Here's what they say about themselves:
Check out how the Coffee Party Movement began. See video here.
80,521 have become Coffee Party USA fans on Facebook by March Fourth!!
The Senate confirmation of Chai Feldblum, an openly gay professor at Georgetown, has been held up, the subject of a "hold" by a conservative Senator. Her confirmation has also been under attack from the American Principles Project (APP), an advocacy group founded by conservative scholar and Princeton professor Robert George.
tWithout really trying, I’ve generated controversy in some quarters by coining the phrase “Taliban Catholicism” to describe a psychological tendency (as opposed, let the record be clear, to any actual person or group) in today’s church. I understand it as the equal-and-opposite extreme from what George Weigel has usefully described as “Catholicism Lite,” meaning a kind of supine assimilation to secularism.
t“Taliban Catholicism,” then, is an exaggerated allergy to anything that smacks of secularism, liberalization, or corruption by modernity – an angry form of the faith that knows only how to excoriate and condemn.
tOf course, Catholicism hardly enjoys a monopoly on the “Taliban” instinct, which is more akin to a potential distortion within any religious system. In some ways it may be especially virulent within ultra-traditional and nationalist strains of Orthodoxy, as a recent “Patriarchal and Synodal Encyclical” from Archbishop Bartholomew of Constantinople makes clear.
John Allen begins his analysis of the clergy sexual abuse scandal unfolding in Germany this way: "In James Joyce’s Ulysses, Stephen Dedalus famously describes history as 'a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.' "
I don't know the Spanish translation for "a nightmare from which I am trying to awake" but I bet the Legionaries of Christ in Mexico do: More abuse allegations against Maciel surface in Mexico
From the Huffington Post.
Sr. Rose Pacatte looks at Oscar nominated films for 2010 using the theme of "human connections" as lens through which to view them.
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Out of the ten films nominated, I think this may come down to "The Hurt Locker" or "Avatar." In the interest of full disclosure I admit that I have been a fan of "The Hurt Locker" since September 2008 when I was president of the Catholic Jury at the Venice Film Festival and we gave it the SIGNIS Award. It was the best film in competition at Venice that year. My vote goes to "The Hurt Locker," but anything can happen.
Today is the feast of St. Casimir, patron of Lithuania and Poland, 1458-1484.
In the famous Carlo Dolci painting, he is holding a paper inscribed with the words of his favorite hymn: Omni die dic Mariae, which we know as Daily, Daily Sing to Mary. Casimir was buried with a copy of the hymn.
Regular readers know that I am a huge fan of Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap, the Archbishop of Boston. What he has accomplished since he arrived in Boston is nothing short of spectacular: A Church that was in free fall is now back on its feet, donations are up, vocations are up, new ecclesial movements are active and engaged. He was vilified unfairly for his decision to preside at the funeral of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy but he stood his ground and showed a grieving family (and a grieving Commonwealth) why the Church is at her best at a funeral, showing the compassionate and merciful face of Christ to those who mourn.