If hypocrisy is being worse than our best words, eupocrisy is being better than our worst words, and Jesus praises eupocrites. So should we. [Read more...]

Humanum Video Series on Marriage and Family

A reader writes: I thought you might find this useful and interesting. The three-day Vatican-sponsored international, interfaith colloquium titled “The Complementarity of Man and Woman” drew together 14 different religious traditions from 23 countries from Nov. 17 to 19 in 2014. They’ve done an excellent job sharing much of the collequium online. A really beautiful [Read More...]

An Editorial at the NY Times Asserts our Children Don’t Believe in Moral Facts

You can read it here. I’m skeptical. While it’s true our children are coming to believe that a very different set of things are patient of ambiguity than we are, I don’t see much in the way of disbelief in moral facts when it comes to things they see as right and wrong. My kids [Read More...]

Good on San Francisco

They apologized for the sprinklers. Well done! By the way, as has been noted: yes, it’s true that the SF press is deeply hostile to the Church and is in the middle of a campaign to make them look bad and, yes, the Church is the oldest and largest provider of works of mercy in [Read More...]

Honest Independence Day Trailer

How have I missed these things? What the heck, here the Honest World War Z trailer too: “Obligatory. Inception. BWAAS” completely undid me. [Read more...]

Daniel McCarthy and Ralph Nader Talk…

…about how left and right can end corporate rule together. It’s a hopeful thing to see this kind of conversation start to happen. [Read more...]

Two Years Out from his Election to the Papacy, Bill Doino is delighted with Pope Francis

He sends along three pieces he has written on the Holy Father here, here, and here. He also sends along a link to Francis’ comments on his papacy so far. He adds: I think Francis has been a very impressive Pope, notwithstanding prudential controversies here and there. As a Catholic, I am most thankful the [Read More...]

Question to the Hivemind

I’ve sworn off chocolate for Lent, except on Sundays.  However, March 19 is a solemnity.  Is that a day I can treat like a Sunday and indulge the sweet  tooth?  I’m not very up on how stuff like that works.  Or am I being dumb and legalistic?  Well, legalistic anyway: dumb is a constant. [Read more...]

Prayer Request

My reader writes: Please pray with all your strength: We think J. went to Spokane for an abortion this morning. Her boyfriend was quite insistent that she get the abortion. Could be another case of coerced abortion… We need to pray for God to intervene; for Jessica and her boyfriend to find hope, and recognition [Read More...]

St. Lawrence Rolls Over on His Griddle

…as the San Francisco Cathedral installs sprinklers to douse the homeless who seek shelter in its doorways. Wow.  Just wow. “If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at the Church door, you will not find him in the chalice.” – St. John Chrysostom [Read more...]

Cosmos in the Lost on the Folly of Continuing Iraq War Defenses

The nub is, Cardinal Ratzinger said it all: Your Eminence, a question about current events, in some way connected to the Catechism. Does the coalition war on the Iraq come within the canons of the “just war”? RATZINGER: The Pope has very clearly expressed his thoughts, not only as the thoughts of an individual, but [Read More...]

A reader argues with a Bible Only Christian about the Death Penalty

He writes: I am having a little bit of a comment debate with an acquaintance over he death penalty. He is an evangelical christian and believes God is very much for it citing the Noahic Covenant, Jesus affirming Pilate’s right to kill him the Mosaic Law etc. He is not a catholic, so he would [Read More...]

It would appear Rome is Leaning Toward Shutting Down the Medjugorje Traveling Road Show

That doesn’t mean they are going to outright condemn it, necessarily.  A dramatic bullet to the brain of the Medjugorje fraud might have the same effect as trying to rid the yard of dandelions by blowing the seeds with a leaf blower.  I suspect Rome will attempt to quietly smother it.  We’ll see. [Read more...]

I love finding and boosting new authors

Ric Colegrove looks like a promising new voice in young adult fiction. Check out his Journey of Rol tales. [Read more...]

Dems to Slaves

“Yeah, slavery is bad… I guess.  But abortion is even more important.” [Read more...]

Prayer Requests

Please pray for reader Jeremy, who has a MRSA infection, and for his wife Rachel. Father, hear our prayer for his complete healing, for his caregivers, and for all who love him, through Jesus Christ.  Mother Mary and St. Luke, pray for them. Also, a reader writes: Tomorrow my state legislature is going to hold [Read More...]

Interesting Interview with Alice von Hildebrand

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Sin Makes Things–and People–Fall Apart

John Oliver on the surprisingly interesting question of infrastructure (NSFW language)… …bears witness to the fact that part of the reason the Christian faith is true is that it testifies to the reality that we gain our lives by losing them. Multiple generations of civic-minded people denied themselves, did their boring duty, built our infrastructure and [Read More...]

Measured Pain

My friend Andy Simons has a nifty Lenten piece on mortification over at Commonweal. [Read more...]

When Lefties Recommend Compelling the Poor to have Abortions

prolife conservatives rightly protest. When anti-abortion-but-not-prolife conservatives compel the poor to have abortions, “prolife” conservatives cheer far too often. Catholics who demand, on pain of mortal sin, that nobody use artificial contraception and who then turn around and tell those who are obedient to this “and we will punish you for listening to us right [Read More...]

Today’s Chance to Do a Work of Mercy

Disabled woman needs a service dog. [Read more...]