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Since his unexpected death late last week, a lot (probably too much) has been written about Michael Jackson – much of it focusing on “the bubble” in which he lived his life: sealed off from real human experience in a world of his own, a world where any number of unusual things were deemed quite normal.
There has been much wringing of media hands about this bubble, and society’s role in shaping and maintaining it for the troubled singer and pop culture phenomenon.

Are we to blame, commentators ask, for Jackson’s early demise?
The question is worth asking, if it compels us to re-examine our cultural obsessions and the damage they can do. But a bigger point may have gotten lost: we all live in our own bubbles. Michael Jackson’s was just much more public.

Has Pope Benedict visited Medjugorje sub secreto?


So as Medjugorje celebrates the 28th anniversary this week of the first reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary there is discussion as to whether or not Pope Benedict has ever visited the Croatian town.

Pope John Paul II never journeyed to Medjugorje. Some visitors to Medjugorje are claiming several sightings, some years back, of then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now, Pope Benedict XVIand, they say, the cardinal was keeping his profile quite low.

New Haven Supreme Court ruling helps, not hurts, Sotomayor nomination


The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a group of white firefighters in New Haven today. Just so, Sonya Sotomayor took one giant step towards becoming the sixth Catholic justice on the Court. That’s right. The decision by the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling by Sotomayor and two of her colleagues on the Appeals Court will make it more, not less, likely that she is confirmed.

Them bones ...


"By sharing the cup of the Lord's suffering, they became the friends of God."
Entrance Antiphon, Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

A writing teacher once said that a piece of writing has to have good bones. How many speeches, editorials, even novels are rhetorically fulsome and flowing but lack an underlying structure that holds the whole work together. Sounds great but says little. Style without substance. It lacks bones.


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