Flag Stupidity

We Americans have trouble with prudence.  When we have a good idea, we go bananas until it becomes a bad idea.  Taking down the Confederate flag from state houses was a good idea, for the very simple reason that it implies state endorsement of a nation that was founded for the express purpose of maintaining [Read More...]

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The Prophet GKC on the Culture of Polymorphous Perversity

“THE next great heresy is going to be simply an attack on morality; and especially on sexual morality. And it is coming, not from a few Socialists surviving from the Fabian Society, but from the living exultant energy of the rich resolved to enjoy themselves at last, with neither Popery nor Puritanism nor Socialism to [Read More...]

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The deuille, the prowde spirit

…cannot endure to be mock’d – St. Thomas More Accordingly, a reader sends along some of her mockery of Satan from past Lents here, here, and here. It’s a sad thing that Satan, being an angel, has no mother and therefore cannot be the butt of “Yo Mama” jokes. [Read more...]

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Something for us all to think about

You’re welcome. [Read more...]

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Two a Day

US police have shot and killed two people every day for the past five months. (This was sent me by someone from another country, looking on in amazement at the fact that we lead western democracies in the number of people killed by police.) In Iceland, the first and only fatal police shooting in history [Read More...]

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Promising News

Among Republican Catholics 51 percent stand with Francis on Laudato Si. It still means, of course, that there is a lot of work to do to get people to decouple from the Right Wing Noise Machine and think with the Church instead.  But I would not have guessed that anything like majority of the GOP’s [Read More...]

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Reader Valerie Riggins Fesh is Walking Against Suicide

…and you can help her! [Read more...]

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Roberts’ Dissent

“If you are among the many Americans–of whatever sexual orientation–who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not Celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to [Read More...]

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As Expected, SCOTUS Makes Same Sex “Marriage” Legal

First stage of history complete: What could it hurt? Now we embark on the second stage of history:  How were we supposed to know? Gotta love Scalia’s dissent: If, even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: ‘The Constitution promises liberty to [Read More...]

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Why Believe God Exists?

Here’s a couple of “Connecting the Dots” podcasts (based on my book Making Senses Out of Scripture, which you can get in Dead Tree or Kindle forms): There are a lot more fun “Connecting the Dots” podcasts here and you can listen in live at 5 PM Eastern Monday-Friday here. Today I’ll be on the [Read More...]

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Laudato Si on the Love for the Family and the Environment

As should be bleedin’ obvious, respect for nature and respect for the family go hand in hand: 213. Ecological education can take place in a variety of settings: at school, in families, in the media, in catechesis and elsewhere. Good education plants seeds when we are young, and these continue to bear fruit throughout life. [Read More...]

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Girl Seeks Guinness World Record Recognition for Longest Tongue

A trembling human race stands a-tiptoe hoping she will use her gifts for good and not for evil. [Read more...]

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Where in the US is Flat Francis?

So this is a thing. [Read more...]

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There are medical journals and there are medical journals

Every time some anti-vax propagandist sends me something about his quack obsession, he quotes some medical journal somewhere as though this is the ultimate trump card.  If it’s published in something that calls itself a medical journal, it’s gotta be SCIENCE[TM]!, right? Not so much as you might think actually.  Here, for instance, is the [Read More...]

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Laudato Si, Screwtape, Men, Women, and My Lack of Charity

Francis sez: We are always capable of going out of ourselves towards the other. Unless we do this, other creatures will not be recognized for their true worth; we are unconcerned about caring for things for the sake of others; we fail to set limits on ourselves in order to avoid the suffering of others [Read More...]

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Laudato Si on True Freedom of Choice

204. The current global situation engenders a feeling of instability and uncertainty, which in turn becomes “a seedbed for collective selfishness”.[145] When people become self-centred and self-enclosed, their greed increases. The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs things to buy, own and consume. It becomes almost impossible to accept the limits [Read More...]

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Had Fun talking about Laudato Si with Dale Ahlquist Yesterday

… on “Connecting the Dots”. Give it a listen! You can find all my “Connecting the Dots” podcasts here. [Read more...]

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False Prophets…

…whether of the population bomb types (whose prophecies resulted in forced sterilization for millions of people) or of “Democracy will bloom and grow!” war zealot types (resulting in a million deaths in Iraq followed by ISIS and the brutal murder of the Church in the Mideast) have one thing in common: no matter how massively [Read More...]

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A Priest Friend Writes from Ireland about Stephen Colbert

Saw your article on Stephen Colbert. Sadly we don’t get him this side of the pond but by the powers of YouTube I’ve discovered he has thing for 70s Catholic Church pop & more importantly a big fan of Tolkien (& Star Wars) – so he can pass! It’s remarkable – to see someone who [Read More...]

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Prayer Request

A reader writes: I am requesting some prayers. We are from St. Louis, MO but spending some time in Bellingham, WA right now. One of our kids, named Jacob, is 5 and has undergoing treatment for leukemia for a year and a half. He unexpectedly has low platelets and very compromised immune system, and his [Read More...]

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Laudato Si on Catholic Triumphalism

Believers themselves must constantly feel challenged to live in a way consonant with their faith and not to contradict it by their actions. They need to be encouraged to be ever open to God’s grace and to draw constantly from their deepest convictions about love, justice and peace. If a mistaken understanding of our own [Read More...]

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