Time to start forming a network to Defend the Seal of the Confessional An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. A reader writes: I have been writing a blog for a couple of weeks focusing on common law developments with an examination of interesting cases published in California and the Ninth Circuit [Read More...]


Saudi Arabia: Don’t Let Your Daughter Live There [Read more...]


Cardinal Dulles on the upcoming Confab Why “zero tolerance” is just another word for “zero intelligence”. [Read more...]


Joe Katzman has the latest scoop on the anti-semitism at SFSU and what’s being done about it [Read more...]


From the growing “Shoot the Messenger” file Note to the unwary and easily panicked: whenever anybody anywhere in the media says stuff like “A Catholic cardinal who some believe may become the next pope…” you may wager your entire life’s savings with absolute security on the fact that the cardinal under discussion will never ever [Read More...]


Useful Idiots and the Seal of the Confessional A reader sez: I’m sure you remember Lenin’s remark about people who were sympathetic to Marxism and hadn’t realized that it was a giant swindle that enabled leftist intellectuals to ride to power on the support of the proletariat. He called them useful idiots. Now, there are [Read More...]


I figured as much Pete Vere basically sez Kevin Orlin Johnson (who I mistakenly took for a canonist) is wrong. Several other readers concur with Pete in email. One also notes, “The ridiculousness of Johnson’s statement can be further shown by the fact that in 1853, when Bedini supposedly wanted to remove all bishops, St. [Read More...]


A friend writes to say: I don’t see any evidence of trauma. In priests who’ve been accused, whether accurately or falsely, certainly; but not on the part of the bishops. Consternation, yes. “Oh, shit!” sure. But trauma, no. Their behavior is changing, but not because of the conviction that they did something wrong, but due [Read More...]


Kevin Orlin Johnson comments below: Yes, bishops should be removed immediately–all of them. That was the verdict of Abp. Bedini, the very first papal emissary sent over here, in 1853, to sort out the miscreant American clergy. Every subsequent papal emissary has said the same thing: remove these bishops and replace them with “suitable candidates”. [Read More...]


Just to clarify… The “comment” feature refers to the blog immediately above it, not below it. [Read more...]


The Weekend Piece is up over at Catholic Exchange [Read more...]


The Mainstream Press Finally Catches up with the Blogosphere In other news, mainstream press finally acknowledges sky is blue, water is wet, and fire is hot. [Read more...]


Naughty fun over at Ad Orientem [Read more...]


New blog! [Read more...]


A reader writes: I think several bishops in America should be removed immediately because they have failed to shepherd their people well (a gross understatement.) I appreciate your take on the Pope’s “strategy,” and agree that it may be best for the bishops if they have to clean up the mess they’ve made. Dealing with [Read More...]


Some Things I’d Like to See in the Policy [Read more...]


Wishful and wrong headed Somebody writes: The next scandal will be unearthed when the medica can’t find any more child-molesting priests, and then discover how much homosexual activity there is in the priesthood. There is one and only one solution to the crisis: Defrock all homosexual priests and keep homosexuals out of seminaries. While I [Read More...]


Sungenis in the News New Scientist has taken note of Bob’s $1000 dollar geocentrism challenge as well as of another challenge to “prove” evolution. Happily, they refer to Bob’s Catholic Apologetics International as a “sect” and not as somehow an “official Catholic organization.” The Church has enough trouble. Meanwhile, The Onion has some handy observations [Read More...]


Much talk about JPII “gambling with our children” etc. … by leaving in place bishops like Law or Mahony. I think the whole “endangering kids” thing is not going to be much of an issue in future. I think it far more likely the bishops will put in some sort of draconian overkill policy that [Read More...]


A reader asks: The Eastern Churches have secret confession, too. Are their rights also at risk or is this just an anti-Catholic move? Episcopalians and Lutherans also have a form of confession which I’m sure they’d want to defend as private. Depends on how badly Caesar wishes us to have no other gods before him. [Read More...]


Mailbag Fr. Robert Johansen (who recently wrote a very good review of Goodbye! Good Men!) writes: In regards to your reactionary reader, the Church indeed does place mercy above the Law. That’s because God does. Canon law provides many exceptions or relaxations of the strict discipline of law under extraordinary circumstances. That’s why, for example, [Read More...]