"No, we're fearless and edgy. Really." – UPDATES

This is both funny and a bit pathetic:Comedy Central might censor every image of the Prophet Muhammad on "South Park," yet the network is developing a whole animated series around Jesus Christ.As part of the network's upfront presentation to advertisers (full slate here), the network is set to announce "JC," a half-hour show about Christ wanting to escape the shadow of his "powerful but apathetic father" and live a regular life in New York City.In the show, God is preoccupied with playing … [Read more...]

The Paradoxes of Christianity -UPDATED

***It seems that Bill Maher, who has never demonstrated more than an adolescent understanding of religion, wrote recently in Newsweek, “The problem with faith ... is it kind of screws up your priorities. Your priorities shouldn’t be about saving your own (butt), which is the focus of Christianity.”Over at the National Catholic Register, radio host Tony Rossi writes:Is [Maher] right?Of course we Christians do want our souls saved so we can spend eternity in heaven. The concept Maher ignor … [Read more...]

"As if they can barely see him…"

Irish writer John Waters, on Pope Benedict and the zeitgeist:“When you are invited on to a radio programme, all they want to talk about is sex abuse,” he said. And the Pope – whose writings on beauty, truth, on the nature of man, on Christ, he finds absolutely gripping and of huge importance – is caught up in a drama where no one really listens to what he has to say or takes any notice when it is explained to them.“They’ll just repeat what they are told – that the Pope insulted Muslims or wha … [Read more...]

Vatican funding Adult Stem Cell Research

Did you know that 35 craters of the moon have been named for Jesuit scientist-priests?If you are surprised to learn that, it might be because you have trusted the mainstream press when it has told you -mostly based on their own distorted reporting- that "Christians -especially Catholics- hate science and would send us back to the Bronze Age." The press -and more than a few politicians- like to pretend that faith and reason cannot co-exist, or that science is anathema to the church.It takes … [Read more...]

Cardinal Levada Responds to NY Times -UPDATE

H/TA week into the whirlwind sown by a NY Times article that traveled around the world before accuracy, fairness or balance could get their pants on, Cardinal William J. Levada, the pope's successor as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has written a long and rather stunning reply to the Times, in which he writes very personally.Rocco Palma, who reproduces the entire piece at his site, writes that in all the coverage and defense of the Pope you may have read, "you've … [Read more...]

Clarity & Spirited Defense re Pope -UPDATED

CLARITY After adding a link to this post, I decided that this piece by Jimmy Akin deserves to be more than a footnote in a blogpiece.I am not saying that the Holy See’s handling of abuse cases can’t be legitimately criticized. I’m not saying that then-Cardinal Ratzinger/now-Pope Benedict XVI didn’t experience a learning curve on this point. And I don’t know what else is out there that remains to be discovered.But I am saying that the media is getting this story wrong, particularly in the case … [Read more...]

Murphy Case: NYT Never Talked to Judge – UPDATES

In a remarkable piece, we get a sense of confirmation, that the New York Times and the mainstream press are doing their best -during Holy Week, as usual- to (at the very least) foment disgust at the Pontiff and the Catholic Church and/or (at worst) create a climate that "demands" a papal abdication.But curiously, as the media talk endlessly about an extremely sick case out of Wisconsin, the Times -which "broke" the story- seems to have been very selective in their sources. Fr. Thomas … [Read more...]

A Few Words from Eric Hoffer

“Freedom means freedom from forces and circumstances which would turn man into a thing, which would impose on man the passivity and predictability of matter. By this test, absolute power is the manifestation most inimical to human uniqueness. Absolute power wants to turn people into malleable clay.” *** “Scratch an intellectual and you find a would-be aristocrat who loathes the sight, the sound, and the smell of common folk.” *** “Unless a man has talents to make something of himself, freedom is … [Read more...]

Sane Perspectives on Healthcare

Watch Rep. Paul Ryan making sense, and clearly confusing Rep. Louise Slaughter:H/TMeanwhile, I wanted to share this, with a Hat Tip to Deacon Greg Kandra. He posted an excerpt from Cardinal Seans thoughtful musings on healthcare, and then tipped me off to this comment from one of his readers -although I have seen it on several sites, today, so I am not sure where it originated- which I am reprinting in full, because it is sane and sensible:I have been a doctor for 19 years. 4 years in … [Read more...]

"Fear is useless, what is needed is trust."

Pondering the possibility of America being "remade" under the auspices of a Health Care Non-Vote-Deeming, I found myself thinking of St. Patrick, and the conflict between the English and the Irish; the Irish famine and the longview of God, which we cannot see or understand.SourceMany in America -a distinct majority, if polls are to be believed- are against the Health Care reforms we call "Obamacare" and they're angry about the manner in which the Democrat-run Congress is trying to force … [Read more...]


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