One of the many challenges facing many Catholics in the aftermath of the election

… will be helping them separate the Church from the political subculture of conservative Catholic media outlet and Folk Heroes they have assumed to be identical with it. A number of people are, I fear, struggling with a shaken faith because their Folk Heroes have been revealed to have feet of clay. To them, I [Read More…]

Is Sasquatch the Antichrist?

Kevin O’Brien comes out of retirement to plead with Catholics to stop running off after folk heroes, frauds, and false prophets. [Read more…]

How to Deal with It (and Not Deal with It) When Yet Another Conservative Folk Hero Implodes

Conservative Catholics love to anoint folk heroes.  And we love to circle the wagons when those folk heroes implode and blame “the media” or some “liberal conspiracy” or, in short, the victims.  We do it over and over.  We never learn, because we have completely convinced ourselves of the narrative which says that we are [Read More…]

Yet Another Folk Hero Who Is Obviously Dodgy

Walid Shoebat has been around for several years, announcing himself as a former Muslim terrorist who became a devout Christian and telling conservative Christians exactly what they want to hear. Lately, he has taken to making demented pronunciations about the glories of Putin’s Russia as the last bastion against anti-Christ. CNN did a little digging [Read More…]

Are Saints Just Catholic Celebrity Worship?

We discuss the question over at the Register. [Read more…]

Some guy with a vendetta says there’s a gay pedophile ring of Satanists in the Vatican

…so, of course, the more tabloidesque press runs with it and a number of Catholics write me in panic about it this weekend, particularly since one of those tabloids was a Conservative Catholic Folk Hero. I was, however, off swimming with my adorable grandddaughter Lucy the Cuteness, who astonished us all by donning an approved [Read More…]

Serious Questions Raised…

…about Russ Ford’s story. Don’t know the man myself (I think I’ve seen pieces he’s written here and there but I couldn’t tell you five words he’s said).  Still and all, I think Catholics should proceed with caution given what Aletia has to say. [Read more…]

Another Conservative Catholic Folk Hero Implodes

Last year we were led to believe that Paul Ryan was a Catholic Political Hero of the first water. We were all morally bound to vote for his boss (and even to lie to ourselves that his boss had had a “prolife conversion”) because–the ends justifying the means and all–voting for Romney would eventually ensure [Read More…]

Why Do People Take Fr. Gabriele Amorth Seriously?

Now the guy is spouting off about Masons Controlling the World and waving his hands about some conspiracy to rub him out as they (allegedly) rubbed out JPI. And, come on, 70,000 exorcisms? Jimmy Akin has done the autopsy on this guy’s extremely dubious claims. Please: exercise discernment with these Folk Heroes. [Read more…]

Jimmy Akin Takes Up the Thankless Task of Warning Foolish Ingrates about a Shady Crank

This time, the shady crank is one Maria Divine Mercy, who issues anonymous, unapproved “prophetic” BS from Ireland about end times rubbish–and so is naturally battened on by the astoundingly discernment-free cadre of private revelation enthusiasts who seem to form a significant subset of those who regard themselves as Truly True Catholics. Jimmy gives plenty [Read More…]