Egad! Gribbles in the Seawall! [Read more...]

A response I can respect One fun aspect of the “comments” feature is watching my readers duke it out about various things. It saves me the trouble of having to answer everything myself, for which I am grateful since I have a life. One reader makes the amazing allegation that the “entire” purpose of my [Read More...]

More “hate” bunkum A reader comments below: While no one here may consider themselves advocating hatred against gays, the end result of agreeing with statements and positions marking gays as “objectively disordered,” that argue for a restriction on their rights “in order to protect the common good” and beliefs that, if gay people are open [Read More...]

But then again, Kathy Shaidle makes so much of what I have to say superfluous If I had any confidence at all that the gay community was not even more intensely interested in obfuscation, denial and cover up than the bishops, I would stop making such a loud clamor. But the fact is, I don’t [Read More...]

John McGuiness offers his views on the “hate” claim that Veni Sancte Spiritus levels against those who think ordaining homosexuals is probably unwise. He basically praises it with faint damns. He writes: Shea has helped create an environment people feel free to express and state the worst stereotypes about gays. and adds Shea would say [Read More...]

St. Blog’s parishioners in the News! [Read more...]

New Contest! In answer to the bishop’s question below (“What other reason could somebody have for being Catholic than me?”) I propose a new contest on HMS Blog. [Read more...]

Talked to Doug Sirman He’s doing very well. The pain is gone and they are doing medical stuff (including the Irish treatment from Dr. Angie O’Plasty) but he should be out in five days and sounds like he’s slated for a good recovery. Thanks be to God! [Read more...]

On the other hand, there are some dolts in Dallas too The News’ review found that at least 111 of the nation’s 178 mainstream, or Roman rite, Catholic dioceses are headed by men who have protected accused priests or other church figures, such as brothers in religious orders, candidates for the priesthood, teachers and youth-group [Read More...]

Homosexuals Urge Bishops to Pay no Attention to Man Behind Lavender Curtain The open question is whether the bishops will grow the spine to ignore this sort of lobbying and face the reality of the Elephant in the Sacristy. [Read more...]

Catholic Light is unhappy with “The Situation” Not the scandal (though they are unhappy about that too), the name “The Situation”. Not a vibrant enough descriptor for them. They are looking for a new title. I suggest “The Great Enema of 2002″, but my friends think that is too optimistic. Still, it has a certain [Read More...]

Lane Core sez: “We need a saintly bishop who will stand up (publicly or privately) and give the too-worldly, too-wealthy, too-pampered, too-powerful, too-American bishops what they deserve and need. We need a saintly bishop who will deliver to his brother bishops the wrath of God and the mercy of God, at once: they sorely need [Read More...]

L’eglise, c’est moi! I can’t get over this comment from a bishop in Rod Dreher’s fine piece this AM: “To suggest that they [bishops] protect their resources before they protect their people is not just insulting, but unjust and wrong,” the bishop wrote. “If you really believe that, why would you remain Catholic?” This is [Read More...]

Here’s the way to kick off the Dallas Confab Before anything else happens, these guys need to stand up and say in a clear voice: “We were grossly sinful and negligent in our office as bishop. We thought more of protecting the priestly guild than of the good of victims, even when the victims were [Read More...]

Please Pray! Doug Sirman, owner of Sirman on the Mount (and a good friend), has had a heart attack and is in ICU. Father God, please grant that your son Doug be given swift healing in body, soul, and spirit so that he might return to his family and to your service, that the doctors [Read More...]

Wow! I’m feeling hopeful! Tucked away on the TIME site, near Andrew “Anguished Catholic Argues for Getting Rid of Catholic Teaching” Sullivan’s most recent bloviation and the laudatory piece on Catholics Suffering from Stockholm Syndrome is the big news: Bp. Wilton Gregory gives an interview in which he appears to be a bishop who actually [Read More...]

Veni Sancte Spiritus trots out the reliable charge of “hate” Unfortunately, it’s not as useful as it used to be for completely shutting down discussion and returning equilibrium to a completely pro-homosexual hegemony. At any rate, I don’t feel much intimidated by it. I merely reply that my reason for thinking it unwise to ordain [Read More...]

See that little bluish PayPal collection plate button there on the left side of the screen down at the bottom? It works, and it even takes several major credit cards! Donations to this site’s sole writer/editor/oilchanger/janitor/freelance whatchamacallit are really appreciated since this is a labor of love, not lucre, but lucre is still what puts [Read More...]

The mystery of non-resigning bishops The pattern appears to be consistent. More bishops resign when it is shown that they directly violated the law or their oath of celibacy (yesterday, the Kentucky guy, today McCarthy). What mystifies me is why these guys stay until the last dog dies and they are exposed and humiliated in [Read More...]

Another bishop goes Auxiliary Bishop James F. McCarthy of the NY Archdiocese resigned today after admitting to multiple affairs with women. It’s official. He was Cardinal O’Connor’s private secretary, and currently served as vicar for parts of Westchester and Putnam counties. [Read more...]

What Zero Tolerance should mean, and what it actually means Zero Tolerance should mean no tolerance of real abuse. One strike, yer out. All that. However, in real life “zero tolerance” has tended to metastasize into no tolerance of imaginary abuse, including “point a chicken McNugget at a school mate in a threatening manner” and [Read More...]