May 25, 2005

    Spanning the Globe To Bring You The Constant Variety Of Posts

Criminy. I turn my back for five minutes, and the place fills up with Protestants explaining Catholic theology to each other. Led by that most cautious and tentative dialectician, Rob. - Tom of Disputations

Then I had a sudden inkling of the dorkiest thing I've ever done. Tom and the girls died laughing in agreement so it must be true. Ready? You're not gonna like it ...It is Happy Catholic....They find out how much time I spend blogging or reading blogs ..... hmmm, yeah, I'm going with this blog as my dorkiest moment ... which means I live my life in dorkiness ... as Queen Blogging Dork! Bow down before your queen! ha! -birthday girl Julie of "Happy Catholic"; I can relate.

I was able (thanks to the miracle of cable television and being home sick as a dog) to watch hour upon hour of Catholic pageantry and punditry while simultaneously being fed even more information and commentary on the Web. Meanwhile, oh glorious day, the new Pope has been thoughtful and challenging and ooh, oh so cutely bookish! Heady stuff. The problem is: where does the joy of unified worship of God end and mere fannish enthusiasm begin? Can I keep my joy without becoming embarrassing or turning the culture of the Church into my idol in both senses? As usual, the test and the corrective action is the same: I have to turn my mind toward Christ, and Him crucified. - Banshee of Suburban Banshee

Catholic Utopia is appealing and utterly unrealizable. The only groups that have really succeeded at such a venture are the Amish and the Mennonites and their faith builds in a community structure that most Catholics--consciously or unconsciously--eschew. - Steven Riddle

Unlike the other books on this list, I’ve only read it once, but it was the right book at the right time. Those of us who are just plain complicated like me rather than complex like Aquinas sometimes have to go back to the source and learn to trust God like a little child, an art that the Little Flower raised to a level of complex beauty that would have made Aquinas smile in wonder. - on St. Therese's "Story of a Soul" by Matthew of "Holy Whapping"

Rejoice with a great glad noise, without shame,
Man alone pines, mourns, walks as though he's lame,
Til one Man returns to teach him to sing.
-excerpt of Steven Riddle poem

How does Ms. Fonda approach The Word? "For me," she says, "it's metaphor." What does she mean? If something is metaphorical, it means that it isn't to be taken literally. When the movie Barbarella came out in 1968, starring Jane Fonda, guys used to say that she was "hot." They didn't mean that her body temperature was alarmingly elevated. "Hot" was simply a metaphor for the elevated temperatures of their own libidos, which is to say: she looked sexy. What does Ms. Fonda mean by calling The Word "metaphor"? Does she mean that the Incarnation, Resurrection, Ascension, Redemption, and promise of Eternal Life are not to be taken literally? - Dr. Blosser of "Musings of a Pertinacious Papist"

Santorum told National Catholic Reporter, a U.S.-based weekly, that he considered George W. Bush, a Methodist, to be "the first Catholic president of the United States."... Santorum explained his claim to me: "What I meant was if you look at the two major issues of the church, it's sanctity of life, sanctity of marriage and the family -- and third is care for the poor. And you have a president who is consistent with Catholic social teaching on all of these issues." - NY Times piece on Sen. Rick Santorum

The Anti Christian Liberties Union - title of Karen Hall post on "Some Have Hats", describing the ACLU mandate

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