“My Parents Open Carry”: A New Teaching Tool in the Gun Control Debate


"A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." --Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United StatesAre handguns unsafe?Proponents of gun control would want you to believe they are.  The way to increase safety in urban areas, they say, is to reduce the number of guns.Libertarians take exception to that claim--insisting, instead, that an armed citizenry is the best defense … [Read more...]

Why Be Catholic? Patrick Madrid Has All the Answers

Why Be Catholic

Have you ever read a book by Patrick Madrid?  If you have, I'll bet you haven't stopped at just one--that his easy style, clarity and humor captivated you, and you've picked up another of his titles along the way.I'm a fan, and here's why:  Patrick is a master of Plainspeak--not lofty theological prose which only a doctoral candidate could wade through, but clear, direct explanations for Catholic teachings and traditions.  He writes apologetics for the masses, and I think he's just what the d … [Read more...]

Summer Reading: Alice McDermott’s “Someone”


I'm not sure why I've never before read anything by Alice McDermott.  She's a Catholic writer with seven books and numerous articles to her credit, a university professor with an illustrious academic career.  She received the American Book Award and the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction for her 1998 novel Charming Billy.Anyway, I hadn't read McDermott's books until this summer, when I've been enjoying her latest work, Someone.  In Someone, McDermott tells the story of an ordinary life … [Read more...]