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Pope Benedict the Fluidian?

Non-trekkies will probably want to skip to the last paragraph. Over at Giselle’s, readers are comparing Legion of Christ/Regnum Christi recruitment to Borg assimilation practices. As a trekkie, I see many alleged similarities.
But let’s not miss the bright side of the galaxy. As the scandal unfolds, I see just as many similarities between Pope Benedict and Species 8472 (aka the Fluidians). For instance, Pope Benedict views life through the cross, not unlike the Fluidians with their cross-shaped pupils. The Holy Father also pilots a

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St. Benedict: the antidote to Maciel

It’s been quite the week for Catholics concerned with the scandal surrounding Fr. Maciel and the Legion of Christ. Lots of new revelations, accusations and resurgence of strong memories and feelings. As the week comes to a close, my fellow blog hobbits – us little people who believe in building up God’s Kingdom through $20 donations to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries, rather than $1000-hams to Mexico’s Saruman – are trying to make sense of this spiritual shadow that has cast itself over our Catholic shire.
Here’s a summary

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Fr. Maciel had dual personality, says Cardinal

In a story circulating South American and European media, Santiago’s Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz appeared nationally on Chilean TV and said: “Los médicos cercanos al padre Maciel han dicho que tenía dos personalidades distintas. No solamente un tema de doble vida. En un momento era el fundador y en otro era un pobre hombre.”
Here’s how a Spanish-speaking reader translates His Imminence’s words: “Doctors close to Father Maciel have said that he had two distinct personalities. [….] In one moment he was a founder, and in

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Cough up the truth or choke on the pope

The French have saying that whoever eats of the pope will choke on him. This saying comes to mind as I survey those questioning the canonization process of Pope John Paul II in light of recent revelations about Fr. Maciel’s “double life.” The secular press and certain anti-papist strains within protestant fundamentalism aren’t the only ones questioning the appropriateness of John Paul II’s potential canonization. Adding their voice to the chorus this week are CrunchyCon’s Rod Dreher and Renew America and Liberal Traditionalist blogmeister Eric Giunta.

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