From the “Toldja So” Department Only the pope can request a cardinal’s resignation, and John Paul II’s personal bias undoubtedly leans against doing so. The pope himself, it should be remembered, has faced calls for resignation, albeit for very different reasons — on the grounds that he is too old and weak to govern. He [Read More...]

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Now if Trent Lott would just follow in Law’s footsteps Peg Noonan, brilliant as ever. [Read more...]

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Memo to the Boston Press Corps (and others) Beware of being right. There is no more spiritually dangerous place in the world than that of Courageous Hero who Has Fought the Good Fight Against Corruption. It leaves you blind to your own capacity for evil. One of the most bittersweet pieces of literature in the [Read More...]

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Why now? One of my readers want to know “Why now? Why not back in April?” Others were confidently announcing yesterday that Law was going to be kept in Rome by JPII to avoid subpoenas and other unpleasantness. WaPo says otherwise. If my priest-friend’s analysis is right, this all fits the pattern necessary to grasp [Read More...]

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Pope bashing prediction: The Amazing Sheavius predicts that we shall soon be hearing this gem of malicious falsehood: “Oh sure, *now* he accepts Law’s resignation. He *had* to in order to repair his image now that the “smoking gun” has been discovered.” For those who hate the Pope, no actual evidence is ever necessary. Hatred [Read More...]

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And so it’s done But not, of course, over. I am dubious Law is the last to have to resign. But it is fitting that it should start there. I feel relief–and sorrow. May he find redemption through this death. And may our poor wounded Church find healing soon. God be with Bishop Lennon as [Read More...]

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It turns out killing large numbers of the leadership in a very top down organization leaves the stupid drones at the bottom unable to know what to do My recommendation: kill the other two thirds of the leadership. Then kill the drones. [Read more...]

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Decent Films Likes the New Star Trek movie Good enough for me. I’ll go see it. [Read more...]

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More Reasons Not to Be Catholic! Collect the whole set! Here’s my contribution. [Read more...]

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More on John Carroll U and Planned Parenthood A reader sez: Some people are mistakenly thinking that John Carroll University has removed the Planned Parenthood from its suggested Counseling agencies. I noticed this in the comments section of your blog. It has not. It is still on there. Scroll down to “Counseling sites”. Planned Parenthood [Read More...]

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WOW! NOW THIS IS BIG NEWS! While the rest of St. Blog’s busies itself today with the latest speculations about such ephemera as the fate of Cardinal Law and the worst scandal in the history of the American Church, your humble scribe sleuths out the really big stories for the ages. FLASH! True Identity of [Read More...]

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Boy the Nasties are out in force this week! Stephen Hand lays into Rod Dreher and Amy Welborn in an ill-advised attack. Particularly egregious is the characterization of Amy as not being too astute, which leaves me with the same taste in my mouth as Robert Sungenis lecturing us on his intellectual superiority to Einstein. [Read More...]

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