Monthly Archives: January 2009

Priests, Paedophiles, and Purity.

I generally refrain from commenting on paedophile scandals, inside or outside the church.  But two stories which almost co-incided a few weeks ago have been niggling at me since I encountered them.  Now, in the diocese of LA, clerical misconduct…

Maledict’s Mercy.

One last time, before I stop commenting on this debacle: In trying to calm the storm he created himself, Benedict has clarified that he took his decision in the interests of church unity, and in a spirit of mercy. “I…

My Anti-Vatican Self-Defence Routine.

Whenever, as now, I find myself getting worked up about the Vatican, I find it helps to recall the wisdom of some of the friends and writers who have helped to shape my thinking. For me, my Vatican recovery began…

Maledict & Lefevrists Revisited.

Okay, I’ve calmed down. On the one hand, its not (quite) as bad as I first feared.  on the other, it’s worse.  The Vatican spin control has kicked in sharply,  to reassure the world that revoking the excommunication is emphatically…

Maledict Does It Again!

I am so angry I am ready to spit. This week marks the completion of one month blogging on this site – my first, very tiny milestone.  In the much bigger scheme of things, this week also marks the 50th…

The Gospels’ Queer Values.

The opponents of gay same-sex marriage and of the “gay lifestyle” (whatever that is), like to claim that their opposition is rooted in traditional family values, “as found in the Bible.”   This claim is so completely spurious, is is remarkable…

Book Club News

For a few days last week, I will have appeared to be quiet on the posting front.  I was not idle, however, with some background work going on behind the scenes. In particular, I have begun expanding the book club…

“Yes, We Can!”

Barack Obama has transformed America with his extraordinary rise to the USA Presidency. Is there an opportunity for progressive Catholics, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to similarly transform the power structures inside the Catholic Church?

Help, please: Putting Out the Begging Bowl

Over the past several weeks, computer difficulties have made it increasingly difficult to keep up with this site.  First, I had one problem which I mostly resolved, but left me without wireless access to my router. The only way I…