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...]

Calming the Catholic Caricatures

Three excellent pieces, today, all making the very excellent and true argument that Catholics cannot really be labeled and pigeonholed into political and ideological caricatures, no matter how desperately the media (and too often Catholics themselves, of each other) try to do it.First up, Father Robert Barron looks at Paul Ryan and says, he's neither the social menace or the knight in shining armor that partisans want you to believe:In its social teaching, this same sort of "bi-polar … [Read more...]

Vote for your favorite Catholic Speakers!

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Mark Shea calls him "one of the most generous people" he knows, and I concur; I'd add "most infectiously joyful" and also "tireless" (there's youth for you). He's got something new going on at his blog, and really, I can't think of any reason for him to do it except his interest in promoting all-things-all-people Catholic in order to serve the faith.What's he doing? Offering a huge number of Catholic writers and speakers for your consideration and asking you to vote for your favorite 15. … [Read more...]

Fr. Dwight on Aurora and Demonic Possession

Earlier today, while linking to a sermon full of truth and victory, I also linked to this story in the WSJ, which contained a passage that more than a few people found creepy:Mr. Rotkovich called Mr. Holmes to set up an orientation time, and heard an “incoherent, bizarre” voice-mail message, which he described as “very guttural.” “There was all kinds of low groaning in the middle,” Mr. Rotkovich said. He called twice more and left three messages. The range never heard from Mr. Holmes. … [Read more...]

The Fruit of Chastity

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Max Lindenman has a good post up, on how to write about sex, when one is Catholic.Since we Catholics tend to do that a lot (one of the frankest bit of Catholic writing on sex I have ever read -- and appreciated -- was Elizabeth Duffy's essay on the subject, included in Hallie Lord's Style, Sex and Substance), I appreciated Max's very honest take on his own evolution on the issue:A few weeks ago, Joanne McPortland wrote a piece comparing Catholics to BDSM submissives. In sharing the … [Read more...]

In other News, Fulton Sheen is “Venerable” UPDATED

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While the SCOTUS ruling was breaking, this story came over the wires, too:Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is now “Venerable” after the Vatican announced today that Benedict XVI had signed a decree recognising that the archbishop heroically lived Christian virtues.The announcement of the decree marks a significant step in the canonization cause of Peoria, Ill.-born Archbishop Sheen (1895-1979), the Emmy award-winning televangelist whose program, "Life is Worth Living," was bro … [Read more...]

Kraft Goes Gay Pride: Protestant Potlucks Hardest Hit

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It slipped my notice that Kraft Foods had photoshopped an Oreo with gay-pride colors for an ad.Thank God it's not a real cookie; Michael Bloomberg would be so torn! On the one hand, it's disgusting-looking; it looks like it would throw one into diabetic coma while also causing cancer from the numerous dyes. On the other hand, though, it's gay pride. How could he not embrace it?The trials of Nanny Bloomberg: to pander or to police?Over at the Evangelical portal, Nancy French is … [Read more...]

Peter and the Sons of Caesar: A World Upside Down

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In observance of the "Fortnight for Freedom", my column at First Things considers that the ever since Peter was crucified upside down, the church has seemed like a screwball, topsy-turvy proposition to the worldly world, and all it's glamor. And all its empty promises:In the first chapter of Father Robert Barron’s remarkable book Catholicism, he discusses the utterly revolutionary fact and idea of Jesus Christ, son of Mary, son of God, as communicated in the “fighting words” that open S … [Read more...]

Leah Libresco, Media’s Favorite Puzzle

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When Leah Libresco informed me that she was entering an RCIA program and wanted to know how to move her blog over here to the Catholic portal, she said she thought there might a some reaction to her conversion, but not enough to take up a whole day, so her main plan was to "sit on the porch and eat ice cream."I'm thinking the vanilla swirl has melted and congealed in the bowl, by now.Being busy with travel and a conference since last Wednesday, I've been a mostly-passive observer of the … [Read more...]

“No one hates men! But…damn these men!” – UPDATED

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On Facebook, Diane of Te-Deum blog embedded this interview between Christiane Amanpour and Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, whom Amanpour calls "a practicing nun."Because she's a class-A journalist, is the haughty Christiane. She's like the Anna Wintour of elite broadcasters, but even less interesting.Full disclosure: as a Benedictine Oblate, I've read and gleaned much wisdom from Sister Joan's books on Monasticism; she has a lot of good and instructive things to say about the psalms and … [Read more...]


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