Should Parents Turn Gay Kids “Over to Satan”?

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Since this post wound up being too long, I’ll get to the short answer to the titular question and say, “No.” And let me just add “duh.” But noted anti-Catholic John MacArthur has a different perspective . He was asked a question about how a parent should respond to a child who is gay, and [Read More...]

Watch Some C.S. Lewis Doodles

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  C.S. Lewis Doodle is almost completely self-explanatory: it’s a guy illustrating excerpts from the works of C.S. Lewis with doodles, and it’s pretty neat. The art is credited to Playmobible.com and the reading is by Ralph Cosham, who some might recognize from Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. [Read more...]

How Badly Does Vox Explain Baptism in 130 Words?

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Pretty badly. For those who don’t know, Vox is a website that attempts to “explain” the news in tiny little bits of compressed pseudo-information. When Sarah Palin made a spectacularly offensive comment about using water-boarding to baptize terrorists, the non-theists at Vox put on their ‘splaining caps and broke it down for us thusly. Let’s go [Read More...]

Light & Bread in the Gospel of John

This essay originally was published in an online journal, now defunct. I’m publishing it here in case it’s of interest. The full title is Light and Bread: A Sapiential Reading of Two “I Am” Statements in the Gospel of John. All the footnotes got stripped when I plopped the text into WordPress, but if you’re curious [Read More...]

Fulton Sheen Audio Library [App o the Mornin']

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This is short and sweet folks, since there isn’t too much you need to know other than, “You really should probably get it.” The Fulton Sheen Audio Library (iOS/Android: free, with in-app purchase) is–and you might have already guessed this–a library of audio by Fulton Sheen. It includes almost 300 talks from various times and [Read More...]

Leo XIII on the Role of “Amateurs” in Defending the Faith

Every now and then I come across a complaint, like this one urging the Register to fire Mark Shea, about lay Catholics who speak and write about the faith. The idea that this role should be left to the “professionals” is rooted in either clericalism or elitism. It has no roots whatsoever in the life [Read More...]

Was There Work Before The Fall of Man?

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In Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII makes the following observation about work: As regards bodily labor, even had man never fallen from the state of innocence, he would not have remained wholly idle; but that which would then have been his free choice and his delight became afterwards compulsory, and the painful expiation for his [Read More...]

Who Will You Serve in 2014?

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Ayep, still on my two week holiday break, and not returning to regular bloggage until Monday. I hope you’re all enjoying whatever downtime you can snatch before the reality of an arbitrary new time-cycle dawns upon us and we realize that, although the awfulness of 2013 is over and we’ve survived (sort of) the fifth [Read More...]


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