Today’s Advent Work of Mercy

A family in Massachusetts is struggling to meet their bills. Can you help?Thanks! You guys are wonderful! … [Read More...]

It’s really quite a cozy little planet God has created for us

We live in the hollow of his Hand, protected from all sorts of stuff that howls in the void outside and seeks our destruction. The earth is like a sheltered nursery or a warm cabin with a bright crackling fire in the fireplace while a storm rages outside the door and wolves stalk the dark wood we can see from the window. Thanks be to God through our Lord Jesus Christ for this amazing oasis in an absolutely hostile universe. … [Read More...]

Dear Evangelicals: You’re being had

Same thing is true of a lot of conservative Catholics. Put the Church's teaching first and don't let anybody trick you into cannibalizing it in the service of a political agenda.See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ.(Col 2:8) … [Read More...]

Canada: It’s this whole ‘nother country

Drunk birds sober up in Environment Yukon holding tank Bohemian waxwings get tipsy on fermented berries … [Read More...]

Prayer Request

A reader who has been struggling with profound depression and temptations to suicide asks for our prayers, particularly over the next couple of weeks.Father, hear our prayer for your beautiful daughter and lift this burden of depression from her with the grace of your healing love. Give her, … [Read More...]

The Seven Deadly Sins for Parents

...are under discussion over at the Register. … [Read More...]

Bittersweet Obituary

Man reveals his true identity and urges son to avenge his death.I know.  That sounds bad.  But it is actually touching when you read it.   God rest his soul through Jesus Christ our Lord. … [Read More...]

It’s the Liam Neeson Kill Map!


That is How We Do That

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Today’s Desperate Lies from Torture Defenders

In the ongoing effort of "prolife" Torture Defenders to ignore the fact that, among other things, we anally raped, froze to death, beat, stood on the broken legs of, and threatened to murder the wives and children of prisoners, said defenders insist on perseverating over the now dead as a doornail … [Read More...]

The Death Penalty as Assisted Suicide

We are told that the death penalty (which we celebrate by conducting in total secrecy) is supposed to be a deterrent.  We are also told that as prolife Christians, we are supposed to be opposed to assisted suicide.So what do "prolife" death penalty advocates make of a case where the reason a man … [Read More...]

A Novena Proposal For a Consistent Ethic of Life

Mark Gordon writes: Most disappointing are those Catholics who pair their acceptance of torture – which in the case of the CIA’s operation resulted in the death of at least one innocent man – with an assertion of their impeccable pro-life credentials, as if their condemnation of one intrinsically ev … [Read More...]

The CIA didn’t just torture…

...they experimented on human beings.Torture Defenders: Why die on this hill? Why go on defending this? Repent. Receive the mercy of God, and move on. … [Read More...]

The Ten Least Successful Holiday Specials of All Time

A Canadian Christmas with David Cronenberg (1986) A Muppet Christmas with Zbigniew Brzezinski (1978) An Algonquin Round Table Christmas (1927) Ayn Rand’s A Selfish Christmas (1951) Bob & Carol & Ted & Santa (1973) Christmas with the Nuge (2002) Noam Chomsky: Deconstructing Christmas ( … [Read More...]


Benjamin Harff (interviewed here) does an illuminated version of The Silmarillion. … [Read More...]

Welfare Queens are Fleecing You Blind

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New Atheism, Old Empire

Guy nails it. The New Atheists provide cover for western imperialism.Christianity has its sins, for damn sure. But if the problem has been that Christians were so cocksure of themselves that they trampled indigenous cultures at times, how in blazes is that fixed by embracing an ideology that is … [Read More...]

Rick Warren Calls for Protestants to Unite with Catholics and the “Holy Father”

There are only two classes of people who regard this as a threat. Anti-Catholic Protestants like James White and anti-Catholic Reactionary Catholics who always construe kind words said about Francis as an indictment of Francis and not as the obvious evangelical opportunity they are.Weird to be … [Read More...]

Bravo OSV!

...for restating the ancient teaching of the Church that the ends do not justify the means. … [Read More...]

Today’s Desperate Lie from a Torture Defender

Just as though I have not recommended How to Break a Terrorist (by an actual interrogator) a thousand times to laptop bombardiers and Torture Lovers, a combox torture zealot with no actual knowledge of interrogation or of elementary human decency, much less Catholic teaching or American civil law, … [Read More...]

Prayer Requests

Many of my readers know or know of the Lenaburgs.  Their daughter Courtney is dying. Of your charity, please pray for her and for them.Father, thank you for Courtney's life and for the grace and love you have poured out on her through her beautiful family. Grant her the grace of a happy death, … [Read More...]

Simcha Fisher and Mark Shea: Learn to Spot the Subtle but Telltale Differences

It has been brought to my attention that some readers are having trouble telling the difference between me and Simcha Fisher.  Here are some tools for making that distinction.First, study these photos carefully:As you can plainly see, the top photo highlights my trademark rich luxuriant … [Read More...]