Point of Clarification A reader, scandalized by my good words for Christopher Hitchens asks if I am aware of his awful little screed against Mother Teresa. Indeed I am and awful it is. Similarly, medieval Christians were aware of Saladin’s attacks on their holy places and Northerners were aware of Robert E. Lee’s devastation of [Read More...]

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Flannery O’Connor Speaks the Truth [Read more...]

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“This dismally written, pick-nose, spiteful and furtive little book” David Brock just should never have messed with Christopher Hitchens. The man can write rings around him and here has his guts for garters in his review of Blinded by the Right. Hitchens withers Brock like a salted slug. One of the last Lefties I can [Read More...]

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Dale cracks me up while he breaks my heart The mainline Protestants (Motto: “Smaller and more irrelevant by the hour!”) have cognitive difficulties (read: less common sense than God gave cabbage) that rival those of our own clerics. In this case, it’s not pervert shuffling, but the coddling of terrorists. Essentially, many of the mainliners [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/05/30252.html

Celibacy and Fr. Spiderman, SJ (Society of Justice) An attentive reader writes: I just wanted to second your remarks about the Web-Head. The ending of the movie is a resounding affirmation of priestly celibacy. MJ asks, “JUST friends?”, and Peter replies, “That’s all I have to give.” He realizes the calling to which he has [Read More...]

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Haven’t looked at it, but The Pontifical Biblical Comission has a new document out on The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible [Read more...]

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New Iceberg 47 Miles Long Breaks Off Antarctic Ice Shelf NY Times Pundit Bill Keller blames priestly celibacy, pro-life doctrines and failure to ordain women. Calls for greater irrational hysteria in order to prevent Rome from destroying more fragile Antarctic wilderness ice. [Read more...]

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Shameless Plug Mode ON if you haven’t done so yet, you should really check out my day job, Catholic Exchange, a web portal for Catholics (I write Bible studies, Truth Tracts, and Words of Encouragement, as well as contribute regular articles and put custard pies on CE President Tom Allen’s chair when he’s not looking). [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/05/30256.html

See What I Mean? If you murder somebody for leftist reasons, you are an “activist”, not an extremist and your act of murder is not a “hate crime” but a “cry for justice.” But if somebody says “Whack jobs who kill people because they don’t like their views on furry critters are maniacs who should [Read More...]

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Sandra Miesel writes me… On your coverage of the priest scandals: do you seriously think anything will really be done in the US or that Rome will take effective action? Some of my cynicism stems from being at one remove a victim myself: in the 1920s, my mother was repeatedly molested by a degenerate priest. [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/05/30258.html

Win $1000!!! I felt bad about my impulsiveness in mentioning Bob Sungenis’ science kookiness about a non-rotational earth, aether, attacks on relativity, young earth creationism, etc. I once contributed to a book of his and had visions of people writing me saying, “Aren’t you one of those guys that thinks the earth doesn’t rotate?” So [Read More...]

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It is, I am relieved to say, not at all clear that a priest murdered the Minnesota Girls Even their parents don’t think he did it. But there is the fact of those creepy diary entries. How many potential murderers is an average 15 year old worried about? [Read more...]

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