You Just Need to be the Right Sort of Roman

Monday, July 19, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (57)

I have long maintained that a massive amount of the outrage being directed at the Church over the abuse scandal is completely phony.  Not that the crimes and sins committed by abusive priests and their Episcopal defenders are phony in the slightest—but rather that many of the people who are crying “I’m shocked—shocked—at the thought of sexual abuse of children!” are, in fact, completely uninterested in the sexual abuse of children or are, indeed, supportive of the sexual abuse of children.

Case in point, child rapist and molestor Roman Polanski and his ardent defenders, including such moral giants as Woody Allen, Whoopi Goldberg (“It was something else, but I don’t believe it was...READ MORE

Filed under manufacturers of culture, the last acceptable prejudice, the situation

"Science Works. Religion Doesn't" What Does that Even Mean?

Friday, July 16, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (156)

A correspondent of mine, all agog for the New Atheism, spouted the hackneyed slogan “Science Works.  Religion Doesn’t” some time back, along with the claim that “all religions claimn exclusive possession of the truth”.  My reply:

No small part of the problem with this sort of sloganeering is that there is a marked laziness on the part of critics of “religion”. They seem to have only the haziest notion of what they mean by the word. I’m afraid I find a similar haziness in your remarks. What do you mean by “religion”? If you mean “the worship of a deity or deities” where do you put Buddhism in that? Some people would class Confucianism as a religion. I would not, since I think it is...READ MORE

Filed under intellect worship vs. intellect use

Strange Foes, Stranger Bedfellows

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (13)

It’s a strange day when Ann Coulter, George Will, Glenn Greenwald, Pat Buchanan and Andrew Sullivan are all converging on the same point: that GOP Chair Michael Steele was right to call the war in Afghanistan “a war of Obama’s choosing”.  And they are, of course, right.  Bumbler and incompetent though he is, Michael Steele called this one.  Once the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for Not Being George W. Bush decided to squander billions more dollars, waste more American lives, and embark on the doomed mission of turning a failed narcostate into the Great Society at Gunpoint project, he made it his war just as surely as LBJ made Kennedy’s dalliance in southeast Asia into his war.  Of...READ MORE

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In Which We Discover Why I'm Probably Not the Best Guy to Ask That Question

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (96)

A reader writes:

If you had one pro-life question to ask a group of Republican senatorial candidates during a public forum, what would you ask?  I have been asked to submit a question for a local forum and I’m having a hard time choosing the right question.

I’m probably the wrong guy to ask.  If it were me it would be something like, “How come after 30 years of promises, you guys have delivered a sub-Carthaginian culture and system of laws, some Supreme Court justices that either regard Roe as ‘settled law’ or have actively worked to expand the abortion license with nonsense like Kennedy’s ‘Mystery Clause’, and a Massachusetts GOP senator who is so prolife that he ardently supports Roe,...READ MORE

Filed under mailbag, stupid evil party vs. evil stupid party

Two Big Benefits of Education

Friday, July 09, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (35)

Benefit #1:  You get more jokes.  I use this reason all the time with my kids.  Study hard.  Get educated.  Then, when somebody tells a good joke you’ll get the pun or the literary, political, theological, military, cultural or scientific reference and not feel dumb and left out.  The Simpsons will be ten thousand times funnier.

Benefit #2: You won’t waste time worrying about stuff you don’t have to worry about.  You won’t, for instance, fret that if you eat chocolate (or anything else) that is certified halal, you are committing the sin of idolatry

That’s because you will know

a) that our Church teaches that, like Jews, Muslims worship the God of Abraham and that “together with us...READ MORE

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African Ingenuity…

Wednesday, July 07, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (21)

Finding a delightful and life-giving use for post-colonial Euro attempts at culling the non-white numbers so despised by white population planners whose motto is “Just Enough of Me.  Way Too Much of You!”  Go Africa!

White First World Population Planners are perpetually bent on reducing the carbon footprint of impoverished third world countries they deem to have “too many children”.  They have to fly all over the world on hundreds of jets every year to make sure that some guy burning a few sticks to cook his dinner in Kenya doesn’t suck up all the resources that are rightfully ours.

Filed under just enough of me and way too much of you

Summer: A Reminder that Life is a Poem Before It's a Story

Monday, July 05, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (7)

Blogging consists, in large part, of finding what journalists call “stories”.  The first rule of storytelling is this: A story is a war!  It requires conflict!  So I set out to write this blog as a war correspondent, looking for some conflict to get me and my readers worked up about. But….

The warm breeze sighed past me as I tried to get editorially righteous.  Should I pontificate about busted oil wells?  Well, pretty much everybody has done that to death over the past couple of months.  Put me down as “against busted oil wells.”  And gosh, but that breeze feels nice!  Glazed eyes go all heavy-lidded.

Back to reality!  Should I talk about the war(s) we are currently involved in? ...READ MORE

Filed under dimestore meditations

It's a Good Thing We Won World War II

Friday, July 02, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (59)

If we hadn’t, Europe might now be a socialist confederacy of nations dominated by a German economic powerhouse.  Hostility to Jews and Catholics might be rampant on the Continent at this hour.  A worldwide colossus dedicated to the abortion of the unfit and founded by a racist whose banner was “Eugenics: To create a race of thoroughbreds!” might, even now, be continuing Hitler’s work of killing millions.  Our culture, might, even now, be paying high honors to those who cherish the lives of animals over those of human beings just as Hitler loved his German Shepherd Blondi while ordering the unfit to be massacred.  Heck, we might even be torturing and experimenting on prisoners or adopting...READ MORE

Filed under darwin mythos

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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.