Ben Sasse is practically the only member of the Party of Trump I respect

This is in response to Biff Tannen’s latest outburst of misogyny to please the brutish mouthbreathers in his base. Mika Brzezinski’s response was pretty funny: Bravo to Senator Sasse for being the extremely rare Republican to actually condemn this stuff without reflexively shouting “They do it too!” No.  They do not do it too.  Nobody [Read More…]

My Friend Bill Dodds is giving books away!

The man cracks me up.  He writes: [Insert cordial greeting here] [Insert mindless chatter here] I’d appreciate it if you could plug the facts that my books are free through Friday. Your people can find links here: And they can go here for my first book (written and illustrated); I peaked early. [Insert [Read More…]


…and contrast: “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if any one would sue you [Read More…]

John Oliver on Vaccines

The man continues his emphatically NSFW work of educating a postmodern population that, having abandoned the idea of truth, has abandoned the idea of scientific truth: Me: I don’t want my grandchildren to die, so I appreciate his work in education. [Read more…]

There’s more to the Church…

…than priestly and religious vocations. Indeed, there’s more than the lay vocation. Vocations are means. The end and goal is the Beatific Vision. My latest at The Catholic Weekly. [Read more…]

Yay! Got my copy!

…of Fruitful Discipleship by Sherry Weddell! The scenes with the killer dinosaurs, car chases, and enormous space fruitbats are brilliantly drawn. Can’t wait to find out how it ends! [Read more…]

Health Care Train Wreck

Perhaps it’s time to ask “Given that this plan will actually increase abortions by denying maternity care, perhaps prolife people should consider the possibility that blind support for it is ill-advised. Maybe prolife people should consider doing things that will decrease, not increase, the death toll of both unborn and born children, not to mention [Read More…]

What is the Whole Life Movement?

Here’s a nice sketch: “A pro-life movement that ignores infant mortality rates, starvation, or the degradation of the environment simply does not deserve the label ‘pro-life.’ It becomes a mere euphemism for supporting laws that restrict access to abortion. It becomes detached from the understanding of human dignity and worth that should animate the movement. [Read More…]

Good News! We still live in a democracy!

…and your voice still matters, especially to a Senate that is fearful of a massive popular backlash against their murderous, thieving “health care” monstrosity. A reader writes: Posted by a friend: “Just got off a healthcare coalition call with Senator Schumer. His message: 1. Grassroots pressure will determine whether this passes. 2. They’re not seeing [Read More…]

A reader asks for precision on Leo XIII

A reader writes: You recently posted a quote attributed to Leo XIII that “Once the demands of necessity and propriety have been met the rest of your money belongs to the poor.” This is not exactly what he said. According to this, what he actually said was But when the demands of necessity and propriety [Read More…]

Sherry Weddell on the New Evangelization

Sez she: In December of 1990, Pope John Paul II issued these words of prophetic power in Redemptoris Missio: God is opening before the Church the horizons of a humanity more fully prepared for the sowing of the Gospel. I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the Church’s energies to a [Read More…]

Good! SCOTUS upholds Religious Liberty

The Courts are the only branch of government doing anything right these days. [Read more…]

A Closer Look at the GOP Health Care Scam

Hear this, you who trample upon the needy, and bring the poor of the land to an end, saying, “When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain? And the sabbath, that we may offer wheat for sale, that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great, and deal deceitfully [Read More…]

Hey Tacoma! I’m speaking at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish

…tomorrow, June 25 at 10 AM. See you there! [Read more…]

Check out Elias Crim’s Dorothy’s Place podcast

Personalism, common good, Catholic Social Teaching, community building and other dangerous notions! First episode is a chat with Matthew Loftus (of Mere Orthodoxy) and the second with Liz Bruenig (now with WashPo): Check thou it out! [Read more…]

Had an interesting conversation with Jon Sweeney

…the author of The Saint vs. the Scholar, about the quarrel between St. Bernard of Clairvaux and Peter Abelard: [Read more…]

About Half of Births are Financed by Medicaid

The bloody-handed GOP “health care” plan will end that, rob the middle class and the poor, and give that money to the super-rich. Guess what happens when people cannot afford a pregnancy.  The abortion rate goes up. But “prolife” Christians don’t care about actual real world results.  They’ve been bought off by a promise to [Read More…]

Bishops say Senate Health Care Plan…

will “wreak havoc” on families. This has nothing to do with health. It is a transparent act of class warfare and theft from the poor and the middle class by the rich. The incredible thing is watching the people who are going to suffer from it cheer for it because it is more important to [Read More…]

Who Am I to Argue with Dr. Mary Healy?

She makes an excellent book recommendation at the 16:15 mark, which I can happily help you with purchasing (along with numerous other fine books and media materials) if you go here. Thanks for your kind words, Dr. Healy! [Read more…]

Abortion: From Controversy to Civility

Stephanie Gray gave this talk at Google headquarters and it was a hit: [Read more…]