“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…]

Kevin O’Brien reflects…

…on fatherhood. [Read more…]

Prompted by the Noah movie

…my ever-interesting reader Lori Pieper has a couple of essays about the Bible and myth here and here. More like her please! [Read more…]

Stanford Nutting Inspires Ben Butera

…to an interesting train of thought. Hopefully, he will not inspire him to buy one of those sweaters. [Read more…]

Woo Hoo! Sherry Weddell is heading to Patheos!

My good friend (and godmum to our oldest son, Luke the Nordic Giant) is coming to Patheos!  Just saw the announcement on her Facebook page so apparently no embargo on that news. Sherry is one of my favorite people in the world and is going to make a tremendous conversation!  Yay!  Muchly happinesses of Joy!  [Read More…]

The Mackerel Snapper Blog

…has lots of interesting stuff to say about lots of interesting stuff. Check thou it out! [Read more…]

Typically thoughtful observation from Sherry Weddell

She writes: Deacon Greg Kendra over at the Deacon’s Bench has linked to a speculative piece over at the Pray Tell blog about ways that women could exercise leadership and decision-making in the Church without being ordained. I thought I’d share what I have written about several times over at ID blog: As I have [Read More…]

Tom Kreitzberg is always so beautifully pithy

Sez he: In this year’s Lenten message, Pope Francis writes: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Cor 8:9)… Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well [Read More…]

What hath the Internet Wrought?

Kevin O’Brien’s 1000th post, among other things. [Read more…]

Fr. Denis Lemieux Looks Beyond…

…Capitalism and Socialism. [Read more…]