So why is Law still a bishop? Some of my readers seem to think that Law’s continuance as a bishop shows JPII to be the locus of evil in the universe. Anyway, as I’ve said before, I think JPII is still attempting to put the US bishops in the position of carrying the crosses they [Read More...]

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One of my reader’s points out these quotes from the Reflections document: “The Catholic Church must always evangelize and will always witness to its faith in the presence of God’s kingdom in Jesus Christ to Jews and to all other people.” and “Sincere individual converts from any tradition or people, including the Jewish people, will [Read More...]

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Rome to US Bishops re: Stupid Zero Tolerance Policy Machine: “Re-do” Thanks to Super Scooper Dom Bettinelli. Oh, and let me be the first to say, “Told you so.” [Read more...]

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Cardinal Law perfects his Sergeant Schultz Impression Q. Who is Archbishop Levada? A. He is the Archbishop of San Francisco. Q. Where was he in 1985? A. Oh, I can’t remember. I’m not even sure he was a bishop in 1985. I’m really not certain where he was in 1985. Q. He was the secretary [Read More...]

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Prophets and Priests Relapsed Catholic declares concerning the horrifying neglectfulness of Cardinal Law and his “dog ate my homework” excuse-making in his deposition that: These men have no moral authority over me whatsoever. Period. My mother’s a “sinner” because she’s divorced, and I am because I’m on the pill — but these guys live in [Read More...]

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So… what is the problem with the “Reflections” thingie A very sharp reader writes a persuasive case for the real problems with the Reflections document: The most serious problem in the document lies, not in some proposed limitation on Christ’s universality (though many folks will read it that way because of its studied ambiguities), but [Read More...]

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Y’know, I have never acquired a taste for beer This is like C.S. Lewis’ discussion of the Tao in The Abolition of Man. I recognize my failure to like beer is a failure in me to conform to something close to the heart of what it is to be human, much as Lewis recognized that [Read More...]

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One last note on Signs One of my readers complained that while there is an image of a missing crucifix at the beginning of the film, there is no corresponding image of a cross at the end. The ever-vigilant John Augustine corrects this and notes that the bathroom door has a huge cross shape on [Read More...]

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Dom Bettinelli has some Big Story he’s going to break at 2:30 PM EDT. That’s all I know. [Read more...]

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Josh Claybourn is a Towering Genius, a Paragon of all that is Right, True, and Good. His words are like honey from the honeycomb, yea, like the resplendent glory of snow upon Mt. Hermon. Hear him, all ye nations! For he is a very oracle of Verity, Righteousness and Charity! Oh, and…. Tom Abbott is [Read More...]

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I know what you are saying… Odd Todd is actually able to pay his rent each month from the little tips that his readers give him for his website. Yet, Mark Shea labors day in and day out to write a blog that is vastly more interesting and edifying than Odd Todd and what have [Read More...]

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Fr. Richard John Neuhaus remarks on the story of the consecration of a bishop. A little boy turned to his father and asked “What’s happening?” The father replied, “This is the part of the ceremony where they remove the spine.” One thinks of this story when receiving email like this: On Assumption Thursday, the New [Read More...]

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Chill, People Sheesh! The American Bishops come out with some tentative document (promulgated by who? with what force? binding on the faithful how?) whose very first word is “Reflections” (hint: rumination, cogitation, thinking, working through, not the Final Word) and half my readers are ready to leave the Church. One of them posts the link [Read More...]

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Good Ponderings on the Bishops’ Document on Evangelization and the Jews over on HMS Blog [Read more...]

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Great Moments in Ecumenism I once wrote a piece called “Deceivers for Jesus” about the unscrupulous tactics of some anti-Catholic proselytizers. Now, thanks to Bishop Joseph Imesch of Joliet, Il, we can claim some less than honest folks for our camp too. How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity. A [Read More...]

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Seattle Taliban Zey make ze trains run on time und bring Order. [Read more...]

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And here’s the document on evangelization of Jews from the USCCB Nuanced, as I thought. But not unorthodox, from what I can see. I see no substantial difference between this: “God’s grace, which is the grace of Jesus Christ according to our faith, is available to all. Therefore, the Church believes that Judaism, i.e. the [Read More...]

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Martin Farkus is back! [Read more...]

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Fr. Wilson shares my sentiments: He writes: I really want to see this document. It may be that it is capable of being read as a denunciation of “proselytism,” which seems to be defined today as aggressive attempts at undermining the faith of others and converting them. But if the document denies Jn xiv.6, well, [Read More...]

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I like David Heddle’s straight-forwardness Very refreshing. It’s always nice to meet a person who cares about reality more than about how everything makes him feel. One of the virtues of the Truly Reformed that I’ve always liked. Of course, we still disagree since I’m right and he’s wrong. [Read more...]

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Speaking of which There’s some new document from the American bishops about not proselytizing Jews. The papers are making it sound as though Catholics are now dispensed from believing that Jesus is the one Way, Truth, and Life and that Jews can be saved apart from Christ. However, I’m gonna withhold judgement about whether the [Read More...]

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