Dorothy Day on the True Anarchist – UPDATE

You only love God as much as you love the person you love the least. -- Servant of God, Dorothy DayIt is an awful indictment, but it's true.Dorothy Day ("I am an obedient daughter of the church") died 31 years ago, today. The more confused our world becomes, the more her voice speaks plainly and with clarity. Right now I am reading her diaries, The Duty of Delight (it's diary entries; I can read a little each night, and that's all the reading I am managing, lately).I like this … [Read more...]

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Bishopalooza! Great American Bishops -UPDATED

Recently the Gregorian Institute polled some Catholic bloggers and writers, asking them to name the top ten American Catholic Intellectuals, lay or clergy.I was flattered to be among those polled, but never did manage to participate. For the record, the (slightly controversial) Top Ten came in as follows:1. Orestes Brownson (1803–1876) 2. John Courtney Murray (1904-1967) 3. John Senior (1923-1999) 4. Avery Dulles (1918-2008) 5. James Schall (1928-) 6. Ralph McInerny (1929-2010) 7. … [Read more...]

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Catholicism: Living Tradition is not Trendy

We've been talking about Robert Barron's Catholicism -- both the book and the DVD series -- for for months, and I am surprised that with all of my reading, I had missed Maurice Timothy Reidy's review at America magazine in which Reidy -- while liking a great deal about the series -- complained that the thing does not adequately embrace the now:It is wonderful to contemplate that we share a faith with the men who crafted the rose windows at Notre Dame and the African martyrs who died in … [Read more...]

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As with every Vatican Pronouncement…

. . . take media reports of this one with a grain of salt.When my Southern Baptist friends read press accounts of news or statements coming from the Vatican, they sometimes write me saying, "what fresh hell is this? Was Jack Chick right? Is the Vatican a bunch of commies?"And I always have to remind them to "ignore the headlines; the headlines are about the press framing their preferred narrative, because they know that two days of blaring headlines promoting one narrative will … [Read more...]

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Barron’s “Catholicism” Book is A Course in Revolution

Recently I posted the first of what are bound to be many, many posts raving about Catholicism; A Journey to the Heart of the Faith and urging you to purchase the book, read it and -- you won't be able to resist -- give it to everyone you know.My husband and I are giving it to our priests and the parish DRE, and we're not waiting for Christmas!And I haven't actually even written my rave review, yet. But while I figure out how to do that, George Weigel has written a rave of his own, this … [Read more...]

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Echoes, Ghettos & the Chasm of Unknowing

Start here with Robert Royal's piece on the "anti-Catholic moment" Are we living in one?Maybe. But I'll get back to that, later.The hatemail and disgusting threats being made against Stacy Trasancos are reprehensible and cannot be justified.They can't. Don't try. Don't say "well, she..." and then prattle on that her expressed frustration and the hurt feelings of others justifies wishing that her children be "kidnapped, raped and murdered."Don't say, "but..." because there is no but. … [Read more...]

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Debuting at The Catholic Answer – UPDATED

Look at that cover; Pope Benedict XVI and Jordan's Prince Ghazi Muhammad bin Talal, taken during Benedict's visit to the Holy Land in 2009. Given the headlines coming our way every day from an evolving Middle East, and what these changes mean for governments and churches, could it-- or the cover story featuring an interview with Jesuit Father Samir Kahalil Samir -- be more timely?Like its editor Dr. Matthew Bunson, The Catholic Answer has a gift for timeliness; it's previous issue anticipated … [Read more...]

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More on Voris and RCTV

Lots of very ungenerous comments yesterday -- detailing how Mark Shea is a heterodox-Michael-Voris hater -- by people who were busily emoting, and ignoring the fact that yesterday morning, before most were even aware of the story, Shea was already defending Voris, and promising a beefed-up defense today.And today, he keeps his word, coming to the defense not only of Voris, but of Simon Rafe, too:". . . I expect some in the blogosphere who aren’t especially keen on stuff like “The Vor … [Read more...]

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An Elegant Argument for Catholic Education

PhotosourceFirst things first. The goal of a Christian is to come to know and believe in Jesus Christ and to live with God forever. Catholic education remains vital because it anchors itself in that foundational truth. [. . .] Catholic schools are also indispensable because they help students understand the transcendent purpose of their thousands of hours of cramming and test-taking. As one of my colleagues put it, Catholic education responds to the question, "What now?" "Now that we know … [Read more...]

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Moments "After America"

On Sunday I'd mentioned that I was reading Mark Steyn's After America.Finding the book less "LOL funny" than Steyn's previous book, America Alone, I was nevertheless unable to put After America down, and I write more about it in my column at First Things:I thought of Chesterton a great deal while reading After America. Steyn quotes de Tocqueville liberally throughout the book and makes great, relevant references to H. G. Wells’ Eloi and Morlock populations, but in reading about the sort of … [Read more...]

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