A reader writes: One of your long-time readers here. I know that the Santa Controversy has cropped up on the blog every so often, but so far I haven’t paid it much attention. Now that I’m approaching my first Christmas season with an almost-three-year-old, however, it’s a much less academic issue! It’s also complicated by [Read More...]
By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, [Read More...]
I just thought I’d post a little reminders about how much Calvinist Puritanism sucked: Chesterton was perfectly right. “In America,” he said, “they have a feast to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims. In England, we should have a feast to celebrate their departure.” The good thing about Guy Fawkes Day these days is that [Read More...]
Over at Fr. Dwight’s blog, the redoubtable Paul Thigpen answers in the affirmative with a fun survey of the history of Catholic opinions on the question. This has always been a minor interest of mine, partly personal and partly professional. Personal, because I’ve known lot of people over the course of my life who are [Read More...]
I don’t really have big problems with Halloween, which is mostly just an occasion for neighbors to visit and kids to have some fun running around at night, which is always exciting. But Kathy Schiffer did crack me up with this quote which I can’t help hearing in the voice of Homer Simpson: “Okay, kids, [Read More...]
…of the Assumption. It’s a perspective that I, who am significantly lacking in gynecological experiences, had never had occur to me. I’m not altogether sure I buy it as an argument for the Assumption (still noodling it), but it does throw some interesting light on one of the implications of the Incarnation that I flat [Read More...]
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