Gradualism: Two More Thoughts on its Gravity #Synod14 – UPDATED

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I: It is instructive, and a little depressing, to watch Catholic social media come alive with reactions to the synod's relatio text, which -- let's remember -- is going to be revised and clarified in another week, and then studied, thought about and prayed over for at least a year. The secular media is, naturally, trying to drive the narrative to its preferred talking points (and they're making sure to beat up on poor old Pope Benedict XVI, so whisper up a prayer for him).In social media, … [Read more...]

Cake and Hammers: Frank Underwood Has a Word for Kirsten Powers

Here we are, a bare week out of Lent, and the Christians are banging on one another, as we too often do, this time about whether or not Christ Jesus would bake a wedding cake for a same sex couple.It all started with Kirsten Powers, writing at USA Today, declaring that Christians wanted to go all Jim Crow against gay couples, and adding "Maybe they should just ask themselves, "What would Jesus do?" I think he'd bake the cake."Powers followed that up with another indictment, this time in … [Read more...]

Could we see Pope Patrick I in this Year of the Snake? – UPDATE

The Chinese New Year has just passed and we are now in the Year of the Water Snake, according to my Chinese friends who take the zodiac with varying degrees of seriousness, this means we face a year characterized by "toil and transformation"."Your pope offered his resignation, almost as the year began," one friend said to me. "It's going to be a busy year of changes for all of us."I don't subscribe to zodiacs, myself, but one can't help noticing that one Cardinal never included in the … [Read more...]

Predicting the Pope: the ultimate sucker’s bet – UPDATED

“I call as my witness Christ the Lord who will be my judge, that my vote is given to the one who before God I think should be elected.”That is what each Cardinal Elector will say each time he approaches the altar to deliver his vote for the next pope.Pretty grave stuff, right there; I would bet that each time he repeats that sentence -- on top of all the prefacing vows and promises -- the weight of it is felt a bit more deeply.Imagine being surrounded on all sides by Mic … [Read more...]

You want to really talk about Christian Persecution?

We talk about it, and it's a serious issue, but how much do we really know about the reality of Christian persecution, and how we folks in the pews need to be prepared to help each other as people are "paying blood for their fidelity to the Gospel"?Watch this masterful, balanced, stunningly-well done presentation by the great and knowledgeable journalist John Allen, delivered to the 2012 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Mark Shea has linked to it and so has Thomas L. McDonald -- … [Read more...]


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