For Honest Ecumenism


When I was growing up, with the exception of some family and some priests, the people I knew who were serious about their religion were not Catholic, and the Catholics I knew were nominal Catholics. It was through arguing with non-Catholics that I discovered that people could love each other, yet disagree on fundamental points, yet talk respectfully and joyfully about the Most Important Things.One thing I like about deeply religious (non-fundamentalist) people is that disagreeing with them … [Read more...]

New Distributism 5 — Towards A Catholic Economic Anthropology (1) : Markets And Original Sin


I am writing a series of columns on Catholic social doctrine. Here’s all of them.–A possibly apocryphal story holds that, during a state visit to San Francicso, the Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev was so impressed by the abundance of goods in the city's stores that he asked to meet the person in charge of supplying them. Today this story makes us smile, but the answer to the Communist leader's question—no one, and it works much better that way—is actually deeply counter- … [Read more...]



You can never start too early with catechism. And you can never speak too intelligently to kids.My daughter is two. I've begun teaching her. We listen to sacred music (not so much for catechetical reasons but that I was being driven insane by her nursery rhymes), and sometimes I catch her singing "Laudate Dominum!" or "Magnificat anima meam Dominum!"A few months back--overnight, strikingly--she started getting afraid of the dark when she had to go to bed. It was very painful, even though … [Read more...]

The Law Of The Impossible-Necessary Slope


  My friend Rod Dreher coined the Law of Merited Impossibility, which governs the discourse of elite opinion makers, and states that it's impossible to believe that Christians should suffer from progressive cultural victories, and that when they do they'll have it coming.In the same spirit, and thanks to Rod again, I offer the clunkily named (I welcome better suggestions) Law of the Impossible-Necessary Slope, which goes something like this: when a conservative warns that reform A will lead … [Read more...]



Y'all know I'm a big fan of Tim Keller, Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York, and probably the most effective communicator of orthodox Christianity in the modern world (now after Pope Francis). I want to draw your attention to a talk he gave about evangelization in the postmodern culture, which is full of good things:(At one point, he says that postmodern culture denies that any one interpretation of the Bible could be authoritative, and has made people have a consumerist view of … [Read more...]