Mercy for Murderers in Scripture

Part 4 of my series on the death penalty in the Catholic Weekly. Some varieties of Christianity see in the Crucifixion a kind of weird divine child abuse. In that telling, God the Father wanted to slaughter the human race, but then God the Son distracted him by offering himself as the target for the [Read More…]

Oklahoma Republican’s plan to save money

Turn 82,000 kids over to ICE. Even more incredible than this inhuman and despicable cruelty is the fact that I still hear from Christian readers asking me, “What does this have to do with the gospel? Why don’t you talk about Catholic theology and not this political stuff?” The spectacle of Catholics who cannot for [Read More…]


Law firm @POTUS used to show he has no ties to Russia was named Russia Law Firm of the Year for their extensive ties to Russia. Unreal. — Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) May 12, 2017 The American electorate is divided between the 2/3 who live in reality and the 1/3 whom I call the People of [Read More…]

Bishop Robert Barron hits me where I live

…in writing about pride, humility, and social media. [Read more…]

The Christian Tradition urges us to visit the prisoner…

…and proclaim liberty to the captive. The false religion of Trumpian American Christianism hungers to devour as many souls as possible and put them in the belly of the largest gulag on planet Earth, the US prison system. Trumpian Christianists are, naturally, excited to see a vastly expanded–and increasingly brown–prison population thanks to Jeff Sessions, [Read More…]

A reader writes me about the death penalty

Sez he: Would it be a sin if I sat on a jury and voted for the death penalty? Why are you asking me to sit in judgment of your soul?  If so, is it a subject of grave matter, or would the maximum offense be of a venial nature? Do you think killing people [Read More…]

Pope Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Fatima

…by preaching whole Catholic faith and irking everybody. First, he elevates two seers to sainthood, but not Sister Lucia, freaking out conspiracy theorists. Then, he uses loaded language about tearing down walls to make the point that the purpose of the Church is to evangelize, not confer a blessing on xenophobic self-absorbed promethean neo-pelagians who [Read More…]

The process of transformation from conservative patriot

…to factionalist nihilist is complete for Limbaugh and for the rest of the Party of Trump. The distinction between jealousy and the mortal sin of envy is that jealousy still has the capacity for virtue. The jealous man sees his neighbor’s hot car and sets his will to go get a better car. He does [Read More…]

How Mere Christianity….

…made me a Catholic. Convert Edwin Woodruff Tait offers one attempt to articulate one of the considerations that finally made him a Catholic–the necessity and, at the same time, the insufficiency of “Mere Christianity.” A typically thoughtful read from a typically thoughtful man. [Read more…]

Kevin O’Brien has an interesting look…

at Fr. Richard Rohr and his Immortal Diamond. By the way, Kevin has a series of videos out for homeschoolers you should check out.  Here’s one of them, illustrating the pretty dang highbrow type nature of his work: [Read more…]