I just noticed that the offensive advertisements that have long been appearing on National Review Online are now at the bottom of my blog, attempting to lure readers to other sites via images of cleavage and lurid headlines like “20 Celebrities We Didn’t Know Were Gay Until They Came Out.” As a Patheos blogger, I [Read More...]

“Being hopeful doesn’t mean being ‘Little Mary Sunshine’ all the time”

Rachel Balducci, the co-host of Catholic TV’s “The Gist” and best-selling author of How Do You Tuck In a Superhero? And Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys, just published an interview with me on her Testosterhome blog about my book My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints. Her [Read More...]

UPDATED: How to stop the OKC “Black Mass”–for now

[Updated 7/2/14, 9:04 a.m., with sample tweets, EEOC response, & request for suggestions for further action.] As the taxpayer-funded Oklahoma City Civic Center prepares to host the latest public “Black Mass,” it is worth remembering what caused the cancellation of the Black Mass that was to be hosted at Harvard University in May. Certainly the public [Read More...]

Jack Nicholson as you’ve never seen him–playing a Franciscan friar

Did you know that one of Jack Nicholson’s first starring television roles was on “The Hour of St. Francis”? In the episode, filmed in the early 1960s, he plays a teenager discerning a vocation to the Franciscan Order. Really! Watch: Nicholson was raised Catholic. Although, at last report, he was not practicing, he remains vocally [Read More...]

Cardinal Rodriguez veers from prepared remarks to combat “big beast” of libertarian economics

Rocco Palmo introduces the prepared text of the speech Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga delivered today at a Washington, D.C., conference with the observation that Rodríguez “tends to replace a good deal of his scripted content with colorful off-the-cuff reflections.” Since I had the good fortune to be at the talk by the Honduras cardinal—who, as Palmo also [Read More...]

TAKE ACTION: Tell feds, already probing Harvard on sex abuse, that “Black Mass” adds to hostile environment

As I wrote earlier, the promoter of the Black Mass at Harvard has a long history of ridiculing victims of sex abuse. He does it under the guise of debunking “false memory syndrome,” but his attacks go well beyond debunking, using vituperation and ridicule against victims and those who seek to help them. Here’s the [Read More...]

UPDATED WITH ACTION ITEM: Harvard can do better than give a platform to a “Black Mass” promoter who ridicules sex abuse victims

TAKE ACTION: After you read the post below, here is what you can do to take action. Original post follows: Reading the Anchoress’s excellent coverage of the “Black Mass” that is being promoted at Harvard University, I did some checking up on the man calling himself Lucien Greaves, the face of the Satanic Temple, which [Read More...]

“This is the night”: A Holy Saturday reflection

Holy Saturday is particularly meaningful for me because it was on Holy Saturday in 2006 that I received the Sacrament of Confirmation, after being received into the Catholic Church on Holy Thursday. In the following excerpt from My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints, I write about how, in [Read More...]

“Learning that Catholics themselves were grieving over abuse…helped me become more open to entering the Church”

Catholic World Report today features an interview with me by John Burger in which I talk about why the Catholic Church, and all society, needs to reach out to victims of childhood sexual abuse, a need that is particularly visible in this week’s news stories on Dylan Farrow and Ryan Loskarn. I also speak about [Read More...]

Reflecting on the still, small voice that sustains us

There is a scene in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia novel The Magician’s Nephew in which Aslan, the lion who represents Christ, sings Narnia and all the universe around it into existence. His voice seems to thunder from every direction, shaking the very air. Perhaps that is an apt allegory for the creation of the [Read More...]