Tag Archives: US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Adjusting One’s Personal Theology

Okay, to review, the economist Paul Krugman has called the Ryan budget ludicrous and cruel – “voodoo economics, with an extra dose of fantasy, and a large helping of mean-spiritedness” – and Krugman is not alone. Even those without a Nobel … Continue reading

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Gun to the Head

Back in the early seventies the Doobie Brothers had a bit of a hit with their song China Grove – about a sleepy little Southern town, but in Texas, which is only sort of the South. But that’s okay as … Continue reading

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The Battle to Return to the Thirteenth Century Begins

Yes, there’s William F. Buckley’s famous definition of a conservative, as that one man standing athwart history and shouting NO! And of course Buckley considered that noble and right, if not heroic. But things change all the time, for better … Continue reading

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A Resolution of Sorts

All conflicts get resolved eventually. The Japanese and the Germans are now our allies, and Vietnam is now an afterthought – one of our minor trading partners, and not much worth thinking about otherwise. But of course there are the … Continue reading

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The Zombie Issue

Anyone with a thorough understanding of the zeitgeist, and the trends in pop-culture, realizes we are moving from the age of moody sexy vampires to the age of flesh-eating mindless zombies. Here in Hollywood there are the giant billboards everywhere … Continue reading

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The Non-Issue That Just Won’t Go Away

It only gets stranger – Tuesday evening, February 7, 2012, and Rick Santorum comes from nowhere and seems to be winning three Republican primaries handily – which doesn’t matter much because few actual delegates are involved. Has everyone had a … Continue reading

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The Imaginary Secular

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks … Continue reading

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