Monthly Archives: June 2012

Homecoming, of sorts

On May 4, 1980, I was baptized at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Frampton-on-Severn. I made it a long way on the sacramental grace that I got that day. 32 years later, on April 7, 2012, I was confirmed in the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, and on June 27, 2012, […]

Motivated reasoning

This idea of “motivated reasoning”–“when a person is conforming their assessments of information to some interest or goal that is independent of accuracy”–is interesting. It seems to track Robert Bork’s argument in Neutral Principles and Some First Amendment Problems, 47 Ind. L. J. 1 (1971), his famous article on the subject: The Wechslerian legal process […]

1 Motu Proprio Breviarium Annuum

The first volume of the Annuum—an annual report of this blog, collecting significant posts—is now available in two formats, the authoritative PDF (for iPad, PC, and Mac) and PRC (for Kindle).

Is religious freedom under siege in the United States?

The “fortnight for freedom” begins. This is the bishops’ pushback against the Obama administration’s mandate that all employers, including religious employers, must, in effect, supply contraceptives to employees. (Cf. The mismatch, 1 MPA 75 (2012). The underlying issue, it seems to me, is “who gets to decide what is religious activity?” The administration exempts things […]

The Rebiba Bottleneck

Jimmy Akin has this podcast dealing with some fascinating questions about the integrity of the apostolic succession. The most interesting and momentous sections pertain to Scipione Cardinal Rebiba (†1577), through whom, because of a quirk of history, more than 90% of today’s episcopate trace their succession. The nub of the “Rebiba bottleneck” is this: Pope […]

Novena for Sisters of Providence taking vows

On July 1, two Sisters of Providence will take vows: Sister Sister Hannah her first and Sister Beth her perpetual. I was surprised that the Church doesn’t appear to have even one novena for this situation; I had expected dozens (a Benedictine version, a Jesuit version, a Carmelite version, and so on). Well, so be […]

Send in the drones

Robert George, noting the increase in drone strikes under President Obama, suggests that Catholics from across the political spectrum should be able to oppose “[t]he wholesale and indiscriminate use of drones….” He explains: The use of drones is not, in my opinion, inherently immoral in otherwise justifiable military operations; but the risks of death and […]


I’ve been saying for a while that Marc Cardinal Ouellet—the Hatcave Prefect and previously the Archbishop of Quebec—is papabile; today, Sandro Magister thinks that he’s the favorite. Meanwhile, Rocco Palmo continues to report that Bishop Ludwig +Müller (D. Regensburg) is tipped to be prefect of the CDF.

“[T]he entirety of Vatican II must be read and interpreted in light of Tradition”

David Bonagura discusses What the SSPX Reconciliation Means – and Doesn’t. Let’s dig in directly with my emphases and comments: Few things make Catholics forget the precept of charity more than discussion of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), the traditionalist group of bishops and priests who, due to their opposition to the Second Vatican […]

Bellum Stellarum

VADER: Te exspectabam, Obi-wane. Tandem occuramus denuo; circulus perfectus est. Tunc, discipulum eram; nunc, magistrum sum. KENOBIUS: Tantum magister mali, Darthe. VADER: Vester artes consenescunt, senex. KENOBIUS: Non potes vincere, Darthe. Si me potes cædere, deinde potentior poteris credere fiam.