Mercy Strewn, the Feathers Still Linger

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Over at The Catholic Answer Magazine, my column dredges up the pain caused by gossip, and hints that mercy is always a good, if not-always-perfect, option.Answering the phone, I was alarmed to hear only a deep, guttural sobbing on the other end. After a moment, the caller collected herself enough to say, “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”“Who is this?” I asked, suspecting a wrong number.In another second I recognized the voice; it belonged to someone who, 20 years earlier, had spread a serio … [Read more...]

War on Women Propaganda

All wars have their propaganda I must say, I like this salvo -- a clever video put out by the Susan B. Anthony List:I especially like the closing line:"Tell President Obama to respect a woman's choice to practice her beliefs...not his."And you can do that here.In other news, DC Bishop Donald Wuerl is trying some pastoral instruction on Georgetown. My bet is Georgetown won't be listening.I am more than ever convinced that schism within the American church is around the … [Read more...]

When Marriage is an “Office” Not a “Right”

Over at First Things, I'm wondering if perhaps we have been thinking about marriage, and about all of our roles as human beings, in the wrong way. What if we thought about life in terms of Office; can we comprehend equality -- all quite natural and unforced -- then?While all offices are equal, the Office of Marriage is one of especial humility and sacrifice. The essentials of procreation residing within us are so powerful that unless one ardently works to prevent it, new life will come (a … [Read more...]

Pelosi Tries to Give Talking Points to Catholics – UPDATED

Right on schedule, Nancy Pelosi tries to do what Ted Kennedy and Mario Cuomo have done before her: give talking points to Catholics who wish to hop on to policy that flies in the face of church teaching.You'll recall it was Kennedy (and later Cuomo) who gave voice to the corkscrew notion that one could be “personally opposed” to abortion but too broad-minded to “impose my views on others.”Because, as you know, modern-day liberals would never presume to impose their views on others, not a … [Read more...]

Ground-up Babies in Pill Form – UPDATE

Help me out here -- I'm having a really hard time believing this is real, via the AP's Hyung-Jin Kim: SKorea finds smuggled capsules contain human flesh:South Korea has seized thousands of smuggled drug capsules filled with powdered flesh from dead babies, which some people believe can cure disease, officials said Monday.The capsules were made in northeastern China from babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder, the Korea … [Read more...]

Will’s Poignant Admiration: Why Life and Love Matter

George Will's son, Jon, is turning 40. With Down syndrome apparent at his birth, Jon's entrance into the world was greeted with a sterile question from the doctor to the parents: "do you want to take him home with you?"The Wills wondered, "isn't that what new parents do with infants?"Will has written a beautiful piece in honor of his son, whose well-lived life is a pointed and dignified rebuke to a society that now aborts 90% of all babies suspected of carrying an extra chromosome. It … [Read more...]

LCWR and Rome: the Opera of Catholicism – UPDATED

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PhotosourceRecently, while watching some Catholic sniping and squabbling amid these internet comboxes wherein I dwell and make my living, I noted a particularly dramatic note of victimhood being voiced in one channel and fervent, mustachio-twirling glee emanating from another, and I suddenly realized why opera is an art-form created and first-sustained in Catholic cultures. We do love our arias and our grand, sweeping themes.The issue I had been monitoring was the sort of simple … [Read more...]

Heather King’s Poor Baby

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You have to be a pretty interesting person to be able to write three short, funny and spiritually wise biographies before you're terribly old. Heather King is onesuch. She describes herself as "an ex-lawyer, ex-drunk Catholic convert" and upon reading her book Redeemed, I promptly fell in love with her work.Then I actually began to correspond with Heather, (and corralled her into sharing some great stuff with Patheos) and came to love her person.Barbara Nicolosi has called her a … [Read more...]

Matt Damon gives Props to George W. Bush?

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Well that is a surprising headline. Here's an even more surprising one: Matt Damon wants to kiss George Bush on the mouth:Matt Damon, known for his liberal politics, gave credit where credit was due to former President George W. Bush.And he said he’d do it with more than just thanks.“I would kiss George W. Bush on the mouth for what he did on PEPFAR,” he told The Atlantic in an extensive interview about his charity work.From that piece:MD: I would kiss George W. Bush on the … [Read more...]


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