My religion is cooler than yours

My pal Tom McDonald, finder of astonishing Catholic arcana, will periodically make that remark when he posts some amazing oddity out of Catholic history and culture.  I thought of that the other day when we were having one of those discussions about the Catholic Puritan strategy for shutting down whatever it is the Catholic Puritan hates with the tried and true, “Would the Immaculate Conception do or say X?” The backdrop of the conversation was the firing of Rebecca Bratten Weiss… Read more

The Church is not Going to Reverse its Development of Doctrine on the Death Penalty

As much as kill crazy American Conservative Catholics and their close intellectual allies, the Communists and Islamic despots may stamp their feet and demand it, the Church is not going to stop calling for the abolition of the death penalty.  Pope Francis just made this clear again by telling us that capital punishment is contrary to the gospel. The Usual Suspects on the RightWingoSphere are out in force panicking that the Pope is now a Full Blown Heretic and offering… Read more

Peter Stockland at the Catholic Register

gives me hope, not so much because he agree with me but because he has mercy on the weak and struggling, which is what the gospel is all about. Read more

Could Jesus Learn Things?

The second part of my series on Jesus and the Canaanite Woman.  Here’s a taste, read the rest at the link: Lt us continue with my reader’s remarks: The prepaschal Jesus was ethnocentric to first century Israel. He called her a dog—you know what he called her. Not a female pet dog. A vermin little (not CUTE) FEMALE dog. This is an enormous insult to the woman. Gentiles were commonly referred to as dogs by ancient Israelites. Jesus apparently repeats… Read more

Mike Flynn has far too much fun…

…correcting yet another “expert” on the martyrdom of Hypatia: At Medium, “The Herstory of Hypatia” — Herstory, get it? — written by one Joshua Hehe, who bills himself as: Theorist, Pantheist, Ontologist, Syncretist, Glocalist, Anthropologist, Populist, Cosmologist, Futurist, Ethicist, Alarmist, Epistemologist, Occultist, Artist,… Clearly this impressive list of accomplishments qualifies him to write about Late Antiquity. Or something. My old buddy Mohsen is a cosmologist, and I am familiar with the range of mathematics and physics he had to master. (TOF… Read more

Jimmy Akin Looks at Whether the Exodus Occurred

…and does his usual thorough and measured job of sifting the data. Result: Yeah. I’m one of those people who generally thinks that when an entire people attests to the reality of a historical event, it’s a safe bet that something, rather than nothing, lies behind it.  Confident declarations that there is *nothing* to the Flood story, *nothing* to the Exodus and *nothing* to the claim that Jesus existed and *nothing* to the belief of his disciples that he was… Read more

When Elephants Fight, It is the Grass That Suffers

So the open secret that Harvey Weinstein is a vile swine and sex predator is out.  He’s been doing it for decades, lots of people knew it, and lots of people worked to cover it up. He was, says the Kansas Star, the Democrat Roger Ailes: a powerful bully people were terrified to cross, a rapist and a perv.  The people who protected and sucked up to him were largely on the Left.  Media types from the NY Times on… Read more

The Interchangeability of Gun Cult and Abortion Rhetoric

People are baffled at what I meant by “Gun Cult”. I do not mean “People who like guns or shooting”.  Fire away.  I don’t care.  I’m not a bad shot myself and have no objection to guns, hunting, target shooting, etc. What I do mean is really quite simple.  If your first response to something like Sandy Hook or Vegas or the fact that we slaughter 36,000 people by guns each year is “Dear God!  What can we do to… Read more

Sam Rocha is singing his heart out!

Hey, Pacific Northwest Americans and Pacific Southwest Canadians! Check this out! Mark your Calendars! Read more

My Reader Rebecca Fuentes Demonstrates Beautifully…

…that you can offer an authentic Catholic celebration of the family *without* disseminating Alt-Right White Supremacist Eugenics Blood Worship propaganda: Read more

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