Diogenes notes: After a bizarre traffic incident that led to his arrest, and an even more bizarre appearance in court, a Massachusetts man objected vigorously when someone questioned his sanity. The accusation apparently centered on a claim that the defendant, Alejandro Serra, had identified himself as the Apostle Alexander. “Pope Alexander, not the apostle Alexander; […]
You can’t make this stuff up. Fundamentalist Dispensationalists are teaming up with athiests to take care of their pets after the Rapture leaves the pets (and the atheists) behind (h/t Bloomberg Businessweek): Many people in the U.S.—perhaps 20 million to 40 million—believe there will be a Second Coming in their lifetimes, followed by the Rapture.* […]
The announcement of Archbishop Gomez’s election as Coadjutor Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has many people wondering what a “coadjutor bishop” even is, and how that differs from being an “auxiliary bishop,” or just a plain old (diocesan) bishop. The answer is simple enough: Within a given Latin Rite diocese, there is a […]
One of the courses I’m taking in this, my final semester at Georgetown Law, is Church-State Law, and it’s co-taught by Mark Chopko and Rabbi David Saperstein. Chopko is the former general counsel for the USCCB, while Rabbi Saperstein is the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and has a very impressive […]
I announced this morning that “Hell froze over” with the announcement of an orthodox replacement for Cardinal Mahoney. Well, you know the phrase “when pigs fly”? It’s now. I’ll keep an eye on the pages of America (so you don’t have to) for a pro-Benedict piece. It’s been that kind of day!
Nah, April Fool’s. No sane person would think that the pope would resign, right?
This tells you everything you need to know about my family: yesterday morning, my dad called to wish me a happy birthday, and to tell me it was St. Casmir’s feast day, who died on March 4, 1484, at the tender age of 26. So, my dad said, enjoy being 25. Lovely. On a more […]
The Church tries not to be overly strict with Lenten fasting rules. It’s about the spirit of the thing, not the rule, and so She keeps it pretty light on rules. Sometimes, this leads to hilarious results. On Fridays, we’re not allowed to eat “flesh meat,” but we are allowed to eat “fish.” This immediately […]
Is it one of the most over-used Internet phenomenon? Yes. Is it still hilarious? Also yes. Plus, how can I pass up a video which, in under 4 minutes, summarizes what I’ve taken a year to say about Pope Benedict, National Catholic Reporter, the new Mass translation, the Pope’s ecumenical outreach to the Anglicans, the […]
I mentioned last month that in its coverage of the 2010 March for Life, Newsweek reported: “The organizers are getting older, and it’s more difficult for them to walk a long distance,” says Stanley Radzilowski, an officer in the planning unit for the Washington, D.C., police department. A majority of the participants are in their […]