Behind the Scenes in Catholic Blogging

It is no surprise, given the violence and destruction the enemy is wreaking in the physical world, that the Church would likewise be under vicious attack. I’d like to address some questions readers have about professional Catholic blogging, and before I begin, here’s a passage of Scripture I think sets the right framework for us: 3 Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching 4 is conceited, understanding not … [Read more...]

Spiritual Apathy and the War on Terror

Over at the Catholic Conspiracy, Tom Zampino lays out the case for just warfare and writes: Any remaining illusions that we, ourselves, are safe anywhere – that we can, somehow, escape the carnage unscathed – have, of course, long since been shattered. Each new attack only serves to drive us further into despair, and deeper into isolation. . . .. . . we can and should urge those who legitimately hold authority over us to use all arms necessary to quickly defeat this global and growing threat … [Read more...]

When Mere Christianity Meets Black Lives Matter

My Anglican friend Timothy Scott Reeves, who sometimes guest posts here, offered me a reprint well worth your time.  Read through to the end.Outwitted and Ignorant: The Problem of “Black Lives Matter” Posted on July 11, 2016 by ScottSome days I think Paul was a bit too optimistic. For example, in II Corinthians he wrote: So I beg you to reaffirm your love…so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs. (II Cor. 2:8,11)The fact is we seem to be … [Read more...]

Are You a Writer or a Content-Provider? There’s a Conference for That

So let me tell you a funny story about why you should consider going to this year's Catholic Writers Conference Live.Fellow Catholic Patheosi Kate O'Hare shared a link to an article about clickbait-mills over at Slate, "Dear Journalists: For the Love of God, Please Stop Calling Your Writing Content."The gist of the article is this:  The label "content" is used as a catch-all for the loads of shoddy garbage that the internet spews out daily in the never-ending quest for ad revenue.   … [Read more...]

The Surprising Evidence that Gender Matters, and What to Do About It

When future generations reflect on the fall of the American republic, they'll no doubt get a chuckle over our obsession with having every aspect of our lives carefully legislated, to the point that our proto-emperors have now taken it upon themselves to dictate where and how their millions of citizens might relieve themselves.Keep in mind we already have laws concerning toilet problems.  Whether you are worried about hygiene, or sound plumbing, or commodes-per-occupant, or sewage treatment, … [Read more...]

Look Mom, I Found the Porn!

This week over at the Catholic Conspiracy, we watch me lose my temper at the people who tell me I need to calm down and get along about that porn basket.But they’re taped shut. That doesn’t change the fact that you’re selling pornography at your store. You’re telling the world that it’s fine to buy and sell this stuff. You’re making the decision to attract buyers of pornography to your business. But that guy who runs the stall is just trying to make a living. That’s right. He’s decided he … [Read more...]

Trump vs. Clinton and the Triumph of Democracy

The egregious slate of presidential candidates we're being offered this year is an understandable cause for concern.  A question worth considering is whether the two-party system, or some other aspect of American political structures, is to blame for this state of affairs.Meanwhile, as he considers a separate but related question, Timothy Scott Reeves, who sometimes guest blogs here, writes: For me, THE core value is the understanding of my neighbor as someone made in the image of God. A … [Read more...]