Good Morning! It’s Day 3 of the Quarterly Catholic and Enjoying It! Pledge Week Yesterday, you got to share *yummy* recipes, find out about kooky Bible-believing breast-feeding drivers and the men who think they own them, meditate with me on lackluster bishops and why they are so consoling, meet a Quaker defender of Catholics, and [Read More...]

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Is it just me, or are we seeing more manifestations of episcopal spine? [Read more...]

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Blessed with a Sad Sack Face and a Convincing Story to Match? You could be Big Media’s “Go To Gal” for the next carefully polished Tale O’Woe. Auditions will be held next Tuesday! The lucky winner will earn a coveted place in the Rolodexes of every major network! You’ll be featured again and again as [Read More...]

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Scratch an atheist… find a Fundamentalist. So much ingenuity and cleverness for such stupid and uncomprehending results. It takes years of rigorous training to make yourself this dumb. [Read more...]

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I mostly disagree, Rod Rod writes: This week, I spoke with a faithful young orthodox priest of my acquaintance, and he said, “I’ve decided I can’t pay attention to the bishops anymore. There’s too much work to be done to serve the Lord to worry about those men.” I think this is probably the only [Read More...]

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Terrorists Capture, Kill, and Perform Hideous Experiments on 400,000 Americans! Oh, wait. That’s us and we’re the Good Guys. Well, at any rate, thank God the killing and experimentation on defenseless children is being done by freedom-loving Westerners and not those awful Islamicists who are the whole problem with the world. I’m glad it’s *us* [Read More...]

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Attn: Fresno Area Self-Educators! Go here. Network. [Read more...]

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I don’t especially need inspiring bishops I didn’t become a Catholic because I said, “Wow! Look at those bishops! Cool!” Indeed, as much as I love and admire the Holy Father, he mostly wasn’t on the mental radar when I became convinced the Church was the Church Christ founded. (Actually, other, lesser occupants of the [Read More...]

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Waste Not, Want Not Those recipes are certainly tempting. [Read more...]

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Ohio “Breast-Feeding While Driving” Case Just Got Weirder … as such cases are wont to do. Family has screwy “Bible-based” beliefs, natch. Something about resisting the encroachment of the Beast and a husband’s absolute and sole authority over his wife, blah blah blah. Translation: My wife and kid aren’t the property of the State! They’re [Read More...]

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Quaker Noli Irritare Leones (“Don’t Bug the Lions”) Defends Catholics from Dumb Bashing Interesting conversation ensues… [Read more...]

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Disputations Makes an Observation that Had Not Really Occurred to Me Not exactly a comfort, since it basically confirms that our bishops seem to primarily see themselves as administrators and bureaucratic functionaries, not shepherds. But at least it makes clear why we’re always hearing about these position papers on farm subsidies from the USCCB and [Read More...]

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Well, y’see, Mr. Dean, it’s like this… When you pack your party with every disgruntled grievance monger in the country and teach them to be hypersensitive to ever nuance, and then send them out to seek race, class, and gender conflicts in every American word and deed, it’s just a matter of time before that [Read More...]

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Good Morning! It’s Day 2 of the Quarterly Catholic and Enjoying It! Pledge Week If you like what you read here, please help keep an emphatically lower middle class writer solvent so he can keep bringing you the weird combination of offbeat humor, theological ramblings, ecclesial and civil politics, and various cultural ephemera that you’ve [Read More...]

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I think that I shall never see/a poem lovely as a…. AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! So California. [Read more...]

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The Always Interesting Rod Bennett of Wonder Magazine writes: I think we need to clear something up. The current scandal in the American Church isn’t an abuse, it’s a heresy. First of all, let me define my terms. The “current scandal” isn’t pedophilia (since almost none of the victims are prepubescent children) and it isn’t [Read More...]

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Another Way to Do Study Groups! Down below, I gave some tips on how to do study groups so as to educate yourself on this whole Catholic and Western Civilization Thang. I forgot one. I’ve also been involved for the past several years in a “Married Couples Group” through my parish. The idea is that [Read More...]

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More Info for Those in the Seattle Area Friends in Christ, We invite you to take a look at what’s happening this summer at Blessed Sacrament Church and the Young Adult Community, and get involved with this blessed parish community! With wonderful Guest Speakers, Special and Edifying Presentations, and joyfilled collaborative and meaningful Fellowship, there [Read More...]

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Amy’s on a roll… Lotsa good stuff, but especially the piece that begins “Our baptismal call is not to “ministry.” (Amy, attempting to cultivate a Garbo-like aura of inaccessibility, still does not have functional links, so you will have to scroll down till you find it.) The piece reminds me of yet another fine piece [Read More...]

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New Blog! [Read more...]

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Movie Recommendation I have a really simple standard of judgment for comedies. If a comedy makes me laugh, it’s a good comedy. I don’t care how well or poorly written it is, what the quality of the cinematography, direction, or acting was. If I don’t laugh, it was a bad comedy. If I do laugh, [Read More...]

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