“Can a people that believes more fervently in the Virgin Birth than in evolution still be called an Enlightened nation?” The allegedly Catholic Garry Wills gives voice to the Silent Scream of Highly Intelligent Blue America. I’m trying to recall when the Church defined evolution as dogma and said the Virgin Birth was a fable [Read More...]


One more on the Alternative History business A reader more or less sums up several complaints when he writes: Mr. Shea takes a true idea (the Holy Spirit protects the Church from requiring the laos to believe what is not true) and by filtering it through his ultramontism arrives at something that is not true [Read More...]


The Most Important Thing I will Blog Today K-Lo is absolutely right. Arlen Specter must *not* be allowed to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee. *You* can help stop him. This is the golden opportunity of our generation to finally make a real dent in the judicial usurpation of politics and, in particular, in the culture [Read More...]


Not a bad idea A reader writes: Be All You Can Be: Be a Leprous Samaritan For weeks, in some cases for months, people have been praying that President Bush be re-elected, that we (the country, the Church, the world) be spared a Kerry presidency. Many Catholics have made novenas, sometimes one after another, for [Read More...]


Oh, and by the way… I’ve looked high and low in the Catechism for the term “pastoral council” and the teaching of the Church that an Ecumenical Council and a “pastoral council” are two different things, the latter of which can be safely ignored if you don’t like it. Can’t find the reference. I’m awfully [Read More...]


I thought this could be a bad idea …and many of my readers are persuading me I was right. The “Alternative History” thread below, I mean. I’m not particularly opposed to alternative histories. Explorations of fantasy worlds can be useful and fun insofar as they shed real light on our own world. But, as some [Read More...]


Catholic Alternative History Thread A reader writes: You should proclaim a contest for a Catholic Science Fiction short story, scenario or story outline.. The theme: Vatican II never happens. The exercise: start in 1959 and extrapolate forward from “actual” current events and trends in Church spirituality, governance and culture at that point in time and [Read More...]


Interesting Piece on How Serious Jews Deal with End of Life Issues [Read more...]


I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. — J.R.R. Tolkien [Read more...]


The spectacularly fatuous St. Joan of Arc Parish told to be ever so slightly less fatuous It takes a lot–a *whole* lot–to get Rome to involve itself in life on the parish level. But St. Joan of Arc’s has what it takes. My personal pick for the single loopiest, dumbest, and most narcissistic parish in [Read More...]