I like Jeff Jacoby, but… Jacoby is Jewish, not Christian, and therefore does not have within his religious tradition the commandment “Love your enemies.” Obviously, repentance is necessary if forgiveness is to be received. But that’s hard for the dead to do. The Christian command to forgive wrongs done us is absolute. We are to [Read More...]


Speaking of Rod’s piece… Somebody wants to know why I described myself as a “non-revisionist” Catholic and if I was cribbing from Marxist jargon. Nope. I was cribbing from Peter Kreeft. He might be aware of the Marxist origins of the term. I wasn’t. I just think it’s apt. Also, a number of readers are [Read More...]


From the “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” Department Rod Dreher does us bloggers a big favor by pointing out the dangers of libel law and ignorance thereof (in his article on the Rose threat of suit against Johansen). I, for one, was grateful since I don’t know nuthin’ ’bout legal stuff and neither do most [Read More...]


The War of the Rose Continues Me, I’m no lawyer and so can’t comment on the merits of the suit against Johansen, but given that Crisis wrote a rather damning piece on Rose’s book last month the words that come to mind are “Pot. Kettle. Black.” For the life of me, I can’t see a [Read More...]


The Implosion of Bob Sungenis Several people have contacted Bob privately and urged him to abandon his attack on the Jews, much as they urged him to abandon his peculiar determination to insist on geocentrism. No dice. I’ve been kill-filed. Others are persona non grata with Bob. James Scott over at TCR News took Bob [Read More...]


New Definition of Irony Bill Clinton is getting $12 million for his memoirs, and Hillary got $8 million for hers. That’s $20 million for two people, who for eight years, repeatedly testified they couldn’t remember anything. [Read more...]


By the way, if you listen to Catholic Radio or are a fan of Greg Popcak… The reason I was in Steubenville was twofold (threefold, really, if you count “I’ve always wanted to go to Mass in Mingo Junction, OH.”): I was there to tape a four-tape series with Greg Popcak (which will be available [Read More...]


Back from Steubenville! Arrived very late last night and tumbled into bed. Rose late. Took the kidlets off to the homeschool co-op. Plowed through a ton of email. Finally read my blog comments a minute ago. It’s so nice to see folks can go on without me. Maybe I’ll just start posting single word topics [Read More...]


I’m off to Steubenville! Got a taping session (two actually) and a party to go to at Greg Popcak’s house. Be back late Sunday, blog again Monday most likely. Hope to see any of you who are going to the writer’s conference. Won’t be there myself, but might pop in briefly. Toodles! [Read more...]


Mercy Wars There’s a story I heard sometime ago about a sign in a parking lot that read, “Private Parking. Trespassers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law! Signed, the Sisters of Mercy” I just think that’s funny so I thought I’d throw it in. In the comments box on “Lord Jesus, [Read More...]


John Mallon Answers a Gripe From: Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2002 16:39:00 -0500 To: editor@insidethevatican.com I feel compelled to write in response to the editorial by “John Mallon . . . contributing editor at Inside the Vatican magazine” recently published in the Boston Globe. I am once again shamed by those who call themselves leaders [Read More...]


A team of professional movers will use ropes, levers and pullies to move Ted Kennedy into the Senate chamber to hold hearings on this I’m not an apologist for multinational corps. I think they do often treat people wretchedly (Nestle’s among them). As a Catholic, the center of my social theory is the family, not [Read More...]


A Note to Commenters I try to run a pretty loose ship here. I don’t ask for a lot. I don’t want lockstep agreements. I just want respectful disagreements. Think of yourselves as guests in my living room. I am not Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose. In addition to believing a host should be nice to [Read More...]


Which leads to another point Just because you extend mercy and forgiveness to somebody does not mean you are obliged to be a pacifist toward them. I hope for bin Laden’s salvation and the salvation of the members of Al-Quaeda. I also hope that, barring their extremely unlikely renunciation of violence, we can track down [Read More...]


Which brings me to another issue As is my custom, I manage to torque off some people for thinking the Pope has a sound theological reason for not firing bishops (“You keep making excuses for these guys!”) and I also manage to torque off people because I refuse to make excuses for these guys (witness [Read More...]


Lord Jesus, Save me from your followers! Always a pleasure to rise bright and early to find the latest crop of comments from the Lidless Eye crowd, calling me an idiot and the Pope a purveyor of pseudo-intellectual gibberish for the consumption of sycophants. Such winning ways the Lidless Eye folks have! What was the [Read More...]


We adore you O Christ and bless you, because by your cross and resurrection, you have redeemed the world [Read more...]


Light blogging today But I do wish to offer this wholly inadequate token in remembrance of the greatness revealed in my countrymen on that day: Light and Darkness God bless America. [Read more...]


Iraqi Newspapers Echo Bishop Gettlefinger’s Comforting Words to Americans [Read more...]


From the “How to Make Yourself a Completely Ignored Bishop” file Bishop Gerald Gettlefinger of the Diocese of Evansville IN graces a grieving nation with these comforting words for the first anniversary of 9/11 (in the Evansville diocesan paper): September 11, 2002: A year later “I worry! Have those in our hall of government moved [Read More...]


Speaking of Whom… A reader writes: I lifted this from ZENIT. It appears the Holy Father has found the key for GWB to attack Iraq. As Sept. 11 approaches, John Paul II appealed to world leaders to combat terrorism by fighting its roots, especially injustice and oppression. To respond to terrorism means “to undertake new [Read More...]