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Only One Way Out

I had at least four ideas for posts this week, but only energy enough for this one. We live in a country on a downward spiral. The two front-runners in our current presidential race are, I fear, bad people. Not bad like they have bad ideas or  I don’t agree with them — though both of those things are true. Bad as in not good. As a country, we have enough experience and history with the Clintons to guess the sort of people they are: power-hungry, elitist, vindictive, and predatory. And the Donald makes no attempt to hide what he is: opportunistic, unprincipled, selfish, and

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The Son Who Stayed, Redux

This morning, in a motel room outside of Kansas City, I re-read Meddlesome’s post, “What Happened to the Son Who Stayed?” In many ways, that post and the discussion and posts that followed seem to have set the tone for the Junto’s approach to discussing Pope Francis—a tone that, I continue to worry, is at times not spiritually healthy for us. It’s not that I don’t share the Junto’s concerns about the confusion that has been caused around the Church’s teachings on marriage or find the Pope’s treatment of various cardinals baffling. (And I’ve ceased to try to make sense

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Kill the Wabbits: The Case for ‘Fecundophobia’

I’m on vacation, but I’ve found an article to share that more than makes up for anything I could have written and didn’t. It’s from The Federalist website: a post called “Fecundophobia: The Growing Fear of Children and Fertile Women,” and it makes a pretty compelling (if unscientific at this point) case that the media, the government, and the culture have moved beyond pro-Choice to pro-Sterility. It even manages to be humorous at times — well worth the read, even if only as a reminder of where we’re headed and why it matters. Not that Scripture matters to these folks,

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Marvel’s Daredevil

I have to admit it – I’m hooked. The latest Avengers movie – heavy on action and light on a good plot – was a superhero let-down. But after my son recommended Netflix’s Marvel’s Daredevil as having an engaging superhero character development, I found some down time over the weekend and watched the first episode- and then watched quite a few more. I confess to being 100% illiterate when it comes to comic book superheros, so I went into this blind (pun intended). But what pleasantly surprised me in this well-done production is the Catholic undertones in the plot-lines and in the

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Separation of Church and the Fourth Estate, Five Decades On

While doing some research I recently ran across the archives of the Chicago Tribune online from April 1965; imagine my surprise when I clicked into April 18, 1965 — Easter Sunday.  Amid the giant headline with its ominous message about the imminent Vietnam escalation, there are three remarkable front-page items, including a respectful and solemn article about Pope Paul VI celebrating Easter Vigil Mass; a reverent commentary illustration of the empty tomb; and a reading from the Gospel of Mark!   I do vaguely recall days of yesteryear when news entities treated Christianity with a measure of respect; now it’s

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Looks Like Someone Forgot Repentance…

On Friday, TIME magazine continued its love affair with our Holy Father with a brief web post entitled “Pope Francis Has Taught the Catholic Church to Thrive Again.” The writer attributes this assertion to three characteristics of Pope Francis’s leadership: he leads with mercy, authentic joy, and humility. As a result, the writer asserts, “Pope Francis has made it cool to be Christian again. His pontificate is allowing the world to rediscover the great contribution of faith to culture and civic society.” This seems to be a popular perspective these days. It also ignores that Jesus led with repentance and told us multiple

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Part of ‘the Problem’:
Five Practical Questions

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. — 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Not long ago a sudden transition occurred in these pages which, thus far, has gone unremarked. On August 3, Spaniard wrote a brief post asking the question, “Is the Pope Catholic?” — and answering more or less in the

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Lux et Veritas?
No ‘Social Justice’ for
Pro-Lifers, Unborn

Over the past two decades I have spent considerable time on a wide variety of college campuses. In that time, I have seen firsthand a steady march away from authentic free inquiry and open debate — away from any concept of Truth in favor of an earthy Progress. So I was more disappointed that surprised to see that students at one of our country’s “great” universities had deemed the campus’s pro-life group unworthy of full membership to the university’s social justice and community service non-profit: Yale Pro-Life Group Rejected by ‘Social Justice’ League. Perhaps I should be encouraged by the

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Junto Pep Talk: Moscow, Where the Shadows Lie

This is kind of a cheap post, in that I have very little insight to offer, other than I read these to articles back to back and was struck by the idea that, as Legolas put it in the film version of the Lord of the Rings: “Something stirs in the East…a sleepless malice.” From the New York Times: 3 Presidents and a Riddle Named Putin From The Imaginative Conservative: Stand, Men of the West! I especially liked the Eliot quote and the paragraph that follows it. Hope you enjoy it, too.

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Rolling Stone Crude and Superficial? Who Knew?

From the Catholic World Report: “Vatican spokesman responds to Rolling Stone article’s ‘surprising crudeness’” — I can’t quite bring myself to read the entire Rolling Stone piece yet, but from this, it sounds like the pope emeritus might have caught the brunt of it. He deserves better, but I had another thought: When Pope Francis was named TIME’s Person of the Year, supposedly someone at the Vatican said they weren’t sure how much of an honor it was, considering some of the others who had been recognized that way. Have they ever seen the cover of Rolling Stone? Crude and

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