Kasper is Missing a Chance to Demonstrate Mercy – UPDATED

Hey, don't listen to those African bishops! Unless you're an African in Africa...and even then!

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...]

“Everyone must make his choice…”

choose wisely

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...]

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...]

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...]