Cordileone’s “March for Marriage” Response a Gem

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I shouldn't say it because, well, this guy has good reasons why I oughtn't (H/T) but recovery from pneumonia (and now bronchitis) has made me busier than I want to be, as I try to catch up with work that has fallen behind. I barely have time to read all the Patheos writers, much less off-site pieces.Because I must read those, though, I was happily prompted, first by David Mills's excerpt, and then by Deacon Greg, to read San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's outstandingly pastoral … [Read more...]

James Martin SJ: Gravity in Face of MSNBC Condescension – UPDATED

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Having read and followed the work Father James Martin, S.J. for a decade or more, I would be hard-pressed to identify a time when he was less than smiling and serene in his discussions on matters of faith, prayer, church-life and more.So, it was striking, and meaningful, to see this most temperate of priests bring a respectful-but-grave presence to an MSNBC discussion that, it seems to me, was handled poorly. The participants, save the Jesuit, seemed unserious and … [Read more...]

A Gay CEO with Balls Needs to Hire Eich and Halt this Crap

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If the headline strikes some as offensive, it will nevertheless remain, because that's the case I'm making, and I'm sticking with it: a gay CEO with a pair of brass ones needs to step up and speak truth to a growing, and most illiberal new power. He or she needs to hire Brendan Eich in some sort of corporate leadership capacity for the sake of the most fundamental of freedoms -- the freedom to think what you want to think, even if your thinking is unpopular or deemed "mistaken" -- and in so … [Read more...]

Go and Learn What this Means: “Cognitive Dissonance”

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So, you know all this brouhaha, all these hysterics about how bakers, and photographers, and other service-providers who routinely work for gay clientele (but draw a line at serving gay weddings because they feel it imperils their souls) are horrible people?And you know the whole "if you think that way, then you're a bigot," thing, because governments and pundits have taken it into their heads that it is their job to define "sin" to another person?And you know that whole, "refusing to … [Read more...]

Cake and Hammers: Frank Underwood Has a Word for Kirsten Powers

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Here we are, a bare week out of Lent, and the Christians are banging on one another, as we too often do, this time about whether or not Christ Jesus would bake a wedding cake for a same sex couple.It all started with Kirsten Powers, writing at USA Today, declaring that Christians wanted to go all Jim Crow against gay couples, and adding "Maybe they should just ask themselves, "What would Jesus do?" I think he'd bake the cake."Powers followed that up with another indictment, this time in … [Read more...]

Could Newtown Massacre be Latent Effect of Bullying?

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Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo is expressing embarrassment at just how much the press got wrong, yesterday, as they rushed to tell us anything they could about the terrible slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Perhaps he also feels mortified by the press tweets to families and friends of the victims looking for a story.I mean, I'm not a member of the fourth estate, and I'm mortified by it.But as we wonder what happened, why it happened and what motivated this terribly dark … [Read more...]

The Cross! The Flag! My Eyes! My Offended Eyes! – UPDATED: Franciscan Responds

Fond as she is of Egregious Twaddle, Joanne finds some more and she sounds a little fed up.:City officials agreed Tuesday night to change the city logo after a Madison, Wis., organization threatened legal action.Law Director S. Gary Repella announced the decision following a 15-minute closed-door meeting with City Council members. “We will be approaching Mark Nelson of Nelson Fine Art and Gifts and asking him to redesign the city logo to remove the cross and silhouette of the Christ the … [Read more...]

Are sensitivity and tolerance one-way streets? – UPDATED

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I read this story over at Deacon Greg's earlier today and it annoyed me but I was too busy to write about it. My first thought was, "so, you friends at Catholic high school have supported you as you came out and by your own admission, always been respectful, and the school was fine about your bringing a boyfriend to prom, and you're going to reward them by making commencement all about you? Why all the taking and no giving?"I think you do nothing to build goodwill when you say, "your … [Read more...]

Ban the Divine Comedy? Really?

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Oh, come on, now!It is a world-renowned work of literature and one of the foundation stones of the Italian language, but Dante's Divine Comedy has been condemned as racist, homophobic, anti-Islamist and anti-Semitic.The classic work should be removed from school curricula, according to Gherush 92, a human rights organisation which acts as a consultant to UN bodies on racism and discrimination.Dante's epic is "offensive and discriminatory" and has no place in a modern classroom, … [Read more...]


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