Monthly Archives: July 2012

The tactility of the Church

We have a friend who has been going through a hard time and who remains in need of prayer. I was pleased, however, when she elected to attend Mass on Friday, and even more so that she chose to go up for a blessing. She has voiced a feeling of being distant from God, and […]

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Apologies, a post still in draft was inadvertently published yesterday; it has now been removed.

The Catholic response to Colorado

Responding to the Colorado shooting this week, Father James Martin, SJ, argues that gun control is a religious issue. I respectfully dissent. This is the wrong response at the wrong time. In a moment when we should be presenting a united front on a more pressing issue, Fr. Martin is instead pressing to the fore […]

Re the Colorado shooting

Overnight, a gunman opened fire into a crowded theater in Colorado. The victims—and the perpetrator—in the Colorado shooting are in my prayers. I must add this: This crime was not only ghastly, it was premeditated, and planned; predictably, the drumbeat has already begun to execute him. As Catholics, however, we must be a united voice […]

“Frankly, this is what it is like sometimes dealing with my seven-year-old son.”

Carl Olsen has this on the responses of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious to the Vatican’s recent moves to fix some problems at LCWR.

Traditional government functions

President Obama’s said recently that “when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.” There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting […]

The conservative premise

In a discussion elsewhere, Noah Lenz tendered the suggestion that “until pretty recently, ‘conservative’ was a designation of the establishment, of the business community, guys in country clubs, lawyers with white shoes,” and suggested an interesting-looking book called The Reactionary Mind by Corey Robin. I think Noah mistakes “conservative” for “Republican,” but the conversation returned […]

“The whole thing is preposterous, and not just for unbelievers who can’t quite get their heads around the notion that this is being debated at all.”

Via Father Dwight Longenecker, I read this interesting piece by Melanie McDonagh. She writes: The Church of England has agonised for 12 years about whether to ordain women as bishops and at last has come to a decision, viz, to put the whole thing off … [because] proponents of women bishops … are hugely exercised […]

Episcopal competence and the public policy nexus, redux

I first addressed the conversion of doctrine into policy in Is it time for a Catholic political party?, 1 MPA 43 (2012), observing that there is not always a simple vector from the former to the latter. I then treated the scope of episcopal competence quoad public policy in some detail in Catholic social teaching and […]

Radical skepticism

I have previously talked about “radical skepticism.” Here’s an illustrative example that raised its head earlier. When a piece is traditionally ascribed to a given author or composer, but there are serious reasons to doubt otherwise, it is reasonable to express skepticism about the piece’s provenance. It is radical skepticism, by contrast, to reject the […]