Ecclesiastical Dolls

The online collections of great museums are a treasure, and the Victoria & Albert is no exception. Dig around in there long enough and weird things always pop out, such as … Ecclesiastical dolls! The V&A has a set of fifty dolls dressed in the habits of the orders prominent in France, Germany, and the…

Peter of Verona Exorcises a Statue

Four scenes from the life of St. Peter of Verona, also known as Peter Martyr, are depicted in frescoes at the Portinari Chapel, at the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio, Milan. One of these shows an incident from his life in which he exorcised a possessed statue of the infant Jesus and the Blessed Mother, complete with devil…

Peter Bruegel Paints Some American Bishops

One of the lesser annoyances of the past weeks of depravity and scandal was seeing the loathsome vulpine face of sexual predator Theodore McCarrick (formerly Cardinal, and hopefully soon-to-be-former “bishop” and “father”) staring back at me from endless articles about his crimes. Now that the report is out on criminal coverups in Pennsylvania, we have…

Those Sneaky Jesuits!

I love this cartoon so much. It’s from 1873, by C.S. Reinhart, and shows a Jesuit telegraphing government secrets from the confessional to Rome, where they’re used to something something UNDERMINE AMERICA! “The Unseen Signal of the Jesuits”!

The Popish Octopus

Political cartoons are located somewhere between bonobo chimp vocalizations and bathroom graffiti on the spectrum of self-expression, and anti-Catholic cartoons are no exception. They tend to traffic in a few shopworn motifs to convey their contempt for Romish sorts, and the octopus makes regular appearances. This has the benefit of requiring no particular thought or…