Drinan dead at 86

Robert Drinan, SJ, died today at the age of 86. Washington Post. Curt Jester. Georgetown press release. His Jesuit superiors gave him permission to run for office as a Democrat–while denying his fellow Jesuit, John McLaughlin, permission to run as a Republican. His Jesuit superiors argued that he would be a good advocate in Congress…

The “Emerging Church”

Christianity Today profiles the evangelical movement known as the “emerging church.” It is said that emerging Christians confess their faith like mainliners—meaning they say things publicly they don’t really believe. They drink like Southern Baptists—meaning, to adapt some words from Mark Twain, they are teetotalers when it is judicious. They talk like Catholics—meaning they cuss…

“Make a wish”

Some sent me this link: Hospice helped dying man lose his virginity. 22 year old Nick Wallis has a form of muscular dystrophy; a hospice for young adults (founded by Sister Frances Dominica, an Anglican nun) helped him make an arrangement with a prostitute. Here’s his own account. He concludes: I do not think I…

Can a Catholic refuse union dues?

Ohio law lets people refuse union dues, but only if they belong to denominations that have historically and consistently refused to recognize labor unions–and the law only recognizes Seventh-day Adventists and Mennonites in that category. But a Catholic teacher is filing suit against that law because she is not being permitted to claim the religious…

Triple Tragedy

Three tragic NASA anniversaries this week: 40 years since Apollo 1 (Jan 27), 21 years since Challenger (Jan 28), 4 years since Columbia (Feb 1).

“A useless mass”

Can there be such a thing? Fr. Reginald Foster thinks so. The phrase comes in this article: He said reports that Pope Benedict will reintroduce the Tridentine Mass, which dates from 1570 and is largely conducted in Latin, were wrong – not least because of the Pope’s desire to avoid more controversies. A speech last…