OJ

We see once again how OJ goes nuts if he thinks someone is messing with something that he thinks is his possession. Maybe this time he’ll go to jail.

Can a Christian Call Art “Degenerate”?

Not in Germany, it seems. Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne made a theological observation about art, about how art is debased and “degenerates” when divorced from a Christian worldview, and all hell broke loose. He was preaching at a mass opening a new diocesan art museum. His exact words: Let us not forget that there…

Return of the Latin Mass

While authority battles continue, with some bishops continuing to put road blocks in the way of the pope’s liberation of the Latin Mass (example, Bishop Jenky of Peoria), the day of implementation of the pope’s motu proprio came on Friday, with celebrations around the country. Examples: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary; Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City (another);…

James Swan on Systematic Theology and Catholic Converts

James Swan quotes Cornelius Van Til, who sees the study of systematic theology as an antidote to any heresy; Swan then asks, … how many Catholic converts previously went to churches with strong systematic confessions of faith, like the Westminster Confession, and how often were they taught the confession, like in a Sunday School class,…

Tod Brown’s Troubles

Bishop Tod Brown of Orange County, CA, one of the nations more liberal Catholic bishops,  is reaping the whirlwind. He was deposed in a civil lawsuit against a Catholic high school coach accused of sexual abuse earlier this month–the diocese fought hard (against its stated policy of openness) to keep his testimony secret . The…

Georgetown Theologian under Investigation by Vatican

John Allen on Peter Phan. Among the most serious charges in the CDF observations are that Phan’s book can be read to suggest that: Non-Christian religions have a positive role in salvation history in their own right, and are not merely a preparation for the Christian Gospel; It makes little sense to try to convert…

Vatican Official Warns Bishops

CWN and Zenit report that Cardinal Dario Castrillon-Hoyos has sent a warning shot over the bow of bishops who would give problems to priests who want to celebrate the old mass. Today is the date of implementation of the pope’s recent motu proprio; Castrillon-Hoyos notes: “The important thing is that in this moment, priests can…

Terri Schiavo Wins at Vatican

The Vatican today issued a Statement (Amy, Rocco) on providing food and water to patients in a persistent vegetative state. First question: Is the administration of food and water (whether by natural or artificial means) to a patient in a “vegetative state” morally obligatory except when they cannot be assimilated by the patient’s body or…

A Record Hurricane

Hurricane Humberto: Call it the instant hurricane. Humberto, which grew faster than any storm on record from tropical depression to full-scale hurricane landfall, surprised the Texas-Louisiana coast early Thursday with 85-mph winds and heavy rain that knocked out power to more than 100,000 and left at least one person dead. Meteorologists were at a loss…

Out of Nowhere

Tropical Storm Humberto suddenly materialized off the coast, and will be visiting us tonight. Update: He’s gone to the east of us. We’re high and dry. Further Update: He was officially upgraded to a hurricane. Wow.

North Carolina School Bans US Flag

Students at a North Carolina school are forbidden to wear any item of clothing featuring a flag. Not even the US flag. Not on any patriotic holiday. Not on 9-11. Update: School district wipes egg from face, rescinds ban.

Google Maps Street View

Google Maps has this new “Street View” feature whereby you can click on a street and get the few from the ground. They have a fleet of vehicles with multiple cameras atop that give 360 views, and they drive these up and down the streets of major cities. They’ve caught some interesting pictures, to the…

Silly School Rules

Girl told her senior photo can’t be in the yearbook — because she’s holding a flower. They made a blanket policy against “props” to keep one kid from being pictured attired for trap shooting. We had a rifle range and a rifle team at one of the high schools I attended–rifle instruction was part of…

Doings in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Archbishop Daniel DiNardo has appointed a new Superintendent of Schools, Sr. Kevina Keating, CCVI. She’s a graduate of Dominican College, University of San Francisco, and Stanford. She’s been on the board of Christus Health, was director of teacher education at University of San Francisco, and had been in community leadership in the Sisters of Charity…

Headline Writers Who Don’t Read the Article

Taking the Pill Cuts the Risk of Cancer, blares the headline. It’s lower by 12% for those who take the pill less than eight years. But there’s a catch–and the headline could just as well read “Taking the Pill Increases the Risk of Cancer,” because for those who take the pill for eight years or…

“A Terror-Industrial Complex”

Colin Powell is interviewed in GQ. What is the greatest threat facing us now? People will say it’s terrorism. But are there any terrorists in the world who can change the American way of life or our political system? No. Can they knock down a building? Yes. Can they kill somebody? Yes. But can they…