“Sisterhood” May be Reality-TV for Reality-TV Haters

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Maybe.When it was announced that Lifetime network would be airing a "reality" series chronicling five young women as they "discerned" whether or not they have religious vocations, I was as skeptical as Diana von Glahn, who felt pure dread at the prospect.More than dreading, I was a bit repulsed by the very idea. Having experienced my own vocational discernment as long-looking -- a process both serious and slow, and full of challenges to my own self -- the notion that five women being … [Read more...]

Unhappy Nation America: Not a Family, Not a People

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America is not happy. However it might look on paper, in reality we are not getting along. We are e pluribus unum, no more.I wrote that, and later struck it as being too harsh, for my latest column at First Things, which was written after an evening's troubling conversation with an African American friend who is feeling done with everything and everyone. The militarized police in Ferguson so strained his basket of disciplined goodwill that I suspect one more straw, no matter how light, will … [Read more...]

Christian Right? Christian Left? It’s Great to Have a Christian Anything

I hope you all appreciate the fact that I'm going to get a truly gargantuan amount slagging for all this flag-waving.

I’ve written two posts worth of thoughts on the idea of an authentically Christian left-wing political movement, and they’ve mostly consisted of cautions and warnings – obstacles to be overcome, temptations to be avoided.That may run the risk of under-emphasising how glad I am that people are thinking about such a movement, and indeed, how glad I am that it’s possible for people of all political stripes to unabashedly talk, in mainstream media outlets, about being inspired, not just by the ch … [Read more...]

Over FCC Plans, MSM Finally a Bit Curious re Obama Admin – UPDATED

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It's only taken seven years, but a member of the mainstream media is finally asking "what are they thinking?"That would be the formerly "respectable" Howard Kurtz, the Columbia J-school grad who wrote for the Washington Post and worked for CNN and the Daily Beast, before he fell from grace and landed at Fox News, where he writes: What on earth is the FCC thinking?The last thing we need is the government mucking around with news content.The title of this Big Brother-ish effort by the … [Read more...]

Putting Away the Labels to Hear/See Each Other

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Under it's new editor, Matt Malone, S.J., America Magazine is doing a very good thing:America aspires to nothing more than to live up to the fullest meaning of our motto, to pursue the truth in love, for as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has written,“The only strength with which Christianity can make its influence felt publicly is ultimately the strength of its intrinsic truth.” The fundamental truth of Christianity is personal, the person of Jesus Christ, the one for whom love and for … [Read more...]

NSA Inevitability and what Ted Kennedy Knew! – UPDATE

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“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” ― George Orwell, 1984Just some stuff to think about as we digest all of this breaking news about what the government knows and when it knows it, how it gets it and where it stores it. And how ubiquitous is the case (tracking credit cards, too?).Do people fear the wheels are coming off the trolley? Is this fear widespread? A few weeks ago I was reading Christopher Lawford's lovely, candid and a … [Read more...]

Men on Strike: Fathers, Family, Frank Talk and First Things

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Two weeks ago at First Things, I wondered what it would be like if Rep Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) had her way and women ruled the world.This week I'm continuing on the theme of men and women and families and faith:Family illiteracy, [author Mary Eberstadt] says, “breeds religious illiteracy.”In turn, increasing our scriptural literacy is one way for Christian communities to help their members understand and form families. Eberstadt’s book...has, in tandem with Helen Smith’s Men on Strike, … [Read more...]

Using Gosnell to Snip at Obama, or the Press? – UPDATED

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"If these children are being born alive, I have confidence that a doctor..."That is part of State Senator Barack Obama's argument, in 2003, as to why he would not support any sort of legislation insuring medical care for babies delivered during botched abortions. More completely, he said:I think it’s important to understand that this issue ultimately is about abortion and not live births. Because if these children are being born alive, I, at least, have confidence that a doctor who i … [Read more...]

Would US Elections Still Astound de Tocqueville and Chesterton?

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If you're not subscribing to The Catholic Answer, perhaps the September/October issue running up to the elections will get you to consider it.There, along with some excellent regular columns and the very help Q&A's that define the magazine, you'll find Russell Shaw writing about how Catholics should prepare to vote, and hitting on five notions:1. Voting is a moral act — don’t vote frivolously or selfishly.2. Don’t compartmentalize politics and morality.3. Don’t abso … [Read more...]

Quick Chick-fil-A Roundup – UPDATES

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Fr. Dwight Longenecker went to a Chick-fil-A yesterday in a cassock, and he says yesterday was a revolutionary day in protest-theory:Yesterday’s Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day was the sort of ‘revolt’ this country needs, but it was even better than the non violent revolutions and peaceful protests which have changed the world because it was so ordinary. It was just plain, ordinary Americans getting in their cars and doing a plain, ordinary American thing: going out for lunch to a fast food joi … [Read more...]


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