Ted Cruz: A Temporary Hero and the Momentary Dread Overlord of Our Hearts of Darkness

"They were conquerors, and for that you want only brute force--nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others." ― Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness Last night Ted Cruz became my temporary hero and dark overlord. Cruz demonstrated the sort of spine Bernie Sanders doesn't have. If you missed it last night, then you probably missed the only moment of brutal honesty during this election cycle.Ted Cruz firmly held out against end … [Read More...]

The Structural Sin of Racism Rends the Body of Christ

Anyone with the slightest sensitivity…cannot fail to recognize the nature of National Socialism: naturalistic, antagonistic to the things of the spirit, and based on a materialism of blood….The deeds of the National Socialists truly correspond to the spirit of the Antichrist.--Dietrich Von Hildebrand, My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich As anyone who knows me well enough will be able to tell you when asked, I am indeed very passionate (pe … [Read More...]

Analyzing Steve Skojec’s Poop Slinging at the Pope: A Running Commentary

I exhort you — be zealous to do all things in harmony with God, with the bishop presiding in the place of God, and the presbyters in the place of the Council of the Apostles, and the deacons, who are most dear to me, entrusted with the service of Jesus Christ, who was from eternity with the Father and was made manifest at the end of time. Be all in conformity with God, and respect one another, and let no man judge his neighbour according to the flesh, but in everything love one another in Jesus C … [Read More...]

Take Leave of the American Catholic Blogosphere’s Bad Conscience

Theology is born when the arbitrary judgment of reason encounters a limit, in that we discover something which we have not excogitated ourselves but which has been revealed to us. --Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, On Conscience I am going on a one week holiday starting today at 2 pm. I'll be prepping for my Summer 2B course and working on the new PES website, but these projects will help me enjoy myself and not feel relaxation anxiety. I may also try to pen a retrospective of sorts, recalling my … [Read More...]

The Powerful Catholic Case for a Preferential Option for Black Lives Matter

I stayed out of the fray of commenting on Black Lives Matter until yesterday, because we've been moving, not out of indifference.Yesterday, I had the pleasure instead of giving the acting editor of Patheos Catholic comment on this important issue.As a naturalized citizen I have never really understood three things about America: its barbarous abortion culture, its mad gun culture, and its horrible treatment of African Americans.Polish society has its shortcomings too, but we're not … [Read More...]

Why Do “All Lives Matter” Armchair Commentators Disgust Me More after the Murder of Philando Castile?

Perhaps because I know where Falcon Heights is. Perhaps because he was my age, graduating high school the same year I did. Perhaps because by the grace of God I awoke from my cynical news slumber last night, when I heard and read and saw the report on the shooting of Philando Castile -- after reading about the previous shootings and the ones previous to that. I immediately thought of a story I used to laugh at with my friend Eddie Bayard from Columbus, OH. He told the story of going into … [Read More...]

Only Useful Idiots Would Say Cardinal Zen is Calling for Schism in China

On June 30, 2016, the Italian news outlet La Stampa put out an article written by Gianni Valente with the provocative headline, ‘Zen to Chinese Catholics: If agreement with China is signed, do not follow the Pope.’ ‘Zen,’ of course, refers not to Buddhism, but to the retired Roman Catholic bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-ken. While the article makes no mention of the word ‘schism’ in Zen’s call for Chinese Catholics to openly disagree with the Bishop of Rome, Cosmos the in Lost’s ever … [Read More...]

Does America Have a Philosophical Soul?

 My brother introduced me to the Old Crow Medicine Show perhaps a dozen years ago, when their album O.C.M.S. had just dropped to instant critical acclaim and put them on the cusp of major commercial success. Their song, “We’re All in this Together”, instantly struck me as the best track of the album, and a real song of America [scroll to the bottom of this post, or click on album image to the right below].The song is not only American, but also philosophical, historical, theolog … [Read More...]

Benedict’s Unequivocal Endorsement Silences Francis’s Critics

These are only hints and guesses, Hints followed by guesses; and the rest Is prayer, observance, discipline, thought and action. The hint half guessed, the gift half understood, is Incarnation. Here the impossible union Of spheres of evidence is actual, Here the past and future Are conquered, and reconciled . . . --T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets Francis bashing is a popular pastime among reactionary Catholics (not to be confused with the orthodox Catholics).Happy is the Catholic who … [Read More...]

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...]