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Posts by Mad Dawg

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  • Wanted: a balanced Catholic perspective on immigration

    07/31/2014 4:22:16 PM PDT · 18 of 26
    Mad Dawg to Opinionated Blowhard

    Maybe others have already answered this, but let me blunder on ahead anyway.

    Our (that is, Catholic) thought is not as centered on “rights” theory as on two strands of thinking that we weave together. One is the OT theme that justice includes generosity and solicitude for the needy. The other is the notion that (a) justice is “rendering what is due”; and (b) the needy, by virtue of being human, are ‘due’ assistance. All this lives under the heading “solidarity.”

    Lest this sound like “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” the other ‘pole’ of Catholic social thought is “subsidiarity.” This means that while the hungry infant is ‘due’ nourishment, the people who ought to provide it are his family. If they can’t, then the neighborhood, the village, then the county, then the state ... and so forth.

    The countries south of the Rio Grande bear a great shame because they have ducked their responsibility. Because mercy is a duty, we bear SOME obligation to care for those they neglect — but not in a way which cripples our own nation or which relieves rich Mexicans from their shame.

  • prayer request for my brother

    07/31/2014 12:43:24 PM PDT · 21 of 35
    Mad Dawg to heartwood

    of course.

  • Is it Time to Send Lady Liberty Back to France?

    07/20/2014 9:33:51 PM PDT · 3 of 58
    Mad Dawg to 2ndDivisionVet

    Bishop Robinson,

    How many can stay at your house?

  • Erdogan And The Armenians

    07/20/2014 9:33:23 AM PDT · 2 of 4
    Mad Dawg to idov

    Erdogan And The Armenians

    Would NOT be a good name for a rock band.

  • Prayers for my 7 week old baby son

    07/16/2014 6:55:25 AM PDT · 103 of 109
    Mad Dawg to djsunzi


  • (Cloistered) Sisters fill their convent to the seams

    07/15/2014 1:42:53 PM PDT · 4 of 10
    Mad Dawg to NYer

    Thanks for this.

  • 7 Reasons the Old Testament is Neglected

    07/08/2014 6:08:47 PM PDT · 61 of 61
    Mad Dawg to Lee N. Field
  • 7 Reasons the Old Testament is Neglected

    07/07/2014 5:50:09 AM PDT · 56 of 61
    Mad Dawg to Lee N. Field
    My understanding is Scott Hahn has done some writing in covenant theology, that (from the excerpted quotes I saw) looked interesting.

    You've heard of the new Catholic student drinking game? You open any book by Hahn, and every time you see the word "covenant" you drink a shot.

    Many think the game is a bad idea because, like the previous one which was based on lousy puns, it leads too quickly to perilously high blood alcohol levels.


  • 7 Reasons the Old Testament is Neglected

    07/07/2014 5:43:58 AM PDT · 55 of 61
    Mad Dawg to Biggirl
    So it would be important then for one to know both the Hebrew and Greek?

    Couldn't hoit.

  • 7 Reasons the Old Testament is Neglected

    07/06/2014 3:49:25 AM PDT · 10 of 61
    Mad Dawg to HarleyD

    “The New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old is unveiled in the New” (St. Augustine)

  • Texas Rancher Discovers $2M Marijuana Growing Operation on His Land

    07/04/2014 3:33:23 PM PDT · 14 of 38
    Mad Dawg to Biggirl

    “Boys? DO them steers sound funny to you?”

    “Now that you mention it, boss, yeah, they do.”

    “YOu ask me, it sounds like they’ve left mooin’ and are saying something ... sounds like, ‘Oh, wow.’”

    “Boys, we’re in trouble.”

  • From Simply Sentimental to Strong and Sure – A Consideration of Devotion to the Sacred Heart

    06/27/2014 3:15:11 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    Mad Dawg to markomalley

    I only began to ‘get’ this Solemnity a couple of years ago.

    It is solidly based in witness of Scripture as bought to us through Nicea and Chalcedon. And it is as sweet and beautiful as I can imagine.

    I love it, and I bless God that through Margaret Mary Alacoque the increased devotion to the Sacred Heart has been passed down to us.

