December 5, 2018

She’s perfectly right, of course. Anybody with a drop of Jewish is right to be worried. And any Catholic not actively fighting this filth should be ashamed. Antisemitism is in the Church. Catholics who aren’t antisemites are obligated to reject even the smallest hint of it, whenever it turns up. Even if it was unintentional; even if it seems minor; even if it seems to gentiles like an isolated, meaningless incident that can be explained away if everyone would just… Read more

December 4, 2018

I’m skeptical that Watts really grokked Chesterton and think Chesterton would have vehemently disagreed that gnosis is about wonder. (Gnosis is about master of secret knowledge. And one of the by-products of that is the destruction of wonder. When you pull a thing apart to see how it works, the inveterate response of human beings is, “Oh that! We know how *that* works. Nothing amazing about *that*.” The heart of gnosis is not wonder, but pride. I understand the Hidden… Read more

December 3, 2018

Raymond Arroyo (pictured here failing yet another audition for FOX News, where he dreams of working full-time)… (I love the way Ingraham just abandons him to his fate–a finely honed skill for FOX “journalists” when their colleagues fall.) Anyway… Raymond Arroyo got chewed out by South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier: Should read: “The World Over” hosted by Raymond Aroyo is like a throwback to the 1960’s & 70’s, when Ian Paisley & his ilk fulminated against Catholic Faith in general,… Read more

December 1, 2018

While the Christianist cult of Reactionary Catholics congeals into an Inquisition bent on purging and kicking out everybody in the Church, including the pope, actual Catholics are laboring to evangelize.  Here’s a rather startling example of the most visible Catholic evangelist in the secular sphere: One of the reasons the pope is so deeply hated by Reactionaries is precisely that his entire pontificate can be summarized in the words, “He has preached good news to the poor.” Everything about that… Read more

November 30, 2018

In which I apply my mighty BA in English to the figure of John the Baptist for a four-part series in celebration of Advent: The season of Advent is bound up with the figure of John the Baptist or (as he is known in the East) John the Forerunner. He is a curious figure if, like me, you do not originally hail from the Christian tradition and just come at the gospel story fresh, not taking him for granted. Why… Read more

November 29, 2018

Predictably, the quarrel in the comboxes was all about pretending that our Gun Cult is not ordered toward enforcing the racism that the Cult of Trump now flagrantly adores. Eppur si muove. – Galileo I know, I know. “I thought this was a Catholic blog! Why are you talking about this political crap all the time? Because the fifth commandment is a political issue. So is the subjugation of an entire population in the largest gulag in the history of… Read more

November 28, 2018

Here’s an absolutely typical story about a Dad and his two kids who were arrested and humiliate for Shopping While Black. This daily reality in Trump’s Amerikkka is steadfastly met, every single day, by conservatives who whinge that seeing that reality every single day is “playing the race card” and who then complain that they are the victims because they did not personally lynch or falsely arrest or shoot or vandalize the property of a person of color. Because every… Read more

November 27, 2018

…called The Flesh from Their Bones by my friend Laura Pittenger: For more information on Micah, the play, and Laura, go here. Read more

November 26, 2018

…but mostly because this truly is amazing, here is Overly Sarcastic Productions’ astonishing summary of the Chinese epic, Journey to the West (so far).  No need to thank me: Read more

November 22, 2018

Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is seemly. The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars, he gives to all of them their names. Great is our LORD, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The LORD lifts up the downtrodden, he casts… Read more

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