Speaking of atheism Josh Claybourn has a fun little bit today. [Read more...]

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Atheist Antennae Go Up I’ve started getting mail from atheists. One of the letters was poignant in its contempt for the Church and it’s longing for the Church to not be contemptible. I think that guy is closer to God than he realizes. Another guy responds to my Eupocrisy article: Please explain to this atheist [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/06/29938.html

Withholding money is always helpful Somebody writes: The Knights of Columbus has it’s annual meeting in few weeks. Usually many prelates show up to give speeches, etc. I would like to see a groundswell of support to pressure the KofC to: 1. Dismiss Bishop Thomas V. Daily of Brooklyn as its Supreme Chaplain for obvious [Read More...]

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“Trust Us”, Part Deux Amy runs this happy bit of reportage on the Cleveland diocese, while in my mailbox this AM: I get this from somebody in the trenches: By now, it is to be hoped we all have all contacted the Cleveland Diocese and asked for the removal of the Gay Pride Rainbow Triangle [Read More...]

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Why We Don’t Trust You, Gentlemen Just another sample of correspondence from a Monday morning: Rod Dreher blogged an interesting L.A. New Times article which chronicles the corrupt network of “progressive” clerics in Southern California. And as depressing as it is, it’s not surprising. If I were to describe in a word the ecclesiastical situation [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/06/29941.html

Speaking of which… Lotsa feedback on Fr. Doyle’s contention that the majority of abuse cases are adult women. Can’t post it all, so will post the most succinct argument I’ve gotten against being too quick to change my stance: I agree that this is a neglected topic; however, it is OK to talk about consent [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/06/29942.html

Somebody out there is doing a Good Thing A reader writes: I am a Catholic who experiences same sex attraction and endeavors to live chastely in accordance with Catholic teachings. I have prepared a website at “http://www.ssaml.com“, the “Same Sex Attraction Morality League”, that is designed to be helpful for those with this condition. Please [Read More...]

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Fr. Thomas Doyle reacts Fr. Doyle, in case you didn’t know, is the guy who warned the bishops in the mid-80s that they had better get serious and was almost completely ignored. Reaction to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People Thomas Doyle,O.P., J.C.D. 1. This is the strongest, most unequivocal statement [Read More...]

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Pete Vere on why the Dallas Dog and Pony Show is turning out to be a bunch of crap Dulles is pointing to the serious flaws and why Rome will reject it, and rightly so. [Read more...]

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Looks like bishops won’t address the heart of the problem A reader writes: They just voted “no” on Bruskewitz’s amendment to make sure that the committee set up to study why abuse happens takes into account dissent and homosexuality. They won’t even study the issue!!! As I feared. They prefer a bandaid. My suspicion is [Read More...]

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The Vatican’s Secret Plan Revealed A reader sez: I’ve just been to the grocery and the latest WEEKLY WORLD NEWS blares: ROBOT PRIESTS! Pope’s Plan to End Sex Scandal: Mechanical Holy Men. with sketch of non-humanoid robot marked with crosses. (I don’t guarantee I’ve given the exact wording) As far as I know, this is [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/06/29947.html

Eupocrisy It’s not often one gets to coin a word. But I got to a few years ago when trying to describe the behavior of people who are better than their rhetoric (such as, f’rinstance, atheists who loudly proclaim that there is no God and the universe is just an idiot machine without meaning, but [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/06/29948.html

Minute Particulars directs our attention past the stream of media chatter to Basic Questions …and, in the process, reveal the tragic contradictions at the heart of atheism, particularly as it grapples, as USS Clueless does, with finding some way of extracting meaning out of existence if there is no God. Suggested reading for atheists suffering [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/06/29949.html

Dreher nails it again [Read more...]

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John Schultz want to know… “Can someone tell me where in the Vatican II docs it says there should be lay involvement in the minute details of Church governance?” Actually, there is room in the Tradition for lay involvement in governance, and the bishops are, by this Scandal, making clear why that might be good. [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/06/29951.html

But still, that’s just the “presenting symptom” The root of this cancer is a) a culture of contempt for orthodoxy and chastity in a significant subculture in the priesthood and b) the bishops who permit and even participate in that. Who guards the guardians? If you expect us to trust you, gentlemen, while you leave [Read More...]

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On the bright side They’ve at least shown the bare minimum of common sense to adopt a One Strike Policy. Now I hope they will show the bare minimum of common sense in clearly defining what “abuse” means so that 18 year old Anakin Skywalkers in formation in 1970 will not be crucified 30 years [Read More...]

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More on Sins against the truth in Broad Daylight A reader writes: This has already been covered in some of the newspaper articles, but an article in today’s Washington Post reminded me and I thought you might be interested in seeing the link. It’s about a report (thorough and knowledgeable) that was sent to the [Read More...]

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Deed, not Words, Gentlemen As Fr. Rob Johansen points out, Bp. Wilton Gregory is appearing to have trouble walking the talk. Nothing will be more tragic than a good beginning followed by the normal recourse to Business as Usual. George Neumayr is waaaaaay more critical of Bp. Gregory than I would be. He seems to [Read More...]

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On the down side The bishops are trotting out the Usual Suspects to give the blah blah on psychology, etc, just as if they weren’t the deeply discredited people whose advice the bishops foolishly followed to set Geoghan loose to prey on more kids. Philip Lawler also notes, presciently: Omigosh! Scott Appleby has just gone [Read More...]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2002/06/29956.html

If only women could be teachers. If only teachers could marry. None of this would happen. [Read more...]

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