Catholics: Talking Homosexuality without Sentimentality UPDATED

I've been called a few names for suggesting that sentimentality is a kind of soft tyranny. So be it. I concur with Flannery O' Connor that when we swim in the sticky syrup of sentimentality, we lead ourselves to ovens and gulags.Feelings are wonderful things and I am glad we have them, but they are often irrational things, as well. Think of the things you "love" and "hate". Often your passion is irrational to your friends, and -- if you're honest -- even to yourself. Because they are … [Read more...]

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The Crescat’s Brave Piece

One of the reasons I have always liked Katrina Fernandez is that she has the soul of an artist and the sharp-elbowed honesty of one who has spent some time sketching among the longshoremen: she is both elevated and earthy in her perspective. In this, she reminds me a little of Heather King, whom I have referred to as "a mystic with a bit of a mouth"Some of that, I've always thought, suggested the self-bandaging of a person who had survived serious wounding and found a way to cope. I know a … [Read more...]

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Pelosi Tries to Give Talking Points to Catholics – UPDATED

Right on schedule, Nancy Pelosi tries to do what Ted Kennedy and Mario Cuomo have done before her: give talking points to Catholics who wish to hop on to policy that flies in the face of church teaching.You'll recall it was Kennedy (and later Cuomo) who gave voice to the corkscrew notion that one could be “personally opposed” to abortion but too broad-minded to “impose my views on others.”Because, as you know, modern-day liberals would never presume to impose their views on others, not a … [Read more...]

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Why We Need Redemption

This ugly, deplorable, heartbreaking picture showed up in my facebook feed.That's a beautiful baby, who looks to be full-term. And there are thousands if not millions of people who cannot have babies, and who would quickly claim this little one for their own. In a world where the fullness of love is constantly being challenged by hate and emptiness, the love therein created -- parent-to-child-to-grandparents and so on -- would have brought a little more affirmation, a little more "yes" into … [Read more...]

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“When shall we begin to do good?” (video fixed)

Last year I had a chance to interview Tony Rossi about The Christopher Awards, and how they emphasize how Christ is borne in the stories, these awards bring to our attention.The latest awards have been announced, and they'll be presented in May, but over at his blog today, Tony features one of the honored books, Kisses from Katie: a Story of Relentless Love and Redemption, and what an inspiring, humbling story it is!A few years ago, the Tennessee teen served as class president at her … [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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Did Daley leave WH because of the HHS Mandate?

Found over at New Advent (which you should be visiting every day!) there is this headline: Anonymous White House sources: Sebelius led fight for contraception edict, while VP Biden warned Obama about backlash from Catholic voters.....President Barack Obama ended months of internal White House debate by siding with a group of mostly female advisers who urged him not to limit a health-care law mandate to provide contraceptives, even at the risk of alienating Catholic voters in November, … [Read more...]

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How to understand the Culture of Life

Hello Everyone! I'm thrilled to be here alongside my esteemed co-hosts at The Anchoress, where the best readers on the internet congregate.If you've never heard of me, or my blog, Betty Duffy, that puts you with the vast majority of people online who read blogs. Kathy reports that my schtick is organized and happy, which causes me to fear that I have gravely misrepresented myself online. Keep reading, and I'm sure you'll encounter my miserable and disorganized side as well.I tend to run … [Read more...]

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77 years later, woman finds child conceived in rape

Photo: Ana Venegas/AP: Minka Disbrow discovered her daughter was raised by a Norwegian pastor and his wife and has six children including astronaut Mark Lee.Wow, what a story:On a summer day in 1928 while picnicking with girls from a sewing class, Disbrow and her friend Elizabeth were jumped by three men as they went for a walk in their long dresses.Both were raped.“We didn’t know what to do. We didn’t know what to say. So when we went back, nothing was said,” Disbrow recalle … [Read more...]

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