On the Development of Doctrine–for a Perplexed Reader

A reader writes:  I converted to the Catholic faith in 2000. I accepted the fact that revelation, from the Church’s viewpoint, includes both Scripture and Sacred Tradition. At that time, however, I understood that Tradition came from the Apostles. It does.  But it often comes in seed form and is most assuredly not fleshed out [Read More...]

Kanye West Needs Our Attention

…and Sherry Antonetti is going to give it to him if it kills us all.  Pretty funny stuff. [Read more...]

Where Orthodoxy is Optional…

…orthodoxy will sooner or later be proscribed. Gay rights has never been about tolerance. It’s about punishing Christians for believing that homosexual acts are sinful. And it is bound and determined to reach right into Catholic education and the sanctuary and jail those who think so. It is a militant faith. [Read more...]

A Joyous Day for Christians and Geeks

First, it’s the Feast of the Annunciation: In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Hail, [Read More...]

Boy! Those Abortion Clinic Terrorists are Awful!

Here’s an artfully constructed headline: Woman Outside Planned Parenthood Says Flaming Object Was Thrown at Her To the casual reader, it could well be read as an attack by some crazy on Planned Parenthood. In fact, it was a molotov cocktail thrown at a peaceful 40 Days for Life person who was minding her own [Read More...]

Amos and Judge Ronald Brockmeyer

When I read things like this: The judge in Ferguson, Missouri, who is accused of fixing traffic tickets for himself and colleagues while inflicting a punishing regime of fines and fees on the city’s residents, also owes more than $170,000 in unpaid taxes. Ronald J Brockmeyer, whose court allegedly jailed impoverished defendants unable to pay fines [Read More...]

“If you don’t think this is coming, you are a fool.”

Rod Dreher on the actual end game for gay ideology in the West: “This is the next step in the fight. It never was going to be enough for progressives to get gay marriage and discrimination against LGBTs outlawed except for within religious organizations. Now the push from progressive elites will be to tear down [Read More...]

I felt a great disturbance in the Force!

It was as though the minds of a million Birthers cried wolf and were suddenly silenced. So many electrons slain, so much dumb spent, so many hysteria volts wasted for years and years and years on Birtherism. [Read more...]

Army Rangers are on a Mission to Defeat ISIS…

…with flipflops. Making people full participants in the dignity of work and the creation of wealth is always a good thing. It helps stop wars. ISIS can’t go on if it stops making converts of desperate angry nuts. People tend to be less desperate and angry when they have a job and family to care [Read More...]

GOP Announces Formation of Committee to Elect Hillary Clinton

First out of the gate in that endeavor, committee chair Ted Cruz, whose appalling abuse of persecuted Christians in the Middle East set the gold standard for sheer cynicism last fall.  It will be fascinating to see if he completes the Campbellesque Hero’s Journey story arc from “Guy who stands on a mound of Mideast Christian [Read More...]

The Ambition of the Sons of Thunder

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

Hey Western Washington! Mark Your Calendars!

Tomorrow night, March 24, I will be speaking at Christ the King parish in Seattle at 7:00 PM.  I’ll be talking about Mary, Mother of the Son.  See you then! [Read more...]

There’s a move afoot to replace Jackson on the $20 bill with a woman

I’d favor getting Jackson off. The crazy racist old coot had a good run. I’d also favor keeping Margaret Sanger off the $20 bill–for the same reason. My preference would be Harriet Tubman or Sojourner Truth. Them gals had the right stuff. Some people have suggested Dorothy Day. Fine by me, but a) it’ll never [Read More...]

In 33 cities, it is now illegal to feed the homeless

“What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the face of the poor?” declares the Lord GOD of hosts. (Is 3:15) This is a serious prolife and religious liberty issue.  The state is infringing on the Church’s right and obligation to perform the corporal works of mercy.  It should be met with firm, [Read More...]

Steven Greydanus Reviews “Song of the Sea”

…in a really fine interview for Cruxhere. It’s by the same people who made The Secret of Kells, which you can stream on Netflix right now. You can also listen to Steve and I discussing these films on my Connecting the Dots podcast from yesterday. You can hear all my past shows here. [Read more...]

Is the Bible Inspired and Inerrant?

In which Yr. Obdt. Svt. looks at the recent document from the Pontifical Biblical Commission on proper interpretation of Scripture and tackles tough questions about biblical violence, the status of women, historical errors and who authored what books. [Read more...]

Ivan Dragicevic, Medjugorje “visionary”, thumbs his nose at the CDF

Goes ahead and holds fake apparition show while claiming to be obedient to the Church. Medjugorje Today and related propagandists instantly gin up the propaganda machine for why it was okay to “counter” Rome. The centrifugal forces of private judgment and alleged obedience to the Church are going to tear Medjugorje apart. It’s a fraud. [Read More...]

The Atlantic has a piece calling for Chesterton’s canonization

Anything that starts this way: If the Catholic Church makes G. K. Chesterton a saint—as an influential group of Catholics is proposing it should—the story of his enormous coffin may become rather significant. Symbolic, even parabolic. Chesterton’s coffin was too huge, you see, to be carried down the stairs of his house in Beaconsfield, its occupant [Read More...]

Quotes that seldom appear in those “Golden Treasures of Spiritual Wisdom” books

“Some have such command of their bowels, that they can break wind continuously at pleasure, so as to produce the effect of singing.” –St. Augustine [Read more...]

Christopher Tollefson argues that the death penalty is indefensible

…and indeed intrinsically wrong. Before jerking the knee, hear him out. [Read more...]

CNN Completely Loses Its Mind

If anybody can explain how this crazy amalgam of 80s sitcom intro and cheesy action movie trailer wound up on the CNN site, perhaps the ghost of Edward R. Murrow will sleep more peacefully tonight. Seriously, this is the weirdest thing I have ever seen a news network do: And is it just me, or [Read More...]