Lots of people talk as though PC is the end of civilization as we know it It’s not. It’s the squishiness that precedes tyranny, the Weimar powerless before Nazism, as the Netherlands demonstrates in this article. Chesterton, ever insightful, denies that tyranny is the first stage of human political evolution, followed by the long march [Read More...]


One of my commenters on the “At the end of the day…” thread wrote… If the bishop is the final word on governance in his diocese, then he can openly defy the Pope in matters of governance. Which is false. This discussion is sounding like an apologia for dissident ecclesiastics like Archbishop Hunthausen. The last [Read More...]


A reader writes: I can’t turn this into comment-boxable form, so I’m punting to you, perhaps hoping this can at least be grist for the mill. Does it seem wrong, or at least odd, that people propose what boils down to a boycott of their own diocese? “If that rotten bishop doesn’t do what I [Read More...]


Are all Lidless Eye types this out of touch with reality: “…we have found another proof of our contention that the document Reflections on Covenant and Mission issued by Cardinal Keeler and the USCCB is one in a long line of Vatican attempts to advance the Zionist agenda and change Catholic teaching.” Or is it [Read More...]


Popcak and Shea Together Again! Greg Popcak and your humble scribe are releasing a really nifty four-tape set called “There’s Power in the Blood: The Life Changing Power of the Eucharist.” I know it was nifty cuz I was there when we recorded it together. The cost is $24.95 and you can call 1-877-PSI-3915 to [Read More...]


Rod Bennett is a delightful guy Author of the extremely interesting and readable book Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words, he also runs the Wonder Magazine website, which preserves lotsa stuff from the late great magazine Wonder, which he used to edit. Check it out. [Read more...]


Please pray for Mike! A reader writes: A friend of mine named Mike Rudzis needs prayers. He has four children ranging from about 3 to 14 years old, and is about 40 years old. He has just started a bone marrow transplant to treat lymphoma which has not been conquered by any other means. If [Read More...]


“America is a Nation with the Soul of a Church” – G.K. Chesterton Like no place else in the First World, America insists on investing its political leaders with religious significance. From the “America Needs JC” poster (featuring Jimmy Carter with long hair, a beard and a long white tunic like You Know Who), to [Read More...]


At the end of the day…. Bishops are still in charge. Appoint some FBI lady to make sure things are done according to Hoyle. She works for the bishops. Select some review panel. They serve at the pleasure of the bishops. Organize this or that reform movement. The bishops remain the head of the Church [Read More...]


A Fossilized Fragment of America’s Anti-Catholic Heritage… should be seen as a threat by all Christians–and swept aside. [Read more...]


My latest piece is up on Catholic Exchange Why don’t have a hope in the world…and that’s okay! [Read more...]


Whoa! When Do I get to Have a Shot at a Snazzy Photo in the Jewish World Review? Kudos and Huzzahs to St. Blog’s own Eve Tushnet! You go girl! Here’s Eve basically repeating my point of yesterday: The Republican position, broadly speaking, can be summarized as, “Follow the rules!” Republicans use textualist rhetoric, praising [Read More...]


Jeremy Lott writes me: I read your comments about the ossuary with the inscription James brother of Jesus and couldn’t help but realize that you’ve fallen into the same trap of many of your co-religionists: discounting possibly one of the most profound archeological discoveries of all time (from a Catholic point of view) because of [Read More...]


A reader asks Is there any room, in your view, for lay boards to licitly have more power? Even if a Council of bishops were to take up the question? Or is this a question that the tradition has definitively answered in the negative? Like I say, “final voice” does not mean “only voice”. I [Read More...]


It appears Amy and I are on similar wavelengths today She has some (much more worthwhile) cogitations on the Norms on her blog. Go read her. She’s much more clear-headed than I am. [Read more...]


Random and incoherent mulling about the Norms A friend of mine tells a story about the gay 30 year old guy in his neighborhood who came on to him when he was a minor. The guy showed up in his basement during a party at the neighbor’s and did the “I’m an expert in muscle [Read More...]


Cardinal Mahony Continues to Inspire Trust Everything’s under control. What we do with your tithes is revealed to you on a Need to Know basis. I salute your uniform, Cardinal. [Read more...]


Popcak and Madrid Appear to be Combining Forces to Crush the Freedom-Loving Peoples of St. Blog’s It appears Popcak is playing the Good Cop/Bad Cop game with Madrid as the heavy, claiming some sort of sinister e-harrassment by Madrid to paint himself as the benevolent-and-unwilling-endorser of Madrid’s ruthless suppression of the attempted coup on the [Read More...]


St. Pat’s Sex Stuntwoman Publicly Announces “I’m a complete moral cretin” Without Realizing It “We didn’t mean to come up there and have disrespect for the church,” Loretta Lynn Harper, of Virginia, told the TV show “Celebrity Justice.” “We really didn’t realize how serious this was.” In an age of moral bankruptcy, this is what [Read More...]


My sources tell me Bishop Edward O’Donnell’s resignation has been accepted He’s the bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette, LA: the guy who banned Flannery O’Connor’s “The Artificial Nigger” because some ignoramuses were “offended” by the word “nigger” in the title (even though O’Connor was not remotely a racist) and, as St. Blog’s parishioners remember, [Read More...]


But enough about politics! Let’s talk about something less controversial, like religion! I promise to get back to things Catholic soon. I’m still playing catchup because of the upgrade to XP. Election stuff was easy and ready-to-hand. Soon I will return to gabbing about the Faith! [Read more...]