Comfort: Not Enough or Too Much?

Do you ever feel uncomfortable? I hope so because that might indeed be good for you. Thus is the thesis of my former colleague, Fr. Brett Hoover’s new book called Comfort: An Atlas for the Body and Soul. Not enough comfort and we’re dreading life and perhaps even untrusting. Too much comfort and we become […]

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Did Chief Justice Roberts’ Ruling Give Catholics an Out on the HHS Mandate?

So I believe there’s a larger issue at play in yesterday’s Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act. But first, let me offer a preview of a few issues. First is, the ruling was not about the HHS Mandate which requires employers who offer healthcare to include provisions for contraception and other controversial procedures. […]

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Honest Thoughts on the Supreme Court Ruling

So the Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare is interesting. Justice Roberts, who is Catholic, by the way, ruled with the majority that the government’s plan is constitutional–but he did so in a most interesting way. From the Washington Post: If you read the opinions, he sided with the conservative bloc on every major legal question […]

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Is An Abuse Victim Who Beats Up the Priest Who Abused Him Justified?

Take a gander at this: From AP and the Huffington Post Evidence will show the man on trial in the beating of an aging Jesuit priest was abused by the priest, but that still did not give him the right to take the law into in his own hands, prosecutors in Northern California said Wednesday […]

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Voices of Hope and Doom

E.J. Dionne has a great column today in the Washington Post and he rightly points out that the voices of doom seem to be all around us. First he points to the voices of doom on the left. Recently, a group called the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) ran a full-page ad in The Washington […]

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Preferential Option for the Rich

Charlie Camosy has an interesting take on ministering to the rich, not in opposition to the church’s preferential option for the poor, but perhaps just as important. Why don’t we take the vulnerable position of the rich more seriously? In short, why don’t we have a preferential option for the rich? We should, of course, […]

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Should Teens Be Given a Life Sentence for Crimes They Commit?

That’s the question that the Supreme Court will be deciding for some time this spring and summer culminating in a probable decision this June. Here’s some sparring amongst the Justices on this issue from the Huff Post: (Justice) Alito soon asked (Lawyer Bryan) Stevenson to “tell us where the age line needs to be drawn […]

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Attacking Bishops From an Unlikely Source

Often people on the far Catholic Left have little use for Bishops on the Catholic right–which they would claim are most Bishops. While I’m not sure that’s true (perhaps popular Bishops would be more accurate?) Michael Sean Winters reports that Bishops often get more flack from the right-wing of the church. From Distinctly Catholic Now, […]

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