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Links for 01/06/06

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At Mirror of Justice, Rick Garnett responds to my piece yesterday about hiring and firing of LGBT Catholics in ministerial positions. As always, Garnett's thoughts are important to consider, but I continue to think he misunderstands the proper relationship the Church should take to legal advice, and also the degree to which the Church should resist the urge to see others as opponents, even if they see themselves as such.

Obama's Speech on Gun Violence

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There are many realities in American politics that are perplexing. Why do so many working class voters support candidates who enact tax and spending policies that benefit the wealthiest Americans? Why do Democrats insist on running candidates who favor expansive abortion policies in districts where voters are culturally conservative and opposed to such policies? But, no issue is more perplexing than guns and gun rights.

Links for 01/05/16

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First, a clarification. In my article last week looking ahead to the new year in the life of the Church, I noted that Bishop Robert Barron's "Word on Fire" ministries had retweeted an old article of his in which he complained about the "Fetishism of Dialogue" and wondered how that squared with Pope Francis' repeated calls for dialogue. I was contacted by Brandon Vogt, Content Director at Word on Fire, who explained to me that these retweets of old articles are computer generated at random. I had no idea such technology existed. I have even less of an idea why anyone would use it.

Ross Douthat's Erasmus Lecture

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First Things has now posted the text of Ross Douthat’s “Erasmus Lecture,” delivered at the end of October, and a curious text it is, starting with the title. Is there really a "crisis" for conservative Catholics, or is it just a snit? Douthat is smart, but he has for too long accepted at face value the American conservative, or neo-conservative, narrative about developments within the Catholic Church over the past fifty years.

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