Today is the Day to Pray for Healing for our Sore-Beset Church If it’s any help, Shaken by Scandals has a section in the back full of relevant scriptural texts, reflections, and prayers that are intended for use on just such a day as this. Lord, hear our prayer. [Read more...]

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’ve pretty much used up my advance, and now my editors are hoping that I’ll outlive the pope.” ROBERT BLAIR KAISER,who is 71, on a book he will write on Pope John Paul II’s successor. The reader who sent this in sez: “Serves ‘em right, the old vultures, for presuming that [Read More...]

A reader speculates I think the way it works for everybody is roughly like this: Jesus said No one comes to the Father except through Me, but He never said it had to be on this side. I believe for everyone it happens on the other side, first thing, and without the operation of free [Read More...]

Science writer tiptoes up to admitting Romans 1:20 is right about You Know Who …but also hedges his language so the kids at the science playground won’t ostracize him from the peer group (“But creationists should not rejoice: even a god such as this can’t explain how things got so strange.”). Mustn’t be caught associating [Read More...]

Some of my readers are debating the question of whether JPII is a good or bad CEO This is deeply ironic to me, since it is precisely because our bishops have conceived of themselves as CEO’s and not priests that we are in this jam. Lesson #1: if you want to try to comprehend JPII’s [Read More...]

Memo to Mainstream Media: I am Locutus of Blog. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile. [Read more...]

Squishy liberal modernist ecumenical interreligious flake alert “We have been taught that Christ is the first-born of God, and we have declared above that He is the Word of whom every race of men were partakers; and those who lived reasonably are Christians, even though they have been thought atheists; as, among the Greeks, Socrates [Read More...]

Proof of the existence of evil spirits Somebody made a portrait of Elvis out of 4,000 pieces of toast. No merely human depravity can account for things like this. [Read more...]

So why is Law still a bishop? Some of my readers seem to think that Law’s continuance as a bishop shows JPII to be the locus of evil in the universe. Anyway, as I’ve said before, I think JPII is still attempting to put the US bishops in the position of carrying the crosses they [Read More...]

One of my reader’s points out these quotes from the Reflections document: “The Catholic Church must always evangelize and will always witness to its faith in the presence of God’s kingdom in Jesus Christ to Jews and to all other people.” and “Sincere individual converts from any tradition or people, including the Jewish people, will [Read More...]

Rome to US Bishops re: Stupid Zero Tolerance Policy Machine: “Re-do” Thanks to Super Scooper Dom Bettinelli. Oh, and let me be the first to say, “Told you so.” [Read more...]

Cardinal Law perfects his Sergeant Schultz Impression Q. Who is Archbishop Levada? A. He is the Archbishop of San Francisco. Q. Where was he in 1985? A. Oh, I can’t remember. I’m not even sure he was a bishop in 1985. I’m really not certain where he was in 1985. Q. He was the secretary [Read More...]

Prophets and Priests Relapsed Catholic declares concerning the horrifying neglectfulness of Cardinal Law and his “dog ate my homework” excuse-making in his deposition that: These men have no moral authority over me whatsoever. Period. My mother’s a “sinner” because she’s divorced, and I am because I’m on the pill — but these guys live in [Read More...]

So… what is the problem with the “Reflections” thingie A very sharp reader writes a persuasive case for the real problems with the Reflections document: The most serious problem in the document lies, not in some proposed limitation on Christ’s universality (though many folks will read it that way because of its studied ambiguities), but [Read More...]

Y’know, I have never acquired a taste for beer This is like C.S. Lewis’ discussion of the Tao in The Abolition of Man. I recognize my failure to like beer is a failure in me to conform to something close to the heart of what it is to be human, much as Lewis recognized that [Read More...]

One last note on Signs One of my readers complained that while there is an image of a missing crucifix at the beginning of the film, there is no corresponding image of a cross at the end. The ever-vigilant John Augustine corrects this and notes that the bathroom door has a huge cross shape on [Read More...]

Dom Bettinelli has some Big Story he’s going to break at 2:30 PM EDT. That’s all I know. [Read more...]

Josh Claybourn is a Towering Genius, a Paragon of all that is Right, True, and Good. His words are like honey from the honeycomb, yea, like the resplendent glory of snow upon Mt. Hermon. Hear him, all ye nations! For he is a very oracle of Verity, Righteousness and Charity! Oh, and…. Tom Abbott is [Read More...]

I know what you are saying… Odd Todd is actually able to pay his rent each month from the little tips that his readers give him for his website. Yet, Mark Shea labors day in and day out to write a blog that is vastly more interesting and edifying than Odd Todd and what have [Read More...]

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus remarks on the story of the consecration of a bishop. A little boy turned to his father and asked “What’s happening?” The father replied, “This is the part of the ceremony where they remove the spine.” One thinks of this story when receiving email like this: On Assumption Thursday, the New [Read More...]

Chill, People Sheesh! The American Bishops come out with some tentative document (promulgated by who? with what force? binding on the faithful how?) whose very first word is “Reflections” (hint: rumination, cogitation, thinking, working through, not the Final Word) and half my readers are ready to leave the Church. One of them posts the link [Read More...]