Yeah, I understand that there are “personalities” involved here Like the case with the dumb priest who had kids wear nylons as an icebreaker and was subsequently threatened with bodily harm by some parents, you’re looking at a relationship with a History here. Sources tell me that Fr. Haley is Not an Easy Person to [Read More...]

And here’s the Bishops’ Statement of Committment About fraternal correction, they are non-committal. I estimate 40 years before the vast majority of the people they hope to influence takes them seriously as moral guides again. I’ll listen to them, because I’m a gung-ho Catholic fanatic who distinguishes between the person and the Tradition he is [Read More...]

From the “Strange Bedfellows” files Andrew Greeley, of all people, springs to the defense of the revised norms. Unlike Lawler, he’s not focusing in this article on what bishops should do about themselves when they are idiots, but what they are going to do about abuse, lay panels and all. And he mostly likes what [Read More...]

Philip Lawler on our Hapless Bench of Bishops I begin to see why the Israelites wandered for 40 years after refusing to take the Promised Land. Sometimes you just have to wait for the old generation of cowards to die out. Well, like Amy said, what’s done is done. Face reality, soldier on. [Read more...]

Fight Terrorism, Have Babies The Pope continues to prove he read this blog. Rod Dreher was saying this just yesterday in my comments down below. Love ya, Holy Father! [Read more...]

Ann Coulter is just so fun Yes, she’s a bomb thrower. So was Tom Paine. I can’t help but enjoy her anyway. Bomb throwers have their place in the political discourse of a nation. I hope the Dems follow her advice to the letter. I applaud the choice of Pelosi. We need more like her [Read More...]

This is, in fact, rather close to what I think is going on Why is it so far-fetched that somebody could have been recruited to do a bin Laden impression? Modern secular Westerners have got to get over the idea that they are smarter than everybody else, as though nobody in the entire Muslim world [Read More...]

I swear, I knew nothing about this speech when I blogged the previous blog Nice to see the Pope is on my wavelength. I’ve long suspected he reads my blog. This just proves it. [Read more...]

Here’s a passage from the “War of the Gods and the Demons” in the Everlasting Man… that has haunted me since the war began. It’s about the defeat of Carthage by Rome, when it was an absolute slam dunk that Rome was on the ropes and was sure to be destroyed by the overwhelming military [Read More...]

This is hopeful Also extraordinary was the Iranian student who contacted me by email, wishing to know all he could about Jesus and Christianity and eager to take whatever I could refer him to and translate it back into Farsi for his fellow students and teachers, who were also sick of Islam and deeply curious [Read More...]

A reader sez… Check out today’s Goldberg File. I think it makes a very good point. The question he asks is essentially this: How does war against Iraq become moral just because Cameroon and Syria are now on our side? How does war become moral because we bought off France and Russia? This is the [Read More...]

Book burners cutters for Jesus More Christians wasting time worrying about Harry Potter and being totally ignorant of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. [Read more...]

A press release for people who are trying to think of something nice to do for a priest they love WEB SITE TO BOOST MORALE OF ETHICAL PRIESTS GARNERS EARLY SUCCESS LOUISVILLE, KY – In just its first three months of operation, the Web site has welcomed more than 25,000 visitors and received approximately [Read More...]

George Weigel on Rome’s revision of the Norms [Read more...]

So the priest, the minister, the rabbi, the penguin and the dancing bear walk into the bar… …the bartender says, “What is this? Some kind of joke?” [Read more...]

An interesting moral question A reader sez: Last week, I think, there was a particularly noisy thread on your blog about abortion. One commenter was outraged about the “fact” that the Catholic church wouldn’t allow Catholic doctors to do anything about a 13-year-old girl that had been raped and just came in to the hospital. [Read More...]

My rabbi acquaintance, Andrew Sullivan and Cardinal Law People are complex. I know a rabbi who makes very good sense about 95% of the time. The other 5% of the time, he holds to daffy ideas about “Bible codes” or regards mass transit plans (a very live issue out here in Seattle) as a harbinger [Read More...]

More like him, please [Read more...]

My pal Pavel Chichikov… in addition to beiing a fine poet, is also a fine photographer. He writes: I’ve been photographing at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception here in Washington DC. I recently offered the Shrine as a gift one of the prints (see below), a photograph, about 10 X 8, [Read More...]

People say there’s nothing sacred… but it ain’t so. If you want to know what people hold sacred, it’s very easy to determine: see what they regard as blasphemy. Chesterton observed long ago that we only blaspheme what we hold sacred. Try thinking a blasphemous thought about Loki or Odin. It wouldn’t even occur to [Read More...]

The Gospel According to Johann Sebastian Bach It’s fascinating to me, as a former Evangelical with the culture of “If you can’t articulate it verbally, it’s not really advancing the gospel” still coursing through my veins, that two of the greatest missionaries in the world are J.S. Bach, who communicates the Majesty through music and [Read More...]