Mercy Wars There’s a story I heard sometime ago about a sign in a parking lot that read, “Private Parking. Trespassers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law! Signed, the Sisters of Mercy” I just think that’s funny so I thought I’d throw it in. In the comments box on “Lord Jesus, [Read More...]

John Mallon Answers a Gripe From: Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2002 16:39:00 -0500 To: I feel compelled to write in response to the editorial by “John Mallon . . . contributing editor at Inside the Vatican magazine” recently published in the Boston Globe. I am once again shamed by those who call themselves leaders [Read More...]

A team of professional movers will use ropes, levers and pullies to move Ted Kennedy into the Senate chamber to hold hearings on this I’m not an apologist for multinational corps. I think they do often treat people wretchedly (Nestle’s among them). As a Catholic, the center of my social theory is the family, not [Read More...]

A Note to Commenters I try to run a pretty loose ship here. I don’t ask for a lot. I don’t want lockstep agreements. I just want respectful disagreements. Think of yourselves as guests in my living room. I am not Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose. In addition to believing a host should be nice to [Read More...]

Which leads to another point Just because you extend mercy and forgiveness to somebody does not mean you are obliged to be a pacifist toward them. I hope for bin Laden’s salvation and the salvation of the members of Al-Quaeda. I also hope that, barring their extremely unlikely renunciation of violence, we can track down [Read More...]

Which brings me to another issue As is my custom, I manage to torque off some people for thinking the Pope has a sound theological reason for not firing bishops (“You keep making excuses for these guys!”) and I also manage to torque off people because I refuse to make excuses for these guys (witness [Read More...]

Lord Jesus, Save me from your followers! Always a pleasure to rise bright and early to find the latest crop of comments from the Lidless Eye crowd, calling me an idiot and the Pope a purveyor of pseudo-intellectual gibberish for the consumption of sycophants. Such winning ways the Lidless Eye folks have! What was the [Read More...]

We adore you O Christ and bless you, because by your cross and resurrection, you have redeemed the world [Read more...]

Light blogging today But I do wish to offer this wholly inadequate token in remembrance of the greatness revealed in my countrymen on that day: Light and Darkness God bless America. [Read more...]

Iraqi Newspapers Echo Bishop Gettlefinger’s Comforting Words to Americans [Read more...]

From the “How to Make Yourself a Completely Ignored Bishop” file Bishop Gerald Gettlefinger of the Diocese of Evansville IN graces a grieving nation with these comforting words for the first anniversary of 9/11 (in the Evansville diocesan paper): September 11, 2002: A year later “I worry! Have those in our hall of government moved [Read More...]

Speaking of Whom… A reader writes: I lifted this from ZENIT. It appears the Holy Father has found the key for GWB to attack Iraq. As Sept. 11 approaches, John Paul II appealed to world leaders to combat terrorism by fighting its roots, especially injustice and oppression. To respond to terrorism means “to undertake new [Read More...]