Day: June 21, 2012

Early reaction to PB’s budget proposal

“Crusty Old Dean” Tom Ferguson says the presiding bishop’s budget proposal, released today, “stands the old budget on its head, and redefines it in terms of the marks of mission. This is something COD has been arguing for all along: if we really, truly are going to shape our budget around these understandings of the marks of mission, then let’s actually do it.

Fortnight for Freedom begins today; Who’s paying the freight?

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called on Catholics throughout the country to observe a “Fortnight for Freedom,” beginning today and running through July 4, to protest the Obama administration’s health care policies.

They contend this is not political. Some Catholics in the pews disagree: According to an NPR report by Barbara Bradley


A brother asked Abba Poemen, “Why should I not be free to do without manifesting my thoughts to the old men?” The old man replied, “Abba John the Dwarf said, ‘The enemy rejoices over nothing so much as those who do not manifest their thoughts.’”

Benedicta Ward, SLG, trans. The Sayings of the Desert Fathers (Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1975), p. 181.

The manifestation (or disclosure) of thoughts has a technical meaning in the traditions of desert monasticism. It […]

The Feast of the Unclean

by Sara Miles

By ancient tradition, June is the month of Gay Pride. My people celebrate it as the Feast of the Unclean: the feast of the unnatural and unlawful, of foreigners and whores, lepers, sissies, faggots, drag queens, bulldykes, trannies, leather daddies, butch girls, queer boys, intersexed teenagers, lesbian mothers, gay bishops and all the rest of us whose bodies and desires have long been despised as disordered, or hidden away as contaminating. It’s the thrilling festival of the unspeakable, […]