I'm tired of hearing the choir (Anonymous, Choir of the Nativity, mid-16th c.; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100).

Cradle Catholic Open Letter: Stop Protestant-splaining #Synod15!

The letter and overly-earnest essay are the order of the day for apocalyptic-Protestant panicking about the Synod on the Family. Open letters have cropped up all over the place. The left wants to change everything to fit the Charamsa-mold. Whereas, the right has oddly enlisted both Protestants and former Protestants for their version of Cafeteria Catholicism.The latter is more interesting, because the left's complaints and proposals are so stale and routine they write themselves. The right, … [Read More...]

(Childe Hassam, Rainy Day, Fifth Avenue, 1916; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-1923)

EXCLUSIVE: Kenneth L. Woodward’s Rapid-Fire Reflections on Francis in America

I could not suppress my amusement when I ran across Kenneth L. Woodward's reactions to the papal visit in my Facebook feed. Each one is differently amusing and hilarious than the other. He seems to have posted them from his smart phone. This explains the ellipses, plus the creative grammar and spelling. I considered going through these writings and editing them for my audience. However, I decided that their original form is essential for preserving the somewhat impish nature of the whole, a kind … [Read More...]

The socialist fathers meet the Church Fathers? (Photo taken by me [Artur Rosman] in Rome, 2001. I reserve all rights to this photo. Contact me if you would like to use it). The communist fathers meet the Church Fathers? (Photo taken by me [Artur Rosman] in Rome, 2001. I reserve all rights to this photo. Contact me if you would like to use it).

What Do the Popes Truly Say About Socialism?

 Like the man who slays a son in his father's presence is he who offers sacrifice from the possessions of the poor.--Sirach 34:20 Keith Michael Estrada is the founder of Students for a Fair Society at Franciscan University of Steubenville and is a member of the International Observatory of Young Catholics (Rome). Finishing his MA in philosophy at the aforementioned institution, he writes from Seattle-land, Washington. He can be reached at keithmichaelestrada.com.This is a gues … [Read More...]

Aren't we all chasing money more than anything else? ($10,000 bill; Source: Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, PD).

Polish Gay Prelate Charamsa Sells Out Both Catholicism & Gay Rights

The coverage of the Pre-Synod coming out party of Monsignor Charamsa is amusingly chaotic.The Western press continues to erroneously think he was fired for being gay. No such thing happened. As anyone knows there is no shortage of gay men working in the Curia. Charamsa was fired for not keeping his commitment to celibacy, which applies for both "straight" and "gay" priests. I put those in parentheses since they're somewhat out of play for people whose identity is supposed to be defined by … [Read More...]

Jesus reaches for the cotton candy St. Francis came riding on (Giotto, Legend of St. Francis, circa 1300; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100).

Cosmos: Weakened Edition,1

This blog has enough hits to scientifically determine each week's objectively best posts. Here are the ten finest things to emerge from my laptop onto the swamp of the internet. I noticed that 3 out of the 10 posts are related to Minding the Modern.Anyway, here's what's not weak this week:1. 15 Books I’d Ban for Banned Books Week2. Newton’s Apple and Other Myths About Science3. Why is THIS Pope Francis’s Hardest American Saying?4. A Book to Pick Up, Read, & Survive (Even W … [Read More...]

People have been known to cook myths about science with apples as well (William Adolphe Bouguereau, Temptation, 1880; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100).

Newton’s Apple and Other Myths About Science

The intersection of science and religion is a frequent topic on this blog. The relationship between these regions of human life are both more and less troubling than what we suppose.First, they are much less troubling than what we might suppose because there is an immense space of complex intellectual dialogue between science and religion. Second, they are much more troubling than we might suppose because certain strains of scientific-based belief have their own superstitions such as crazy … [Read More...]

Burn, baby, burn (Ludwig von Langenmantel, Savonarola's Bonfire of the Vanities, 1879; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100).

15 Books I’d Ban for Banned Books Week

Matthew Schmitz came up with a peculiar way of celebrating Banned Books Week. He devised a list of seven books that he thinks should be banned: Free speech is not absolute. Our attempts to deregulate our public culture have only led to new and more bizarre restrictions on speech. Shedding restrictions on obscenity has only led to the more tyrannical notion of “triggering.” Abandoning standards for public decency has hastened the embrace of political correctness—a category even more susceptible t … [Read More...]

I've never seen a painting of Jesus preaching on a ship. This overrode all my other criteria for a cover image to this post (James Tissot, Jesus Preaching on a Ship, c. 1894; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100).

Why is THIS Pope Francis’s Hardest American Saying?

The roundups of the papal visit are making the rounds everywhere. There's much to celebrate, it seems much more to criticize (if you come from some Catholic circles), and too much material to read (most folks will TL;DR punt on this).However the calculus comes out on the final analysis of the visit to America--and I'll let someone else crunch the numbers--I'd like to stick, following Adorno, to the negative, the condemnatory, the judgmental, and harsh.Don't worry, it's all in line with … [Read More...]


A Book to Pick Up, Read, & Survive (Even When You Don’t Thrive)

Justin Tse writes about reading as a survival tactic:Let me finish, then, on a final personal note. Artur Rosman, a writer of no small notoriety in the Catholic blogosphere, is running a lengthy Patheos interview with Pfau on Minding the Modern concurrently with our forum. Although he is my friend, I am not trying to plug his blog here; that would, after all, be a form of utilitarianism that Pfau would condemn. Rosman’s loyal readership will already know of his openness, even of his vulga … [Read More...]

Know when to fold'em (Peter Hooch, Soldiers Playing Cards, 1658; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100).

Pope Francis Inspires Kenny Rogers to Fold’Em Like Boehner

The big news yesterday was the House Speaker resigning after setting up the first ever papal address to the US Congress. He was understandably very emotional about his achievement, and the pope's message.Then lightning struck twice as legendary Kenny Rogers also decided to fold'em. The pope is really shaking up America's icons.I wonder . . . who's next?Maybe Pope Francis could shut down Pharma Bro with his papal message of economic egalitarianism?Maybe the three Catholic j … [Read More...]