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The Cross, the Crescent, or the Swastika?

If the past month has been chaotic in America, it has seen some bloody scenes here in Europe. On the morning of October 29, a 21-year old Tunisian national entered the Basilica of Notre Dame in Nice, France began knifing the three people he found there. He virtually severed the head of an elderly lady, [...]

LA archdiocese still missing the big picture on abuse cases

A priest who confessed to having sex with a teenage girl in the 1960s has just stepped down from ministry in the Los Angeles archdiocese -- and appallingly, that's still not the most outrageous part of this story: The priest, the Rev. Martin P. O’Loghlen, was once a leader in his religious order and was [...]

Empty Space

I'm sitting here in an airport during one of those countless little bubbles in time where nothing big is going on. I'm between flights, having just arrived in Detroit from Seattle and (soon) heading out for Pellston, Michigan. So I'm taking this time to write a bit -- and reflect on the empty space in [...]

The Sin of Selling Caskets

A while back on the blog, we had an interesting discussion about Catholic funerals and paring back the lavish accretions that seem a mandatory part of the modern funeral industry. By way of an alternative, several commenters mentioned St. Joseph's Abbey in Covington, LA -- a monastery that supports itself in part by building and [...]

A Movie About the “Father-Son Business”

To my eye, nothing is more powerful in films than the depiction of the love parents have for their children.  Sometimes this love pops up in unexpected cinematic places. Unable to sleep this morning, still jet-lagged from my trip to the Holy Land, I watched what many consider to be Wim Wender's masterpiece, "Paris, Texas."  [...]

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