Happenings in the Triangle

If you are a Catholic in the Triangle area of North Carolina, you are blessed with an embarrassment of riches. Jeff Cavins comes to town this Friday.  And Matthew Kelly will be here in May.  I’ll be back later to update this post with details.  I have to go now. I’m running late for a picnic. […]

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The Beginning of Wisdom Is the Fear of the LORD

[Nahum 1:2–6  (RSV)]: 2The LORD is a jealous God and avenging,  the LORD is avenging and wrathful;  the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies.  3The LORD is slow to anger and of great might, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind […]

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Sorry, NY Times, Opposition to LGBT Is Not Bigotry

This is my second posting on the most recent culture war breakout here in North Carolina. You can find my first post here. For those of you who don’t know, the present kerfuffle in my state is over two separate pieces of legislation, SB2 and HB2. I talked about SB2 in the previous post. HB2, […]

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Religious Freedom Law Under Attack in North Carolina

This is for my North Carolina readers. Actually it’s for everyone, but it is very important for us Tar Heels to know what’s going on in our state.  First off, we should be grateful that we are blessed to live in a state that still respects freedom of conscience for all people—including the religious—and does […]

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No, Shea Watts, Christianity Doesn’t “Poison Everything.”

A few months ago, Ross Douthat delivered the Erasmus lecture at the headquarters of First Things magazine.  In his lecture he claimed that religious conservatives need new and better arguments.  Boy, was he right.  This Huffington Post article by aspiring theologian cum pundit Shea Watts illustrates the desperateness of the cause. (Bold print is my emphasis): […]

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Spotlight on Fr. Ted

In a previous post, I mentioned the notorious Fr. Ted Llanos, the priest who trained me to be an altar boy back in 1974, and I explained why I believed the allegations against him. (You can find those allegations online by clicking on the link, above.) The information in Fr. Ted’s online file rings true […]

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“Spotlight” on the Big Picture

When Marty Baron, former editor of the Boston Globe, directed his Spotlight reporters “to focus on the institution,” he was quite laudably pursuing the big picture of clergy sexual abuse. But the big picture is exactly what the media has been missing now for more than fourteen years. For the big picture would recognize that, […]

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Oscar-Nominated “Spotlight” on Child Abuse

It’s no surprise that the movie Spotlight has been nominated for a best picture Oscar. The critics have been predicting big wins for the movie, and not without justification. It really is a terrific film in so many ways. But I am not writing about Spotlight to add one more glowing review, for I’m no […]

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