Express Party! Here’s something different for summer. Today, my family (including a wacky uncle and aunt) will have an “Express Party” supper. What’s that? We get lots of messy food and eat out on the lawn. When somebody asks you to pass something, you send it their way–express (i.e. you throw it). We will not [Read More...]

David Alexander remains indomitable and writes to VOTF again [Read more...]

The View from the Core on Reparations Follies On the bright side of the political news, both Bob Barr and Cynthia McKinney lost yesterday. [Read more...]

More proof that Victor Lams is a comic genius And don’t forget this too. [Read more...]

Pete Vere Writes an Insightful Letter to David Alexander Dave, you will recall, is one of the valiant souls attempting to keep VOTF from becoming simply another Nazgul for CalltoActionCatholicsforaFreeChoiceWeAreChurch. Pete writes the following about their apology and it’s eerie similarity to the behavior of the bishops they are allegedly trying to reform: Hi Dave, [Read More...]

Tom Hoopes from National Catholic Register writes: Mark, sorry to dump this long e-mail on you but I’m worried about this whole Rod Dreher-is-disappointed-in-the-Pope WSJ thing and you seem the logical guy to make the opposite case. Why do I care about it? Because it will drive a wedge between souls and Christ. I’d make [Read More...]

Cardinal Keeler issues clarification on Reflections document “What? Somebody reads what we write?! Good heavens! We never meant it to come to that!” [Read more...]

Mike Epstein (aka Prolife Guy) is a theological genius Asked to give his Jewish Man in the Street Response to the “Reflections” document and his general way of dealing with missionary types, he says in 15 words what the Subcommittee of Verbose and Elliptical Religious Functionaries took zillions of words to never quite get around [Read More...]

Glad I live in Washington Memo to the State of California Educational Ubergruppenfuehrers: Go to hell. [Read more...]

“Second Virginity” is becoming trendy Sometimes it’s due to a sincere repentance for fornication. Usually, it’s done as a sop to conscience or out of a consumerist desire to make sex hotter after the wedding day. Here’s a bogus factoid from the article: “Sexual abstinence is nothing new, of course: it is prescribed for Muslims [Read More...]

A convert friend from a Jewish background writes: As a late convert to the faith – in my late forties – I’ve never been stuck with a childhood, child-like faith and awe in priests – they’ve always seemed to me to be guys who happen to be members of a very important order of the [Read More...]

Chesterton and the War on Terror Things that trouble my sleep now and then. [Read more...]

Bosch and Gustave Dore had it wrong They’ve filled our imaginations with damned creatures in dramatic poses like this In reality, the face of damnation is that of a well groomed, serious urban professional who doesn’t need to raise his voice and who likes to pose for the camera, like this . To find out [Read More...]

Chris from Midwest Conservative Journal takes issue with me in my comments box below He writes (with my replies interspersed): Monogamy’s not the “clear teaching of Scripture?” How do you figure? Read the excerpt from By What Authority?. It describes how I figure. Christ quoted Genesis 2:24 in Matthew 19:1-12 and Mark 10:1-12 and it [Read More...]

blogs4god has massively re-done its policy Warning: Anyone caught complaining will personally receive their best Ernest Angely style healing! [Read more...]

The Indomitable David Alexander Writes to Voice of the Fuddled [Read more...]

Richard Dreyfuss Demonstrates Class [Read more...]

Another “Toldja So!” from Your Scribe In 1996 I wrote a little book called By What Authority? that (among other things) pointed out how certain doctrines which we Evangelicals assumed to be “the clear teaching of Scripture” are, in fact, quite unclear if’n it’s just you and your Bible and are, in fact, impossible to [Read More...]

A reader notes Re: the Cardinal Mahony vs. Bishop Curry All-Star Mud Wrestling Extravaganza: Regarding Bishop Curry. Bear in mind that the “Bishop of Santa Barbara” designation does not refer to a separate diocese. Thomas Curry is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. “Santa Barbara” is one of the “regions” of the [Read More...]

Here’s something hopeful in a bleak sort of way Rod Dreher writes me to point out that Amy links to a piece in the LA Times (registration required, sorry!) in which Cdl. Mahony works on his Sergeant Schultz impression too. Wherever responsibility was, he wasn’t. It’s all the fault of some underling. Problem is, the [Read More...]

Victor Lams is a comic genius I’m beginning to suspect he and Greg Popcak are the same guy. [Read more...]