Ecce Homo, Christ’s Church and Homosexuality – UPDATE

My column at First Things this week did not start out addressing the coming, unstoppable and necessary confrontation between the church and the homosexual community, but then I read about Cardinal Christoph Schönborn's decision to support a gay member of a parish council over the priest who wished to unseat him, and Edward Peter's sensible response. With Ross Douthat's excellent, must-read book, Bad Religion; How We Became a Nation of Heretics swirling in my head, the column simply bent to a … [Read more...]

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Levering: Jesus and the Demise of Death

In promoting this book giveaway, I realized I had another book I wanted to bring to your attention: the Patheos Book Club is taking a look at Matthew Levering's Jesus and the Demise of Death -- which seems like excellent reading for the season, particularly for this week and next week, if this intro excerpt is any indication!In his intro, Levering writes:I seek to contribute to the "robust recovery of apocalyptic teaching and preaching" by setting forth a theology of resurrection … [Read more...]

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I love this book…UPDATED

The nicest part of my job is that I get a ton of books to read and review. Unfortunately I can't always find time to really give a book a good going-over, but when Paul Badde's The True Icon: From the Shroud of Turin to the Veil of Manoppello arrived in my mailbox, I did my usual thumb-through and found myself utterly hooked.This lavishly illustrated volume chronicles a very personal journey for Badde -- a tracing of the history of the Shroud of Turin and the lesser known veil that begins … [Read more...]

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Epistle of Obama 1:10 (Formerly Ephesians)

Found this floating around twitter; wish I knew who to credit.As concerns the Obamacare HHS Mandate forcing religious entities to pay for insurances covering employee sterilization, contraception and abortifacients, the more worn-out and tired non-thinking, knee-jerk phrase I've encountered this week in my email or in various comboxes and more than a few op-ed pieces or columns is "it's just birth control."As Kathleen Parker neatly informs: No, it ain'tActually there may be a tie … [Read more...]

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Komen and HHS: The Day of the Bully Dawns – UPDATED

In just about 24 hours the "non-political" billion-dollar entity known as Planned Parenthood -- which does not itself do mammograms, despite how ABC News frames it -- managed to leak the news that the Susan G. Komen Foundation would no longer be contributing $700,000 dollars to its coffers, get the two stupidest women in the US Senate to go into public hysterics, bring out the heavy guns of the mainstream media and apparently win Komen's surrender!We want to apologize to the American public … [Read more...]

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Illumination: Feast of the Presentation

And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined to be the rise and the fall of many in Israel, and a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2It is odd that this feastday -The Feast of the Presentation of Christ- (which as Deacon Greg explains, is also called … [Read more...]

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The Orgasmic “Yes” of Catholic Faith – UPDATED

I've tried to illustrate the point, before, and had a sense that it makes people uncomfortable:God takes pity on human limitations and tries another way of teaching and reaching, a better way to know the transcendence. He says, in essence: For your sake, I will become broken, too, but in a way meant to render you more Whole, and Holy, so that our love may be mutual, complete, constantly renewed, and alive. I love you so much that I will Incarnate, and surrender myself to you. I will enter … [Read more...]

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God is Not Done with You

Deacon Greg's homily for this weekend is especially good, and powerfully useful, I think:In the gospel, when the men who want to follow Jesus ask him where he is staying, he doesn’t give them a direct answer.“Come,” he says, “and you will see.”On one level, he’s inviting them to follow him.  But more importantly: he is also inviting them to see. To have their eyes opened.  The Lamb of God who will take away the sins of the world – and who will soon give sight to the blind! — is invi … [Read more...]

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Tim Tebow: Luke 12:8 or 1 Thess 5:18?

I must admit, I got a mild kick out of this bit on the statistics of yesterday's Bronco game:It's surely all coincidence, but how many yards did Tebow throw for as he led the Denver Broncos to a 29-23 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL's divisional playoffs on Sunday night?Answer: 316.And what did Tebow have on his eye black as he led the Florida Gators to victory in the 2009 national championship game three years ago to the day of his performance in Denver Sunday … [Read more...]

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The Primacy and Constancy of Christ-as-Truth – UPDATE

Reading the always-terrific John Allen the other day, I found myself miffed at the notion that some Vatican-watchers think our hard-working Benedict XVI is not engaged enough -- is in fact, a "part-time Pope".At the end of John Paul's reign, Politi writes, the papacy was widely understood to play these unique roles:"Respected interlocutor of the religions of the world, beginning with the other two great monotheisms: Judaism and Islam." "Spokesperson for human rights, beyond … [Read more...]

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