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The Catholic Donnybrook; One Kennedy Legacy?

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In John Ford’s classic film, The Quiet Man, John Wayne plays Sean Thornton, a quintessential American gone back to Ireland to connect with his roots. He marries Mary Kate Danaher, who warns him with a measure of pride, “I have a fearsome temper; we Danahers are a fighting people.” The highlight of the film is an epic donnybrook pitting Thornton against Mary Kate’s brother, the bellicose “Red” Will Danaher; it is a fight over cultural and moral understandings, and as the fisticuffs spill through a meadow and into the towns and pubs, the townspeople enthusiastically join in. Other communities send spectators and even the priests and bishops look on and make discreet wagers… . Continue Reading »

Sr. Schneider’s “Irrelevant”

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Following up on Sr. Sandra Schneiders’ open hostility toward the upcoming Apostolic Visitation , Lifesite News gets a reaction from Sr. Eva Marie Ackerman, FSMG , U.S. spokesman, for the visit: Sr. Eva Maria Ackerman, told that the Visitation is intended only as a means of . . . . Continue Reading »

Paranoia, Pride, and Prejudice

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Sr. Sandra M. Schneiders, plainly unhappy with a recently announced apostolic visitation of women’s communities in America, wrote an email to some of her colleagues and friends which she later approved for publication in the National Catholic Reporter .In her email, Sr. Schneiders, a member of . . . . Continue Reading »