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In the past, I’ve had harsh things to say about Stephen Brady and Roman Catholic Faithful. Much of my criticism of Mr. Brady was a knee-jerk response to his criticism of church prelates. The sexual abuse crisis wasn’t a 1960s inspired crisis of unfaithfulness and liberalism, but a crisis rooted in sins by priests (sins…

Antisemitism on the Catholic Right

The Remnant bookstore is selling one of the most odious examples of 20th century Catholic antisemitism–Maurice Pinay, The Plot against the Church, of which Sandra Miesel has written: In 1962, a singularly vicious specimen of Catholic anti-Semitism was published just before Vatican II, reportedly by a team of twelve clerics—probably Latin Americans and one said…

Catholic School Bans MySpace …

Kids at a Catholic School in a Detroit suburb have been ordered to remove anything that they may have posted at MySpace–or be expelled. The school is threatening this action even if the students have their parents’ permission and supervision. That’s where the school has crossed the line, I think.

Blog templates

Yes, I probably have the record for the most blog name changes, and the design has changed a few times, too. Go ahead. Laugh now. Then again, consider Mark Shea, who has had the same blog name and template since I first started reading his blog nearly five years ago (I looked up and saw…

US Bishops on Daniel Maguire

A reminder from the US Bishops that Catholics don’t believe in abortion or same-sex marriage, regardless of what Dan Maguire may say. Dan Maguire’s response? “They’re simply uninformed,” Mr. Maguire said of the bishops. “There is no one Catholic view on contraception, abortion or same-sex marriage. There’s a diversity of views. And it’s not just…

Anabaptism Gone Wild

Adventist Review looks at the problem of rebaptism. Not rebaptizing as adults those baptized as children (since the latter they don’t regard as an authentic baptism), but the rebaptism of those already baptized as adults, often for emotional reasons at the end of a revival–and frequently those being rebaptized are teens who were just baptized…

“Lutheran Hymns and Espresso”

From Pastor Paul McCain: Lutheran hymns are to Christian hymnody what Espresso is to coffee. When you have y our first cup of really good Espresso you probably aren’t going to like it, but then you realize: wow, this is a lot better than ordinary coffee. And then, once you’ve acquired a taste for espresso,…

Catholic apocalypticism

The mainstream Catholic Church shies away from eschatological speculation, but–perhaps because of this–the fringes are full of it. Bits and pieces from different supposed “apparitions” of Mary and other saints are woven together to create a scenario including Three Days of Darkness, a Warning, a Chastisement, followed not by the return of Christ in glory,…

Purgatory

Dr. Philip Blosser posts an entry attributed to one “Ralph Roiter-Doister” on the subject of purgatory, commenting upon a bizarre book by Fr. F. X. Schouppe, SJ, Purgatory Explained By the Lives and Legends of the Saints. I say “bizarre,” because it is filled with silly little legends like the one of St. Gregory the…

Contempt for Jews

Take a look at the discussion over at Defenders of the Catholic Faith over the question of whether Christians should ever 1) celebrate a Seder or 2) attend one. And note the positions taken by the “Moderators” and “Head Administrator.” Would someone kindly let Steve Ray know what’s being done on his board?

Spirituality

When I was a student at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary and taking courses in the history of Christian spirituality at Catholic schools in the DC area, one of my professors, Tom Ridenhour, asked with disdain, “Spiri-CHALL-ty? Wot the HAIL is that?” At times I’ve had an easy answer–it’s simply reflection on practical Christianity, how we live…

Evil

Diogenes on Cardinal Mahony‘s contradictory statements about sexual abuse by priests. Accusations of sexual abuse at St. Augustine’s, Montepelier, VT (where I became Catholic). Another sexual abuse case in Scranton, PA. Accusations regarding homosexual prelates by Randy Engel, and more by Randy on the record of Sr. Jeannine Gramick. And of course, you will find…

Sharp Dressed Men in Cheap Sunglasses

They took the stage after a night of bullriding, wearing matching black sequined jackets, sunglasses, and long beards (except for the one whose name is Beard), and they rocked the house at Reliant Stadium tonight for the final performance of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. I’m speaking, of course, of that little local band,…

The Oldest Protestant Denomination

The oldest Protestant church is not the Lutheran Church–they won’t be 500 years old until 2030. Rather, that title goes to the Moravian Church (also known as the Unity of the Brethren) which is celebrating its 550th anniversary this month. The roots of this denomination lie in the preaching and teaching of John Hus, burned…

A good laugh …

Jim was wondering why I was moderating comments with a heavy hand … and then he saw some guy call me a “Dispensationalist” on another blog. He understood, then. And I had a belly laugh. I’ve been called many things (especially by folks on the antisemitic fringe)–but never that.

On spiritual falconry

A poem by St. John of the Cross: I went out seeking love, and with unfaltering hope I flew so high, so high, that I overtook the prey. 1. That I might take the prey of this adventuring in God I had to fly so high that I was lost from sight; and though in…

Deference for Priests

Fr. Tom Euteneuer of Human Life International, in boasting of his appearance with Sean Hannity, made this comment: Second, concerning the actual debate, what some are calling Sean’s “disrespect” for me as a member of the clergy was not of concern to me. In that sense, Sean is typical of his generation that has been…

WRAMC Ward 72

Congress investigates WRAMC Ward 72. As a second lieutenant chaplain candidate I, like all other members of the chaplaincy department, was not permitted to enter that ward without an invitation. This wasn’t a ward where the chaplains could just wander around and visit the patients. (I never got an invitation–during my 2 1/2 months there…

“What Think Ye of Christ?”

J. Peter Nixon draws attention to John Allen’s commentary on the Sobrino Notification. Allen notes that “its main concern is not really old arguments over liberation theology and Marxism, but rather more recent debates over the uniqueness and singularity of Jesus Christ,” as seen in “notifications over the last six years regarding Jesuits Roger Haight…

Triumphalistic gloating

Fr. Thomas Euteneuer of HLI engages in triumphalistic gloating over his performance with Hannity. He’s doing his victory dance in the end zone, happy for having scored points. As if that is all that is important in the media. HLI has always been an apostolate that has played to the media, and has loved the…

Anger in England and Wales

British paper, The Catholic Herald, lodges complaint with Vatican over refusal of bishops of England and Wales to comment on the recent papal exhortation on the Eucharist. See Amy, who links to column by Damian Thompson. This was the week that the leadership of the Catholic Church in England and Wales disgraced itself. Pope Benedict…