  • Archbishop Listeki and Common Core-tesy

    06/19/2014 1:13:33 PM PDT · 8 of 14
    Mad Dawg to livius

    I suspect that this Abp is ill, under a great deal of stress, or maybe both.

    After the decades of “the Spirit of Vatican II,” the child abuse mess, and the endless peculations, it is simply ludicrous for any bishop to take lay expressions of doubt as an insult. We have as much of a duty to grow the virtue of prudence as he does, and his office gives no guarantee that he is more virtuous than any particular sheep of his flock.

    His trampling down the well and clearly articulated idea of subsidiarity shows that there are grounds for at least a polite skepticism about his mastery of some aspects of dogma.

    I do hope that well-reasoned and respectful, but FIRM, letters flood into his office.

  • Archbishop Listeki and Common Core-tesy

    06/19/2014 12:46:04 PM PDT · 6 of 14
    Mad Dawg to sitetest

    A thought:

    A great many of my sins have made me blind and numb to many of my own faults. I grow in grace and insight, albeit slowly, through the forbearance and prayers of others.

    Let’s pray for our bishops and archbishops and whatnot.

  • Archbishop Listeki and Common Core-tesy

    06/19/2014 12:34:42 PM PDT · 5 of 14
    Mad Dawg to sitetest


    Wow! What a pathological maroon!

  • Scripture and Tradition

    06/11/2014 7:08:30 PM PDT · 113 of 141
    Mad Dawg to dartuser; Petrosius
    The church doesnt determine canonicity ... God determined it.

    False opposition. Begs the question -- which is: Whether and in what way are the acts (or some of them) of the Church rightly described as the acts of God?

    "For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to ...."
    Related questions would be about the word "Apostle", and what are we to make of this?
    "... .Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives any one whom I send receives me; and he who receives me receives him who sent me."


    Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you."

    It seems to me that there is ample evidence in Scripture to support, if not conclusively, the contention that the leaders of the Church have the gift of authoritative teaching.

    It's all very well to say God made the canonical books canonical. Other recent threads about those who want to reject most of Paul suggest that some who call themselves Christians do not recognize God's closing the canon, with some books in and some books out.

  • Scripture and Tradition

    06/11/2014 6:50:53 PM PDT · 112 of 141
    Mad Dawg to ealgeone

    I suggest the catechism.

    We would say things like “ORDINARILY” necessary. Extraordinary situations make for extraordinary ... situations!

    BUT, if he thinks he’s dying, but then his life is saved, while it’s not for ME to ID his destination, certainly his appreciation and understanding of IHS is defective if he does not seek the sacraments.

  • Scripture and Tradition

    06/10/2014 4:42:48 PM PDT · 80 of 141
    Mad Dawg to Secret Agent Man
    Here's the hermeneutical deal, the problem as I see it right now:How are we to understand the promise of John 16:13

    It is made to the Eleven, not to all the followers of IHS. BY the end of Acts 3 the "Eleven plus one," are the apostles to whose teaching (and fellowship) "they" are devoted.

    It is clear from Acts (and Galatians) that, even if we Catholics insist that Peter was the first chief apostle, we can't possibly maintain that his day-to-day teaching and example were perfect.

    Yet this imperfect and seemingly contentious group did meet to produce authoritative teaching.

    IF we can rest in saying, "Teachers are not perfect," and in leaving it there, then I don't see how we have anything to say to the various groups which persist to this day and which make what certainly SEEM to be "Judaizing" assertions about how we ought to live.

    I don't see how in that case any one group has anything to say to any other. "Teachers are not perfect. We think YOUR teachers are imperfect on this matter. YOU think OUR teachers are. Have a nice day." What else can be said? And what then of a guidance of the Holy Spirit?

    And finally, that seems to come down, "Not all are teachers," but they might as well be, since any one of them may be imperfect -- so even if you're not a teacher you must be teacher to yourself.

    THis is clearly not a conclusive argument -- or meant to be one. But it seems to me the problem of "sola Scriptura" and of what seems to be its necessary consequence, a Church whose bounds on earth are not clear.

