Cardinal Maida Does the Right Thing. Aging Dissident Geezer Whines Refreshing! [Read more...]

A reader writes concerning the alleged historical precedent for Popes kicking out bushels of bad bishops… I’m not totally up on my history but I also believe there is little precedent for it. Here is a link for the Cath Encyc art on Theodosius, the Emperor who helped Greg Nazianzen wrap up Arian mess. See [Read More...]

Just Got This from a Friend We just saw “Matrix Reloaded” at Microsoft, as a “morale event”. It is pretty fun — more of the same as the original (which I only saw for the first time on Sunday). More fights, more bullets, more swirling black leather trench coats. Differences from the first: no icky [Read More...]

Some years ago… First Things published a piece (later expanded into a book) called How the News Makes us Dumb. The thesis is simply that lots of information does not impart wisdom, and that the great vacuum cleaner maw of the news requires something–anything–so that media outlets will have something to chatter about and keep [Read More...]

The Nightingale Alliance Seems to be Doing Good Work [Read more...]

Chewing things over with Rod Rod replies to my comments on his piece: I think, Mark, you’re parsing things too finely. In the context of this article, it seems to me that my meaning of “the Church” as a stand-in for the hierarchy of the Church is clear. Calling “the Times” arrogant is not meant [Read More...]

The New York Daily News sez… The Grey Lady refused to cover the Holocaust while it was happening. That would be the “paper of record” that wrings its hands about Pius XII’s alleged “silence.” And, of course, this is the paper that has never returned Walter Duranty’s Pulitzer. So the Blair Debacle is only “a”, [Read More...]

The American Prospect Drums its Fingers and Says…. “Well? Where are they?” I note as well that the rationale for the war seems to shifting (once again) to “Operation Iraqi Freedom”. Memo to those with TV-induced attention spans: we did not fight this war to liberate Iraq, just as we are not fighting other wars [Read More...]

The Romans 3:23 Effect The biblical teaching that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” is one of those teaching that does not affirm us in our okayness very much. It’s something that utopians like to forget in their deathless faith in the perfectibility of man. One excellent way to forget [Read More...]

Thinking of the Church in Light of Biblical Revelation Like Dom, I think Rod got carried away in writing, “There’s a world of difference between Times Square and St. Peter’s Square, but they are alike in one way: Both are headquarters to institutions of enormous reach, influence and – it goes with the territory – [Read More...]

The Times has its Dallas Moment It would be nice to see somebody who “takes full responsibility” then actually go on to take full responsibility (Bp. Grahmann, you reading this?). Raines’ “I loved not wisely but too well” thing was oddly uncontrite. [Read more...]

They’re tunnelling under your house! They’re taking over the world! Something for the Worry Wart in your life to be paranoid about. [Read more...]