One of the things that has been going through my mind recently, is the Pope's expression, "the closed circle" describing "ad populum" celebration of the Mass. If that is the constant presentation of the image of the Church in its public worship, it is easy to juxtapose this image with cover-up. The "closed circle" tends to be self serving and self interested, it tends to look to itself and be self-preserving and self congratulatory. If the priest, when he prays is constantly looking to the congregation, is he not likely to be concerned with the congregation's validation.
(Fr. Ray Blake en Saint Mary Magdalen)
One of the many patterns I have noticed among people who labor to excuse huge evils is that they are incredibly sensitive about minor linguistic points. I can't count how many times I have gotten tearful rebukes from torture defenders because I am so *mean* and actually use words like "torture defender" to describe people who are looking me in the eye and saying that this is not torture. Similarly, people determined to make excuses for pols whose whole career has centered around grotesque justifications for abortion, justifications extending to invocations of Sts. Thomas and Augustine, tend to get oh-so-upset when you employ the mocking phrase "sacrament of abortion" to describe their twisted theology. This tendency to strain at linguistic gnats and swallow moral camels is one of the warning signs I now look for when detecting the presence of evil.
(Mark Shea en Catholic and enjoying it!)
Do they think the public watches the Parliament Channel? What Joe Public sees is a 30-second clip on the evening news. He sees the interior of the Commons chamber – and that is, literally, a turn-off. He sees two men he detests as the leaders of rival gangs of corruption-mongers shouting at each other – and he is suffused with loathing.
(Gerald Warner en Is it just me?)
Lo que está detrás de todo eso son los intereses de las Productoras cinematográficas y las Discográficas. Han convertido el mercado mundial en un cuasi monopolio y sólo se les escapa la red. Yo no estoy tan preocupado: no lo van a conseguir. Ningún ejército regular a ganado una guerra de guerrillas.
(Pcbcarp comentando en Este lado de la galaxia)
(...)para un centrorreformista, un "purista" o un "extremista" es alguien que sigue pensando lo mismo de siempre acerca de un tema sobre el que el PP ya ha cambiado de opinión.
(Museros en Asando la manteca)
"Si te pillan mintiendo o en alguna contradicción, grita que los ultras amenazan a la democracia tantas veces como sea preciso, alguien lo creerá, basta con sembrar la sospecha"
(Rafael B. en El blog de Rafael)