Josh Claybourn Confirms His Coolness Josh writes a rave review of Nickel Creek, a terrific trio of young acoustic whiz kids who you should get to know. Here’s a link to their first album, ingeniously titled “Nickel Creek“. Josh makes a point that’s long troubled me as well. Music, like so many other things in [Read More...]

Check this out! A reader tells me that she and a friend have started a site dedicated to reviewing Sci-Fi and fantasy novels from both a Christian and literary perspective. Orson Scott Card has observed (and he’s dead right, in my opinion), that science fiction and fantasy are the primary arenas in our culture for [Read More...]

Greetings from New Zealand! Thanks to the miracle of the Internet, I’m writing you from the bacon-scented environs of a fashionable hotel in Auckland, New Zealand. You may be asking yourself, “Mark!” (well, except you wouldn’t say, “Mark!” if your name is something else. But you get the idea.) Anyway, you may be asking yourself, [Read More...]

Hello! I must be going! I came to say I cannot stay I muuuuuust be going! “Catholic and Enjoying It!” will today be embarking on “CAEI!: The International Good Will Tour!” Yes, in a few hours I will be leaving for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport where I will catch a flight to Los Angeles and, this [Read More...]

It’s Earth Day Today! Oddly, only one species is celebrating. It’s as if that species is… oh, I don’t know… naturally superior to the rest of Creation in their ability to care about the fate of the Earth. Like they’re made in the image of God or something. [Read more...]

All I Can Say is… It was an exquisitely timed hurricane. I don’t have a problem with naturalistic explanations for miracles, as long as they are not too tortured or based on a philosophy which is, at bottom, the adamantine will to deny the supernatural at all costs. I have no problems with idea of [Read More...]

An “Atta boy” to All Youse Guys for Helping a New Convert and a Request Sean Roberts of “Swimming the Tiber” writes: St. Blog’s was a tremendous aid to me as I came into the Church.” He then adds: My brother has expressed interest in coming into the Church. We’ve been talking about it for [Read More...]

It’s hoping to be able to carry on in Madonna’s shoes after she retires [Read more...]

Nice to See the Fr. Bryce Sibley Shares my Estimation of Dare We Hope as an Interesting Book I’ve never quite understood the huge problem that others have with it. [Read more...]

Just When You Think You’ve Seen Everything Hutton Gibson, Mel Gibson’s sedevacantist, Holocaust-denying father, is what I tend to think of as a “kook.” But kookiness is apparently relative, since now he is trying to be the Voice of Reason who brings a wacky Catholic Apologetics International back down to a rotating earth. He tries, [Read More...]

Sean Gallagher is back on the air too! [Read more...]

Now somebody says the SSPX guys are not going to reunite with the Church Whatever. I don’t follow this stuff too closely so I can’t tell whether this is the rumor of the original story is the rumor or if they are both rumors or what. Anyhow, I hope the SSPX people come to their [Read More...]

A reader writes: Just wondered if you might put this up as a matter for discussion in an objective manner. In the Toronto area the churches are requesting that people receive Communion in the hand and not in the mouth, to avoid infection. Some people feel this is the thin edge of the wedge and [Read More...]

Bp. McCormack, Still Vying for “Worst Still Serving Bishop” Prize His Easter Message is a call for his betrayed and wounded flock–oppressed by years of child abuse, lies, coverup, and most recently, by the yanking of a good pastor and his replacement with yet another gay priest with a proclivity for nubile young men–to be [Read More...]

That said… I want to add that if we don’t find WMDs in Iraq I, for one, will be majorly ticked. Despite what shifting winds of agitprop for the war blew through the national consciousness, the *real* reason for this war was not to liberate Iraqis. That was a happy side effect which was then [Read More...]

Charity If there’s anything I’ve been thinking about during Holy Week fairly consistently, it’s charity. Partly I’ve been doing so because of my irritation at others and partly because of my irritation at myself. I’ve been disturbed to see how often people seem to fall into the habit of assuming the worst of others and [Read More...]

Loving the Church in a Time of Scandal Amy Welborn and I wrote most of this (with various clipping and polishing from CE people). If you want to have our collective brainwaves on how to carry on in light of the Situation, this is pretty much the place to get it. [Read more...]

Well! Another hopeful sign for Easter! A bunch of SSPX people appear to be on the verge of reunion with the Church. I hope this one pans out. [Read more...]

National Organization of Whores Wants to Make Sure Baby Killing Remains Smothered in Euphemism Laci Petersen’s baby had the misfortune to be unborn when his mother was murdered, so NOW is leaping into the fray to make sure that no homicide charge is made for the death of the little one. There was only one [Read More...]

Oliver Stone Calls Bush a Flake [Insert Leno joke here] [Read more...]

Relapsed Catholic Calls a Moratorium Kathy Shaidle wants everybody to stop quoting Chesterton, Lewis, Belloc et al, so they can stand up on their own two feet and prove they can write all by their own selves. In the words of Chesterton, Lewis, Sayers, Belloc, Merton, and Nouwen, I reply, “No, thank you.” I write [Read More...]