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Well it’s Thanksgiving Week, a time for gratitude.  So my thoughts on Peter Berg’s recent film Deepwater Horizon seem timely.

I guess my only real gripe about the film is that Mark Wahlberg, as well as he does overall, can’t quite pull off playing a Texan.

Other than that, loved it.  Among its qualities are: Continue Reading »

My Moustached ‘Jack’

Thought I’d get creative this year.  Happy Halloween!

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donald_trump_august_19_2015_croppedIf the firestorms surrounding Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump were literal, America would long ago have been reduced to cinders.

A 10-year-old video, recently shared by the Washington Post, shows Trump and Billy Bush (of Access Hollywood) making lewd comments about women on the set of the soap opera Days of Our Lives.

Let’s state the obvious first: Continue Reading »

On the Beauty of Fall

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I am prejudiced when it comes to the four seasons — fall is my favorite.

Fall is nature at its aesthetic best, giving us a heraldic panoply of colors and scents.

But fall is traditionally a time to reflect on the reality of death, as well as being a time of beauty.

Forgive me, but I don’t think that’s an accident. Continue Reading »

Just_divorcedFor parts one and two, click here

All right, now for the hard part.

From part two:

What about when a husband either “dumps” his wife or becomes abusive?  Situations like this might require separation, and the Church fully acknowledges this.  But why would the Church, under any circumstances, not permit the woman to remarry?

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Crowning_in_Syro-Malabar_Nasrani_Wedding_by_Mar_Gregory_KarotemprelIn part one, I talked about hermits and celibates, quoting from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

[Hermits] manifest to everyone the interior aspect of the mystery of the Church, that is, personal intimacy with Christ.

(CCC 921 — italics mine)

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Virgins who, committed to the holy plan of following Christ more closely, (. . .) are betrothed mystically to Christ, the Son of God, and are dedicated to the service of the Church.” By this solemn rite (Consecratio virginum), the virgin is “constituted . . . a sacred person, a transcendent sign of the Church’s love for Christ, and an eschatological image of this heavenly Bride of Christ and of the life to come.

(CCC 923 — italics mine)

If you’ve read part one (and I encourage you to do so), you may have noticed that I’ve changed my use of italics slightly.

In addressing the question of why the Church only recognizes the validity of sex within the bonds of the marital union, I want to draw attention to the nuptial character of Catholic spirituality. Continue Reading »

La Belle Dame sans MerciINTERLOCUTOR: Catholics are puritanical in their attitude toward sex.

ME: No we’re not.

INTERLOCUTOR: Prove it.

ME: Okay. Continue Reading »