Outwitting the Language Assassins (SYNOD)

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Greetings to one and to all! Guest blogger Ben Conroy here. First of all, a go raibh míle maith agat to the magnificent Anchoress that is as heartfelt as it may be cheesy. It’s an overwhelming honour to be posting here, and I will do my very best to live up to the ludicrously generous introduction Elizabeth has given me.As the Patheos Catholic Channel's Synodal Summer Symposium draws to a close, I keep thinking of the passage from Mary Eberstadt’s How The West Really Lost God that the Sym … [Read more...]

Marriage! Annulment! Sex! Sacraments! Symposium Roundup Part I

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Our Summer Symposium on the Synod is off to a great start (and there will be more to come, through next Wednesday!) and there are enough interesting topics and great pieces to keep you going, even if your holiday weekend is rained out! What you can't find on the symposium landing page you should be able to find on the channel page, and quite a few pieces are embedded within the text of this post, but let me help you out by category, too! Getting Familiar: What is a Synod? What is it … [Read more...]

Müller on Francis: “Don’t get hopes too high”

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Interesting, from the UK Tablet -- full text of an interview between Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller and the German Catholic News Agency:KNA: Can former liberation theologians who have been reprimanded (by Rome) now hope to be rehabilitated?Archbishop Müller: (laughing) I myself haven't reprimanded any! Contrary to widespread popular opinion, the two instructions of 1984 and 1986 were not a big 'No' to liberation theology. They merely discussed certain aspects of it. Its most important … [Read more...]

A Wee and Angry Word of Thanks to the Bishops? UPDATED

In my column at First Things today, I recount a bit of personal family history:My mother—let’s call her Alice—was born during the Depression to a couple who could neither hear nor speak, and were rather famous around Coney Island for their ability to initiate spontaneous parties and sustain them for whole weekends.They were the polar opposite of today’s “helicopter parents.” For them, parenting was not half as interesting as playing the ponies, their factory-shift work, or partying with t … [Read more...]

NY Daily News: Can’t we put aside politics to help people?

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(Photosource)Would have missed this editorial in the New York Daily News, if not for the invaluable New Advent:Modern-day slaves, hostage to abortion: Set aside politics to help Catholic groups that fight human traffickingSome problems are more important than politics. Human trafficking should be one of them. As Secretary of State Clinton has said, “If this issue doesn’t demand zealous advocacy, it’s hard to figure out what does.”In fact, just this week, a new State Department rep … [Read more...]

The Healy Brothers; a Thrilling, Shameful Story

February is Black History Month, and to kick it off historian Dr. Pat McNamara brings us a fascinating story that thrilled and shamed me. What a remarkable family of faith existed in the sons and daughters of Michael Healy and Eliza Clark; they became priests, nuns and even a bishop emerging from their home in Georgia, where mixed-race children were called "slaves." But none of it came easily or peacefully in 19th century America:By any standard, the Healys were an impressive family. … [Read more...]

Abortion, Language and Looking Away – UPDATED

Photosource"Over a period of two decades, government health and licensing officials were repeatedly presented with evidence about Gosnell, and repeatedly chose to do nothing..."“No action was taken, even after the agencies learned that women had died under Gosnell’s care.”Kermit Gosnell was arraigned yesterday on 8 charges charges of murder, and much, much more.Most of the news reports I'm reading on this story are surprisingly succinct, given the 281 page Grand Jury Report which bring … [Read more...]

". . .the heart of a Catholic Yogi"

In 1989 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith delivered a Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on Some Aspects of Christian Meditation.In Section V of that document, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) wrote:"Just as ‘the Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in [the great religions]' neither should these ways be rejected out of hand simply because they are not Christian. On the contrary, one can take from them what is useful so long as t … [Read more...]


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