Headlinese

My friend Dimitri Cavalli pointed me to an article in Foreign Policy —and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a gap this big between a deliberate title and an essay: “Why Did the Pope Keep Quiet About the Holocaust?” is the title. Now read the text —and see how you could . . . . Continue Reading »

Episcopal Church is Going to the Dogs

Calvary Episcopal Church of Danvers, Massachusetts, has just announced it will begin offering a monthly worship service for dogs. Besides being driven to the service by Starbucks-jittered suburban elites in trademark Volvo station wagons, the canine faithful will enjoy the unique pleasure of being . . . . Continue Reading »

The Granny Pod

The Rev. Kenneth Dupin, a Methodist minister in Salem, Virginia, might just revolutionize the way our country deals with its ever increasing elderly population. After an emotional encounter with a woman confined to a nursing home, Dupin decided to develop a novel, if not controversial, alternative . . . . Continue Reading »

The Easy Courage of Mocking Christianity

Comedy Central—the origin of the South Park program that had its references to Mohammad censored— has apparently announced that it is developing a new cartoon about Jesus Christ, the premise of which will be that God, preoccupied with playing video games, loses track of Jesus, who moves . . . . Continue Reading »

The Times and the Church

A sign that the New York Times will not be halting its seemingly daily effort to link the Vatican to the priest scandals: today’s article on Cardinal Levada, written by Michael Luo , who has been covering economics and the recession for the newspaper. In the middle of a dangerous economic . . . . Continue Reading »

FT Blog Fundraising Continues

The First Things fund raiser to help pay for the technical support it provides gratis to the several FT blogs, continues.  It is seeking to raise funds in a way that offers real value for the buck.  If you go to this link, you can subscribe to First Things magazine for only $19.95 a . . . . Continue Reading »

Cardinal Pell to Rome

The Italian press is reporting that Cardinal Pell will be leaving Australia and heading to Rome to become prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. When the official announcement comes, it will mark a loss for Australia and a gain for Rome—say I, who probably shouldn’t, since I am an . . . . Continue Reading »

Wright the Failed Moralist

Writing about morality is dangerous because you might reveal that you don’t have a very good grasp of the subject. In Ethics for Extraterrestrials , Robert Wright asks what the morality of aliens might be like and answers the question by imagining man meeting another being in space. He thinks . . . . Continue Reading »