The Dogmat’s Dictionary: Mystical Body Dysphoria

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Mystical Body Dysphoria (MBD): A condition that occurs when a member of the Mystical Body of Christ feels strongly that another member of the Mystical Body of Christ is an alien being forming no part of the body and who must therefore be cast into the outer darkness. MBD generally occurs because the second member is insufficiently similar to the first in terms of apostolate, liturgical or devotional preference, evangelical priorities, political affiliation, or other areas of interest. MBD is … [Read more...]

The Dogmat saw Cosplayers, Millennials, and Tyrian, O My!


The Dogmat saw strange and amazing things this week, from Daleks in dresses to Tyrian Lannister à la Walt Disney. To wit:Good news for cosplayers: McCalls and Simplicity now have sewing patterns for you: So now you can make your Dalek and Tardis dresses using patterns from the bigs instead of the smalls. Of course, real Dr. Who cosplayers make their costumes using only a sonic screwdriver and a spool of thread.Microsoft to Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair to Students: The … [Read more...]

The Dogmat: Preaching, Double Spaces, and Unfair Readings to Kids


The Dogmat saw quite a lot this week: on preaching, the post-mortem accessibility of double-spaces, the inhumanity of reading to your kids, and What Would Patsy Do?Preaching: What Works? Why Does it Matter?: Jen Fitz tells us some things the Dogmat thinks we really ought to keep in mind while preaching the Gospel.You Can Have My Double Space When You Pry it From My Cold, Dead Hands: The Dogmat favors fixed pitch fonts, and is glad that others Brings the … [Read more...]

The Dogmat is Watching You


And O! the things the Dogmat has seen in the last week!7 Hand Gestures That Make You Look Like a Real Intellectual. Alas, most of them don't work with paws.Fluffy Kitty Slippers and The Papal Nuncio. Not on the Nuncio, mind you—on the little girl the Nuncio is speaking to.Can they say that on Catholic radio? The Visitation Project can. Speaking of Rebecca French, Simcha Fisher has the scoop on Rebecca's new radio show.Personal Discipleship & the Great Library. Sherry Weddell n … [Read more...]

Duquette’s Law of Theology and Quantum Mechanics

Mr. Aristotle, he knows.

Occasionally I'll hear a speaker discussing the religious or philosophical implications of quantum mechanics. There'll be some quantum randomness, and a stray cat or two, and perhaps more worlds than the canonical Best of All Possible, and then they'll draw some conclusion from all that to support their views on the nature and possibility of free will or on the existence of God.Contrariwise, Duquette's Second Law, aka Duquette's Law of Theology and Quantum Mechanics, states that Every … [Read more...]

The Dogmat Sez

Bad behavior on my enemy's part does not justify bad behavior on my part.Bad behavior by my enemy's friends does not justify bad behavior by my friends. … [Read more...]

The Dogmat Sez

When you're a layperson, the world is your cloister. … [Read more...]