The American Conservative…

…on the lamentable state of the Thing that Used to Be Conservatism. Heretic-burning “conservatism” can only conceive of criticism as an attack by Outsiders since it is obsessed with trying purge heretics and can no longer conceive of anyone critiquing it because they want a better conservatism. Without a better conservatism, we will get, forever, [Read More...]

Our God King Can Order the Death of Anybody on Earth…

…at any time, for reasons arrived at in secret and never be held accountable for it. And if you believe for one second that a day is not coming where a) this will create massive blowback abroad and b) Caesar will decide that exactly the same thing should be deployed against American citizens on our [Read More...]

Simcha Fisher interviews Sam Rocha on his “Late to Love” Album

Two of my favorite people together.  It’s like peanut butter and chocolate! Plus: music! [Read more...]

Chance to Do a Work of Mercy

This just landed in my mailbox: I’m writing to let you know about a special project my wife and I are working on titled “Catching Faith.” It’s a faith-based film featuring Bill Engvall and many other talented cast members. The story starts with a family who puts their social standing within their community above their [Read More...]

Evelyn Waugh also had some interesting remarks on “1984″

Here. I wonder what Orwell thought. He could be so good, but then his hostility to the Church would always queer the pitch. [Read more...]

A New Book on Pope John Paul I

Reader Lori Pieper writes: I have fantastic news about my book of John Paul I’s writings that I hope you’ll share with your readers — I have a new edition coming out, and have snagged a Cardinal to write the preface! To be exact, the new edition of A Passionate Adventure: Living the Catholic Faith [Read More...]

The Difference between Colbert and O’Reilly

…is that Colbert *means* to be hilarious: The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive Even funnier, the Great Man of FOX News declares that those who ridicule his massively and obviously stupid idea are “dumb“. Since when has an overextended empire that outsourced its security to a foreign mercenaries [Read More...]

Damon Linker Tries to Warn that Making Consent the Sole Criterion of the Good will Lead to Incest

…is met with, “Yeah?  So What?” by his readers. I hate being right all the time. Let’s review, in order to prepare for the future, where making consent the sole criterion of the good will lead (here, here, and here). It will lead, not to the triumph of personal autonomy and a golden age of [Read More...]

Library Purges Corrie ten Boom’s “The Hiding Place”…

…for being “too Christian”.  One awaits the outcry during “Banned Books Week”. [Read more...]

The Terrifying Mercy of God

Christ died for sinners.  It sounds like a truism until some damn fool Christian takes it seriously and goes to Nuremburg to minister to and comfort Nazis. It is profoundly sobering to reflect on the fact that Hans Frank, the Gauleiter of Poland and a murderer of more than three million human beings was baptized in prison [Read More...]

Two Blind Sisters See for the First Time

Wrenchingly beautiful: Best part: You can help it happen again many, many times by helping to provide 20 million blind children and adults with a simple, inexpensive surgery that takes as little as 15 minutes and costs a paltry $300! Want to be part of the miracle of giving sight to the blind like Jesus? [Read More...]

Satan Pleads

I’ll do you one better, Old Scratch. I won’t bring anyone to this movie.  (Though I do eagerly await the Rifftrax version.) [Read more...]

Crowdsourcing Some Ideas from My Readers

A reader writes: Here in our small southern town, it is difficult for me to give my kids a strong sense of Catholic identity.  I do what I can at home, but the vast majority of their friends are Protestant – many anti-Catholic. My children are firmly Catholic, but they have no concept of what [Read More...]

Deep Thoughts from Lucy the Cuteness

“Ink is like pencil poop.”  [Read more...]

Non-parents have “better” lives according to worldly measures

…except for one thing: they aren’t as happy as people with kids.  File under “the last shall be first” and other gospel paradoxes. [Read more...]

St. Jerome, Scholar and Crabapple

A favorite poem about a favorite saint on his feast day: The Thunderer by Phyllis McGinley God’s angry man, His crotchety scholar, Was Saint Jerome, The great name-caller, Who cared not a dime For the laws of libel And in his spare time Translated the Bible. Quick to disparage All joys but learning, Jerome thought [Read More...]

Prayer Request and Possible Work of Mercy

A reader writes: PRAYER REQUEST FOR SERVICE DOG FOR DISABLED, POOR LADY: I have severe PTSD and my doctor wants me to have a service dog. Although there are several agencies that give trained service dogs to military veterans, there is nothing for other people who have seen a different kind of life-threatening battle, torture, [Read More...]

I’ll take it

It’s a start. Meanwhile, one of the side benefits of the Age of Francis is that hysterics among the Greatest Catholics of All Time are making it undeniably clear that Catholics do not worship the Pope. [Read more...]

Prayer Requests and Works of Mercy

A reader writes: Could you ask your readers to consider helping this family, I only know them through her blog via, but I’ve followed her story for years and it is nearing the sorrowful, glorious, joyful luminous end for their daughter, and any comfort we could bring via prayers and material sacrifice, would be [Read More...]

Dear Abortion Activists…

This is why people hate you: Woman gives birth to a baby who only survives 10 hours.  Abortion activists call her “selfish”.   Vile. [Read more...]

Did you know that C.S. Lewis reviewed “1984″?

Neither did I. [Read more...]