And the Next Archbishop of Canterbury Will Be …

Dr. John Sentamu

… this guy. Dr. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York. I’ll put money on it. There’s nothing official, but the rumors are already starting.     [Read more...]

The Only Rowan Williams Post You’ll Need To Read…

… is from Christopher Johnson of Midwest Conservative Journal. Rowan Williams’ greatest and most unappreciated virtue is this: good liberal that he is, he nevertheless understands that the conservative position on homosexuality is a theologically serious one and that labeling it as “bigotry” and leaving it there is intellectual dishonesty of the highest order. A [Read More...]

Saturday Song: How Great Thou Art

Unlike my “Wayfaring Stranger” post, which includes multiple versions of the classic spiritual, this time There Can Only Be One. Where “How Great Thou Art” is concerned, there is Elvis Presley, and then there is everyone else. That’s not to say others don’t do it perfectly well. Elvis just owns this song. His vocal artistry [Read More...]

Mackerel Snapping in Modern America

Oddly enough, I don't see bellying up to a table full of this as a "penitential"

The Good Deacon finds a story about Lent and fish from my home state of South Jersey. (I’m working hard on the secession efforts from the rest of New Jersey, but neither side wants any town that might include the cast of Jersey Shore.) The premise of the article is that Lenten fish sales are [Read More...]

800-Year-Old Church Frescoes Leave Texas For Cyprus

Menil Fresco

Repatriation of artifacts is a difficult issue, but this seems to have been handled well by all sides. A set of 13th-century Byzantine frescoes — plundered after Turkey invaded Cyprus and on display in Houston for the last 15 years — is headed home at last. It’s the closing chapter in what turns out to [Read More...]

Finding Purpose in Suffering

Fulton Sheen

In the three videos embedded below, Servant of God Fulton Sheen, one of the great preachers (and, yes, saints) of the last century explains the mystery of suffering with his usual mix of humor, drama, and philosophy. Catholics always have understood suffering in the context of the cross. Although pain may come, it ends in triumph. St. [Read More...]

CyberKnife and the Wonders of Modern Medicine

CyberKnife

A number of my posts to date have been an attempt to put a pin in the party balloon of techno-Utopianism, which might lead some readers to think I’m some kind of Luddite squatting in a corner making the sign of the cross to ward off iPhones and refusing to get my children proper medical care because antibiotics are [Read More...]

The Kurzweil Reality Distortion Field

Steve Jobs must have left his famous Reality Distortion Field to Ray Kurzweil, because nothing else can explain why intelligent people continue to listen to a man who says such utter nonsense. Please note carefully: I didn’t say Kurzweil was stupid. His inventions, particularly his work on OCR and speech recognition, were pioneering. But once [Read More...]


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