New U.S. Leader Appointed for World’s Largest Prayer Network

This is a hopeful sign: For Immediate Release (Washington, D.C., May 15, 2017) — The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (PWPN) has announced that Jesuit Father William Blazek will become its U.S. national director next month, succeeding current director Jesuit Father James Kubicki. Founded as the Apostleship of Prayer and recently renamed by Pope Francis, the [Read More…]

My friend Pete Beaulieu goes to my parish we occasionally have breakfast together

He is a sweet, thoughtful soul and has written a book called Beyond Secularism and Jihad?: A Triangular Inquiry into the Mosque, the Manger, and Modernity and Carl Olson recently did an interview with him in Catholic World Report. [Read more…]

Ross Douthat Calls for using the 25th Amendment

…to remove Trump. [Read more…]

This seems like it’s worth supporting

Hammond eBike Technologies announce Hammond electric bike collection for Indiegogo campaign also The Ride 4 Breast Cancer Campaign First ever fully loaded, folding, electric smart bike in a custom bag is now LIVE on Indiegogo   We are finally happy to announce Hammond e-Bike Technology campaign is now live on Indiegogo. Today, Hammond eBike Technology [Read More…]

Mohamed Bezek takes in dying foster children

…because nobody should have to die alone. A beautiful story of a man devoted to the care of the least of these. My assumption is that he would identify as a Muslim. But it is obvious that he is, at some level, empowered by the Holy Spirit. People like this are the reason that attempts [Read More…]

Israel is not happy with the Traitor-in-Chief

“Boiling mad”. But the super duperest, most discerningest, prudentest, smarter-than-the-popest Greatest Christians of All Time say “Stay the course.  All is well!” Because since when have the geniuses who acclaimed Corapi a living saint and fought to defend torture ever made a bad call? Update:  Israel was likely the source Trump betrayed. How very very [Read More…]

Here’s a novel defense of our Traitor-in-Chief

Let this sink in, his defenders are saying he is too much of an ignorant, incurious moron to be able to betray much information: In private, three administration officials conceded that they could not publicly articulate their most compelling — and honest — defense of the president: that Mr. Trump, a hasty and indifferent reader [Read More…]

Up till now the only rhetorical tools of the Party of Trump…

…have been the Genetic Fallacy (“What?  You believe that extremely well-documented fact?  But its reported by somebody the Dear Leader declares to be ritually impure!”) and the “Tu Quoque” (“But Hillary/Obama/some other Culture War enemy did it too, or something that is kind of like it if you stand on one foot, tilt your head [Read More…]

Traitor shares highly classified intel with Russia

When the story broke yesterday, all the Usual Suspects fanned out to shout “fake news” at a Pulitzer-prize winning newspaper while defending the integrity of a pathological liar with a paper trail the size of the rings of Saturn.  It never happened, etc. This morning, on cue, the stupid braggart confirmed that he did it [Read More…]

Visual Effects Artist Makes Ad to Sell his Used Car

…and winds up with 2 million offers due to this: [Read more…]

Dead Men Bleeding and Medjugorje

There’s the old story of the guy in the lunatic asylum who insisted he was dead. A doctor was convinced he could reason the guy out of his delusion, so he asked him, “Do dead men bleed?” The man replied that they did not. So, quick as thought, he prick the man’s finger with a [Read More…]

A reader is troubled with me

He writes: I’m a casual reader of yours and a fan of much of what you have said on many topics. With all due respect, however, I think you’re finding it increasingly difficult to see the difference between a differing opinion from your own on public policy and heresy. Even when I agree with you [Read More…]

The Dunning-Krueger Effect

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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…]

Surreal

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…]