Yipes! What a hornet’s nest I opened with my “Gun Nut Culture” post! Dealing with the most critical issue first: Victor, that’s “Sheavian” not “Shea-n”. Um, I’m not advocating taking anybody’s gun. I’m saying it would be handy to know what gun a bullet is fired from and who bought it where and where they [Read More...]

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Disco music? Refresh my memory. Why is it American media types like Maureen Dowd bow and scrape before Europeans as our obvious genetic masters? Disco music? [Read more...]

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Not exactly the most pious conversion in the world I hope the representatives of the religion of peace don’t kill him. [Read more...]

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The Religion of Peace: Doing Good for the World’s Suffering The first sign was the arrival of humanitarian aid from Arab countries: It was distributed only to Muslims; it was prohibited to give it to Christians. Our Caritas, instead, made no ethnic or religious distinctions; everyone could benefit. However for them, the aid was a [Read More...]

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Think of CFFC (Creeps for Fetal Crucifixion) as the Kaposi’s Sarcoma of the Body of Christ Thanks to our shepherds’ magnificent courage and intelligence in living, teaching and governing according to the Tradition, the Body of Christ is suffering from a sort of spiritual AIDS, a weakened immune system that is struggling to fight off [Read More...]

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Gun Nut Culture Down below, I made the weisenheimer crack that it’s “un-American” to buddy up with other kooks and shoot people. Several people are taking me very seriously and reminding me of Columbine, OKC et al. Mostly I was spoofing the fact that we tend to create lots of loony killers here too. I [Read More...]

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The Lidless Eye Turns its Pitiless Gaze My Way! I’m so honored! Money quote: “Certain neo-Catholic enforcers of postconciliar correctness (including Mark Shea and James Scott) have even defended the Talmud against Sungenis, with the aid of a Talmud revisionist website operated by a liberal Jewish apologist.” Not quite. I didn’t “defend the Talmud” (about [Read More...]

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CAI proves that with sufficient pluck and persistence… a formerly Catholic apostolate can go from a green light rating by Petersnet to a red light rating. No word yet on whether CAI is “coming back with a vengeance” to “expose” Petersnet as devilish and liberal too. [Read more...]

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Another satisfied Catherine of Siena Institute customer! A reader sez: You speak highly of the Catherine of Siena Institute on your blog and website. I followed your link and found out that they were giving one of their 1 1/2 day Called and Gifted Workshops at a large parish near my home. Based on your [Read More...]

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Priesthood as self-medication “Going into seminary seemed like the best of all possibilities. I could get an esteemed position within Catholic culture, and I had a safe place to go where people wouldn’t ask why I didn’t have a girlfriend.” Funny. I always thought the priesthood had something to do with serving Jesus Christ, not [Read More...]

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How about “Come to me, my melancholy baby?” A reader asks: Do you take blog requests? Here’s something I am hoping to see discussed: a no-nonsense, concise treatment of Catholic just war doctrine. There just isn’t much just war material in the media — including Catholic media — with much authority. For instance, I’ve heard [Read More...]

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A reader sez: Is it defensible to claim that a bishop has sinned? For that matter, is it defensible to assert that any particular person has sinned? There’s a whole basketful of terms to choose from when talking about the wrongs people do; among them are failures wrongful acts misdeeds immoral acts apparent sins sins [Read More...]

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I wonder if my Village Atheist is going to write Richard Dawkins and protest his encouragement of violence against Catholics He can start his letter with the phrase “You people…” Elsewhere in St. Blog’s, Dale Price, as is his custom, has a happy encomium to the amazingly shallow mind of Richard Dawkins. [Read more...]

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Somebody asks if this is new Not really. It’s as old as “Ambrose! Bishop!” I don’t see any particular reason why laity can’t be consulted per se. The question, of course, is “Which laity?” Ask a bunch of victims of Stockholm Syndrome for their opinion and you will get the ignorant opinions of a bunch [Read More...]

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There’s one in every parish Over on Amy’s blog, Amy asked folks to comment on whether their parish did anything pro-life last Sunday. Here is one response: I preached pro-life (mainly abortion, contraception, and sexual immorality) and it was well-received, except for one woman who went out of her way to tell me that she [Read More...]

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Dazzling insights Turns out the Maryland shooter is “angry” and “wants attention”. Who knew? My money is on the shooter(s) being two members of al Quaeda. Nuts don’t operate in pairs. It’s un-American. [Read more...]

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More Sungenis Weirdness Bill Cork runs a letter from Bob Sungenis in which Bob helpfully explains that it is Cork’s Jewish “roots” that makes him a Zionist and therefore naturally pits him against Bob’s perfectly legitimate claims that Judaism approves of infant rape. I’m gonna have to retract my initial opinion that Bob is not [Read More...]

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A reader of my Village Atheist’s blog writes me: I ran across your web site through the Naked Writing web site. Since I couldn’t find your email address, I sent a comment (below) to him. He sent me your address, so I’m sending you the comment directly. I have to admit, I’m amazed at the [Read More...]

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Those Darn Episcopalians Showing once again the august solemnity that has made the Episcopal Church the driving force in world history that it has become. [Read more...]

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Sungenis continues the downward spiral Today CAI posts an apparently ameliorative defense of the Catholic faith (ameliorative to the Catholics who have been decrying Sungenis bizarre turn toward Pope-bashing and Jew-bashing) by one Albert Cipriani. The purpose of the piece appears to be “See! We’re Catholic! You should support us!” The weirdness of it is: [Read More...]

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Jonah Goldberg, as usual, makes a lot of sense An orthodox rabbi I know who thinks highly of Evangelicals says rather sensibly that he doesn’t particularly care if Evangelicals don’t think he’s going to heaven since it’s not up to them to decide the matter. He’s more concerned about whether they think he should be [Read More...]

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