This blog gets results! A week or two ago, I suggested turning Halloween away from its darker manifestations and into a celebration of the saints. Already, the French hierarchy has heard my clarion call! [Read more...]

Tales of the Explained Courtesy of Bill Cork This story happened about a month ago in a little town in Newfoundland and even then it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale. It’s real. This guy was on the side of the road hitch hiking on a very dark night and in the middle of a [Read More...]

In reparation for flagrant sins against justice Contributions and kind words for the rectory housekeeper, Rosa Restrepo, who was fired and persecuted by the clergy of St. Ignatius Cathedral, can be sent on her behalf to Julianne Wiley’s PayPal account. Folks who want to give should go to PayPal, send the money to Julianne, click [Read More...]

Dogmatic Materialist Atheism: The Irrational Conviction that Everything Except the Atheist’s Own Criticism of Theism is an Accidental Product of Wind and Weather [Read more...]

Law: “For the Good of the Church” A past sin repented by the Cardinal? Fine. Okay. Great. But what about this?: “The accusation counters Law’s sworn deposition in the Rev. Paul R. Shanley civil case, in which Law reportedly claimed he dealt with only one abuser priest – the Rev. Leonard Chambers – during his [Read More...]

David Mills speaks the truth Scroll down to “Bad Shepherds”. This touches on my (still being formulated) philosophy about what we lay Americans should do about bad bishops. Yes. We laity. No we can’t fire them. But there are things we can do, if we are willing to do them. Somebody complained the other day [Read More...]

A bit more on gratitude “The test of all happiness is gratitude; and I felt grateful, though I hardly knew to whom. Children are grateful when Santa Claus puts in their stockings gifts of toys or sweets. Could I not be grateful to Santa Claus when he put in my stockings the gift of two [Read More...]

Gratitude No metaphysician ever felt the deficiency of language so much as the grateful. -Charles Caleb Colton, author and clergyman (1780-1832) [Read more...]

Tales of the Semi-Explained A reader sez: A little over 20 years ago I was about 3 months pregnant with my first child. My husband was asleep in the car, and I was driving the 200 miles home from a visit to family. Some time around midnight, on a very quiet country highway, I decided [Read More...]

Surprise! I pretty much agree with locdog’s take on the Catholic Faith Quickly going point by point: 1. Agreed. 2. Again, agreed. Catholics don’t buy the Once Saved, Always Saved scenario. 3. Again, agreed. The Church does not teach that only those in visible communion with the Catholic Church will be saved. Indeed, there are [Read More...]

Tales of the Unexplained, Part 5 A friend of mine (Dan O’Neill, president of Mercy Corps) once had lunch with a miracle. Or rather the recipient of a miracle. Round about 1920, this guy had been an infant in the care of nuns working at one of St. Frances Cabrini’s hospitals. He had an eye [Read More...]

Tales of the Unexplained, Part 4 In the spring following my dad’s death (Spring 1984), I had a very strange and moving conversation with my mother, who began by nervously telling me she had decided to let the funeral parlor that had cremated my father’s body dispose of his ashes. She was, she said, very [Read More...]

Just a note of thanks to y’all All you readers, commenters, emailers, critics, huzzah-ers and everybody in between sure make this blog an interesting adventure. Thanks to y’all for tuning in. I’m mighty beholden to you. [Read more...]

Picking the brain of Fr. Neuhaus (Warning: Long!) Figuring it couldn’t hurt to try, and not being in a position to write the Pope, I figured I’d try asking Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, editor of First Things, if he could give me some clues on what the rhyme and reason is to getting rid of [Read More...]

Oops! Eric Svendsen, graduate of Wilbur Weed Boxtop Diploma Mill for Those Who Want to Play Ph.D’s on the Internet, erstwhile anti-Catholic professional, and chief cook and bottle washer for Not (, might have spoken too soon. Seizing on the somewhat dubious “James ossuary” news last week, he gleefully announced that this was proof [Read More...]

How they eschew extremism in Saudi Arabia “Among the participants was one of the leaders of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, who was hugged and kissed by hundreds of participants.” [Read more...]

Others chip in with their own Tales of the Unexplained Here and here. [Read more...]

Amy Weighs in on the Shea/Dreher Debate I agree. I do wish it were possible to just… ask, “Why are you pursuing this policy?” It would make all this argument between us ignorant people much less necessary. By the way, Amy: Haloscan seems to work pretty good. [Read more...]

Tales of the Unexplained, Commentary By the way, several things should be noted. First, you’ll note that while I think such things are happening all over the world, I don’t think it is typical for them to happen to everybody everyday. Certain people do have charisms of miracles and healing (see, f’rinstance St. Padre Pio, [Read More...]

Tales of the Unexplained, Number 3 About 20 years ago, I was on a retreat out in Eastern Washington. I had a friend whom I had not seen or talked to in several years, about whom I was not thinking and had not thought in months, and who was, at that point, the farthest thing [Read More...]

An example of desperate naturalistic dogmatism Fr. Benedict Groeschel is fond of recounting tales of Mrs. Whosit, the little Jewish lady that lived next door to him in Brooklyn when he was growing up. Her son went off to college and came back explaining that the Israelites had crossed the Red Sea at low tide. [Read More...]