The Muscular Spirituality of Leah Libresco – UPDATED

In its end-of-year issue, Our Sunday Visitor has profiled 9 Outstanding Catholics of 2012 who have been particularly effective "examples of leadership, service and witness in the past year."Three of those nominated for consideration blog here, at Patheos -- Marc Barnes (Bad Catholic), Lisa Hendey (A Good Measure) and Leah Libresco (Unequally Yoked) -- and another, Sister Lisa Marie Doty, of Nunspeak Blog has contributed several pieces, to our Habit of Witness series.It was my pleasure … [Read more...]

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“Monstrous Evil” Indeed

If I were not already feeling sick this story found by Mark Shea would get me there. Mark calls it a "monstrous evil" and he is correct -- this is nanny-statism and bureaucracy out-of-control, and it's only going to get worse:Even after Marie Freyre died alone in a nursing home 250 miles from the family in North Tampa that loved her, Marie's mother had to fight to bring her home.In March 2011, state child protection investigators took 14-year-old Marie from her mother, Doris Freyre, … [Read more...]

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Big Gay Al on the Boy Scouts and Homosexuality – UPDATES

"Look, I appreciate what you kids did. I really do. But this isn't what I wanted. I'm proud to be gay. And I'm proud to be in a country where I'm free to express myself. But freedom is a two-way street. If I'm free to express myself, then the scouts have to be free to express themselves too. I know these [scout leaders]. They are good men. They are kind men. They do what they think is best for the kids. No matter how wrong we think they might be, it isn't right for us to force them to think our … [Read more...]

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Building on what you’ve built: A GREAT Story

My Patheos colleague Tim Dalrymple has a story and video that really should make everyone stop in their tracks and think about what we all mean when we say (or sneer) at each other: "success", "capitalism", "share", "evil corporations", "collectivism" and "church."We get caught up in words like those -- particularly in an election year where, suddenly, words like "hard work", "build", "success", "welfare", "human dignity", "profit", "business", "hand-outs", "hand-ups" and "community" are … [Read more...]

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Getting to Know Ramadan

Don't know much about Ramadan? Well, join the club, but I became more interested in Islam's holiest month after reading this award-winning essay from ONE Magazine, which is put out by the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.On the surface, Ramadan resembles Christian Lent. It differs, however, in several fundamental ways.Perhaps the most apparent difference is that after breaking the fast at nightfall, Muslims celebrate and often feast. During the first weeks of the month, there are … [Read more...]

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Peter and the Sons of Caesar: A World Upside Down

In observance of the "Fortnight for Freedom", my column at First Things considers that the ever since Peter was crucified upside down, the church has seemed like a screwball, topsy-turvy proposition to the worldly world, and all it's glamor. And all its empty promises:In the first chapter of Father Robert Barron’s remarkable book Catholicism, he discusses the utterly revolutionary fact and idea of Jesus Christ, son of Mary, son of God, as communicated in the “fighting words” that open S … [Read more...]

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NY Daily News: Can’t we put aside politics to help people?

(Photosource)Would have missed this editorial in the New York Daily News, if not for the invaluable New Advent:Modern-day slaves, hostage to abortion: Set aside politics to help Catholic groups that fight human traffickingSome problems are more important than politics. Human trafficking should be one of them. As Secretary of State Clinton has said, “If this issue doesn’t demand zealous advocacy, it’s hard to figure out what does.”In fact, just this week, a new State Department rep … [Read more...]

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A Spanking Good Analogy on Casual Sex/Contraception

Photo courtesy of Olga Besnard / Shutterstock.com"Why did Mike Ditka and Joe Paterno recommend the removal of facemasks from football players' helmets?" asks BC professor, Tim Muldoon, "It's because when I perceive I'm protected, I amp up my risk level. Same with contraception."That bang you just heard was reality, closing in on you.Muldoon's analogy is what my Auntie Lillie would have called "a spanking good telling" that delivers an inarguable truth to our … [Read more...]

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Good Reads and Dawn Eden’s Latest! – UPDATED

Over at Aquinas and More they're sponsoring the Catholic Summer Reading discussion, and I am really pleased to see several books I have liked and recommended up on the list of recommended adult reading. You can vote for adult and teen titles you recommend. Happily, the list includes Sigrid Undset's Stages on the Road, about which I cannot say enough good things, and also Amy Welborn's Wish You Were Here: Travels Through Loss and Hope and Hallie Lord's Style, Sex and Substance.One book that … [Read more...]

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Afflicted by Boredom…”Say something new!”

My piece at First Things, today:With something like horror I realized that I—the news junkie whose earliest memories involve sitting on the floor, transfixed as Nancy Dickerson read the afternoon headlines and the iconic black and white images burned themselves into my imagination; the girl who had devoured political and religious stories and had made a happy career out of the chomping; the woman whose greatest joy after family was the perpetual wellspring of the internet where one c … [Read more...]

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