Why no Bruskewitz on the Plenary Council letter? I suspect because he tends to be a lightening rod. Right message, wrong messenger, if you want to reach a bunch of bishops whose greatest fear is the word “conservative.” Just a hunch. I’ll bet he’s glad about the letter though. [Read more...]


Blogs4God is in deep doo doo with Mike Hardy and Sursum Corda. It appears there’s some little email campaign demanding justice, etc. because B4G doesn’t link to Mike’s site since he’s well, you know. (“Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” – Jerry Seinfeld). Now, I’m a big booster of freedom of association. If Jack [Read More...]


A reader writes from Michigan: Just saw your blog on Jennifer Granholm and the quisling priest who wrote an encomium to her. You should know that Our Lady of Good Counsel is Ms. Granholm’s home parish, where she is currently an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist (how’s that for sacrilege in action?) and has served [Read More...]


Rod Dreher Goes to Bat for Steve Brady in the comments box below My reply: I don’t blame Brady et al for their anger. Nor do I fault them for the work they’ve done in exposing the rot. I’d be angry too. Hell, I *am* angry. I think they have played a valuable and necessary [Read More...]


Attn: Cardinal Maida! Here’s a priest who could do with shutting up Fr. Doc Ortman of Our Lady of Good Counsel [!] delivers his ringing tax exempt endorsement of Michigan pro-abort gubernatorial candidate Jennifer Granholm: Father Doc’s Den August 4, 2002 Many people have come to me in the two weeks just past to ask [Read More...]


David Alexander Answers Mike Hardy’s question …about why he’s been involved in Voice of the Faithful. This could be the only time I write a blog that doesn’t elicit an angry reaction from Mike. Don’t know if I can say the same for Dave’s blog. [Read more...]


Does this give you the willies? It should. Good on the protestors. [Read more...]


A reader writes: Several commenters wonder if RCF (Roman Catholic Faithful) might become a national organization by which orthodox Catholics could express their views. I think we’re going to have to look elsewhere. Steve Brady, founder of RCF, is a straight-shooting, hard-working, and gutsy guy. You wouldn’t expect a high-school grad running a pizzeria to [Read More...]


Chris Hart Thinks that I Think that… VOTF is dead. I don’t. I think they will dither around for a while and then will be co-opted by the usual gang of dissenters, but will have a big budget (for a while) since they are “doing it for the children”. I do think the message board [Read More...]


Unleash the Power of the Blog! Okay, all you converts! Here’s a chance to help somebody who is in your shoes! Sean Roberts writes: I’m a Catholic newbie in the RCIA process. I was pretty moved by the email you posted from the Protestant struggling with Catholicism. I’m in a similar boat myself (as I [Read More...]


More on the Zero Tolerance Machine A reader sez: I have been heartened to read your stand against zero tolerance. I have been equally amazed by how many people attack you for it. Any lawyer in the crowd should understand that zero tolerance is just a variation of an automatic sentencing system. We have had [Read More...]


Continuing our Conversation on Sin, Redemption and Restoration… Fr. Rob Johansen has some remarks on his blog. (By the way, Blogger, in an ongoing effort to terrorize customers into upgrading to “Expensive Blogger” seems to have shot the inidividual blog links to pieces, so I can only link to the blog site and tell you [Read More...]


Brian Amend (and with a name like that, he’s born to write parodies of hymns) writes: Hello, I’ve vented my spleen creatively, and I hoped you might appreciate it. I hope it will provide consolation for you should you have to cross that barren desert. (For the record and full disclosure, I should say that [Read More...]


A special communion hymn for Rod Dreher I’d like to teach the world to share Their barley loaves and fish. To get my friends to love and care Is my one greatest wish. This and other insights on the dumbness of the miwacwe of the woaves and fishies (as distinct from the Miracle of the [Read More...]


If you buy only one Scandal-related book this year… buy George Weigel’s. [Read more...]


More arguments on HMS Blog about Zero Tolerance (and a terrific Screwtape Letter about the Lidless Eye Critics of World Youth Day) [Read more...]


The Twue Miwacwe of the Woaves and Fishes was Cawing and Shawing This year it was Rod Dreher’s turn to endure that perennial favorite homily of aging Woodstock priests explaining “Jesus didn’t really multiply loaves and fishes, he was just such a splendid voice of social justice that the people turned, gazed longingly into one [Read More...]


New Blog! [Read more...]


Chesterton Once Observed… …that newspapers are the playthings of a few rich men. Now TV, radio and other media empires are likewise the playthings of a few rich men (and women). But thanks to the Internet, blogs are now the playthings of a growing number of poor men and women–like me! In that spirit of [Read More...]


Bishop Spong Continues to Make Good on his Threat to Keep Writing Books if Christianity Does not Capitulate to His Demands For example, “A New Christianity for a New World” is a religion book that made the secular bestseller lists, but not CBA’s. In it, Episcopalian Bishop John Shelby Spong denies the Trinity, the deity [Read More...]


No. Really! I appreciate your comments! My comments feature apparently went kaflooey this weekend (and again today) and I got at least one panicked reader’s apology for clogging up my comments box with… comments…and begging me to please restore the feature and forgive him for writing stuff in the box. Rest assured, gentle commenters: I [Read More...]