Fightball: Dying of Suck

… is the exaggerated and hyperbolic and mildly fictionalized story of Maj and Kallan, two wildly intelligent and hilarious sisters who navigate life from opposite ends of every point of view. Narrated by their mother, Fightball: Dying of Suck is a book about children for readers of all ages. This first installment of Fightball chronicles, [Read More…]

Why you need to read more Michael Flynn

I was going to post just a quote, but then I thought, “Nah, I’ll steal the whole vignette and then send youse guys over to his blog to see all the other great stuff: Bad News for God, or Someone Flashing point shows relative position of Earth 2.0 Meanwhile, in other news, a marine biologist [Read More…]

Speaking of Chesterton…

One of my favorite people in the world, Nancy Carpentier Brown, has written a biography of The Woman Who Was Chesterton, Frances Chesterton, GK’s  beloved wife. I consider her the patron of St. Blog’s since her maiden name was (honest!) Frances Blogg. Nancy is an engaging writer, a level head, and a fine Catholic.  Check [Read More…]

Daniel Schwindt writes…

Alright, my fellow papists, here’s the deal: Pope Francis wrote the following in his groundbreaking new encyclical, Laudato Si’: “We need to develop a new synthesis capable of overcoming the false arguments of recent centuries. Christianity, in fidelity to its own identity and the rich deposit of truth which it has received from Jesus Christ, [Read More…]

I wrote a question to Randall Munroe, author of XKCD comics

Reading and loving What If?  Question:  Given that vampires can be killed only by Catholic sacramentals and sacraments (nobody ever kills vampires with Baptist hymnals or Nebraska Missionary Alliance communion crackers) *and* by sunlight, I need to know:  Can a full spectrum flashlight with sun-equivalent candle power kill a vampire if it has been properly [Read More…]

The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler

Bill Doino, Jr. writes: I am pleased to announce that my lengthy review of Mark Riebling’s groundbreaking book, Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler (Basic Books, published September 29th) has just appeared in the new issue (October 19th) of National Review. It is not fully online yet–just the opening is-as it’s still [Read More…]

I’ve had the honor of knowing Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle for some years now

…and she has written a lulu of a spiritual autobiography that you need to read. It’s called The Kiss of Jesus and tells the surprisingly gritty story of somebody who has been through the wringer and come through it with the help of God.  Here’s a quick description from Amazon: Growing up in a Polish-American [Read More…]

Since the Pope has made Merton a hot item again…

…I thought some folks might be interested in this blurb from University of Notre Dame Press: Patrick Samway, S.J., has just published a book with us at the University of Notre Dame Press. Fr. Samway edited and annotated the correspondence between Thomas Merton and Robert Giroux, his long-time editor. Reading their correspondence gives one a [Read More…]

John Farrell has a nice little review of Karl Keating’s The New Geocentrists

…here. It is curious to me how much Protestant Fundamentalism and Reactionary Catholicism have in common. Both are, in large measure, attempts to re-invent the Church and do it right without all the alleged heresy of a Magisterium that *used* be guided by the Holy Spirit (back before the end of the apostolic age/the Second [Read More…]

A Presbyterian Writes with Some Questions

Sez he: So I am a Presbyterian, but a bad one, and I have been reading the Orthodox Study Bible, and have taken the day to study Judith (I do weird things like this every now and then).  In reading about it, and doing some homework, I stumbled upon one of your articles and thought it [Read More…]