Ethics and Bioethics

Much of the modern and post-modern project of ethics differs from Catholic ethics in this:  The Church asks (among other things) how can we avoid harming and killing as much as possible and emphasize what makes for human flourishing?  Our culture asks “When do we *get* to harm and kill humans?”  I wish I could [Read More...]

My Big Profound Spiritual Revelation…

…is revealed over at the Register. [Read more...]

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is Awesome

It’s long (and a bit rude here and there, like the Bard himself), but fantastic: A fine way to spend an hour and a half on Labor Day! [Read more...]

Dear Bishops: Remember St. Dominic

Once, when he visited the pope, the Holy Father showed off some of his bling and remarked “Peter can no longer say, ‘Silver and gold I do not have.’” To which the pithy saint replied “Neither can he say, ‘Rise and walk.’” Here’s the deal: I totally agree with Dorothy Day that when it comes [Read More...]

This Speaks to Me at a Deep Visceral Level

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Extremely Kewl Science!

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Surprisingly accurate take on the Jesuits…

…from CNN. Of course, they aren’t the Dominicans, but nobody’s perfect. [Read more...]

Walk Off the Earth on How it Feels to Going to Our Hidden Island Redoubt

You kids don’t put no beans up your noses while I’m gone! [Read more...]

WRONG!

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Fr. Robert Barron on Woody Allen’s Bleak Vision

            I was chagrined, but not entirely surprised, when I read Woody Allen’s recent ruminations on ultimate things.  To state it bluntly, Woody could not be any bleaker in regard to the issue of meaning in the universe.  We live, he said, in a godless and purposeless world.  The earth came into existence through mere [Read More...]

CNN Keeps on Giving Francis…

remarkably good coverage. [Read more...]

British cops overlook child sex trafficking ring…

…because they didn’t want to look racist. And by “racist” they meant “critical of Muslims”. The Church is caught between two diseased forms of spirituality: a watery secular spirituality that preserves in distorted and dilute forms certain virtues about “tolerance” and “diversity” out of the Christian tradition, and an inflamed and violent spirituality that preserves [Read More...]

A reader writes a very kind letter about Mary, Mother of the Son

Sez he: I am a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Seattle starting my first year of the theology at Mount Angel Seminary. I just wanted to take the time to express my gratitude for your trilogy, Mary Mother of the Son. Even though I grew up praying the rosary every night with my family and [Read More...]

Gun instructor hands nine year old girl an Uzi

Now he’s dead. So horrible. This is a prolife issue. [Read more...]

The Foggy Mysticism of Pro-Choice Rhetoric

I’m told that Christians hate science and go for mystical mumbo jumbo. But when the topic turns to abortion, it’s fascinating that prochoice rhetoric instantly turns to blather about the “mystery” of when human life begins and what human life is: all that stuff that is just so far above Obama’s pay grade that he [Read More...]

For those interested in the plight of refugees…

Kirk Morrison writes: Kirk from the American Solidarity Party and Christian Democracy Magazine here. Just wanted to pass along an initiative we’re working on and your readers might also be interested in. I should add (although it should go without saying) that we support refugee status for the young Central Americas crossing the border too. [Read More...]

Fixing Ugly Church Graphics One Parish at a Time!

Is you parish saddled with an ugly website?  Read on! My name is Michael Marchand, youth minister and founder of the brand new site ParishDesigner.com. I did an interview this morning about it with my good friend Brandon Vogt, and he recommended I reach out to you guys. You can get more details on our website or the interview with [Read More...]

Urgent Prayers for our Youngest Son, Sean

He’s in the hospital with severe abdominal pain.  Docs think it might be gallstones.  Please pray.  Thanks all. Update:  He’s home and sleeping.  Pain meds have helped.  Still not clear idea what is wrong.  Not appendix.  Not gallstones.  But he’s doing better for now.  Thanks so much for your prayers, you guys!  Kinda tired today. [Read More...]

Prayer Request

A reader writes: I’m asking prayers for a friend’s daughter who, after suffering four miscarriages, is 20 weeks into a new pregnancy but has just been diagnosed with cervical cancer. If she can hold on for at least another month, the baby can be delivered before her treatment starts and both may survive. Father, hear [Read More...]


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