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

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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!

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"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!

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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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Pope Approves Tribunal to Investigate Bishops re Abuse Responses

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For the most part, I think this is the right thing to do. Francis X. Rocca reports:ROME— Pope Francis ordered the establishment of a special court to try bishops for mishandling cases of clerical sex abuse, filling a widely decried gap in the Vatican’s approach to the problem.The Vatican on Wednesday said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which already holds responsibility for cases of sex abuse by priests, will also “judge bishops with regard to crimes of the abuse of offic … [Read more...]

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Christopher West Tells “Why” and Cordial Catholic Tells “How”

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Christopher West chimes in on Why he remains a Catholic:First, I want to acknowledge that one can certainly find enough folly and corruption in the Church to want to leave (or never enter). But the folly and corruption in the Church is not unique to Catholics. It’s found everywhere human beings are found. If I were to leave the Church in response to the folly and corruption within her, I would soon find I’ve taken that folly and corruption with me – because it’s in me (not because I’m Cathol … [Read more...]

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Hating God Was So Much Worse Than Being Catholic

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On social media, people are still responding to our invitation to explain why the heck they remain in this challenging, counter-cultural, sometimes counter-intuitive-seeming church.Here at Patheos, a couple more bloggers have answered the question, as well, and today we hear from two surprising sources who speak of having hated the whole notion of belief. Margaret Rose Realy gives a searingly personal account:At ten I stormed through a darkened church, past the communion rail and, … [Read more...]

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“Love Itself is Knowledge”: Melinda Selmys Comes to Patheos!

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We'll be rolling out several new bloggers over the course of the summer, and we're very happy to get started by introducing you to the busy writer Melinda Selmys. We're sure she will enliven the conversation on faith here in the Catholic channel!Melinda describes her life as "the Divine equivalent of a Monty Python sketch," and once you get to know her you will appreciate the line and the sentiment. Given the title of her well received book, Sexual Authenticity: An Intimate Reflection on … [Read more...]

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Climb Down from a Catholic Ledge: For every Koch, there is a Sarah

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Participants in New York City's June 1-4 "Sacra Liturgia 2015" gathering received a letter from Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Cardinal Sarah was appointed to that position by Pope Francis in November of 2014.The letter reads in part: When The Holy Father, Pope Francis, asked me to accept the ministry of Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, I asked: "Your Holiness, how … [Read more...]

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