Furry Fish

The Curt Jester has this post about the capybara a South American aquatic rodent that missionaries asked the Pope to classify as a fish so it could be eaten during Lent. Catholics in Michigan eat muskrat during Lent for the same reasons. There’s a fine article about the custom here. I like the final comment [Read More...]

Ad Orientem

During Lent, Fr Newman is writing a series of Sunday bulletins for St Mary’s, Greenville on the reasons why celebration of the Mass ad orientem is consistent with the ancient traditions of the church. Week One is here, and the second installment is here. See what you think. [Read more...]

Charles Ryder

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If Lord Marchmain holds in himself all of the Flyte offspring, a friend has pointed out that Charles does as well. Sebastian the degenerate is in Charles. Julia the adulterer is in Charles, Bridey the rational, detached observer is in Charles, and in the end Cordelia, the believer is in Charles too. Charles, coming from [Read More...]

Counter Knowledge

Damian Thompson comments on the conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Diana Princess of Wales, the conspiracy that the US government planned the 9/11 attacks and a new theory that Facebook is a front by CIA to spy on people. Damian’s new book is about what he calls ‘counterknowledge’. It is a study of conspiracy [Read More...]

The Villain of the Piece

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Is divorce a crime? One of the greatest aspects of Brideshead Revisited is to observe the results of Lord Marchmain’s abandonment of his family. He claims on his deathbed that ‘We were fighting for freedom. I took my freedom. Was that a crime?’ In a devastating moment Cordelia (as always) speaks the truth. “I think [Read More...]

Demographic Winter

Go here for the trailer of a new documentary film on the coming demographic crisis as the population in developed countries continues to plummet. Demographic Winter looks fantastic. I’ll be getting it to show at school. [Read more...]

Big Bad Bill

Click here to see Big Bad Bill get mad when faced with pro life supporters. Are Bill and Hillary trustworthy? Here’s the man who twice vetoed the ban on partial birth abortion, trying to claim credit for bringing down abortion and teen pregnancy numbers. Go figure. UPDATE: Bill’s tirade happened at Steubenville. There is more [Read More...]

St Methodius

I understand yesterday was the memorial of St Methodius. He’s the founder of the Methodist Church right? [Read more...]

The Case for Cordelia

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Consider Cordelia. Her faith is just as certain as Bridey’s, but it is faith from the heart and faith in action. What are Cordelia’s virtues? She not only has a sense of humor, she has a sense of humor about her faith: nice touch calling her pig ‘Francis Xavier’ She also has a down to [Read More...]

The Case Against Bridey

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I must first make it clear that I actually like Bridey. He’s affable enough. He’s a comic character, and is not an apparently evil person. He doesn’t do anything wrong as such…and there lies the problem: he doesn’t do anything at all. It is true that Bridey is not a drunken homosexual or an promiscuous [Read More...]

UK Labour Government ‘Demonic’

It’s not often that I side with Anglican bishops, but the Bishop of Carlisle speaks for me when he brands the UK Labour Government as ‘demonic.’ You can read about it here. The bishop isn’t quite that blunt, but he says the Brown government with it’s draconian pro-homosexual laws, is like the decadent Roman Empire [Read More...]

Lord Sebastian Flyte

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This is precisely what Sebastian does: takes flight. Why is the poor boy (who has everything) on self destruct? One of the greatest things about Brideshead Revisited is Waugh’s uncanny portrayal of the dynamic of a dysfunctional family. J.Scott Peck’s book, People of the Lie discusses the phenomenon of families who scapegoat a particular family [Read More...]

Radio Time

If you’re in the Cincinnati area tune in to Sacred Heart radio tomorrow morning around 8:00 if you want to hear me being interviewed. I’ll have to make sure I wear my new glasses. I always like to look as smart as possible for radio appearances… [Read more...]

G.E.M

One of the reasons I’m not blogging very much at the moment is because I’m working my way through the TV version of Brideshead Revisited. It really is probably the most perfect screen adaption of any novel ever. The only possible fault is Anthony Andrews’ Sebastian. He’s a bit too spoilt and self pitying. My [Read More...]

Tale of Two Churches

Here is my latest article–published this weekend in the National Catholic Register. It points out that there are two churches within the modern Christian Church: one that is interested in happiness here and the other in happiness hereafter. One tries to make the world a better place and make people feel better. The other is [Read More...]

Didja missme?

Sorry I’ve been absent from the blogosphere recently. I’ve been too busy shopping for new glasses to blog. I’m off on retreat now and will get back to it on my return… [Read more...]

Anglo Islam

The ABC (Archbishop of Canterbury) thinks having Islamic Sharia law in Britain is not such a bad thing. Read the report here. I’m not good with the graphics thing, but can anybody doctor this photograph? He’s got the beard, just add a turban or something… [Read more...]

A Peaceful Religion?

A dear friend of mine, when faced with anti-Catholic bigotry expressed her bewilderment and said quite simply, “I don’t think I hate any religion, but I like Islam the least.” It is hard to remain calm and open minded about Islam. What I find difficult is the stupidity of some Muslims. Some time ago there [Read More...]

Catholic Liturgy Today

We have Curt Jester to thank for these shapshots of Catholic liturgy. A friend and fellow convert called me last week just about at his wits’ end with the music in his parish. Three ancient crones with one guitar squawking out the latest goofy song as a recessional, “We can make a difference…we can make [Read More...]

March for Life 2008

Watch this video to see why the pro life cause will eventually win. Hat tip to Roving Medievalist [Read more...]

PC C of E

Here’s an amusing piece by a Church of England vicar on the idiocy of the church becoming politically correct. [Read more...]

Barack Obama is Pro Abortion

Carl Olson (as usual) neatly parses Barack Obama’s “I’m against abortion but pro-choice” hypocrisy. Let’s translate this into Nazi propaganda: “I don’t know anybody who is in favor of genocide or ethnic cleansing, but I fully uphold the Nazi party’s right to choose this as a political option.” [Read more...]


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