“This is my Church and This is How I Pray”

Joan Cheever’s spot-on response to the cops who fined her for feeding the homeless. “We must obey God rather than men.” – Acts 5:29 [Read more…]

The one absolutely consistent constant of our foreign policy…

…over multiple decades and administrations is the destruction of the Church abroad. I used to think that was a bug. Now I believe our elites regard it as a feature. Not surprising really.  Our civilization is devoted above all to Mammon, Mars, and Venus, not Christ.  You cannot have fellowship between Christ and Belial. [Read more…]

The Party of Personal Responsibility’s Severed Corpus Callossum

Brain researchers have long marveled at the strange way in which those who have had the two halves of their brain severed can literally live in a body where the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing: Much the same thing seems to obtain with the Party of Person Responsibility as [Read More…]

About Those Five Non-Negotiables, Donald Trump, Jimmy Carter, and Colossians 2:8

As I have mentioned in this space in the past, I think the five non-negotiables thing was well-intentioned. For them what don’t know, it was an attempt to prioritize abortion, euthanasia, Embryonic stem cell research, gay “marriage”, and human cloning and remind Catholic voters that these are things the Church cannot change its teaching on. [Read More…]

Dear Evangelicals: You’re being had

Same thing is true of a lot of conservative Catholics. Put the Church’s teaching first and don’t let anybody trick you into cannibalizing it in the service of a political agenda. See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental [Read More…]

Anatomy of the Deep State

A really fine essay on the profoundly diseased state of our government and Ruling Class. It is as if Hadrian’s Wall was still fully manned and the fortifications along the border with Germania were never stronger, even as the city of Rome disintegrates from within and the life-sustaining aqueducts leading down from the hills begin [Read More…]

“Our Federal Family”

When state actors start talking as though we are their family, I wonder if they see themselves as Big Brother or Our Father. Dear Kathleen Sebelius: You are my fellow citizen, my servant (as a government official), my enemy (as somebody making war on the Church), and my sister only in Christ. You are not [Read More…]

Dante, Usury, Sodomy, and Our Financial Management Class

A reader writes: Today’s makers do not even “make” anything. They are Warren Buffets or Mitt Romney’s- folks who are glorified gamblers shuffling money into “best bets.” Most of the folks we are talking about are not Steve Jobs who made things, or Bill Gates who programmed things. The bulk of the real “Makers” are [Read More…]

In a Fascist State…

Caesar gets to watch you, but you don’t get to watch Caesar.  And Mammon, who has his back scratched by Caesar, sees to it that if you try to watch Caesar you are deprived of the power to do so or, if necessary, punished for trying.  Caesar, in turn, makes his jackboots available to Mammon [Read More…]

Ross Douthat is Right

Mitt Romney, who is the moral equivalent of tofu, does not tell us who he is, but he tells us volumes about who he thinks we are and what the Thing that Used to Be Conservatism wants: Were Mitt Romney’s now-famous comments at a fundraising dinner in May — in which he appeared to write [Read More…]