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Remembrance of Sins Past: Book 341
The thing about him that struck me first was his mode of...
A Maverick Marian Moment
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This past Saturday on Facebook, a friend of mine posted an e-mail...
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Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, Colonel, USMC (ret.) was fond of promising, “Show me...
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The Hidden Blessings of a Feminist Mother
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Addicted to Faith Films
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Confessions of a Lowbrow
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Fair Play for Patriarchies
It's easy to draw parallels between Penn State's pedophilia scandal and the...
"Taking the High Road," Take One: Bill Keller
This weekend at the Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis, Bishop Christopher Coyne,...
Save the Kitsch!
Fr. Jim Martin is a brave man. He has made a personal...
Sendak's Not-so-Wild Things
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The Prophecy of Sister Laurie
Many observers have a hard time believing that the LCWR really was...
Romero and Sweet Schmaltz
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The Artiste and the Soldier Should Be Friends
Among the regulars on the right-wing discussion board where I provided some...
Confession of Sam the Eagle
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A Merry Post-Modern Christmas
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Qadaffi, Video, and the Magic of Martyrdom
If you're going to kill a bad man, you might as well...
Martin Sheen: Broken, Bowed and Happy
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The Magic of Family Entertainment
One Friday evening when I was about eight, my mother came home...
Jud Süss, the Myth and the Man
A few days ago, in attacking the apparently hateful caricatures of Jews...
An Open Letter to the Editor Who Fired...
Dear ____: Several days ago, National Catholic Register announced that it had...
Lessons from Erdoğan's Victory
The mighty Turkish army foiled by the cast of Les Miz? That...
Mamma Mia! Emergency Baptism at 30,000 Feet
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My First Orthodox Liturgy: A Blast for A...
Strolling through Moscow in the spring and summer of 1997, you couldn’t...
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Amoris Laetitia and the Family Road Trip
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A Little Blood Never Hurt Anyone
Shortly after recovering from a nervous breakdown that culminated in a suicide...
Je Suis -- I mean, Ich bin ein...
In 1998, Istanbul Mayor Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was sentenced to 10 months...
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My friend Khalid’s mother, a native of Karachi, was named “Shaheda.” She...
Keeping My Brother -- Exp. Not Nec. but...
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Flashman and the Wardrobe
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The Gladsome Easter Morn
I spent my first Holy Saturday helping my friend Rick move. I...
Was I There When They Crucified My Lord?...
Six weeks after my first marathon, I ran a second. By then,...
St. Joseph: Patron of Crawlers and Scramblers
Several years ago, St. Joseph found me a job. I still haven’t...
Lent for the Reluctant Ascetic
I grew up in the days before Velcro. By persisting to the...
How to Lose A Marathon
I spent roughly the first 15 miles of Phoenix’s PF Chang’s Rock...
In Defense of "Sob-Signaling"
Spectator columnist Julie Burchill is ordering her readers: “Please spare us the...
Farewell to Miss Florence King (1936-2016)
The late Gore Vidal began his last set of memoirs: “As I...
Is It Time for A Moral Panic over...
This past November, the Bishops’ Conference published a pastoral response to pornography...
Girls at the Altar: Decompressing A Condensed Symbol
Yesterday, Michelle Arnold, a Patheos colleague, wrote in defense of altar service...
Modesty for Men
A few months ago, I had a Skype conversation with a Catholic...
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Last Tuesday, political science associate professor Larycia Hawkins was placed on administrative...
In Defense of Serena Williams
Kathy Schiffer, my Patheos stable-mate, has made it into The Washington Post...
Why Grow Up When You Can Be Christian?
“One cannot really be a Catholic and grown-up,” wrote George Orwell in...
An Evening with Our Lady of Guadalupe
It’s been six years since I’ve gone away overnight on retreat. The...
Advent's Lesson: Redemption Ain't All Cyrus and Second...
If you were in peril of your life, with your last hope...
Islam, Reality, and Renewal
Anyone feeling a little desperate to see the connection between Islam and...
Tales from A Runner, Shy of Virtue
According to one strain of conventional runners’ wisdom, whoever can run a...
Story of A Thanksgiving Mugging
It was the night before Thanksgiving, 2006. I was walking the three...
