November 20, 2018

One of the things I have noted in the past is the phenomenon of Satanic ecumenism: the way in which people who hate each other are brought together in their mutual hostility to the things of God.  We see it when the Pharisees and the Herodians conspire to kill Jesus.  We see it when Pilate and Herod Antipas become friends as they humiliate Jesus in the passion.  We saw it in the Hitler-Stalin pact.  We see it when two thugs… Read more

November 19, 2018

One of my readers, Ross Earl Hoffman, knew a good thing when he saw it and married another of my readers, Fausta Nalubega.  He’s from Idaho.  She live in Uganda and is magnificent saint leading a community of other saints.  It’s a marriage made possible by the internet and shared Catholic faith. So anyway, Ross has been pouring his energies into their marriage and into shuttling between the US and Uganda to help her apostolate with time, talent, and treasure. … Read more

November 19, 2018

The last in a four part series on the relationship between the lay and ordained offices. Last time in this space, we noted that at the altar, the priest presides.  That said, it is important to understand that, in the world, whither we go once we have received the sacraments, we laity properly preside.  As I said two articles ago, this does not mean that we are free to blow off the Church’s teaching.  It means, rather, that we can… Read more

November 17, 2018

Poor Jordan Peterson. He famously chose to hang out with visible-from-space members of the white supremacist, neo-Nazi Alt Right: CBC interview yesterday offers stunning proof of my appalling character (having failed to watch The Metaphysics of Pepe: — Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) January 27, 2018 Now he tries to tell the Freak Show that anti-semitism is bad and the Freak Show turns on him: Jordan Peterson suggested that killing and making fun of Jewish people is bad and… Read more

November 16, 2018

This is a really good article by somebody who has figured the core falsehood at the bottom of the wrong-headed Conservative Catholic “reform” of the Church: that the problem is gays and liberals and if we can just purge them then the Church will be right as rain again.  It’s just not true.  The problem is abusers, gay and straight, and enablers, liberal and conservative.  As long as at that falsehood continues to drive the pigheadedly unlearning Conservative–steadfast in his… Read more

November 15, 2018

This is extremely cool and is, in it’s own way, a tribute both to Tolkien (whose vision of war in Lord of the Rings is hugely influenced by the trauma he endured in WWI) and to the ANZAC troops who were massacred in huge numbers in the Great War, leaving a bloody gash in the consciousness of both Australia and Jackson’s New Zealand. Bravo, Sir Peter! Read more

November 14, 2018

…on behalf of the only people who actually matter in the Church’s abuse scandal, victims: The core mistake being made by the Cult of Vigano is not in thinking that the Pope could have treated victims badly. We already know that he did that with the victims in Chile and that strongly suggests he did the same in Argentina. We will see if and when the records there are opened. No. The core evil being done by the Cult of… Read more

November 13, 2018

So when the Right Wing Noise Machine (Catholic edition) has been so wrong about so much so many times for so long that only a fool would continue to unquestioningly trust their judgment, it is prudent to consider the possibility that the people who saw and reported accurately on the problem of priestly abuse nearly 30 year ago might, despite the denunciations of the Lie Machine, have something to say worth listening to. The National Catholic Reporter is exactly such… Read more

November 12, 2018

Part 3 of my series on the relationship between the lay and priestly offices: Last week in this space, we talked about the need to discern the distinction between Magisterial teaching and a cleric asking us to truly do evil or neglect to fight evil.  My basic point is that we should be docile to the Church unless we have a really good reason not to be. The trick, of course, is to know when such times are.  Some people will avoid… Read more

November 10, 2018

Why have we been talking for three weeks about the relationship of the Mosaic Law and the gospel? Well, in addition to the fact that it’s good to know what the Church teaches about our relationship with our Jewish older brothers, it’s also important if we want to have the foggiest clue of what large portions of the New Testament are about. For starters, everything from Matthew to John to Romans to Galatians to Hebrews was written under the lash… Read more

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