NBC’s Super Bowl Hypocrisy

NBC rejected a pro-life ad because it was “advocacy.” But they didn’t tell PETA they had such a policy–the told PETA the only problem with their ad was that it was too sexually suggestive (since when was that ever a problem for a major network?). NBC therefore doesn’t have a problem with advocacy–it has a…

Lutheranism Re-Examined

In writing my recent article on the Eucharist, I had to consider how my current thinking differs not only with the positions I held as a Catholic, but those I held as a Lutheran. The Eucharist is one of those areas. If I have to put a label on my Eucharistic views, I would say…

Antisemitism in Venezuela

The Wiesenthal Center reports on the growing tide of antisemitism in Venezuela. “Since the events in Gaza … the government has adopted an aggressive and dangerous tone never previously heard clearly inciting against the Jewish Community …. government’s supporters picked up on the government’s lead with clearly anti-Semitic expressions – with no effort whatsoever by government…

Time Warp

Article about the first Tridentine mass to be offered in Altoona. I wonder if this is what will be done in other dioceses–offer the Tridentine mass as if the liturgical reforms of the 20th century, in the decades prior to Vatican 2, had never happened. That’s what’s happening in this place. Only the altar server…

The Eucharist

One of my Catholic friends asked me a question some time ago, and has been waiting patiently for an answer. Regarding the Eucharist, did you (a) once believe and then stop believing, or, (b) never believe in the first place?   Bonus question:  if (a), what caused you to stop believing? I’ve been thinking about…

Shocked in LA

The archbishop of Los Angeles is shocked–shocked!–that the government is looking into how he handled abusive priests. Lee Podles; Commonweal; Rocco. Commonweal asks, “Should the government be able to determine the proper relationship between a bishop and his flock?” If that relationship involves sending them priests he knows are molesters, I say yes. The state’s…

Labor Unrest in Europe … Will It Spread?

Massive labor demonstrations across France and Germany. Of course these are not spontaneous. Will they spread here? If unions stir workers up and cause unrest, they might. Here’s a place to keep an eye on–International A.N.S.W.E.R. These are the radicals behind the anti-war protests. They don’t like violence or racism or war … that’s why…

Blagojevich

David Broder, Blagojevich’s toll on Illinois is no joke. Update: It’s over. 59-0. Other commentary: Richard Roeper, Blagojevich’s sad denial tour ends predictably John Nicholds: Blago Removed–After Mounting a (Really) Lame Defense.

Penn Jillette on Witnessing

Penn Jillette reflects on an incident when someone gave him a Bible after a show. He’s an atheist–but he respects this guy as “a very, very, very good man.” He says if you are going to believe, you need to witness to be consistent.

Arthur Waskow v. Benedict XVI

Spectrum, a publication of liberal Seventh-day Adventists, gives space on its webpage to a commentary by Rabbi Arthur Waskow on Benedict XVI’s lifting of the excommunication of the SSPX bishops. It’s unpleasant reading. Waskow slams the pope for “pissing on our confreres in Islam” and for being the “enemy of liberation theology” which he opines…

On Keeping the Sabbath

EthicsDaily has an article about “The Ethics of Working on Sunday.” It tells the story of a group of church members who went into a restaurant after their Sunday evening service and told the waitress they wouldn’t be giving her a tip because she was working on Sunday. Another waitress said, “We wouldn’t be working…

Mater et Magistra

It’s 50 years since Pope John XXIII announced his plans for the Second Vatican Council. One of the hallmarks of that council was that the Catholic Church came to accept religious liberty as an ideal–it saw that it had to, if it was going to protect its own members liberties in secular and communist societies.…

Did Israel’s Chief Rabbinate Cuts Vatican Ties?

A report claims the Chief Rabbinate of Israel has severed ties with the Vatican in response to the restoration of communion with the SSPX bishops. Update: Nasty reactions from the loyal readers of Fr. John Z’s blog. Update: Head of the Chief Rabbinate appreciated Pope’s words at Wednesday audience. Update: The head of the Chief…

Religion in Daily Life

Some people think it is important, some don’t.  Gallup survey maps the US as to how people answered the question. The least religious states are in New England and the west:  VT, NH, ME, MA, AK, WA, OR, RI, NV, CT. Most religious? MS, AL, SC, TN, LA, AR, GA, NC, OK, KY, TX. Map…

RIP Leon Klenicki

Rabbi Leon Klenicki, former director of interfaith relations for the Anti-Defamation League, has died. Rocco has a good reflection. I got to know Rabbi Klenicki during the last National Workshop on Jewish-Christian Relations, held here in Houston in 1999. And that reminds me that we haven’t had one in ten years!! They used to be…