The Rule and the RavenConfessions of a Tribal Catholic
Every Catholic feels like they’re a strange kind of Catholic, I think. No one is a “good” Catholic, anyway. We’re all just a bunch of people trying, and sometimes we’re not even trying to be good. We’re just trying, at all. I always feel a bit tribal. [Read More...]
Catholic AuthenticityConservatives vs Liberals: Who are the Real Catholics?
Several years ago, I was involved in a frustrating and interminable exchange about Catholic sexual morality over e-mail. At some point in the conversation my interlocutor sent me a copy of the entire chapter of the Catechism that covers the sixth commandment, heavily highlighted to show the errors in my position. [Read More...]
suspended in her jarhow can we counter the anti-semitism of right-wing reactionaries?
This is what I think of at the corollary to the Banality of Evil: the tackiness of it. It leans ultimately towards ugly art, bad hairstyles, absurd histrionics, and a moral vacuousness that tries to cover itself with shiny externals. I am reminded of Dante's depiction of the damned as "those who have lost the good of the intellect" - and the further down Inferno you go, the more nasty and stupid the souls there.
Jappers and JanglersThe Sensuous Catholic Body
This one will be short, because my point is singular: American Catholics must avoid the Protestantization of the body. This is a pressing concern for me because I’ve met so many (especially young) Catholics who feel a need to give up everything upon entering the Church, as if all things were unclean for the Christian [Read More...]
Standing on my HeadTen Reasons Why the Women's March Will Come to Nothing
First, let me say that I am totally on board with any woman who thinks Donald Trump’s vulgar words about women are worth protesting. I’m also totally with any woman who thinks... [Read More]
The Cordial CatholicIf The Bible Is Infallible Then So Is the Church
Photo Credit: Dwight Stone. A paradigm shift occurs when the number of compelling facts and figures from a competing world view other than your own forces you to concede... [Read More]
Bad CatholicTowards a New Argument Against Pornography
Call me morally optimistic, but I think that most people have a basic intuition that pornography is bad. Sure, there are ideologues here and there who really believe that... [Read More]
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