Ross Douthat misses the point: the institution of the church is no longer central to the practice of religion It wasn’t long after I entered my doctoral program some 20 years ago […]
St. Patrick’s Day: wearing o’ the black
Originally posted 3.17.08 and re-posted each St. Patrick’s Day. I won’t be wearing green today. Don’t get me wrong – like many Americans, I’ve got plenty of Irish blood in my veins, […]
When Jesus Attacks! Why don't we care that the Catholic Church is officially whipping Congress?
Part 2 of 2. (Read part 1…) It’s Time to Separate Church and State, Once and for All If you recall, anti-Catholic prejudice was once a problem for Catholic politicians in the […]
Nota Bene #106: [no title due to budget cuts]
“Working for a major studio can be like trying to have sex with a porcupine. It’s one prick against thousands.” Who said it?
Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1499: Ireland outlaws blasphemy
On January 1 most of the world rolled forward into a new decade. The Catholic Republic of Ireland, meanwhile, rolled backward into a former century. Lawmakers in staunchly Catholic Ireland passed the […]
WordsDay: Did Shakespeare write Shakespeare? And why it matters…
by JS O’Brien Today is April 23, the day we celebrate as William Shakespeare’s birthday – though this date is derived by counting backwards from his known christening date, so his actual […]
Dear Catholic League: suck on this
By Ann Ivins Mr. Donohue: The Catholic League’s request to Leah Daughtry to ban the blogs BitchPhD and Towleroad from the Democratic National Convention came as something of a shock to those […]