Inheriting the Wind

The USCCB movie reviewers praised “Golden Compass,” and that is now being echoed by chanceries and diocesan papers. Via Mark Shea.

Catholic Navy Chaplain Goes to Jail

They warned us in Chaplain school that there were chaplains doing “the long course” at Leavenworth, making big rocks into small rocks. Three things were likely to get a chaplain into the hoosegow they said: SAM. Sex, alcohol, or money (or a combination of the above). A Catholic Navy Chaplain, John Thomas Lee,  is going…

Christopher Hitchens

Does Christopher Hitchens like anything? His latest declaration: Hanukkah Celebrates the Triumph of Tribal Jewish Backwardness. I think it says more about Mr. Hitchens than about Hanukkah. If you want to know what Hanukkah is about, listen to Peter Yarrow sing “Light One Candle.”

Geography Lesson Needed

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston says, There has never been a cardinal appointed from a diocese south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Other than the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, this counrty’s cardinals have all been from archdiocese/dioceses in the northeast (e.g. New York, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Boston, etc.) or the Midwest (e.g. Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, etc.).…

Kennedy v. Romney

Ted Sorensen, who helped write JFK’s Houston speech, compares the views of Kennedy and Romney. Q. Could President Kennedy have delivered the speech Romney gave on Thursday? Sorensen: No. Mr. Romney’s position on many of the issues are very different than JFK’s. JFK wanted to particularly stress that he believed in the separation between church…

Phyllis Tickle on Church and State

Phyllis Tickle interviewed in the Wittenburg Door: “Christian nation” is such an offensive term that I can hardly speak it, even. One of the biggest blows to Christianity’s vitality and legitimacy occurred on the day that Constantine made it the official religion of the Empire. Nobody in his or her right mind would want to…

Romney on Religious Liberty

Text of Mitt Romney’s speech at the George Bush Presidential Library this morning. “As governor, I tried to do the right as best I knew it, serving the law and answering to the Constitution.  I did not confuse the particular teachings of my church with the obligations of the office and of the Constitution –…

A Crack in the Liberty Bell

Philadelphia is “the cradle of liberty”–but Philadelphia freedom no longer extends to the Boy Scouts. Pro-homosexual sentiment is more important to the city today than the freedom of the Boy Scouts to define who they are and what their mission is. New York Times reports on the efforts of the city of Philadelphia to evict…