Around the blogs today

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Sep 15, 2003

Here's what's new and interesting on Catholic blogs today:

  • The always hilarious Jeff Miller gives his take on the eternal question: What if Adam had a blog?
  • Leon Podles has an unusual recommendation regarding mandatory clerical celibacy and it has to do with Catholic priests for whom celibacy is optional.
  • Amy Welborn reacts to Andrew Sullivan's approving nod to the early Church father Tertullian's anti-bishop stance in the latter days of his life.
  • The Mighty Barrister says syndicated columnist James Lileks is really searching for God, denying the proof when he sees it.
  • Maureen McHugh says Catholics who complain about bishops, especially bishops who are not their own, are breaking the rule that a Catholic owes his obedience to his bishop. And she says they are unconsciously serving the Culture of Death by creating divisions and infighting in the Church.
  • Earl Appleby has his own roundup of "Strong Words" for week from various blogs.
  • The Old Oligarch discusses what it's like being a lay Catholic theologian and being cornered everywhere he goes by people either venting their spleen at the Church, seeking spiritual direction, or asking probing questions about faith. I guess this is similar to what doctors experience.
  • David Morrison notes two Australian gays who adopted a son "contracted" with a woman in the US and who now say they don't want the boy to grow up to be gay.
  • The Recovering Choir Director aggregates links having to do with one blogger's assertion that parish music directors should not be paid.
  • Chris, the Maine Catholic, connects some facts concerning the action being taken against priests involved in the infamous St. Sebastian's Angels web site and the news that former auxiliary bishop of Portland, Maine, Michael Cote knew of allegations as far back as May 2002. Did the bishop have a deeper connection than previously thought?

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 16, 2003 4:43 PM ET USA

    There are many [and complex] reasons why we do not have enough priests. One reason is that so many bishops run their domains as quasi-military dictatorships of the spirit or as ecclesiastical police states. These bishops need to be reminded constantly: "You are ONLY a creature, ONLY a man, ONLY a human being." The worst offenders seem to be Amchurch prelates who actively persecute priests who are faithful and make every effort to drive them out. Read again: Rose, GOOD BYE, GOOD MEN.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 16, 2003 3:36 PM ET USA

    "I'm sure they can do the job of sifting them, but it doesn't seem right for the Latin Church to export troublesome people. " Someone has to provide some competition for Canada.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 16, 2003 10:00 AM ET USA

    Podles' proposal is already (de facto) in effect. Several of the Eastern Catholic eparchies have married priests, and Latin Catholics who seek to transfer to an Eastern eparchy routinely do so. I wouldn't suggest the Eastern bishops hang out a shingle looking for transfers, though: along with some good candidates, they'd be getting some doctrinal dissenters. I'm sure they can do the job of sifting them, but it doesn't seem right for the Latin Church to export troublesome people.