The Dispatch

Let them have Lent

February 24, 2020 David Mills 5

The title — “Don’t use Lent to try to impress God” — headlined the newsletter from a good Catholic site. The article was as dispiritingly earnest as you’d guess, and a bit passive-aggressive too. Like […]


The Relationship of Discipline and Doctrine

October 10, 2014 David Mills 0

The irreplaceable canonist Edward Peters argues that disciplinary norms can have no, some, and a fundamental relation to doctrine, and though not a canonist, I think he’s mistaken about the no. Donald Cardinal Wuerl, questioned […]


Keeping the Unpeaceful Peace

September 9, 2014 David Mills 0

The sign of peace “breaks up the Mass and, when conveyed with zealotry, transforms it into something it’s really not supposed to be: part hippie love fest, part election campaign (there’s always one fellow who […]