A Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious Theology of Womanhood

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"Each woman's life, well lived, might be the best gospel anyone will ever read. But before the doing, before the carrying out of the mission, there is the being. The personhood of each woman, without her ever saying a word or doing a thing, is a sign of life.Womanhood. Life.Those terms are inseparable" -- Pat GohnOutside of my husband and sons and my heroic and saintly in-laws -- and my dear Benedict, who still astounds me -- I haven't got too many heroes in my life, but Pat … [Read more...]

Cardinals Gagged; We’re asked to Pray; Let’s Talk Vatican Diaries – UPDATE

On his new blog, John Thavis explains how and why information from the General Congregations in Rome just got harder to come by:Sister Mary Ann Walsh...said in an email: “Concern was expressed in the General Congregation about leaks of confidential proceedings reportedin Italian newspapers. As a precaution, the cardinals have agreed not to do interviews.”In other words, because some anonymous cardinals fed Italian reporters a few details about their discussions, a gag order now applies t … [Read more...]

Interviewing John Thavis: Inside, under and atop the Vatican

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After receiving an advance copy of John Thavis' timely new book The Vatican Diaries, and enjoying it immensely, as I relate here, I emailed a few questions to Thavis -- the "retired" former Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Services who is currently back in Rome covering the impending conclave, and even blogging at his own site.Since I am so highly recommending his book -- and I really urge you to pick it up as soon as you can, and read it as a lead-up to all the conclave coverage -- I … [Read more...]

“The Pope’s Jews: Pius XII Not “Hitler’s Pope” Afterall?

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Martin Luther King said "a lie can't live."It can travel around for a while, but eventually, like spinning top that is spent, a lie must tumble .It's supremely interesting to me that at the very moment we are watching the beginnings of an all-out effort by the press and others to "define" the papacy of Benedict XVI, and solidify it in people's minds as a catastrophic failure, King's words are being borne-witness to by newly emerging information about another pope. Pius XII has been … [Read more...]

Sanger’s Racist Genocidal Plans and The Masque of the Red Death

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I haven't commented about the creepy "Happy Anniversary Video" celebrating 40 years since Roe v. Wade; the suave African American man, holding a rose and cooing about the wonder of this anniversary really is, as Marc Barnes writes, "the creepiest sh*t..."If you haven't seen the video, you should go to Marc's place and watch. One of the truly chilling (and, yes, creepy)things about it is that for African Americans, abortion in America has been a true genocide. As we learned last week, in … [Read more...]

“And my, the dead did stink so…”

This has been going through my head for weeks.“I saw a huge steam roller, It blotted out the sun. The people all lay down, lay down; They did not try to run. My love and I, we looked amazed Upon the gory mystery. "Lie down, lie down!" the people cried. "The great machine is history!" My love and I, we ran away, The engine did not find us. We ran up to a mountain top, Left history far behind us. Perhaps we should have stayed and died, But somehow we don't think so. … [Read more...]

A couple of last-minute gift ideas!

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This landed in my mailbox yesterday: James Hitchcock's History of the Catholic ChurchLooks delicious, and I can't wait to read it, but before I could even peer at it, my son -- who likes reading all sorts of history -- grabbed it. He's been outside on the porch, reading and smoking, and reading, and he says he's loving it. So...a Buster recommend! If he didn't like it he'd say so, succinctly and in no uncertain terms.I was really happy to receive a signed copy of Amy Welborn and Ann … [Read more...]

Rescuing Devotional Babies from the Bathwater…

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Over at the Patheos Book Club, there's an interesting selection being discussed, a slim volume simply entitled Catholic Spiritual Practices, Edited by Colleen M. Griffith and Thomas H. Groome.I'm going to confess right now, I did not get to read this book, but that wasn't due to lack of interest. In tidying up for Thanksgiving the thing was accidentally donated to my parish along with a slew of other books -- but I figure that was the Holy Spirit getting into hands that needed it. I was … [Read more...]

Let’s Go Shopping! Christmas Gift Ideas!

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A lot of you have been asking for this annual post, and it feels like I am much later with it than usual, but in looking at my archives it seems that with one glaring exception, I'm pretty much on schedule, so let's get to it.To start with, be aware that it's getting towards the deadline to order gifts made by monastic houses. It's already too late to order the wreaths, but I think you can still squeeze in candy, coffee and soap/creme orders. I just ordered these St. Nicholas Shea Butter … [Read more...]

Advent: Love Words and Expectations in the Dark – UPDATED

Madonna and Child, by Marianne Stokes (1855-1927)

I am so grateful that Advent is upon us; my favorite time of year! It is all hope, depth, mystery and promise of light, and it feels like we need it; it feels as though we have all been so occupied with politics, natural disasters, willful (and unpersuasive) belligerence and our own daily anxieties and stresses -- so many people I know are anticipating Christmas with dread rather than joy -- that we need our heads turned toward something great!In my column at The Catholic Answer I put it … [Read more...]


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