Thursday, March 27, 2014

Loose Lips in the Loggia (St John Damascene Edition)

“This video is unlisted. Be considerate and think twice before sharing.” Okay, so I thought about it once, then I thought about it again, then I shared it anyway -- because, yeah, Cardinal Burke really does name names.

Meanwhile, here's what's bouncing around the bandwidth of Believers lately:

Another bishop, Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, has asked Catholics to use Lent to repent of sins against charity committed on social media, citing the words of Saint John Chrysostom: “The road to hell is paved with the skulls of bloggers.” (No, it wasn't bloggers, actually.) [The Catholic Herald]

In a related story, you have to give credit to Taylor Marshall for knowing a trend worth following, now that we're all ashamed of labeling our fellow Catholics. (Speak for yourself, Doc.) [Taylor Marshall]

Speaking of which, Carol McKinley says that “if you are a Catholic blogger, keep your distance from the Chancery.” What follows is a cautionary tale of the need to be "clever as snakes" as well as "meek as doves." We report, you decide. [The Tenth Crusade]

In a case of chastity pledges gone terribly wrong, this one designates Daddy as his little girl's "boyfriend," while she is still married to God until the real thing comes along. Should God, Daddy, or the little girl be the most creeped out? Discuss. [The Daily Mail]

In a related story (or maybe not), a cardinal helped a boy ask a girl to the prom. Yep, it's that time of year again, and some guys will try anything. [The Deacon's Bench]

And now, more of that theology-of-the-body action, as The Remnant gets everybody all stirred up. [Catholic Stand]

As second President of the United States, John Adams was so virulently anti-Catholic, that he wanted them all deported from the young Nation. Closer to the present, another former President, also a Protestant, attacks the Catholic Church, and we're supposed to care. []

Finally, this was going to happen sooner or later, and it happened today: “[T]he encounter has been charged with the politics of the world’s most powerful nation and one of its most influential religious movements, and by a pair of men who have sought to change the public character of the institutions they run.” (Washington Post, March 27, 2014) [National Catholic Register]

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.

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