Liberals who thought they’d won the Culture Wars with Obama’s election realize they were wrong. Bias exposure: article is phrased in the voice of an “ordinary person” troubled by those “pesky” “Culture Warrior” types keep raising a stink about stuff.
C. S. Lewis said the greatest danger to our souls is greed: working so much we don’t take time for prayer. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI reminded his Wednesday audience that, whether we’re having a busy workday or vacation, we should always make time for prayer.
You’ve probably already heard that Our Sunday Visitor has acquired Harcourt Religion. Apparently, Harcourt Religion only publishes Catholic catechetical materials. They are the producers of Big Al, the puppet series on EWTN. A year or two ago, Houghton Mifflin bought HBJ, changing the name of the conglomerate to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. OSV will corner the market on Catholic catechetic materials and vacation bible school. What I want to know is: if OSV has been offering VBS services all along, why do so many Catholic parishes use the “Catholic editions” of “non-denominational” VBS’s?
James Francis Cardinal Stafford is retiring, and thus leaving his position as Prefect of the Apostolic Penitentiary. 73 year old Archbishop Fortunato Baldelli will replace him. Meanwhile, Archbishop Mauro Piacenza of the Congregation for Clergy laments the low attendance at the Sacrament of Reconciliation, blaming it (rightly) on a lack of a “sense of sin.” Maybe because so many priests and theologians are teaching that “conscience” means deciding for oneself what is right and wrong??
And . . . here’s one for the record books. . . . It’s a regular “man bites dog”–though it shouldn’t be:
“Priest Defends Church’s Teaching on Artificial Contraception.” (In a newspaper, even!)