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David Mills

August 13, 2020
On bad example(s), and what we make of them. I finally read what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said about St. Damien’s statue, after having read a number of reactions from the right. Which were often as unfair, and sometimes dishonest, as you’d expect. And often abusive, too. As, alas, you’d expect. She said in a short video:
August 09, 2020
A cautionary tale of career change In response to a social media post of mine about the possibility of being poked in the backside by demons, which — trust me — made sense, Stephen Bullivant wrote: “Well, I think it’s safe to say that if I was a demon, endowed with all the powers and
August 01, 2020
Post hoc (non) est ergo propter hoc My good friend Anthony Esolen wrote an article for Inside the Vatican recently, in which he offered a characteristic criticism of the II Vatican Council. Many of the more conservative, conservative Catholics have discovered the claim that the Council is the real cause of the Church’s problems. They’re
July 26, 2020
Effectively countering the new iconoclasm could require us to do a hard thing The picture showed a statue of Jesus with the head smashed off. “If veneration of an image is directed to the reality depicted,” wrote my friend, “draw the conclusion of what acts against these images mean.” The vandals “represent the dark side,”
July 22, 2020
The passion for not masking has led to something I wouldn’t have expected: Christians making ridiculous claims about Providence to justify not wearing one. The first couple of comments I heard just seemed like people being silly, but I’ve seen the point made enough times in the last few weeks to suggest that in some
July 18, 2020
David Mills remembers J.I. Packer My friend had gone to get a beer in the middle of the game, and I checked my email for a message I was expecting, and found at the top of the inbox the headline that the Evangelical patriarch J. I. Packer had died. He was 93 and his death
July 08, 2020
Postures are markers–and quickly weaponized Like a traveler ordering a cheeseburger in a highway cafeteria, I wrote somewhere, when I arrived at the Episcopal seminary to find that everyone stood for communion at the weekly Eucharist. That now strikes me as a really snotty remark. It was a practice I’d never seen in my years
June 29, 2020
Sometimes, clarity isn’t the thing Clarity can be overrated. Or an excuse that lets us avoid difficult and divisive questions. That’s what it was last week, when the Guadalupe Radio Network pulled the popular EWTN show, Morning Glory, after the hosts started talking about racism and the police and kept talking. The network said it
June 27, 2020
Consensus is emerging: there’s something very wrong with policing in the US I remember a picture in a book from early childhood, probably one of the Golden Books, of smiling children gathered round a smiling plump happy cop in his blue uniform. He had a nightstick, but not a gun. He was White and the
June 17, 2020
The popes rejected socialism, and that’s the end of it … right? In eighty-minutes, they never agreed on the subject. Debating the claim that “no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist,” Sam Rocha (arguing one can) and Trent Horn (very much arguing one can’t) didn’t agree on
June 10, 2020
If you want to test the hypothesis, try talking about it. “You see talk of privilege as addressing the problem of tribalism,” my friend wrote a friend of his in an argument about white privilege. “I see talk of privilege as creating the problem of tribalism. How do we teach tolerance when teaching one person
June 03, 2020
The president walked from the White House to St. John’s Church nearby solely for a photo op It was astonishing as an attempt at a public performance. What was he doing? What did he think he was doing? The president standing in front of a church holding up a Bible means, conveys, symbolizes . .
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