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Reconsidering 1/6

The day after the incursion into the U.S. Capitol, I wrote in these pages that the events that day were not part of my conservative movement. Breaking into a federal building and fighting with police is not something that our set does. I was, and I remain, appalled at what I saw.  I remain convinced [...]

Manure Makers, Yes; Catholics, No

  Under this administration and this Congress — which includes the Republican-controlled House of Representatives led by Speaker John Boehner — the right of Catholics to freely exercise their religion is treated with less deference than the presumed right of stockyard owners to fill the skies with effluvia. I mean this literally. When Congress wants [...]

Living Within The Truth

Archbishop Chaput's address to the first session of "The 15th symposium for the Canon Law Association of Slovakia" -- wow, that's quite a mouthful -- was delivered over a week ago. Yet it has not been making quite as robust a showing on The Catholic IntraWebs as I would have expected after giving it the once-over. The [...]

How much stupidity and how many lies can you stuff into a single press release? Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, has raised the bar in both categories with the following statement from today.  I have bolded both the stupidity and the lies and added a few comments in [CAPS]. Do you think O'Brien [...]

How Much Stupidity Can You Put In A Press Release?

How much stupidity and how many lies can you stuff into a single press release? Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, has raised the bar in both categories with the following statement from today.  I have bolded both the stupidity and the lies and added a few comments in [CAPS]. Do you think O'Brien [...]

Booing the Bishop

American Catholics can sometimes bring a particularly democratic flavor to our faith; we historically don't like being told what to do, and we clearly have no problem telling our bishops just what we think of them. But even this little democratic Catholic was stunned by the reaction that French bishop Christian Nourrichard of Evreux received [...]

Polarization and the Church

  American Catholics have endured internal polarization for many years, but lately the split has become more visible, vocal, and vitriolic. For this we largely have Barack Obama to thank.   Before Obama's admirers start screaming -- itself a sign of the polarization -- I hasten to say I don't particularly blame the president. Obama [...]

Catholic Anti-Communism

Communism was never popular in America, and no American group was more fervently anti-Communist than the Catholics. The American bishops, like the Vatican, had condemned Marxism before 1900 for its atheism, its violation of natural law principles, and its theory of inevitable class conflict. They condemned the Russian Revolution of 1917 that brought Lenin and [...]

Benedictine Springtime

Like many American Catholics who weren't lucky enough to score tickets to a Papal Mass, I have been watching this week's events unfold on my television screen. Viewing from my living room, with a gang of kids gathered around me on the couches, reminds me of the springtime three years ago when we watched the [...]

The Pope and the American Problem

For Some American Catholics the Question Is Not "Am I in Accord With Peter?" But "Is Peter in Accord With Me?" Born in Judea, raised in Rome, coming of age in the USA," proclaimed a headline in the National Catholic Reporter, the mouthpiece of the left-liberal establishment of the American Church. There followed excerpts from [...]

Curran, Dissent, & Rome: A Symposium

Among its many dimensions, the Curran case focuses attention on the social role of the theologian in our time. Father Curran and his supporters argue that theologians have the right to pursue their researches (more precisely, their speculations) freely, unmolested by threats from outside the academy. Only in such a serene, tolerant environment, it is [...]

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