Thoughts On The Gay Marriage Decision From My Bishop…UPDATED


Richard F. Stika, Bishop of Knoxville

And from the Supreme Court justices themselves. First up is the initial, and wise, reaction of my bishop, Richard F. Stika,

“Sad moment in the history of our nation. But we move on. No same sex marriages will be celebrated within the Catholic Church. Our faith teaches that marriage is a sacramental union between a man and a woman. That is our faith and our truth!!! We shall not attack the principle of same sex marriage but uphold our faith and our truths! It does not matter to the Church as marriage is a sacrament that can’t be defined by any court!”

His point is well taken. Supreme Court decisions come, and go. But the Law of the Lord is forever. Go to the diocesan website for his official response.

Next up, from the majority opinion of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the following thoughts are crucial from the standpoint of the Catholic Church, and for all who do not dissent from her teachings, [Read more…]

My Long-Winded Opinion About Flags Flying Over Government Buildings…

My buddies and me, saluting the Colors.

My buddies and me, saluting the Colors.

After the tragic events that took place in Charleston this week, there is lots of talk about the Confederate flag flying over the state capitol building in Columbia, S.C., how that practice should be ended, etc.

Here’s my $.02 on the Take Down the Flag” movement. [Read more…]

In Israel, Christian Holy Sites Are Targeted. Who Is Targeting Them May Surprise You…


I took this photograph of the church on a peaceful evening in December of last year.

Let’s just say that in the case of the fire at the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, that occurred early this morning in the lakeside town of Tagba, ISIS, Muslims, or the other usual suspects,  aren’t even on the list of potential perpetrators.

Roll clip, [Read more…]

For Thoughts On The Solemnity Of The Most Sacred Heart Of Jesus

Are you on vacation yet? The funny thing about vacations is that when on holiday from the world, and from the pressures of time, it’s quite easy to see all manner of things through rose colored glasses. In fact, I would go so far as to say that everything is better when one is on vacation, be it food, music, company, or conversation. Have you noticed this too? The phenomenon is what leads me to believe vacations are a foretaste of eternal life in heaven. [Read more…]

For Pascal’s Thoughts On The Mystery Of Corpus Christi

"Carl Emil Doepler Fronleichnamsprozession" by de:Carl Emil Doepler the Elder (1824 Warszawa or Schnepfenthal - 1905 Berlin) - Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -

“Fronleichnamsprozession,” Carl Emil Doepler the Elder (1824 Warszawa or Schnepfenthal – 1905 Berlin) –  Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Back when I was toying around with the idea of actually trying to be a Christian, I personally got a nice kick in the rear from reading Blaise Pascal’s thought #224 on the Eucharist,

How I hate these follies of not believing in the Eucharist, etc.! If the Gospel be true, if Jesus Christ be God, what difficulty is there?

At the time, see, I didn’t even know what the Eucharist was.

These thoughts, though (in one big whopper of a paragraph), from a letter to a Mademoiselle De Roannez, clarify all of that, and are quite fitting for the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Take a look. [Read more…]

The Charlie Charlie Phenomenon: Were We Played For Fools By Hollywood?

From outta nowhere, and back.

From outta nowhere, and back.


Probably. So reports Jennifer Mullins of E! Online, [Read more…]

BEHOLD! The YIMCatholic Swimsuit Edition…

Joe Six-Pack, here, reminding folks about the great swimsuits available for ladies over at Rey Swimwear. Two-piece, one-piece, accessories, suits for kids, etc. They’ve got it all, and they haven’t sold-out all of their inventory yet. Oops. Looks like the hats are gone. Sorry. [Read more…]

Coming To A Post Office Near You: The Flannery O’Connor Postage Stamp

Photograph courtesy of  the U.S. Post Office.

Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.

There it is, with peacock feathers, and everthang. It’s supposed to be available come June 5th, or so. More information can be found out about the stamp, and about Ms. O’Connor, right cheer.

I’m kinda bummed that it’s the 3 ounce, $.93 variety. Oh well, we’ll buy a few anyway, just for the wonder of it. I kinda miss her horn rimmed glasses, though.

Speaking of wonders, you know what’s hilarious? Outfits like Jezebel waxing enthusiastic about a stamp commemorating Flannery. Because if anyone has anything in common with the author of Wise Blood, and A Good Man Is Hard To Find, it’s the average Jezebel reader.

Am I right?


For “Flannery O’Connor Nite” at the Movies.

For Your Flannery O’Connor Quote Of The Year.

In D.C., The Battle Against The HHS Mandate Rages On…

FYI, the good guys took a licking in the last skirmish. You can read the details in The Register. The upshot? The Archdiocese of Washington will likely appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.

Likely to be used as a springboard for the appeal are the following thoughts from the dissent of Judge Janice Rogers Brown, joined by Judge Karen Lecraft Henderson. Therein are some very clear arguments regarding religious liberty. You know, the kind that are deep in history.

Take a look, [Read more…]

Joe Six-Pack’s Year Of Mercy Art Suggestions (Not That I Was Consulted)

It’s probably too late, because what’s done is done. But if there is one thing that Catholics have in common with Marines it’s this: we aren’t happy unless we’re bitching about something.

So yeah, that playing card inspired logo for the Year of Mercy?

Needs words to explain it, evidently.

Needs words to explain it, evidently.

Lord, have mercy! [Read more…]