Interesting but unconvincing attempt to analyze Bush’s religious motivations I was as offput by his “power, power, wonder-working power” reference in the SOTU as I was by Bill Clinton’s promise of a “New Covenant”. But religious language has *always* suffused American political language. As to the rest, precisely what I’ve *not* seen in Bush’s approach [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2003/02/28148.html

I’ve been thinking exactly the same thing Osama’s been dead for a year, but the mythmakers thought they could keep him alive via audiotape. However, the myth is wearing thin so, like bad screenwriters, they’re looking for a way to bring that plot thread to a close. “I know! Let’s have him martyr himself!” said [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2003/02/28149.html

Okay. I’m wrong The Pope’s not a pacifist. Which makes his approach to the coming war all the more puzzling to me. I wish he’d return my phone calls. I mean, how busy could he be? [Read more...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2003/02/28150.html

A reader (with a background in Middle Eastern studies and actual familiarity with Christian missions in Muslim lands) writes: Here is a piece that I found on the Christianity Today site about the status of Christian mission in the Muslim world. I thought that you might want to point your readers to this in light [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2003/02/28151.html

A bit more good news A reader writes: If you’re interested in more good news on Catholic Institutions standing up for Church teaching, here’s an article for you: Essentially, a group of pro-abortionists took out a full page in the local paper on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. (The News-Journal in Wilmington, Delaware.) One [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2003/02/28152.html

The Jesus Said “Huh?” Thing was Just a Joke …not a life philosophy. Just for balance, allow me to present “In Defense of Theology“. I’m the last person in the world to think that the gospel is simplistic. [Read more...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2003/02/28153.html

The Hope for the Future of the American Church It’s delectable for an old fart like me to watch as the tables are turned and serious Catholics become the outnumbered subversives going up against The Man. I think Catholics do some of their best work as outnumbered subversives and there’s a definite gleefulness–what Tolkien called [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2003/02/28154.html

Nuns with spines! Update: apparently it should read “Laity with Spines”. The nuns sound more and more like they reluctantly complied with parental demands. Still, a small victory for the good guys. [Read more...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2003/02/28155.html

Well, I’m embarrassed Down below I ran a big plug for Catholic Scripture Study and kept emphasizing it’s free. Now I go to the site and find this language there: “Catholic Exchange is pleased to begin offering in-depth responses to the questions provided in our Bible studies. Because this much requested feature requires additional development [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2003/02/28156.html

Their advice is just that — advice, not policy, let alone a basis for action Precisely. [Read more...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2003/02/28157.html

Another fine blog from a woman exploited by abortion [Read more...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2003/02/28158.html

Jesus said unto them, “Who do you say I am?” And Peter answered him, saying, “You are the eschatological manifestation of the ground of our being, the kerygma in which we find the ultimate meaning of our interpersonal relationships.” And Jesus said, “Huh?” [Read more...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2003/02/28159.html


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