And now I’m off to Lopez Island! Tra la! See you Tuesday! [Read more...]

Mark Windsor wants to change the world! You can help him do it by going here and joining in a discussion of *practical* things you can do to work for healing in the Church. [Read more...]

You find the darnedest things on the Internet [Read more...]

Message to All “Harry Potter is Satanic” folks: It’s really lookin’ like you don’t know what you’re talking about: When Bloomsbury Publishing announced on 15 January that the long awaited Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix would be released on June 21, they released a teaser excerpt on their web site to excite [Read More...]

Sheesh! “Abuse of Children! Abuse of Children!” Yadda yadda! Can’t People Find Something Else to Talk About? Let’s move on! No, that’s not Bp. McCormack trying to deflect your attention from his responsibility for Paul Shanley. That’s the National Catholic Reporter fretting that a far more popular and culturally approved form of child abuse is [Read More...]

Still More Good News! Academic ninnies offended by Cardinal’s “pro-family thing”. It’s a fine thing when the gospel pisses off the right people. [Read more...]

More good news! A bishop refuses to be part of the Democratic Party at prayer. [Read more...]

Kevin Miller has some interesting thoughts on the relations between the “particular Church” (i.e. the diocese or eparchy) and the Universal Church For those of you struggling with ecclesiology questions, this is a useful contribution. [Read more...]

Speaking of cultural phenoms Two reviews of the Matrix. [Read more...]

Hidden Key to Harry Potter Reviewed in the Journal of Religion and Public Life Hidden Key author John Granger sends along the following response to the review: Dear Paul Bube, Thank you for the thoughtful and generous review of The Hidden Key to Harry Potter in ‘The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture’. It is [Read More...]

Famine: Not Trendy This Year [Read more...]

Hate: (pronunciation: hayt). v. to not give an award; n. the state of not giving an award To use “hate” in a sentence: “Not giving me an award is not a family value!” St. Joan of Arc parish: Museum of Trendiness [Read more...]

Pretty Scarce again today Gotta crank out another bible study and then tomorrow we’re off to glorious Lopez Island for our annual Shea Memorial Day Campout! Whatever you’re doing this weekend won’t be as fun! To those whom I am abandoning in mid-argument: hold that thought! Particularly on the “leaving the Church” question. No time [Read More...]

A reader writes: There has been much talk about an impending “general indult” allowing priests worldwide to celebrate the Tridentine Mass. I’ve participated in said Masses about two dozen times in my life and find them to be profound and inspiring. My parish is a Novus Ordo parish, very faithful to the GIRM, and I [Read More...]

Yay! Another Homeschool Kid Beats the Pants Off Public School Kids! As the father of homeschooled kids, allow me to mention that Jesus was homeschooled. [Read more...]

Weirdos from another planet That’s Calvin’s summation of the critters he meets when he sails to Mars in a cardboard box with Hobbes. “We’re normal Earthlings. They’re weirdos from another planet!” NY Times reporters have similar reactions to people who disagree with them. What’s especially fun about New York liberalism is its sheer provincial inability [Read More...]

Lane Core Demonstrates the Truth of the Old Adage “Scratch an Atheist–even one as sophisticated and intelligent as Christopher Hitchens–find a Fundamentalist” A quick web search would have revealed that vernacular translations (such as these Old English texts) preceded, and were approved by, the Catholic Church centuries before the King James Version. What the Church [Read More...]

Don’t Mess Wid Da Monk! [Read more...]

Speaking of Addiction to the Drug of Wrath The Lidless Eyes at Novus Ordo Watch detect EEEEEvil at work in JPII’s allowance of a Latin Mass: Vatican Announces Traditional Mass in St. Mary Major for May 24. And what will the Mass be offered for? True Peace? Conversion of Sinners? End to Abortion? Conversion of [Read More...]

“We’re powerless! Nothing we do can change anything!” Well, not exactly. Just got this from a reader who was one of the people who actually tried to *do* something about Abp. Flynn’s announced award to a St. Joan of Arc ninny: May 20, 2003 Dear Martin, Thank you for your e-mail of May 20, 2003 [Read More...]

Each Diocese is Fully Church A bit of theological trivia for you. Just as Jesus is fully present in each host, so the Church is fully present in each diocese in union with a bishop. What this means, practically speaking, is that the full resources necessary to the healthy functioning of each diocese are present [Read More...]