Is Your Catholic School Any Good?

The other week a friend was sharing in a private discussion group about how her child was being bullied over at the local public school.  She asked for advice and prayers, then added, "I'm hoping we can get financial aid for Catholic school for next year."That comment caused another member of the group to say, "You know, it was at Catholic school that I was bullied all those years.  I begged my parents to take me out, but they wouldn't."About that same time, another friend, in a c … [Read more...]

Christian Calamities: A Taste of the South to Help You Choke on America

There's been pearl-clutching in odd quarters ever since Pastor Mark Burns, a South Carolinian, delivered his benediction on the Republican party.  I am not a Republican and I won't be voting for Trump, and I don't think you should either.  I am dismayed by the weaselly justifications some of my fellow Christians are spouting these days in their support for the GOP candidate.Still, it amuses me that the professionally-impious are suddenly offended on our Lord's behalf for what is, as I will sh … [Read more...]

Lectio Mischief: Apollos

From this morning's readings: A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus. He was an authority on the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and, with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus, although he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.And when he wanted to cross t … [Read more...]

Veil-Induced Fascination With Your Neighbor’s Interior Life

Let me tell you about something lovely that happened to me in real life: I was at supper at church, and I met this lady who could out-trad all the trads.  I was glad to finally meet her, because I love her wardrobe and never get a chance to say so.  Anyway, she comes up and says hello and chats for a bit, and voices a few opinions on matters which Catholics are free to disagree about it, and which not everyone at the table shared.Can you guess what happened?Try to guess.It's cr … [Read more...]

Suspected Abuse? Call the Police. You and Your Bishop Both.

There are a couple stories circulating to the effect that new Catholic bishops are being told they don't necessarily need to contact the authorities when they are presented with evidence of child abuse.  The Guardian reports it here, and John Allen from Crux discusses it here.  Reporting on religion is notoriously unreliable, and I'm in no position to confirm or clarify these reports.  But whenever such nonsense gets promulgated, I'm here to remind you: Tell the police.It is not your job to b … [Read more...]

Why Mention 5,000 Men, and Slight Those Women and Children?

As I mentioned the other week, Sr. Simone Campbell has shown herself to be a dreadful sexist (and a bit of an atheist) in her reflection on the Gospel accounts of the feeding of the 5,000 men.  The question she posed, however, is a good one.What she wanted to know is: Why do the Scriptures give a counting of the men present so specifically?  We can't even say the authors were using the term "men" in a generic way to mean "mankind" or "people."  The Bible clearly states that the estimated at … [Read more...]

Chapel Veils and the End of Choice

It's the day of prayer and penance for the unborn, and not only am I not marching, I'm not even out teaching -- home with a cold and watching a child with a cold, while other people carry on doing responsible things.  As a result, I've tweeted a fair number of abortion-themed posts from this morning's reading, but this bit from a Fr. Z. reader about chapel veils sums it all up better than anything.The reader, a Catholic high school student (female), writes to Fr. Z. asking advice about … [Read more...]