Whenever there is a mass shooting, the Gun Cult immediately says that critics of our Gun Regime that enables mass shooting must be silent, “out of respect for the victims”. Decent people understand respect for victims does not mean “Shut up about trying to prevent the last slaughter.”  But the Gun Cult has no interest in the victims of this slaughter or the next.  Their first, last and only thought is, “Screw you. Don’t touch my gun.”  That, not gun… Read more

Fun fact: Nikolas Cruz got that all-important gun training that prevents shooting from his NRA-funded high school rifle club. Other fun fact: His sweet MAGA hat hid a brain full of racism and anti-semitism, which he trained at Jewish targets in particular at his school. Other fun fact: The NRA kept mum about Philando Castile’s murder because they knew it would upset their base of whites they have trained to fear blacks with guns, many of whom were passionately supportive… Read more

She is in ICU with dangerously low sodium levels and they fear for her life. Father, grant Gloria complete healing in body, soul, and spirit.  Give her caregivers grace, compassion, wisdom, counsel, knowledge, skill, creativity, insight, understanding and the proper technology to assist in her complete healing and give her and all who love her grace, peace, consolation, strength, faith, hope, and love.  Mother Mary and St. Luke, pray for her.  We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Read more

“The real problem is the human heart. Until we fix that, there is no point in passing gun laws” is, in fact, a profoundly anti-Christian statement. What the Church teaches and has always taught is that it is utterly delusional to believe that the human heart will be “fixed” in this life and that it is wildly imprudent to think that all, or even the majority, of human beings are likely to have progressed in holiness to sanctity in this… Read more

She suggests that we should all write our senators and congressmen to bring back the 20 week abortion ban for a vote and in exchange conservatives will give on the assault weapon ban again. I wonder if the fanatics on both sides will succeed in stopping such an eminently sensible proposal or if the reasonable people can see that this is win/win for everybody and beat them? I once offered a similar proposal–repeal both Roe and the Second Amendment–to see… Read more

My latest over at the Catholic Weekly. Here’s a taste: One of the paradoxes of life in liturgical Churches is the odd popularity of Ash Wednesday. People who resent the very idea of Holy Days of Obligation come in droves to the liturgy of Ash Wednesday, even though it is not a Holy Day. Indeed, they seem to come, almost because it is not a Holy Day. And I suspect that if the Church were to make it a Holy… Read more

the Director of the Vatican Observatory. The man is a hoot! You gotta hear this one! Read more

Charlie Camosy interviews Jessica Keating of the Office of Human Dignity and Life Initiatives in the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame: The story of how you came to the pro-life movement is an interesting one. Can you share a bit of it? I really stumbled into the pro-life movement. I received Confirmation after college and to be honest, I don’t think I could’ve articulated my reasons at the time. I was deeply compelled by the Church’s… Read more

One of the greatest chefs in the world wants to feed the hungry: For chefs, worldwide renown often leads to lucrative expansion deals: Restaurants in tourism capitals like Tokyo, Hong Kong, Vegas, and Dubai are almost a given. That’s one reason why it’s so surprising that Massimo Bottura, the chef at Modena’s Osteria Francescana — one of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in Italy, and the world — has expanded in a different way, keeping just one full-service restaurant (with all of… Read more

Rev. William Barber is absolutely right: Most pastors say they preach the truth. The Rev. William Barber also delivers sermons on another topic: “the trick.” The trick is Barber’s term for something that he describes as a weapon of mass distraction. It stymied the leaders of the populist movement in late 19th century. It vexed union leaders who promoted workers’ solidarity. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. died trying to beat the trick. The trick is when white politicians persuade poor white working class… Read more

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