Flier At The Parish Of PEG

When they finally allow married priests (LOL) and I become head pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Ladyness in the Bronx, here's a flyer we will display prominently everywhere. Just a thought. FOR PARENTS "But Jesus, calling them together, said: Suffer children to come to me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." Luke 18:16 All are welcome to the House of God! Children beloved of God and made in His image. Parents, please feel free to come with your children so that they can p … [Read more...]

#AntiSanta Contra Mundum


Every year, I write a thing on the internet telling parents they shouldn't lie about Santa. Here's this year's vintage.The more pushback I get on this, the more I am confirmed in wanting to do it, because my position is so unarguably, self-evidently correct.But while chatting on Twitter I realized there is another good reason for the #AntiSanta lie: it teaches your kids, as a friend incisively put it, "dissent with non-zero social cost."If you don't become an accomplice of the Santa l … [Read more...]

Torture and the Gospel

The release of the new report on CIA torture highlights the peculiar "convenience" of being a Christian: for the Christian, it is utterly irrelevant whether torture works as an intelligence technique or not, because the ends do not justify the means and some acts are so objectively evil that they cannot be moral under any circumstances. For the consistent utilitarian, the use of torture represents a big question mark. For the Christian, not so much.Or is that so?I have watched the A … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Do More To Ban Nuclear Weapons

In the post-Cold War world, most people don't spend too much time thinking about nuclear weapons. But they still exist, and are fearsome. There are still people who are working for a global ban on nuclear weapons. The Nuclear Threat Initiative, an American nuclear security NGO, was gracious enough to invite me along with other religious journalists, to its Vienna conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. The big highlight of the first morning has been a message from Pope … [Read more...]

How Shameful Is Shame?


I have been starting to get into the thought of the great 20th century Catholic philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand, and so I found this very good conference put together by the ever-stalwart Franciscan University of Steubenville on his thought.A fascinating moment in particular was this discussion of the thought of Karol Wojtyla (who was very influenced by Hildebrand) on sexual shame, and Wojtyla's defense of sexual shame.That was very interesting to me, in part because Pope St John Pa … [Read more...]