On Hamlet, Our Sins, And The Man In The Mirror UPDATED

I was going to write a long and involved post on the little news item that we would surely love to sweep under the carpet. The news out of Ireland about our failure to uphold Jesus’s new commandment. The commandment that, if we follow it, will prove to the world our name and heritage.

But the French guy, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, aka “PEG”, wrote, “Look At Your Sin” in my stead. Read it, post haste. [Read more…]

St. John of the Cross On What Ails The Catholic Blog-O-Sphere

Last week was a pretty embarrassing one in the parish of St. Blogs. It was enough to make me consider if continuing to blog was a worthwhile use of my time. There are other things to do, you know. I have children to raise, a wife to love, tasks to be performed on my day job, and honey-do lists that are a mile long.

Yep, I seriously thought of throwing in the towel . [Read more…]

Thoughts About The Minor Miracle That Occurred At Harvard University Yesterday

“Hell at last, Yawning, received them whole,” Gustave Dore.

Consider this post a wee after action report by your favorite strategic corporal,  Joe Six-Pack, USMC.

You may be thinking, “Where do you get off declaring what happened at Harvard as being a miracle, Frank?” I’ll tell you where. Because nobody saw the result that was coming.

The conventional wisdom? It was as wrong as it usually is. All of the wise and learned among us knew without a doubt that the planned black mass would take place unmolested, and unimpeded, because Harvard (or Hellward, as I saw someone call it)! [Read more…]

Since When Did Satan Become Such A Square?

That quote is actually from their website.

That’s the thought that occurred to me when I was reading the Satanic Temple’s mission statement. You know, the folks behind the statue of a figure (that might be Baphomet) they want to install at the state capitol in Oklahoma, and the same group that wants to hold a Black Mass in a pub under the auspices of the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club.

The mission of The Satanic Temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people.

*Cough, cough* [Read more…]

Geocentricism Documentary Is Swallowed By A Black Hole of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!

 

It turns out the film makers duped a number of folks into being “interviewed,” or otherwise associated  with  the project. Narrator Kate Mulgrew, for instance. Today she took to social media to say she was, “a voice for hire, and a misinformed one.” Hehmant Mehta, The Friendly Atheist,  has the gouge.

“I understand there has been some controversy about my participation in a documentary called THE PRINCIPLE. Let me assure everyone that I completely agree with the eminent physicist Lawrence Krauss, who was himself misrepresented in the film, and who has written a succinct rebuttal in SLATE.  [Read more…]

Your Quote of the Week: Andrew Sullivan’s Words of Wisdom

Regarding the (coerced?) resignation of Mozilla CEO, Brendan Eich. [Read more…]

Latest Bid To Keep You Away From Theaters: Gnostic “Noah” Is Tunneling Under Your House! UPDATED

Back, before I sic the Demiurge on you!

Because it’s not enough just to not care for a movie. De gustibus non est disputandum, you say? You have no idea what kind of fire you are playing with, you innocents! Because Aronofsky’s “Noah” in like gnostic nitroglycerin, and, believe it or not, it. will. destroy. your. soul. [Read more…]

Fr. Robert Barron Weighs Anchor On “Noah” UPDATED With Video Commentary

Come on in. There’s plenty of room inside.

From the guy who practically invented engaging the culture with a Catholic perspective (via social media), a positive review of Noah by Father Robert Barron. [Read more…]

When You’re Doing Your Taxes, Don’t Wig Out When You’re Asked If You’re In A Same-Sex Marriage…

Because it will come up in the questionnaires, see?

You can call it a sign of the times if you like. Most likely it’s because many states don’t recognize same-sex marriages, and income tax preparers are trying to help folks navigate the shoals of their state and local tax codes.

Oh, since we’re on the subject of homosexuality, a couple of the bloggers here at the Patheos Catholic Channel are talking about gay-related subjects. [Read more…]

Hobby Lobby/ Conestoga Wood SCOTUS Arguments Recap & Transcript

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. arguing in Hobby Lobby case (drawn by Art Lien)

Over at the SCOTUS Blog, Lyle Denniston called it “one hearing, two dramas.”

The Supreme Court, in a one-hour, twenty-eight-minute session Tuesday, staged something like a two-act play on a revolving stage: first the liberals had their chance and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy gave them some help, and then the scene shifted entirely, and the conservatives had their chance — and, again, Kennedy provided them with some support. [Read more…]