Monday, September 27, 2010

The Way

From a book I gotta read to a movie I gotta see:

From Rome Reports:
September 26, 2010. The American film actor Martin Sheen is returning to his roots. He’s making a journey to Spain, the land of his father, who decades ago emigrated from Galicia to the United States.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Father Barron on a book I gotta read!

Father Robert Barron, the maestro of, gives us a book report on Peter Hitchens' The Rage Against God. (Hitchens, if you don't know, is the brother of the rabidly atheist journalist Christopher Hitchens. He's also a journalist and editorialist, and a high-church Anglican.)
 If anyone wants to buy themselves—or me (hint hint)—a copy, they can find it here at
And, by the way, in the spirit of charity I want to offer prayers to both brothers on the revelation that "the Hitch" is dying of cancer. For Christopher, that he may finally embrace the truth he has denied so long, and for Peter that he may find comfort in his sorrow. I suggest the Divine Mercy Chaplet: For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

From the "Public display of ignorance" file ...

We, the undersigned, share the view that Pope Ratzinger [This sort of gratuitous discourtesy merely puts the signers' immaturity on display] should not be given the honour of a state visit to this country. We believe that the pope, as a citizen of Europe and the leader of a religion with many adherents in the UK, is of course free to enter and tour our country. [Mighty white of you.] However, as well as a religious leader, the pope is a head of state, and the state and organisation of which he is head has been responsible for:

  • Opposing the distribution of condoms and so increasing large families in poor countries and the spread of AIDS. [Take note that papal opposition hasn’t stopped the distribution of condoms anywhere. The increase of large families and the spread of AIDS has been in countries where condoms have been widely distributed. In areas where the government has actively promoted chastity and fidelity, AIDS has diminished as a threat.]
  • Promoting segregated education. [And this is a problem ... how? By not making Catholic schools non-sectarian?]
  • Denying abortion to even the most vulnerable women. [Because the Pope is for the most fundamental human right—the right of life.]
  • Opposing equal rights for lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people. [The only thing the Pope has openly opposed is same-sex marriage, which is an oxymoron. See the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s letter On the pastoral care of homosexual persons. It was written while Cdl. Joseph Ratzinger was the Prefect of the Congregation.]
  • Failing to address the many cases of abuse of children within its own organisation. [Okay, and where have you been the last eight or nine years? The Catholic Church has done a lot more to address the problem than most government-run school systems.]