Rod Dreher on the simplicity of Thinking All The Media Are Out to Get the Church Isn’t blogging great? People can have arguments about stuff they never get to argue about anywhere else! Rod Dreher writes: I can think of several cases right now, sitting here at my computer, of newspapers and other media outlets [Read More...]

New Catholic CD! [Read more...]

Oh, for dumb! Apologies to Tom Hoopes. I completely misread the line I quoted from his piece. Therefore I deleted my blog on his article that was below. Here is a letter from Tom: Yipes! “I swear … if I didn’t know that this crisis wasn’t the product of media manipulation, I’d be tempted to [Read More...]

More abuse that has nothing whatever to do with homosexuality This time from lesbian nuns. But the homosexual subculture is the paragon of health. No. Really. [Read more...]

On the other hand… I gotta hand it to the National Catholic Register for this, yet another bit of evidence that all is not well with the book Goodbye, Good Men. Yes, I know it would be wonderful thing to just accept without question all the damning charges in the book and fling it over [Read More...]

Thanks 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals! This is just the sort of stupid exasperating judgment that could get people galvanized enough to support Bush judicial nominees and unclog the blockages that guys like Daschle have tried to create while we were all paying attention to other stuff. I sincerely hope our Robed Masters find [Read More...]

And Tim Drake is all wet [Read more...]

Pete Vere is a heretic [Read more...]

From Tedious Bowdlerizers to Cash Cows to Impotent Shadows Fr. Rob Johansen on the happy news of the downfall of ICEL (with excursuses on the translation of Latin and other nifty side notes). [Read more...]

Anti-Semitic Drivel Alert Somebody comments below : The killing of Christ by the Jews continues – every day in every way. Nothing has changed in 2000 years. Don’t you get it? No, I don’t get it. My friend, Rabbi Daniel Lapin put me on his radio show several times so I can hold forth on [Read More...]

A reader thinks there is a “biblical admonition”… “separate from this sin-rent world. (By removing their children from the public schools, getting rid of their TVs, breaking off all ecumenical garbage with abortion and sodomy loving “churches”, etc.)”. He also concludes that “Reagan was wrong — America is the focus of evil in the modern [Read More...]

Josh Claybourn has some End Times musings … and asks for my commentary. None to give really. You can put my eschatological theorizing in a thimble if you are asking “What happens next?” I’m no seer and so have nothing to offer on the headlines, the future of Israel, red heifers, Temple rebuilding, One World [Read More...]

Another crie de coeur from the trenches Oregonian front pages news today – Baker Archdiocese, old charges, dead priest, but everything is documented. 14 men are coming forward. Damning documentation. If I had a blog page I’d call it “Catholic and Bearing With It…For Now.” The scandal at St. Anthony’s is still swirling here…the priest [Read More...]

Peter Shea is seven today! Everything is wonderful and amazing! Swim goggles, snorkel, swim fins, Legos, and Star Wars toys are all revelations of wonder and gifts beyond deserving! Friends coming over are a miraculous blessing! Bedtime stories about Sindbad are glorious! Bibles stories are stupendous! Chasing and wrestling games are the peak of joy! [Read More...]

And while Fr. Jaeger is hung out to dry, Cardinal Mahony asks “How’s my hair?” and positions himself for years more adulation as a Great Reformer The genius of narrowly defined Zero Tolerance: it provides the comforting illusion that something is being done, while excusing principal culprits from facing the music. [Read more...]

A parishioner in the St. Paul Archdiocese objects A reader writes: I read with more than a little interest the comments of the writer who gave a defense of Archbishop Flynn. In particular, I noticed the claim that the Archbishop, in assigning priests, would attempt to reaffirm orthodoxy: “…a parish which lost a truly Catholic [Read More...]

Zero Tolerance absurdities There’s been much argument against my (reluctant) defense of the irritating and evidently clueless Fr. Jaeger, but nothing that really answers the basic questions, “Since when is being stupid a crime?” and “Is it really just to destroy a man’s entire career for something as trivial as his highly ambiguous offense?” Sorry, [Read More...]

Fr. Rob Johansen has some sage things to say about Romanitas, Milwaukee, and Making Haste Slowly Me, I wanna know more about Vox Clara. Is the long hegemony of ICEL (the International Commission on English in the Liturgy) finally to come to an end? It would be nice to know what the Mass actually says [Read More...]

Speaking of Huge Pop Culture Phenomena You’ve Never Heard of Now that TIME has finally gotten around to hearing of the dumb Left Behind books, it could be just a matter of time before they hear about a truly worthwhile Evangelical endeavor, the magnificent work of Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki known as Veggie Tales! [Read More...]

The Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Massachusetts or “Why the Church Cannot Afford to Get Weaker” [Read more...]

Zero Tolerance and the Case of Fr. Jaeger Fr. Jaeger is in the news in Seattle still. Gave a rubdown to a some kids at camp a couple of times 24 years ago and ten years later one or two of them decided this was abuse. He’s been eyed by the diocese for a decade [Read More...]