Unclean

Thursday, March 21, 2013 10:02 AM Comments (127)

Like many people, I was immensely moved when I saw the photos of Pope Francis washing the feet of single moms and recovering drug addicts.  

I hope I'm alone, though, when I confess that the sensation I felt was not purely salutary -- although I didn't realize it until this morning.  The first news headline I read said, "Pope Francis to Celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at Juvenile Prison

 

"How wonderful," I thought.  "He's really going to put his example of service right in front of our faces, over and over again until we get it."  In some dark part of my heart a tiny spark of glee crackled, and I thought, "Hoo hoo, this is going to tick off all the right people!"  I didn't really...READ MORE

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I Can't Help It

Friday, March 15, 2013 10:46 AM Comments (86)

NPR did a pretty even-handed job yesterday of discussing the complaints that Pope Francis, when he was Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina, was somehow involved in atrocities during the Dirty War, or that he didn't  do enough.  Host Audie Cornish says (emphasis mine): 

Some human rights activists argue that his silence hurt investigations in the Dirty War's aftermath, while other accounts reveal that the Pope took major risks to save the persecuted.

A few things that NPR didn't mention:  One activist who has "argued" (not proven) that his silence hurt investigation is one Horacio Verbitsky, author of the book El Silencio.  Verbistky was a leftist guerrilla commander who shot people,...READ MORE

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Papamoon!

Thursday, March 14, 2013 9:17 AM Comments (186)

I!  Am so!  Excited!  I know that information about Pope Francis (squeee!) is pouring in from all sides, so here are just a few of the things that got my attention and have won my heart entirely:

1.  His very apparent genuine concern for the poor and helpless seems to include a special tenderness for women.  Look at him as Archbishop washing the feet of this new mother in a maternity hospital:

 

(photo source)

and here, from a recent AP profile, is what he has said about baptizing the children of single moms:

 

“In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don’t baptize the children of single mothers because they weren’t conceived in the sanctity of marriage,”...READ MORE

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FLASH!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 7:00 AM Comments (67)

Catholic Memes has a nice summation of the stupid things the secular media just can't stop saying:

 

 

This feeding frenzy of factoids, irrelevancies, red herrings, and bogus trivia is just going to accelerate. These are people who don't know anything about the Church, don't want to know anything about the Church, and, most importantly, are willing to believe just about anything about the Church. 

All right, it's fun to track this kind of thing, why not take it up a notch?  It's getting easier and easier to fake people out.  I mean, if "Friends of Hamas" grew legs because it was too good to check, then why not . . .

Amigos de Torquemada.  A super elite cabal open only to men...READ MORE

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Clearing Up a Few Things

Friday, March 08, 2013 10:13 AM Comments (131)

It's that time of year again, when radical feminists and conservative homemakers come together in solidarity.   Whatever else our differences might be, this is the season when women, old and young, rich and poor, of all political and ideological stripes can acknowledge our unity and sisterhood as we say, "Oh my gosh, lady, put a damn shirt on!"  Yes, it's time for the Sports Illustrated Forgot To Wear a Swimsuit Issue.

Well, sisterhood is nice. But can we get something really straight here?  It's true that I don't want to expose my children to this kind of thing.  I don't want my sons learning that it's a-ok to ogle half-naked strangers (yes, even consenting, adult naked strangers) like...READ MORE

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Exposed

Thursday, March 07, 2013 10:38 AM Comments (52)

 

I don't know the source of this picture. The caption some Facebook photo collector added says "this is what six decades of love looks like."  Many of the commenters responded, "Aww, how cute," or "So romantic!"  That is not what came to my mind.

I once was in the back of the church with some baby, and so I witnessed a couple who looked to be in their sixth decade of marriage as they hobbled in late.  The old man was impeccably dressed as only a very old man can be, with a starched shirt collar standing up straighter than he could himself, his neck shrunken away so that his tie was knotted mostly around emptiness.  All his power was concentrated on getting up the granite steps of...READ MORE

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You Belong In a Museum!

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 8:36 AM Comments (55)

Remember the scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, when the Holy Grail is being snatched again by the bad guys?  Indy cries out in righteous indignation:  "That belongs in a museum!"  I love me some Indiana Jones, but I have regretfully come to the conclusion that this line was not meant ironically.  This really is the highest compliment that Americans can pay to an object of beauty and worth:  that it belongs in a museum.  I heard someone say the exact same thing in real life, when our college group first stepped out into one of the teeming, sun-drenched piazzas in Rome.  There was a magnificent fountain in the middle of the square, featuring a sculpture carved by one of the...READ MORE

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The Professional Catholic

Friday, March 01, 2013 10:57 AM Comments (146)

If you write (or speak, or produce videos, or appear on TV) about Catholic issues and people see your name more than twice, then sooner or later you are going to be accused of being a "professional Catholic."  This is supposed to be a stinging indictment of your character, although I could never figure out why.  I suppose people have some vaguely pious belief that, when we do things for the Lord, we ought to offer them for free, and perhaps anonymously, so that there's no possibility of getting caught up in greed or the desire for fame.

It's a nice thought, but utterly disregards the way the world actually works for most people.  If a man spends his whole day producing fabulous...READ MORE

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Simcha Fisher, author of The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning writes for several publications and blogs at I Have to Sit Down. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and nine children. Without supernatural aid, she would hardly be a human being.