Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP, comes to Patheos

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Amid all the layfolk, Patheos' Catholic Channel has enjoyed hosting the blogs of two fine priests, one deacon, and one cinema-savvy religious sister, who is more or less "shared" with the Entertainment group. Now, we are happy to add another sister -- unsurprisingly, a second Daughter of Saint Paul -- to the mix. We are happy to announce the arrival of Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, who brings her excellent blog, Pursued by Truth into our lineup!Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP is a former … [Read more...]

Changing Hearts, Minds, and ‘Senses’

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In the last post, we talked about ‘senses’, the gut feelings, unquestioned assumptions, and ‘unknown unknowns’ that frame our thoughts and beliefs, often deciding what we choose to accept and reject.We concluded by posing some questions: How do people form and change their narratives, their “senses”, their social imaginaries? Can it even be done? How can we know our unknown unknowns, anyway? And aren’t Catholics as sense-bound as the next guy? Not being Damon Lindelof, I try to make a habit … [Read more...]

‘Sense’ and Sensibility (In Defence of Donald Rumsfeld)

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I don’t know the man, but I’d wager that Donald Rumsfeld treasures “Top 10 Dumbest Political Statements” articles rather more than the average retired politician.Because, of course, “Top 10 Dumbest Political Statements” pieces have a reasonable chance of including Rumsfeld’s memorable declaration on 'unknown unknowns – and thus of reminding Rumsfeld that despite everything, on this particular point he was considerably smarter than his critics.Every single time I read someone dismiss the “ … [Read more...]

A Failed Voyeur to War

This is a silly story about a sad story.In January of 2005, American troops opened fire on a car that turned out to be carrying an Iraqi family. Both parents were killed outright, the sons was badly injured. Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros snapped an image of the daughter standing in the blood spatter. Half-blanketed by darkness, she is reduced to pairs of tiny feet and hands, and a wide-open, screaming mouth.The New York Times has tracked the girl down. In "Face That Screamed … [Read more...]

Spitzer-take; In the Arena?

To the surprise of no one, Kathleen Parker is departing CNN's Parker/Spitzer;Kathleen Parker, the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist who co-hosted CNN's 8 p.m. show, is leaving just five months after the show debuted, the company announced Friday."I have decided to return to a schedule that will allow me to focus more on my syndicated newspaper column and other writings," Parker said in a statement. She said she enjoyed her time on the show "Parker Spitzer" with former New York Gov. Eliot … [Read more...]

Egypt: As Vague as We Wanna Be – UPDATED

PhotosourceIn 2003, when the United States liberated Iraq, an older Iraqi man related his vision of what life would be like without Saddam Hussein.“Democracy!” he shouted. “And whiskey! And sexy!” Yes, but perhaps with a Middle-Eastern, faith-based spin that intellect-based Washington could never quite grasp, not in Iraq, not in Afghanistan, and now, not in Egypt.My column at First Things takes a look at Egypt, and the nearly impenetrable vagueness that has surrounded the story of the Januar … [Read more...]


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