Breaking the Church

Is Pope Francis in danger of breaking the church? Ross Douthat fears so. He counsels his fellow conservative Catholics to resist the pope if he continues his alleged efforts to shape the agenda of the next synod in a way that favors sweeping changes to the church’s teachings on marriage and sexuality. If Pope Francis pushes the bishops to reverse [Read More…]

What Abandonment Taught Me

Instead of teaching me to trust and believe in the commitment of others, my dad taught me to fear that the people I love don’t really love me in return. Ever since, I’ve found it very difficult to get close to people, even though I desire close friends more than almost anything. I’m torn between the impulse to make lifelong friends and the impulse to push everyone away. [Read more…]

How My Faith Became Mostly Dead

I’ve mostly lost hope—hope that some power or person of goodness is ultimately guiding the world or me to some kind of salvation. [Read more…]

In ‘The Force Awakens,’ Star Wars Takes a Tragic Turn

Yes, in many ways ‘The Force Awakens’ plays it safe, but the filmmakers deserve credit for making an extraordinarily bold move. [Read more…]

Throwing Shade at Capitalism

Why Pope Francis says the economy should not be a mechanism for accumulating goods, but rather the proper administration of our common home. [Read more…]

To Love This Poor Perishable World

The challenge of putting down roots. [Read more…]

Why I Hold on to My Faith, Even Though It Hangs by a Thread

Three words into a hymn or a creed and I’m elsewhere, rudely minding my own business. I confess: I am eternally awful at prayer, habitually inattentive at Mass, and probably hypocritical at worship. I feel I don’t belong, like a guest who lingers defiantly after being politely asked to leave. I figure even an incompetent inquisition would expose me [Read More…]

Ted Cruz’s Religious Politics Are Not Especially Christian

Cruz is a candidate for voters who think themselves indispensable and unique. [Read more…]

Mindless Monday Question: Arnold Schwarzenegger Edition

What are your favorite entertainingly awful movies? [Read more…]

Who Supports Big Government Regulation of the Market, Whatever the Cost? Pro-Life Activists.

There is a matter on which many political conservatives support government regulation of markets and industry, no matter what the political and economic consequences: abortion. [Read more…]