Culture Wars: It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt

From the mind of Deacon Greg, whose comments are always closed.

So, yesterday was a most interesting day. Having worked until the wee small hours of Tuesday morning, I decided to sleep in a bit and then do an hour on my bike before getting down to serious work. As I biked, I checked email and learned that there was a twitterconflagration in effect, concerning this piece at First Things.As our culture wars progress, we're apparently supposed to stake out purist territory, declare "Here I stand, I can do no other" and then battle relentlessly; since we're … [Read more...]

Should “New Homophiles” Be Allowed their Stories?

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I love this about Saint Thomas Aquinas, the great teacher, whose story reminds us that we do not know as much as we think we do:[In 1273, on the feast of Saint Nicholas, Aquinas was celebrating Mass] when "he received a revelation that so affected him that he wrote and dictated no more, leaving his great work the Summa Theologiae unfinished. To Brother Reginald’s (his secretary and friend) expostulations he replied, "The end of my labors has come. All that I have written appears to be as so m … [Read more...]

“Gain a world of followers and lose your own soul…”

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Pope Benedict XVI famously urged Catholic clergy, religious and laity to get on to the web, learn how to use it and then "give the internet a soul", and it's certainly gratifying to see the many fervent Catholic folk who have taken his words to heart, here at Patheos and elsewhere.But working, even catechizing, online comes with its own spiritual dangers -- sins so easily fallen into that they almost don't seem like sins at all; they become "just a thing that happens on the 'net." Sort of … [Read more...]

Why people hate people who call themselves Christians UPDATED

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I just can't even:So, a server went to pick up a check after restaurant patrons had eaten, and found this message on the bill:"Thank you for your service, it was excellent. That being said, we cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to GOD. Queers do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours. We hope you will see the tip your fag choices made you lose out on, and plan accordingly. It is never too late for GOD'S love, but none … [Read more...]

The Big Book of Lent and Easter – UPDATED

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Every Ash Wednesday I put away Book III of the Liturgy of the Hours, and pull out Book II for the Lenten and Easter Season.Book III is pretty big, but Book II is "the big book." It's a book that carries a little bit of penance for me, on days when the arthritis in my hands is acting up, because just holding it in prayer sometimes makes me aware of pain. The book gets heavy, but Lent is a heavy time; as my prayer is distracted, I simply offer it up -- I look at the crucifix on my oratory and … [Read more...]

Prayer and Penance: Did Twitter Hasten Benedict’s Retirement?

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In hindsight, we're seeing clues, now, and reading words he uttered indicating that Pope Benedict XVI has clearly been thinking of renouncing the papal throne for some time.Forgive me if this sounds absurd on the face of it, but I am wondering if, despite these pieces of evidence, Benedict's recent entry into Twitter has had anything to do with the seeming abruptness of his announcement.Before you scoff, consider: the pope's interest in, and support of, the church's engagement with new … [Read more...]

Is faith a carousel or a roller coaster, for you?

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Time is flying. People will soon be getting their March/April issue of The Catholic Answer, and in it you'll find a column that might inspire the question in you: Vice or Victory? Carousel or Roller Coaster?Here was a woman swinging between excesses and defects of pride with pit stops at vanity, gluttony and sloth; here was someone excessive over “work” gifts and defective in appreciation of familial ones; a person deciding that while God and family may offer forgiveness, she knew better and … [Read more...]

Abuse cover-ups about more than a “clergy culture” – UPDATED AGAIN!

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(Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com)Over on Facebook, our friend James Martin, SJ noted that the National Catholic Reporter, in a long editorial, applauds Archbishop Jose Gomez for his public disciplining of Cardinal Roger Mahony:Gomez's words are a direct contradiction of the weak defense that Mahony has advanced for years . . "Nothing in my own background or education equipped me to deal with this grave problem," Mahony wrote. In studying for his master's degree in social work, he … [Read more...]

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“Emerging into Orthodoxy” at Patheos

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Every once in a while, I get an email from someone asking, "WHEN are you going to get some Orthodox blogging going?"Well...finally, we begin with "Emerging into Orthodoxy!"Blogger Drew Tatusko writes:I was baptized Catholic. I went to seminary to become a Presbyterian pastor. On June 3, 2012 I became Eastern Orthodox. This blog is about my journey and practice of this new way of life with God and a new community. Join me in the journey!Tatusko is a fellow-Lyme's-endurer, and he … [Read more...]


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