January 15, 2021

Please note that this post contains images of hate symbols. In order to understand why antifascism is important for Catholics, we first need to understand what fascism is. The ground I’m about to cover has been discussed by other people before me, notably in Philosophy Tube’s videos on antifascism, Steve Bannon, and anti-Semitism, if you’re one more for edgy video essays than nerdy written ones. Demonstrators at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA, August 2017 (source). Fascism is… Read more

January 8, 2021

You’re Fired! Jokes Are Still Funny, Right? Donald Trump has finally given a weird probably-concession speech, and, more importantly, Twitter finally banned him. If all goes as expected, why the hell would you think things are going to go as expected, what drugs are you on, and may I have some? As I sit writing this, there are still about eleven days—277 hours—left in Trump’s presidency, assuming he is not removed (whether by impeachment or via the Twenty-Fifth Amendment). That’s… Read more

January 6, 2021

Vice President Mike Pence and the members of Congress have been evacuated from the Capitol. A vast number of pro-Trump protesters forced their way into the building, screaming that he, not Biden, won the election. Capitol police were unable or perhaps unwilling to restrain them. (I say “perhaps unwilling” because this situation, unlike a Black Lives Matter protest or the President’s photo-op outside St. John’s last summer, apparently didn’t merit tear gas or rubber bullets.) This is a travesty. This… Read more

January 2, 2021

AHAB (All Homilies Are Bad) As many of my readers know, I’m a convert to Catholicism. (It’ll be thirteen years as of March 22nd.) And if there is anything not to convert for, it’s preaching. Most Catholic homilies are bad—that’s just kinda the way it is. Well, maybe bad is too simple a word. They aren’t usually heretical in my experience, and while their advice usually isn’t all that helpful, I don’t often hear downright toxic stuff from the pulpit… Read more

December 31, 2020

Well that was a load of crap. My family have stayed healthy, so I’m grateful for that. I even got a book out back in January—The Seventh Trumpet, a short story collection in the post-apocalyptic magical realist genre. Check it out! I normally do a review of my top ten whatevers of the year on New Year’s Eve, and this year is no exception. It wasn’t a strong year for the arts, naturally enough, but some creators coped exceptionally well…. Read more

December 29, 2020

Prior posts in this series: When You Cancel the Abyss, the Abyss Also Cancels You; Kmart Utopia; The Perfect Is the Enemy of Everything; Will the Real Idiot Please Stand Up; Mea Maxima Copout. Pobody’s Nerfect We’ve already gone over some forms of black-and-white thinking that I think are common on, but unhelpful to, the Left. We need to distinguish and prioritize among degrees and urgency of harm, and accept an incremental approach to our goals; we need to take… Read more

December 21, 2020

They say that when Our Lady came to Mexico The bishop mistranslated what she said. The unimportant saint, brown-faced and simple, Told him Coatlaxopeuh was there, and His Excellency Heard, in his native Spanish, Guadalupe, And did Our Lady’s will half-accidentally While busy with his own. I wonder what the Church was like back then. Conquistadors moved underneath the Cross; The innocents torn from their mothers’ screams To live as slaves, were baptized; holy Mass Was sung in holy Latin,… Read more

December 17, 2020

Earlier posts in this series: When You Cancel the Abyss, the Abyss Also Cancels You; Kmart Utopia; The Perfect Is the Enemy of Everything; Will the Real Idiot Please Stand Up There’s a specific consequence of black-and-white thinking I’d like to talk about here, but it needs very delicate handling. I think the basic point I’m about to advance is not only true, but necessary for any functional society. I’d even be so bold as to say it’s a badly… Read more

December 12, 2020

Roma Locuta In 412, St. Augustine preached his hundred and thirty-first sermon. Referring to ongoing controversy over Pelagius, who taught that divine grace was little more than a good example, he pointed out that Pelagian doctrine had already been condemned by local synods in Africa, and that these judgments had been confirmed by the Pope—twice. Jam enim hac causa duo concilia missa sunt ad Sedem Apostolicam: inde etiam rescripta venerunt. Causa finita est: utinam aliquando finiatur error. Already two councils… Read more

December 4, 2020

THIS SERIES DEALS WITH SEXUAL ABUSE. PLEASE READ WITH CAUTION. AN INTRODUCTION AND FURTHER DISCLAIMERS MAY BE FOUND HERE. Almighty and everlasting God, who didst deign to share our mortal flesh, and of thine inestimable love gave up thyself to suffer, and be spit upon, and to die: Grant us, we beseech thee, a mind to remember thy saving Passion and glorious Resurrection alway, that we may serve thee with joy in this mortal life, and be received at last… Read more

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