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Can I?

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I have a question for my friends on the Left. Most of you are for building the mosque at Ground Zero. Most of you do not understand why most Americans oppose this. A really large number of you are atheists so I don’t even get your interest.

(I stipulate that they have the right to build the mosque.)

So here’s my question: Can I build a Catholic church in Mecca?

Can I?

But let me turn it around. Had twenty Catholic terrorists been behind the events of 9/11, would those of you on the Left be defending the building of a Basilica on Ground Zero?

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September 12, 2010 at 12:21 am

Richard John Neuhaus, R.I.P.

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Father Richard John Neuhaus has died, succumbing to the cancer he has fought for many years.

I discovered his magazine, First Things, in the early 90s, and it had a significant influence on my intellectual development at that time. I always tried to read it cover to cover, but never missed Fr. Neuhaus’s section at the back. It was the dessert at the end of a satisfying repast.

I never met him, though I did see him once as we walked past each other near Park Square in Boston. I almost turned around to speak with him, but I didn’t. There was a time when one of my friends was a celebrity of sorts (she was in a soap) and we couldn’t go out with her in public without someone accosting her. She never seemed to mind, but I did. And so I respected the privacy of a public figure who happened to be out in public, something I’ve done quite a few times over the years.

I’m not sure what I would have said in any event. Probably thank you for making me think, and sometimes laugh. We’re going to need that more than ever in the next few years, and this will make Fr. Neuhaus’s absence more poignant.¬†

More here from Joseph Bottum, editor of First Things.

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January 10, 2009 at 11:52 am

John Paul the Great

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Today is the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II, the first pope to be acclaimed “Magnus” by the people in some fourteen centuries (he joins Leo the Great and Gregory the Great as only the third pope so honored by his flock).

It’s still hard to imagine he’s gone. For twenty-seven years, this man was our shepherd, and for many, he was the only pope they had ever known. I myself was born in the pontificate of Paul VI, but he was a distant figure in Rome when I was a child. I didn’t fully appreciate who (or even what) he was. John Paul I went by in a wink of an eye, so even for me, John Paul II was really the only pope. If others have a similar experience, that means a sizeable percentage of the population simply had no idea what the Catholic Church was like without John Paul II at the head.

It’s been a long year in some ways. At first, despite my very positive reaction to the election of Benedict XVI, it seemed as if the house was empty. It was with surprise each Sunday for almost a year that I heard not “John Paul our Pope” but “Benedict” at the consecration. I watched the new Pope with approval, but still it seemed less somehow. And it was. We have lost something we’ll never get back – a truly saintly man, a truly great man, and a truly humble man. Two out of three ain’t bad, as they say, but for a while – a generation – we had all three. That legacy can take the Church far I suspect – beyond any of us now living. I’m still digesting the notion that we witnessed one of those rarest of things – a truly transformative pope. He is missed.

While we’re at it, George Weigel has written an excellent book on the last days of John Paul II, the conclave that elected Benedict XVI, and his take on this present Pontificate. It’s called God’s Choice and it’s a must read for anyone interested in this topic.

My take last year on John Paul II’s death and my own encounter with a living saint.

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April 2, 2006 at 12:26 am

Posted in Church, History, Leadership

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Thoughts on a Cardinal-Designate

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Our Archbishop, Sean O’Malley, otherwise known as the man with the worst job in the Catholic Church – Archbishop of Boston – has been named a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI and will be elevated tomorrow. I wasn’t planning on writing about it, and now that Sissy Willis has done so, I don’t need to. It’s a lovely piece – go check it out.

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March 23, 2006 at 9:32 am

Posted in Boston, Church

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