The Tears of a Nun


Ever since hearing this news about the New York Planned Parenthood clinics splitting away from its mother ship on account of increase-abortion-to-increase-revenue mandates that are part of the bloodstream at Planned Parenthood, I’ve been thinking of the book Unplanned by Abby Johnson. Specifically, I’ve been seeing the image of the Catholic religious sister Johnson and [Read More...]

Called to be Finest


“Heartwarming” seems to be the most frequently used word to describe the image of Officer Lawrence DePrimo kneeling by an unidentified barefoot man he bought boots for on a cold night in Times Square. The tourist photo that has gone viral, is the best kind of public relations for the New York Police Department: the [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan’s Rightward March?


The New York Times highlights the U.S. Catholic bishops’ enthusiasm to see Dorothy Day’s canonization cause move forward. And how convenient that a “conservative” cardinal — New York’s Timothy Cardinal Dolan — is leading the effort, allowing him to reach across party lines, so to speak, the Times observes. (The headline is: “In Hero of [Read More...]

‘Will you let me be your King?’


Is Christ our King? If the answer is truly yes — He is master and commander, there are real, radical implications for our daily lives. As Pope Benedict XVI put it Sunday: we are all called to prolong God’s saving work by converting ourselves to the Gospel, by placing ourselves with conviction in the footsteps [Read More...]

Midday Reminder


“Holiness is not the luxury of a few people, but a simple duty for you and me.” — Blessed Teresa of Calcutta [Read more...]

Do We Even Know What We’re Talking about When We Talk about the Catholic Church?


Conversations about the Catholic Church often get weighed down by all kinds of myths that not only confuse people and keep them from the truth of what the Church teaches, but it hurts people and prevents ecumenical healing. In a new book, The Seven Big Myths About the Catholic Church, Christopher Kaczor, professor of philosophy [Read More...]

Do You Know the Way to San Jose?


In a speech to leaders in the arts and science in Malta in May, 1990, Blessed John Paul II said: Of course the economic, political, and social dimensions of life require careful attention and forthright commitment on the part of all. But at the same time it is necessary to reaffirm adamantly the primacy of [Read More...]

The Eternal Campaign


I’m using up the remaining minutes on my satellite time on the National Review post-election cruise (more on this shortly) and couldn’t think of any better way to return to dry land than with what Pope Benedict had to offer in his Angelus address this morning, based on today’s Gospel reading: “Everything passes, but the [Read More...]