Paul Ryan, Patheos’ “News and Politics” and “Public Catholic”

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Deacon Greg is probably one of the least "political" writers at Patheos, but he is still a newsman and his Catholic perspective has him rounding up articles on Paul Ryan and also culling specific Ryan/Catholic issues from the headlines, like this one: Ryan's Budget a "Quandary" for some Catholics"Meanwhile, just in time for the electoral season (and destined to live beyond it), Patheos has created a sort of one-stop landing page for all of your "mixing my faith with my politics" needs, … [Read more...]

Ed Morrissey’s Reasonable Talk on Catholic Reasons


A point I frequently try to make, around here, is that Catholicism is too large, too wide, too nuanced, too small-c-catholic to permit ideological purity. Catholic politicians or ideologues who manage such "purity" have always had to betray a tenet of Catholicism to get to that place.And that, to my way of thinking, is actually one of the best arguments for Catholicism, and Catholic Orthodoxy, in the world. It brings reasonable resistance against sophist trends and the sentimentalist's means … [Read more...]

Limbaugh, Christie and the "Real" Reagan – UPDATE

Running out to store, I heard Rush Limbaugh criticizing Chris Christie for using the word "compromise" too often in his speech last night.Said Rush -- who wants nothing of compromise in our governance: "Winners don't compromise with losers."Well, alright, I guess that's one point of view, but it seems to me the man wants to have his cake and eat it too. He (and I, and many others) criticized President Obama for saying at his first meeting with the GOP, "I won," and for later reminding them … [Read more...]

Politics Destroys the Soul -UPDATE

I've been suspecting it for a while, but I think Dorothy Day's sentiment sort of makes it very plain."I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least." — Dorothy DayI want to love God with all my heart and all my being.But I can't stand anyone in politics, right now. And I realize, today -- for the millionth time -- that it's not a healthy thing for me, spiritually; my ability to slip into a broad mood of disliking says something about my capacity for loving God, and a … [Read more...]

Beer, Boots and the GOP Base

I always figured I appreciated a tragic female -- Mary, Queen of Scots, the Black Dahlia, Edie Sedgwick -- as much as the next ghoul. But when it comes to Sarah Palin, I seem to have overlooked a deep seam of tragedy that my colleagues in the Fourth Estate have been mining for years. Quite by chance, I discovered that not one, but two articles titled "The Tragedy of Sarah Palin" have appeared in high-profile publications over the past thirty-one months.Both say basically the same thing -- … [Read more...]