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Bishop Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., is known as a Catholic culture warrior to many but he is also a Rome-trained canon lawyer.
Conservative disappointment with Pope Benedict's record has been an undercurrent in commentary in the last few years, and it has broken into the open since his resignation (or abdication, for the neo-Victorians). My latest at RNS rounds up some of the disappointment and posits some reasons:
The announcement that Saturday mail delivery may end in a cost-cutting move by the U.S. Postal Service has lots of people going, well, postal -- just one of many pejorations associated with the the Post Office.Give it a rest, I say. I have a quixotic affection for old-fashioned institutions -- churches, newspapers, legislatures, universities that are not only online -- that are vital to building and maintaining a culture, but which are endangered species these days.The Post Office is one of those easy targets, and not always a fair one.
Patty Andrews, last of the Andrews Sisters trio, died last week at 94. Amazing how a tune can be the gateway to an era, perhaps one not your own. My dad played drums in a big band during the late 1940s, for fun, and kept a small set after he was married that he would haul up and play along to old Glenn Miller 78s and Sinatra LPs and other great songs of the 30s and 40s and 50s.
United Church of Christ* pastor Lillian Daniel, author of a new book, When Spiritual But Not Religious Is Not Enough," is profiled by Bob Abernethy of Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. She rocks the house:
If singing legend Aretha Franklin took the prize for the most outre' hat at the 2009 inaugural, Ju
Amazingly, the Republican fringe may have started to acknowledge reality: it backed down on the debt ceiling hostage scenario in which they basically held a gun to their own heads.Jon Chait explains here. But I think the main lesson is that by incremental steps Obama is forcing the GOP to recognize that they have to govern. Every small compromise they make is a surrender of their all-or-nothing fundamentalism.
The President is unveiling his gun control agenda this morning, but Politico reports on this ad that the NRA released to get the PR jump on the crafty Prez. This should work well:
Following the decision by Archbishop Nichols of Westminster to end the so-called Soho Mass for gay Catholics so that Anglican-Catholics could use the church for their boutique rites it was believed that the ministry for gay Catholics would continue at a London Jesuit parish. Apparently that's not the case, as The Tablet reports: