Prayer Request for a Christian family kidnapped by ISIS–and commentary by Fr. Barron

Father, hear our prayer for their safe return.  And if it is their lot to join with your holy martyrs, grant them swift entry into heaven and that their blood may be the seed of the Church, mingled with the blood of Christ and able to convert even the hard and bitters hearts of their [Read More...]

The Temptation of Christ…

…is under discussion over at the Register. [Read more...]

“Connecting the Dots” is coming up at 5 PM Eastern

on listener-supported Real Life Radio! Today, I’ll be on the air for an hour with Jason Stellman, Drunk Ex-Pastor as well as co-author of Creed Code Cult and Heavy for the Vintage. You can listen in on line here. You can get the download of archived shows as podcasts here. And if want to call in and [Read More...]


…looks like an interesting new app. [Read more...]

One of the Poisonous Fruits of the Priest Abuse Scandal…

…is that, like the immune system of an AIDS victim, the Church is now vulnerable to parasitic infections.  It’s hard to make the case that the Church should be allowed to hire and fire according to adherence to Catholic moral teaching when the bishops have done such a bangup job of showing that they don’t [Read More...]

The Wacky World of Postmodernism

Postmodern culture is, among other things, all about the subjectivization of everything.  It is, like all heretical impulses, based on part of the truth, but (like heresies) it ignores other truths inconvenient to the heretic to focus on the things it likes. In this case, the truth can be roughly stated this way: when you [Read More...]

Prayer Request

A reader writes: In what would otherwise have been a hilarious pratfall, I broke my right arm tripping and falling while walking down the sidewalk in NYC on Dec 16.. After more than two months healing, the brace came off yesterday. But because of the force with which I fell (on a parked car!) I [Read More...]

Hey Western Washington! Mark Your Calendars!

I’m coming to St. Thomas Parish in Tukwila on February 27 at 7:00 PM to talk about 101 Reasons Not to be Catholic. See you then! [Read more...]

Welcome Cornelia Roxane Fisher!

Beautiful new baby girl of Damien and  Simcha Fisher!: Babies are God’s way of saying the world should continue.  Joy and mazeltov! [Read more...]

What ISIS Really Wants

An intelligent, Know Your Enemy, look at how ISIS thinks: Virtually every major decision and law promulgated by the Islamic State adheres to what it calls, in its press and pronouncements, and on its billboards, license plates, stationery, and coins, “the Prophetic methodology,” which means following the prophecy and example of Muhammad, in punctilious detail. [Read More...]

Francis to Address Congress in September

Some of my readers are fantasizing about him bringing a whip made of cords and overturning the tables of the legislators when he’s here. But, of course, that presumes that Congress is Our Father’s House, something we can all agree it has never been. This is why there has never been a National Creche along [Read More...]

Smiley Face Galaxy Discovered


A Catholic Super Hero

Steven Greydanus will be thrilled by the premiere of Daredevil on April 10. You can see a big interview with the creators here. [Read more...]

Hey New York City! I’m coming your way!

I have some speaking gigs in the Big Apple with a space in my calendar the evening of April 20. The flight is already paid for, so if your parish, group or conference would like me to come speak for you, O New York City Catholic, I’m available to do so that day! I have [Read More...]

Bill Doino, Jr. writes a tribute to Dr. Alice von Hildebrand

…over at First Things. Best known for promoting the work of her famous husband, Dietrich– she is still a distinguished scholar in her own right, and someone who has fought the good fight-and still is fighting it, at the age of 92! She was recently honored by Pope Francis–who invested her as a Dame Grand [Read More...]

God King Commands Human Sacrifice

Obama tells faith-based groups they must refer refugees for abortion. Dear. Mister President: No.  We refuse. [Read more...]

I Will Follow

In service to the Church, Ascension Press has created a video on the vocation of priesthood. This dynamic and thought provoking video shares the compelling testimonies of Fr. Josh Johnson and Fr. Mike Schmitz (of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, LA and Duluth, MN respectively) and their journeys to the priesthood. This 10 minute film [Read More...]

Prayer Requests and Works of Mercy

A reader writes: Prayers, please, Mark.  The 14-year-old boy across the street died last night. Started seizing while watching TV, then cardiac arrest. My son’s best buddy in the neighborhood. Our other kids were sledding with him late in the afternoon. The boys are a mess. Finally got them to sleep at 0130, then State Troopers showed [Read More...]

Fr. Barron on Stephen Fry

A kindly reply to a man who, though he says he does not believe in God, speaks as though he is in fact deeply angry at God.  Being angry at God is a perfectly respectable thing to do, as Job demonstrates.  Fry’s main mistake is in not directing the anger at God in prayer, but [Read More...]

Hey Western Washington! Mark Your Calendars!

I’m coming to Holy Family parish in West Seattle on February 24 at 6:30 PM. We’ll talk about Living Lent in the Fast Lane! [Read more...]

Is the Church in Better Shape Than We Thought?

A reader writes: I stumbled across a book that caused me to re-consider whether western Christianity was coming to an end, or was it in better shape (if not size) than ever. The common view is, we are losing the culture war and the decline of western Christianity as evidenced by the falling church attendance rates [Read More...]