Kevin Jones Thinks Bush is Blasphemous Scroll down to “Bush the Blasphemous and his Messianistic Nationalism” I think Bush is, well, typically American. This sort of rhetoric goes all the way back to the desire of Pilgrims to make America a city on a Hill (thereby arrogating to the US the role of the Church). [Read More...]

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Yoiks! Readers object! “How can you say the bishops have a sense of responsibility! etc. etc.” I was not really trying to paint the American bishops as paragons of responsibility. My point was that the NY Times Troika were even *more* pathetic. Sort of like saying “Irish cooking is like English cooking, except without all [Read More...]

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Busy tomorrow, so not much blogging I’ll check in, but it’s crunch time in the Hebrews bible study writing department for the next few weeks. Meanwhile check out Catholic Exchange’s study of John (written by Scott Hahn and yer humble scribe) . It is, ahem, a very fine one if I do say so myself. [Read More...]

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First, the Catholic Church. Now, the Grey Lady Being a firm believer in the superstition that bad things always come in threes, I would like to start a pool to bet on what will be the third trusted cultural institution to implode in a dramatic and messy way. Said institution has to be trusted to [Read More...]

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More odors wafting from Dallas The thing I don’t get is why “the Los Angeles County child-support department recently urged her to settle the matter for $1,000 and to sign two documents: one agreeing not to accuse the church further and the other stating that Monsignor Villaroya is not the boy’s father” if she’s got [Read More...]

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A glowing sign of the health of our Republic Even if the Dems *weren’t* a pack of whining ciphers, I think it’s a very good sign that most Americans have more important things to think about than these guys. [Read more...]

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A proposal Everytime you pray a prayer for victory of US troops against Bronze Age thugs, offer two prayers for the equally courageous apostles to the Islamic world. [Read more...]

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Yet another study shows reality of post-abortion trauma “Shut up!” explain pro-abortion zealots. [Read more...]

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Case in point This guy would benefit much more from the way the Pope interacts with human beings than from having his Mom called a “towelhead.” Without a lot of pushing, many Muslims in the Mushy Middle would like to draw closer to the West (and some are even very curious about Christ. I’ve corresponded [Read More...]

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So Am I Saying Bronze Age Thugs Shouldn’t be Challenged? No. I’m saying that there are smart and stupid ways of challenging the Bronze Age Thugs at the darkest end of the Islamic spectrum. The stupid way is for the leaders of the Catholic Church to do as faux valiant comment box writers demand and [Read More...]

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St. Wayne Newton, ora pro nobis Actually, this sounds kinda fun. The Lidless Eyes over at Novus Ordo Watch are, of course, in high dudgeon (“The perversity and wickedness and absurdity of the Novus Ordo Religion knows no bounds!”). But then all forms of human merriment cause their sphincters to slam shut. [Read more...]

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NY Times Management: Like American Catholic Bishops Except Without the Sense of Responsibility For all their slowness to criticize themselves in any meaningful way, at least the American bishops were capable of mustering this back in Dallas: The Penance that is necessary here is not the obligation of the Church at large in the United [Read More...]

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Read it here on May 8 Read it on Lucianne.com on May 13: The Larger Question: The editor-in-chief of the New York Times, one Howell Raines, now famously has said that no paper can protect itself against a liar. This would indicate that the filters, checks and balances that Big Media spoke so high-mindedly about [Read More...]

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“We’ve got to say how peaceful they are, or they’ll kill us” Both Evangelical missionaries in Islamic lands and the Vatican tend to take the same tack toward Foaming Bronze Age Fanatics: try not to piss them off unnecessarily since they tend to kill innocent people with little provocation. Plump, comfortable suburban people with absolutely [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2003/05/27833.html

Madonna Gets Religion I certainly hope Madonna internalizes something besides the worship of Madonna from this latest fad in the ever-changing kaleidoscope of new identities and personas. It would be a step, however meager, from her almost total self-absorption if she did. But one gets the impression that this is simply the latest fashion accessory, [Read More...]

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“That’s FRONKenstein, not Frankenstein!” [Read more...]

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A reader asks I wonder if you could help me. I am presently preparing a talk on the theological virtue of hope for young people. I have read widely and listened to talks on this virtue in preparation for this talk, and I am confused! From my reading of the writings of people from Cardinal [Read More...]

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A reader writes… I would love to see some input about guardian angels, angels, or demons. I just finished reading Angels by Peter Kreeft and am fascinated by it. I would enjoy input by some of the people who read your blog. I believe in both angels and devils (including guardian angels). Angels have fallen [Read More...]

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Fr. Rob Johansen on the Ecclesiastical Potemkin Village Yeah, the Church is a mess. Pretty much always has been. It was because the Church was all screwed up that the New Testament had to be written (“Don’t worship angels! Don’t sleep with your stepmother! Stop getting drunk at Mass!”) and it was because it was [Read More...]

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I swear, I don’t write my blogs to coincide with new items like this I didn’t know about this when I wrote my Tom Clancy blogs. [Read more...]

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Verus Ratio is now Recta Ratio [Read more...]

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