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...]


Whew! Well that’s a relief! Remember last week when I was talking about how dangerous Phillip Pullman’s books are. Well, you can forget your worries. You see, according to a review of Morris Berman’s The Twilight of American Culture: “Berman relates that 60% of [American] adults have never read a book; only 6% read one [Read More...]


One more bit on Reparations It is a funny thing that those who think there might be something in an argument for reparations are often the same sort of people who think there is nothing in the Catholic doctrine of original sin. That doctrine does not teach that since your grandfather was a slave owner [Read More...]


Stuff like this cracks me up “I’m the biggest kook!” “No! I’m the biggest kook!” This march should be as resounding a success as the Reparations March. [Read more...]


American Bishops Continue to Win Friends and Influence People Mind you, Dale is an ardent and intelligent Catholic and loves the Faith. Imagine how favorably they impress the enemies of the Church. One consolation: Do you know anybody–anybody in the world–who ever came to the Catholic faith saying, “I just had to be Catholic because [Read More...]


Shakedown Convention in DC One hundred and fifty years ago, my ancestors were a) in Canada, b) in Scotland, c) poor Irish farmers and immigrant horse thieves and d) far away from the awesome economic benefits slavery was allegedly conferring on “us”. I’m not related to anybody who ever owned a slave. I am related [Read More...]


Memo to this clueless woman The sacrament of Holy Orders is not a civil right. [Read more...]


Donald Sensing Muses about Hell In the words of Lewis, “The Gates of hell are barred from the inside.” Sensing also argues there is salvation outside the Church. I think he’s wrong, since “the Church” is ultimately the company of the saved and therefore it is a tautology to say there is no salvation outside [Read More...]