Memo to the Boston Press Corps (and others) Beware of being right. There is no more spiritually dangerous place in the world than that of Courageous Hero who Has Fought the Good Fight Against Corruption. It leaves you blind to your own capacity for evil. One of the most bittersweet pieces of literature in the [Read More...]

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Why now? One of my readers want to know “Why now? Why not back in April?” Others were confidently announcing yesterday that Law was going to be kept in Rome by JPII to avoid subpoenas and other unpleasantness. WaPo says otherwise. If my priest-friend’s analysis is right, this all fits the pattern necessary to grasp [Read More...]

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Pope bashing prediction: The Amazing Sheavius predicts that we shall soon be hearing this gem of malicious falsehood: “Oh sure, *now* he accepts Law’s resignation. He *had* to in order to repair his image now that the “smoking gun” has been discovered.” For those who hate the Pope, no actual evidence is ever necessary. Hatred [Read More...]

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And so it’s done But not, of course, over. I am dubious Law is the last to have to resign. But it is fitting that it should start there. I feel relief–and sorrow. May he find redemption through this death. And may our poor wounded Church find healing soon. God be with Bishop Lennon as [Read More...]

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It turns out killing large numbers of the leadership in a very top down organization leaves the stupid drones at the bottom unable to know what to do My recommendation: kill the other two thirds of the leadership. Then kill the drones. [Read more...]

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Decent Films Likes the New Star Trek movie Good enough for me. I’ll go see it. [Read more...]

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More Reasons Not to Be Catholic! Collect the whole set! Here’s my contribution. [Read more...]

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More on John Carroll U and Planned Parenthood A reader sez: Some people are mistakenly thinking that John Carroll University has removed the Planned Parenthood from its suggested Counseling agencies. I noticed this in the comments section of your blog. It has not. It is still on there. Scroll down to “Counseling sites”. Planned Parenthood [Read More...]

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WOW! NOW THIS IS BIG NEWS! While the rest of St. Blog’s busies itself today with the latest speculations about such ephemera as the fate of Cardinal Law and the worst scandal in the history of the American Church, your humble scribe sleuths out the really big stories for the ages. FLASH! True Identity of [Read More...]

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Boy the Nasties are out in force this week! Stephen Hand lays into Rod Dreher and Amy Welborn in an ill-advised attack. Particularly egregious is the characterization of Amy as not being too astute, which leaves me with the same taste in my mouth as Robert Sungenis lecturing us on his intellectual superiority to Einstein. [Read More...]

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Minute Particulars has some challenging comments on the response which episcopal ordination demands from us …even when the person ordained behaves in ways unworthy of the sacrament. Since I’m one of the offending parties here, I feel obliged to highlight the discussion which is, as usual, carefully argued and thoughtful. [Read more...]

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How Independent Catholic Thought Proceeds When the Church speaks, Independent Catholic Thinkers flatly declare that they are not going to believe something simply because somebody qualified to teach Catholic theology says so. Okay, fine. Study the matter through yourself. I have enough confidence in the truth of Catholic theology that it will stand up even [Read More...]

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Charles Krauthammer for Senate Majority Leader The Typically Right On Krauthammer explains clearly why Lott is an imbecile and must go. [Read more...]

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Could be more snap judgements but… A Denver (!?) news channel says Law is going to resign. ‘Course, they may have it from Fox, which apparently jumped the gun, judging from Amy’s blog. This is the problem with the news industry. They are so desperate for scoops they can’t wait an hour or two to [Read More...]

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Some folks are sweating that Law will stay in Rome to avoid the heat If the Pope allows that, I will be very surprised. I think Law’s gonna get sent back and still not be allowed to resign. Or, his resignation will be accepted and he’ll be sent back. But I seriously doubt he’ll just [Read More...]

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Bill Mallonee is a mysterious secret… …when by all rights he should be famous. Check him out. [Read more...]

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Why does Catholic college John Carroll University promote pro-Abortion “Planned Parenthood” on its school website? An excellent question. Go to this link and you can contact the people in charge at JCU and ask them directly. Remember: academic are generally cowards and you therefore have an excellent chance at getting them to back down from [Read More...]

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Not everybody who works for Microsoft is a wunderkind See the brainiac who ripped off Microsoft (his employer) and then boasted about his vast quantities of illegal gain here. (Note, however, that the “girl” link is still empty. Apparently, he has not mastered the James Bond charm.) See the brainaic go to jail here. Memo [Read More...]

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Kinda like I thought Pete Vere concurs with my wife (and me) that this whole “smoking gun” with Law cast as Nuremburg defendant (“Mein Fuehrer, I vas yust following orders”) is pretty much a non-starter in the “JPII is the Evil Force behind Priestly Abuse” Scoop Sweepstakes. I think the Post badly misread the document [Read More...]

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Sorry I’m so scarce I’ve had Rod Bennett, author of Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words and editor of the soon to be reborn Wonder Magazine, out to visit from Georgia and he’ll be here till tomorrow morning. Lovely man, bursting with ideas and fun to gab with. But between him, choir [Read More...]

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From the “Must. Get. Scoop!” Department of Snap Judgments This piece is simply baffling to me. On the one hand, we are told that the Pope is conspiring to keep molesting priests in office. The proof? A document in which the Pope is agreeing to “defrocking” a priest. Huh? My wife looked at it and [Read More...]

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