“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...]

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

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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