Charlie Hebdo and a Broken Europe

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How broken is Europe? This broken: That’s their response to the murder of twelve of their fellow journalists at the hands of jihadists. You cannot measure my indifference to the wholly imaginary thing called “Islamophobia,” which, like “homophobia,” is a way to pathologize those who disagree with a dominant narrative. A phobia is an irrational [Read More...]

Bishop Undergoes Amputation

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A statement from the Diocese of Trenton: Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Diocese of Trenton, underwent surgery, Dec. 29, in a Trenton area hospital to remove his left foot, ankle and part of his lower left leg reaching halfway between the knee and the ankle. The surgery was needed to address several serious infections brought [Read More...]

A Newark School Changes Lives With the Rule of St. Benedict

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My story on The Rule, a documentary about the remarkable St. Benedict’s Prep, is up at the Register: From its founding in 1868, St. Benedict’s Prep was the place where generations of Catholics, many of them immigrants, sent their boys to be educated. It was a “white working man’s prep school in a white working-class [Read More...]

Three Nuns Raped, Decapitated

Xaverian missionary sisters Lucia Pulici (age 75), Bernadetta Boggian (79), and Olga Raschietti (82) were raped and murdered at their convent in Bujumbura, Burundi over the weekend. (The Xaverian Missionaries are denying the rapes, which were  reported by Godefroid Bizimana, Deputy Director General of Burundian police. It’s currently unclear whether two or all three of the nuns were decapitated.) [Read More...]

Two Parenting Stories From the Country That Used to Be America

Hardened Criminal #1: Stay-at-home suburban mom lets kids ride scooters on her cul-de-sac. Pain-in-the-ass neighbor calls to complain. Idiot cops fail to tell neighbor to get bent, and instead arrest the mother for child endangerment: overnight in jail, orange jumpsuit, 18 hours behind bars and all. Hardened Criminal #2: Working, lower-income mom gets daughter a [Read More...]

The Wonderful Dominican Nuns of Summit

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My story on the fundraising efforts for the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey is up at Our Sunday Visitor. You should go read it! Here’s a bit: Within the walls of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey, rows of simple crosses mark the graves [Read More...]

The Ashes! They Burnses!

So this story flitted across my feed today: Ashes Burned and Blistered Parishioner’s Foreheads On Ash Wednesday, parishioners of Saint Joseph’s church in Newtownshandrum, Co Cork received their cross ashes on their forehead as many Catholics around the world did, but something different happened at St. Joseph’s. The parishioner’s foreheads began to burn and blistered [Read More...]

Advocacy Group Claims the Vatican is Full of Winos

And I sure hope they’re right. The Wine Institute, a group that promotes the California wine industry, has released the results of a study* saying the Vatican consumes more wine per-capita than any other country in the world. The average Vaticanian sucks down 74 liters of wine per person: double that of Italy and France. [Read More...]


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