Tales of the Unexplained, Number 2 In December 1987, just as I was entering the Church, a friend of mine (a very close friend) was working in the burn unit of Harborview in Seattle. Harborview has the finest burn ward in the Northwest and gets patients from the four surrounding states. They had brought in [Read More...]

Tales of the Unexplained, Number 1 A woman I worked with about 15 years ago told me about a curious incident which had happened to her a few years earlier. She was, she said, diagnosed with diabetes when she went into diabetic shock and had to be hospitalized at Ballard Hospital in Seattle. They got [Read More...]

Unleash the Power of the Blog! Chesterton once observed that it was always perilous to talk politics with women because of the imminent danger that they would want to do something about it and not just go on jawing as men do. Julianne Wiley proves this again by writing: Attention, Cyber-Sleuths! In my judgment “somebody” [Read More...]

Okay. I’ve switched to Haloscan. Seems to work. Apologies to everybody whose comments vanished. I couldn’t stand YACCS crummy software anymore. [Read more...]

He woke one morning and found, to his surprise, that he had come to hate the YACCS comments boxes It was a long time in building, this passionate hatred. Was it the 50/50 chance of actually seeing the comments or getting the software to accept a posting that bothered him the most? It was hard [Read More...]

More info on the utter credulity of theists and the open-mindedness of dogmatic materialism A reader sends along the following: Apropos the current discussion, the official web site of Lourdes has several pages documenting the official process for review of claimed miraculous cures. Of particular note: “Since 1947 until recently, 1300 files have been opened, [Read More...]

Always a comfort to think of my taxes going for things like this and Bill Clinton’s retirement [Read more...]

Americans: Eager to Think Everywhere is Here No, Georgetown. There really are intolerant bigots by the bushel in the Muslim community. Face it, and face it down, or expect more where that came from. It’s Jewish students like the ones chronicled here who give the biggest lie to the notion of some sort of monolithic [Read More...]

Rod complains… The Duns Scotus of Flatbush tendered his resignation to the Holy Father recently, having turned 75. He continues in office today, even though we’ve known since forever that he was going to reach mandatory retirement age this fall, and have known since the first Daily depositions were made public earlier this year what [Read More...]

Try the Realistic Internet Simulator [Read more...]

If the EU President’s Name is Nicolai, We’ll be Sending Kirk Cameron to Assassinate Him [Read more...]

Shawn McElhinney weighs in on the Flame Warrior Question [Read more...]

A reader asks Someone asked for a recommendation for a book about the Marian dogmas. (She was asking about the Assumption in particular, and was curious about what the Church Fathers wrote — I suspect there must be a few good books that cover this.) Do you have any suggestions? If you know, then feel [Read More...]

Samples of Bishop Daily’s Testimony I’m particularly curious about the first section, since I can’t for the life of me decode it into English. The rest is decodable, and unbearable. from Bishop Daily’s deposition, day two (August 22, 2002) ***** MACLEISH: Can you think of why in 1980 you would not have the ability to [Read More...]

Jody Attempts to Spin his Dogmatism But it doesn’t fly. My point in critiquing Jody’s condescending “I don’t take the word of a pimply adolescent” dismissal of Rod’s story was not to say, “Rod said it. I believe it. That settles it.” It was to point out the hypocrisy of suggesting that a theistic adolescent’s [Read More...]

More proof of the folly of calling all Muslims “devils” [Read more...]

The Icon is an Entire Education in God, if you know how to approach it Here’s a site devoted to wonderful icons, and here’s a Dominican priest who can educate you in their language and spirituality. [Read more...]

Just a reminder I know this drives the Lidless Eye types crazy (which, of course, makes it all the more attractive to me to post), but it should be noted that the Church’s basic posture toward Islam is this: Lumen Gentium, Chapter II, 16. Finally, those who have not yet received the Gospel are related [Read More...]

This guy gets his mighty mighty organ to the tune of $$$Gazillion This poor old lady gets the shaft. Don’t tell me: Somewhere in their vision statement it says something like, “We, the People of God in the Palm Beach diocese are dedicated to singing a world of justice and peace. With the help of [Read More...]

Your stories of the supernatural Speaking of which, why not use the comments box below to give me your stories of encounters with the supernatural. I expect most people have something in their past. When I get a chance, I’ll tell you about the girl who was miraculously healed of third degree burns over 90% [Read More...]

The Atheist as True Believer Down below, Rod commented over the weekend on a rather creepy incident which took place when he was a young sprout in boarding school. Curiously, Jody (who, you recall, chose to become an atheist based on the mental processes of the teenager who happened to be himself), writes in response, [Read More...]