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August 28, 2013

Army private Bradley Manning, convicted of passing classified documents to WikiLeaks, has changed his mind again.

Last week he said he considered himself to be a woman, wanted to be referred to as Chelsea, and asked news organizations to refer to him using the new name and the feminine pronoun.

After further reflection over the last few days, Manning has decided that he is neither a man nor a woman. The convicted soldier now claims to be an androgynous deer named Bambi and...

March 8, 2013
Son of my one-time debate opponent

Under the Constitution, a president has full authority to issue pardons to those convicted of federal crimes. You might guess that particularly liberal presidents would issue particularly many pardons, but that doesn't seem to be the case. At least it's not the case with Barack Obama, who, of modern presidents, has been the most parsimonious is granting clemency.

Last week he pardoned 17 people, all for nonviolent offenses. He previously had granted 22 pardons. The next most stingy...

March 4, 2013
From the video for the Annual Catholic Appeal

The Diocese of Madison consists of eleven counties in southcentral and southwestern Wisconsin. It was formed in 1946 from parts of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Diocese of La Crosse (which diocese is famous, at the Catholic Answers office, for having been the first bishopric of Raymond Cardinal Burke, our favorite papabile). The present bishop of Madison is Robert C. Morlino, who was appointed in 2003. His flock consists of 277,000 people, about 30 percent of the area’s total...

February 28, 2013
E. C. Bentley

G. K. Chesterton dedicated his novel The Man Who Was Thursday to his friend Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875–1956). By fans of detective fiction Bentley is remembered best as the author of Trent’s Last Case (1913), which many consider the first of the modern whodunits. Other people know Bentley because of the poetic form he invented and gave his middle name to, the clerihew.

The clerihew is a four-line poem about (usually) a famous person. The first line contains the...

February 20, 2013

The Inquisition!

The Holy Office!

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith!

Whichever name it has used, this is the arm of the Vatican that oversees the doctrinal integrity of the Faith. It watches, with eagle eyes, the goings on of theologians and other suspects around the world.

Its staff is omnipresent, with sub-offices in every country and in most major dioceses. Its minions send daily reports to headquarters, where countless clerical workers do nothing...