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Angelo Matera

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."
Angelo Matera | 31 posts | Member since 11.11.07

Opinion > Politics

The Democrats are Blowing the Election—and the Catholic Vote

Posted on 09.17.08 | Rating: 5

The Democrats are Blowing the Election—and the Catholic Vote The best thing about how the Democratic Party is kicking away what should be an easy victory in the November presidential election is that it might force them to finally reassess their support for abortion and gay marriage, positions that are unpopular with working class voters, their natural constituency. A subplot here is how the Dems were… READ MORE >


Opinion > Business

The Church on the financial meltdown: Usury and speculation are to blame

Posted on 09.16.08 | Rating: 5

The Church on the financial meltdown: Usury and speculation are to blame If there’s anyone in the mainstream media willing to listen to the Church these days (I doubt it), they’ll discover that centuries of Catholic teaching about the sinful practices of usury and financial speculation can explain why Wall Street is tumbling down. (For the best technical explanation, read The Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy… READ MORE >


Opinion > Politics

David Brooks explains the Republican Party’s Catholic problem

Posted on 09.12.08 | Rating: 5

David Brooks explains the Republican Party’s Catholic problem In a NY Times column today called “The Social Animal,” David Brooks pinpoints exactly why so many Catholics hold their noses every four years as they vote Republican for president merely because of the party’s stance against abortion and gay marriage.   As any Catholic who’s watched a Republican convention knows, the GOP… READ MORE >


Opinion > Politics

Pro-Life vs. Family Values? Is Newsweek’s Jacob Weisberg promoting eugenics?

Posted on 09.11.08 | Rating: 5

Pro-Life vs. Family Values? Is Newsweek’s Jacob Weisberg promoting eugenics? The culture war is back, stronger than ever, with the liberal media completely flummoxed over how to handle Sarah Palin. But what’s really thrown them is Bristol Palin’s unwed teen pregnancy, and the Republican Party’s surprisingly warm-hearted, non-judgemental response to it. How else to explain Jacob Weisberg’s bizarre… READ MORE >


Opinion > Culture

‘The Father of the World’—The Pope at the U.N.

Posted on 04.19.08 | Rating: 5

‘The Father of the World’—The Pope at the U.N. As I listened to the Pope’s U.N. address, while driving through Manhattan with Godspy editors John Romanowsky and John Murphy, and my son Gianni, on our way to videotape among the crowds at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, just outside U.N. headquarters, I thought to myself—what could I possibly write about the Pope’s astonishingly deep… READ MORE >


Opinion > Faith

How the Media is Missing the Pope’s Radical Critique of American Religion

Posted on 04.17.08 | Rating: 5

I sometimes think that Catholic theology operates on a super high frequency that just doesn’t register on some people’s hearing. That’s the conclusion I came to when I read veteran NY Times Vatican-beat reporter Alessandra Stanley’s summing up of the papal visit so far. Comparing it to Prince Charles’ second wedding to Camilla Parker… READ MORE >

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Opinion

Beyond Politics at the White House: What the Pope said, and what he didn’t say

Posted on 04.16.08 | Rating: 5

As I listened to Pope Benedict XVI’s speech at the White House this morning, I thought of a very wise statement about God: “He loves us just the way we are, but he loves us too much to let us stay that way.” All popes follow this method, the one established by Jesus: Communicate unconditional love specifically to every person and nation,… READ MORE >


Opinion > Faith

Beyond Benedict, ‘the American Pope’

Posted on 04.14.08 | Rating: 5

Beyond Benedict, ‘the American Pope’ Time Magazine’s recent cover story about Benedict XVI’s upcoming visit had two headlines: “Why The Pope Loves America,” and “The American Pope.’ Neither title was accurate. It’s hard to imagine the soft-spoken, intellectual, Mozart-loving pontiff as somehow quintessentially American. But is it true that he loves America? Sure,… READ MORE >


Opinion > Issues

Driving a Wedge into the ‘Evangelical Center’ on Gay Marriage

Posted on 04.03.08 | Rating: 5

Driving a Wedge into the ‘Evangelical Center’ on Gay Marriage Why is it taboo within the cultural left to “privilege” marriage in any way? Several years ago I came across a snarky little news item in New York Magazine titled: “The Smug Marrieds Head Underground: Pro-marriage propaganda to invade subway.” What sort of propaganda was this? They were subway billboards produced by an abstinence advocacy… READ MORE >


Opinion > Faith

Easter and the Problem of Evil

Posted on 03.24.08 | Not Rated

Easter and the Problem of Evil This Easter I waited for the usual Newsweek, Time or U.S. News magazine cover story about “Why Jesus Really Died,” or the “Lost Christianities” the Church has supposedly suppressed in centuries past. Mercifully, I didn’t notice any (I did find a very respectful photo essay on Ireland’s religious orders in Newsweek). Could it be… READ MORE >

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