When the Romans Call You to Task, It’s Time for Sackcloth and Ashes

Reminder that today is a day of prayer and penance.  Why, you ask?  Because any society that makes Rome seem like the good guys is doing it wrong.Artwork: by Pietro Perugino,  Marcus Porcius Cato [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons … [Read more...]

Satan Ups His Game: Supreme Court Declines to Protect Secrecy of Sacramental Confessions

Bad news for human souls: The US Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of the case in which the Louisiana Supreme Court called for a priest to break the seal of the confessional.UPDATE: Simcha Fisher explains why there are other, better ways to protect victims of abuse.To bring you up to speed on the implications, here is why this is such a travesty, and what we can expect as a result of this ruling.If you prefer your theology brought to you by Alfred Hitchcock, here's my … [Read more...]

For the Love of Rabbits, Have Another Baby Already

I wasn't going to comment on the Pope's rabbit talk until I saw Dr. Greg Popcak's summary of what the Church actually teaches about responsible parenthood.  The picture reminded me of how much I love rabbits, which is directly related to the other side of the same coin, the Church's teaching about openness to life: 1652 "By its very nature the institution of marriage and married love is ordered to the procreation and education of the offspring and it is in them that it finds its crowning … [Read more...]

Racism in the American South Today

In 1988 I moved to a small town in South Carolina, not far from where my paternal grandfather had grown up. In enrolling me at the local high school, among other paperwork my parents had to indicate whether they did or did not permit the principal to administer corporal punishment. Also, in those days they kept records of the racial balance in every classroom.On the day of the census in 1990, my homeroom teacher faced an awkward situation: The form called for a tally of the number of white … [Read more...]

The 2nd Commandment is Like It: The US Bishops Face Their Boko Haram

In thinking about the massacres in Nigeria, my train of thought ran like this:How can anyone bear to be associated with this?  I was thinking about the whole Muslim world.  You want to be part of this? No. Of course not.One of the rare pleasures of being me is that thus far every faithful Muslim I've gotten to know has been a gentle, God-loving person.  The kind of person who would have nothing to do, ever, with the atrocities of their coreligionists.We on the outside of the Mu … [Read more...]

Christian Community Renewal for Ordinary Moms

This story is for Melanie Bettinelli, who is far more thoughtful than I am, and her house is in better order.So just before Thanksgiving this year, me and another mom got an invitation.  We had a new friend who we'd met because our daughters played sports together and liked each other.  And she said, "I'd like to have you over to do a Thanksgiving craft with us."We said yes, even though we were not really looking for Thanksgiving crafts, but we knew that friendship and community life is i … [Read more...]

You’re Invited to Simcha Fisher’s Baby Shower – Updated with Drink Recipe

Rebecca is a throwing a baby shower for Simcha Fisher -- I think you get one every ten babies -- and it's happening at a website near you. So you should go.There are drinks, and games, and drinks, and the gift-giving format is organized so that you are guaranteed to never, ever, have your gift featured in one of Simcha's Top Ten Most Horrifying Baby Gifts columns.UPDATED: I forgot to bring my contribution to the potluck: Grown-Up Chocolate Milk 1 Part Meletti Cioccolato or: 1 Part … [Read more...]


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