Dolan is Charged to Model Christ, Not the Pharisees

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When Jesus rescued the adulterous woman from an angry mob intent on stoning her to death, he was very quiet about it. He wrote something on the ground -- perhaps the sins of the men with the stones? Words in which they might recognize themselves and their own sins and offenses?"But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in res … [Read more...]

Social Justice and Mercy: “Two Threads of the Same Helix”

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All it takes to sustain a culture war is a few select voices shouting in ideological indignation and people who are willing to label themselves “left” or “right” and then fall in line. In the 21st Century, this uncompromising mindset is creating economic and political stagnation and a socio-political distrust that is destroying us.It doesn’t have to be this way. With Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World, author Brandon Vogt dares to suggest that our world might be saved f … [Read more...]

Describer of Planned “Black Mass”: Guess How He Died?

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The always-interesting and ever-pastoral Bishop Christopher Coyne of Indianapolis drops a particularly juicy and instructive codicil on the whole "Black Mass" Brouhaha of the past week and, as they say in Brooklyn, it's a doozy:. . .here is the "kicker," as a friend of mine shared with me this little historical tidbit. The spokesperson for the Satanic Temple said that the presentation of the Black Mass was to be based upon the description found in the book Lá-bas ("The Damned") published in … [Read more...]

Is a Hopeful Day Dawning for Some Divorced Catholics?

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That's the question I am asking over at the Guardian, today. Recalling the long ago wedding of friends who chose Mark 10:2-9 for the Gospel reading of their Nuptial Mass, I write:Even in Jesus’ day, divorce was a theological challenge.For the bride and groom the reading was a pledge of determination; one of them was still reeling from the recent divorce of parents married for over 20 years, and the subsequent remarriage of the mother.The divorce created anxiety before the wedding: w … [Read more...]

The Post Takes a Page at Patheos

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That would be The Jesuit Post, the rambunctious, thoughtful, fun and enlightening site staffed by about 50 young Jesuits, three of whom I am very pleased to announce, have taken up residence here at Patheos.Some of you may be asking why a growing, jumping site like TJP would offshoot over here, or why Patheos would take them on -- it seems to fly in the face of the notion of competitive markets, doesn't it?Well, that's kind of the point. If the goal of Catholic blogging is to serve … [Read more...]

The Dark Joy of Hating Rebecca Black

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While I am not remotely interested in Rebecca Black or her new song, "Saturday", I find it fascinating that merely two days after her video was published on YouTube, it boasts over 9 million hits.Think about that for a second, because it says almost nothing about Rebecca Black and a great deal about our society. Throughout social media Black is talked about and roundly mocked, and all of these people who supposedly don't like her product made haste to view her video, why?So they could … [Read more...]

Crouched Behind our Ideologies; Blocked from Salvation – UPDATED

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Almost a year ago, I announced that I was going to make a full-hearted effort to pull back from the temptation to ideological excess, and I completely meant it. I was tired of being angry, more than a little convinced that my anger suited the purposes of others, beyond my ken, and fed up with consenting to being bitter -- which was not only exhausting but took me nowhere I wanted to go.Here's what I've learned, so far: It's not always easy. Absent a grace-filled miracle, one can't can't … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Strange Gods: “A Meme on the Rise”? – UPDATED

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Yes, we've been joking for some time about how Pope Francis and I appear to be in some kind of mind-meld on the subject of idols -- he talks about them almost every single week, and brought them up in his encyclical, Lumen Fidei*. In today's homily, Pope Francis really hit hard on the theme:Once again, the liturgy of the Mass elicits from Pope Francis a reflection on the traps that punctuate the life of faith: To become an apostle of one’s own ideas, or a devotee of one’s own well-being, rat … [Read more...]

Don’t Assume People Know God Loves Them

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This is excellent, from Rebecca Ryskind Teti. . .the women asked to speak to me privately. Candidly, although I couldn’t imagine what I’d said that gave offense, I expected a rebuke. What actually came melted my heart. First, she sheepishly admitted she had no idea where to find Matthew, Mark, Luke or John in her Bible. Then she got to her real question. Eyes welling up, she asked, “I am a recovering alcoholic who has made a total mess of her life and others’. Is there any hope for me?” … [Read more...]

“Everyone must make his choice…”

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Earlier today, I linked to remarks from Pope Francis (which you should go read, because they're great) and I mentioned that they reminded me of what are purported to be the last words of G.K. Chesterton: "It is between light and darkness, and everyone must choose his side."This afternoon, Francis' words came to me again, and once again, they brought me to Chesterton, but a different line.Pope Francis said: "Everyone must make his choice.”Chesterton said: "When you chose one thing, y … [Read more...]


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