In his terrific letter Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis perceptively diagnoses the disease now raging through the Christianist Freak Show of “prolife” zeal for cruelty to children at the border and racist targeting of the poor, brown, and desperate that so passionately animates the Greatest Catholics of All Time as they march in the MAGA hats: The other harmful ideological error is found in those who find suspect the social engagement of others, seeing it as superficial, worldly, secular, materialist,… Read more

…he just figured out a way to use it as a Mob Boss extortion tactic at the border.  Obama had no policy for family separation at the border, but the Deporter-in-Chief still tore families apart: Immigration and Customs Enforcement last year carried out more than 72,000 deportations of parents who said they had U.S.-born children, according to reports to Congress obtained Wednesday by The Huffington Post. The reports were sent by ICE in April to the Senate Appropriations Committee and… Read more

So this guy and his Cult are suddenly terribly, terribly concerned about Civility: These people …are just hurting so much because children are being kidnapped and traumatized at the border as hostages for Trump’s wall and are now lost in a system that has no interest in or plan for returning them to their parents Trump mocked POWs Nazis ran over and killed a woman and Trump called them “very fine people” Trump is lying that 63,000 people have been… Read more

My latest over at The Catholic Weekly: This is one of Jesus’ parables of Judgment (it will be followed by the much more famous and easy-to-understand Parable of the Talents and the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats). And it is placed in Matthew’s gospel during Holy Week as the preface to his anointing by Mary of Bethany (involving oil, by the way) and followed hard by the events of the Passion just two days later. ”So what?” you… Read more

So the other day, the readings concerned Jesus’ warning about the unforgivable sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit: And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Be-elzebul, and by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” And he called them to him, and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against… Read more

There’s nobody on the planet like Rod Bennett. I love him so much. Give him a listen: There’s more where that came from. Read more

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered right;… Read more

One pattern I find mysterious is the Christian offended by Trump enough to leave the GOP, but who still spends the bulk of his time pettifogging in his defense. These are the ones who refrain delicately from supporting him, yet will not get their dainty fingers dirty fighting him, and who spend most of their time ringing the changes on “Well, you have to admit that mean liberals forced conservatives to embrace him. Everybody is equally guilty when you think… Read more

This remark … and the response of Destiny Herndon de la Rosa of the ardently prolife New Wave Feminists: Good for NARAL Pro-Choice America. I say that with complete sincerity. How sad that they are better at being pro-life than we are, in this instance. …reminds me of an oldie but goodie: Here’s the thing: the Church teaches that human life is sacred from conception to natural death.  But the Christianist “prolife” supporter of Trump’s brutality to children is devoted to… Read more

You’re at a party. A pretty girl walks up to you and says, “So. Where was your house located 240 million years ago?” And you have no idea. She looks at you in disgust and pity. Somebody standing nearby whirls around, points at you, laughs like Nelson Muntz and says, “What a maroon! What an ignoranimous!” Your cheeks burn with shame and you think, “It’s happened again!” Well, no more, citizen! NO MORE! Thanks to Ian Webster, you can now… Read more

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