Pope John Paul II, Marxist, in Bethlehem

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The M word in the title is, of course, a joke … The message of the Gospel, of course, remains the same under Pope Francis — and so much of what he says is an (not all that simple but radical) invitation to Christ, to know God’s love and mercy. On my birthday (random fact) [Read More...]

Is Pope Francis a Marxist?

Michael Coren, author of the new book, The Future of Catholicism, and I had this exchange recently, which may be of interest if this is a question in your mind: LOPEZ: You write that in the face of liberation theology, Pope Francis, before he was pope, “was obliged to work out his own deeply Catholic [Read More...]

What’s a Good Gift to Give for Christmas?

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Helping someone with this, everyday: God calls you to make definitive choices, and he has a plan for each of you: to discover that plan and to respond to your vocation is to move toward personal fulfilment. God calls each of us to be holy, to live his life, but he has a particular path [Read More...]

Full of Grace!: The Blessed Mother, Kate Middleton, and Every Woman

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Earlier this year, I interviewed Pat Gohn, wife, mother, and catechist, and author of Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood, for National Review Online. There was much to talk about. And now, perhaps as you are looking for one last (or first!) Christmas gift — or sitting down to reflect on [Read More...]

We’re So Strange

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Earlier this year, I interviewed Elizabeth Scalia, known best as “The Anchoress” online, about her book, Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life (which I also wrote about here). Pope Francis keeps talking about the dangers of idolatry in our lives, here are some extended exclusive questions and answers with Elizabeth about our inclinations [Read More...]

Hearts Swelled with Hope

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A good Advent image — especially when trying to make sense of what the so-called Francis effect is really about: Jesus accomplishes his work as Savior without any ostentation, simply and humbly; he does not present himself as a conqueror, but rather as one who is meek; as a poor man who has come to [Read More...]

Does This Sound Like a ‘Moderate’ to You?

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Certainly not on the Gospel. I’ve been listening to people describe Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl as a “moderate” over the last day. I could give you many examples, but here’s some a favorite homily of his of mine, from last spring. He celebrated Mass with Catholic students at George Washington University, as their chaplain was [Read More...]

This Beautiful Book: Loving with the Eyes of God the Father, Creator of the World — and You!

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Earlier this fall, I interviewed Emily Stimpson about her wonderful book, These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body, published by my friends at Emmaus Road, for National Review Online. I subjected her to extra questions so that there would be more to share. This seems like as good a time as any to [Read More...]


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