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6 Apr, 3 tweets, 1 min read
Fr. Hans Küng lost his license to teach in 1979, after his theological work was found to contain frequent and persistent heresy, including the denial of papal infallibility and opposition to Humane vitae.
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21 Mar
It’s unjust to say that people with Down syndrome exist to teach us lessons about being better people. It’s an extremely common trope we would all do well to avoid.

People with Down syndrome, exist for God’s mysterious purposes: because we give him glory and because he loves us.
*I don’t know what that errant comma is doing there. It’s kind of embarrassing.
I heard this kind of talk from a very well-meaning pro-life person today, and I appreciate the effort.

But I have a theory (but no data) that this kind of talk actually makes it more likely people with Down syndrome will be aborted, by making them a different kind of creature.
Read 6 tweets
19 Mar
On the feast of St. Joseph, I'll mention the period in which he was most manifestly evident in my life:
We were 23 and just-turned-24 when we got married, we were both in grad school, we had no money and no plan. We lived in a rat infested apartment in DC.

But we really wanted to be parents. So we did the things people do when they want to be parents, but no babies came.
We tried for a couple of years without getting pregnant before we went to see doctors, but eventually we saw doctors, had surgeries, etc. No babies came.

Those of you who have experienced infertility know it can be a very difficult cross.
Read 11 tweets
17 Mar
Other things my dad told us:
- that 'Green Chromosomes' are stronger than other genes, so if you are a bit Irish, the green chromosomes will overpower everything until you're all Irish.

- that on St. Patrick's Day, I had to write Seamus on my school papers or I would get a zero.
When I went to college, I decided I was going to rebel *so hard* by not writing Seamus on my papers anymore on 3-17.

Then, thanks to those green chromosomes, I felt deeply guilty and aware of my father's mortality, so I started doing it again.
When I was in high school my dad would call my teachers and explain about the Seamus thing and ask them to make sure I did it.
Read 11 tweets
16 Mar
So the Prince of Wales shows up in the U.S. and we say "Hey, this freakin coffin couldn't hold George Washington. You remember that guy, right? Anyway, here's some wood."

that's pretty awesome.
Hey, @canonlawyered.

How bout them apples, English?
"But I'm from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and George III was from the Hanover House..."

"Yeah, well this piece of wood is from the House of USofA, so getdafuq outta here, England..."
Read 4 tweets
16 Mar
If you don't know that much about St. Patrick, this is the year to learn something about him.
His dad was a deacon, but teenage Patrick was not very devout. his grandfather was a priest.

They lived in the northwest of England, which was, in the fifth century, a Roman territory.
Then when Patrick was 16, he got kidnapped by Irish pirates.
Read 23 tweets
16 Mar
I have been thinking about St. Eusebia all day. Her dad murdered, her mom sent her to a monastery, the girl gets elected an abbess at 12.

An abbess. And even though things start out pretty rough, she ends up leading her monastery through a period of growth and holiness.
When I was 12, I was elected patrol leader in my Boy Scout troop, and it was a disaster. So the 12 year old abbess really impresses me.
Basically, his grace is sufficient, and that's the lesson of St. Eusebia.
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