With Law out of the way and Lennon in place, we’ve heard the last of troubles in Boston! Oh. Wait. ”. . . Opening such an investigation runs the real risk of negative fall-out both for Father Picardi and for the Church,” Lennon wrote. As a friend says, the American Church needs an enema. [Read more...]


Haloscan is down So comments are offline for the nonce. It’s all probably part of a coordinated plan for attacking Iraq. [Read more...]


The Nature of the Network News Very often Big Stories happen in a brief amount of time and can be summed up in relatively few words: “President Kennedy Assassinated”, “Challenger Explodes”, “World Trade Center Destroyed”. But then you still have the other 23:59:30 of broadcast time to fill up. So you have to endlessly repeat [Read More...]


Here’s a site for the Stuart Smalleys of the world Get ready for Affirmapalooza! http://www.mark.shea.youaremyfriend.com The link I used has my name in it as an example, but try inserting your own name, or “Farqhuar Muckenfussen” or “Fishface Brujbop” or that Special Someone with *serious* needs for gooey affirmation. Warning: could induce diabetic coma. [Read more...]


Should the Troll be Fed or Axed? You decide I actually passed the 2000 hit per day mark today without a link from the Corner. Partly that’s because desperate Welborn refugees have turned to my blog for succor in a time of horrific trauma. But it’s also because I’ve gotten a troll lodged in my [Read More...]


Myth, Mystery and the Cosmos Kevin Miller on the Vatican’s New Age document. If you want to get my thorough take on the Church’s relationship to paganism, see Chapter 4 of Making Senses Out of Scripture: Reading the Bible as the First Christians Did. Or, better still, go read Chesterton’s great work The Everlasting Man. [Read more...]


Unborn women do not have equal right to life Another achievement for Abortion-Is-a-Sacrament Feminism. Lots more males than females are born. Gee, I bet societies crammed with males who have *no* hope of ever marrying will produce lots of well-balanced, testosterone-marinated young turks who are eager to find some sort of… outlet. Yep. A real [Read More...]


Hitchens Turns Up Everywhere The last Lefty I can respect on Bush, Clinton, war and half a dozen other things. Fascinating to watch him simply dissolve into a mass of pre-rational prejudices when ever God comes within hailing distance. I hold out hope for the guy’s soul since it’s just a matter of time before [Read More...]


Damning with faint praise Minute Particulars on the Raving Atheist site: “RA occasionally swerves into interesting and even coherent thoughts.” I hear you, Mark. [Read more...]


A quick note to arguers in my comments box Per Thomas Aquinas: No point of revelation can be proven by reason alone. If it could be, revelation would be unnecessary. All arguments against a revealed truth can be rebutted. So far, Jon’s arguments against the resurrection boil down to “Miracles are impossible because they’re really [Read More...]


Did I mention that we saw 64 Bald Eagles the other day? I love living in Washington! Our float down the Skagit was so beautiful and fun! 21.3 miles (thanks GPS!) and every foot of it beautiful. Slept like babies that night. [Read more...]


And Catholics Fund this Whorehouse Why? A reader sez: St. Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN – Notre Dame’s sister school) funded a trip for four students to attent a pro-abortion leadership conference. (Those students who went to the pro-life rally in DC had to fund it themselves and did not have an excused absence from [Read More...]


A reader writes: My father has a long history of writing letters to our bishop. While not one of the weaselly variety who would be in the running for your “Worst Bishop Still Serving” award, he has often been disappointingly silent on our Christian duty to vote pro-life, even going so far as to say [Read More...]


Doublethink This article, in translation, seems to say, “The US is hell bent for leather to go to war against a country that has not violated UN Resolution 1441 and they’ll be sorry because Iraq will use all those WMD they don’t have.” [Read more...]


On the other hand… The space program (and sci fi devotees) preserve, at their best, one of the essential components of being human and being a Christian: the sense of wonder and even gratitude. (Even hard-boiled pantheists who think they are atheists like Carl Sagan can’t escape it. See Contact if you don’t believe me.) [Read More...]


WSJ on spirituality and space exploration Makes sense. The main place that serious theological speculation is being done on a massive popular scale is in science fiction. I don’t say it’s very *good* speculation. A lot of it is frankly garbage or embarrassingly shallow (see “Star Wars”). But it’s the only place where people feel [Read More...]


One of the reasons Catholic culture is so great It’s so down to earth! [Read more...]


A reader writes: I’ve included two articles (here and here) from the Columbus Dispatch concerning the attempted removal of three priests after their cases went before the lay review board. Two of the cases are pretty easy. The priests admit to wrongdoing. The third case is the interesting one. Father Weithman has been accused by [Read More...]


Jeremy Lott on Harold Bloom on Gnosticism Actually, I’ve long believed as well that the majority of Americans (including Christians) have a deeply gnostic hue to their faith. There’s a profound distrust of the Incarnation in our post-Protestant culture. Every flashpoint between Evangelicalism (and AmChurch) and actual Catholic faith tends to center around our encounter [Read More...]


Here’s the Vatican thingie on the New Age Movement Warning to American readers: Read twice and put the *most charitable* construction on it before you begin looking for your pet conspiracy. Use only under adult supervision. [Read more...]


St. Francis, Revised Blogging Version “Keep writing always, and if possible, get paid!” By the way, the PayPal button is still fully functional. (Thanks to Amy, who is currently undergoing treatment for withdrawal in my Methadone Comments Boxes.) [Read more...]