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Ashley Wednesday

“I go to Mass early, start the day laden with the strangeness of being a Christian, of being part of this we who celebrate death and resurrection. After the ashes,…

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The Pope and Selfishness: Contradictions and Fictions

It was a record-scratching, “hold up, wait a minute” moment a few days ago when Pope Francis, who had just a couple of weeks back told Catholics that they don’t…

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Chocolate Deities: Sacrilegious?

Bond Street Chocolate, a small confectionery in the East Village, stocks a good selection of chocolate deities, including Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and the Virgin of Guadalupe. Chocolate Ganesh has…

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Vatican’s Conference on Women: Torso Tales

The Vatican’s  conference on women has yielded an embarrassment of embarrassments. Winning the Worst-Of Award, trouncing strong contenders such as the bizarre blond-lady video, the “burqa made of flesh,” the…

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Link Roundup: Men of God, Not Ladies of God

Ruth Gledhill writes in Christian Today that Anglican priest Philip North, who will be soon be consecrated as a bishop, is planning to break CoE tradition by refusing to let…

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The Papal Explainer: Breeding Like Rabbits

Lots of headlines are trumpeting Pope Francis’ recent declaration that Catholics need not breed like rabbits. However, Catholics are still not allowed to use artificial birth control. There are “licit”…

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Different God: Franklin Graham Shuts Down Duke’s Muslim Call to Prayer

At Duke University, a new weekly Muslim call to prayer was to begin Friday at 1 p.m. Muslim students were going broadcast the prayer from the bell tower of Duke’s…

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New Year’s Horn-Tooting

It has been a great year for Buddha-killing. In interviewing our co-founder Peter Manseau about his new book One Nation Under Gods (coming out this month!), Publishers Weekly called Killing…

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Cardinal Burke and the New Emangelicals: A Superfan’s Thoughts

Twitter can sometimes tell us when we first felt something, if it is the sort of thing we note on Twitter. This is my first report on Cardinal Burke. I…

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News Roundup: God is Woman

On Christmas, a shirtless member of the group Femen, Yana Zhdanova, took the baby Jesus from the St. Peter’s Square nativity scene and shouted “God is woman!” before a guard…

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5 Hot Holiday Worship Spaces

Traditions are great, but they can be stifling. Sometimes things get so rote we tune everything out, including the whispers of the Divine. Take a moment right now. Think about…

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Still Slowing Down for Poetry: For Mark Strand, 1934-2014

As I crawled my way out of college, and started stretching toward graduate studies, I stumbled on an essay in the New York Times Book Review. I’d never heard of…

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Not For One Side Alone

Yesterday morning, the morning after the grand jury failed to return an indictment against Darrell Wilson in Ferguson, MO, I had to appear in family court. My son’s father brought…

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Carl Lentz Superstar

You know what I would like to give thanks for in the holiday pre-season? Carl Lentz. And to the Daily Mail for this glorious writeup on him, which gives a…

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How I Exorcised Lena Dunham

I recently realized that something amiss in my person. I realized that I had let something get by my mental gatekeepers. That something was Lena Dunham. In the previous week,…

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Links: Feminist Mikvehs, an Evil Game and a Confused Cardinal

Raymond Cardinal Burke has spoken from his throne again, this time suggesting that the Catholic Church “lacks a rudder.” (JOKE ABOUT CAPPA MAGNA TK) Most Earthlings would say that the…

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Breaking: God is Not a Wizard

  Pope Francis recently said that, regarding the Big Bang, there’s no conflict behind that concept and faith in God. He went on to say “when we read about creation…

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Shia LaBeouf is a Christian Man

Shia LaBeouf just made a movie, Fury, where he plays a WWII soldier whose faith gets him through war. Something happened during the filming. I found God doing Fury. I…