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Category Archives: Blatant Romanism

The NFL Sanitizes The Declaration of Independence

I suppose that I could go on and on about how high-handed, pretentious, manipulative and ultimately hollow the annoying Super Bowl tribute to the troops was (someone else already did that here). Instead, I will point out a glaring omission in their reading of the Declaration of Independence. As every schoolboy knows, the Declaration features […]

Take That, Dolan

This is the first election in a while where I’ve seen a big chunk of my Church’s hierarchy throw in so blatantly for one candidate. So, how has the “never mind that social gospel, there’s a gay guy out to ruin your marriage and hand out birth control” thing worked out for the partisan bishops? […]

Disjointed Notes on the Convention

A few thoughts inspired by last night. – Quick historical note for the news media: Yes, Bill Clinton spoke for a bladder straining 51 minutes last night. Careful, however, when comparing it to his over-long speech in 1988. I’ve heard that 31 minute speech referred to as a “keynote” in several news reports. The 1988 […]

A Blast from the Past…Well, a Few Months Ago…

After the jump, a letter from members of the faculty of Georgetown University to Paul Ryan on the eve of a visit there back in April:

Lenten Challenge

Okay, a day late for Ash Wednesday, but J. C. Gorczynski, a fellow Polish-Mexican I met through the internet, has a challenge for progressive Christians this Lenten season: This Lenten season, I will choose a Christian conservative politician or public figure each day and pray for them. I ask you to consider joining with me. […]

NCR on Santorum

This from the National Catholic Reporter’s Distinctly Catholic blog: What emerges from all these analyses is that [Sen. Rick] Santorum’s Catholicism is the most important thing about him, and that Santorum’s Catholicism is of that variety we associate with the “faithful remnant – the world is against us” kind of culture warriors whom, I believe, […]

Sister Helen Prejean to Visit Tucson

A release by the Coalition of Arizonans to Abolish the Death Penalty: Sister Helen Prejean, one of the nation’s foremost advocates to abolish the death penalty, will make a rare Tucson appearance Feb. 19, sponsored by the Coalition of Arizonans to Abolish the Death Penalty. Prejean will speak at 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at the […]


I read yesterday that a new chaplain of the US House was sworn in, Father Patrick J. Conroy, SJ. You read that right: SJ. Not only is he the second Roman Catholic chaplain in the history of the US House, but he’s the first Jesuit. They may live to regret this, but I’ll be enjoying […]

“All Are Welcome”

Believe it or not, this ad has started a kerfuffle not on the right, but on our side. The progressive Christian group Sojourners refused to run the ad on their website, not wanting to “take sides.” Sojourners hasn’t been shy about taking sides on the Republican budget plan, the war in Afghanistan and any number […]

But I Hear No Sound

I have conflicted feelings about the killing of Osama bin Laden. Not conflicted feelings about the incident itself, but about the reactions. I feel relief, but something else too. I don’t know what it is, really. I understand the desire on the part of folks to acknowledge and even celebrate, but I found the Super […]