For endless eons, Mother Earth has strained Heavenward. Strange sea life with new-minted eyes bumping weird heads on the surface pane of sky. Crawling fish on stump legs squinted at the sun and, driven by some bone-deep call, pushed on through ages to branch and breed: groping for life, for Word, for a Home-leap to the End that was Before there was Need. It all came to the bitter needle’s point in her: a Yes who assented to bear forth… Read more

All the warnings in the gospels are given, not to Those Unbelievers Over There but to the Church and, above all, to the Church’s ministers.  Consider this saying: “Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes;… Read more

And it is spelled pretty well in this video: Yep. I’m aware of who Reza Aslan is and the crappy work he has done on Jesus. Irrelevant. Stop with the genetic fallacy already. The points he makes here are sound and solid. And they do not, alas, apply only to white Evangelicals. They apply to white conservative Catholics too, many of whom parrot the same cult of personality junk about Trump and many of whom exercise the same consequentialist logic… Read more

I love the artwork, by John Herreid:   You can visit his website here. Oodles of fun! Read more

She writes: I was struck by something as I read recently, and I have a question. Following the global outcry about what has been taking place recently on the US-Mexico border, the writer was bemoaning the loss of the US as a moral compass for the world, as the leader of the free world, He seems to wonder what other country, or who else, could exert a similar influence, and to worry that lacking such a model, there could be… Read more

He writes: I’ve read some of your stuff and listened to your journey from Protestant to Catholicism. Pleased to meet you! I myself am a non-denominational Christian and a youth pastor. My heart is for the One Universal Church to come together so that there is less division within Christianity. That is so beautiful. You give me great hope! That doesn’t happen without the Holy Spirit being at work in your life. But, something that is really hard to reconcile… Read more

is up at The Catholic Weekly: To be sure, there are those who painstakingly make their way to belief in one God via the route of philosophical argument. Indeed, we meet some of these people in the pages of the New Testament, where they are known by the technical title of ‘God-fearer’ (cf. Acts 10:2; 22; 13:16; 26). These were formerly polytheistic Gentiles who had come to believe in the one God of Israel and who were in various stages… Read more

So there has been a lot of hysteria about the development of the Church’s teaching concerning a hoary and venerable institution that, up until practically yesterday, the Church had treated with tolerance and even spoken of favorably. I speak, of course, of slavery.  Who has not heard the hue and cry from advocates of slavery demanding the Pope repent his arrogant declaration that slavery is gravely and intrinsically immoral? Here is the dirty deed this Dictator Pope has shamelessly promulgated: overturning… Read more

Over on Facebook, David Mills remarks: ON HIROSHIMA AND EASY ANSWERS From a reflection on the twin questions of abortion and the bombing Hiroshima, whose 73rd anniversary we observe today. It illustrates the great challenge of living as Christians in a fallen world. The options are to face the challenge, to deny it, or to talk crap. [[[ Almost everyone says “There are no easy answers” when they address questions like the bombing of Hiroshima. Many say it when talking… Read more

A guy named Jon Crane writes: I handle PR for Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty (CCATDP). The nationwide trend of conservative Republicans re-thinking capital punishment continues and conservative Catholics are very involved. The most recent example comes from New Hampshire where both houses of the Republican-controlled state legislature passed a death penalty repeal bill during this year’s legislative session. Conservative Catholic lawmakers were at the forefront of that historic vote. The latest annual Gallup Poll showed a 10-point drop… Read more

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