McPaper Follows the LA Times Template of Presuming Accusation Equals Guilt A reader writes: Yesterday (11.11.02), USA Today had a long article and several related articles on priest sex abuse. Their staff has clearly done a lot of research and there were some very enlightening points. (Sample: less than 1% of priests serving in dioceses [Read More...]

Very good! And I’m hopeful over Lott’s aggressiveness on a partial birth abortion ban. Let’s not panic because the Bushies are taking measured steps. I’m willing–for now–to trust it will happen. If they piss away this chance altogether however, I’ll be disgusted. [Read more...]

“He has cast down the mighty in their arrogance” and lifted up a sassy guy who refused to be put in his place by the insular mainstream media. Congrats, Drudge! Who could not love such a David v. Goliath story as your life? [Read more...]

Great and Terrible Os Speaks from Beyond Grave Yeah? Lemme see him. Put up or shut up. [Read more...]

Man is the only creature capable of building Auschwitz. Man is also the only creature capable of going to its gas chambers singing praises to God I am reminded of that when I read this. For this Muslim woman, I am hopeful that the favorable judgment of God will meet her in the person of [Read More...]

Prophets and Priests We Americans respect prophets but not priests. That is, we respect people who bear authentic witness to a personally experienced truth that has changed their lives. We do not have much regard for priests, that is: the custodians of a Tradition which they neither invented nor have the power to change. Indeed, [Read More...]

Just a point of consolation for Catholics Nitwittery within the Church is usually a watered down version of nitwittery in the culture. When extreme ascetism was in vogue in the patristic period you had nutcases like Phibionites outside the Church and watered down nuts for ascetism like Tertullian within (till he left). When Calvinism was [Read More...]

Hold off on that Tithing Boycott Crusade! As an American I am in love with the idea of easy fixes, etc. So I suggested below the withholding of tithes in corrupt dioceses. I spoke too soon. Fr. Paul (a very fine priest) writes in my comments box: I just took over as pastor of a [Read More...]

Hitchens on the lame “chicken hawk” school of argument I’ve always thought the “Unless you have personal experience, you must not be allowed to have an opinion” school of argument was pushed way too hard. Yes, parents are probably better people to go to for advice on parenting than childless theoreticians. Yes, there is the [Read More...]

Barbara Tuchman in The March of Folly writes about the six Renaissance Pope who helped to provoke the Reformation: The folly of the popes was no pursuit of counter-productive policy so much as rejection of any steady or coherent policy either political or religious that would have imporoved their situation or arrested the rising discontent. [Read More...]

Rod, the only guarantor of the bishops’ compliance is going to be Caesar “When you neglect the Big Laws, you don’t get freedom. You don’t even get anarchy. You get the small laws.” – G.K. Chesterton If the bishops continue to neglect the Big Laws about Not Raping Little Boys and Not Protecting Those Who [Read More...]

Domenico Bettinelli on the LA Times on Rome The LA Times obliges me by demonstrating what I was talking about in the “At the end of the day…” blog. They imagine lay review boards are “emasculated” because Rome points out what could always and only be the case: that the local bishop is the final [Read More...]