'Tis the eve of Valentine's Day. Saint Valentine, of course, was a real saint from the third century, who according to the official Church record, “died on the 14th of February on the Via Flaminia close to the Milvian bridge in Rome.” For the occasion, we have Gregory Alan Isakov performing a song named for the saint in the CPR Performance Studio last August.
Meanwhile, here's what's bouncing around the bandwidth of True Believers lately:
• Last week, we reported on a Catholic schoolteacher who was fired for being pregnant out of wedlock. Canonist Edward Peters reminds us that the zeal of righteousness is no substitute for prudent consideration. [In the Light of the Law]
• Earlier this week, we noted the passing of former child actress Shirley Temple. Rebecca Hamilton asks “why did Shirley Temple survive the meat grinder of child stardom?” Probably because she got out after she was done being a child when she first married at seventeen. Not that there wouldn't be more to it, of course. [Public Catholic]
• The blowback from a report of a critical view of Tolkein's work has provoked this response: “The reaction from many quarters was stronger than might have been expected if we had posted a denial of an article of the Creed,” and that the works of Tolkein are of a variety “not part of the canon of great literature of Christian Civilization.” (I'd hate to ask what he thinks of C S Lewis.) At least now we know why the contributor in question hides behind a pseudonym -- hey, as long as we're being “quite honest about it.” [Rorate Caeli]
• Matthew Archbold won't let his daughter go to just any sleepover. In fact, he won't let her go to one at all. Is he right, or is he starting to remind me too much of MY dad (may God rest his soul)? [Creative Minority Report, National Catholic Register]
• Michael Matt, editor of the über-trad periodical The Remnant, apparently senses foul play whenever "theology" and "body" are used in the same sentence, wondering: “Has the thinking of Alfred Kinsey found its way into the Catholic Church?” No, it has not, and Michael could save himself a lot of trouble by clicking here. Nonetheless, it was the subject of this past week's meeting of the Argument of the Month in Saint Paul, Minnesota. [Argument of the Month]
• Finally, if you have yet to make your New Year's resolutions, or have broken them already and need some new ones, Pope Francis has a list of recommendations. [Rappler]
Well, that's our story and we're stickin' to it. Remember to attend Holy Mass this Sunday. Until the next chattel of church chat, stay tuned, and stay in touch.