How Mere Christianity….

…made me a Catholic. Convert Edwin Woodruff Tait offers one attempt to articulate one of the considerations that finally made him a Catholic–the necessity and, at the same time, the insufficiency of “Mere Christianity.” A typically thoughtful read from a typically thoughtful man. [Read more…]

Kevin O’Brien has an interesting look…

at Fr. Richard Rohr and his Immortal Diamond. By the way, Kevin has a series of videos out for homeschoolers you should check out.  Here’s one of them, illustrating the pretty dang highbrow type nature of his work: [Read more…]

If you are interested in faith and film, check this out

Go here to enter. [Read more…]

Baby Christian and New Constantine American Christian Hero Trump

…just issued a blackmail threat to Comey: James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017 This is actually happening and Rod Dreher gives the details. Next up: Super Duper Real[TM] Christians fan out across St. Blog’s [Read More…]

The Great Seduction

A reader writes: Rod Dreher has a pretty good takedown of the executive order that came out of the White House recently. Between this and the AHCA, as Ross Douthat tweeted it, “This has not been a particularly good day for the Catholic case for Trump.” So far it looks like the Trump administration will [Read More…]

One of the great (accidentally) prolife movies now has a sequel

Looking forward to it. [Read more…]

Where we are in salvation history

Only about 25% of the human race was baptized in the 2000 years since Pentecost and only 36% of all human beings who have lived over the past 2,000 years had a chance to hear the Gospel and be baptized. Granting fully that God is God and the Second Coming could be at any moment, [Read More…]

Jeeper Creepers! Corporate Peepers!

A reader who is a lawyer writes: Remember the “cute” Burger King snafu with its commercials triggering personal electronic devices? It was a test, apparently, of a feature they deliberately put into your cell phones. And there’s no problem with remote-control technology being used to control your life at whim, with no requirement of justification [Read More…]

I hate being right all the time

Pope Francis just upped the ante on the “debate” (so-called) over the death penalty. I use scare quotes and say “so-called” because in reality the “debate” consists of three popes, all the bishops of the world, and the rest of the civilized world vs. Communist China, North Korea, a smattering of backward Islamic Bronze Age [Read More…]

Everything the Postmodern Right used to oppose it now embodies

Death panels, for instance. A White House death panel just declared that I do not deserve health insurance because I am a diabetic. And the best part is that I know for certain that Good Catholic and Evangelical court prophets will instantly step up to reassert the Bronze Age belief that illness is God’s punishment [Read More…]

On the bright side, we live in a Golden Age for comedy

Since Christian Trump supporters are too busy disgracing themselves with lying defenses of the indefensible, God has given the task of telling the truth to clowns: [Read more…]

Trump’s Chief Achievement for His Christian Base

…has been to turn them into liars more passionate and skilled in lying than he is. Case in point, I can’t tell you how many times, in the past day, I have heard Christian Trump supporters do exactly what David French, of the leftist socialist Communist National Review, describes: But — and this is vitally [Read More…]

Libertarianism is incompatible with the Faith

“Libertarianism” (we are told) “opposes plunder and violence.” No. Libertarianism opposes any exercise of state power. That’s what it’s about. It is, like all heretical impulses, the exaltation of a couple of Catholic ideas (the dignity of personal responsibility, the goodness of property, and the hostility to state exercises of lawless tyranny) swollen to madness [Read More…]

Let all the earth rejoice!

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Why do we pay people?

JPII writes: …[Christ] who, while being God, became like us in all things devoted most of the years of his life on earth to manual work at the carpenter’s bench. This circumstance constitutes in itself the most eloquent “Gospel of work”, showing that the basis for determining the value of human work is not primarily [Read More…]

If you want to cut benefits to a disabled child…

…stop–just stop–calling yourself “prolife”. It turns the stomach. Being prolife means defending the sanctity and dignity of human life from conception to natural death, not from conception to birth. Still less does it mean using the unborn as human shields while you support inhuman cruelty directed at the least of these once they have been [Read More…]

Donald Milhous Trump just fired Comey

#TuesdayNightMassacre Impeach this lying crook now. This indefensible act will, of course, be what “prolife” Christian Trump supporters waste the rest of the month defending instead of the unborn or the gospel. [Read more…]

The god who wants an eye for an eye doesn’t exist

The God who conceded to our weakness and *permitted* an eye for an eye (as he also permitted divorce in the Old Testament) does. Part III of my discussion of the Death Penalty is here. Bottom line, the death penalty is, even in the Old Testament, a concession, not an ideal. [Read more…]

Jimmy Kimmel offers “apology” for cruelly defending sick children against poor defenseless GOP

It is one of the strange poetries of our time that, as we are ruled by clowns, so clowns are the prophets who speak the truth. [Read more…]

Vatican scientist to believing scientists….

“Come out, come out, wherever you are!” [Read more…]

Lafayette, nous sommes ici!

PS. Belated congratulations to French for rejecting the Nazi despite all the pressure from John Zmirak and other extremely smart super duper better-than-the-Pope Catholics.  You’ve earned the right to be snobbish and superior to Americans. [Read more…]