  • Scripture and Tradition

    06/10/2014 9:53:00 AM PDT · 55 of 141
    Mad Dawg to dartuser; Petrosius; Salvation
    The scriptures are sufficient for salvation, you do not seem to believe that.

    Believe it? I'm not even sure I understand it!

    This exemplifies one problem with the FR religious donnybrooks: Terms and language are unclear and meanings are by no means "perspicuous."

    I would say that the Scriptures without IHS are not "sufficient for salvation," while, if HE will it, IHS with or without the Scriptures is sufficient. The phrase is subject to interpretation and some clarifications needs to happen before one can go into a reasoned or fruitful examination of the questions.

    Dartuser says as to the one faith
    God has defined it ... in the scriptures.

    Is there no disagreement about WHAT the one faith IS, even among those who agree that "God has defined it in the Scriptures"?

    How are disagreements to be resolved? What is to be done when disagreements persist?

    What, in practical terms, in terms of who is in and who is not, in terms of who is a teacher upon whom one can rely and who is not, ... what is the difference between, "That does (or does not) comport with Scripture," and "I think that does (or does not) comport with scripture"?

    In related news, it seems that it two places Paul presents various ministries, gifts, and calls. Not every gift is given to every person. It would SEEM that not all are teachers.

    What then are those who are not teachers? Mustn't they be students, disciples,'those who are taught?'

    How is the neophyte, the newly converted, to know to whom to go for reliable teaching -- since there is such great disagreement about teaching that there are many bodies all teaching differently at least somewhat?

    We disagree about HOW to read Scripture, about what books are comprised in the term, about the ways to interpret, say, the Letter of James. One group makes a system which struggles to account for everything THIS way, and another, with the same intention and claims, comes up with a different account. BOTH groups say that the members of the other group haven't read Scripture correctly.

    I don't see how the Scriptures are sufficient to resolve this.

  • Paul Never Quoted Jesus?

    06/09/2014 10:35:03 AM PDT · 68 of 73
    Mad Dawg to AnAmericanMother


    I will NEVER forget my first funeral — when I was crucifer. WHen Fr Warren cranked up with “I am the Resurrection ...” I just about jumped out of my skin.

  • Paul Never Quoted Jesus?

    06/09/2014 10:34:05 AM PDT · 67 of 73
    Mad Dawg to AnAmericanMother

    It occurred to me the other day to try to find a forum where I could ask what the difference is between the Episcopal Church and the UU church — other than haberdashery.

    I can’t think of TEC as theologically serious any more. There are still good individuals, but as a corporate entity, pft.

  • Paul Never Quoted Jesus?

    06/08/2014 1:35:11 PM PDT · 60 of 73
    Mad Dawg to annalex

    Good point.

    THe year I taught the postulants Vespers and Lauds I said that when they were praying alone they should still say or whisper the Psalms and reading, or at least move their lips so that their minds would stay with the Scriptures.

  • Paul Never Quoted Jesus?

    06/08/2014 12:36:24 PM PDT · 56 of 73
    Mad Dawg to annalex

    In the Episcopal Church we had “Offertory Sentences” said at, yes, the Offertory! (What are the chances of that?)

    One of the options was “Remember the Words of the Lord IHS, how He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

    So, that half verse is engraved in my alleged mind.

  • Paul Never Quoted Jesus?

    06/07/2014 2:08:41 PM PDT · 31 of 73
    Mad Dawg to Salvation
    The article is good. I didn't realize that serious people were thinking the way the author warns against.

    Anyway, here from Acts 20:35 is an account of Paul quoting Jesus:

    In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, `It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
  • How To Pray the Rosary (Ecumenical)

    06/03/2014 6:57:08 AM PDT · 35 of 35
    Mad Dawg to delchiante

    I think it means “If you want to question, bend over backwards to be as courteous as you know how to be.”

  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    06/02/2014 6:44:46 AM PDT · 179 of 192
    Mad Dawg to Mrs. Don-o

    FR needs a ‘Like’ button.

  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    06/01/2014 3:25:50 PM PDT · 163 of 192
    Mad Dawg to editor-surveyor

    I didn’t say that worshiping the true God falsely would save the worshiper.

