Monday, August 24, 2015
On a homily for the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
I finally synced up with our new parochial vicar this past Sunday, attending a Mass at which he preached. (The only other Mass he presided at and I assisted at, the deacon preached.)
Sunday, August 16, 2015
As St. Paul teaches, let's get drunk!
You know the famous Elbow Passage from Ephesians ("Wives should be subordinate to their husbands...Husbands, love your wives"), so called because of the elbowing in the pews that occurs when it is read during Mass. It follows what could be called the Dodged a Bullet Passage, which is today's second reading:
Saturday, August 15, 2015
But wait, there's more important
In my last post, I did the same thing the media (and, I get the impression, too many bishops) have done, which is to reduce the Church's current concerns over the family to the question of "remarried" Catholics.*
Mercy is doctrine
I think there is a real risk that the laxist shenanigans over the question of pastoral care of the divorced and remarried* has primed the rigorist pump, to the point that almost anything the coming Synod might propose beyond an emphatic restatement of previous teachings and positions will be dumped on as a betrayal of the holy Catholic Faith.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
There is no equivalence
I'm not sure how to excerpt from Cardinal Chaput's August 10 column. There's maybe one or two paragraphs I'd leave out, and that would be just to make it look like I was being selective in quoting.
Saturday, August 08, 2015
Don't feed the extremists
In my last post, I wrote that it's a shame progressives have so
abused the idea of a "seamless garment" approach to social issues that
conservatives have been able to make great headway establishing an
"anti-abortion only" approach.
Saturday, August 01, 2015
When you're right, you're right
I have a low opinion of the writings and statements of Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB, as you can see if you search this blog. Based, admittedly, on very limited reading, I find her social commentary trite and narrow-minded; her theology has more grievance than Gospel about it. On those occasions when she does reject Democratic Party dogma in favor of Catholic teaching, she does so in a way that makes it much clearer that she remains within the Democratic fold than that she firmly believes Catholic teaching.
For a while the other day, "#IfIStartedMyOwnReligion" was a trending topic on Twitter. I scrolled through a few dozen of these tweets, and noticed something curious.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
The unity of the Spirit
The word that popped out to me today during the readings at Mass was "striving." As in: