Memories of God…

Excerpt from God and the World; A Conversation between Peter Seewald and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.Seewald: Is faith, in principle, always present in man?Ratzinger: So far as we can learn about the history of mankind, through excavations right back into prehistory, we can see that there has always been an idea of God. The Marxists had professed the end of religion. With the end of oppression we would no longer need the medicine of God, we were told. But even they have had to recognize … [Read more...]

Questions in the Blogosphere III

Q: Anchoress, if someone tells you that you cannot be credibly pro-life until you adopt a sick baby, and then you go out and adopt a sick baby (and then a second) and that person - who promised to become "pro-life" if you did it - never kept his end of the bargain, what does that mean?A: It means you can't form a conscience in fits and starts. You cannot become "pro-life" because of what someone else does, unless you are really willing to let their actions open up within you what you have … [Read more...]

Prudery, Virginity and Do-Me Feminism

John Hawkins is featuring an interview with Carol Platt Liebau wherein she discusses her new book, Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too!)The cover-design is awful; it reminds me of one of Anne Rice's Vampire tomes, but the book itself sounds interesting. Here's an excerpt from the interview:CPL: my view, there has been a strand of feminism that has been very destructive to young girls and even to women of slightly older ages and I talk about them in … [Read more...]

The Last Secret of Fatima

I just finished (and loved) The Last Secret of Fatima by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, which will be coming out in early May but may be pre-ordered.If you followed coverage of Pope Benedict's XVI's recent visit to America, you saw a lot of Cardinal Bertone, the Vatican's SecState; you'll recall he told informed the pope, in St. Patrick's Cathedral, of the moment of the anniversary of his election, at which the pope spoke so eloquently and extemporaneously.The Last Secret of Fatima is actually a … [Read more...]

Merton: The Seven Storey Mountain

If you've never read the remarkable book The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton, you really should consider it. It's not just for Catholics; it is a tremendously readable autobiography of a brilliant man on spiritual sojourn. One of those books you pick up and have difficulty putting down. I quote some of the book - and share how it made me think.Here is a video about Merton and the evolution of the book … [Read more...]

B16 gets big at Nationals Stadium – UPDATED

Did it seem to you, as it did to me, that we watched Benedict loosen up or break free a little bit at this mass? Watching him exit he seemed bigger and bolder to me, as though he was growing into his part.I was inclined to like him, of course, through his writings, but I didn't know if I would be put off by his manner. After half a lifetime watching the effusive, playful and outgoing John Paul II, I wondered if Benedict, in person, could manage to inspire in the same way. He does.Benedict … [Read more...]

Benedict so far…

(H/T American Digest)Yes, I said the site would be "wall-to-wall" Benedict for the duration of his visit. I may throw in a video here or there - or something just to refresh myself, but if you're looking for All Things Benedict, this is where we're at so far - I'll be writing more later.Benedict Gets Big at Nationals Stadium (He seemed Bunyunesque!)The Pope on the Sex Abuse Issue (A first-look at Benedict's address to his bishops following Vespers. Includes some personal … [Read more...]

Books by Benedict You Know You Want

John Paul II was a writer who produced a steady output; Benedict XVI is a prolific writer who knocks out so many volumes he is like the clerical Stephen King - except he's writing history and philosophy. Some books by or about Benedict that you may want to delve into: … [Read more...]

Gold poop, incest, animal cruelty & more…

Wherein Tracey reads her niece a bedtime story... and traumatizes herself.The basic setup for Donkeyskin is this: Handsome king and beautiful queen have a beautiful daughter and a magic donkey that poos gold. The beautiful queen falls deathly ill, and in a final beautifully bitchy act, makes the handsome king promise never to marry again unless he finds a woman as beautiful and virtuous as she. Beautiful queen dies happy — haha! — because she knows he will never ever find a woman like her. All … [Read more...]

How are you liking HBO's John Adams?

I confess, after excitedly looking forward to HBO's presentation, I am a little disappointed. Not tremendously so, because I knew the book could never translate perfectly to the screen, but...yeah, disappointed.I had thought Paul Giamatti - an actor I admire a lot - would be the perfect John Adams, but it seems to me he has not managed to get inside him. Adams was a man with a temper, a tendency toward vanity and stubbornness, it's true, but he also seems to have had boundless energy, a … [Read more...]