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February 19, 2013

A friend of mine—who will remain unnamed—wrote this comment on a Facebook thread:

“Last night on Coast to Coast AM, Richard C. Hoagland, who studies celestial events, said the confluence of the asteroid passing and the meteor explosion in the Eastern side of the Ural Mountains could not have happened in nature. That the meteor in Russia had to be aimed just right by an intelligence (alien or divine?) to have avoided hitting the hundreds of manmade satellites and to come in at...

February 18, 2013

Pitiful, just pitiful.

That was my reaction on watching this five-minute clip from The Colbert Report, in which host Stephen Colbert talks with Garry Wills about his new book, Why Priests? A Failed Tradition. The book was published last week.

Colbert is a Catholic but not, so far as I can tell, a completely orthodox one. Still, he professes...

February 17, 2013

After some years away from him, I’m back on a Ronald Knox jag. I’ve got several shelves of his books—nearly everything he wrote—and a few nights ago compared what I have to the listing of his works in Evelyn Waugh’s biography of him. Of the few titles I didn’t have, I found some at online book dealers, so three are on their way to me.

One book I hadn’t taken down from the shelves in a long while was Essays in Satire, published in 1930. Two of the essays particularly caught my...

February 16, 2013

I hadn’t heard of Maria Divine Mercy. That’s the moniker of an Irish woman, living in Dublin, who doesn’t reveal her real name but does reveal that she’s been receiving messages from the Trinity and the Virgin Mary—nearly 700 messages since late 2010.

Maria Divine Mercy was brought to my attention by a Facebook friend who happens to be a woman religious and who, at the time of writing to me, was convinced that...

February 15, 2013

We’re supposed to like freedom, whatever its manifestation, and dislike anything that reduces freedom. After all, we’re Americans—as is Kevin Drum, who writes for Mother Jones.

In a recent article he lists nine “ways in which you were less free fifty years ago” and another nine “ways in which you are less free today.” Given the venue of his writing, it should come as little...