Kasper is Missing a Chance to Demonstrate Mercy – UPDATED

Cardinal Walter Kasper today addressed his recent remarks to a group of reporters, numbered among them Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register (and Zenit). You can get the background by reading through these posts. The controversy involved his words concerning the bishops of Africa -- which he brought up -- and his denials about ever having spoken to Zenit (a misunderstanding) or having spoken the words that came out of his mouth (intent does matter, and it may have been innocent). … [Read more...]

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First Ladies get to Learn how to do it well UPDATE: AUDIO

“One of the things that I don’t do well is this. . .Do you understand?”Whaaaa?That was our First Lady, not having one of her best moments while dealing with a heckler at (what else?) a fundraiser.Obama was addressing a Democratic Party fundraiser in a private Kalorama home in Northwest Washington when Ellen Sturtz, 56, a lesbian activist interrupted her remarks to demand that President Obama sign an anti-discrimination executive order.Obama showed her displeasure – pausing to conf … [Read more...]

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Politics Destroys the Soul -UPDATE

I've been suspecting it for a while, but I think Dorothy Day's sentiment sort of makes it very plain."I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least." — Dorothy DayI want to love God with all my heart and all my being.But I can't stand anyone in politics, right now. And I realize, today -- for the millionth time -- that it's not a healthy thing for me, spiritually; my ability to slip into a broad mood of disliking says something about my capacity for loving God, and a … [Read more...]

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Changing ‘Amazing Grace’, to Feel Better About Ourselves?

Miss Kelly is distressed to find that some hymnals (including the one in my church) feature a change in the words to Amazing Grace.“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me...” Has been changed to reflect both the freedom that comes with salvation -- which is very nice -- and also the decree from some publishing house on high that we never, ever sing a lyric that might suggest a negative.“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved and set me free...”Never mi … [Read more...]

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