More on ET Answers to comments below: Leslie: It’s true that many modern philosophies predicate humanness on the ability to reason. St. Thomas predicates it on the possession of a rational soul, which is different. Zach: Agreed. Any stick will do to beat the Church. Joel: I’ll be willing to change my opinion when we [Read More...]

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This is different: Forget Jews. Should ET be baptized? I think it’s a moot problem since we are never getting off this planet, and nobody is ever coming here. We might–might–make radio contact, but I think even this is unlikely. If there’s life elsewhere we need to know a) does it possess a rational soul? [Read More...]

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Toldja and Son of Toldja The priests are getting the “You’re on your own” message loud and clear from irresponsible shepherds like Cardinals Keeler and Egan. [Read more...]

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Note to Calvary Chapel Marriage and sex have rather a lot to do with “family”. [Read more...]

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I am most gratified to report the formation of a new religious group The Societas Oculus Sauron. Shawn Tribe and Shawn McElhinney are founding members. A membership subscription would be the perfect gift for the cuddly Lidless Eye in your life. [Read more...]

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I heard this once, 20 years ago, then it was yanked from the airwaves by lawyers Now, thanks to the miracle of the Internet, it’s back: Gilligan’s Island to tune of Stairway to Heaven by Little Roger and the Goosebumps. Better living through technology. (Caution: You will need the Flash4+ plugin to hear this and [Read More...]

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An interesting comment by Greg Krehbiel prompts some remarks from me over on HMS blog [Read more...]

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My pal Rod Bennett… author of the extremely interesting and readable book Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words, writes me: I’ll be the featured guest on the EWTN “Journey Home” program next Monday night (the 21st) at 7PM CST. (It’s a live broadcast so that probably means the West Coast will get [Read More...]

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New Mysteries of the Rosary to be Promulgated Leaks from the Vatican, in anticipation of the document’s release, suggest that the Pope will introduce five new mysteries to the Rosary. The five new mysteries, the “luminous mysteries,” will focus on the public life of Jesus Christ, Vatican sources say. They will be: the Baptism in [Read More...]

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George Weigel was in Seattle which is his old stomping grounds. This piece is interesting in the way it shows another lefty having doubts about the Fascist Left. A friend went to hear Weigel and asked him about the Pope’s understanding of just war teaching. Weigel remarked that the Pope, a man of enormous intellectual [Read More...]

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Isaiah is Not Nostradamus (If it comes to that, even Nostradamus is not Nostradamus.) Somebody told me yesterday that Isaiah 30:25 is apparently a trendy verse to quote in some Bible prophecy circles, being taken as a prediction of great victories for the United States Kingdom of Heaven in the wake of 9/11. It reads: [Read More...]

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Well, this is certainly direct For myself, when everybody keeps saying things like “This war will be just, so long as the UN says “Go” I am satisfied Bush, not the UN, is the competent authority, since Congress has given him authorization and the UN charter recognizes the right of sovereign nations to declare war. [Read more...]

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The Heavens declare the glory of God and this nifty site helps you get a little more familiar with the heavens. [Read more...]

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We had a beautiful walk in the Cascade Mountains Here’s a picture my son took of me frolicking with one of the adorable woodland creatures: [Read more...]

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I’m outta here My latest piece is up over at Catholic Exchange. I’m off with my two older sons to get us some of that there October. We’re hiking out to Monte Cristo, a little ghost town up in the mountains. I shall (God willing) be back, footsore and happy on Monday. You kids don’t [Read More...]

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Jacob Michael (from CAI) writes in my comments box way down below Jacob is the brand spanking new Catholic with the oil of chrism still wet on his brow who has dubbed himself competent to correct Holy Church on the inferiority of the Paul VI Mass, to defend cutting and pasting Nazi literature in order [Read More...]

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When a blog begins… Jimmy Carter, the first (and only) American President ever to be attacked by a swimming rabbit, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today…. you know the rest has to be great. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the inimitable Dale Price! Dale, refresh my memory. Why is it you’ve never tried [Read More...]

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Uh oh [Read more...]

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When bishops do this, it’s despicable but when Planned Parenthood does it, it’s enlightened and progressive. [Read more...]

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Meanwhile, back on the Plantation… [Read more...]

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Um, if you don’t want people to think you are barbarians…. Falwell’s remarks (about Mohammed as a “terrorist”) were out of line. His remarks that Mohammed was a man of war and violence are strict historical fact. But, y’know, when my Village Atheist medicates his need to feel superior to the hoi polloi by saying [Read More...]

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