Part of What Helped Make a Catholic of Me was This Sort of Thing I wrote, in plain English, using short, easy-to-read words: “By the way, you do know, don’t you, that Mary’s sinlessness is due to the grace of Christ and not to some intrinsic merit of her own? For example, Christ saved me [Read More...]

No Mention of the Immaculate Conception can Fail to Elicit the Famous Romans 3:23 Objection A reader sez: While I believe you are correct that there can be revelation that is not contained in Scripture, there can be no revelation that contradicts Scripture, to wit, “… for all have sinned and fallen short of the [Read More...]

BS from Boston Beer The “points scale” for public sex was not suddenly announced on the show that day. It was standard policy and Koch knew it. This jerk knew exactly what they were doing. Don’t let them add dishonesty to desecration. Tell them they can pour their horse piss down the toilet for this [Read More...]

Another Encomium to Josef Pieper A reader writes: Thanks for blogging the Pieperian Analysis of Babette’s Feast. I noticed it didn’t generate much discussion, but hopefully a few people read this, and are intrigued by, I think, one of the wisest philosophers of the 20th century. Hopefully, that will inspire some to read his essays. [Read More...]

Ratzinger, Jesus and the Jews on Mark Brumley’s blog Sounds like the name of outre punk band [Read more...]

Boston Beer makes a startling discovery It appears that there are lots of other beers in the world and if a brewer chooses to spit in the eye of millions of Irish and German Catholics, they can find those other beers and drink them instead. [Read more...]

Who Says Canon Lawyers aren’t Wild Party Animals? [Read more...]

Using my best Sister Mary Elephant Voice Let me just say that vigorous conversation is encouraged in my comments boxes, but let’s play well with others, people. No mind or soul reading. Stick to the argument and don’t stray into speculating on the knavish soul and sinister motives of the person with whom you disagree. [Read More...]

A reader says: You said, “an infallible definition is never new revelation” but isn’t that just a mite disingenuous? The Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Mary into heaven were both infallibly declared but both are about as close to new revelation as one could possibly get, given that there is no Scriptural support for either [Read More...]

Anchor Hold has some Notes on the Interview with Bp. Dolan of Milwaukee [Read more...]

A reader writes: First of all, I find your work really inspirational and I pray it will bring unity in Christ between Catholics and protestants. I have read your book on Evangelicals discovering tradition and have noted some interesting concepts about divine revelation. I am also really inspired by Mary as the Ark of The [Read More...]

Chris Lansdown is confused about Papal Infallibility and Ex Cathedra statements He writes: I have written a few posts on the topic of contraception (totaling about 4,000 words) and have been contemplating it for a while. The upshot is that I cannot accept any of the arguments against contraception which I have yet seen, and [Read More...]