The one thing I’ll add to all the Trump-parsing

Since the rise of The Donald, journalists and analysts have been racing to keep up with the tumult in his wake – from the already breathless hype of the 24-hour news cycle, which may perversely see him as something of a boon, to the somber head-scratching of some of the more thoughtful commentators.  Without wanting [Read More…]

Pro-Life Feminism in the Spotlight

Infanticide is on the increase to an extent inconceivable…. a recent Medical Convention [in rural Maine] unfolded a fearful condition of society in relation to this subject.  Dr. Oaks made the remark that, according to the best estimate he could make, there were four hundred murders annually produced by abortion in that county alone.  The [Read More…]

Praying with Evil News

Last month, I was sent an article from The Jesuit Post that has changed the way I read the news.  In it, Jason Downer, SJ suggests seeking ways to respond to violence creatively and prayerfully, resisting the temptation to tune out tragedy as a sort of coping mechanism, or as he puts it, turning towards rather [Read More…]

We Are All to Blame

The US government is (technically) functional again, and the national crisis has been (sort of) averted, for the time being.  But whatever our political persuasion, we all know that the recent government shutdown was only the latest episode in an ongoing pattern of melodramatic debt crises ending in hard-fought, down-to-the-wire agreements to kick the can a [Read More…]

Eternal Memory: Pope Shenouda III

August 3, 1923 – March 17, 2012 Elevated to Bishop: September 30, 1962 Enthroned as Pope: November 14, 1971 After forty years as being the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, successor of St Mark the Apostle, has died. He has been a diligent pastor of the Coptic Orthodox Church, writing several [Read More…]

No Moral Truce

“Anybody who would suggest we call a truce on moral issues doesn’t understand what America’s all about,” Rick Santorum said at the first GOP Presidential Debate.  Of course, what he means by this is not clear. It doesn’t seem to be a universal interest in morality. When it comes to the question of torture, Santorum [Read More…]

Eternal Memory, Elisabeth Sladen

As a lifelong Doctor Who fan, this is sad news. Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith, perhaps the best Doctor Who companion ever, died today from cancer. February 1, 1948  – April 19, 2011. Eternal memory, O Lord. [Read more…]

Pope Benedict Calls For Suspension of The Use of Arms In Libya

After an article in L’Osservatore Romano decried France’s hasty call for arms over Libya, and after the Pope has already said the civilians in Libya should be protected, it should not be surprising that Pope Benedict is now speaking out on the Libyan situation and calling for an end to the use of arms over [Read More…]

Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, Take Note: The Revolution is Inter-Religious

While the future of Egypt is not clear, we have to avoid hasty, fear-mongering speculations which are preparing people to dislike what comes out of all the civil unrest.  Some pundits are making this appear as a purely Muslim uprising, seeking to turn Egypt into an Islamist state. What they do not tell you is [Read More…]

This is Going To Be Big On The News: The Pope On Condoms

The Associated Press has broken the story. VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI says in a new book that condoms can be justified for male prostitutes seeking to stop the spread of HIV, a stunning comment for a church criticized for its opposition to condoms and for a pontiff who has blamed them for [Read More…]