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...]


Hell-oscan appears to be fully functional again! For the moment. No promises. [Read more...]


A reader writes I don’t think any pro-lifer should be overly happy over the ruling. While the decision is a good thing overall for the parties concerned, I believe most (all?) of the activity they were in trouble for is now covered by a subsequent federal law, the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act [Read More...]


Another update on Al Kresta Another day of good news. Praise God! Your prayers are working miracles. Please do not stop now. Al’s condition continues to improve. All his vital signs are stable. Al’s official condition is GOOD. Al was able to receive Holy Communion. Al is more and more lucid each day. Visitation will [Read More...]


From our Demented Friends in Germany A Communist theme park. “Who’s the wielder of the club that’s made for you and me?” [Read more...]


Farewell Mr. Rogers He was such a fundamentally decent man. So often you don’t realize someone’s greatness till they die, because they aren’t in your face trying to remind you how great they are. I shall mourn his passing. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, [Read More...]


Lovely piece by Amy on Catholic Exchange Great site! Check it out. [Read more...]


Sometimes my blog feels like a literary salon Yesterday I linked to Amy’s misgivings about war. Today I give you Justin Katz’ reply! [Read more...]


Minute Particulars is so consistently good …and so many atheists are so consistently stuck in their sophomore year in high school. [Read more...]


Amy Welborn is so great! Once again, the spirit of Flannery O’Connor hovers with benevolent beatitude and a smartly cocked eyebrow over the keyboard of the Wise Woman of Indiana and inspires her to ask some rather common sense questions of the “JPII is an idiot for not blessing our War!” crowd. It will piss [Read More...]


Dale Price on the AmChurch Liturgy Gestapo and its determination to Make an Example of Fr. Rob Johansen We’ll miss ya, Fr. Rob. By the way, congrats to Dale and Heather on their new tyke! “Mark Phillip” is a *really* good name, if you are still in the market for one. [Read more...]


Here’s my latest column for Catholic Parent What are you waiting for? You should subscribe! Most of HMS Blog is writing for it! [Read more...]


More Praise and Thanks to God! Al Kresta’s condition is upgraded to FAIR. Al has been moved to the step down unit form surgical intensive care. All blood pressure medication has been removed. Al is beginning to take some food. Praise God for this wonderful step forward towards recovery. [Read more...]


Thanks be to God! SCOTUS rules in favor of abortion protestors and against NOW. HMS Blog has the scoop! [Read more...]


By the way… …while I’m engaged in my nefarious plan to deceive the nations and lead countless souls into error and damnation, allow me to recommend The Hidden Key to Harry Potter by John Granger. He’s an Orthodox (!) writer who argues rather persuasively that Rowling is writing in the Christian tradition of C.S. Lewis [Read More...]


The War of the Rose, Episode MMMMLXXXVIII [Read more...]


Bush Vows to Destroy United States and Effect Regime Change “We will no longer tolerate terrorists or the states which harbor terrorists.” [Read more...]


From the “Oooooookay” Dept. I’d forgotten to set the software to notify me of new guest entries at my new address, so I had this big backlog. I was looking over them and found these edifying messages rocketing in out of The Blue from Constance Cumbey, who some of you may remember as the author [Read More...]


Well, I’ll hold out for Haloscan to get over the hiccups For now, you’ll just have to be dazzled by my mellifluous prose stylings and wait till Haloscan gets back up so you can argue with me and each other in the boxes. [Read more...]