Do Catholics Overvalue Pomp and Ceremonials?

Here we see the Camerlengo, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, sealing the papal apartments, because we currently have no pope.I saw someone on twitter comment that the sealing -- with the wax, as is traditional -- was all part and parcel of our church's "medieval" mindset, and it annoyed me, because it is a kneejerk (and false) bit of approved grousing, put on for show; or because the commenter is too lazy to actually think but wants to play to an audience (the curse of social media, to which we … [Read more...]

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The Hate that Feels like Love

My Tuesday column this week was inspired by Fox News' Mike Tobin's thoughts on hate as he has covered the demonstrations in Wisconsin:One thing I think should make clear – the people coming after us from every live shot here, these people hate,” Tobin said. “These are people who don’t respect diverse viewpoints . . .Now, I am not saying that’s all of the people. Those are the people that come here and heckle and try to disrupt things. I look in their eyes – there is hate in their eyes. They d … [Read more...]

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