  • Romeward Bound: Evaluating Why Protestants Convert to Catholicism

    06/01/2014 3:24:35 PM PDT · 132 of 136
    Mad Dawg to NotTallTex
    Thank you.

    We will have to find some way to make common cause. I know Catholic physicians, some still with school debts, who are afraid they will not be able to practice medicine. We're seeing right now the oppressive situation in which other Xtians find themselves — having to choose between being closely complicit in things they think wrong or going out of business.

    And it will affect people who aren't especially religious. A mendicant order, the Little Sisters of the Poor, who run homes for the elderly and chronically ill, also employ some people to help. The last time they were up at my parish to make their appeal one of the sisters said to me that they thought they might have to leave the US “as we left Hungary and China.”

    First, I was just ashamed to have my government categorized with China's. But second, it is evident that the people the sisters serve will not fare so well when they leave.

    We already know of young people forced by family and others to have abortions. When the government which controls the dollars does not respect the sanctity of life, it's not hard to predict the number of young ladies presented with the choice of insufficient care or abortion.

    I keep thinking about what led to the fall of Judah and how the prophets fared. I don't think this will end well unless we unite in prayer and in political action.

  • A Prayer Request

    06/01/2014 3:05:15 PM PDT · 20 of 61
    Mad Dawg to Rumplemeyer

    Of course.

    Right now. Prayers for her and those who love her and care for her.

  • Romeward Bound: Evaluating Why Protestants Convert to Catholicism

    06/01/2014 11:28:25 AM PDT · 130 of 136
    Mad Dawg to boatbums
    It never occurred to me for a minute that you had anything but the best intentions.

    But, well, there seems to be a lot of fur flying around here.

    It troubles me. We may have serious disagreements, but the kings of the earth are rising up in revolt and the princes are plotting together. The Lord may indeed have them in derision, but we'd better start learning how to play team ball.

  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    06/01/2014 11:23:42 AM PDT · 157 of 192
    Mad Dawg to Boogieman
    Maybe it's just best to say they are under a delusion and leave it at that.

    That's a massive great 10-4!

    I have a guy, not quite a friend but more than an acquaintance. He's very learned and a good guy to have a discussion with. BUT he's a Muslim. (Horrified by the vicious and brutal nonsense of the others. I have to ask him why he isn't a little more vocal about that horror.)

    But he's just WRONG! He's wrong philosophically as well as religiously. I find he just doesn't 'get' what the Incarnation means, and he thinks his denial of the Trinity is a kind of transcendent monotheism, while we are borderline polytheists.

    MY counter is that he is judging the divine "oneness" as if he had a complete idea of what transcendent unity and simplicity mean, but what he's really doing is dragging the concepts down to our level.

    My analogy works with two examples:
    We call God "Father," as we are taught to do. And we START by thinking that he's kind of like a human father. But somewhere in there we realize that that's backwards. Actually human fathers are pale copies of TRUE fatherhood.

    Or Jesus says that his flesh is true food and his blood true drink. and we say, okay, yes, they're kind of like what I eat and what I drink
    But one day wwe get it. This stuff on my plate and in my cup is radically unsatisfactory! Sure, it's GOOD and all, but in a few hours I'm hungry and thirsty again, and even when I am, for the moment, sated, I'm still yearning for something.

    But Jesus, on the other hand -- perfect sustenance in every way!

    So I begin to see that my fatherhood is lacking, and my victuals are lacking: they are not truly food, I am a very imperfect parent and in important ways more a sibling than an parent to my child.

    And so with oneness and simplicity. I am thinking too much of, say, a pearl or a plain marble. But TRUE oneness and simplicity are overwhelming, vital, dynamic!

    So both in terms of devotion and also in terms of philosophical wisdom he is missing the boat in ways which will do him no good.

  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    05/31/2014 4:23:02 PM PDT · 120 of 192
    Mad Dawg to ealgeone; narses

    It looks like we’ve hit the broken record, lather-rinse-repeat stage of the discussion. We’ve had the “frank exchange of views,” and the ball is not moving.

