October 19, 2018

This is a basic article of the faith.  He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love, says St. John. Conversely, Christianism, which is a diabolical parody of the gospel centered around the worship of Donald Trump is bound together by cruelty: The Trump era is such a whirlwind of cruelty that it can be hard to keep track. This week alone, the news broke that the Trump administration was seeking to ethnically cleanse more than 193,000 American children of… Read more

October 18, 2018

Uncle Screwtape talks about the uses of humor in hell: My dear Wormwood, Everything is clearly going very well. I am specially glad to hear that the two new friends have now made him acquainted with their whole set. All these, as I find from the record office, are thoroughly reliable people; steady, consistent scoffers and worldlings who without any spectacular crimes are progressing quietly and comfortably towards Our Father’s house. You speak of their being great laughers. I trust… Read more

October 17, 2018

When I was growing up in the Family Shea I was taught that somewhere back there in the family tree was not merely a Blackfoot Indian, but a Blackfoot Indian princess. I did not question this particularly, being 12 or so, but neither did I dwell on it much. It was a factoid, one of those things you squirrel away in memory but which you don’t think about since… so what? It did occur to me to wonder what an… Read more

October 16, 2018

…on the dogged dishonesty of the Francis Haters: Viganò claimed that Benedict imposed canonical sanctions on McCarrick, which Francis lifted. Viganò told us to ask Ouellet about it. Ouellet said it is false that there were canonical sanctions on McCarrick. The dissenter’s conclusion: Ouellet has just proven there were canonical sanctions! Pedro Gabriel’s take on this Orwellian spin: “Instead of acknowledging the huge hole Ouellet’s letter punches on Viganò’s testimony (a death blow in my opinion), anti-Francis critics have, unsurprisingly,… Read more

October 15, 2018

C.S. Lewis remarks on the way in which our dislike of somebody can take on a hellish momentum: “Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out. Is one’s first feeling, ‘Thank God, even they aren’t quite so bad as that,’ or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to… Read more

October 13, 2018

Here’s a taste of a piece I wrote on Pope Paul VI, who will be canonized a saint tomorrow, along with Oscar Romero, the great Salvadoran martyr (to American brutalist policy in Central America, but that’s another story): On October 14, 2018, Pope Francis will canonize Pope Paul VI, along with martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. Pope Paul VI, despite his enormous impact on the Church—the most obvious being the reform of the liturgy brought about by the Second Vatican… Read more

October 12, 2018

Signorelli: Antichrist and the Devil A Christianist is an adherent of a political cultus centered on Donald Trump and informed by a magisterium of FOX, right wing talk radio and right wing social media, which uses Christian imagery and jargon in the service of a diabolical antichrist gospel of racism, war, torture apologetics, gun fanaticism, misogyny, mammon worship, cruelty to the least of these and hatred of both science and orthodox Christian belief. One of its defining features is a… Read more

October 11, 2018

The Washington State Supreme Court just ruled the death penalty unconstitutional, thereby abolishing the death penalty in Washington State. Hooray for the progress of the gospel and the protection of all human life from conception to natural death! Read more

October 11, 2018

He was in Rome last week, talking about what a new apologetics should look like: What would a new apologetics look like? First, it would arise from the questions that young people spontaneously ask. It would not be imposed from above but would rather emerge organically from below, a response to the yearning of the mind and the heart. Here it would take a cue from the method of St. Thomas Aquinas. The austere texts of the great theological master… Read more

October 10, 2018

So last Monday, Columbus Day, my wife and I go to Mass.  Our parish is not far from a trail I enjoy walking called “Candy Cane Park Trail”.  It’s a lovely, leafy canyon that cuts right through my suburban middle class neighborhood.  Full of maples, alders, and various evergreens like spruce, hemlock, and Douglas Fir, as well as great hillsides of blackberries that, in the late summer, smell sweet as heaven, it’s like your own private Middle Earth.  Indeed, I… Read more

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