Cultured Despisers Without a Clue Seems to be the week to attack Bush’s faith. The Wieseltier piece is pretty stupid (Summary: “Bush believes in heaven. Can you imagine? What an unsophisticated maroon!”). But the real prizewinner is the GQ morph of Bush into the Sacred Heart. The sheer tonedeafness of this is hilarious to anybody [Read More...]

Pope Steve Jobs Thinks Different [Read more...]

Women’s group fined for barring transsexual Here’s particularly tortured specimen of pomo deconstructionist heresy within heresy. A reader comments: This little item has so many layers of exquisite irony that I hardly know where to begin peeling it. A Canadian rape crisis center that claims to support “transsexual” rights has to pay damages for discriminating [Read More...]

The Awesome Power of Science to Uncover Hitherto Unknown Facts [Read more...]

Let this be a warning to all of you! I’ve always been puzzled by the Fundie notion that somebody in hell would earnestly *want* to receive Jesus and repent but that some cosmic “Game Over” buzzer has gone off which forbids Jesus from receiving a penitent merely because he’s dead. The only sensible take on [Read More...]

Now’s your chance to speak (by proxy) with the bishops Greg Popcak is one of the people that’s been invited to the bishop’s confab organized by Deal Hudson (you know, the open and above-board one that’s not simply The Usual Suspects with the usual AmChurch blahblah). As the token ordinary schlep at the meeting, he [Read More...]

Foaming Bronze Age Fanatics Commit Mass Murder, Somebody Else Gets Blame Spokesman Cluck Harris, a former host of a Muslim-themed radio talk show, said busloads of children and UN cubicle workers can fuel hate crimes. ‘If they don’t preach tolerance, they are preaching violence,’ Harris said.” Hey, if it works for gay thugs, why not [Read More...]

“The Gospel of John, a word-for-word adaptation starring Christopher Plummer, opens Sept. 26.” My prediction: it will stink big time. Only Evangelicals think “word for word” film adaptations of the gospel have to be good because, hey!, after all, it’s the word of God and since the word of God is useful for teaching, rebuking, [Read More...]

Let’s Join Rome! Hardbitten Calvinist advocates making common cause with the Catholic Church in the culture war. The silver lining to the current gathering clouds. Oh, and there’s also this cheering encomium from another gung-ho Protestant. [Read more...]

Your note about the approved details of that movie with the wicked screensaver are taking over the Internet I’ve gotten about 50 million versions of this same piece of virus-laden junkmail. [Read more...]

The Biblical Authors Didn’t Know What They Were Talking About! Neither did any of the Council Father from any of the 21 Ecumenical Councils! Wanna know why? Cuz the Holy Spirit was behind all the enterprises and so was speaking mysteries and leading the Church in ways that the human beings involved could not guess. [Read More...]

Che Guevara: He’s Dreamy “Nobody should care about an actor’s opinion on politics.” – James Caan “Just remember who shot Lincoln.” – Spencer Tracy [Read more...]

Fr. Bryce Sibley Continues his Chronicle of the Odd [Read more...]

Journalist Ruefully Ponders the Fate of Yet Another Endangered Species Once modern culture has nearly stamped out all but the most tepid expressions of Christian belief, it can afford to magnanimously wonder if the passage from the scene of this strange and dangerous breed is altogether a good thing. Perhaps, like the smallpox virus, a [Read More...]

The Ticking Testosterone Bomb in China Stories like this remind us of the wonders that the Chinese One Child Policy will soon unleash on the world as a generation of young men with absolutely no hope of finding a mate (since they were all killed) seek for creative ways to express all that pent up [Read More...]

Hey don’t blame us… …blame your murderous co-religionists that make such searches and privacy necessary. Deal with it. [Read more...]

So far my reader can’t be jailed by Tolerance Gestapo for expressing this opinion Last Sunday, a gentleman with a petition approached my neighbor and me stating: “Cincinnati has a portion of its charter that says you can fire someone or deny them housing simply because they’re gay. Do you think that’s fair?” He was [Read More...]

A thoughtful letter from a friend who fills me with hope for the Church I just had a conversation with a Franciscan priest at my parish yesterday – one that left me with a bad aftertaste. We were talking about social justice issues, which he’s going to be teaching a class on this fall, and [Read More...]

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Now Hear This! Part of functioning in cyberspace is that a certain percentage of stuff people put in your comments is bound to be kooky. I have some people with a kooky notion that monarchy is The Way to Go. Fine. Harmless enough. I have some folks reading my blog who think “Say! She’s got [Read More...]

A reader sends along this link and this reminiscence: I grew up in Colby Kansas when I was a kid. It truly is flatter than flat. In Northwest Kansas there is very little precipitation and there are no trees except where they have been planted – maybe along a creek bed (if you can find [Read More...]