Americans and Obedience: Oil and Water

It's a rare thing when Julie Davis climbs up on a soapbox; she is the most genial of ladies, and not one to kick up a fuss, but she's got something to say, today and it's worth hearing and pondering:Why did God highly exalt Christ Jesus? Why did God bestow on him the name above every name, that at that name every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth? Why shall every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father?Obedience.He took the … [Read more...]

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NPR’s really good piece on the LCWR Story

Every time I think I've had it with NPR, they surprise me -- they pull me back from the ledge with something really good. This time, it's a three-way interview on the LCWR story with Journalist John Allen, Christendom College's Donna Bethell and Sister Simone Campbell of NETWORK. All three are considerably more thoughtful and balanced on the issue than some print-media reports and Catholic analysts would suggest.Give it a listen or read the text. It's good stuff. … [Read more...]

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Benedict at 85: a Cloister Unto Himself

Today is the 85 birthday of our dear Pope Benedict XVI, and he speaks very plainly to the day:“I find myself on the last stretch of my journey in life, and I don’t know what is awaiting me.”“I know, however, that the light of God exists, that he is risen, that his light is stronger than any darkness and that God’s goodness is stronger than any evil in this world, and this helps me go forward with certainty."In a few days we'll celebrate the 7th anniversary of his pontificate. I canno … [Read more...]

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Ecce Homo, Christ’s Church and Homosexuality – UPDATE

My column at First Things this week did not start out addressing the coming, unstoppable and necessary confrontation between the church and the homosexual community, but then I read about Cardinal Christoph Schönborn's decision to support a gay member of a parish council over the priest who wished to unseat him, and Edward Peter's sensible response. With Ross Douthat's excellent, must-read book, Bad Religion; How We Became a Nation of Heretics swirling in my head, the column simply bent to a … [Read more...]

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A GREAT Communion Gift!

It's almost time for all the little girls in white and the little boys in blue (or white) to make their First Holy Communion, and every year I get folks writing me asking, "what is a good gift?" The kids usually get rosaries and prayerbooks in their "Communion Kits" so, what else is good?This. This is goodAmy Welborn Dubruiel and Ann Kissane Engelhart collaborated on this charming, delightfully illustrated chronicle of a meeting between Pope Benedict XVI (who has often discusses his … [Read more...]

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Viva Cristo Rey!

This film, based on a true story, looks terrific!I admit that, like many Americans, my understanding of the Cristero War is pretty sketchy. I know about the martyrdom of the Jesuit priest Miguel Pro (how many great martyrs have been Jesuits!) and I had heard of Bl. Jose Sanches del Rio, and I know that these Catholic sisters were founded by a brave and determined Mexican woman, and that they still sing "Viva Cristo Rey!" But honestly, that's about all I know.Over at Hot Air, Ed … [Read more...]

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“Thank Yourself, Catholic Charities Runs It”

The lie that the church "hates" women and wants to keep them down is an an old one and a lazy one and a convenient one, and -- unsurprisingly, it's the lie the media and folks with an agenda will run with. Reality, of course, is quite different and can't be explained in a slogan or with a bumper sticker:The hundred-or-so inhabitants were all ecstatic over the new [Catholic Relief Services supplied] well . . . but the happiest, the leader told me, through the translator, were the little … [Read more...]

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Unreal Hotel in Too-Real World

Anthony Esolen has an absolute must-read over at Crisis Magazine.Many are the strange things going on in the Unreal Hotel.In Room 101, a man and woman are lying together, and in more ways than one.In Room 102, it is a man and a man.In Room 103, a fellow named George, who has grown weary of his life, is meeting surreptitiously with his physician, Dr. Felix, to determine what will be the best medicine for him to take to bring his days to an appropriate end.In Room 104, two … [Read more...]

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Pope Benedict: Faith and the Future

In 2009 Ignatius press released this prophetic little volume, written by our pope over 1969-1970 -- while the world was in the first throes of the social revolution. I thought I'd share a few of Joseph Ratzinger's prescient thoughts. They seem timely:"The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes . . . she will lose many … [Read more...]

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Catholic Food Pantry, Surrender Your Conscience!

Some may remember that back in November, Mrs. Pelosi proclaimed her love for the church but noted regretfully, "they have this conscience thing". And it is really getting in the way of where she thinks society should be.Thus, the move to dismantle the Catholic conscience -- or at least to redefine it as a threat to the public good -- is underway. To that end an administration that didn't need to involve the churches in its policies at all has gone out of its way to do exactly that.And … [Read more...]

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