Heresy is Rare and Everywhere

In the comments section of another thread, I wrote in response to a commenter:". . .it is extremely distressing to me that so many Catholics are willing to make a decision about our fellows, stick a label on them and figure they know all about them and can ever-dismiss them as “that sort” of Catholic, or not as good a Catholic or the wrong sort of Catholic than you know…”better” Catholics.”To that another commenter wrote:This is where you completely lose me . . . a broad question in g … [Read more...]

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The Applause at Mass has to Stop

Katrina Fernandez has one of those posts up that makes you want to cheer and staple to the doors of a church.Kids are already told every day in school their self esteem and self importance is more valued than being literate. Now they get to come to mass and have Fr. Well Meaning reinforce this narcissistic behavior too. Forget that other guy. What's his name. Oh right. Jesus.It was so bad these masses began to embarrass my son. He sang in the choir because it gave him joy and he liked … [Read more...]

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SOLT and Corapi – UPDATED

Well, after hanging back on this story in order to verify it, it does appear -- via The SOLT's own website -- that the society did release a statement today that reads, in part:As the Society was engaging [a fact-finding] team, Fr. Corapi filed a civil lawsuit against his principal accuser. He contended that she had defamed him and breached her contract. The contract, according to Corapi's lawsuit, contained a provision binding the woman to silence about him. He offered the woman $100,000 to … [Read more...]

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Mo Dowd, Wrong Again

I am not sure she actually reads more than summary reports on anything, and even if that's true, I'm not sure she is able to comprehend sentences that do not conform to her worldview, still I am going to take a chance and send Maureen Dowd this piece on what critics and the press got wrong regarding the John Jay study on causality (pdf) and the sex abuse issue within the church.Dowd, you'll recall, went full metal mental all over Archbishop Dolan over gay marriage in doing so tried to sneer … [Read more...]

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Gay Marriage, Sentimentalism and Being – UPDATE

Over at First Things, I felt compelled to continue unpacking my thoughts from last week, about homosexuality, nature/nurture, "necessary otherness" and what it all might mean.Larry Kramer called the gay community “exceptional,” and in doing so he opens the door to question what that means, whether it implies a giftedness that is planned, and meant for all of us. If that is so, our homosexual brothers and sisters deserve a full participation in our human adventure, right down to the “plans of fu … [Read more...]

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Dog Day Afternoon – UPDATED

+ + + + Heh++++++++ Meanwhile, offered without comment because I have to pay attention to paying work, and because I'm getting a trifle bored. And the Wagner at the end was just so self-important and heavy-handed that, I'm sorry, I laughed. All I could think was "kill da wabbit, kill da wabbit, kill da wabbit!"I think I am done writing about John Corapi, unless something earthshaking comes up. I'll keep praying for him, but I'm not giving him any more publicity. If you need more things … [Read more...]

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EWTN's statement on Corapi – UPDATED

Unable to sleep this weekend, I was very grateful to be able click on EWTN in the wee small hours and find the brilliant art historian and writer Elizabeth Lev discussing the paintings of Georges Rouault and Caravaggio on this wonderful program on EWTN:Over on Facebook, a brief statement from the network:EWTN was deeply saddened by the news that Father John Corapi has announced his decision to resign from active priestly ministry and religious life. Unfortunately, his decision makes it … [Read more...]

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The Corapi Investigation: What it is… (UPDATES)

Deacon Bill Ditewig, who has serious experience in the matter of priestly investigations has a very helpful post up on his site. First and foremost, he admits the system is flawed, but maintains it also has its strengths, and that the issue pertaining to John Corapi and his resignation -- or whatever it is -- from the priesthood has nothing to do with the so-called Dallas Charter:It has never been my intention to comment much on l'affaire Corapi. We simply don't know enough the facts … [Read more...]

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John Corapi to feed/guard "entire world" – UPDATED

Have to be honest, sort of saw this coming when "John-once-called-'Father'-Corapi" (his words) offered his materials for sale with the note that they might not be available much longer. Seemed to be saying, to me, that he would not be able to preach or sell his stuff as a priest, anymore.Real quick analysis and a little transcription on initial listen:"All things change; only God stays the same...I am not going to be involved in public ministry as a priest any longer. There are 'certain … [Read more...]

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Face-Palm to Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese

Oy.Deacon Greg has an an update to the Kansas City-St. Joseph story that seems to be a triumph of naivete and just not getting it:The sad story of the troubles in Kansas City has taken a new twist:The Catholic official who oversees sex abuse complaints against priests in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese, has himself been accused of past sexual improprieties.You can read it all there. A friend of mine was quick to email about this story, and this writer:Judy Thomas has had that … [Read more...]

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