Category Religion

Good News?

Cardinal Pell’s conviction of the sexual abuse of a minor has been overturned. Is this good news? Yes, because anyone who has ever been in a sacristy after Mass – especially a one involving a Bishop – knows that the accuser’s story is highly improbable. Like, Jussie Smollett improbable. Here is why it is not […]

Keeping up appearances

Rod Dreher has been predicting that there will be some sort of anti-Christian backlash after the Coronavirus because 1) some Christians voted Trump and 2) sooner or later Trump is going to kill us all with his incompetence. To prove the point he’s quoted a NYT opinion piece that blamed churches that refused to shut […]

3 Thoughts on the Creed

The choir has been working on Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass and spending a lot of time on the Credo. The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed is an an extraordinary document: It is a succinct vision of everything that is: God and his eternal inner life, creation, and human history past, present and future. It was a response to […]

Blame the Boys (Again)

Here below a Catholic woman is suggesting a fix for “trad” (i.e. hardcore, Latin-Mass Catholic) young men so they stop being socially awkward and therefore worthy of marriage and reproduction. The responses are worth perusing.   A religious order, but with a charisma for teaching sheltered awkward trad boys how to date and talk to […]

More on Christians and Porn

This theme is providing me endless entertainment. On a recent post a commentor said “If girls said on the first date that they won’t tolerate their boyfriends looking at porn, and that they will not accept sex before marriage, suddenly the boys have some standards to meet.” This is the sort of thing one hears […]

Did the Church of England Grow a Spine? No, of course not.

From The Guardian: Bishops have issued pastoral guidance in response to the recent introduction to mixed-sex civil partnerships, which says: “For Christians, marriage – that is, the lifelong union between a man and a woman, contracted with the making of vows – remains the proper context for sexual activity.” The church “seeks to uphold that […]

Christmas thoughts

Sin is an empirical reality. Sin is in the first sense a personal choice to do something evil. It is destructive to self, to others, and to society. In an analogous sense we can also speak of original sin, the state in which we poor humans find ourselves of being inclined to personal sin and […]