Internet Pride

I have an enormous respect for the way humanity has chosen to describe God. The atheist may mock the "old man in the sky" picture of God as childish, but I admire the same description because it is childish. No, it is not scientifically accurate - nothing is - but it does illustrates a radical accuracy; that we are God's children. That he is a Father. And that he is above us. Ever noticed that atheists aren't great at understanding when we're being metaphorical? Oh well, maybe they're using … [Read more...]

How To Be Free

"I dare say that when I get out of this bed I shall do some deed of an almost terrible virtue." - GKC There's a simple way to look at a Catholic. It's to take the rosaries, the scapulars, the devotions to obscure Saints, the novenas, the ashes, the fasting and the abstinence; to see all these practices and say, "Legalism. These poor/stupid people are bound to medieval practices. They are not free." It is this view that causes our Fundamentalist brothers and sisters to inform us that we … [Read more...]

Abortion Won’t Die…

...unless artificial contraception dies with it.(As you may know, I'm being convicted of this fact as I run around with my camera, filming a people whose goal it is to rid the world of the various nuisances that get between husbands and wives in their attempts to make love. This includes condoms, chemicals, cement walls, the 24 hour news cycle, etc. etc.)It's simple really. Telling someone to use contraception but not to have an abortion is like telling them "Do whatever you can not to … [Read more...]

Airports and Giveaways!

So here I am, writing from Chicago, having been lovingly fondled by the TSA for having a Marian Consecration chain around my ankle, which set off the deadly-weapon detector ("Can you take it off for me?" I dunno man, can you divorce your wife for me?). Honestly, I've never had my inner thighs given so much attention.I am being molested in Chicago because I really want to get to Duluth Minnesota, so I can make a film for the American Academy of Fertility Care Professionals there, so they can … [Read more...]

Realer Than Real

I never really did understand the following complaint made against Catholicism: that it all could be a lie, a clever trick, a joke no one knows who started, with a punchline that never comes. (Have you ever come across the rather interesting atheistic argument in this vein; that maybe the Evangelists just wrote the Gospels for kicks?) No, there's no part of our stodgy old religion that seems particularly deceptive, what with a million books explaining every minute detail and children's … [Read more...]

An Amateur Opposition of a Female Priesthood II

In which Caitie Beardmore and I continue our brilliant discussion, and become more and more convinced that we are right, and that the idea of a female priest is (rushes to thesaurus.com to find a more polite word than 'stupid') simply puerile.That's not  becoming Jesus...Marc - Don't want you to think that I'm leaving ya in the dust.. Am out of town this weekend. Will be back and on the reply tomorrow! :)Caitie, gosh darn it. and i was getting all into this 'male … [Read more...]

An Amateur Opposition of a Female Priesthood

In which an email conversation between Catie Beardmore - a Catholic University student who blogs a bit herself - and my own self proves to the universe that it doesn't take a mature theologian to realize that some ideas just straight suck.Hi Marc! How ya been?Wondering if you could help me with something..I encounter, on a daily basis, good Catholics who do not understand why we can't ordain women into the priesthood. These are not individuals who maliciously oppose the Church; and I … [Read more...]

Suffer On

About two weeks ago, sitting on my front porch and deep-talkin', a dear friend of mine - who plays a dirty blues guitar and has a deep and abiding love of The White Stripes -  relayed to me a conversation he'd had that I've been reflecting on ever since. The topic was Zen Buddhism. Now it came up that, somewhere in Tibet, there was a group of monks who had, by all accounts, done it, found The Answer, achieved Enlightenment and reached Nirvana. Whatever they termed it, it all amounts to this; th … [Read more...]

Because Catholics Are Dead

Why Aren't You Catholic? is still going strong! If you are not Catholic, and would like to explain why you have found that to be the best choice in your life, feel free to share! I will post on anything that isn't incoherent.In the meantime, from an Anonymous (how I wish he were otherwise, so I could send this to him)."...you can't possibly know how badly I wish I could believe like you guys. I know these 4 things with unshakable certainty. There has never been an extended time in … [Read more...]

Catholicism: Making Rockstars Since 36 A.D.

"When people have told me that because I am a Catholic, I cannot be an artist, I have had to reply, ruefully, that because I am a Catholic, I cannot afford to be less than an artist."The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cExclusive - 2011: A Rock Odyssey Featuring Jack White - Catholic Throwdownwww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video ArchiveSo said our dear Flannery O'Connor, and … [Read more...]


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