Dear The Internet: My Granddaughter Badly Needs This

Please attend to her needs, wants, and desires: Ash binkz durbatulûk, ash binkz gimbatul, Ash binkz thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul. [Read more...]

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If you sport a pro-life bumper sticker when you drive up to the store

…then don’t be offering commentary on how a harrassed mother inside the store needs to stop having kids. Also, screaming at desperate mothers and children seeking safety from rape and murder? Not a prolife judgment call. And telling poor mothers, “You must not practice contraception under pain of mortal sin–and I will punish you by [Read More...]

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Only good reason I can think of for wanting to be single again

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On Shooting Abortionists

Up front, just so you know what I think, let me add an amen to Cardinal O’Connor’s statement: If you want to shoot an abortionist, shoot me first. Beyond that, let’s try to think with the Tradition and not merely with culture warrior reflexes. When a cold-blooded murder like the shooting Colorado Springs happens, what invariably [Read More...]

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How Do Prolife Christians Respond to the Colorado Shooting?

We say, loudly and repeatedly, “All truly prolife people denounce this wanton act of cold-blooded murder, re-affirm the right to life for *all* human beings, pray for the victims, demand swift judgement for the shooter, and offer ourselves in service to all those suffering from this crime.” That’s it. That’s all. Get into a culture [Read More...]

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Interesting Look at C.S. Lewis’ Roller Coaster Relationship

…with poet Roy Campbell–by Joseph Pearce. [Read more...]

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An Orthodox Reader Returns to the Catholic Communion

…and asks for prayer: Mark, thank you for your short, but insightful answer to an Orthodox reader’s question about why you were not Orthodox. I was Orthodox … until yesterday, when I returned to the Catholic Church. Your answer popped up in search results after I had turned to Google, in the midst of Pope [Read More...]

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You may be tough, but are you Sr. Blandina Segale Tough?

Badassest nun of the Old West is being proposed for canonization: The Italian born Segale, a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati, came to Trinidad, Colorado, in 1877 to teach poor children. After being transferred to Santa Fe, she co-founded public and Catholic schools, worked with the poor and sick, and advocated on behalf of Hispanics [Read More...]

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The Even Advisory System

For the Mall Rat in your life who is struggling to cope: [Read more...]

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Ten Things to Do as a Catholic…

…before you’re dead. [Read more...]

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I Can Never Again Know Happiness in This Life…

…without this: Dear The Internet: If you truly believe that Christmas is about the Spirit of Giving–and if  you do not want me to post the Star Wars Holiday Special–I am confident that you will respond to my threats pleas with alacrity. The Dark Side: Helping Black Friday be as Black as possible. [Read more...]

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A Washington Thanksgiving

What is there to say to God for the family, the world and the life he has given me but, “Thank you!” God bless you this Thanksgiving! [Read more...]

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Good News! We Can Now Visit the Embalmed Body of Jesus

All you need is permission from the Vatican’s Double Super Secret Stuff Permissions Department and they will let you go see Jesus’ body, which is guarded by Muslims. I’m really glad Francis is reforming this difficult process so that more ordinary Catholics, and not just bishops and cardinals, can go and pay their respects.  It’s [Read More...]

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A Returning Catholic Expresses Her Gratitude for Holy Church

She writes: You did a masterful job in your reply to this poor soul who expressed his questioning faith. As a Catholic who left the Church( regretfully)  almost 50 years ago and have now  returned, (I must say joyfully). My questions, my searching, my reluctance –all have evaporated in the face of once again being [Read More...]

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Daniel and the Great Unveiling

Bishop Robert Barron takes a scriptural look at this time of reflecting on death, endings, and the renewal of all things in Christ. [Read more...]

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A Seventh Day Adventist writes:

I was raised Catholic. I can tell of your forthrightness after reading your article where you mention Maciel. I know some of his story. Thank you! Also, you use the Bible text, and for that reason, I am sending you the next thought: An understanding of the revealed will of God enlarges the mind, expands, [Read More...]

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An Evangelical Struggles with the Obvious New Testament Witness to Non-Violence

…in a piece that ran about a month ago asking whether Jesus would wear a sidearm. One of the many places that Evangelicalism owes a massive debt to Catholic Tradition is its blithe assumption that Just War Doctrine is easily derivable from the witness of the New Testament. That’s not because Evangelicals have done their [Read More...]

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Speaking of St. Junipero Serra, Retired Staff Sgt. Dale Day writes…

I wrote about a Catholic saint and I’m not even Catholic! Why? Because Junipero Serra has always fascinated me since I was growing up in Southern California. Even back in the ’50s and ’60s, schools taught that the Spaniards who invaded California were cruel taskmasters who enslaved and whipped the poor, innocent natives. They made [Read More...]

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A Guest Blog on St. Junipero Serra

Seems fitting for the day! On November 24, 1713, Miguel Jose Serre i Ferrer, son of Antoni and Margarita, was born in Petra, Mallorca, Spain and baptised at San Bernardino Church. Junípero Serra took his baptismal promises very seriously and lived them to a heroic degree. He knew struggle and overcame them, giving all thanks [Read More...]

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Dear Mr. Trump: When Even Max Boot Says You’re a Fascist

…you’re a fascist. [Read more...]

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A reader writes about Muslims as Natural Allies

…against ISIS: It has been very refreshing to read all your commentary and defense of refugees in the midst of all the crazy post-Paris hand-wringing. I write to tell you about an experience that backs up what you have been insistent in saying: that the refugees (and indeed, most Muslims) hate Daesh as much if not [Read More...]

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