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The Catholic bishops have no one to blame but themselves.

On the first Sunday of Lent, the opinion pages of the New York Times carry a biting editorial comment by Russ Douthat – The End of a Catholic Moment : The collapse in the church’s reputation has coincided with a … Continue reading

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A note to Archbishop Dolan as he receives the cardinal’s hat.

Dear Archbishop Dolan, Whispers in the Loggia reports today an extract from your speech on receiving the honor of becoming a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church.  Among other things, you said – For my part, I have to ask … Continue reading

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A Catholic Worker reflection on the remarks of Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C. at the Southwest Liturgical Conference Study Week, in Dallas, Texas, January 24, 2012

On the evening of the first day of the SWLC Study Week, Cardinal Wuerl gave the keynote presentation – “The Word of God and the New Evangelization.” His presentation was urbane and literate, dogmatic and spiritual. I can’t say that … Continue reading

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On the Fourth Day of Christmas. . .

On this the Fourth Day of Christmas, I give you Enya and Silent Night, in Gaelic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUthEE_gR_w. This is also the Feast of the Holy Innocents, which remembers the children slaughtered by Herod in Bethlehem and the surrounding area. This … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Ten years later.

Ten years ago, on October 7, 2011, the United States began its war on the people of Afghanistan.  It wasn’t a war on Afghanistan, it was a war on the people of Afghanistan. That’s an important distinction, but one that … Continue reading

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Novena to St. John Chrysostom on behalf of the US Catholic Bishops

Who knows why I get these brainstorms, but this one hit me right in the middle of the gathering hymn for the 8 AM mass at Epiphany Church this very morning. It was such a sudden rush I almost lost … Continue reading

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The Shame of Notre Dame

If there was any doubt that the leadership of Notre Dame University is confused about its Catholic identity, we need look no further than the presentation this week by Secretary of Defense Bob Gates to their annual commencement. Actually, the … Continue reading

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Osama is dead.

Twitter is a-twitter, Facebook status changes are coming in. . . the commentariat is firing away. The best statement I’ve seen thus far is that of Fr. Shane Tharp, who wrote. . . “Do not think that courage and strength … Continue reading

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Obama and Romero

Sometimes something comes along that I want to write about, but I just can’t at that moment say anything.  Maybe I am too busy. . . but sometimes it is because I am just too infuriated for words.  The latter … Continue reading

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Are the US Catholic bishops are satisfied with the results of their endorsement of the war in Afghanistan?

I just finished reading the NY Times article with the first reports from the Wikileaks classified Afghan war documents. Then I went back and read the statement I wrote in December 2001 that was signed by 4 Catholic Worker houses … Continue reading

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