Rumors Galore The recently resurrected Fr. Rob Johansen’s “Thrownback” blog reports that there’s talk afoot of the Pope granting “a “universal indult” by the end of the year to permit all priests to choose freely between the celebration of Mass in the so-called Tridentine rite used up to 1962 before the disciplinary reforms of the [Read More...]

John 8:2-16 – Revised Conservative Translation Early in the morning he came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, [Read More...]

Wrap up on NZ On Thursday, I drove with my hosts, the Jensens, out to Matamata. There, we took the “Frodo” van out to the site of Hobbiton, a beautiful sheep farm out in the middle of the North Island. Great rolling hills and the archeological remains of hobbit holes. I got to sit on [Read More...]

Anybody fluent in Italian in the house? An Italian reader wants to translate Catholic Exchange’s Words of Encouragement into…well… Italian. We’d love that. My problem: I don’t know any Italian and so don’t know if his translation skills are any good. Here’s today’s Word of Encouragement and here’s his translation: —————————————— La Verita’ Mistica dell’Uguaglianza [Read More...]

My Favorite Photo From the NZ Eucharistic Convention This is the part of my talk where I pled with the Kiwis for justice and complained over Peter Jackson’s unwillingness to cast me as an Orc, despite my impressive dentition and ability to look and act dimwitted. They were sobbing over the injustice of it all [Read More...]

Scold Culture One of the curious features of the blogosphere is the urge to pass judgment on other people for things that are none of our business. In matters of public good, fine. Judge away. If a bishop lets a priest get away with rape, it’s legitimate fodder for discussion. If the cops are on [Read More...]

Jesuits Continue to Show that Jesus Welcomes Prostitutes Of course, Jesus welcomed *repentant* prostitutes, but those clever Jesuits can explain that part away. [Read more...]

Somebody asked if I saw something called “Planet X” while I was in NZ and sent along this delightful bit of paranoia quoted from somewhere… What are some of the Earth changes expected to take place as this planet approaches the Earth? McCanney: First of all, we don’t have a definite sighting on this object. [Read More...]

This is Cool! A Polish reader has translated my article “In the Breaking of the Bread” into Polish. [Read more...]

Andrew Greeley Lists Some Bad Reasons for Rejecting the Catholic Church I’m way ahead of you, Fr. Andrew. Here’s a list of reasons I compiled some time ago. [Read more...]

A reader asks A couple of years ago I found a list of approximately 200 -300 references made in the new testament to the old testament that were not found in a protestant bible. Have you any idea where I might find such a list? Nope. Anybody? [Read more...]

My Only Comment on the Bennett Gambling Thing C.S. Lewis once remarked that he didn’t offer advice to people about sins to which he himself was not tempted. I try to do the same thing. I’ve never felt the urge to gamble and I therefore don’t know what constitutes too much vs. just enough gambling. [Read More...]