The reduction of the human person to a thing to be owned and manipulated

…is what is known as “slavery”. It is evil when we do it in “for profit” prisons and it is likewise evil when we do it to human beings too small and defenseless to speak for themselves. One very servicable definition of sin is the reduction of persons to things and the exaltation of things [Read More…]

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Monster Island Wants to Kill You

Today in Australian Nature News: Hawks throwing snakes at innocent picnickers: Of course, some buzzkills say it’s a fake, but I say “Print the Legend!” [Read more…]

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Robby the Robot Incarnates the Age of Gee Whiz

And while we’re at it, here’s a nifty documentary on the greatest science fiction film of the 1950s: [Read more…]

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Time to John Birch the Alt Right

For some inexplicable reason, Jewish guys like Jonah Goldberg have a heightened sensitivity to the dangers of the filthy racism peddled by the alt Right. And it is the tragedy of the ruinous toxic thing that American conservatism has become that he takes a serious risk of alienating a large portion of his readers by [Read More…]

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The two most recent Connecting the Dots shows are here!

And who among us can contain our excitement? On Tuesday, Michael Lichens and I looked at a letter from a listener who disagreed with some stuff I said about our political responsibilities as Catholics: On Wednesday, Rod Bennett and I had fun talking about the ooky side of the Faith as we addressed a letter [Read More…]

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Respect for Garbage Can Literature

Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars, replies to 14 year old Forrest Ackerman, who almost single handedly went on to invent sci-fi fantasy fandom and ignite the Spirit of Gee Whiz that still gives so much life and joy to the world: A very Chestertonian response.  Here is Chesterton’s [Read More…]

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Hispanic or Latino/a/x: What’s the Diff?

Over in the comboxes on this article, somebody was trying to figure out the difference between “Hispanic” and “Latino”.  As it happens, I just ran across a handy little discussion about that. Count me as one of those people who never even thought about this: [Read more…]

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Katie Mlinek is a wonderful budding filmmaker

It’s amazing how things work out. So, some years ago I took a walk with my guys. In the course of it, my eldest son Luke was inspired to play a few tricks with his camera (he is a CGI animator by trade and plays with film and image for a living). Result: this bit [Read More…]

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David Mills on the Alt Right…

…and the Catholic Moment. Sensible stuff from a good Catholic writer who knows a racist eugenicist when he sees one.  Meanwhile, the comboxes are the measure of how little people think with the mind of Christ in evaluating the anti-Christian racism of the Alt Right.  If Hillary speaks against something and Trump is for it, [Read More…]

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The United Methodists bail on support for Roe v. Wade

I wonder how long any Christian communion can endure the internal stress of believing a gospel that proclaims the love of God for all human persons while supporting a human tradition that strips the most innocent human persons of their dignity and allows them to be torn limb from limb.  Bravo to the United Methodists [Read More…]

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So that whole signal from an extraterrestrial civilization thing?

Turns out not so much. But then I was already sure of that. [Read more…]

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Abortion must wrap itself in lies and euphemism

…and deny obvious truths. Truths like this: [Read more…]

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Seems like common sense to me

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Bishop Robert Barron’s “Pivotal Players” series looks really good

If this looks as cool to you as it does to me, you can order it here! [Read more…]

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On the air with Rod Bennett at 5 PM Eastern

on Connecting the Dots.  Today we will be discussing the goodness of garbage can literature, as well as giants, elves, shidhe, and other fun stuff. Call or text us at 1-573-4BREAD4.  Or tweet us @breadboxmedia. And don’t forget to become a Friend of the Show! If you contribute monthly, you’ll receive exclusive content from my [Read More…]

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We are living in the era of the biggest displacement of peoples…

…since World War II. A huge amount of that is a direct consequence of disastrous American policies for which we have a habit of shirking responsibility. How big a deal is that? Well, Rome has actually created a brand new dicastery just for addressing the problem. Because the Church is in the business of cleaning [Read More…]

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The Alt Right vs. the Pro-life Movement

Over at Secular Pro-life Perspectives, they are marveling (and, fair warning, cussing) at the fact that the Alt Right gets that the prolife movement (the real one, the one that cares about stopping abortion and not about electing Alt-Right candidate Donald Trump) is about human rights, not the oppression of women–and rejects it precisely on [Read More…]

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You Shall Not Take the Name of the Lord Your God in Vain

Apropos recent discussions about the use of Bad Words as a Disgrace to one’s Christian witness, I note that right wing political candidates have a terrible habit of humbly announcing that God tells them to run for president–and then losing.  The problem with doing that is that unbelievers notice when you do that and then [Read More…]

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I really like Kevin Lowry

And now he has a new book out! It’s called How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church. Here’s a link to the press release. Kevin is just a stand-up guy and his story is honest, funny, and just flat reflective of the goodness of the man.  It is characteristic of his [Read More…]

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The industrious Brandon Vogt has a cool deal…

…in honor of the canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta: This Sunday (9/4) is a SUPER exciting day because….. ……Pope Francis will be canonizing Mother Teresa (!!) After that she will forever be known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Amazing!! To celebrate her canonization, I put together a short eBook. It’s called Saint Teresa of [Read More…]

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Super Duper Theology Nerd Inside Baseball Catholic Humor

I have no regrets. [Read more…]

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