And now, just cuz I’m happy it’s the weekend and the autumn weather makes me think of one of my favorite places on earth…. ….a rare foray into poetry Rosario Smooth rocks rattle under the wave’s stroking hand. Sand bears the writ of my son’s foot. Put here like giant’s skulls, gull-wreathed islands bulb out [Read More...]

The Lidless Eye Turns its Pitiless Gaze on Christian Music Favorite demonstrations of brainless Phariseeism include their scathing expose of Phil Keaggy (He’s standing next to a band we dispprove of! What’s next? Eating with tax collectors and sinners?). And this thoughtful analysis is completed with damning quotes proving that Phil Keaggy loved his Catholic [Read More...]

Mark Windsor on the Mystical Body of Christ [Read more...]

As another who refuses to observe the pieties… let me simply note that being an active member of the gay community is an excellent way to kill yourself and to take others with you. You aren’t a “victim” when you do the killing or live so irresponsibly that you are an effective accomplice to murder. [Read More...]

In related news… PP roaches scurry from the light. Complain because ultrasound photography makes it obvious that the victims of their art are…babies. [Read more...]

From Planned Parenthood’s Ministry of Euphemisms “A patient who recently sought health care services at a Planned Parenthood health care center died yesterday at a hospital in Pleasanton,” said Dian Harrison, chief executive officer and president of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate. “The cause of death is unknown at this time. . . . We extend [Read More...]

Leader of Trendy Eastern Religion Shocks Western Chattering Class Dilettantes by Being Morally Serious In reality, Tibetan Buddhism is not a values-free system oriented around smiles and a warm heart. It is a religion with tough ethical underpinnings that sometimes get lost in translation. For example, the Dalai Lama explicitly condemns homosexuality, as well as [Read More...]

Euros Propose New Laws to Ignore [Read more...]

We Can Call it Project Babel! Actually this would be way cool. But, like grand schemes for terraforming Mars and colonizing it, I doubt it will ever happen. We are never going to successfully colonize other planets and we are never going to hear from aliens. These are secular eschatological fantasies we have fastened on [Read More...]

Busy today, so…. for all your Mideast Mess argumentation needs I give you the sometimes insightful/sometimes loony words of Andrew Greeley. I respect the blue collar Labor Priest reverence for the Little Guy in Greeley. I can do without the Bush=Hitler lunacy. Speaking of which, here’s Jonah Goldberg on that bit of overheated rhetoric. And [Read More...]

Lovely Weather We’re Having Here In Washington Extremely non-hurricane-like conditions prevail. The Grey Season has returned. Gloomy, but considering the wider menu of meteorlogical alternatives, not bad. [Read more...]

Times Against Humanity writes: I hope you will take a moment to learn about Judge George Greer’s latest anti-life ruling in the case of Terri Schiavo on Times Against Humanity, Annunciations, The Mighty Barrister , or Thrown Back . Better yet, read all four-links can be found in Times’ report. Please consider sharing the news [Read More...]

People with a lot of time on their hands [Read more...]

Still Nothing Each finding of nothing brings my mind back to that White House conversation. If I could only see the stuff that crosses their desk every morning. Okay. What stuff? “Lasting, grave and certain”. That keeps crossing my conscience too. [Read more...]

Mark Slowly Notices a Meme Now Amy’s talking about the Purpose-Driven Guy. These sorts of fads tend to gust through Evangelicalism in ways that are much more uncommon in Catholic circles. Catholics tend to have long slow steady breezes from the culture: “wwwwwwwooooooommmmmmeeeeeeeennnnnnnssssssss oooooooooorrrrrrrrrddddddddinnnnnnnaaaaaaaattttttttiiiiiiioooooonnnnnnnn, pppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaacccccccccceeeeeee aaaaaaaannnnnnnnddddddd jjjjjjjjjjjuuuuuuuusssssssttttttiiiiiiccccccceeeeeee”. Evangelicals (and especially charismatics) get the quick blasts [Read More...]

Speaking of observing pieties The whole notion of “observing pieties” is one of those things that takes place in a sort of sub-sonic realm. You know when it is and isn’t being done, but if you try to focus on it, it can get rather slippery. In Catholic circles, of course, it’s fairly obvious. Somebody [Read More...]

Sullivan’s Histrionics would play better if AIDS weren’t… a fashionable disease. And one whose spread was aided and abetted by so many gays who would quite literally rather die than have anything threaten the adventures of lil willie. What Derbyshire did not was not mock the sick. He mocked the pieties of gay sanctimony which [Read More...]

Scientists Identify Earliest Common Ancestor of Mickey Mouse, Narnia’s Mr. Beaver and Bugs Bunny “Princess Bride” revealed to be a remarkable piece of paleontological prophecy. [Read more...]

The Horror! On July 14, the International Planned Parenthood Federation said, “The government of Peru has put forward a conservative Catholic-oriented stance on reproductive health. … Thus, women…are encouraged to believe age-old Catholic teachings that babies are gifts from God to be protected even before birth. Merciful heaven, NO! Women are encouraged to see children [Read More...]

Speaking of Faith and Science [Read more...]

More Great Priests A reader sez: When I was pregnant with my daughter, I wanted to find a church where I would like her to be baptised, and I wanted our family to have one parish in which we were involved instead of one where we just went to church. When my husband and I [Read More...]