“It’s reminiscent of biblical times – killing all those children to get to Jesus.” Guess which respected leader of the black community uses this analogy to oppose war with Saddam Hussein? [Read more...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29242.html

One weird phenomenon I’ve noticed on Catholic boards… is the strange compulsion so many ex-Catholics (especially Fundamentalists) have to linger around the Catholic Church saying “I’m so glad I’m not Catholic anymore. I used to be in bondage to the Church but now I’m free! Free! I’m living in the liberty of the Holy Spirit [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29244.html

Irreformable Positive Reformulation? Huh? Wha? A reader writes: I gotta tell you I haven’t laughed this loud in a long time after reading “Bene Canus“. Good Lord, I nearly busted a gut! But that leads me to my question. In all seriousness, the doctrine of salvation outside the Church is like Bene Canus. When you [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29246.html

Here’s something you can do to resist Islamofascism As many of you may have heard, a Nigerian woman was recently sentenced to death by an Islamic court for having a child out of wedlock. Amina Lawal has been sentenced to death by STONING– she is to be buried up to her neck in the ground, [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29247.html

John Betts continues to chronicle the implosion of Bob Sungenis …and calls for a boycott of his “ministry”. Sounds sensible to me. Most recent developments, the entire Canadian arm of Catholic Apologetics International has folded up shop in protest over Bob’s nutty screeds about the Jews. (Please keep them in prayer. They gotta eat and [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29248.html

Prayer to the Saints A reader wrote: I visited your web site and read your piece on Mary (I am an evangelical) I saw nothing that I disagree with. Surely Mary, as the bearer of Christ, was uniquely blessed. That we do not acknowledge that enough, I can allow. But, what does that have to [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29249.html

By the way… Thanks to all you kind folks who respond to my periodic blegging. Much obliged! [Read more...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29250.html

On the Road agin… This weekend I’m at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita KS. I’ll be speaking there Friday evening and most of the day on Saturday. Friday evening is my talk “Behold your Mother: An Evangelical Discovers the Blessed Virgin Mary”. Saturday is my “By What Authority?: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition” class. [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29251.html

I know what you’re saying… “Goodness! Can it really be that I have never left a tip in Mark’s PayPal Collection Plate? And after all the good he’s done the human race! Ah me! What can I do about this shocking oversight?” <—————— [Read more...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29252.html

About that French guy on trial A friend observes: If the guy is rating religions based primarily on the literary merits of their sacred books, and he thinks Islam is the dumbest, I can only conclude that the nuances of Book of Mormon haven’t been adequately translated into French. He’s got a point. The book [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29253.html

Explain to me again… Why is it that so many Jews are liberal Democrats? Is it masochism? Why keep backing a party that asks you to bend over and take this? Worse still, why do so many American Blacks put up with creatures like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Cynthia McKinney? Can’t they see these [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29254.html

Relapsed Catholic makes an interesting point Is it not rather myopic for a quadriplegic man to urge the state to deem certain human beings to have lives unworthy of being lived? How long till quadriplegics are deemed a source of valuable body parts for rich people who think their troubles outweigh a disabled person’s right [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29255.html

Catholic bishops have problems with a unilateral attack on Iraq It may soon be a moot point, if the UN continues on its present course. Here’s the text of the bishop’s letter to Bush.. [Read more...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29256.html

Bill Cork Continues to Try to Speak Reason to Bob Sungenis He also has a nice analysis of how Bob might have gotten to where he is. As Bill is chronicling, Bob is quietly removing the most egregious passages from his anti-Judaic screeds (always a pleasure to see the Nazi literature go, despite Bob’s earlier [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29257.html

Nature abhors a vacuum Modern secularity’s hostility to Christianity results, not in belief in nothing, but in belief in anything. It also renders the state peculiarly vulnerable to whatever form of spirituality will push the hardest and most militantly in the name of opposition to “religious persecution” (since secularists think “religious persecution” is a uniquely [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29258.html

Joshua Claybourn wants to know my opinion of the recent “Reflections” document As I’ve mentioned before on the blog, the document appears to me to pastorally dumb and confusing, using ultra-nuanced language that was bound to give reporters the basic idea that “the Church teaches Jews can be saved without the grace of Jesus.” For [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29259.html

The Dutch are so Sophisticated and We Americans are Such Cowboys Can’t people see that this nurse was just being extra-special super-duper merciful? She just had a lower threshhold for suffering than most of us, and for this she is on trial? People are so judgmental. [Read more...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29260.html

The War of the Rose is in Crisis When I asked Rose if the two anonymous sources corroborated the claim that the senior seminarian was a homosexual who tried to pressure Kellenyi into an intimate relationship, Rose replied, “All I would say is this: What’s in the book was more or less corroborated by those [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29261.html

Toldja bin Laden’s been dead for months. I think this guy’s on the level. An ego as towering as bin Laden’s couldn’t stand to be out of circulation this month. We would have seen a “Nyah nyah, you missed me!” video on al-Jazeer by now. He’s dead, dead, dead. The divine plan did not pan [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29262.html

A reader comments: Here’s a story about Christopher Reeve’s anger at the church for opposing embryonic stem cell research: Let’s ignore, for the moment, the fact that there are plenty of good sources of stem cells other than embryonic tissue. And, let’s not get our feathers ruffled by his disdain for the church – God [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29263.html

Another day, another priest betrays his vows At least Fr. Hamilton had the grace to resign. However, the priest who tried to sound the klaxon on this and other disgusting slime is discovering the “no good deed goes unpunished” rule applies to him too. What is the bishop of Arlington thinking? Meanwhile, a reader writes [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/09/29264.html


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