  • Prayer request for basil (Good news updates at #150, 168)

    05/31/2014 4:20:34 PM PDT · 96 of 186
    Mad Dawg to Jim Robinson; basil; Salvation

    Thanks for the heads up, Jim and Salvation.

    Prayers for you, Basil.

  • Romeward Bound: Evaluating Why Protestants Convert to Catholicism

    05/31/2014 4:17:31 PM PDT · 27 of 136
    Mad Dawg to Jeff Chandler; boatbums

    I agree.

    It’s got too many topics to present a reasonable hope that any of them would be dealt with well.

    And unfortunately both the original article and the response seem unable to resist taking gratuitous digs which shed no light but do raise the temperature.

    Dear boatbums, tempted as I am (I would LOVE to go after the apostolic tradition question if only to see if we could do it without knives flying through the air,) I’m going to decline. People seem unable or unwilling to do the analysis necessary to have a productive disagreement.

    It’s an interesting article, but it doesn’t raise any questions in my alleged mind.

    I hope you are well.

  • Romeward Bound: Evaluating Why Protestants Convert to Catholicism

    05/31/2014 3:47:47 PM PDT · 10 of 136
    Mad Dawg to boatbums

    Linky repair?

  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    05/31/2014 2:36:59 PM PDT · 111 of 192
    Mad Dawg to Boogieman

    I don’t think worshipping and having are the same thing. To suggest the distinction, I guess I would refer to, “Not everyone that saith unto me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven.”

  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    05/31/2014 2:08:39 PM PDT · 106 of 192
    Mad Dawg to Boogieman
    I didn't say any Muslim hath the Father.

    In fact, speaking of Islam in the aggregate I think that they qualify as "antichrist" because of what John says in that epistle.

  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    05/31/2014 1:41:34 PM PDT · 96 of 192
    Mad Dawg to CatherineofAragon
    I am so PERFECTLY humble, that I have no recollection of this good deed!

    IF it was really I, then thanks be to God. In fact, Deo gratias in any case!

    Have you read the Narnia books? Lewis tackles a related question neatly in The Last Battle when a Calormene soldier is accepted by Aslan. The soldier's name, interestingly, is Emeth, which is Hebrew for "truth."

  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    05/31/2014 1:34:47 PM PDT · 91 of 192
    Mad Dawg to avenir

    Then you sound right enough, or very nearly, whether you care to be or not. ;-)

    Here's a possibly pertinent thought:

    I have heard it said by some Muslims that Allah could command a believer to blaspheme him (not in a predestination sort of way,) and that the believer ought to obey Allah, blaspheme him, and go to everlasting torment.

    PERSONALLY I think that that is a philosophically crippled idea of God and of what it means to be in the image of God (so already I'm appealing to revelation -- but there's a lot in general revelation that supports this.) It suggests that Allah is beyond good and evil, and that the "duty" to obey is divorced from the duty to to right.

    So there's a kind of sundering of the ONENESS of God. I think that is, as I say, a philosophical problem.

    So here's a place where IMHO good philosophy and special revelation walk hand in hand.

    Two more things:
    One is that good philosophy makes a good basement for good theology, and good theology enables evangelism to certain folks.

    The other is, as I like to say, you have to know a little anatomy to be a good lover. But studying anatomy books is not making love. Similarly, you have to know a LITTLE about God to live into the relationship he offers, but reading Aquinas (or even Dante, though I hate to admit it) is not the same thing.

  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    05/31/2014 1:19:29 PM PDT · 85 of 192
    Mad Dawg to Boogieman

    Well, in the OT similar commands were given now and then.

  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    05/31/2014 1:14:54 PM PDT · 81 of 192
    Mad Dawg to CatherineofAragon
    I can see that.

    However, on the flip-ah-de-doo-dah side:

    • They think he's ONE.
    • They think he's THE creator.
    • They think (though they're pretty wacked out about this) that he's RIGHTEOUS and MERCIFUL and that he Judges.
    These are NOT all that common, in the array of, ahem, belief systems. And they are important.

