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...]


Good Morning! For your reading pleasure… I have a couple of new pieces up on my site (scroll down and look for the stuff marked “New”). Consider them my clever way of distracting you from my minimal blogging today as I try to catch up on other stuff. UPDATE: I fixed the code problem that [Read More...]


Lots of people talk as though PC is the end of civilization as we know it It’s not. It’s the squishiness that precedes tyranny, the Weimar powerless before Nazism, as the Netherlands demonstrates in this article. Chesterton, ever insightful, denies that tyranny is the first stage of human political evolution, followed by the long march [Read More...]


One of my commenters on the “At the end of the day…” thread wrote… If the bishop is the final word on governance in his diocese, then he can openly defy the Pope in matters of governance. Which is false. This discussion is sounding like an apologia for dissident ecclesiastics like Archbishop Hunthausen. The last [Read More...]


A reader writes: I can’t turn this into comment-boxable form, so I’m punting to you, perhaps hoping this can at least be grist for the mill. Does it seem wrong, or at least odd, that people propose what boils down to a boycott of their own diocese? “If that rotten bishop doesn’t do what I [Read More...]


Are all Lidless Eye types this out of touch with reality: “…we have found another proof of our contention that the document Reflections on Covenant and Mission issued by Cardinal Keeler and the USCCB is one in a long line of Vatican attempts to advance the Zionist agenda and change Catholic teaching.” Or is it [Read More...]


Popcak and Shea Together Again! Greg Popcak and your humble scribe are releasing a really nifty four-tape set called “There’s Power in the Blood: The Life Changing Power of the Eucharist.” I know it was nifty cuz I was there when we recorded it together. The cost is $24.95 and you can call 1-877-PSI-3915 to [Read More...]