Atheist Belief is an Homage to God

To the reader of self-hell(p) books, This little book about heaven-help. --Fabrice Hadjadj, The Resurrection Fabrice Hadjaj, whose work I've promoted for several years in posts such as For Catholicism the Spirit is the Root of Evil not the Body!, Even Demons Believe: Converting the World Will Not Make Everyone Holy, Difference, Disharmony, and Drama Are the Essence of Marriage, and Does Catholic Monasticism Have a Sexual Orientation? is finally available in English translation thanks to Magin … [Read More...]

Before Brexit: The Catholic Imagery and Origins of the EU

The next couple of weeks you'll watch the British Pound turn into the British Ounce after the Brexit. But did you know about the Catholic and Marian origins of the EU?The EU is generally identified by American defenders of religious liberty as being anti-religious. However, the European Union owes its origins to Catholic politicians and Catholic imagery.Here is the story of but one of them: The President of the [flag] competition commission was Belgian Jew who had converted to Ca … [Read More...]

Churchill’s Dream of a United States of Europe Dies with Brexit

The structure of the United States of Europe, if well and truly built, will be such as to make the material strength of a single state less important. Small nations will count as much as large ones and gain their honour by their contribution to the common cause.The ancient states and principalities of Germany, freely joined together for mutual convenience in a federal system, might each take their individual place among the United States of Europe. I shall not try to make a detailed … [Read More...]

Ever Wonder What a Sex-Change Operation Looks Like?

I have labored carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate human actions, but to understand them.--Spinoza, Theological-Political Treatise The Obergfell one-year anniversary is a few days away, but the debate has quickly moved onto other matters.This blog started with religion, that is, a big block toward getting a tenured teaching job. Once I had given up on any such aspirations I happily dove into sex and politics. Now I feel mostly comfortable writing about these dinner conversation … [Read More...]

Love Hurts: Orlando Shooting Was Mateen’s Revenge on Lovers, Not Terrorism

We may have revolved every possible idea in our minds, and yet the truth has never occurred to us, and it is from without, when we are least expecting it, that it gives us its cruel stab and wounds us forever. --Marcel Proust, Sodom and Gomorrah The cut and dry mainstream media story of Omar Mateen as a homophobe Muslim terrorist is slowly, but surely, falling apart.You wouldn't know it from the mainstream reporting on this tragedy.When you go to Google the name "Omar Mateen" the vast … [Read More...]

Fr. Z Wants to Make America Afghanistan

Mass will be followed by coffee, donuts, and AR-15 training this week.The oddest reaction to the Orlando shooting goes to Fr. Z.He reasons America is a dangerous place to live in because of guns, Therefore you should get a gun.Not just any gun, mind you.The reasoning goes like this: If the goons are carrying AR-15's--billed in the video Fr. Zuhlsdorf shares as "America's best weapon against terror" (unintended irony?)--then so should you.I wish this were comedy, but it … [Read More...]

Don’t Click on Father’s Day Clickbait – Click Here Instead

There are always people who will have silly objections to things bloggers write, but "This is clickbait!" is the most incoherent.Readers objecting to clickbait makes as much sense as driving cars and complaining that they burn fossil fuels, or use electricity.Every writer, not just bloggers, wants to be reflected in the eyes of readers. It doesn't matter who the reader is. This is a deeply human need that the novelist Witold Gombrowicz captured in his Ferdydurke: Man is profoundly … [Read More...]

EXCLUSIVE: Charges Against Baby Parts Video Activist Dismissed; Lawyer Discusses the Implications

Dramatis Personae:David Daleiden is a 27 year old investigative journalist who caused a national uproar after exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling baby body parts. Daleiden, a graduate of Claremont McKenna College, is the Project Lead for the Center for Medical Progress (“CMP”) and the mastermind behind CMP’s Human Capital Project – a 30-month-long investigative journalism study documenting how the abortion industry buys and sells the body parts of aborted babies. CMP’s journalis … [Read More...]

The Orthodox Believer’s Tale of Jesus’s Wife

Was Jesus married?Shocking news pieces attempting to debunk the orthodox version of the life of Jesus are an annual festival, but The Atlantic's piece "The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus's Wife" turns the tables on the demythologizers. It is no doubt the most riveting piece of investigative reporting I've read in the recent past. The Atlantic's blurb doesn't do justice to the essay's psychological depth, it's spellbinding tale of confirmation bias:Where did that papyrus that mentions Jesus's … [Read More...]

Sources Close to Orlando Shooter Confirm Omar Mateen Was Gay

The Palm Beach Post seems to be the only news source reporting on some very uncomfortable facts.They start with what everybody seems to know, a bit of information that could be read several ways: At least five people have come forward saying they saw Mateen at gay clubs, painting a complicated portrait of the American-born Muslim whom the FBI believes was radicalized by terrorist groups.Then comes the following from someone who was an intimate of the Orlando gay club shooter: One … [Read More...]