Orthodox Weirdness and the Uniqueness of Different Forms of Goodness and Corruption

Orthodox Radical Ponders Putin’s Divinity One of the things I’ve noticed about religious traditions is that, just as the tend to produce their own unique sort of saints also, when they go bad, give off their own unique smell. Protestant saints don’t look or sound like Catholic saints who don’t look or sound like Orthodox [Read More...]

The Basic Structure of the Post-Constitutional American Order

Mammon has no interest in the claims to human dignity for the useless.  Only God cares about the weak. In related news: Food stamp use among troops skyrockets… Obama Plays Water Guzzling Desert Golf Courses Amid California Drought… Soros bets big on market crash… MAG: America Unravelling at Dizzying Pace… USA Plunges To 46th In [Read More...]

Leah Libresco Reviews Dawkins’ An Appetite for Wonder

It’s a fine review. What strikes me about it is that Libresco, who really does have an appetite for wonder, notices the curious fact of the contrast between Dawkins, who is startlingly un-self-reflective, and Richard Feynman, another atheist science popularizer who really did retain an appetite for wonder: Part of critical thinking is storytelling, imagining [Read More...]

Toward a Theology of Infertility

Thoughtful piece by reader Mike Brummond. [Read more...]

Unto us a Child is Born

A little reflection on what it means to realize that your children are not your own–something that the Blessed Virgin knew from the moment she conceived Jesus. In honor of Luke the Nordic Giant on his birthday. [Read more...]

What I Saw on Our Hidden Island Redoubt

This past Friday the Swiss Family Shea and friends took off for our Hidden Island Redoubt. Evidently we left just in time and avoided some kind of controversy in St. Blog’s. Good. I much prefer how I spent my weekend to the burnt embers of rancor that washed up in my mailbox when I returned. [Read More...]

A Reader Sez Something Profound

“The devil does not care about killing the children as much as he wants to make murderers out of people.” One of the things that has increasingly troubled me, not only about the abortion struggle, but the religious liberty struggle, has been the tendency of Christians to talk as though the first death is the [Read More...]

There are two questions we all must face on Spy Wednesday

“Who do you say I am?” – Jesus of Nazareth “What will you give me to betray him?” – Judas Iscariot Both are diagnostics of our deepest hearts.  Both should make us tremble.  They open up to us the reality that the universe is not a hobbit hole, but that every road leads, sooner or [Read More...]

On the Eve of Holy Thursday…

I reflect on why it was this sacrifice was so necessary for our salvation.  I know of no better reply than this note from a friend who writes: Interesting experience to read this story and then reach over to feel our daughter moving in my wife’s womb. Makes me want to vomit, literally. Why did [Read More...]

I never thought of this

…but the psychology of it seems obvious once Benedict points it out: “Judas could have left as many disciples did,” the pontiff explained. “Indeed, he should have left had he been honest. Instead, he stayed with Jesus, not out faith, nor out of love, but with the secret desire of taking revenge against the Master. [Read More...]