The Importance of Ignoring the Pope…

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... I was waiting for just the right time, when Pope Francis gave another interview or said something grossly misinterpreted by the media, to post these comments. Guess what? I didn't have to wait long.Posted with permission:There are a few options in dealing with the pope and his strange methodology. I would suggest the logical possibility that has not yet been suggested.You can ignore him.As laymen we have very little power to do anything about his behaviour. And I agree … [Read more...]

The Digital Catacombs…

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... What's driving bloggers into silence?From Fr. Ray Blake,The reign of Benedict produced a real flourish of 'citizen journalists', the net was alive with discussion on what the Pope was saying or doing and how it affected the life of our own local Church. Looking at some of my old posts they invariably began with quote or picture followed by a comment, Benedict stimulated thought, reflection and dialogue, an open and free intellectual environment. There was a solidity and certainty … [Read more...]

Controlling our own reactions to Francis…

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... Some reader comments are just too good to be kept hidden away in the com-box. Some deserve the light of day.I really do have the best readers who contribute quite a good deal to the content here with comments and insights. I know some blogs don't even allow comments and I can see the appeal of that practice. It saves a great deal of frustration; however, you miss out on some wonderful opportunities for thoughtful dialogue.It would feel weird to me not to have comments enabled, like … [Read more...]

Can we please talk about the pope…

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... I'm a convert, see, and in my memory I only have two popes.Benedict and Francis.So I have to ask, has it always been like this?Love Benedict and you're old stodgy fart stuck in the dark ages. Hate Benedict and you hate tradition. Love Francis and you are liberal, neo-con little 'c' Catholic. Hate Francis and again, you're a stodgy old fart stuck in the middle ages.Are we not allowed to have an opinion about the pope without having our Catholic street cred called into … [Read more...]

“Eucharist” means thanksgiving…

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... But I am afraid this might be taking the meaning of the word a bit too far.Photo from Calvert Hall Prep School's facebook page.And the Baby Jesus weeps. … [Read more...]

I Wore A Mantilla To Mass and No One Cared…

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Mantillas. I hate 'em. They are fussy and bothersome, and last time I checked, lace is a fabric that doesn't do much concealing, so why even bother? They make the wearer, me that is, feel conspicuous. And really, who am I fooling, trying to look all pious and junk?But then I wore a mantilla, and much to my shock, no one cared. Not a single eyelash was batted or a tongue clucked. The ground did not open and swallow my hypocritical, how dare she, heathen soul. The mass went on.That's … [Read more...]

Hell Is Hot…

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... My goodness! I haven't heard this much talk about Hell since my Pentecostal Church, snake throwing days. Think what you will of Southern Baptists and their babbling counterparts, those Pentecostals, but they sure have the knack and passion for preaching about sin and damnation. I do miss those fiery sermons cultivating that healthy fear of offending the Lord. Everybody wants to be friends with Jesus now-a-days, but they also forget He judges.Even if we all can't agree, it's still … [Read more...]

It Really Is A Choir Of Cacophony Out There…

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... And I'm just contributing to the noise.Cartoon by, Jason Bach Cartoons. … [Read more...]

Maybe the pope was just thirsty …

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... and said he needed a Martini, not a Marini. And then things just escalated from there.Gin or Vodka... who am I to judge?Related: Fr. Finigan writes his take on the Marini rumors, Using Rumors To Prepare For The Worst. … [Read more...]


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