Tom Kreitzberg is a wise and honest man

He writes: Here are the 20 findings and conclusions of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program: The CIA’s use of its enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees. The CIA’s justification for the use of its enhanced interrogation [Read More...]

Remember when Conservative Catholics Opposed the HHS on the Basis of Religious Conscience?

Rod Dreher reports: Michael Peppard pulls something particularly horrifying out of the Senate torture report: The Senate committee was supposed to believe that a cruelly tortured man had thanked his torturer for breaking his religious faith. It goes without saying that the Senate committee found, after scrutinizing over 6 million pages of documents, “no CIA records to [Read More...]

Sara Stevens

A reader writes: I came across your blog and wanted to get someone on your radar, who I think would be the perfect addition to your blog in light of this wonderful Christmas season. I work with a young pop opera vocalist named [Read more...]

For All Your Gaudete Sunday Needs

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When People Stop Believing in God…

…they believe in anything. St. Paul gets it right in Romans 1:20 and following: that paganism is not the soil from which springs monotheism as a final refinement, but that monotheism came first and paganism was a declension and falling away from what we knew in the morning of the world–and still know in our [Read More...]

“You have to admit that torture foiled terrorist plots”

Not according to the CIA’s own internal documents, I don’t. The sole “evidence” we have that torture saved us from terrorist attacks is the unsubstantiated lies of the people who stand to gain most from you and I believing them. But again, that’s entirely secondary.  It’s merely the cherry of lying stupidity on top of [Read More...]

The Stench of Lying Desperation from Torture Defenders

The Definition Game–”Sure I agree that torture is wrong.  But golly gee willikers who even *knows* what torture *is* anyway?  It’s all sooooooo confusing!”–has been absolutely gutted as the principal strategy of Catholic Torture Defenders for maintaining a fake commitment to Catholic teaching while ardently defending mortal sin.  When the CIA itself calls what it [Read More...]

Why Am I So Harsh on the Incestuous Relationship between Catholics and “Conservatism”?

Simple.  If Nancy Pelosi were to declare that abortion should be a sacrament, not one prolife Catholic on the planet would do anything but reject it with revulsion.  But when demagogues like Sarah Palin crap all over the holy sacrament of baptism like this: …a huge percentage of “prolife” Catholycs cheer and repeat the meme (as [Read More...]

Bravo to and

They write: Remember the words of the Pledge of Allegiance? When we pledge allegiance, we say to ourselves and to the world that ours is a nation “under God.” Because of this, we hold ourselves to thehighest standard of all. International treaties and law, or concerns about creating recruitment tools for terrorists are important. But [Read More...]

Pope Calls Angry Blogger

Gets Excommunicated. The keenly discerning combox Magisterium of Real Catholic is really flexing its muscles. Fresh from its profoundly wise defenses of ramming food up a man’s anus as totally compatible with the holy will of Jesus Christ, it is now working hard to rid the Church of the scourge of Pope Francis. The awesome [Read More...]

Masculine and Feminine, Evangelical and Catholic

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

Wait for it. The Penny Will Drop

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Christ the Good Shepherd parish in Saginaw

…has achieved an awesome 15th Annual Lego Church Creation! [Read more...]

Wear Your Prolife Commitment on Your Sleeve

…and help fund the Life Matters Journal at the same time: They are half-way to their goal. Help them make it all the way. [Read more...]

Patheosi Sam Rocha…

has published a new Primer for Philosophy and Education. Check thou it out! [Read more...]

Evangelical Atheists: Making Life Immeasurably Harder for Atheists

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This killed me

The music is what really makes this: [Read more...]

Quote of the Day

A reader writes: My husband and I were immersed for a number of years in a church that prided itself on being “truly reformed.”  When we left to become Catholic, the pastor chided us for our decision saying, and this is a direct quote, “You are joining a church based on man-made traditions and that [Read More...]

What Torture Broke Was Us: An Examination of Conscience for American Catholic Torture Defenders

Now that the Torture Report is out and we are discovering that the lies we listened to for so long (We only waterboarded three high value targets! We had to do it to save lives!  Valuable intel!  Are you telling me that some filthy terrorist is more important than an unborn baby in your sick [Read More...]


I’m just not feeling the Christmas Spirit without “Christmas” spelled out in bullet holes. Only Culture Warrior conservatism could manage to take a beautiful thing like “Merry Christmas!” and somehow add the subtext, “You America-hating sons of bitches!”  I remember back in the 80s and early 90s, a few snotty lefties decided Christmas was too [Read More...]

He is happy

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