As PopeWatch 2005 continues today, go read the blogfather of ASZ (Billmon) for an extended soliloquy on Catholicism. I certainly take issue with a few arguments he makes for grudging admiration of the institution, but on the balance, his article is pretty solid. What I like most, and missed most in his absence, is the historical perspective he brings to nearly every extended original posting on Whiskey Bar.
Update, 4/20/2005: A new pope has been elected. Please go to our new site as details develop.