Pray for Peace in Iraq

Reader Garrett Johnson writes: Our #20DaysForPeace, consists of 20 days of offerings for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East. We will make a daily offering for them, in addition to having them in our prayers. We invite you to share this post and encourage others to participate as well. #PrayForPeace. We started on August the [Read More...]

A manly anonymous reader gets to the bottom of things

A reader from the Party of Personal Responsibility locates the real culprits for the catastrophe in Iraq: “This situation wasn’t caused by George W…. It was caused by Mohammed and the religion he invented; feminism; and John Paul II. Which have turned the men of the West into moral pansies.” I’ll give you Mohammed as [Read More...]

This is just about as Meta as it gets

So I’m fond of impressionists, and particularly fond of Jim Meskimen, who you may remember from this Anyway, some time back I wrote him about something or other and wound up on him mailing list, which is fun because I get things like this from him: You may have seen the video that went viral [Read More...]

Reader Thomas Snowden writes to thank God and Youse Guys

Sez he: I wrote to you back in March asking for prayers for my baby daughter, Beatrix, who has been in the hospital for most of her life.  At the time, we were planning for her to transfer to Boston Children’s Hospital from Atlanta for additional surgeries.  Well, we finally were able to bring her [Read More...]

Interesting and Perceptive Letter from a Reader

He writes: I’ve read two of your books (By What Authority? and Making Senses out of Scripture). I’m also a regular reader of your blog. I know that one of the common themes in your blog is the way it’s not about the “Right vs. Left” but the “Ruling Class vs. Rest of Us”. I’d [Read More...]

A reader struggles with Purgatory and Mortal/Venial Sin Distinctions

He writes: I must admit that I’m struggling with reconciling some things I’m reading about sin and purgatory. I can see the need for a time between death and heaven in terms of finishing the work that Christ has begun before we are fit for heaven. I can embrace the idea of a place were [Read More...]

A reader asks about Eucharistic gluten and celiac sufferers

A reader writes: Could you address the recent increase in gluten free hosts for those who are “gluten sensitive” or have celiac. If we truly believe the host is transformed into the body of Christ how could we then believe that the gluten could ever harm us? The woman who touched the hem or tassel of Jesus’ [Read More...]

When I get letters like this…

…I am always reminded of this passage from the gospels: Then the Pharisees went and took counsel how to entangle him in his talk. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodi-ans, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God truthfully, and care for no man; [Read More...]

A Reader Wonders about Some of the Marriagey passages in the NT

He writes: How does the Church interpret the following scriptural passages pertaining to men as head of their families? Do you know of a good book or article that explains what the Magisterium says about how to construe them? Eph 5.21-28 “21 Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, be [Read More...]

A Protestant Reader Who Wants to be Catholic writes…

 I just wanted to thank you for your article about Marian devotion, which I found incredibly helpful and enlightening. http://catholiceducation.org/articles/apologetics/ap0173.html I came to faith in Christ in a Baptist church here in the UK, but then moved to a Church of Christ fellowship a few years later and eventually went to Bible college and was [Read More...]

A reader who knows about Life Insurancey stuff writes…

I read the “chance to do a work of mercy” from yesterday about the family that is now destitute due to the loss of a loved one and his income and I thought that I could probably help prevent that tragedy again. I think I’ve told you before that I am in the life insurance/financial [Read More...]

A question above my pay grade

A reader writes: I read the following passage in an article from 14 year ago. It was linked to in a recent article about the 2025 meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew. If, however, Rome were to downgrade that council—and the Council of Lyons, which in A.D. 1274 issued a similar decree including the [Read More...]


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