Cake and Hammers: Frank Underwood Has a Word for Kirsten Powers

Jesus all the yelling

Here we are, a bare week out of Lent, and the Christians are banging on one another, as we too often do, this time about whether or not Christ Jesus would bake a wedding cake for a same sex couple.It all started with Kirsten Powers, writing at USA Today, declaring that Christians wanted to go all Jim Crow against gay couples, and adding "Maybe they should just ask themselves, "What would Jesus do?" I think he'd bake the cake."Powers followed that up with another indictment, this time in … [Read more...]

Could we see Pope Patrick I in this Year of the Snake? – UPDATE

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The Chinese New Year has just passed and we are now in the Year of the Water Snake, according to my Chinese friends who take the zodiac with varying degrees of seriousness, this means we face a year characterized by "toil and transformation"."Your pope offered his resignation, almost as the year began," one friend said to me. "It's going to be a busy year of changes for all of us."I don't subscribe to zodiacs, myself, but one can't help noticing that one Cardinal never included in the … [Read more...]

Predicting the Pope: the ultimate sucker’s bet – UPDATED

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“I call as my witness Christ the Lord who will be my judge, that my vote is given to the one who before God I think should be elected.”That is what each Cardinal Elector will say each time he approaches the altar to deliver his vote for the next pope.Pretty grave stuff, right there; I would bet that each time he repeats that sentence -- on top of all the prefacing vows and promises -- the weight of it is felt a bit more deeply.Imagine being surrounded on all sides by Mic … [Read more...]

You want to really talk about Christian Persecution?

We talk about it, and it's a serious issue, but how much do we really know about the reality of Christian persecution, and how we folks in the pews need to be prepared to help each other as people are "paying blood for their fidelity to the Gospel"?Watch this masterful, balanced, stunningly-well done presentation by the great and knowledgeable journalist John Allen, delivered to the 2012 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Mark Shea has linked to it and so has Thomas L. McDonald -- … [Read more...]

Stop the New Movements, I Wanna Get off!

Let me begin by sayingt that, if Fruit of the Loom put John Allen, Jr.'s face on Underoos, I'd be first in line for a pair -- and where I live, nighttime temperatures get up into the nineties, so that's really saying something. The man is the Man, the undisputed mack daddy, prince and heavyweight champeen of all Catholic journalists.In National Catholic Reporter, he advises us to "keep an eye on" Cardinal Angelo Scola who is currently presiding as Patriarch of Venice.First, he has enormous … [Read more...]

Beatification Link Roundup

Here, some of the best and brightest weigh in on Pope John Paul II's beatification, and correct some popular misconceptions.The Curt Jester ripostes John Paul's critics by explaining the difference between heroic virtue and administrative brilliance.Fr. Z. reminds readers that they shall know a saint by the fruits of the people mourning him.While defending John Paul's sanctity, Pia de Solenni calls for more transparency on the handling of the Maciel and sex-abuse cases.In the National … [Read more...]


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