“Evil talks about tolerance only when it is weak”

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia offers one of the most powerful meditations on modern life I’ve seen in ages. In it, he ties together the descent of our culture into a kind of moral insanity, its eugenicist tendencies, and its profound frivolity. He begins by linking the extermination of unborn children with Down Syndrome and [Read More...]

The Gospel of John and the Catechism

I’m a catechist and a theology student, and from time to time I’ll be posting some longer pieces on these subjects. The following is adapted from something I wrote for a graduate class on the Gospel of John. The Gospel of John is at the heart of the Church’s Christology, and thus forms a vital [Read More...]

St. Dymphna: Out of the Shadows of Mental Illness

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This was the first thing I wrote for Patheos, two years ago. It’s about St. Dymphna, the patron saint of those with “nervous disorders”: in other words, the mentally ill. She’s a tough saint to love: The problem for anyone with a devotion to St. Dymphna is that her story may be mere legend, embellished [Read More...]

Monday Morning Chicken

"You know those don't really work, right?"

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