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The internet is both opportunity and challenge, to society, the political order, the Church and especially Catholic journalism. This week, NCR is holding its annual webathon, so it seems a good time to analyze some of the possibilities and challenges posed by the internet. If you are reading this, hopefully you have already made a donation. If you have not yet made a donation, I encourage you to do so, and to make a donation at the appropriate level. Here is the link.

Carson & Fiorina Join the Circus


Yesterday, the Republican presidential primary contest became a whole lot less serious and a whole lot more fun. Two candidates railing against “the political class” announced their candidacies with variations of the “I am not a politician” meme which was, with its utterance, no longer the case. Dr. Ben Carson and Ms. Carly Fiorina are now officially in the field.

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A group of priests have started a petition to the Synod Fathers, asking them to uphold the traditional teaching of the Church on marriage and human sexuality. This effort mimics a similar petition drive in the UK. The difference? The U.S. version has been signed by four bishops, +Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, +Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, +Kagan of Bismark, North Dakota, and +Finn, formerly of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri. More on this tomorrow.

Notre Dame's Conference on Polarization


Last week, I participated in a conference at the University of Notre Dame entitled “Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal.” The conference featured an array of presenters and participants and followed the “see, judge, act” model of analysis, describing the wounds, judging their sources, and looking towards a remedy or remedies.


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August 28-September 10, 2015


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