A colleague told me not long ago of a priest he knows who attended the installation of a new bishop in the diocese in which the priest resided. This was a diocese in which the incoming bishop might have been expected to have a difficult row to hoe in cleaning up some of the liturgical funny business his predecessor chose, for whatever reason, not to crack down on. As I understand it, the priest walked out of the bishop's installation Mass during the consecration, when the large amount of...
Prayer and Devotion
Seasons and Feasts
In this post we will look at how one might respond to five self-referentially incoherent things people say about truth.
Self-referential incoherence is a logical fallacy in which some claim is made that, upon being applied to itself, refutes itself.
1. “There is no such thing as objective truth.” Really? Is that statement objectively true? If so, it is objectively true that there is no objective truth.
2. “Only that which can be proven...
Guns have been much in the news lately. So have silly regulations, which always seem to be in the news, perhaps because of their inscrutability.
A few days ago I read a comment at another blog. The writer was a man who took two of his great-grandchildren on a visit to Wyoming's capital city, Cheyenne. While there they visited a gun show. The man almost bought "a very pretty competition barrel Dan Wesson .357, but that would have meant crossing a state line with, for that state, an '...
For years a friend of mine has hosted an annual Shakespeare party. It used to be held around William Shakespeare's birthday (April 23), but usually it is now held just before Lent, when the weather is more amenable to wearing heavy costumes. It also serves as a final farewell to the Christmas partying season. The party includes music and skits prepared by the guests, either from Shakespeare or evocative of his time.
This year's Shakespeare party will be tonight. It's not often that...
Have you ever come across one of those Protestant sectarians who, finding heretics on all sides, has reduced authentic Christianity to just himself? Everyone else has it wrong—certainly the historic churches but just as certainly the denominations he used to be part of. One by one he became disenchanted with them, serially leaving one church for an even smaller church, until at length it was just himself and another fellow, whom he discovered to be as foul a heretic as he had ever met....