Thomas More’s Choice… & Ours

Thomas More by Hans Holbein "There can be seasonal misrule only within a prevailing architecture of order...Debates and disputations...are possible only within the context of an assured and absolute truth which governs humankind." - Peter Ackroyd, author of The Life of Thomas MoreHe loved his Church. He loved the Law. He loved his King. Of course he did. And yet ultimately, Thomas More would have to choose. The Church, in More's time, stretched back 1500 years. Its traditions, its … [Read more...]

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What This Catholic Saw At the Movie “Risen”

He was steady, to say the least.And he needed to be.As a Roman military tribune in service of Emperor Tiberius Caesar and, more specifically, Caesar's prefect in Judea Pontius Pilate, Clavius (played by Joseph Fiennes) survived on a delicate blend of duty, courage and equanimity. The Roman Emperor gloried in his ever-growing and ever-submissive Empire. Pontius Pilate chafed at being relegated to the dusty outpost of Palestine, yet sought to assert ruthless control to achieve a lofty tr … [Read more...]

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We Need a Burke, a Churchill or a Thatcher…Not a Trump

“Rage and frenzy will pull down more in half an hour than prudence, deliberation, and foresight can build up in a hundred years.” - Edmund BurkeIt was 1790 and the French were still reeling. After little more than a year, the French Revolution, heralded as the truest of democracies, brought about the collapse of the monarchy, the aristocracy and the French Catholic Church. As delirious change swept the august French state, "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" was gleefully spoken of in nearly all … [Read more...]

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Why Antonin Scalia Matters

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Just shy of his 80th birthday and his 30th year on the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin "Nino" Scalia has died. And as people react and consider his life and legacy, it is a perfect time to ask why Antonin Scalia matters?Clearly, in answering this question the greatest amount of attention will be paid to Justice Scalia's Supreme Court legacy. In his nearly thirty years on the bench, Scalia decided cases ranging from abortion to capital punishment, gay ma … [Read more...]

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Why Christ Needed the Wilderness (& So Do We)

 The Temptation of Jesus by Gustave DoreHe was tired and hungry. Why wouldn't he be? After all, he had been traipsing around in this desert place - this wilderness - for who knows how long? Days... Weeks, even. It had been a time of focus, of resolution, of preparation. It had to be. He needed to feel isolated from his parents and friends. He had to endure the raw elements of the wild. He must endure the biting hunger from his fasts. For this isolation, these harsh elements, this hunger w … [Read more...]

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Why My Kids Go To Catholic School

Author's Note: Last year, for Catholic Schools Week, I was asked to speak to my parish congregation about why, as parents, we chose to send our kids to Catholic school. While my testimony spoke about our Catholic school specifically, I have changed the name to reflect what I think is common to most Catholic schools. Here was my answer. It was years ago, but it seems as clear as if it were yesterday. I was talking with my dad when he stopped me short. He looked me square in the eyes … [Read more...]

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