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...]

Very good! And I’m hopeful over Lott’s aggressiveness on a partial birth abortion ban. Let’s not panic because the Bushies are taking measured steps. I’m willing–for now–to trust it will happen. If they piss away this chance altogether however, I’ll be disgusted. [Read more...]

“He has cast down the mighty in their arrogance” and lifted up a sassy guy who refused to be put in his place by the insular mainstream media. Congrats, Drudge! Who could not love such a David v. Goliath story as your life? [Read more...]

Great and Terrible Os Speaks from Beyond Grave Yeah? Lemme see him. Put up or shut up. [Read more...]

Man is the only creature capable of building Auschwitz. Man is also the only creature capable of going to its gas chambers singing praises to God I am reminded of that when I read this. For this Muslim woman, I am hopeful that the favorable judgment of God will meet her in the person of [Read More...]

Prophets and Priests We Americans respect prophets but not priests. That is, we respect people who bear authentic witness to a personally experienced truth that has changed their lives. We do not have much regard for priests, that is: the custodians of a Tradition which they neither invented nor have the power to change. Indeed, [Read More...]

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...]