Nancy Pelosi and the Catholic Bishops

From First Thoughts

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was interviewed in a recent edition of Newsweek , in which she had the opportunity to set the bishops straight on the participation of Catholics in public life. I think you have had some brushes with [church] hierarchy. I have some concerns about the church’s . . . . Continue Reading »

Saul Alinsky and Jacques Maritain

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Following the manifold scandals involving the Catholic Campaign for Human Development comes a twofold discussion by the blog Cosmos, Liturgy, Sex — the first getting to the root of the problem , the second on the “spiritual paternity” of Saul Alinsky and Jacques Maritain (the . . . . Continue Reading »

Abraham Foxman vs. The USCCB

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In August 2002 the Consultation of the National Council of Synagogues and the Bishops Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs released a statement, “Reflections on Covenant and Mission” , which espoused a two-fold or “dual covenant” path to salvation—the . . . . Continue Reading »

A Just War Theory of Home Schooling?

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In “A Just War Theory of Homeschooling” (InsideCatholic.com), William Fahey reminds us that homeschooling, while desirable in some circumstances, “can also become a destructive ideology”: Contrary to the Catholic understanding of education, there is a rising individualism . . . . Continue Reading »

Two Letters

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I know that I have been an imperfect human being, but with the help of my faith I have tried to right my path. I want you to know Your Holiness that in my nearly 50 years of elective office, I have done my best to champion the rights of the poor and open doors of economic opportunity. I have worked . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Naivete of Ayn Rand

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Paul Zummo ( Crankycon ) has written a good review of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged : The atheism is only a small part of the issue with objectivism. Galt (and thus Rand’s) objection to the concept of original sin is naive, but even absent this aspect of objectivism, it remains a . . . . Continue Reading »

“50 Best Catholic Movies of All Time”

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William Park (InsideCatholic.com) lists, in his judgment, “the fifty best Catholic movies of all time” . Some readers, myself included, were surprised by the absence of The Mission . A magnificent cast (including Robert DeNiro, Jeremy Irons, and Liam Neeson); a screenplay by Robert Bolt . . . . Continue Reading »