The expertise of the Combox Inquisition

So many experts. We’re awash in them! Just got an email from one: WE ARE LIVING IN THE LAST MOMENTS! Tetrad Blood Moons 2014&2015 Predict Building Of Temple In Jerusalem! Be Rapture Ready! So there’s that.  And as we saw over the weekend, the internet was *full* of experts on US/Russian/Ukraine relations.  Thousands of people who [Read More...]

More Evidence that Reactionaries Hate Evangelism

The sort of mail I get from the Combox Inquisition typically begins with a “question” that seeks, not information, but ammunition in that oily sort of voice that used to ask “Tell us, is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar?” and “We caught this woman in the very act of adultery. What should we [Read More...]

The Hell Kerfuffle and Fussy Perfectionism

Recently, in this space and elsewhere, I defended Fr. Robert Barron from the charge of being “WRONG!” in his speculations about hell.  As I pointed out then, Barron represents a school of speculation, not only permitted by the Magisterium, but actually voiced by Pope Benedict himself in Spe Salvi.  Of course, right on cue, fifty [Read More...]

Simcha Fisher Continues Speaking Common Sense

to panicky bedwetters who are convinced that every time the pope clears his throat his sole purpose is to betray them. It is truly bizarre to live in a time when self-described faithful Catholics seriously seem to believe that God has laid it on their humble shoulders to defend the Faith from the Pope. What [Read More...]

The Reactionary and the Sacraments

In a recent discussion, a reader in the combox makes the common sense remark that there are lots of ways in which Jesus accepted honor and worship, not simply in the context of the Mass (though of course the Mass is the source and summit of our worship): If we only look to Jesus in [Read More...]

Just a reminder…

…you know that beloved Scripture passage about how “If a man will not work, he shall not eat”?  The one that undergirds all those Randian demands to cut off the poor at the knees if they are unemployed? Yeah.  See, it turns out Paul was not drafting a bill on welfare reform for Congress.  He [Read More...]

Another Gay Person I Regard as a Fine Catholic

…turns out to be Simcha Fisher’s brother! And his name turn out not to be Steve Gershom but Joseph Prever. Thanks to Pope Francis’ recent remarks, I can now repeat a point I made a while back: namely that, like it or not “gay” is now the word commonly used in English to denote someone [Read More...]

Abbey Roads Shocker!

Terry Nelson publishes definitive photographic proof of the existence of the Gay Lobby: Terry has some insightful and humane commentary on Pope Francis’ recent remarks.  Strangely, after the huge contretemps last September, when Fr. Peter West denounced me for saying, well, pretty much exactly what Pope Francis is saying now, I thought it was pretty [Read More...]

How comboxes work

Just so you know, the way *you* experience comboxes and the way I experience them is totally different. I see a feed of all traffic from all boxes in chronological order, all jumbled together. You see a particular blog entry and scroll down a bazillion comments in that entry in order to continue your discussion [Read More...]

The difference between real pastors…

…and the combox Inquisitors who appoint themselves as death-dealing shepherds of the flock is summed up in the difference between Cdl. George who goes on fighting the good fight and people who write things like this about him: Oh, okay, so just because he has cancer (like millions of others…….who suffer in silence by the [Read More...]

It’s hard to decide which is funnier

Simcha Fisher, who is hilarious because she means to be, or her commenters, a great many of whom are hilarious without meaning to be. [Read more...]

How Conservative Catholic Moral Decision Making in Comboxes Works An Awful Lot of Times

Drowning, beating, suffocating and freezing prisoners? Launching wars that leave thousands of innocent civilians dead, despite the impassioned pleas of the Pope not to do it? Slashing social safety nets for the poorest of the poor? Nuking thousands of innocent civilians at Hiroshima and Nagasaki? That is prudential judgment and is just fine. Who can [Read More...]


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