    SO I think it's a tough call. I noticed with wry pleasure that the Catechism says

    ... these profess to hold the faith of Abraham ...
    To me, saying that instead of saying these profess to hold the faith of Abraham... is no accident.
  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    05/31/2014 12:57:04 PM PDT · 71 of 192
    Mad Dawg to RBStealth; avenir
    I don't think God's army works that way. I REALLY think avenir is wrong about philosophy 'n stuff. But I think Paul is clear that there are diversities of gifts. So maybe avenir could teach me things about courage or purity or modesty that I sorely need to learn.

    (Except, of course, humility. I'm really good at humility. NOBODY can teach me ANYTHING about humility. I'm the best!)

    But, well, I do my thing and offer it to God and for the kingdom, and maybe a few times the Holy Spirit has used my words for tinder when he lit a fire in somebody's heart. But I'm really just a grunt on one front of the battle, and I don't know who's what in the other sectors.

  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    05/31/2014 12:45:15 PM PDT · 69 of 192
    Mad Dawg to avenir
    Philosophy is for deluded, high-minded people who do not believe in God’s one and only Son.

    That's gonna be a surprise to Justin Martyr, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin,Kierkegaard, and so forth.

  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    05/31/2014 12:39:07 PM PDT · 65 of 192
    Mad Dawg to narses

    Just don’t mess up now.

  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    05/31/2014 12:38:31 PM PDT · 64 of 192
    Mad Dawg to babygene
    Your wellcome.


  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    05/31/2014 12:37:01 PM PDT · 63 of 192
    Mad Dawg to CatherineofAragon
    There in no way on earth or in heaven that Islamics can be construed to worship the true God.

    Can they not worship the true God falsely?

  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    05/31/2014 12:33:31 PM PDT · 58 of 192
    Mad Dawg to narses
    It seems to me, narses, that I and your best friend both respect you. Your best friend knows a good deal more than I do about you. I may believe some things about you that aren't true. (So may he, come to that.)

    But there is only one of you. One is quite enough. And I, with my mistaken beliefs, and your friend, with his more accurate beliefs, respect the one narses.

    There are very grave disagreements between the Catholic Church and Islam, in dogma and in the accompanying philosophies and moral codes. They are mistaken about God in important ways.

    But they believe God is the creator, that he had a special relationship with Abraham, and that he will judge us all at the end of the world. We also believe that God is merciful and compassionate, though we obviously have very different ideas about what that means "on the ground."

    There are not two gods who created all things, who loved Abraham, and who will judge at the end of time.

    So Christians are, within the framework of this analogy, like God's best friend, while the Muslims are are ignorant and mistaken about him on many things.

    The narses in my mind is not narses. The God in my mind is not God.

    It does not seem hard to me to say that Christians and Muslims adore (pray to) the same God, but, wow, are they wrong about him!

  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    05/31/2014 12:19:11 PM PDT · 43 of 192
    Mad Dawg to babygene
    and the Holly Spirit.

    whose prophet is Burl Ives.

  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    05/31/2014 12:17:07 PM PDT · 42 of 192
    Mad Dawg to ealgeone; narses
    Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as “a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life.”

    the good of Hinduism is a preparation for the Gospel??

    All goodness and truth wherever they are found, come from Him who is Goodness and Truth. Is that controversial?

    Almost anyone who thinks hard about goodness and truth will consider what they are and how they come to be. Almost anyone who thinks about those things and who also thinks candidly about himself will have to acknowledge that he things goodness and truth are desirable and important, and that he is hardly ever good or true.

    I think that's a wonderful preparation for the Gospel.

  • 'Pardon me sir, can you tell me the name of a dentist whose last name begins with "Mc?"'

    05/26/2014 6:31:33 PM PDT · 20 of 96
    Mad Dawg to ansel12
    Hey, don’t get me started on the Catholic foot surgeons.

    Okay. Now I'm worried.

    A little more than 8 years ago I underwent surgery on both feet, or as we say technically, Feeties.

    Some years later, after what I now know to be an entirely coincidentally related to a trip to the range with highly inadequate ear protection, I developed what I thought was tinnitus.

    But it only manifested when I was in bed.

    My foot surgeon was a Catholic.

    Now I see that my feet were just trying to contact the mother ship.

    Strangely, this does not comfort me.