Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Sayers, Flannery O'Connor and the Making of the Artist

Mystery, Manners, and the Mind of the Maker by Paul Erlandson

Christian art represents the mysteries of God and creation, according to authors Dorothy Sayers and Flannery O'Connor

It would be an exaggeration, but not much of one, to say that everything I know about Christian Art was taught me by two women. The women, both certainly among our century's canonized fiction-writers, taught me their wisdom not only through their fiction directly, but through their essays. [Read on]

Can a Politician Be Pro Choice and Pro Abortion: Archbishop Has Proposed a Test

It is 1855. You have decided to vote for a politician who is "personally opposed to slavery, but pro choice on the issue." Your choosing him is based on his stands on all the other issues which in your judgment outweighs his support of the system of slavery. Could you explain your vote with a clean heart to a black man in manacles?

That is not how Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. puts it in response to "Roman Catholics for Obama" who quote him in their initial appeal. Chaput,a student of Ronald Lawler and a Capuchin, shepherds the Roman Catholics in the archdiocese of Denver which includes most of Northern Colorado. What he does say is morally and intellectually powerful. Read it in its entirety:

Click here to read Archbishop Chaput's statement on First Things.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Col. John Is the Pick in the Kentucky Derby

The top two horses in the Derby field are Big Brown and Col. John. The latter's win in the Santa Anita Derby convinced me. His dad Tizrow owned this distance and his maternal sire Turkoman was pretty classy too.