Elections and your Election Summa Contra Mundum observes: “Remember, we are one senator and one Supreme Court justice away from being able to legislate for the protection of children in the womb. This election is crucial.” As I mentioned yesterday, I think we Catholic laypeople have the bishops we deserve, by and large. Their torpor [Read More...]


Pope says Jews are descendants of apes and pigs Leading cardinals and bishops agree that Jews are “some loathsome vermin fit only for extermination”. Billy Graham weighs in, declaring that Jews routinely drink the blood of Christians. Meanwhile, TBN eagerly ballyhoos its upcoming dramatization of the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. A spokesman [Read More...]


Meanwhile, in the South, missionaries are reaching out to Democrats Knock, knock. “Yes?” “Howdy, ma’am. My name is Bubba Jo Suggs and I’m running for Congress in this district.” “Oh really? Which party?” “Oh. Um. The [cough] party.” “I’m sorry. Which party?” “The De [mumble] Party.” “What?” “Look! It’s the Democratic Party. Okay? Happy now? [Read More...]


Noonan Pegs the Appalling “Memorial” Rally In the words of Spock, “They don’t know what’s killing them.” I disagreed with Wellstone on most things, but he (like Robert Casey) seems to have been a Dem who actually had some convictions. Now that he’s dead, the party is being sucked into the black hole of Clintonian [Read More...]


Not everybody thinks the bishop of Rockville Centre is such a bad guy Me: I dunno. I live three thousand miles away. But youse guys in the NYC area can hash it out. [Read more...]


“If anyone’s found my tank, please give us a bell.” I hate it when this happens. [Read more...]


Zach Frey, a Michigander Opposed to Granholm offers the pro-life commercial he’d like to see. [Read more...]


Are Saints “New Revelation”? My latest piece is up at Catholic Exchange. [Read more...]


Hire More PR with Their Salary Money, Cardinal! “All five of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony’s top executives have resigned their posts, church officials said Wednesday, a sign of continuing turmoil in the nation’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese.” [Read more...]


This blog gets results! A week or two ago, I suggested turning Halloween away from its darker manifestations and into a celebration of the saints. Already, the French hierarchy has heard my clarion call! [Read more...]


Tales of the Explained Courtesy of Bill Cork This story happened about a month ago in a little town in Newfoundland and even then it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale. It’s real. This guy was on the side of the road hitch hiking on a very dark night and in the middle of a [Read More...]


In reparation for flagrant sins against justice Contributions and kind words for the rectory housekeeper, Rosa Restrepo, who was fired and persecuted by the clergy of St. Ignatius Cathedral, can be sent on her behalf to Julianne Wiley’s PayPal account. Folks who want to give should go to PayPal, send the money to Julianne, click [Read More...]


Dogmatic Materialist Atheism: The Irrational Conviction that Everything Except the Atheist’s Own Criticism of Theism is an Accidental Product of Wind and Weather [Read more...]


Law: “For the Good of the Church” A past sin repented by the Cardinal? Fine. Okay. Great. But what about this?: “The accusation counters Law’s sworn deposition in the Rev. Paul R. Shanley civil case, in which Law reportedly claimed he dealt with only one abuser priest – the Rev. Leonard Chambers – during his [Read More...]


David Mills speaks the truth Scroll down to “Bad Shepherds”. This touches on my (still being formulated) philosophy about what we lay Americans should do about bad bishops. Yes. We laity. No we can’t fire them. But there are things we can do, if we are willing to do them. Somebody complained the other day [Read More...]


A bit more on gratitude “The test of all happiness is gratitude; and I felt grateful, though I hardly knew to whom. Children are grateful when Santa Claus puts in their stockings gifts of toys or sweets. Could I not be grateful to Santa Claus when he put in my stockings the gift of two [Read More...]


Gratitude No metaphysician ever felt the deficiency of language so much as the grateful. -Charles Caleb Colton, author and clergyman (1780-1832) [Read more...]


Tales of the Semi-Explained A reader sez: A little over 20 years ago I was about 3 months pregnant with my first child. My husband was asleep in the car, and I was driving the 200 miles home from a visit to family. Some time around midnight, on a very quiet country highway, I decided [Read More...]


Surprise! I pretty much agree with locdog’s take on the Catholic Faith Quickly going point by point: 1. Agreed. 2. Again, agreed. Catholics don’t buy the Once Saved, Always Saved scenario. 3. Again, agreed. The Church does not teach that only those in visible communion with the Catholic Church will be saved. Indeed, there are [Read More...]


Tales of the Unexplained, Part 5 A friend of mine (Dan O’Neill, president of Mercy Corps) once had lunch with a miracle. Or rather the recipient of a miracle. Round about 1920, this guy had been an infant in the care of nuns working at one of St. Frances Cabrini’s hospitals. He had an eye [Read More...]


Tales of the Unexplained, Part 4 In the spring following my dad’s death (Spring 1984), I had a very strange and moving conversation with my mother, who began by nervously telling me she had decided to let the funeral parlor that had cremated my father’s body dispose of his ashes. She was, she said, very [Read More...]