"Of Gods and Men" and John Corapi

The remarkable film Of Gods and Men is out on Netflix, and if you haven't seen it yet, I urge you to put it on your queue and move it to the top. It is one of the best films I seen in years -- gripping, moving, enlightening and insightful. I can't think of a film in recent memory that so truly and respectfully portrays the life of faith, the religious life, and most especially the value, use and meaning of liturgical prayer and the sacramental, Holy Mass -- how these enhance the life of faith, … [Read more...]

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Holy Healing, Holy Art

Mary Magdalene by Antonio Veneziano graces the cover of this month's Magnificat Magazine, and once again I find myself as engaged with the wonderful artwork this publication routinely presents, as I am with all the wonderful prayers and readings within. It's a beautiful Icon, but the glossy Magnificat cover really brings it out in full force, rather like this snapshot, but even better.Here's what Pierre-Marie Dumont says about the work:Here we see "the sinner of love" represented not as a … [Read more...]

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SOLT and Corapi – UPDATED

Well, after hanging back on this story in order to verify it, it does appear -- via The SOLT's own website -- that the society did release a statement today that reads, in part:As the Society was engaging [a fact-finding] team, Fr. Corapi filed a civil lawsuit against his principal accuser. He contended that she had defamed him and breached her contract. The contract, according to Corapi's lawsuit, contained a provision binding the woman to silence about him. He offered the woman $100,000 to … [Read more...]

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Prayers for a First Profession – UPDATED

Sr. Rose Marie, the young Passionist nun who so charmingly invites people to pray about their vocations in this video will be making her first profession of vows tomorrow, with this very joyful community. Let's pray for her on the eve of her big day!My understanding is that Passionists take an additional vow -- one of enclosure -- and that they receive their ring at first profession rather than at final profession. It will be interesting to check the Passionist blog after the event and learn … [Read more...]

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Cuomo’s no Thomas More; Dowd’s Still Dowd

I really want to stop writing about her but Maureen Dowd's extended adolescence just attracts my morbid curiosity, and next thing I know, I have an urge to fisk. Writing on NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, she's just so irresistibly herself:“It’s troubling for me as a Catholic to be at odds with the church,” he began, before dissolving into a wry laugh. “Having said that, it seems that my entire political life, the tension with the church has come up again and again.”Yes, that's some laughing m … [Read more...]

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Gay Marriage, Eden & Our Constant Illusion – UPDATED

My column at First Things this week completes the journey I began three weeks ago, and I have to say the timing of the whole thing seems oddly coincidental, to me. I've had the idea of discussing homosexuality and God, otherness, nature and nurture and calling and depth of longing and marriage for a while, but never felt like it was the right time to bring it up, and then -- even though I wasn't paying much attention to the headlines when I began -- it all seems to have landed at the same time … [Read more...]

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Dear St. Aloysius

I love St. Aloysius and while in Rome was privileged to be able to pray at his tomb for my sons.A nice piece on him, in AmericaIn his single-minded pursuit of God, and especially his willingness to give up literal riches, Aloysius perfectly emblemizes a key meditation of the Spiritual Exercises called the “Two Standards.” In that meditation, St. Ignatius asks the retreatant to imagine being asked to serve under the banner, or “standard,” of one of two leaders—Christ the King or Satan. If on … [Read more...]

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Gay Marriage, Sentimentalism and Being – UPDATE

Over at First Things, I felt compelled to continue unpacking my thoughts from last week, about homosexuality, nature/nurture, "necessary otherness" and what it all might mean.Larry Kramer called the gay community “exceptional,” and in doing so he opens the door to question what that means, whether it implies a giftedness that is planned, and meant for all of us. If that is so, our homosexual brothers and sisters deserve a full participation in our human adventure, right down to the “plans of fu … [Read more...]

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The Corapi Investigation: What it is… (UPDATES)

Deacon Bill Ditewig, who has serious experience in the matter of priestly investigations has a very helpful post up on his site. First and foremost, he admits the system is flawed, but maintains it also has its strengths, and that the issue pertaining to John Corapi and his resignation -- or whatever it is -- from the priesthood has nothing to do with the so-called Dallas Charter:It has never been my intention to comment much on l'affaire Corapi. We simply don't know enough the facts … [Read more...]

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CUA re-embracing single-sex dormitories

I had the pleasure of meeting CUA's new president, John Garvey a couple of months ago, and came away impressed with his energy and his obvious interest in his students. That sincere interest is on display in his very "counter-culteral" move to re-establish same-sex dormitories at Catholic University:"Virtue," Aristotle concludes, "makes us aim at the right mark, and practical wisdom makes us take the right means." If he is right, then colleges and universities should concern themselves with … [Read more...]

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