GUEST POST: “Why I Don’t Buy It,” by Kevin Tierney

The following piece by Kevin Tierney is reprinted with permission from his blog Common Sense Catholicism: With far less fanfare than before, Matt McGuiness concludes his “Second Look at Porn” series over at Catholic News Agency.  I can only say that if he had simply jettisoned the first two columns and instead just published this, he would [Read More...]

A free podcast of the talk I gave today at Notre Dame on healing sexual wounds with the help of the saints …

… awaits you on my personal blog, The Dawn Patrol. [Read more...]

Memo to Matt McGuiness and Catholic News Agency: Confession is not a waste of time

Catholic News Agency columnist Matt McGuiness yesterday published part two in his series “A Second Look at Porn, which I read with interest, having heavily criticized the first installment. The new column has many improvements over the first. Although I could do without the lighthearted characterization of pornographic images as “naughty nudes,” which betrays a [Read More...]

In his own image: Christopher West reshapes Ratzinger’s critique of iconoclasm

The following is an article I wrote that was published in the April 2012 issue of Inside the Vatican. Since its publication, Christopher West has published a new book, which I have not yet read (you can read Simcha Fisher’s review of it here). Christopher West in At the Heart of the Gospel maintains that, [Read More...]

Message to Matt McGuiness and Catholic News Agency: Sexual victimization is no laughing matter

I was viscerally distressed reading “A Second Look at Porn” by Matt McGuiness, a new columnist for Catholic News Agency. The column begins with a laugh line from a Hollywood movie that makes light of a teenage girl’s being sodomized. We are supposed to find it funny that a boy “used her body.” Mr. McGuiness [Read More...]

New John Paul II feast day prayer: it’s better in Latin

    If you attended Mass yesterday for the newly instituted feast day for Blessed John Paul II, did you catch the secret messages in the opening Collect? They’re there—but they’re easier to spot if your parish celebrates the Latin Novus Ordo. Here is the Collect for Blessed John Paul II’s feast day in English: [Read More...]

Defining deviancy down: Andy Warhol refashioned as an “intentionally celibate” Catholic

  My Patheos colleague Marc Barnes asserts on his Bad Catholic blog that Andy Warhol was not only “gay and Catholic,” but was also “intentionally celibate” in a manner that reveals “an effort at communion with the teachings of the Catholic Church”: Whether his understanding of the amoral nature of art (by which recording and artistically [Read More...]


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