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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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The Dignity of Dust: Humility and the Value of Inequality

“I am a deeply superficial person.” – Andy Warhol In an era of Instagram and Twitter, image and sound bites, our society is increasingly obsessed with the superficial. And although the experts will tell you that we are more aware than ever that we are being manipulated, mere awareness is not enough. If we recognize the excrement around us but continue to wallow, we are pigs, not men, and the stench becomes more intimately ours. In fact, not only are we collectively obsessed with the superficial, but we consistently overreact to it in the most absurd and conflicting ways. Consider

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Hail to the Chief!

Less than five years ago, in a quite different republic, I recall a conversation with a person prior to the 2008 presidential election.  I told him that if Barack Obama was elected and the Democrats held the House and 60 Senate seats, that our country would be irreparably harmed in one term.  Of course I was laughed at.  It wasn’t much of a prophecy, really.  Based on the track records of Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi it was inevitable. What has surprised me is the level to which the Administration has embraced Chavismo.  I’m not speaking of the

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