Francis to Curia: Merry Christmas and Shape Up

I have a Dominican priest friend who remarked shortly after Francis’ election that the main thing he was hoping for from this papacy was a reform of the Curia.  It would appear Francis has given him his Christmas present. Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how [Read More...]

A reader asks for a Christmas Miracle Work of Mercy

She writes: I am running a Kickstarter project promoting Catholic ethics, but I’m really struggling with pledges. I really need help and I only have 5 days…. but Christmas is the time for miracles so i’m really praying for one. If you can help, that would be cool. [Read more...]

The Seven Virtues for Parents…

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

All Lord of the Rings mythology explained in 4 minutes

CPG Grey, Servant of All Mankind, does the impossible in less time than it takes to make a nice cup of tea: [Read more...]

Is Catholicism the Babylon Mystery Religion?

Over at Catholic World Report, we take a look at the actual relationship between the Catholic faith and Babylonian religion (yes, there is one) and discover that it’s all really okay and even Protestants are cool with it. In fact, it’s pretty Christmassy. [Read more...]

Materialist Attempts to Deal with the Soul

A materialist grapples with the fact that persons are more than the matter that comprises their bodies. She recognizes that a person is more than a collection of memories and veers close to discussion of the soul, but then peels off before the plane hits the deck of supernaturalism: One day not too long ago, [Read More...]

David B. Hart on The Myth of Schism

A really fine piece by an Orthodox theologian on the necessity of and prospects for reunion of the Orthodox and Catholic communions: In any event, my last remark is only this: reunion of the Orthodox and Roman Churches has become an imperative, and time is growing short. I say this because I often suffer from [Read More...]

“If we left, they wouldn’t have nobody”

An assisted living facility closes and 16 elderly people are left on their own. The cook and the janitor stay on–without pay–to care for them. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of [Read More...]

Today’s Advent Work of Mercy

A family in Massachusetts is struggling to meet their bills. Can you help? Thanks! You guys are wonderful! [Read more...]

It’s really quite a cozy little planet God has created for us

We live in the hollow of his Hand, protected from all sorts of stuff that howls in the void outside and seeks our destruction. The earth is like a sheltered nursery or a warm cabin with a bright crackling fire in the fireplace while a storm rages outside the door and wolves stalk the dark [Read More...]

Dear Evangelicals: You’re being had

Same thing is true of a lot of conservative Catholics. Put the Church’s teaching first and don’t let anybody trick you into cannibalizing it in the service of a political agenda. See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental [Read More...]

Canada: It’s this whole ‘nother country

Drunk birds sober up in Environment Yukon holding tank Bohemian waxwings get tipsy on fermented berries [Read more...]

Prayer Request

A reader who has been struggling with profound depression and temptations to suicide asks for our prayers, particularly over the next couple of weeks. Father, hear our prayer for your beautiful daughter and lift this burden of depression from her with the grace of your healing love. Give her, her caregivers, and all who love [Read More...]

The Seven Deadly Sins for Parents

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

Bittersweet Obituary

Man reveals his true identity and urges son to avenge his death. I know.  That sounds bad.  But it is actually touching when you read it.   God rest his soul through Jesus Christ our Lord. [Read more...]

It’s the Liam Neeson Kill Map!


That is How We Do That

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Today’s Desperate Lies from Torture Defenders

In the ongoing effort of “prolife” Torture Defenders to ignore the fact that, among other things, we anally raped, froze to death, beat, stood on the broken legs of, and threatened to murder the wives and children of prisoners, said defenders insist on perseverating over the now dead as a doornail question: “Waterboarding: Is it [Read More...]

The Death Penalty as Assisted Suicide

We are told that the death penalty (which we celebrate by conducting in total secrecy) is supposed to be a deterrent.  We are also told that as prolife Christians, we are supposed to be opposed to assisted suicide. So what do “prolife” death penalty advocates make of a case where the reason a man killed [Read More...]

A Novena Proposal For a Consistent Ethic of Life

Mark Gordon writes: Most disappointing are those Catholics who pair their acceptance of torture – which in the case of the CIA’s operation resulted in the death of at least one innocent man – with an assertion of their impeccable pro-life credentials, as if their condemnation of one intrinsically evil act cancels their embrace of another intrinsically [Read More...]

The CIA didn’t just torture…

…they experimented on human beings. Torture Defenders: Why die on this hill? Why go on defending this? Repent. Receive the mercy of God, and move on. [Read more...]