Taking the Devil Seriously

Republished from June 2014, because posts about Satan always bring the evil little worms out of the woodwork. The reality of the devil was one of the hardest things for me to accept when I returned to the Church. When I made my choice to assent and submit to all the Church teaches, I knew I [Read More...]

Satanist Guilty of Killing Two Women

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As part of what was allegedly a “Satanic suicide pact,” Mark Dobson killed Helen Dorrington (age 52) and Mary Hepburn (32) in May 2012. He cut their throats in a TraveLodge motel in Barrie, Ontario, in a bloody scene marked by Satanic art and dismembered dolls. Dobson tried to plead guilty, but the judge refused because he felt the [Read More...]

Pope Threatens to Punch Aide

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Oh, sorry, did I forget the #TrollSoHard tag in that headline? On the plane from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, the pope addressed the Charlie Hebdo issue, saying there were limits to free expression and that  “One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith. There is a limit. [Read More...]

A Game for Training Missionaries About Indigenous Cultures

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The World of Playing cards is a terrific site with reproductions of historic cards from around the world. Most recently, they  shared Snapshots: A Missionary Card Game from the Church Mission Society circa 1910. It’s described as a basic set-building game of 48 cards with 12 sets from representing different cultural practices around the world. Each set has four cards, [Read More...]

How Did CNN Report on the New “Charlie Hebdo” Cover?

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Like this: CNN to Muslim world: “Please kill us last.” Duly noted, dhimmis. Here is the actual cover, which a news organization would, of course, show in its reporting in any other circumstance:   Terrorists can murder and bomb and destroy, but whether or not they accomplish their goals–the destruction of civilization–is completely up to us. [Read More...]

Bicycle Playing Cards: The WW2 Escape Map Deck

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You’d be surprised just how short is the list of jobs for “expert on games: their history and play.” That I held one for a couple decades (until this past Fall) was a blessing, but it also means I still have plenty of stuff kicking around and nowhere to write about it. So, if I [Read More...]

Bobble Benny Joins the Team

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WonderPope powers activate! Form of: an encyclical! Maybe I’ll miss him a little less now that he’s standing vigil over my workspace with Padre Pio, Pope Innocent III, St. Dymphna, and the rest of the Superhero Wonder Team.   [Read more...]

How I Pray: Brandon Vogt

Brandon Vogt is a Catholic writer and speaker. He’s written four books, including The Church and New Media and Saints and Social Justice. He works as the Content Director for Fr. Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and lives in Orlando with his wife, Kathleen, and their four children. Follow him at BrandonVogt.com or on Twitter [Read More...]

FORCEdraft: Make Yourself Write!

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Some writers need to make daily word counts. These may be personal goals or professional assignments, but we have to make with the words whether or not they’re actually floating around in our heads waiting to spill out on the page (virtual or actual). Writer’s block is a luxury those who write for a living can’t [Read More...]

Dante: Mohammed in Hell

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The attacks yesterday were meant to do more than just “punish” particular cartoonists and writers for insulting Mohammed. They were intended to make sure others think twice about ever doing something similar. And they will be amazingly effective. The journalist class–with a few notable exceptions such as the people of Charlie Hebdo–are notorious cowards when [Read More...]

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...]

On the Radio Tonight: 5-6pm EST

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I’m joining Mark Shea as his Tuesday co-host for his new show, Connecting the Dots on Real Life Radio, which is about drawing little lines between numbers until we get a picture of a duck. I assume “co-host” this means I’ll be giving my Ed McMahon Hi-ooooh! a workout. Anyway, tune in this evening.  [Read more...]

Go Home, The Middle Ages: You’re Drunk

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How I Pray: Jen Fitz

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Jen Fitz is a catechist, writer, author of Classroom Management for Catechists, and Vice President of the Catholic Writers Guild. I like the clear, no-nonsense posts explaining the faith at her blog Sticking the Corners here at Patheos. Today she joins me to answer the How I Pray questionnaire. Who are you? Jen Fitz. I’m a writer, and [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...]


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