Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Inception of Moral Manipulation

Since Memento, I’ve been a fan of Chris Nolan because he makes movies that don’t insult the viewer’s intelligence. He respects his audience, and like a person who smiles frequently and always seems cheerful, it’s hard not to be somewhat taken by that. With Inception, my impression of his skill and talent is only elevated. […]


Friday, July 16, 2010

Our Lady Of Mount Carmel

No one writes like Dom Prosper Guèranger anymore, and more’s the pity. Today marks the commemoration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and here’s part of what he had to say about it: “In the day of my love, I brought thee out of the land of Egypt into the land of Carmel,” said the […]


Thursday, July 15, 2010


The always enjoyable (and often educational, at least for me) Eric Sammons has a piece up regarding the cult of personality that often builds around Protestant Megachurch pastors, and how hi-def viewscreens and even holograms (holograms? What is this, Star Wars? “Help me, Obi-Wan Iesus, you’re my only hope!“) contribute to that. My feelings are […]


They Never Were Catholic

Last Saturday, Damian Thompson, the Telegraph’s resident Catholic blogger, opined that since the Church of England now allows women bishops, no one can deny that it is Protestant. Did anyone doubt this even prior to their ordination of women priests in 1992? Was there a popular conflation of the Church of England with the Catholic […]


Friday, July 9, 2010

The Other Father Dowling Despises Tradition

Tom Bosley — er, Father Dowling — er, Bishop Kevin Dowling, from South Africa, just hates all the pomp and circumstance associated with the Traditional Latin High Mass. And he’s none too happy with that famous reformer either, that “restorationist” as he calls him (so beloved in Traditionalist circles?), Pope John Paul II. Really, JPII […]


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Advance Warning: Inaccurate News Reports Coming

Over at Catholic Culture, Phil Lawler writes: Sometime in the next few days the Vatican is expected to release new norms for the handling of sex-abuse complaints. Dozens of news reports will undoubtedly follow, saying that the Vatican has changed policies in response to public pressure. Those reports will be wrong. The norms are changing. […]


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Physician, Heal Thyself

“Retired Sacramento Bishop Francis Quinn was honored June 30 with a ‘Beacon of Hope’ award at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, serenaded by the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus,” the story at California Catholic Daily begins. And ends, because that’s all you need to know about “Bishop” Quinn. He’s calling for Vatican III, because V2 didn’t […]


The Domino Effect in Southwest Asia

In Kerala, a professor of (presumably) English was pulled from his car, forced into a van, and his right arm was severed, ostensibly for having offended Muslims by a test question he’d given his students. This story is difficult to parse, because of a horrible translation by the usually good and very interesting Asia News […]


Monday, July 5, 2010

The Sun Sets On America

They used to say that “the sun never sets on” name your empire — Rome, Greece, Spain, England, and with either Alexander Campbell or William Jennings Bryan or both, America. It’s now about 7:30 pm here in the land of Uncle Sam. Do you know where your country is? Just when you thought things couldn’t […]