Sad and bleak There’s a pagan sadness to these little “Remnant” groups, so clearly destined to wither like little flowers. Very often you find a few truly beautiful souls in them (often born into them), and a great deal of stoic pride that is trying soldier on to the Millennium through sheer dint of will. [Read More...]

Like I say, Caesar is the guarantor of episcopal compliance with basic justice If you will not obey the higher law of love willingly, you will obey the lower law of justice whether you will or no, Cardinal Egan. I’m amazed to find myself agreeing with Richard McBrien. [Read more...]

The thrill of agony! The victory of defeat! It’s the WORLD ROCK PAPER SCISSORS SOCIETY! Now, you’re probably wondering how I’m going to tie this to Catholic faith, aren’t you? You probably think I can’t do it! Doncha? Huh? Doncha? AHEM! Human beings differ from the rest of the animal kingdom in that, in the [Read More...]

The Toxic Phase When somebody has hurt you, there is a tipping point where you pass (if you aren’t careful) from being cautious about trusting them (which is entirely sensible) to assuming the blackest and worst about them. Indeed, to *enjoy* thinking the worst about them. To take whatever they do and say, no matter [Read More...]

Andrew Sullivan needs to brush up on his theology For reasons that are not too terribly difficult to grasp, Sullivan is eager to find examples of cafeteria Catholicism among the ranks of theocons like George Weigel. It makes his own selectivity about other aspects of Catholic teaching more palatable, after all. Sullivan writes: THEOCONS VERSUS [Read More...]

Given that Jody has decided to take up more or less permanent residence in one of my comments boxes… and only use his own blog to post short links driving all his traffic here, I feel as though I should do something. But what? Change the name of my blog to “Mark’s Home for Wayward [Read More...]

Josh Claybourn on Catholic Conservative Nancy Pelosi [Read more...]

George Weigel on the Justice of War with Iraq [Read more...]

In a world riven by war and Islamicist terror, the American Humanist Association stood up for the things that really matter! [Read more...]

Rod Dreher on The Rapture Trap I’m glad this fine book is getting some press. Ideas have consequences, in this case, both political and spiritual. Thigpen’s book is a really fine piece of work that deals, not only with loony dispensational theories of The End, but also with how to deal with various loony Catholic [Read More...]

Looks like I’m wrong about the OBL tape Oh well. Looks like the hunt is on again. [Read more...]

Pelosi is a “Conservative Catholic” Apparently, where she comes from “liberal Catholic”, means somebody who openly worships Moloch, smears themselves with bull’s blood in Dionysian orgies, and channels Ramtha’s dialogues with Joseph Stalin. If not, I can’t for the life of me grasp what she could possibly mean by “conservative Catholic.” What will you wager [Read More...]

Sparse blogging Monday Running the fambly here and there, taking five-year-old Sean (who is now past his Viking Phase, thankyouveddymuch, and on to his Indian Phase) round to some Indian displays at local museums. Finally, a fascination with something local! I couldn’t get to a Norse fjord very easily, but we actually have real live [Read More...]

This isn’t a religious war or anything A statement attributed to Al Qaeda threatened more attacks in New York and Washington unless America stops supporting Israel and converts to Islam, an Arab TV reporter who received the unsigned document said Saturday. Authorities are puzzling over what “converts to Islam” might mean. They downplay any suggestion [Read More...]

Followup on the soap opera with Fr. Haley and his bishop I mention this below. Now a source familiar with the situation tells me: 1) When the bishop found out about the situation [meaning the affair between Fr. Jim and a parishioner], he personally ordered Fr. Jim to cut off all contact with the woman. [Read More...]

Had a lovely fambly day today Went to Pike Place Market and had a splendid time wandering around the shops, sticking coins in Rachel the Bronze Pig, watching the shopkeepers throw fish around, and checking out all the wonderful diversity of the human race. Ate at a nice little family restaurant, popped into Golden Age [Read More...]

They don’t know what’s killing them Exxxxxcellent! [Read more...]

New Muslim ‘zine promotes interreligious dialogue A True Word was established to provide an authentic Islamic viewpoint on contemporary issues, and to actively engage the non-Muslim world in a constructive and honest dialogue of ideas. We write for both Muslims and non-Muslims. This magazine was born of a dissatisfaction with the level of dialogue in [Read More...]

The Latest Piece is Up on Catholic Exchange Now you know what a Verihydripples is. [Read more...]

I’m outta here for the weekend Many thanks for prayers! If you think if it, remember me to Our Lord. [Read more...]

Andy and Jody Fight a Straw Man … as is the custom with atheists. I wrote that the answer to a diseased spirituality is a healthy one, not the watery mix of Mammon and Hallmark cards that characterizes so much of the West. Jody and Andy, on cue, reply with Straw Man Rebuttal #325: “Maybe [Read More...]