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Church Reformed

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The archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone (gotta love that name), is kicking up a lot of dust in Roman Catholic and California circles for the policies he has initiated within his parochial schools. Here‘s an example of what Cordileone has in mind: We, the Archdiocesan High Schools, Acknowledge that some of our administrators, faculty… Read More→

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Running Things

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In Miller’s Crossing, after gaining the upper hand over, Leo, the Irish mafia boss, Johnny Caspar, the Italian boss, complains that “running things” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Administration takes a lot of time and leads to a lot of compromise and loss of focus. So, when the Renaissance popes built their capital… Read More→

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Making Excuses

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After reading defenses of the Crusades, this account of the Renaissance papacy by Eamon Duffy caught my eye. First the bad: The Renaissance papacy evokes images of a Hollywood spectacular, all decadence and drag. Contemporaries viewed Renaissance Rome as we now view Nixon’s Washington, a city of expense-account whores and political graft, where everything and… Read More→

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The Terrors of Certainty

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Does this Make Jason and the Callers Terrorists? I can’t say I agree with this fellow’s reasoning, but when it comes to charism he seems to have more of it than the guy in the flannel cap. One of Pope Francis’ closest advisors, and the leader of one of the most “liberal” Catholic hierarchies in… Read More→

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Is This Constitutional?

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The similarities between neo-Calvinist and Roman Catholic transformers continue to be remarkable (at least to all about me). Adding to the remarkableness is that the inspiration for cleaning up public life or for motivating Christians to become involved can go in either politically conservative or liberal directions. What is more, the ideas don’t need to… Read More→

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Jason and the Callers’ Worst Day

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Pope Francis denies the rationale for Called to Communion: “Our shared commitment to proclaiming the Gospel enables us to overcome proselytism and competition in all their forms,” Francis said. “All of us are at the service of the one Gospel!” Although Francis has repeatedly called on Christians to invite others to the faith, he has… Read More→

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Social Gospel Coalition Unraveling?

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Would the Pope attend Bobby Jindal’s Prayer Rally? I don’t think so. Jindal, a self-described “evangelical Catholic,” epitomizes the political and religious coalition of evangelical Protestants and Catholics in Louisiana. “Evangelical Catholicism,” if we are to use Jindal’s phrase, is a peculiarly American creation. It’s a version of Catholicism with roots in the anti-communist movement… Read More→

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Teach Us To Number Our Commandments

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Cardinal Dolan thinks Roman Catholics and American culture need to recover biblical teaching on sex (finally a bishop other than the Roman one): We rarely, if ever, speak about it. (Just ask Pope Francis! Did you see that, on his flight to Asia last week, a journalist asked him if he would condemn contraception. He… Read More→

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Who Is Scratching Whose Head?

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A number of bloggers are struggling with Pope Francis’ comment about family planning and Roman Catholics “breeding like rabbits.” On the one side are those who think Francis is only speaking to the wider public and would choose his words more carefully if addressing the faithful exclusively: When Francis speaks to the mainstream media, like… Read More→

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Winning

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Unless the local priest can be just like Jesus Francis, why bother? Why not go to church with the flabby evangelicals? After a television interview, I was talking with a young producer who told me of her experience. She had been raised Catholic, but stopped going to church in college. Now she is engaged and… Read More→

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