In Which I Again Signal My Secret Democrat Sympathies

10/11/2010 Comments (117)

Having criticized Sharron Angle’s dangerously wacky remarks on Friday, I have been informed in no uncertain terms that I am a leftist and liberal.  That, of course, is the only conceivable reason anybody would question a Tea Party darling.  Having been thus exposed, I figure I might as well throw caution to the winds and criticize yet another Tea Party darling, Rich Iott, currently running for Congress in Ohio.  Here’s a warm endorsement of him as a “new voice for our values”.

Now, here’s the funny thing.  Last week, when I criticized Angle’s dark suggestion that, should the vote not take care of our “Harry Reid problems”, then “second amendment remedies” might be on the table, lots of...READ MORE

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I'm glad Jesus blessed peacemakers

10/08/2010 Comments (93)

...because nobody else seems to.  Everytime some lunatic comes along to advocate violence, you can always find lots of people who will say, “Oh sure, *normally* violence is bad, but in our special case, things are so desperate that you’d have to be a fiend not to advocate violence.”  This was the standard tactic of the vandals and thugs who destroyed college campuses in the 60s in order to register their disapproval of the war in Vietnam and it is, rhetorically at least, increasingly becoming the tactic of some on the Crazy Right today.  Here, for instance, is Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle advocating what she calls “second amendment remedies” to current American politics in a...READ MORE

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Canonize Non-Catholics?

10/04/2010 Comments (48)

A reader writes:

I’ve often wondered if the Church considers it possible to canonize non-Catholics.  If so, I wonder if C.S. Lewis would be a candidate?  I had drifted pretty far from my cradle Catholicism when reading Lewis brought me home, and my husband (by heritage Jewish, by belief an atheist) was converted by reading him.  I have heard of many others—Catholics and other Christians—who found or were renewed in their faith by his writings. 

I feel pretty confident that if I ever make it to Heaven, C.S. Lewis will be there, surrounded by a throng of souls who he helped find their way, and I just have no idea if it’s even possible for the Church to investigate his cause.

I share your...READ MORE

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Rich Boomer Chick Gets Religion

10/01/2010 Comments (18)

This just came in over the transom:

News Conf/L.A. Press Club/Oct 8/Chocolate Strawberries 4 U

(Los Angeles)  Center of The Golden One will hold a major news conference at the LA Press Club in Los Angeles on October8,2010 at 11:00am.

At this special news conference on October 8, Kendra Gamble, great-great-granddaughter of one of the founders of Procter & Gamble will unveil ‘The Announcement, which will lead up to an online and print media event on 10-10-10.

The event called ‘The Announcement’ will feature a presentation by Ms.
Gamble and Rachael Wilder, Press Secretary for Center of The Golden One.

‘The Announcement’ is potentially the most significant event in modern history and may...READ MORE

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Babies: An Unalloyed Good

09/29/2010 Comments (128)

So a few days ago, I mentioned the insanity and evil of Child Free zealots who loathe both children and humanity, saying things like, “The AIDS epidemic, rather than being a scourge, is a welcome development in the inevitable reduction of human population. .  .  . If [it] didn’t exist, radical environmentalists would have to invent [it].” calling fertility “the real inconvenient truth” and demanding for a “planetary law” limiting women to a single child in order to “reverse the disastrous global birthrate” which is responsible for climate change.

The response was volcanic and deeply illustrative of the principle that sin makes you stupid, most especially with those people who spend all...READ MORE

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Interesting Appreciation of John Wayne

09/27/2010 Comments (31)

I’ve sort of been surprised that he hasn’t become trendy again.  For my father’s generation he was, for good or ill, one of the principal models of American manhood.  By the end of his life, he was still a box office draw, but was rapidly being rejected by the move toward Alan Aldafied models of sensitive American males.

I am ambivalent about him, since the image of manhood he presented was emphatically that: an image.  In the hands of a skilled director, the nobility of that image could be seen (and I think there were things of real value that have been lost with the broad cultural rejection of that image).  On the whole, I think our culture could do with a bit more of the things that...READ MORE

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The Thing that Used to be Conservatism…

09/24/2010 Comments (42)

...is becoming the Thing That Used to Be Liberalism.

The only thing weirder to me than the sudden elevation of an obscure lefty rabble-rouser named Saul Alinsky to the status of Prime Bogeyman by the Crazy Right has been the rush by some of the most repellent figures on the Crazy Right to imitate him.

Some blurbs for ‘Rules for Radical Conservatives: Beating the Left at Its Own Game to Take Back America’:

“A manual for the counter-revolution.” — Ann Coulter

“The Art of War for conservatives.” — Rob Long, contributing editor, National Review

“A deadly—and deadly funny—dissection of the people who brought us to this critical moment in America’s history”—Mark Levin, author of Liberty and...READ MORE

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Junk Catechesis

09/22/2010 Comments (18)

A reader writes:

I am a frequent reader of your blog and I really enjoy it.

I thought you might be interested in knowing about an experience I just had at my home parish.

Our Catholic Parish and my Pastor are without a doubt a parish of good intentions, but generally not bold in proclaiming the truth.  Sometimes there doesn’t seem to be a concern to check if the materials we use follow the teachings of the Church.  To be fair, I think that most of the misleading materials were put in place years ago by different people.

Anyway, I just got involved in our Adult Faith Formation Committee and started reviewing the materials in different areas.  I found that the materials in our “Catholics...READ MORE

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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.