My Only Comment on the Bennett Gambling Thing C.S. Lewis once remarked that he didn’t offer advice to people about sins to which he himself was not tempted. I try to do the same thing. I’ve never felt the urge to gamble and I therefore don’t know what constitutes too much vs. just enough gambling. [Read More...]

The actual title of this article should be…. “Wayne Madsen Wants to Accuse Bush of Being Anti-Christ: Makes Vague Undocumented Claims That Pope Agrees with Him in Order to Have Hysterics” My comment: Give thou me, I prithee, a break, forsooth. [Read more...]

Un-Freakin’-believable “Psychics Speak at Our Lady’s Parish” Seances at a Catholic parish. It’s okay though, because the pastor is Fr. Walter Cuenin, who publicly dissents from the Church’s teaching and bravely demanded that Cdl. Law resign. Ezekiel’s words to bad shepherds come to mind. Lord, please discipline this lousy shepherd! [Read more...]

Now Every Coloradan Is Gonna Want to Do This [Read more...]

Rod Dreher on Bps Grahmann and Galante Our bishops continue to make us burst with pride. [Read more...]

By the way, I’m back! I’ll tell you more about NZ on Monday when I officially climb into the saddle again. Till then, I’m decompressing from crossing the Equator and the Dateline twice. [Read more...]

This Could be Fun for Victor Lams The following is from the Washington Post Style Invitational contest that asks readers to submit “instructions” for something (anything), but written in the style of a famous person. The winning entry was The Hokey Pokey (as written by W. Shakespeare). O proud left foot, that ventures quick within [Read More...]

BBC Includes Chesterton in their “Great Lives” Series A couple of nice quotes and a link to the broadcast itself are on the site. No word yet on whether Relapsed Catholic has charged them with being bad writers. [Read more...]

My Latest on Catholic Exchange [Read more...]

Toldja…. Sean Hannity is a tribal Catholic. He is ridiculously ignorant of his faith (not unlike Andrew Sullivan) but, like a true tribal Catholic, goes on clinging to the Church, even though he doesn’t know what it teaches and frequently (like Sullivan) either actively rejects Catholic teaching when it suits him or saying ridiculous things [Read More...]

Methinks He Doth Protest Too Much Hitchens indulges in Muggeridge bashing to follow up on his recent swipes at Evelyn Waugh. Hitchens is like salsa, really good on some things, terrible on others. When he’s writing on the war or some piece of sludge like Bill Clinton, his venomous rectitude in the face of immorality [Read More...]

Wednesday in New Zealand I’m at John Jensen’s office at the Uni, waiting for he and Susan to return with the car. The talk last night to the Youth Group went well and I slept in the Jensen’s freezing cold house under a *heap* of blankets and quilts. Saw the Southern Cross last night, as [Read More...]

More Scandalous than Its Teaching on Contraception, Abortion, Divorce, Closed Communion, and the Male-Only Priesthood…. is the Church’s teaching on Mercy. The natural, fallen, human reaction is summed up in “You expect me to forgive *him* after what he’s done? And when he doesn’t show a hint of remorse?!” To which our Lord replies, “Yes.” [Read More...]

Tuesday Morning, N Zed The conference ended Sunday, so yesterday was play day. We all piled into cars and drove over to the west side of the Island (where, I was informed, “Westies” live. These strange creatures allegedly dress all in black and have their own subculture which decent Aucklanders look askance at.) We took [Read More...]

The Latest from Auckland Sorry I’ve been scarce. The conference took up the whole weekend and since I’m a day ahead of everybody in the US, it meant I couldn’t post from your Friday till today, which is Sunday there but Monday here. (This, by the way, is why the world can’t come to an [Read More...]

She Wants to Devote her Time to Pretending to be a Priest [Read more...]

Catching up on Santorum I’m writing from a hotel computer on one of those time card things, so I don’t have time to surf much. Plus, as a cosmopolitan globe-trotting international type guy, I’m naturally far above the petty concerns of, ‘ow you say, American politics. However, I gather Rick Santorum appears to have observed [Read More...]

En Zed: Die Two Heer in En Zed, paypul tahk strainjly. Theh most nitable hebit is to sweetch valls arand so thet A’s become short E’s and short E’s become long E’s. Also, short I’s git tuhned unto U’s, such as in fush and chups. Ahem. Yesterday was Adjust the Circadian Rhythm Day. Spent lounging [Read More...]

It will be really fascinating… to see how the “America: Messiah Nation” folks, who pulled out the stops to bash JPII as a moral dwarf and promised oceans of gratitude from Iraqis will deal with the situation that appears to be rapidly developing. It’s been, what?, three weeks since the statue came down in Baghdad? [Read More...]

Then again, maybe I’m wrong Got an email from a reader who’s spent some time in New Hampshire. Reader tells me that Bp. McCormack appears, to those close to him, to be going through a rather wrenching period of repentance. I ask myself: If Peter were alive today, would I be so loud and insistent [Read More...]

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...]