Pews, Press, Prostitutes…whatever

The two big stories of the last 48 hours have been the Spitzer fiasco and the "new sins from the Vatican" nonsense. Priests and Prostitutes? No, mostly prostitutes and the press.Yesterday I got an email from a reader which read in part:Has liberal cretinism permeated their minds? I mean, at a time when Christianity is under attack from Islam and secularism, is this a way to unify Christians and save Western Civilization? Am I nuts; aren't all the saints in heaven shaking their heads over … [Read more...]

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"I was in the dungeon"

Fr. Corapi hears his own father's confession: … [Read more...]

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Weigel on Faith, Reason and Jihadism

Reviewed the book here (and highly recommend it - for some it might even be Lenten reading).Thanks to Gloria.TV, came across EWTN's Raymond Arroyo interviewing author George Weigel on the book - excellent!Quickly transcribed excerpt - somewhat paraphrased: Thomas Aquinas learned a lot of his Aristotle from Muslim philosophers...A religious community [Islam] which for several hundred years ad been the ground for great speculative accomplishment not only in philosophy but in math and other … [Read more...]

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Scanning the 'sphere of a Tuesday Morning

First up: Tim Blair has cancer. GM Roper has a moving message for him. Godspeed with the treatment, Tim, hopefully you'll be back at it very soon.President Bush meets with Kuwaiti women in politics. Consider how unthinkable that sentence would have been a decade ago. And imagine what the press would have made of it, had a Democrat president whose vision had shifted the Middle East, taken this meeting.AJ says Bush has a few more hat-tricks.Three examples of solid, good, insightful and … [Read more...]

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Scanning the ‘sphere of a Tuesday Morning

First up: Tim Blair has cancer. GM Roper has a moving message for him. Godspeed with the treatment, Tim, hopefully you'll be back at it very soon.President Bush meets with Kuwaiti women in politics. Consider how unthinkable that sentence would have been a decade ago. And imagine what the press would have made of it, had a Democrat president whose vision had shifted the Middle East, taken this meeting.AJ says Bush has a few more hat-tricks.Three examples of solid, good, insightful and … [Read more...]

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On confession

As Voltaire said:'Repentance for our faults can alone take the place of innocence, and that, to show ourselves repentant, we must begin by declaring them.' Few Catholic customs have been subjected to greater criticism than that of going to Confession. One can do no better than to initiate this discussion with the sneering comment of George Bernard Shaw to G.K Chesterton after his conversion: 'Your portly kneeling figure' in the confessional would be 'incredible, monstrous, comic.' More … [Read more...]

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Advent and Antiphons through the years…

On this day, last year, this is where I was at - still thinking of Advent and what it means, but under very different circumstances.It is amazing how fast time goes by, how our days pass almost in a blur unless we stop to take stock. And it's also amazing how much my mutton-chopped, exceedingly loud 16 year old has taught me. And how much my brother is teaching me, still.Some of my Evangelical friends have wondered to me, via email, what the purpose is, of the Liturgical Year - why we … [Read more...]

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Explaining what Catholics believe

This is a very well-done explanation of what Roman Catholics believe about the Holy Eucharist, that it is, for us, the Body and Blood of Christ, and not merely symbolism.I have never seen this site, Northwestern Winds, before, but I like! Here they have some snarky fun with the recent spate of women taking to the high seas to for some in-your-face ordinations.Found via Happy Catholic. … [Read more...]

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Tina Brown: Our Lady of the Air Kiss

I don't know when I have read a snottier, snobbier, more relentlessly superficial, arrogant and bigoted piece of dreck than Tina Brown's latest column in the Washington Post, Reverence Gone Up In Smoke.Sigh...what a disappointment for Tina and her pals - amid all of that glorious color and pomp of a papal funeral and a conclave, the solemn beauty of the chant, the whole mystical and mysterious sense of Other - they'd become attracted, mildly so, but attracted, nevertheless, to the whole … [Read more...]

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Jaw-droppingly stupid and offensive

Dana over at North Shore Politics writes "although I am not even a practicing Catholic, I was offended by it."By what? This statement made this morning on ABC news:What our viewers will notice is that, among these 115 cardinals, who are wearing what looks like women's garb, that there are no women. That is something the next pope is going to have to address.Says Dana: I was disgusted by that. How disrespectful for one (thing) and pompous for another.I thought it was a stupid, … [Read more...]

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