More on Limbo

Tom Droleskey provides a Traditionalist look at recent discussions on Limbo. Regardless of what one thinks about some of the sources he cites (e.g., Donald Sanborn), I think he makes a strong case that Catholic teaching on Limbo was more than a mere “theological hypothesis,” but was logically and inseparably interconnected with teachings about baptism,…

On Church and State

The dominant Catholic social theory prior to the Second Vatican Council was referred to under the heading of “The Social Reign of Christ the King.” This remains an important shibboleth for Traditionalist Catholic groups such as the SSPX. Thomas Droleskey of Christ or Chaos states the matter thus: ” … a nation’s recognition of the…

Snakes

Snakes will eat anything they can get their mouth around. And they have an articulated jaw that allows them to eat things far bigger than their heads. They aren’t picky.  Other reptiles, like alligators, are the same way. If it is moving, it is food. A mouse, a rat, a fish, a frog, a cat…

The UnSuggester

I heard about the UnSuggester in the latest Chronicle of Higher Education. Unsuggester takes “people who like this also like that” and turns it on its head. It analyzes the thirteen million books LibraryThing members have recorded as owned or read, and comes back with books least likely to share a library with the book…

Rutler Redux

Over at Dom’s, George Rutler responds to my remarks on vegetarianism (a response to his response to a letter in First Things responding to someone else). It is clear we are both capable of playing with words and providing a little bit of levity in the all-too-dreary-debates of the blogosphere. But as I consider his…

Gaudium de Veritate

St. Augustine found joy in the truth, for its own sake. Truth is not conditioned by time or place, by who speaks it or how it is spoken. Our greatest joy should be in seeking that truth and in its discovery, letting it be its own validation and its own reward. I don’t care whether…

Tis a Puzzlement

Gay prayer service at Most Holy Redeemer Parish in San Francisco’s Castro district (“a Christian Community in the Roman Catholic tradition”) will be broadcast on BBC. According to the MHR webpage, On Sunday, October 22, at 5 pm, there was a special prayer service at MHR. Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ, of the University of San Francisco presided…

Due Process a Sham?

Clergy witch hunt? – Due process for accused priests is a sham, critics say. Is it surprising? A system for which authority is a critical value, and authoritarianism the modus operandi, is going to behave in predictable ways. In previous decades, lay people who complained about abusive priests were slapped down and the priests were…