However, because I am an incredibly magnanimous good sport… Here’s the link to SETI. Among other things you can download SETI@home software that makes your PC part of the gigantic analytic Borg that is scanning the static from the stars and looking for evidence of a signal from ET. Massive computing power has been expended [Read More...]

More on ET Answers to comments below: Leslie: It’s true that many modern philosophies predicate humanness on the ability to reason. St. Thomas predicates it on the possession of a rational soul, which is different. Zach: Agreed. Any stick will do to beat the Church. Joel: I’ll be willing to change my opinion when we [Read More...]

This is different: Forget Jews. Should ET be baptized? I think it’s a moot problem since we are never getting off this planet, and nobody is ever coming here. We might–might–make radio contact, but I think even this is unlikely. If there’s life elsewhere we need to know a) does it possess a rational soul? [Read More...]

Toldja and Son of Toldja The priests are getting the “You’re on your own” message loud and clear from irresponsible shepherds like Cardinals Keeler and Egan. [Read more...]

Note to Calvary Chapel Marriage and sex have rather a lot to do with “family”. [Read more...]

I am most gratified to report the formation of a new religious group The Societas Oculus Sauron. Shawn Tribe and Shawn McElhinney are founding members. A membership subscription would be the perfect gift for the cuddly Lidless Eye in your life. [Read more...]

I heard this once, 20 years ago, then it was yanked from the airwaves by lawyers Now, thanks to the miracle of the Internet, it’s back: Gilligan’s Island to tune of Stairway to Heaven by Little Roger and the Goosebumps. Better living through technology. (Caution: You will need the Flash4+ plugin to hear this and [Read More...]

An interesting comment by Greg Krehbiel prompts some remarks from me over on HMS blog [Read more...]

My pal Rod Bennett… author of the extremely interesting and readable book Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words, writes me: I’ll be the featured guest on the EWTN “Journey Home” program next Monday night (the 21st) at 7PM CST. (It’s a live broadcast so that probably means the West Coast will get [Read More...]

New Mysteries of the Rosary to be Promulgated Leaks from the Vatican, in anticipation of the document’s release, suggest that the Pope will introduce five new mysteries to the Rosary. The five new mysteries, the “luminous mysteries,” will focus on the public life of Jesus Christ, Vatican sources say. They will be: the Baptism in [Read More...]

George Weigel was in Seattle which is his old stomping grounds. This piece is interesting in the way it shows another lefty having doubts about the Fascist Left. A friend went to hear Weigel and asked him about the Pope’s understanding of just war teaching. Weigel remarked that the Pope, a man of enormous intellectual [Read More...]

Isaiah is Not Nostradamus (If it comes to that, even Nostradamus is not Nostradamus.) Somebody told me yesterday that Isaiah 30:25 is apparently a trendy verse to quote in some Bible prophecy circles, being taken as a prediction of great victories for the United States Kingdom of Heaven in the wake of 9/11. It reads: [Read More...]