Heard the SOTU Like always, came away liking W and trusting in his basic goodness and intelligence. (Yes, intelligence. Bush lacks verbal intelligence, which is the only sort of intelligence the chattering classes recognize. If you are verbally gifted (like Richard Dawkins) you can be an absolutely blithering idiot in other forms of intelligence (like [Read More...]

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She’s been so kind to this blog and I’ve been so remiss So, without further ado, let me point you to a fun new addition to St. Blog’s, Karen Hall’s Disordered Affections. [Read more...]

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Celebrity Death Match In this cornah, the Lidless Eyes from Novus Ordo Watch (a bunch of really courageous guys who give absolutely no information on who they are, but who follow the ancient apostolic command to bitch and complain and despair and point fingers.) vs. In this cornah, The Lidless Eye Inquisition (happy warriors for [Read More...]

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Down below… I mentioned that both Sts. Ignatius and Teresa noticed the difference between their shallow Catholic youth and the genuine life of conversion they embarked on as adults. Somebody asked what I was talking about. Both saints had profound experiences of deepening conversion in their adult lives which led to them abandoning their former [Read More...]

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Andy writes concerning my “globs of chemicals called ‘atheists’” blog To matter – to be of importance. Importance is defined and assigned by the human mind. I consider my life to be important to me, therefore it matters to me – the future heat-death of the universe is of no consequence to my present assigment [Read More...]

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Someday you’ll be able to fax your cat Are there any Catholic theologians keeping up with this stuff? A Church that thinks in centuries had better acquire what St. Thomas calls “agility” to deal with these swift changes (note that I do not necessarily call it “swift progress”). We don’t know if these new technologies [Read More...]

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Another Surreal Proof that the UN is a Total Waste [Read more...]

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Forgot to say I had a wonderful time in British Columbia this past weekend. Redeemer Pacific College is a really happening place and I’m confident we’re gonna see some terrific Christian leaders come outta there. In fact, Jeremy Lott (who I met and with whom I had a delightful conversation) is from there. [Read more...]

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The JDL vs. Spike Jones One of the curious things about the difference between the WWII generation and ours is the way in which we deal with the figure of Adolf Hitler. The generation that actually defeated Hitler heaped gobs of ridicule on him: When Der Fuehrer says, “We ist der master race” We HEIL! [Read More...]

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“Are you a Christian?” Below, one of my readers has suggested it is somehow insulting to compile a Catholic/Evangelical phrasebook. But I am in earnest. There are lots of things which Evangelicals and Catholics say which the other party either does not understand or, worse, *thinks* he understands. To pick a random example, a Catholic [Read More...]

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Conflicted About War I think it’s no secret that I’m conflicted about war with Iraq. I plump, tentatively, in favor of it, but respect deeply some of my friends who oppose it. (I don’t respect all who oppose it since a great many of them seem like ninnies or cads. On the other hand, some [Read More...]

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Globs of Chemicals Called “Atheists” Flounder Around Trying to Explain Why Their Pointless Little Lives Matter When They Just Finished Explaining that Nothing Matters Theist points out that this is dumb. Makes obvious point that our lives only matter in relation to God. [Read more...]

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Interesting New Apostolate for Men Check it out. I bet Lee Podles will be interested in this. [Read more...]

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Lidless Eyes at the Remnant Publish Pontifical Ecclesia Dei Commission Letter with Inconveniences “Abbreviated” Clean Out of It All Reactionary Dissenters care about is The Truth. And it doesn’t matter how many “abbreviated” documents they have to publish to find it! [Read more...]

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Meanwhile in Canada… NON-CATHOLIC PRO-ABORT CANADIAN GOVERNOR-GENERAL RECEIVES COMMUNION FROM BISHOP Reason: Archbishop Gervais did not want to “make a scene.” Now that’s the kind of episcopal courage we’re used to here in the Americas! [Read more...]

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Kudos to Emily Stimpson for this Stupid Headline Alert “Vatican to Reinforce Catholic Orthodoxy” In other news, the BBC reports that Thermometers are Being Used to Tell Temperature, The Sky is Blue, Boeing Plans to Design and Build Airplanes, and the BBC has added a department devoted to reporting Really Obvious Things. [Read more...]

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Battle Lines in California Catholicism It wasn’t hard to foresee that Bp. Weigand will be opposed by Catholic Whores for Baby-Killing. By the way, I think it highly unlikely Weigand will win this battle, but that does not make it one unworthy of fighting. I shall be very surprised if the good Cardinal of LA [Read More...]

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Peter Bronson’s Take on Sidewalk Saints [Read more...]

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Remember back in 2000? …when American politicians and lay Catholics slavishly followed everything the American bishops had to say. Boy, those were the days. All a bishop had to do was say, “Jump!” and American Catholics reflexively responded, “How high?” Yessirree! In the good old days, before the Scandal, American Catholics *respected* their bishops and [Read More...]

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Looks like somebody mistakenly thinks I’m a trendsetter I think I’ll pull a Steve Jobs and sue the pants off Kathy Shaidle for infringing on the “look and feel” of my blog template. Oh sure, nitpickers will cavil that she was using the template first (as if *that* has anything to do with it). [Read more...]

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The trouble, you see, is with a few bishops It’s not the whole of American culture that’s seriously deranged about sex or anything. No. Just snip off a few bishops at the top and that will fix it. We don’t need no stinking theology of the cross. We’re all right, jack. [Read more...]

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