Josh Claybourn mulls Just War and Iraq [Read more...]

The Spectator on Philip Pullman The more I see of him, the more he strikes me as a highly educated, very articulate, extremely bright fool–the sort that the English intelligentsia excels at creating. (The author of this piece, by the way, is Christopher Hitchens’ brother, a living proof that genetics is not destiny.) [Read more...]

It’s essays like this that make me wonder whether it’s a slam dunk that America “deserves’ to win her wars I still hope we do, of course. But has Saddam killed 40 million babies? A world in which our present culture has *nothing* on earth to stop it, nothing to drive us to our knees [Read More...]

I’m glad I’m not the only one to find the disconnect between our policies toward Iraq and N. Korea mysterious [Read more...]

Massive New Harry Potter Novel (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”) Finished It’s so much bigger than the last one that one wag on Amy’s comments box suggest it be titled, “Harry Potter and the Order of Magnitude”. [Read more...]

“It felt like I was in the Roman Colosseum.” Good for Heaton. [Read more...]

People for Whom Politics is Everything… will be baffled that the same Pope who kissed a Koran also beatifies this guy. Since we know for a fact that everything is about politics, they reason, then everything the Pope does is about politics too. So when he honored the Koran, that was simply and solely a [Read More...]

A plug for Touchstone Magazine HereĀ¹s a brief look inside the January/February edition of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, a special double issue of the magazine published on the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and devoted to reflection on what John Paul II has called the “culture of death.” The issue contains ten [Read More...]

Prediction Time The ongoing march to cultural degradation that this story depicts reminds me: Assuming I live a normal lifespan, I think we will see the return of gladiatorial combat to the death broadcast on TV and/or shows where human beings are hunted like deer and have to outwit and kill their predators. All it [Read More...]

To get a much needed and healthy perspective on the gigantic importance of the lay office… Check out the Catherine of Siena Institute and get them to come to your parish for a magnificent “Called and Gifted” workshop. [Read more...]

By the way… Clericalism also underlies the drive to ordain women. If you think that the only “real Catholic” is an ordained one, then you are going to talk as though the Church’s inability to ordain women is just a way to keep women “unequal” (as though the sacrament is a civil right). If you [Read More...]

Michael Pakaluk, a Visiting Scholar in Philosophy at Harvard University, writes the following: Clericalism and the Scandal ‘Clericalism’ is the view that the Catholic Church is the same as its bishops, priests, and religious. Clericalism magnifies the importance of the hierarchy, but denies the importance of the laity. The laity are mere appendages; they are [Read More...]