Peace with Goldberg Achieved I agree completely. If you substitute “triumph” with the word “battle”, I have no quarrel at all. A beautiful harmony now reigns between the Corner and this blog. Let us hold a feast and do the dance of joy. [Read more...]

Why it’s so much easier to take conservatives seriously as moral thinkers Two words: Trent Lott. When one of their own makes it clear he is a self-serving jackass unfit for high office, conservatives have shown their adherence to principle, by and large, and demanded his ouster. Compare and contrast this with the defense of [Read More...]

That’s because, Jonah, The Lord of the Rings is not about the Triumph of Good Over Evil It’s about the redemption of evil by self-sacrificial love. Good does not “triumph” over evil in Tolkien’s universe because it is a Catholic universe. As Tolkien himself said, “I am a Roman Catholic. I do not expect history [Read More...]

Having Rod Bennett visit has renewed my appreciation for Wonder Magazine, his delightful magazine And the good news is: it’s about to be resurrected, starting in April or so! Y’all should get the guy to come and speak at your parish. Extremely interesting and fun! Or, if you prefer, go to the Cornerstone Festival in [Read More...]

The problem is exclusively with the hierarchy They aren’t a reflection of a deeply diseased culture at all. [Read more...]

Brings new meaning to the verses from Canada’s national anthem… O Canada! We stand on guard for thee! Kathy Shaidle must be so proud. [Read more...]

Stokes mostly found not guilty The practical results of this trial seem about right to me: the guy doesn’t go up the river forever, his abuser has a pain in the hip to remind him that sin is evil. However, this statement troubles me greatly: “This is a statement not just for me, but for [Read More...]

Now, I must unbury myself from several days of neglected work But before I do, let me stick something in this space that seems to have done a fine job of provoking discussion over at Amy’s blog. There’s been much discussion recently concerning my old contention that the Pope’s choice to leave bishops at their [Read More...]

Lidless Eyes Sometimes Peer Through Rifle Scopes A reader sends the link above and notes, “I notice that Kopp was being lionized in a series of issues of “Catholic Family News” available at its web site as “A Traditionalist’s Tale”. (Editor’s note: Go here, here and here.) Wonder what they’ll do now that he has [Read More...]

A reader asks I am wondering if you know whether or not the NY Post ever printed a retraction to its article charging John Paul II as, essentially, a co-conspirator with Cardinal Law in the scandal cover-up? This is deeply troubling for me, since I have heard it unhesitatingly quoted as fact on AM radio. [Read More...]

Interesting piece on War and Moral Reasoning by Philip Blosser Betcha didn’t know there was a Cardinal Ratzinger Fan Club, didja? [Read more...]

Why Abortion is not Important Read before making outraged comments. [Read more...]

The War of the Rose (Episode MMCLXVIII) [Read more...]

Remember the Flying Monkeys! And with that I’m outta here till sometime late in the day on Monday. Ciao! [Read more...]

Dreher and Novak on Law’s Resignation [Read more...]

From the “Toldja So” Department Only the pope can request a cardinal’s resignation, and John Paul II’s personal bias undoubtedly leans against doing so. The pope himself, it should be remembered, has faced calls for resignation, albeit for very different reasons — on the grounds that he is too old and weak to govern. He [Read More...]

Now if Trent Lott would just follow in Law’s footsteps Peg Noonan, brilliant as ever. [Read more...]

Memo to the Boston Press Corps (and others) Beware of being right. There is no more spiritually dangerous place in the world than that of Courageous Hero who Has Fought the Good Fight Against Corruption. It leaves you blind to your own capacity for evil. One of the most bittersweet pieces of literature in the [Read More...]

Why now? One of my readers want to know “Why now? Why not back in April?” Others were confidently announcing yesterday that Law was going to be kept in Rome by JPII to avoid subpoenas and other unpleasantness. WaPo says otherwise. If my priest-friend’s analysis is right, this all fits the pattern necessary to grasp [Read More...]

Pope bashing prediction: The Amazing Sheavius predicts that we shall soon be hearing this gem of malicious falsehood: “Oh sure, *now* he accepts Law’s resignation. He *had* to in order to repair his image now that the “smoking gun” has been discovered.” For those who hate the Pope, no actual evidence is ever necessary. Hatred [Read More...]

And so it’s done But not, of course, over. I am dubious Law is the last to have to resign. But it is fitting that it should start there. I feel relief–and sorrow. May he find redemption through this death. And may our poor wounded Church find healing soon. God be with Bishop Lennon as [Read More...]