Rome and the SSPX

The contradictory mess that is the Roman Curia is illustrated in this sermon given by Bishop Fellay of the SSPX discussing their conversations. What he says is very easy to believe when you’ve worked in a diocesan curia.

Delta Assists Saudi Antisemitism?

Delta won’t let Jews fly to Saudi Arabia, it seems. Huffington Post has the RNS story: Jews and Israelis, or passengers carrying any non-Islamic article of faith, will not be able to fly code-share flights from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia under Delta Air Line’s new partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines that is set to…

Journalist Confesses to Being an Illegal Alien

Jose Antonio Vargas tells his story in the NY Times Magazine. And he’s contacted a lawyer to see what his legal options are. Good for him. Taking responsibility. Good thing for a 30 year old to do. I hope other illegals take this cue, and learn from him, instead of insisting the problem is with…

Another Priest Gone

J-Glenn Murray, SJ, liturgist–removed for sexual abuse of a minor male. I’m waiting for the day when one of these creeps comes forward on his own, confesses, and resigns from ministry, instead of waiting for his victim to make a federal case of it.

Keith Olbermann

I’ve not watched him much. I’ve been without TV a couple of years, and without cable for a dozen years, so that has helped. I’ve only seen him in hotels and at friends’ homes. But stupid stuff like this is why I never cared for him. From the Catholic League: OLBERMANN’S IGNORANCE IS APPALLING June…

Academic Freedom Today

The Feds are telling colleges to set up disciplinary courts and accept “preponderance of the evidence” in cases of sexual harassment. But more often they involve alleged offenses defined in vague terms and depending often on subjective factors. Lukianoff notes that campus definitions of sexual harassment include “humor and jokes about sex in general that…

Proverbs 18:17 (Re: Corapi)

Proverbs 18:17. “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.” John Corapi seemed to have a case when he was the only one speaking. Now his religious superior is speaking, and Corapi’s position is cast in a very different light.

Evangelicals and Evolution

Christianity Today  has an article about the inroads of evolution into evangelicalism. InterVarsity press is among the leaders, it seems, in pushing evolutionary thought. The question the article focuses on is whether humans are really descended from a single pair. It’s “paradigm-shifting,” say some. Well, yes. The entire Biblical record of sin and salvation assumes…

John Corapi and Due Process

Fr. John Corapi, suspended from ministry because of accusations by a woman, writes about the lack of due process in such investigations. Mark Shea dismisses it as the “most passive-aggressive manipulative self-aggrandizement ever squeezed into 8 and a half minutes.”

Life with Des

Luke Ford writes about a day that opened his eyes. It’s a revelation into the home life of Desmond Ford, controversial Seventh-day Adventist theologian in the 70s and 80s. Funny thing–Des made his name by being all for freedom and the gospel. First thing that came to mind reading Luke’s account was a talk I…

What’s in a Name?

Bill Knott, editor of the Adventist Review, recently took pains to note that Adventist is pronounced AD-ventist, because we proclaim the Second ADvent of Christ. If you know the meaning of the word, he argues, you will pronounce it correctly; if you mispronounce it, maybe you’ve forgotten its meaning. SpecTRUM treats this as a trivial,…

LaSierra University

I have fond memories of LaSierra–I began my graduate studies there, back when it was the LaSierra campus of Loma Linda University. I found it a very open and hospitable place to someone such as I was then–a liberal former Adventist who had come to accept evolution. Well, fast forward 25 years and LaSierra, long…

Muslim Soldiers Cleared … But Lives Ruined

Back in February 2010 a  CBN columnist claimed that five American soldiers, all Muslims, were “arrested” over a supposed poison plot at Fort Jackson. The story went viral on conservative webpages and radio programs. But nothing ever came of it. There were no follow up stories. Fact is, they were never arrested. They were questioned,…