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Sober and Serious on Syria. A Pastoral Teaching rooted in the Just War Teaching

September 8, 2013 35 Comments
Sober and Serious on Syria. A Pastoral Teaching rooted in the Just War Teaching

One of the more common critiques that many Catholics make of their clergy is that they seldom hear from their pastors on moral topics in the news and our culture such as fornication, divorce, abortion, religious liberty, homosexuality, redefining marriage and so forth. Most recently the question of war and warfare have also been in […]

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Troubling Remarks From Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu Require Clarification

July 28, 2013 31 Comments
Troubling Remarks From Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu Require Clarification

Recent remarks by the retired Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu are not surprising for an Anglican prelate these days, but remain disturbing. Briefly put, the Archbishop says he would rather go to hell than go to a “homophobic heaven.”  Here’s some more complete report page of his remarks, in yesterdays Washington Times. South Africa’s iconic retired […]

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Setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience: A Consideration of the Church’s Role in the Public Square

July 24, 2013 13 Comments
Setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience: A Consideration of the Church’s Role in the Public Square

In the Office of Readings today we read from 2 Corinthians 4 where St. Paul well describes the work of the Church in the Public square: Setting forth the truth plainly, we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God (2 Cor 4:2). Not a bad description of our posture and practice […]

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The Conquering Power of Praise – A Meditation on a Text From Second Chronicles

July 21, 2013 8 Comments
The Conquering Power of Praise – A Meditation on a Text From Second Chronicles

Last week in the Breviary we read the remarkable story of King Jehoshaphat and the victory of Israel against the Moabites, Ammonites and Meunites (2 Chronicles 20). It is a story that speaks of the power of praise to defeat a numberless army. Simply singing a hymn of praise can cast out demons, avert war, […]

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Unplugged, but not Uninformed. Pondering How to Stay informed when so much of Media is poisonous.

July 16, 2013 79 Comments
Unplugged, but not Uninformed. Pondering How to Stay informed when so much of Media is poisonous.

Back during Lent I turned off the Radio, which for me consisted mainly of News and talk radio. I also switched off cable TV news. It was the aftermath of the last election cycle, and  all the franticness and severe partisan debate that talk radio and 24/7 news channels love to generate and I was […]

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Why "Religion" is a good word that we need to defend.

July 14, 2013 31 Comments
Why "Religion" is a good word that we need to defend.

It is “chic” and, I would add, a “cliche” to hear many people say today, “I am spiritual but not religious.” There is a kind of self-congratulatory tone that often goes with this self description as well, and certainly a lot of cultural approval in the secular West for such dissociative talk. There is even […]

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On the Relationship Between Light, Time and the Mystery of God

July 10, 2013 32 Comments
On the Relationship Between Light, Time and the Mystery of God

I was meditating on time today, perhaps because it is my 52nd birthday. But also on account of some new mysteries I have learned about the light of the Sun that reaches this earth. I have long known that to look up in the night sky is to look far into the past. Looking up […]

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Those who seek to eliminate faith for the sake of freedom, get only tyranny

July 3, 2013 25 Comments
Those who seek to eliminate faith for the sake of freedom, get only tyranny

On the Fourth of July, in the United States of America we celebrate freedom. In particular we celebrate freedom from tyranny, and a government that is not representative; freedom from unchecked power and unaccountable sovereigns. Distorted and faithless notions – Yet, as Christians we cannot overlook that there are ways of understanding freedom today that […]

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