Why Are They Here?

03/01/2012 Comments (63)

A reader at Jezebel asked her fellow readers a very good question:

I was wondering if there are any Catholic jezzies out there? Are y’all still practicing? How do you reconcile all the @$$hattery going on with the Bishops with your faith?

I don’t want to leave the church, but I’m upset about a lot of positions the leadership has taken. Any advice/comments? I’m thinking about continuing to practice/attend church, but redirecting my donations to Catholics for Choice or Catholic Democrats.

Yes, how do they reconcile it—and why?  If you’re someone who consider it “@$$hattery” when the bishops,  decades overdue, show courage and leadership in the face blatant persecution —then why not leave...READ MORE

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Highlights from Rome, Day One

03/01/2012 Comments (3)

Tim Drake and Seminarian Joseph Koczur in front of St. Peter's, taken on the roof of the North American College in Rome.

Yesterday (Wednesday), journalists were given a sneak peak at the Verbum Domini exhibit at the Braccio di Carlo Magno Museum just next to St. Peter’s Basilica in St. Peter’s Square, by its director, Dr. Scott Carroll. Dr. Carroll took us through the exhibit’s many galleries pointing out some of the earliest Hebrew, Greek, and Latin texts. One highly interesting exhibit featured essentially recycled papyrus taken from ancient mummy cartonnage. Dr. Carroll explained that papyrus that had been written on was sometimes used for mummy cartonnage. Through a process of dismantling the cartonnage, they’ve been able to discover some of the earliest texts, including several which were on exhibit,...READ MORE

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Nancy Pelosi Is Right

02/29/2012 Comments (192)

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a devout anti-Catholic, infamously suggested last week that the Church has lost its right to conscience because it has failed to “enforce” this “rule” on contraception.

“Ninety-eight percent of women in childbearing age that are Catholic use contraception. So, in practice the church has not enforced this and now they want the federal government and private insurance to enforce it. It just isn’t consistent to me.”

Leaving aside the bogusness of her silly statistics and the absurdity that not forcing people to pay for something is enforcing a religious rule, Nancy has a point.

Since the Pope clarified the Church’s position on contraception and human...READ MORE

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First Impressions of Rome

02/29/2012 Comments (4)

It has been a busy morning. My flight arrived at the Rome airport at 7:55 a.m. A taxi driver overcharged me (75 euro) to drop me off at my hotel. After freshening up, I took a bus into Rome, stopping by the Vatican Press Office for my credentials and then on to Vatican Radio for the press conference on the Verbum Domini exhibit (more on that later). I had a delightful lunch of pasta and prosciutto with EWTN’s Joan Lewis and Catholic News Service’s Carol Glatz. This afternoon it’s off to the museum for a first look at the exhibit with the director of the exhibit, Dr. Scott Carroll. Rome is a bustling city. I marveled at how the motorcycles and vespas create lanes where there are none. It was...READ MORE

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Let's Stop Asking Kids What They Want to Be When They Grow Up

02/29/2012 Comments (50)

Yesterday I was hanging out in my daughter’s class at our parish Mother’s Day Out program, and one of her classmates came up to me while I was sitting on the floor. The three-year-old boy approached with a smile and asked if I could help him get a stray wheel back on his truck. As I fumbled around with the repair, I felt like I should make conversation. Not having had enough coffee to come up with a topic that was both interesting and appropriate to someone who can still count the number of years he’s been alive on one hand, I defaulted to the age-old question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As soon as I did, I regretted it.

It sounds like an innocent question, and I know that...READ MORE

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Rome Sweet Home

Register Writer Rome-bound

02/28/2012 Comments (4)

My previous, and only trip to Rome, was nearly 17 years ago. I was a Catholic newbie, having come into the Church that March. My wife, Mary, and I were expecting a child, 10 months after miscarrying our first. Our three-week European excursion began in Rome.

I can still recall being awed by the artwork, St. Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, and the other Churches we visited. I marveled at the history of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. I remember being struck by the absence of children and pregnant mothers. I recall my anger with the street vendor who cheated us, the joy of a shared Italian meal with friends, and the wonder of Assisi after the madness of Rome.

I return to “The Eternal City,”...READ MORE

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Choice

02/28/2012 Comments (104)

You’ve seen that bumper sticker, “Question authority.”  Several generations have internalized the idea that to question authority is a fine and courageous act of freedom, and they are right.

But what they forget is the whole point of asking a question is to find an answer.  Only a fool would hear that answer and continue to crow, “Yes, but I asked a question!”  Questioning is a means to an end, not a self-contained act that has value in itself.

The same is true for choice.  Choice does not have value in itself.  The freedom to choose is a hallmark of liberty, but liberty is for something.  Choice is like the action of sharpening an axe:  after a while, you need to stop sharpening and...READ MORE

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Can Catholics Be Buried in Non-Catholic Cemeteries?

02/28/2012 Comments (31)

A reader writes:

As a practicing Catholic, can I be buried in a non-Catholic cemetery.  No one in my family is Catholic except me and I would like to be buried with my family.

It’s a logical question, and an understandable desire.

It’s a logical question because many Catholic parishes and dioceses have cemeteries, and it would seem natural—as a Catholic—to be buried in one of these.

It’s an understandable desire to want to be buried with one’s family, where after your death your loved ones may still visit your grave, take care of it, and remember you. It’s a way of maintaining a connection with those you have left behind.

I could imagine someone saying, “Well, if your family isn’t...READ MORE

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