My friend Pete Vere has a new blog here at Patheos: Orthodoxy in Communion With Rome: Tales from the life of a Byzantine Catholic canonist moonlighting as a professional wrestling referee Pete is, as the subtitle suggests, a card. He is also a Canuck, which makes his perspective a source of sanity for me, because he is often bemused by the looniness he sees south of the border. And as a Byzantine, he is also very useful as a counter-weight… Read more

My latest at Catholic Weekly.  Here’s a taste: The best definition of a Gospel I have ever heard is “a passion narrative with a long introduction”. That is to say, a quarter of the ink spilt in every Gospel concerns a 72-hour period in the life of Jesus of Nazareth: from Holy Thursday to Easter. A couple of Gospels take us a bit further—to a couple of other resurrection appearances, or to the Ascension.  But the main thing is the story… Read more

…they will begin gearing up now to oppose the war our Idiot-in-Chief and his lunatic advisor John Bolton are planning to launch: But the strong likelihood that Donald Trump will now choose John Bolton as his next national security advisor creates a prospect of war with Iran that is very real. Bolton is no ordinary neoconservative hawk. He has been obsessed for many years with going to war against the Islamic Republic, calling repeatedly for bombing Iran in his regular… Read more

That God is still a God who chooses and elects and that the Preferential Option for the Poor is really a thing. This upsets people–especially wealthy people–who discern in it the sinister sound of Marxism and Class War and urge us to believe the poor are lazy parasites and the rich have what is best in mind for all of us.  These tend to be people like Larry Kudlow, who say monumentally foolish things like this: But really it’s just… Read more

Results of the ‘pro-life’ party’s omnibus bill. Support for Planned Parenthood funding (for the sixth time!  Congratulations, President Trump, Most Prolife President Ever!). No conscience protections. Are we tired of winning yet? To get a man’s soul and give him nothing in return–that is what truly gladdens the heart of Our Father Below. – Uncle Screwtape Read more

You may remember Marcus from this video: A few weeks ago, Marcus severed 2 1/2 fingers in an accident.  This directly impacts his livelihood.  So now he writes: Dear Friends, As many of you know, 3 weeks ago, while building coffins in my shop, I cut 2 ½ fingers off my left hand. Surgeons spent seven hours reattaching one of my fingers and we are hopeful about the prognosis. That said, I am told that it could be a year… Read more

…by Bishop Robert Barron, who manages to work the thought of Paul Tillich in, which is not something you run into in most film reviews: All of this actually put me in mind of Paul Tillich, one of the most significant Christian theologians of the last century. In his massive Systematic Theology, Tillich presented what he called the three ontological polarities, that is to say, tensions or contraries that characterize living things at every level. A good part of the drama… Read more

A reader writes: I hope you’re keeping well! I’m writing because I wanted to let you know about some religious sisters (Sisters of the Immaculata) in Tasmania, Australia who are currently trying to raise money to buy land for a convent. They need to raise $295,000 (Australian, so slightly less in US dollars haha) by March 21, which is less than a week away! So far they have raised over $32,000 thanks to school teachers, students, priests and other people… Read more

…and not brown or a Muslim at all.  Who could possibly have anticipated that? Indeed, the Austin bomber was the archetypal white male Christianist “prolife” conservative: Homeschooled, domineering, went to a little Evangelical Church. With all the standard-issue views of a Trumpian. In 2012, when he was 17 years old, Austin bombing suspect Mark Conditt laid out his political views in a series of blog posts he wrote for an Austin Community College course on U.S. government. No motive for the… Read more

…two popes and all the bishops of the world said invading Iraq was a massively stupid idea that did not meet the criteria for Just War–and that it would result in calamity. American conservative Christianists said, “Screw ’em.  Let’s go!” and embarked on a catastrophe for which we are still paying a steep cost and for which millions of people in the region have paid with their lives. Naturally, in atonement for this crime against humanity, we are now telling… Read more

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