“Mark!” People Ask Me, “Why Did You Become a Catholic Writer?”

“Was it because of the vast riches?  The women who fling themselves at you during your globe-trotting investigative journalism junkets to exotic locales?  The cocaine-fueled parties with Jimmy Akin, Patrick Madrid, and the entire Dominican order?  The mimosas at poolside with Gwyneth Paltrow as you plan the destruction of all that is good and holy [Read More…]

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An Atheist Father…

…wrestles with the fact that his beloved daughter wants to be a Catholic. [Read more…]

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Gay Convert Defends the Church

A reader writes: I wanted to share a post that a friend of mine wrote recently. Norm is a convert to Catholicism, and also a homosexual. Recently several articles were written about the evils of the Catholic church in the school paper of his alma mater. He responds with charity, clarity, and personal experience. Well [Read More…]

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The Real Reason I’m a Catholic Writer

Sometimes you get emails like this: I just wanted to send you a quick note as one of your blog fans and someone who has contacted you in the past regarding your book, By What Authority. It is a long story, but this past Sunday my husband, 20-year-old daughter, and 15-year-old son were all confirmed [Read More…]

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Behold the Mackerel Snapper Blog!

Written by a convert for the benefit of those who are either not Catholic or who are considering becoming Catholic. Check it out! [Read more…]

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Why I Do What I Do

A reader very graciously writes: 8 years ago, I was trapped between my heart’s recognition of Christ in the Eucharist and my deep desire to be united to the Church and my intellectual integrity which would not allow me to give my “Amen” to everything the Church teaches when I certainly did not know, understand, [Read More…]

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I owe Paul McCusker a huge debt

The guy helped raise our kids by writing fifty bazillion Adventures in Odyssey episodes, not to mention playing the slimy Phillip Glossman, who you just want to slap. So I was particularly pleased to hear he’d become a Catholic a few years ago. And at last report, he lives out in Colorado Springs, where Sherry [Read More…]

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Yup

Why Millennials Are Leaving the Church Despite the title, there’s some happy news here. Rachel Held Evans writes: “Many of us, myself included, are finding ourselves increasingly drawn to high church traditions – Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, the Episcopal Church, etc. – precisely because the ancient forms of liturgy seem so unpretentious, so unconcerned with being [Read More…]

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How Did John C. Wright Make the Journey From Hard-Boiled Atheist to Catholic?

He tells us here, in a fascinating tale. I love this guy. [Read more…]

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Prominent Muslim Convert Leaves Church

Sadly, Magdi Allam, who was baptized a few years back, has left the Church.  His reason is that he feels it to be “too weak with Islam”. As I mentioned here: You can become Catholic, not so much to be Catholic as to extend the middle finger to the last Protestant sect you left behind in [Read More…]

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