Nuns and Bishops and Popes, Oh My! – UPDATES

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The sisters are all Joan of Arc and the Bishops are all Don Giovanni!Allow me to clear my tabbar of these numerous links touching on the Sr. Margaret Farley story, the LCWR leadership meeting with Rome story and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad menfolk -- offering "the contorted thinking of celibate men" -- who just don't appreciate the linear and perfect thinking of the celibate women.I guess female celibacy is superior to male celibacy and therefore confers credibility on … [Read more...]

The Crescat’s Brave Piece

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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...]

The Talking, Thinking and Wondering Will Continue

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There is a saying attributed to St. Gregory of Nyssa, that I used to keep up on my header: "Ideas lead to idols; only wonder leads to knowing."I wonder about that phrase often, and continually draw new understanding as I apply it to different subject matters. It reminds me that I am not only free to ponder, but that as a Catholic, I am (quite contra-CW) required to think. Not to give in to the soft tyranny of sentimentalism until I'm so busy feeling that thinking is dismissed; not to … [Read more...]

Americans and Obedience: Oil and Water

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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...]

LCWR and Rome: the Opera of Catholicism – UPDATED

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PhotosourceRecently, while watching some Catholic sniping and squabbling amid these internet comboxes wherein I dwell and make my living, I noted a particularly dramatic note of victimhood being voiced in one channel and fervent, mustachio-twirling glee emanating from another, and I suddenly realized why opera is an art-form created and first-sustained in Catholic cultures. We do love our arias and our grand, sweeping themes.The issue I had been monitoring was the sort of simple … [Read more...]

C.S. Lewis. Nails it.

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Lots and lots of editing work to do for the morning, so here is C. S. Lewis! … [Read more...]

The LCWR, Reform and the Persistence of Memory – UPDATED

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My plan was to end the night with a linking round-up of reactions, thoughts and analysis of how the story of the Vatican's call for a reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious was falling out. And I may still do that -- when do I ever shut up? But for tonight, I can't think of a better read for anyone interested in this story, than Max Lindenman's brilliant, heartfelt and almost lyrical piece that reads like the turn of a long, last loving look and a deep sigh into tomorrow:So … [Read more...]

You want to really talk about Christian Persecution?

We talk about it, and it's a serious issue, but how much do we really know about the reality of Christian persecution, and how we folks in the pews need to be prepared to help each other as people are "paying blood for their fidelity to the Gospel"?Watch this masterful, balanced, stunningly-well done presentation by the great and knowledgeable journalist John Allen, delivered to the 2012 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Mark Shea has linked to it and so has Thomas L. McDonald -- … [Read more...]

Catholicism and Bad Religion: a One-Two Punch

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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...]

Benedict at 85: a Cloister Unto Himself

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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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