Steve Greydanus has some interesting thoughts…

…on the curious relationship between Fantasia and the Sistine Chapel. If you go here and click on the January 23 “Connecting the Dots” show Steve and I did on Real Life Radio, you can hear our discussion of this piece. [Read more...]

Prayer Requests

A reader writes: May I ask you to share a prayer request? I have been unemployed for 6 months and have almost run out of unemployment funds and savings. I am a single mom (not by choice) and do not receive the support I need from my ex-husband. We need financial provision and spiritual encouragement. [Read More...]

One of the Real Non-Negotiables for the Anti-Abortion-but-Not-Prolife Sect

For Catholics, commitment to the dignity of human life is a core value. Full stop. The emphasis is always on saving life (even guilty human life) wherever possible. So the question is not “When do we *get* to torture and kill?” but “How can we strive to save even the sinner?”  For the Faith, this [Read More...]

Chance to Do a Work of Mercy

A friend writes: My friend Lynn Crutcher, is a wonderful and caring woman.  She is raising two teenagers, and is married to a great guy.  Last month she was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer. The cost of her medical care will be insurmountable, with insurance already refusing to pay for services that she needs [Read More...]

When I Read About the Kirby Vacuum Cleaner Guy…

who became a star all I can think of is this: [Read more...]

The Curious Affinity of Secular Blasphemers and Right Wing Christian Torture Defenders

…is magically highlighted in a single paragraph from the Catechism: 2148 Blasphemy is directly opposed to the second commandment. It consists in uttering against God – inwardly or outwardly – words of hatred, reproach, or defiance; in speaking ill of God; in failing in respect toward him in one’s speech; in misusing God’s name. St. James condemns [Read More...]

Louisiana Wants to Break the Seal of the Confessional

They can blow it out their ear. The question is not whether the Church can survive persecution by the US, but whether the US can survive persecuting the Church. [Read more...]

Co-Creators with Christ

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

A New Parent’s Reflections on Humanae Vitae

A reader writes: As my wife and I contemplate adding a second child to the family, I have been reconsidering Humanae vitae, an encyclical I grappled with unsuccessfully for years.  Until recently, my reflections centered on what still seems the thorny question as to whether or not contraception frustrates nature’s purposes and is therefore morally illicit.  But [Read More...]

Hey Western Washington! Mark your Calendars!

Tomorrow night, January 27 at 7:30 PM, I will be speaking at “Drinks with Dominicans” at my home parish, Blessed Sacrament, in the U District in Seattle. Click the link for the website and directions. We are meeting in the parish hall and will have a rollicking time talking about 101 Reasons Not to be [Read More...]

The Story of the Entropy Academy is Now Available!

The Entropy Academy was the homeschool founded and led by the most excellent Alison Bernhoft.  Among her many sterling students was Shea scion Number 2, Matthew (aka “Cow”, don’t ask).  Alison account of those years is written in her characteristic delightful prose (her Christmas letters have been prized at Chez Shea for years).: Finally, and [Read More...]

A Catholic family could really use our help–and a prayer request

Mom writes: We have until Wednesday to pay the enormous water bill left over from our old crazy apartment, where the landlord used our water for the whole building’s laundry room, or the city will shut us off here at the new address, and we can barely afford to eat the last week of the [Read More...]

Commie Pope Calls for State Intervention in Economy and Wealth Resdistribution!!!

Oh, and also Pope Francis too, who is regularly subjected to the bizarre accusation of being a communist for repeating what the Church has always said about our duty to the poor and weak. [Read more...]

Dear The Internet: I require this for my happiness and fulfilment as a human being

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Dear Oxford University…

Re: This headline: Oxford University warns authors not to write about pork, bacon to avoid offending Muslims Permit me to reply as follows: Bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, [Read More...]

Chance to do a work of mercy

A reader writes: Issac is a friend of mine, a great young man, an active Catholic, and a friend to many in the southern Maine Catholic community.  He works as a self-employed carpenter and fell head-first from a roof he was working on two days ago, and broke 3 vertebrae and suffered a fractured skull. [Read More...]

Pro-life: The More, the Merrier

Recently somebody wrote to ask what I think of gays and atheists participating in prolife rallies.  They disapproved. I’m surprised this is an issue with anybody, but here’s the deal: When your house is burning down and a crowd of neighbors comes to help put out the fire, you don’t do an ID check or ask [Read More...]

Christ vs. the Power of Now

In which we look sympathetically at the New Age and the pagan search for Christ. [Read more...]

Ayn Rand: Worst. Aunt. Ever.

So in 1949, Ayn Rand’s unfortunate niece writes her to ask for a little loan to buy a dress. Rand, being Rand, replies by writing Atlas Shrugged in miniature, in a toothache-inducing screed about fiscal responsibility. She must have been so much fun at a party. [Read more...]

Learning to Behold

Tony Esolen on the art of watching old movies. [Read more...]

Who Would Jesus Torture?

Guy tries to wrap his mind around this: Sixty-eight percent of white evangelicals believe “torture of suspected terrorists” can be “often” or “somewhat” justified. This is in line with mainline Protestants (63 percent) and white Catholics (68 percent). Together, these are America’s three largest religious groups, comprising 26 percent, 18 percent, and 15 percent of [Read More...]