The Christian Conscience on the Latest Assault on the Pledge of Allegiance …and with some background on human toothache, Mr. Newdow. [Read more...]

A petition to ban partial birth abortion Since we are going to war to get rid of a barbaric murderer, it might be kinda nice if we did something about our own barbarism. Future generations might be less inclined to laugh at us: the ones who survive our own culture of death, I mean. [Read more...]

Goodbye Charlie Harvey. I’ll miss you. Envoy’s blog reports that Charlie Harvey, the author of their hilarious inQUIZition feature, has died. I never knew Charlie personally, but I loved that feature and thought that the guy who wrote it must be a stitch. I mourn his passing. May God welcome his droll son into heaven [Read More...]

My Latest on Catholic Exchange Just in case you were wondering about the basic difference between paganism and Christianity. [Read more...]

NY’s Attorney General pulls out of Irish dinner Whaddaya know! [Read more...]

Christianity Today writes back Dear Mark, I’m the key editor on the survey article. Here’s my blogable response to your comments: You seem to be making the assumption that the CT survey was closed to Catholic workplaces. It wasn’t. It was a self-selected survey. As we said in the article, in order to participate in [Read More...]

Karen Marie Knapp is in the hospital Some of you know her blog, the Anchor Hold. She has a skin infection of some sort and the doctors are debating whether or not to do surgery. Please pray and ask those who know her to pray. We’ve seen what God can do in the case of [Read More...]

Those wacky Lithuanians A canned mushroom mogul with an even darker sense of humor than me opens a Soviet theme park called “Stalin World“. I am not making this up. Money quote: “It combines the charms of a Disneyland with the worst of the Soviet gulag prison camp.” Oh, and this is different from the [Read More...]

The easy prejudices of American Evangelicalism I like Evangelicals. I really do. They are some of the kindest, prayingest, most heroic believers in the world. But I also have to note that there is a sort of easy prejudice among Evangelicals that sort of reminds me of the Old South. It’s not an active, nasty [Read More...]

Greg Krehbiel speaks with his typical common sense Scroll down to February 27. One of the things that made me a Catholic was that Protestant arguments against the Church typically boiled down to saying “The Early Church was wrong about everything except the stuff we borrow from them.” That kind of wore thin after a [Read More...]

Lest we forget… Vatican II was a valid council of Holy Church. As such, it’s teachings constitute the voice of the Holy Spirit in our time, and as Carl Olsen cogently argues, we ignore it at our peril. The weird thing is that the AmChurch drive to ignore the Council is met by Reactionary Dissent [Read More...]

Fear and hiding in the Land of Tolerance [Read more...]

Rod has an interesting piece on Muslim eschatology You don’t have to believe it. But you should be aware that millions of people *do* believe in it and that affects how they behave. On the other hand, also be aware that Muslims are just as capable as Christians of “believing” we are living in the [Read More...]

A friend once remarked of Madonna that… “underneath all that voluptuous flesh is the soul of an accountant.” Similarly, underneath the pale, translucent and delicate skin of “morally concerned” Democrats is the soul of an accountant. Pardon me, but financial costs are just not uppermost in my mind. Questions like “Is this the right thing [Read More...]

Billionaire Demands Bush listen to what all those little insignificant people he hasn’t been able to kill by abortion think “Just enough of me, way too many of you” rich guy has temporary spasm of noblesse oblige and then returns to his day job of eliminating all those annoying third worlders and poor people. [Read more...]

She was probably driving to a “No Blood for Oil!” Rally “If we can bring a little joy into your humdrum lives, we’ll know our efforts ain’t been in vain fer nuthin’!” – Lina Lamont, Singin’ in the Rain [Read more...]

Greeley on the Goldhagenization of the Film Critics An Orthodox Jewish friend of mine laments the amazing stupidity some secular Jews demonstrate in blaming the exact wrong people for the Holocaust and burying the ties with those Gentiles who tried to do something to stop it. He loathes the Holocaust Museum (“What’s it doing on [Read More...]

Of course, just when my misgivings about the war are strong… somebody sends me this piece of idiocy: The Vatican has long demanded that those who minister to gay and lesbian gatherings begin their ministration with an announcement of the church’s teaching on the sinfulness of genital activity outside of a valid heterosexual marriage. Last [Read More...]

Feel free to argue with me The thing that bugs me about pro-war arguments is their inability to stay put. Justification for the war seems to waffle between “national security” and then, when it’s pointed out that there’s no connection between 9/11 and Iraq, it leaps toward what *might* happen if Iraq gets a nuke. [Read More...]

From the “Screw the Silver Lining! Let’s Look for Clouds” Dept. Rome has streamlined the process for getting rid of bad priests and given permission for lay people to serve on the tribunals of priests who do have ecclesiastical trials. Eminently reasonable. But, in a living illustration of how bitterness can impair your vision, SNAP [Read More...]

Just so you’ll know… Amy’s updated her blog to include arguments between Rod and I, as well as fascinating correspondence from other folks. As an aside, it’s refreshing that folks are engaging in serious moral reflection about this and not just hitting the remote button to watch Beavis and Butthead reruns. You guys make me [Read More...]