Canonical Troubles

Catholic priest and canon lawyer, Thomas Doyle, OP, has been banned in St. Louis. Archbishop Burke has decreed that Doyle may not serve as a canonical adviser for members that Burke has excommunicated. There seems to be something radically amiss with a situation where the prosecutor/judge can tell the defendant that he can’t let a…

NYT on the Kabbalah Center

The New York Times Magazine has an article about the Kabbalah Center, the New Age outfit that peddles dumbed down and de-judaized Jewish mysticism for a price ($26 for a loop of red string, for instance). A year and a half after I began my explorations, the cynic in me writes the center off as…

The Pope on America

John Allen has an interesting column in which he looks at Pope Benedict XVI’s views on America. Here’s just a sampling: Despite protesting in 1996 that he has “little knowledge of America,” in truth Benedict XVI probably came into office with more direct insight into the United States than any other pope in history. For…