Just to give some perspective Scholars have exercised themselves mightily over Shakespeare willing his second best bed to his wife. What does it all mean? What huge significance might there be? Well, it could be that she liked that bed. Likewise, the gravestones for Tolkien and his wife read “Beren” and “Luthien” respectively. Imagine they’d [Read More...]


locdog offers a rejoinder to my remarks here yesterday Readers can referee the merits of his argument in my comments box if they like. Very quickly: 1. “Mr. Haskell” is not a way to impress people with the maturity of your argument. 2. Right. Nobody really believes sola scriptura. It’s a slogan, not something people [Read More...]


Dennis Prager tells the hyper-sensitive to stop being offended for him Similarly, I don’t worry when a Muslim thinks I’m going to hell. I worry when a Muslim wishes to kill me. The ADL spends waaaaay too much time hyperventilating over Christians who think Jews need to be Christian (duh!) and should really focus its [Read More...]


Check out the cool Christmas gift link at HMS blog [Read more...]


This is very heartening to see Blessings on Archbishop Dolan. [Read more...]


Look at it this way… Someday Muslims, Christians and Jews, Republicans and Democrats, Barbara Streisand and Rush Limbaugh, Queensryche fans and Bach aficianados, smokers and non-smokers, PETA and the owners of Ruth’s Chris Steak House will all be a lot closer to each other. Togetherness is a beautiful thing. [Read more...]


A reader sez We watched CSI Miami last night. My wife loves it, but I’m not a big fan. It was a pro life program! I could not believe it! The detective finds a dead prego woman. They have to do some fetal cell research or some thing and he says something like,’its not a [Read More...]


If this is real… Then the James ossuary is small beer. And we have the absolute earliest documentation of Jesus of Nazareth, not to mention a major archeological treasure and a holy relic of our Lord’s passion. I don’t find it as knee jerk incredible as some people do to think that the early Church [Read More...]


A sane Michigan priest answers the Ecclesial Whores for Granholm Here’s Fr. Rob Johansen’s pro life homily from this past Sunday: Repay to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and repay to God what is God’s. In his Letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul thanked God that the Thessalonians had “shown their faith in action, worked for [Read More...]


So…. how did this guy get to be Vocation Director for KC, Kansas? And what criteria was he looking for in men applying for the priesthood? And who put him there? And who is his successor? And does he have a boyfriend too? And if so, how “emotionally weak” will he be when they break [Read More...]


Catholic Answers weighs in on the James ossuary [Read more...]


Unleash the power of the blog! A reader asks: I am looking for information on St. Bonaventure. I know St. Bonaventure is the patron saint of bowel disorders, my question is why is this patronage ascribed to him? I would imagine it has something to do with his death. I seem to remember reading that [Read More...]


Portrait of arguably the worst bishop in the US The man who just didn’t notice it when people tried to alert him to Paul Shanley’s deeply lived beliefs and speeches about the glories of sex with minors. [Read more...]


Interesting stuff about the mandatum dispute Here’s the basic story line: Weaselly academics who don’t want to teach the Catholic faith but still want to suck from the Catholic teat (shielded by the bishops who love them) vs. scholars with integrity and the Holy Father and some American bishops [Read more...]


An example of what I mean Here’s an example of the odd fury that anything Marian seems to provoke in the breast of some Protestants (who often seem to speak as though they were thereby anointed the oracle of all Protestants): locdog writes: protestants go to the mat over perpetual virginity because like 99% of [Read More...]


Peter Kreeft on the Weight of Glory I love this guy to pieces. If you’ve never read him, you should. What a joy! [Read more...]


I hope they had insurance [Read more...]


Speaking of evidence of biblical characters Here’s a picture of the ossuary of Caiaphas, the High Priest who condemned Christ. Just FYI. [Read more...]


You guys always surprise me Of all the stuff I blogged on yesterday, I was amazed that the big topic was the James ossuary and (what was really the big point of interest) the Perpetual Virginity of Mary. I’ve never had much trouble with this doctrine, and it always puzzles me that so many of [Read More...]


“I reject categorization. I fit no categories so don’t even try to label me.” When somebody says that as the introduction to their religious beliefs, you can bet the farm on the fact that whatever they are going to say next is going to be warmed-over derivative twaddle from a couple of half-remembered high school [Read More...]


No, no, no, Bill! Pointing out that the illegal Israeli settlers on the West Bank are “nuts” and a pain in the neck is no way for an Evil Tool of Zionist propaganda to act! Haven’t you been reading your press releases? According to your critics, you are an ardent defender of all Israeli actions, [Read More...]