A press release for people who are trying to think of something nice to do for a priest they love WEB SITE TO BOOST MORALE OF ETHICAL PRIESTS GARNERS EARLY SUCCESS LOUISVILLE, KY – In just its first three months of operation, the www.thankyoufather.com Web site has welcomed more than 25,000 visitors and received approximately [Read More...]


George Weigel on Rome’s revision of the Norms [Read more...]


So the priest, the minister, the rabbi, the penguin and the dancing bear walk into the bar… …the bartender says, “What is this? Some kind of joke?” [Read more...]


An interesting moral question A reader sez: Last week, I think, there was a particularly noisy thread on your blog about abortion. One commenter was outraged about the “fact” that the Catholic church wouldn’t allow Catholic doctors to do anything about a 13-year-old girl that had been raped and just came in to the hospital. [Read More...]


My rabbi acquaintance, Andrew Sullivan and Cardinal Law People are complex. I know a rabbi who makes very good sense about 95% of the time. The other 5% of the time, he holds to daffy ideas about “Bible codes” or regards mass transit plans (a very live issue out here in Seattle) as a harbinger [Read More...]


More like him, please [Read more...]


My pal Pavel Chichikov… in addition to beiing a fine poet, is also a fine photographer. He writes: I’ve been photographing at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception here in Washington DC. I recently offered the Shrine as a gift one of the prints (see below), a photograph, about 10 X 8, [Read More...]


People say there’s nothing sacred… but it ain’t so. If you want to know what people hold sacred, it’s very easy to determine: see what they regard as blasphemy. Chesterton observed long ago that we only blaspheme what we hold sacred. Try thinking a blasphemous thought about Loki or Odin. It wouldn’t even occur to [Read More...]


The Gospel According to Johann Sebastian Bach It’s fascinating to me, as a former Evangelical with the culture of “If you can’t articulate it verbally, it’s not really advancing the gospel” still coursing through my veins, that two of the greatest missionaries in the world are J.S. Bach, who communicates the Majesty through music and [Read More...]


I love stuff like this I need to make myself over into a super hero. Input from readers would be appreciated here. Super powers, costume design, origin story, mission in life, fatal flaw, faithful sidekick, and, of course, name ideas would all be appreciated. [Read more...]


Lay Involvement, Book of Acts Style Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the [Read More...]


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...]