Rod Dreher on the Sex Scandals

In a long post , Rod Dreher takes the measure of the recent resignation of Cardinal O’Brien of Scotland in the wake of charges of untoward advances on seminarians and young priests some thirty years ago. I have no particular desire to defend the honor, innocence, or reputation of Cardinal . . . . Continue Reading »

Goodbye to Cardinal O’Brien

The resignation of Cardinal O’Brien as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, within a month of the date on which his formal resignation would normally have taken effect, is both shocking and sad, for he was a well-known and well-liked figure within the Catholic Church in Scotland, in . . . . Continue Reading »

“Warm Bodies” (Spoiler Alert)

Warm Bodies is not a great film, but it is a fun film. It has a cute turn on the traditional zombie movie. In this case, a human, as it were, infects the zombies and they start to turn human again. The film includes a few theologically suggestive features. To wit, the main zombie character, R, . . . . Continue Reading »

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle for Pope?

Many of you may have wondered why I haven’t endorsed a candidate for the next Bishop of Rome. For one thing, I don’t know a lot about some of the most prominent possibilities. For another, it’s not like I get to vote or that I ever talk to any of those charged with voting. For . . . . Continue Reading »

Justifying Paternalism

Cass Sunstein reviews Sarah Conly’s Justifying Coercive Paternalism in the latest New York Review of Books : Her starting point is that in light of the recent findings, we should be able to agree that Mill was quite wrong about the competence of human beings as choosers. “We are too fat, . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

R.R. Reno on Garry Wills’ latest book : Why Priests?  falls below his usual low standards. The main thesis is that priests ruin everything. They’re power-hungry monsters who’ve taken over the Church, destroying the affirming, companionable, and egalitarian message of Jesus. . . . . Continue Reading »

Values Voters for Obama

There is a growing political divide between the irreligious and religious. A recent Pew study  shows that those who have no religious affiliation (Nones) are the single most ideologically committed cohort of white Americans, rivaled only by Evangelical Protestants. They overwhelmingly support . . . . Continue Reading »