Thoughtful pieces on Casey, Caylee, Corapi, Idols

Emails are coming in reporting a state of high tension on various Corapian threads, in anticipation of the Black Sheepdog's "very special announcement" which is promised today.You gotta give the Dog credit; he knows how to play to an audience and build up the suspense. I'm finding it kind of sad (and troubling) that so many people have made this one man such a huge part of their lives of faith.And I am troubled, too, by our society's seemingly endless appetite for high-drama and … [Read more...]

Bottoms Up with Horse Semen

It is a very good thing that God is both Just and Merciful.Because if God were only Just, he might have decided by now that free will, and leaving humanity to its own devices, was a bad call.And this incredibly stupid story might have been the impetus that finally brought down the Almighty Hammer:Teste Tincture of the Day: Wellington, New Zealand’s Green Man Pub recently introduced a rather night-marish sounding cocktail that’s equestionable at best: Apple-infused horse semen.The “ac … [Read more...]

Art, Propaganda and Evil's Easy Way – UPDATE

At 50th Annual Academy Awards bash of 1977, Vanessa Redgrave thanked the Academy for giving her an Oscar (for "Julia") despite "the threats of of a small bunch of Zionist hoodlums."The respected screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky wasted no time in responding to Redgrave's provocation: "I am sick and tired of people exploiting the Academy Awards for the propagation of their own personal propaganda," he said, memorably.Chayefsky was speaking to the wind. Why wouldn't the people who lived and worked … [Read more...]

Chasing Grace

My fraternal grandmother -- a woman from Naples from whom I inherited the round shape but not, thankfully, the mustache --was, I am told, a "healer" to whom neighbors would come for hand-on release of headaches and fevers, and also an interpreter of dreams. I never knew her, but my mother occasionally shared her dream-interpreting standards: If you dream of death, there will be a birth, and vice versa. If you dream of dirty water, you will come into money. I can't remember what dreaming of poop … [Read more...]

"He has a degree in philosophy…"

From Francis Beckwith at Return to Rome, (which you should check out) has a conversation between a physician and a bio-ethicist.Another appropriate read in view of that tape and the date... … [Read more...]

Remembering Schiavo and John Paul II

Leticia Velasquez has written a beautiful witness to life and love on the main page:It was the first day of spring in 2005. I was at the florist in the seaside village where I grew up, assembling a basket of flowering spring plants for my sister, who had just given birth.Immersing my hands in budding greenery, inhaling the earthy scents—it helped to chase away, for a few moments, the looming death which occupied my mind. Later that evening, watching my sister's pink newborn suck on his tiny f … [Read more...]

My Sweet Pot-Smoking Lord…

My Tuesday column is up at First Things. Needing a distraction from Japan, I looked closer-to-home and ended up focusing on author James Frey and the planned Good Friday release of his latest book, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, expressing both boredom and hopefulness about it:I was unsurprised to read that this book—which will debut in a small run of only 11,000, underwritten by uber-gallery owner Larry Gagosian, with Frey self-publishing the inevitable second printing—is scheduled for … [Read more...]

The Absent MSM and Gosnell – UPDATE

My Tuesday column is up at First Things and I am taking a look at how determined the press seems to be, to look away, look away from Kermit Gosnell and his ilk:The Gosnell story—a story that by any measure deserved in-depth coverage, some serious discussion about regulation and responsibility, and a few features forcing the nation to consider just when a “late-term” abortion slips into the category of “infanticide” or what our leadership and politicians really think of all of this—proved too bi … [Read more...]

Abortion, Language and Looking Away – UPDATED

Photosource"Over a period of two decades, government health and licensing officials were repeatedly presented with evidence about Gosnell, and repeatedly chose to do nothing..."“No action was taken, even after the agencies learned that women had died under Gosnell’s care.”Kermit Gosnell was arraigned yesterday on 8 charges charges of murder, and much, much more.Most of the news reports I'm reading on this story are surprisingly succinct, given the 281 page Grand Jury Report which bring … [Read more...]

Gosnell; Baby Feet Kick the Nation – UPDATES

If your stomach and your psyche can stand it, read the grand jury report on this fiendish abortionist, Kermit Gosnell.I have been afraid to write about this woman-killing, baby-slaughtering, fertility-stealing, heartless and exploitative freak since the story broke. It's been that horrifying.But I agree with the assertion of the district attorney that Gosnell was able to get along with for so long by design.The State Legislature has charged the Department of Health (DOH) with … [Read more...]


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