A friend in academe writes: Just a brief note and then I have to get to sleep-the thing to remember here is that one of the main legal basis for our intervention was not necessarily that Iraq had effective, combat ready WMDs but that they were preserving the capability of creating such in spite of [Read More...]

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My Latest on Catholic Exchange [Read more...]

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If you feel powerless, try this [Read more...]

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Fulton Sheen Made the Same Observation A Turkish Muslim who wrote me, wanting to convert to Christianity, also drove the point home. The obvious choice for him was Catholicism, he said, since Catholics honor Mary like Muslims do. Protestantism was out of the question. It will be interesting to see how Mariophobic Evangelicalism fares in [Read More...]

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Nobody’s Seen it… …but everybody’s already certain they’re going to hate “The Passion”. I think I’ll go see it before I form an opinion. Crazy, I know. Gotta love it when orthodox Jew David Klinghoffer is saying, “um, Jews did have something to do with the condemnation of Christ, you know” and James Carroll is [Read More...]

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Favorite headline of the day “Terror threat lowered to ‘elevated’” [Read more...]

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Oops! Fr. Richard John Neuhaus recently wrote a piece on historian Eamon Duffy who, according to news reports published by allegedly reliable vendors of religious journalism, had become an atheist and said all sorts of loopy things. Poor Fr. Neuhaus, thinking that media reliably report facts. Turns out Duffy is no such animal but is [Read More...]

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Yesirree. American Catholic Culture is Desperately Hungry for Holy Bishops Our failure to have them is exclusively the fault of the hierarchy itself. We laypeople play no role whatsoever in shouting down expressions of orthodox Catholic faith and morals from our bishops and priests. We want them to challenge our deranged sexual morality! We do [Read More...]

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Unfortunately the “Well, where are they?” problem continues to nag Meanwhile, while these issues are being sorted out, we say, “Hey! Let’s move on! We won! Next!” My problem (and the Administration’s): I’m inclined to think Iran’s regime needs to go. But my trust in the justification for the last war is eroding and that [Read More...]

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I’ve been reading P.G. Wodehouse lately Hands down the funniest writer of English prose ever. Saw this and immediately thought, “Prince Bertie Wooster.” If you are looking for great hilarity in sparkling prose, try Wodehouse’s Code of the Woosters or one of the hundred other brilliant books he managed to confect out of sheer farcical [Read More...]

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It’s amazing, the Svengali-like power these people have over the Dems Somehow, Dems go on believing that the Clintons care about somebody besides the Clintons and are continually surprised to discover that they don’t. Like the weird allegiance of devils in Milton. Not based on love but on something else: the lust for power [Read more...]

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So fun to torment humorless liberal fascists Q: How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb? A: THAT’S NOT FUNNY! I AM OUTRAGED! OUTRAGED!!!!! [Read more...]

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Well *that’s* a relief! We’ve found 2000 tons of WMDs at last! Oh. Wait. [Read more...]

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Speaking of the whole “The problem is that Catholics are too docile to Authority” thing… Chris K. responds to a stupid post in one of Amy’s comments boxes: After all the discussion over this past year and all the background articles about parishioners defending an offending priest pastor I was kind of amazed by this [Read More...]

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This article helpfully kills two birds with one stone It makes the case for homeschooling better than a thousand blogs from me and… It demonstrates once again that there just might be a problem in the culture of heavily Catholic Massachusetts that extends beyond a corrupt nucleus of ecclesiats. Naw! Nothing here that suggests that [Read More...]

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Latest research from the best moral theologian money can buy! Heresy once again begins in the groin… and the wallet. Maybe the guy will do another paper on Matthew 6:24 and 1 Timothy 6:10. [Read more...]

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“Whew! The Times Shot Itself in the Foot. So We Don’t Look Like Stonewalling Screwups as Much” It’s not *that* complex Monsignor. Bishops lied to parents and victims and protected abusers for years. They should have the decency to volunteer to take an early retirement and go away (if the Pope is willing to let [Read More...]

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Very good interview with Fr. Paul Shaughnessy He’s the guy who wrote the “The Gay Priest Problem” for Catholic World Report, prophesying our present Troubles a year before the Scandal. [Read more...]

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A reader writes: I agree with your assessment of the Iraq war and its aftermath. We went to war because conservatives decided that “the ends justify the means” — the very same thing that liberals are typically accused of doing. A very good article is on this page: In my opinion, we have no one [Read More...]

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Glad we Have Modern Science to Figure These Things Out In other news, Modern Science has figured out that the sky is blue and grass is green. [Read more...]

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“Although it looks premeditated, it doesn’t look like it was an act of terrorism.” Uh-huh. Like the guy who shot up an El Al ticket counter on July 4th, and whose room was plastered with Quran verses wasn’t a terrorist. When they instantly say that, my first thought is, for some reason, “The guy was [Read More...]

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