Refugees and Bart Simpson's Paradox
In the summer of 2002, Brent Scowcroft published an opinion piece in...
ISIS Should Get Its Own Patheos Channel
ISIS’s magazine, Dabiq, preaches mainly to the choir. As Robert Evans observes...
A Humble Plug for Refugees
Last night in a Facebook PM session, my friend Mohammed told me...
Jean Ousset: The Wit and Wisdom of A...
In the days before e-mail, dashing off a few words to a...
Contra Mindy Selmys: Anger Isn't Always Hatred
In Mesa, Arizona, three days after al-Qaeda destroyed the World Trade Center,...
In Paris: Christ Crucified or Avenging Angels?
In the fall of 1914, the Welshman Arthur Machen published a short...
Starbucks and the Red Cup of Conquest
It suddenly occurred to me that I’m endorsing Starbucks on this blog...
For Veterans' Day: Reflections on the Field-Hospital Church
A few years ago, Monsignor Charles Pope wrote a short essay defending...
Nicholas Christakis: Too Much Obsequiousness Is A Dangerous...
Boy, am I ever out of touch. Yesterday, when I begged compassion...
Mercy for "Shrieking Girl"
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On All Souls' Day: A Plenary Indulgence for...
My father has been dead for more than 13 years, but every...
Generation Win: LGBT-Rights Supporters and Those Mad Enough...
We’re living in a world where jocks use words like “relational” –...
The Race and "Mean God Syndrome"
The Tragic Case of the Catholic Theologians and...
Any Catholic theologian who chances to read this will probably wonder, “Whose...
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Bone of My Bone of Contention
One evening toward the end of last year, two fellow teachers and...
On Abstaining from Communion
The other week at Mass, I remained in the pew when everyone...
Caught up (A Little) in the Francis Effect
A number of readers have offered negative feedback on my last piece....
Immune to the Francis Effect
Looking back over this past weekend, I’m not sure whether I can...
Contra Bill Maher
Try as I might, I just can’t dislike Bill Maher, probably because...
Eid al-Adha for the Deaf and Dumb
It was not, initially, my intention to remain all but ignorant of...
"His Holiness and Hizzoner" -- Pope Francis and...
Dear Blahblah You are an insufferable old bat. I don’t give a...
On Meeting A Young Drunk for the Third...
The young man whose habitual drunkenness and general air of misery had...
The Catholic Church: Destination for Wandering Adult Kids...
One Sunday afternoon when I was 17, I returned from my father’s...
Pope Francis and the Barbarians
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My Brain Bug Meets Dem Dry Bones
Hearing Ben Carson quote Proverbs on humility and fear of the Lord...
For Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish Earworm
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Blank Slate: Free Tattoo Removal Helps Strip off...
One evening in Moscow, I happened to glance at the hand of...
9/11 and Conversion
I’ve tried to tell this story before but I’ve gotten it wrong....
"I'm A Christian, but...but Nothing."
Buzzfeed’s latest viral video, titled “I’m Christian, but I’m Not…,” features five...
Pope Francis, Refugees, and the Big Levitical Beach...
What irks me most about the guy is his grin, which is...
Merkel, Orban and Europe's Christian Soul
My wish, farfetched though it may sound, is that German Chancellor Angela...
Kim Davis and the Wild Leap of Faith
To all appearances, when Kim Davis, claiming to act “Under God’s authority,”...
For the Syrians: At Last, A Poster Child
It's impossible to guess how many people have seen the photo of...
Amends: A Novel, Reviewed
Eve Tushnet’s debut novel, Amends, is a novel of ideas – the...
"Jewish Schindler" Working to Liberate ISIS Sex Slaves
As of this writing, Montreal businessman Steve Maman has been instrumental in...
Wherein I Manslpain Virtue Like A Prissy Little...
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St. Maximilian and the Two Crowns
A couple of my readers reminded me that yesterday was the feast...
The Feast of the Assumption for the Downwardly...
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When the Customer Was Wrong
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The Old Church in Tempe, AZ Needs You
The doors of St. Mary’s Church, on the corner of University and...
Farther, My God, from Thee: The Life of...
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