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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

The further adventures of the Treason Party On one front, we have our own local wahoo here in Seattle, Congressoid Jim McDermott, fresh from removing his lips from Saddam’s posterior, now declaring that W wants to make himself emperor. Internationally, we have the Grand Exemplar and High Priest of the Treason Party holding court with [Read More...]

Condolences to Kairos and his family May God receive this little soul into his eternal joy and delight. And may he comfort you until the day you meet again in the Kingdom of Heaven. [Read more...]

Clues for the Clueless Memo to Bp. McCormack: You could start by taking some responsibility, dammit, and ceasing to call your sins “mistakes”. Then you could explain why a priest is bringing a defamation suit against you, why you chose to replace him with yet another priest who has contempt for his vows, and why [Read More...]

A reader reflects on the “Reflections” document Here’s what I think the theological error in Reflections is. It isn’t the word “targetted”, or the term “irrevocable”. Most of us agree that the Jewish covenant is irrevocable, and that “targetting” proselytization to a specific group is a bad idea. It’s the word “salvific”. This word is [Read More...]

Todd Reitmeyer is musing about things [Read more...]

While my Village Atheist Preens over the Alleged Dehumanization of Being Called a Sinner… (…. a condition he shares with the rest of the human race), Prolife Guy sends me a link to the real language of dehumanization, which is being employed with full force against the truly dehumanized members of our race: the unborn. [Read More...]

Stop the Presses! Theologian Advocates the Same Old Exhausted and Boring Dissent from Ordinatio Sacerdotalis and Media Still Finds it Newsworthy! Yes. What we need is more rejection of the Tradition, just like Paul Shanley told us to do. That’ll fix it. Stockholm Syndrome: a perennial favorite for clueless media types. [Read more...]

A reader writes… I just attended a program called “Act One:Writing for Hollywood” this past June and am moving to LA in a few weeks to try and be a screenwriter working inside the Hollywood film industry. You may or may not have seen the movie “Changing Lanes” which came out this past spring starring [Read More...]

Mallon’s Media Watch… …is back online after “a very mysterious and scary crash”. Blogger: better living through technology. [Read more...]

Yeah, I remember this A reader says: I don’t know if this story ever hit your radar screen, but about a year and a half ago a story came up about a girl who could not receive communion under the species of bread, because of a condition – celiac disease -in which the gluten in [Read More...]