A Happy St. Urho’s Day to All Finns Everywhere!

Everybody say it with me: “Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen!” Enjoy your sumptuous feast of sour whole milk and fish soup! [Read more...]

The FCC, net neutrality, prudential judgment, the death penalty, and Luke 16:10-12

Permit me some wide-ranging musings, beginning with the relatively (in the cosmic scheme of salvation) small potatoes question of net neutrality. Let’s be clear. Net neutrality is a good thing: It is, in a word, what we’ve always had. The only people who opposed it were people bent on making your life and mine miserable [Read More...]

Prayer Request from Wenatchee 40DFL

Dear Lovers of Life, Some of you heard from me on March  2nd, when I relayed a prayer request regarding a young woman named J who was 6 weeks pregnant and considering abortion. She was talking to her boyfriend that evening. The next evening we heard back that they had decided to keep the baby, [Read More...]

Exalted Felicitations of the Day!

Hope it’s a real slice! Take it away, Ginger! [Read more...]

Violating the Seal? Who could possibly have foreseen it?

An Italian journalist goes into a confessional, lies about making a confession, and then records the priests’ responses. Jeepers. Who could have imagined that would ever happen? A final point to consider: In addition to the dangers of soul law enforcement officials face, there is an even greater danger posed when private citizens internalize the [Read More...]

The Beauty of Holiness in the Persecuted Church

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of [Read More...]

Prayer Request

A reader writes: Father Almighty, I pray with all my heart for the speedy and full healing of my optic neuritis and for the preservation of my eyesight. I pray that I do not have any other problems/diseases of my nerves. I pray for the full restoration of my health. Grant that I may live [Read More...]

Mysterious Voice calls for help in fatal crash

God, under carefully controlled laboratory conditions, can do whatever he likes. [Read more...]

The Family as the Icon of the Holy Trinity

… is under discussion over at the Register. [Read more...]

Hey Western Washington! Mark your Calendars for these two dates

I’m coming to Our Lady Star of the Sea in Bremerton, WA on March 16 to talk about how to Live Lent in the Fast LaneTalk begins @ 7PM with Q & A after.  Be there!  Aloha! Also, I will be at St. John the Evangelist in Seattle on March 19 to talk about Our Lady of [Read More...]

Noodling the Question of ET and God

A friend writes: What if extra-terrestrials, for example, are just highly complex critters, something like porpoises or thinking computers with opposable thumbs, but are not called additionally, gratuitously and blessedly to the beatific vision?  In this case planet earth is not diluted within a universe of billions of possibly life-sustaining planets populated by rational thingamajigs, and the [Read More...]

Dear Robert Downey, Jr.: Respect!

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Some Bishops are Attempting to Claim Religious Liberty as an Excuse for Screwing Abuse Victims

I’m not making that up: The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee sought to insulate $55 million of its funds from lawsuits brought by victims of priestly sex abuse, according to a letter penned by then-Archbishop of Milwaukee Timothy Dolan, so it transferred those funds into a separate trust set up to care for the archdiocese’s cemeteries and [Read More...]

Help a young boy named Joshua in his battle with Autism

His mother Sheila, a friend of our family, writes: Joshua and the Battle of Autism Above is the link for the annual fundraiser Joshua, and so many others have benefited from here in the Coeur d’Alene area.  These grants are intended to pay for expenses related to sensory, communication, safety or biomedical needs that are [Read More...]

Jean Vanier wins Templeton Prize

Good to see one of the good guys honored as he should be. [Read more...]

Obama: Making Nixon and Bush 43 Look Great

Robert Scheer on the Obama Administration’s historic war on privacy. I sometimes suspect that Obama’s loud advocacy for abortion is his cover for all this.  His base is suckered into thinking he respects “a woman’s right to privacy” as he dangles that rhetoric in front of them and they, by common consent, agree to be [Read More...]

Do you like explaining religious teachings that are unpopular in SF?

Have we got the job for you! Extra bonus:  If you don’t do it with absolute superhuman perfection, you not only get to be told you hate gays, you get to have the Greatest Catholics of All Time bayonet you in the back as a fifth columnist who is trying to destroy the Church. [Read more...]

Brutally Insensitive Sensitivity

Fellow Patheosi Katrina Fernandez recently lost her Grandmother (God rest her soul through our Lord Jesus Christ). So at her funeral, some loopy ideologue of a priest decided that would be an excellent time to strike a blow for the spirit of Woodstock by a) consecrating pita bread and b) aggressively jamming it into Katrina’s [Read More...]

Catholics in SPAAAAAAACE Open Thread

A reader asks: Mark, supposing the Vatican has plans to colonize Alpha Centauri—which it most assuredly does—what all would need to go into the mission prep? How would the relationship between the Pope and bishops be handled in the absence of FTL communications? I’m looking for an approach informed by canon law. Of course, I [Read More...]

Only one demographic rejects the Church’s teaching about the death penalty

…but it’s totally not about race or anything and if you notice that it is you are “playing the race card”. The Death Penalty: Because the Magisterium is incompetent to teach about faith and morals when American white conservative sacred cows are involved. [Read more...]


The strangest thing you will see today. I particularly like “Dona Nobis Pacem”. [Read more...]