Attention Punsters

A reader writes: If there is one thing I am confident in, it is the ability of you and your minions to come up with a pun. My local parish is having a spring festival, and it is going to be spy themed, but I can’t think of anything better than “Double oh Heaven” Can [Read More...]


A reader writes: Wow! Pope Francis is encouraging his priests to ‘Open the doors of the Church, and then the people will come in … if you keep the light on in the confessional and are available, then you will see what kind of line there is for confession’. Fantastic!  I’ve often felt that confession [Read More...]

In which we deal with a delicate subject

A reader writes: I have a problem regarding how to what to say when certain topics come up at work. I am a public school teacher working at a residential psychiatric facility. Due to the environment my students are in, the subject of masturbation and homosexuality comes up frequently amongst the teachers. Our students spend [Read More...]

Peaceful co-existence

A reader writes: Yesterday, at the meeting with various religious groups, Pope Francis, (if the translation is accurate) expressed a desire for peaceful co-exsistence among religions.  Since “co-exsistence” is my most hated bumpersticker, this has been worrying me ever since I read it.  No one seems to have noticed it either.  Did you?  I value [Read More...]

A Question about Franciscan Icons

A reader writes: You seem like a guy who might know a bit about this. For perhaps obvious reasons, I find myself suddenly interested in purchasing a poster or icon of St. Francis. I would kind of prefer it if I could purchase it from an actual charitable/religious organization instead of from, uh, Amazon or [Read More...]

How cool!

Recently, this landed in my email box in response to my posting one of those cool Jimpressions videos: Much appreciated! If you ever are in Hollywood, come to my JIMPRESSIONS show, on me! All the best, Jim Meskimen Thanks, Mr. Meskimen! You’re a Meskimensch! [Read more...]

A reader wants to discuss drones

He writes: I’d like to see smarter heads than mine talking about it. I wonder if Rand Paul or someone might sponsor such a bill? “What should a bill banning drone assassinations overseas, as well as domestic drone spying, look like? It is irrelevant whether these machines are being used presently for good or evil, [Read More...]

A reader is looking for a priestly spiritual director

He writes: DIY spirituality is like DIY sports or fitness. A coach can greatly improve results. So I’m wondering if in your list of priest contacts, you might have a chap to recommend. Admittedly, it’s likely to be a long-distance conversation for the most part. I would want to offer a donation to his parish [Read More...]

“Sound” advice, so to speak

A reader writes: P.J. O’Rourke had some practical advice on what to do if someone (in this case, a date) became infatuated with you. Anyone who fears becoming the head of a cult of personality would do well to heed it:  “If you fear that your date is becoming infatuated with you, what you should [Read More...]