Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. --Amos 8: 11-12 … [Read more...]

PRIEST SEX-ABUSE REPORT: What follows is Amy Welborn's take: The NYTimes takes a look at the studies "Two long-awaited studies have found that the Roman Catholic Church suffered an epidemic of child sexual abuse that involved at least 4 percent of priests over 52 years and peaked with the ordination class of 1970, in which one of every 10 priests was eventually accused of abuse." Stop there and ponder that for a moment. "The other report, on the causes and context of the crisis, was written … [Read more...]

A rush and a push that the land that we blogwatch is ours... Dappled Things: Guide to indulgences. And selecting a Lenten penance. (Yeah, a bit behind here, sorry.) Diotima: Reply to my post on hookups--pointing out that men, too, often feel the lack of a deeper connection. Elizabeth Marquardt only interviewed women, and of course I mostly only know that side of things as well, but I'm heartened (and unsurprised) by what Diotima says. Noli Irritare Leones: Reply to my post on hookups. Sursum … [Read more...]

"Don't hesitate to be as revolutionary as science. Don't hesitate to be as reactionary as the multiplication table." --Calvin Coolidge, address to the Massachusetts Senate … [Read more...]

LENT, thank God. I think I've been looking forward to this since at least Advent. Must get my head together. … [Read more...]

WHAT'S MY LINE?: On Friday I heard a talk by Elizabeth Marquardt, discussing her research into the "hookup culture" on college campuses. For those of us who graduated recently, there were few surprises: Nobody asks anybody on dates, nobody knows whether they're dating or not, people either engage in sterile futureless hookups or embed themselves in "joined at the hip" relationships with a strong flavor of folie a deux. This much I knew (although it was interesting to note how much these facts … [Read more...]

"For who among mortals, dreading nothing, is just?" --Aeschylus, Eumenides … [Read more...]