What Pope Benedict XVI Actually Said

A word of greeting from Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus, on the occasion of the funeral Mass of Cardinal Joachim Meisner, on 15th July 2017 In this hour, when the Church of Cologne and believers further afield take their leave of Cardinal Joachim Meissner, I am with them in my heart and thoughts and am pleased to [Read More…]

The Great Contradiction of the Prolife Right

A consistent life ethic simply has to mean support for a social safety net for poor mothers.  But the great commitment of the prolife right to a libertarian economic vision that is guaranteed to actively punish poor women makes certain that abortion rates will climb if it is enacted.  Because Libertarianism is, at bottom, the [Read More…]

Desperate Prayer Request

A reader writes: Please pray for my family. My husband has lost his job. All of our savings were put into that small business. So we basically have nothing to fall back on. My husband was considered to be a contractor with the company that laid him off, so he will not be getting a [Read More…]

Jim Carrey sounds like somebody who has experienced anguish and grace

God bless him as he tries to follow the light Christ sends him. His theology is not perfect, no. But he seem to me to be somebody who is at Openness to Christ (to use Weddellian Spiritual Threshold language). How much better this is than so much of the radical selfishness and power worship that [Read More…]

Hilarious, but also significant

That a major corporation is willing to put its logo on a criticism of this oaf’s swinish behavior is a rather remarkable bit of corporate courage. [Read more…]

Much freakoutery today

in St. Blog’s about that Civilta Cattolica piece critiquing Church Militant and pointing out the absurdity of the “Trump=Constantine/Hillary=Diocletian” blather of the Greatest Catholics of All Time. It’s a perfectly sensible analysis of the special dumbness of trying to making *this* guy God’s Anointed in the War of the Sons of Light and the Sons of [Read More…]

Catholics and Lutherans Stand Together

in the “ecumenism of the trenches” to oppose the Culture of Death that seeks to deprive more than 20 million of the least of these of access to health care.  Bravo! [Read more…]

Not Fake News

Pope Posts “No Whining” Sign on His Office Door No.  Really: A sign posted outside the door of Pope Francis’ office in the Domus Sanctae Marthae that reads “No whining” (Photo courtesy Vatican Insider/La Stampa) I love this guy so much. [Read more…]

Atheist Poet Becomes Catholic

I love the different ways Jesus reaches people: “It was around this time that Read found something fresh in one of her favorite books, ‘I Capture the Castle.’ ‘The book was written for children, and I read it almost every year,’ Read says. ‘I read the book for comfort. There’s one scene where the protagonist [Read More…]

La Civilta Cattolica has a very intelligent piece

on “Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism in the USA: A surprising ecumenism“. Check it out! [Read more…]