Catholic Thriller Week: Dimiter by William Peter Blatty

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Written for SFFaudio, book provided by publisher. In 1973 a nameless prisoner is being tortured in an Albanian prison, where “grace and hope had never touched.” Colonel Vlora, known as “The Interrogator,” is frustrated and mystified by a man they have come to call The Prisoner because they cannot even make him speak. Is he [Read More...]

Catholic Thriller Week: The Death of a Pope by Piers Paul Read

It is not often that I receive a book around 1:00 in the afternoon and finish it by 10:00 the next morning. This thriller was compelling enough to keep me reading at every opportunity so that I did precisely that. Juan Uriarte, a former priest known for his compassion for the marginalized in third world [Read More...]

Catholic Thriller Week: The Secret Cardinal by Tom Grace

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After distributing the bread of the Eucharist, Yin offered the wine, reenacting a ritual that originated with the Passover Seder Jesus shared with his closest friends on the eve of his crucifixion. The simple act brought Yin and his congregants into communion with a billion other Roman Catholics around the world and with God.Yin had [Read More...]

The Latest Book I’m Reading That’s All About Marriage. Would You Believe … The Odyssey?

It’s true. Jesse, Scott, and I discuss Books 5-8 of The Odyssey at SFFaudio. [Read more...]

Respecting Conscience: Reviewing “The Right to Be Wrong” by Kevin Seamus Hasson

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I wrote this way back in 2005 for Spero News but discovered that their site clips a good portion of the text. I’m rerunning it here to preserve the review because this is a book that still informs the way I try to deal with those with whom I disagree. And Heaven only knows that [Read More...]

At the Crossroads in America: We Hold These Truths

A reminder that the issue is religious liberty, which all Americans should hold dear. [Read more...]

Priceless: You’re the friend I’d least want to kill …

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Via the delightful Amy H. Sturgis, queen of the YA dystopian novel appreciators. [Read more...]

In which Legs of Great Power can only carry us so far and we meet an old acquaintance who tells of a blessing in disguise.

That can mean only one thing. Bridge of Birds, chapters 16-17, are ready for your listening pleasure at Forgotten Classics. [Read more...]

Live in Dallas? I’ll Be Speaking March 20.

I’ll be sharing my story From Atheist to Happy Catholic (and what I learned along the way) with the Altar Society at their evening meeting. And you’re invited too! Tuesday, March 20 7:00 p.m. (following 6:00 p.m. Mass) St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, St. Anne Hall (6306 Kenwood Avenue,  Dallas, TX 75214) You do not [Read More...]

The Catechism Demystified

This is a talk that I gave to our RCIA class. I’m sharing it here for anyone else who’d like a little help finding their way around the Catechism, which can be confusing but need not be. I am not an expert on the Catechism, but I do know how to use it. The Catechism [Read More...]


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