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...]

Now here’s an idea! Wouldn’t it be fascinating to see an episode on some TV drama where the hero or heroine is given vital moral support, information, inspiration and instruction by faceless people around the world who are members of, oh what should be we call it? “St. Blog’s parish?” I think it could be [Read More...]

This should be interesting… Vatican Weighs in on New Age Movement Haven’t seen the document yet, but the news report describes more or less what I’d expect (and agree with). Black helicopter types will no doubt see something ominous in Rome’s affirmation that New Agers have their good points, but that’s to be expected. As [Read More...]

If Christ Has Not Been Raised… The cover story from the latest issue of Crisis. Details my basic agreement with C.S. Lewis that the only thing more incredible than the Christian claims are the attempts to explain those claims away. [Read more...]

Goodbye to NY Exorcists I’m told by sources that Cdl. Egan is shutting down the ministry of exorcism in New York. Dunno why. It does sort of seem to me like getting rid of all the fire extinguishers in a burning building in order to cut costs. I suspect bureaucrats with little pastoral experience (like [Read More...]