A Partly Cloudy Reminder of Truth in Love

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Last night, after Easter entertaining, my husband and I collapsed on the couch and, flipping through the channels, found a re-broadcasting of Pixar's wonderful short film, "Partly Cloudy", which you can see here.Enjoying it again, I told my husband I had actually written about the short, tying it into Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical, Caritas in Veritate.The piece was lost-in-transit from First Things to Patheos, but I was able to reconstruct most of it -- the internet is a glorious … [Read more...]

Ecce Homo, Christ’s Church and Homosexuality – UPDATE

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My column at First Things this week did not start out addressing the coming, unstoppable and necessary confrontation between the church and the homosexual community, but then I read about Cardinal Christoph Schönborn's decision to support a gay member of a parish council over the priest who wished to unseat him, and Edward Peter's sensible response. With Ross Douthat's excellent, must-read book, Bad Religion; How We Became a Nation of Heretics swirling in my head, the column simply bent to a … [Read more...]

Trayvon and the MSM: “Who will guard the guardians?” UPDATED

It's an ironic question, given George Zimmerman's own ideas about guardianship, but it's one that needs to be asked of the mainstream press.A long time ago, in the midst of of a month-long discussion on media, I noted a piece by a journalist who bristled at the existence of alternative media. To his way of thinking, the internets lacked the scruples, ethics, and sensibilities of "the mediating intelligences" within traditional, mainstream media. I had suggested, back then, that the whole … [Read more...]

Obamacare, “and then what”? – UPDATED

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We had a busy weekend, and I barely was able to keep up with the headlines, but I did read a little about the Obamacare arguments before the SCOTUS. I also heard about former Vice-President Dick Cheney's heart transplant, and some of the less-than charitable, often outright hateful remarks emanating from the left. The most interesting of those, I think, are the ones instantly re-embracing the "constitution-shredding" and "war criminal" narratives of 2001-2008 without the merest acknowledgment … [Read more...]

Trayvon and Zimmerman: A “good faith” breakdown?

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In the comboxes, someone wondered earlier today why I had not written anything about the killing of Trayvon Martin by a "neighborhood watch" volunteer named George Zimmerman. Since I don't watch the news or read papers anymore, I only became aware of it yesterday, and it seems the political world was slow to come to it, too.It's a dreadful story; my heart cannot help but go out to the family of Trayvon Martin, and my prayer is that this case gets a thorough and honest investigation which … [Read more...]

Is Sentimentalism the Last Step Before Violence?

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InDisorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind (which I highly recommend), I contributed an essay on the Soft Tyranny of Sentimentalism, wherein I wrote:If 20th-century atheism rode in on the backs of totalitarian regimes, the 21st-century has delivered unto the world an anti-God, anti-Church movement that fits seamlessly into shallow, postmodern popular culture. Having no need for uprisings and the hardware of destruction, the new fog of faith has crept in on the little … [Read more...]

“Thank Yourself, Catholic Charities Runs It”

The lie that the church "hates" women and wants to keep them down is an an old one and a lazy one and a convenient one, and -- unsurprisingly, it's the lie the media and folks with an agenda will run with. Reality, of course, is quite different and can't be explained in a slogan or with a bumper sticker:The hundred-or-so inhabitants were all ecstatic over the new [Catholic Relief Services supplied] well . . . but the happiest, the leader told me, through the translator, were the little … [Read more...]

Lies, Cynicism and the Spin Cycle – UPDATED

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The intellectual dishonesty of the hysterical and adolescent tract below is staggering. It is a full-page ad in the NY Times.In a transparent (and largely successful) bid to keep the electorate distracted and the conversation off his numerous dubious policies and practices, January's cynical move by the Obama Administration, helped along by an equally cynical and mostly-surrendered press, has delivered two profound lies -- the first is that the HHS mandate battle being waged by the churches … [Read more...]

Unreal Hotel in Too-Real World

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Anthony Esolen has an absolute must-read over at Crisis Magazine.Many are the strange things going on in the Unreal Hotel.In Room 101, a man and woman are lying together, and in more ways than one.In Room 102, it is a man and a man.In Room 103, a fellow named George, who has grown weary of his life, is meeting surreptitiously with his physician, Dr. Felix, to determine what will be the best medicine for him to take to bring his days to an appropriate end.In Room 104, two … [Read more...]

PP on Komen Debacle: “A learning opportunity”

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Charlotte Hays writes at the Register that the Komen decision was about a Planned Parenthood shakedown:“What happened this week was nothing short of a mafia shakedown by Planned Parenthood of the Komen Foundation,” said Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, a New York and Washington, D.C.-based research association that works exclusively on international social policy. “Planned Parenthood’s message was: ‘Give us money or we will shut down your organizat … [Read more...]


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