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Harold Fickett

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Harold Fickett | 10 posts | Member since 12.21.07

Opinion > Faith

Valedictory to Pope Benedict XVI

Posted on 04.21.08 | Not Rated

What made me weep, as I watched television coverage of Pope Benedict’s visit, was the simple act of the pope giving communion to people. The news media relayed many over-the-top comments about what the pope’s visit meant: “It’s like Jesus coming to America.” I wrote a panegyric myself about Benedict’s gifts. But Pope Benedict’s… READ MORE >

(1) COMMENT  |  TOPICS:    benedict xvi | eucharist | pope

Opinion > Faith

Reflections on the Pope as he is about to speak at the United Nations

Posted on 04.18.08 | Not Rated

Reflections on the Pope as he is about to speak at the United Nations When I first heard that Cardinal Ratzinger had been elected to the papacy, my reaction was, “Good.  We’re going to stick it to the liberals!”  There had been so much discussion following John Paul II’s death about whether the Church would now accommodate herself to the secular city via women’s ordination, etc., that I could… READ MORE >


Opinion > Spirituality

Well-Springs of Belief: An undiscovered contemporary classic

Posted on 03.25.08 | Rating: 4

Well-Springs of Belief: An undiscovered contemporary classic As Holy Week began and I reviewed my slack observance of Lent—that is, as I reflected on “things done and left undone”—I found I had wasted my soul more than anything through needless distraction. Pascal pointed out how kings have their minstrels and courtiers and fools to ward off the possibility of self-reflection, as he diagnoses… READ MORE >

(15) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    dale allison | lent | nature | silence

Opinion > Politics

God, Government and Freedom—A Response to ‘None of the Above’

Posted on 03.11.08 | Not Rated

God, Government and Freedom—A Response to ‘None of the Above’ When we discuss the role of government in protecting the common good, especially the poor and the weak, Catholics can and do have differences, as evidenced by Angelo Matera’s recent article and its comments. I’d like to lay out a few principles in order to take a somewhat different tack. There’s no doubt that capitalism is the… READ MORE >

(23) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    freedom | hillary clinton | law | mccain | order

Opinion > Life

Get Married! The Case for Tying the Knot Early

Posted on 02.18.08 | Rating: 5

Get Married! The Case for Tying the Knot Early I enjoyed reading Lori Gottlieb’s funny and insightful “Marry Him! The case for settling for Mr. Good Enough, in the March issue of The Atlantic. At 40 years of age, Ms. Gottlieb finds herself an attractive, intelligent, successful woman whose marriage prospects are plummeting like a skydiver without a parachute. She made the seemingly… READ MORE >

(4) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    chastity | marriage

Opinion > Issues

Church & State & Sharia Law

Posted on 02.08.08 | Not Rated

Church & State & Sharia Law The leader of the Anglican communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams, is advocating that the UK accommodate the sharia law of Islam. While counseling that sharia law must never be allowed to trump basic human rights, the Archbishop believes that in “some cultural and religious settings” Muslims should be allowed to resolve… READ MORE >


Opinion > Faith

Being Human

Posted on 02.06.08 | Rating: 4

I grew up in Los Angeles in two opposed worlds. I was the son of an evangelical minister who led a mega-church of 12,000 members. I was also the child of my time and place, the counter-culture of the late 1960s. The drive from our church in the San Fernando Valley to Sunset Boulevard and rock clubs like the Troubadour and the Whiskey crossed… READ MORE >


Opinion > Politics

Why Huckabee makes evangelicals nervous

Posted on 01.15.08 | Rating: 4

Why Huckabee makes evangelicals nervous Before Mike Huckabee became a serious challenger for the Republican presidential nomination, I was asked by a powerful businessman, someone well-connected in Republican politics, why Huckabee wasn’t being endorsed by prominent evangelical leaders. Although I’m a Catholic, I grew up as an evangelical and know that world, and I had to wonder… READ MORE >


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