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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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Are Sound-Bites Enough For Superficial Catholics?

I can’t quite remember how I ran across the article  “What do liberal Catholics want?” last week, but I’ve been stewing on it ever since. The gist is this: The columnist has been saying that while Pope Francis has said some things that could be interpreted as a softening of the Catholic Church’s stand on certain teachings, actual changes to church doctrine are likely to fall short of the desires of more liberal Catholics. Then a self-proclaimed progressive Catholic called in to a radio show he was on to say, basically, that the pope’s words are all she needs, because

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“Is the Pope a Catholic?” (Part 3 of 3)

Life in the Field Hospital As the Servant of the Servants of God, Pope Francis is grappling with the perennial question of how to make the Church effective and relevant in the world.  “I dream of a church,” the Holy Father relays to La Civiltà Cattolica, “that is a mother and shepherdess.”  Such an image of the Church should strike Catholics as being familiar; St. Cyprian coined the famous axiom He cannot have God as his Father who does not have the Church as his Mother.  The maternal image of the Church is well entrenched in Catholic ecclesiology, which is why

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“Is the Pope a Catholic?” (Part 2 of 3)

The Ideas Behind the Ideas An awful lot of the ink that has been spilt on Pope Francis’ interview with La Civiltà Cattolica has focused on his comments regarding the state of the Church today, but very little print has been afforded to an examination of the ideas that form the basis of these statements.  Pope Francis, like those who sat on the Chair of Peter before him, is a man forged in history.  Born Jorge Bergoglio to Italian immigrants in Argentina, his earliest years coincided with World War II, while the impossible to underestimate time of priestly formation occurred during Vatican Council

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“Is the Pope a Catholic?” (Part 1 of 3)

  On Relation to the Pope He cried aloud: “Already standing there? Art standing there already, Boniface? Why then, writ has lied by many a year.   What! so soon sated with the gilded brass That nerved thee to betray and then to rape The Fairest among Women that ever was?” –The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Canto XIX Among Catholic literary figures, perhaps no one is held in higher regard than Dante Alighieri.  The Divine Comedy is rightly praised for its Catholic imagination, unparalleled literary form, and deeply moving treatment of the spiritual life.  However, one tiny little bit of Dante’s

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Another Catholic Site; Another Manly Catholic

Now I may sound like a Bible beater yelling up a revival at a river crossing camp meeting, but that don’t change the truth none. There’s right and there’s wrong. You got to do one or the other. You do the one and you’re living. You do the other and you may be walking around, but you’re dead as a beaver hat. – John Wayne as Davy Crockett I discovered The Catholic Gentleman blog via friends’ Facebook posts in the past week or so, and while I haven’t read enough there to endorse it wholeheartedly, I enjoy what I see

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The Dark Knight Redeemed?

In case you missed it: author Bradley Birzer reveals his love for Batman on The Imaginative Conservative web site. I don’t know Batman the way he does — but Birzer’s take on Batman, Bruce Wayne, and the Wayne family as embodiments of Christian virtue, natural aristocracy, and Western role models might explain why a guy like me, who didn’t grow up on comics, loves the Dark Knight films. And I hadn’t realized the Wayne family (like the Bond family) was Catholic. Worth a read!

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The Post-Developed World

In a way that only he can, Mark Steyn has provided an incisive and dastardly evaluation of Detroit’s collapse.  The decision to have Detroit file for bankruptcy is, of course, not a shocker.  Indeed, anybody who hasn’t been living on Pluto for the past 20 years saw the day coming–including, I presume, the past generation of leaders tasked with governing one of America’s once most thriving municipalities.  After all, who could draw any other conclusion when the most happening tour of one’s city consists of the following sites: Yep, for decades American tourists have hopped the pond to take a

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