More ICEL Translation Entries from readers! Smile and the world smiles with you: Become celebration in a world that celebrates your becoming. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence: Creator of all that is good, help us learn to respect boundaries and gift you with gratefulness for our fair share. [Read More...]

Voice of the Fuddled Sinks Deeper Into Stockholm Syndrome Dom Bettinelli reports: Deborah Hafner was one of the honored guests at the recent “Voice of the Faithful” confab at the Hynes. You know about SIECUS. That’s the group that, back in Y2K, instigated “A Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing.” The “declaration” called [Read More...]

This weekend’s piece is up on Catholic Exchange Me, I’m going to see steamer trains with my guys! Till next we meet, toodleoo! Oh, and remember, wouldn’t this be an excellent weekend to learn more about the Eucharist, discover Sacred Tradition, explore the Bible, come to love and appreciate the Blessed Virgin, or educate yourself [Read More...]

Bravo Bishop Robert Vasa, Diocese of Baker, Oregon! “Perhaps our laxity in not more strongly proclaiming and enforcing the teachings of the church about the necessity of chastity before marriage, the sinfulness of contraception within marriage, the evil of adultery, the evil of homosexual acts, the horror of abortion and the necessity of Sunday Mass [Read More...]

Now for Something Completely Different: Black Sabbath tunes in Latin [Read more...]

Nope, Calvinism is not somehow uniquely subject to corruption And I certainly didn’t mean to suggest it is. Indeed, each religious tradition has its peculiar forms of sanctity and corruption. A Calvinist saint (and there are some such as Francis Schaeffer) doesn’t look like a Catholic, Orthodox, or Baptist saint. Indeed, none of them look [Read More...]

I’m having way too much fun on HMS Blog Inspired by a reader on this blog, I’ve proposed a new contest over there. Sadly, HMS Blog has no comments box. But by all means, please offer your translations in the comment box here! [Read more...]

More of that fine-tuned sense of Arab morality Once a man commits the venial sin of mass murder, it’s only a matter of time before he does something serious like embezzle. [Read more...]

Exhibit #4098343598 in the “Why Amy Welborn is a National Treasure” Display Authentic reconciliation is only achieved by fidelity to honesty, not by hitting the snooze button. [Read more...]

An offended Calvinist writes about my cracking wise concerning the “fumes of Calvinism”: Huh? Would you elaborate? Taken at face value it is an utterly fatuous statment. Concepts highly prized by Puritans still exist in debased form in American mass culture. We’re still a city on a hill, though we now use the hill to [Read More...]

The answer is “No.” Zero Tolerance policies are stupid and simply another way of avoiding the task of being a bishop. Rome, I predict, will reject the Policy for this reason. At this point, American bishops will have a choice: 1) deal with the fact that their task is to govern their Churches and begin [Read More...]

More Weird Choices for the Bishop’s Oversight Board You’ve never heard of most of these people have you? Neither have I. Greg Popcak talks about why yet another of these guys is a remarkably dubious candidate for dealing with sexual abuse. He also links to Domenico Bettinelli’s piece on board member Pamela Hayes, who’s given [Read More...]

And on a happy note Rome has told the little liturgical fidgets at the International Commission on English in the Liturgy that their cute improvements on the Mass will not be needed anymore Word is that Vox Clara will be doing the translation. [Read more...]

My apologies I’ve been thinking about what I’ve written the last couple of days and I’m not happy with all of it. I think I’ve been very quick to be cynical about our bishops and to stoke the fires of despair. Therefore, I want to apologize if I’ve prompted any reader toward more cynicism too. [Read More...]

One Last Thing on Lefty Puritanism One common critique of Christianity (and Judaism) is the curious biblical idea of corporate personality. Jewish prophets frequently tend to conflate a people with their patriarch so that “Israel” refers both to the man Jacob and to his progeny or “Edom” to Esau or his heirs. The actions of [Read More...]

Speaking of post-modern Puritanism Years ago my pal Dave listened to a long piece NPR did on “How to have a Green Vacation”. Listeners were urged for half an hour to only have environmentally friendly vacations. But the best part came at the end, when the host furrowed his brow and asked the Big Moral [Read More...]

Sandra Miesel (rhymes with “diesel”) comments on the Jesuits sadistically martyred at the hands of the Iroquois: I’m not making this up: several years ago our state museum had a show on Jesuit Fr. deSmet and the Rocky Mountain Indians, called SACRED ENCOUNTERS. The catalog had a picture of the Iroquois torturing Jesuits with the [Read More...]

Krauthammer has a nice piece today on the provincial cluelessness of the Left [Read more...]

Okay, so Amrhine’s a “Fredneck” A reader sez: I’m not sure writing for the Free-Lance Star qualifies as being a “distinguished columnist.” Have you ever *been* to Fredericksburg? I lived there for a year, and it’s one big strip mall surrounded by memorials to people who were traitors to the United States. The carpetbaggers from [Read More...]

1492: The Conquest of Paradise and All That Those who are enthusiasts for the myth that the world is neatly divisible into Evil Christian European Environmental Rapists vs. Happy Matriarchal Earth-Affirming Pagans in Touch with their Sexuality and the Rhythms of Mother Gaia should contemplate this little vignette from the martyrdom of St. John Brebeuf: [Read More...]

Fr. Rob Johansen’s Take on our Hapless Bench of Bishops or “the Democratic Party at Prayer” as Sandra Miesel tartly describes them. “Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.” Revelation 13:10 None of this–I repeat, none of this–is a reason to give up on the Church (as some of my [Read More...]