Friday, May 8, 2015

The State of the Catholic Church Today--Celibacy and the Married State

I'm going to continue to post short articles that promote other works that I consider significant.

One such,  linked by Ramesh Ponnuru in The Corner (National Review Online) is in First Things, is an article by Patricia Snow, Dismantling the Cross--A Call for Renewed Emphasis on the Celibate Vocation.      Snow takes her thesis from the state of Catholic life today and from many literary works on the Catholic religious life, ranging from Willa Cather to Dan Brown

It looks on our present situation sadly with respect to the situation of the priesthood and religious life, but is guardedly optimistic about the future.

Read, ponder, spread the word.
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Retired, cranky, old physicist.   Convert to Catholicism in 1995.   Trying to show that there is no contradiction between what science tells us about the world and our Catholic faith.   Intermittent blogs and adult education classes to achieve this end (see   and

Extraordinary Minister of Communion volunteer to federal prison and hospital; lector, EOMC.
Sometime player of bass clarinet, alto clarinet, clarinet, bass, tenor bowed psaltery for parish instrumental group and local folk group.

And, finally, my motivation:
“It is also necessary—may God grant it!—that in providing others with books to read I myself should make progress, and that in trying to answer their questions I myself should find what I am seeking.
Therefore at the command of God our Lord and with his help, I have undertaken not so much to discourse with authority on matters known to me as to know them better by discoursing devoutly of them.”
St. Augustine of Hippo, The Trinity I,8.