The Catholic Church Young People Actually Want

Young people are human. If we understood this reality we wouldn't have crappy youth ministry programs, worse catechesis, politicians on Twitter, the wild success of Ke$ha, and a bored and banal culture.But we do suffer these tortures, for we are convinced that being young and able to navigate Facebook transforms the human person into a locus around which the universe turns, the deciding, haloed blueprint for the construction of culture, religion, and politics.The Youth Vote, the Young … [Read more...]

“I’m With Them”: the Female Paradox of Praying at Planned Parenthood

A guest post for the upcoming 40 Days for Life campaign.It was the March for Life Weekend, 2012. I called my dad to hear a familiar voice and was talking with him about snow conditions on the ski trails back home as I rounded the corner from K Street to 16th and saw the scene outside Planned Parenthood. A mass of people stood outside the clinic, some of them in heavy winter coats, some of them in religious habits, and some of them wearing the brightly colored vests of a Planned Parenthood … [Read more...]

In Defense of the March for Life

This is directed at men.There is nothing more painful for the over-privileged male denizen of modern America than an absorbed reading of The Lord of the Rings, of Les Miserables, or even of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. These, by the golden light of fiction, depict acts of greatness foreign to us, inspiring us to take heroic action that, in all likelihood, we'll never take.It's the same with accounts of men like Gandhi or Lincoln, Roosevelt or Douglass, Nelson Mandela or St. Thomas … [Read more...]

Why Aren’t You Naked?

I'm curious as to why man is in the habit of wearing clothes, when no other animal has been spotted with even the smallest, most insignificant of socks.We could say it's the fault of the cold, but humans wear clothes at the Equator.We could take a Darwinian tactic and argue that clothes are hygienic -- and thus the people who wore clothes outlived and out-reproduced those who ran young, wild and free -- but this assumes too much. A soiled rag around the crotch seems far less healthy than … [Read more...]

Why The Catholic Priesthood Is Composed of Dudes

This might be the greatest video ever to happen to the Catholic Church. If I had tried to stick my tongue out at the kids who think a female priest isn't a contradiction in terms, I wouldn't have been able to muster up the genius required to make a thing quite so demeaning to the cause.Love it or hate it, the Catholic Church is the largest unified religion in the world. She claims 1/6 of humanity as her children. Her teachings have endured and rebelled against entropy for 2000 years. … [Read more...]

Why Are Catholics Still Whining About the HHS Mandate?

The first amendment was the first damn thing we thought of when we decided not to give the American Government unlimited power over the human person. And the first part of the first damn thing we thought of reads as follows: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof... It seems apparent -- though perhaps I'm romanticizing the entire situation -- that the First of Firsts should be upheld, if only for the fact that (a) it sounds a … [Read more...]

In Defense of Silence Over Gunmen

We live in a universe in which it is possible, and even probable, that innocents will be murdered. Our home is intolerable. We -- inhabitants and products of this universe -- cannot be satisfied with the universe, and are thus at odds with reality. We rebel in body and soul against our very mode of being, a mode made maddeningly clear to us in Newtown, Connecticut. We are beings-in-a-universe-where-children-die.Our experience of the shooting expressed this. We were outraged, stunned, dis … [Read more...]

Infinite Love

Love is infinite.By infinite I mean: 1 : extending indefinitely : endless <infinite space> 2 : immeasurably or inconceivably great or extensive: inexhaustible <infinite patience> 3 : subject to no limitation or external determination 4a: extending beyond, lying beyond, or being greater than any preassigned finite value however large <infinite number of positive numbers> This truth sets fire. This truth, if indeed truth, can stop suicide, heal hearts, and sharpen our … [Read more...]

Why This Catholic Girl Is Praying for a Schism Part 1

Before reading Christina Pesoli's marvelous article, Why This Catholic Girl Is Praying for a Schism, I was all about the business of writing something short, enlightening, and relatively professional. But the humor of her work has bubbled up within me, to the point that I would now consider it criminal not to share a brief response. Pesoli is a wonderful writer, and an intelligent human being, so I guarantee that her work will brighten your day, tickle your sides, and give you hope for future of … [Read more...]

Why It’s Okay To Speak Religiously in the Face of Tragedy

True suffering -- whether in death, disaster, or disease -- is united by the fact that we hate it. Our beings reject it, our minds refuse to comprehend it, our bodies are sickened by it, and it's all a simple matter of definition: To suffer is to experience that which we do not want to experience.Now it's impossible -- from a purely secular standpoint -- to answer the question of why we suffer. For if there were a good reason for our suffering, then that suffering would become tolerable to … [Read more...]