Egregious Twaddle is here! Awright!

That picture pretty much sums up my feelings right now. The terrific Joanne McPortland (longtime Friend of the Bench and frequent commenter, back when I had such things) is here at Patheos, at long last, with her blog Egregious Twaddle. I’ve been a fan of her twaddling for a while now, and after I read [Read More...]

On Republicans, Democrats and Catholics

With some news reports suggesting even progressive Christians are losing faith in President Obama, and at least one prominent Democrat leaving the party because of her Catholic faith, Catholic blogger Ed Morrissey looks at how complicated and contradictory it can be to be a Catholic and adhere to any political party: Some of our readers [Read More...]

“What to make of Vice President Biden?”

That’s how Michael Gerson begins this surprisingly sympathetic piece in this morning’s Washington Post, and he adds: Sometimes he is gaffe-prone comic relief. Sometimes he is the possessor of the worst geopolitical judgment in Washington — as when he opposed the Osama bin Laden raid or advocated the partition of Iraq. And sometimes he seems [Read More...]

“It’s a hit piece in the service of another agenda”

Mark Shea, as usual, cuts right to the heart of the matter concerning this report about Cardinal Timothy Dolan in the New York Times: There is much dudgeon the article. There is no dudgeon–none whatsoever–about the fact that exactly the same tactic is used to get rid of pervy public school teachers. This, and the lionization of [Read More...]

Why Anna Quindlen quit the church — UPDATED

I’ve always appreciated Anna Quindlen’s wry, elegantly shaped prose, going back to her “Life in the 30s” column she wrote for the Times back in the ’80s.  I read her sporadically after she went to Newsweek, and dipped into a couple of her novels when she tried her hand at fiction. So when I came [Read More...]

“If she could not have joy, she was determined to have light…”

Years ago, when the great Harold Ross was editing the New Yorker, he’d pore over writer’s manuscripts and if there was a name he didn’t understand or a person he felt wasn’t properly identified, he’d scribble in the margins two words: “Who he?” When Elizabeth Scalia told me she was writing a new introduction to [Read More...]

All about Eve

That would be Eve Tushnet, who has just arrived at Patheos with her self-titled blog. As Elizabeth Scalia notes: I think Eve Tushnet’s name became much more widely known in 2010, when the New York Times profiled her, identifying her in the opening graph as that (to them) most exotic of all creatures, a “the celibate, [Read More...]

Judging a bookstore by its covers

My blog neighbor Nancy French visited a bookstore in Tennessee the other day and got an eyeful: There, right next to the nice Civil War section (this is Tennessee, after all) is apparently a “sexuality” section, showing various sexual positions in plain view.  And when I showing, I mean showing. One book promised to make this [Read More...]

On Medjugorje

Now that Mark Shea has weighed in on this peculiar screed – wherein, it seems, I’m part of a vast all-male conspiracy — I just want to add my two cents. The author of that posting, one Stephen K. Ryan, is not unfamiliar to me.  He wrote me many months back, wondering why I don’t [Read More...]

Another priest’s thoughts on blessing kids in the communion line

“Every now and then, some hand-wringing liberal sob sister will try to argue that Jesus loved kids. I always tell ‘em the same thing: ‘Screw you, buddy, and the hybrid car you rode in on. Did Jesus pick any kids to be His Apostles? I don’t think so. When He raised that kid from the [Read More...]


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