Nuns and Bishops and Popes, Oh My! – UPDATES

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The sisters are all Joan of Arc and the Bishops are all Don Giovanni! Allow me to clear my tabbar of these numerous links touching on the Sr. Margaret Farley story, the LCWR leadership meeting with Rome story and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad menfolk -- offering "the contorted thinking of celibate men" -- who just don't appreciate the linear and perfect thinking of the celibate women. I guess female celibacy is superior to male celibacy and therefore confers credibility on … [Read more...]

Americans and Obedience: Oil and Water

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It's a rare thing when Julie Davis climbs up on a soapbox; she is the most genial of ladies, and not one to kick up a fuss, but she's got something to say, today and it's worth hearing and pondering: Why did God highly exalt Christ Jesus? Why did God bestow on him the name above every name, that at that name every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth? Why shall every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father? Obedience. He took the … [Read more...]

LCWR, the SSPX and the Vatican; Fun Times in Catholicland UPDATED

Busy days here at Patheos and I am only now getting to a bunch of emails from people asking me what I think about "this misogynist outrage from the Vatican" concerning the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Others, possibly recalling a piece I wrote three years ago sound like they're rubbing their hands together in anticipation; "I can't wait to see what you have to say about this!" wrote one woman. I wrote back, "what I think may surprise you." The possibility of the … [Read more...]

“The Bottomless Lie that Perverts Our Lives…”

"When a man sets himself against God," said Pope Benedict, "he sets himself against his own truth, and therefore does not become free, but alienated from himself." The pope is so prolific, it's hard to keep up. Only just read this from Holy Thursday. You can read the whole homily, here … [Read more...]

Rethinking Meatless Fridays

Over at First Things, today, I note that the bishops of England and Wales are re-introducing the notion of the Friday Fast -- which actually never went away, but that is not how Catholics, or the world, came to understand things "in the Spirit of Vatican II." Specifically, the bishops are looking to re-establish meatless Fridays. Wrapped as I am in nostalgia, I rejoiced to read this. My mother was such a dreadful cook that our Fridays, with or without meat, were as penitential as any other day … [Read more...]


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