The once Grand Dame of American ecclesial communities, The Episcopal Church, continues its suicidal experimentation with the Zeitgeist. TEC has always been something of a boutique religion, but now it is barely a sub-culture of a niche market. Chris Johnson, Fisker of All Things Episcopagan, fisks.
What do you think of Catholic preaching? Though I have never been a pastor (and probably never will be), my guess is that pastors often allow anxieties about negative congregational reactions and overreactions to dictate the content and tone of their homilies. Over time, these anxieties grind the pastor down into a Hallmark Card preacher: say little of substance, offend no one's delicate prejudices, be sweet.
Fr. Tim Finigan has a round-up of reports on the recent court victory in the U.K. for Catholic Care against the culture of death.
Yet another reason to avoid Chicago-O'Hare when traveling.