Rod Dreher posts a piece by an Orthodox nun warning potential converts…

…that if they are converting in order to flee the pathologies in their own tradition, they are going to find exactly the same pathologies in Orthodox believers.  So they had better realize now that there ain’t no perfect Church and learn to live by (and extend to others) the grace of Christ. I recall writing [Read More...]

Lefty Perfecti Seek to Purge the Church of the Wrong Sort of Sinner

Our culture tends to specialize in fostering the sorts of sins that drive Reactionaries up the wall.  So we get lots of calls from Reactionaries (almost entirely unheeded, thank God) for purges and cleansings and kickings out of those kinds of sinners.  This can create the illusion that the Left is immune to this kind [Read More...]

The Bishops Have Lost Their Moral Authority!!!!

I am perpetually amazed when Americans, with the historical perspective of fruit flies, announce that since the sex scandals, the bishops have lost their “moral authority” and therefore the Church no longer has any right whatsoever to talk about (insert pelvic/just war/gay “marriage”/random social justice issue here). Excuse me, but the bishops lost their moral [Read More...]

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Vatican Gets a Report Card on Financial Transparency–Keeps it a Secret Never forget Hilaire Belloc’s description of the Catholic Church: “An institute run with such knavish imbecility that if it were not the work of God it would not last a fortnight.” Retain a high view of the Holy Spirit.  Retain a high view of [Read More...]

Periodically this question erupts in comboxes

A reader asks: First needs to be answered the question “What is a Catholic” – and the answer needs to be canonical, not just various shades of philosophical. Is heretical the opposite of Catholic? Mark – I’d love it if you would weigh in here a bit (not a jolly joke I promise ) since [Read More...]