. Used with permission.

He is the most exhausting pope of my lifetime.Deacon Greg sent this cute video to me today, and while I appreciate its cleverness and the work that went into it, I couldn't help but think, "I'm getting burned out on Francis."I'm getting burned out, not because I dislike him. I like Francis just fine, although Pope Benedict XVI will always be the pontiff of my heart, because his writings have penetrated it and poured the merciful balm of Christ Jesus into it as little else ever has. As … [Read more...]

Answering Kyle Cupp With A Plastic Trumpet and a Scream

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This morning Kyle Cupp asked people to name their favorite toys from childhood.These sorts of questions, which Kyle calls "mindless" are becoming a regular Monday feature for him -- last week he wanted to know what film adaptation of a book most disappointed us.For the record, my answer last week was the 1970's tv-movie version of In This House of Brede which took a knife to Rumer Godden's brilliant novel and chopped it into something barely recognizable. Even the great Dame Diana Rigg … [Read more...]

Does Catholicism Need to Adopt an Entrepreneurial Spirit?

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I really enjoyed this Sade Strehlke piece in the WSJ magazine this weekend: "The Emperors of Xi'an":IN 2008, DAVID SHI, the chef at Xi’an Famous Foods in Queens, New York, called his son, Jason Wang, and said in Chinese, “There’s a tall, old white dude here with a film crew; do you know who he is?” He snapped a photo of the guest—stooped over a plate of lamb burgers seasoned with cumin and dressed with hot peppers and pickled jalapeños—and sent it to Wang, then a student at Washington Univer … [Read more...]

The Prayer for Ashley

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Just did a few minutes on Relevant Radio as Hot Air's Ed Morrissey sits in for Drew Mariani, and we discussed the plight of Ashley Bridges, and prayed for her on the air, using this prayer, which I am posting here for anyone who is seeking it out:Lord, the one you love is sick...it's Ashley Bridges, whose love has been so great, and whose desire, in the wealth of your greatness and your mercy, is so very small. Have mercy upon this dying mother, O Divine Physician, as in scripture you had … [Read more...]

The Bishop Who Knows His Way Around New Media

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That would be Bishop Christopher Coyne, lately of Indianapolis, and now the Bishop-Designate of Burlington, Vermont.His move has inspired him to update and upgrade his website, "Let us Walk Together" (aka www.bishopcoyne.org), and it's all-around, pretty great, with a blog, his podcasts his social media activities, which are always full of great spiritual prompts or good humor, and sometimes simply present the bishop talking to us as he's driving, in a very casual and informal way.He … [Read more...]

Max Lindenman Returns to PatheosCatholic!

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It was only about six months ago that Max Lindenman decided it was time to strike his tent, and we reluctantly let him fly away, with hopes that he would soon return.Since then Max has been freelancing from his new digs in Turkey -- publishing a number of snappy and informative pieces with Aleteia -- and also has submitted a couple of really interesting pieces to our feature page, The Font.But Patheos, for better or worse, is Max's "home" and -- as Groucho Marx Robert Frost** once said … [Read more...]


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