Pope Francis Not Stupid; Knows What Marriage Is

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If you can see something that's obvious, it's a pretty sure bet that the Pope can see it, too.:In an audience with members of an international Marian movement, Pope Francis warned that the sacrament of marriage has been reduced to a mere association, and urged participants to be witnesses in a secular world.“The family is being hit, the family is being struck and the family is being bastardized,” the Pope told those in attendance at the Oct. 25 audience.He warned against the common v … [Read more...]

Synod Archbishop: Let’s Better-State the WHYS of Our Teaching

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Boy, I was so glad to hear this because it's what we've been talking in the comboxes, re this piece. People "know" church teaching, but they "know" it as a barrel of absolute "noes". They mostly do not have any notion of the theological reasoning behind the teachings, or how they reveal the hidden but constant reality of the "Yes" of God that the church is charged to communicate**.And they often cannot see that Catholicism is so reasoned, and so nuanced, that (for the most part) it cannot … [Read more...]

2 Late (as in New) Entries to the Vocation Post – UPDATED

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Nothing is static. I recently posted my annual "Nun News Roundup" piece (which had helpful reader additions in the combox), but just a few days later -- on a great Marian Solemnity -- these two very Mary-connected communities welcomed newbies!I knew the Summit Dominicans were expecting a postulant in October (and more to come this year; that's why they desperately need to succeed in their building campaign), but not this early. Yesterday they welcomed Sister Emily, and decked her out in … [Read more...]

The Burke and Kasper Videos: Epic Fail All Around – UPDATED

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If you're not already fully repelled by everything in our world being politicized, this might do the trick.Seriously, when I watched these two CNS-produced videos -- which take a page from the political propaganda playbook -- my stomach turned. I actually had a visceral reaction to the overt manipulation at work, here. Propaganda videos, complete with dark music and heavy messaging on one side and fluffy light and goo on the other, are repellent enough in in the political arena. To see them … [Read more...]

O King Solomon! Pray for us Squabbling Catholics!

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Okay, so, via Deacon Greg ala the Italian press (which is you know...the Italian press), here is the latest story that has some Catholics screaming at each other in social media.The pope baptized a baby. According to "Il Tirreno" the couple requesting baptism for their daughter Guilia may not be sacramentally married. We don't even know if that report is accurate, or if so what circumstances may be behind the couple being only civilly wed. But that's enough for battle amongst Catholics. … [Read more...]

Annulment Reform: “Amnesty” or Necessary Mercy? UPDATED

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During the Great Big Illegal Immigration Brouhaha of 2006—a drama of conservative hyperventilation and La Raza flag-waving parades that has since been repeated each May preceding a mid-term election—about two thousand of my blog readers left, never to return. They left because I had argued for the reform of a bogged-down and inefficient National Immigration Service, and the creation of a reasonable path to citizenship for peaceful people who had often been living in America for yea … [Read more...]

When We Truly Love, We Model God to Each Other – UPDATED

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A while back, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Mother Dolores Hart, OSB about her book, and she talked of breaking off her engagement in order to enter the Abbey:He was furious. Oh, He was so upset. But he said a very unexpected thing which was, ‘you know all love relationships don’t end at the altar, and I will be faithful to you in this.’ Well, I thought that was a head-trip too. I didn’t see how in the world he could do that, but in effect, fifty years later, Don did stay with m … [Read more...]

Absent Grown-Ups: Over-sexed and Material-Worlded to Death

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My column at First Things today is about what creates grown ups in the world, and what happens to the world when we resolutely refuse to be raised into it:A psychotherapist friend once confessed to me that she still makes each of her five grown children call her on rainy nights, to tell her they are safely at home. “So many mothers run away from their children or put them in nurseries or go out to work,” Dorothy Day noted, “because they can’t stand . . . the suffering that such love entails … [Read more...]

“All love relationships don’t end at the altar!” – Part I

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As a rule, when it comes to interviewing celebrities, Tony Rossi is our go-to guy, around here. Last week, though, he could not work into his schedule an opportunity to talk to Mother Dolores Hart, the actress-turned-Benedictine-nun who was the subject of last year's documentary, "God is the Bigger Elvis", and this year's best-seller, The Ear of the Heart. Mother Dolores is currently missing her cloister while she makes a major promotional tour in support of the book, and I had the opportunity … [Read more...]

Whaddya want, more COMMONERS in the world?

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He has been writing an important series on culture, class and the decline of marriage on his blog, but Ross Douthat's latest column in the New York Times is getting a lot of attention, as it is a rather thoughtful look at the propensity of Ivy-League alums to seek out Ivy-League mates, and how it affects the nation:Of course Ivy League schools double as dating services. Of course members of elites — yes, gender egalitarians, the males as well as the females — have strong incentives to marry o … [Read more...]


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