Dowd's Yips Derail Even Her Praise – UPDATED

Seems yesterday was my day for writing about female journalists. Last night I was late to the Anthony Weiner/Andrew Breitbart story, barely having time to observe Barbara Walters diminish herself by allowing her hate to overrule her sense. Before that, I was filing my latest column for First Things, which looks at how Maureen Dowd -- whose whole career, latterly, has been about stone-throwing and filtering hate through pop-references -- has so ruined her pitching mechanics that even when she … [Read more...]

The Gates of Hell are Rattling…

My column at First Things this week looks at the aphorism that "those who can't do teach," and wonders what lessons have been learned from those bishops of ours who did not know how to do their jobs:If “those who can’t do teach,” then a few of our teacher-bishops imparted some profoundly important lessons to us over the past six weeks. The shocking story of Belgium’s Bishop Roger Vangheluwe, and his stomach-turning delusions about what constitutes love and “moments” between an adult and a child … [Read more...]

The Church is not a Democracy – UPDATED

As Holy Week approaches we can always count on provocative headlines, like Time Magazine's Is Hell Dead? which looks at the latest book by Evangelical preacher Rob Bell. In October, it wouldn't warrant a cover, I'm sure.This entire Lent, however, the Catholic church in America has been roiling with Cult of Personality issues. The scandals of recent years have shaken the faithful; Rome seems distant to many and in our media-obsessed society a passionate orator proclaiming "the truth" … [Read more...]

Viper-bitten and Polarized in Lent

I'm a little behind and late getting this linked, but my column is up at First Things, where I am reflecting on todays readings and how viper-bitten the whole church seems to be, this Lent:The Church seems always to be challenged during the Lenten season, but this time the attacks are not foreign, as it were, but domestic: Interior factions are attempting to pull the Church toward their own interests, and as Holy Week approaches the Body of Christ seems as openly vulnerable as Leonardo’s V … [Read more...]

No, EWTN is not airing Fr. Corapi – UPDATED

ViaFor reasons I will never understand, when it comes to this ongoing issue with Father John Corapi, my encouraging a "wait and see" attitude has translated (for some) as meaning "Mean Lizzie hates Fr. Corapi and cannot wait to see him destroyed, bwwwaaaahahahaha!"Which, as I have said before, is crap. But people believe what they want, and that's human nature, I guess.So, a couple of hours ago, I get one of those "you hate Fr. Corapi" emails out of the blue, this one from a woman named … [Read more...]

Corapi Story; Devil's Delight

Over at Deacon Greg's place, the raging, the speculation, the accusing, the snide remarks, the sneering, the hyperventilating, the name-calling, the condescension, the nasty challenges just go on and on and on.There is this whole "we call you part of an anti-Corapi conspiracy" thing going on there, and in my email, which is sad, and sick, and disheartening, and it must be throwing the devil into spasms of delight.I popped over to Deacon Greg's, because someone sent me an email of the … [Read more...]

EWTN Responds to Critics re Fr. Corapi

Photo credit: Patrick NovecoskyIf it's Friday, there must be something new to read about Father John Corapi! That does seem to be the truth of it, doesn't it? In a way, it's a shame. On these Fridays in Lent we should be turned away from the headlines and the news, looking at Christ and his passion. But then again, EWTN has come under a lot of fire recently, so this response is news.This is not the first time EWTN has felt the need to explain to its viewers why it has suspended the … [Read more...]

Ferraro's Funeral – UPDATES!

I've had a few emails asking me why I haven't yet commented about the death of Geraldine Ferraro and fact that she will be laid to rest this Thursday after a funeral Mass.Frankly, I haven't thought much about it. She battled blood cancer for over a decade, and it seems to me she bore that cross with a good deal of grace and discretion; many people did not even know she was struggling, and she did not seem to seek out sympathy. That's an instructive thing to ponder in Lent, at least I think it … [Read more...]

Fr. Corapi and the Limits of Tragedy – UPDATED

In an earlier piece, Max Lindenman admitted to spending more time reading internet comboxes than is probably healthy for any human being.In this week's column, he clearly has spent a good deal of time reading the various postings and musings, here at Patheos, and elsewhere, about the ongoing (although not actually progressing) story of the investigation and suspension of Father John Corapi, and all of this has him wondering about both Irony and the limits of Tragedy:I have to confess, I like … [Read more...]

Santa Cruz Media on Fr. Corapi

It was not my intention to comment on this memo that was released by Santa Cruz media in defense of Fr. John Corapi. I was frankly happy to see passions abating from previous posts on the subject, and earlier in the week I had decided that, until something was "known" I would not post any further on Corapi.Then the memo was released on Friday, and I thought, "oh, blerg! Not more!" I really didn't want to open up another round of conjecture and speculation based on a memo that I thought raised … [Read more...]


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