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Extra, extra! News and views for June 1, 2022

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Conservative Homosexuals – Out homosexuals have insinuated themselves into the halls of conservative think tanks and publications. Are Gays Replacing Christians in the Conservative Movement (Crisis Magazine)

Why McElroy? – Beyond particular and proximate issues such as homosexuality, eucharistic discipline, sex abuse scandals, and obstructionism, it is important to ask a simple question: why does Pope Francis like Bishop McElroy enough to make him a Cardinal? Cardinal McElroy and the Moral Theological Project of Pope Francis (Gaudium et Spes 22)

Meaningful Moral Action – “Perhaps the key theme in C. S. Lewis’s book The Abolition of Man is his emphasis on the importance . . . of the chest as the seat, the location, of our moral intuitions and convictions.” Keeping Things on My Chest (Snakes and Ladders)

Promoting Chaos – Man’s instincts have been reimagined in the last two decades. We’ve been told by the left and feminists that our masculinity is toxic and law enforcement is the villain. Whitlock: Barack Obama, BLM, and the summer of George Floyd contributed to ‘Uvalde massacre’ (The Blaze)

Hipsters wanted – “A sense of sameness pervades the creative world. The dominant themes feel static and repetitive, not dynamic and impactful.” 14 Warning Signs That You Are Living in a Society Without a Counterculture (Ted Gioia – The Honest Broker)

Less Screen Time – Children are acting out, mostly negatively, to their parents’ constant use of their devices and the frequent neglect of their children. Parents with Cell Phones: How Children Suffer Due to Our Distracting Devices (Catholic Exchange)

Welcome to the Club – “After years of dragging its feet on numerous allegations of sexual abuse by clergy and church employees within the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention finally commissioned an independent investigation into the scandal.” Baptists Share Catholics’ Pain (The Clarksdale Press Register)

Tom Cruise’s Story – “Cruise grew up in a traditional Catholic household, and well into his college years, Catholicism is where he sought spirituality.” The Tragic Real-Life Story of Tom Cruise (The Grunge)

The Pastoral Approach – “San Francisco’s Catholic shepherd has a profound understanding of what the U.S. bishops have called the preeminent issue of our time, and his stand is courageous.” A New Era? (National Catholic Register)

Notes on the complexity and simplicity of evil – What if the experts know exactly why America is plagued with murderers who want to do these things and have developed the best possible strategies for combating this scourge? It still wouldn’t solve the problem. Schrödinger’s Serial Killers (The Dispatch)

A Clandestine Ordination – “Dom Alcuin Reid is a liturgical scholar, the prior of a monastic community in the south of France and a vocal critic of Pope Francis’ decision to restrict celebrations of the Traditional Latin Mass.” Traditionalist monk suspended following clandestine ordination (The Tablet)

Opponent or Ally? – “Billionaire and Tesla founder Elon Musk on Tuesday decried the decades-long trend of declining birth rates in the United States, urging that Americans ‘celebrate having kids’ rather than discouraging it.” Elon Musk Decries Low Birthrates, But His Company Promotes Abortions (Catholic Vote)

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