Minute Particulars Remarks on the Donohue/Dreher/Havard Dust Up and on My Take on Bush vs. JPII Links don’t work. Scroll down to “Lucky to Have Dreher” and (below that) “Writing Circles and Calling Them Squares”. Concerning the latter, Mark says, “Either the time to invade was right and morally proper or it was not. Either [Read More...]


“Radical Islam is not motivated primarily by ignorance of the West, poverty, or even US foreign policy, but a profound resentment of the decline of Muslim civilization.” Yup. Bin Ladenism is an expression, not of the ascendancy of Islam, but of the bitter awareness of its decline. Don’t think: Young and virile religion flexing its [Read More...]


This smells like the work of an Orthodox (or ex-Orthodox) Christian The sheer contempt for those funny little Protestants, quite apart from the political disagreement, bleeds through. I note as well that he confidently prophesied a “quagmire” in Afghanistan a year ago, so I’m less than inclined to buy his analysis. It’s true that Evangelicalism [Read More...]


Hint, hint Just got this in the mail: “Send Me the Best Writing You Have Seen” Best Catholic Writing, 2004 I am writing to invite you to nominate material for inclusion in The Best Catholic Writing, 2004. Loyola Press will be publishing this collection in the Fall of 2004. Right now, we are making a [Read More...]


“Lord, when did I see you in prison?” “Inasmuch as you did it to the least of these, you did it to me.” The guy’s a living illustration of why Catholics don’t jump the gun in deciding who will get into heaven. The sheep do not know they are profoundly worshipping Christ in the parable, [Read More...]


I’ll take it with a grain of salt I’ve seen other equally confident datings of the Crucifixion from other sources. So I remain agnostic. [Read more...]


Dale Price is a Master of Compressed Prose Scroll down to “Coals to Newcastle” [Read more...]


Salam Pax’s Blog is Going to Wind up in a History Book To my great relief, he is back on the air with massive chronicle of his experience of Gulf War II in Baghdad. I was afraid the BBC had managed to get him killed by publishing too much info about him and exposing him [Read More...]


“Frankly, no newspaper in the world is set up to monitor for cheats and fabricators.” That’s Howell Raines, the Beeg Cheese of the NY Times, explaining why Jayson Blair, affirmative action poster boy and plagiarizing reporter, got away with a Reign of Error, Plagiarism and Bogus Stories before finally being canned. (Hey Rod! You looking [Read More...]


Gerry Powers Gets a Lot of Conservative Undies in a Bunch …but I don’t see the big deal. From the Midwest Conservative Journal, to View from the Core, to Relapsed Catholic, to Dom Bettinelli’s blog, I’m seeing cries of outrage over this guy. But I’m afraid I don’t get it. Here’s the relevant text: Post [Read More...]


Civil Unrest at Envoy Rumor has it that there was some sort of coup attempt at Envoy’s blog last night. Pete Vere sent me a note reading: Dear Comrade Shea, How goes the revolution on HMS Blog? Just a quick email to report that I have been successful in leading the Revolution at Envoy Encore! [Read More...]


“Ministry changes name to Campus Jihad for Christ” One of many great stories in the delightful new online Christian satire site: LarkNews.com. I used to write for the Door (“the world’s pretty much only Christian satire magazine”) and these guys out-Door the Door. Hilarious! [Read more...]


A reader asks about Near Death Experiences I realize this subject has the potential to drift into “new age mysticism” but my questions are serious and I hope I can convey that. I have read a little on this subject and seen a couple of talk-style TV shows about it. Two things I’ve learned have [Read More...]


The Juvenilization of Black America Continues For some reason, infantile Blacks like the Dad of the Williams Sisters (the tennis gals) can indulge in paranoid rants about racism as the Explanation of Everything and still be taken seriously by the press and still get a huge hearing from lots of other infantilized blacks who are [Read More...]


The Tablet writes Cardinal says Pope prevented anti-Christian backlash The Vatican’s Congregation for Eastern Churches head, Syrian Cardinal Ignace Moussa Daoud I, has said the Pope’s statements helped to prevent an anti-Christian reaction in the Muslim world. He said Arab Christians were grateful to the Holy Father for the part he played. “There was a [Read More...]


A reader asks I was wondering if you were a member or if you have an opinion on the Knights of Columbus. I joined the order as a First Degree member in October and have developed mixed feelings since then. On the one hand, they raise and donate so much money to charity, and log [Read More...]


With the exception of the Truman Show… I’ve tended to say of Jim Carrey that “Jerry Lewis is a Thinking Person’s Jim Carrey”. Carrey’s tiresome mugging made me sick of him in the first few minutes of some Ace Ventura movie I was unfortunate enough to endure and most of his performances have been More [Read More...]


A reader asks I was hoping you could clear up a problem for me concerning primeval history in the Bible (Gen 1-11), or perhaps point me toward a good book on the subject. My specific problem concerns the flood in Genesis. While much has been written about the interpretation of Creation in light of science, [Read More...]


Religious Polemics as Self-Medication There’s a delightful anti-Catholic site called Iconbusters run by people who put the “ig” in Ignorant Bigot. What always fascinates me about such sites is the question, “Who do they think they are convincing/helping/loving?” Take this wonderful specimen of their work, for instance: Mystic Pizza Who but… well… another ignorant chucklehead [Read More...]


Puritanism… has been defined as the nagging fear that someone, somewhere, is having a good time. Recently, I described America as a land of apostate puritans. (The definition is borrowed from (apologies to Relapsed Catholic) C.S. Lewis, who once described himself as a converted pagan living in a land of apostate puritans.) Dems, as I [Read More...]


The Harbinger of Doom for the Dems If the Dems lose the reflexively liberal Jewish vote, they are in serious and perhaps permanent meltdown. Prolife Guy, thou art a prophet! Keep up the good work and the Abortion Party could find itself on the ash heap of history. [Read more...]