The invaluable Amy Welborn…

…on, among other things, the daft Church/State financial arrangments in Germany and how that provides vital background to the stuff the German bishops are doing and saying. I also like this quintessentially Welbornian clarity of thought about the media’s hyperfocus on Cdl. Kasper: (Well, first you should be wondering why the head of a national church [Read More...]

Looking for a Catholic College?

The Cardinal Newman Society writes: The Cardinal Newman Society announced the 2015 edition of our Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College this today. We spent hundreds of hours reviewing and updating the information in this resource for Catholic families. This year’s edition was launched alongside “Recruit Me”—a new initiative to ensure students get recruited [Read More...]

Help “Convinced” Fly

So this past summer, a gung-ho filmmaker named Don Johnson (no, not the Miami Vice guy) bopped around the country doing interviews with a whole bunch of converts (including Yr. Obdt. Svt in my back yard): Now he is asking for help for funding the next phase of the project. He only needs $27,000, which [Read More...]

What the Church is Doing in a Synod or Council

“Mark, have you been following the news coming out of the Synod? I’m sick with worry! Some of the ideas they are talking about aren’t at all what I learned from reliable Catholic sources!” Yes. That’s true. And that’s *normal*. A conciliar event in the life of the Church is when, in the memorable description [Read More...]

Holder Should be Tried for This

Unbelievable: The Justice Department is claiming, in a little-noticed court filing, that a federal agent had the right to impersonate a young woman online by creating a Facebook page in her name without her knowledge. Government lawyers also are defending the agent’s right to scour the woman’s seized cellphone and to post photographs — including [Read More...]

Good Counsel Homes has a page dedicated to Fr. Benedict Groeschel

God rest his wonderful soul. [Read more...]

Partyism Now Trumps Racism…

…in making Americans tribal and stupid. It also deeply poisons the unity of the Catholic Church in America. [Read more...]

Teenage Mothers and Polygamy

The Global Challenges the Pope Faces Sherry Weddell remarks: A timely reminder from Andrea Tornielli that the west is not the world. The west isn’t even the majority of the Christian world anymore: “More than half (106 bishops) of the almost two hundred individuals participating in the Extraordinary Synod on the Family which opened today [Read More...]

Francis is preparing an encyclical on Ecology for 2015

Yet another reason for the Greatest Catholics of All Time to wet themselves. He won’t say anything new, of course.  Though he may well say something old in a new way that will surprise us.  But he’s damned from the outset by the Arugula Principle of Heretic-Burning “Conservatism”. Permit me to explain. Long ago, when [Read More...]

Prayer Requests and Works of Mercy

A reader writes: Some of you have already chipped in, but in case you didn’t see it- one of my husband’s college students needs a laptop. 10-15 of us could make this happen easy. Can you help? Lord, hear our prayer and provide the funding for this person through Christ our Lord.  Amen! Another reader [Read More...]

Tom McDonald has been doing a series on ghosts

over at God and the Machine. The series is here. His latest post is here. I’ve always found the topic interesting since I have great respect for human traditions that are universally attested throughout all of human history, as ghosts are. At the same time, I find it fascinating that the Church is, in its [Read More...]

In the Breaking of the Bread

We are not ghosts in machines. We are ensouled bodies and embodied souls. More at the Register. [Read more...]