Baseball: the most virtuous, and Catholic of games

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As George Harrison said, "it's been a long, cold, lonely winter." And it feels like years since baseball has been here.But what joy to flip on the television in my office and find Yankees in blue pinstripes, standing in the bright April sun! As I type this, they're losing 5-0 but it doesn't matter. There is the whiff of ball against leather glove; there is the crack of bat-on-ball. There are the crowd noises as A-Rod gets his first hit of the season. There are new names and old names and … [Read more...]

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Benedict: Anchoring Pole for Francis and John Paul II

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Over at Aleteia, Father Dwight Longenecker has a piece about Pope Francis as "reformer":Francis is hailed as a “reforming Pope” and he certainly seems intent on carrying through the plans initiated by Pope Benedict. Is it best, however, to regard him as a “reforming Pope”?People can and will make their own determination about that, but Dwight's not wrong that -- public perceptions and media narratives aside -- Francis is certainly moving forward on some Benedictine initiatives, even as h … [Read more...]

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Suffering Servant: Did Benedict Actually Resign?

This whole piece by John L. Allen is fascinating, but scroll down to the question:Did Benedict resign?Yet another point of interest from the recent press conference came when Francis took a question about papal resignation. He didn’t reveal his own plans, saying only that he’ll do “what the Lord tells me,” but did insist that he believes Benedict XVI historic decision to step down is not an “isolated case.”In that connection, an essay on Tuesday by longtime Vatican watcher Vittorio … [Read more...]

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John Allen’s Stark Reality of a Global War on Christians – UPDATED

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Deacon Greg Kandra has linked to the words of an Orthodox Priest, Fr. Peter-Michael Preble, who is sketching out the difference between what American Christians perceive as persecution, and what what real persecution is:Are you, as a Christian, prevented by anyone from setting up a Christmas tree in your home? Are you, as a Christian, prevented from attending the church of your choice on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?. . .Have armed rebels stormed your church or home and taken you hostage … [Read more...]

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