Style, Sex, Substance:Frank Talk from Catholic Women – UPDATED

The first time I head the title of Hallie Lord's new book, I was intrigued:Then I saw the list of formidable female writers Hallie had assembled to write ten frank, strong, funny, thoughtful and wrenching essays on the challenges of living an authentically Catholic life in a world where women are expected to take their cues from Kim Kardashian and Reality Wives (no thinking required) or Hillarys-Clinton-or-Rosen (the thinking is settled). I was hooked.What writers? Besides Hallie … [Read more...]

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Catholicism and Bad Religion: a One-Two Punch

Last year, the book I spent more time urging you to read than any other was Robert Barron's Catholicism, which I called a "course in revolution", arguing that a better-understanding of who we Catholics are, where we came from and what we embody in the world can be a social and political game-changer like nothing else.This year, I believe I am going to be nagging you to read Ross Douthat's Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics as a sort of "companion book" to Catholicism. Once we … [Read more...]

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American Heretics Abounding

In my First Things column of last week, I quoted a small portion from Ross Douthat's remarkable book Bad Religion; How We Became a Nation of Heretics, which will be released this week.I plan on writing a fuller review of the book, but one of my concerns with my column was that I'd inadvertently given the impression that Douthat spent a lot of time discussing the issue of sexual morality, hypocrisy and homosexuality. In fact, he spends very little time on that front -- mostly, in fact, as he … [Read more...]

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Image Books, a Random House imprint, and Patheos are giving away 100 copies of Mother Teresa's book, Where There is Love, There is God.Who doesn't like free books? And it's Mother Teresa! Who doesn't like Mother Teresa (yes, yes, I know, Christopher Hitchens, but he may have changed his mind by now...)Sign up, here! You get the Catholic Portal newsletter, too, if you want it, which -- naturally -- I hope you will!Don't forget to check out Patheos' Book Club this week! … [Read more...]

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2 Sexes, 60 Saints Each, 2 Questions – UPDATED

For reasons that are not worth going into-- at least not yet -- I have a question for the Catholic Moms and Dads out there -- particularly those of you who home-school, or take main responsibility for your child's religious formation or teach catechism, yourself.The question is, are you familiar with these out-of-print books?Sixty Saints for GirlsSixty Saints for BoysSecondly, if'n you are familiar with the books, do you like them? If so, why?If not, I'd really … [Read more...]

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Lies, Cynicism and the Spin Cycle – UPDATED

The intellectual dishonesty of the hysterical and adolescent tract below is staggering. It is a full-page ad in the NY Times.In a transparent (and largely successful) bid to keep the electorate distracted and the conversation off his numerous dubious policies and practices, January's cynical move by the Obama Administration, helped along by an equally cynical and mostly-surrendered press, has delivered two profound lies -- the first is that the HHS mandate battle being waged by the churches … [Read more...]

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Vogt and Barnes: Young Faces of Catholicism -UPDATES

I do believe Brandon Vogt may be one of the busiest, most focused young men-with-a-mission I've ever seen.Brandon is the author of the very well-received and widely read The Church and New Media, and a journalist who, like our Pat Gohn and Tony Rossi, has a knack for conducting great interviews (I do believe he knows every Catholic currently online!). He blogs at The Thin Veil and -- along with partners Matthew Warner and Josh Simmons -- he has founded the Digital Diocese Conference, a … [Read more...]

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Obama “Accommodation” Reactions

This morning I wrote what I had anticipated in the Obama "accommodation" and the reaction.I expect President Obama will come out and say something that sounds wonderful and conciliatory and that seems reasonable to people who are eager to reconcile with the president and give themselves permission to vote for him again in November. I also expect that beyond the words, what the President offers will be too little — the government miserly granting to us pieces of freedom we are utterly e … [Read more...]

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Holy Hour Reading Recommendations

Someone asked me if I could recommend a good book for reading during Holy Hour.Lots of great books, of course, but I am particularly fond of Jesus, Present Before Me: Meditations for Eucharistic Adoration by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.Then again, for Adoration, I like to bring my breviary, mostly, as it is a chance to pray an hour (usually Vespers) before the Blessed Sacrament. I also like old-fashioned prayerbooks like this one. They're kind of comforting and familiar, even if the … [Read more...]

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Bishopalooza! Great American Bishops -UPDATED

Recently the Gregorian Institute polled some Catholic bloggers and writers, asking them to name the top ten American Catholic Intellectuals, lay or clergy.I was flattered to be among those polled, but never did manage to participate. For the record, the (slightly controversial) Top Ten came in as follows:1. Orestes Brownson (1803–1876) 2. John Courtney Murray (1904-1967) 3. John Senior (1923-1999) 4. Avery Dulles (1918-2008) 5. James Schall (1928-) 6. Ralph McInerny (1929-2010) 7. … [Read more...]

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