Clerics Fill Void With De Facto Courts, While Moving Against Western Influences Um, are those “western influences” they are moving against things like pluralism, the dignity of the human person (especially women), and freedom or are they things like “democracy, whiskey, sexy”? In Islamic countries, it’s often hard for them to distinguish the one group [Read More...]

I hope Congress responds to his suggestion by saying “You better put some ice on that.” [Read more...]

Icons are cool If you want to know more about the Art and Spirituality of Icons, check out Fr. Brendan McAnerny’s work and have him to your parish to give a workshop. He’s a fabulous teacher and his icons are gorgeous. [Read more...]

If you live in the Seattle area and are looking for a great Young Adult Catholic group… Please join us this Wednesday May 28th at 7:30pm in at Blessed Sacrament Church for an evening of Taize Prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament; where our voices lifted together in beautiful and simple communal melody and [Read More...]

What’s with the celeb fascination with outre forms of Judaism? First, Madonna’s little kaballah fashion craze, now Whitney Houston? Do any celebs ever convert to just workaday Judaism or Christianity, or does it always have to be unbelievably esoteric stuff that nobody’s ever heard of? Is there some celeb handbook that advises celebs in choosing [Read More...]

Saw “Dune” the other day Got it on DVD from the library. I’m a sucker for sci-fi, even (sometimes especially) bad sci-fi. I loved, f’rinstance, the Queen of Outer Space, which should be part of every film lover’s library of deliciously dreadful movies. But Dune is one of those films the falls through the cracks. [Read More...]

Lay vs. Clergy Perceptions of the Scandal I’ve been arguing for several days that one of the things Catholics are going to have to face is that we pretty much have the bishops that we’ve been content to settle for. I’m not saying that to excuse the bishops who have lied to and betrayed their [Read More...]

Hey! Good news! Scott Hahn Named to Cardinal Pio Laghi Chair at the Josephinum I’m tickled to hear it! There’s an interview with him at Zenit too. [Read more...]

When Scripture says… “Thou art my King and my God, who ordainest victories for Jacob. Through thee we push down our foes; through thy name we tread down our assailants. For not in my bow do I trust, nor can my sword save me. But thou hast saved us from our foes, and hast put [Read More...]

John Granger (author of the Hidden Key to Harry Potter) posted this in a comments box below (on one of the Harry Potter threads): A helpful distinction that may clear some of the smoke and heat from these exchanges is the one between incantational and invocational magic. Revealed traditions all condemn invocational magic; the Faustian [Read More...]

“I’m for gun control, he’s against it. I’m against capital punishment, he supports it. I’m for the right to abortion — even though I’m a Catholic — and he’s against it.” Canadian PM Jean Chretien, who was elected by a majority (including a majority of Catholics), helpfully illustrating that the majority of Catholics are pretty [Read More...]

The NY Times Returns to Knee-Jerk Evangelical Bashing Given the choice between Foaming Bronze Age Fanatics and Evangelicals, the NY Times reliably portrays the latter as the greater danger. How this thesis will sell to the people living on the south end of Manhattan who witnessed recent unpleasantnesses is unclear. For my part, I think [Read More...]